Teachers

Harriette Rau

Harriette began practicing yoga 16 years ago. She has enjoyed many yoga retreats with wonderful yogis and attained her 200-hour teaching certification in 2019 at Yogi Hari’s Ashram in Miramar, FL. Harriette is a Reiki Master and an Angelic Essence Healer. She is passionate about offering classes to those that would like to try yoga for the first time.

Patrizia de Libero

Patrizia de Libero was born and grew up in Rome. As a spiritual seeker, she traveled by herself visiting and meditating in many holy sites, mainly in Asia. Inspired by these journeys she decided to connect people to sacred places all over the world through pilgrimage journeys. She studied with valuable spiritual teachers of different traditions.

Josephine Russell

Josephine Russell had her first yoga class on a slow boat to India back in the ’60s. Since then she has been on the yoga path in one form or another. Back in the ’60s and ’70s, there were not many yoga classes to find. Josephine’s practice came through reading books and whenever she came near a yoga class she was there.

Josephine and her husband, JC, served as volunteers in the Peace Corps in the early-mid ’70s. They served in the South Pacific. From there they moved to the Monadnock region of New Hampshire. Josephine and her husband built their nest on twelve acres of forest land. They build a passive solar home to feel in harmony with nature. Their four children romped the woods in the dramatic four seasons of New England. Today their children all practice or teach yoga.

In the ’80s yoga began to peek its head into the Monadnock region. If the word “yoga” was involved, Josephine was there to soak it in. In the early 90’s Josephine’s teacher, Sarvani, said “It is time for you to teach”. Josephine always felt proud that she became a teacher in the traditional way, which was to practice with a teacher for a long time, and then the teacher launches you off to teach. With that said Josephine did go to teacher training at Kripalu in the Berkshires.

Josephine has become a well-seasoned yoga teacher. She has taught gentle candlelight yoga, moderate yoga, beginner yoga, vigorous yoga, special needs yoga for back care, positive mental health, to build strong bones, and for folks with round bodies. She has taught many workshops such as yoga for stress reduction, yoga for eye care, restorative yoga, yin yoga. They are all in Josephine’s pocket of expertise. 

Josephine has been able to take her two passions, yoga, and the outdoors, and combine them. She worked for the AMC for many years guiding “Hiking and Yoga” retreats in the Catskills.

After the turn of the century, Josephine’s children flew from the nest and she had time for volunteering. The arenas that called her were the first breath and the last breath, in other words, that of being a doula and a hospice volunteer.

In the 21st century, Josephine began taking her students on a yoga tour around the world. Yes, another of Josephine’s passions is travel. To combine yoga and travel, she had led tours to Peru, Samoa, China, France, and India.  This has been like dreams come true for Josephine.

Josephine’s current project is to create and run a Healing Arts Center in downtown Keene, Aloha! She feels as if it is a gift back to the community which has so generously supported her teachings of yoga for the past 25 years.

Josephine’s students say that it is her enthusiasm coupled with her vast experience makes her a great teacher. Her family will tell you that yoga is more than a career and a practice for Josephine. It is her lifestyle and the way she lives. Josephine will tell you based on her experience, that people who practice yoga grow into a better space for themselves, their families, friends, colleagues, and with the world.

Michelle Davis

Michelle Davis brings to her teaching 26 years of experience of practicing yoga. Her eclectic teaching style blends classical philosophy and creative exploration with a flow of asanas infused with long, deep holds designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore mindful awareness of sensation within. 

Michelle’s upbeat and jovial nature is supported by her daily rituals of self-care which include mantra meditation, yoga, and aromatherapy. Michelle is also Reiki II certified and a holistic esthetician. She enjoys helping people with their wellness and beauty needs. All services she provides are deeply nourishing and restorative. 

Michelle is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher since 2003 and has also received 3 yoga teacher certifications from The School Yoga Institute. In her classes, you will explore mindful awareness of sensation while strengthening your muscles, improve your flexibility while surrendering into the posture, and experience a state of being leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed. 

