Our Teachers are highly trained and certified to standards set by the Yoga Alliance. All are involved with continued training and development. Each teacher brings her own special touches to the classes. You can contact teachers with email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Serenity teachers challenge students while respecting their individual needs, and rely on love to encourage all to move toward mindfulness and peace."
Asha Ramesh, RYT
is a certified Hatha yoga teacher from The Yoga Studio in Boston. She is a registered 200 hour yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She has been practicing yoga for over thirty years and teaching for the past ten years. Asha is originally from South India, the home to the Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation which represents the living teaching of Yogacharya T Krishnamacharya. She lives in Massachusetts with her family, a Director in the Information Technology area by day, and a yoga teacher by night. Her plan for her yoga future is to work towards her 500 hour Kripalu certification.
Asha is dedicated to being a yoga teacher and has faith in the healing aspects of meditation, breath work and asana as one unit. She likes to talk and teach from the heart. She is influenced greatly by Barbara Benagh’s slow flow and breath work during practice. She shares sensitivity to students' needs in her teaching. She believes that yoga is the only form of physical and mental exercise that offers multiplicity and variations. Hence a yoga way of living is suitable for anyone at any given point of time in their lives.
Asha has a philosophical approach to teaching and advises yoga practitioners to pause and listen to your body, then linger and breathe consciously. In her practice, she feels the need to be humble so that we are aware of the journey and not the destination. In line with this philosophy she applies various styles to her Hatha yoga teaching keeping it relevant to the needs of her students.
“There is no ‘one size fits all’ in yoga. If one feels good from within, it will reflect on the physical self and will transmit the goodness to others. It is the greatest form of self-help that we can give ourselves. Anything that makes me aware of love, friendship, peace, harmony, strength, and courage, health and wellness is the ultimate elixir of life, and Yoga does it for me. I am hoping it will do this for more people than just me.”
Asha's website is www.yoganalam.com
Charlotte Ott (Kripalu; 500 Hr.)
has been practicing Yoga since the early 90's. She received her 200-hour certification at Kripalu in 2005 and her 300-hour certification with Shiva Rea in 2009. Additional certifications include: Circus Yoga, Yoga Ed, Thai Yoga Massage, and Reiki Level I. Charlotte's classes have a smooth and flowing nature to them. Students are encouraged to use their breath to transition from one posture to another. Personal attention and hand-on assists are offered to those interested. Charlotte's style of Yoga has a Kripalu base, which emphasizes how the postures feel in your body rather than how you look doing them, integrated with a flowing nature. The results is a flowing style of Yoga that encourages you to feel the postures from the inside out. Charlotte uses a technique of grooving, or pulsing in a pose to help students connect with their ideal expression of a pose in addition to facilitating emotional and physical release.
Charlotte has created several specialized classes including: Family Yoga, Anatomy and Physiology Through Yoga for High School Students, Yoga for Young Shakespeare Performers, Yoga for Aspiring Runway Models, and Yoga/Science/Nutrition for Homeschool. Charlotte's intention for her students it to cultivate an ability to see and listen to your body on a deeper and subtler level in addition to wakening and sustaining consciousness. Charlotte is also a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She practices health coaching and leads workshops on whole foods nutrition.
(MA, MA, CAGS)
is a Licensed Educational Psychologist who holds graduate degrees from Columbia University and City University of New York. She undertook additional graduate training in psychology at Adelphi University and earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the University of Massachusetts in Boston.
She completed the Stress Reduction Program, the Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and the Teacher Development Intensive training for experienced MBSR teachers at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. She has appeared as a guest on the cable television programs "Shrink Rap" and "Where's Wilmington," and has presented workshops on Mindfulness-based stress reduction to various organizations and groups.
is a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor who teaches with enthusiasm and compassion. She brings her 10 years of Yoga experience, as well as her experience as a Wellness Educator and Reiki practitioner, to her teaching. Her classes incorporate both a focused practice & a light-hearted approach. Corinna has taught all levels of Kripalu yoga, Mom & Babies and Prenatal yoga. She has developed classes for plus-size women, for trauma survivors, and for those in recovery from mental illness. She recently taught throughout her own first pregnancy, and is looking forward to the joys and challenges of motherhood.
"For me, Yoga is the practice of being present, meeting yourself where you are, and greeting your body and life's challenges with openness and compassion."
Cyndy Overgaag, RYT (Kripalu - 500 Hr)
is certified as a Professional Level (500 hours) Yoga Teacher by the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). Cyndy's background includes dancing with the Eliot Feld Ballet in New York City and the practice of Pilates. She has studied Iyengar, Ashthanga, Kundalini and Anusara styles of Yoga.
