Caryn is a Yoga Alliance RYT-200 certified teacher and also has her ACE personally training certification and CPR Certification. She is a graduate of Florida State University. She worked as an IT Consultant and a manager in the corporate world, but always had a passion for fitness and healthy living.
In 2000, Caryn discovered yoga after experiencing many years of lower back issues. She immediately felt the benefits of yoga both physically and emotionally. She became more flexible and her core got much stronger so most of her back issues went away and she discovered a peace that was missing in her life. She has always practiced alignment based Hatha Yoga. In 2013, Caryn graduated from Heartwood Yoga and Retreat Center with yoga teaching certification.
Caryn believes that yoga is for everyone from the beginner to the experienced and the young to older adults. She takes the Hatha alignment approach in all her classes from gentle to vinyasa to ensure that her students are safely practicing yoga while stretching and strengthening their mind, body and soul! She also wants to encourage you to take what you learn on your mat into your everyday life!
Caryn also loves healthy eating! She’s not a perfect eater, but definitely feels and looks better when eating fruits, vegetables, lean meats and fish. She and her children work in the garden together, which consists of Earth Boxes and Tower Gardens and they cook together. She also takes and sells Juice Plus, which is whole food nutrition in a capsule or chewable, to ensure that she gets her daily dose of fruits and veggies.
Caryn is truly dedicated to helping people become strong and healthy. She is here to encourage you in your walk to become a healthy person inside and out, so she cannot wait to see you in one of her classes.
Vinyasa Flow on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9:30 – 10:45 am
All Levels Yoga on Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Gentle Yoga & Foam Rolling on Fridays, 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Vinyasa Flow on Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:45 am
Christine is a graduate of Heartwood Yoga and Retreat Center in Bradenton, where she complete her 500 hour yoga
certification. In 2016, Christine completed her 200 hour teacher training at Lotus Garden School of Yoga in New Milford, CT.
Christine found a home when she and her infant daughter attended a Mommy and Me Yoga class, over 30 years ago. Decades later, as an instructor, Christine brings an understanding of yogic lifestyle to her students and encourages them to incorporate the physical practice with philosophy, and meditation in order to experience all that yoga offers.
Her motto is, “Allow life to surprise you.” She teaches yoga as an opportunity to do just that, show up, practice and be surprised by what you and your body can do. You are never too old or too stiff to begin. It is always surprising to discover how these ancient exercises breathe new life and create new beginnings for anyone willing to try.
In addition to teaching and practicing yoga, Christine enjoys time spent with her husband, three daughters, walking her dog, boating and hanging out at the beach. She loves life in southwest Florida and cannot imagine living anywhere else.
Certified to teach Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga, Senior Yoga, and Trauma Sensitive classes, Christine has a special interest in teaching beginners and seniors. She is also generously leading a FREE Oncology Yoga class week that combines breath work with yoga postures that are carefully chosen to support the physical and emotional needs of cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.
Gentle Yoga on Tuesdays at 10:45 am (Christine will be up North for the summer but will return in September)
FREE Oncology Yoga Thursdays at 4:00 pm
Vinyasa Flow on some Saturday Mornings at 9:30 am
Betsy brings an eclectic blend of yoga traditions to her classes as well as a healing focus from her background as a mental health professional. She holds a Masters degree in Holistic Counseling and received her YTT 200 and 500 level trainings here in FL. Betsy has experienced different traditions over the last 20 years, most notably studying under a master Baptiste teacher in RI for 7 years.
Her classes artfully weave together mindfulness, breath, energetic awareness, and expansion through the asanas. The true purpose of yoga aims at nothing less than alignment with the Universal Life Force or Creator (Sri Aurobindo)
Slow Flow Yoga on Monday’s, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Hillary Lyon is originally from New Hampshire and moved to Florida in the Fall of 2015. Hillary enjoys skiing, swimming, and biking. She was a ski instructor for years and decided to try yoga to heal knee and leg injuries incurred as a ski instructor. Yoga provided such tremendous benefits for Hillary’s legs and body that she then decided to study at the Kripalu School for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts.
Hillary’s certifications include:
Kripalu Danskinetics Instructo
– 2008 received 200 hour certification
– 2010 received 500 hour certification
– Trained with YogaFit and has 26 certifications from kids yoga to seniors
– 2015 Received Thai Yoga certification
-2017 Received Yin Yoga Instructor certification
She teaches Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Injury Prevention and Recovery, Pre-natal and post-partum, as well as kids yoga.
Hillary is currently substituting for the summer.
Ashley is a graduate of Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica and is Yoga Alliance RYT-200 certified.
She started practicing yoga after a doctor highly recommended it and fell in love when she quickly recognized the extreme health benefits of her mind and body and that they extended beyond the yoga mat, inspiring and enriching the quality of relationships and life. Wanting to share this with friends, she set the intention of her practice to find her true peace and balance and serve and support others to do the same. She loves yoga and you will feel the love vibe in her class.
Ashley specializes in yoga for athletes and has taught to cross country, track and swim teams. She enjoys nature, SUP surfing, spending time with her family, and traveling.
She graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach. She usually incorporates a nutrition tips into her yoga classes.
