Suzy took her first yoga class in New York City in 1998 and found an instant connection. She received her 300 hour certification in Raja-Hatha yoga from The Florida Yoga Institute in 2008 where she was trained in the lineage of Patanjali’s Eightfold Path incorporating studies in Yoga’s ethical practices of the Yamas and Niyamas, Asana, Pranayama and Meditation. Her goal as a yoga instructor is to guide students through a process of creating harmony between their physical and emotional body regardless of their age or skill level. With a strong focus on alignment, to prevent injury, and the use of props, when necessary, students are able to make the impossible a possibility. Keep in mind yoga is more about the journey than the destination.
Heather began her yoga journey after the sudden death of her 3 yr old daughter. With the encouragement of Suzy Goldberg, Heather found some peace on her mat. Grief takes a horrible toll on your mind and body and somehow yoga was able to bring a connection back to her. As co-owner of Ruby & Pearl’s, Heather is proud to offer the same solace she feels on the mat to others. Heather is a RYT 200hr with an emphasis on Integrated Yoga Therapy. Breathwork is her favorite part of the practice. Without breath, there is no yoga.
I studied the traditional style of Ashtanga yoga in the foothills of the Sierra Madres in Yelapa, Mexico. I began my teaching career at an outdoor studio in Ocean Beach, California and have been teaching ever since. My classes include a flowing blend of Asanas (postures) based off of the Ashtanga practice. The postures are linked with the breath to create energy in and purify the body. This technique of flowing with the breath creates a continuous moving meditation throughout the practice. I love the Ashtanga practice because of its ability to quiet the mind while also building strength, flexibility, and stamina. It has an empowering effect that can be quite addictive! My favorite yoga pose is Chakrasana or wheel pose because of the energizing effect it has on the body!
Ashley has been practicing yoga since 2004. When she was growing up, she was a gymnast and finds that yoga is closely related to gymnastic movement. She has practiced many forms of yoga including, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Power, Prenatal and even the aerial hammock yoga.
She received her 200hr RYT from Ruby and Pearls at the end of May 2014. Her teaching style is ever evolving, alignment based and puts emphasis on having fun while harmonizing the breath, body and mind. She encourages students to laugh and enjoy the asana practice but also stresses importance of focus during meditation.
Ashley loves to practice arm balance and inversion in her personal practice. She loves that yoga is never perfected and there is always a new challenge.
Giana Montoya is a yoga teacher, professional dancer, actress, choreographer, and co-owner of local Latin dance school, Elegant Rumba Dance Company. Giana inspires her students to reach new levels in their movement practice; be it dancing or yoga. As a dance major at Loyola Marymount University her yoga practice blossomed, specifically being drawn to the polar-opposite practices of Power Vinyasa Yoga (Baptiste style) and Yin Yoga, as it provided her body the perfect healing balance. A certified teacher for The Ageless Program, she is the featured teacher in the DVD, “Yoga for Dancers”. She and her dance partner, Nery Garcia, are known as the first to have a routine that combined AcroYoga and Latin dancing. She is also the first to have “yoga for dancers” classes at major Salsa Congresses around the world. This class is fast becoming one of the most popular, as she has encouraged dancers to take up the practice of yoga to help in the healing of a dancer’s body. Her classes are powerful, loving, creative, and healing. As a person who has dealt with numerous injuries and many surgeries at her young age, she is dedicated to proper alignment and technique in every pose as a way of avoiding injury, and has a modification for every body and any limitation. She is an intuitive and passionate teacher that deeply cares about facilitating a space that each student can find connection, balance, and healing in every class.
I was introduced to yoga as a fitness instructor for the YMCA in the mid 90’s. I had an instant affinity for the practice and began implementing asanas in my routines. Gradually, I leaned toward yoga and away from traditional aerobics. After relocating to S. Florida I received my certification from Joyful Yoga and have been sharing my passion for the practice since 2006. The holistic approach to wellness through breath, asana and meditation, brings an overall sense of well being. As we enjoy and explore the practice we reap the benefits of regular exercise and connect mind, body and spirit. We never master yoga..we simply explore it and improve every aspect of our lives. The gift of yoga leaves us restored, rejuvenated, enlightened, empowered, and grateful. Live with a joy and harmony within…
I have practiced yoga for about 20 years, first finding yoga while going to the gym. It was out of curiosity that I stepped into the yoga room at the gym. I soon found that the asana practice helped me cope with the stressors in my life. I reached a point where I wanted to share yoga with others, so in 2011 I decided to become more committed to my practice and signed up for Yoga Teacher Training at Joyful Yoga in Bonita Springs. In June 2011 I became a registered Yoga Teacher. My approach in teaching Hatha style yoga has been very much influenced by the wonderful teachers I’ve had over the years. I combine aspects of Iyengar, Kripalu, Power, Ashtanga and Hatha in my teaching style, depending what type of class I’m teaching. I also incorporate my knowledge as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in using yoga asana, as well as the other limbs of yoga as a self-care approach, a strategy to manage stress, and a way to align mental and physical health. I am honored to be working with this group of teachers at Ruby and Pearls, and to have more opportunities to grow, learn and share with others.
Roxanne was first introduced to yoga while living in Bali Indonesia where she continued her stay for five years receiving her yoga certification through the Balinese Yoga Curriculum in Ubud and the Bali Yoga Intensive. “I have been blessed over the years to be living and working in Bali and Bermuda and now residing in Florida doing what I love.” In Roxanneʼs Power Yoga students can let go have fun and be playful while feeling the sense of accomplishment within their poses, transitioning to Restorative, where you can smile on the inside and feel a sense of peace.
Jeremy recently relocated to Fort Myers, after teaching yoga full time from Brooklyn to Montauk on Long Island. He has been involved in movement almost his entire life, and has trained with world renowned martial artists, dancers, acrobats, and yogis. Jeremy’s yoga practice began in the Iyengar tradition, then led to Ashtanga and Vinyasa. His extensive knowledge of poses, sanskrit, and anatomy result in fun, alignment-based vinyasa classes for all ability levels. His classes are a mix of all that he has learned, and free from pretense or intimidation. You will enjoy the flow while learning words, poses, and different combination sequences.
Susan is a May 2014 graduate of Ruby & Pearl’s Yoga Teacher Training program and received her 200hr RYT certification through the Yoga Alliance. Susan is also a Bachelor prepared RN who most recently worked with an anti-aging physician in the area. She has been physically active all her life, first as an AAU swimmer, then she competed in Synchronized Swimming in college. Her fitness path has been a broad one including regular work-outs doing cardio, weights, P90X, P90X2,Insanity, Asylum and most dear to her, practicing Yoga. Susan feels that Yoga is one of the best things that you can do for your mind, body, breath and inner peace. She regularly practices varied types of yoga including Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Power. She decided to teach after raising four great kids. She wanted others to feel as good and as transformed as she does when practicing yoga.