Val teaches Gentle Yoga Mondays at 9:30am and Fridays at 10:30am
She teaches All Levels Yoga Wednesday at 6:30pm
$15 per class. Inquire about $5 Fridays.
Walk-Ins are welcome, pre-registration preferred.
She is also a certified Laughter Yoga Leader. She offers private Yoga, Ayurveda consultations and mental health counseling. Pricing varies.
Sign up via Val’s scheduling website or click ‘sign up’ button under bio. https://valarieolsenwellness.as.me/schedule.php
Valarie Olsen, LMHC, E-RYT 200, AYS Valarie Olsen Counseling & Wellness
Valarie has been practicing yoga for over 20 years in the Ft. Myers area. Back in the 1990’s the only place to practice was in the gyms around town, this is where she met influential teachers that would shape her appreciation and understanding of Yoga. In 2011, she completed yoga teacher training in Bonita Springs and began teaching in studios and community centers locally. As an Experienced Yoga Teacher, Valarie teaches gentle yoga, as well as flow and all levels classes. In 2017 she added Ayurveda Yoga Specialist training to her repertoire. Valarie is a certified meditation teacher and can provide training to individuals and groups.
Valarie is also trained as a licensed mental health counselor spending much of her career working at a local non-profit agency and currently owner of her private practice. Valarie incorporates her background in mental health, the 8 Limbs of Yoga and interest in neuroscience into her teaching. Combining interests in Yoga, Mental Health and Wellness has led Valarie to study trauma sensitive yoga. She has provided trauma-informed teacher training to scores of trainees as guest faculty in local Yoga Teacher Training programs. Valarie can provide trauma-informed training for YTT’s as well as continuing education for registered yoga teachers.
Sondra teaches Stretch N Strength on Mondays and Thursdays at 11am. She teaches Easy Tai Chi on Wednesdays at 2pm
Pre-registration is preferred for new students. Please text Sondra to sign up or for more information.
Sondra Dansby, E-RYT 200
Sondra has taught yoga for over 25 years-Iyengar based training. She was on the faculty of Yes to Yoga’s RYT-200 teacher training programs and has a chair certification.
She is teacher trained in Yoga Away’s Viniyoga Program.
She developed her Tai Chi classes after being certified in “TC Moving for Better Balance”, an evidence based fall prevention program.
Carla teaches Restorative Yoga on Tuesdays at 9:15am, Chair Yoga Tuesdays at 10:30am and Hatha Yoga on Thursdays at 9:15am
Walk-Ins are welcome, pre-registration preferred.
5 for $60 or Drop-In $15.00
Cash or Venmo @Carla-Hyde-4
To register Email, Call or Text Carla
Flying Heart Yoga
Carla is a certified yoga instructor and has been teaching Iyengar style yoga – an inclusive and nonjudgemental practice – for more than 20 years. During that time, she has studied yoga and meditation with renowned teachers, including Aadil Palkhivala, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rae, John Schumacher and David Life, and many Tibetan Buddhist teachers.
Carla has been a certified group exercise instructor and personal trainer for 25 years, building on her unique talent as a trapeze artist and aerialist performer. But don’t worry! You won’t be asked to do that!
Carla is also a world traveler, and her light shines through with her ability to connect with others behind a smile that breaks down barriers!
In class, explore the art and science of letting go and experience gratitude and joy, all while enjoying the physical aspects of Iyengar yoga, including heart openers, hip openers, and strength and confidence building via standing poses and balance postures. With Iyengar yoga, props, demonstrations and alignment cues help you find yoga success on your own terms.
After all, it’s YOUR yoga practice!
Heather Holland, E-RYT 200
She was led to yoga after the unexpected death of her daughter in 2010. Yoga was Heather’s vehicle to soothe her soul and open up bound areas of grief in her body and spirit. You could say, yoga was a life changer for her.
She founded Ruby and Pearls Yoga Studio in 2012 and was open for 7 years. From 2013 and on she has studied with world-renowned teachers including Seane Corn and Sadie Nardini, adding more than 100 hours of continuing education. Her great love of sports led her to teach yoga to professional athletes in the NHL and MLB. Heather was blessed to host and lead two yoga retreats in the hills of Tuscany and looks forward to many more.
Heather’s classes are always centered with the breath and alignment cues that are individualized. The importance of showing up on your mat with mindful breathing out ways completing any yoga pose. You can expect a well rounded class that will leave you feeling connected , open and nourished.
Yoga with Jen on Mondays at 5:30pm
Jennifer Garcia, RYT 200, OT
I have been practicing yoga on and off since 2000. I really found a love for it though as I began experiencing more stress and in dealing with some physical injuries. Most significantly I turned to yoga to help with a frozen shoulder and the results of a minor car accident. I have seen firsthand how yoga helped manage my stress, how it improved my physical wellbeing and how it kept me grounded through thick and thin.
Once I saw the consistent results with my yoga practice, I knew I needed to teach and share my journey with others which lead to the completion of my RYT200.
I am an avid learner – especially all things regarding the human body, our ability to manage stress and the importance of finding purposeful activities to engage in. The more I participate in activities that make me smile, the happier I am, the less stress I feel and the more capable I am to manage my daily activities.
