Meet our Yoga Teachers! Each of our teachers excels at teaching yoga classes to students of all levels. We all have our own personalities and and focus within our classes. Our studio prides itself in the consistent quality of our classes and teachers; just pick a time and day that work for your schedule, and you will find a fantastic team member there to teach you.
All of our teachers are (at minimum) 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified & Registered Yoga Teachers.
Petra LehmanOwner, E-RYT-200, Lead Teacher Trainer
Petra is currently finishing her 500 hour advanced yoga certification. She shares her loves of anatomy and physiology in her classes, making them accessible to give all students agency over their bodies. CPY is her first child and she shares her time between the studio, and her daughter. Connect @petralehmanyoga
Rachel TondreaultE-RYT-200, Community Outreach Coordinator
Rachel began her practice at CPY 6 years ago and has never left! Rachel's classes will challenge you both physically and mentally, combining traditional asana with out-of-the-box transitions that challenge the practitioner to re-think how their body can move with both safety and JOY. Her style is encouraging and playful. You will feel at ease in her class and in her presence. Connect @ray_chil_yogi
Brittany brings a challenging yet adaptable strength building practice to her students. In her classes, she brings her passion of psychology and yoga together to build strength in all aspects of your life on and off your mat, specifically the importance of breath work. Brittany builds a practice for all levels to leave feeling successful and powerful! Connect @theyogi_journey
Caitlin’s classes emphasize acceptance and exploration with a side of humor. She urges students to come to their mats wherever they are in their practice and work to their individual edge. Caitlin loves animals and shares her home with several cats and one outnumbered Husky. Connect @lady_lucifera
Cathy enjoys sharing her love of yoga with all level yogis but especially beginners and newbies! Her classes are challenging yet accessible to all. Students are encouraged to "stay in the room" with their breath and give one hour to themselves. Connect @mindfulcathyj
Ellary GamacheRYT-200, lead restorative yoga teacher
Ellary has been teaching Yoga for 6 years, all of them with CPY (she's an OG)! She is passionate about slowing things down through meditation and mindful exercises. She believes movement is great medicine and incorporates subtle body movements as well as deep rest into her classes. Yoga is the way for her to be in and of service to others in her community. She would love to talk to you about your cats too. Connect @ocean_state_ellary
Joel leads a focused class with particular attention set to learning relevant body awareness. His hope is that you will leave class with a pleasant exhaustion, having left behind competition for self-improvement.
Jessica believes there is an indescribable sense of joy and freedom that comes from living your truth, and that yoga is a space in which you can become the best version of yourself. In her classes, Jessica brings a focus to the power of breath and intention, with energizing asanas to empower her students. When she is not in the yoga studio you can find her adventuring outdoors, creating in the kitchen, or writing on her MacBook. Connect @believe.lead.empower
Jerrica fell in love with yoga though the amazing staff at CPY and hopes her classes instill the same love for the CPY community as she felt. Her classes strive to support students as they find independence in their own personal yoga journey though a community filled with love and support. Connect @namaste_withj
Jackie sees yoga as the perfect package, strengthening and toning the whole body while bringing mental clarity. She believes yoga is for everyone regardless of age,size or ability. Jackie teaches a safe and challenging class and loves seeing her students feel strong, like they can accomplish anything. Connect @jackiet_yogi
Jess feels and honors the strength, energy and light that emerge from a healthy practice, and she loves the opportunity to guide yogis to find the same within themselves as they practice with her. As a teacher, she cherishes the personal connections her role affords her, and loves the chance to share what has brought joy, growth, and ease to her own life. Connect @jkwebr
Jillian WalshPilates & Pelvic Floor Specialist
With a masters in clinical psychology, Jillian loves how Pilates engages the mind with the body. In 2019 she became a certified Pelvic Floor Health Specialist working with clients suffering from low back, hip and pelvic pain as well as incontinence. Jillian looks forward to sharing her passion with you and helping you finds a more stable and flexible core, better posture and a more balanced you! @jillianpanewalsh
Kathleen began to practice yoga in an exploration of self love and looks to encourage self-acceptance in her classes. She enjoys surprising her yogis with interesting transitions and challenging them with stillness. Connect @the.other.kathleen
As a social worker Sarah has dedicated her life to helping others. Teaching yoga has opened a new path which allows her to share her passion and inspire others. Sarah believes yoga is for everyone and in her classes Sarah creates a safe space and community that promotes connection, presence, self growth and gratitude. Connect @freeyourspiritferszt
Katherine WorthRYT-200, Guest Teacher
Katherine has recently begun her 500-hour advanced teacher training and is exploring what it means to find her voice. She works to incorporate humor and lightness into her classes, without losing challenge or nuance. Running has also become a new passion as she trains for her first marathon. Connect @the_yogi_next_door
Billy discovered yoga in 2008 when a friend brought him to class. The mindful movement coupled with core stability that he found has been his main source of pain relief from herniated disks. After leaving the US Navy, Billy decided to open Create Power Yoga in a shared mission with his partner, Petra, to bring yoga and community to East Providence and beyond.
