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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.
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.
Beth is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute of NH Teacher Training program at the 200 hour level and the 500 hour level. She has also been a practitioner of Insight Meditation in the Buddhist tradition for over nine years. Yoga and meditation have been a vital part of a ten-year transition she made from working in a high-stress, fast paced job to a slower, healthier, more balanced and fulfilling pace of life and work. She enjoys helping students discover how the diverse and powerful teachings and tools of yoga can inform all aspects of their lives, well beyond the physical practice. She is also trained in Reiki. In addition to yoga, Beth works with organizations and communities to adopt green sustainable practices and leads retreats and workshops about earth-centered living.
Lisa Jeck, RYT, is a 2010 graduate of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and has also attended Dr. Lad's summer intensive programs on Marma and Clinical Assessment at the Ayurvedic Institute. Lisa has been practicing yoga since 2004 and is a 2012 graduate of the Yoga Life Institute of NH's 200 hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. This summer she received her Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Certification taught by Dr. Marc Halpern at the Sivananda Ashram in Canada.
Lisa is the owner of Sama Tal Ayurveda which is based in New Boston, NH. Ayurvedic programs and consultations are offered at this beautiful location as well as at various yoga studios and wellness centers throughout NH. She feels blessed to have the ability to open people to the eternal truths of Ayurveda and Yoga.
Lindsay Jo White, RYT, is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute of NH's 200 hour teacher training program. Lindsay Jo began flirting with yoga in 2004 and found herself effortlessly devoted to the physical and meta-physical properties of yoga in 2009. Having experienced a profound change in her life through yoga, Lindsay Jo has great enthusiasm in sharing her passion and practice. Her approach is of intuitive movement while maintaining a beginners mind.
Carter Siegel, M.Ed., RYT500, was certified to teach in 2005 through Yoga Alliance and in 2012 received her 500 hour teaching certificate in Classical Yoga from the YogaLife Institute. She has been teaching in private and group settings to all levels of ability. For Carter, yoga has become much more than a way to stay flexible, strong and centered; it has developed into an integral and influential part of every day life. Carter has studied and practiced many styles of yoga over the years (both hard and soft) and has studied with American gurus such as David Swensen, Sean Corn, Shiva Rae, Daniel Orlansky, and Beryl Bender Birch. While her yoga foundation is based in the physical and athletic style of Ashtanga, she makes it accessible to even the newest yogi through a careful and gentle approach to identifying the needs of her students. From the newest to the advanced practitioner, Carter teaches in a clear, logical and appropriate pace and level that supports the students abilities and limitations (if any). Carter's vinyasa flow classes focus on linking breath to movement. The student will build strength, increase flexibility, and work towards realizing a greater sense of peace of mind and clarity of thought.
Daniela Kulik, RYT 500, received her Sivananda yoga training certification in 1994 while living in Austria (near Vienna) where she has enjoyed teaching yoga to various levels of adults and children. Daniela's yoga journey eventually brought her to the Blue Moon Yoga studio where she completed her 500-hour Classical Yoga certification through the YogaLife Institute of NH in May 2010. Daniela is also a Reiki Master, a certified Montessori teacher, has worked with preschool and kindergarten children in Austria and the United States for over 20 years and currently enjoys teaching German at a Waldorf School.
Jaclyn's first experience of yoga postures took place while she was a student in high school. She enjoyed the peace and clarity that she felt both during and after practice and became curious as to how yoga was helping these feelings to surface. Jaclyn's interest later lead her away from her hometown in Southern California to the East Coast where she enrolled in the 200-hour Teacher Training program at the YogaLife Institute of New Hampshire. Her practice intensified as the months rolled on and she began to form a more intimate relationship with yoga on a spiritual and emotional level. The simple enjoyment Jaclyn felt for yoga was transformed into a deep passion along her journey at YogaLife, and she intends to keep the fire alive by implementing the tools she has acquired through practicing yoga in her daily life. As a yoga teacher, Jaclyn strives to encourage her students to explore their own personal knowledge and wisdom by providing space for self-reflection and growth through the connection between their mind, body, and spirit. She hopes to offer guidance and support to others through yoga, and to live and teach in a way that inspires others to seek and follow their own inner truth.