"It is the Kripalu way to learn and explore the many facets of Yoga, so that I may share the blessings of all approaches with my students. My goal is to provide a safe, sacred environment for people to open up their hearts, bodies and minds. Together we learn to center ourselves in this busy world, bringing any edges we may have into perspective as we evolve and grow. Through Yoga, we discover the many gifts of love, laughter, grace, strength, serenity and wellness that we all have within. I encourage students to understand, explore and appreciate the bodies they live in."
Diane Eastwood, RYT (Kripalu)
is a certified 200 hour Kripalu Yoga Instructor, a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), a Reiki 1 practitioner and a member of the Kripalu Yoga Teacher's Association. Her classes focus on stress relief and relaxation in the traditional Kripalu style. Diane utilizes modifications, and props and emphasizes breathing coordinated with movement, allowing students to deeply connect with the physical, emotional and energetic body.
Diane is married, the mother of two young children and an avid baker. Prior to joining Serenity Yoga Studio, Diane was an instructor and manager of Shakti Yoga & Healing Arts Center in Chelmsford MA. She is enrolled in Kripalu's Advanced Teacher Training, working towards the 500-hour Professional Certification. Diane has been a yoga practitioner since 2001. She is a graduate of Merrimack College in North Andover MA (B.S. Health Science).
"I love Diane's classes: she always has a theme: whether it's the 7 chakras, the yamas & nyamas; now we're working with spiritual muscles.
You'll never be bored; you'll always feel safe in your body as we practice and share many laughs as well!"
Eric Read (Frog Pond)
is a 200 hour certified instructor in the Raja Yoga tradition trained at Frog Pond Yoga in Princeton, MA in 2001. He came to Yoga through meditation practice, study of spiritual writings and appreciation of the possibilities our bodies express in the physical movements of sport and dance. His special interests include the teachings of the Yoga Sutra, individualized practice and offering Yoga to all types of people.
“I seek to connect every moment of life to the principles of yoga.”
“As we practice together, may we accept the changes that allow us to be who we truly are.”
“I thank my teachers for the countless ways they have helped me to travel my path in this tradition.”
Kayleigh came to Yoga in 2007 as a way to balance the stress of her classical music career. What began as a curiosity became a serious passion, and a salve to performance related injuries, competitive stress, and assault. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2011, under the tutelage of David Vendetti and Todd Skoglound at South Boston Yoga, and has studied in the vinyasa, yin, forrest, anusura, and iyengar traditions. Her classes fuse a keen attention to alignment and injury prevention, as well as a playful and fun approach to building strength, opening the heart, and building awareness.
As a classical violist, she has an interest and sensitivity towards performing arts’ related injuries and stresses, and hopes to help other musicians build confidence under pressure, gain strength, and improve their playing. She also provides a safe space for people to feel good about their bodies, and helps others to feel strong, powerful, and beautiful just as they are.
To learn more about Kayleigh, go to www.kayleighmiller.com
Nina Carmel, RYT (Kripalu)
is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. She has twenty years of experience teaching Yoga and Meditation in Europe and the United States. She is founder and Director of The Therapy Center for Mind and Body, LLC in the Boston area. She is a psychotherapist (MSW), and a consultant and coach with specialties in mind-body therapies, trauma and the interface of psychology and the existential. The heart of her work as both a therapist and teacher is to help others learn to be in relationship with themselves, and with others and with the existential dimension of life.
Olivia first encountered Yoga as part of her movement training at the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program for Acting, where she now teaches. A former 4 Year NCAA Varsity Athlete (including one national championship!), Olivia has great respect for physical discipline -- however, she always couples the rigor of the postural practice with the deeper, subtle, more meditative aspects of Yoga, and places great emphasis on kindness towards the self.
While she enjoys teaching all skill levels, she admires beginning students for their courage to start something new, and has a particular passion for introducing Yoga "newbies" to their practice. Olivia believes that teaching is an act of service, and that the students' experience should be the central focus of every class. She is a newcomer to the greater Boston community, and is honored to be teaching at Serenity.
Pam Vlahakis (RD, MEd, LDN, RYT)
is a certified Yoga instructor by Yoga Spirit Studio in Essex, MA (200 hr), and continues her training and education with Gary Kraftsow, Mukunda Stiles, Bo Forbes and other focusing on Yoga Therapy. She has been sharing her love of Yoga with kids, teens, adults and families for nine years. She has developed and facilitated Yoga classes that are playful yet educational for kids, teen and families in schools, wellness center and health and fitness clubs. She has completed certification as a Qi Gong instructor and has practiced Medical Qi Gong for 10 years. Also as a Registered Dietician for over 20 years, she integrates her Yoga training and nutrition knowledge to provide wellness programs, counseling and education for individuals and groups to support healthy living and empower individuals to reach their full potential.
