Jana Olenio, Owner and Instructor, teaches a Vinyasa Flow style of yoga on the mat and Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga on the water. Jana began practicing yoga in 2004 with the hope to reduce stress and anxiety. She began teaching in 2009 after yoga positively transformed and healed her life far beyond her expectations. Her goal is to help others heal themselves by bringing the gift of yoga into the lives of each student.

In March 2012, Jana took her yoga practice to the water and became a certified Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga Teacher. She started SUP YO in May 2012 in the Boston area where she teaches students how to practice yoga on a paddleboard. Today, Jana teaches SUP Yoga from May to September throughout Boston & NH. The combination of yoga in nature along with the added fitness challenge makes the paddleboard the perfect place to practice!

In the off-season, Jana continues to inspire others to get outside by leading winter retreats in New England that combine yoga with an outdoor activity and destination retreats and certified teacher trainings worldwide.

Instructor Credentials:

  • Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 Hour
  • Certified Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga Teacher – 30 Hour
  • Vinyasa Teacher Training with Seane Corn- 30 Hour
  • PaddleFit Core Certified
  • Wilderness First Aid & CPR
  • Certified Balanced Athlete (Level I)

Teaches in Amesbury, Seabrook, Rye, Chelmsford. SUP Kids Camp Leader

Leah Pacione graduated from Suffolk University in 2004 and immediately started working in marketing even though her passion was to be a teacher. After having her first child, she began substitute teaching. After the birth of her second child, she began practicing yoga for stress relief.

Yoga was instant love and became an essential part of her life. Looking for a way to share her passion for teaching with her love of yoga to include her family, she began teaching Expressive Yoga Dance in 2013. In February 2014, Leah completed her 200 hour YTT (Yoga Teacher Training) at Kripalu School of Yoga. Leah took her yoga practice on the water and became certified in Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) Yoga in May of 2014. Always looking for ways to supplement the SUP Yoga experience, Leah completed her Aerial Yoga Teacher Training with Kama Fitness in February of 2016.Leah believes in yoga for all – anytime, anywhere! She incorporates essential oils into her classes, customizes her own kids and special ed student yoga program, and creates and facilitates AromaYoga, Chakra Essential Oil and Breathing and Mindfulness for Teachers Workshops. But most of all, Leah enjoys going with the flow while on the SUP!

Instructor Credentials:

  • Expressive Yoga Dance Teacher – 60 Hour
  • Kripalu Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 Hour
  • Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) Yoga Teacher – 12 Hour
  • AromaTouch Technician Certification – 8 Hour
  • Aerial Yoga Teacher Training – 12 Hour
  • Reiki Level 1- 8 Hour
  • Reiki Level 2- 8 Hour (to be completed Jan 2017)

Teaches at Boston Harbor

Stephanie Ward is a 200 hour Certified Yoga Instructor and graduate from Core Power Yoga. Stephanie began as a student at Core Power Yoga in 2014 and immediately felt at home in their studio. This was around the same time she was searching for a way to compliment her marathon training, and, yoga and running seemed to be a perfect combination. Stephanie continued to take yoga classes and eventually signed up for their fall yoga teacher training program in the year 2015. She graduated in 2015 and then went on to continue with an extension program in extensive sculpt training.

Stephanie took her first SUP Yoga class in 2013. Taking her love of the water, yoga and combining both with Stand Up Paddleboarding seemed like the perfect fit when an opportunity was presented by SUP YO last summer. Stephanie joins SUP YO for her second year of teaching on the water in Boston and Medford. When she is not teaching SUP Yoga, she is practicing Yoga, spinning and also volunteering as a swim coach at the Boys & Girls Club of Charlestown.

Instructor Credentials:

  • Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 Hour
  • Certified Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga Teacher – 30 Hour
  • First Aid and CPR

Teaches in Chelmsford, Amesbury, North Andover. Yoga Hiking Guide, Retreat Leader

Leslie Brebner found yoga over 5 years ago and has made it a part of her self-care practice on a regular basis since. Taking it to the next step, she first participated in an assist training program followed by a 200 hour Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training program. Leslie fell upon SUP Yo accidentally at Yoga Reaches Out in 2016 when she met Jana. The first time practicing SUP Yo was in Croatia that same year during the Adventures of Croatia Retreat. She loved the country and the trip so much, she returned in 2017 and is planning on 2018 as well! Leslie is excited to share this challenging method of yoga having completed her SUP Yoga training this past spring.

