Level 1 Yoga


This class is taught by:

Kathleen Smith


I came to yoga seeking better physical flexibility for dance and stayed as I discovered the endless additional things yoga offers. At Mindful Motion I found adept, generous teachers and a welcoming community to practice in. I enrolled in Mindful Motion's 2012 200hr RY Teacher Training thinking to expand my personal practice, but by graduation I found the teaching path felt right. In January 2014, I completed additional training and am now 500hr RYT.

But really my teaching is about you. It's about sharing yoga with you, feeling your energy, hearing your breath, being mindful of your needs and aware of your joy. I love that folks leave practice feeling better than when they walked in. Love the connection of energy that happens in practice, even as we are all on our own mats and in our own moment. I love to see you build strength physically and mentally and love serving as a guide for this.

Yoga helps us evolve physically, spiritually and socially to the greater good of all. I'm looking forward to evolving with you both on and off the mat.
Namaste'

Sonia Jeup


I decided to explore yoga as a way to relieve pain and tightness that I had developed from years of running, weight training, and various fitness classes. I tried several studios and styles of yoga but struggled to find a place that felt "right". At MMY Terri made me feel comfortable and safe. And of course physically I felt better with each class.

The physical benefits of yoga have been wonderful, but for me the true gift of yoga has been learning to let go of expectations and judgements and practice acceptance- on and off the mat. Yoga has been a blessing in my life, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share this joy with others through teaching. It is my intention for each person to leave my class feeling better mentally and physically each time we practice.

Elaine Knopsnyder

Hi, my name is Elaine Knopsnyder. My husband, Dave, and I are originally from Indiana. We moved to Jacksonville 30 years ago to pursue professional careers and “get out of the cold.” We have a son, Kyle, who will soon graduate from law school. I worked in the Corporate World for 28 years as an Information Systems Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. Upon retirement, I had plans to play tennis and golf every day, but developed back pain issues that put a monkey wrench in those plans. I pursued Yoga, because I was told it could help my back and get me back on the courts and links. Within a matter of weeks, I was “Hooked on Yoga”. While Yoga improved my back, it gave me so much more….relieved stress and brought about a calmness that I could never imagine. I wish I had known about Yoga years ago, while dealing with the rat race of the Corporate World. Yoga could have been the answer to those stressful days! Once I realized all the benefits of yoga, I had the desire to spread the word. Therefore, I pursued becoming an instructor at Mindful Motion Yoga. I completed the Mindful Motion Yoga Teacher Training and recently became certified. In addition to Yoga, some of my greatest loves are family, animals, and sports. We travel to Indiana quite often to be with family, a rather large family. I have four sisters, two brothers, (my triplet brothers). Yes, I am the third part of the triplets. With in-laws, nieces, and nephews there are sixty of us. We have great fun at family gatherings. We rescued a dog from the parking lot of Applebee’s Restaurant, and named her, you guessed it, Applebee. We also have a cat that needed a home, named Mr. Snuggles. I enjoy watching all sports, but particularly love the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Suitable for those new to yoga as well as those with an established practice. Focus is on learning proper alignment, gaining strength and flexibility as well as cultivating a sense of peace and calmness. Great for all levels. Modifications will be offered to help each student work at the desired pace.  Third Friday of each month we meet at an alternate location.  Announcement will be made in the studio.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Jun 27 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Barbara Brown
  • Thu Jun 29 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Wendy Kustra
  • Fri Jun 30 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Kathleen Smith
  • Mon Jul 03 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Sonia Jeup
  • Tue Jul 04 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Elaine Knopsnyder
  • Thu Jul 06 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Wendy Kustra
  • Fri Jul 07 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Elaine Knopsnyder
  • Mon Jul 10 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Sonia Jeup
  • Tue Jul 11 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Elaine Knopsnyder
  • Thu Jul 13 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Wendy Kustra
  • Fri Jul 14 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Elaine Knopsnyder
  • Mon Jul 17 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Sonia Jeup
  • Tue Jul 18 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Elaine Knopsnyder
  • Thu Jul 20 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Wendy Kustra
  • Fri Jul 21 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Elaine Knopsnyder
  • Sat Jul 22 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Guest Instructor
  • Sun Jul 23 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Guest Instructor
  • Mon Jul 24 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Sonia Jeup
  • Tue Jul 25 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Elaine Knopsnyder
  • Thu Jul 27 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Wendy Kustra