Meet Our Instructors

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Jillian Amodio 200-RYT (owner)

In addition to being one of the owners of Shakti Studio, Jillian teaches a flow based Wednesday evening candlelit community class as well as Shakti’s Mommy and Me, Family, and Glow classes. She is a mother of two and strives to bring a fun and eclectic vibe to her classes. She received her 200 hour from the Richmond Virgina based Karuna yoga program, and believes that yoga should be accessible to everyone regardless of age, ability level, or experience.

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Marly Carr 200-RYT

Marly began yoga in 2001 when she was looking for relief from low back pain.  Like many, she was drawn to yoga for the health benefits, and stayed because yoga is so much more than that! She has a background as a student of Iyengar and Anusara styles of yoga, with a recent interest in therapeutic yoga.  Marly received her Body Balance Yoga 200 hour RYT in 2014 through Jenny Otto.  What is so exciting about yoga is we can all do it at our own level and for the rest of our lives!  Her goal is for students to feel better when they leave class than when they came in.  And that her students will use some of the easy teachniques taught in class in their home practice to live a life they love.

Ellen Quinn  500 RYT, Reiki Practitioner

Ellen began practicing yoga over 25 years ago for help with a medical issue, but soon recognized that healing can happen on many different levels. When Ellen realized she didn’t want to “do” yoga, but to “be” yoga, she found diverse teachers and further trainings to both deepen her own practice and be able to share the peace, strengthening, energy movement, healing and joy of yoga and meditation with others as an instructor.

Ellen is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT 500 after training with Lynn Matthews, is certified by the Himalayan Institute as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, and also certified by the Amrit Yoga Institute to facilitate the Amrit method of Yoga Nidra. When appropriate, she incorporates into her yoga classes her skills and training as a therapeutic riding instructor, and especially loves teaching yoga to equestrians in order to enhance/improve the students’ alignment and balance, and improved communication with their horses. She is also grateful to be able to share healing in others as a Reiki practitioner.

 

Jan Head Shot B&WJan Graves:  500 RYT, Certified Tai Chi Teacher, Reiki Master

Jan studies under Beryl Bender Birch, Rod Stryker, Rodney Yee, and Anusara Yoga. She is a Certified Tai Chi Instructor for Health and includes Arthritis, Fall Prevention, Low Back Pain, Rehabilitation under the auspices of Dr Paul Lam and Dr Bob McBrien.  She is also a Reiki Master Practitioner under the auspices of Annapolis Reiki led by Pat Clarke and Linda Roebuck.

Her phylosophy is and always has been to get up and get going. Whether it is taking a leisurely stroll or attending a yoga class, it is always best to move.  That movement  includes moving physical energy through healing art modalities. Yoga attracted Jan many years ago when she took her first class and discovered that she could actually connect mind with body. It opened her up to a link that had been missing.  This led to studying Meditation, Tai Chi, Gi Gong and Reiki.

“I’ve been in the fitness/mindbody industry for almost 40 years and find I am always seeking new things to learn and to teach.  I am inspired to inspire others.  Balance is the key.”

fullsizerender-2Kristin Kissik

Kristen Kissik has rejoiced in movement ever since she can remember. She trained as a gymnast as a young girl and as a compliment to her training she also studied ballet and jazz dance. Kristen was fortunate to be a part of a wonderful program called Project Talent throughout all of her high school years, where she was exposed to Modern and Contemporary dance.

She attended Emerson College and Boston Conservatory of Music before she began performing and choreograghing professionally in the Boston/Cambridge area. She danced and taught classes for children of all ages for 14 years thriving in a community of creativity with many vibrant artists.

She and her husband relocated to beautiful Boone, N.C. in 2004 where she continued teaching and performing. It was in Boone that she became a Certified Yoga Teacher. Kristen had been a practicing yogini for 18 years and the intense teacher training at Neighborhood Yoga was a perfect way to deepen her experience with yoga.

Kristen is passionate about dance and yoga as a means of personal expression as well as a holistic approach to mind/body health. She strives to create a nurturing environment in all of her classes and challenges her students to rise to their highest potential. Kristen currently teaches creative movement/dance for children as well as adults at Shakti Studio. She also looks forward to subbing more yoga classes now that her daughter, Azalea is in kindergarten.

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Joan Livingston, E-RYT 200, RYT 500

Joan began studying yoga in 1999, and she fell in love with the physical and mental benefits it brought to her life. After practicing Kung Fu for many years, she found yoga to be a natural evolution from martial arts for her mind, body and spirit. Joan is nationally accredited at the E-RYT200 and RYT500 levels and has over 1,000 teaching hours.She brings humor and a lighthearted attitude to her classes and supports her students through hands-on adjustment, with awareness and attentiveness to each student’s individual needs. She sees yoga as a sanctuary from the busy rhythms of life and hopes to share this gift with her students.

imageLinda Lytle-Foster, RYT 200

Linda has always enjoyed many types of physical exercise both indoors and out, along with camping and hiking, and happened onto her first yoga class at hergym in 1999. It was her eureka moment. Working a stressful job and commuting to Washington were taking their toll and she fell flat out asleep in her first Savasana and was amazed how one practice not only made her body feel great, but allowed her mind to slow down. She felt such a physical and spiritual connection to the practice that her life changed from that day on. She began her yoga journey. She felt drawn to teaching and began to attend numerous workshops and yoga conferences. She became a regular at Willow Street Yoga and began apprenticing in 2004. She graduated from Willow Street Yoga Center’s Anusara Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2005 and began teaching the same year at Davidsonville Yoga. She retired (escaped) from the Federal Government in 2009 after 38 years as a Senior Contracting Officer and Team Leader.

