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Meet The Team

At Free to Be Yoga & Movement, we're proud to introduce you to our diverse team.  Located right in the heart of Middletown, DE, we believe that yoga is more than just movement—it's a lifestyle! 

Join our yoga community in Middletown, DE, and enjoy the dynamic blend of traditional wisdom and innovative practice that makes Free to Be Yoga & Movement so unique.

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Founder & Owner RYT-200, CPT

Danielle Bukowski

Creating Free to Be Yoga & Movement is a culmination of a lifetime dream for Danielle. 

Danielle is a Yoga Alliance-certified 200-hour yoga teacher, level-1 meditation teacher, and certified personal trainer. She has over 20 years of experience teaching modern ballet and contemporary dance.

 

Danielle began practicing yoga in 2000 and was moved to share her passion with others. She graduated from yoga teacher training in 2019 and has been leading practices and workshops continuously in the tri-state area ever since!

 

Danielle believes our yoga practice is meant to create space where we feel stuck. She believes in finding ways to heal your mind and body with the natural superpowers we carry within us 24 hours a day!

 

Her class has creative sequencing and modifications to fit anyone. Her goal is to create an inviting space where everyone has a home to be uniquely YOU.

 

Danielle believes that every practice has a place and a space for everyone. Her classes aim to challenge the body and nourish the soul!

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Kristin Capone 

Kristin discovered her enthusiasm for yoga starting in 2007 after completing the Brand-New Beginner classes at Empowered Yoga in Newark, DE. She hoped to strengthen her body, but soon learned that yoga had much more of an impact on her overall wellness.

 

In 2019 she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Empowered Yoga in Wilmington and was grateful to begin her teaching journey in the Newark studio.


Kristin’s experience as a pediatric physical therapist has given her a strong foundation in
anatomy and movement. In her classes, she is always willing to break down and modify a pose
to help her students feel the essence of the posture while preventing injuries. She has received training in adaptive yoga for special populations.

 

In the summer, you can find Kristin taking her yoga practice on the water, where she teaches SUP yoga.

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Otis Littleton

Otis began his yoga practice in 2016, and immediately experienced the benefits of this practice to become a 200 hour YRT certified yoga teacher and Balanced Athlete instructor.

He brings 20 plus years of experience as a teacher to all walks of life: Graduated from Albright College in 1996 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and later achieved a Masters’ Degree in Secondary Education at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut in 1997. 

A dedicated love for teaching, learning and fitness, combined with his grounding personality, Otis has transformed himself into a mindful movement, meditation & strength trainer committed to helping others.

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Brand Management & Communications 

Heather Thomas

In her multifaceted role at Free to Be Yoga & Movement, Heather is akin to a Swiss Army knife for wellness, blending her expertise to enhance our community's engagement with yoga and spearhead our studio's marketing initiatives. 

Heather's journey is one of constant evolution. Originally carving her path in the demanding field of critical care as a respiratory therapist, now in the innovative sphere of medical devices. Her quest for growth didn't stop there; Heather pursued a graduate degree in management and marketing from Wilmington University, further broadening her horizons in 2022.

 

But it's not all business for Heather; her heart beats in unison with the rhythm of yoga. Since 2009, yoga has been more than a practice for Heather—it's been a sanctuary, a method for managing stress and nurturing resilience amidst life's challenges.

 

By 2020, her dedication blossomed into a professional passion, as she became a certified 200-hour registered yoga teacher, deepening her commitment to the discipline.

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Rachel Kirk 

Strongly committed to bringing her genuine self into the room, Rachel Kirk aims to create a focused environment where students can cultivate and grow their practice.

 

With direct and thoughtful cues, Rachel helps you explore your body's connection to the asanas. Invested in each student, she emphasizes nurturing individual practice and makes it a priority to learn everyone’s name. Rachel’s knowledge of anatomy aids in her ability to offer personal assists and modifications. Discipline and awareness are encouraged so you can notice yourself and your patterns. 

Rachel grew up as a competitive dancer and went on to teach for 12 years in the dance field.  Needing more strength to complement flexibility, she trained in Tae Kwon Do and Yoga. Completing her YTT in 2014 she began teaching right away and is consistently inspired by people on the mat. 

 

Rachel will never turn down a discussion about yoga or movement. and hopes to be a driving force for learning and growth in the studio. Rachel loves all forms of explorative and natural movement and is certified in EBFA's Barefoot Training Specialist program, bringing that extensive training into the "why" behind her flow sequences.   In addition, Pre & Postnatal Yoga/ Movement Expert and CES Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist

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Mika Blackburn

Mika has been deeply intertwined with the art and essence of yoga for over two decades. My own transformative journey with yoga began 20 years ago, and it's a passion that has only grown stronger with time.

 

Since 2018, I've been truly blessed to share this passion with others as a dedicated yoga teacher.  One of the joys of leading yoga practices for me is the profound connection I get to establish with each one of you. There's magic in our collective energy, in our shared breath, and in the moments where our spirits synchronize. "I love leading others in their practice for many reasons, but mainly because it's such a wonderful opportunity to connect with people that I wouldn’t ordinarily have. When we practice together, it's my privilege to uplift and remind people how amazing they really are and how deserving they are of love and compassion for themselves."  

 

Every session with me is a celebration, not just of the asanas and poses but of our shared journey. It's about gratitude for our community, our incredible bodies, and every breath we take. Remember, yoga isn't about how you look but how you feel, and I hope that our time on the mat together leaves you feeling cherished, empowered, and endlessly celebrated for all the wonders your body and spirit can achieve!

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Yoga Instructor RYT-500

Mary Kate Hall 

With over 20 years immersed in yoga, Mary Kate Hall began her journey seeking to augment her running stamina. An enthusiast of life's vast experiences, she found solace in yoga's grounding essence. Originally drawn to its physical benefits, it soon transformed into "her yoga" – a serene blend of heart and mind harmony. In 2015, Mary Kate was certified from Serenity Yoga Studio, immediately diving into teaching there.

 

By 2020, the pandemic's silver lining allowed her to explore Mindful Yoga Therapy, deepening her understanding of trauma-sensitive practices. A personal setback struck in 2021 with a severe hip injury, reshaping her yoga perspective. Yet, her resilient spirit flourished. She expanded her expertise with certifications in Yin, Restorative, and Chair yoga. Currently, she's on the brink of completing an advanced 300-hour teacher training.

For Mary Kate, yoga transcends flawless poses; it's about aligning one's current state with mind, body, and breath. Her classes blend the magic of this union, infused with joy and inspiration. She passionately guides others in embracing the grace of their yoga journey, harmonizing life on and off the mat.

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103 Patriot Drive 

Suite 104 

Middletown, DE 19709

302-927-1143

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