Britni's love for yoga began in college, and she has now been teaching in the local community for 18 years. She completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training certification with Annie Carpenter in California, studying SmartFLOW, a Vinyasa Flow style of yoga that focuses on safe alignment. In 2017, Britni became one of only five Certified SmartFLOW Teacher Trainers internationally, enabling her to lead 200-Hour Teacher Trainings. She is also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, meaning other Yoga Instructors can include her workshops toward Continuing Education hours. She has additional training in Pre/Post-Natal Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. Graduating from SLU with a BA in Visual Arts, Britni is a very creative person, light-hearted and fun, and she likes her yoga that way too! She believes in the power of a deeply transformative yoga practice and is inspired by taking lessons learned on the mat and applying them to everyday life.
Brenna has practiced yoga for 15 years and has taught yoga for the past 6 years. She is a graduate of LSU School of Allied Health Professions in New Orleans (1994) and is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (2016). She is certified in integrative dry needling (CIDN). Brenna has trained in the SmartFLOW method with her teacher and mentor, Annie Carpenter and her business partner, Britni Serou. Brenna will receive her 500 hour designation in June 2021. Throughout her 26+ years as a Physical Therapist, Brenna has focused on orthopedics and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. From 2014-2017, Brenna was an instructor of Anatomy and Kinesiology at Southeastern Louisiana University. In addition to her career as a Physical Therapist and yoga teacher, Brenna is the author of the book, Tsumommy! Riding the Wave of Motherhood. She enjoys writing humor and loves teaching, practicing yoga, and life in general. Her love of yoga and human anatomy are a natural fit in her teaching.
Jo’s yoga journey began seven years ago in a quest to find relief from scoliosis and from stress. She fell in love with yoga in general and especially SmartFlow yoga. Its emphasis on alignment and breathing was exactly what she was looking for. Through yoga, she has realized healing in body and spirit. Her desire is that her classes enable each person to find what their bodies and spirits are seeking — and find joy and humor along the way. She has completed Annie Carpenter’s 200 hour SmartFlow yoga teacher training under the guidance of master teachers Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP and Janet Katz, E-RYT 500, YACEP. Off the mat, she is a weaver, photographer, baker, dabbles in all textile arts and finds humor in everything.
Morgan is a certified 200-hour SmartFLOW and Hatha yoga instructor. She is currently working towards her 500-hour certification in the SmartFLOW method. She also has training in Yin yoga. Morgan you was introduced to yoga when she was 15 years old and plans to continue her practice for many years to come. For Morgan, yoga is an elegant way of balancing and unifying the mind and the body. The practice of yoga has granted her grace in even the most chaotic moments of life. Morgan has her Bachelor's in Psychology and works part-time at Northshore Autism Center in Mandeville. Morgan has plans to one day become an Ayurvedic practitioner and/or Yoga Therapist. Her ultimate goal is to integrate yoga and psychology within a wellness studio to help guide all ages of all types of people to realization and love of the inner self. She teaches several classes at the studio, including Basic Flow and All Levels Express. Morgan is available for private sessions upon request.
Jean has been practicing yoga off and on for 15 years. In her journey to improve flexibility, mobility and mindfulness, she began practicing at Downtown Yoga in 2017. In 2018, Jean completed Annie Carpenter’s SmartFlow 200 hour teacher training at Downtown Yoga under the instruction of Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP. The 200 hour training solidified her desire to teach. Jean holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree (2015) and is a Nurse Practitioner (2008) board certified in Cardiology. Jean believes the combination of Yoga and medical training are valuable tools in the promotion of emotional balance, metabolic homeostasis and physical wellbeing. Along with Yoga, she enjoys CrossFit training, competing in Triathlons and sharing the benefits of a Ketogenic lifestyle.
Alison became a licensed massage therapist in 2010. She received her diploma in massage therapy from Medical Training College in Baton Rouge, and holds a BA in Liberal Arts/Dance from SLU. Alison offers relaxation, deep tissue, prenatal, and a 'backwalking' massage where she applies deep, broad pressure with her feet. Alison loves the art and science of movement and dance, and became interested in massage after working as a choreographer for several musicals in Hammond. The cast would come to her with injuries, or muscular problems, and this set her upon the path to know more, and help others.
Geri starting practicing yoga five years ago to complement her many years of long distance running. She completed Annie Carpenter’s 200-hour SmartFLOW yoga teacher training certification with Tiffany Russo in 2018. She has also completed Yin Yoga teacher trainings with Paul Grilley, Bernie Clark and Sarah Powers. Geri graduated from SLU, likes to cook weird food for her family and take long walks with her dogs.
Kelly has been a student of yoga for 10 years and a yoga teacher for 3 years. She is currently a Level 2 teacher in training of iRest Yoga Nidra meditation. As a licensed Acupuncturist, Kelly is keenly aware of the importance to create a healthy balance between the yin and yang elements of daily living. She enjoys teaching and practicing restorative forms of yoga, and in an effort to deepen her teaching skills and to learn the more yang form of Vinyasa flow, she recently completed Annie Carpenter’s 200hr SmartFLOW yoga teacher training at Downtown Yoga under the guidance of master teachers Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP and Janet Katz, E-RYT 500, YACEP. Off the mat, Kelly enjoys gardening, cooking and being present with her family and friends.
Melissa began practicing Yoga in 2005 and fell in love with it during her first class.
Immediately hooked on Yoga, Melissa has explored different techniques and lineages, learning to love something in each class or text. Ultimately, she found joy and self-care were common threads through every school of Yoga thought. Melissa teaches every class with a light heart and a smiling face, hoping to guide every student through the class to a sense of fulfillment. Melissa and her husband, Mark, have been married since 1997. They live in Madisonville, where they enjoy the outdoors, family, pets, and friends as much as much as possible. They have a love of animals, the arts, and travel. In 2018, Melissa completed Annie Carpenter's SmartFLOW 200 hour teacher training at Downtown Yoga and under the instruction of Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP. Melissa is also a licensed aesthetician.
Terrey has practiced yoga off and on for 40+ years, and her love for yoga has continued to grow! She is a recent graduate of Annie Carpenter’s 200 hour SmartFlow yoga teacher training under the guidance of master teachers Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP and Janet Katz, E-RYT 500, YACEP. Additionally, she completed the Next Generation Yoga Kids' Training for Ages 8-13 years. She has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from SLU, and has worked in Labor & Delivery, NICU and Pediatrics. She also spent over 10 years living in the Bahamas, and believes this exposure to diversity and international cultures has influenced her open-minded attitude. Her goal for Kids' Yoga (and all yoga) is to encourage a better connection of mind and body, and a positive sense of self.