Caryn Patterson, Yoga Director
I have loved working out my entire life – first tennis, then running, yoga, and weights. You name it, I do it.
I was in the business world for many years, but I always had a passion for fitness. I started out earning my aerobics certification, then I studied for my personal training certification and finally received my yoga certification.
After working in corporate America with my kids now middle school, I’m pursuing my love of yoga and helping people get healthy!
After having many years of lower back issues, yoga was and is the one thing that strengthened my lower back. Yoga just resonates with me in terms of stretching and strengthening my body and soul.
I also love healthy eating! I am not a perfect eater, but I definitely feel and look better when I eat fruits, vegetables and lean meats and fish. My children and I work on our garden together which consists of Earth Boxes and Tower Gardens. I also take and sell Juice Plus, which is whole food nutrition in a capsule or chewable, to ensure that we are getting our daily dose of fruits and veggies.
I am here to encourage you in your world to become a healthy person inside and out and I can’t wait to see you in one of my classes!
Yoga Flow on Mondays, 9:30 – 10:45 am
Gentle Yoga on Thursdays, 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Gentle Stretching & Foam Rolling on Fridays, 10:15 – 11:15 am
Vinyasa Flow on Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 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.
Yoga 101 on Friday, 9:00 am as well as alternating Saturday Mornings at 9:30 am
Kim earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in Pennsylvania. She began working as an independent contractor for children under the age of 18 in multiple settings from early intervention, school based therapy, private practice Sensory Integration to a juvenile detention center.
With a desire to expand her medical knowledge to encompass all stages of life she began working in hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Eventually she became a manager of a subacute rehab center for 6 years.
After moving to Florida in 2015, Kim attained her Lymphedema certification along with Yoga Rehab Certification in 2016.
Using a holistic approach, Kim incorporates daily management of self-care techniques using food, stretching and other lifestyle changes for healing.
Combining all her skills and knowledge to assist clients in learning and using natural strategies to manage wellness, Lymphatic Yoga was created. Using the sequence our body naturally uses to rid toxins, Lymphatic Yoga is a great daily activity that assists our body in moving fluids along with proper stretching and spinal support.
Youth Yoga was also developed to provide children and their parents with fun and easy activities which can influence posture, coordination and sensory integration nourishing a lifelong practice for good health. Designed for kids 8-14 years old.
Lymphatic Yoga, Self- Lymphatic Massage, and Yoga Rehab at scheduled workshops. See the monthly workshop calendar for the next event.
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
Vinyasa Yoga on Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 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
I teach various styles of Hatha yoga ranging from challenging vinyasa to gentle restorative. I’ve been passionate about yoga for many years and have studied under Betsey Downing, Jaye Martin, Desiree Rumbaugh, Roger Cole, Amy Ippolitti, Todd Norian, Anne Carpenter and many others instructors.
Yoga led me to learn various healing modalities. I have learned Pranic Healing and reached the arhatic prep level of Pranic Healing. I’ve studied and facilitated the Access Bars and Pan Healing methods. I’ve also had wonderful teachers Anthony Cowan, Dr. Gene Ang, Dr. Diane Hayden, Master Stephen Co, to name a few. I have learned techniques to be a clear channel for spiritual healing. My travels have included Sedona, Mt. Shasta, Santa Barbara, the Boston area for further study in healing.
I have facilitated sessions with other healers/intuitives at various yoga studios and in private homes. I feel it is an honor and a privilege to help other’s align with their life’s purpose and to assist in addressing their personal intentions for insight and healing.
I have lived in Bradenton since 1998. I have been teaching yoga for the past four years at LAFitness and other yoga studios throughout the Sarasota/Manatee counties since certification in yoga in 2005. I have been facilitating healing sessions privately and in group settings for the past five years.
Vinyasa Flow on Tuesdays, 5:30 – 6:30
Candlelight Yoga on alternating Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
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 Love Yoga 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