Michelle’s passion for yoga has been driven in part by her love of creative movement and dance as well as influences from the teaching’s of Snatam Kaur, Julie Lusk, Gabby Bernstein, Sean Corne, Raji- Gretchen Carmel, Namadeva- Thomas Ashley Farrand, Yoganad Micheal Carroll, Sharon Gannon, and Jennifer Reis and Stephen Cope.

Tracy Bartello-Metell
Hot Vinyasa – Wednesday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Hot 26 – Wednesday 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

Tracy completed her yoga teacher training in 2013 at Karuna Center for Yoga & Healing Arts in North Hampton, MA. Each class is a journey of focused and deliberate motion, where students are actively led through poses and also encouraged to explore moving in ways that feel right to them. Students will build strength, greater motor control, and enhanced mind body connection.

Kathi Bradt

Kathi Bradt has been teaching yoga since 2013. She received her certification from Josephine with School Yoga Institute. Kathi has done advanced training with Scott Willis of Hits the Spot Yoga. In recent years she has informally studied mantra chanting as inspired by Gretchen/Raji Carmel of the Yoga Space. Her teaching stems from a desire to share the inner and outer benefits of yoga practice and its ability to ground us in the world. Her practice is generally consistent to encourage familiarity with poses and is gently paced.

John Wall

John Wall
started his joy-filled yogic journey 25 years ago in a little room above a dance studio in Keene, NH. He is now a certified 200hr Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Through the Giveback Yoga Foundation, he has completed a 100hr certification in Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans. He’s learned how to present yoga in jails with the Prison Yoga Project. He’s taught yoga in homes, open fields, yoga studios, corporate board rooms, and jails. He loves yoga. After all these years it still fills him with joy.

Jordana

I am a Glassblower, an Educator, a Gym Junkie and a Music Freak. I try to blend what I do with who I am to connect my interests and strengths. I’ve found that mediums or disciplines that brings people together are the creators of community. I am an instigator of people, creativity and movement. Combining movement and music are what I celebrate most as a group fitness instructor. As a glassblower, an arts educator and fitness instructor I find a neat and clear thread that ties up what I do and who I am. I thrive on creating a space where people can find a feeling of challenge, achievement, success, strength, creativity and comfort. It’s awesome to give people the chance to see what they can do. I am inspired and energized by my work and my community. I teach Yoga, Spinning, Group Muscle and Balance and Stability classes locally.

Brenda

I began an active path to becoming healthy in 2006. I have practiced Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazillian jiu jitsu. After learning the myriad of benefits of practicing yoga, I joined a TTC course, so as to help others along the path of healthy living. I believe the passive yin energy of a consistent yoga practice perfectly complements the active yang energy of a high energy cardio/strength practice. Each practice is equally as important and valuable to create balance in the body. I guide a gentle flow with a focus on aligning the breath with the movement. The practice helps to release tension, build strength, and increase flexibility. Yoga is accessible to all levels. No prior experience is necessary.

Jessica

The practice of yoga has been a part of my life for 20 years, evolving from a means to address the physical manifestations of living a life hard and fast, to a practice of softening rough edges, quieting the mind, and healing my heart. I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in the spring of 2021 with the Kripalu School of Yoga, and now combine my love of yoga and movement with my background in massage therapy to empower students to move with ease and intention. I believe yoga is an accessible tool for all to use to inquire within.

Pamela

Pamela Bys RN, L.Ac. is the owner of Five Element Acupuncture and is certified as a Qigong practitioner with 20 years of practical experience across the country. Excited to bring her integrated knowledge and experience to the local area. As an RN for over 30 years, QIgong practitioner and Master Acupuncturist for 20 years specializing in Five Element style she incorporates Buddhism and Taoism studies along with holistic health modalities into her professional practices.

Snow

I teach a modality I created called body mechanics. It chisels your body in minimal time using proper body alignment. I also do deep tissue massage.