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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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STEPHANIE MACK

200-RYT, Vinyasa Flow & Yin

Stephanie has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She found yoga after a back injury from coaching and doing gymnastics. Starting with Bikram and then moving to practice vinyasa flow, the dynamic flow of breath and movement is her favorite. Not only has yoga helped with her sports injuries, it has helped her detach from everyday life stress. The time on her mat became some of the most cherished time out of her day. That time has helped her grow, accept and be more mindful everyday. In 2017, she decided to take a break from getting her MBA to explore the 200hr Vinyasa certification from Powerflow Yoga NJ. Ever since, she has enjoyed teaching and educating people on the benefits of yoga.

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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, Fun Fustion Flow

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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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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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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KATIE PATEL

200-RYT , Vinyasa Flow & Yin

BIO COMING SOON!

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HEATHER THOMAS

200-RYT, Vinyasa Flow

Heather started practicing yoga in 2009 while earning her degree in Respiratory Care. She was searching for a new way to exercise, but wanted her primary focus to be on relieving the stress of going back to college and found that incorporating a yoga practice was the perfect fit for her. She fell in love with a Vinyasa practice because of the link between breath and movement. Yoga felt like a place where she could bring what she learned about the mechanisms of the breathing from the classroom to her mat. The benefits of a yoga practice have assisted Heather in improving her physical and mental wellbeing. Heather's motivation is derived from promoting the overall health benefits that a yoga practice can bring to a student. She received her 200-hour certification through Serenity Yoga Studio in Middletown, Delaware. 

Heather wants to change your mind-set on what a yoga class can be.  Her classes are challenging, fun, and relaxing. 

 

"Through life’s highs and lows, yoga has always been there for me.  Your mat is a home that you can always come back to.  Your yoga mat will never turn you away.  I want my students to remember to shine on, let it go, and find the beauty of their own breath." - Heather

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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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