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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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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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ROZ CLARK

200-RYT, Vinyasa Flow

"As a yoga practitioner the most difficult thing to overcome was the fear of feeling out of place in a class. I didn’t understand the language of yoga, and didn’t have many examples of people like myself (physically) to teach me the variations to accommodate my body and skill level.

As a teacher, I strive to create an all inclusive environment, all levels, skill sets and mindsets that are willing to bring awareness to their practice and apply what we learn to our practical life.

Come flow with me as we learn the basics, breathe work, meditation and flow to build a strong foundation for our mindfulness practice." - Roz

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JESSICA HARPER

500-RYT, Vinyasa Flow & Yin

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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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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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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AMANDA PIERCE

200-RYT, Vinyasa Flow

Amanda has been practicing yoga for 9 years. She found yoga in college beginning with a home practice and continued to practice through her pregnancy and after the birth of her daughter, finding the many benefits for her overall health and wellness that it had to offer. In 2012 she found a studio practice and was introduced to Hot Vinyasa and the link of breath and movement and was compelled to teach and share yoga with others. In 2014 she received her 200 hr. certification through One-Yoga. Her classes focus on breath and physical alignment and offering variations and modifications to help students improve their strength, flexibility, balance, and find emotional, mental, and spiritual clarity.

 

"I came to yoga for the physical practice and through this practice discovered my own individual strength and learned to release and let go. I truly feel that yoga is for everyone and that it will give you the key to unlock whatever hidden potential you might be searching for and in the process you may find so much more. Yoga is a gift that I love to share, so others too can find their inner light and let it shine." - Amanda

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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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BILLIE WIANT

200-RYT, Yin, Vinyasa Flow & Gentle 

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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DANIELLE BUKOWSKI

RYT-200, CPT, Vinyasa Flow & Yin

Danielle's love of dance and movement was ignited as a child, leading her to share her lifetime of experience with others. Now, in her second decade of practicing yoga, Danielle has experience in organizing and leading yoga classes throughout the tri-state area, including workshops, retreats, and private lessons. As a teacher, Danielle will exhilarate your spirit, open your heart, and allow you to unleash your joy!

Danielle has completed the 200 hour yoga certification program and is Yoga Alliance certified. With her knowledge of the techniques, language, alignment, and philosophies of yoga, her classes foster the creative sequencing. Her intention is to promote balance, transformation, and the natural connection between mind, body, and soul while encouraging you to develop the individual, creative exploration of your practice.

"I cultivate approaches that empower you to gain a deeper understanding of self, to integrate breathing and movement, help ease stress and anxiety and to grow in strength and flexibility. In addition, I have been and continue to be a ballet, modern and contemporary dance instructor for over 20 years, a level 1 mediation teacher and a certified personal trainer. I am so very passionate about the benefits of integrating movement and breath on and off the mat. cultivate approaches that empower you to gain a deeper understanding of self, to integrate breathing and movement, help ease stress and anxiety and to grow in strength and flexibility." - Danielle

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MARY KATE HALL

200-RYT

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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SARAH KAMAHELE-KAMENITZER

200-RYT

Sarah has been practicing and studying Yoga since 2014. She graduated from Yoga Works 200hr Yoga Alliance certified training July 2021 and has taught nonstop since. Sarah completed her Prison Yoga Project Trauma Informed Training in November of 2021. She currently teaches various styles of yoga (including gentle hatha, yin & vinyasa).

"If there is one thing I’ve learned on my journey it’s this: Yoga (yuj; union; to yolk) is not thousands of years of secrets hidden away just becoming known. It’s thousands of years old information about the human existence… all out there. For all of us. It lives and exists as an embodied tradition that is a truly unique, and an amazingly beautiful, experience for each one of us. Find your own unique path. Lean in. Show up. Practice. Practice. Practice. Just watch what you can do." - Sarah

“Everyone has a story or a struggle that will break your heart. And, if we're really paying attention, most people have a story that will bring us to our knees.” - Brené Brown

“My body is my temple and my asanas are my prayers.” - B. K. S. Iyengar

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RACHEL KIRK

ERYT-200, Barefoot Training Specialist I , Vinyasa Flow

Strongly committed to bringing her genuine self into the room, Rachel Kirk aims to create a focused environment where students can cultivate and grow their practice. With direct and thoughtful cues, Rachel helps you explore your body's connection to the asanas. Invested in each student, she emphasizes nurturing individual practice and makes it a priority to learn everyone’s name. Her knowledge of anatomy aids in her ability to offer personal assists and modifications. Discipline and awareness are encouraged so you can notice yourself and your patterns.

Rachel grew up as a competitive dancer and went on to teach for 12 years in the dance field. Needing more strength to complement flexibility, she trained in Tae Kwon Do and Yoga. Completing her YTT in 2014 she began teaching right away and is consistently inspired by people on the mat. Rachel will never turn down a discussion about yoga or movement. and hopes to be a driving force for learning and growth in the studio. Rachel loves all forms of explorative and natural movement and is certified in EBFA's Barefoot Training Specialist program, bringing that extensive training into the "why" behind her flow sequences. 

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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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EMILY SHUPE

200-RYT, Vinyasa Flow

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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MONICA WASHBURN

200-RYT , Vinyasa Flow & Yin

After many years of experiencing the adverse effects of a chronic autoimmune disease, Monica went on a quest to find something that would help to heal her body and mind.  She needed something that would bring some calmness to her life and help her to escape.  A friend invited Monica to a yoga class, and at the end of her first practice, she knew that she found what she had been searching for.  She never looked back!

 

After over a decade of practicing, Monica felt the desire to share this beautiful gift of yoga with others, so she enrolled in the Yoga Alliance's registered yoga teacher training program and earned her 200 hour certificate.  Monica is always learning and expanding her experience and knowledge of this lifelong practice by continuing her education through workshops, master classes, and certifications.  She is always eager to share her knowledge with her students.  

 

Each day Monica steps onto her mat, she feels grateful to have a place to go when she wants to escape and to bring some calmness to her life.  This is the feeling she strives to cultivate in her students.  She adapts her classes to meet the needs of every student, and brings a lightness and humor into her classes.  With a drive and desire to help others, Monica emphasizes the need to understand the importance of breath and movement, and reminds students to find the balance between effort and ease.  

 

When you practice with Monica, she will encourage you to come as you are, be present, and to enjoy your escape on your mat!

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