Rosie Latona opened White Swan Yoga Studio in 2010. She has been teaching yoga for 20 years and practicing for over 28 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.
Stefanie Brinn first discovered yoga in high school and practiced occasionally, until her college days, when she was formally introduced to yoga and fell in love with all it has to offer. She was drawn to the practice as both a tool to help her manage anxiety and as a fun way to incorporate movement into her day.
Stef holds a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies: Dance Entrepreneurship from Plymouth State University and is an RYT 200, having completed her yoga teacher certification in 2020 through the Vidya Yoga Teacher Training program in NH. She is also Reiki II certified. Before Stef began practicing yoga, she danced for 20 years which helped her to develop a deep mind and body connection and an interest in proper body alignment.
Stef is particularly interested in helping others release both physical and mental tension and in helping students find authenticity within their yoga practice. When not in the studio, you can find her hanging out with her two cats and her husband, or out snapping photos and exploring nature.
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.
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.
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.
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 30 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, E-RYT 200
Rachel first stepped onto a yoga mat in the fall of 2009. Not knowing what to expect, but curious about the practice, she was surprised at first just how quickly it changed her life. Finding an emotional and physical outlet for stress, anxiety and grief, she came to know her yoga mat as her home. The place where she could return to herself.
In June of 2012, Rachel completed her 200 hour YTT through Riverflow Yoga in Hooksett, New Hampshire. Rachel leads her classes with openness and humor, inviting students to tune into their own personal needs and challenging them to get curious about their strength and capabilities.
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.
Stephanie started a gentle, Svaroopa yoga practice in 2013 and eventually decided to take the basic Svaroopa Foundations course. She went on to teach Svaroopa Yoga for one year. Her love of yoga and her desire to learn and practice more inspired her to continue her training at White Swan and Satya Yoga Studios with their 200-hour Vidya Yoga Teacher Training program, which she completed in June, 2019. Stephanie is grateful for all that yoga has brought and continues to bring to her life. Dedicated in her practice, she is looking forward to sharing yoga with others.
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.
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.