Russ Jones, RYT200

My Yoga Life started in 2011 when I began training for a half marathon.  I would practice yoga once a week to stretch those tired, tight running muscles.  I moved from the half marathon training to half iron training.  That was when my life really began to turn around.  I found myself emotionally involved in my yoga practice.  I was feeling the intensity of my training and looking forward to that hour on my mat.  I loved and hated the feelings that would come up during my practice.  Sometimes I would leave feeling refreshed and ready for my day; other times I would be angry and frustrated. 

Over time I learned that battle was my inner peace and my ego.  Little did I know I was about to embark on a personal journey that would forever change my life.  I began thinking about teaching yoga to children and started to look into yoga teacher training.  After 3 years of thinking about it, I signed up for the 200 hour teacher training certification through Vidya Vinyassa Yoga; instructed by Melissa Scagliarini E-RYT 500 and Katie O’Connell E-RYT 500. 

Having completed the Basic level Childlight Yoga teacher training in Dover, NH, I have already begun to teach in the classrooms.  I have also attended many yoga workshops including Girish, Karen Kenney, Yoga Caps, Inc. with Jay Gupta, and Anatomy with Matthew Scagliarini PT, DPT.

I have run multiple half marathons, the Derry 16 Miler Boston Prep, sprint triathlons, New England Tri-fest Olympic triathlon, and the Mascoma Man Half Iron.   I hope to complete one more half Iron in the next few years.

Sharing my practice to find inner peace and grace in everyday life is a dream come true.  My two children and husband would agree Yoga is the best thing that has ever happened to us.

Catrina Gray, RYT200

Denise Boucher , RYT200

RYT 200, ChildLight Yoga Certified.   After a few year of being a childcare provider I stumbled across this great little book called The ABC's Of Yoga for Kids written by Teresa Anne Power. I was amazed at how quickly the toddlers I took care of picked up on the poses. After a few weeks all I had to do was take the book out and they would all run to the carpet where we practiced. I had found a piece to the puzzle I hadn't even realized was missing. When a Sheryl Gauthier mentioned wanting to attend the ChildLight Yoga teacher training in Dover I immediately said I would go. It was an amazing experience, the certification was just an added bonus. Yoga is a gift we can give ourselves and our children. I decided to continue on this yoga journey by completing the RYT 200 program with Yoga NH and teachers Beth-Aime Labonte and Maureen Miller. With cellphones and social media we all need the opportunity to tune out the noise and check in with ourselves, even the youngest of children.  My childcare contract states that my goal is to provide a warm and loving environment.  My hope is to provide the same atmosphere in my classes, both children's and adult. For any questions regarding my classes or if you want to contact me directly my e-mail is

Sheryl Gauthier , E-RYT500,  YACEP

From the first yoga class I took I was hooked. Being a person who finds it hard to sit
still, yoga gave the gift of quiet stillness. This gave me a newfound relationship and comfort with myself. I teach from my heart and believe that yoga is a personal experience for every student. My role is to create a space for every student to find what is inside of them and express that through their practice.

My training includes Yoga of the Heart Cardiac and Cancer Certification with Nischala Joy Devi which included over 100 hours in the specific application of Yoga for clients with Cardiac, Cancer and other life threatening diseases, 300 Hours of Yoga Therapy Training with Yoga Life Institute, 200 hours of training with Yoga NH. Other training includes Trauma Aware Yoga with Erin Byron, MA, Thai Yoga (bodywork) 101 and various workshops and classes with Karen Kenney, Thai Yoga 201 with Shai Plonski of Still Light Center in Toronto Canada, Yin Yoga training with Josh Summers, TIMBO training with Sue Jones of Yoga Hope, Child Light training as well as workshops with Beryl Binder Birch and Stacey Gibbons.

In 2013 I founded Yoga from the Heart to be able to share yoga. Everyone has experienced some sort of challenging situation in their life that has affected them deeply in one way or another. Through yoga one gets to know themselves better and on that journey to oneself amazing things happen. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to share yoga with others and I am truly grateful.

. For any questions regarding my classes or if you want to contact me directly my e-mail is


~~The purpose and reason why we opened Yoga from the Heart is to bring our love of yoga to the community of Laconia.

We will hold the space for anyone who comes to practice at Yoga from the Heart to feel comfortable and free to follow their own path on and off the mat.

All of the teachers at Yoga from the Heart  are here for you.

No judgment, no expectations, just us sharing what we have learned and what we continue to learn along the way with all of you…

Our Teachers

Finding Your Path

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Cindy Bedford, RYT200

Yoga has been in my life for more than 10 years. I always toyed with the idea of becoming a teacher, however at the time I was on a different path of caring for my family and working. In August 2014, I walked into Yoga from the Heart and my yoga journey took a huge leap forward.   Being recently retired, I now had more time to dedicate to my practice and low and behold the opportunity of a teacher training program appeared and I jumped in with both feet.  This reminds me of the Buddhist Proverb “when the student is ready the teacher will appear”!  One year later, I am a graduate from the Yoga NH, RYT-200 program as well as Reiki II certified. I was trained in the Ashtanga method by my amazing teachers Beth-Aime Labonte and Maureen Miller. I have also practiced/studied with other wonderful teachers, Joyce Kendall under the Anusara method of yoga and Karen Kenney, Kripalu style yoga.  My style of teaching is very heart-felt and will be primarily gentle to all-levels flow.  My students can expect to laugh and relax as we share our time on the mat.   Off the mat I enjoy spending time with my family and friends being outside in nature, hiking, biking, gardening and kayaking.

