Our Teachers

Kathryn Boger, E-RYT 500

"Practicing for over 30 years, I am amazed that my Yoga practice/teaching remains fresh, joyful & insightful.  Each time I step on to the mat, I am transformed.   Every student I teach, teaches me more.   It is a blessing and a true joy to be able to teach Yoga."  Kathryn

Kathryn founded The Yoga Studio of Blackstone River Valley in September, 2000.  She is certified to teach Yoga at the 500 hour level by Kripalu, receiving her 200 hour certification in 2000, and her 500 hour certification in 2010.  She has advanced training in Restorative Yoga and has studied with experienced teachers in Iyengar, Kripalu, Anusara, and Yin Yoga styles of Hatha Yoga.  She has been practicing Buddhist mindfulness meditation (aka "Insight Meditation")  for over 30 years.  Kathryn is a member of Yoga Alliance and the Kripalu Yoga Teachers' Association.

 Among those who have informed her teaching most are:   Thich Nhat Hanh, Eric Shiffmann (Yoga & the Practice of Moving into Stillness), Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the U. Mass. Medical Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic, Paul Grilley ( "Yin Yoga: The foundations of a quiet practice" DVD) and the translated written words of Swami Kripalu (Pilgrim of Love:  The Life & Teachings of Swami Kripalu, edited by Jo Ann Levitt).  Kathryn also wants to acknowledge her indebtedness to her beloved Kripalu mentor & teacher, Carolyn (Vidya) Dell'uomo (1948 - 2015).   Carolyn was among the original founders and a 36-year teacher at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.   She was a direct recipient of Swami Kripalu's teaching.   "Vidya was my living connection to Swami Kripalu and I am forever grateful to her for her heart-felt, soulful teachings."  Kathryn


    Mary Shiel-L'esperance, RYT 200

Mary's yoga classes are best described by her students as "joyful yoga".  She teaches slow to moderate flow Yoga with an emphasis on alignment technique, offering modifications appropriate for all levels of students.

Mary began taking yoga classes over 12 years ago to counter the effects of running and long distance cycling and to de-stress from her job as a pediatric physical therapist.  In 2014 at State of Grace Yoga & Wellness Center, Uxbridge, MA, she feels her "practice of yoga" truly began.  At State of Grace, she completed her 200 hour training certification in alignment-based hatha yoga and began teaching in April, 2015.  Mary also completed training in "Kidding Around Yoga", yoga for children, in March of 2016.  Mary is a member of Yoga Alliance.

"I have found that teaching Yoga to others is my true passion!  Mindfulness and kindness are emphasized throughout the practice....and yes, there will be smiling & laughing!" Mary

Ashley Rose-Mello, LMT, E-RYT 500
(occasional substitute teacher for The Yoga Studio!)

I have a "holistic approach to yoga instruction that works to bring awareness and balance to the body, mind, and spirit'"  Ashley

Ashley's classes will appropriately challenge you and at the same time offer you modifications that will best serve the needs of your body.  She completed her 200 hour Teacher Training program in Kundalini Yoga, with Gurudass Kaur and Guruatma Singh Khalsa.  She went on to complete a 500 hour Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training focusing on the principles of alignment.  In addition to teaching weekly classes, Ashley is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education provider and co-leads 200 hour level yoga teacher trainings.  Ashley is also a massage therapist, having completed a 1,000 hour training at Boulder College of Massage Therapy in Colorado.  As a massage therapist, she has experience working with prenatal and postpartum women, as well as individuals with chronic and/or acute health conditions in both hospitals and in private practice.