Leslie Carleton. I have been practicing yoga for 26 years and teaching for the past 20. I first completed teacher training in the Iyengar lineage with Gabriel Halpern, and studied with many wonderful Iyengar teachers including Roger Cole, Manuso Manos and Jo Zukovich. In the late nineties I found myself in an Ashtanga Vinyasa class wtih Tim Miller and was ecstatic with how liberating it felt to move! I completed Ashtanga teacher training with David Swenson and later on studied also with Shiva Rea, Beryl Bender Birch, Schuyler Grant and other “innovators” of classic form. Now, I essentially teach what I practice, which is a form of Vinyasa yoga that blends influences of Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions to create a flow practice that uniquely balances vigorous challenge with ease and serenity. In July of 2011, I had brain surgery to remove a non-cancerous tumor, and I lost my right side balance nerve and much of the hearing in that ear. In the wake of this challenging experience and its aftereffects, I have felt my practice deepen and ripen into something sustainable, nourishing, and unique to my own circumstances. I try to offer that same kind of experience to my students. It is my intention to encourage students to develop a practice that is sustainable, beneficial, and personally meaningful.
Sharon Gouveia Comeau has been practicing yoga since 1999. She practiced primarily Bikram yoga until moving to the upper valley in 2003, when she discovered Upper Valley Yoga and the joy of the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition. She has taken workshops in Ashtanga yoga with David Swenson and Beryl Bender Birch, and just completed a 200 hour hatha yoga teacher training with Deb Neubauer, a certified Anusara yoga teacher. Sharon is known for her clear teaching style, welcoming presence, and sense of fun and exploration she brings to the practice.
Stacey Glazer has been practicing yoga since 1988; in NYC, Boulder,CO, Arizona and here in the Upper Valley. During her seven years in Boulder, she studied at Richard Freeman’s studio, the Yoga Workshop. Over the years she has practiced many different forms of yoga, but her passion continues to lie with the Ashtanga-Vinyasa lineage, and her teacher training has been primarily with Beryl Bender Birch. Stacey has taught Children’s Yoga in after-school programs and at camp. In addition to being a regular instructor at Upper Valley Yoga, she also attends classes regularly.
Justine Fahey has been practicing yoga since 1998, first in Cambridge, MA at Baron Baptiste’s studio and then in the Upper Valley since 2000. Mainly focusing on Astanga and vinyasa practices, she believes yoga is integral to both physical and emotional well-being. Justine lives in the Upper Valley with her husband, three kids, dog and cats.
Erin Tunnicliffe began practicing yoga in 1996, and has been teaching since 2002,when she completed David Swenson’s Ashtanga primary series teacher training. She credits local teachers Stephen Leslie and Chris Buhner with igniting her love of yoga as well as instilling the importance of a daily practice. Erin has completed Sarah Power’s Insight (yin) Yoga and Meditation teacher training levels I and II, and has incorporated this highly complementary style of yoga to her personal as well as teaching practices. Erin has also studied with Sage Rountree in her Teaching Yoga to Athletes program. Yoga has become a platform for broader study into the Eastern contemplative traditions, and Erin regularly attends workshops on these subjects at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she serves as a member of the board of trustees. Erin’s day job is with her MBA alma mater, the Tuck School.
Bri embarked on her yoga journey in college, when her friend (now husband) Geoff brought her to a class at the university gym. As an avid athlete, she grew to love its therapeutic benefits. Her practice has since blossomed, and Bri has developed a deep appreciation for the healing effects of yoga and meditation on the mind, body, and heart. Bri has a Masters Degree in Education and taught high school math for three years in New York City before moving to the Upper Valley. She earned her certification to teach yoga through Lotus Gardens Yoga in Sherman, CT in 2009 and completed the Anusara Immersion I in Darien, CT. She weaves energetic flow with deep relaxation in her classes, focusing on correct alignment and body and breath awareness.
Jennifer Armstrong While studying dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jenny had the opportunity to study Pilates with a first generation Pilates teacher, Kathy Grant and got hooked! After college she moved overseas to teach, and began suffering from daily back pain. Returning to her roots, she decided to leave that job and re-organize her life around health and wellness, which brought her back to Pilates and yoga. Jenny received her Intermediate Reformer and Matwork Certification from STOTT Pilates in April of 2007, and has been teaching ever since. She has been incorporating yoga into her own practice since college and just recently completed the Anusara Immersion with Deb Neubauer. She enjoys seeing people connect more deeply with their bodies, helping them to feel stronger both in their favorite physical activities and in their daily lives. Having experienced the benefits of Pilates and yoga in her own life, she is excited to explore the combination of these two techniques with others!
