Emily Moyer is the Director and Co- Owner of Newport Community Yoga. She moved to Newport in 2015 to attend the graduate program in Holistic Counseling at Salve Regina. A few months after moving to Newport the opportunity to open a yoga studio presented itself. Emily was living with Jess Filkns, co-owner and instructor at NCY, at the time. Together, along with the help of board members Julia Collins, Meagan Zarba, and Madeline Box, they opened Newport Community Yoga non-profit in Feb 2016.

Emily is originally from Massachusetts and began her yoga journey while attending Warren Wilson College in Ashveille, NC where she had access to free yoga classes. Emily earned her 230 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Asheville Yoga Center in 2009. Emily has been sharing the gift of Yoga for over nine years with people from many walks of life, teaching in schools, nursing homes, teen lock down facilities, and yoga studios. Emily is most passionate about making the practice of yoga and mindfulness accessible to ALL.

Trainings: After college Emily lived in Vail CO where she continued to teach yoga and earn additional trainings in adaptive yoga and kids yoga from Samhadi Yoga Center in Denver. She also became certified in pilates barre from Definitive Barre Fitness in Denver. She went on to begin her 500 hour in 2013 also with Asheville Yoga Center. In summer of 2016, after opening NCY, Emily trained with Shri Urban Revitalization Yoga non profit located in Pawtucket and NCY became a proud partner studio of Shri offering classes at schools and community centers. Emily and her fiancé Rob have a beautiful one year old son Rowan and love living by the ocean. She is honored to share her greatest passion with this little corner of the earth.

“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. “


Board Member

Jessica Filkins is a yoga teacher, health coach, reiki master, surfer and founder of Jahmu 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 6 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.



Meagan Zarba is a Holistic Massage Therapist, Movement Educator, Mind Body Wellness Coach and Owner of her practice Everyday Ohm. She is happiest during simple moments, like walking barefoot in the woods, deep in her yoga practice, savoring a cup of tea, or when there are plenty of animals, good friends + family around. Channeling love + healing is her superpower and absolute honor.

Meagan holds a Masters Degree in Health + Wellness Coaching through Maryland University of Integrative Health with a concentration in Medical Herbalism, a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Psychology from The University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a 200hr Hatha Yoga Teaching Training from Mama Nirvana’s New Yoga. She is trained in Functional Movement Systems, and is Licensed in the state of Rhode Island as a Massage Therapist and Ayurvedic Bodywork Specialist.

At her office in Middletown, RI and Gather/ NCY in Newport, RI, she currently offers Deep Tissue and Swedish massage as well as a variety of Ayurvedic Bodywork treatments. In addition to bodywork, Meagan offers Movement sessions (inquire for booking) for clients who want to reduce pain, increase functionality and mobility of the body, and ultimately, feel more free, safe + at home in their bodies.

These sessions are a unique fusion of Private Yoga and Functional Personal Training. Come play! As a Coach, Meagan is passionate about empowering + educating people about the Mind-Body + Gut-Brain connection, Self-Care + Self Exploration. The body is a physical manifestation of what is happening in the mind, they are one in the same. Mind Body Coaching sessions hold space for the full energetic transformation of her clients into their highest, happiest, most powerful and self sovereign selves.

Whether you struggle with your relationship to your body (weight/ chronic pain/ digestion), to food, or with mental health and clarity of purpose, Meagan is here to partner with you as you learn to listen to your body’s innate wisdom and navigate your personal healing path.

Visit her website, learn more about her offerings + book a session here: Contact: // 978-870-8161


Board Member & Instructor

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.

Feel free to check out her work ~ instagram// @throughwonderingeyes



“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.



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.



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.



Mary’s deep study of yoga began after a near fatal car accident left her bed-ridden for a year and recovering for three more. Techniques she learned on the mat during
that time inspired through other times of great personal challenge. After ending her engagement two weeks prior to the wedding, yoga taught her to reconnect. While navigating the financial strains of an unexpected single-income household, yoga taught her to breath. As her mother fought, and ultimately lost, a four year battle
with cancer during which Mary was her primary caregiver, yoga provided the means to feel and to grieve. Such powerful experiences have led her to devote her life to
teaching and studying yoga in the US, Thailand, Nepal and India where she returns regularly to assist her teacher Yogrishi Vishvketu with 100 and 200 hour Akhanda
Yoga Teacher Training programs. His serious, but lighthearted, approach continues to inspire her.

Mary earned her 200 hour certificate during a month-long immersion program at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and connected so much with that style that she
returned to live, study and work there as a volunteer for one year. She completed her 300 hour certification at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh India in
Akhand Yoga which is a holistic style of hatha yoga. Mary is also a Level 1 Kundalini yoga instructor, and has extensively studied and taught relaxation and restorative
yoga, stretch and breath classes, yoga to teen athletes, and classes to other special populations such as the elderly, teachers, Nepali farm workers, and pregnant
women. Mary is currently part of the teaching team for the Wellness For 2 study observing the effects of prenatal yoga on women with depression.
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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.



Catherine (Cassie) Minto
Ayurvedic Practitioner, Naam Yoga Therapy, RYT 200+
Herbalist & Cultivator

Cassie offers a perspective of health and wellness through the lens of herbal medicine, movement, and Ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India that views balancing body systems to support health and
healing). As a teenager, this Newport County native discovered the supportive health benefits of yoga, whole foods nutrition and alternative medicine. She is passionate about health and healing and appreciates the unique benefits each style and modality has to offer. While living in the San Francisco Bay area from 2010-2017, she studied Ayurveda, yoga, plant medicine, and ceremonial bodywork. She is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and is a certified Shakti Naam Yoga Therapies Teacher. She continues to study Universal Kabbalah, and Harmonium Healing
through Naam Yoga International in NYC, SF, and LA and perpetually pursues the self-study of Ayurveda



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.



Prior to moving to Newport recently, Susan lived in Toronto, Canada where she was the founder and instructor of SkinnyLegs.  was created after researching alternative methods to traditional exercise for body types that had grown bulky from using the larger muscle groups with repetitive movement.SkinnyLegs wakes up the smaller secondary muscles and pulls the muscle back to the bone, creating a longer, leaner, stronger yet feminine version of yourself and works the entire body to sculpt long and lean arms and legs.

Susan is a certified 200 hr YogaFit instructor working towards 300 hr, including INDO Yoga Board, SUPYoga/SUPFitness certified teacher through Paddle into Fitness, World Paddle Association, and Yoga Alliance, CanFit Pro certified personal trainer, former licensee for two Booty Camp Fitness locations, former owner of GISH ( ) women’s clothing and most recently received her Reiki I and II certification, working towards Reiki master.

She is beyond grateful for how yoga has become such a positive force in her being and mindfulness and the realization of “that what you need finds you” so that you may give the same to others.

Kelly McDermott


Kelly was hooked after her first kundalini class, and has found a deep love of the teachings and practices. She hopes to offer a space where students have the chance to find their own connection to these beautiful teachings. Bringing her love of life and bubbly nature right into the studio, Kelly is sure to make you feel welcome as a new student or seasoned practitioner.

Kelly calls Aquidneck Island home and revels in this beautiful life by the sea. 9-5 she’s a fundraiser for a local nonprofit, outside of the office you’re likely find her in the pottery studio, in a yoga class, or spending time with her  friends and family.

Recently completing her 200 hour certification in Kundalini Yoga from The Tenth Gate School of Yoga & Energy Healing, she hopes that you will join her soon in a local class.