Britni's love for yoga began in college, and she has now been teaching in the local community for 20 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, and has now led several 200-Hour Teacher Trainings, and created a 100-hour Mentorship Program. 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 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 trained in the SmartFLOW method with her teacher and mentor, Annie Carpenter and her business partner, Britni Serou. From 2014-2017, Brenna was an instructor of Anatomy and Kinesiology at Southeastern Louisiana University. In 2023, Brenna wrote, Integrating Yoga In Healthcare, a 15 hour evidence based course that offers continuing education for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists. The course has been approved by the governing boards of PT and OT in Louisiana.
In addition to her professional career, she authored the book, Tsumommy! Riding the Wave of Motherhood.
She also serves on the Board for Land Trust for Louisiana.
Morgan is a 500-hour SmartFLOW teacher and Hatha yoga instructor. She also has training in Yin Yoga and has studied Ayurveda at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Morgan 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 a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She has plans to become an Ayurvedic Health Counselor by 2025. Her ultimate goal is to integrate yoga, ayurveda 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 Yin, Relaxation, and Vinyasa flow. Morgan is available for private sessions upon request.
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie’s journey in yoga began eight years ago where her mission was to find balance and practice mindfulness in order to alleviate stress during college. As a former dancer, Stephanie fell in love with yoga, especially SmartFLOW Yoga, as the creative sequencing and anatomically sound foundation simulated the beauty and expression of movement as a mind, body and soul unit. In 2018, Stephanie graduated from Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University as a Physical Therapist Assistant and recently completed Annie Carpenter’s 200-hour SmartFLOW yoga teacher training at Downtown Yoga under the instruction of Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP. Along with yoga, Stephanie enjoys being a mama, spending time with her family, brunch on the weekends and deepening her understanding of health and wellness.
Marley is a psychology graduate from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is from Ponchatoula and graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond. She started her own photography business while in high school. She continues to shoot portraits, families, and weddings. She also makes and sells antique spoon rings. Her goal is to get a master’s degree after she graduates and to continue to travel. She loves working at Downtown Yoga and greeting everyone in the mornings and afternoons! The community of men and women at Downtown Yoga lift her spirits.