Yoga Life Institute N.H.

YogaLife Graduates

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  • karen prindleKaren Prindle, RYT200, is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program.  In 2000, Karen started her yoga journey originally looking for ways to manage stress through relaxation.  She has since practiced various styles such as Classical, Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Iyengar, with a strong interest in yogic philosophy and Ayurveda self-care.  Karen feels yoga has provided her many positive tools on and off the mat such as breath work, self-awareness, patience and being present.  She is happy to now be able to share her more holistic experience with others as a yoga teacher, as well as continue her yoga education in the immediate future.


  • beth brown

    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.


  • sarah kearnsSarah Kearns, RYT, CYT.
    In April of 2003, I took my very first yoga class, and knew after the first hour on my mat, that this would be my home for the rest of my life. I came to my mat, to heal many physical and mental injuries from a lifetime of gymnastics and ballet. This was the first time I experienced myself in my body, with my breath surrounded by healing, non-competitive energy. As I closed the door to a life of competition, strive for perfection, and the need to please others through not taking care of myself, a new door of health, wellness, and spirit opened up. I have trained and practiced with many different teachers who come from all different backgrounds. I am perpetually inspired by teachers all over the world and draw on their knowledge and experience to inspire my own teachings.

    I completed my 200-hr teacher training through YogaWorks, with Natasha Rizopolous in 2010, and began teaching 2 weeks later. I have studied in India for 4 months of sustainable living, practicing yoga and deepening my spirituality through independent study and meditation. Once I returned from India, my interest in meditation blossomed, and I have since participated in a couple of silent 7-10 day retreats, meditating on kindness (metta) and mindfulness (vipassana), learning how to bring these two principles in my daily life, on and off of my yoga mat.


  • roberta whitney newRoberta 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


  • ginny jackson
    Ginny is a certified Yoga Therapist and 500 RYT. She has studied Kripalu yoga, Classical yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and various types of movement re-education. She is also a licensed massage therapist and has a master's degree in exercise physiology. Ginny's work aims to empower clients in self-inquiry and therapeutic movement to encourage greater awareness of body, mind, and spirit."


  • 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.)


  • lisa jeckLisa 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.


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    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.


  • pilar_ prime_portraitPilar Prime, CHHC, RYT 200, trained in Classical Yoga at the Portsmouth, NH branch of the YogaLife Institute, born of the Yoga Institute in Mumbai, India. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, affiliated with Columbia University, where she was certified as a Holistic Health Counselor. Pilar lives with her husband and daughter in Strafford, where they raise chickens, grow vegetables, and enjoy the country life. She teaches yoga, counsels in holistic nutrition, writes and gives workshops in and around the Seacoast area. Pilar is board-certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).

  • deborah_sisson_portraitDeborah 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.

  • dawn_klinker_portraitDawn Klinker, RYT500, is a graduate of the Yoga Life Institute's 200-hour and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs. She is certified by the Yoga Alliance, and has been informally practicing yoga since childhood. Now through her formal training she hopes to live a lifestyle that guides and inspires others toward tuning in to the body and soul's own natural and intrinsic wisdom. Integrating all facets of yoga into our daily lives is a lifelong process with no beginning and no end. There is no better place to start than right where you are.


  • haley portraitHaley Marie Walker's relationship with yoga began at a very young age and has strengthened over the last decade. Her introduction began with Bikram and over the years her desire to be challenged more mentally and emotionally lead her to practice and teach Vinyasa classes in Florida and Michigan. As an adventuring spirit, she has traveled to and lived in several different regions of the United States and the world. However, while change has been a frequent theme of her teens and early-20s, dedication to the practice and philosophy of yoga has been a constant. In September 2011, Haley moved to New Hampshire to enroll in the YogaLife Institute's Teacher Training Program. Having had the opportunity to deeply engage in a variety of yoga traditions, Haley offers a diverse knowledge base both physically and philosophically. With each class, she seeks to offer yoga as a grounding reprieve to people of all ages and abilities, giving an experience filled with peace, grace and strength.


  • carey clarkDr. Carey S. Clark is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs. Carey became interested in classical yoga after reading Dr. Butera's work and realizing that they both had attended the California Institute of Integral Studies for their doctoral degrees. Carey is a registered nurse and reiki master, and one of her main motivators for becoming certified as a yoga instructor was to be able to teach yoga and healing with her nursing students at University of Maine at Augusta. Carey has designed a yoga curriculum for BSN nursing students that includes weekly experiences with classical yoga and meditation, and academic work for the course is completed online. Carey is striving to work as a consultant to bring yoga as a healing therapy and self-care modality into more schools of nursing and healthcare settings.

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    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.


  • cheryl rossmanCheryl Rossman, RYT 
    is a 2014 graduate of the YogaLife Institute’s 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. Cheryl decided that becoming an adult instructor would be a nice compliment to the training she currently has. Her goal is to use her knowledge to teach families so that they may experience the joy of yoga together.

    She is a certified children’s yoga instructor and has additional training in Yoga for Children with ADHD, Autism and Those Who are Differently-Abled, Yoga Minded Teenagers, and Reiki I.  Her hope is to help children use yoga to enjoy learning.  A happy healthy mind and body are the first steps.  So often test anxiety and peer pressure becomes a brick wall to children; yoga provides the relaxation and focus to overcome these obstacles! 

    Cheryl believes in giving back to the community and enjoys volunteering in schools and programs that make the world a better place for children.  She has practiced yoga for over 10 years in various settings. She uses her breath on a daily basis to remain focused and balanced. 

    Currently, Cheryl enjoys teaching yoga classes in the seacoast area for Let’s Get Movin’ Yoga and Nutrition, for schedule of classes go to www.letsgetmovin.com

     

     

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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.


FACULTY

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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_newBrian 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.

nick_rostDr. 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 portraitSally 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.

bob_butura_portraitCo-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.

erin_byronCo-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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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