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Roberta H. Whitney. MA is a Yoga teacher, RYT500, a Spiritual Director and a healer. Roberta teaches programs at Blue Moon and mentors TT1 students. She also offers gentle yoga classes in Haverhill, MA. As a Spiritual Director, she mentors individuals and presents workshops in the Boston area as well as western Massachusetts. Additional certification as an Enneagram teacher; Focusing professional, Authentic Movement facilitator; and energy healer further enable Roberta to support individuals to heal, cultivate well-being and navigate change at: www.ways2wisdom.com
Sara Strohecker, RYT, is a graduate of the Classical Yoga Teacher Training Program in New Hampshire. She began her yoga practice as a tool for dealing with stress at the same time toning her body and calming her mind. Her love of yoga blossomed with energy and therapeutic benefits that yoga provided. She resides in Exeter with her husband and two children.
Joy 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
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.
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.
Eve Kornhauser, a recent RYT200 grad, has been studying yoga for over twenty years, and teaching since 2013. Her foundation of yoga is in the Anusara tradition, which is based strongly on the principals of alignment. As a singer and voice teacher, Eve has had a life-long interest in methods of body awareness such as Alexander technique, body mapping and yoga. After working in a yogic tradition that begins with the body first, she feels very lucky to have found Yoga Life Institute and to merge the physical with yoga's rich spiritual teachings. Eve believes that the practice of yoga offers us endless guidance on our journey through life.
Jennifer Golia, RYT
, is a graduate of the Yoga Life Institutes's 200-hour program and is continuing her studies in the 500-hour program. Jennifer's yoga journey started seven years ago when she discovered yoga as a strategy to manage stress and anxiety. Over time, Jennifer has been able to take her yoga away from the mat and to use yoga philosophy to move through her daily life.
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.
Aaron McNulty, RYT
has been practicing yoga for six years, is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program and continues his studies in the 500-hour program. Aaron found himself at a pivotal point in his personal journey in 2004, where he discovered and turned to the practice of yoga to come to a deeper level of understanding of his life and personal path. Aaron brings this level of self discovery and awareness to the class.
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.
Michelle Wilson, RYT, CYT,
is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute's Comprehensive Yoga Therapist Program. Michelle has a creative spirit and loves to be outdoors. She has completed advanced yoga training and is certified as a Comprehensive Yoga Therapist, Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Creative Kids Yoga Trainer. Michelle values the healing qualities of yoga and enjoys working with a diverse range of students including adults, children, families, teens, and students with special needs. She teaches specialty group classes and private yoga lessons to students with stress-related conditions such as chronic illness, pain, grief, work stress, and anxiety. Michelle provides custom yoga and creative movement programs at a variety of schools and businesses across Southern NH. She also works as a trainer for Project Adventure. For more information on her yoga programs, please visit Michelle’s website: www.simplesoulyoga.com
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.
Lisa 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.
Alice 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.
Deborah Sisson, RYT,
received her teacher training with the Yoga Life Institute. She has participated in a wide range of practice styles from traditions which reflect her love of dance, literature, and philosophy. In her classes she tries to nourish the authentic body that resides in the physical body. Deborah loves sharing the many gifts of yoga including postures, breathing, balance, strength, concentration, and meditation. She finds inspiration in nature and all its elements, beings, and miracles. Come, she says, let's practice together.
Next program begins September 2014
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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