Meet Our Program Teachers
Yoga and Cancer Program
Michelle has been practicing yoga since 2003 and teaching since 2006. She is an ERYT200 registered yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance and is Yoga 4 Cancer teacher certified. She is the creator of the Yoga and Cancer classes that she started teaching in 2012. Since the launch of the first Yoga and Cancer class, she now teaches two weekly classes and continues to work on expanding her Program so other survivors can benefit from the therapeutic benefits of yoga. Currently the Yoga and Cancer Program supports cancer survivors on the Seacoast of NH and Southern Maine region. She is on the Board of Directors for SATYA (Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action) a 501©(3) non-profit organization that provides support for yoga instructors who teach specialized yoga instruction to under-served and special populations. Michelle’s passion is to share her knowledge of yoga and lead her students to a feeling of exhilaration, peace and inner awareness.
Meredith completed her 200 hour training at the Yoga Life Institute of NH and the Yoga 4 Cancer Training with Tari Prinster. As an Oncology Social Worker at The Center for Cancer Care at Exeter Hospital, Meredith believes that caring for the whole person is essential to our health and well-being. Meredith has found yoga helpful during the difficult times in her life and believes that yoga has many tools to help support patients and their families as they navigate the world of cancer treatment and beyond. Meredith currently teaches to cancer survivors and their caregivers at YogaLife Institute in Exeter, New Hampshire. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, spending time on the lake with her family and friends, and enjoying the company of her dog, Jack, cat, Agave, and four chickens, Gertrude, Penny, Alex, and Clara.
Sharon is a Certified Yoga 4 Cancer instructor, a former ChildLight Yoga Trainer and Yoga 4 Classrooms Trainer. Additionally, she is certified in the Color Me Yoga for Children Program, Pilates, Resist-a-Ball and Aquatics exercise and has also completed Level I Circus Yoga Training. Sharon holds a 200 hr. yoga teacher certification through the Yoga of Energy Flow program developed by Carrie Tyler and Daniel Orlansky. Sharon has extensive experience working with children and adults with various abilities. She has been involved in the health and wellness industry for over 30 years and sharing yoga since 2005. Sharon resides in South Berwick, ME with her husband and two children.
Jonna Grenier is a certified yoga instructor registered as a 200 RYT through the National Yoga Alliance and will be certified as a Yoga 4 Cancer instructor this July 2016. Jonna first began practicing yoga as way to rehabilitate from breast cancer surgery, but quickly learned just how much more the practice has to offer and it became her passion. She became a yoga teacher in hopes of sharing the therapeutic gifts yoga offers for personal growth, transformation, tranquility and healing. As a cancer survivor, Jonna understands the many benefits yoga offers for cancer patients, survivors, their caregivers and anyone looking to find a sense of ease, wellbeing and peace. Jonna offers creatively sequenced yoga classes for all levels with an emphasis on body alignment, meditation and breath. Jonna is a compassionate and nurturing soul who is also a Master Reiki practitioner which she shares freely in her classes.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi
Lana Vogestad is honored to lead the Yoga and Cancer classes at Yoga East and be of service to this community that is very close to her heart. Her interest to teach yoga began soon after her father was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2001. Experiencing and witnessing how a yoga practice can give an abundance of new energy, strength, hope, peace, and bring about empowerment and healing, is a constant inspiration for Lana. Lana is a 200 E-RYT/ 500 RYT. She has taught extensively in Iceland, the Netherlands, Atlanta, and in the Seacoast. The transformational and healing power of yoga and the community it creates has been an anchor for her through the ebb and flow of life. The tools we learn on our mat are available off the mat. Our practice returns us to our natural state of peace and love and helps to diminish anything that weighs us down.
Lana teaches Yoga and Cancer on Thursdays at 5:00pm at Yoga East, Kittery, Maine
Deb Genestreti, RYT200, has been practicing yoga since 1995. As a mother of three young children, she came to yoga to supplement her daily workouts in order to keep her body healthy. In addition to the physical benefits yoga provided, she also found her breath, a peaceful energy and a way to stay grounded in the present. 20 years later, in order to deepen her own practice, she joined Dana Lincoln's YTT at Prasada Yoga Center in Hampton, NH. Since then, she has been teaching in many different settings, but always with the belief that yoga, at any level, simply makes you feel better. Deb joined the Yoga and Cancer program community as a student when a dear friend was diagnosed with lung cancer. She experienced first hand how yoga helps the patient and caregiver with the complex issues that a cancer diagnosis brings with it. She is grateful to have the opportunity to expand her role and as a teacher, give back some of the love and support that she and her friend received during that very difficult time. Deb lives in Rye with her two dogs, to cats and favorite Scrabble partner, her husband, Steve. Deb will be subbing classes in the Yoga and Cancer Program as needed.
