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October 1, 2011
Nashua Community College, 505 Amherst Street, Nashua, NH
  Donnalee Lozeau was elected the 55th Mayor of the City of Nashua in November of 2007. As mayor she serves a four-year term, managing New Hampshire’s second largest city with 87,000 residents and 2,850 employees. Mayor Lozeau’s career in public service began in 1984 when she was first elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives from Nashua’s Ward 5. During her sixteen years in the legislature, she became a leader on criminal justice, housing, healthcare and youth programs, while also tackling key issues such as kindergarten, school funding, juvenile justice, and the death penalty. As Deputy Speaker of the House in 1998, Mayor Lozeau was named to New Hampshire Magazine’s list of Ten Most Powerful Women.  From 1994 to 2008, Donnalee worked as the Director of Program and Community Development at Southern New Hampshire Services. Collaborating with businesses, service providers, and government agencies, she helped develop hundreds of units of housing for seniors and the homeless, expanded child care and Head Start programs and established the Economic Opportunity Center to encourage financial self-sufficiency and assist with employment opportunities. For her dedication to community service, the mayor was recognized with the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce’s Eminence Award for Volunteer of the Year in 2004, and the United Way of Greater Nashua’s Max I. Silber Community Service Award in 2006.  Mayor Lozeau, a third-generation Nashua native, attended public schools and Rivier College. She and her husband of 25 years, David, have three children and two grandchildren.
  Georgette Boudreau is the owner of Grand Graphics and Bridal Studio. She has a B.A. in graphic design/advertising design with minor in fine arts and arts and crafts. She founded a French Club with two goals in mind: preserving French culture and helping children in need.  Over the years, Georgette has survived two different types of cancer.  She began practicing yoga in 2007 through the YogaCaps "Thriving with Yoga Program" for those with cancer and their caregivers, and has been a faithful attendee ever since!  In fact, she is in the process of becoming a yoga teacher, with the goal of serving cancer survivors. Of her experience with yoga, Georgette says "I feel that I have come home!".
  SUBTLE YOGA FOR REJUVENATION... YOGIC WARM-UPS with Jay Gupta, accompanied by Richard Davis
Experience yoga as practiced by the yogis in Himalayas. After months of seated meditation in caves, yogis will warm-up and rejuvenate their bodies with this unique sequence. This will be a special treat for everybody before we transition into mat-based yoga classes, kirtan and/or meditation. It is very easy to do and extremely powerful on the subtle levels! Beginners will find SYR simple and rejuvenating as it is practiced standing or while seated on a chair.  More experienced yoga practitioners use this powerful combination of Mudra, Bandha, Pranayama, Pratayahar and Dharana to deepen their training.

Jay Gupta, RPh, MScIM, MTM Specialist, RYT co-founded YogaCaps, Inc.. with his wife Terry to help serve humanity by sharing healthy lifestyle practices.  Jay began his study of yoga in India in 1983 and has been exploring the depths of yoga since then. Throughout his life, he has endeavored to achieve a scientific understanding of yoga and has traveled from the Himalayas (India, Nepal, Tibet) to Kerala (southern most part of India) learning a variety of yoga and nature cure practices. Jay shares some of the practices from the Himalayan masters in his DVD Subtle Yoga for Rejuvenation and donates all the proceeds for advancing the science of yoga.  Among his yoga training is certification from the renowned Bihar School of Yoga.  He also serves as a community pharmacist.
Richard Davis
will play live music for the Subtle Yoga for Rejuvenation class. Richard is a sought-after kirtan musician with more than twenty years experience playing guitar, harmonium, and banjo for chanting, as well as producing albums and leading kirtans. He brings an enormous heart and soul to his music utilizing his experience in Indian music, jazz, pop, and classical music. He was the musical director for several years at Gurumayi’s ashram in South Fallsburg, NY, and has accompanied Shyamdas, Gaura Vani Aks, Krishna Das, Karnamrita, Radhanath Swami, Robert Gass, Prajna Hallstrom, and others. In addition to his kirtan music, Richard holds a degree in composition. He has also been active in music for film, television and popular music, having orchestrated and composed for feature films and television as well as accompanying artists such Phylicia Rashad, John Denver, Lulu, and others. He is currently a professor of Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston. But devotional music is his passion, as he says, “Kirtan is an offering. For those of us blessed with the gift of musical talent, it is our opportunity to share this gift for the uplifting of the world.”
10:15 -11:00 a.m.  
An introductory guided class to the systematic sequence of movements, breath and postures that comprise the ashtanga yoga system of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Moderately challenging.

