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.
Kyla Rose Maher
Long Time Sun Apparel and Shunya Owner, Kundalini Teacher
Kyla graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.S. in Sports Medicine. She is a KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® and is certified in SuperHealth, a yogic therapeutic technology for addictive behavior. She has had the privilege of studying under many master teachers including Hari Kaur Khalsa, Mukta Kaur Khalsa, and Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa. She has been a contributing writer for the Spirit Voyage Blog and the Kundalini Yoga Boston Blog. She spent the summers of 2012-2013 teaching at the Ponderosa Tazland Festival in Germany and has taught at many events and held workshops all over New England. She is the Creator and Owner of Long Time Sun Apparel, both an online Kundalini Yoga clothing company and a brick and morter yoga lifestyle boutique and studio in Newport, RI. She is beyond thrilled about her newest boutique endeavor, Shunya Studio!
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.
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.
In 2012 Missy completed her 200 hour RYT teacher training at Innerlight Center for Yoga and Meditation in Middletown, RI. The class was lead by two of the most inspirational & radiant teachers: Liz Lindh & Patti Doyle. She is grateful for all of the wonderful people she shared this experience with. It is through their grace and wisdom that she learned the transformational power of yoga. Her goal is to help students find grace and stillness, strength and agility, while igniting breath and movement as one. Practicing yoga is a journey that will allow your mind to relax and your heart to shine, on and off your mat!
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.
Meredith Nordham 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.
Ashley is a lifelong learner, lover of the ocean and dedicated to somatic healing through both yoga and holistic mental health counseling. She has found kundalini yoga to be an energetic, transformative and blissful process of self-discovery for both body and mind. She strives to share the technology of breath work, physical practice and meditation in kundalini yoga to inspire others both on and off the mat. In her classes, Ashley aims to create a space for stillness while connecting to ones’ intuitive, truest self. She fully believes that yoga should be accessible to all, is not to be taken too seriously and has the healing potential to change ones’ perspective.
Ashley received her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Salve Regina University in 2017 and a Bachelor of Science degree from Emmanuel College in Counseling Psychology. She is a KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® and received her 200-hour training at the Guru Ram Das Ashram in Millis, MA.
A former ballet dancer, Rebecca Polan found yoga over a dozen years ago and enjoys the benefits of strengthening, stretching and the relaxed effort that comes with a mindful yoga practice.
As a teacher, Rebecca's goal is to empower her students to find the same path to peace that she has discovered through yoga. Get ready to feel nurtured yet challenged physically, in a class that balances a focus on alignment with mindfulness in a creative, playful flow.
Although her full-time gig is as a nonprofit consultant, Rebecca's passions beyond her work and teaching yoga include writing poetry, photography and of course dance.
Rebecca has her Masters in Business Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science degree from UMass Amherst. She is certified as a 200-hour RYT and received her training at Thames Street Yoga in Newport, RI.