Studio Director Co-Director, TSY Vinyasa Teacher Training Program
Patti became a certified yoga instructor in 2002. She continues to enjoy the privilege of growing and furthering her practice with other local and national teachers. Patti's classes are challenging but their spontaneous nature allows exploration of various modifications to allow the practice to resonate on a deeply personal level.
Her hope is to provide students with the opportunity to come up against their own growing edges, physically and energetically, as a means to mirror those experiences in life off the mat. Emphasis is placed on intention to guide the practitioner through a uniquely personal yoga experience.
Patti is also a Kira Grace Warrior and was named "Best Yoga Teacher" in the 2014 and 2015 Newport Mercury Love Awards.
Co-Director, Vinyasa Teacher Training Program
Lori has completed her 800hr & 500 hr Teacher Training "Life of a Yogi" with the world renowned Sri Dharma Mittra. Sri Dharma is known as the "Teacher's Teacher" and the "Rock of Yoga" and Lori considers him her preceptor on her yogic path. Lori has completed 200hr Teacher Trainings with Live, Love, Teach and Grace Yoga. Lori will take you on a journey to discover "All is Within" through the challenges of a physical practice, connection to breath, and awareness of thought patterns to work towards that place of calmness and stillness. E-RYT 200 RYT 500
Erin Coonan Schmidt
Studio Manager, Co-Teacher Vinyasa Teacher Training Program
Erin (RYT200) completed her teacher training in 2012 at Innerlight Center for Yoga and Meditation with two amazing yoga mentors Patti Doyle and Liz Lindh. She came to yoga in 2010 when treatment from a cancer diagnosis left her exhausted, emotionally and physically. She attributes her healing, inside and out, to her practice and hopes to assist others along their path.
Erin focuses on pranayama as a vehicle to quieting the mind, drawing focus inward and slowing down. Erin ties yogic philosophy and readings into her teachings, as a means to broaden students’ perspective and to assist in deepening their practice off the mat.
She draws influence from her studies with Seane Corn and Kathryn Budig and has been a teaching assistant at the Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga teacher training with Liz Lindh at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers in Costa Rica.
Jenna Rose Banky
Jenna Rose is a certified yoga teacher who serves the community of Aquidneck Island by teaching others the benefits of a yoga and/or mindfulness practice. She values the dedication it takes to establish a steady practice, and always encourages her students to stay lighthearted and explore their growing edge.
After finding yoga in her late teens, initially to recover from years of competitive sports, her intentions for this practice continuously evolved, on and off the mat. She witnessed the healing power of a yoga practice, so she felt motivated to share this vast knowledge with her own community.
Jenna Rose became a RYT 200 through the 2015 Vinyasa Teacher Training Program at Thames Street Yoga. She also holds a B.A. in Health Education & Promotion from UMass Amherst. Since moving back, she’s worked full-time for a private, non-profit organization serving the local public school districts.
Her Vinyasa yoga classes are personally tailored to welcome all levels of practice, and emphasize awareness on the function of breath in mindful movement.
Celia, RYT 200, received her teacher certification in the spring of 2015 from Yoga Vida in New York, shortly before moving to Newport. She began her practice in 2001 after discovering yoga's reverence for the mind-body relationship. Staying true to her roots as a competitive figure skater, Celia emphasizes proper alignment and graceful movement in her classes. She strives to bring mindfulness into her students’ practice through smart sequencing and her love of music.
Patti Confort E-RYT came to yoga in 2001. The practice cultivated an awakening that she was destined to share with others. She earned her 200 hour certification with the Yoga Alliance in 2008.
Patti’s yoga classes are designed to provide students with a full physical and energetic experience. With an emphasis on the union of breath with movement, her presentation includes specific instruction and a wide range of modifications to allow each practitioner a uniquely personal experience.
Patti strives to create an atmosphere in her classes that allows the yoga to help her students on their own journeys towards lives of compassion and love, on and off the mat. While relatively new to teaching yoga, Patti was a math teacher for more than 30 years.
