Staff List

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Ashley Weckback
Ashley delights in sharing her enthusiasm for yoga with others. She wholeheartedly believes that teaching yoga is the greatest way to honor the teachers that have come before us by passing on the gifts they’ve shared with her.Ashley began yoga as a way to counter corporate stress and distance running. She quickly discovered that coming to her mat was not only balancing her body and settling her mind, but also lighting her spirit. She pursued her 200 RYT training to satisfy her own curiosity about yoga, assuming she’d never actually teach. Approaching her courses more like a history major than “yogi,” she discovered an appreciation for the Sanskrit language and the teachings of the ancient yoga texts. Mostly though, she gained a deep understanding of the connection between mind, body and breath and how this connection can impact growth and healing in asanas (postures) and in life. Today in her personal practice, she continues to be challenged by inflexible hips and shoulders and wonders if she’ll ever find sthira (steadiness) and sukham (comfort) in (agnistambhasana) firelog pose…
Carolyn Dehlinger
My name is Carolyn Dehlinger, MAS, E-RYT. I came to yoga in 2000 as a way to get exercise, but I soon realized and developed a greater appreciation for the deeper levels of this transformative practice. Originally I learned yoga through a coworker, who from the start insisted I would be a teacher one day. I thought he was nuts! But then before I knew it, I found myself signing up for teacher training. I received my formal training at Yoga Den in 2006 to earn my status as a 200 HR Registered Yoga Teacher with the internationally accredited Yoga Alliance. I’m certified in mind/body, yogalates and power yoga styles. In addition to teaching at local studios (including, briefly, my own!), I have spent the past two years teaching yoga to special populations, including individuals with substance abuse patterns, chemical addictions, eating disorders, and mental/behavioral issues, such as Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. I have also trained the Jacksonville University baseball and basketball teams. I recently attained the Experienced Yoga Teacher designation from Yoga Alliance, having taught over 1000 hours. My teaching style focuses on proper alignment and engaging pranayama breathing techniques, both which serve as the basis for a strong and safe practice. A proud member of the Gator Nation and a Kentucky native, I am also a laboratory manager and science instructor at FSCJ, currently in pursuit of my Master of Science degree in Biology at Mississippi State University. I am a devoted epicurean and music fan, love my two cats, Chloe and Thurgood, and spend as much time as possible traveling, striking yoga poses everywhere I go! My husband Charlie and I have been Jaguars season ticket holders for 8 years since our move to Jax from Orlando, where we both grew up. I continue my yogic studies with great earnest, believing whole-heartedly that we are all students and that yoga is a journey, not a destination. Though I do want to see at least one Indian ashram before it’s all said and done!
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.
Anne Turner
Hello, my name is Anne Turner. I became part of the Mindful Motion community when I attended my first class the second day the studio was open. I enjoyed the class so much I signed up for a three month package the next day. In the following months my life started to change. My body became stronger, my sleep improved and I became less worried and more at peace with the world.

I completed the Mindful Motion 200 hour teacher training in 2011, which truly opened me to the power of yoga. Three months later I became certified, through the CPF, to teach yoga to the cancer community. In the fall of 2012, I attended a week long Yoga as Medicine seminar taught by Dr. Tim McCall at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville in Virginia. Then in 2013, I completed 100 hours of yoga therapy training in Jacksonville.

When not in the yoga studio, I can usually be found out in nature looking at birds. My birding has taken me to nine countries and almost every state in the union. Being in nature and focused on finding birds is like yoga, one must be in the present moment to be successful.

I am honored to share yoga with you in this beautiful and compassionate studio. It is my goal that my students leave class relaxed and renewed. I hope to see you soon.

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.

Molly Ho
Hi, my name is Molly. I grew up with very protective parents. My mom shielded me from direct sunlight and my dad wanted me to be by his side. But my true self was adventurous. I decided to further my education in the States when I was twelve and left my birthplace Hong Kong immediately after college.

A few decades later, after returning to China as a graduate student from the University of Chicago, covering long distances on foot and by train, living in Kyoto in Japan, the West Coast and Mid-West in the States, I now live with my husband and our son in Jacksonville. I love the blue skies and the water of the gulf and the ocean, and the sands that lay the beaches in Florida.

Terri is the one who led me onto the yogic path. I was first attracted to Mindful Motion Yoga Studio because of the word “mindful.” I had taken some yoga classes before and enjoyed doing the poses. Yet, I had never paid attention to the process of going in, holding, and coming out of a pose. Terri’s belief and practice on “acceptance” also relieved my anxiety about lacking in perfection. In addition, I had the good luck of meeting Carolyn Dehlinger, who reminded me that there are bones under muscles.

I graduated from MMY’s teacher training in 2012. The training opened my eyes to the deeper meaning and the history of yoga. I have been able to apply the knowledge I gained from the training to my daily life. On a practical level, I have successfully gone through challenges with a calm mind. On a spiritual level, I have arrived at the realization that I am only one part of “Ishvarapranidhana” (Oneness) and am connected to every being in the universe. With this understanding, I have an offering to you all:

“May the true light in you shine bright and far, warm the hearts of many and lift the spirit of many more. Love and be loved.”

Diane Perkins
My name is Diane Perkins and my journey onto the mat began eight years ago purely by chance. It all began with an invitation from my sister-in-law to try a yoga class. At the time I was a life-long avid runner and was open to anything that would keep me injury free so I could continue running. I have to admit that I first thought a yoga class consisted of stretches and trying to morph your body into peculiar shapes. I thought of it just as a physical exercise.

With much trepidation, I attended my first yoga class. I would have to describe it as comical at best. I had no breath awareness, struggled with the postures, and my mind was everywhere but on my mat. I have to admit that it was tougher than any marathon I had run, yet I still kept coming back for more. When I finally started to shift the focus towards breath and not perfecting the postures did I understand the mind-body-breath connection.

The effects of practicing yoga were profound more importantly in my daily life than running. I felt a sense of calmness and quietness that I had never experienced before. On my mat, I learned patience and self-acceptance which in return made me more patient and accepting of others. The lessons I learned from practicing yoga inspired me to become a teacher so that I too could share the many blessings I had received. I wasn’t sure when or where but I knew I would do it someday.

It was purely by chance that I walked through the doors of Mindful Motion Yoga and began attending classes. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had found a yoga home where I could cultivate my practice and learn how to become a teacher. I completed the 200 RYT teacher training from MMY in 2013 and am so grateful for the learning experience, all the new friendships that were made, and to be part of such a wonderful yoga community. I consider it an honor to hopefully share in your journey. I look forward to seeing you on 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.

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