About our Teachers!

Maria Yakkey, RYT 500, E-RYT 200: Maria is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and founder of Satya Yoga Shala. She has been practicing yoga for 17 years and teaching yoga since December of 2004. Maria has taught in many settings including, schools, libraries, doctors’ offices, fitness centers, yoga studios, and private residences.  After many years of traveling from place to place she made the decision to open a yoga studio in her hometown in 2013 Satya Yoga Shala opened its doors to service the local community.

Maria received her 200 hour certification from Into This World Yoga. Maria has also acquired additional training with YogaKids© all four phases of certification, Yoga for the Special Child©, Om Yoga Breast Cancer Survivor©, Prenatal Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra. and Restorative Yoga. Although Maria has had the opportunity to study with many teachers, she credits her former teacher Jean Aronoff with guiding her on her yogic path. Maria most recently graduated from a 500 hour teacher training program, with Ma Mokshapriya Shakti Saraswati.
During Maria's trip to India in 2012, she had the privilege and honor of meeting Sri BKS Iyengar, a living yoga master, which renewed her dedication to bringing students the most up-to-date information available for a safe yoga practice. In addition to being a yoga teacher, Maria believes in holistic healing methods and is a Reiki Master Teacher, an IET Practitioner, and a Thai Yoga Therapist. Additionally, Maria has great interest in the healing properties of essential oils.

Maria believes that yoga is for everybody regardless of age or ability and with the use of props, yoga can be accessible to all. Maria shares her love of yoga with students of all ages. Currently Maria is attending the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City to peruse a career in Chinese Medicine. 

Hollie J. Palumbo: Hollie has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching for over 6. She is registered with The Yoga Alliance as an EYRT and received her over 200 hour certificate from Suzanne Cardinal's Into This World Yoga Teacher Training.

Hollie is a retired High School Special Education Teacher. In that capacity she taught for 36 years. As she was nearing the end of her teaching career she decided to continue to deepen her practice and entered a Yoga Teacher Training Program. Once involved in the program she made the decision to use this training as her guide to her new path once retired. As she studied and began to evolve and change herself she felt a strong desire to be able to share her knowledge and experiences of yoga and the multitude of benefits it has on one’s body, mind and spirit. A new world opened to her as a teacher of yoga.
Through out her years of practicing and teaching yoga Hollie continues to deepen her practice, to study and to teach yoga. She currently teaches classes in: Hatha, Anusara, Ashtanga, Iyengar Style, Prana and Vinyasa Flow, Restorative and Chair yoga. She wrote and received 2 yoga grants while employed in her profession as a Special Ed. teacher. Since then she continues to teach group yoga classes as well as private and semi-private lessons. Hollie also gives workshops with her life partner in Restorative Yoga and Sound Healing.

Hollie continues to study and take training classes and workshops. Since her initial teacher training she has received certifications in both Chair and Restorative Yoga. She also holds certifications in Reiki Level 1 and Armit Meditation. She has taken classes with: Sean Corn, John Friend, David Swenson, Bo Forbes, TaoPorChun Lynch, Dharma Mitra, Sri Arun and many others.. Her belief is that the more one learns the more open they become and the better they become at their craft! She loves learning and tries to share all of her experiences and knowledge in all of her practices and teachings. Her teaching style is eclectic. Each class is different depending on the students present at the time.
She credits her partner, her son and her yoga instructors for helping to support and encourage her to follow her yogic path during a very difficult period of time in her personal life! 
Hollie believes that yoga is accessible to all! She just asks that you come to her class with an open mind and an open heart so that you can embark upon your own personal journey of self-discovery!

About Anant Dev Singh - Christopher Grodski, L.Ac., Dipl.OM
As a practicing Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Reiki Practitioner, Kundalini Yoga Teacher and Tai Chi Teacher, Chris Anant Dev believes we all have inherent happiness and prosperity and love within ourselves, and Kundalini Yoga is one of the fastest, and most powerfully acting technologies to awaken that pureness of being that we ARE!   Through his journey of studying the ancient wisdom of Chinese Medicine and Arts, Yoga, Healing, and Finally and Gracefully Kundalini Yoga, Chris has directly experienced the life changing effects of an honest, open, sincere practice.  It has changed his life forever… growing, expanding, and healing on a daily basis.  And this is what Anant Dev wants to share with you.  We do the internal work, so the external universe must respond.  It is called the law of polarity.  Come Sit, uplift and transform with Chris Anant Dev and experience your own journey. All that’s needed to participate in Chris’ Classes is your Heart Felt Enthusiasm to Help Fork Lift The Group Aura.  SAT NAM

