Our Team

Kari Hayden


As the studio owner, Kari brings an extensive wealth of information to her space. A registered nurse for 25 years, she has decided to transfer her clinical knowledge of healthcare into a more holistic expression by creating Palm Studio. After many years of having to travel to different studios for particular classes, she has incorporated her favorite mind-body fitness classes into a singular zen environment. It is Kari's belief that kindness matters above all else and it is her intention that students leave her studio feeling rejuvenated, inspired and loved. She is happily married to her  husband Dave, of 20 years and has 3 children.

Susan Hoffman


Susan grew up in the Berkshires of Western MA and has a background in dance and group fitness. She was introduced to Pilates in the late 1990's and trained comprehensively in the Pilates Method in 2007. Back and neck pain and several joint surgeries have allowed Susan a better understanding of the vital importance of movement as a healing measure. Susan teaches Pilates, CoreAlign, barre, Kid Yoga and is a Fascial Stretch practitioner.

Meagan White

Yoga & Fitness Instructor

Originally from upstate New York, Meagan is almost an Englewood "native" having lived here since 1989. She is married and has two sons, Miles and Nixon. She fell in love with instructing during her tenure as a substitute teacher for a step aerobics class in 1999. Since then she has broadened her knowledge base by becoming certified to teach Beach Body PIYO and Insanity, POUND, TRX and Barre. She also has her 200 hour Yoga Certification, which she received from the esteemed Heartwood Yoga Institute in Sarasota Florida. Meagan's broad knowledge in healthcare helps her to efficiently tailor fitness classes for all levels. She enjoys being on the water and being active with her family. Her personal motto is "My heart is fitness, it is what I love to do. If I am moving I am happy!"

Marilyn Cacabelos

Yoga Instructor

Marilyn is very enthusiastic and always has a positive outlook on life. She’s had a love and desire for helping and guiding others her whole life. Marilyn dedicated 15 years as a guidance counselor to the Broward School District and gave hundreds of families the hope and courage to succeed. Today, she lives a very well-balanced life in Sarasota, working from home and practicing yoga. 

Marilyn’s yoga journey began 8 years ago after the loss of her mother and being diagnosed with Graves' disease. The obstacles only made her stronger! She found recovery in yoga and was off on a new journey. Marilyn has had the honor of practicing under inspiring yoga teachers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and now Sarasota. She’s acquired a love for Aerial Yoga, Yin Yoga, Hatha Flow, Restorative, and Gentle Yoga. Her style is meditative and focuses on quieting the mind and opening the heart. Marilyn’s devoted attention and SMILE are always a sure thing! 
Her favorite quote: Choices, Chances, Changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change. -Unknown

Cheridan Smith

Yoga Instructor

Cheridan is a lover of yoga, poetry, travel, sunsets and life.  Cher received her Yoga Teacher training certification in India over the summer of 2018, her Aerial Yoga Teacher training certification in December of 2018 and her Child Yoga certification in September of 2019. Cher is also certified in Paddle Board Yoga and received her certificate in June of 2020 at Lazy Dog Adventures in Key West, Florida. Her instruction focuses on Aerial, Hatha, Yin, and Vinyasa Flow. Her experience abroad has made her passion and understanding of yoga extremely vivid. Having received the training in India, Cher feels more connected to the natural source and more at peace in her mind, body, and soul.

Rumi once said, “Let yourself become living poetry.” 
There is no better description of what yoga is to me. Yoga is living poetry: in movement, in flow, in feelings, in connecting yourself to every breath. Yoga is an art that works with each human based on their own needs. It is a practice I do to heal, to focus, to love, to breathe, and to live each moment in the present. Let the things that help us grow and the things we love be the things we do.

Karen Ascher

Yoga Instructor

Karen worked in the human service field for over 30 years helping others focus on their abilities and reach their goals. Karen has been practicing yoga since 2008 on the North and South Forks of Long Island, New York, and feels privileged to have studied under some of the leading practitioners in the country. She obtained her 200 hour RYT certification in 2013 with Hamptons Yoga Healing Arts. She is also certified in Paddle Board Yoga and received her certificate in June 2020 at Lazy Dog Adventures in Key West, Florida. It is Karen's intention to both deepen her practice and to share her love of yoga with others. Karen has a Vinyasa-based practice, with a strong focus on alignment and flow. Karen is honored to be joining the talented teachers at Palm Studio.

Bethany Taulbee

Yoga Instructor

Bethany is passionate about bringing healing and oneness to the world through teaching and sharing herself with others. As a former preschool teacher, Bethany’s 14 years in early childhood education brought out her inner child and through a journey of healing and self love, which led her to a personal yoga practice. After practicing yoga for years, Bethany decided to take her yogi path further by becoming a certified yoga instructor. Her 200 RYT and Level 1 Reiki training were completed at Heartwood Yoga Institute in 2020 and she completed the remaining 300 hours shortly after for her 500RYT. Bethany is certified in Hatha and Chair yoga. She focuses on the rhythm and flow of the mind, body, and spirit connection. Bethany seeks to share her gifts with others by planting seeds of love to grow through self-care and community collaboration.

