Hi. My name is Lisa and I am the owner of body kneads yoga. I was first introduced to yoga over 12 years ago by my now husband, and have been on the path of disciplined study ever since. Recently I completed a second RYT-200 studying under Theresa Murphy in the Prajna Yoga discipline. I also enjoy practicing under Peentz Dubble in the Iyengar Yoga tradition. I am registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level, having received two of my official certifications from my beloved teachers and friends; (the late and amazing) Dave and his wife Cheryl Oliver of Scottsdale, Arizona. There we studied hatha yoga in the Ashtanga tradtion but also began a deeper study of the Sanskrit language, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, and Vedic chant. I continue to steep my knowledge with other nationally recognized teachers including; Dharma Mittra, Tias Little, Sarah Powers, and Nicolai Bachman. My yoga teaching style draws from many traditions: the physical discipline of Ashtanga; the alignment focused Iyengar tradition; the subtle way of Prajna Yoga, and the quiet, compassionate and balancing teachings of Sarah Powers in the Yin style of yoga. My classes will always have elements of yoga philosophy woven into the asana practice offering due respect to the wisdom teachings. I believe every person who comes in to practice yoga has all the tools they need to be well balanced and happy. My responsibility as a teacher is to help each person realize that and make space for him or her to realize their own inherent gifts for a more integrated life.
Since I believe yoga is for every body, I cover a broad spectrum of ages in my teachings. Although I do not teach yoga for children specifically, many people who practice at body kneads yoga feel comfortable enough to bring their children to class with them and practice as a family. I wish you well on your path. Email me, I would love to hear from you! Lisa@bodykneads.yoga
Studio Manager/Yoga Teacher
Rachel is bky's studio manager. She is most likely the face you will see when you check into your class, the person you will speak to when you call, and the person you will communicate with through email. She began her yoga-journey at bky about 4 years ago and absolutely fell in love. Rachel 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 teaching training certification through Theresa Murphy, in 2014. Her teaching style is Vinyasa based. 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...making it truly a practice of what "you" need.
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.
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!)
Allison has been practicing yoga since 2007 and teaching since 2014. She has a very dedicated and heart-centered approach to the practice, and encourages her students to do the same. She believes in using yoga as a vehicle to come home to one's Self, and to shed light on those thoughts, patterns and beliefs that continually keep people from truthfully expressing their authentic selves to the fullest. She teaches a meditative style flow to promote introspection and contemplation using keen awareness of the breath. She received her 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga certification in 2014 at Raffa Yoga with Christine Raffa and Jane Viscolosi. Driven by her gratitude of learning yoga at a young age, she also has a passion for bringing the healing practice of yoga to children. She is a certified Children's Yoga instructor through Kidding Around Yoga and teaches a variety of styles including All Ages Yoga, Storytime Yoga, and Yoga for Special Needs. She has also furthered her training and continues to deepen her knowledge and understanding of Yoga through the study of Ayurveda. She received her 500 HR certification in Ayurvedic Yoga in July 2016 at Kripalu Center of Yoga and Ayurveda in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where she continues to study Ayurveda on a path to becoming an Ayurvedic Health Counselor. Among her many teachers, some of her most influential teachers include Larrissa Hall Carlson, Scott Blossom, Dr. John Douillard, Balarama Chandra Das, and many more. In addition to Yoga and Ayurveda, Allison is a certified Reiki Level I and Level II practitioner.
Bonita 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelly 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Front Desk Check-In
Michaela helps out the studio by checking in class a few times a week. Other than practicing yoga at body kneads and at home, Michaela also has a passion for dance and the art of Hooping. She has publicly performed at several festivals and related events. Michaela hopes to one day immerse herself in a teacher training for yoga, to further explore her appreciation of movement and meditation, in hopes to one day share her teachings and experiences with others.
Prajna Yoga Teacher & Insight Yoga Mentor
Theresa'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 -- firstname.lastname@example.org Learn more about Theresa on her personal web site!