Kat Poteet, RYT 200
Melissa began practicing Yoga in 2005 and fell in love with it during her first class.
Immediately hooked on Yoga, Melissa has explored different techniques and lineages, learning to love something in each class or text. Ultimately, she found joy and self-care were common threads through every school of Yoga thought. Melissa teaches every class with a light heart and a smiling face, hoping to guide every student through the class to a sense of fulfillment. Melissa and her husband, Mark, have been married since 1997. They live in Madisonville, where they enjoy the outdoors, family, pets, and friends as much as much as possible. They have a love of animals, the arts, and travel. In 2018, Melissa completed Annie Carpenter's SmartFLOW 200 hour teacher training at Downtown Yoga and under the instruction of Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP. Melissa is also a licensed aesthetician.
Alison became a licensed massage therapist in 2010. She received her diploma in massage therapy from Medical Training College in Baton Rouge, and holds a BA in Liberal Arts/Dance from SLU. Alison offers relaxation, deep tissue, prenatal, and a 'backwalking' massage where she applies deep, broad pressure with her feet. Alison loves the art and science of movement and dance, and became interested in massage after working as a choreographer for several musicals in Hammond. The cast would come to her with injuries, or muscular problems, and this set her upon the path to know more, and help others.
Dana Brewer-Plazinic received a B.A. in Dance Performing Arts from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Masters Degree (MFA) in Dance Choreography from Mills College in Oakland, California. She is a certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor and completed Annie Carpenter's SmartFLOW yoga teacher training under the guidance of master teachers Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP and Janet Katz, E-RYT 500, YACEP. Dana taught dance for 18 years at SLU and was the Dance Coordinator for 9 years. Along with her dance classes, she taught Pilates, Yoga, and Kinesiology at Southeastern. She has studied Body, Mind, Centering Techniques, Alexander Technique, and Bartenieff Fundamentals as part of her extensive training in Somatics. (Somatics is a type of movement study that emphasizes internal perception and experience. Soma means "the body as perceived from within.”) She cares deeply about the health of the body and gives personal attention to each client to address their individual needs. Dana looks forward to sharing her love of movement with the Downtown Yoga family and sangha.
MARC SETTEMBRINO, Phd, RYT 200
Meet Our Team
Kat discovered yoga and meditation as a way to balance the chaos of a demanding career and constant growing family. In 2017, she ditched the corporate life and became a full time mom of three girls. With the new found time, Kat began to further her yoga practice. In 2018, she completed Annie Carpenter's SmartFLOW 200 hour yoga teacher training at Downtown Yoga with Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP. In her classes, Kat focuses on finding true balance, philosophical exploration and discovering the you within. Off the mat, Kat enjoys rock climbing, photography, and spending time with her family.
Emily Dinger is a full time student at Southeastern Louisiana University and is studying Kinesiology. She is also a Southeastern cheerleader. A goal of hers is to continue to grow in a healthy and well lifestyle as well as in her future career. Emily started practicing yoga two years ago and fell in love.
Our founders Britni and Brenna, and all of our guest instructors are here to help inspire you and your yoga practice. Since our styles are diverse, we encourage you to try a variety of classes. Join us!
Angela began her yoga journey in September 2016. She found a tribe, an inspiring sangha of yogis, in her local Northshore community of Louisiana. This transition paved a path of Svadhyaya (self-study), emerging through a regular asana practice led by mentors who have a deep understanding and love for Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga - approaching each practice as an inquiry to honor the individual needs of your body. In 2017, Angela participated in a teacher training program that complemented her yoga practice, helped plant the seed that peaked an interest in becoming a certified yoga instructor and allowed her to continue her yoga path with a quality driven intention to move mindfully both on and off the mat.Angela completed Annie Carpenter's 200hr SmartFLOW yoga teacher training at Downtown Yoga in Hammond, Louisiana under the guidance of master teachers, Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP and Janet Katz, E-RYT 500, YACEP.
Jean genzale-Bertrand, DNP, ANP-C, RYT-200
britni serou, e-RYT 500, YACEP
Owner and Instructor
brenna barzenick, PT, DPT, cidn,
Owner and Instructor
Jo’s yoga journey began seven years ago in a quest to find relief from scoliosis and from stress. She fell in love with yoga in general and especially SmartFlow yoga. Its emphasis on alignment and breathing was exactly what she was looking for. Through yoga, she has realized healing in body and spirit. Her desire is that her classes enable each person to find what their bodies and spirits are seeking — and find joy and humor along the way. She has completed Annie Carpenter’s 200 hour SmartFlow yoga teacher training under the guidance of master teachers Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP and Janet Katz, E-RYT 500, YACEP. Off the mat, she is a weaver, photographer, baker, dabbles in all textile arts and finds humor in everything.
Kelly kiviko, L.Ac., DOM, NCCAOM
Marc found yoga in 2015. He started with a home-based, restorative practice to help him cope with stress and sleep easier at night. A few months later, he found his way to Downtown Yoga and began a regular vinyasa flow practice. Marc completed Annie Carpenter’s 200hr SmartFLOW yoga teacher training at Downtown Yoga under the guidance of master teachers Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP and Janet Katz, E-RYT 500, YACEP.
As a bigger-bodied, male, yoga practitioner, Marc understands that starting a new yoga practice can be intimidating. Therefore, as yoga teacher, his primary goal is to create inclusive yoga classes that are accessible to every-body, regardless of size, shape, age, strength, or flexibility. Marc looks forward to accompanying you on your journey of self-discovery and empowerment!
