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Erin Murphy


Erin Murphy will complete her 200hr+ Vinyasa Flow Yoga certification through Happy Love Yoga with Sarah Jones. Erin has explored different styles of yoga but feels a deep connection with vinyasa flow. Yoga allows Erin to feel united with the Earth and appreciate the world around her.  She loves SUP yoga, beach yoga, or any way she can bring her practice to the great outdoors.  Erin believes that there is a strong connection between the energy of breath and body.  Through her practice and teaching, she hopes to spread love, peace, and compassion with those she meets.  Teaching allows her to help students see their great strengths and vast capabilities while having fun on the mat.

Outside of yoga Erin works as an elementary school music teacher for the Exeter School District and plays the clarinet. Off the mat Erin enjoys hiking, adventuring, live music, and spending time with her pets and friends.

“Just the act of inhaling and exhaling can be a tremendous love affair.” B.K.S. Iyengar


dennisDennis Garnham, CSCS, CPT, FMS, MCT, HFI, has provided group and individual fitness programs for over 23 years. He has set up strength and conditioning programs for the military to improve soldiers physical combat readiness. Dennis specializes in body weight circuit workouts that require no equipment and need an area 6’ by 8’ or less. The body weight workouts involve high value exercises, balances, holds, poses, and simple and complex movements that improve all aspects of fitness. Dennis has also developed a conditioning program that uses numerous movements that mimic animal movements. These movements are great for individual and or group fitness programs and appeal to children. These programs are excellent for teams or group settings where there is limited equipment and budgets.


Joyce is a new yoga teacher just recently receiving her 200hr Live Love Teach Yoga teacher certification in October, 2016. The Live Love Teach philosophy emphasizes bringing yourself into the present moment with breath and body awareness and joining together as class in a group meditation in motion. Joyce has been practicing yoga since high school and is a big fan of all types of yoga but she finds that the Live Love Teach methodology cultivates a healthy body and mind that you can take with you outside of the classroom. Joyce also teaches snowboarding and loves being in the outdoors hiking, biking, camping, cross-country skiing, paddle boarding, or taking her two dogs on long walks everyday. She has a Master’s degree in Resource Management and Administration from the University of New Hampshire and is currently working on a National Science Foundation grant to bring clean energy education to high schools. She is very excited to be joining the Awakening Grace family to spread her love of teaching.


jennJennifer is a registered 200 hour RYT through the National Yoga Alliance and is also a Reiki healer. Jenn came to yoga as a supplement to her martial arts training and instantly fell in love. She is a black belt in Ed Parker American Kenpo & has studied many different arts since she began her training in 2003. Just like martial arts, yoga became part of her life. She has always been passionate about sharing her knowledge of her many practices so it seemed only right to pursue teaching Yoga. She is a graduate of The Yoga of Energy Flow and My OmAbilities Teacher Trainings. She considers herself forever a student & continues her education through mentorships, workshops & self study.

Jenn enjoys teaching both Vinyasa Flow & Kundalini Yoga. She believes Yoga should be joyful & encourages laughter during her classes. She is always enthusiastic to share & experience new ideas & practices with her students. Jenn provides a high energy class with plenty of time for quiet contemplation to conclude your practice. Drawing from the eclectic combination of her many disciplines she has developed a teaching style all her own.

“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” ~Yogi Bhajan


leahWe welcome Leah Gatchell to the staff of Awakening Grace Yoga.  Leah has been practicing yoga locally since the studio opened in 2009.  She graduated with a creative eye as a Marketing Major from Suffolk University. She states, “My true passion is teaching”. Leah is certified in Kripalu Yoga 200hr and a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with yoga alliance.  She has also trained in Expressive Yoga Dance and is happy to share her gifts as a teacher along with her love of yoga & movement.  Leah also works in the Epping Schools and hopes to bring her yoga dance to children. She is a busy mother of 2 and a yogini to the core.



Molly Schlangen is the former owner/director of Awakening Grace Yoga and a 500-hour Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor. The ancient practice of yoga has been transformational for her on the physical, intellectual, and spiritual planes. She believes yoga is a channel for healing and personal growth. Yoga practice benefits all ages, body sizes, and fitness levels. “We start where we are, and allow yoga to transform”. She has worked as a Registered Nurse in the areas of community & mental health, sports rehabilitation, school health and is currently on the nursing faculty at NHTI.  She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Molly considers herself a student of life, attempting to learn the lessons of love in their many forms. Her personal mission (at the moment) is to find and live the balance of stillness, movement and meditation…connecting body, mind & spirit. Her other interests include long walks in the woods, running, hiking, paddle boarding, & reading.
What Our Clients Say…
"I thought of a good analogy with which to describe your yoga class to my friend and came up with a pretty accurate one. Your class can be compared with a lovely meal: the intro and warm up is the salad; the class is the main course; and the shivasana is, of course, the desert. And the subtle thought you wove into today's class? That is a fine wine well paired with the rest of the meal". ~Boyd C.


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