Aleta started practicing yoga in 2000. In 2002, Aleta completed an Inter-disciplinary Yoga certification with Don and Amba Stapleton at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. She has studied with numerous "master teachers" including Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, Joan White, Allison West, Glen Black, Sudha Carolyn Lundeen and, most recently, Patty Townsend, founder of Emboyoga®. Aleta taught yoga extensively on Sanibel and Captiva in 2003 and 2004 and she is thrilled to be back on the islands and teaching at Sanibel Yoga.
Alyssa received her 200hr Yoga Alliance approved training from Himalaya Yoga Valley in Goa, India. After immersing herself in the Indian culture and embodying the yogic lifestyle, she knew she was meant to share her knowledge and love for yoga with those around her.
“My yoga journey began after a car accident that left me with doctor’s orders not to walk for a period of six months. After months of physical therapy, my muscles were still deteriorated and I was unable to perform at the same activity level prior to my accident. I knew that yoga was the only thing that was going to get me back into “fighting shape” so I dedicated my practice to finding both my inner and outer strength with no attachments to what I was physically capable of in the past. Since that time, I have been fortunate to learn and experience what it feels like to share my passion with others”
Alyssa maintains a calming style of teaching amidst the faster paced Yang yoga classes she offers . She encourages all of her students to challenge themselves while practicing integrity and remaining connected to the mind, breath & body.
Brittany has completed several teacher-training programs, including a year-long apprenticeship in Fort Myers, FL, a 10-month teacher training in Delray Beach, FL and a 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved teacher training program in Seattle, WA. She has been teaching yoga in Fort Myers, FL since 2010.
"The journey of yoga has changed my life immensely by changing my outlook not only on the world, but on myself. It was through yoga that I learned self-awareness and self-care. The lessons I've learned through the practice of yoga have extended into all areas of my life, helping me transform into a happier, healthier, and more positive person. I teach to help others change their lives in the way that yoga has helped me to change mine."
Brittany’s passion is alignment-focused yoga with detailed instruction, accompanied by the use of yoga props. Her signature restorative yoga class includes sequences designed to rest the body and calm the mind, promoting stress-relief and relaxation.
Denise discovered yoga in 2005, shortly after the death of her beloved Scottish Terrier Tuppence. From her first class, she could sense that yoga was a path to healing mind, body and spirit. She was fortunate to have as her first mentor Therese Jornlin, who taught her how to breathe mindfully and who introduced her to the Viniyoga System as practiced by A. G. Mohan of India. In 2013, Denise completed a twelve month 250 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at YogaLife Institute in Devon, Pennsylvania. The YogaLife Institute is the North American branch of The Yoga Institute of Mumbai, India, and is dedicated to bringing the practical applications of classical yoga philosophy and lifestyle into the hearts and minds of "householders."
Although she enjoys her vinyasa practice, Denise is drawn to gentle forms of yoga, such as restorative, yin, and yoga nidra. Having retired from a career of almost 35 years in the biotechnology and clinical diagnostics industries, Denise is planning to continue her studies at the YogaLife Institute while at her home in Chadds Ford, PA and to explore ways to share what she has learned. During the winter season, she resides in Sanibel, FL and enjoys faithfully maintaining her practice at Sanibel Yoga, attending multiple classes a week.
Eric was a tenured professor and department chair, school of business management, University of New Hampshire, and a successful high tech business executive and consultant. Eric has studied numerous forms of meditation and other practices for health and personal growth including TM teacher training with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Since 1973 he has taught meditation to nearly 400 people at many venues including the Association for Research and Enlightenment (world headquarters for the work of Edgar Cayce). A spouse and father, he is also best pal to golden retrievers Kali and Bodhi. Being a snow bird, Eric splits his time between Sanibel and Maine.
Ken Nelson, PhD, is a senior teacher and program director at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, MA. He is a leader in mind-body practices and teaches the healing arts of Qigong, yoga, meditation, and bodywork. Ken is a former Fulbright lecturer and Kripalu scholar-in-residence, and has offered workshops worldwide since 1975. His CD, Yin Yoga, is a Kripalu best-seller.
