Our Teachers 2019-08-28T17:33:34-04:00

Anna Schmidt

Anna began her yoga journey in 2003 with Kundalini Yoga. Always being interested in fitness, yoga was an exciting new world and Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, and Bikram Yoga were also part of her practices. Studying with practitioners such as Bryan Kest and Mukunda Stiles began to shape her deep appreciation for various styles from Power Yoga to Structural Yoga Therapy. Anna fell in love with Kali Natha Yoga and earned her 200 hour teaching certification at Kashi School of Yoga in 2013 under a powerful and loving team of experienced teachers. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, who founded Kashi Ashram, handed down this ancient yoga to her students. Anna is currently studying for her 500 hour advanced certification as well. Kali Natha Yoga speaks to the heart, and through deep pranayama and meditation practices, as well as structural physical poses and graceful asanas, you will learn to love your inner self and hear your own wisdom. Anna’s classes are deeply rooted in the breath, and are designed to help students express the present moment through fluid movement. Students can expect to be energized through the breath, and improve balance and flexibility. These classes are designed for all levels.

Ariel Quinlan

Ariel is a Jupiter local, RYT 200 certified Hatha Yoga instructor as well as a dedicated Kali Natha Yoga practitioner.  She emphasizes yoga for everyone through modification and self care.

Cara Milman

Cara started her yoga journey about 6 years ago, when two of her friends opened a studio and invited her to try her first yoga class. After trying these classes, she fell in love with the practice of Yoga. She found out that it was so much more than just a physical practice, but more of an internal practice integrating her mind and spirit. She graduated from Kula Yoga Shala’s Yoga training in June of 2013 and has been teaching ever since. Her main goal is to quite simply spread the message of Yoga, to help and heal people within her community, and to have fun while doing it. Also, her main priority in all her classes is to make yoga accessible, effective and fun for everyone involved.

Caroline Sutfin

One of the greatest gifts yoga has given Caroline is a relationship with herself. Her main goal of teaching is to be able to give her students the tools to grow and develop their own personal practice, and use these healing tools throughout their day-to-day lives. Her class will hold a space to expand your awareness and move with intention. We will focus on controlled movement that builds strength and creates an internal connection through the breath that will bring us back to our natural state of being. Each class will cultivate a sense of energetic bliss and connection. She has always had a passion for the healing arts, and a vital part of healing, she believes, is finding ones creative language. Whether that is through movement, writing, painting, gardening, cooking, designing, working with animals… or whatever else it may be. Caroline completed her RYT 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training through Kula Yoga Shala in 2017, and just received her Permaculture Design Certification through the Seneca Treehouse Project. She is committed to promoting positive change and conscious growth, first with the individual, and then letting it spread to the community. Currently studying Psychology and Pre-Med, Caroline dreams of one day having an all encompassing healing practice that incorporates the traditions of eastern medicine and yoga, permaculture and herbalism, and the benefits that western innovation and medicine has brought us as well.

Chris Eliades

Chris is an RYT 500 and LMT who specializes in Thai Yoga Massage. He is also the owner of P.L.A.Y. (Peace, Love, Awareness, Yoga). His teaching style is unique in that he incorporates self-massage and self-care techniques into much of his sequencing. Chris loves to create new and playful sequences that flow with the guidance of the breath. Each class will offer a challenge as well as the opportunity for students to adopt modifications into their practice however they see fit.

Christina Grace

Christina is a passionate practitioner of all things health and wellness. Her yoga journey began as a means to heal while dealing with grief. Practicing Yoga is an essential part who she is, bringing her balance, peace, strength and a wonderful sense of community all of which she wishes to share with others through teaching. Christina received her 200hr RYT at Kula Yoga Shala and is also a registered Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Her intention is to connect the two worlds of yoga and nutrition together creating a mind/body connection to allow students and fellow practitioners alike to optimize their wellness experiences and live happier, healthier lives. Nothing fills her heart up more than being able to share her love of this practice with others.

Dave McLeod

Dave McLeod is from North Palm Beach, FL and started teaching yoga in 2013 after completing a 200-hour RYT certification course at Kula Yoga Shala in Jupiter, FL. Dave’s teaching style keeps the student grounded in breath and alignment while allowing space for each student to expand on their practice as they feel fit. Modifications to any pose will be available. He states, “I teach because what I have learned is extremely impactful and I have always felt the pull to pass it on. Yoga has helped me understand and embrace what being human is all about.” Dave’s teachings will surely provide a space for students of ALL levels to meet themselves where they are right here, right now, on their yoga mat.