Robert Moses spent over 20 years with his teacher Swami Vishnu-devananda and then settled with his wife in Dublin, NH to raise three children. He continues his sadhana practicing a synthesis of bhakti, karma, jnana and raja yoga as outlined by Swami Sivananda. Both he and his wife practice and teach ashtanga yoga according to the principles of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. He also publishes a magazine, Namarupa and annually guides people on spiritual pilgrimages to India.
  How to Create THE BEST LIFE EVER with Taylor Wells
Join Taylor Wells to see what many thousands of people have been talking about regarding her recipe for creating THE BEST LIFE EVER.  Taylor will teach you the three tools for creating THE BEST LIFE EVER and walk you through how to utilize these tools daily.  "Taylor is an inspiration and I always feel better after taking her class and reading her blogs.  She gives you real tools for a happy life and is down-to-earth and accessible."  Please beware:  you will feel happy and inspired after this session. 

Taylor Wells, M.A., M.Ed., RYT is a happy Super-mom of five; Co-founder, Co-owner, and Co-director of Prana Power Yoga (Brooklyn, Cambridge, Newton, NYC, and Winchester); Boston Herald Columnist; Clinical Psychologist; Boston Herald Blogger; Yoga Instructor; United Nations Yoga Peace Ambassador; Creator and sole writer of; and Consultant, teaching her clients how to create and live the best life ever.  Taylor’s first book-Create the Best Life Ever--is coming out soon.
A workshop for children to discover a playful innovative approach for moving yoga off the mat, integrating yoga postures and movement concepts. We will learn more about the many ways our bodies can move, which helps to stimulate healthy brain development and supports creative opportunities for confidence building and balance in body/mind/spirit. Using songs, games and appropriate relaxation techniques, this workshop is experiential and guaranteed to be lots of fun!

Rosemary Todd Clough has been teaching, exploring and creating through yoga and creative dance for over 30 years. A teacher to students of all ages, Rosemary brings a depth of experience and a playful approach to all of her classes and to her teacher training - She holds a BS in Early Childhood Education from Tufts University, and a Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher Certification. She is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, a Stott Pilates Teacher, and an experienced dancer. Rosemary has been on the teaching faculty of colleges, schools and nationally certified Yoga Teacher Training courses and was elected a teaching fellow at Harvard University. Rosemary is a mother of five and a grandmother.
  FILLED TO CAPACITY! (please make a different selection) YOGA AND SOUND HEALING IMMERSION with Cathie Ryder and Jenifer Stuckart
Tibetan singing bowls are 'struck and sung' in specific rhythmic patterns to create vibrational sound harmonics at the frequency of "AUM" or "OM". This sound frequency, known as that of Perfection, impacts the sympathetic nervous system as your brain waves synchronize to the vibrations of the bowls. The harmonic vibrations engage the relaxation reflex and slow down the respiratory, brain and heart rate and disrupt the pain reflex creating a deep sense of well being.

Cathie Ryder, E-RYT (500), on right, is the owner, operator of Yogamatters, and Yogamatters Teacher Training School. With over 28 years teaching experience has spent many years taking workshops and classes from some of the world’s best known and respected yoga teachers including Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden, Baron Baptiste, Cindy Lee, Gary Kraftow, David Swenson, and Elyse Browning Miller (expert on Yoga for Scoliosis).

Jenifer Stuckart, RYT (500), on left, is the Manager of Yogamatters. Jenifer runs the day to day operations as well as teaching classes. With a love for teaching and helping others, Jenifer has accumulated many years of training assisting Cathie Ryder in workshops and in teacher training programs.
  YOGA FOR EVERY BODY with Barbara Landry (Damanjeet) and Michelle Luks
Enjoy this combination mat/chair class to accommodate everyone, no matter what your past yoga experience may be. Modifications on the mat and/or the chair will make this an inspiring class as we experience the oneness we share in our practice despite the fact that we're all on a different physical path. The meditative flow will transcend all of us as we simply move and breathe together.

Michelle Luks, co-owner of Amherst Yoga, began her yoga practice over eight years ago. She was looking for a deeper mind body connection to enhance her indoor cycling instruction and instantly began to journey down the yoga path. Michelle is certified as an E-RYT Hatha yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance. As a Reiki Master, she sees the connection of the Yoga and Reiki philosophy's, and integrates them both into her teaching.
Barbara Landry (Damanjeet) is co-owner of Amherst Yoga together with Michelle Luks. She has been a student of yoga for over 13 years, teaching Hatha yoga for the past four plus years. In addition, she is a Reiki Master, trained in the Usui tradition with Libby Barnett. Barbara was recently ordained as an Interfaith Minister with the Rev. Stephanie Rutt at the Tree of Life Temple. Barbara is also a practicing attorney, and integrates the benefits of yoga, Reiki and a spiritual life to offer a holistic approach to life and its many challenges, as well as experiencing all of its joy. For more information, please visit and
  FILLED TO CAPACITY! (please make a different selection)  WALKING THE LABYRINTH FOR PEACE with Barb Ducharme and Mia Corinha
In this workshop, you can choose to let go of resentment, the sense of owing or being owed, and outdated emotional ties, and experience the freedom to move on in peace.   Bring a notebook or journal and an open mind.  Space is limited.

