MAEGHAN FINNIGAN

STUDIO OWNER, DIRECTOR

Maeghan

This all started in 2004 when Maeghan walked into her first Bikram Yoga class in Portsmouth, NH and immediately fell in love with the practice. The heat, the sequence, the way it made her back pain disappear – she knew this yoga would be in her life forever. The next year she earned her 500 Hour Bikram Yoga Teacher Certification over an intensive 9-week training program. Maeghan has taught at many New England  hot yoga studios and studied with senior teachers from around the world to deepen her knowledge and experiences of this highly therapeutic yoga series. She started practicing the Classic 84 Asana series in 2007 to further her physical knowledge of the Traditional Hot Yoga method and the further possibilities of the yoga practice. She now offers the E84 Intermediate Series for BYUV students who love Traditional Hot Yoga and have the desire to explore new postures.

Maeghan is a Certified Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor and has a team of highly trained instructors on staff. BYUV students took to this High Intensity Interval Training program immediately. Maeghan couldn’t have been happier to see the immediate effects that this demanding Pilates based class on herself and the students. Inferno Hot Pilates has been a wonderful addition to the schedule, it complements the yoga that we do beautifully. Personally, it helped Maeghan manage the sciatic nerve pain she developed late in her second pregnancy and was key to taking the baby weight off post-pregnancy. Since Inferno Hot Pilates came roaring into BYUV in 2016 BYUV has hosted two teacher training sessions with attendees from all over New England and Canada.

Yin Yoga has been an interest of Maeghan’s for some time. She has enjoyed the benefits of the quiet intensity the Yin Yoga system. In 2017 she will finish her Yin Yoga training with a focus on anatomy. She will offer classes to BYUV students before the close of 2017. It is the ultimate complement to the highly demanding Traditional Hot Yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates as postures are held for a long period of time and students are taught to relax into the poses without contracting their muscles.

Maeghan practices many styles of yoga, does Pilates, hikes… but the Traditional Hot Yoga Series is the core of it all. She has managed to continue her practice through marriage, moving to a new community, two pregnancies, and learning to operate a small business.

Her family is committed to this life of yoga and fitness that Maeghan has embraced. Husband Luke is dedicated to Inferno Hot Pilates; Sister Julia earned her 500 hour Raja Yoga Academy certification and is a Certified Inferno Hot Pilates instructor; Sister Hannah is trained in Inferno Hot Pilates; and her mother Beth has been committed to her Traditional Hot Yoga practice since 2003.

Locally, Maeghan works closely with community partners to create greater access to yoga and fitness for everyone in the Upper Valley. In 2017 she was a Committee Member for Cancer! Take Yoga to the Mat and was appointed Treasurer of the Board, Toddlers Morning Out. Maeghan regularly brings experts in the fields of mediation, diet and mental health to hold seminars at BYUV to introduce students to other areas of wellness. She regularly holds classes benefiting non-profit organizations throughout the Upper Valley and provides classes for athletic teams and other groups to learn ways to improve their lives through yoga. Maeghan brings a unique mix of community building, education and yoga to her practice and is passionate about helping empower students to develop healthier lifestyles and a deeper commitment to their practice.

OUR TEACHERS

Julia Finnigan

Studio Manager

500-hour Certification 2016

Inferno Hot Pilates Certification L1 2017 L2 2018 L3 2019

Hot 26 Plus Certification 2019

Functional RangeMovement Specialist Certification 2020

Julia found yoga through her sister, Maeghan, and her mother, Beth. Not convinced after her first class, it took her a year to go back – after that, it was game on. Leading an active life Julia uses yoga to hold it all together physically. A few years into her practice she realized what yoga did for her mentally and started to dive deeper into her practice and eventually went to her first training. Since then yoga and Pilates have been her main form of training for whatever event she participates in and continues to grow her knowledge through a wide variety of training and workshops.

Lea

Lea Adams-Blackmore

Inferno Hot Pilates Certification L1 2018

Lea started taking Inferno Hot Pilates classes in 2016 at BYUV. She went to Boston, MA for Inferno Hot Pilates Teacher Training May of 2018.

When Lea is not teaching or taking classes at BYUV she is a student at Hanover High School. She is a volunteer at High Horses Therapeutic Riding Center, and works at Pirouette Farm.

