Our Team

Our Team

meet our team
Lisa Golde Picerne

Lisa Golde Picerne

Studio Owner

Lisa Golde Picerne

Lisa Golde Picerne

Studio Owner

Hi, I’m Lisa.  I am the official owner of body kneads yoga, but I always say the real owners are the people who come in and practice, and the great teachers.  I was first introduced to yoga roughly 15 years ago by Ron, my now husband.  I earned my certifications and it seems apparent I am simply a curious student for life.  I have taken most every type of yoga class I deemed safe and steeped in tradition.  My studies of yoga philosophy continue and I can say they have helped me find comfort in an open mind.  I’ll listed here the teachers who have most inspired me.  The order is chronological starting when I first considered myself their student; Cheryl Oliver, Dave Oliver, Tias Little, Nicolai Bachman, Dharma Mittra, Theresa Murphy, Dean Sluyter and Paulie Zink ! I believe every person who comes in to practice yoga has all the tools they need to maintain balance and realize happiness. Those who continue the practice have a much better chance of ‘results’ if you will.  My responsibility as a teacher and studio owner is to provide the space for each person to realize their own awareness.  I truly believe everyone has a gift that once realized offers a more integrated and contented life.  We are all connected to each other and we are all connected to the planet.  Namaste on the  journey.

Rachel

Rachel

Yoga Teacher

Rachel

Rachel

Yoga Teacher

Rachel is body kneads's former studio manager. She began her yoga-journey at bky about 5 years ago and absolutely fell in love. She sought out yoga as a way to help manage her overbearing anxiety, and to become more physically fit and flexible. While becoming more flexible and strong, the practice of yoga, for her, has proven to be useful far beyond a physical level.

This life-changing practice is what inspired her to become a teacher and share her love with others. She completed her 200hr Prajna Yoga teaching training certification through Theresa Murphy, in 2014. She has also practiced with and been inspired by Tias Little, Paulie Zink, and Amy Matthews.
Her teaching style is mainly Vinyasa based, though she is also interested in including some somatic work into her flows. She guides with compassion and playfulness, focusing on safe alignment while also encouraging students to explore in each pose--moving in whichever ways feel natural, interesting, and exploratory. The goal is making it truly a practice of what "you" need.
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Rachel's Classes

Aeriel Arthur

Aeriel Arthur

Yoga Teacher

Aeriel Arthur

Aeriel Arthur

Yoga Teacher

Aeriel began her personal yoga journey several years ago after a neurological injury that significantly impacted her life. No longer able to simply get around and function as she once had she decided to look “outside the box” and open herself up to new possibilities that would aid in her healing. A certified Forrest Yoga instructor, Aeriel teaches in a variety of settings within the community including yoga studios and physical therapy offices. Utilizing her 25 years of experience as a Mental Health Counselor, she also teaches individual yoga-therapy specifically designed for individuals dealing with symptoms related to trauma, depression, anxiety, and addictions. In addition to yoga, she is also a certified Reiki Practitioner.   

Aeriel Arthur's CLASSES

     

Liz Butler

Liz Butler

Yoga Teacher

Liz Butler

Liz Butler

Yoga Teacher

Liz has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since 2003. Training with Tom Gillette at Eyes of the World in Providence, she received her certification in Vinyasa Yoga in 2009. She is also trained in Prenatal Yoga, studying with Jacci Reynolds in the Pranakriya tradition in 2010. Liz believes that yoga can positively affect the well-being of any person open to the experience, and as a teacher is committed to meeting her students where they are. She strives to provide a non-competitive space for students of all levels to discover, explore, and grow their yoga practice. Her sequences are designed to spark courage, curiosity and kindness, while honoring the sense of vast interconnection and peace that yoga opens up within us. 

LIZ  BUTLER'S CLASSES

Julie Casey

Julie Casey

Yoga Teacher

Julie Casey

Julie Casey

Yoga Teacher

Julie began her yoga exploration almost 10 years ago with a once a week class to relieve severe back pain. She attributes her healing to yoga’s ability to build strength and flexibility and to its transformational capabilities on and off the mat. Julie enjoys teaching and sharing the many gifts of yoga with her students. Her classes are light hearted, free flowing and intrinsic by design. Julie completed her 200 HR and 300 HR Prana Flow Vinyasa teacher trainings with Coral Brown in 2014 and is a registered Yoga Alliance teacher.    

