Stephanie Paolini is an E-RYT 200 and the co-owner of 3 Bridges Yoga serving the Portsmouth, NH and York, ME communities. She took her first yoga class in 2005 and knew it would be a practice she would have with her for the rest of her life. Stephanie trained at the renowned Yoga Tree studio in San Francisco with the intent purely to learn more about the practice of yoga. Upon completion of training, she felt called to share the practices, the light and the lineage with others. She teaches a heart-based practice and truly believes that every single person can be a conduit for positive change when we move from a place of love and compassion.email me
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.email me
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.
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 RYT 200 with 3 Bridges Yoga in the Spring of 2016.
Allison started practicing yoga at Yoga Tree while living in San Francisco. Ally completed her RYT 200 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.
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 RYT 500 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!
Dan was first introduced to yoga through the music he found during his formative years and fortunately is still in love with today. Bands such as the Bad Brains and the Cro-Mags established the idea that energy, mindfulness and yoga could improve emotional and physical well-being. Although he found his practice throughout the seacoast area, it was the 3 Bridges community that solidified his path and interest in teaching yoga to the people that surround him. Dan was an English major at the University of New Hampshire and also has continued education in wine with the Wine & Spirits Education Trust. Through his yoga practice, Dan has found a balance of physicality and mental well-being and is interested in sharing the practice through a simple view point and with plenty of good music. Dan completed his RYT 200 with 3 Bridges Yoga in the spring of 2017.
Kitri believes in the power of the true heart. She is inspired by the beauty surrounding us in nature and the ever-changing experience of life. Connecting to the outdoors is an essential way of life for Kitri, whether she is backpacking, biking, stand up paddle boarding or skiing, it nourishes her soul. Kitri is a thoughtful practitioner and a lifetime student of the yoga journey. She received her full spectrum RYT 200 certification through Illumina Yoga under the guidance of Johanna Bell, Kathleen Savoy and the other vibrational yogis of Niraj in Portland and continues to evolve with the support of her mentor Marla Cinilla. She aspires to cultivate an environment of acceptance, love and gratitude within each of her intentional, creative vinyasa practices
Rachel began practicing yoga in college as a way to balance out her active lifestyle. Amazed by the benefits that yoga had on both her body and mind she continued on to become a RYT 200 in 2011. She is also a registered prenatal yoga teacher and loves working with moms. Her classes are open to all levels and focus on strength, balance, mobility, and breath.
Karly discovered Kundalini yoga and meditation in the midst of a huge transition in her life. This sacred technology of movement and energy gave her the tools to live a fuller expression of herself and she quickly discovered that yoga and meditation hold the keys to a deeper awareness and a more joyful, beautiful way of living. She believes that each challenge is a call forth to our divine path, and that we are all teachers of love, light and truth. She finds immense joy in sharing Kundalini with her community and knows that all her students are also her teachers. Karly completed her 200 hour Kundalini Yoga teacher training at the Baba Siri Chand Ashram in Millis, MA, and her 300 hour training in Yoga Therapy and Classical Yoga at the YogaLife Institute in Exeter, NH.
Audrey began practicing yoga while in college in Rhode Island. Yoga was a compliment to her college crew (rowing) training and she soon realized it was benefiting more than her physicality. Her quality of life vastly improved when yoga became a regular practice. Post college, Audrey maintained a home practice as she traveled internationally, studying at the University of Iceland where she could spend time with family and brush up on her Icelandic. After years of both home and studio practice it was clear that her passion was only growing, so she chose to pursue her RYT 200 training at 3 Bridges Yoga in 2016. Outside the studio Audrey is also a professional wedding and family photographer and also cares for animals and homes for those taking short or long term vacations as a house sitter and pet companion.
A Western Mass native, Katie has been practicing yoga and living in York, Maine since 2010. Her desire to travel this lifetime with a deeper sense of connection led her to spiritual text. An accident that left her with a broken neck led her to begin an asana practice. Katie was trained as a RYT 200 in 2015 and has been teaching on the Seacoast ever since. Additionally, she became a WPA certified PaddleYoga instructor and runs her SUP Yoga business, Koan Wellness, in York, Maine every summer. Katie also works for SATYA, a Seacoast based yoga outreach organization working to provide yoga to at-risk and vulnerable populations. Katie’s curiosity for life and human condition will continue to shape her teaching, as yoga, nutrition and nature continue to feed her soul.
Sarah found yoga in 2010 during training for her first marathon. She looked to yoga as just part of her training schedule and after her first class, she realized that it would become so much more. Yoga changed the way Sarah breathed, looked at the world and herself. Soon after diving deep into the practice, she realized she wanted to share this gift with others. A native New Yorker, Sarah received her RYT 200 certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC under the tutelage of Dana Flynn, Mary Dana Abbott and Kenny Frisby. Sarah teaches a creative flow that puts great attention on the breath and finding sweetness in every pose. She believes the answers of life’s many questions are found in the Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and weaves the teachings into every class. When Sarah is not on the mat, you can find her running around Portsmouth, baking bread or exploring the Seacoast with her loving husband Steve and beautiful son Axel.