Maggie

Maggie Tiblier Pepper

500 Hour Certification 2016

Maggie took her first class at BYUV in the fall of 2014.  She had recently moved back into the Upper Valley full-time with her husband, John, their 3 children, 2 dogs, and a cat.  Maggie was looking for some Peace – Peace of Mind and a place to get a break!  She found the 90-minute class to be a rare opportunity to connect with herself, strengthen her body after an emergency c-section, and ease her dis-ease. This connection resulted in her stopping drinking and creating a love for movement & life.  Born in New Orleans, raised in San Fransico, Maggie has a deep passion for service, community, travel, and HEAT!  Come to her class to connect with yourself and flourish.

Sallie

Sallie Schullinger-Krause

500 Hour Certification 1999

500 Hour Sunjaveen Yoga Therapy Certification 2000

200 Hour Ashtanga Enhancement Certification 2004

500 Hour e84 Ghosh Lineage Advanced Series Certification 2019

50 Hour Yin Yoga Certification 2019

Sallie discovered her lifelong love for yoga when she took her first Bikram method class in 1995 in the Pacific Northwest. A regular practice sustained both an all-consuming career in non-profit environmental work and her passion for outdoor life. In 1999 she went to L.A. for her first teacher certification, and from there she jumped with both feet into the life of a full-time yoga teacher and student.  After returning to her roots on the East Coast, happy circumstances led her to Maeghan and BYUV in 2011, where she has been teaching and learning, ever since.

Alexis Bryan

Inferno Hot Pilates Certification L1 2021

Lexi began taking classes in 2019 at BYUV and immediately found a passion for IHP.  Lexi attended Inferno Hot Pilates training in May of 2020.  While she is not teaching or attending classes, Lexi is busy completing her Masters in Communication Disorders through Emerson College.  She finds both IHP and BYUV yoga classes to be essential outlets for stress relief outside of her studies.

Natalie Jane Jones

500 hour Original Hot Yoga Certification

Inferno Hot Pilates Certifications 2016, 2018,2019

350 hour Baptiste Yoga Certification 2017, 2018

Integrative Nutrition Coaching Certification 2021

After a decade of teaching yoga, Natalie can now say with certainty that she has found her life’s purpose of moving, healing, and empowering people. From the moment the first drop of sweat fell onto her mat in the first yoga class she ever took in 2006, she was hooked. It took her five more years to fulfill her goal of becoming a yoga instructor, where she received her first yoga certification in Los Angeles. Since then she’s trained in multiple disciplines and has become a life coach as well as a nutrition coach. She believes true happiness and vitality begin with physical health and loves empowering her students and clients to feel their absolute best.

Sophie Wohltjen

Sophie attended her first hot yoga class with her sister’s encouragement in 2012. She began practicing more regularly in 2018, when she found that yoga helped her regulate the stress of studying for her Ph.D. qualifying exams. Now that she’s passed her quals and is working on her dissertation in social psychology, she still practices whenever she can, and has recently joined the BYUV team to work as the client manager. Ask her about the social benefits of yoga!

Sophie is the client manager at BYUV, and she is here to solve all your problems!  Email her at membership@byuvvt.com or text her at (786) 828-5772 with any and all questions about your BYUV yoga experience — membership, classes, retail, you name it. She’ll help you navigate any issues that arise so you can spend more of your time focusing on yourself and your practice. 

Perseverance - (5 of 5) showing up, and following through

It starts and ends here. Every month, week, day, hour, and minute will present a different and unique challenge. Sometimes that means overcoming scheduling hurdles to even get in your car; other times it's holding steady in THAT posture (hello, triangle) even though your mind is racing and tempting you to GET OUT; it’s taking the heavier (or lighter!) weights because that is what your body is calling for TODAY; it’s just staying in the room. The minute you walk through the door you’re 90% of the way there. This is why we commit to perseverance, over and over again. Without showing up you cannot follow through. We’re here to help get you to your mat (physically, virtually, on-demand!) however it works best for YOU.

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Finding the time to "do it all" feel like a lot of pressure. We know how important exercise and meditation are, and we all want to feel and move better, but we're busy and it's tricky to know where to start. That's why BYUV yoga was created— to give you a class that combines the healing modalities of Original Hot Yoga (OHY), a meditative practice, and Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) to help you step out of your habits and patterned movement, think about our bodies a bit differently, and enjoy a more balanced life, free of pain.

Grab a class this week and start moving and feeling better.

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