Alice Bentley, RYT500, 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 YogaLife Institute 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 500 hour teacher training and enjoys sharing yoga's transformative power with others. She is passionate about how yoga can help women during pregnancy and motherhood and how yoga can promote healthy weight loss.
Julie Rost, e-RYT 500, C-IAYT, founded the YogaLife Institute of NH in 2006. Her undergraduate degree in Psychology included research based in the healing benefit of Yoga for Adolescents. Years of working in women’s reproductive health led to a three year service as Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, Africa, where her experience with village doctors of traditional medicine catapulted her interest in studying the holistic and natural approaches of the Yoga lifestyle. She received her Classical Yoga and Yoga Therapy training from the YogaLife Institute in PA. Julie is currently the Spiritual Director of the YogaLife Institute of NH, teaching in its 200 and 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs, as well as its Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Program. She teaches weekly classes, workshops, and retreats, and offers private Yoga therapy sessions.
Karen is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute's 200 and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs and Level 1 of the Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training. 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 aspires to help others who seek relief from anxiety by integrating these tools and personal discoveries into her gentle yoga classes where relaxation is a focal point. She creates a welcoming and supportive environment for students to experience this beautiful practice.
Nicolle Casey has been practicing and teaching for over 10 years and received her teacher training through the YogaLife Institute of NH. Nicolle’s unique approach integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga into daily living. Her healing and spiritual journey also led her to become trained in Reiki & Somato Respiratory Integration Breath Work. Through daily meditation and mindfulness, Nicolle helps her students attune to their natural rhythms, allowing them to enjoy the ebb and flow of balancing family, home, work, and reveals their gifts as active members of our community. The tools of Yoga can help us maintain physical and mental wellbeing and improve the quality of our life and those around us. Nicolle resides in Stratham with her husband and two children, dog, cat and 12 chickens. Visit the "Living Yoga" www.livingyoga.us blog for ideas and inspirations of a Yogic life style as well as for class topics and times.
Wendy Durham has been involved in the health and wellness industry her entire life. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and worked as a Spa Director in the Hotel industry for many years while teaching fitness classes. Ultimately, her interest in holistic health led her to leave the corporate world to become a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), specializing in prenatal massage for the past 19 years. She has taught Prenatal Massage, Infant Massage and Anatomy and Physiology, most recently as an adjunct faculty member at Great Bay Community College. After opening her own private massage practice within the Yogalife Institute, Wendy decided to continue her love of learning by studying yoga and becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). She is now excited to bring her many years of prenatal experience to the mat as part of her Prenatal Yoga Class. Wendy’s goal is to provide a Prenatal Yoga Class for all levels and to focus on safe movement to build strength and stability, relaxation and a deeper connection. Connection to your changing body, your growing baby and to your prenatal community! Wendy lives in Exeter with her husband, two daughters, one enormous cat, a lizard and three very noisy gerbils.