Teacher Training Program Faculty

Who Teaches Our Teacher Training Program?

Our 200 hour teacher training program in Concord is led by Sarah Jane Knoy, ERYT 200/ RYT 500, Alison Murphy, RYT, Wendy Bonner, RYT, Cory Curran, RYT, and David Breen, E-RYT 500.

 

Sarah Jane Knoy: Sarah Jane is happy that she was fortunate enough to wander into an Ashtanga Primary series class at a health club in Chicago in 2000. This began her practice of yoga and she has practiced steadily since that day. Sarah Jane moved to New Hampshire in 2007 whereupon her brother-in-law gave her a gift of enrolling her in the Bija Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Program. She graduated with a 200 hour certification in 2009 from Bija Ananda and then assisted Tom Sherman in leading the Bija Ananda training for a year.

Sarah Jane has been teaching yoga since 2008 and graduated from Sharing Yoga’s 500 hour training program. Her practice has evolved through work with many wonderful teachers but she remains particularly grateful to Patricia Hyland, her first teacher. From Patricia she learned that needing a teacher was not a sign of weakness but rather a willingness to stretch and grow.

Sarah Jane believes passionately in the healing and calmness that yoga can offer to everyone, regardless of their age or state of health.

Wendy Bonner: Wendy has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and has experienced many of its healing benefits. She is continually seeking to deepen her own practice and share her experience with others. She has completed the Sharing Yoga 500-hour teacher training program and the Shakti Flow Yoga 200-hour teacher training. In 2013, Wendy received additional training in teaching trauma-sensitive yoga through the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Massachusetts. In 2017, she became a Certified Mantra Teacher in the lineage of Namadeva Acharya (Thomas Ashley-Farrand) through The Yoga Space in Keene. Wendy is grateful for all her teachers, for all their teachers, for all her students, and for the wisdom each has shared with her.

Yoga and mantra meditation practices have changed Wendy’s life dramatically. She hopes that her students, through their own experiences with these techniques, can find self-acceptance, healing and peace.

Alison Murphy: Alison Murphy is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.  She completed her training at Sharing Yoga in May of 2014.  Her interest in yoga is because of its unique ability to help individuals look inward to calm the mind and at the same time strengthen the body physically through the postures.  Alison teaches classes around Concord to all ages and abilities. Alison also runs Concord Handmade, a mobile shop and holiday pop-up shop, and lives in Concord with her family.

Cory Curran: My passion to work with people as they move along their path has led me to two different professions: Social Worker by day, Yoga Teacher by evening.  Yoga can be a powerful tool in dealing with stress, affecting our mood, and healing the mind and body.  I find much overlap in my work.

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and have spent my 15+ year career working with adolescents and those around them.  I have also completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training, with over a 150 hours of additional training.  I have had the honor of teaching yoga, first with friends and coworkers, and then professionally, since 2009 with people of all ages. I enjoy helping folks along and bring a light, no-stress attitude to my practice.  People enjoy my sense of humor, willingness to laugh at myself, and flexibility.  

 

David Breen: David offers Yoga and Meditation at Sharing Yoga in Concord, at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men, and he directs the Sharing Yoga Teacher Training programs. David is trained through the Himalayan Institute and focuses on using meditation, relaxation, breathing techniques and Yoga to facilitate the healing process. He has been teaching Yoga in the Concord, New Hampshire area since 2002. He is known for his inspiring classes, his sense of humor, and his dedication to the ancient teachings of Yoga. As a graduate of the Bija Ananda Teacher Training Program, he received his RYT designation from the Yoga Alliance in 2004. In 2005 he completed the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series Teacher Training with David Swenson and in 2006 he earned his E-RYT designation, one of only 3 people in New Hampshire to hold that designation at the time. He started the Sharing Yoga Teacher Training program in 2006, and after returning from India in 2007 he opened Sharing Yoga Community Yoga School in Concord. In 2010 he received the designation of E-RYT 500, the highest level of training recognized by Yoga Alliance.