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 is in the process of completing her 1000hr Teacher Training “Life Of A Yogi” with the world renowned Sri Dharma Mittra. She has already completed the 800 & 500hr Trainings with Sri Dharma who is known as the “Teacher’s Teacher” and the “Rock of Yoga”. She considers him her Guru on her spiritual path and has received the spiritual name Indra Devi Om as part of her lineage with Sri Dharma Mittra.
She has also completed an additional 300hr training in India with Raghunath at Radhanath Swami’s Govardhan Eco Village. She takes several spiritual pilgrimages to India each year to help refuel her passion and devotion for all things yoga and loves to share it all with her students. Lori co-directs Vinyasa Teacher Training with Patti Doyle and is also a Lululemon ambassador. E-RYT 500; DYRT800hr
Erin Coonan Schmidt
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 completed the All That Matters Yin Yoga and Meditation teacher training with Jenn Thomas and Dr. Tracey Sondik and draws influence from her Restorative studies with Sudha Carolyn Lundeen. Erin has also completed the Off the Mat Yoga Purpose and Action leadership intensive with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling.
Erin is proud of her role as VTT assistant at the Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga teacher training with Liz Lindh at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers in Costa Rica.
Celia Berger Hatfield
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.
Danielle has been practicing yoga since 2007 and received her certification from the Thames Street Yoga Vinyasa Teacher Training program in 2015. As a teacher and student, she is inspired by yoga's healing and transformative nature and aims to create a tranquil space for students to experience the benefits of yoga in a very personal way. Her classes blend a nurturing, yet energizing flow with emphasis on breath awareness and creative expression.
Jenna Rose Mulone
Jenna earned her RYT 200 certification through the Vinyasa Teacher Training Program at Thames Street Yoga in 2015. After witnessing the healing powers of yoga and mindfulness in her own life, she felt inclined to share these holistic practices with our local community. Her intentions for class are continuously evolving, on and off the mat, which sets the tone for thoughtful and authentic flows. She holds a B.A. in Health Education & Promotion from UMass Amherst, and lives in Newport, RI with her husband.
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.
Kate’s classes are filled with strong poses that challenge the body and focus the mind. Through slower transitions, repeatable alignment cues and Kate’s encouraging atmosphere, students get the extra time to explore the structure and spaciousness within their poses. Kate adores music, but doesn’t play it in class. Classes end with deep guided relaxation, a short meditation and a sea of harmonium Ommmmms.
Kate’s is a registered yoga teacher who has received three 200-hour certifications. Her background of study includes Iyengar, Anusara, Bikram, LiveLoveTeach, Meditation, and Energy Work.
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.
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! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicolette has been practicing yoga since 2007 and completed her 200-hour teacher training at White Lotus Yoga in Santa Barbara, CA under the direction of Ganga White and Tracey Rich.
She is a Registered Nurse and endurance athlete who is keenly aware of the ways in which yoga can heal the physical and emotional body. She believes that strength, health and happiness belong to all of us and that through asana practice, we can cultivate these qualities to develop a deep sense of wholesomeness and well-being.
Her style is characterized by intentional sequencing with an emphasis on controlled transitions and proper alignment. She challenges her students to practice in the space between too much and not enough and welcomes practitioners of all levels.
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.
Rachael 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.