We at Kama pride ourselves in having experienced, certified, and insured professional instructors on our staff.
Please read our bios to find out more about each of our backgrounds and specializations
Studio Owner - Aerial, Acro, Dance
Antonia Schena has always had a passion for movement. She began dance at the age of 5 and has had experience in many styles including: jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, hip hop, and acro. Another passion of hers was gymnastics. Gymnastics was where she learned discipline and the extent to what her body can do. Growing up, she was always competitive in both dance and gymnastics. It wasn’t until age 13 that she was introduced to aerial. After she took her first aerial class Toni immediately found her new passion. To her, aerial was the perfect combination of dance and gymnastics. It tested her strength, flexibility, fluidity, memory, and ability. Toni was part of the Jazz Tap and Aerial Dance Company for 3 years during college at the University of New Hampshire. She was also a Teacher’s Assistant in Aerial during her senior year and for a year after graduating. During her time at UNH she also danced and served as captain of the Sisters in Step dance team for 3 years. Toni graduated UNH with a Bachelors in Theater and Dance, and a minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies. Since graduating in 2019, she has had experience teaching many Aerial classes at UNH and local dance studios, as well as many Acrobatic classes. She most recently has received her Aerial Silks Certification and training through the New England Center for Circus Arts, as well as her Lyra Foundation certification.
Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Aerial Silks
Karlene Linxweiler has over a decade of experience in the fitness and educational world. She previously shared her passion for teaching in the classroom with a Bachelors in Secondary Education. Karlene has an impressive background teaching fitness at Keene State College and the University of New Hampshire. She is fully certified in Personal Training, a Nutrition Specialist, Pilates Instructor, Group Aerobics certified, Kickboxing certified, Women's Self Defense, CPR/AED, a 200-hour registered Yoga Teacher, a third level certified Aerial Silks instructor, and holds a Black Belt in the martial arts. Most recently she has become a YoungLiving Essential Oils Distributor, using oils in her Reiki and Energy Work. She has also received her Reiki Level II certification, Access Consciousness Bars Practitioner, and a Level 2 Past Life Quantum Healing Hypnosis practitioner, as well as numerous workshops and certifications in Tai Chi, Qigong, myofascial release, Strala Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Buti Yoga, Thai Yoga, Acro Yoga, and Flexibility. In addition, she has studied dance and gymnastics since childhood. Her passion for movement extends into many different areas to create a program that is fun, unique, and intelligent. She currently is passionate about BUTI Yoga, as well as QHHT Hypnosis, working with past life regression, as well as work with your Higher Self.
Barre, Yoga, and Aerial Instructor
Renée is a mover, with a big heart for community and a deep affinity for the arts. With a background in dance, Renée took her first aerial silks class in college and after falling in love and decided she wanted to join the circus. Instead, she received a fellowship to attend grad school and found her way to the Merrimack Valley. After graduating with an M.Ed. in Community Engagement, Renée has found her niche developing affordable housing and leading community pop-up art studios, and has unearthed her love of teaching as a barre, yoga, and creative movement instructor over the past five years. She focuses on creating spaces where people can feel connected, empowered, and creative, roots her yoga practice (and a fair amount of her daily sanity) in a Forrest-style yoga, and is always up for geeking out over anatomy.
Aerial Hammock Instructor
Tiesha has a passion for energetic and dynamic movement. With a business degree from Boston Unviersity, Tiesha discovered aerial dance and fitness over 5 years ago when Kama was just beginning. A lifelong student of our studio, Tiesha recently became certified in POUND Fitness and has been teaching group fitness for over 2 years. Tiesha is excited to help students make connections in the air, and seeing students light up when they achieve a move once thought impossible. She finds fulfillment in the community here at Kama, and being able to lead students in their growth and being a part of others' aerial escape at the studio.
Lyra and Trapeze Instructor
Renee has been dancing for nearly her entire life, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Theater and Dance from the University of New Hampshire. She was a member of the UNH Dance Company, performing in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and aerial dance. She has over 10 years of teaching experience and a big heart for creative movement. Exploring shapes and movement and helping others find their creativity is something she is passionate about and is excited to bring to Kama Fitness.
Aerial Silks Instructor
Kym's fitness journey didn't begin until she was 31 years old and attended her first aerial silks class. Prior to that, she did Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a hand full of years, but Aerial was the catalyst for her desire to create a fit lifestyle for herself. She was drawn to the captivating fusion of strength and beauty that is created by the aerialist. Knowing that diet and overall fitness are large components to being successful in aerial, Kym competely transformed her life with nutrition, aerial training, and cross training, and lost 50 pounds. Kym currently keeps herself healthy with weight training, yoga, and barre in addition to her aerial fitness classes. Kym's greatest take away from becoming an aerialist is the confidence and appreciation that she has for what her body is capable of. She hopes her journey can inspire others.
Kym is a world traveler and speaker of Japanese, with a deep love and appreciation for the culture. She earned her Bachelors in Japanese studies with a minor in Economics from Colombia University while studying in Kyoto, Japan.
Lyra and Trapeze Instructor
Since needing knee surgery as a teenager, Justine has been fascinated with human movement and has spent many years studying the body and its ability to move and heal. She started with obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at UMASS Amherst and followed it up with a Doctorate in Chiropractic.
Her current practice focuses on athletics and prenatal/post-partum women, and how anyone can get back to doing the activities they love. Along the way she found passion in all sorts of exercise and movement, from strength and conditioning to spinning, and eventually found her way to aerial yoga and fitness. She received her first level certification from the New England Center for Circus Arts in the winter of 2019, and it has given her deeper appreciation of how complex this exercise and art form can be.
Aerial Barre, Aerial Pilates, Buti Yoga
Amber found her foundations in fitness at a collegiate rugby player and has continued to grow with the industry ever since. With over 18 years of experience teaching pilates, barre and functional fitness, she has recently trained in Buti Yoga and is excited to help bring the format to the Kama community. She is currently training and developing the Aerial Barre and Aerial Pilates programs here at our studio. In addition to her experience in the fitness industry, Amber is a classically trained chef with an MS in Holistic Nutrition and an AFPA certification in Nutrition and Wellness, an avid traveler and mother to an exceptionally active little boy.
Natasha is a practitioner of the mystic arts and runs Mindfulness and Mysticism – A safe space to explore mystic tools as a form of self-awareness and self-care. She is also Founder and Lead Investigator of Special Visions Paranormal – An ethical paranormal investigation service based out of southern New Hampshire. Her formal education includes a BFA in Photography from New Hampshire Institute of Art, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. Natasha has been studying astrology, tarot, numerology, crystal energy, and other forms of divination for over five years. By hosting workshops, moon circles, and giving personal readings, her goal is to create a safe space to learn about and explore these topics in depth – and give you the opportunity to take these things into your own personal practice to aid you on your current path.