Barb Ducharme (on left) has led labyrinth walks and workshops in corporate, health care, educational and religious settings, as well as labyrinth tours in New England and abroad, and has built temporary and permanent labyrinths in a variety of public and private spaces.  Drawing on her education in human development and expertise in curriculum design, Barb creates labyrinth experiences that impact individuals in profound ways.  A founder of Labyrinth Guild of New England and longtime member of The Labyrinth Society, Barb holds a BA in psychology from Clark University, MBA from Simmons College, and EdM from Harvard University. 

Mia Corinha (on right) first learned about Labyrinths from the well-known geomancer Sig Lonegren in the mid 1980s.  Mia holds multiple advanced certifications in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Language & Behavior Profiling, hypnosis, and life/work coaching and has a particular interest in combining these helping tools to design meaningful Labyrinth experiences. Mia is a past director of the Labyrinth Guild of New England and holds a BA in Theatre Art and English from Clark University (where she met Barb). She has led and co-led experiential labyrinth workshops for the Guild, the Labyrinth Society, and other venues in the US and abroad. She lives in Nahant, MA with her husband, 2 cats, and a Labyrinth in the back yard.
11:30 am - 12:15 pm  
  ALIGN WITH YOUR DESIGN! with Ginny Jackson
Re-educate your body and develop kinesthetic awareness using non-strenuous movements to resolve stiffness, soreness, pain and restricted range of motion. This workshop will have a special focus on wrists, shoulders and the neck. You will learn to identify tension patterns and restore a sense of ease and efficiency to movement. Bring a yoga mat, an eyebag or small towel to the session.

Ginny Jackson has over thirty years of experience working in the field of health and wellness. She has run wellness programs in Vermont and South Carolina and is very well known in this area with regards to yoga and Somatics (a specific form of movement re-education). Ginny holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and a licensed massage therapist. Her overall goal is to help each person reach and achieve their individual movement potential.  For more information visit
  FILLED TO CAPACITY! (please make a different selection) BEING PEACE &  CARRYING YOUR PEACE FORWARD with Barbara Thorngren, Paula Super and Georgette Boudreau
In the spirit of “carrying forward” our peace, the benefits of NH Yoga for Peace will continue to multiply in many ways! Join representatives from the nonprofit causes who will receive your donations from this conference as they briefly overview their services: (1) the benefits of yoga for those with cancer (Thriving with Yoga, YogaCaps Inc.), (2) nourishment and safety checks for homebound and often isolated/frail elders (Meals on Wheels, St. Joseph's Community Services), and (3) how you can learn to incorporate peace education into your personal and professional life (Peace and Social Justice Studies, Nashua Community College). Through a video presentation, you’ll meet NCC students who are working towards nonviolent structures that support authentic, sustainable paths towards wholeness. You will also learn a quick Coherence technique that can be used to help bring balance in the midst of life challenges.

Barbara Thorngren is a Professor and Peace and Social Justice Studies Coordinator at Nashua Community College.  Most recently, Barbara has lead two international study abroad courses to the University for Peace in Costa Rica.  As a former nurse, volunteer EMT/firefighter and current Reiki practitioner, Barbara brings an element of health awareness and healing to her work as an educator.  Barbara graduated from Antioch New England Graduate School in 1993 with her M.Ed and has worked at the elementary, middle, high school and college levels developing and delivering a wide variety of courses.  She has volunteered as the facilities coordinator for the Alternatives to Violence Project program at the NH State Prison for Men since 2001.  Barbara’s work reflects shared responsibility and shared leadership, and is grounded in sustainability, community service and conflict transformation.
Paula Super
has enjoyed yoga classes for many years. Presently, she attends class with Jay Gupta at the Merrimack Senior Center, where she enjoys chair yoga, laughter yoga and camaraderie with a nice group of people.
  FILLED TO CAPACITY! (please make a different selection) CHAIR YOGA with Amy King
Join this chair yoga class for a gentle, enjoyable and rejuvenating session of yoga. No prior yoga experience is required.

