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Nicolle Casey, RYT500,
is a graduate of the 200-hour and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. Her healing and spiritual journeys have also led her to become trained in Reiki & Somatic Respiratory Integration (breath work associated with Network Chiropractic care). Nicolle's approach is to integrate the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga into daily living. She resides in Stratham with her Husband and two children. Visit Nicolle's Blog "Living Yoga" (www.livingyoga.us
). Follow her ideas and inspirations of a Yogic life style as well as class topics and updates.
Melinda Ferreira, RYT, has been practicing yoga for over a decade. Originally introduced to yoga because of a severe back injury, she initially approached the practice for physical healing. She eventually discovered that the mental and energetic benefits she received from yoga provided the full spectrum balance she had been seeking. Melinda's passion for mind-body-soul connection prompted her to deepen her practice and truly "live her yoga." It was at this point she realized she wanted to share this beautiful gift with others through teaching.
Melinda is certified in Classical Yoga and Yoga for Surfers. Her studies are deeply rooted in the ancient texts, yogic philosophy, and spirituality. Melinda's expertise in the physical body comes from both personal and professional experience. Professionally, Melinda has worked in the medical and surgical fields for 10 years, training surgeons in minimally invasive surgery. This has provided her with expert knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. It has also highlighted her natural ability to teach and train others. Personally, she is a year-round cold-water surfer and lifelong athlete, and possesses an innate appreciation of the importance of developing and maintaining a strong and healthy body. Melinda has been blessed to practice and study around the world, including New England, California, New Mexico, Costa Rica, Bali, and Mexico.
Wendy Henshaw RYT, is a graduate of the Yoga Life Institute's 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training Program and continues her studies in the 500-hour program.She has been practicing hatha yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2001. After mentoring with a Kripalu trained instructor she realized not only the physical benefits of yoga, but also the spiritual side of Yoga. Her spiritual experience led her to energy work and she is Certified as an Integrated Energy Therapist. Wendy recently studied in Northern India and completed a 200 hour teacher training program in the classical Sivananda style of yoga. Through divine wisdom we all come together to share Yoga and our spirit. She lives in East Kingston with her husband. For a list of Wendy's classes please visit her website.
Senior Instructor: Sally Sugatt, RYT, started practicing postures in 1978, pregnant with her first child, and is grateful to many teachers for their wisdom. In 2006 she was ready to learn more and Julie Rost appeared! Sally finished the Classical Yoga Teacher Training Program with Julie at the 500 hour level in 2009. She began teaching at Blue Moon in 2007. As a child and family therapist, Sally is particularly interested in how the ancient practices of yoga--all eight limbs--inform our relationships: with ourselves and with others. At the Blue Moon Sally has found a committed and supportive yoga community.
Heather Warr, CCC/SLP, RYT500
, completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training with Hannelore Mobius of Durham, NH in May of 2004. She studied the Integrative Yoga Therapy approach which focuses on the healing benefits of yoga. Heather holds the ChildLight Yoga certification created by Lisa Flynn and certification from the YogaLife Institute’s 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. She has been a pediatric speech language pathologist for the past twenty years and lives in Exeter with her husband and two boys. Heather enjoys working with children and adults of all ages and has a special interest in working with people with special needs. To view Heather's recent Childlight Yoga classes please click here
Andrea Rutherford, RYT,
is a perinatal educator, prenatal yoga instructor and an honored mother of three. She is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute of NH Teacher Training program (200 hour level) and is currently teaching prenatal yoga at Yoga on the Hill in Kittery, Maine. and Yoga on York in York, Maine. www.yogaonthehillkittery.com
Andrea is owner and founder of Heartful Birth and has been offering comprehensive prenatal care and holistic birth education and support since 1996. Andrea offers classes, workshops and individual sessions for mothers and their partners from pregnancy through birth.
Prenatal yoga classes offer women a nurturing space to promote strength, flexibility, relaxation and awareness for the natural changes in their ever-changing, growing bodies. Andrea weaves Classical yoga, breath awareness, childbirth education, and physical nurturing to provide mothers a positive emotional, educational and physical experience for the journey of pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
Andrea may be reached at: 603.498.1113 or
Yoga has changed my life. After my husband died Yoga opened me to all the wonderful adventures and possibilities life has to offer. My desire is to open this door for others to enter. The community here is nurturing and welcoming. I teach Yoga in N.H. and Costa Rica, my second home.
Senior Instructor: Lisa Rockenmacher, E-RYT 500, KYRT is a devoted practitioner of yoga who enjoys sharing her enthusiasm with others. A constant student of yoga and the creative spirit, Lisa has been a teacher for over fifteen years--focusing on yoga and healing for the past five. She is certified as an instructor in Classical (Hatha) and Kundalini Yoga and is a Reiki Master Teacher in the Usui Tibetan-Enhanced and Karuna traditions. Blending yogic wisdom with intuitive sensibility, Lisa facilitates classes that allow students to explore challenges and new experiences within a safe and supportive community. Lisa is honored to serve as a vehicle for encouraging students toward deeper access of their unique wisdom, strength, and guidance.
Karen Batchelder, RYT500, is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs. She is also certified in the Usui System Reiki tradition. Karen began her yoga journey in 1998 as a method to alleviate anxiety. She discovered that yoga provided not only stress relief, but a series of tools and life lessons that help with anxiety and so much more. She teaches gentle yoga at the Blue Moon in Exeter and aspires to help others who seek relief from anxiety by integrating these tools and personal discoveries into her yoga classes. She creates a welcoming and supportive environment for students to experience this beautiful practice of yoga. Karen is the graphic designer, website administrator, and marketing coordinator for the YogaLife Institute and the Blue Moon Studio.
