Brianna Renner, E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®
Originally from southern New Hampshire, Brianna spent her childhood as a ballerina and her young adult life as a United States Marine. She only attended one yoga class and while she enjoyed it, totally missed the point. While pregnant with her first daughter, she figured she would give yoga a genuine try; and loved it. She began teaching 4 years later and continues to love every moment. Brianna earned her 200 hour certification in the Kripalu tradition through Discovery Yoga in St Augustine Fl, has 50 hours of Mindful Resilience Yoga Training through the Veterans Yoga Project (with whom she is the Director of Programs and Ambassador) and recently completed her 500 hour certification through the Soma Yoga Institute. On a personal level, Brianna is a wife to an amazingly wonderful and supportive husband and mother to two beautiful girls. She teaches ballet and tap at Dance Arts Academy in Sunapee, NH and teaches a veterans yoga class at the White River Junction VA facility. “Thank you so much for wanting to share your yoga practice with me. I look forward to meeting you on the mat!”
Jonah Ruh Roberts
Jonah has studied yoga since 2007 in the yoga intensive region of North Shore Boston. Her informal training is in the anusara and ashtanga styles. She is passionate about yoga as it applies to the health of body, mind and spirit and finds regular practice essential to her own well-being. She loves sharing vinyasa flow with others and brings particular attention to breath, alignment and intention. Jonah began teaching at Flowing Forms Yoga shortly before the studio closed and is devoted to keeping a yoga studio open in the Newport Area. She is in training for herbology with a particular focus on Chinese Medicine and is an insured yoga instructor. Jonah lives happily on the permaculture-based, medicinal herb focused homestead she is cultivatingvwith her husband in Unity, NH.
“I teach the Medicine Wheel patterns in an effort to share the wisdom of many elders in a blend of customs, taken from 30 years of study & practice. I believe the Sacred Tree stands in the center of the circle, heartstrong & tall, joining life’s elements in the ancient dance; as above, so below. Each of us lives the circle in our own pattern, but know our circles do overlap as we are all intertwined. No one thing lives without the aid of another, no one act stands alone, all is one, one is all, all is Divine. I offer yoga asana classes in Hatha, restorative, yin, & chair. Conversations on yoga as lifestyle, heirloom foodstuffs, seed saving, peace, animal rescue. Also good health tips, herbal salts, vinegars, and remedies for pets & their humans. It’s all Good Medicine.” For more information and to study privately with Charleigh or see her other offerings, visit her website at Medicine Wheel 4 Directions.
Meghan Davis is a professional musician and music educator, as well as a paramedic. Meghan has taught swimming, music, EMS and Medical Assistant courses, and has her Crossfit Level 1 Trainer Certificate. She is very excited to now be working on her RYT 200 and begin teaching at Namaste Newport and to begin incorporating yoga into her preschool music classes. Yoga was not love at first downward dog for Meghan when she first tried yoga in 1998 and she began her current mode of practice rather reluctantly in 2013 to combat the toll taken on her body by running and weightlifting, but soon found it to be an important part of her life, for both physical and spiritual well being. Finding the best type of practice and teachers for her were all that had been missing. Meghan is passionate about health, nutrition and sustainable, local food and lives with her husband, kids, a few furry pets and a colony of honey bees.
I have been spending time in this beautiful area of NH for over 30 years – and love being out in nature in all the four seasons.
The practice of Yoga has the ability to make life a lot brighter ~ bringing both freedom and an inner calm. My own practice brings me into the present moment and home to myself again and again.
I have been influenced most significantly by my primary teacher, Barbara Benagh, from who I received my 500 hour in-depth studies teaching certification in 2014, as well by Tom Alden, Sarah Powers, and Angela Farmer. I have also studied with Doug Keller, Baxter Bell, Tias Little, and Richard Freeman. I continue to study with Barbara, Tom and Sarah. Am grateful for the opportunity to discuss ‘all things yoga’ with you, and share and explore the ‘Slow Flow” and ‘Yin” style practices of Hatha Yoga.
Alexander received his 200 hours YTC at Shoshoni, an ashram and retreat in Rollinsville, CO, in 2015. He is passionate about yoga, martial arts, and the natural world. He has recently moved back to his mother’s farm in Goshen with his partner, Sofia, and their newborn daughter, Vera. Being new to teaching, he looks forward to the personal growth of both his students, and himself.
Deb Heimann completed her 200-hour certification training with Ana Forrest in 2014. Deb has a passion for connecting students to their authentic selves. Her focus is on building strength and tenacity through deep breathing, centering, and grounding in each asana. She teaches at Upper Valley Yoga in White River Junction and at the Howling Hound studio in Woodstock.
Leigh Ann Root
Leigh Ann Root has been teaching fitness classes since 1991. In 2009, Leigh Ann began her journey toward yoga after completed a PIYO (pilates & yoga) certification. This class style was natural for her to introduce to the health club environment she had been connected to, with its focus on core, flexibility and strength. After falling in love with the physical benefits of yoga, the spiritual flowed in. In 2009 she trained at the Marianne Wells Yoga School and earned her 200 hour teaching certificate. From 2010 through 2013, Leigh Ann owned and operated Reaching Roots Yoga Company in Claremont, NH. Leigh Ann teaches an athletic, vinyasa based class combined with creative chorography. Her belief is that we should all meet ourselves on the mat, just as we are. With this belief, each student has a foundation for a beautiful yoga experience.
Laura Syria / Inderpal Kaur
Laura is a 200 hour IKTYA (International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association) and Yoga Alliance certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She is currently working toward a 500 hour certification. She is certified to teach Conscious Pregnancy yoga and has completed KRI’s Lifestyles & Lifecycles training. Laura is also a Postpartum Doula working toward becoming a Labor and Support Doula. She came to Kundalini yoga in 2010 as a means for healing from emotional and physical trauma. The first class was an experience she won’t forget and she knew she was hooked. In 2011 she began teacher training with Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa. Kundalini Yoga has been an integral part of her life since she first began practicing. She continues to be in awe of the healing potential of this practice.
Adam has over 2,000 hours experience teaching yoga in a variety of settings, from offices to mountaintops. He Leads a daily morning meditation group and offers mantra (Yoga of sound vibration) and kirtan (group meditation with singing/instruments) practices with groups throughout the New England community. His education includes 500 plus hours certified teacher training in Integral Yoga; 300 plus hours Jivamukti teacher training; over 100 hours teacher training in The Yoga of Recovery; and ongoing teacher training (currently 300 plus hours) in the style of shakti flow.