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. Bjorn also trained in dynamic language and themes with Danny Arguetty.
Katie has been a part of the Seacoast fitness and yoga community for over 13 years. 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 Kittery, ME 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 try yoga. He quickly realized the physical benefits of yoga of increased strength and flexibility. Soon afterwards he found that yoga was more than just physical exercise. He found yoga broadens the mind and the heart. Many yoga teachers have generously supported and encouraged him along the way and he teaches to encourage others in the same way. Keith and his wife live in Dover and they have 2 married children, and 2 grandchildren. He received his 200 hour RYT certification at Yoga on York.
Nickie fell in love with yoga in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont. She moved to the seacoast in 2011 where she completed her RYT 200 certification through Yoga on York. Currently she is working on her prenatal yoga certification with Amy Hopkins at Glow in York, Maine. Nickie lives in Kittery with her boyfriend Martin and their dog Apple.
Joanna was introduced to Bikram Yoga in 2007 after suffering a fractured back and other injuries due to gymnastics. A year later she moved to Huntington Beach, California and was introduced to Vinyasa Flow at Core Power Yoga. After moving back home to Maine and finishing her associates degree, she completed her 200 RYT certification at Yoga on York. Yoga has forever changed her life and is happy to share the magic of yoga with others. Joanna will be continuing her yoga studies with a focus on prenatal and yoga with kids.
Marla Cinilia began her yoga practice in New York City’s Hells Kitchen neighborhood at Sonic Yoga in 2006. She went on to do her 200 hour RYT certification with the wonderful yogis at Sonic, and was invited to stay afterward for an apprenticeship at the studio. She has been teaching yoga in schools, privately, and in studios ever since. Her personal practice is inspired by her mentors from all styles of yoga including vinyasa flow and Bikram. A recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire’s MFA fiction program, her teaching style is inspired by contemporary and spiritual literature, the flow of the four seasons, and the natural beauty of the New England seacoast. She practices, teaches, writes and lives in Portsmouth with her husband and their two dogs.
Allison started practicing yoga over four years ago at Yoga Tree while living in San Francisco. Initially, she practiced as a complement to running but yoga quickly took hold of her and became her favorite way to center herself, de-stress and exercise. Ally recently moved to Portsmouth and 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. Her background is in teaching high school students and now she is thrilled to apply her teaching experience to yoga. She has an addiction to handstands, green tea and social media and she loves how yoga has made its way off her mat and into the rest of her world.
Gretchen began her yoga practice at Yoga to the People 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. She graduated with a degree in Theatre and decided to move back to the northeast to pursue yoga. She received her 200 hour RYT certification at Yoga on York with Rae Lynn Stackpoole and Jeff Peltz. Yoga makes her feel good, she loves sharing that with others, believing the world needs more people who feel good.
Sarah discovered yoga in 2006 while looking for a way to manage stress and stay healthy in college. Her love of travel brought her to South America where she practiced and volunteered at an eco-yoga park in Argentina, solidifying her desire to deepen her practice and teach. She completed her 200 hour certification at Rasamaya with Carrie Tyler in 2012. Sarah finds that her practice centers her and helps to balance her other passions likes art, photography, healthy cooking and sustainable agriculture. She lives in Portsmouth with her boyfriend and their dog, Remi.
Erin came to yoga after sustaining several running injuries and quickly fell in love. Yoga introduced her to the concepts of balance, physical and mental healing, and became the perfect compliment to her usual high-intensity workouts. Erin completed her 200 hour RYT certification through Yoga of Energy Flow with Dana Lincoln and Daniel Orlansky. Erin is also a Holistic Health Coach and holds a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. She hopes to weave her two passions – yoga and good food – to help others find the foundation for a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Erin lives in Rye with her husband.
Nancy Wheaton Modern
Nancy began her yoga practice at Yoga East where she also completed her 200 hour RYT certification. Using the breath and committing to the practice enhanced her competitive running and biking for a few years, but it became clear that her devotion was immersing herself in yoga and meditation. She is also trained in Yin Yoga and has worked with Jason Varney. Nancy is deeply grateful to her first teacher, Karen Rafferty, who embodies yoga as a path to healing and clarity. Nancy graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with degrees in English and Spanish. She holds an MA from the University of New Hampshire in Spanish Literature. She lives in Portsmouth, NH where she also teaches yoga at Portsmouth High School.