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ALYSON LEINBACH

 
Alyson has dedicated herself to the practice, study and teaching of yoga since discovering its joys and benefits in 2002, while attending a yoga workshop lead by Rodney Yee. Alyson went on to become a 200- hour certified teacher 2009. Since then she been trained and completed a 500- Hour Teacher Training with Rolf Gates, Alyson has also trained  in the disciplines of Vinyasa Flow (Seane Corn), Iyengar (Rodney Yee), Core Strength Vinyasa (Sadie Nardini),  Alyson combines elements of these styles into a dynamic and inspiring alignment-based flow. Alyson teaches a creative and energetic Vinyasa Flow. Emphasizing clarity of alignment, a steady connection to the breath, and a mindful investigation of what qualities we are truly cultivating in our practice. At first when I began practicing yoga it was for exercise. I have never heard of mindfulness, connection, Om or Namaste for that matter. I was working in the corporate world as a Human Resource Director and was stressed out. Something had to change. After taking my first class my body felt alive, I didn't understand it I just wanted more. I truly believe that when we are ready “yoga calls us”. We begin to ask the questions “What is life, why am I hear, is this IT!” If we listen to those inner burning questions we stumble onto yoga. First for the exercise but then it becomes so much more…. My experiences, the ups and downs are shared in each and every class I teach. I enjoy inspiring people to be the “true self”. Yoga meets you in the body you show up in. So come as you are and if you are still not sure of 'who you are' yoga will help you figure it out. One breath at a time. 

HEATHER PATRICCO 200-RYT  

Vinyasa Flow Teacher

I have been practicing yoga for about 15 years, since my son was just a baby.  I didn’t “take” to yoga right away, though. I had tried it a few years earlier when my oldest was just a baby, but it didn’t seem to be the right thing at the time.  Bikram yoga changed that completely! I fell in love and practiced at least four days a week before we left New Jersey. When we moved to Delaware, I sought out a Bikram-like practice and found Empowered Yoga in Wilmington.  Wanting to take my practice to the next level, I enrolled in their 200 hour yoga teacher training and became a certified yoga instructor.  I’ve been at Serenity for the past 9 years!  I love our community and the shared experience of yoga. I am also a fourth grade teacher at Cedar Lane Elementary School where I am also the head coach of our Girls on the Run team.

AMANDA PIERCE 200- RYT- VINYASA FLOW INSTRUCTOR

Amanda Pierce 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.

MARY KATE HALL -200 RYT

Run the Mat & Vinyasa Flow Teacher

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 a yoga practice brings. 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.

MONICA WASHBURN - 200 RYT

Warm Flow & Gentle

After being diagnosed with Lupus, Monica felt the need to find something that would help her to escape and bring some calmness to her life. She was looking to heal her body, mind, and spirit. A friend introduced Monica to yoga, and at the end of her first practice, Monica knew that this was the something she was searching for. She never looked back! Each day she steps onto her mat, she feels grateful to have a place to go when she wants to escape for awhile and to bring some calmness to her life. This is the feeling that Monica strives to cultivate in her students. She 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 come to her class, she will encourage you to 'come as you are', be present in the now, and to enjoy your escape on your mat.

DEBBY NOLAN -200 RYT

Barre & Vinyasa Flow Teacher 

As a former dancer, Debby Nolan has always believed in the power of physical fitness and health. She discovered barre classes at Serenity Yoga Studio in 2015 and became certified to teach. Yoga was something she dabbled in for years but she became truly drawn to it in 2016 for both the physical and mindful benefits. She received her 200-hour teacher certification in 2017. An eternal student, she loves practicing and incorporating all aspects of yoga into her life. She is also the owner of Yoga Strong, a company that teaches athletes at all levels how to incorporate yoga into their lives, making them stronger both mentally and physically.

DEBI KELLY - 200-RYT

Barre & Vinyasa Flow Teacher 

After 30 years in the educational field working with children and their families, I decided to move towards inspiring others to live a more holistic healthy lifestyle thru teaching yoga and barre.  In my yoga class you can expect a Vinyasa flow style class that can be modified to meet you where are and take you where you need to be.  In her class, Debi shares her compassionate and nonjudgemental style to create a safe space for you to get what you need from your practice.

Stephanie Mack -200 RYT

Vinyasa Flow & Yin Teacher

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.

Billie Wiant 200-RYT 

Yin & Gentle Teacher 

My mission as teacher is to help you relax your mind and work your body while bringing them together. With a spirit of playfulness and a touch of inspiration to help others deepen their practice and learn to “not try so hard and just enjoy”. 

   I received my first Yoga class as a Valentine’s Day gift, but the gift Yoga gave back, I enjoy sharing with all. As a life long hair stylist, I was looking for a new direction- but still have the people connections, and Yoga gave me that opportunity. I started bringing friends and my husband to class and that is when I realized I my mission to teach .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.