Teacher Bios

headshotmsMelissa Scagliarini, E-RYT 500, is the owner of Satya Yoga Studio. Melissa is a veteran instructor with over 10 years of teaching experience, including an in-depth 500-hr. training with the Himalayan Institute in India during the winter of 2010. Melissa is well-known in the Lakes Region for her dynamic Vinyasa Flow classes which combine sequences to build strength and physical awareness with a focus on breath and overall well being. Melissa’s warm, good natured personality paired with her challenging Ashtanga- inspired yoga classes are bound to leave you feeling grounded, energized, and well cared for in your practice. Melissa is a member of Yoga Alliance www.yogaalliance.org


IMG_6714-2Abby Machanic E-RYT-200 – strives to live yoga on and off the mat. She grew up in Carmel, New York and took her first yoga class while backpacking through Australia. After returning to the US, she fell in love with a regular yoga practice and completed her yoga teacher training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio, New York City. In 2012, Abby and her husband decided to move from the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn, New York to the tranquil White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire. Abby teaches a vinyasa style class which links dance like movement with the breath. She is beyond grateful to all the teachers and mentors that have guided her on her wonderful journey. Abby also gives thanks for her inspiring daughter, Madison born June 2013.

Jen WhitcherJennifer Whitcher, LCMHC, RYT-200, LFYP-2 – Jen has worked as a certified yoga instructor since 2010. She obtained her training at the 200 level through the Abhyasa Yoga Institute. Jen has also attended Kripalu for continuing educational purposes as well as to become a LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Level 1 (LFYP-1) for Depression and Anxiety in July of 2013. She completed the LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Training, Level 2, in May of 2014 studying with Amy Weintraub in Tucson, Arizona. Jen also works as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Gilford, NH. She also works as a part time counselor at Plymouth State University and lives in Warren, NH with her husband and two dogs.

meltreeMelanie Luce E-RYT 200 – I graduated from Vidya Vinyasa, a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in April 2015, and have been teaching at Satya Yoga Studio since!  I try to make each class I teach creative and fun, as well as make the asana (postures) available to all levels of students.  It is important to me that my students feel comfortable and welcome in every class!  I believe that yoga can lead students to increased mindfulness, awareness and compassion for themselves and others.  Melanie is a member of Yoga Alliance www.yogaalliance.org

20150731_120103Katalin Kovacs – I was born in Romania where I spent 12 years of my life eating fresh fruits and vegetables, gardening with my family, climbing trees, swimming, doing karate, pretending I was a gymnast and learning from my grandfather. I moved to America in 1995, where fresh food wasn’t the norm, but thankfully I found sports to keep me in shape. Once team sports weren’t available I coached, hiked, and ran among other physical activities. I was an avid runner for over a decade and loved the adrenaline it offered. The running led me to a bummed knee, which didn’t improve through traditional methods; thankfully my sweet boyfriend re-introduced me to yoga, more specifically Melissa’s yoga class. This is where the true healing started to take place, physically and unexpectedly  emotionally. Since 2011 I completed the 48 4000 footers in NH, my diet is back to my initial years and I continue to be a dedicated yoga student.  Yoga truly balanced my life and brought me back to my roots. In 2014-15 I received my 200 hour yoga certificate through Vidya Vinyasa YTT with Melissa Scagliarini, E-RYT 500 and Katie O’Connell, E-RYT 500 and registered through Yoga Alliance. I share my knowledge with high school students at White Mountains Regional High School in hopes that they’ll reap the benefits like I did, just much sooner in life. Whether I’m teaching high school students, working with adults, or practicing myself I hope to radiate the joy and beauty of yoga. My classes are Vinyasa style, where smiling is highly encouraged while you strengthen and stretch the connection between your body and mind.









2 thoughts on “Teacher Bios”

  1. I am looking into yoga classes and heard yours were wonderful.Also heard you were moving into a New location. Could you let me know the location and whether or not the posted schedule has changed.

    Thank you

    1. Hi!!
      Yes we moved to 58 B and C Main Street! Right across from True Colors. Our schedule is on line and we will be adding more classes. Looking forward to meeting you!

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