Instructor Credentials:

  • 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program
  • 16 hour Assist Training Program (Centre Yoga, Woburn, MA)
  • Certified Stand up Paddleboard Yoga Teacher
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

Teaches at Hopkinton State Park

Ally Marsh was introduced to yoga while an undergrad in Vermont. She eventually settled in Boston and began professional training which culminated in a Master’s level licensed mental health counselor specializing in expressive therapies. She began using art, music and movement to aid others through mental health difficulties and found the integral benefits of yoga for her own self care as well as for the benefit of others. Yoga is the perfect balance for connection to the mind, body, and mindful awareness of that relationship. She was further inspired to expand her yogic path while working on a women’s mental health unit and took a leave to become trained as a 200-RYT, certified in Vinyasa Flow Yoga. The training in Costa Rica under the teachings of Jacqueline Heisle, incorporated the physical, emotional, and combined whole self approach to self improvement. Ally was introduced to SUP yoga while attending a Yoga Festival in 2012 and was forever inspired to experience SUP yoga locally and internationally. She is excited to share her love of incorporating the senses within nature (sound, scent, and sight) along with the movement, breath and intension of yoga off the mat. She creates a setting of nourishing comfort balanced with challenge and encourages students to set a heartfelt intention and then allow yoga to literally “float” to that space.

Instructor Credentials:

  • Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 Hours
  • SUP Yoga Certified Teacher – 25 hours
  • Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training – 25 hours
  • First Aid & CPR

Teaches in Newton and Boston

Elyse Mickalonis grew up in upstate New York with a love for animals, cooking and bonfires.

Elyse earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the State University of New York at Purchase College and Master’s Degree from New York University. In 2012, Elyse began her yoga journey in Johnson City, NY as a student at Yoga Body Shop, a Baptiste Affiliate Studio. There, she took gentle hot yoga and hot vinyasa classes, as well as assist and align workshops. She also completed Baron Baptiste’s 40 Days to Personal Revolution.

In 2015, Elyse received her 240 hour yoga certification and began teaching classes at Free Spirits Yoga in Greensboro, NC. Soon after, she lead classes at The Breathing Room in Winston-Salem, NC. Elyse started teaching private in-person and virtual yoga classes for those who did not feel comfortable in group settings in 2016. She now teaches group studio classes and private yoga classes in Cambridge, Somerville and Winchester. Elyse received Reiki I Certification in the summer of 2018 from Free Spirits Yoga and during February of 2019, her WPA Class 1 Certification for Stand Up Paddle Boarding as well as Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Certification from Island Yoga in Aruba. Later that month, she became a doTERRA Wellness Advocate.

After a health scare in 2012, Elyse began seeing the value in living in the present and letting go of what we can’t control. Elyse aims to help others discover more about themselves, to shed daily stress, embrace joy and find strength in meditation, yoga and plant medicine.

Instructor Credentials:

  • Free Spirits Yoga Certified Yoga Teacher — 240 Hour
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga Teacher — 30 Hour
  • WPA Level 1
  • Certified Reiki Level I
  • CPR & First Aid

Teaches at Hopkinton State Park

Overall health and wellness have always been a passion for Amy Williams. Amy dove into her own yoga practice while in graduate school for Counseling Psychology, where she discovered how beneficial yoga was in maintaining her own wellbeing. After completing her Master’s degree, Amy hopped right into bCalm Power Yoga’s 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training program in Hopkinton, fulfilling a longtime goal of pursuing a career related to both mental and physical health and wellness.

Amy found the physical yoga practice a way to reconnect the mind with the body, helping to be more present and move fluidly both on and off the mat. Amy led an active lifestyle from a young age, starting with ballet as a child. Following her first yoga teacher training, Amy completed two BarSculpt trainings, allowing her to connect with her roots and diversify her teaching to both yoga and barre. Amy went on to complete Unstoppable: Yoga for Youth Training Program and most recently, SUP YO teacher training, with the goal of uniting her love of nature and yoga through teaching SUP Yoga in the warmer New England weather. Off the mat, Amy works full time as a mental health therapist. You might also catch Amy out on her SUP board, on the trails with her husband and Plott Hound, Carl, and checking out local craft breweries.

Instructor Credentials:

  • Certified Yoga Teacher – 200 Hour
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP Yoga Teacher – 30 Hour
  • CPR and First Aid