Truth On and Off the Mat

© Maundy Mitchell 2018

Melissa Scagliarini

Melissa Scagliarini has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching for more than a decade. She is the founder and owner of Satya Yoga Studio. Alongside extensive experience, formal training, and an in depth understanding of human physiology, Melissa brings humor and warmth to each of the classes she teaches.  She has been trained in multiple traditions by some of the leading teachers in yoga. In 2017, Melissa became a certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute.  In 2010, Melissa traveled to India to participate in a month long Advanced Yoga Training, also through The Himalayan Institute.  Traveling to the geographical heart of yoga was a personal and professional milestone for Melissa—a true lesson in Yoga off the mat. Melissa learned to look at herself with a bit more softness and love and was able to truly practice letting go of attachments.  

These experiences have crafted Melissa into a masterful teacher who creates a caring, honest, and safe yoga environment.  Classes are rooted in tradition and are designed to truly meet you and your body where you’re at.  Using her deep understanding of yoga, hands-on assists, and a great selection of props, Melissa offers each participant, in every class, an opportunity to challenge and center themselves on the mat.

In addition to a variety of classes offered on a weekly basis, Melissa leads a yearly Yoga Teacher training course and offers yoga retreats around the world.  So far Melissa and her cohort of yoga and travel lovers have practiced in France and Costa Rica, but Melissa is looking ahead to retreats in Italy, India, and who knows where else!  

Melissa and her husband Matt have two young boys and have lived and worked in the Plymouth area for over 20 years.  They know and love the mountains, the rivers, and the people who live here.

Other Certifications include: 200 hr YTT, 500hr YTT, Pre-natal, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Certified Holistic Health Counselor.   

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Erika Halaby has been practicing yoga for 3 and a half years and just received her 200 hour certification this winter. She dove into her personal practice shortly after her father passed away in 2016 and has been sincerely devoted to the practice ever since. To her, practicing yoga is the most fulfilling and passionate gateway to the soul that exists.  Over time, something that began as a physical practice has gradually transformed into a deep, spiritual and mindful life purpose. Over the years she has developed a mindful meditation practice, received Rieki training, worked with energy medicine and is currently finishing her degree in Outdoor Education. Her mission in life is to share the beauty of being human in coexistence with the magnificence powers of the natural world. Her teaching style is rooted within her passion for nature and her admiration for self transformation and growth. For her students, her dream is to ground them when they need it most, and even when they don’t. While uplifting them all at the same time. This balance of grounding down while opening the heart and mind in connection with the breath is how she has found peace not only in her practice but her soul. This is exactly what has inspired her to share the sacred practice of yoga.

Erika is originally from Massachusetts, but is currently living in Plymouth as a senior at PSU. She loves to be outside, building her connection to Mother Earth and her favorite outdoor activities are backpacking and kayaking.

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Emily Whitney

Emily Whitney was opened up to the practice of yoga 5 years ago, she quickly fell in love with Heated Power Yoga and the practice of a mind-body connection. She is from the Seacoast area of New Hampshire and began her yoga practice on the water, through paddle boarding. She then decided to try out Baptiste Power yoga on her mat and was hooked on the transformation it gave her on and off her mat. Currently, Emily is enrolled at PSU to pursue her MEd in School Counseling and lives in the downtown area. She has recently completed her 200hr YTT and is trained in Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga.

In Emily’s free time she loves to travel and do anything active in nature! She enjoys hiking, skiing, running, boating, and art. She brings a vivacious, friendly, and warm energy! Her favorite quote is, “The prize is in the process.”-Baron Baptiste

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Edna Miller

Edna Miller began taking yoga classes in 2008 when the residual effects of Lyme disease prevented her from continuing as a competitive cyclist.Yoga has helped her to manage her stress while staying strong and flexible. She has studied holistic health and alternate forms of healing for over 20 years and is a certified level II Reiki practitioner with knowledge of chakras and energy systems in the body. Edna did her 200 hour training with Donna Sullivan at Blissful Lotus studio. She began yoga teacher training because she wanted to deepen her knowledge of yoga and further her own practice but discovered the joy of teaching yoga to others. She has been an educator in a local school for over 30 years. Her experience as an educator enables her to differentiate instruction in her yoga classes and explain things clearly. Edna lives on her small farm in Plymouth. She enjoys riding her horses and caring for her animals in her free time.

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Robyn Moreau

Robyn Moreau is passionate about yoga and what it offers.  She believes it is the greatest gift we can give ourselves. Through yoga Robyn has helped heal her body, has found balance, as well as her voice.  