About Doreen Rao: In 2007, I began to practice hatha yoga. In serendipitous way, yoga acted as a "yellow brick road" that would lead me to a place of self-discovery. The asanas opened my heart, filled my spirit and set alight the desire to learn more about this special and ancient practice of movement and inner stillness. I have learned that yoga is a lifestyle practice that creates calmness for the mind and suppleness for the physical body. It is my intention to share the practice of yoga through the theory and alignment techniques of B.K.S. Iyengar as a path that leads to healthful living.
I am thrilled and  honored to teach alignment-oriented yoga at Satya Yoga Shala where the practice is available to everyone at any age and level of flexibility. The only requirements are genuine desire and an open heart. Doreen Ann Rao  "Yoga is beautiful as well as divine" B.K.S. Iyengar

  • 200-RYT Certification earned at Satya Yoga Shala: Yoga Alliance affiliated school. Teacher: Maria Yakkey
  • Yin Yoga Certification earned at Sacred Sounds Yoga: Yoga Alliance affiliated school. Teacher: Masako Miyakawa
  • Reiki Master Practioner
  • Yoga-inspired crystal jewelry 

About Donna A. Tiesler: After several years of exploring yoga at home, Donna discovered the joy of practicing in community at Satya Yoga Shala.  She soon realized that Yoga is far beyond the physical benefits it has to offer. Through the guidance and teaching of Maria Yakkey, she achieved her 200-hour teaching certification in Hatha Yoga and is registered with the Yoga Alliance.   As a former classroom teacher with a BS in Elementary Ed, an AAS in Early Childhood Ed, and mother of two young children, Donna pursued the interest to train to teach Yoga to children as well.  Upon completion of the YogaKids® Foundations Training with YogaKids trainer, Gail Grossman, her joy of working with young children was renewed.  Using the YogaKids method, she creates fun lessons that educate the whole child: mind, body, and spirit with respect to the many ways that children learn through literature, story-telling, games, movement, music, and the arts.  Donna also earned  continued education credits in Vinyasa Yoga at Yoga Darshana Center. The healing and learning powers of Yoga have wonderful effects on adults and children of all ages and abilities and Donna continues to look forward to sharing them with the Satya Yoga Shala family through teaching Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Children’s, and Family yoga.

Rose Edelman is a certified yoga teacher who has a passion for working with others to help create an empowering, inspiring environment for self-discovery. Her goal is to help people use lifestyle tools on and off the mat. Through the development of Petals of Sangha, with her two colleagues, Olivia Crescenti and Ali Hanson and the support and guidance of their wonderful teacher, Maria Yakkey, she hopes to help bring communities together through weekly donation based classes; helping raise awareness for local and national causes. Her background as a plant-based, whole foods chef and in graduate studies for health psychology influences her knowledge of the mind-body approach in working with students. "When we all positively contribute to different causes that are going on in the world, it's a great feeling to know we're helping each other. We all have so much to offer. Let's all get involved in lending a hand and spreading kindness."

Ali Hanson found Yoga 20 months ago when she was looking to fill a void in her life and enhance her well being.  She fell in love with the Yoga Community, as she immediately felt welcomed and accepted for being her own unique, true self. All the beautiful souls she encountered inspired her to become a Yoga Teacher. For this reason, Ali is committed to spreading yoga through friendship and community. What better way to bring people together in community than to help raise awareness for those in need of love and light? “I’ve come to realize my life’s purpose is so much bigger than myself. I wanted to serve the greater good and help humanity but I had no voice and no outlet of expressing myself. Yoga has given me that outlet and so much more.” Come join Ali in spreading Yoga for a cause.

Olivia Crescenti is a Yoga Teacher with a passion for creating a peaceful and loving atmosphere for every student. Her favorite part of yoga is pranayama (breathing techniques), as well as meditation. Her classes focus on healing the mind, body, and spirit as One. As a student of Yoga, Reiki, Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Olivia is thankful to be learning about what she loves each day. For all of these reasons, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands. Through yoga, she helps people clear the mind, strengthen the body, and free the spirit. "Now is the time to come together, lending our hands and hearts, and shining light on all that is happening around us. Together, we have the power to raise the consciousness of the world."

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Meet the teachers of the Shala!