Ruth Abelmann

abelmann ruthRuth Abelmann graduated in 2002 from the Integrative Yoga Therapy program at the Prana Studio for Yoga and Health with Hannelore Moebius in Durham, NH and recently the YogaLife Institute's 500 hour Classical Yoga teacher training program. Ruth feels lucky to have found yoga in her 30's and loves introducing and sharing the gift of yoga on the mat and off the mat with others. She has taught in many different settings finding that her passion for the physical, philosophical spiritual and psychological aspects of yoga blend well with her professional work in Student Affairs at UNH. Ruth is energized by the forever evolving journey of living and teaching yoga, exploring and integrating yoga with life, students, family, community and friends.

Ruth has shared her graduation speech with us, please click here.

Maura Abramo

abramo mauraMaura has found Yoga to be essential to her well-being, developing a more regular and consistent practice over the past 10 years. Through a variety of health issues, family dynamics, work struggles, and emotional challenges, she has always found that yoga was always there for her whenever she was ready. It is the grounding practice that allows her to reconnect, slow down, look inward, and quiet her mind from all the swirling distractions.

Maura graduated from YogaLife Institute's 200 hr. Classical Yoga Teaching program in December 2019. Since 2012, Maura has been working as a Physical Therapist Assistant which allows her to work with patients in an intimate one-on-one setting providing therapeutic treatments that are individualized for safety and effectiveness, while providing variations to keep patients free from pain. In 2013, Maura completed a 25-hr. Chair Yoga Certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and in 2015 completed an 18-hr. Restorative Yoga Workshop with Erin Ehlers. Maura combines her yoga skills, training, and experience with those gained from her physical therapy experience in order to create a unique experience for her students by accessing her in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, pathophysiology, injuries and contraindications. Through her choice of language and cueing, she is able to facilitate her students' awareness of their own bodies and make each student feel that they are exactly where they should be on any given day. Maura is passionate about teaching private clients and small groups to cultivate a more personalized and individual experience for her students. Off the mat, Maura loves to travel and explore with her husband, spend time outside hiking, running, and paddle boarding, as well as cooking, reading, spoiling her two kitties (aka the bunnies) and being a homebody the rest of the time!

Dawn Barker

barker dawnDawn Barker is a graduate of the YogaLife Institute's 200-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training program. Dawn is also a certified human resource professional and has a master’s in organizational leadership.

“Yoga found me at a time in my life where I had so many balls in the air; I am not sure how I kept them all going. Truth be told, I had them all going but at what cost and how well was I managing it all… my family, my body and stress level would probably tell you a different story. My yoga “practice” was more about the physical practice and “comparing” myself than any mind, body connection. The 200- hour program at YogaLife was transformative. I have learned to listen to my breath, my body and my higher being in order to feel confident, present and happy.”

I want to hold space for others to explore and notice their physical, emotional and spiritual being in order to shine their light brighter, and discover their best self.

Dawn is currently teaching at Live Free Yoga in Epping, NH

Karen Batchelder

batchelder karenKaren Batchelder is a graduate of YogaLife Institute's 200-hour and 500-hour Classical Yoga Teacher Training programs and the Level 1 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.

"I aspire to help others seeking relief from stress and anxiety by integrating these wonderful tools and personal discoveries into my gentle yoga classes where relaxation is a focal point. My intention is to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all levels of ability, ages, and body types."

"Yoga therapy is a personalized approach to health and wellness that helps clients understand and transform their stress and anxiety. Yoga Therapy sessions utilize yoga philosophy and its practices, including conversation, gentle yoga postures, breath and relaxation to help restore health and peace of mind."

Karen is the graphic designer, website administrator, and marketing coordinator for Julie Rost Yoga.

Nancy Beach

beach nancyNancy Beach has been teaching Classical yoga for over 5 years and has completed the 500 hour training level with YogaLife Institute of NH. When not teaching yoga, Nancy and her husband spend a lot of time playing with their two golden retrievers and running a video production company in Portsmouth, NH. The Bhagavad Gita says, "On this path (yoga) no effort is wasted, no gain is ever reversed; even a little of this practice will shelter you from great sorrow." Nancy brings this philosophy of her yoga practice to every class. Teaching the Classical Yoga (Hatha) style, Nancy starts the class with a short discussion allowing each student to create a personal intention that is carried through the rest of the class through every pose (asana). Each class ends with a short meditation. Every student is honored whether a beginner or an experienced yogi.

Yoga Philosophy with Julie Rost


Bring Your Yoga to Life!

Insights, teachings and practices
centered on yoga philosophy, yoga therapy and the natural world.

Click here to learn more.

Mill Yoga Classes


A wellness center offering yoga classes, massage therapy, and reiki.

Click here to learn more.


Graduate Biographies

 We believe that those individuals who live their Yoga make the best Yoga instructors.

white yogalife logo


6 Chestnut Street

Suite A

Exeter, NH 03833



Our Newsletter

Insights, teachings and practices centered on yoga philosophy, yoga therapy and the natural world.