Amy King has been practicing various forms of yoga for many years. Amy is a 200 hour yoga teacher training graduate from Frog Pond Yoga. She teaches at Yoga and Meditation at Yoga For Health in Lunenburg, MA, and enjoys volunteering her time with YogaCaps, Inc.. by offering a popular chair yoga session on Friday mornings for Merrimack Seniors.  Yoga is her passion.
  CHAKRA BLISS with Lisa Loring
Class opens with a chant to Patanjali and included gentle stretching and asana particular to each chakra and ends with a chakra tuning and meditation.

Lisa Loring is the founder of Zaanti Yoga and Meditation Studio.  She has been practicing yoga for over 18 years and is an Embodyoga instructor, a practice using traditional yoga techniques to explore the inner relationship of the body and mind and their fluid, outward expression of this relationship through movement and stillness. Finding the way to this graceful expression of consciousness leads us to an appreciation of ourselves and our practice (wherever we are on any given day!), perhaps allowing us to leave behind notions that we need to change or improve and noticing that, as a result, we offer our unique and beautiful expressions back to consciousness.
  KUNDALINI YOGA with Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa
Kundalini Yoga is an ancient tradition designed to heal body, mind and soul through postures, breathing exercises, meditation, chanting and relaxation. Anyone can do it, but it's a bit challenging for everyone. You will experience benefits in your very first class- peace, relaxation, physical conditioning. All levels warmly welcome.

Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa is an artist and teacher dedicated to healing through yoga and art. She teaches at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Monadnock Community Hospital /Bond Wellness Center, the Antrim Girls Shelter, Omega Institute for Holistic Health and sliding scale class at the Union Mill in Peterborough, New Hampshire. She trains Yoga teachers for KRI in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  She is the author of Art & Yoga: Kundalini awakening in Everyday Life available at Amazon,, or your local bookstore.  To view her workshops, paintings and public art events visit Info on her April exhibition at the Brattleboro Museum:
  Gurunam Singh will accompany Hari Kirin's yoga instruction with live music. When Gurunam Singh graduated high school he was given a guitar and began composing simple songs. At 22 he found Yogi Bhajan and Sikh Dharma. He sang and played along with others and over time began leading chants in the early morning hours, before the rising of the sun. He spent lots of time in the solitude of his own home, and in the Sikh temple late at night, chanting to God and writing devotional songs. Gurunam's influences range from gospel, folk and country to classical Indian raag and traditional Sikh hymns to many of the current artists who sing devotional Hindu chants. He occasionally studied with some great ragi's such as Bhai Avtar Singh, from India, and Dya Singh from Australia. But his music is very simple. Anyone can chant along.

  RELAXATION FOR CHILDRENS & TEENS (Age 8+) with Michelle Wilson
Enjoy some peaceful time to breath, stretch, and let go of worries.  We will practice simple yoga poses, deep breathing, and visualization.   A variety of mandala drawings will be provided to help us focus and unwind.  Feel how comfortable and fun yoga can be!

Michelle Wilson values the healing qualities of yoga and enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities including children, families, and students with special needs.  Michelle offers custom yoga and creative dance programs through Yoga with Michelle and teaches regularly at Moving Spirit.  She is trained in Kripalu Yoga and Creative Kids Yoga.  When she is not teaching yoga, she can be found leading challenge course programs for Project Adventure.
12:45 -1:30 p.m.  
  108 REPETITIONS OF THE GAYATRI MANTRA with Sanjay & Sangeeta Saxena
Chanting the 24 syllables of the Gayatri mantra create vibrations throughout the mouth, palate, vocal chords and connecting regions of the brain. These serve to purify the mind and inner tendencies and stimulate a divine magnetic force.

Sangeeta and Sanjay Saxena run a spiritual ministry in Vedic Tradition in the Greater Boston area. Sangeeta sings bhajans/kirtans in melodious voice and is very much sought after in the community. Sanjay is a life coach and motivational speaker who volunteers services at BU and MIT chapters of Hindu Student Council. They regularly organize spiritual events at Satsang Center of Woburn, MA. As volunteers of Gayatri Pariwar, they regularly make house calls to help people celebrate special family ceremonies (Sanskars), ranging from prenatal rites to wedding ceremonies. While performing these several millennium old continuous traditions they explain the logic, rationale, nuances and philosophy behind all rituals. They have received traditional training in performance of the Gayatri Yagya / Puja / Sanskars at the world HQ of Gayatri Parivar in India. They teach about the life transforming potential of Gayatri mantra and scientific spirituality as explained by the founder of Gayatri Pariwar, Pandit ShriRam Sharma Acharya.
  YOGA FOR BEGINNERS with Marilyn Scallon
This class is perfect for beginners (practicing students welcome also!) to unwind in these busy times of life! The class focuses on building strength and relaxation through warm ups and a mixed series of postures as well as incorporating a mini gentle flow. This class calms and gently stretches the body for that relaxing EASE into the evening that you are looking for.

