Teachers at Shamatha Yoga

Chris Blanks

Principle / Director

Chris Blanks, Principle, Director & Yoga Teacher is certified in several disciplines. Kripalu Yoga, Astanga Yoga (David Swenson), Vinyasa Yoga (Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee),   Viniyoga (T.K.V. Desikachar), Power Yoga (Baron Baptist), The Yoga Institute of Houston, Tx. ( Lex Gillian). She has additional certifications  from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, Ma. Mind/Body Medical Institute (Dr. Herbert Benson), for chronic diseases, therapeutic applications, the relaxation response, physiology of Immune disorders & creating safety for people with physical challenges.

Chris also has a certificate from the American Meditation Institute  of New York (AMI) the Theory of Yoga Science. Principles and tools for stress and pain  management, burn-out and  boost immunity.


Chris is a Reiki and Sadja  Energy Healer .



Francesca is a certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. She trained at Saraswati’s Yoga Joint under the guidance of Mitchel Blier, Tracy Blier, and Donna Jackson.  Shamatha Yoga Studio is her foundation. She has an athletic background in Track and Field. In addition to teaching Yoga, Francesca is also a Certified Spin, Body Barre and Pilates Mat Instructor. 


Her classes are filled with lots of laughter and humor. She focuses her class on the way the body feels, rather than the way it looks, with a deep emphasis on the breath. Feel free to stop by one of her classes. You are always guaranteed a great time!



Danielle has been practicing yoga, studying holistic health and researching energy healing since 2008.


Danielle teaches a Five Element Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini Yoga and Spa Yoga. She is also trained in various meditation styles, including Yoga Nidra. Throughout 2013 and 2014, Danielle expanded her knowledge of Reiki Energy Healing in the Usui system of Natural Healing, in accordance with the USUI SHIKI RYOHO Tradition, becoming a Reiki 2 Practitioner. 


Danielle’s biggest inspiration is seeing each student’s dedication to continue reaching and connecting to the deeper parts of themself. In her heart, she truly believes self-love will change the world.



Monica grew up in Miami, where in 2007 she began discovering her love for yoga by practicing vinyasa on paddle boards, enjoying the natural elements of the ocean and the sun.  


Blessed by a great teacher and fellow students, she decided to embark on a journey which would ultimately lead her to spread love and light in other parts of the world.  She started leading many guided meditations across different communities and age groups, all while strengthening her own yoga practice.  Monica then went off and became an approved yoga alliance teacher, training in Costa Rica and in Florence, Italy.


Monica’s yoga classes include Hatha, Vinyasa, Sandana Vinyasa and MPS Ashtanga Vinyasa. Her true passion is to guide others to be present through breath, and help them find a connection with their true self.

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