Amy Sawyer has been exploring the joy and beauty of movement since the age of 4, when she began studying classical ballet. After countless hours in the dance studio, as well as years of various aerobics classes and a certification in Pilates, Amy took her first yoga class at a community center in Belfast, Northern Ireland and began a practice that has challenged her physically, mentally and spiritually in ways that she had never before experienced. Amy completed her year-long yoga certification in 2008 through Boundless Yoga in Washington, DC and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012 from Georgia State University. Amy believes that the practice of yoga helps us understand and heal our bodies through movement, breath, and awareness. As an instructor Amy seeks to guide others in honoring the strength and wisdom of their own bodies.
Ashley Walker began practicing yoga casually, in her living room, about 10 years ago. It wasn’t until 2013, after a cross-country move, that she sought out her first studio class. Like many, what started as a way to exercise, quickly became much more. Through movement and meditation she discovered herself. Needless to say, she was immediately hooked and dove deeply into her personal practice on and off the mat. Less than a year after her first official class she started her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Christina Alexa and The Abhyasa Yoga Institute. Yoga opened up a whole new world for Ashley. It connected her to a community, to life long friends. It reignited a new spiritual path, one that had gone dim for many years. It’s safe to say, yoga taught her to breathe... For Ashley, a life without yoga would be a life without breathing.
Beyond her RYT 200hr training, Ashley is a certified Reiki II practitioner and trained in Level I Thai Yoga Massage. She is an eternal student, striving to learn more and share her findings with those around her.
Her yoga classes are a gentle flow, accessible to all levels, and focus on connecting to the present moment though movement and breath.
Diana T. Moore, Ph.D., RYT500 is a registered yoga teacher and Ayurveda wellness consultant. She has been teaching yoga since 2014, with extensive training in Ashtanga, and a practitioner for more than twenty years. She provides individualized guidance for every student, keeping to the philosophy of teaching what is appropriate for the individual.
Jennifer Overbury received her certification to teach restorative yoga in 2018 and has been practicing various styles of yoga for over 20 years. She loves the experience of moving meditation and bodily presence that she finds in yoga.
Restorative yoga is special to her because it provides the much-needed, yet elusive, rest that occurs when we allow ourselves to engage in the radical act of doing less rather than more. It supports the nervous system, relieves stress, and provides an opportunity to take a break from the fast-paced world. Jennifer is grateful to be able to hold a space for this practice and gently guide students to enjoy the healing benefits of relaxation that it offers to body, mind and spirit.
Kat Ota completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2014 at Sharing Yoga in Concord NH. She has always had an interest in holistic health and has practiced massage therapy for 20 years. She has also earned a Black Belt in Chinese Kempo Martial Arts.
Kat first experienced a yoga class about 15 years ago and the simplicity of the movement, the use of breath to quiet the mind and sharing the experience with fellow students resonated deeply with her. She has been practicing yoga ever since.
Her passion is sharing knowledge she has learned and applied to her life that has created improvement for her. As a yoga teacher she intends to use movement and breath to promote a sense of peace and well-being in the yogis that attend her class.
Kate Luczko received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification via Vidya Yoga Teacher Training in 2019 and has been practicing a variety of styles of yoga in a wide range of venues for over 15 years. She loves to travel and has done yoga in Times Square in New York City, on the beach in Mexico, in a park in Chicago, and more…. With many new unique locations to come!
One of Kate’s favorite components of yoga is the ability to truly be present in the moment, but in addition, she finds it to be a great counter activity to weight training and other athletic pursuits, and also a valuable opportunity to come as you are and who you are.
Kate grew up in Canterbury, and for the past ten years has owned a home in Manchester where she lives with her black lab, Timber.
Max Latona, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Saint Anselm College, and has been a student of yoga and yoga philosophy for over 25 years . He received his doctorate in philosophy from Boston College in 2001, and currently teaches a variety of classes in western and eastern philosophy, including a course in Indian Philosophy. Max leads workshops in Yoga Philosophy at White Swan Yoga, and is a regular facilitator of our movie-night discussions, and meditation classes.
Rachel Laferriere's bio is coming soon...
Rosie Latona opened White Swan Yoga Studio in 2010. She has been teaching yoga for 19 years and practicing for over 26 years. Rosie enjoys teaching people of all ages who are at various levels in their yoga practice, but her true love is in offering gentle yoga, in helping people to move their body in a mindful, easeful manner, one that feels natural but has perhaps been lost to them due to injury, surgery, trauma, or the aging process. Rosie received her 500-hour certification from the well-established Himalayan Institute and has also completed level I Thai Yoga training She is a Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute. Rosie takes great pleasure in helping her students experience the inner peace and joy that yoga has to offer and is very grateful for her White Swan Yoga family.
Sandra Powers RYT-200 – Sandi has been teaching yoga since 2005. Her classes are devoted to self-acceptance and nurturing of the soul. She is a Reiki Master and Teacher since 2001, certified in Shamballa Multi-Dimensional Healing Method, Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) and has completed her Andean Medicine Wheel training as taught by The Four Winds Society. Sandi believes everyone can practice yoga – both on and off the mat. Along with teaching a gentle and moderate Hatha class, she teaches Yin Yoga, Chair yoga and Yoga for COPD. Sandi brings a healing quality to her class with self-acceptance at the core and is grateful and honored to share her yoga and other healing modalities.
Swetha Kannan, who teaches hatha yoga, was born and raised in south India. She grew up very familiar with yoga and Ayurveda and has been a regular practitioner of yoga for the last 12 years. Swetha is a Kripalu 200 hr certified yoga instructor and is comfortable teaching various levels of yoga. She is also certified by the Himalayan Institute as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. Swetha enjoys teaching poses that are easily accessible for most people and offering variations for those that would like a more challenging practice. She has attended yoga workshops at Kripalu yoga center and other yoga studios over the years. Swetha has a keen interest in understanding yogic and ayurvedic philosophy as her cultural beliefs have their basis in them. She is also an environmentalist, lives a zero-waste lifestyle, and loves to talk about recycling, composting, and divestment.