Yoga has been a part of Kara’s life for many years. In deeper exploration, its transformative power began to express itself in her life. This lead her to receive training from Thames Street Yoga, completing the 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training in December 2013 with Patti Doyle & Liz Lindh. She continues to grow and be inspired by many different styles and teachers.
Kara’s style is a Vinyasa flow that focuses on grounding, fluidity, creative expression, strength and flexibility. By focusing on bringing awareness to our bodies and listening to it’s wisdom, she strives to create a space for others to honor their own unique journey, and challenges them to meet their growing edges. Through the connection of the body, mind, and spirit to the natural world, we all have the ability to facilitate change, healing, and self-discovery. She passionately believes that through freedom of movement, we are able to release mental and physical limitations that hold us back from opening fully to life. Kara is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Holistic Counseling & Expressive Arts.
Katie brings 20 years of experience to the massage table, drawing from a wellspring of eastern and western modalities. Her approach to the body is deeply respectful, meditative, and very consistent with vinyassa yoga, emphasizing marrying breath with movement. Continuing to build on her understanding of the body and how movement can help to alleviate stress and restore wellness, Katie recently became certified as a yoga instructor (Dec 2016 RYT 200). She teaches individuals privately in their homes or at the yoga studio.
Meredith Nordhem Ewenson
Meredith is a RYT200 and graduate of Gina Caputo & Kathryn Budig's Aim True: Integrated Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in 2014.
She discovered yoga while living in Charleston, SC in 2008 and it quickly became her sanctuary. The time spent on her mat has given her the tools understand herself and the world around her better, and for that she is grateful. Her style is playful, but introspective; challenging, but purposeful. Her mission is for you to leave feeling more whole and balanced than when you walked in (and have a big smile on your face).
She currently practices and teaches in Newport, RI. Check out her website for healthy recipes, yoga & lifestyle tipswww.bewellyogalifestyle.com. Get in touch! email@example.com.
Rebecca Polan is a yoga instructor, mindful consultant, writer and healing coach. She has practiced yoga for 16 years and is certified to teach Vinyasa (200RYT through Thames Street Yoga) and Restorative Yoga (Sudha Lundeen of Kripalu).
Rebecca is studying to receive certification as a practitioner of Hakomi, which utilizes the healing power of the body-mind connection that she believes in so strongly.
She shares her lessons and reflections on healing and meditation in a weekly blog: www.yogamusingsblog.wordpress.com. Rebecca has her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Boston University and a BS in Biology from UMass Amherst.
Danielle fell in love with the soul soothing nature of both the asana and meditative practice of yoga in 2008 after the birth of her first child. She graduated as a certified vinyasa teacher from the Thames Street Yoga Vinyasa Teacher Training program in 2014, and as a teacher, aims to hold space for students to encounter their own unique experience on the mat. Her class offer a gentle, yet energizing flow with mphasis on breath awareness, alignment, and creative expression.
KYT200, Cardiac Yoga®, Yoga for Children
Leslie received her yoga education at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2010. Her training is ongoing both on and off the mat, at the studio, and in everyday life. Leslie enjoys Kripalu style yoga as it has a non-dogmatic approach that addresses the needs of the whole body. Kripalu yoga is extremely diverse, it offers gentle modifications as well as invigorating challenges that can be applied to any yoga tradition or modality.
Leslie is a vibrant teacher whose style encourages students to find their edge both mentally and physically. You will find her classes to be well balanced, informative and straight forward. She will create a quiet space for you to practice, with a balance of guided pranayama, asana and meditation.
Rachael recently completed her RYT 200 at Thames Street Yoga under the guidance of Patti Doyle and Lori Pagliaroni. She brings with her a background in the study, practice, and research of meditation and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She endeavors to meld breath, body, and mind on the mat, encouraging students to continuously connect with this moment in time. Rachael’s practice is cultivated on the belief that the abilities we develop on our mat allow us to be more fully present and less reactive to all of our experiences in our daily lives. She hopes to bring curiosity, lightness, and a sense of playfulness to these deeply meditative and transformative practices.
Rachael has a Master’s degree in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology from the University of West Georgia, where she studied the interplay of psychology with Buddhism and Mindfulness in achieving self-transformation.