Teacher Bios

Melissa Scagliarini, E-RYT is a veteran instructor with over 10 years of teaching experience, including an in-depth 500-hr. training with the Himalayan Institute in India during the winter of 2010. Melissa is well-known in the Lakes Region for her dynamic Vinyasa Flow classes which combine sequences to build strength and physical awareness with a focus on breath and overall wellbeing.   Melissa’s warm, good-natured personality paired with her challenging Ashtanga- inspired yoga classes are bound to leave you feeling grounded, energized, and well cared for in your practice.

Stacey Gibbons is the former Owner and Director of Earth and Sky Yoga in Wolfeboro,NH. She is certified in Forrest Yoga, Power Vinyasa, Jaguar Path Vinyasa Flow Yoga and has trained with Manju Jois in the Ashtanga system, and has also attended workshops with Bo Forbes. She completed her Advanced Forrest Yoga Teacher Training in 2009 and recently graduated from the Jaguar Path Institute with a certification in Peruvian Shamanism. In addition to her Master Certifications in Traditional and Shamanic Reiki with Llyn Roberts (Author of The Good Remembering, Shamanic Reiki, and Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness), she has also completed the Master Healer and Shapeshifter Apprecticeship program and has been named Senior Teaching Assistant to Llyn. Stacey is also a Karuna Reiki Master, has trained in Shamanic, Light and Sound, and Stewardship of the Earth practices with Cie Simurro, and holds an Advanced Certification in Kolaimni Healing as taught by Grandmother Mechi of Cherokee descent. Stacey holds her ongoing apprenticeship with Laurie Farrell very dear to her as Laurie is a Master Healer in multiple disciplines including Traditional Medicine ways. Stacey is the creatrix of “The Wilderness Within”, a nine week credit course offered to high school student’s which combines a Reiki Certification, Native American Wisdom, Yoga and its Philosophy, and Meditation. This course is school board approved.

My personal work began during a 15 year struggle with Anxiety and Depression that culminated in a near death experience. It forced me to delve into my deepest emotional wounds. I rediscovered my gifts as an intuitive and medium, something that I had hidden away as a child out of fear and confusion. My struggles, my pain, and my triumphs catapulted me into my soul’s truth and my deep desire to help guide others into the light of their own potential.

Denise Porter-Kemp:

Hannah Peaslee is a native to the woods of Sandwich, NH and was first introduced to yoga while studying at Quinnipiac University where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009. Since graduating from the Vidya Vinyasa Teacher Training in May 2012 she has been sharing her passion for the Vinyasa Flow style which connects movement with breath to create an invigorating environment for her students. Hannah believes yoga should be fun as well as a commitment to discovering yourself in mind, body, and spirit. Expect classes to focus on alignment and to develop physical awareness from the inside out, while building strength and flexibility.

Sandra McBournie: After years of practicing nursing and studying alternative health and healing methods with a casual yoga practice on the side, Sandra decided to dive into a serious yoga study. She is thrilled to have completed her 200-hour Vidya Vinyasa yoga teacher training in spring of 2012 at Dragonfly Yoga Barn.  As a full-time nursing professor and busy mother of two teens, Sandra is excited to have the 8 fold path in her life and to share the mind/body principles of yoga with her students in the classroom and studio.  In spring of 2013 Sandra started the journey to combine the love of the outdoors with yoga by completing a two -day teacher training in PaddleBoard Yoga. She now brings her practice to one of her favorite places-the water! Sandra lives in Holderness, and enjoys hiking and biking, and skiing in the White Mountains, and boating, swimming and paddling on Squam Lake!

Donna Sullivan found yoga in 2006 and has never looked back. “I felt so light and energized after my fist class I knew this was something I wanted to explore further.” She continued practicing different styles of yoga including ashtanga, power yoga, vinyasa flow, and restorative yoga. “The more I practiced and learned, the more I saw how yoga was doing more for me than just creating flexibility and strength in my body. My desire to share the experiences and benefits of my own practice with others led me to teaching.” In 2010 Donna finished her 200HR yoga teacher training and in August 2011 she opened Blissful Lotus Yoga in Plymouth. She teaches a gentle to moderate style of flow yoga focusing on connecting movement with breath, offering her students the space they need to experience the poses and the process of a yoga practice for themselves. “Since I started yoga in mid-life, I have an acute sense of what it means to come to my mat from wherever I am at the moment and I tell whoever I can that it’s never too late to start.” In addition to teaching yoga, Donna continues her training by taking workshops and regular attendance of various yoga classes. She is currently enrolled in a 500 HR YTT program at Sharing Yoga in Concord, NH. Outside the studio, Donna helps her husband Brian run their graphic design business and loves spending time with her family and new grandson.

Jennifer Whitcher:

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