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 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.
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
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.
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
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
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."
200-RYT, Vinyasa Flow
Makayla (ma-kay-lah) started her yoga journey in December of 2021 by taking her first in-studio class. After loving the addition of yoga into her life, she took the advice of a past school teacher to complete YTT (Yoga Teacher Training) shortly after taking her first class. Makayla completed her 200 hour YTT March of 2022 in Chester Springs Pennsylvania, and joined the Serenity team in May of 2022.
Makayla encourages you to “take everything you need, and leave what you don’t.” She reminds you to have fun, to listen to your body, and to not hesitate when it comes to doing things for yourself. Makayla also focuses on helping those in her class focus on ‘the now’ and do yoga in the present moment instead of with your body on auto pilot. She enjoys practicing Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga and is also a Licensed Aesthetician.
This Vinyasa flow invites you to be comfortable in the body you’re in. Come flow through your practice with a hot playlist and positive affirmations!
Makayla hopes to see you on your mat, and out of your own head space, very soon!
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.
RYT 200, Hot Sequence
Lisa walked into her first yoga class in January of 2016 despondent and lacking purpose & clarity. Yoga transformed Lisa and she hasn’t looked back. Yoga has brought balance to her life and allowed her to walk in grace
and authenticity without apology. When challenges appear or life becomes especially hard – Lisa finds solace in her breath and her mat is her sanctuary. Lisa’s alter ego finds her working in the financial industry during the day but most nights – she can be found on her mat at Serenity.
Lisa completed her 200 hour YTT certification in 2019 along with becoming a Balanced Athlete instructor. Lisa considers herself extremely fortunate to have found a community of kind, compassionate teachers and practitioners at Serenity.
Lisa’s goal in teaching yoga is to help others find themselves through this meditative practice, stay in a state of gratitude and keep a beginner’s mindset. Lisa’s mantra is meet your body where it is, on any given day.
“The study of asana is not about mastering posture. It’s about
using posture to understand and transform yourself”.
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
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!
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!
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.
200-RYT, Gentle, Yin & EveryBODY Sequence
Heather came to her mat in late 2019, to improve her mental & physical health and was surprised to find so much more!
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
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!
RYT 200, Hatha
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!