Marilyn Scallon, owner and director of A New Day Yoga, has been teaching yoga for over 10 years. An Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) with the National Yoga Alliance, Marilyn is a graduate of the Finding Inner Peace Yoga School. She has also taken additional yoga programs including: Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, BrainGym-Level I, Kripalu Yoga for Children, Radiant Child Yoga by Shakta Kaur Khasla and Color Me Yoga.  Marilyn is also a Reiki Master and Certified Cymatron (tm) Sound Bed Facilitator.  In addtion, Marilyn is a certified Shake Your Soul (R) Instructor and was trained by Daniel Levin Co-Founder of the Kripalu DansKinetics and creator of Shake Your Soul (R).
  CHAKRALISCIOUS with Elizabeth Harper
You are invited to take a uniquely colorful and revealing journey through the chakras to unite with your true essence. Chakraliscious is an intoxicating blend of subtle energy consciousness, deliciously playful exercises and color-coded awareness. Together we will explore techniques to awaken and energize the chakras, sense and interpret energy, and connect with your own inner guidance system. By the completion of this seminar you will have a deeper understanding of who you are and who you came to be.

Elizabeth Harper is a popular and inspiring teacher, color intuitive and visionary artist who empowers others to realize their light. She has been featured in well-known national magazines including Woman’s World, Redbook, Prevention and Health, is a magazine columnist and regular contributor to radio and television in the US and Australia, and is the award-winning author of Wishing: How to Fulfill Your Heart’s Desires. Her pioneering work with color inspired her uniquely revealing ColorScope featured globally in print and online magazines and weekly webcasts. Elizabeth shares her gift of healing through her jewelry designs, Silk Energy Wraps, meditations and oracles. She regularly facilitates workshops at some of the nation’s most renowned organizations including the Omega Institute for Holistic studies, Open Center, Lily Dale Assembly, and the Learning Annex. She is the founder of Sealed With Love LLC and co-founder of Spiritual Living.
  PRANAYAMA with John Featherstone CYT, MYEd
In this session we will examine the basics of the Yoga way of breathing known as Pranayama and will practice several of the basic, but important types of practices. We will also review the basic benefits as they affect the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of ourselves.

Yogiraj John Featherstone C.Y.T, M.Y.Ed. has been practicing and teaching Yoga for rejuvenation, health maintenance and stress reduction for the past 27 years: 24 years with his Yoga teacher and Guru Dr. V.S. Rao, founder of High-Tech Yoga where he earned a Master’s degree in Yoga education and was given the honorific title of Yogiraj. He additionally studied with Brahmananda Saraswati, founder of Ananda Ashram, Swami Satchidananda of Satchidananda Ashram, Vyaas Houston for Sanskrit studies and Pandit Rajmani of the Himalayan Institute. He was co-founder of the Yoga teacher-training program at FrogPond Yoga Centre and was a founding member of MassYoga Network. John presently teaches Yoga for rejuvenation and maintenance of physical and mental health. His teachings are based on Patanjali’s Yoga as taught in The Yoga Sutra.
  FILLED TO CAPACITY! (please make a different selection) Rx FOR INNER PEACE (Yoga Nidra) with Jay Gupta
What is the perfect prescription for inner peace?  Yoga nidra, a pratyahar practice that leads to inner awareness, is a main technique for the attainment of inner peace. Come explore the path of this guided, deeply relaxing experience.  In a scientific manner, yoga nidra releases tension and defrags the unconscious, relaxes and trains the mind, and opens us to higher levels of creativity and capacity.

Jay Gupta, RPh, MScIM, MTM Specialist, RYT co-founded YogaCaps, Inc. with his wife Terry to help serve humanity by sharing healthy lifestyle practices.  Jay began his study of yoga in India in 1983 and has been exploring the depths of yoga since then. Throughout his life, he has endeavored to achieve a scientific understanding of yoga and has traveled from the Himalayas (India, Nepal, Tibet) to Kerala (southern most part of India) learning a variety of yoga and nature cure practices. Jay shares some of the practices from the Himalayan masters in his DVD Subtle Yoga for Rejuvenation and donates all the proceeds for advancing the science of yoga.  Among his yoga training is certification from the renowned Bihar School of Yoga.  He also serves as a community pharmacist.
YOGA FOR KIDS with Dhanashree Ramachandran & Geeta Vallecha
Children will explore yoga while having fun!  Ages 5 and older will enjoy games, yoga poses, creative movement and meditation. She provides a safe, supported experience of yoga that helps bring focus, balance and strength. For ages 5 and older.

