MMY Instructors

 

Terri

Terri Morrison

 

Terri is the Owner and Director of Mindful Motion Yoga. It is from her fundamental belief in the importance of living mindfully that Mindful Motion Yoga was born. She honors the ancient practice of yoga by offering classes that focus on proper alignment, building strength and flexibility as well as emotional growth. "I believe that yoga can support all aspects of life. I came to yoga for the physical practice and over the years have found so much more. It has helped to ease me through difficult times as well as provided me with endless avenues for continued growth - physically, intellectually and spiritually. I will encourage you to examine your edge both physically and mentally in class. It is my aim to offer yoga as a means to help you explore, learn and grow in the direction of your choosing. Namaste"

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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.

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Kristi Robbins

 

Eleven years ago I discovered yoga as a way to relieve the stress of everyday life.  For a while I just showed up for classes, did my best and went home afterwards.  I didn't know why, but when I practiced yoga I felt amazing.  My body felt fantastic and my mind felt cleat, calm and centered. For some reason, I felt like yoga helped me be the truest and best version of myself.  My passion for yoga grew and as I become interested in advancing my physical practice, I also started looking into the history and philosophy of yoga teachings.  The physical aspect of yoga (the postures that we do  in class) is only 1/8th of the true work that yogis do.  I love how the teachings of yoga are basically an instruction guide for how to live an amazing and happy life.  Doing yoga made me feel like I was good at something, like I was part of something bigger than myself, something that helped make the world better. Yoga makes me feel like I belong and helps me create the life that I want to live. 

Through focusing on my breath and being mindful, I am able to create stillness and space in my mind.  This helps me think more clearly, act more calmly and have the awareness to choose my attitude, thoughts and actions.  Through the teachings of yoga, I am given the tools to be the best version of myself.  Six years ago I found this studio, and Terri, who inspired me to further my personal practice and get my teaching certification in 2012. I cant wait to meet you and be a part of your yoga journey.  Kristi

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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 is a lawyer. 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 in 2010. 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.

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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.”

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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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Wendy Kustra

 

 

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Kathleen Smith

 

A little about me…

 

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'

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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.