I look forward to sharing in your yoga journey!

 For any questions regarding my classes or if you want to contact me directly my e-mail is

Rosemary Shannon , E-RYT

Rosemary completed her yoga teacher training in 2005 and has been a Registered Yoga Teacher since 2006 and is currently at the E-RYT level.  She has taught yoga in Gilford for the past 12 years.  Her yoga teaching style is influenced by both Anusara and Kripalu yoga.  She has studied with Todd Nurian, Rama Birch and Doug Swenson.  Rosemary believes that yoga can benefit "every body" and "everybody".  She infuses her classes with breath work, the Chakras and hand mudras with options for using several types of yoga props, including chair yoga.

Rosemary has been a lifelong runner, having completed one marathon and 4 half marathons, the most recent being the More Magazine Half Marathon in New York City's Central Park in April of 2013.  She is retired from the State of New Hampshire and is married to Gary her husband of 45 years.  They have three sons, a daughter-in-law and two beautiful grandchildren.


Karen Paramore

FLASHBACK – It was 1998 and I decided to try yoga for the first time. After that one class I knew I would be practicing yoga for the rest of my life. I left the class feeling calmer, stronger, physically and mentally open, and taller. I was hooked! After attending Kripalu classes and various other disciplines for 7 years we moved to Laconia and Joyce Kendall introduced me to Anusara yoga, a beautiful and joyful expression of grace, alignment and movement. Continually convincing family and friends that yoga is a joyous practice with wonderful physical and mental benefits finally made me decide to share this conviction by teaching. I completed my 200 hour Hatha certification in an Anusara Inspired studio in the spring of 2008. Since then I have kept current with many classes and workshops, but am drawn to the therapeutic aspect of yoga - aligning, moving and breathing. I have logged over 150 hours in yoga therapy instruction with many teachers including Doug Keller, Martin Kirk, Jenny Otto, Leslie Kaminoff and others. My teaching experience includes classes for Beginners, All Level, Intermediate, Gentle, Chair and Therapeutic Yoga. I strive to bring a joyousness and awakening to each sweet yogi who comes into my classes. We all have a beautiful and generous nature and, when we feel alignment and expansion from within, are able to offer that goodness and generosity to ourselves and others. I believe there is a yoga practice suitable for everyone. I invite you to join me on the journey. For any questions regarding my classes or if you want to contact me directly my e-mail is

Like most things in life, yoga found me at exactly the right moment. Having just graduated with a degree in dance, my body was tired and over worked.  My nerves were fried from being in such a high pressure, high stress environment for so long.  Yoga immediately gave me the feeling of “going home”.   It was a chance to move, stretch and breath, all things I was used to, but in a way that actually was kind to my body and propelled me towards a self-awareness I had never experienced before. It started to unravel the ideas that I had to be ultra-thin to be valued and "work through the pain" in order to succeed....ideas that were forced on me daily as a dancer.  In yoga I learned ideas like loving-kindness, gratitude, and self-acceptance and those ideas started to take their place and allowed me to start living my life in a kinder gentler way. 
Outside of yoga I have passion for all things active. I love running, hiking, and CrossFit. 
Yoga blew the doors of my life wide open and constantly reminds me that all experiences in life bring us opportunities to learn, grow and open our hearts to love.  I completed my 200-hour RYT teacher training program through Yoga New Hampshire with my teachers, Beth-Aimee Labonte and Maureen Miller.  I am so excited and look forward to sharing my love of yoga with others.  My classes are Vinyassa Flow for all levels with a flair for the more active student.

After years of organized sports and distance running, my journey began in September, 1986. Years of competitive running in poor footwear left me hobbled with sciatica. I had some friends doing Karate so I joined until I could get back to running. My teacher, Master Rose, challenged me, physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually to the point that I immersed myself in the Art. Then I met Sifu Richard Mooney who exposed me to this Qi thing. Five years and a motorcycle accident later I was enrolled in The Charles River School of Shiatsu and studying Tai Chi with Henry Oliveras and Herb Rich. After working with all these internal energy teachers and students, going to Yoga classes was a natural extension of my path. Through 13 years of sporadic Yoga practice I was drawn to the structure of Sivananda style Yoga. The breathing, energetic assimilation through relaxation and the simple, powerful asanas all combine to make Sivananda style a great system for complete health.

