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Our Mission

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At Serenity Yoga Studio our goal is to cultivate an inclusive, accessible and supportive yoga community. 
We believe that as you learn to make your practice your own, you will undergo a transformation of the mind & body, allowing you to accept and care for yourself. EveryBODY welcome.

Our Instructors

Our skillful instructors help you go deeper into your practice while respecting your individual needs. We encourage all yogis to move towards a mindful practice that balances the physicality of asanas with breath work and meditation. Whether you are new to yoga or have made it a part of your lifestyle for many years, we invite you to enter the studio with a beginner’s mind and be open to the possibilities of your practice.

At Serenity Yoga, we practice the intention of yoga by treating everyone with respect and love. We are passionate about helping students deepen their mind/body connection, heal from past physical injuries and emotional trauma, and empower personal growth.

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BILLIE WIANT

500-RYT, Vinyasa Flow, Gentle, Resorative, Yin & Yoga Nidra

Billie received her first Yoga class as a Valentine’s Day gift, but the gift Yoga gave back she enjoys sharing with all. As a life long hair stylist, she was looking for a new direction- while still connecting with others and Yoga gave her that opportunity. After getting her friends, family and husband to attend classes too, Billie realized her calling to teach yoga.

 

"In my class you will find a safe place to let go, a smiling face, a non-judgmental teaching style and a warm environment. Yoga is freedom and acceptance. My goal is to help others find this space so that they can move their bodies through life with compassion and joy. Welcome to your mat, Welcome home." - Billie

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KATI PATEL

200-RYT, Vinyasa Flow, Gentle, Restorative & Yin

Movement can be a form of mediation. Kati loves running and spin classes to burn off stress, but comes to her mat to quiet the chaos found in every day life. Kati dabbled in yoga over the years, finding it an excellent complement to her exercise routine, but seriously came to her practice in 2016.  After a brief hiatus due to a high risk pregnancy, Kati found Serenity Yoga which is where she completed her 200 hr yoga teacher training in 2020.  

 

While she loves a hot vinyasa class, Kati also appreciates the sweetness of slowing down the flow and settling into the moment with a yin practice.  Her classes aim to weave the mind, body, and breath together to find that often elusive bit of tranquility in the daily grind. Flexibility is not a prerequisite for yoga; it is a side effect.  If you can breathe, you can do yoga. Kati invites you to join her on the mat where we will tune into our breath, feel the burn, surrender into savasana and leave all the heaviness behind. 

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KELLY SENTMAN

Certified Barre Instructor, Youth Yoga Certification, Certified SUP Instructor, Barre 

Kelly became a member of Serenity Yoga Studio in 2011. She instantly fell in love with yoga and the sense of peace that came with it. Kelly earned her Youth Yoga Certification through Serenity in May of 2015. She has worked at Father Martins Ashley helping kids of addicted family members cope with stress and anxiety through the gift of yoga.

 

Kelly then began taking the very first Barre classes that Serenity had to offer. She instantly saw the benefits of incorporating barre along with her yoga practice. She became stronger and her chaturanges became easier. Kelly became Barre certified through Serenity in 2017. She has taught Barre at Livit Fitness, Yoga on the Canal and Serenity ever since.

 

Kelly is excited to go to Portugal in October to finally complete her 200 hr YTT!

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LAURIE LEONE

200 E-RYT, The Power of Breath

I received my yoga teacher training at Serenity Yoga in 2013 under the tutelage of Susan Smith and Allison Leinbach.  I have taught a wide range of yoga classes at a variety of studios and other venues, including vinyasa, gentle, hatha, hot, senior, chair, prenatal, and children's yoga.

 

My current passion is sharing what I have learned about the breath and its essential role in yoga. I was lucky enough to learn one-on-one in the home of Therese Jornlin who learned one-on-one in the home of A.G.Mohan, himself a longtime private student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, often called "the father of modern yoga." I name the lineage not in order to name drop but instead to honor how blessed I feel that these ancient teachings made their way to me here in Chesapeake City, MD.  Surely I was meant to pass them on to you! 

 

My style of teaching can best be described as breath-led yoga and can be adapted to any situation, body, or goal.  I am also a practitioner of Qi Gong, which has enhanced my experience of the subtle energy body and informs my understanding of yoga.  I teach movement, breathwork and meditation that connects people to their bodies and their direct experience of life, leading to body awareness, self love, greater connection, improved health and joy.  I find breath-led yoga to be a truly healing practice of self-recognition and forgiveness and a transformational source of joy. Of course it transforms the body, too, building strength, stamina and flexibility in body and mind.  It's the full package!

