“Originally Hailing from Massachusetts, I first began a regular yoga practice in my early twenties while attending Warren Wilson College in Western North Carolina. The practice of mindful awareness cultivated through Yoga has since served as a guiding and grounding force throughout this journey of the heart that is life. No matter where I was or what I was facing, I had found a calm spacious home within myself.

I am grateful for the many teachers throughout my life (friends, students, and instructors) that have guided and inspired me to listen more deeply to the True teacher within myself and continuously embrace love over fear. My desire as a teacher is to invite my students to live from their truest self; dissolving limits caused by fear and habitual patterns of mind to live a more authentic, happy and healthy life. “

In 2009 Emily earned her 230 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification and went on to begin her 500 hour in 2013 both with Asheville Yoga Center. She is also certified in Pilates Barre from Definitive Barre Fitness. Emily has been sharing the gift of Yoga for over six years with people from many walks of life, teaching in schools, nursing homes, teen lock down facilities, and yoga studios. She has been teaching Pilates Barre for two years in fitness facilities. Art and being active in nature are other favorite activities. She is a ceramicist and has been teaching art for three years.

Emily left Central Mass after high school and spent eight years living in Asheville, NC and Vail, CO. Returning home to her New England roots, she moved to Newport to attend the Holistic Counseling Master’s program at Salve Regina University. She is a new mom and is overjoyed to be living by the ocean with her family and honored to share her greatest passion with this little corner of the earth.


Board Member

Jessica Filkins is a yoga teacher, health coach, reiki master, surfer and founder of Jahmu Juice PBC; originally from Block Island, RI.

She began practicing yoga while attending Colorado College. Jessica found yoga to be very helpful in rehabilitating her knee after the second time she tore her ACL snowboarding. 

Through her continued practice of yoga, meditation and introduction to Buddhism she realized that the benefits of yoga not only affected her physical body but also changed her thoughts and her relationship to her mind.

For many years Jessica suffered from severe digestive issues for which doctors could not provide answers. She turned to Alternative Medicine for help and began a spiritual path of healing and self-inquiry. In 2012 she completed her 200hr Vinyasa yoga teacher training in Indonesia.

Jessica has been teaching paddle board yoga, vinyasa yoga, chakra yoga, and private yoga therapy for the past 4 years on Block Island, in the Bahamas, and in Newport.


Board Member & Instructor

No matter where she found herself in the world, Julia has always sought solace in her breath. A Rhode Island native and a believer in compassion and continual transformation, she was trained in traditional Hatha yoga by Randall O’Leary in Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua.

O’Leary comes from a background of Viniyoga and the B.K.S. Iyengar tradition, having studied under Gary Kraftsow and many others.

Julia completed her B.S in Biology from St. Lawrence University in 2010. She is a practitioner of two healing modalities, Polarity Therapy and Cranio- Sacral Therapy, both of which she continues to study in Tepoztlàn, Mexico.

On and off the mat, Julia seeks to guide her students to their true path through steady cultivation of positive energy. Always moving deeper toward self realization and unity of mind, body and space.


Board Member & Instructor

Meagan, a Massachusetts native, received her 200 hour training in traditional Hatha yoga under Ruth Anne Lundeberg (a student of Sri Dharma Mittra) and Jayan Schumer in 2012.  Meagan attributes the practice of yoga to continually saving her life and profoundly transforming and healing her mind and body.

She also earned an OnBoard SUP (Stand up Paddle) yoga in Baja California, Mexico in 2012.  Meagan is a lover of animals and adventure, travel, nature, poetry, and random acts of kindness.

Meagan holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and is a Master’s level Health and Wellness Coach, specializing in helping to empower individuals to take control of their health and wellness.  Meagan’s combined experience in exercise science, psychology, nutrition, yoga, herbal medicine, Neuro-Nutrient therapy and more creates a holistic practice that can support you in managing stress, weight, anxiety, depression, balancing life’s challenges and improving your quality of life.

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Shannon’s classes are a potent mix of yogic philosophy, movement, and curiosity. She sees yoga as a transformative process allowing us to return to our true selves again and again. Her roots are in a strong and playful Vinyasa but she has lots of love for Yin, Restorative, Therapeutics, and Somatic movement.

She is inspired to teach from a place of moving with fine awareness, in hopes to reconnect her students both body and soul.

