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.
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.
With more than 14 years of Yoga teaching experience, she is certified with more than 500 hours through the Amrit Yoga Institute, and is also a Certified Amrit Yoga Nidra Facilitator. She is a longtime student of Yogi Amrit Desai, and an initiated disciple in the Lineage of Amrit Yoga. Kavita has studied Yoga Therapy as a student of Yogeshawari Kamini Desai, PhD, a process that deals with both physical and psycho-energetic release.
She has received transmissions of both Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) though the 2nd Degree. She received transmission of the Incan Muna Ki shamanic teachings as given to Dr. Alberto Villeldo as 5th generation through friend and mentor Bhakti Prem, and continues to explore shamanic teachings with Isa Guiccardi and the Foundation of the Sacred Stream. Higher Self Therapy was learned from Arthur Collins, based on the work of Gregory Bateson and Milton Erickson.
In these and other practices, she is still exploring and expanding her own realm of experience. Kavita graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program in 2009 from CCRI, with AAS, and practices outpatient physical therapy at Whole Health PT in Pawtucket, RI. She brings to all her teachings and practices the intention of blending both Western and Eastern healing techniques and philosophy.
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!
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 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.
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.”
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.
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 is a certified Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200 – Amrit Level I). She has been practicing Amrit yoga since 2002. Her practice deepened in 2011 when she separated from her former life partner at the same time as she left a 13-year career in non-profit fundraising and administration. Yoga gave her the tools and the practice to enjoy the transformation and the journey. Continue Reading…
Rebecca absolutely loves teaching Zumba because she believes it improves confidence, health, and makes women feel sexy and alive! She encourages even those who feel shy about dancing to take a chance. She creates a judgment free zone where everyone is welcome. Continue Reading…
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