Sherry found herself at a life crossroad just prior to her 60th birthday. Seeking clarification, focus, and to fulfill a dream of many years, she enrolled in the YogaLife Instittue Classical Yoga training, graduating at the 200 hour level. She is an RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance. Sherry is a librarian of 25+ years, has practiced yoga for over 10 years and wears the many hats of a full life. She believes that life is an adventure and can be lived to the fullest no matter what phase of life a person is in. Yoga brings her peace, joy and the skills to live simply and fully. As a yoga teacher, Sherry encourages each student's inner wisdom, strength, and self-esteem to blossom.
Rebecca Buell, RYT200, is a graduate of the Yoga Life Institute’s 200 hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training. Although asana practice brought about profound changes in her life, the study of yoga philosophy has changed the way she sees and lives in the world. As a practicing massage therapist and hypnotherapist, she has a unique understanding of how the mind and body affect one another and how both affect an individual’s reality. She brings this perspective to all that she does professionally.
Allison Parks Dugas, RYT500, is certified with the Yoga Alliance and is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute of NH's 200-hour and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs. She began her yoga practice in 1999 studying Ashtanga and vinyasa-style yoga. She was drawn to the benefits of a physical practice; connecting the mind and body through the breath, becoming more present, reducing stress, and learning how to truly relax along with gaining strength and flexibility. When she discovered the YogaLife Institute's Teacher Training program, she was able to expand her understanding to include the mental, spiritual and philosophical elements as well as a gentler form. She believes yoga has been a gift in her life and she enjoys sharing it with others. When she is off her mat, she tries to bring the benefits of her practice and mindfulness into her day-to-day life.
Hilary Crowley is a Natural Health Intuitive and Reiki practitioner at Whole LIfe Health Care in New Hampshire. Her practice promotes healing through energy balance and body wisdom resulting in less stress, more clarity, and a renewed sense of wellness. Natural Health Intuition is not a substitute for a medical diagnosis but can assist in identifying the root of an issue on a physical, chemical, emotional, and spiritual level. Hilary has studied with several leaders in the Energy Medicine field including Donna Eden, Dr. Richard Bartlett, Dr. Steven Farmer, Carol Rittenberger,PhD, Dr. Judith Young,PhD and Dr. Miriam Wolf.
She is a graduate of Yoga Life Institute 200 hour teacher training program and incorporates ancient knowledge of the yoga lifestyle (breath, meditation, attitude, mindfulness, and movement) into her professional practice. Hilary teaches Reiki and Natural Health Intuition courses in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, including at the National Autism Association in Manhattan. She continues to follow the latest research and teachings in the practice of healing through energy work.
Ruth Abelmann, RYT500, graduated in 2002 from the Integrative Yoga Therapy program at the Prana Studio for Yoga and Health with Hannelore Moebius in Durham, NH and recently the YogaLife Institute's 500 hour Classical Yoga teacher training program. Ruth feels lucky to have found yoga in her 30's and loves introducing and sharing the gift of yoga on the mat and off the mat with others. She has taught in many different settings finding that her passion for the physical, philosophical spiritual and psychological aspects of yoga blend well with her professional work in Student Affairs at UNH. Ruth is energized by the forever evolving journey of living and teaching yoga, exploring and integrating yoga with life, students, family, community and friends.
Ruth has shared her graduation speech with us, please click here.
Heidi Maddock, RYT,
completed her Classical Yoga Teacher Training from the YogaLife Institute NH under the loving guidance of Julie Rost. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. Heidi now teaches at Yoga by Donation in Portsmouth and privately in her hometown of New Castle, NH. “Yoga has offered me so much, I call it my meeting of choice, and it is an honor to share it with others.” Grateful to lessons learned, and still learning from fellow teachers, Julie, Lily Sibley from Ocean Spirit Yoga, Bob Vaccaro and Abby Gaul, she encourages anyone to try yoga and perhaps you too can live it and bring it into your daily life.
It is recommended that you talk with Brian Serven, Assistant director, by phone or in person. You can reach Brian by calling 603-969-8968.
- Pay tuition to reserve space in the teacher training program.
- Purchase Classical Yoga Lifestyle and Pure Heart of Yoga, by Dr. Robert Butera, Director of YogaLife Institute, Pennsylvania, and founder of this Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. (Books can be purchased at Blue Moon Yoga Studio, Exeter)
- Receive writing assignments and begin first essay.
General requirements for the 200 hour program:
- Attend monthly seminar (usually first Saturday of each month, 12:30-4:30PM at Blue Moon Yoga, Exeter, NH).
- Attend monthly Yoga class prior to monthly seminar, 10:30-12:00PM at Blue Moon Yoga, Exeter, NH.
- Write monthly essays (5 pages double-spaced/each), written so that a beginner can understand the ideas expressed.
- Attend weekly Classical Yoga classes (at least two/month with a YogaLife Institute senior instructor.
- Develop daily personal Yoga sadhana (practice).
- Monthly mentorship meeting.
- Attend equivalent of 4 hours/month of workshops within the YogaLife Institute training curriculum.
- Exceptions can be made according to personal needs.
Fees and policies:
The 200-hour certification includes monthly seminars, monthly mentorship meeting, mostl two hour YogaLife Institute workshops (at the Blue Moon Yoga studio), and monthly Saturday Yoga class prior to seminar. The cost of the training is comparable to other teacher training programs, please contact Brian regarding fees for the program.
Pay separately for personal weekly Yoga classes, books, and additional/optional retreats and workshops.
For more information, contact The Yogalife Institute New Hampshire or call 603-969-8968