Katie first began practicing yoga in 2001 when she stumbled into a Hatha class during college. After studying both Hatha and Iyengar styles, Katie found, and fell in love with, the Baptiste Power Flow. Yoga and meditation bring calm, clarity, peace and equanimity into Katie’s otherwise hectic life juggling Corporate America with raising two wonderfully energetic young boys. Katie completed the 200-hour teacher training program at Raffa Yoga in January 2013 and is so excited to share her love of yoga with others. When Katie isn’t at work, or on her mat, you can find her building Lego sculptures with her boys, planting in her garden, playing at the beach, or whipping up healthy treats in the kitchen.
Karen’s passion and love for yoga started 15 years ago and she has been teaching since 2008. Karen’s mission is to help others create their own spiritual experience through the practice of yoga and meditation.
Karen is a certified Hatha yoga instructor. In 2008, Karen completed her 200 hour level training at Finding Inner Peace with Cathy Mann, a certified Iyengar instructor. In May 2013, she completed Level 1 (200 hour) training in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, training under Guruatma Khalsa.
Karen is a member of Yoga Alliance and the International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Association. Karen has taught many styles of yoga to include a Vinyasa flow, a pilates inspired yoga, a gentle yoga for seniors, and Kundalini Yoga.
Karen enjoys teaching an energetic Vinyasa flow class while emphasizing on breath awareness and alignment. Her class will challenge your physical body and uplift your spirit. You will leave feeling empowered, energized but relaxed. Practicing yoga can give you the strength, courage and radiance to meet all of life’s daily challenges with grace.
Kimberly discovered yoga in 2005 and was immediately drawn to the way it de-stresses in a fast-paced, demanding world. Once she rolled out her mat, she was hooked; not only on discovering the physical benefits of the practice but realizing yoga is an opportunity to work on her relationship with herself. A recent graduate of the 200 hour teacher training at Raffa Yoga in Cranston, RI, Kimberly teaches a flowing style focused on increasing flexibility, de-stressing, and getting fit.
Lois Iannone, Esquire RYT 200.
Lois was drawn to yoga because of the physical and mental health
benefits that a consistent yoga practice provides. She started
practicing yoga over 14 years ago when she needed some quality type of
exercise that would rejuvenate her body and settle her mindfulness. She
was immediately "addicted" to the peace of mind she experienced after
her first yoga class and after a few short months a total change of her
body. Lois consistently practices power vinyasa yoga since 2000 and has
been registered as a yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance (RYT200) since
2010. Lois is currently working on her RYT500 with "Live, Love Teach"
Affiliate and is currently registered a a Yoga Life Coach. Lois wants
her classes to incorporate strength in the mind and the body and she
would want to encourage you to step outside your comfort zone to see
what possibilities are there for you as an individual. She offers
compassion and love while guiding you to tap into your inner peace and
your inner power. Her passion for yoga will shine during her classes.
She is humorous and playful and you will always leave your practice
feeling strong and wanting for more. When she is not on her mat or in
the courtroom, Lois spends her time cooking,gardening and spending time
with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren, Francesca and
Rachael Frazier is a RYT 200 graduate of the State of Grace Wellness Yoga Teacher Training Program. Her love of yoga began many years ago during college and she was recently called back to the mat for health reasons. Through this journey she found that yoga, while centering and balancing, is also a path to overall health & wellness of the mind & body and she's excited to share this with others in her community.
Kirby Anderson-Duguay, RYT 200 has been practicing yoga for about 14 years. She started when she was 17 years old and has been hooked since. When Kirby was 18 years old she became a member of the United States Shotgun Team. Over the next 4 years she traveled to numerous countries competing and medaling in World Championships and World Cups. She even tried out for the 2004 Olympics held in Athens, Greece, in which she placed 4th in the tryouts. She tells you this with the confidence that yoga and meditation played a key role in her success as an Olympic level Athlete. Mediation is what has allowed her to keep her head on straight and stay focused through many of competition and life’s most difficult times. The asanas, or poses that are linked together through breath has become one of her main priorities throughout each week in her own fitness routine. Linking breath to movement is an incredibly powerful tool in bringing calmness and peace in at any moment. She believes that we each have this built in ability to free ourselves from stress and tension and instead fulfill our hearts with peace and gratitude. She looks forward to helping you find physical fitness, emotional strength, and above all, mental clarity.
Angelica was classical ballerina turned yogini. From an early age Angelica studied Tai Chi, Yoga and Meditation which helped her overcome her anxiety and depression. In gratitude for this transformation in her own life, Angelica was inspired to help share the gift of yoga with others. She teaches veterans and trauma survivors allowing them to find the space they need to heal through their own yoga practice. Her comfort and knowledge will help you perform your yoga moves safely giving you the confidence in your own practice whether at home or in the studio.
Christine is a Yoga Alliance (RYT200) certified yoga teacher. She was first introduced to Bikram Yoga in 2002 as a supplemental form of exercise, and was immediately enamored of the feelings of relaxation and strength that grew out of each challenging practice. Having fallen away from yoga over the years, Christine found her way back onto her mat during a turbulent time in her life in 2011. Seeking physical and spiritual awakening, she immersed herself in her yoga practice and completed 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training through Raffa Yoga in 2012. She has since completed Baptiste Power Vinyasa Levels One and Two as well as Baptiste's Art of Assisting. Christine is attentive to her students, frequently offering hands on assists and creating a space for students to experience the transformational powers of their yoga practice. Christine is passionate about sharing her love for yoga and bringing it into the lives of others both on and off the mat. She and her Coton de Tulear, Ramon are a pet therapy team who volunteer at a local assisted living facility for people living with Alzheimer's and dementia.
Poyee Oster has always been a seeker who enjoys challenges. A runner for more than 15 years, she completed over 10 marathons including Boston and many other races. Poyee loves the challenge and discipline required in running. Five years ago, her running buddies introduced her to yoga. Over time, Poyee discovered the secret of yoga. It calms the mind and brings focus and strength to the spirit. Poyee deepened her practice by completing the 200-hour certification with Richard Lanza and Open Doors Power Yoga Studios in 2015. Her style of yoga is a combination of restorative and empowering, the Yin and Yang of yoga. Poyee found that yoga is a path to happiness, and she is eager to share her passion with others.
Melissa Carvalho, MA, RYT has been a group fitness instructor since 2000, a humble yoga student since 2001, and a yoga teacher since 2010. Her education is in counseling and she believes yoga is the perfect instrument to address your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. Having been emotionally exhausted from our overworked culture in a former life, she is dedicated to using yoga as a tool to heal those who are in need of stress management and self-care. Melissa teaches a vinyasa flow style class which is inspired by her lifelong passion for dance. Class is enriched with inspirational quotes and hands on assists. Off the mat, Melissa is a devoted wife and mother, health coach, swing dancer, and lover of all things fitness.