Gentle Yoga Teachers

In addition to Rudy, these wonderful teachers are on the Gentle Yogis teaching team.

Therese "Terry" Tresco, yoga teacher

Terry Tresco

Terry (Therese) Tresco received her 200-hour training from Todd Norian, founder of Ashaya Yoga, in June of 2015. Following her certification, she frequently assisted Todd during workshops and teacher trainings. Concurrently, she began to study with Rudy Peirce and received her certificate as a Dynamic Gentle Yoga instructor. This dual training experience gave her the opportunity to see many different bodies practicing yoga. Terry came to believe that there is yoga that is appropriate for everyone, no matter your age, strength, or flexibility. She believes that if you have a heart, you can do yoga.

Terry’s students currently range in age from 3 to 93. With that in mind, Terry leads her classes from her heart, creating a safe space for students to explore what they need in each moment, offering options and an invitation to make the practice their own  Offering students an opportunity to strengthen, restore and find ease in their hard working bodies is Terry’s priority. The power of breath and body awareness combined, creates a strong and powerful practice. Following Dynamic Gentle practices allows a novice to find a safe place to begin and the seasoned practitioner a place in which to grow. Yoga has offered Terry the support she needed to recover from several injuries over the past 15 years. Sharing these techniques is one of her greatest joys.  

Tammy Kaleel Dynamic Gentle Yoga Teacher

Tammy Kaleel

During her 29-year career with The Walt Disney Company and while raising her two sons, Tammy began practicing yoga as a means of mitigating the stresses of corporate pressure and daily life.  After practicing on and off for nearly 15 years, and with a nudge from her husband Russell, she decided to pursue yoga teacher training as a way to deepen her experience of yoga.  In 2018, she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification.

After returning to the US from a year-long travel sabbatical in 2019, Tammy felt called to teach yoga virtually to family and friends near and far as a means of providing support during the COVID lockdown. What started out as a way to connect with loved ones in a meaningful way has evolved into a thriving yoga teaching practice. Tammy completed Dynamic Gentle Yoga Teacher Training in 2021, and earlier this year, she also completed Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training. 

Tammy guides regular in-person classes at Renew Yoga in Daytona Beach, FL and also offers private, group and online classes. She enjoys sharing the slow and profound practice of Dynamic Gentle Yoga and humbly learning from her students every time she teaches.  

In 2020, Tammy also started her company Tammy Kaleel Consulting, an environmental sustainability consulting firm focused on helping organizations reduce their environmental impact. 

Nina Triolo Gentle Yoga Teacher for Gentle Yogis Community Supported Classes

Nina Triolo

Nina Triolo, E-RYT 500, has been practicing yoga and meditation for more than 20 years. It was the healing power of her practice, after a life-changing illness, that inspired her to become a teacher and share her love for yoga with others. Nina received her 500-hour teaching certification from Kripalu, where she studied yoga for special populations. She created a special chair yoga program in her community for seniors and people with mobility issues, and is also a presenter at Mohonk Mountain House, cohosting an annual women’s wellness weekend. Nina co-presented a weekend program at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health with Rudy in 2019.  She also leads a variety of classes and workshops as the owner of Loving Balance Yoga. She resides in South Carolina. 

Brian Henderson Kripalu Yoga Teacher

Brian Henderson

Brian Henderson, 500-hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher, 200-hour Kripalu Meditation Teacher
Brian is on a lifelong yoga journey of inquiry and joy. His passion for the practices led him to become a Kripalu Yoga teacher and Kripalu Meditation teacher, with Rudy Peirce as his first 200 HR trainer and subsequent mentor. Since then, he has pursued what will be a continuous learning journey so that he might share the both subtle and profound benefits of yoga with others. Kripalu translates from Sanskrit as compassion, and Dynamic Gentle Yoga is a practice of inquiry, accessibility and inclusivity. Dovetailing those qualities creates beautiful opportunities for self-observation and exploration, with safety and non-judgement at the fore. That is how Brian strives to teach and guide yoga practices, opening the door to satisfying, meaningful, and perhaps even joyful, experiences for his students.
Brian leads private and group lessons in Toronto, and is delighted to be a part of the DGY Community of practitioners and teachers. 
Louise LeGouis

Louise LeGouis

Louise has always been a “student of movement”, whether practicing Yoga or Taiji, dancing, walking, or swimming. She enjoys connecting with yoga communities wherever she travels in the US and abroad. Over the last 20 years she has explored different traditions and styles of yoga including Embodyoga™, Iyengar, Kripalu, Viniyoga, The Franklin Method, and Yoga Tune Up™. In addition to completing her 200-hour Embodyoga™ Teacher Training at YogaCenterAmherst (now Shraddha Yoga), she’s a certified Yoga Tune Up™teacher. Louise is also a Roll Model® Method certified practitioner and has completed Level I Positional Therapy with Lee Albert at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Louise has been a member of the Gentle Yogis Community since March 2020 regularly attending daily Gentle Breath Practice and Chair Yoga classes. She plans to complete her Dynamic Gentle Yoga™ Teacher training in 2023.