JULIE CASEY'S CLASSES

 

Dr. Wayne Clairborne

Dr. Wayne Clairborne

Yoga Teacher

Dr. Wayne Clairborne

Dr. Wayne Clairborne

Yoga Teacher

Dr. Wayne ("Papa Ji") is a newly retired OB/GYN physician in the RI community and is a Clinical Associate Professor of OB/GYN at The Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, he has delivered over 6,000 babies in 31 years of practice. He is yoga trained at the 200hr level through Yogaworks and has attended many workshops in addition to this to augment this training. His desire is to bring obstetrical knowledge into the yoga arena in order to create an amazing pregnancy experience.   In addition to his pre-natal yoga offerings, Dr. Wayne also loves teaching stretch classes, which combine yoga postures and floor stretches to focus on lengthening muscles and creating greater range of motion in the body.  

Dr. Wayne Clairborne

Kelly Fenton

Kelly Fenton

Nia Instructor

Kelly Fenton

Kelly Fenton

Nia Instructor

Nia TechniqueKelly is a blue belt Nia instructor.  She has been teaching classes for over 10 years in Vermont and Rhody, and recently became certified to teach Yin Yoga in early 2017.  She shares her knowledge of Nia, yoga and meditation as well as her love of movement, energetic spirit and creativity in each class.  The blend of these elements is a unique experience taught from Kelly's heart and no two classes are the same.  Believing that movement is key to living a joyous life, she invites all students to move their way to health and happiness.  

KELLY FENTON'S CLASSES

 

Joanie Flavin

Joanie Flavin

Yoga Teacher

Joanie Flavin

Joanie Flavin

Yoga Teacher

Joanie has been in the healing field of yoga for 15 years.  You may know her from Lotus Fire.  She is interested in using yoga with students in a therapeutic way, whether it be managing an injury, trauma, life change or simply wanting a more personal yoga experience.  Her expertise is in healing both the physical and mental body. Joanie is trained in Forest yoga, as well as receiving her 200hr certification in the Prajna yoga discipline under the guidance of Theresa Murphy, and having a certification in Thai yoga massage therapy.  

Joanie Flavin's Classes

 

Lori Goddard

Lori Goddard

Yoga Teacher

Lori Goddard

Lori Goddard

Yoga Teacher

Yoga Alliance, MFA. Originally trained in the Vinyasa tradition, Lori completed her most recent training with Daniel Orlanksy in his Yoga of Energy Flow program which included study within the Vinyasa, Kundalini, Yin Yoga, Shadow Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Thai Yoga Massage disciplines. Curious about many kinds of traditions, you may find elements of any one of these styles in and amongst her classes. Finding joy in her own practice and in teaching, Lori hopes to share her enthusiasm for yoga to practitioners of any age and ability. In addition to mat yoga, she also teaches chair yoga. Alignment is a key element to her teaching but so is inviting students to find their own fluidity, ease, and grace within movement, breath and meditation. She continues her studies with Sara Davidson Flanders and has had the privilege of studying with, Naama Gidron, Josh Summers, Kate Greer, Doug Keller, Sarah Powers, Jennifer Reis and so many others.   

LORI GODDARD'S CLASSES

 

Bonita Guerrero

Bonita Guerrero

Yoga Teacher

Bonita Guerrero

Bonita Guerrero

Yoga Teacher

Bonita GuerreroBonita received her training with Raghunath and Sondra Loring at Sadhana Center for Mediation and Yoga in New York. She fuses the styles of power vinyasa, Forrest, and yin while integrating Bhakti, the yoga of love and devotion, thus creating classes that balance both effort and ease through breath and movement. Bonita has been a student of yoga for over 16 years and after having great release and healing during a difficult time in her life, decided she wanted to help others heal through yoga and began teaching.  Bonita holds a BS from Northeastern University in Cardiopulmonary Science and holds many certifications. These include: Certified Respiratory Therapist, Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Certified Fitness Instructor through American Council on Exercise, Certified as an Advanced Integrative Energy Therapist, Reconnective Healing Practitioner, and is a Reiki Master Teacher Healer. She is also accredited through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.  

