Stephanie Paolini is an E-RYT 200 and the 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
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.
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.
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.
Mimi Loureiro has been teaching yoga on the seacoast, and at her Boston area studios for many years (like a lot!). She is passionate about yoga, vegan cooking, animal, environmental, and social advocacy, traveling, spending as much time as possible with her family and her various and always growing gaggle of animals, which include at the moment, a pig, 2 dogs, and 5 chickens (sounds like the beginning of a great joke). Her teaching style is empowering, challenging, playful, alignment-based, and she does lots of hands-on adjustments. She also does her best to learn your name. Mimi believes that people don’t get touched enough and sometimes feel unrecognized, over-stimulated, and in need of attention, focus, and love. Mimi hopes to alleviate just a little of that in every class. She runs teacher trainings and retreats in Mexico and the US.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah was introduced to yoga at a young age when her mother brought her along to yoga and meditation classes in their hometown studio in Newburyport, MA.
An active runner and athlete, she has kept a daily practice for over the years, diving into many different types of yoga. Sarah completed her 200 hour Vinyasa Flow Teacher certification with Frog Lotus Yoga International in Bali, Indonesia in 2015, training and teaching alongside some of the best instructors in the world. She also completed her Childlight teacher training, and is certified to teach ages 2-18. Sarah is also OM births certified to teach expecting mothers. In 2017, Sarah ventured to Bali again to complete her 300 hour YTT with Zuna Yoga, to further advance her skills and knowledge.
Traveling and teaching all over the world has allowed Sarah to be constantly inspired by nature, spirituality, and the elements, linking movement, breath and life through the graceful practice. Classes combine kirtan, mantras, mudras, pranyama, and asana… deepening the full yoga experience. Her playful, energizing classes challenge the body while still relaxing the mind. Sarah encourages growth and interconnectedness of the physical and spiritual self within her students, and incorporates accessible levels and modifications for each individual.
Sarah seeks to help others thrive by nurturing body and soul through yoga, and her hope is that her students will step off the mat and into everyday life with that same nourishment and balanced attitude.
Whether it is your first class or your five-hundredth, Sarah will help you to build your yoga practice, and re-energize your life!
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)
Whitney started her yoga journey in 2009 at the University of Maine where she was studying to be part mermaid with a Bachelors in Marine Biology. Her junior year she signed up for Yoga 101 – what started out as a “sure A” elective immediately transformed into the foundation of a deep connection between mind and body. It was love at first savasana.
Cut to nine years later, after many studios and classes throughout America, Whitney was persuaded by her sister and tagged along to complete a 200hr teacher training immersion in Costa Rica through Gyspea Yoga School. And yet again – what started as only an extension to her practice resulted in a passion for teaching and sharing with the yoga community. Later that year she also received her 50hr Yin yoga certificate though Summers School of Yin.
Inspired by the natural world, Whitney is an avid gardener and house plant enthusiast. She loves creating whether it’s painting, jewelry making, cooking, the list of hobbies are endless.
Through her classes Whitney aims to encourage students to find the connection between the mind and body, to turn inward enabling oneself to become in tune with their intuition and understanding of their authentic self.
“We are all here to find who we are. And through that process we listen and do, make mistakes, learn and play. We live. I believe nothing is coincidence. When you trust and believe in yourself and the good and beauty in the world around you, anything is possible.”
Jen first found yoga in 2007 as cross-training exercise for sports. Over the years, it settled in mind, body and spirit. In 2019, Jen completed her 200-hour training at 3 Bridges Yoga. Intrigued by the subtle healing power of the practice, Jen has also studied energy work and is a certified Usui Reiki II practitioner. Feeling most alive in outdoors, Jen draws inspiration from nature into her teaching and life. Off the mat, Jen’s most likely to be found wandering in the woods, paddling on the York River or browsing the shelves at the local library. Jen lives in York with her husband, Isaiah.