B.S. at Appalachian State University with a degree Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing and Dance. She enjoys furthering her education in health and has taken classes for reiki and cranio sacral therapy
Vinyasa Flow on Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am (Ashley will return in July from vacation)
Susan started her fitness obsession as a runner and cross fit enthusiast. Over time she came to appreciate the life changing aspects of Yoga as both exercise and a lifestyle. She is a graduate of Heartwood Yoga Institute and completed her 200 RYT course in 2018. As well, she holds a bachelors degree from the University of Missouri.
While born and bred in the Midwest, Susan has enjoyed the Florida lifestyle for 3 years. While her body lives in the sunshine state, her soul still resides in Colorado after a four-year stint enjoying outdoors, mountains and snow.
Susan lives in Lakewood Ranch with her husband and 2 high school children. Her weekends are spent at soccer tournaments and swim meets and she wouldn’t have it any other way!
Susan considers herself a yogi, supportive wife, proud mom and a whole food plant-based diet fanatic. She can’t wait to see you in class!
Gentle Yoga on Thursdays, 10:45 – 12:00 pm
Laura began taking yoga classes to increase her flexibility and improve her posture. As an active person, she often forgot to stretch after workouts and knew she needed to find balance in her exercise. She loved seeing how with each class poses became a little easier and the exploration of each asana was an exciting challenge. It grew from a love for the physical practice to a love for the mind, body, and spirit aspects of yoga. The mind-body connection and pranayama breathing techniques began to positively affect her overall well-being and relax the mind. As someone who wrestles with anxiety, yoga has become a way to escape the constant chatter in the mind and bring the attention to the heart and to the breath to bring her peace and a sense of calmness.
Laura decided to take a teaching training class when she began to feel a need to share these wholistic benefits with others. As a registered nurse, she sometimes felt as if western medicine focused mainly on what medication could help the symptom or somehow mask the problem. She was just treating the disease, but not the whole person. Realizing the place and importance of western medicine at times, Laura wanted to find a balance and learn ways in which humans can heal through alternative methods of medicine. Having experienced the benefits of yoga and loving the practice, she knew she should start there.
Laura hopes to bring a love for people and the practice to her classes, meeting people where they are at physically and mentally as she guides them through postures and breathing exercises. Her hope is that her students find what they are looking for and what they need as they practice yoga. Understanding that yoga can be challenging physically and mentally, she hopes her students will reap the immense benefits of routinely practicing their yoga on and off the mat.
Vinyasa Flow on Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Although Eileen’s love affair with yoga started decades ago, it wasn’t until 2018 that she reacquainted herself with an active practice. After a spate of hospitalizations, surgeries and diagnosis of several autoimmune diseases, she knew she needed to go beyond conventional medicine to help heal herself. She sought a practice that would nurture her physically, mentally and emotionally and bring an overall balance and sense of well being
to her life.
Eileen’s re-entry to yoga started with a weekly Restorative Class and quickly branched out to include Gentle, Chair and Yin classes. She loved it so much that she decided to join a tribe of 50 plus aged women at Heartwood Yoga Center and pursue her RYT 200 hour teacher yoga certification. Having successfully completed that certification, she is now in the middle of training for her 500 hour certification. She currently holds special certification to teach classes in Restorative, Chair, Senior and Yin.
In addition to yoga, music has always taken center stage. Eileen is a multi-instrumentalist and has won awards for her singing, playing and songwriting. She recently married her love of music with yoga by presenting Chair Yoga for Musicians workshops at various music festivals where she teaches and performs.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is where Eileen had a 33 year career as a reading specialist, raised a family and is home to her 3 grandchildren. She escaped winter and for the past 8 years she’s actively embraced her homestead in Lakewood Ranch.
Candlelight Restorative on Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Chair Yoga on Wednesdays, 10:45 – 12:00 pm
Rene Ng, DOM, AP, L.Ac
Rene Ng is an internationally recognized master of Wing Chun kung fu, Tai Chi, Qi Gong. He began his training in China when he was 14, and has trained under top Chinese grandmasters including Chen Zheng Li (descendant of Chen Tai Chi family), Li De Yin (creator of modern day international Tai Chi competition routines such as Yang style 24 and Chen style 56 Tai Chi routines), Taoist Qi Gong master Share Lew, and Lui Siu Fong.
He is also the founder of the Sarasota and San Diego Wing Chun Kung Fu Academies, and a long time Wing Chun kung fu disciple (over 44 years) of the world-renowned Grandmaster Ho Kam Ming of Macao, China. He has been teaching Wing Chun, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong both in the United States and in China for almost thirty years. He is regularly invited to be a judge at national martial arts and Tai Chi tournaments.
Rene has a natural passion for wellness and life. He is a board-certified and licensed Acupuncture Physician / Chinese Herbalist, and operates a busy, popular clinic just outside Sarasota near the hospital. He is among the area’s most in-demand and well-known acupuncturists, and has won the “Sarasota’s Favorite Acupuncturist” award four times.
Furthermore he has been written up in the Observer, Today’s Seniors, Doctors, and Natural Awakenings publications, featured on Fox News, WSLR, and WTMY, and has appeared on the Dr. Oz show.
One will readily find him giving wellness education and natural health maintenance seminars in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Venice. His monthly article published in the Natural Awakenings are very well-received, and he enjoys conversing with folks about natural wellness.
Qi Gong / Tai Chi on Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Kung Fu on Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30