Merritt Island Yoga
Island Yoga is the result of an inspiration born from the desire
to share a love of something more than just yoga. It is a place
to relax, re-energize and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul, hopefully
allowing us to help guide you forward toward the person you want
Yoga, and other healing arts and fitness designed for mind
and spirit, as well as the body, can start the process of deep transformation
beyond flexibility and physical strength. A person's connection
to themselves, their confidence, balanced emotions, good health
and desire for well being comes to the forefront with a consistent
and mindful practice, and then radiates out to the universe by the
continued learning, or deepening, of ones focus, empathy and compassion
towards everyone and everything else.
At Merritt Island Yoga, we strive to be
able to offer an eclectic blend of yoga styles with professionally
trained teachers, workshops on an amazing variety of subjects beyond
yoga, and hope with humble desire to be a community based retreat
to revive your spirit, strengthen your body, build confidence in
yourself and bring happiness and tranquility to your mind.
Island Yoga is brand new and opened on October 1st, 2012.
Using faith and the belief that a studio
with our overall vision has a viable niche to help propel us into
this endeavor, we hope to create not just a thriving business to
help maintain healthy bodies and minds, but also to spread the consciousness
of sustainability, eco-friendly practices, peace and respect among
all beings in a non-competitive, non-judgmental, spirit nurturing
At Merritt Island Yoga, we are proud advocates
of 'building prosperity and charity locally', and will be hosting
a variety of donation based events where the funds raised will be
donated to local charities. We also will have connections with local
artists of all kinds, and will be showcasing various artist's works
within the studio space.
and we hope to see you here!
Please contact me with any questions.
several car accidents in the early 90's Kim turned to yoga
as a way to alleviate the recurring pain she constantly experienced
in her neck and lower back. In the 15 years since, it has
been a fulfilling path of knowledge, strength, and inner calm
that she has found within the practice as a student of yoga.
It truly is a mind body spirit union, as it has not only keeps
muscles strong, spines in alignment, it also helps one achieve
a sense of quiet confidence, compassion, inner peace and balance
that no other activity she knows of could have accomplished.
Kim's main classes focus on core
strength, incorporating a balanced blend of breathwork, proper
alignment focus and relaxation techniques, and a dash of silly
usually thrown in to keep it fun and funky.
"I enjoy sharing my experience
and knowledge with others, and hope to be able to help people
simply realize the amazing potential of their mental, spiritual
and physical capabilities. I learn something new with every
practice myself, and you never know what you can do, until
you give it a try."
Estes has been a practitioner of the healing arts for over
30 years. He has been teaching qigong, tai chi, and yoga for
over 20 years. Most recently, he has studied qigong in Florida
under Jeff Primack and the Supreme Science Qigong Foundation.
John first began studying yogametrics in 1972. He had hatha
yoga training from individual teachers in the 1970’s.
From 1979-1980 he studied Ashtanga Yoga with Guru Baba Hari
Dass and the Hanuman Fellowship in California while studying
to be a massage practitioner at the Heartwood Wholistic Health
Institute. From 1982-1983 he took classes in qigong, tai chi,
hatha yoga, and Taoist yoga in Santa Cruz, California at Twin
Lakes College of Natural Health as part of his massage therapist/natural
health counselor certification.
John has taught these self-healing disciplines individually
to his massage clients for many years. He has also taught
yoga, tai chi, and qigong at Crystal Visions Wholistic Health
Center (Cocoa, FL), Natural Health Services (Vero Beach, FL),
and the former Atlantic Nautilus Health Club (Merritt Island,
FL). He is currently also teaching qigong at the Cocoa Beach
Library (Cocoa Beach, FL) and practices massage therapy at
Massage by Morakot.
Coben is a yoga practioner for the past 14 years, and enjoys
sharingyoga to help others improve their quality of life.
Diane earned her 200 hour certification in Hatha Yoga, Pranayama,
and Meditation through Red Sun Yoga
in Winter Springs, Florida. She is currently earning a 500
hour certification with a concentration in Yoga Therapy at
St. Petersburg Yoga.
She has studied locally with Jan
Seals and Alycen LaBarca, and has been
teaching for four years. Diane has direct experience working
neck, and shoulder injuries. She is registered with the Yoga
Alliance as a RYT 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification through
Red Sun Yoga Certification in Winter Springs. Diane
is currently attending 500-hour Teacher Training at St. Petersburg
Yoga, with a concentration in Yoga Therapy.
Saunders is a certified Yoga Teacher through the Chopra Center
of Well-Being, and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. Ruby
is also an Ayurveda and Yoga Health Educator through the American
Institute of Vedic Studies. And she is now studying with the
Institute for Integrative Nutrition in a Health Coach training
program. Ruby has been teaching since 2006. She works with
people of all age and levels of fitness.
Her classes are flowing, invigorating
and joyful. Ruby’s focus is on breath awareness and
alignment principles in order to help student’s develop
their own inner guidance, intuition, and confidence. As students
develop this confidence they move more easily toward the natural
inner peace and happiness Yoga has to teach us. Nurture Your
for close to 10 years and having obtained her certification
to teach belly dance from BellyUSA of Orlando, Melissa has
found in belly dance not only a daily passion but also a way
to keep the body fit and limber. Gentle enough for all body
types, belly dance will develop strength for the core muscles
physically, and confidence for the mind mentally! You will
feel more alive and sassy, the low self esteem that many women
have developed over the years towards their bodies will soon
disappear as Melissa has a great way of encouraging you to
get up and dance while feeling comfortable in the studio.
Melissa has continued studying different
styles of belly dancing including Egyptian, Turkish, gypsy
as well as Tribal Fusion and also Yoga. All of these elements
are vital for a belly dance workout to keep the class interesting
and fun. All of the movements are gentle and simple yet will
develop strength, flexibility and confidence. With a continued
attendance ladies shall watch their posture change as well
as their self image.
Dating back thousands of years, yoga
is one of the first recorded systems of physical and mental exercise.
The word yoga translates as , “to yoke, or join together”.
The concept of yoga aims to do just that, to join your mind with
your body using meditation, breathing techniques and different poses
to enhance concentration and awareness. Physically, yoga can help
build strength, enhance balance, and create better flexibility for
the body. Mentally, yoga can relax the mind, increase focus and
self esteem, and help reduce overall stress levels.
A consistent practice will increase your
awareness to not only your own body, but externally, allowing the
compassion that you show yourself by being good to your body and
mind to spread outward, which in turn benefits the environment,
other people and the planet as a whole. Yoga makes you feel good
and that reflects in everything you do, creating more calm, peace
and happiness in your life.
There are many different styles of yoga,
some very challenging, others very gentle. Be sure that the class
you choose to begin with is one that fits your needs both physically
and mentally. Spending time on your health is one of the most important
things you can do to ensure a long life that is healthy and happy.