My love of yoga started when I was pregnant with my daughter and wanted to prepare my body to bring a new life into this world. My first teacher was someone whose presence alone encouraged me to explore not only my body but my mind and spirit as well. Over the years, I have practiced many different types of yoga and I was always brought back to wanting a practice that addressed my whole self.
As a practicing Psychotherapist and lifelong student of the body and mind, I began studying Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy as a way to integrate the two things that have fascinated me most…Yoga and Psychotherapy. I became a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Practitioner over 5 years ago and recently went on to complete the 200 hr. Yoga Teacher training in Bristol, VT.
For me, PRYT feels like therapy in motion. Being present in my body, tuning in to my thoughts, observing my feelings and listening to my spirit allows me to use my insights that came on the mat with how they connect to my daily life.
Nini Gridley is a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner, Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Priestess and Healer in private practice since 1995. She has a Masters Degree in Education from Bank Street College in NYC and an undergraduate degree in Child Development and Education from Connecticut College in New London, CT. She trained for four years in "The Art and Science of Spiritual Healing" and continued to train other professionals for three years at Touching Spirit Center in Litchfield, CT.
Her private practice, Full Spectrum Healing™, originally in Norfolk, CT, has offered workshops, meditations and private sessions since 1995. As a teacher and healer Nini blends her expertise in child development with her extensive knowledge of the chakra system. She helps many clients illuminate and heal energetic blocks with their origins in unmet developmental needs, illness or injury. She is most grateful for the ten years of experience working as a "Child Life Specialist" in medical centers that informs her unique perspective. Nini weaves intuitive solutions into healthful daily practices that help people heal. Individual sessions with adults or children at affordable rates can be scheduled by calling 518-460-1164 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask about attending a workshop or yoga class to learn more about her work.
Nini is also founding faculty and Training Program Coordinator for Sacred Centers the premier training program on the chakras providing information and guidance to students motivated to integrate knowledge of the chakras into their own work through certification as a Sacred Centers "Chakra Healer" or "Chakra Teacher". Sacred Centers was created by Anodea Judith, PhD. whose life work on the chakra system has touched millions of people worldwide. A brilliant teacher and global visionary she is deeply concerned about our personal transformation, healing our world and evolving human consciousness. Her extensive writings on the chakra system (Wheels of Life, Eastern Body Western Mind, The Sevenfold Journey, Waking the Global Heart and Creating on Purpose) can be found in the Sacred Centers online store.
Sara began teaching in Fort Myers and Cape Coral Florida in July 2011. She has taught classes every week since then with most of her first students still practicing with her today. She's a lover of all different types of yoga, and it's apparent in her classes, the way she pieces together her flows- sampling from a Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram, and more... She continues to grow her own personal daily practice by always seeking, learning, and practicing new innovative sequences then bringing these into to her classes for the students.
“I loved yoga from the first class I ever took. For me, it was quite a challenge- I had carpal tunnel in both wrists. When I realized I was in a place of recognizing everything I couldn't do, I began to see what I could do. I modified, I practiced, I moved, flowed and breathed... the carpal tunnel healed without surgery... I love when people begin to see what their bodies CAN do. So often the focus is on the ‘can't’, but when we begin or stay in our own personal practice of yoga, we begin to see what we can do. I like to help them realize that.”