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AMY SLOCUM

200-RYT, Vinyasa Flow

Amy’s love of movement, dance, and teaching led her to pursue a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Choreography from SUNY Brockport. For the last six years she enjoyed teaching as a professor at Roberts Wesleyan College, as well as running her own dance company. She continued her education of movement through Atha Yoga Studio in Rochester, NY, where she has became a certified yoga instructor. As a yoga practitioner, Amy’s focus is in connection and healing. She weaves her knowledge of dance as well as her interest in energy medicine through her vinyasa flow classes. Continuing to seek the connection of the mind, emotions, and body in her own daily practice, Amy works to bring that mindset to her classes. In her free time, she enjoys being outside and going on hikes with her husband, one year old son, and their dog, Juniper.

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LAUREN FONVIELLE

200-RYT, Yin & Vinyasa

Lauren turned to yoga during some of the most challenging times in her life. Yoga became the guide post that helped her focus inward and discover truths about herself that she never knew existed. Becoming a RYT-200 Yoga Teacher was the beginning of a beautiful journey that then led to becoming an EFT Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner and MindShift Coach.  Combining these modalities to help others break through obstacles- physical, mental, or emotional is her passion. 

"I believe life is too short, and we must use our time wisely.  We all deserve to find what lights our soul on fire. We must go after what we want, speak our truth,and share it proudly. Yoga is a practice of coming home to yourself in the most beautiful way."

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MAKAYLA ROBINSON

200-RYT, Vinyasa Flow

Yoga has been in my life since December of 2021 as I was starting to come out of a stage full of bad health (physically, mentally and emotionally). I took a few classes with one of my middle school teachers and instantly fell in love. She must have seen something in me that I didn't see in myself beacuse she pulled me aside to tell me I would be a great yoga instructor. I was skeptical as I was new to yoga and still in the stage of my life where taking big of risks wasn’t on my to-do list. I spent a lot of my time and energy doing things for others and I finally wanted to do something for me. I started my teacher training in January of 2022 and haven’t turned back.


To me Yoga is a puzzle piece that was under the couch for years and after endless searching I finally found it to complete me. To complete my mindfulness, complete my insecurities and complete the feeling of worthiness. 


Yoga to me is the addition of peace, well-being and strength that every body needs and deserves. 
My goal is to allow people to come together and honor their bodies, their journey, their struggles and themselves as beautiful individuals. There are way too many stars in the sky to compare which one shines the brightest and I think we all need to be a little more comfortable in our own skin.

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SHERI FRIEDMAN GREBE

ASL (American SIgn Language) Instructor

Sheri's parents discovered she was deaf at 17 months of age. She attended and graduated from Margaret Sterck School (now called Delaware School for the Deaf) She is currently volunteering her time teaching sign language at Serenity Yoga. In February 2023, she will be taking 200hr YTT. Along with Serenity Yoga family, Sheri’s goal is to integrate the deaf community with the yoga community, creating a safe space to access selfcare of their minds and bodies.

Sheri  loves seeing people come together and learn this beautiful language. She encourages, quite strongly, that everyone should learn ASL. It is about overcoming the language barrier. Serenity Yoga Studios welcome us. We feel their support and inclusion of the deaf community. Give yourself some Grace.

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MIKA BLACKBURN

RYT-200, Yin & Vinyasa Flow

"I love leading others in their practice for many reasons, but mainly because it's such a wonderful opportunity to connect with people that I wouldn't ordinarily have. When we practice together, it's my privilege to uplift and remind people how amazing they really are and how deserving they are of love and compassion for themselves. I hope our practice together is always filled with gratitude for our community, our bodies and our breath, and that it's a celebration of what your body can do!" - Mika

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OTIS LITTLETON

200-RYT, Vinyasa Flow

Otis began his yoga practice in 2016, and immediately experienced the benefits of this practice to become a 200 hour YRT certified yoga teacher, Balanced Athlete instructor and NASM personal trainer.

He brings 20 plus years of experience as a teacher to all walks of life: Graduated from Albright College in 1996 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and later achieved a Masters’ Degree in Secondary Education at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut in 1997.

A dedicated love for teaching, learning and fitness, combined with his grounding personality, Otis has transformed himself into a mindful movement, meditation & strength trainer committed to helping others.

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EMILY SHUPE

200-RYT, Vinyasa Flow, Yin & Prenatal Yoga

Emily is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher through the Baptiste Yoga Institute.  She loves empowering others with strong, fun, creative yoga classes.  Her favorite class to teach is Power Vinyasa with a creative twist, so be prepared for an upbeat, fun, flow!

Subscribing to the theory that the best way to be a great teacher is to be a constant student, Emily is always trying new styles of yoga, exploring new modalities of movement, and learning from as many teachers as possible. The blending of many of styles and movements in her classes keeps things fresh and interesting.

Emily has her master’s degree in Nutrition and she combines yoga and nutrition to create healthy living practices.  Yoga has changed Emily’s life and she wants to support others on their journey to healthful living.  Emily also loves traveling, hiking, cooking, and being outdoors.  Her favorite food is pizza and her favorite travel destination is anywhere that is wild!

