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Level 1 Yoga

This class is taught by:

Sonia Jeup

Whether exploring her limitations by trying something new or moving in a familiar way, Sonia seeks to remain aware of where she is and how she feels.

At first, yoga seemed intriguing but intimidating, a little “out there.” Then Sonia found the practice helped her adjust to some life challenges. While the physical postures hooked her, she noticed an emotional shift as well, more easily accepting how things are.

When Sonia prepares to teach, she thinks back on the financial and time constraints she experienced as a single mom and aims to create a meaningful class in which her students experiment and grow.

Eddie and Charlie, her two spoiled Yorkies, inspire Sonia with their unwavering trust that everyone adores them. It’s a lovely way to view the world! Home means planning, planting and tending the garden, curling up with a good book, and spending time with her husband and daughter. Like the yoga studio, home also offers a safe haven during rough times and a place to celebrate good times.

Wendy Kustra

It would be wonderful, Wendy believes, if people could collectively recognize the preciousness of their lives and extend that recognition to all life. Yoga, conscious movement through space and the quality of mindful presence, can spur that recognition.

The tradition of yoga adds a holistic dimension to Wendy's work in nursing. She teaches yoga to help others find health and peace. The sanctuary of Mindful Motion offers a community of welcoming and nonjudgmental practitioners where Wendy can confidently develop her own practice and share yoga with others.

Being outside, gardening, dancing, listening to music, finding home in a gigantic cuddle puddle with her husband and pets--preferably in pajamas--recharge Wendy. Her wide-ranging curiosity leads her to learn about the human body, animals, food and the history of food, space and more.

Diane Perkins

Her Journey to the mat came by chance when Diane, a life-long runner, accepted an invitation from her sister-in-law to attend a yoga class. Diane struggled through postures until she discovered the support of breath. Continued practice brought calmness and quietness; she learned patience and self-acceptance. These carry into Diane's interactions with others. She is curious about how yoga presents itself in life off the mat.

Ever a runner and avid walker, when in need of renewal Diane finds a nature trail to wander. She feels most at home "playing in the dirt" in her backyard. Home also means curling up in a blanket cuddling with her two dogs.

Diane teaches yoga to pass along to others the benefits she has gained. She shares the wish John Lennon sings of in "Imagine," that everyone would live as one.

Terri Morrison

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

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.

This class focuses on an exploration of basic yoga poses and how to connect them through attention to breathing, alignment and mindfulness. Modifications for beginners as well as those advancing the practice will be offered. You will learn techniques to help you gain flexibility, strength, and mindfulness. Beginners encouraged to start here. Open to all levels and abilities.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Aug 20 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Sonia Jeup
  • Tue Aug 21 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Sonia Jeup
  • Wed Aug 22 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Guest Instructor
  • Wed Aug 22 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Guest Instructor
  • Thu Aug 23 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Sonia Jeup
  • Thu Aug 23 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Wendy Kustra
  • Fri Aug 24 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sonia Jeup
  • Fri Aug 24 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Diane Perkins
  • Sat Aug 25 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Terri Morrison
  • Sun Aug 26 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Guest Instructor
  • Mon Aug 27 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Sonia Jeup
  • Tue Aug 28 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Elaine Knopsnyder
  • Wed Aug 29 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Terri Morrison
  • Wed Aug 29 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Terri Morrison
  • Thu Aug 30 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Sonia Jeup
  • Thu Aug 30 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Wendy Kustra
  • Fri Aug 31 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Sonia Jeup
  • Fri Aug 31 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Elaine Knopsnyder
  • Sat Sep 01 10:30 am - 11:45 am with Terri Morrison
  • Sun Sep 02 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Terri Morrison