Shannon’s journey into yoga and Pilates began over 20 years ago in New York City, as a means to reduce tension from the face-paced, laborious corporate environment she was immersed in. Always active and trying the latest fitness trends, yoga and Pilates were a constant. In 2015, Shannon completed her 200 hour Yoga certification and is registered with Yoga Alliance. That same year she became Barre certified. She has been teaching Mat Pilates since 2011 and received her official certification in 2017. Shannon is also certified in restorative yoga, adaptive yoga and meditation. Her approach to teaching is to encourage growth of the physical and spiritual self, and condition each one to find balance on and off the mat. She believes yoga and Pilates are for EVERY body and ANY body!
Jessica is a certified yoga instructor and previous owner of Tulaa Yoga Studio in Wilmington, DE. She has been practicing yoga for 22 years, teaching for over a decade, certified numerous teachers since 2012, and more recently has become an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Through her holistic approach to well being, Jessica has learned that total wellness involves nourishment on the inside as well as the outside and is passionate about helping others create that balance. Jessica specializes in vinyasa, hatha flow, yin, and restorative yoga and welcomes everybody to her classes regardless of age, body shape, or experience. Her style tends to be a grounding practice mixed with mantras and meditations. The intention is to offer a combo of physical and mental space to clear your heart, awaken your spirit, get you rooted to the earth, and still cultivate the fire within. In addition to asana classes, Jessica leads various women’s circles, retreats, and specialty workshops.
Nicole found her love for teaching early on and at the age of 19 became a ballroom dance instructor. Soon after in 2002, she found yoga and has been hooked ever since. Nicole completed the 200hr YTT at Tulaa Yoga studio in March 2014 and her 500hr in 2019 at The Himalayan Institute. She is always excited and eager to share her love of not only the physical benefits, but the spiritual and philosophical side of practicing yoga. Nicole enjoys combining all of these aspects into her classes, focusing on bringing the breath, the mind, and the body together to create a holistic experience for her students. Since completing her teacher training, Nicole has developed a profoundly deep affinity for the science of Ayurveda. Becoming an Ayurvedic Yoga specialist in 2016 and an Ayurveda Health Counselor in 2018, she loves being able to infuse her yoga classes with the wisdom and teachings of this vast science. Nicole draws from a big well as she is also trained in restorative yoga, chair yoga, as well as trauma-informed and accessible yoga.
As a lifelong student, Nicole continues to pursue additional training to infuse new knowledge to her teaching and personal practice. When she is not in teaching mode, you can find her concocting recipes in her kitchen or hanging out with her daughter, husband, and dog doing just about anything outside.
Carrie feels teaching is a joy. She embarked on her yoga certification journey after 20 years of practicing yoga as a beginner. Carrie graduated with her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from Yoga Alliance certified Now: Yoga’s Program in 2018. While not teaching yoga, she works at her “not as fun” job managing New Castle County’s Division of Community and Housing. Carrie enjoys attending yoga classes, reading, and spending time with her husband, Mike, three teenagers, Isabel, Michael and Tierney, two dogs, Koda and Piper and tortoise, Sandy. She believes that yoga is for everyone.
Karen Feeney comes to us with a vast amount of health care experience and knowledge. As a doctor of neurological chiropractic, Karen has an innate sense of understanding the human body’s physiological condition associated with a person’s day to day activity. She has been teaching an assortment of movement classes for years, including yoga, Pilates, Barre, Zumba, and as well as working as a personal trainer. Her style of teaching opens the way for inclusiveness, allowing the opportunity for her to be accessible to others. Karen is approachable, compassionate and above all, an advocate of living a healthy lifestyle.
Nicki’s personal practice began in 2007 while living in Brazil where she began to gravitate towards yoga and meditation as a way to become more grounded. Her teaching is woven together by diverse personal and professional experiences, places, teachers, and lessons; ultimately becoming the threads in the evolving tapestry in her personal practice. It is Nicki’s belief that sharing what she has learned from both struggle and success, will inspire students to meet and transcend themselves on the mat. Transformation is the intention she sets and shares. Nicki loves creating unique workshops and training programs to encourage her students to tap into a deeper practice of self-awareness.
She was a member of the faculty for Tulaa Yoga Studio’s 200HR Yoga Teacher Training Program, RYT certified by Dhyana Yoga Philadelphia and is an Aquarian Teacher of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Training, as taught by Yogi Bhajan certified by the Kundalini Research Institute at The Khalsa Healing Arts & Yoga Center. Nicki is also a dōTERRA wellness educator and leader who empowers individuals to take control of their physical mental and spiritual health using natural options.
Sarah began practicing yoga over ten years ago, looking for a way to work through the stress of teaching Special Education in a Philadelphia public school. After her first power yoga class she thought she was going to pass-out, but was hooked! Sarah found yoga was not only a great way to relieve stress, but made her strong and more balanced both physically and mentally. Her world completely changed in 2012 when her daughter was born. It was then that she became more aware and devoted to her practice. Sarah began practicing yoga everyday and she felt transformed. She completed her 200 hour yoga training with Bill Raup at Power Yoga Works in the summer of 2014. She continues to be a student of yoga, always working to grow in her own practice and be inspired by others. Sarah completed a second certification as a Child Light Yoga Instructor in 2015. Now she can share the love of her practice with her daughter, son, and other aspiring yogis! Sarah thinks yoga is for everyone, it’s just a matter of finding your right fit! Come to her class to get flexible, de-stress, and increase your strength. Sarah’s class is powerful and playful, and she will make you sweat.
JESSICA MICCHELLI KELLY
Jessica is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor and certified barre instructor. She’s been practicing yoga for almost 10 years and teaching yoga in the area for almost 5. One of the most important things to her as a yoga instructor is inclusivity. Yoga is for everybody and every body! Her goal is to make sure everyone feels welcome and confident in her class. Jessica has been a barre instructor for about 4 years and offers a challenging, yet accessible and fun class for all levels. When you take a class with Jessica, you can expect great music, an invigorating workout and a sense of humor. In her spare time, she loves to run, cook, and spend time with her family and friends.
Amy Downing is a certified Yoga, Barre and Mat Pilates instructor. Her own yoga journey began over a decade ago at Yoga U, and she instantly fell in love with the physical and mental benefits of a regular Vinyasa practice. She is excited to bring her own style of Vinyasa Yoga to the studio!
Outside of the fitness world, Amy works as a practicing Dental Hygienist and enjoys doing so. A lifelong Delaware resident, Amy lives in Pike Creek with her husband, 2 children and 2 dogs. She loves the Grateful Dead and enjoys going to many live concerts throughout the year.