Elizabeth Bond

Elizabeth took her first yoga class at the age of 15 and fell in love with the physical and spiritual aspects of the practice. After a reconstructive wrist surgery in 2007, Elizabeth rehabilitated her self with yoga and decided that she needed to share this gift with the world. She graduated from Yoga Jane Training and became a 200 hour registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Elizabeth has been teaching in the Jupiter area for two years at health clubs, corporations, country clubs and with private clients. She draws inspiration from multiple yoga and physical disciplines including gentle yoga, vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, physical therapy techniques and guided meditation practices. She aims to help students improve their physical, mental and emotional states both on and off the mat.

Gina Marie

Gina started practicing yoga in her early 20’s. Over the years she had been busy raising a family & working, but still found the time to return to her mat. She discovered that her yoga practice brought a sense of calmness and balance to life’s ups and downs, and wanted to share that realization with others. Wanting to deepen her practice she completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Kula Yoga Shala in December 2015, then shortly thereafter certified by Mary Veal in Chair Yoga May 2016. Since then she has been drawn to teaching Gentle/Restorative & Chair Yoga in her community. Combining meditation, breath work, and creative asana sequences, Gina holds space for all levels, regardless of age or experience. Students are given the platform to allow a sense of stillness in the mind and body, focusing on the practice of self care and love.

Holly Briscoe

Holly has been a student of Yoga since 1999. At first she was VERY frustrated by how inflexible and weak she felt – it was incredibly humbling for her. Soon she started to feel stronger, healthier, centered, more balanced and peaceful. Her life began to change in wonderful and unexpected ways. Holly finally saw the beauty in patience, discipline and being still inside. Somewhere along the way she found her voice and began to use it. Then things became clearer for her on many levels. Now she realizes she was waking up. She began to listen to her intuition and later trust it. Even now, she believes that every day brings a new lesson. She was asked to teach in 2001 and absolutely loves it. Holly LOVES having anything to do with people getting into Yoga and having their lives changed as a result. She has completed many work shops and teacher trainings in conjunction with YogaWorks, Integrative Healing Strategies, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and the Institute for Advancement of Human Behavior. Her training reaches Vinyasa, Sivananda, Vini, Bikram, Ashtanga and Pre-natal Yoga and various types of meditation and energy work. She is certified with the prestigious and international YogaWorks and is a YogaWorks Teacher Trainer Ambassador. She is also certified for Advanced Reiki. On the personal side, she grew up in Kansas and has two amazing children. Holly thinks a little sense of humor can go a LONG way. She trusts that the Universe guides us when we pay attention and stay present. Holly believes energy medicine is VERY powerful stuff. And she thinks people should use Yoga in their lives however it suits them

Jean Martin

Yoga is a part of Jean, some days more physical practicing the postures (asanas), some days more breath work (pranayama) or introspection, but every day and always an integral and special part of who she is. Jean began practicing years ago when she was teaching high school full time and experiencing some back issues. What began as one Saturday practice a week as a special treat to nurture her body and relax, gradually and naturally progressed into earning her RYT 200, RYT 500, e-RYT and RCYT, and Yoga Ed. Trainer, learning from so many yogis and students, and taking trips and retreats to practice the art of yoga in other places in the world! One of her greatest joys is sharing the benefits of yoga with others of all ages, but most recently, with children ages Pre-K through high school. As a Yoga Ed. trainer, Jean has this amazing opportunity to bring the benefits of the breath, postures, and relaxation to the next generation by training other teachers and by teaching kids classes. Jean considers her life’s work as pretty special, and lucky to be living what she loves and believes in!

Joi Dupre

Joi’s love affair with Yoga began in 2011 and led her to receive a Yoga Alliance approved 200 hour teacher certification in December 2013 at Kula Yoga Shala in Jupiter, FL. Safety in practice has always been at the forefront of her teaching. She discovered Lara Heimann, PT and Yoga Instructor in 2019 and the next chapter of her love story began. She knew right away that LYT Method of Functional Movement and Yoga was a perfect fit. Lara’s method of re-mapping patterns of compensation and poor habits alleviated Joi’s back , SI Joint , neck and shoulder issues. She has never felt so strong, connected, and integrated in her body and knew she had to share this Method. Joi received her 200 hour LYT Method Certification in August 2019. She is a stand for everyone to move through life on and off the mat effectively and efficiently by creating safe, sustainable, and functional yoga classes. Joi also has an MS in Exercise Science and has been a licensed massage therapist for 20 years specializing in various orthopedic styles of bodywork. Joi brings passion and knowledge of movement and bodywork to every class providing a nurturing, safe, and educative experience that is sprinkled with love and laughter.

Julie Allen

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Julie’s sadhana, or yoga practice, began in high school with a combination of pranayama, meditation and asana found in a well-placed teen magazine article. In 2009, Julie had completed Massage Therapy Certifications in Florida and New York. She relocated to Jupiter, FL and in 2013, completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program. Julie immediately dove into teaching Yoga on Water at Blueline Surf and Paddle, and maintains a weekly class with their outfit. Julie’s purpose is to bring the healing energy of water to friends, clients and the community. In most classes with Julie, you can expect a nurturing, sacred space with fluid, breath synced, calisthenic movement arriving at a deep, supportive savasana.

