Our People

Dedicated to bringing fun & soul to yoga.


Laura Bete

Laura began practicing yoga about 13 years ago and loved the increased strength, flexibility, and vibrance it offered. She became more and more fascinated by the indescribable feeling of connectedness she experienced at the end of each practice. She received her teaching certification from Open Doors studios and also holds a certification in teaching yoga for anxiety and depression. She says yoga is about stilling the mind and exploring the beautiful essence within, and looks forward to guiding you through your journey to strength and flexibility, groundedness, and stress reduction.





Debbie Blauss

EY Debbie BlaussDebbie has been teaching yoga since 2000. She completed her yoga teacher training at Finding Inner Peace and has had additional training in Meridian Yoga. She is also a reflexologist and a Reiki master. And if you are looking for someplace to get a bite to eat after yoga practice or need to know a great place to buy cute yoga pants, ask Debbie — she’s been living in Pembroke for more than two decades.





Derrell McGrath

EY DerrellDerrell started yoga after a life tragedy and fell in love with the peace that yoga brought. She also discovered how the body gained space to move with grace. She earned her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at Sanctuary Yoga in Plymouth. Having had ballet training, Derrell found yoga to be a wonderful transition to her senior years and loves passing that experience on to others.




Rachel Sykes

Rachel has been practicing yoga for 15 years and teaching for five. She has studied vinyasa, yin, hatha, kundalini, Kripalu, and meridian yoga, as well as tai chi. She is also a certified Reiki master.


Helen McAuley

Helen walked into her first yoga class sometime between 2000 and 2001, and was hooked. She has explored different types of yoga and different instructors, including ones in vinyasa, Inyengar, Ashtanga, hot power yoga, restorative, Kripalu, and traditional hatha. Regardless of yoga type, Helen truly believes that yoga benefits everyone and that everyone can practice yoga in some form — even taking a  minute to conscientiously breathe in and out is a wonderful expression of yoga. As a graduate of Emerald Yoga’s Teacher Training program, Helen is delighted to share her passion for yoga with the Emerald community. You may see her in classes occasionally as she still loves being a yoga student and exploring classes!


Eileen Letsche

Bio to come


Heather Burpee-Armstrong

Bio to come


Kris Harris

Kris began performing as a dancer at age 5! She continued into adulthood studying classical ballet, advanced rhythm tap, ballroom dance, and theater. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, SAG-AFTRA, and has worked on more than 15 major motion pictures filmed in the Boston area. Kris is a certified Pilates instructor, ballet barre instructor, certified SYNC coach, safety certified cheer coach, and is currently enrolled in Emerald Yoga’s teacher training program. She is so excited to bring her deep love for the Pilates method to Emerald to enhance your practice!


Guest Stars:

Kathy Burke-Southworth

Bio to come


Ali Miller
Alison completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training right here at Emerald! With a background in dance and culinary arts, she was drawn to yoga for its remarkable ability to feed the soul. Ali is also a registered dietitian and enjoys creating classes and workshops that combine healthy eating and the yoga lifestyle. She is excited by the opportunity to share nutrition and yoga with the intent to help people nourish their bodies, minds, and communities. You’ll see Ali at Emerald as a sub instructor and also for workshops!


Maggie MacDonald

Emerald Yoga MaggieMaggie, RYT-200, was a competitive athlete for many years. When she walked off her last cold soccer field and into her first vinyasa yoga class, she never looked back. Her life was a sphere of contestant yang energy: competition, traveling and running — lots of running. For Maggie, yoga was the perfect balance of yin to the yang. Her weekly practice became a daily one, and a daily one transformed into a lifestyle. She earned her certification through Emerald Yoga/Sacred Space Yoga School and is currently teaching a variety of yoga classes including gentle flows, power, and children’s yoga.  True to her athletic roots, her classes create harmony while challenging the body and calming the mind. Maggie believes that oftentimes the best way to burn through fire and negative energy is by moving powerfully and purposefully through a yoga practice. Maggie lives in Boston now, but if you want to experience Maggie’s yoga on the South Shore, only Emerald’s got her — for workshops!