Katrina Sylvan


Introduced to the Pilates Method in 1990, Katrina became a lifetime enthusiast of the work.

Completing her certification in 1999 under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Pace, Katrina taught in NYC then continued a lifelong dedication to Pilates while pursuing a career in NYC as a Makeup Artist. A lifelong dancer, The Pilates Method added greater strength and flexibility along with sharper focus, better brain health and more energy to enjoy life. This translates into her teaching style inspiring greater enthusiasm and a stronger mind and body to her clients.

Kim Scardaccione

Dance, Pilates & Yoga Instructor

Kim arrived in Englewood 10 years ago, and joined the Palm Studio team in March of 2020. During her time in the area, she’s been a frequent participant in Yoga on the Beach. She’s also been a student at several area locations for various kinds of fitness training. Her experiences taught her that Barre was the area she found most beneficial, with elements of Pilates, dance, yoga, and strength training. Her determination steered her to classes presented by American Barre Techniques. Her success in those classes earned her the title of Certified Barre Instructor in March of 2019. She has honed her Barre skills by teaching for local training studios, and now is using her skills for Palm Studio in Englewood where she hopes you’ll join her.

Sandra & Michael Katala

Sound Healing

Sandra and Michael Katala offer meditative Sound Nidra baths at Palm Studio. Each intentional meditation immerses you in organically unique sound with world instruments such as: harp, singing bowls, chimes, tuning forks, vocal toning, frame drum, buffalo drum, flute, and more.

They have been providing individual and group sound healing meditations in the community since 2012. 

Sandra is a Board Certified Massage Therapist, offering over 25 years of experience in the healing arts. She is a Certified Sound Healer and Tuning Fork Therapist.  Sandra co-owns and operates Holistic Healing Arts down the street in Englewood, and is available by appointment for Massage, Sound Healing and Therapeutic Art sessions.

Michael is a talented artist and musician, playing percussion for over 25 years. He builds, repairs and teaches drumming technique. He hand-crafts his own unique world instruments, many of which are played in their meditations and are available for sale. 

Carolyn Fowler

Reiki Master

Carolyn Fowler is a Certified Medical Reiki Master, Usui Reiki Master Teacher and a Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, Founder of the Peaceful Healing school and owner of Peaceful Healing Reiki LLC. She teaches classes in the area. A former Paramedic, she brings medical knowledge to her practice of Reiki.

Grace Pentecost

Aerial Yoga Instructor

Robert Austin

Crystal Bowl Sound Healing

At an early age Robert had a reading and was told “some day you will heal with your hands”. Robert did not understand this meaning until later in life, but that seed was planted in his memory. Robert received a Reiki treatment which was extremely profound and this awakened him to his healing path. He became a Reiki Master and studied several other modalities of energy healing. Eventually, he began to incorporate a Crystal Bowl in the guided sessions. With the beginning of the new Millennium, the healing techniques began to change significantly during sessions as well as amazing shifts during the Crystal and Tibetan Bowl concerts. Robert now teaches and exchanges this knowledge with others so they may integrate this modality into their own path. Energy Sound Healing workshops consist of learning about the Crystal and Tibetan Bowls, Tuning Forks, Crystals, Healing Stones and Pyramid Activation.


I attended Robert Austin's "Floating" Crystal Bowl Concert at the Palm Studio and I am truly amazed!  
To preface, over the last few months I had been experiencing some sort of block.  I was not feeling like myself; my drive and motivation towards activities that I typically enjoy was way down.  I was having a hard time looking at things in a positive perspective.  
Firstly, I have to say that the Palm Studio is a wonderful facility.  I was very interested in experiencing a sound bowl concert in a hammock.
I chose a turquoise hammock as the color drew me to it, and I happened to be right next to the bowls. 
During the concert I had several experiences which I can only explain as "out of body."  The weightlessness in teh hammock was very comfortable.  I was able to feel the vibrations flow through my body, at some points I had the sensation that I was rocking in the hammock at the same frequency that the bowls were playing. 
During this concert I had made an intention to let this experience heal me and for it to guide me in the direction I needed to go in order for me to be my best self. 
After the concert I felt very peaceful and like my worries had melted away.  In fact, I drove the wrong direction to go home.  
I thought that this was going to be the end of it, but, NO!
Over the next few days I felt increasingly more clear.  I started noticing the things that I was doing that were not serving me and that were lowering my vibration.  
By the second day I found myself doing the things that I have been putting off for months.  I have been feeling inspired and motivated again!
I will definitely be going to these as often as I can!