Dhanashree Ramachandran, is a Teacher and State Coordinator for Art of Living.
  Geeta Vallecha teaches a powerful form of the classic Hatha Yoga at Focus On Fitness, Golds Gym and Best Fitness. She believes that yoga is primarily a spiritual path and it is much more than just an alternative form of exercise. Her yoga classes integrate “asanas” with proper breathing, deep meditation and relaxation techniques. She is a dedicated Art of Living volunteer and found Art of living and Yoga in her search for a holistic approach to health and well being. She continues to practice Art of Living and explore Yoga by attending numerous workshops and seminars regularly.
2:00 - 2:45 p.m.  
  CHANTS FOR THE EARTH with Rajeshwari (Gretchen Carmel)
We will chant 6 powerful Ganesha mantras (one full mala/108 repetitions of each) to help our planet move towards a more balanced and peaceful vibration. Some of the principles we will be working with include: relieving energy blockages of wind, water, plant, bird, mammal and human; destroying negativity; correcting what is not working properly; bringing difficult circumstances under an umbrella of peace; bringing healing to a group; and asking for immediate assistance. This specific stack of mantras was created by Namadeva Acharya (Thomas Ashley-Farrand), as we will also be honoring the one year anniversary of his maha samadhi. All are welcome to participate. No previous experience with mantra or yoga is necessary.  All offerings of Sanskrit Mantra with Rajeshwari are taught with love and devotion in honor of her beloved teacher, Namadeva Acharya (Thomas Ashley-Farrand). Namadeva Acharya made his transition on October 1st, 2010.  He was one of the Western world's foremost authorities on the application of Sanskrit Mantra to life's problems. 

Gretchen Carmel (Rajeshwari)-earned a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase in New York. After many years in the professional world of dance, Gretchen became a certified Kripalu and Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher. She also is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and a Traditional/Usui Reiki Master, as well as owner/director of THE YOGA SPACE in Keene N.H. Gretchen has been practicing, studying, and living Yoga since 1993. She brings to her teaching a high level of committment, love for her students, and the joy of mantra, inspired by her teacher Namadeva Acharya (Thomas Ashley-Farrand). Gretchen is a certified Instructor of Sanskrit Mantra and its application to life problems/situations, as well as, a certified Pujari/Vedic Priest honoring the lineage of Namadeva Acharya and Sanatana Dharma Satsang.
Permaculture (from permanent agriculture, as well as permanent culture) is an approach to designing food producing and human supporting systems in truly sustainable and ecological ways, mimicking natural systems.  It is based on the ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share.  For this workshop Amy will give you an introduction to what permaculture is and how it can be applied.

Amy Antonucci is a certified permaculture designer, organic gardener, beekeeper and peace activist.  She has been teaching Sacred Circle Dance in the Seacoast NH/ME area since 2000 in various settings. Amy strives to bring the beauty and joy of the dance to everyone who attends the circles.
  FILLED TO CAPACITY! (please make a different selection) INTEGRAL YOGA with Adam 'Hari Om' Steinberg
For students interested in the traditional yoga class. A comprehensive, balanced class with a steady flow, relaxation between asanas, and guided instruction throughout. First-time students are welcome.

Adam 'Hari Om' Steinberg
grew up in the suburbs of NJ spending summers in Deerfield , NH and hiking in the White Mountains of northern NH. Introduced to the physical aspects of yoga while attending Castleton State College in VT, it took reading 'Living With The Himalayan Masters' (& Krishna Das) years later to re-awaken the magic of yoga within. Practicing dynamic flow yoga for the past few years with Asa Dustin, David Breen & other teachers in Concord, Adam has settled into the joy of the journey and all of its offerings. A recent graduate of the 200+ hour level teacher training at Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, Virginia, Adam was initiated into Integral Yoga and it's teachings as taught by Sri Swami Satchidananda. Adam incorporates physical postures, breathing practices and relaxation techniques allowing for our inner peace to come to the surface and be with us on and off the mat.
  KRIPALU YOGA FLOW with Karen Kenney
Appropriate for beginners and experienced students, this class celebrates the heart, soul and compassion of Kripalu Yoga! We’ll stretch, breathe, play, energize and explore who we really are. Through breath, movement and stillness we’ll strengthen our bodies, create more flexibility, open our hearts and quiet our minds. We’ll learn to connect more deeply and authentically to ourselves, to our spirit and the world around us.

