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.
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.
For Madeleine, everything about Florida makes her feel like she has found her place in the world. The biodiversity astounds! She loves the darkness of the sky before a storm. She loves the reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, and other critters that call this state home. The humidity that so many people can’t stand feels like a hug to her.
Madeleine has been part of the Mindful Motion community from its beginning. Becoming mindful of the body and thoughts in each pose, we learn to not only do the poses, but to grow mentally and emotionally in the process. When we truly care about and for others, Madeleine believes, doing the “right thing” not only becomes second nature, but can cause copious ripple effects. Her wish for the world is compassion for the environment and ourselves.
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.
A native Floridian, Liz is also a traveler. She and her husband have hiked the jungles of Costa Rica and backpacked through Europe. Like travel, yoga requires both present-moment awareness and mindful motion. They require intention and purpose as well as acceptance and the willingness to change.
Bringing yoga off the mat and into the world by being fully present enhances Liz’s daily life, and steadies her in her work as a trial attorney. Practicing at Mindful Motion helps her maintain a healthy life-work balance. By teaching, Liz aims to share the benefits she has gained with others.
For Laura, yoga has been a path to healing, for herself and for the people she teaches. Contracting Lyme disease from a tick bite in 2013, brought valuable insight into chronic pain and "brain fog." Laura exchanged insights with chemotherapy patients she was teaching at the time, growing to become a gentler, more compassionate teacher. She is dedicated to alleviating physical and emotional suffering.
In her chair yoga classes, Laura may have a 20-year-old recovering from a car accident alongside a 70-year-old keeping limber. As she moves among students, she uses intuition and gentle touch to guide them toward greater awareness. The movement and breath of yoga, its resulting healing and joy, can open a doorway to enlightenment. Each of us can, Laura believes, find inside ourselves a shift in personal energy that creates space for acceptance and bliss.
'When the mind is pure," Buddha says, "joy follows like a shadow that will never leave."
Molly is curious about how things work. That curiosity leads her to explore and discover hidden aspects of life through reading, travel, study and practice. With yoga, Molly finds awareness of the body in space, integrating movement with mind and heart. She teaches to bring physical, mental, and emotional health to others. She believes when people feel good about themselves, they are like sparks. And when there are more sparks, there will be less darkness.
Immersing herself in the colors and textures of art and natural beauty wherever she goes, whether walking or sitting still, Molly notices birds and butterflies and is attracted to the circular shapes of things: fountains, polished rocks, the sun, and the full moon, and the like. Born in Hong Kong, she's lived in Chicago with its snow and the fierce winter winds, among the grandeur and beauty of China and Kyoto in Japan, and now beneath Jacksonville's blue skies.
“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.”
At home, Jordan unwinds by reading every night, jumping back and forth between the classics and a fun, light mystery. She also loves naps anytime, especially with her one-year-old daughter. A true Floridian, she lives with her family in Jacksonville, and during guided meditations happily visualizes the turquoise waters and white sands at her parents’ house in quaint Santa Rosa Beach.
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.
Anne believes that we all need restorative yoga. We need to give our bodies and minds a break from our fast pace. We need to find moments of quiet to remember what really matters.
Anne studied science in college and taught Biology and Earth Science. Even as a child, she would sit outside with a Golden Book identifying planets and constellations. Anne brings this innate curiosity to yoga. She wonders, Why do I feel so relaxed after class? Why do I feel happier? To understand the mind-body connection, she has trained in Yoga as Medicine and yoga therapy.
Anne's backyard is her sanctuary. An empty lot when she moved to the property, it now resembles a Costa Rican jungle. Planted to attract birds and butterflies, all she has to do is sit still in the yard and they visit. Learning about birds and people has taken Anne to almost every state in the U.S. and to 13 countries, most recently to Hungary and Cuba.
"We are always in motion," Anne says, "but when we are mindful with our motion we become kinder to ourselves and others." Aware of our internal environment, we have the ability to come back to a place of balance, connecting to the world and its people and respecting and honoring all life.
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.
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.
Barbara is a world traveler who has visited Europe, Russia, Thailand, China, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Like travel, yoga nourishes Barbara’s curiosity about people and her desire to learn and contribute. In yoga practice, she has formed deep friendships with fellow students, developed self-awareness, mourned losses and celebrated joys.
Balancing poses can be a challenge. Staying wobble-free in half moon, Ardha Chandrasana, for the first time moved Barbara to tears. It was a breakthrough moment physically, mentally and emotionally that affected her life off the mat as well—she learned to trust the congruity of body, mind and spirit.
Having even a small part in others’ growth as their yoga teacher is an honor. Barbara's wish for the world is kindness toward and acceptance of each other, and appreciation for each person's divinity. She lives by Nelson Mandela’s words, "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." To recharge, Barbara curls up with a book or goes to the beach.