Caryn Patterson, Yoga Director
Caryn has loved working out her entire life – primarily with tennis, running, yoga, and weights.
Caryn 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. She started out earning an aerobics certification and then a personal training certification.
Eighteen years ago, she discovered yoga and decided to add a yoga teaching certification at Heartwood Yoga and Retreat Center.
After having many years of lower back issues, yoga was exactly what she needed to strengthen her lower back. Yoga stretches and strengthens your mind, body and soul!
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. 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 has a strong background in business and marketing as well as many great ideas for classes and workshops to build a thriving, learning, yoga community and to inspire students to be all they can be as the director of Four Pillars Yoga.
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 and Fridays, 9:30 – 10:45 am
Gentle Yoga on Thursdays, 10:45 – 12:00 pm
Gentle Stretching & Foam Rolling on Fridays, 10:45 – 11:45 am
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
Candlelight Restorative Yoga at 7:00 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.
Vinyasa Yoga on Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Keely Himmel is a graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville. She has been a certified instructor for 11 years, as well as CPR and First Aid Certified.
Her passion is to connect with each client and help to encourage them to accomplish all of the work out goals. She loves to teach and inspire. Her classes are fun, energetic, and effective. She looks forward to developing relationships and seeing the results of the attendees in her classes.
Body Sculpting on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Tami is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) currently pursuing her advanced yoga certification (RYT 300). She began her yoga certification journey with the goal of learning about herself, but upon experiencing the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga she quickly realized she wanted to share her knowledge with others.
Tami envisioned combining her skill set in marketing and special events, with her love for yoga to plan and execute retreats for women, as well as teach yoga classes. Tami has been on a journey of self-discovery during the past few years as she has navigated moving to a new state, getting a divorce, losing over 70 pounds, becoming an empty nester and literally living alone for the first time in her life. She looks forward to helping you on your personal journey to self-discovery.”
Vinyasa Flow on Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:30
Restorative Yoga on Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
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
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