Meet Our Staff

Owner Susan Friendson

IMG_0588Susan 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. Additionally, she is now a a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance.

Owner Tara Kelley

FullSizeRenderTara 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

IMG_3029Beth 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.

Gopal Pavan


Gopal Pavan Kaur (Doreen Lindenburg) has been studying spirituality for nearly two decades.  Having studied with Teachers from Hawaii to RI, she is an Angel Therapy® practitioner, a certified medium, a Usui Reiki Master Teacher, and an IKYTA certified kundalini yoga teacher. She has been a practicing Kundalini yoga since 2007 and feels a strong kinship to this beautiful and divine modality.


Parvati Julie Hillman

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Parvati is a Certified Amrit Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) and Certified Amrit Yoga Nidra instructor. She is available for private yoga and meditation sessions. She is an avid kayaker, has participated in several charity 5K races, and enjoys the outdoors. She has been a yoga practitioner for over 15 years.

Parvati is available for Ayurvedic Nutrition and Wellness counseling, Private Yoga Classes, and Marma Therapy. She also teaches regularly scheduled, gentle yoga classes at Santosha.

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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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…

Karambir Kaur


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.
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Jagdish Tom Buckland

Amrit Yoga Instructor

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.

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Janie (Ganga) Fronek

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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…

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