Bonita Guerrero's Classes

 

Aileen McDonough

Aileen McDonough

Meditation Teacher

Aileen McDonough

Aileen McDonough

Meditation Teacher

A freelance writer, small business owner, and mother of two, Aileen was balancing a very busy life when she learned to meditate through a study at Brown University a few years ago. She currently teaches a (free!) meditation class here at bky, on the 1st Monday of every month. The practice of meditation has given her more peace, more time, and more joy than she ever could have imagined. She is eager to share meditation with others as a way to simply be. (Aileen also practices yoga at body kneads and loves it!)

Aileen McDonough's Classes

 

Shannon O'Donnell

Shannon O'Donnell

Yoga Teacher

Shannon O'Donnell

Shannon O'Donnell

Yoga Teacher

Shannon's yoga journey started when she went to a free class at a local studio to try a new workout, and although it wasn’t love at first class, she kept going for some reason.   She was intrigued by the physical aspect of the practice, and was fascinated by her teachers’ patience, grace, and utter happiness.  She thought: "Why were these people so calm and happy?!  And, more importantly, why wasn’t I? " That’s what kept her going back - the desire for a better, more peaceful way to live.  So what started as a purely physical practice has turned into the ‘something’ she was missing – a spiritual practice.  Yoga has taught Shannon not only body awareness and alignment, but how to go inward and re-connect with her true self both on and off the mat. Shannon teaches in the Vinyasa style, placing emphasis on transitions and flow.  When we are going with the flow of life and living in the moment things run smoother, we feel less stressed, and can enjoy ourselves more.  Yoga reminds her daily to be present in the moment and to slow down in our crazy non-stop world. That alone is something everyone can benefit from. In 2012 she completed my 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training with Rolf Gates, author of Meditations from the Mat.  Shannon continues to grow her practice and further my education, most recently completing a 35-hour Forrest Yoga Continuing Education Training and a yin yoga training. She is thankful to her teachers and students who continue to light the path towards love and peace.

Shannon O'Donnell's Classes

 

Erin Ruell

Erin Ruell

Yoga Teacher

Erin Ruell

Erin Ruell

Yoga Teacher

Erin began her yoga journey in 2008 when she took her first class; was it the connection to others, the way her body felt, or the emotional joy it ignited? Whatever it was, she could not wait to take another class because for once her lack of hand-eye coordination or endurance was not a pre-requisite. With her new found interest, she began practicing regularly, trying out different styles, matching the experiences and challenges she was facing in life’s journey. Yoga provided an opportunity for her to reconnect with herself, to accept herself in the present, and to have 60-75 minutes to restore balance and quiet her mind, uninterrupted by life's demands.  Erin recently completed her Teacher Training through Barre & Soul in Boston and is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the RYT200 level. As crazy as it sounds, yoga has taught her to "breathe" again. Erin’s classes are a blend of Vinyasa and Iyengar styles that reflect her diverse training and her own practice. Through her teaching Erin strives to create an opportunity for her students to find themselves on their mat, to push themselves to their edge, and to get what they secretly need on a given day from a class through meditation, asana, and breath. Erin brings humor, humility, and acceptance to the mat, creating an atmosphere that allows students to practice safely and to discover their own strengths, desires, and aspirations.  

Erin Ruell's Classes

 

Lesley Seaback

Lesley Seaback

Yoga Teacher

Lesley Seaback

Lesley Seaback

Yoga Teacher

Lesley found herself in her first yoga class over 18 years ago. Previous to yoga, she was in a series of accidents and was seeking more of a holistic approach to pain management.  That first class struck a connection linking her mind, body, and spirit. It had been some time since she had felt that experience of being present without any distractions. Yoga began to speak to her from that point on. It gave her a place to put everything on hold and to be present and shift my thoughts and actions from DOING into BEING. This learning of meditation in motion has brought her full circle to being a teacher for over 13 years.  She is 200hr certified and has studied and practiced with many master yogis such as Baron Baptiste, Ana Forrest, John Friend, Tias Little and Bryan Kest. All contributing to her eclectic style of teaching. Lesley is devoted on this journey to teach and educate students of all levels...bringing mindfulness, while focusing on sensation within and around you. She tries to lead her students into self-acceptance, awareness and meditation in motion. Her heated vinyassa classes speaks to all levels.