Karen Kenney has been a dedicated yoga student for over 15 years and a full-time Yoga teacher since 2001. She is the owner and director of Quest Yoga Studio in Concord, NH. After graduating from Boston University, she worked in Los Angeles for her spiritual teacher and mentor, best-selling author, Marianne Williamson. Karen is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and has completed Ashtanga teacher training with David Swenson. She’s a writer, a certified Thai Yoga Therapist and host of “The Yoga Show with Karen” on Concord TV

  LAUGHANANDASM with Lisa Wessan, aka "The Mirth Maven"
Laughter has now been scientifically proven to have a powerful and uplifting effect on mood, attitude, creativity, resilience and muscle strength, plus many more amazing physiological benefits. During LAUGHANANDASM, you will experience a relaxing sequence of deep breathing, gentle stretching, Laughter Yoga, Laughter Meditation & Laffirmations. LAUGHANANDASM will give your insides a satisfying laugh-induced massage and enhance your journey to a deeper inner peace (no mats needed, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, & bring water).

Lisa Wessan, LCSW, CLYL, CLL, RM, Inspirational Author, Speaker, Counselor and Coach, Certified Laughter Yoga and Laughter Meditation instructor. Lisa is the on-air host and producer of the weekly cable television show Z Lighter Side of TransformationSM.  She is also a monthly guest on Thinking Out Loud, a radio and webcast talk show that covers politics and health. Her work has been featured on CNN’s Paula Zahn Now, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, The Boston Globe, The Lowell Sun, Shrink Rap and in many television, print and radio interviews. Visit her web site for further information.
  SUN SALUTATION VINYASA with Elizabeth Vlangas
To honor the traditional 108 sun salutations offered as part of the yoga mala, within our timeframe we will engage in 27 rounds of this warming and purifying practice.  While this will be a challenging session, modifications will be offered and you can rest whenever you feel the need.  Our practice will be dedicated to removing obstacles and recommitting all of our actions to Peace:  peace with in ourselves, peace to our loved ones, peace to people we may be in conflict with, and peace to the world.

Elizabeth Vlangas, 500RYT, is the Director/Owner and primary teacher at Riverflow Yoga in Hooksett, NH.  She has been teaching yoga for 7 years and has won the Hippo Press “Best Yoga Instructor” for the past 3 years.  She teaches a vinyasa, or flowing style of yoga, which links breathe with movement to create strength, flexibility and balance.  Elizabeth infuses all her classes with a sense of joy and fun.   She grew up in Dorchester, MA second to the youngest in a family of eleven which helped shape her sense of humor.
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.  
  Classical Dance of India & Sacred Circle Dance with Students of Jasmine Shah and Amy Antonucci
In all cultures, throughout history and the world, people dance.  For the initial part of this session, immerse in the graceful elegance and story of Indian classical dance depicted by members of the acclaimed Aangikam Dance Academy.  During the latter part, Amy and our Indian cultural dancers will welcome YOU onto the dance floor to join in this tradition with dances from a multi-cultural folk dance background.  We dance to celebrate ourselves, our connection to community and to the earth!  Our dance can be meditative, joyful, profound and fun, bringing us closer to self and to others.

Jasmine Shah
is a highly-recognized and accomplished dancer and professional stage artist. She has been trained in Bharatnatyam, Manipuri and Folk dances. Jasmine has organized various programs, many of which have been fundraisers and charitable events for a cause. She earned the designation of Roster Artist of New England Council of arts and also served as Arts Counselor and was elected by then governor Jeanne Shaheen. Her constant efforts to promote Indian Culture were recognized, as she was nominated for the prestigious title of “Woman of the Year” for the New England area. Indescribable relent is displayed through Jasmine, and her students, their parents, as well as those who know her greatly appreciate her dedication to the art of dance.  Jasmine founded the “Aangikam Dance Academy” that teaches two styles of classical dances from India: Bharatnatyam and Manipuri. She also teaches folk dances from various regions of India. She teaches at 4 different locations in NH and MA. Over 125 students have graduated and have performed their “Nritya Nipuna”.  The Academy takes pride in arranging programs for non-profit organizations for the purpose of raising funds for worthy cause. Academy has also arranged programs for the victims of earthquake and Tsunami.
Amy Antonucci
is a certified permaculture designer, organic gardener, beekeeper and peace activist.  She has been teaching Sacred Circle Dance in the Seacoast NH/ME area since 2000 in various settings. Amy strives to bring the beauty and joy of the dance to everyone who attends the circles.
  FILLED TO CAPACITY! (please make a different selection) EXPERIENCING PEACE THROUGH RAJAYOGA MEDITATION with Brahma Kumaris.  Supriya Kopparthi and Gloria Rodriguez will explain the concepts of Raja Yoga Meditation. Then, we will allow ourselves to enter the stillness of a beautiful sanctuary space and experience a guided meditation which will lead us into a place inside of stillness and peace. Meditation calms and focuses the mind and allows us to tap into the potential for deep peace that heals the whole being. Join us on this inner journey.

