Meet Our Instructors
500 YT - 200 ERYT - 200 CRYT and Yoga Life Coach - Owner of Serenity Yoga Studio and founder of Youth Yoga
Alyson has dedicated herself to the practice, study and teaching of yoga since discovering its joys and benefits in 2002, while attending a yoga workshop lead by Rodney Yee. Alyson went on to become a 200- hour certified teacher 2009. Since then she been trained and completed a 500- Hour Teacher Training with Rolf Gates, Alyson has also trained in the disciplines of Vinyasa Flow (Seane Corn), Iyengar (Rodney Yee), Core Strength Vinyasa (Sadie Nardini), Alyson combines elements of these styles into a dynamic and inspiring alignment-based flow.
Alyson teaches a creative and energetic Vinyasa Flow. Emphasizing clarity of alignment, a steady connection to the breath, and a mindful investigation of what qualities we are truly cultivating in our practice.
At first when I began practicing yoga it was for exercise. I have never heard of mindfulness, connection, Om or Namaste for that matter. I was working in the corporate world as a Human Resource Director and was stressed out. Something had to change. After taking my first class my body felt alive, I didn't understand it I just wanted more. I truly believe that when we are ready “yoga calls us”. We begin to ask the questions “What is life, why am I hear, is this IT!” If we listen to those inner burning questions we stumble onto yoga. First for the exercise but then it becomes so much more…. My experiences, the ups and downs are shared in each and every class I teach. I enjoy inspiring people to be the “true self”. Yoga meets you in the body you show up in. So come as you are and if you are still not sure of "who you are" yoga will help you figure it out. One breath at a time.
Heather Patricco 200 ERYT - Vinyasa Flow & Barre Instructor
My practice began shortly after the birth of my son in 2003. I was looking for a way to become more active but without the impact and aggravation of the gym. I ventured into a basic hatha yoga class and loved it. I stayed with that practice for a little while before venturing into Bikram yoga. That was an addiction, I must say. I fell in love and stayed in love with Bikram until my family and I moved to Delaware in 2007. With no Bikram studio in sight, I somehow found Empowered Yoga in Newark and felt at home. There I stayed, completing my yoga teacher training with Johnny Gillespie, until 2010. I now teach primarily a level two vinyasa flow every Sunday, and I love it and my students. I have also recently become a student of barre, and am continuing to learn and grow in that area, as both a student and a teacher. I have also trained with Jennifer Cohen, founder of Little Flower Yoga in NYC, in children's yoga, as well as in pre-natal yoga, completing my training with YogaFit, in Reading, PA.
Joy Holloway 200 RYT - Yin, Gentle, and Barre Instructor
After practicing yoga for two years, Joy entered into the RYT program under Master Susan Smith with One Yoga where she earned her 200 hour certification in May, 2010. She believes that yoga is for everyone and shows that in each of her classes.
I was one of those people whose ego was totally in the way. Yoga was not for me, I will never be able to do those poses or look like that. Until one day I was searching for something...something more. I walked into my first yoga class and was hooked. I found the first stepping stone for the path to my true self. Yoga has opened my eyes to a new world. It has helped me find a new connection to the beauty within others but most importantly the beauty within myself.
So a great big YES to your question...Yoga is for you! Come join us for practice and start laying down your stepping stones for the path to the inner beauty that resides in you.
Kelly Viar 200 RYT - Vinyasa Flow Instructor
Kelly began practicing yoga intermittently over 13 years ago. She kept finding herself coming back to her mat during life’s challenging times. Realizing she needed more balance and “me” time while raising three small children, she began practicing more regularly and studying the philosophy behind yoga. She finished her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Serenity Yoga Studio. In her class, expect a balanced flow that focuses on linking the breath with movement and a touch of philosophy to take your yoga off the mat and into your daily life.
Laurie Leone 200-RYT - Vinyasa Flow Instructor
Laurie's first yoga class was 9 years ago. That first teacher taught her so much about the power of intention and non-judgemental connection to her body. She learned to just be where she was with her body for the first time. Laurie still strives to bring that same spirit of mind-body connection without judgement to every class she teaches. She believes that while a yoga class should stretch and strengthen your muscles, it should also clear your mind and nourish your soul.
When you practice with Laurie, you will work hard, learn to relax and let go (truly let go) and begin to know yourself better in body, mind, and spirit. Before long you will find yourself taking your yoga “off your mat” and into your life, bringing with it confidence, clarity, joy, and peace. Laurie believes that lean silhouettes, strong muscles, flexible bodies and healthy joints are all minor by-products compared to the central rewards of yoga: a clear mind, a peaceful heart, and a sense of wholeness.
