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.
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. She also has her prenatal yoga certification with Amy Hopkins at Glow in York, Maine. Nickie lives in Kittery with her husband Martin and their dog Apple.
Emily realized the depth of yogic lifestyle on the warm soil of Goa, India. There, she received her 200 hour teaching certification at “Ashiyana” meaning “Home” in Hindi. Her practice incorporates the spiritual and philosophical concepts of yoga, which she used to theme her vinyasa classes. With a recent UNH degree in Environmental Conservation Studies, she looks forward to seeing how her two passions, yoga and the earth, will collide in time. She holds a Reiki One certification through Portsmouth’s Yoga by Donation, and spends her free time listening to good music, playing her ukulele, and long boarding around Newmarket, NH.
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 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.
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 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 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.
Niki first explored yoga as a transition from competitive figure skating during her college years. Ever since then yoga has been a special and consistent presence in her life. She spent eight months as a seva volunteer at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, where she deepened her personal practice with classes and workshops led by a diverse lineup of experienced, accomplished, and renowned yogis. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with YogaWorks, and then travelled to India in early 2013 where she completed her 500 hour certification through Sacred Lasya. Niki spends her free time hula hooping, being out in nature, and going on adventures.
AJ has been training and instructing people through fitness and movement since 2008. She practiced Bikram Yoga in high school, mainly as a way to escape the harsh NH winters and balance her athletic spirit. It wasn’t until her travels took her to South East Asia, where AJ began to fall in love with yoga on another level. It was there that she experienced feeling connected, alive and at home, all at once; and she knew she wanted to help inspire these feelings in others. AJ received her 200 hour RYT certification through Yandara Yoga and is also a Certified Personal Trainer. She loves paddle-boarding, using nature as her gym and backpacking around other countries.
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 near the beach with her husband.
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. Yoga makes her feel good, she loves sharing that with others, believing the world needs more people who feel good.
Carissa began her yoga practice in 1999 as a means to cope with repetitive injuries sustained from long distance running and high intensity exercise. She quickly fell in love with Vinyasa yoga and its ability to cultivate strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and focus. As a certified group exercise instructor, her desire to teach yoga was a natural progression. She attended her first yoga teacher certification course in 2001 and went on to obtain her 200 RYT through YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide, Inc. She is also a licensed massage therapist with a focus on Shiatsu massage and holds a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology. Carissa lives in Dover with her husband Gerard, and their son Samuel.