Deana Aulisio Cavan, RYT200
Deana took her first yoga class with Kimberly Dahlmann in a little cabin in Barrington, NH in 2000. As the years passed, her practice grew roots through consistency, perseverance, and the tried-and- true methods of the Ashtanga lineage. Her teachers would provide her great ability, humility, and the courage to become a teacher herself. Admittedly, Deana's greatest spiritual teacher came into her life on April 27th, 2014 - her son, Everett Thomas. Over the course of ten months, it became clear the reason why she had practiced so diligently for the last 15 years – to prepare her to take care of a child with cancer and to move through the devastation of losing him. Yoga had taught her how to accept suffering with grace and strength and to let go of being in control. From this harrowing experience, Deana has decided to pursue teaching children and adults with cancer, their caregivers, and grievers the yoga, breathing, and meditation techniques that gratefully kept her heart wide open. She also continues to enjoy teaching the lovely students at YogaEast in Kittery, ME.
Sherry Evans (RYT200) is a certified yoga teacher in the Classical tradition (YogaLife Institute of NH) and has been teaching gentle, restorative and senior yoga at Gateway Taiji, Qigong and Yoga (Portsmouth, NH) since its inception in 2012. She has also taught at senior centers, nursing homes, recreation departments, for the YogaLife Institute and Ocean Spirit Yoga. In 2017 she became certified as a Yoga for Cancer (Y4C) teacher. From an early age, Sherry watched untold people in her life suffer and ultimately die from cancer, most poignantly her Dad 15 years ago. In the past year, as several close friends were diagnosed she witnessed their journeys, as a yoga teacher and friend, which did not include death but did include all the other sufferings. Knowing the restorative and healing qualities of yoga, she was certain that a consistent yoga practice could help. As Sherry believes that life is an adventure, she also knows that not all adventures are wanted, including a cancer diagnosis. With humor, compassion and equality Sherry brings her sense of adventure and seven decades of wisdom to each class she teaches. Advanced yoga studies include Restorative Yoga with Sudha Carolyn Lundeen and Jillian Pransky and Trauma Sensitive Yoga with Dave Emerson. In 2015 she completed the 25 hour ‘Yoga for Seniors Teacher Training’ at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health with Carol Krucoff and Kimberly Carson. She is also a certified coach in the ‘Matter of Balance’ program through the Southern Maine Agency on Aging.
Suzanne is certified yoga instructor, having completed her 200-hour training at Prasada Yoga Center. Suzanne attended the inaugural Yoga and Cancer class led by Michelle Couture in 2012 as a way to recover and heal from a cancer diagnosis. Through regular class attendance, she found healing on both physical and emotional levels that far exceeded her expectations. Her gratitude for the program led her to sponsor the Yoga and Cancer website and to eventually become a yoga instructor as a way to share the profound healing she experienced in the Yoga and Cancer Program. Suzanne cultivates a welcoming and accessible environment for her students to experience a practice that she hopes results in a deepened sense of overall well- being. Suzanne will be available to substitute at various locations in the Yoga and Cancer Program.
In memory of Kathy, who blessed our SATYA community and beyond with her gifts of love, compassion and generosity. Kathy’s desire to teach to the Yoga and Cancer community was sparked by her genuine calling to make a difference in the lives of others. We have so much gratitude for her kindness and beautiful way of teaching- a gift to her students and to everyone around her. Kathy’s spirit will forever be in our hearts.
Trauma & Recovery
Rochelle Jewell, E-RYT is the founder of SATYA and a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Long before she envisioned the creation of a yoga service organization, she recognized the importance of creating a safe and sacred space for students. She believes it is important for yoga teachers to recognize that students bring their history into the yoga room and to understand the many things that can trigger trauma responses. The idea of introducing trauma sensitive yoga classes in the seacoast came long before the creation of SATYA. Rochelle is so pleased to have brought this goal to fruition and to be teaching one of SATYA’s TSY classes.