Louise teaches weekly yoga classes at Community Yoga and Wellness Center in Greenfield, MA and offers workshops throughout the year in the Roll Model® Method, soft-tissue conditioning, and Embodied Anatomy & Movement. Louise will welcome you where you are, at whatever level of experience or ability, and looks forward to guiding your inquiry to your underlying wholeness.

Rachel Allen of

Rachel Allen

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training

Rachel Allen, B.A. Political Science/Sociology, is a Certified Music Practitioner, Sound Healer, Reiki Master, Emerging Writer and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with a trauma informed/social justice framework. She has 20 years experience of working with hospice patients and their families, patients in a variety of health conditions in clinical settings, survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, adults and youth with mental illness and people who are incarcerated  Rachel is also passionate about supporting and working with caregivers to reduce burnout and compassion fatigue.

Regionally, nationally, internationally and virtually, Rachel teaches and presents at conferences and retreats, weaving live music, yoga, and creative movement into themes of compassion, self acceptance, and transformation. She is committed to engaging people from all walks of life in the healing arts to create healthy, diverse, and joyful communities. Rachel is a graduate of Rudy’s Dynamic Gentle Yoga Teacher Training and offered a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training for Gentle Yoga teachers in early 2022.  She is the founder of YogaSong, Trauma Informed Wellness Services.

Holly Niles Gentle Yoga Teacher for Gentle Yogis Community Supported Classes

Holly Niles

Holly Niles, M.S., is a certified 500-hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher who has studied Dynamic Gentle Yoga with Rudy and has been a regular participant in the daily Gentle Breath Practice/Chair Yoga class from its inception in March 2020. She is also a Licensed Integrative Nutritionist and an Institute of Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner.  Her personal journey has taught her that the body is designed to heal itself; it simply needs tools to work with such as: positive mental and emotional attitudes, good nutrition, eliminating toxins, deep breathing and a balance of rest and exercise.

For Holly, it’s all about building health and wellness. She is passionate about educating, guiding, coaching and assisting clients in finding balance in their life. She is in private practice, offering individual and group programs, and resides in Florida.

Mary Koster Dynamic Gentle Yoga Teacher bio photo

Mary Koster

Mary Koster, M.S., RYT 200 has been studying and practicing yoga over the past 20 years.  She is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and also has advanced certification as a Dynamic Gentle Yoga™ Teacher.  Mary brings to her teaching a sensitivity to the subtleties of yoga.  Her classes are accessible, inclusive and empowering.  Mary is also a computer programmer and has worked in software development, hardware and software testing and technical writing. As an entrepreneur, she offers technology support and website services. In addition to yoga, she enjoys photography and swimming.  Mary resides in Frederick, Maryland with her husband and three sons. 

Read about Mary’s yoga journey in her blog post.

Bhavani Lorrain Nelson Kripalu Meditation Teacher Kirtan Wallah

Bhavani credits as the beginning of her pull toward a career in teaching the moment as a six-year-old when she taught the Brownie scout next to her how to make a carnation from a Kleenex tissue. Her path was further clarified when her eighth grade English teacher asked her to teach sentence diagramming—a lost art—to the class. Since that time whenever Bhavani learned something she enjoyed, she ended up sharing it with others.

That sharing included classic voice and vocal pedagogy, guitar and macrame in her traveling years, junior high mathematics for the city of Baltimore, and third grade math on television for the state of MD. Always, she was known for taking subjects that seemed complicated to others and explaining them in clear, understandable language.

Along the way, Bhavani was also called upon to use other skills as she did work in theater and opera companies, became a classical deejay on a prominent NYC radio station, did voice-over work, and led choirs. There again, she took that experience and shared it in programs teaching public speaking, voice projection, and freeing the voice for speaking or singing.

Behind all that she learned and all that she shared in her teaching, Bhavani maintained a study and experience of the spiritual. In the beginning it was through her singing for many Christian denominations, then moving into Eastern contemplative practices, and finally ending up at Kripalu in 1988. There, she immersed herself in yoga, including deep practice in meditation, pranayama, and Sanskrit chanting.

As she’d always done, Bhavani didn’t keep the practices to herself, but once again shared her knowledge in user-friendly ways, leading workshops and programs particularly on various types of meditation, but also yogic tools to relieve stress, and the joys of sounding—particularly chanting. 

Learn about Gateways to Meditation video course

Learn about Bhavani’s additional offerings and her music & meditation instruction recordings 

Dan Lynch Gentle Yoga Teacher for Gentle Yogis Community Supported Classes

Dan Lynch

Dan Lynch is an avid cyclist and yoga enthusiast.  Certified as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher over 10 years ago, he enjoys offering yoga in his local community. Although Dan enjoys physical outdoor activities at a pace that to some of us seems quite vigorous, when teaching, he values slowing down and bringing the focus inward.  Dan has been a pillar in the Gentle Yogis Community, attending the daily Gentle Breath Practice / Chair Yoga class from its online inception in March 2020.  Dan has been certified by Rudy as a Dynamic Gentle Yoga™ teacher.