Shannon received her first 200 level certification through Patti Doyle, of Thames Street Yoga in 2011. She has studied extensively with her teacher Raghunath since 2011 and was granted an honorary 300 hour certification after studying with him in India.

Of recent, she completed a 300 level certification with her friend and teacher Theresa Murphy in the Prajna lineage of Tias Little.

Always a student, Shannon continues her study with her root teachers, Theresa and Raghunath, as well as Carrie Owerko, Patricia Walden, and Tias Little when she can.


Board Member & Instructor


Madeline is thrilled to work with the Newport community as an advocate for healthy living practices. As a Rhode Island native, Madeline grew up around the beautiful beaches and inspiring nature that Little Rhody has to offer. This helped fuel her interest in self inquiry, yoga, meditation and photography.

Her yogic journey began in 2008 when she attended basic yoga in her gym classes at South Kingstown High School. She realized that these simple classes actually had a huge impact on her state of mind and eventually lead to a more wholesome and grateful lifestyle.
Madeline received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification in 2016 under the lovely Judy McClain (student of Sri Dharma Mittra) at Grace Yoga School in North Kingstown, RI.

She also completed a 60-hour community outreach teacher training in 2016 through Shri Service Corps. in Pawtucket, RI. Madeline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance from the University of Rhode Island in 2014 and has since studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is beyond excited to help NCY continue to grow and blossom into a healing sanctuary in the heart of beautiful Newport.

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“It is my dharma and soul’s desire to serve women throughout the sacred process of pregnancy and birth. Through prenatal yoga I will help you connect with the divine wisdom that lies deep within your body, I will assist you in nurturing, honoring, and nourishing your body, mind and soul throughout your pregnancy.

It is my innate nature to create a peaceful, receptive, safe and sacred environment for this to take place. From gentle movements, massage and visualization to strengthening muscles and your mind to prepare for birth, we will work and flow together, honoring the sacred cycles you are experiencing along the way.

I will help you connect with your body on a deep level, to trust in the miracle of growing and birthing a baby. We will relax and calm your mind to let your body be the guide and work it’s divine magic.” Ashley is a Licensed Massage Therapist practicing in Newport for the past 5 years. She is certified in Prenatal and Yin Yoga and is a Birth Doula in training.

Ashley offers pregnancy packages based on how closely women want to work one on one throughout their pregnancy, offering prenatal yoga, prenatal massage, sacred ceremony, aromatherapy and birth doula services, serving Rhode Island



Amanda completed her 500 hour training with Sadhana Yoga in Hudson NY in 2017 and has been practicing yoga for over ten years.

She is originally from New York, and is currently working on her M.A. In Holistic Mental Health Counseling at Salve Regina.

She enjoys teaching beginner yoga and helping people find a love and passion for the practice. In her spare time, Amanda loves to hike, read and spend time with her boyfriend.


Teacher in Training

Christina began her yoga practice five years ago in Newport while attending college at Salve Regina University.

She received her 200 hour training with Live Love Teach in April 2017 under Philip Urso and Renee Deslauiers. The transformative power of practicing and now teaching yoga has truly guided Christina on her journey through life. 

Christina’s hope as a yoga teacher is to provide an open and safe space for yogis of all levels and backgrounds to join together and experience the transformative power of yoga as a collective community.

Christina currently resides in Portsmouth, RI and is attending Salve Regina University to receive her MA in Holistic Counseling. She ultimately hopes to open her own counseling practice and utilize the power of yoga in therapy.



Sara (Satya Prem Kaur) believes that nothing short of divine assistance led her to her first Kundalini Yoga class in early 2014.

This was the first type of yoga she had ever tried and it resonated with her so much that just five short months later she signed up for Kundalini Yoga teacher training led by Guru Singh and Hari Kaur Khalsa.

Sara brings to her practice a profound sense of compassion and knowledge of the body which she cultivated over years working as a nurse at Catholic Memorial Home.

She feels so blessed to be a part of this growing community and to be connected to such great teachers that continue to inspire her on a daily basis.



Gail has been an instructor for most of her adult life; From teaching mathematics at the college level to leading high energy aerobics and spinning classes she has dedicated over 20 years to the fitness and learning industry. coming to realize it was time to listen to her body Gail knew she needed to make a change.

She began developing a yoga practice and It didn’t take long for this new activity to become a passion, subsequently earning her Yoga Teacher Certification through Thames Street Yoga.