Growing up a dancer, Jenna Brynn Melgar has always had a passion for movement. After holding three professional dance contracts, an injury took her life into a different direction. She moved to Las Vegas, NV, and began working there for several years. During a highly stressful period, a coworker invited her to a yoga class and she quickly fell in love with the fluid, mindful movements, and how each class relieved more stress. After a few years of personal practice, she knew that was the direction her life was moving and discovered her calling. Jenna completed her yoga teacher training at a Yoga Alliance certified school in Las Vegas, NV, and began a full-time career as a yoga instructor. After about a year, she moved to Washington, DC, where she taught at yoga studios, various government agencies as well as the White House Athletic Center. She enjoys creating strength and endurance building classes that creatively flow together and come to a close with an ample amount of time for stretching and savasana. Now that her roots have been planted in New Hampshire, she is thrilled to join the 3 Bridges Yoga community.
Sheila’s yoga practice began in 1999 with a prenatal class in Seattle while pregnant with her first daughter. Though she then went on to practice for more than a decade, it was a move to India several years ago – and living and practicing there – that transformed yoga into a way of life for Sheila. In India, she lost her western lens and began to see (and feel) more fully. Back in the US, she went on to complete her 200 RYT at 3 Bridges Yoga in Portsmouth. She is deeply appreciative of all her teachers who have supported her journey and is especially grateful to her mentors, Stephanie Paolini, Marla Cinilia and Jonas Zev Amberger.
Sheila is humbled by the practice of yoga and by those who commit themselves to it. She is passionate about expressing her true self through her yoga. She leads with her heart – offering love and support for her students. Laughter, too. Her infectious warmth and creative spirit are evident in all she does.
Sheila is originally from Massachusetts, has lived in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and now lives in Portsmouth with her family. She earned her BFA at the University of Denver and her masters in intercultural relations at Lesley College. She is a gardener and an avid ceramicist and currently serves as the development director for the Seacoast Charter School (where she also teaches yoga to adolescents)
Emily first came to yoga in 2014 on a whim. She still remembers how startled she was by the class’s shared breathing, but it was that collective consciousness that kept her coming back. It is on her yoga mat that Emily has found a way to connect to the source, settle her thoughts, and find room to grow. In 2019 Emily completed her 200-hour teacher training at 3 Bridges Yoga. She is excited to see what is next for her in this lifelong practice.
Suanne received her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training from 3 Bridges Yoga under Stephanie Paolini, Marla Cinilia and Johanna Bell’s heart-filled Illumina Vinyasa YTT program. A lifelong athlete of various sports, Suanne has a natural interest in body mechanics and physical well-being. She greets life with a deep curiosity and continues to welcome its lessons through observation and introspection. Suanne has discovered the ancient practice and philosophies of Yoga as the natural melding of these qualities in her life and her practice has brought strength, healing, and well-being to her body as well as mind. She is honored to share with others what she continues to discover in her own life and practice. Suanne lives in the Seacoast area with her husband, Dan, and their 6 year old twins, Maggie and Leo.
Elisia found yoga after several years of teaching other movement modalities. The health of her mind and body called for a serious shift in her movement routine. She needed to slow down.
For the first time, she allowed herself to really breath and actually began to draw awareness to her most persistent thought patterns. She started to focus on what actually felt good in the body.
Elisia fell in love with yoga after having a love/hate relationship with it for a while. Eventually, Elisia completed her 200 hour Illumina Yoga Teacher Training at 3 Bridges Yoga under Marla Cinilia, Stephanie Paolini and Johanna Bell! In addition to teaching in the studio, Elisia teaches paddle board yoga, she travels all over the world, she is a real food enthusiast, and is a firm believer in living an optimal life, full of vitality!
She is the founder of Vedanā Wellness Wellness, where she provides one-on-one intuitive nutrition coaching. Check her out at www.vedanawellness.com !
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. 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
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!
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.