Britni's love for yoga began in college, and she has now been teaching in the local community for 14 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 2016, Britni became one of only 12 Certified SmartFLOW teachers internationally. She is also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, meaning other Yoga Instructors can include her trainings 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.
Brenna Barzenick, PT, DPT has practiced yoga for 11 years. Brenna is a graduate of LSU School of Allied Health Professions in New Orleans (1994) and is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (Arcadia University 2016). Throughout her 22+ years as a physical therapist, Brenna has focused on orthopedics and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Brenna is an instructor of Anatomy and Kinesiology at SLU and 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. She is alignment oriented and wants to serve the yoga community by way of her knowledge and expertise of the human body.
brenna barzenick, PT, DPT
Owner and Instructor
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 will receive an additional SmartFLOW Yoga certification this year with Britni Serou, 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.
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!
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We're a unique yoga studio in the heart of historical downtown Hammond, LA. We are professionals dedicated to recovering what we believe to be the essence of yoga: a traditional yoga philosophy and a practice available to everyone. We are here for you.
Meet Our Team
britni serou, e-RYT 500, YACEP
Owner and Instructor
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 2014, Melissa earned her 250 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher credential and continues to pursue education on Yoga.
During a particularly stressful time in college, Baylor was finding it hard to breathe. He was told that all people are doing in yoga classes is breathing and relaxing, so he decided to give it a try. He soon learned that yoga is not always relaxing on cushions, but that it is always a practice of breathing. From the anchor of the breath, he began to have a glimpse into his mind, body, and whole “self.”
As the benefits starting accumulating, he became hooked, and received his formal yoga teacher training under White Lotus Yoga in 2014.
Baylor sees the practice of yoga as a tool for constant self-realization, whether that may come in the form of awareness into thought processes or more feeling into the physical body. As our lives are ever developing, this process is, thankfully, lifelong.
Although the benefits of yoga may be life changing, Baylor hopes that you come to the mat with a smile and open heart, remembering that your mat is a place to play, as much as it is a place to have revelations. He aims for his classes to be accessible, lighthearted, and a safe space for everyone.
When not at the studio, Baylor can be seen whispering to the vegetables in his garden, fawning over the baby chickens in the Feed and Seed store, or rolling around town with his Mum in her Mini-Cooper.