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.
Senior Instructor: Lily Sibley, owner of Ocean Spirit Yoga, has been teaching yoga in Portsmouth, NH, as well as Kittery, ME, Exeter, Rye and Newburyport, since 2002. Lily has advanced certification as a Classical Yoga teacher, is a certified Reiki Master and a licensed teacher of The Lebed Method, a movement therapy program for breast cancer survivors and chronic illness. Currently, Lily is a senior teacher in the YogaLife Institute of NH yoga teacher training program, a program born of the Yoga Institute of Mumbai, India. Ocean Spirit Yoga offers regular on-going yoga classes, workshops, retreats, meditation classes, classes for rehabilitation and wellness, and private yoga classes.
While introducing her students to the physical and mental benefits of a regular yoga practice, Lily encourages her students to be comfortable with their individual levels of ability. Her students are further encouraged to "take their yoga off the mat" -- to create harmony and a sense of well being in their lives. While building strength and flexibility in their bodies, Lily's students discover the stillness and peace that lies within each of us. Using classical texts, such as the Bhagavagita, the Upanishads, the Yoga Sutras, the Tao Te Ching, as tools for discussion, students learn to live in the ups and downs of a fully integrated life. Visit Ocean Spirits website for more information, click here Ocean Spirit.
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.
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.
Julie Golkowski, MA, PD, LCMHC, CYT, with over twenty five years of clinical experience serving vulnerable youth and their families, Julie has offered solutions in multiple capacities. She has served as Principal Consultant in a National Consulting Company, Children's Director at a Community Mental Health Center, and Clinical Coordinator in a residential program for youth with histories of trauma, abuse, neglect, and juvenile justice involvement. Julie has been a statewide and national trainer/presenter at conferences covering topics in the fields of resilience, trauma, mentoring, post traumatic stress disorder, suicide prevention/postvention and attachment theory. She has also trained and supervised clinicians in evidenced based practices in mental health.
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
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.
Next program begins September 2014
Why Comprehensive Yoga Therapy?
There's no denying that we are in a state of health crisis in the Western world. As many great minds work toward evolving the current system of patient care, the certified Comprehensive Yoga Therapist will be in a unique position to pick up where modern medicine leaves off, empowering clients to augment their current care model with exploration and resolution of the deeper lifestyle issues that lie at the root of many of modern disease conditions.
Students join the Comprehensive Yoga Therapy (CYT) training for a variety of reasons. Many are yoga teachers looking for a 500 hour certification (Yoga Alliance registered) that will guide their personal and professional growth while improving their teaching skills and honing their abilities to work with a wider variety of students in small specialized groups or one-on-one sessions.
Others are professionals like Doctors, Nurses, Nutritionists, Physical Therapists, Psychologists and Personal Trainers who see where the current healthcare model is failing and are looking for new ideas on how to enhance their current approach with tools and models of assessment and understanding that reflect more inclusive, holistic paradigms.
What is Comprehensive Yoga Therapy?
The Comprehensive Yoga Therapy program at YogaLife views each aspect of the human experience as having the potential to be a source of healing and inspiration. Fragmentation and stress is universal, yet each individual experiences stress as well as health & healing very differently. This program aims to assess and understand the whole person, with an eye towards understanding the Yogic approach of embracing the many different and interrelated levels on which healing can occur – energetic, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. While a human being may not always be able to control pain or the outcome of the healing process, Yoga teaches that each individual may overcome the resistance to pain or suffering.
This program intends to shift the current cultural healthcare perspective from the passive patient model, to a more active model where the patient is a student of their own processes and becomes empowered to be a proactive participant in their own healing. The course does not intend to make the Yoga Therapist into a Doctor, Psychologist, Physical Therapist or other therapeutic professional who deals with acute disease conditions. In this model, the Yoga Therapist works with other medical and healing professionals as a supporting expert offering clients a highly personalized lifestyle, stress management, and health plan.