 Russ is also a licensed Asian Bodywork Therapist and offers treatments (Shiatsu) at his office in Meredith. He can be reached by phone at 603-524-4780 or by email at

Susie Normandin, RYT500

After years of running, weight training, and spinning left my body tight and plagued with injuries I started to dabble in yoga classes at my local gym to “stretch”. After only a few classes I found that not only was yoga a great workout but something else great started to happen. One day I got out of bed with out limping! I also started to feel something “else”. After a few months I felt less stress and was learning to be aware of my body and my thoughts for the first time. I was learning how to take my yoga “off the mat” by incorporating the calmness and steadiness that I had been practicing in class to all aspects of my life. While all of this was happening (most of it with out me really knowing it) I had this underlying sense to want to know more about this “thing” called yoga. This ultimately led me down the path to teaching. Off the mat I am employed at LRGHealthcare/Customer Service. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Besides my love of yoga, I enjoy being outdoors to soak up all of what nature has to offer. I received my 200 hour teaching certificate in July 2009 and my 500 hour certificate in December 2013. Both of these certificates are from YogaNH Teacher Training Program. I am also Reiki II certified. I am ready to bring my teaching to the next level and share the joy and peace of yoga that I love so much. I have studied with Maureen Miller, Aimee DeRoehn, Stacey Gibbons, Margaret Fletcher, Beryl Bender Birch, David Swenson and Govinda Kai. For any questions regarding my classes or if you want to contact me directly my e-mail is

Sherry Gardner - Yoga Instructor

Sherry was introduced to yoga by relatives in Pakistan when she was a young child. She practiced off and on while growing up in Montreal and Brussels, but it was not until after she survived a life-threatening event in her late teens that she began to practice with steady dedication and to explore alternative medicine as a path to healing.

A student of Vipassana (Insight) meditation since 1987 and a certified Holistic Health Educator, Massage Therapist and Acupressure Practitioner since 1990, Sherry holds certification in Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Children with Special Needs, Mindfulness Yoga for Teens and Adults, Mindfulness Practice for Students on the Autism Spectrum, Trauma-Informed Yoga, and Zen Hospice. She has also received instruction in Pal Dan Gum, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong as well as in the YogaKids, Anusara, and Ashaya yoga teacher training programs. She teaches Yoga, Better Posture, Barre, and Rock Steady Boxing at the Downtown Gym in Laconia. She also offers private instruction one-on-one and in small group settings.

A longtime writer, artist, translator and editor, Sherry teaches French and Spanish. She also designs and teaches creative arts classes through the Winnipesaukee Playhouse’s Education Department, where, additionally, she has served as Stage Manager, Costumer, and Props Designer for many productions.

She and her husband own and operate Interarbor Solutions, a technology podcast business in Gilford, NH, where they live with their two teenage children and numerous pets. The entire family loves to travel and to get outside to hike, ski, swim, paddle and play as often as possible.

Jade Badger, RYT200

YOGA & wellness

Sara Ellerbeck , RYT200

Leslie Judice - E-500RYT, YACEP

Jade has explored movement her entire life. With a background as a classically trained dancer, Jade sought to deepen her connection to self and found yoga in the year 2000. It was love at first asana, and she hasn't looked back since. Over the years, Jade has expanded her practice to include Vinyasa flow, Anusara, and Hatha forms. Ever-striving to grow and nourish her practice, Jade has studied under the tutelage of renowned practitioners, such as Kathryn Budig, David Regelin, Renee LeBlanc, Krista Cahill, Marc St. Pierre, Karen Kenney and Caithlyn Visconte. Jade recently completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training with the Boston studio of YogaWorks, considered the gold-standard in teacher training. With joy, Jade is thrilled to bring these skills to the Lakes Region. She offers Vinyasa flow based classes, which incorporate playfulness and dynamic sequencing to explore and challenge your practice while stimulating connection between mind and body.Jade lives in Gilford with her husband, two sons, and two yellow labs. When not on her mat, she can be found enjoying the outdoors with her family: skiing, running, hiking, boating or swimming.


Yoga from the Heart

About Leslie's Classes:

Leslie's classes are focused on the ecstatic empowerment and energetic uplifting of each student through the delivery of steadfast alignment principles, engagement of yoga philosophy and encouragement for students of every level. Each class is unique based on alignment with the intention of expanding to new boundaries of physical capabilities while building strength and capitalizing on the breath. Her classes are sprinkled with the Tantric philosophy of intrinsic goodness, a sweet celebration of the heart, and a little bit of silliness.  

I strive to make yoga accessible and inspirational for anyone who is willing to step onto the mat and to align with their most Divine self. 

I make every effort to meet you where you are in your practice and to guide you towards inspiring yourself both on and off the mat.

Leslie's Yoga Background:

I took my first yoga class in 1995 and instantly found bliss!  I became a dedicated student of yoga in 1997, which led to extensive professional yoga teacher trainings in pursuit of knowledge and bliss (well over 2000 classroom hours of teacher training...aka yoga nerd).   I have studied multiple yoga disciplines with some of the most respected yoga asana and yoga philosophy teachers of our time including Amy Ippoliti, Cindy Lusk, John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, Sianna Sherman, Douglas Brooks, Bill Mahoney, Rod Styker, Shiva Rae. 

I dabble in crystals and their energy and work as a full time chef at Tavern 27 in Laconia.  In my spare time I am entertained by 2 super cute Bernese Mt. Dogs and 2 Kitties plus 1 amazing husband.