Laurie has studied with many teachers in several styles of yoga, including hatha yoga, Iyengar-style yoga, hot yoga, therapeutic yoga and vinyasa yoga. Her 200-hr certification was earned from One-Yoga under the tutelage of Susan Smith. Although Laurie holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and continues to adore mathematics, she has found her true calling doing, living, teaching, and spreading yoga. She loves teaching beginners and experienced yogis, helping them all find that beginner's mind that is clear of preconceptions, expectations and attachments.
Benton Leinbach - Co - Owner of Serenity Yoga Studio 200 RYT - Power Yoga Instructor
Growing up as an athlete playing baseball and football Benton saw a need for fitness at a young age. Benton started working in the fitness industry when he was 18 years old and went to college for nutrition. He practices and teaches Power Yoga and teaches athletes, and adults. Expect the same routine when coming to his class. See the results, sweat and build long and lean muscles.
Amanda Pierce 200- RYT- Vinyasa Flow Instructor
Amanda Pierce has been practicing yoga for 9 years. She found yoga in college beginning with a home practice and continued to practice through her pregnancy and after the birth of her daughter, finding the many benefits for her overall health and wellness that it had to offer. In 2012 she found a studio practice and was introduced to Hot Vinyasa and the link of breath and movement and was compelled to teach and share yoga with others. In 2014 she received her 200 hr. certification through One-Yoga. Amanda has a passion to help others enhance their overall health and teaches a loving and fun Vinyasa flow. Her classes focus on breath and physical alignment and offering variations and modifications to help students improve their strength, flexibility, balance, and find emotional, mental, and spiritual clarity.
I came to yoga for the physical practice and through this practice discovered my own individual strength and learned to release and let go. I truly feel that yoga is for everyone and that it will give you the key to unlock whatever hidden potential you might be searching for and in the process you may find so much more.
Yoga is a gift that I love to share, so others too can find their inner light and let it shine.
Hope Conchran 200- RYT - Yoga4Everybody & Yin Instructor
I believe yoga is the perfect platform from which to achieve lifelong physical and emotional wellness. The old adage that a body in motion stays in motion, and a bodyat rest begins to shut down is so true. My goal as a yoga teacher is to introduce people to their bodies in motion, especially those who are reluctant (for whatever reason) or who think it’s too late in their lives to begin physical exercise. It's never too late. “Just show up, you’ll be amazed by what you can do! Off the mat you’ll find me paddling my kayak, tending my flower gardens, hiking or playing with our Labrador Retrievers.
MaryKate Hall 200-RYT - (VInyasa Flow Instructor)
Jennifer 200- RYT (Yin and Vinyasa Flow Instructor)
Jenn came to yoga when she was expecting her first of 3 daughters. After an on/off relationship with yoga dvd's, and a deep love of meditation in her home practice, Jenn came to Serenity Yoga and fell in love with vinyasa yoga and meditation.
"Through developing a dedicated practice, I realized the anxiety I had struggled with for years was melting away. The demands of being a LE family can be challenging, and coming to my mat brought me peace. My goal is to empower those new to yoga and inspire students through the insights of yogic philosophy."
Expect to leave class inspired and ready to step off of your mat and into
you life with an open heart.
Every time we come to our mat, we have the chance to begin again. Just
show up :)
Rosanna Gee - Barre Instructor
I have recently completed the certification and training for Barre and was excitedto add a new dimension to my life long journey as a student of fitness. Working full time and raising a family of three daughters made it challenging to alwaysfit it a workout, but I never stopped trying. I exercise to quiet my mind, tosearch for new ideas and to have great discussions with myself. Whether it is a bike ride, a good run on a sunny day or an awesome hot Serenity yoga class, Ialways feel like I had dessert after I complete the moment. I had done a lot of reading about Barre in various magazines and was very curious to try it and learn was this was all about. I was so excited when Alyson shared her thoughts about expanding into this dimension of fitness. I believe that things happen during your life when they are supposed to - karma. Therefore I did not hesitate to sign up and get on my way to becoming an instructor for "the Barre". I love thinking of inventive ways to challenge our muscle groups and see everyone working so hard to achieve personal success. Making new friends, sharing.
Sharon Schwartzburt 200-RYT (Yin and Vinyasa Flow Instructor)
Sharon found Yoga has helped her to find balance in her life. With her demanding work schedule as well as working out and staying active, she found that Yoga was a way to keep active physically but added value mentally as well. She found that with her work out schedule she still have many back issues, Yoga completed changed all that and she found the pain disappeared. She truly understands how Yoga can heal body and mind. Sharon studied with Alyson Leinbach at Serenity Yoga Studio and received her 200-RYT in 2017. When you come to one of Sharon’s classes expect to challenge yourself, she will give many options for all levels.