Off the mat, Marc holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and is an assistant professor at Southeastern Louisiana University. In his free time, he enjoys painting and is an active member of the local arts community. You’ve probably seen him at a local gallery opening, or you may have seen some of his work hanging in a local show.
Geri starting practicing yoga five years ago to complement her many years of long distance running. She completed Annie Carpenter’s 200-hour SmartFLOW yoga teacher training certification with Tiffany Russo in 2018. She has also completed Yin Yoga teacher trainings with Paul Grilley, Bernie Clark and Sarah Powers. Geri graduated from SLU, likes to cook weird food for her family and take long walks with her dogs.
Morgan Somerville, RYT 200
Instructor and Front Desk
Melissa leBlanc. RYT 200
TERREY SCHEUERMANN, RN,
dana brewer-plazinic, RYT 200
Morgan is a 200-hour certified Hatha yoga instructor. Morgan was introduced to yoga in 2014 and became certified in 2016 through Zingara Yoga Teacher Training. For Morgan, yoga is an elegant way of balancing and unifying the mind and the body. It has granted her grace in even the most chaotic moments of life. Morgan is currently a Psychology student at Southeastern University and teaches yoga at the Pennington Center on campus. Her dream is to integrate yoga and counseling within a wellness studio and help guide all ages of all types of people to realization and love of the inner self.
Brenna Barzenick, PT, DPT, CIDN, E-RYT200, YACEP has practiced yoga for 14 years. Brenna is a graduate of LSU School of Allied Health Professions in New Orleans (1994) and is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (2016). She is certified in integrative dry needling (CIDN). Throughout her 25 years as a Physical Therapist, Brenna has focused on orthopedics and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. From 2014-2017, Brenna was an instructor of Anatomy and Kinesiology at Southeastern Louisiana University. In addition to her career as a Physical Therapist and yoga teacher, Brenna is the author of the book, Tsumommy! Riding the Wave of Motherhood. She enjoys writing humor and loves teaching, practicing yoga, and life in general. Her love of yoga and human anatomy are a natural fit in her teaching.
Kelly has been a student of yoga for 10 years and a yoga teacher for 3 years. She is currently a Level 2 teacher in training of iRest Yoga Nidra meditation. As a licensed Acupuncturist, Kelly is keenly aware of the importance to create a healthy balance between the yin and yang elements of daily living. She enjoys teaching and practicing restorative forms of yoga, and in an effort to deepen her teaching skills and to learn the more yang form of Vinyasa flow, she recently completed Annie Carpenter’s 200hr SmartFLOW yoga teacher training at Downtown Yoga under the guidance of master teachers Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP and Janet Katz, E-RYT 500, YACEP. Off the mat, Kelly enjoys gardening, cooking and being present with her family and friends.
Alison maraman, lmt (LA5488)
Licensed Massage Therapist
Terrey has practiced yoga off and on for 40+ years, and her love for yoga has continued to grow! She is a recent graduate of Annie Carpenter’s 200 hour SmartFlow yoga teacher training under the guidance of master teachers Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP and Janet Katz, E-RYT 500, YACEP. Additionally, she completed the Next Generation Yoga Kids' Training for Ages 8-13 years. She has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from SLU, and has worked in Labor & Delivery, NICU and Pediatrics. She also spent over 10 years living in the Bahamas, and believes this exposure to diversity and international cultures has influenced her open-minded attitude. Her goal for Kids' Yoga (and all yoga) is to encourage a better connection of mind and body, and a positive sense of self.
Jo ZILLER, RYT 200
ANGELA GAINEY, RYT 200
Britni's love for yoga began in college, and she has now been teaching in the local community for 16 years. She completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training certification with Annie Carpenter in California, studying SmartFLOW, a Vinyasa Flow style of yoga that focuses on safe alignment. In 2017, Britni became one of only five Certified SmartFLOW Teacher Trainers internationally, enabling her to lead 200-Hour Teacher Trainings. She is also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, meaning other Yoga Instructors can include her workshops toward Continuing Education hours. She has additional training in Pre/Post-Natal Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. Graduating from SLU with a BA in Visual Arts, Britni is a very creative person, light-hearted and fun, and she likes her yoga that way too! She believes in the power of a deeply transformative yoga practice and is inspired by taking lessons learned on the mat and applying them to everyday life.
Geri o'krepki, RYT-200
We're a unique yoga studio in the heart of historical downtown Hammond, LA. We are professionals dedicated to the transformative practice of yoga. All are welcome here.
Jean has been practicing yoga off and on for 15 years. In her journey to improve flexibility, mobility and mindfulness, she began practicing at Downtown Yoga in 2017. In 2018, Jean completed Annie Carpenter’s SmartFlow 200 hour teacher training at Downtown Yoga under the instruction of Britni Serou, E-RYT 500, YACEP. The 200 hour training solidified her desire to teach. Jean holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree (2015) and is a Nurse Practitioner (2008) board certified in Cardiology. Jean believes the combination of Yoga and medical training are valuable tools in the promotion of emotional balance, metabolic homeostasis and physical wellbeing. Along with Yoga, she enjoys CrossFit training, competing in Triathlons and sharing the benefits of a Ketogenic lifestyle.