is an artist and a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor. She teaches classic Hatha Yoga using the Kripalu methodology. Pamela was in her mid-fifties before she began a regular Yoga practice. After a long career in public art as the first Director of the Cambridge (MA) Arts Council and the founder and Director of Urban Arts, Inc. in Boston, Pamela found herself in the role of caregiver to her husband during a long illness. During this time Yoga helped both Pamela and her husband to achieve a sense of tranquility, acceptance and peace on what might otherwise have been a nearly unbearable journey. In the year 2000, Pamela decided to shift her career away from administration and public art and to make a full commitment to the practice and teaching of Yoga and to the production of art that was more intimate in scale and more personal in content.
is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor and a member of the Kripalu Yoga Teacher's Association. She has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. It was when she discovered Kripalu Yoga, that her practice deepened and led to completing the Kripalu teaching certification program. This 200 hour program included Teaching Methodology and Practicum for Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation; Yogic Philosophy; Anatomy and Physiology; and Professional Ethics. She is currently working on her 500 hour yoga teacher certification. Peggy has also completed advanced training in iRest® Yoga Nidra with Richard Miller.
Peggy is passionate about teaching and sharing yoga’s benefits with others. She focuses on helping students develop breath and body awareness, inner strength, and confidence. Her teaching style gently encourages students to work to their edge by offering posture variations for all body types and fitness levels. Her classes focus on real and practical benefits and frequently include a theme that connects yoga practice to the various situations that arise in our daily lives.
Peggy has a background in software project management and instructional design. She is married and has two daughters. In her spare time she enjoys photography, road biking, and Argentine Tango.
Peggys' website is www.yogainnerstrength.com
Samarrah is a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor and a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teacher’s Association. She has a MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work in New York and a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan. She graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she studied health and wellness.
She started practicing yoga as a teenager with her father. She was introduced to Kundalini yoga nine years ago while living in New York City. From her first class she was hooked. In 2005, she completed her teacher training at the Baba Siri Chand Yoga Center in Millis, Massachusetts.
Samarrah is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others as they find their personal path toward self-healing and authentic living. Her own journey from the fast-paced world as a New York City real estate broker to one of more balance and self-care gives her genuine knowledge and firsthand experience of what it takes to change your life.
Visit Samarrah's website.
Sara Rolley, JD, LLM, RYT
(Kripalu - 500 Hr)
is a professional level Kripalu yoga teacher. Sara has studied yoga as well as diverse disciplines including t’ai chi, belly dance, and exercise physiology. Sara has incorporated aspects of each to develop a unique yoga practice that fosters physical wellness, mental calm, and connection.
In Sara’s classes, students of various conditions and body type are invited to explore movement with kindness, curiosity, and compassion. Sara’s classes are tailored specifically for the Serenity students in each class, with the intention of offering safety, comfort, and choice combined with challenge. Sara presents classic asana at a pace that encourages attention to alignment and space for breath, present moment awareness, and meditative focus. She offers small and large movements to warm-up, experience, strengthen, and stretch. Sara brings knowledge from her interests (yogic relaxation and yoga nidra, meditation, mindful eating, yoga dance, and therapeutic applications of yoga) into the studio for nurture and transformation.
Sara has developed a specialty class, Woman’s Pelvic Yoga. Sara continues to study with well-respected practitioners of Kripalu and other disciplines. Sara has attained additional certification as a Let Your Yoga Dance® Teacher and as a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher.
I can honestly say that Serenity Yoga and Sara in particular in combination with the gym saved my life. I know that sounds like an overstatement but when I started in July of 2010, I could hardly walk due to nerve and back injuries. Through their gentle approach and strengthening program, I am now able to most positions that are called for. I can also drive and sit without pain."
Toni Bradley, RYT
(Kripalu - 500 Hr)
is the founder and Director of Serenity Yoga Center. She is a certified Professional Level (500 hrs) Yoga Teacher by the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance. Toni is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), the Massachusetts Yoga Network, the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association (KYTA), and the California Yoga Teachers Association (CYTA).
Toni was a Systems Engineer by profession who took her first Yoga class in 1995 to aid in recovering from illness. As a devoted "exercise-avoider", Toni found something very different about the Yoga class -- a sense of harmony in the movements and breathing, and a feeling of well being that lasted between classes.
In her Professional-Level Certification studies, Toni focused on the application of Therapeutic Yoga techniques to help with chronic problems as well as diseases. Toni provides detailed instruction in all of her classes, guiding each individual according to her or his own ability. She works individually with people dealing with Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, Multiple System Atrophy, 'Lou Gehrig's' Disease, Depression, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, Scoliosis, various spinal and joint problems, joint replacements, and recovery from various surgeries and injuries.
She established Serenity Yoga Studio in January 2000. In February 2011, she re-located the studio to larger space at 363 Great Rd and is working to expand the class and workshop offerings. Toni is committed to improving the quality of life through the practice of Yoga. She is a graduate of Boston University (BA mathematics) and Northeastern University (MS Engineering).
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