About Our Instructors
Christina Alexa is the founder of The Practice Room in Meredith, NH which evolved into the beautiful Sacred Waters Yoga at Mill Falls. She is certified at the 500 hour level within the disciplines of Integrated Yoga Levels I and II, Resonance Yoga and Movement. Christina also holds certification in a 5 year intensive Resonance Healing Therapy program, an immersion in healing and energy medicine. She is an Intuitive Healing Therapist, a Reiki Master in the Usui Tradition, a Keeper of the Lodge (sweat lodge). Additionally she attended the first Amrit Yoga Teacher Training in Rhode Island taught by Yogi Amrit Desai, founder of Kripalu Yoga and Amrit Yoga. At the age of 15 Christina began studying yoga in a quest for personal growth, healing and spiritual connection. Self taught for several years, she began more formal training at the age of 19 and spent the next 21 years in deep devotional service and self-study. Throughout this time Christina received several initiations by master teachers and healers of both the elemental/shamanic traditions as well as the yogic lineage. Christina has been sharing these practices through teaching and healing work for over 14 years, and draws from 28 years of personal healing and practice in her work. Christina has also studied Anatomy and Cranio Sacral work with International Teacher Ellen Heed and Vinyasa Yoga with Rolf Gates.
Lori’s Grandmother introduced her to yoga at a young age. Since then, she has traveled the world, working as a flight attendant for 25 years, enjoying the incredible opportunity during her layovers to drop in and explore many different yoga practices and instructors. To balance her busy life and combat stress, she decided to deepen her personal practice and attend a yoga teacher training program. Finding a supportive yoga community in the middle of New Hampshire, she was hooked. “To practice yoga on and off the mat is the path I hope to guide my students on.” Lori is also Reiki I and II certified and an avid outdoors woman who enjoys hiking, biking, skiing and kayaking.
Jennifer is a RYT at the 200hr level and a certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor. She completed her Glow Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher training with Amy Hopkins and is working towards her Doula certification through CAPPA. As a teenager Jennifer began studying yoga in a quest for physical fitness and personal growth. As she practiced she found that Yoga offered her body and mind so much more and she began to incorporate it as a vital part of her life. Jen’s goal is to share the power of yoga with her students through all stages of their lives so that they can find strength inside and out. When she is not spending time with her family, teaching yoga or helping women birth their babies she works as a veterinary technician at an ER Veterinary Clinic in Concord, NH. She is also honored to share yoga with the high school students and staff at New Hampton School where she resides with her family.
Nicole is a hoop dancer, hoop maker, hoop dance teacher, and a performer from right here in Meredith. You may have seen her in town throwing Hoop Jams or just hooping in the park. She discovered hoop dance in 2009 as an interesting hobby that quickly formed into a passion. As founder of Flow Hoop Dance she takes every opportunity she can to show people that they too can experience freedom in movement through hooping.
Kate first began practicing yoga as a college student in Portland, Oregon. Kate truly credits yoga in helping her to work through stored trauma and heal fully from a severe back injury in 1999. While in Portland, she apprenticed with Dr. Laura Washington, a yoga teacher and Naturopathic Physician with the Art of Health, Inc. She also spent a year studying with Herbalist, Cascade Anderson Geller. She trained in Chen T’ai Chi with Sifu Gregory Fong and also Pilates. Kate integrates these different modalities into her own practice. Kate completed her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training through the Abhyasa Yoga Institute and is currently studying Intuitive Healing Therapy to compliment her Reiki I certification. Kate has an abundance of gratitude for yoga and loves being able to share her passion with her students. Her intention with each class is to create a nurturing and safe environment, helping students to cultivate a deeper connection to body, heart and inspiration both “on” the mat and “off.”
Kim discovered Sacred Waters Yoga three years ago and is truly thankful for the balance and sanity it supplies her life as a Mom of a rambunctiously, fun 4 year old. But before Yoga there was DANCE! She tapped for 12 years and would still be tapping if she could sing (no Broadway future.) She dabbled in Jazz, Modern, Flamenco (while living in Madrid), Belly (if you count her gold medal awarded at Istanbul’s Orient House). Her passion for dance and desire to feel fit has lead her to ZUMBA. Get ready to move and burn an insane number of calories as you groove. You don’t need to know how to dance, just move your body and follow her lead. It’s easy! Kim guarantees you will have a blast! When she’s not dancing or working as a corporate meeting planner, you will find Kim enjoying a boat ride on Squam Lake with her family.