Sarah Sherman received her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training from Core Power Yoga in San Diego in 2009 and is certified through Yoga Alliance. Sarah had always been athletic and led an athletic lifestyle with exercise and movement being her natural self medication, but she wanted more. She started practicing during a difficult time in her life and found the balance of mind, heart, and body to be a new mandatory part of her day.Sarah has taught in a variety of gyms, studios, parks, breweries, schools, and corporations in California and New Mexico but with a career in mental health and serving under-privileged communities Sarah strives to bring yoga to populations that might not show up to a traditional studio: inner city children, vets, special education students, trauma survivors, etc. Her creative flow and experience working with such diverse populations of clients allows Sarah to read her students needs and deliver a class everyone gets something out of. Since moving to NH, when she's not in the outdoors hiking, skiing, and being on the water with her family, she's teaching middle school special education.
Kelcy is a registered Yoga teacher as well as a Massage Therapist licensed in the state of Maine. She has been teaching yoga since 2010. In 2016 she received her certification to Teach Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga as developed by the Trauma Center in Brookline Mass. Kelcy is also a member of the Yoga Service Council. She teaches public and private classes including at risk youth, recovery programs, and prisons. Kelcy has seen the healing benefits of yoga working in her own life and is honored to be a part sharing this work with others. She lives in Southern Maine with her husband and two children.
Liz began her relationship with yoga in 2003, when she sought out the calming effects of a regular practice in the midst of a personal struggle. Within it, she found grounding, an improved ability to view situations from the outside in, along with a stronger sense of self. After 10 years of practicing a variety of yoga styles, she completed her 200-hour RYT training in Vinyasa Flow at Breathe Yoga in Rochester, NY. Liz is also a Registered Nurse whose career has included experience in pediatrics, psychiatry, forensic nursing and women’s health. Seeking to help individuals look at all modalities of wellness is a passion she carries into both teaching yoga and in her role as a nurse. If she’s not working or teaching, you’re most likely to find out running on local trails, cheering others on at road races, finding new adventures and topics to write about in her blog.
Karly Nihal is a Yoga Therapist, Kundalini Yoga instructor, and a life long seeker of awakening and truth. She completed her 200 hour Kundalini Yoga teacher training at the Baba Siri Chand Ashram in Millis, MA, and her 500 hour training in Yoga Therapy and Classical Yoga at the YogaLife Institute in Exeter, NH. Her passion is to raise awareness in herself and others through the beautifully diverse forums of yoga, meditation and education. Karly teaches Kundalini yoga in Exeter and Portsmouth, NH.
Rochelle is a mother of 2 grown sons, is an athlete, Registered Dietitian, life coach graduate and a continuous kid at heart. Out of curiosity years ago she explored yoga through DVDs at home and progressed to attending group yoga classes in town. She found the group energy, guidance of teachers and networking to be inspiring. Yoga practice began as a way to physically cross-train and stretch and progressed to being a playground for reflection and pause, noticing strength in ways beyond just physical. She was inspired to learn more and completed her RYT 200 training in 2016. Rochelle aims to inspire others to tap into their own resourcefulness and curiosity and to access the leader and teacher within.
Rose's interest in yoga began as an exploration in another modality of exercise, but has since transformed into a sacred practice for connecting deeper with herself and others. She received her RYT200 from Soulfire Power Yoga in Greenland, NH, and has years of experience as a health and fitness professional. Early on, Rose knew her purpose was to support others in living a happy, healthy and empowered life. She earned her B.S. in Physical Education and holds certifications as an American College of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer and Health and Wellness Coach. One of her most rewarding roles was working as a Supervisor and Health Mentor of the In SHAPE program at Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord NH, assisting individuals with adopting a healthier lifestyle. Rose brings: playfulness, empathy and compassion to her teaching, and a passion for guiding people to their ultimate physical and mental strength. Rose’s greatest joy comes from time spent with her husband, Hugo, and son, Leif.
Jacky has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and recently completed her 200-hour teacher training at Prasada Yoga Center in North Hampton, NH. Jacky believes that people of any physical ability, age or stage in life can discover the benefits of yoga and find peace and balance in their lives. She has special interest in bringing yoga to individuals in recovery and believes the practice can truly heal the whole being by calming the mind, nurturing the spirit and balancing the body. Jacky works with homeless children, teens and families and co-facilitates intensive outpatient program groups as a certified Recovery Support Worker. She resides in Hampton, NH.
