ARIELLE ECKHAUS WELCH
+ Professional Background, Experience & Training
Arielle Eckhaus Welch’s eclectic lifelong background in teaching and guiding children and adults in ski and water sports education eventually led her to practice yoga as a way to improve health, find clarity, and relieve pain and depression. She brings experience, insight, compassion and dedication to her entire practice of yoga. Her rich inner wisdom and over 450 hours of professional teacher training allow her to have a calm and unwavering supportive atmosphere in all her classes. Arielle currently teaches all levels of Vinyasa yoga, and Prenatal yoga. A dedicated practitioner since 2001, Arielle has developed “the tools to be at peace… I’m empowered with the ability to heal myself and be really happy.”
Arielle is a certified Rasamaya® Yoga and Core Teacher; she studied with Carrie Tyler at Bhava Yoga in Brattleboro, VT. Her professional training also includes Baron Baptiste’s Level I & Level II Teacher Training and Assistant Training, as well as studying Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga extensively with Coeli Marsh and Gregor Singleton at BPYI in Cambridge. She studied the Anusara yoga system with Todd Norian; and the blending of Vinyasa and Anusara yoga with Rolf Gates and Roman Spzond. Her desire is to share the “new possibilities” that yoga presents to those who will embrace it.
She is a certified Baby, Tot & Tyke Itsy Bitsy Yoga® Facilitator, a fabulous program developed by Helen Garabedian. She holds a certificate to teach Prenatal Yoga from Janice Clarfield, and trained with Tara Gruber and Leah Kalish to become a certified Yoga Ed Instructor for the Tools for Teachers program – which brings yoga to children in grades K-8 by training classroom teachers how to use yoga-based tools.
Arielle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in rehabilitation from the University of Maine at Farmington. She is a Level 2 PSIA alpine ski instructor and Level I AASI snowboard instructor, and has taught skiing and snowboarding at Sugarloaf USA in Maine and Park City Mountain Resort in Utah. In addition to yoga, she is a preschool teacher at the JFNH Preschool in Manchester, works as a ski and snowboard instructor and supervisor at McIntyre Ski Area in the winter, and has worked as an administrator and teacher in after-school programs, vacation programs and summer camps.
+ Personal Statement
I first came to yoga in 2001 to heal back pain, find clarity, and relieve depression. One class and I was hooked! I am dedicated to teaching yoga because I want to share with others all that it has done, and continues to do, for me.
Doing yoga is like getting a massage, going to the chiropractor, therapist, and physical therapist all at once. It opened me to new possibilities for my life. Though my joint and back pain have not completely disappeared, I now have the tools to make myself feel better. I am at peace knowing that I know what to do. I am empowered with the ability to heal myself. I finally know how to make myself really happy
From October 2005 through June 2006, I endured 4 knee surgeries. I was able to teach intermittently and practice an extremely modified yoga practice during this time, but I credit my yoga practice before, during, and in combination with physical therapy for my rapid recovery. Even during a month of complete non-weight bearing crutching & wheelchair use I used my “yoga off the mat” to keep me going. I regained all of my natural flexibility and continue to strengthen my body & mind each day. I was even able to dance at my wedding in August 2006!
My husband Mike and I moved back to my childhood hometown of Derry, NH. I feel blessed to be sharing yoga with the communities where I grew up. Being a teacher and student of yoga helps me maintain the energy necessary to keep up with children. As a new mom myself, I really appreciate my yoga practice. It helped me connect with my baby in utero, prepare for childbirth, and get my body back afterwards.
This is where I’m supposed to be. I used to say, ‘Everything happens for a reason’, but I was still walking around wondering and worrying about the future and what would happen. Now, I have the practical ability to be in this moment and appreciate it - for whatever it has to offer me. I am alive. Come celebrate with me!
After many years as a step and kickboxing instructor, Cathy experimented with adding yoga to her routine hoing to erase back pain resulting from years of high impact exercise. After her first home practice session she was hooked, and she soon gave up step and kickboxing altogether. She found that yoga gave her the workout she was looking for, but also brought a sense of calm to her hectic life. It instilled in her a better sense of overall well-being. Soon after, Cathy completed Levels I & II Yoga Teacher Training with YogaFit, and she has been teaching at local fitness facilities for the last 10+ years.
"I began my yoga journey preferring a vigorous form, but as my practice has matured, I have discovered the richness of a vigorous practice that also includes nuturing and restoration. My intuition guides me toward a better balance every time I go to my mat," Cathy says. Her hope as an instructor is to lead participants in listening to their own intuition to find their personal perfect balance of breath, posture and internal stillness.
Sheila Allicon RYT has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 7 years. She received her 200 hour Yoga Certification at the Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja Mexico, where she was completely immersed in the yogic lifestyle. She has been teaching Yoga since July of 2011, creating her own unique program which fuses breath work, meditation, vinyasa flow yoga that often includes qigong, spontaneous movement and kirtan. She teaches corporate and private classes and a very beginner program for those who want to try yoga. She has been teaching gentle yoga and Qigong in the community for over 6 years.
Sheila is also a professional Life Coach. She has created and taught many work shops and classes, facilitated success groups, has done one on one coaching as well as group coaching. She also works in human services with individuals with physical and developmental disabilities in a day program that is community based and individual centered. She teaches a yoga program for special needs. Sheila believes every body is the perfect body for yoga and encourages her students to listen to the wisdom of their own body.
“The greatest payoff of yoga is not a deeper forward bend or the perfect tree pose. The greatest payoff of yoga is the newly born self that every day steps off the yoga mat and back into life.”
Sheila has found an intrinsic relationship between who she is and what she offers others through her work.