Brahma Kumaris Learning Center for Peace is the local branch of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization (BKWSO). Managed entirely through a network of volunteers from all sections of the community, the BKWSO works internationally to promote peace and positive change in society.
Lisa combines dance, freestyle movement and guided meditation to create a unique experience, designed to anchor in inner peace and harmony. With a series of body awareness and focus exercises blend with dance steps, stretches and yoga postures we will reawaken our energy centers, releasing tension and anxiety, and reclaiming inner balance and a sense of purpose.

Lisa Jones has been studying wellness and yoga for more than 25 years. She has taught breath awareness classes since 1998 and is a certified Nia instructor and owner of Nia NH and Yoga in Amherst, NH. She invites you to share the insights and joy that come from incorporating your body, mind and unique spirit into a wellness practice.
  FILLED TO CAPACITY! (please make a different selection) RESTORATIVE YOGA with Roseann Latona & Julia Morosova Soto
Join us for a practice that encourages balance throughout the body, deep relaxation and a tranquil state of mind. Guided by an experienced Iyengar Yoga and a Yin Yoga teacher, poses will be modified using supportive props to accommodate all levels of experience and any physical conditions shared with teachers ahead of time.

Roseann Latona, RYT is an experienced, caring instructor with over 12 years of experience teaching yoga. She has taught numerous levels and varieties of Hatha Yoga to people of all ages in the Manchester area.  A mother of 4 and a yoga practitioner for over 20 years, Roseann is certified by the Himlayan Institute and is the owner of White Swan Yoga Studio in Manchester, NH.  For more information, please see the studio website at .
Julia Morozova-Soto
has been studying Yoga in the Iyengar tradition for almost twelve years. Early in her teaching, Julia realized that she would be a better teacher if she had a deeper understanding of human anatomy and physiology. She trained to become a certified massage therapist, which improved her teaching, as she was better equipped to explain to students the subtleties of asanas. Julia enjoys introducing a philosophical point during a class to challenge her students to apply it during their asana practice and daily life. Julia studies with Patricia Walden and teaches at Merrimack YMCA.
  RHYTHMIC YOGA FLOW with Doris Grillo
This Anusara-inspired mini-class of Hatha Yoga is condensed into just 45 minutes of "yummy yoga". We will flow through basic and moderate posture sequences, exploring the combined senses of our breath and body through movement - tasting the mind-body connection, flow to our natural rhythms and connect to all parts of our being.

Doris Grillo is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and owner of Hollis Yoga. She trained with Todd Norian in the Anusara-inspired style and also completed the Himalayan Institute's 500 hour Advanced Hatha Yoga program in India. She's an energy sensor, Reiki trained by Lourdes Grey in the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition-with initiation at the sacred Allahabad, India site by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Swami Rama tradition. Doris holds a B.A. in Marketing and Business Studies from the Southern New Hampshire University, and when not working as an Hewlett Packard marketing manager or taking pleasure in her yoga studio and practice, she enjoys a wonderful community of family and friends.
Masala means “spicy” in Hindi, while bhangra is a traditional folk dance from the northern part of India. Have lots of fun with these basic bhangra steps and Bollywood dance moves for a high energy, music infused aerobic workout that’s effective and easy to do for all fitness levels! Developed by Sarina Jain, the "Jane Fonda of India," and seen on the Today Show and the Dr. Oz show, this class will warm you up, work you out, and put a smile on your face!

Dani-Jean Stuart is NH's first Masala Bhangra Ambassador with a lifelong love of dance and cultural dance forms. Teaching Masala Bhangra Workout for over a year, she's been a student of yoga for nearly 40 years. She put her love of dance and yoga together as a Let Your Yoga Dance (formerly Kripalu DansKinetics) teacher nearly a decade ago. Now a member of the "half century club" she's taking it to the next level -- keeping active and staying fit into her 50's and beyond teaching Masala Bhangra Workout!
3:50 - 4:00 p.m. CLOSING CEREMONY
Join us for this special closing ceremony with the Saxena's and other teachers to send us out to light paths of peace!
View this page for Kirtan!   With thanks to Self-Awakening Yoga Studio's Yoga for Peace in Salem, NH on 9/24-25!