Meet The Instructors
Michelle has been practicing yoga since 2003 and teaching since 2006. She is an ERYT yoga instructor and is Yoga 4 Cancer teacher certified. She is the Founder and Director of Yoga and Cancer, a program of Yoga in Action and is a board member serving as Board President. Michelle believes that yoga is truly a healing modality that should be accessible to everyone. She loves the challenge to teach to a multi-level class whether vinyasa flow, yin or Yoga and Cancer. She is known for her creative sequencing, thoughtful instruction with focus on alignment and breath and her compassionate approach to teaching. Michelle’s passion is to share the gifts of yoga so that students leave class with a feeling of exhilaration, peace and inner awareness.
Michelle teaches Yoga and Cancer on Wednesdays at 4:30p at Prasada Yoga Center in North Hampton, NH.
Jonna Grenier. is a certified yoga instructor, registered as a 200 RYT through the National Yoga Alliance and is a certified Yoga 4 Cancer instructor.
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, well-being 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
Jonna teaches Yoga and Cancer on Mondays at 4:30p at Live Free Yoga in Epping, NH.
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 5:00p at Yoga East in Kittery, Maine.
Deana Aulisio Cavan
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 Yoga East in Kittery, Maine.
Deana teaches Yoga and Cancer on Tuesdays at 5:00p at Village Yoga of the Kennebunks in Kennebunk, Maine.
Sherry Evans (RYT200) is a certified yoga teacher in the Classical tradition (YogaLife Instituteof 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.
Sherry teaches Yoga and Cancer on Mondays at 10:30a at Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga Portsmouth, NH.
Shelly Grande is an international Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master and creator of malas. She connected with yoga while living in Australia and found home on her mat. Inspired by her teacher Kimberly Dahlmann's ability to hold space for her students, she traveled to Maui to immerse in teacher training with Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane. Her classes are a practice of self love inspired by Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, and cosmic astrology. She believes in taking the qualities we strive for on the mat - things like honesty, integrity, and compassion - off the mat and into our world.
Shelly is passionate about sharing the tools that continuously help her land in presence, release negativity and realign with her true essence of love and joy. She whole-heartedly believes in the infinite healing abilities of Yoga, Reiki and Meditation. Join Shelly for practice on the mat, invite peace and ease into your world with a Reiki session and ask her about malas as a meditation tool. shellygrande.com
Shelly teaches Yoga and Cancer on Tuesdays at 4:00p at Yogasmith in Dover, NH.
Andrea has called the Seacoast home for over 25 years. After being sidelined by autoimmune issues, Andrea embraced Yoga as a way to keep in shape and focus on the mind-body conneciton. Having practiced several methods of Yoga, Vinyasa was the one that spoke to her. Yoga has transformed her life physically, mindfully and spiritually.
Andrea received her RYT 200 through Barre & Soul in Portsmouth, NH, holds her Reiki Master Teacher certification and serves as a Hospice volunteer. Andrea was inspired during her first SATYA Yoga Mala to teach cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers. She is looking forward to holding space for her students in a loving and supportive environment. Andrea aims to have her students leave her class feeling grounded, strong and inspired.
She is very grateful to share her practice with the Yoga and Cancer community.
Andrea teaches Yoga and Cancer on Tuesdays at 3:30p at Yoga on York in York, ME.
Marissa is an E-RYT 200, earning her 200-hr certification in 2011 at the Integral Yoga Center of Highland Park, NJ. She is currently enrolled in the 500-hr program at YogaLife Institute of NH. She is a Personal Trainer certified through American Council on Exercise (ACE), and is the owner/manager of Empowered Movement LLC, a personal training and private yoga business.
Marissa has suffered from chronic illness her entire life, and she believes that movement and yoga is a way to shift energy, clear the mind, and step into your power so you can claim (and reclaim) who you truly are. Marissa's approach to yoga is grounded and balanced - with a touch of humor - and she encourages participants to come to the mat just as they are, with love and patience, curiosity and courage.
Marissa teaches Yoga and Cancer on Mondays at 4:30p at YogaLIfe in Exeter, NH.
Michelle James, RYT-200 has a degree and background in early childhood education. In 2012, after 20+ years working with children and families in various settings, she discovered the benefits and joys of sharing yoga with children. This marked the beginning of her yoga journey. She is an experienced, certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor for babies through teens, as well as Studio Coordinator at ChildLight’s home studio in Dover, NH. She is a student at heart, always eager to continue her own education through experience and discoveries. Michelle completed her 200hr in January 2019 with Yoga Muse School of Yoga at Bridge Studio at Art, South Portland, ME. Her training is grounded in a trauma informed, empowerment approach to Hatha/Raja Yoga. She now looks forward to sharing all that yoga has to offer, both on and off the mat, with students of all ages. Off the mat Michelle enjoys crocheting, softball, spending time in nature - kayaking, fishing, hiking and most of all laughing with her husband, three grown children and one precious grandson.
Michelle will be available to substitute at classes in Dover, Kittery, York and Kennebunk.
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 is available to substitute at various locations in the Yoga and Cancer Program.
Kathy Ullrich - In Memorial
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.