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.
Lenore began practicing yoga in 2008 to help recover from a knee injury. While yoga helped her heal physically she soon discovered that yoga brought calmness into her life. She discovered Baptiste Power Yoga in 2010, and in 2011, she attended the Baptiste Power Flow Immersion in Colorado for her first training with Baron Baptiste. She came back lit up from the experience and enrolled in the Bala Vinyasa 200-hour teacher training. In 2012, she completed the training and became a certified Bala Vinyasa teacher. Lenore then attended Baptiste Level I Boot Camp in August of 2012 and came back with a deeper understanding of her herself and her yoga practice. She attended the Baptiste Art of Assisting in 2013 and Level II Boot Camp is on her calendar for 2014. Lenore is also pursuing her 500-hour teaching training certification through Bala Vinyasa Yoga. Lenore loves yoga, especially power yoga, because it allows her to go inside and tune into her body, breath, and movement. She feels more connected to the world and the people around her. Lenore teaches because she wants to share this connection.
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.