Alice loves dancing, being in nature, cooking, eating chocolate and spending time with animals. Having sporadically sampled yoga with friends in the 1990’s, Alice found herself on a mat when recovering from a car accident in 2004. What began as a physical practice to heal and strengthen her body soon became a prescription for living. It has helped her manage pain and depression. Regular practice with Kripalu and Anusara-trained teachers in Saratoga Springs, NY opened her to transformational, personal growth. In 2011 she completed a 200-hour YTT with Saul David Raye at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, California. More recently she studied a variety of styles including Yin, Ashtanga, and Hot power yoga in Boulder, Colorado and participated in a YogaEd training to bring yoga into elementary schools. Alice also holds a MA in teaching from Union Graduate College in Schenectady, NY. She feels blessed to be living among the natural beauty and wildlife on Sanibel. ~“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Ghandi
A student of yoga for over 25 years. She first taught yoga to others in a small town in Michigan where there wasn't any yoga. “The students and I all learned together; I most of all. I've had the good fortune of studying with many teachers and I've practiced along with "famous" instructors in a variation of styles via their tapes, CDs and workshops - mostly by Iyengar instructors. In 2010, Diane received a 250+hr certification from The Florida Yoga Institute, in Estero, FL. “To all the teachers that have shared their yoga with me, I am grateful. My desire to teach again comes from wanting to pass on what was so graciously given to me.”
Eric is a Tenured professor and Department Chair, business management, University of New Hampshire and a successful high tech business executive and consultant. He is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and has studied shamanism with Michael Harner, teacher and author of The Way of the Shaman and has studied numerous forms of meditation and other practices. As a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, he's taught over 300 people and studied extensively with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Eric is a Teacher at the Association for Research and Enlightenment (world headquarters for the work of Edgar Cayce), A husband and father and best pal to Kali, our Golden Retriever). Being a snow bird he splits his time between Sanibel and Cape Neddick, Maine.
Maxi Meissner stepped into the practice of Ashtanga Yoga in Columbus, OH in 2004. Experiencing the numerous benefits of this practice on and off the mat, Maxi’s fascination about the Ashtanga Yoga system was seeded.
She has been teaching Ashtanga yoga in the Netherlands for 3 years. She is working closely together with Claudia Pradella and her teaching is inspired by Govinda Kai, Manu Jois, Dena Kingsberg and Petri Renaissen. Her teaching is traditional, yet authentic and loving. In her teaching she applies Sri K Patthabi Jois’ philosophy “Practice practice and all is coming” and joy vs. pressure. Maxi finds great inspiration in her own practice and loves to share the practice with anyone who wants to learn it.
Maxi is the founder of Yoga-Break; hold a masters in exercise physiology, a PhD in Medical Science and besides teaching yoga works as a freelance medical writer. She is currently studying psychology to bridge her understanding of physiology to psychology in order to better understand the health benefits of yoga.
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.
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.”