The best way to describe Linda’s teaching style is alignment based hatha yoga, combining bringing the body into proper alignment with classical yoga postures along with a sense of fun and adventure, not to mention wackiness. She believes that yoga should not only create a strong body and tranquil mind, but should also be lighthearted and fun because when we can relax and have a good time we can more easily come into ourselves. She continues to study yoga and train whenever possible with her teacher, Lucy Lomax. Her other joys are creating jewelry with crystals, natural elements and repurposed found items along with hand silver casting and silver smithing. She loves Asian design and trains and grows Bonzai trees. When Linda is not at home in Annapolis, she can be found either on her farm in St. Mary’s County or on her Capstone, spending time with her husband Calvin and her puppy Lilly.

 

 

img_3631Dana Opalinsky 200RYT

In 2001, Dana experienced her first yoga class and has been practicing ever since. Dana is a graduate of the Golden Heart Yoga, RYT 200 hour Immersion into the Yoga Tradition program. She was drawn to the program because she wanted to learn the philosophy behind the yoga classes she had been taking. Dana is honored to introduce students to the path of yoga and to teach them how to take their practice out of the studio and into their everyday lives.

When not practicing or teaching yoga, you can find Dana cooking with her husband, playing with her 2 sons, paddling on the river, and snuggling with her 3 dogs and 1 cat…living in the moment!

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Carolyn Smith E-RYT 200, RYT 500

Carolyn Smith (E-RYT200, RYT500) has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since 1998 and teacher since 2006. While her teaching background has always been heavily focused on proper body mechanics and alignment, her interest in a more therapeutic approach to yoga was born from her experiences working with students over the years. Recognizing that a “one size fits all” approach is not appropriate for every body, she began studying biomechanics and functional movement with Jenny Otto and Body Balance Yoga® in 2012. In 2015, Carolyn completed an 800-hour yoga therapy-training program with Body Balance Yoga and teaches public and private classes with an emphasis on functional movement. Carolyn is working towards certification as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) with a vision of combining yoga therapy with massage to further help her students regain and retain natural mobility.

Tammy Domanski RYT 200 

Tammy attended a candlelight yoga class in 2008 and knew right away that yoga would be a permanent part of her life. The power of yoga is in its ability to develop our physical strength and put us in touch with our inner calm, and do both of these things in each yoga practice. She trained with Lynn Matthews and earned her 200 hour – RYT in 2016. Tammy enjoys travelling and taking yoga classes in new places. She’s constantly touched by the feeling of community in yoga studios and strives to make students feel welcome and empowered in her class.

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Jennifer Eubank RYT 200 

Jennifer Eubank began practicing yoga while in college and in the past decade has embraced it as a way of life. Having recently earned her 200-RYT certificate in Arlington and now studying for her 500-hr certificate, Jennifer continues to deepen her Hatha yoga practice and her teaching approach, blending elements of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, meditation and mindfulness styles resulting in a vigorous yet calming approach to time on the mat. She has experience teaching both kids and adults and is very pleased to join Shakti Studio.

NoriniYoginiNoreen Petersen RYT 200 

Noreen began her yoga practice over 10 years ago as a way to manage stress and anxiety. She completed Her 200hr teacher training at Healthy Life Yoga in Midlothian, Va in 2016 and has kept a current fitness training certification since 2010. Teaching has been one of her greatest passions and she loves to be of assistance to students in any way she can.

SPECIAL GUEST INSTRUCTORS

 

IMG_8301b-2Renee Novello, Essential Oil Educator, 500 RYT

Why Sustainable Wellness? Greater connection to ourselves and our support system. Empowered existence through freedom in health and finances. Vitality as we grow and change with radical self-acceptance. Daily rituals to honor our highest potential.

Experiences of feeling isolated, unhealthy and depressed have led me to be this passionate advocate for mindful living (another way of saying being fully present in the moment). I am called to share my lessons, the day to day approachable strategies to experience higher sense of well being—physical, emotionally, spiritually and financial.

2 Responses to Meet Our Instructors

  1. Kathleen Setzer says:

    Hello. I’m interested in taking your yoga classes. I’m just a beginner and please tell me which slot to sign up. I would need to breathe again. I struggle with breathing techniques

    Please let me know thanks
    Kathleen “Katie” Setzer

    • Hi Katie!

      Thanks for reaching out. I suggest coming to any of the following classes… Beginner/intermediate with Joan at 6:15 on Monday evenings, Restorative Yoga at 6:30 with Ellen on Tuesday evenings, Yin Yoga with Jen Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am, Beginner yoga with Megan at 9 am on Thursdays, or Beginner yoga with Linda at 9 am on Saturday’s.

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