Joy Aldrich, RYT®200, CCH, Reiki Master
Owner of & Primary Instructor of Joyful Yoga NH LLC
Joy has been a student of yoga for over 30 years, with a passion for flowing deeper into the postures, closing her eyes and allowing the breath to take her to that inner place of bliss, her personal nirvana.
She teaches her classes with that same ease and sense of inner peace. She brings her clients deeper into their awareness of body, mind and spirit. Her classes are challenging but allowing for an inner calm surface leaving clients in a peaceful state of being.
In addition, her deeper studies with Breathing Deeply® Yoga Therapy program allows her to work one on one
offering clients a more detailed approach, to their physical, emotional and spiritual healing journey.
She is truly blessed to have found what brings peace and joy into her life and even more blessed to have the opportunity to share it with the community. With a humble heart and immense gratitude she continues her yoga journey. You are invited to join in the journey.
Along with her teaching, Joy is a continuous student of yoga. Her passion is to bring a safe, easily approachable style of yoga to individuals who may be seeing a slight decline in their daily mobility, flexibility and balance. She is one of the first Memory Maintenance Yoga®certified teachers in the country. She intentionally seeks out training that will aid her clients who are 40, 50, & 60+ years and older. Additionally she has had extensive training in the field of adaptational yoga for aging bodies, physical limitation and effective stretching for joint and muscle discomfort. Trainings include: Yoga for Seniors, Rewind Gold, Rewind Boomers, Yoga S.A.F.E. and more.
Yoga S.A.F.E. Yoga Therapeutics Coaching Ordained Holistic Minister Memory Maintenance Yoga
Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy® Usui Reiki Master Certified Crystal Healer
Restorative Yoga REWIND Gold® Successful Aging Yoga REWIND Boomer® Successful Aging Yoga
Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra® Yoga Shred® Yoga Assist Energy Medicine Yoga®
Jeanine Briggs, RYT200
Jeanine has been practicing yoga for 15 years and has been “living” yoga nearly as long. She believes that while asanas are some of the most well-known parts of the practice, they are just the tip of the iceberg! The physical aspect of yoga assists her in relieving both chronic pain and depression, while the spiritual grounds her even in the most trying of times.
Self-exploration, deep personal growth, and connection to the divine feminine are a few of the life-changing experiences that yoga opened up for her. Following her intuition, this year Jeanine actively pursued and completed her yoga teacher certification with Soul Ascension Healing Arts yoga school in British Columbia. Her passion for guiding others helps her students own their power and find their way back to self-love and acceptance. Focusing her continued studies on trauma-informed yoga and healing meditations, she hopes to make yoga an accessible and life-changing experience in her local community.
As a busy mom to two wonderful kids, Jeanine enjoys a full time career in finance, and now adds remote teaching assistant to her resume. When not juggling these responsibilities, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending as much time as possible in nature with her husband.
Lauren LeBlanc, RYT200
My first yoga class was when I was in high school more than 10 years ago. I went looking to explore what I thought would be a new workout to add to my routine, but found it to not only be beneficial to my physical health, but my mental health as well. With a practice that encourages falling, I’ve been given the tools to stand back up, and trust the journey of life. I completed my 200 hours through Sol Power Yoga, focusing on Baptiste Power Yoga, however I do enjoy a good restorative practice. Outside of yoga, I love hiking, camping, and making memories with my boyfriend and our fur babies.
Having grown up in Merrimack, I am very excited to come home and share the gift of yoga with this community. Namaste.
Mareena Razik, RYT200
Virtual Yoga Class Teacher
Mareena found yoga after years of suffering from crippling anxiety and depression. It offered her a clear pathway towards living a more conscious and more compassionate life. The practices of yoga and their inherent wisdom had finally given her permission to exist safely in her mind and body, helped her to heal the once very damaged relationship with herself - opening the door to a deeper and more beautiful connection to Self.
Mareena’s goal as a teacher is to facilitate an experience where students feel more embodied, present and awake. While also having fun! She hopes that through her classes students may become more aware of any self imposed limitations that exist in their minds, and that through the practices of yoga, mindfulness and meditation, may be able to rewrite old patterns and dissolve any separation created from them in the body/mind/spirit.
Mareena loves to teach a strong and playful vinyasa flow, but also recognizes and appreciates the need to slow down and find more rest and relaxation in gentler hatha classes.
Susan Sledge, RYT 200
Susan is a retired nurse. She has always exercised in some form all of her adult life. She began practicing yoga over 10 years ago. She was introduced to her first class by her daughter, who still practices. She found the practice of yoga transforming for the body, mind and spirit. Her dedication to yoga and its teaching inspired her to enroll in the Yoga NH 200 YTT program. Susan graduated from the Yoga NH Teacher Training Program at Banyan Tree Yoga in May 2020 and is now a RYT-2OO. She is a Reiki Master,completed Restorative Yoga/Yoga Nidra levels I-II through Yoga NH in April of 2020, Yin teacher training in February 2020 through YogaRenew and Chair Yoga teacher training through Lakshmi Voelker Chair yoga in March of 2021. She is currently participating in Memory Maintenance Teacher Training through Soma Yoga Institute. Her passion is for everybody, regardless of age, to be introduced to the benefits of yoga, being mindful of the challenges of aging and the effects it may have on the body. It is in the doing that we learn; any movement in a positive direction is progress, no matter how small or how long it takes.
In addition to yoga, Susan enjoys time with her family, being outdoors, baking, creating cards, sewing, quilting and being Auntie to her neighbors puppies.