Allison Parks Dugas has been teaching yoga since 2010 and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. She is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute of NH's 200-hour and advanced 300 hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs and has completed an additional 300 hour training in Comprehensive Yoga Therapy at Yogalife. She began her yoga journey in 1999 studying Ashtanga and vinyasa-style yoga. She was drawn to the benefits of a physical practice. When she discovered the YogaLife Institute’s Teacher Training program, she was at a different place in her life, married with two small children, she wanted to prioritize her self-care and expand her understanding of yoga to help her navigate life better. This deeper dive into yoga included not only the physical practices but also the mental, spiritual and philosophical elements as well as a gentler form. It has helped her to feel whole and at peace despite what goes on around her. It has helped her understand suffering and apply the tools of yoga to help alleviate it. Prior to teaching yoga, Allison earned her masters degree in Elementary Education and was a 4th grade teacher. Being a former gymnast and figure skater, Allison has gravitated toward exploring the relationship of how the body, breath and mind relate to one another and how they are a vehicle to connect to our true nature, our authentic self. Yoga has truly been a gift to her and she enjoys sharing that gift with others in her studio classes, workshops, one-on-one and as a senior teacher in the Yogalife teacher training programs. Even when she is off her mat, she continues to practice yoga by bringing the tools and benefits she has gained from the practice into her day-to-day life.
Slavica Popov Meinhold graduated from the YogaLife Institute's 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Program in March 2013. My first encounter with yoga happened in 1998. It was a love at first sight, which has developed over the years into a deep relationship, with many benefits for my entire being. Yoga gave me the tools that have been helping me the through the life: from simply being in shape, maintain positive attitude to becoming more connected to myself. I enjoy practicing asanas and expressing myself through the movement of my body. But the study of yoga offered me also the paths towards my inner strength and flexibility, peace and acceptance. Recently I started sharing this exciting experience of journey into yoga teaching on Sunday morning at Ocean Spirit Yoga in Portsmouth, NH. These classes are designed with the idea of the first baby steps into yoga practice: simple, open and accessible.
Pilar Prime, CHHC, trained in Classical Yoga at 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).
Karen Prindle 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.
Lisa Rockenmacher, M.A.T., ERYT- 500 and YACEP, is a senior faculty member for the YogaLifeNH teacher training program. Lisa is dedicated to encouraging others to share their gifts through helping them discern and embody their unique wisdom. Her yoga certifications include Classical Yoga E-RYT 500, Kundalini Yoga (including 120 hours of Level 2 training), and 300 hours of Comprehensive Yoga Therapy education. Lisa’s love of exploring energy and consciousness is an integral part of her work not only as a yoga teacher, but also as an intuitive healer and Reiki master teacher; she is certified in Usui-Tibetan as well as Karuna Reiki. Lisa’s teaching invites self- inquiry, spontaneity, and the opportunity for her students to be receptive to awareness of mind, body, and breath as a path to inner wisdom.
Lisa has many years of experience teaching chakra classes, workshops, and series. As a result of her yoga experience and intuitive energy teaching and practice, Lisa has gained an experiential knowledge of how energy feels in the body. She enjoys awakening and encouraging this energy awareness in others. Lisa’s classes use many varied modalities to facilitate learning, enjoyment, and increased understanding for all types of students. When teaching in a group setting, Lisa is sensitive and responsive to the needs of the moment; her classes are cohesive, energy-balancing, and welcoming to all.