Hi! I'm Rochelle.
I began my yoga journey in 1997. Then, the mother of two toddlers, I found the mental and spiritual benefits of yoga equally important to the physical. Yoga made me happy and helped me feel whole. I studied, practiced and taught Astanga Yoga for several years before I received my 200 hour certification in Kripalu Yoga. Over the years, I've practiced a variety of styles of yoga and learned from many diverse and gifted teachers. I've taken what I can from each teaching to offer individualized yoga practices which honor the diversity of my students.
I work with students and families privately and lead group classes for individuals with special needs in community offered programs. I'm passionate about making yoga available to all and to meeting my students right where they are! My teaching is accessible and customized to serve specific needs of each individual or group. A connection with and understanding of your body, can bring insight and comfort in your mind. We can all learn to use tools of yoga to support our lives to live better and feel better!
Yoga is a huge part of my life and is my full time work. I'm the founder of My OmAbilities Yoga (formerly My Om Yoga) and the author/creator of My OmAbilities Yoga for Teens and Adults with Special Needs Training and manual. I'm also a ChildLight Yoga trainer and co creator of two trainings: ChildLight Yoga and Mindfulness for Children and Teens with Special Needs Training and Trauma Informed Yoga and Mindfulness for Children workshop. I'm an IAYT-certified yoga therapist and Kripalu Certified Yoga teacher. I've been teaching yoga since 1999 and for most of those years have been sharing yoga with individuals with a variety of disabilities. Along with numerous specialized yoga workshops and training, I completed an intense and inspiring academic fellowship with the NH LEND Program through UNH. This included 300 hours of graduate level, interdisciplinary, leadership training in developmental disabilities. I'm currently pursuing my graduate certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. I am also proud to be the founder and Executive Director of SATYA: Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action. SATYA is a vibrant and growing small non profit with a mission to increase access to therapeutic yoga for at-risk and vulnerable populations in our Seacoast community. We envision a future where all members of our community have access to the profound therapeutic potential of yoga regardless of social, physical, and financial barriers.
I love to hike, ski, volunteer and spend time with family and friends. My children are now young adults and starting their own families. I call upon my yoga practice daily to provide insight and guidance to myself and others. The heart of my teaching follows Kripalu yoga philosophy as a practice that enriches all aspects of wellness: physical, emotional and spiritual.
Enough about me... I can't wait to learn more about you!