Instructor Biographies

Sarah Tollefsen Elechko

Sarah is the Founder and lead instructor at Mountain Base Yoga.  A life-long Goffstown resident, Sarah feels a strong sense of pride in her community and a responsibility to serve others through the practice of yoga.  The studio is a serene place welcoming all who seek opportunities for personal growth, physically and mentally, within a sharing community.  Sarah believes yoga to be her small but contagious contribution towards expanding a peaceful world  in our home town.Sarah is also a supportive wife and devoted mother of three children, and faithful pal to two large dogs.  She is a successful and respected Realtor at Keller Williams, and Treasurer of the Goffstown Historical Society.  Sarah is a loving daughter, sister to many siblings and a friend to many.  Sarah attributes her success in juggling her busy and full life to her daily practice of yoga both on and off the mat, in the physical practice and in cherishing relationships with those around her and within herself.Sarah's teaching method is clear, practical and logical and can be appreciated by beginners and advanced practionioners alike.  She invites you to join her at the studio and looks forward to working together to bring new light to your yoga practice that will revitalize and reconnect you with your self. 



Judi Cofrin

I have been a Montessori preschool and kindergarten teacher for over 25 years.  The focus of my teaching has been to bring the children to the awareness of the present moment, to learn problem solving with active listening skills and to take the time to relax and find their peaceful place within.  To accomplish this, I have been on a journey to find my own peaceful place.  I have 7 years of Tai Chi experience with the International Yang Tai Chi Association for which I earned a Silver Eagle medal.  I have recently completed my 200 hours of Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at Riverflow Yoga.  I have Level 1 certification through Creative Kids Yoga at  Moving Spirit Center for Yoga Dance and Wellness and plan to continue through Level 2 and 3.  I have taken classes and workshops on various themes related to the subtle energies of the body.   In addition to a love of teaching children, I also have developed a love of Yin yoga.  This gentle form of yoga has helped to open up my stiff joints and, perhaps more importantly, to open my body and my mind to the possibilities that yoga has to offer.  I am excited to continue to share this reflective form with other adults. In addition to yoga I enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking and travel with my wonderful husband;  I love to read.  Being a teacher happily brings out the creative side of me.  I have two amazing children and two equally amazing grandchildren with whom I love to spend time.



Erika Boisvert

The most rewarding teaching experience is bring my class to enjoy the strength of palates with the relaxation of yoga. Creating a perfect combination class with complete core strengthening, adding weights for toning. Forgetting the worries, clearing the mind, taking an hour for yourself and your body. End result; feeling rejuvenated and rewarded.



Karen Kean

I have had a regular yoga practice since 2007 and was originally drawn to the practice for the exercise benefits . As my yoga journey continued I was drawn to the meditative aspect of linking breath with movement. I became calmer, more centered and grounded, my blood pressure lowered, and I experienced an overall sense of well being. I love that yoga is accessible to people of all ages and body types and can be practiced through out one's life. 
I completed the 200 hour yoga teacher training at Riverflow Yoga in 2013 in order to share my love of yoga with others. Hope to see you in class! 


Pam Foster

Pam has a 500 hour yoga teacher training certification and also holds credentials in all of the modalities she includes in her teaching including:Thai Massage, Sound Therapy with Himalayan Bowls, and Reiki, uniquely blending physical, emotional and spiritual strength, flexibility, breath work, knowledge and meditation.  



Stephanie

Stephanie Temple, 200-hr CYT, dove into her yoga practice in 2011. Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, she attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham where she began her self practice with the intention of increasing mobility and decreasing muscle soreness. She began with online videos, eventually expanding into group and studio settings. This is when her real practice began. She found that she was able to deepen her practice by letting go of her thoughts enhancing her awareness, opening her mind, and tuning into her soul. The mental practice began. Finding that mind to body connection is a never ending process; Stephanie is dedicated to deepening that side of her practice not only within herself, but for others in the community as well. She believes that yoga is an art, a science and a practice. No matter the skill level she will tailor your practice allowing you to tune into your needs. She whole-heartedly trusts that your body knows what it requires. Her goal is to help you listen to that inner voice so that you will not only grow as a yogi on your mat but also take what you have learned and apply it to be able find peace and relaxation in the midst of a busy life.



Janine

Janine Mitchell is a graduate of Dharma Coach Yoga Teacher Training 2015, hosted at Yoga Sakti in Salem, MA with a 200hr RYT from Yoga Balance and a 200hr certificate from Dharma Coach. Her classes focus on alignment, breath and allowing students to surrender to the moment and have a little fun while doing it. Janine often shares her love of the 8 limbs of yoga with her students, particularly the Yamas and Niyamas. She lives in Manchester, NH with her partner José and works full-time as Public Relations Director for NH Children's Trust, NH's governor-designated agency for child abuse prevention. She believes strongly in service to her community in any format, yoga being her favorite.



Celeste Wright

Hello, my name is Celeste Wright and have lived in Hooksett, NH with Gary, my husband for over 30 years.  I have two grown sons, Cory and Jason.
I began taking yoga classes as a way to relive stress from my job as a case manager at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court from which I recently retired.
I received my 200 Hour Yoga Teaching Certificate in June 2013 and my 500 Hour Yoga of Energy Flow Certificate in August 2015.  If you have taken my class, you know that I love to create various sequences to link breath to movement and to challenge you to make the uncomfortable feel comfortable. My students learn to incorporate yoga into their busy lives by returning to a slow and steady breath and remembering the lessons learned on their yoga mat and applying these lessons in everyday life.  
 
Sincerely,
Celeste
 
PS
I really have an easier time with the spoken word than the written word.  Therefore, I am taking my yoga lessons to heart and making the uncomfortable and trying to making it feel comfortable.