Meet our Facilitators

13640875_10155119701798266_4670344438095309539_oKermit Harrison

Kermit is a lover of Life who consistently finds outlets to experience the wonder of this grand expression. His adult life has been dedicated to personal development on all levels and helping the facilitation of overall growth in others.  Kermit has a profound respect for all yogic paths and in specific has chosen Bhakti as his own. He completed his 200-hour teacher training at Yogaveda. His yoga teaching style is best described as “Hatha with a vinyasa twist”.  Kermit’s teaching experience includes Philosophy, Meditation, Martial Arts and Yoga to name a few.  As a collegiate professor, Kermit has been in the business of changing lives by changing minds for nearly twenty years. As a Yoga instructor, Kermit strives to bring the same passion and insightful instruction to all the classes he facilitates. His TEDx lecture on meditation can be found on Youtube at Spiritual Evolution

untitledAmanda

Amanda teaches Hatha, Kripalu and Restorative yoga to assist individuals to restore, maintain and excel in daily activities and fitness. She is a fitness enthusiast who has actively practiced yoga since 2004. Amanda completed training programs in yoga both inside and outside the U.S. and has actively studied eastern spiritual teachings. She has completed courses and workshops in chakras, mindfulness and meditation and is trained and holds credentials in four different types of yoga (Power yoga, Hatha, Kripalu and Restorative yoga). She began teaching in the Tallahassee community in 2011 and has accumulated 900 hours of teaching experience, including bringing yoga and mindfulness to underserved populations such as women prisoners. Her breath-centered and slow-moving teaching style focuses on opening the heart, nurturing more self-acceptance, and learning how to see with love off the mat in everyday life.

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Megan

Megan first discovered yoga in 2013 and fell in love with the body, mind and soul aspects of the practice. She believes that yoga in its highest form is practiced both on and off the mat and likes to share these insights with others, encouraging them on a path of personal development. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center. She values both her personal practice as well as community sharing. She uses influences from many different yoga styles including vinyasa flow, ashtanga, kundalini and yin. She incorporates intuitive movement and various pranayama exercises to allow each student to feel truly in touch with her/his body and mind.   Off the mat Megan loves to spend time in nature. She is passionate about living a lifestyle that helps to preserve and protect the environment. Personal exploration, in addition to official training, have allowed her to further her knowledge and offer classes in areas of interest including the chakra system, meditation, crystal healing and energy work. She has felt the healing effects of yoga first hand and aspires to bring compassion and openness to each individual stepping on their mat.

Melanie

Melanie, an E-RYT200 / RYT500 / C-IAYT, and born Indophile, began practicing Hatha Yoga as a tween. Her first call to teach came from FSU’s Center for Participant Education, facilitating classes on Landis Green from 1980-83. Thereafter, she reluctantly began a longer than anticipated hiatus from teaching, but continued her self-taught path, and stayed active in the bhakti-yoga community.

20 yrs later she got back on her mat in public, committing to regular attendance at group hatha yoga classes, and savoring the many new styles emerging from the modern postural yoga exercise craze. The teacher’s voice within reawakened, and she began her formal teacher training journey in 2006, completing 200hr at Yoga Unlimited with Leslie Hanks, in the Kriya Yoga tradition. Since then she’s taught >1500 hours in a variety of venues including corporate and government offices, outdoor meetups, privates, and 7 years at the Capital YMCA.

Forever committed to deepening her skills, she’s accrued over 250 additional hours of training from senior teachers in a variety of lineages from Iyengar to Aqua Kriya. In 2015 she completed 300 hours in the Desikachar lineage of Therapeutic Yoga with Catherine Deans at Halfmoon Yoga. Two additional years of guided individual practicum with Catherine followed, resulting in her certification by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Off the mat, Melanie is a Program Analyst at Florida Dept of Environmental Protection, studies astrology, digs family genealogy, sings in local choruses, and toots her horn at alumn bandi events. At home she’s breaking ground on a new garden shed. Her life long passion for music, fascination with the natural sciences, human behavior and the cycles of life are all threads woven into her unique, eclectic, yet authentic approach to Yoga. From deeply restorative sessions to vigorous vinyasa flows, her classes seamlessly blend the 8 Limbs of Yoga to meet her students where they are and guide them towards greater vitality, happiness and self-realization. Expect to dive deep, have fun, and emerge with a glow!

Christie

The yoga seed was planted early in Christie’s life when a high school theatre teacher used yoga to teach mindful movement to her students. Rooted in the wisdom and balance the practice provided for her, she nourished her seed of intention as she practiced throughout high school and early college. At the age of 19, her roots strengthened when she completed her 200HR RYT training in Jacksonville, FL. It was here that she grasped the dynamic link between the body’s wisdom and the rhythm of the breath- a moving meditation. After teaching yoga for a year, Christie was then motivated to teach another one of her biggest passions- AcroYoga. She completed her AcroYoga teacher training in Berlin, Germany and has taught yoga and AcroYoga internationally. Her efforts are to cultivate a warm, peaceful environment where students of all levels engage in their own blossoming practice- collectively creating a garden fundamentally rooted in yoga.

Lizzy

Lizzy came to yoga after seeing the good it brought into her mom’s life. After sporadic classes over several years, she began a regular practice in 2012 through an invitation from a friend to go to a Bikram-based class. Always an active person, she found it rewarding to see the growth of her physical practice through the repetitive poses each week, but the internal clarity and self-trust it brought touched a deeper part of her heart and solidified yoga in her life. To deepen her practice and because she loves to learn, Lizzy decided to seek yoga teacher certification and completed her RYT-200 (focus on Vinyasa Flow) in 2015 through Yoga Den (studio based in Jacksonville but training conducted in Tallahassee). With a zest for life that squeezes her schedule at times, Lizzy has since developed a more routine home practice to ensure yoga remains a fixture in her life. Outside the studio, you may run into her at the softball field, walking her husky-mix Lola, volunteering with the Tally Shorts Film Festival, or at the grocery store. As a newer teacher, there is still much for her to learn, which is great because she is excited about being a lifelong yoga student.

Maria

In March 2014 Maria graduated from the Yoga On Chocolate 200-hour Teacher Training Program (Registered Yoga School, YOCTT) located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which training was focused on the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga style. Baptiste style vinyasa classes traditionally use the sound of breath in lieu of music. In Maria’s vinyasa classes, you will experience this timeless practice of deep focus and flowing to the breath.

In December 2016, Maria completed a 300-hour advanced yoga training at Om My Yoga Academy located in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

Maria began practicing yoga in April 2012. She became curious as to why teachers would cue certain things and started to enhance her practice with yoga workshops which led her to a yoga teacher training program.

She continues to participate in workshops and in October 2015 completed a yin yoga teacher training program at Just Plain Yoga in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania with Corina Lynn Benner of Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In May 2016, Maria completed a restorative yoga teacher training at Freedom Yoga/Barefoot Yoga & Wellness Studio in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania with Rachel May from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and is excited to offer the benefits of restorative yoga to her students.

In March 2017, Maria and her husband moved to the Tallahassee, Florida area. Through her practice Maria has become more present and enjoys sharing the benefits of yoga with her students. Although she is a paralegal by day, her passions include spending time with her husband, traveling, reading, meditating and yoga, which has given her a sense of balance.

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