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Our Mission

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.

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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

200-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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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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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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DEBI KELLY

200-RYT, Vinyasa Flow

Debi came to yoga for the physical benefits but soon realized it provided her much more.  As she became comfortable on her mat, she found it a place to find contentment, peace and self-awareness.  A teacher at heart, she began leading barre classes at Serenity Yoga Studio in Middletown, Delaware in 2018. After 30 years as a school counselor working with children and their families, she decided to share her yoga journey by getting her teaching certification from Serenity in 2019. 

 

In Debi’s class you can expect a Vinyasa flow style that will meet you where you are in your body and mind. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced yogi, she will make you feel comfortable to do what works for you by offering modifications and variations.  She creates a safe space to explore and have fun. Through breath work and poses, she will challenge you while honoring what you need from your practice on any given day. 

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NANCY VENTRESCA

200-RYT, Kids 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

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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LAUREN GUIAMANO

200-RYT, Core'n with Lauren

Lauren started on her path to wellness as a way to destress from the chaotic profession as an EMD 911 Firsts Responder and gain back her strength after several orthopedic surgeries, most recently bicep and shoulder repair Feb 2020. She began her practice in March 2018 and was instantly hooked. She is a 200-RYT graduate from Tula Yoga in Aberdeen, NJ and has recently received her Level 1 and 2 barre certifications from International Ballet and Barre Fitness Association this past February.  Lauren is honored to share her practice with you. Whether it’s coming home to the basics, or challenging students to try something new, her classes are designed to foster students to come as they are and tap into their infinite potential. “Change will not change unless there is change”.

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MARY KATE HALL

200-RYT, Yoga Nidra

I have been practicing yoga for about twenty years, in what started as a way to increase my running stamina and power.  An avid runner with a love of experiencing as much in life as possible, yoga keeps me grounded and strong.  When I came to yoga, it was a great workout for strengthening and lengthening my muscles.  Now, it's “my yoga”, no longer just about the workout, but about the peace of heart and mind that all eight limbs of yoga bring. 

I received my initial 200 hours of Vinyasa training with Serenity Yoga in 2015.  I followed that with my Restorative Yoga certification in 2017.  In 2020 and 2021 I attended Mindful Yoga Therapy, an empirically-informed training to assist those who have experienced physical and mental traumas, including veterans; MYT gave me direct training to work with such varied populations that include amputees and those that have become wheelchair-bound, as well as extensive training with Yoga Nidra to help anyone in need of wakeful sleep and rest, especially when experiencing bouts of insomnia.  I’m currently in the middle of my next level of training, for an additional 300 hours.

 

Yoga is not about doing a pose 'perfectly', yet about safely finding the perfect pose in your own body.  Whether you can't yet touch your toes or you can hold a challenging pose, like handstand, there is always more to learn. Yoga is the relationship and union that is built between the mind, body and the breath.  It is the adventure of this union that I try to bring to my classes, along with a dose of playfulness and inspiration.  I will challenge you and help you meet the challenge—your way—and you may even surprise yourself along the way!  It is in this way that I look to assist others in their yoga journey, finding balance and grace, and just a smidge of fun, both on and off the mat.

As you can see, I love learning.  It shows up in both my yoga practices as well as in how I teach them; they’re always evolving.  Small steps lead to great changes.


Let’s take small steps, together, and find the adventure along the way!

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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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MAURA VANBERKOM

ACE Certified & Master's of Physical Thereapy, Barre Fusion

Maura has been teaching a wide variety of fitness classes for many years and has a passion to help others reach their fitness goals, no matter where they are at in their journey. She is ACE certified and is also a personal trainer with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. She loves to have fun while working out and enjoys challenging others to reach that next level. She loves to smile and is very warm and welcoming. Maura enjoys helping others make sure they have good form and execute movements safely and effectively. Maura went through brain surgery for a rare, benign brain tumor three years ago and is so thankful to be healed and be where she’s at today.  She doesn’t take her life and each day she’s given for granted. She encourages others to take care of themselves and stay active because you never know what tomorrow will bring. She’s excited to join the Serenity team.

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JESSICA HARPER

500-RYT, Vinyasa Flow, Yin & Pilates

Jessica holds a BSc. in Exercise Science and has other certifications such as ACE-CPT, ISSA Master Trainer, NESTA Group Fitness Instructor, Spencer Pilates Instructor, TRX Instructor, and Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist. Being a fitness instructor, personal trainer and yoga instructor since 2012 has provided her the opportunity to teach to a wide variety of people such as: seniors, prenatal, postnatal, runners, active military and veterans, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain sufferers, people struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.

In 2016, she earned her 200hr yoga teacher certification with emphasis in hatha and vinyasa style yoga through Blue Fire Yoga in Okinawa, Japan. In 2017, she traveled to Rishikesh, India earning her 300hr yoga teacher certification at Rishikesh Yog Peeth completing additional studies in hatha and vinyasa yoga principles, yogic philosophy, anatomy and physiology, and Yoga Nidra. In 2018, she earned her 85hr prenatal yoga teacher certification through Yoga Deza in St. Charles, MO from Jane's House of Well Being. She has also completed additional trainings in yin, restorative, yoga for pelvic health, accessible yoga, yoga for all, and chair yoga.  She earned her YACEP certification in 2019 providing a variety of workshops to students and to her teaching community to encourage professional and personal growth. 

In 2020, Jessica earned the title of Reiki Master and in February 2021, she is pursuing her stretch therapy certification. Both healing modalities interact with the physical, energetic, and emotional bodies encouraging pain relief and internal healing. 

Jessica's classes provide a fun-loving lighthearted environment that focus on accessibility and inclusivity. She aims to empower her students helping them to realize that they have it within themselves to heal, grow, and shine. May you be safe. May you be well. May you be happy. See you on your mats yogis!

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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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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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DEBBY NOLAN

200-RYT , Vinyasa Flow

As a former dancer, Debby Nolan has always believed in the power of physical fitness and health. Yoga was something she dabbled in for years but she became truly drawn to it in 2016 for both the physical and mental benefits. She received her 200-hour teacher certification in 2017 from Serenity Yoga Studio in Middletown, Delaware. She also studied under Sage Roundtree in North Carolina where she received her certification for teaching yoga to athletes in 2018. Working as high school counselor for over 26 years, she loves sharing the benefits of yoga to teens as well as adults.

Debby owns her own business, which focuses on helping athletes at all levels incorporate yoga into their lives, making them stronger both mentally and physically. An eternal student, she loves learning, practicing and incorporating all aspects of yoga into her life. She emphasizes clarity of alignment, a steady connection to the breath, and a mindful investigation of what qualities we are truly cultivating in our practice. She does this in a fun, non-judgmental way in order to create a safe space for everyone. Yoga meets you in the body you show up in, one breathe at a time. We are all imperfectly perfect!

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