“My yogic path continually is a reminder that as we go, we begin to take what we learn on the mat, and apply when we're off the mat... we find the balance in our lives, just as we find balance on the mat. We sometimes find frustrations in a pose, as we find frustrations throughout our day- but when we bring our awareness to the breath- we stay centered, we're able to function from that place. The beauty of our practice is that- when we become aware, we see that we apply it throughout our daily lives... THAT is what I love. “
Susan Hebbel first fell in love with the practice of yoga when trying to relieve some personal physical pains as well as the emotional pains associated with beginning the “empty nest” stage in life. Practicing yoga three or so times per week, both pains subsided substantially, and she was addicted to the practice of yoga. Once addicted to yoga, she found herself wanting to learn more about yoga and wanting to deepen her personal practice. Very inspired by her friend and yoga teacher, she signed up for the teacher training session, and never regretted it! Susan received her 200 RYT training from Jiva Yoga Center in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina in May of 2011. Once the training was over, she realized that she had to teach! Thanks to another very good friend, The Wandering Yogi, Susan started to substitute teach his classes on the beach in SC. She also taught several private sessions at the homes of women who were intimidated by yoga studios, transitioning them eventually TO the studios. She was fortunate enough to work with a new theatre called Transcendence Theatre Company this past summer as their Front of House Manager... teaching a class to the actors from time to time. Susan has continued her education through various workshops and is currently involved in the YoKid Program, teaching at an elementary school in Arlington, VA as well. Susan teaches in the Vinyasa Flow style of yoga, and her personal style is very much hands-on. Most classes begin and end with some inspirational reading. Music is usually incorporated throughout. Also, depending on the size of the class, Susan will often soothe her students’ shoulders or feet with some type of aromatherapy cream or oil during sivasana. She wants students to leave class feeling like they have been worked out, inspired, de-stressed and pampered! Susan resides on Sanibel Island. Her website www.susanhebbel.com
Founder and owner of Sanibel Yoga (2009), Soulstice (2003) and The Body/Mind Connection (1980), Dr. Susan has dedicated her life to sharing Yoga, Eastern sciences and philosophies, and Natural/Holistic (”Wholistic”) methods. Initially Inspired by Jess Stern’s book “Yoga, Youth and Reincarnation” she was led to “The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga" by Swami Vishnudevananda, & Richard Hittleman’s “Introduction to Yoga” - using the only 3 books available to her back in ‘those days’, she began her personal practice. Then in 1972, she found a new mentor, Lilias Folan, known as the "First Lady of Yoga" and faithfully practiced every morning to the groundbreaking PBS series produced by PBS affiliate WCET in Cincinnati Ohio, Lilias! Yoga and You. After discovering that an instructed class was far better than the ‘learn by book’ method she sought formal training and received her initial Certification from the Sivananda lineage in 1979. A few years later she left her corporate job to teach Yoga full time. Thru the years she’s studied & practiced most of the classic Yogic lineages and subsequently brought Yoga into the corporate arena. Her clients, located in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester, NY were numerous - Clairol, Bristol-Myers, Waldenbooks, PepsiCo, GTE, MetLife, Gen-Re, Trans-Lux, Gartner Group, Physicians Health Services, to name a few. Her teachings spread to area Real Estate Agencies, Universities, and Public school systems, as well as local YMCA/YWCA’s in the Fairfield/New Haven County area. She was one of the first Yoga Instructors & Massage Therapists accepted as an Oxford Health Plan provider in CT. While in Medical school, she participated in a week long International Conference organized by Swami Vivekananda Research Foundation (sVYSA) of Bangalore, India, where leading Yogic researchers and Alternative Medical Doctors presented ‘Yoga Therapy’ for numerous health conditions; Heart, Respiratory, Mental Health, Endocrine, Cancer, Allergies, Pain Management, etc. This fast track intensive emphasized the Body-Mind-Spirit connection, theory and practice as well as research from biochemical, physiological, psychological, and neurophysiological laboratory results conducted with modern scientific methods for those in the medical professions in the United States. A true pioneer and visionary, Susan offered Yoga to hospitals, health clubs, and hair salons throughout the decades in a futile attempt to spread the word of Yoga’s numerous benefits. In all instances, she was laughed at and shown the door! Life seems to have come full circle as Dr. Susan delights in the embrace by the 'west' of this 5,000 year old science now offered in all those venues. Dr. Susan has a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and is a Certified Breath & Yoga Therapist(IAYT).
“Shanti, Shanti, Shanti ~Peace, Peace, Peace.
Peace in your Heart, Peace in your Mind. Peace on the Planet one Heart & Mind at a time.”