Katrina Ventola

Katrina was introduced to yoga at a young age. Even as a young girl, Katrina became aware of the power of her breath. During a tough time in life, a yoga teacher said something powerful that changed her life. She said that “when all else fails, we always have our breath”. Katrina’s classes focus on bringing awareness to the power of ones breath and noticing the the strength that arises when combining breath and movement.  In June of 2014, Katrina graduated from the 200 hour teacher training at Kula Yoga Shala in Jupiter. She has been teaching yoga since September of 2014. Katrina works with many populations: addiction, trauma and public yoga studios. Katrina is currently studying to upgrade to an RYT-500.

Keri Baynham

Keri completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kula Yoga Shala in December 2017. She relocated to St. Croix for six months and used that time to deepen her connection with her practice. She believes that yoga is a space to heal, laugh, and let go. Through asana and dharma, she hopes to spread her love of yoga and create space for people to reconnect with themselves.

Kristin McCabe

Kristin fell in love with yoga in 2002 and has been practicing ever since. In 2004, Kristin traveled to India, and while there she trained at the Krishnamacharya Center in Chennai, where she was given her personal daily practice. In 2008, Kristin decided she wanted to share the practice she loved so much, and she took her first RYT200 in Hatha Yoga, from Chicago School of Yoga. Through the years Kristin has been influenced by many styles such as Vinyasa Flow, Anusara – Alignment inspired, and Kundalini.

Originally yoga was a very physical practice for Kristin, that helped her quiet her mind enough to (even be still…) meditate. But as she loves to travel she went to India again in 2009 and deepened her understanding of the culture and history of India, as well as connecting with yoga teachers in each city.

After this Kristin began to develop a deeper understanding of the spirituality in yoga (bhakti) of yoga as devotion in motion – and how she felt more connected to herself. In 2013, while on retreat at Kashi Ashram, she experienced her first Kali Natha Yoga class and her heart flew open. In 2015 she took her second 200RYT training in Kali Natha Yoga, a kundalini tantric yoga, at Kashi Ashram, in Sebastian, Florida. She is currently in training for her 500RYT and assists in the training of new yoga teachers at Kashi Ashram in Sebastian, FL.

Kristin Vivo

Compassionate, playful, and intelligent: these are 3 characteristics that describe this yoga teacher and Ayurveda practitioner. Her personality traits are reflected in her unique yoga classes. Whether it be through a traditional Vinayasa flow sequence, or a restorative yoga class accompanied to Bossa Nova, this Palm Beach County native and mother to Bhakti (her 10 year old rat terrier), strives to stimulate her students mentally and physically. As a competitive swimmer for over 12 years, Kristin’s physical fitness history makes her an ideal teacher for connecting with athletes and students who are injured or new to yoga; she demystifies yoga to make sure that yoga is accessible and understandable to all of her students. Kristin completed her RYT 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2012, under Ana Margaret Sanchez’s loving guidance; Kristin’s goal as a yoga teacher is to introduce yoga to as many yogis and yoginis as she can. She feels that the sooner one learns about and practices yoga, the sooner one can improve his/her athletic performance and overall physical well being, as well as balance any mental and/or spiritual imbalances present in one’s life. “Arise; take up the path of yoga!” (The Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 4, Verse 42)

Lindsay LeBlanc

Starting her Yoga teaching journey in 2015, Lindsay has woven her passion for the art of movement, breathwork, calisthenics, and flexibility into a flowing practice designed for students of all levels. Though she did not originally have teaching in mind when she first started her training, Lindsay has developed a strong and trusting relationship with her practice, as well as incorporating yogic philosophy into her daily life. As a practitioner of yoga for almost 10 years and a background in personal training, Lindsay truly believes in the healing nature of yoga, and how a strong physical foundation and predominant focus on breath work can be applicable to every day life. The energy in Lindsay’s asana practice is fun and uplifting, attentive and easeful, much like her personality, and she always encourages listening to the body. Lindsay is extremely passionate about spreading the joy of yoga with everyone, from beginners to life-long yogis. You can usually find her walking around on her hands or trying out a new funky pose with her fellow teachers.

Marianne Baum

Marianne was always involved in and liked dancing, aerobics and fitness, but when in 2011 she developed a regular yoga practice, she knew shad had found a passion for life. Where dance brought her joy, aerobics increased her stamina and fitness had strengthened her, the practice of yoga brought about all three and more. It took her to a deeper level. She immediately knew it was her destiny to share her passion for yoga with others. Within one year she became certified in both Kali Natha Yoga and Hatha Yoga and has been teaching ever since with much passion and joy. While teaching, Marianne mixes different styles that benefit most with a strong emphasis on breathing techniques, and a great love for music. She believes that if the whole world practiced yoga, the world would live in peace.

