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Gentle Yoga


This class is taught by:

Kathleen Smith

E-RYT200, RYT500
Paying close attention, inside and outside, defines Kathleen's approach to yoga. We can live each moment with awareness and care. We can understand that the past and future are not real, and that the present moment is real and filled with life. The subtlety of pranayama interests Kathleen, how we can work with the power of breath to create energy from it. Observing nature, taking photos and soaking up life integrates her yoga practice with the world.

Since childhood, Kathleen has had a deep connection with animals. She is especially drawn to birds--watching birds in nature, enjoying their company in her home, tending injured birds, admiring their images. Her oldest companion parrot, Max, has lived with her for 30 years. She cares for endangered species as well as birds with special needs. She currently shares her home with 17 parrots and three dogs. Her dogs are short and sweet: a corgi, a basset hound and a basset/lab/something. She renews at home through reading, listening to music and editing photos.

In study and teaching, Kathleen finds that yoga brings joy and transformation, helping us evolve physically, spiritually and socially to the greater good of all. She loves the connection that happens during class, even as each person is on a mat within a singular moment. She loves seeing students after class, refreshed.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, Om shanti, shanti, shanti
May all beings be happy and free. Om peace, peace, peace.

Terri Morrison

E-RYT500, YACEP, MBA
Founder, Director
A teacher as well as a teacher of teachers, Terri nurtures a dedicated group of students who are able to safely be with their minds and bodies in the studio and in the world. First drawn to yoga by the physical postures, Terri found through the practice intellectual and spiritual growth, too. She approaches life with energy and acceptance, believing that each person’s unique experiences allow for unique ways of viewing the world. These beautiful differences are full of opportunities for all of us to learn together. Terri is passionate about the subject of mindfulness as a means of stress reduction.

Elaine Knopsnyder

RYT200
Elaine and her husband, Dave, came to Florida from Indiana, moving to Jacksonville 30 years ago. When Elaine retired from the corporate world, back pain put a wrench in her plans to play golf and tennis every day. Seeking relief from the pain, she turned to yoga. Not only did yoga strengthen her back, the practice relieved stress and brought a sense of unimaginable calm.

The day she walked into Mindful Motion Yoga to take her first class, Elaine knew it was the right place for her. She completed the MMY teacher training in 2010 with thoughts of expanding and improving upon her personal practice. With time, she became more and more connected to not only her practice, but with the Mindful Motion community. With the desire to help others, she began teaching. She is honored to teach and guide others so that they, too, can find their paces at MMY.

Elaine travels often to Indiana to visit her large family, as many as 80 or more siblings, nieces, nephews and in-laws gathering. She spends her time attending her husband's music gigs, and hanging out with friends and family. Rescued animals find their ways into Elaine's life, and she currently lives with a cat named Mr. Snuggles.

Start here if seeking a gentle and therapeutic class.  Focus is on slowly building strength and flexibility as well as cultivating a sense of peace and calmness. Great for all levels. No pretzel poses :-)
 

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Nov 12 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Kathleen Smith
  • Tue Nov 13 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Kathleen Smith
  • Tue Nov 13 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Kathleen Smith
  • Wed Nov 14 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Kathleen Smith
  • Thu Nov 15 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Kathleen Smith
  • Mon Nov 19 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Terri Morrison
  • Tue Nov 20 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Kathleen Smith
  • Tue Nov 20 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Kathleen Smith
  • Wed Nov 21 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Elaine Knopsnyder
  • Mon Nov 26 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Terri Morrison
  • Tue Nov 27 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Kathleen Smith
  • Tue Nov 27 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Kathleen Smith
  • Wed Nov 28 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Terri Morrison
  • Thu Nov 29 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Kathleen Smith
  • Mon Dec 03 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Terri Morrison
  • Tue Dec 04 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Kathleen Smith
  • Tue Dec 04 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Kathleen Smith
  • Wed Dec 05 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Terri Morrison
  • Thu Dec 06 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Kathleen Smith