Frequent Substitute Instructors
Leslie Adams Dowst (Jyoti) was first introduced to yoga in the mid-60’s by her mother who taught Hatha Yoga in the home and church halls (long before there were established yoga studios). For many years a yoga practice moved in and out of her life. Shortly after moving to New Hampshire in 2007 she connected with a studio and a regular practice followed. The focus on a spiritual practice as well as a physical practice found at Forever Yoga only served to deepen her commitment. A 2017 graduate of the Forever Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training Program, she stages each class with the idea of union of body, mind and spirit. Her goal is to keep yoga accessible to all and to meet the student’s need, whatever that might be. She is also a Level II Reiki practitioner. When not working as a school nurse, graphic designer, theater house manager, gardener, and artist, she enjoys time on her farm with two donkeys, 2 goats, and 4 cats.
Amy Fluet has been practicing yoga since the birth of her first child in 2000.Initially coming to yoga as a form of relaxation, Amy soon realized yoga also provided a physical challenge and a way to find balance in her busy life.A year later, when she was diagnosed with a chronic illness, Amy’s practice became a way for her to tune into her body, mind and spirit as part of her plan to stay healthy.As a continual student of yoga, Amy constantly strives to develop her practice and deepen her spiritual understanding of yoga.Over the years, Amy has explored many styles of yoga with the intention of eventually becoming a yoga teacher.
A 2014 graduate of the YogaWorks 200-Hour Teacher Training, Amy is honored to now guide students through their yoga practice.She brings an awareness of physical alignment as well as a connection to breath and spirit to her classes.
Additionally, Amy has completed the First Degree of the Usui System of Reiki Healing.
Heather Larivee, RYT-200: Heather received her 200-hour yoga teacher training from the Kripalu School of Yoga in November 2016. She began her own yoga practice in 2010 as a way to relieve stress and become more connected to herself. After experiencing a traumatic leg injury, she realized it was difficult to find yoga that was accessible to people with physical injuries and limitations—until she learned about chair yoga. It was through this experience, and working as a process improvement professional within the healthcare sector, that propelled her to deepen and share her knowledge of yoga, with a broad audience. Heather also studies mindfulness-based stress reduction, volunteers at various non-profits, and blows glass in her “spare” time.
What people are saying about working with Heather
I was lucky enough one afternoon to be the only student in one of Heather's classes. She took time to ask me what I'd like to work on (shoulders and back) and not only did she tailor the practice very thoughtfully to address these areas, she also showed me several tricks that may not have been yoga poses per se, but offered me all kinds of new ways to stretch out those areas using straps and other props. She was so genuinely happy to share her knowledge and to try to find the best poses and movements that would work for my body specifically, I felt incredibly honored to have her guiding me. In that practice and in all of her classes, her level of empathy and sincerity is truly exceptional.
-- Iris Waitt
Ashley Peck fell in love with yoga during high school, when she and her earthy-crunchy friend discovered a new yoga studio in their town and began taking classes together a couple nights a week. She maintained a very “on” relationship with yoga throughout high school, but fell into a more tenuous, “will they/won’t they” type of relationship with yoga during her college and post-college years when things like classes, rowing for the women’s crew team, and working multiple jobs got in the way.
In late 2014, Ashley reconnected with yoga in a very powerful way, which led her to eventually enroll in the Yoga NH Teacher Training program in the fall of 2015. Now armed with RYT-200 status, Ashley aims to share her love of yoga, conscious breathing, and meditation with anyone and everyone in a fun, playful, and accessible manner.
When she’s not on her mat (or stuck behind a desk during her day job), Ashley can be found running, biking, frolicking around in the mountains, practicing Reiki on her cats, enjoying a cup of tea and good book, writing, or trying to convince her husband to attend a yoga class with her.
What People Are Saying About Working with Ashley
"Ashley urged us to find our edges and to soften them. She asked us to breathe deeper than we ever have before, then try again. She emboldened us to try something new in our familiar poses and perhaps find a different way to be there, in the moment. She gifted us with inspiring words and gentle encouragement to grow with and into our practice by discovering new ways to be with ourselves. Ashley is a fantastic addition to the Forever Yoga team."
-- Helen D.
Ashley brings to her classes the energy of a climber-runner-cyclist, tempered with a quiet calmness and engaging humor. She always tunes in to her students' state of being on any given day, encouraging requests and acknowledging that sometimes, one might not feel up to a particular pose, and would appreciate a modification. Her vinyasa with yoga nidra classes are a perfect balance of movement and stillness. I also love to exchange tips on good books to read-she has sent some great titles my way!!
-- Deborah Heller