You can find me on the mat starting September 12, 2022 at Heart Space Yoga Collective on Mondays from 530-630 pm for $15 and at https://jennifergarcia.offeringtree.com/offerings/monday-night-yoga-practice
Lindsey will begin offering Fire and Flow Vinyasa on October 4.
Sign up with Lindsey on her Instagram @goodwithyoga
Lindsey Koeneman, RYT 200
Hello! I’m Lindsey, a 200RYT of Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, located in Southwest Florida.
My yoga journey started in college (’98) as an elective course. Many years on-and-off the mat would follow, even through two pregnancies, but it wasn’t until after a car wreck in 2018, I would begin to take my personal healing journey more seriously. After 6 months of physical therapy and EMDR therapy, I decided to lean into my yoga practice more and the idea of teacher training. The forces of nature that comes with trauma can also shed light on the beauty of living in the present moment.
The audience I serve is diverse. Each class, from gentle to vinyasa, is an opportunity to bring a student closer to understanding the power of peace within their practice. In class I offer guidance to students and thread in dharma talk with touches of my personality. By returning to the sutras, pranayama techniques, asana suited to Ayurveda, meditation, mudras and mantras, my goal is to offer balance in their practice.
I strongly believe it is my dharma to serve the community around me by offering yoga, Ayurveda, meditation and sound therapy and feel incredibly blessed to do so.
In love and light, Lindsey
Lindsey Koeneman is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS)
Gina will be offering an all levels yoga flow on Fridays at 9 am.
Gina Franco, Yoga Teacher
Gina has been practicing yoga for about 8 years. She loves the mind-body connection that she experiences on the mat and has learned to incorporate that awareness in her everyday life. Through breath and movement, Gina has been able to transform her very stressful life into one filled with peace and calm!
Two years ago, Gina decided to share her love for yoga with others by receiving her 200 YTT Certification. She retired from her job as a high school Guidance Counselor in New Jersey and moved to Florida to change careers. She has been teaching and promoting the benefits of yoga ever since! Gina is a true believer in taking time to connect your mind, body, and soul!
Most of the classes that Gina teaches involve a lot of breath work, holding poses while finding the balance between effort and ease, finding your edge, and realizing your inner strength, energy, and power. Students are inspired and motivated throughout all the gentle vinyasa classes.
In addition to teaching Yoga, Gina is also a REIKI Practitioner, helping the body and mind to heal through positive energy. She is also a Life Coach. Her mission is to promote health, wellness, positive transformation, and personal development by using all of the skills she has learned throughout her life!
Lorena will be teaching Thursday evenings at 6:30pm, beginning September 29.
Dynamic Vinyasa flow on Thursdays at 6:30 PM.
Walk-Ins are welcome, pre-registration preferred.
4 session for $40 or Drop-In $15.00
Cash or Venmo @Lorena-Ribero
To RSVP you can DM me @Underthetree_yoga
Or Email, Call or Text
Lorena Ribero, RYT 200
Hello! my name is Lorena, I’m a 200RYT certified yoga instructor and ecstatic dance enthusiast.
My yoga journey started 6 years ago when I moved to USA from Bogota, Colombia, where I am originally from. I started yoga as a way of fighting depression and anxiety during a very uncertain time of my life and it totally changed my life for the best.
I believe in the power of yoga and meditation practices to help and heal people because I experienced it myself, no matter what your experience, culture, skin color or religion is, yoga is for EVERYONE. I believe in the power of mindfulness to bring peace into people’s lives and helping people find their peace is my true passion.
My yoga teaching style is a combination of vinyasa and dynamic yoga; I like to keep my class very fluid and fun by integrating elements of dancing and theater for body exploration. I like to include an instructed intention and pranayama for each class; I also often include guided meditations and chanting.
I provide a grounding and heart centered approach to mind-body wellness and strive to assist my students in finding inner peace, self-discovery, and growth not only in their pursuit of yoga but in their daily lives. To me mindfulness and meditation translates to how we live day by day, how we treat each other, and how we appreciate and respect the whole world around us. I believe this world could use some more kindness, awareness, and love. That is what yoga is to me, a way of giving love to ourselves and to the world.
Jayme Nagle, RYT 500, PT
Yoga with Jayme LLC
Jayme has been teaching yoga since 2017, in a variety of community settings. Her yoga teacher training through YogaFit has taken her across the USA for trainings, which has provided her with a variety of experiences and perspectives.
She has YogaFit Warrior and Warrior Kids certifications, which are trauma sensitive yoga certifications. She will begin her Master of Science in Yoga Therapy at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in the Fall of 2022. In addition to teaching public classes, she was a volunteer teacher with a group of veterans and family members.
Her classes focus on flows that are accessible, mindful and intentional for the mind, body and spirit.
In addition to her public classes, Jayme offers one-on-one and private group sessions. She is also a Licensed Physical Therapist, with experience working with adults, children and their families. She is very familiar in working with the human body and thus able to create an individualized experience.
One-on-one yoga sessions are ideal for those who are new to yoga, those with injuries and/or participation restrictions, or students who are looking to deepen their practice in a personalized way.