Meet Our Staff
Owner Susan Friendson
Susan Friendson loved Santosha the first time she stepped into the space. She has studied various dimensions of spirituality for decades and knew right away that Santosha held and radiated a calming and nourishing light. Her goals in the studio are to sustain that light and to joyfully welcome the light of others when they connect with the Santosha community.
Owner Tara Kelley
Tara has been working in the private sector for many years as bookkeeper and financial controller. With a desire to learn something new, she began practicing yoga in 2007 and knew after her very first yoga class at Santosha that yoga would change her life for the better. And it has. When the opportunity to take over as co-owner of Santosha presented itself she knew that to be a part of something that had taught her so much would be an honor and a blessing.
Owner Beth Sherman
Beth thought that she had died and gone to heaven when she found Santosha, around the same time as Tara and Susan. The spiritual quest, and the desire to deepen and expand in that journey, has been at the heart of who she is. Beth hopes that the wide and gracious spiritual container that Santosha provides will attract more and more people to the principles and the healing power of yoga.
Katie started practicing yoga in 2009, quickly feeling the benefits of Kundalini Yoga after walking into her first class in 2012, and is now a KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan®. She was most drawn into this practice by the wonderful emphasis on breathing (prana), and is grateful to have discovered the profound power of breath work (pranayama) and the diverse methods of focused breathing. She is continually amazed at the multitude of different kriyas (sets of exercises), and she values that poses can be modified for every body at every level. She is surprisingly fascinated with the use of mantra chanting as a technology to meditate, and always appreciates the spark of energy that is ignited after each class. She finds comfort in the prescribed routine procedure of every Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class: tuning in, warming up, doing the kriya exercises, resting during the relaxation period (savasana), and ending with a meditation.
Barbara J. Gilfillan, RScP, is a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner at the Concordia Center for Spiritual Living in Warwick. For more information about what they do, see http://Concordiacsl.com.
Pat began her studies in the early 90s with world renowned teachers such as Dan Brule, Leonard Orr and Master Wen-Ching Wu. As a 2009 Divinity graduate of The American Institute of Holistic Theology, she is ever learning and blending meditation, relaxation and related healing modalities to assist others in finding their own personal inner peace. Pat is also a Jharra practitioner, an author, a member of the National Qigong Association and a hospice volunteer.
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.
Beth Kiley-Kinder (Sat Siri Kaur)
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.
Kavita Lori Richardson
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…
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…
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Karambir 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. Karambir is an IKYTA certified Kundalini yoga teacher completing her training at the Baba Siri Chand Ashram in Millis, MA with Hari Kaur Khalsa.
Jaya Jennifer Buckland
Amrit Yoga Teacher
A student of the Amrit Method of Yoga since 1997, Jaya is a Certified E-RYT 500 yoga instructor, a Certified Amrit Yoga Nidra Facilitator, a Reiki Master, a former addictions counselor and past CEO of the Amrit Yoga Institute. Jaya’s heart is in helping people meet themselves where they are, in life and on the yoga mat. She brings sensitivity, a 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.
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.
Jagdish Tom Buckland
Amrit Yoga Teacher Jagdish is a certified E-RYT 500-hour Amrit Yoga Instructor, a Certified Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Facilitator and student of asana, anatomy and scripture. If you talk to him for any length of time you will discover that his heart also resides in Nada or Mantra Yoga. A musician and sound recording engineer, he has loved sound from early childhood and has incorporated it into his daily practice. In 2012 he was honored by Yogi Desai with the title of Naad Brahma.
Janie (Ganga) Fronek
Amrit Yoga Teacher and Community Outreach Liaison
Janie teaches privately, has two weekly classes at Santosha on Wednesdays [http://yogaatsantosha.com/classes/schedule/], 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 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 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 (Karampal Kaur)
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
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 in 2014. Continue Reading…
Amrit Yoga found Sara through her spiritual journey. She was not even practicing yoga at the time she signed up for 200-hour Amrit Level 1 Teacher Training in January 2013. The teacher training experience was life-changing and the development of her personal practice continues to be transformative. She’s come to understand that teaching is part of her path and a way to share the many blessings Amrit Yoga has brought into her life. Continue Reading…
Katherine has practiced Amrit and Kundalini Yoga since the year 2008. One of the biggest breakthroughs in her practice and personal life happened when she received the transmission of the Incan Munay-Ki Shamanic Rites of the Laika in 2011. After this breakthrough the veil of her inner wisdom and intuitive gifts began to lift, but it was at the Amrit Level I teacher training in the year 2013 that her path as a yogi and her true essence began to emerge. These important Continue Reading…
Trained in The Amrit Method of yoga, Jessica uses specific sequencing in combination with meditation throughout every class to ensure that all participants have the invitation to practice relaxing with what is, however it is showing up in that moment. She is trained and is well adept to reach all people, no matter their ability or their experience level. Continue Reading…
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