Meet Santosha's Instructors

Ganga (Janie) Fronek has been immersed in the Integrated Amrit Method of Yoga since she became a student of Amrit Yoga in 2002. First certified in 2013, she is now trained in: Amrit Level I, II, Yoga Nidra, Advanced Yoga Nidra, I AM Yoga Method of Body Psychology, and Let Your Yoga Dance for Special Populations. Her passion is to make the amazing benefits of yoga accessible to ALL PEOPLE. She believes in Health at Every Size – the simple premise that the best way to improve health is to honor your body. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500 & E-RYT200) with Yoga Alliance. Ganga loves teaching classes for all levels and Private Yoga sessions personalized for each of her wonderful students.

Kavita (Lori Richardson: PTA, CYAT, AYNF) is a longtime student of yoga and movement exploration. She regards movement of the body intrinsic to releasing of emotional blockages within the psyche, freeing the mind for a deeper meditative experience. With more than 19 years of teaching Yoga, she is certified in Amrit Yoga and Amrit Yoga Nidra. Kavita also practices Thai/Therapeutic Bodywork*, and is trained in Craniosacral Therapy. She also practices Reiki (3rd degree), IET (2nd degree), as well as Munay-Ki shamanic teachings and Higher Self Therapy.

*Therapy components are based on her training and continued education in Physical Therapy and are not derived from any status [RYT/E-RYT] with Yoga Alliance.


Nitya (Melissa) Walsh is a full-time Massage Therapist and Intuitive Healer and has been teaching Amrit Yoga since 2004. Her practice of yoga began 20 years ago, and upon introduction to Amrit Yoga in 2003, there was an instant connection and a desire to delve deeper into the teachings of yoga. As a bodyworker, Nitya has tremendous understanding of anatomy, both physically and intuitively, and brings that knowledge to her students in yoga by providing a safe environment for the practitioner to not only connect with, but truly understand the body. She transforms the insight from her own life experiences into inspiration for her classes, which provides a great deal of depth and passion to her teaching style and exemplifies her passion for the transformative power of the practice of Amrit Yoga. 

Parvati (Julie) Hillman is a Certified Amrit Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, and Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered. She teaches regularly scheduled group classes and is available for private yoga and meditation, Private Therapeutic Yoga sessions, and Ayurvedic nutrition & wellness consultations. She is an avid kayaker, has participated in several charity 5K races, and enjoys the outdoors. She has been a yoga practitioner for over 15 years.

Robin Crook started practicing yoga some forty years ago. Recently, it became a more consistent part of her life. She’d finally found, through Amrit Yoga, a kind of yoga that she identified with and that she knew would be most beneficial to her overall wellbeing. Life experiences led Robin to the path of teacher training, and she’s excited about using her Amrit teaching certification to help spread the gift of this practice with others.

Susan Hendrix is a Reiki Master Healer & Teacher and a professional I AM Yoga Nidra facilitator. She has been studying various energy and healing modalities for over 20 years and is in process of completing a Psychic Mastery program with Lisa Campion, as well as Crystal and Animal Reiki programs with Lisa Powers. In addition, Susan is studying Shamanic journeying for guidance and healing through Sandra Ingerman’s training program. Susan is currently accepting Reiki Clients (in-person and distance) and currently facilitates two Yoga Nidra classes weekly, as well as offering customized private sessions. 


Susan was drawn to Reiki and Yoga Nidra as a way of helping others heal and reveal the healer within each of us.  Susan brings passion and kindness to her practice and she looks forward to supporting YOU on your journey. 

Maggie Hatzpanian is an RN BSN, 200 hr RYT, Clinical Herbalist, Plant Medicine Educator, and a Vegan chef… all of which are important  parts of her healing journey!

Maggie has been practicing Yoga for 20 years, as well as meditation, mindfulness, pranayam, and chanting mantras and the Yoga of Voice on a daily basis, which help her maintain her health and wellbeing, physical strength and flexibility, as well as  an inner sense of calmness and joy. 

Her classes are also informed by her nursing background, bringing  knowledge of anatomy and physiology and functional movement of the body to her mat and to her instruction of her students. 

Maggie’s passion for Yoga has deepened over the past few years by time spent in India. She went there as a student, and in 2020 she co-taught a Yoga retreat at the small SwAr Ashram in central India. In early 2019 Maggie completed her 200hr RYT here in Rhode Island at All That Matters with Coral Brown, in the Iyengar / Vinyasa tradition. Her teaching style is calm and welcoming, energetic and lighthearted all combined in a heartfelt movement practice to bring her students along with her on her path.

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Padma began her yogic journey in 2013, and soon after she found Santosha and Amrit Yoga. She is an Integrated Amrit Yoga trained teacher as well as a certified Yoga Nidra and Kids’ Yoga Nidra facilitator. She worked as a vegan chef while studying at the Amrit Yoga Institute and is now ready to give what she has received. Padma enjoys spending time with nature, from the forest to the beach and everywhere in between. She believes in the power of loving kindness and acceptance and knows that we are all connected. Padma is available for private Yoga Nidra sessions.



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Here's how to practice with us during the pandemic.

We are now offering classes exclusively on Zoom. Santosha members, class pass holders, and intro package holders: please go to for information about how to be invited to our Santosha Community Private Group, where you will find Zoom links for Santosha's regularly scheduled classes. Non-members and those with no class package may still drop in for a class by following the MindBody link (above), but you need to register at least one hour before the start of class. You will then receive an email with the Zoom link, so make sure we have an accurate email address for you. AND, check your spam folder!  Think you should have Facebook private page access and don't? -- send a PM to Susan Friendson on Facebook or email us at with your contact info. If you have already asked to join this group, but haven't been invited in yet, please check for a private message we will have sent you through Facebook. We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you in the virtual world!

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