As an instructor she brings a voice for clear concise instruction, in depth understanding of the physical body, and integration of her experience teaching energizing fitness routines.  

Gail’s classes are carefully constructed to maximize calmness not only in the physical body but in the ever chattering mind. Discover the joy and benefits of Vinyasa Flow with Gail.



Having grown up in Southern Rhode Island, Elyse was raised with the outdoors being her playground, classroom, and place of peace and serenity.

With discovering Ayurveda in 2010, she now takes that deep appreciation of Nature and applies the wisdom of Ayurveda to bring balance to her mind, body, and health.

Elyse truly believes that ‘It takes a village’ to raise a family and it is her passion to fully support the family unit as a whole and as unique individuals.

Elyse is certified as a 600hr Ayurvedic Health Counselor, two 200hr RYT, and is certified in Prenatal and Postnatal yoga, and is studying to be an Ayurvedic Doula.



Christine began teaching yoga on Aquidneck Island in 1995.

Following a number of years in practice, she attended the immersion training program at the Kripalu Yoga Center receiving her certification in 2000.

As a Yoga practitioner – both as student and teacher – she has had the opportunity to explore the physical benefits, mental clarity and balance in life. With kindness, warmth and humor Christine helps guide students through their personal interests to a mindful, contemplative practice that is assessable to everyone.

“On this journey we together try to figure out who we are as individuals and what we can offer ourselves and our community.” Yogadaze ~ a mental voyage & physical endeavor See you Sunday! ~CR



Rebecca Polan is a yoga instructor, mindful consultant, writer and healing coach.

She has practiced yoga for 16 years and is certified to teach Vinyasa (200RYT through Thames Street Yoga) and Restorative Yoga (certified through Sudha Lundeen).

Rebecca is studying to receive certification as a practitioner of Hakomi, which utilizes the healing power of the body-mind connection that she believes in so strongly.

She shares her lessons and reflections on healing and meditation in a weekly blog:

Rebecca has her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Boston University and a BS in Biology from UMass Amherst.



Polina brings experience, passionate and attentiveness to her teaching. In her classes Polina likes to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you experiment in your practice. Polina also seeks to help others to find balance and peace by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga.

She trained with talented and well-known teachers such as the founder of iRest – Richard Miller PhD, founder of Primal Yoga Liz Arch, owner of Teall Yoga and Lululemon Ambassador Alex Clark and owner of Collective Yoga, Strala Yoga guide- Stephanie Raaschou. She started practicing different lineages of yoga back in 2005.

Yoga was able to give her the necessary physical challenge at first and emotional and mental release at the same time later down the road. She will always remain a student on and off the mat. Born and raised in Russia, Polina was always involved in many sports that taught her that almost anything is possible if you are truly passionate about it.

However only through the practice of yoga she learned how to get the benefit of the “workout” and remain mindful at the same time. Polina believes that yoga is creating space free of obstacles in your own body to live. Yoga is freedom.



In my 20 years of study, yoga has stretched and quieted my body mind and spirit. Yoga has expanded my horizons and brought a more centered awareness, freedom and flexibility to my life.

In class, I invite an expansion of awareness around body mind and breath or spirit, that can be taken off the mat and into our lives.

I believe yoga should be accessible to all. Ultimately, the practice is a personal journey of self study, that we are fortunate to be able to share.

I received my 200 hour certification from Frog Pond Yoga Centre in Princeton, MA in 2014 and have been teaching since. I continue to study and explore the art and science of yoga with an open heart and mind.



Lynnette is a RYT 200 graduate of Thames Street yoga under the direction of Patti Doyle, Lori Pagliaroni and Erin Coonan Schmidt October 2017. While recovering from a serious health issue Lynnette found yoga and meditation brought her peace and gratification.

Drawing on this she sought to pursue a career as a yoga teacher, in order to help others undergoing similar experience. The practice of yoga played an integral role in her recovery both mentally and physically.

This love of Yoga she wants to share with others in the belief that it will benefit them as it has her. Yoga brings reflection of mind, body and spirit to all who practice.

Her 200 hours of in-depth training in Yoga asana, pranayama, Philosophy, anatomy and alignment, teaching methodology and practicum, therapeutic applications of yoga, professional practices and ethics will guide her students to find the true meaning of yoga for themselves.