Shannon Keyes has practiced yoga since 1998, when her mom introduced her to the practice. She is a former high-school English teacher, who moved to New Hampshire to attend law school. After practicing as an attorney, Shannon became pregnant with her first son. While pregnant, she was so delighted with her prenatal yoga class that she obtained her prenatal yoga teaching certification through The Art and Science of Prenatal Yoga by Amy Hopkins, RN, LMT, CCCE, E-RYT. As Shannon’s family grew with the addition of a second (and now third!) son, she started taking family yoga classes. She completed training for her child yoga teaching certification with ChildLight Yoga, LLC. Shannon has since completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification through 3 Bridge Yoga Studio. She is eager to bring family yoga classes to the community and share the powerful impact yoga has on deepening relationships between child and caregiver. In Shannon’s spare time, she loves going to the beach, gardening, camping, and spending time with her family.
Mindy Miller Muse
Mindy Miller Muse YA-CEP, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, Mindy has been practising Yoga for approximately 20 years and teaching for over 14 years. She has a background in clinical social work (MSW) and a special appreciation for Hatha Yoga’s potential to strengthen the mind/body/ heart connection. Mindy blends an appreciation for and an in depth knowledge of anatomy and an alignment based approach to asana with the importance of inspiring each individual’s unique and innate wisdom through facilitating curiosity, creativity, and choice. Mindy has more than 40 hours of specialized training in trauma-sensitive yoga with Dave Emerson of the Boston Trauma Institute. She is a Certified Yoga therapist and teaches Yoga full time with practitioners of all ages in a variety of settings including schools, libraries, community centers, mental health programs and Yoga Studios. In her yoga classes and teacher training programs, Mindy aims to create a welcoming environment for each person to enhance their Mind/Body/Heart connection with an emphasis on accessibility, personal choice and creativity.
Jamie, 225 RHYT, Reiki I Practitioner, began practicing yoga in 2014 and in 2017 earned her 225 hour teacher training through Holy Yoga, Phoenix, AZ. Yoga has helped Jamie become more confident and willing to explore new adventures in her life. Jamie believes that yoga is for all and is especially interested in bringing yoga to those in recovery. She continues to be a student of the practice and is grateful for the wisdom her teachers have shared with her. She loves incorporating mindfulness into her classes and the freedom to be playful in poses.
Jamie lives in Rochester with her two daughters, two dogs and two cats.
Maria Cousins is a 200 hour RYT, since April 2014 and has practiced yoga for over 16 years. She has received certificates in teaching yoga to adults with disabilities and trauma sensitive yoga. Maria is on the Board of Directors of SATYA Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action and is excited to be a SATYA Program Teacher substitute for Yoga for All Abilities. Maria is a wife, and mother to two grown daughters, one with a developmental disability. She loves to cook new recipes, eat, read, walk her mini labradoodle and spend time with friends and family. Maria has found great comfort in her mind and body daily, and during life's challenges, through yoga. She believes that yoga is for everyone and hopes to be able to help others be comfortable in their mind and body through yoga. Maria teaches a basic yoga class focusing on asana and slow flow, utilizing breath and movement, helping to bring balance, strength and calm to your mind, body
Kathie has practiced yoga for over fifteen years and been a teacher for five. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Prasada Yoga Center in 2015 and has been building on her teaching knowledge ever since through multiple workshops and trainings, with particular concentrations in yoga and aging, yoga and disabilities, chair yoga, and trauma-informed yoga.
Kathie believes that yoga is for everyone and seeks to make it accessible to all populations by teaching in community-based settings like churches, libraries and recreation centers. She teaches a gentle and supportive yoga that combines practical knowledge with accessible movement, a practice that honors the unique strengths and vulnerabilities of each and every person.
Kathie teaches the ALL Abilities class. As the parent of an adult son with a disability, she sees first-hand the difficulty this population has in finding fitness programs within their communities that are accessible both physically and financially. In teaching those with limitations or impairments, she has discovered that yoga not only brings movement, breath and balance to each individual person, but it also brings a sense of belonging, empowerment and pride.
Kathie is grateful to SATYA for its commitment to this community, and is happy to be a part of the SATYA family.
Joy Massicotte is a certified 200 hr Yoga teacher and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. She has received extensive training in Gong Mastery Training with Don Conreaux and Sage Academy, Healing with Crystal Bowls and Sacred Sound with Nancy Waters, Founder of Luminous Tones, and Biosonic Tuning Fork Sound Healing with John Beaulieu. She also has her Reiki I certification. Joy loves bringing community together to connect with each other and to our higher selves.