Lesley Seaback's Classes

 

Kristen Varadian

Kristen Varadian

Yoga Teacher

Kristen Varadian

Kristen Varadian

Yoga Teacher

Kristen has been practicing yoga since 2001. All of her life she has studied the art of physical movement through various dance forms. She earned her BFA in Dance Education and Performance from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. Continuing her education, she earned her BS in Physical Education and MS in Exercise Science from the University of Rhode Island. Finding yoga provided an outlet for her love of movement in a gentle way along with an interest in the physiological effects on the human body, mind and spirit. With this interest she has welcomed the teachings of Ana Forrest, her primary teacher, Catherine Allen, Beryl Bender Birch, Jonathan Bowra, Coral Brown, Ann Green, Brian Kest, Tias Little, Suzanne Manafort, Jill Miller, Theresa Murphy, Heidi Sormaz and Heather Tiddens.  Kristen is certified in Forrest Yoga Foundation and Advanced Teacher Training and Shiva Rea Embodying the Flow teacher training module as taught by Coral Brown. Completed Continuing Education in Forrest Yoga with Heidi Sormaz and Catherine Allen and Prajna Yoga with Theresa Murphy. Kristen has completed the RYT-100 Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans with Suzanne Manafort. Kristen looks forward to her own personal and spiritual growth as a Forrest Yoga Teacher and a Mindful Yoga Therapy guide. Kristen can be found teaching Forrest Yoga and Yin Yoga at Bodykneads.yoga, as well as Yoga for the Military and Yoga for Recovery at Shriyoga.org

KRISTEN'S CLASSES

Theresa Murphy

Theresa Murphy

Prajna Yoga Teacher & Insight Yoga Mentor

Theresa Murphy

Theresa Murphy

Prajna Yoga Teacher & Insight Yoga Mentor

Bonita GuerreroTheresa's deepest intention in teaching yoga is to expand minds, open hearts, and to be a catalyst for discovering the wisdom and wonder of an embodied life.  She is an endorsed Insight Yoga teacher and mentor in Sarah Powers' Insight Yoga Institute as well as a senior Prajna Yoga instructor under Tias Little.  Her style and approach to teaching is unique, blending classical alignment, with a myriad of yoga asana disciplines and traditions.  She actively studies Iyengar Yoga with Patricia Walden and sustains regular studies with anatomist, yoga teacher, and movement analyst Amy Matthews.  She has been teaching yoga since 1998, practicing the disciplines since 1989, studying the wisdom teachings since 2000, additionally with 6 years experience running two yoga studios and 4 years running a teacher training program in Omaha, Nebraska she lives the yoga!  Her classes are fun, challenging and uplifting, and can take you places you never thought you'd go!  Theresa does not teach at our studio weekly, but she is always teaching workshops and special monthly classes here.  You don't want to miss her when she comes!   She also is currently running a "pay as you go" 200hr Teacher Training Program, part of which is held at our studio. Click here for more details, and feel free to contact her for course dates or other questions regarding the training -- info@theresamurphy.net   Learn more about Theresa on her personal web site!  

Theresa Murphy's Classes

 

Keri

Keri

Front Desk Check-In

Keri

Keri

Front Desk Check-In

Keri helps out our studio by checking in classes a few times a week. She is relatively new to her yoga practice, which she started in the Spring of 2017 with body kneads. She uses yoga to practice mindfulness and ease anxiety. She hopes to grow as a yogi and eventually become a teacher after she is with her practice for a few more years. Keri works full time as a Brand Manager for a small, privately owned toy company and has been with them for 5 years. She also runs her own photography business, shooting portraits, weddings, cake smashes and more. She has a live-in boyfriend, and two adorable fur-baby kitties named Erik and Pete.

Pat O'Neil

Pat O'Neil

Pat O'Neil

Pat O'Neil

Pat retired a year ago and is loving it so far! She helps us out at the font desk by checking in clients for class. Her lifelong passion is animal rescue, and she has been involved with that for 45 years. Pat also specializes with senior end of life care.  Though retired, her life is busy and full. Working at body kneads has been a very positive experience for her. She enjoys being in a space that supports mental and physical health.