Robyn is a very nurturing teacher, she holds space for her students and offers a caring safe environment for each student to relax, let go and just breathe. She has been able to use yoga to give back to others, helping them on their journey as well.

She lives in Holderness, NH with her husband 2 kids, and 2 black labs.  She loves the outdoors, skiing and hiking!

Certifications: 200 hr RYT

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Mark James Fischler

Mark James Fischler has been a professor of ethics and justice at Plymouth State University for the past 15 years. He has been consciously engaging the spiritual path for over 21 years since a moment of deeper understanding in August 1996, Since 1996 he has personally worked and studied with Teachers and practices from many spiritual traditions, most notably Buddhism and Toltec Wisdom. Mark is a student of the philosopher Ken Wilber who has helped him deepen his understanding of Eastern and Western philosophical integration.

Mark is a member of the Integral Institute which works to bring integral practices to the world at large where he serves as a legal expert.

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Cate Huynen

Cate Huynen is currently in the process of completing her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Satya Yoga Studio with Melissa Scagliarini and Roseann Latona. She began attending yoga classes in 2014 when an achilles tendon injury prevented her from racing with her college cross country team. After her injury healed, Cate continued to go to yoga classes and she realized that yoga and meditation pair wonderfully with running. Cate hopes to teach yoga classes that help people establish stamina, flexibility, and mental focus that transfers easily from the yoga mat to the running trails.

When she isn’t stretching out her super tight hamstrings, Cate teaches fifth grade at Sant Bani School, waits tables at the Italian Farmhouse, and explores trails in the White Mountains.

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Becca Gosselin

Becca Gosselin became a student of yoga in 2011, when her older brother brought her to her first yoga class. Her dedication for living a healthy lifestyle was obvious and her brother opened her up to the beauty of yoga.  While receiving her BS in health education & health promotion she dedicated the majority of her free time to pursue a RYT 200 hour Yoga teacher training. She graduated from both programs in 2015.

While continuing to expand her knowledge of the health and wellness, she soon realized that yoga and meditation was an important part of her life. This practice has changed her life for the better and she wishes to share this lifestyle to all those who cross her path. Since she completed her Yoga training, she has taught yoga throughout northern New Hampshire to people of all ages and body types.

Growing up she was told to follow her dreams and Becca is doing just that. She teaches to inspire others to be happy and healthy with beautifully thought out practices designed to open your heart and mind. Becca also shares her love for Yoga and Wellness working with adolescents battling with anxiety, depression and OCD at Mountain Valley Treatment Center. Here she developed a health and wellness module and teaches yoga and mindfulness on a daily basis.

Becca's love for health and wellness continues off the mat and out in nature. You may see her snowboarding, X country skiing, fly fishing or out on a long walk with her dog.

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Steve Norton

Steve Norton's own history in recovery has led him to his path in yoga.  His passion for truth about himself has led him through the 12-Steps. Steve’s path now allows him to share his compassion and energy to help others.  

His sense of humor and self acceptance make this class a welcoming place for all who are affected by addiction in their lives. His classes are a low impact, and are a gentle pace to experience mind, body and spirit.  

Steve is currently enrolled in the 200hr Teacher Training through Vidya YTT with Melissa Scagliarini and Rosie Latona.  He will be graduating in October 2018

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Michele Lacroix

Michele Lacroix attended her first yoga class in 1995; resonating to the meditative, contemplative natures of the yoga practice.  Her classes focus on quieting the mind, connecting breath with movement, and gently stretching and strengthening the body.

Michele has always had an interest in natural healing. She received her herbalist certification with Rosemary Gladstar and her Reiki 2 attunement in 1996.

She is currently enrolled in the 200hr Teacher Training through Vidya YTT with Melissa Scagliarini and Rosie Latona and will be graduating in October 2018.

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Suzanne Gaulocher

Suzanne Gaulocher  As many folks have, Suzanne started her yoga journey seeking better and prolonged health and spiritual wellbeing.  She studied with Rusty Wells, a San Francisco based instructor and visionary. She teaches in the Bhakti Flow style which includes a flow-based practice in a heated room incorporating self-discipline and mindful guidance.

Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of the heart, of joy and of devotion. It is a path based on intuition and trust, not experience-based trust, but simple and pure trust. It is a blind jump into the whole, into joy.

Suzanne has found in her own life, in part due to her training as a scientist, she is often stuck in being too cerebral, when joy is innate and not cerebral.

Yoga helps us learn how to quiet our mind; so that what we can trust that what it is we most value, will be revealed to us.  As yoga has moved from the east to the west, Suzanne has felt strongly that yoga does not start and end on the mat.  It is a practice we carry with us out of the yoga studio and into our days.