What our students are saying...
Petra and the team of yoga instructors at CPY are warm and welcoming to all and make the new and experienced yogi's comfortable. Love the studio, it has a calming atmosphere for the body/mind practice. So happy to have found CPY!!
I have been taking classes at Create Power Yoga for a few weeks now and I absolutely love it. The heated classes are the perfect balance of stretch and strength. Breath is emphasized in class. I've never heard so many yogis ujjayi breathing in one place, it is beautiful. I would definitely recommend this studio to anyone looking for some heat and a challenge.
I highly recommend Create Power Yoga! The prices are affordable compared to other yoga studios in the area. Vinyasa is their most popular class and it is a great workout. The staff is always helpful and welcoming, especially for beginners who are hesitant to try a class.
I am a senior and have been going here since 2015. It is amazing how good you feel after class and there is no judging by the instructors or your classmates. Everyone should try at least once. You leave relaxed and limber. And in this stressful environment, you leave with a peaceful and hopeful mind.
My favorite place in the whole wide world. Its the only place I can go and truly feel at peace. I love the new "pop-up classes" and the owner is always going above and beyond to create new adventures for their members. The staff is so super awesome and genuinely caring about your well being. I'm a big fan!
Create Power Yoga studio is a MUST for anyone with an interest in yoga. Petra and her staff are helpful, welcoming and committed to making everyone's yoga experience a great one.
I have practiced yoga in the hot studio for the past year and am thrilled with the move to Newport Ave (within walking distance). At the age of 63 with very mixed abilities, i have been warmly welcomed, encouraged, and guided. Yoga has been very beneficial to me and I am sure you could benefit, too!
I had never taken a yoga class before I tried CPY, but now I don't know why I went so long without trying. It's so relaxing it's hard to believe you're working out! The yoga instructors focus on your breathing, so you are relaxed the entire time! I'm hooked. The instructors at CPY clearly very passionate about what they are teaching and care about how everyone is doing in the class. I can't imagine going to another yoga studio. CPY is perfect for all ages and experience! You have to come check out this studio. It'll change the way you see yoga (I know it did for me).
I've practiced in a lot of different studios, and I've rarely found one as warm and welcoming as Create Power Yoga.
The owners are wonderfully nice and there's always someone who remembers you and says hello. The teachers are fantastic and really interested in creating a good experience for you. The heated studio/hot yoga is perfect for feeling like you are really getting a workout (and it's a great respite from the cold during the winter). It's takes a lot to convince me to go to the gym, but I look forward to coming to this studio to do yoga a few times a week! Also, I would highly recommend this place to someone who is less comfortable with their skill level- there is a great mix of people and the teachers are great about helping (but not pushing too hard), so even I feel comfortable, even though my inverted-something-twisting-pose isn't exactly fitness model worthy.