Susan Kapp Monaghan, M.Ed. began practicing Hatha Yoga in 1997, before her daughter Eve was born. She has studied Astanga Yoga with Stephen Leslie, Beryl Bender, Kathy McNames, David and Doug Swenson and many others over the years. She has recently spent a month on Maui training with Nancy Gilgoff in the Astanga tradition. She completed her Astanga Primary Series teachers training with David Swenson in 2000. Susan brings to her daily practice over 25 years of dance training, specifically modern and contact improvisation. Moving meditation has enabled Susan to balance her life with her partner John, as a mother, artist, engineer and teacher. Susan has been teaching Astanga and Hatha Yoga classes in the Upper Valley since 2000. When she isn’t in the studio her practice includes tutoring and teaching mathematics. She hopes to pass on her love of learning, movement and the bliss all we all seek in a balanced life.
Angie Follensbee-Hall has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1996. Angie studies with many great teachers of various lineages in between making Handmade Paper Wall hangings, and raising two beautiful daughters! In 2005, her eldest daughter suffered a serious illness. During her daughter’s recovery, Angie began to seek ways of finding peace and a sense of wholeness, and she returned to the practice of Yoga with renewed vigor. In 2007, she graduated from Yoga teacher training with Linda Lalita Winnick, of Shakti Yoga and The Ayurvedic Enrichment Institute, of Woodstock, NY., and she is currently enrolled in Linda’s 500 hour Advanced Teacher Training. Angie’s training is unique in its application of Ayurvedic principles and practices. In each class, asanas are chosen in accordance with Ayurvedic principles of seasonal balance. Angie’s classes are vinyasa based, and incorporate alignment elements of Anusara and Iyengar Yoga, as well as the deep soul connection from the Kundalini Yoga practice. Angie has studied with top teachers in all these styles. Angie lives in Cornish, NH with her husband Joshua (who sometimes accompanies Angie’s classes with live music) her two daughters, and her many animal companions.
Jamie Donnelly is a certified Yoga Therapist with a background in Power and Prenatal Yoga. Her diverse background enables her to incorporate in her classes not just the physical but the emotional and energetic qualities of a well rounded yoga practice. Her classes will give you a healthy workout while leaving you with a relaxed mind and energetic spirit.
Christina Tangredi has been practicing yoga since 2006 and has recently completed her 500-hour RYT training with Todd and Tamara McLaughlin at Native Yoga Center in Juno Beach, Florida. Her practice and learning has been focused on the Ashtanga yoga tradition. Since 2006 yoga has risen to play an important role in her everyday life. She continues to appreciate its positive effects on both the body and psyche as a path to health and wellbeing. Her time in Florida at Native Yoga Center has solidified the important role that Yoga practice will play for the rest of her life. Her ever developing understanding of meditation techniques through routine asana and pranayama practice has helped her find inner peace through a process that enables her to disengage from the mental chatter of the mind in order to tap into a place of peace and clarity. Since relocating to the Upper Valley area with her husband she is looking forward to continuing her practice and making a new home at Upper Valley Yoga.
As a child in a restless body, Liz Dion would often find her own unofficial yoga poses to play with. It was not until her first year studying Nutrition at the University of Vermont that she was attracted to formal yoga classes. She quickly fell in love with the “after effects” of a calm, quiet mind. Noticing how powerful these subtle changes were she decided to take time off from college and do a 200-hour teacher training with School Yoga Institute in Walpole, New Hampshire. She is now studying with the National Academy of Sports Medicine to become a Certified Personal Trainer, and will return to UVM in the spring. With hope to inspire uplifting change in the hearts of her students, she focuses on compassion for one’s self and taking the time to play in practice.
Liz just recently relocated to New Hampshire with her husband and two boys after living eleven years in Hawaii. Her journey with yoga began as a young teenager when through a random, yet auspicious, opportunity she took a yoga course at a nearby college. Here, in savasana, she experienced a sense of peace and wellbeing, a feeling that was in profound contrast to her daily expression of herself. It took fifteen years for the seed that was planted then to germinate into a dedicated practice. Now, after almost 20 years of daily yoga, Liz is humbly grateful to this life-affirming path that consistently realigns her physical body, thoughts and innermost intentions with more joy and a deep sense of ease. Liz has been teaching for yoga for 17 years. Her dynamic teaching style is influenced by in-depth study in a variety of Hatha Yoga styles with many, many wonderful teachers including Ashtanga Yoga’s Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, Tim Miller, and Bhavani Maki; Anusara Yoga’s Desiree Rumbaugh and Noah Maze, and Integrative Yoga Therapy’s Joseph Le Page. Her flow classes weave together creative sequencing, clear alignment, and mindful breathing with compassionate self-inquiry and form a tapestry that reflects her heartfelt commitment to this transformative path.