About Us

Bahamas Retreats & Trainings was founded by Danielle Mercer and Alexis Bethel. They met by chance when international teacher trainer approached Alexis’s studio, Studio Ohana, about collaborating on one of Danielle’s internationally-recognized training curriculums. 


Upon working together, Danielle and Alexis instantly recognized their different but complimentary strengths and passions within the system of yoga. They realized they could offer something completely unique in one of the most beautiful places in the world. 


Danielle has led multiple trainings in different modalities of yoga all throughout the world. Alexis founded 5-Star yoga and wellness studio in the Bahamas in January 2016.


Their aim is to bring together Danielle’s passion for Yin, mindfulness, and breath-work with Alexis’s passion for traditional pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra, and Bhakti yoga. In addition to these passions, they both believe strongly in the physical practice of yoga which they also incorporate into their trainings and retreats. Because of this, they’ve been said to bring a very balanced approach in the teaching of their students.

​Hi! I'm Alexis and this journey of personal transformation found me in 2012. I had just graduated from my Master's and found myself at a consulting firm which "fit the bill" perfectly of where I thought I should be in life. Unfortunately, while my new job was exciting, I found myself more worn down than ever. I had begun living a life that wasn't really about me anymore.  At the time, I had been practicing yoga on and off for about 8 years and started to get more serious about my practice. Something about it both energized and calmed me, always leading me closer to “me,” at which point I began practicing 4-5 times a week.  My yoga practice opened me up to a new world that I now can’t imagine living without – a world centered on creating balance and ease in all aspects of life.  I started to see yoga as a viable career option and and got certified as a Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, at which point I made the decision to leave my career in international development and move to the Bahamas (to eventually open a yoga studio!) For me, yoga is finding compassion and love in everything we do, and in everything & everyone we interact with. Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu ~ "May all beings everywhere be happy and free.  And may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute, in some way, to that happiness and to that freedom for all."


500 hour RYT Dharma Yoga, 200 hour E-RYT Vinyasa Flow, 40 hour Yin Yoga certified, Antigravity Fitness Fundamentals 1, 2 and Aerial Yoga 1, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Life Coach 


Danielle Mercer is an international yoga teacher trainer that leads trainings and workshops worldwide. She has led hundreds of students through yoga teacher’s trainings and has chosen to dedicate her life to inspiring others to venture outside of their comfort zones and find their inner peace. Danielle is a RYT-500 (E-RYT 200 and RYT 300) in Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, and Yin.  These are certifications that she acquired in the U.S., India, Canada, and Australia.  She is also certified as a Continuing Education Provider and Registered Yoga School through Yoga Alliance (YACEP & RYS 200). 


Danielle takes a very practical approach in her trainings.  She is known for breaking things down in a way that’s very comprehensible at any level. She is experienced in teaching all levels of Yogis and has practiced and taught different styles of yoga internationally for the past 5 years. 


500 RYT Ashtanga/Vinyasa, 200 E-RYT Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga YACEP

Hello! My name is Britni Knowles. I began taking dance classes at 9 years old and have been in love with it ever since! Dance has always and will always be a part of my life. I just can't stop! I currently takes classes in Tap, Contemporary, and Jazz at the Live 2 Dance studio, as well as assist in teaching our Tiny Tots (3-5 year old) Ballet and Tap class and the Adult Tap class. Dance and fitness has always been a passion of mine, so finding a way to make the two into a career rather than just a hobby was something I was always thinking about in the back of my mind. I stumbled upon Barre Fitness and immediately knew it was going to be in my future. So I decided to make the natural progression and turn my passion of dance into a profession by becoming a Certified Barre Fitness Instructor. I love teaching and I especially love creating the workouts because no class is ever the same, but every class will leave you feeling your best! I always say if YOU are making the effort to show up and come work out then I will ALWAYS make the effort to be sure that you leave feeling amazing and maybe a little sore! ;) The class is an all body workout and you will definitely feel muscles you may have never felt before. I can't wait to get started with you! :) 


Certified Barre Instructor, Certified 200 hour Vinyasa Flow

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