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Ruth Abelmann, RYT500 PDF Print E-mail


ruth abelmannRuth 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. 

 
Karen Batchelder, RYT500 PDF Print E-mail


karen_batchelderKaren 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.

 
Nancy Beach, RYT500 PDF Print E-mail


nancy beachNancy Beach, RYT500,
has been teaching Classical yoga for over 5 years and has completed the 500 hour training level with YogaLife Institute of NH. When not teaching yoga, Nancy and her husband spend a lot of time playing with their two golden retrievers and running a video production company in Portsmouth, NH. The Bhagavad Gita says, "On this path (yoga) no effort is wasted, no gain is ever reversed; even a little of this practice will shelter you from great sorrow." Nancy brings this philosophy of her yoga practice to every class. Teaching the Classical Yoga (Hatha) style, Nancy starts the class with a short discussion allowing each student to create a personal intention that is carried through the rest of the class through every pose (asana). Each class ends with a short meditation. Every student is honored whether a beginner or an experienced yogi.

 
Alice Bentley, RYT, CYT PDF Print E-mail


alice bentleyAlice Bentley, RYT, CYT, 
has been practicing yoga for 15 years, seriously since her pregnancy with her first child in 2004. On her move to the US from England in 2010 she joined the Blue Moon teacher training 200 hour program, with the idea that she wanted "to get better at yoga", what she experienced was life changing and has helped her manage a big transition into a new country and cope with her stressors more effectively. "Yoga helps me be a better mother, wife, daughter and friend, it is my stabilizing force and makes me a nicer person!" Since then she has completed her 200 hour training, 300 hour comprehensive yoga therapy training and is currently studying for her 500 hour teacher training and enjoys sharing yoga's transformative power with others. One of her strongest passions is how yoga can help women during pregnancy and motherhood.

 
Kristan Bishop, RYT PDF Print E-mail


kristan 3Kristan Bishop, RYT is a graduate of the NH Yoga Life 200 Hour Teacher Training. She has practiced yoga for almost 20 years and has studied with Hannelore Moebius. "I started yoga when I was working full time in a high pressure career in sales and marketing and new Mom. Yoga has helped me find peace, balance and a new level of awareness in my life." Kristan's teaching style is sincere and heartfelt. Her easy going demeanor helps students feel at ease in the class. She uses creative, descriptive cues and music to enhance the experience. "I believe that yoga is more than just a physical practice on the matt, it is a way to relax and open to possibilities" Kristan is a musician and the Mom of three active boys. (She is also a certified Reiki Practitioner.)

 
Libbie Bridge, RYT, CYT PDF Print E-mail


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Libbie Bridge, RYT, CYT, is a graduate of the Yoga Life Institute's 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training and 300-hour Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Programs. She is certified through the Yoga Alliance. For Libbie, Yoga is a lifelong journey. It has helped her to become more present, more patient, and better able to accept things as they are. She believes that we are all 'students of health' and that the yoga lifestyle holds great potential for health and well-being. In her classes and off the mat, Libbie hopes to provide a space for people to find their own way on the road to peace and health. www.transformthestress.com

 

 
Beth Brown, RYT PDF Print E-mail


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Beth Brown, RYT, is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. She is a certified birth doula, lactation counselor and working towards her Masters in Social Work. Beth believes that all women deserve the feeling of empowerment, pride and joy that accompanies birth. Upon receiving her MSW, she intends to work with childbearing women around issues such as postpartum depression, infertility, loss, and trauma. Beth has been integrating yogic philosophy into her daily life for over 10 years and looks forward to guiding childbearing women using her yoga, birth and mental health backgrounds.

 
Joy Bryan Markley, RYT500 PDF Print E-mail


joy_markley_2Joy Bryan Markley, Ph.D., RYT500, CYT is a graduate of the Yogalife Institute's 200 Level and 500 Level teacher training programs, the Level I Comprehensive Yoga Therapist program, as well as the meditation training program at Blue Moon Yoga with Julie Rost. She is also trained to teach yoga to kids and writes a column for YogaLifeNH called Little Buddhas http://www.yogalifenh.com/philosophy/little-buddhas. Teaching a child-friendly version of Classical Yoga to young yogis between the ages of 6 and 10 has become the perfect way for Joy to share what she has learned in her yoga studies with others. She continues her studies in the area of restorative yoga and yoga therapy. Her brother recently bought her a mirror to put in her office. Around the frame it reads, "You can be anything you want to be...be yourself." That pretty much sums up Joy's philosophy in yoga and in life. Joy lives in Kittery, Maine with her wonderful, loving husband Ken, and sweet yellow lab, Olivia. To contact Joy please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Joy Bryan Markley, Ph.D., RYT500,  is a graduate of the Yogalife Institute's 200 Level and 500 Level teacher training programs as well as the meditation training program at Blue Moon Yoga with Julie Rost.  She is also trained to teach yoga to kids and writes a column for YogaLifeNH called Little Buddhas http://www.yogalifenh.com/philosophy/little-buddhas.  Teaching a child-friendly version of Classical Yoga to young yogis between the ages of 6 and 10 has become the perfect way for Joy to share what she has learned in her yoga studies with others. She continues her studies in the area of restorative yoga and yoga therapy.  Her brother recently bought her a mirror to put in her office. Around the frame it reads, "You can be anything you want to be...be yourself." That pretty much sums up Joy's philosophy in yoga and in life. Joy lives in Kittery, Maine with her wonderful, loving husband Ken, and sweet yellow lab, Olivia. To contact Joy please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
Rebecca Buell, RYT PDF Print E-mail


rebecca buellRebecca 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.  

  

 
Lisa Burk-McCoy, RYT500 PDF Print E-mail


lisa_burk_mccoy_portraitLisa Burk-McCoy RYT500, has been a Classical Yoga practitioner for more than ten years and is a graduate of the 500 hour Classical Yoga training program through the YogaLife Institute of NH. She is a certified prenatal and children's yoga instructor. Lisa practices and teaches yoga as a creative exploration of the art of living deeply. Her classes engage students in a dual process of self-inquiry and therapeutic movement to encourage greater awareness of body, mind and spirit. She augments her Classical Yoga foundation with training in Iyengar yoga with Patricia Walden, Kofi Busia and others.

In addition to providing instruction for adults, children and private clients, Lisa leads workshops, writes yoga curriculum for children and provides business consulting for yoga organizations. When not practicing yoga, she dabbles as a musician, playing flute in a local contra-dance band and teaching classical flute lessons to children and adults. She is blessed with a wonderful family–a husband, son and daughter, and a menagerie of pets. They make their home in Exeter, NH.

 
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