The YogaLife Institute programs are based on the work of The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, India, which was the first Yoga Center in the world to open their doors to the general public in 1917. The Yoga Institute has researched and offered Yoga Therapy programs for more than 90 years and continues to be a leader in the field. The key principles of Psychology & Spirituality, Lifestyle & Philosophy, Meditation & Psychosomatic Practices, Healthy Routines & Yoga Hygiene, Yoga Postures & Breathing Exercises offer a strong and scientifically proven approach for creating and/or maintaining a Healthy Yoga Lifestyle.
Level One 300 hr Yoga Therapist Program Overview:
Topics of Study:
- Lifestyle Assessment Skills
- Yogic Diagnostic Tools
- One-on-One Yoga Lifestyle Coaching
- Holistic Nutrition & Weight Loss
- Functional Anatomy & Systems of the Body
- Breath and Vital Energy
- Networking & Professional Ethics
- Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Healing
- Yoga Psychology & Healthy Relationships
- Holistic & Allopathic Perspectives on Disease
Graduates qualified to work with: heart disease, insomnia and sleep disorders, chronic pain and pain management, back injuries and rehabilitation, asthma and respiratory issues, grief, cancer, addiction and recovery, anxiety and depression, digestive disorders, weight loss and nutrition, energy imbalances, and special populations: seniors, kids, teens, pre and post natal.
Course Logistics: 300 hours of study: 170 contact hours, 80 practicum hours, 50 hours home study, 10 weekend intensive trainings, 10 mentoring sessions, 20 case studies.
Course Pre-Requisites: 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, at least 1 year of yoga teaching or therapeutic practice experience, entrance exam, interview with the director, and a home yoga practice.
Julie Rost, E-RYT500,CYT, Director of the YogaLife Institute of NH, researched the therapeutic aspects of Yoga while a Psychology major in college, resulting in a thesis on the benefits of Yoga for at-risk adolescents. After ten years of working in women’s reproductive health, she spent three years in Africa studying traditional methods for healing HIV/AIDS. Realizing that the yoga lifestyle held the greatest potential for health and well-being, her return to the U.S. led her to the YogaLife Institute in PA, where she studied and eventually coordinated the 200 and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs. For the last 5 years, she has directed both Teacher Training programs in NH, along with Meditation Training, weekly classes, workshops and private yoga therapy.
Brian Serven, Assistant Director, E-RYT500, CYT is a Senior Instructor at YogaLife Institute in Exeter, New Hamsphire. He assists in the coordination of the 200 and 500- hour Yoga Teacher Training programs as well as facilitates the ‘Introduction to Yoga’ and ‘Meditation For Your Type Series’. A graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program, he received additional Teacher Training certification at The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, India, where the therapeutic principals of Yoga are integrated seamlessly, philosophically and physically. Believing the benefits of Yoga to be abundant and suitable for everyone, Brian’s approach to sharing these experiences are with an intention of simplicity and accessibility. Viewing Yoga as a lifestyle and combining such experiences with 6 years of Martial Arts studies, Brian has a unique view of balance, discipline and awareness.
Dr. Nicholas Rost, D.C. Chiropractor, Dr. Ken George & Associates, has been in private practice for 10 years in Stratham, NH. His approach utilizes multiple methods, including a non-traditional “soft contact” method combined with breath awareness, to help the nervous system release tension patterns that are contributing to dis-ease, injury and pain. His work is based upon the idea that the body heals itself when in balance. A yoga student himself, Nick graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, MO, and taught Anatomy and Physiology for 4 years at Sister Rosalind School of Massage Therapy in Fargo N.D.
Sally Sugatt, RYT500, CYT, is a graduate of YogaLife's 200 and 500 hour teacher training and its Comprehensive Yoga Therapy, Level 1, programs. She has been teaching Classical Yoga at Blue Moon for over five years. Sally has been in private practice as a psychotherapist in Exeter for 19 years working with all ages and now incorporates yoga philosophy and practices in her work with psychotherapy clients. She is particularly interested in the art of the relationship--the evolving landscape between Ego and Self and between Self and other Sentient Beings.