Allie Dennis, a high school student at Inter-Lakes High School, has a passion for dance.
Allie has been dancing all of her life but she officially started her training at the age of 15 in aerial, ballet, hip-hop, hoop, jazz, and modern. As well as being a dancer, Allie is
also an actress and singer, and has performed with the Artsfest Company and Streetcar Company. She hopes to inspire others through her choreography and most importantly she hopes to influence the lives of all the students she teaches.
Deborah has had the opportunity to educate children of the community for the past thirteen years. As the previous owner of The Studio Playhouse, licensed Kindermusik educator and mother of three, Debbie Dow has offered programs to benefit children in many aspects of development. Programs including Kindermusik, Yoga, Childrens Choir, Music Lessons and Visual arts promotes self-directed learning and the ability to sharpen critical and creative skills. Debbie enjoys creating a classroom for children to explore and learn free from judgment and competition.
In November 2010, after months of low back and intense sciatic pain, Lori tentatively entered Sacred Waters Yoga on the advice of a Chiropractor. She started in our Beginner Series and within a month her sciatica completely disappeared. She continued to take yoga classes and found herself wanting to know more so she enrolled in our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Fast forward 11 months and Lori has almost completed her training and is passionate about sharing the Yoga experience with others who may have similar challenges. Lori works in human resources and her position focuses on employment and wellness. She is married and has 3 grown sons, and a beautiful daughter-in-law.
Siobhan began her exploration into yoga as a science and philosophy at the age of fifteen. Since then she has enjoyed a strong personal practice weaving vibration, texts, and contemplation into her time on the mat. She has lived all over the country, and in 2008 she began to formally study yoga philosophy in Boulder, Colorado. Since then she developed a yoga program at an all-boys summer camp in Wisconsin, and offered yoga to girls living in a safe house in Portland, Maine. After moving back to her home state of New Hampshire, she enrolled in the 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Sacred Waters Yoga. Siobhan is a mother of one, artist, vocalist, equestrian, and nature lover.
Elis fell in love with yoga from the very first class and dove right into passionate practice. Yoga was everything she had been looking for and learning about from a young age: the philosophy, meditation, and physical practice. Intrigued with the human body and how it works, Elis loves to share the beauty of yoga with people to help them learn about their bodies and themselves. She is a 200 hour Yoga Instructor certified through the Abhyasa Yoga Institute. She shares a passion for music and dance with her partner Jonathan Belfontaine who writes and produces music as “Outlet”; they perform together, sharing the love and being immersed in the energy of people. In addition to teaching and working at Sacred Waters Yoga Elis also works at a local organic farm in Meredith (Arbutus Hill Farm) with Jon and the kids.
Pasha has worked as a fitness professional for 20 years. She is the owner of Holland Hill Fitness Studio, group fitness/yoga/tai chi instructor, personal trainer and life coach. Pasha’s journey towards yoga and tai chi began in 2011 when a series of traumatic experiences lead to issues of chronic pain, stress, insomnia and anxiety. While her mobility, flexibility and state of mind improved, her joint pain continued and Pasha received a total hip replacement in 2006. She plans to stay fit through hiking, biking, aerobics, weight lifting, yoga and (her new love) tai chi for the rest of her life. She is passionate and helping others find ways to challenge themselves physically and mentally to improve their health and well-being.
A long time resident of the Lakes Region, Helen has worked with the public for many years helping them solve many of their dilemma’s. She is a graduate of the Thomas Institute of Hypnosis, as well as a member of the National Guild of Hypnotherapist and the American Hypnosis Association. In addition, Helen is trained at the Master Level is Mikao Usui Reiki and holds a 200 hr Certification as a Abhyasa Yoga Instructor.
Jennifer is a graduate of the Abhyasa Yoga Institute for Yoga Teacher Training at the 200 hour level. A New York native, she came to NH in 1999 after meeting and marrying her husband Philip. She spent years working within the community before deciding to further her education by attending graduate school for Mental Health Counseling at Plymouth State University. It was during her graduate studies that she began to practice yoga. She began yoga to relax and find balance in her life, and quickly found more. “l feel a wave of wholeness when I practice; a deeper connection physically, emotional and spiritually.” Jen works as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Gilford, NH. She is interested in furthering her studies at Kripalu in Yoga Therapy this coming summer.