Santosha Yoga

Meet Our Staff

Heather (Indu) Eilering


Owner/Director, Santosha Yoga Studio
Heather’s lifelong dream to run a yoga and holistic center came true when she opened Santosha Yoga Studio & Holistic Center in June of 2006. Heather has been practicing yoga since 2002. She made the transition to Amrit Yoga in 2004 when she moved from Chicago to RI. Trained by Yogi Amrit Desai and the senior teachers at the Amrit Institute, she has received her 500 hour Yoga Teacher certification as well as Amrit Yoga Nidra certification.
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Melissa (Nitya) Walsh


Amrit Yoga Teacher and Co-Founder of Santosha Yoga Studio
As co-founder of Santosha Yoga Studio, Nitya feels that she is truly following her passion. After completing her Massage Therapy training at Ahern’s Massage School in Mariposa, California in 2003, she realized that she had been introduced to the beginning of the rest of her life. Working with people was something that came very naturally to her, and becoming a Massage Therapist seemed to be a perfect fit.
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Beth Kiley-Kinder (Sat Siri Kaur)

Sat Siri (Beth Kinder)

Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Sat Siri Kaur brings to her teaching over thirty-five years of hatha yoga and vipassna meditation practice; however, it was her experience with Kundalini Yoga that inspired her to become a teacher. Sat Siri Kaur is an IKYTA and KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher with over seven years of teaching experience.
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Kavita Lori Richardson

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Amrit Yoga Teacher

Kavita Lori Richardson (PTA, CYAT, AYNF) is a long time student of yoga and movement exploration. She regards the movement of the body intrinsic to the releasing of emotional blockages within the psyche, freeing the mind for a deeper meditative experience. Her interests are wide and varied, having explored various paths of movement including: Pilates, & Belly dance, and diverse paths of yoga such as Vini yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga. Continue Reading…

Joanne Sargent


Amrit Yoga Teacher
After many years of practicing yoga, Joanne completed Amrit Level I teacher training in 2009 and became a Yoga Nidra facilitator in 2011. With her relaxed and nurturing teaching style she assists students on their journey toward integration of body, mind, heart and soul. Her goal is to transform the world, one yoga class at a time!
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Kristen Varadian

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Forrest 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. Continue Reading…

Karina Lutz


Yoga Teacher
Karina Lutz is a workshop leader, poet, yoga teacher, and sustainable energy consultant. She has been involved in sustainable energy issues since 1988, most recently as Deputy Director of People’s Power & Light, a social entrepreneurial nonprofit energy consumers’ alliance with a mission to make energy affordable and environmentally sustainable. Continue Reading…

April O’Malley (Karambir Kaur)


Kundalini Yoga Teacher
April has been practicing Kundalini yoga since 2004. Ever since she walked into her first class she noticed the transformative effect this ancient form of yoga had on her life. Her love for Kundalini yoga led her to become a teacher. April is an IKYTA certified Kundalini yoga teacher completing her training at the Baba Siri Chand Ashram in Millis, MA with Hari Kaur Khalsa.
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Jaya Jennifer Buckland

Jaya Jennifer Buckland

A student of the Amrit Method® of Yoga for the past 6 years, Jaya is a former addiction counselor and currently serves as a non-profit administrator. Jaya’s heart is in helping people meet themselves where they are, both in life and on the yoga mat. She brings a fine-tuned sensitivity, tenacious sense of humor and unwavering kindness to her teaching, creating a safe and loving environment where students can engage in deep personal exploration. Jaya’s passion is bringing the teachings of yoga to people who may not see themselves as typical yoga students through workshops like “Yoga for Large Bodies” and “Yoga for Addiction.”

Kathleen LaRoche

Kathleen Laroche

Amrit Yoga Teacher
Kathleen has been studying and teaching yoga for many years. The focus of her practice is integration; developing the capacity to allow for all that is. Through chanting, pranayama, asana and yoga nidra, we come to a place where the ebb and flow of daily life is as acceptable as the tidal movement of the sea.
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Shelly Arena

Shelly Arena Teacher photo

Shelly left the stress of Corporate America in 2007 when she was diagnosed with Invasive Breast Cancer. Her passion for yoga began during her treatment process while taking yoga classes for Breast Cancer Survivors. That is when she met her Angel, Yoga Instructor, Mentor and Owner of Santosha Yoga Studio, Heather Indu Eilering. Continue Reading…

Janie (Ganga) Fronek

Janie Fronek

Amrit Yoga Teacher and Community Outreach Liaison

Janie teaches privately, has two weekly classes at Santosha on Wednesdays [], and loves leading workshops. She is a certified Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500). She completed her Amrit Level 1 Teacher Training at Santosha and Amrit Level 2 Training at the Amrit Yoga Institute. Continue Reading…

Carly Baumann

Carly Baumann

Carly stepped into her first yoga class at Santosha Yoga Studio in 2007. She stepped out recognizing from deep inside that she had found a very special place there, and the feeling of an ignited connection to her own body. That heart recognition grew into a practice, and a continually evolving transformative experience. She completed a 200 hour Level 1 Amrit Yoga Teacher Training at Santosha in 2013. Continue Reading…

Jo-Ann Lemay

Jo-Ann Lemay

Jo-Ann has been studying Yoga for about ten years. Guided by a deep spiritual connection with the practice, she found Santosha in November of 2012.  It was there she was introduced to the Armrit method of Yoga. In her heart, she always knew she wanted to teach so when the opportunity to study came along, she jumped right in. Continue Reading…

Rebecca Macri

Rebecca Macri

Rebecca Macri (Karampal Kaur)

Rebecca has been practicing yoga since 2001. She first experienced Kundalini Yoga in 2012, when a series of serendipitous events lead her to Santosha and her teacher, Sat Siri Kaur. The profound healing she experienced through Sat Siri’s classes lead her to deepen her practice through daily sadhana and teacher training. Continue Reading…

Sharon Thistlewaite-Morra

Sharon Thistlewaite-Morra

Sharon is a Master’s level Rehabilitation Counselor, AAMET Certified EFT Practitioner and Intuitive Healer providing Counseling for over 20 years. She is a teacher in healthy living and moving forward for teenagers and adults. Her Counseling experience specializes in assisting individuals with disabilities along with Holistic Counseling, Mindful Eating, Career development and transition, Positive thinking and living in love. Continue Reading…


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