Bjorn & Jody Turnquist
3 Bridges Yoga, founded by Jody and Bjorn Turnquist, is dedicated to serving our community by making yoga accessible and successful for all. Jody has completed her 200 hour RYT certification through O2 Yoga. She also completed Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby training with Jyothi Larson. Bjorn completed his 200 hour RYT certification with Rolf Gates and his 500 hour with Rolf and Jacqui Bonwell. Bjorn also trained in dynamic language and themes with Danny Arguetty and is influenced by David Vendetti and Johnny Gillespie.
Michelle was introduced to Bikram Yoga in Los Angeles in 2001 and has never looked back. After finishing her Master’s in Public Art Studies, she moved from LA back home to New Hampshire, to co-open a scrapbooking store, during which her yoga practice intensified. She soon realized that the yoga made her better at everything she did, from swimming, biking and kayaking, to being a better co-owner, mentor, family member and friend. Michelle received her 200 RYT from the Kripalu School of Yoga fulfilling the next step in her journey. Michelle is also a Residence Hall Director at the University of New Hampshire and loves to bring yoga & mindfulness to college students, co-workers & friends.
Katie has been a part of the Seacoast fitness and yoga community since 2000. After being brought to a yoga class by her friend, Katie knew she’d found a great way to strengthen her body, stay injury-free and find balance in her busy life. Katie is an avid runner and swimmer and a licensed massage therapist. Trained by Mimi Loureiro of O2 Yoga, her favorite part of teaching is seeing students progress in their own practices. Katie lives in New Hampshire with her husband, John and their daughter, Scarlett.
Keith began his yoga practice at a local fitness center after many years of being encouraged by his wife to give it a try. He quickly realized the physical benefits of increased strength and flexibility that come with a regular yoga practice. This soon evolved into a realization of the mind and heart-expanding qualities that yoga brings. He pursued his 200 hour training through Yoga on York in York, ME. He is grateful for the support and encouragement of his teachers along the path, and strives to provide that same support and encouragement to all those he teaches. Keith and his wife, Lee, live in Dover, NH. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.
Marla Cinilia is a heart-based E-RYT 500 vinyasa flow teacher. Her teaching journey began at Sonic Yoga in NYC in 2006. She recently completed her full spectrum 300 hour training under her mentor, Johanna Bell, of Illumina Yoga, and is proud to serve as faculty on the Illumina Yoga 200HR curriculum being offered at 3 Bridges Yoga. She is the co-owner of 3 Bridges Yoga, serving the Portsmouth, NH and York, ME communities. Marla also co-leads soul-fueled yoga retreats both locally and internationally. She lives and loves in Kittery Point, ME with her husband, Mike, son Bodhi, and two dogs.
Mike was first introduced to yoga by his beautiful wife, Marla. He found his practice of yoga & community at 3 Bridges. His undergraduate studies were in philosophy, and he went on to study medicine in NYC, becoming a PA. He now works in Cardiac Surgery at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. He has done additional studies in integrative medicine, holistic health, spirituality, and is a certified Reiki practitioner. He has personally found health, wellness, and healing in the practice of yoga; he has particular interest in sharing yoga’s ability to build vitality, prevent disease, and transform life. Mike completed his 200 hour RYT with 3 Bridges Yoga in the Spring of 2016.
Allison started practicing yoga at Yoga Tree while living in San Francisco. Ally completed her 200 hours RYT certification at O2 Yoga in Boston. She graduated from Boston College in 2004 with a degree in Theology and Philosophy and later went back to BC to earn her M.A. in Pastoral Ministry. She used to teach high school and is now so happy to be living on the Seacoast teaching yoga, being a mother and writing. You can expect her classes to be physically challenging with lots of core and balance work. She loves fitness and loves drawing inspiration for her classes from various forms of exercise.
Stephanie Ferranto is an E-RYT 200 and the co-owner of 3 Bridges Yoga serving the Portsmouth, NH and York, ME communities. She trained with her teachers at Yoga Tree in San Francisco and is proud to serve as faculty for the Illumina Yoga 200 HR teacher training program out of 3 Bridges Yoga in Portsmouth. She lives on her farm in Berwick, ME with her sassy cat, many chickens, and abundant orchard.
Niki first explored yoga as a transition from competitive figure skating during her college years. She spent eight months immersed in intentional community as a seva volunteer at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. This experience was a strong foundation and inspiration for diving deeper into yogic practice and philosophy, and she completed her 200 hour teacher training with YogaWorks. She completed her 500 hour certification through Sacred Lasya in Southern India. Niki is also a certified Reiki I and II practitioner, has trained in restorative yoga with Erin Elhers, and most recently studied yin yoga and meditation with Sagel Urlacher. Niki shares her passion for mindful movement and healing relaxation throughout the Seacoast.
Sharon began her yoga journey at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine. Her yoga practice and the yoga community has allowed her an in depth exploration of the various styles and limbs of yoga. As yoga began to transform her and teach her how to access a deeper state of peace, she decided it was time to share the gift of yoga with others. In 2015 she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at 3 Bridges Yoga. Sharon has continued her love of learning and has gone on to become certified in ChildLight Teen yoga, an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute and is continuing her education working towards an Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification to be completed in 2018. In addition to a Bachelor’s degree, Sharon also holds an Associate’s degree in Physical Therapy Assisting.
Gretchen began her yoga practice while living in New York City studying theatre. She was drawn to yoga for the physical benefits but it soon became her time to breathe and balance out the stressful atmosphere of the city. After graduating she moved back to NH and in 2012 attended her first 200 hour training at Yoga on York. Since then she’s also received her 500 hour RYT also at Yoga on York. Gretchen enjoys practicing yoga because of how good it makes her feel. She loves teaching yoga because she wants to help others feel good through awareness of the body, breath, and mind. She truly believes the world will be a better place with more people who feel good. Check out her blog at TheNerdyYogi.com!