When you stop trying to be everything to everyone, when you stop seeking & searching on the outside, your center, your core is right here to be rediscovered. You come home to your self. You return to wholeness. You come back to LIFE.
elevation / block island
We are Block Island's original yoga and movement class studio. Founded in 2005. Our mission is to provide offerings and services that inspire good health, and happiness. We cultivate our classes in an authentic, creative, and professional way in order to provide the therapeutic practices that inspire well being. Whether you are new to these wellness arts or an advanced practitioner, Elevation Studio has a place for you. We hope our services enhance your experience of beautiful Block Island.
elevation / costa rica
After spending time during Block Island's "off-season" in Costa Rica for over 20 years, Elevation has spread it's wings. Elevation's founder, Danielle, has created a tropical Elevation annex. A soul space for retreats of all kinds. Whether you would like to get away and participate in one of Elevation's retreats, or you would like to hold your event, this magical setting in the south Caribbean of Costa Rica will delight the soul. Please contact us directly to inquire about holding your own retreat. Look for our upcoming elevation retreats on the site. PURA VIDA!!
Who We Are
“There is a certain kind of action that leads to freedom and fulfillment,” Krishna begins. “A certain kind of action that is always aligned with our true nature.” This is the action that is motivated by dharma. This is the action taken in the service of our sacred calling, our duty, our vocation. In dharma, it is possible to take passionate action without creating suffering. It is possible to find authentic fulfillment of all human possibilities.” ― Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life
Danielle is the founder and director of elevation studio since 2005. She creatively and classically teaches both pilates and yoga. She received pilates certification from The Physical Mind Institute for both mat (1999) and apparatus(2011). Registered with Yoga Alliance, Danielle completed both her vinyasa and yin yoga certifications in NYC. She has studied extensively with many teachers andcompleted her 500hr ytt with her beloved teacher Sianna Sherman. She believes a blend of both pilates and yoga is a beautiful and essential combination to one's life, at any level. Combining yin(connective tissue strengthening) with yang(muscle strengthening) for a more balanced body approach is also necessary in today's modern culture and lifestyle. Core strength, flexibility, fun, and mindfulness are all elements present in her teaching. Danielle is a resident of Block Island since 1992, and has enjoyed traveling and teaching in Costa Rica, California, and NYC, during her winters. Danielle can also be found djjing around the island each summer...as music is life and celebration.
Robin Lewis Vila has made Block Island her home since she arrived for a summer job in 1978. She has always been committed to fitness, and has led some type of exercise class for most of those years. She has been certified by the National Arthritis Foundation in Senior fitness, International Fitness Association, Barre3 in Barre Basics, Booty Barre, Barre Above, and Strong by Zumba.
Sadhna Kelly, RYT
Kelly earned her 500 hr. certification in 1996 as a Yoga Teacher and later as a Yoga Nidra
Facilitator. She Co-Founded Block Island’s Elevation Studio in 2005 and is Co-Founder of
Lakulish Yoga Rhode Island since 2016.
Kelly met her Spiritual Teacher Shri Ashutosh Muni, referred to as “Bapuji,” in 2006. She made
consecutive pilgrimages to India to immerse in a devotional community located at the
Mahasamadhi of Swami Kripalvanandji in the tiny village of Malav, Gujarat, India, at the feet of
her Beloved Bapuji & Prajna Ma.
Here began a life long study of the carefully preserved teachings of classical yoga in the
Lakulish Lineage, translated through the Yogic Scriptural Texts in the Sanatana Dharma
For the past 10+ years, Kelly spends time every month with her teacher and spiritual family in
the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Maintaining a commitment to the 8 limbed yogic
practices and living out the teachings as a way of life.
Kelly offers classical yoga in the spirit of “lokasangraha” as a way of sharing the blessings she
continues to receive from her teacher and personal practices.
Kelly is also a Rock Musician, sharing “rock asana” through recordings and live performances.
This summer will mark Gwendolyn’s 20th anniversary as a dedicated yogi, and 17 years as a teacher of asana. She teaches an eclectic vinyasa class that is compassionate, playful, and focuses on personal inquiry into alignment. She is thankful to the Elevation community for practicing with her over the last decade. For more information on her teaching philosophy and classes, please visit her website at www.gwendolynalker.com..
During the past 17 summers on Block Island, Susan has found lessons in building physical and emotional strength and support in Danielle’s yoga and pilates classes. Inspired to deepen her own practice and motivated to share the benefits of yoga with others inspired her to complete her 200-hour Tantric Vinyasa teacher training in 2016 at Journey of Yoga in Simsbury, CT. In her own practice and in her classes, she emphasizes the transformative practice of linking breath to movement and expanding awareness and attention.
Raised on Block Island since she was six years old, Rudy always dreamed of traveling and felt a calling to always be on the move. Through beautifully orchestrated synchronicities, her intuition lead her to meet cacao shaman and now beloved teacher and friend, Keith Wilson, in one of this planets energy centers, San Marcos La Laguna, in Guatemala – a country she never thought she’d find herself in. There she discovered more about herself through inner processing and developed a spiritual relationship with the cacao spirit, which transformed her travels from an indefinite vacation to a new meaning of life – being of service. Now she spends her time doing what she loves like traveling all around the world, working with a conscious festival group called Village Witches/NOHM serving tea and/or making medicinal drinks behind the elixir bar. No matter where she goes, her greatest love is cacao education and simply enjoying a cup of cacao every day!
Jen Lighty is the founder of Aqua Odyssey, offering retreat immersions and individual Aquaflow Water Meditation sessions on Block Island and Bacalar, Mexico.
She is a certified JourneyDance™ facilitator, Access Bars™ practitioner and Reiki Master/Teacher who has helped hundreds of people relax and express their true essence through movement and creativity. For more information on her retreats, classes and sessions visit:
Cindy immersed herself in aerobic dance throughout the 1980’s in
Boston and New York City when the practice was first expanding and evolving.
With the knowledge she obtained from a variety of high level classes,
she began designing and leading her own when
she moved to Block Island full time in 1989.
In 2010 she became certified in Nia, a neuromuscular movement practice
(nianow.com) and advanced to the Blue Belt level.
She is a certified Group Fitness Instructor
through the American Council on Exercise (NCCA).
She is also the owner/operator of Pots and Kettles food truck on Block Island.
Taryn is a 22 year old vinyasa yoga teacher from New Bedford Massachusetts. She has been coming out to Block Island in the summers for as long as she can remember and after graduating college, living in 3 different countries and backpacking many others, decided Block Island is truly her home. Taryn has a Hatha Yoga certification from Gyspea Yoga School in Uvita, Costa Rica which she obtained in 2019. Taryn has had a dedicated yoga practice since she was badly injured in a car accident in 2015, leaving her unable to walk. Yoga was and still is Taryn’s route of rehabilitation for all aspects of life. She believes in nothing more than the true authentic healing energy yoga provides for all beings of the world. Taryn’s vinyasa flow classes are liberating, creative and intuitive, her goal is to create true mind body awareness within each flow. Taryn is passionate about holistic healing practices, essential oils yoga philosophy and spiritual texts. Throughout frequent doctor and orthopedic appointments during her journey of recovery after the accident, she also became extremely interested in the anatomy and physiology of the body and how yoga aids in literally every cell of your body. Taryn strives to use yoga as the vital tool to tap into the light and love that resides within us all. Namaste.
We would love to hear from you!
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