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Nancy has been practicing yoga since 2000. She holds a RYT 200 in Ashtanga Yoga and a RYT 200 in Vinyasa. For Nancy, a former runner, yoga is a physically healing practice and is deeply restorative emotionally. She has studied alignment with Nancy Gilgoff, yin yoga with Josh Summers and Yoga for Everyone with Peggy Cappy. Nancy’s classes include several balance poses and a dynamic flow.
Shelly Grande is an international Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master and creator of malas. She connected with yoga while living in Australia and found home on her mat. Inspired by her teacher Kimberly Dahlmann’s ability to hold space for her students, she traveled to Maui to immerse in teacher training with Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane. Her classes are a practice of self love inspired by Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, and cosmic astrology. She believes in taking the qualities we strive for on the mat – things like honesty, integrity, and compassion – off the mat and into our world.
Shelly is passionate about sharing the tools that continuously help her land in presence, release negativity and realign with her true essence of love and joy. She whole-heartedly believes in the infinite healing abilities of Yoga, Reiki and Meditation.
Join Shelly for practice on the mat, invite peace and ease into your world with a Reiki session in the Dream Loft and ask her about malas as a meditation tool.email me
Kelsey recently moved to the Seacoast from Denver, Colorado, where she trained with Denver’s #1 yoga studio, Kindness Yoga. Her training in massage, exercise science, and dance helps her create a class that has interesting transitions, is alignment focused, and is guaranteed to challenge any student. She is so excited and honors to bring her enthusiastic energy and fun style to 3 Bridges Yoga!
Cherise’s teaching is a natural expression of her intentional energy and uplifting enthusiasm. She blends her knowledge and experience of yoga with her passion to inspire students to commit to their practice and reap the rewards of enduring health and wellness.
Cherise made her commitment in 2003, when she embraced a consistent yoga practice after witnessing the benefits her oldest son experienced from yoga. His anxiety and sleeplessness improved greatly, inspiring Cherise to take to the mat herself. Always a fan of intense exercise, Cherise found yoga to offer so much more: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength.
She completed her 200HR Teacher Training in 2009 and in the Spring of 2015, completed an advanced training at the 500HR Yoga Alliance level.
Also, as a Licensed Massage Therapist, Cherise utilizes her extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology each time she creates a series of postures to relieve tension and build strength in various muscle groups. She is honored and humbled to be a yoga teacher and is inspired each time a student gains self-acceptance and trust of their own inner wisdom.
Amanda started her yoga journey five years ago, she felt awake and alive and realized her awareness to breath could truly work to achieve the mind body connection she was searching for. Yoga allowed Amanda to dive deeper into her soul and awaken to her true heart’s desire. She went into Teacher Training with the intention of strengthening her own practice, but quickly realized her desire to share this gift with her community. She believes in the importance of maintaining a dedicated home practice and continuing to learn through trainings and immersions. Her mission is to help as many people as possible find a connection with their body and mind through breath, asanas, and meditation. Amanda completed her 200 hour training through 3Bridges in 2017 and has a second 200 hour Anusara training through the Bindu Yoga School that she completed in 2018. She also has a 20 hour certification in Yoga Nidra through My Meditative Yoga. She welcomes any and all students into her classes. She is passionate about helping people use yoga to cultivate deeper love and appreciation of themselves as well as others.
Bjorn began practicing Yoga in 2006 because he wanted to touch his toes and feel better. There was a calling to be a teacher all his life and founded 3 Bridges Yoga in 2011. Bjorn is a E-RYT 500 and has trained extensively with Rolf Gates and Jacqui Bonwell. He is currently studying and incorporating Energy Medicine (Donna Eden) techniques into his classes.
AJ Govoni is a holistic fitness trainer and yoga teacher. She facilitates and leads wellness and community-driven events, programs, and retreats around the Seacoast and beyond. Aj has been guiding people through movement and mind/body wellness for over a decade. A Co-Founder and Creator of Wild Vibes: Yoga, Music, & Arts Festival and international retreat company, AJ is really passionate about bringing people together through unique and uplifting experiences. Her travels, and studies in various modalities and time spent in different communities are the source of inspiration and contribution to both her teaching and lifestyle. She hopes to spark within, a sense of self compassion, capability and connection, and always weaves in a lot of heart, funk, and feel good vibes into her classes.
Jill discovered yoga in 2002. A family nurse practitioner at the time, she fell in love with how yoga benefits the mind and body. She had always been interested in the mind-body connection; she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology before attending graduate school for nursing. In 2010, she completed the MBSR Teacher Practicum at the UMass Center for Mindfulness. She has taught stress reduction courses at homeless shelters, schools, community health centers, corporations and more. Jill completed her RYT 200 in the Spring of 2018 through the Illumina program at 3 Bridges Yoga. She is thrilled to join this amazing community.
Jill leads challenging, safe classes in a positive environment that allows for full expression of one’s potential. Her goal is to make yoga accessible to all, regardless of perceived obstacles to practicing.
In addition to yoga, Jill enjoys gardening, skiing, hiking and spending time with her family and dog, Coco. She is a level II Reiki practitioner and is proud to serve on the board of SATYA (Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action)