Mary Veal

Mary is a nationally certified E-RYT 500 through Yoga Alliance. She obtained her 200 hour certification from Kula Yoga Shala. Her love of all paths of yoga is evident in her dedicated practice of more than 17 years. This love and respect comes through her teaching as she shares her knowledge and passion for asana, pranayama, meditation and philosophy. Mary is the only certified “Yoga for Arthritis” teacher in Florida. She is experienced in teaching many types of yoga, including Vinyasa, Chair, Yin and Yoga Nidra. Mary is the former Office Manager (O.M.) of Kula Yoga Shala.  Mary taught Rock and Roll Yoga and Heavy Metal Yoga on Motorhead’s Motorboat Cruise in 2014 and 2015.  She has had the honor of teaching and hosting trainings at Kashi Ashram in Sebastian, Florida and Satchidananda Ashram in Yogaville, Virginia.  Mary is currently completing her trainer certification with the Yoga for Arthritis organization and looks forward to training teachers across the country in this amazing program.  Mary loves traveling and hosts several international yoga retreats per year.

Matt Swanner

After experiencing the immense physical and emotional healing that yoga offered, Matt received his RYT-200 certification at Kula Yoga Shala in June of 2016. A lifelong learner, artist, and musician – Matt’s goal as a yoga teacher is to meet each and every student where they are, and to offer insight into the healing practice of yoga through a blend of philosophy, asana, pranayama, meditation, and mantra.

Meri Consor

Meri became a certified Sivananda yoga instructor in 2005 and has been a yoga practitioner for 17 years. She has taught Sivananda yoga, hatha yoga, basic yoga, gentle yoga and children’s yoga in a variety of studios, has held Sivananda yoga workshops and served as a mentor in yoga teacher trainings. Meri is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200. Approaching all things yoga with humility, gratitude and enthusiasm, Meri has found her practice a refuge that has always been the key to bringing balance, clarity, and perspective to life’s challenges and triumphs.

Monica Fiaschi

Monica’s love affair with all things yoga began with her very first breath in her very first class. With the encouragement of her teacher, she began to explore whatever piqued her interest: mantra, mudra, meditation, the chakras, philosophy, Reiki, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, qi gong, tai chi, reflexology…..the list goes on and on. As her practice deepened, Monica began to notice a new strength, balance, and flexibility in her life, not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. In 2011, she transformed her love of learning into a love of teaching and obtained her 200 hour certification from Transcend Yoga. Monica brings a beginner’s heart and a lighthearted reverence for all yoga traditions to her practice and teaching. And, just as she was encouraged by her first teacher, Monica encourages her students to seek their truest path to their truest Self with an open and joyous heart.

Paola Cala

With a background in Art, Human Rights and Social Work, Pao’s approach to Yoga is one that integrates emotion, thought and action into the discovery of one’s greatness.  Her intention is to bring the essence of Yoga into a simple practical way of living through the cultivation of awareness, food education and soulful practices. She applies modern Kinesiology to the practice of Asana and Philosophical concepts to the study of Anatomy and Bio-mechanics, her classes also include Breath-work, Meditation and Inspiration from all around the world Art. By engaging and various styles of Movement, Yoga and Exercise, Pao has learned to utilize techniques for better and healthier movement benefiting one’s physical performance, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries.  She encourages her students to awaken their own power, recognize their inner teacher, develop their talents and connect to life with a kind, compassionate and loving heart. Pao believes that a better world with less suffering and where everybody can reach their potential is possible by transforming ourselves from the heart, by building community and by collectively taking action.  Pao completed Kula Yoga Shala’s 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in December 2014 and have continued my education since then, taking workshops, immersions and other on site and online trainings with qualified teachers such as Douglas Brooks, Jordan Bloom, Russill Paul, Sadie Nardini and Tyler McCoy.

Sarah Navarre Dixon

Sarah came to yoga as a way to serve her community. She is a nationally certified yoga instructor from Transcend Yoga, and has been practicing in the Hatha style for the past ten years. She combines her fun, energetic spirit with this experience to create a unique yoga practice. She is devoted to creating a sense of community and a calm and inviting experience for all. Sarah hopes to share the transformative power of yoga.

William Crockett

William (aka papacrock), began his path to yoga in 2012, after various body aches and pains, and an experience with cancer. Growing up in Florida, he was always active in fitness and surfing. His first real yoga classes at Kula were restorative, where he was able to tune in to his body, breath and spirit. He now teaches a gentle and mindful yoga practice, emphasizing breath, alignment, and posture, through multiple poses to help those, with aging gracefully. William says the practice of yoga has definitely enhanced and extended the quality of his life, and his passion is to share this gift with others.