Co-founder: Robert Butera, E-RYT, M.Div., PhD., is the founder of the YogaLife Institute, publisher of Yoga Living magazine and Vice President of the board of directors of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Bob studied yoga with Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra at The Yoga Institute of Bombay and later obtained his Ph.D. in Yoga Philosophy a the California Institute of Integral Studies and a Masters of Divinity from The Earlham School of Religion. With over 25 years of meditation and yoga experience, he has worked with teachers and students throughout Japan, Taiwan, India and the United States. Bob emphasized a holistic exploration of Yoga and is known for teaching ancient Classical Yoga principles in a practical and relevant way that connects students with their own divinity. Bob's first book, The Pure Heart of Yoga: Ten Essential Steps for Personal Transformation was released by Llewellyn Worldwide in September 2009 and has sold over 10,000 copies worldwide. His second book, Meditation for Your Life: Creating a Plan that Suits Your Style was released by Llewellyn Worldwide in September 2012.
Co-founder: Erin Byron, E-RYT500, BA, MA, Director of Welkin/YogaLife Institute Ontario, has ten years experience as a professional Yoga Therapist and Psychotherapist, and is co-creator of the Comprehensive Yoga Therapist Training. Erin's Master of Arts research studied the benefits of Yoga practices in coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Erin has been teaching Yoga for over a decade and certifying Yoga and Meditation Teachers for six years.
Special Guest Speakers: Chiropractor, Cardiologist, Physiatrist, Pulmonologist, Mental Health Professionals, Occupational Therapist, Registered Nurse, Massage Therapist & Nutritionist.
For more information call Brian Serven at 603-969-8968 or email
To take advantage of our tuition discount, please register by July 1st, 2012
Testimonials from 3 of our 2012 session one participants:
"As with most of my recent (last 10 years) experiences with yoga, when I, the student, have been ready, the teacher has appeared. The Comprehensive Yoga Therapy (CYT) Training is another such experience. I chose to say "yes" to this course of study because I so trust the lineage. The Comprehensive Yoga Therapy program has been endorsed by the Yoga Institute in Mumbai,India, a leader in yoga training and yoga therapy for almost one hundred years. CYT emphasizes the eight-fold path found in Patanjali's Sutras. CYT further emphasizes restoring health through education, fostering self reliance in clients (not patients), and helping clients to establish healing and healthy practices which go beyond a presenting condition or a symptom. Furthermore, CYT advocates for holistic modalities, such as naturopathy, chiropractic, osteopathy, Ayruveda and psychological counseling as supports for clients. We, as Yoga Therapists, join these holistic modalities as colleagues and become part of the net of healthy fibers for our communities. As a psychotherapist in Exeter and a yoga teacher (RYT 500), I am excited about continuing my learning and about watching as my practice broadens to focus on the whole person. In yoga, healing is not simply freedom from physical disease, it is understanding the roots of suffering in order to re-establish and to maintain balance of body, mind and spirit. Finally, a big draw to the training was the closer proximity of other yoga teachers seeking further training. We are a social species and I love the community of yoga learners! Support, not competition; equality; appreciation for Beginner's Mind; deep listening; humor and joy; balance! Yes, yes, yes." - Sally Sugatt
"I am undertaking the Yogalife Institute's Comprehensive Yoga Therapy (CYT) course following on from completing the Teacher Training (200 hour) program. TheCYT program is living up to it's name in being truly comprehensive, integrating the 5 branches of yoga and applying them in a holistic manner. The program is very practical and uses experiential learning - case studies, class discussions and extensive self study as well as lots of reading. I feel very lucky to be able to learn from such knowledgable teachers who creatively bring yogic wisdom to help alleviate suffering in a new way.
I am finding the program hugely enjoyable and challenging and it is taking my personal and professional practice to a different level. I highly recommend it." -Alice Bentley
"True to the title, this training has been comprehensive and compassionate; providing me with new resources, techniques, and perspective on my one-to-one work with yoga students. In just a few short months, I feel a new sense of clarity about the purpose and scope of yoga therapy and my role as a yoga therapist. The applied practice, role-plays, case studies, and self-reflection have helped me to consider a variety of situations and learn experientially alongside supportive classmates. The program has a strong sense of ethical boundaries and personal responsibility, and is rooted in ancient practice but adapted to a modern world. I would highly recommend this training to anyone working with clients who suffer from stress-related conditions." - Michelle Wilson