 

“There are no limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking.” Brian Tracy

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CHRIS VENNARD

500-RYT, Beginner's Yoga, Restorative & Yoga Nidra

Chris started her yoga path in 2006 when she attended a beginner’s class with her son.  Falling in love with yoga, and how it made her body feel, not only on the outside, but the inside – Chris embarked on her teacher certification path.  This path has included training in meditation, restorative yoga, therapeutic yoga, pranayama, and Ayurveda.

Chris encourages her students to be present on their mat, focus on their breath, and be aware of how their body is moving and feeling throughout the class.  Learning to focus our mind, body, and breath during our yoga practice (and to observe how we feel in our bodies, and be present for all those sensations) is what seperates a yoga practice from an exercise routine.  This sense of awareness on the mat helps us to remember to be present as we move off the mat and into our day.

‘Do not kill the instinct of the body for the glory of the pose.  Do not look at your body like a stranger, but adopt a friendly approach towards it.  Watch it, listen to it, observe its needs, its requests, and even have fun.  Play with it as children do, sometimes it becomes very alive and swift.  To be sensitive is to be alive.’ – Vanda Scaravelli

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NANCY VENTRESCA

200-RYT, Kids Yoga & Yin Yoga

Yoga has been a part of Nancy’s life for over 10 years.  As a busy mother of four and a full time teacher, she knows the value of taking care of her mental and physical health. This was especially true as she continued her academic career, earning Bachelors degrees in both Child Studies and Elementary Education, a Masters in Exceptional Children and Youth, and ultimately, her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, all while working full time. After many years in the classroom teaching general, special education and gifted students, she is now the Academic Dean at West Park Place Elementary in the Christina School District. 

When faced with challenges,  Nancy knows her mat and her breath are always there for her. When the pandemic hit, Nancy became keenly aware of the social and emotional toll that it was taking on her staff and students. While she found solace in her own practice, she quickly realized that yoga and mindfulness could also benefit her school community. That’s when she decided to become a 200 RYT yoga teacher and mindfulness facilitator through Breathe 4 Change. Drawing upon her deep knowledge of child development, Nancy has developed a children’s yoga program that gives her students the necessary tools to promote healthy minds and bodies, and to better know themselves.  She combines creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness, and a loving, compassionate guidance that leaves her students with a sense of joy and peace—on and off their mats.

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HEATHER RICE

200-RYT, EveryBODY Sequence,  Journey withYin & Yoga for Stress Relief

Heather was going through a difficult time in her life when her sister, Billie,  shared the gift of yoga with her. During their first practice together Billie offered the intention “I am enough”, bringing Heather to tears. Having been so mentally and emotionally moved by what she previously thought to be a purely physical practice gave Heather the push she needed to dive deeper into yoga…and then Covid shut everything down.

With the extra time quarantine afforded her, she embarked on a 100 day yoga challenge in which she practiced yoga for at least 15 minutes every day. The challenge resulted in 195 consecutive days of yoga. This daily practice showed Heather she could accomplish big things and motivated her to get her teaching certificate.

Heather completed her 200 YTT at The Light Within in West Grove, PA under the tutelage of Lynn Slocomb in 2022. Her passion for making yoga accessible to people of all shapes and sizes grew even greater with her training. She plans to follow in the footsteps of those before her (in bodies of various shapes, sizes and colors) that made her feel comfortable practicing in her own unique body and help you do the same.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of who I am, I receive what I need.” - Lao Tzu

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JESS SCHLICHTING

200-RYT, Vinyasa Flow & Gentle Hatha Yoga

Jess took her first yoga class in 2017 and fell in love with it immediately. While on this self-discovery journey, thanks to yoga, she quickly learned that her new mission was to teach the community how to slow down and connect the body with the breath through these mindful movements. She completed a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training course under the direction of Susan Smith of One Yoga.

 

Jess finds joy teaching Vinyasa and gentle flows, emphasizing on (optional) light, hands-on adjustments and highlighting savasana with relaxing meditation techniques. Her personal practice includes vinyasa, yin, restorative, acro and aerial yoga, breath-work and meditation. She thrives on making yoga accessible to everyone and can’t wait to share her practice with you! 

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MACKENZIE MYERS

RYT 200, Vinyasa & Yoga For Stress Relief

In January 2022, Mackenzie graduated from School Yoga Institute after participating in an intensive 200 hr training in Mal País, Costa Rica. She has been practicing yoga since she was 16, developing her practice as a way to reduce stress leading to a chronic migraine condition. With regular practice, she sees how every aspect of her life is nourished with mindfulness and is eager to share these benefits with others.

Mackenzie loves teaching Vinyasa, hatha, and nidra style yoga with intention to explore the capabilities of your body, and nourish your spirit. Besides regularly spending most evenings at Serenity, Mackenzie teaches math at a local high school and loves to read. She can’t wait to see you on the mat!

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