Yoga Den Avondale Instructors

3653 St Johns Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32205
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Devon Schlegel

Devon Schlegel stumbled into her yoga journey in 2017, when she moved across the street from Yoga Den Avondale, all the way from Philadelphia. She quickly fell in love with the practice, which served as a stress reliever and helped her strengthen her relationship with her body. Later on, yoga proved to be an integral part of her rehabilitation following two knee surgeries. Devon is a board certified art therapist and licensed mental health counselor and recently received her 200 hr RYT training from Yoga Den.

Andrew Williams

ANDREW PAUL WILLIAMS, PH.D., E-RYT 500 has a Doctorate in Mass Communications from the University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications, an M.A. in English and a B.A. In Communication and English from the University of North Florida. He received his 200 and 300 Hour Teacher Training (RYT 500) at Yoga Den In Jacksonville, Florida. He teaches all-levels classes at Yoga Den Avondale, Bayard, Fleming Island, Mandarin, San Pablo,  Southside, and World Golf Village. He is the author of The Space Between: Cultivating Mindfulness, Peace, and Empowerment In Your Life Through Meta-Awareness, Framing, and Yoga, Good Eats Jax: A Local’s Guide to the Best Independently-Owned Restaurants Along Florida’s First Coast and co-author of The Book of Empowerment. He is a media professional with extensive publishing and public relations experience.

Patricia Hurd

Patricia began her journey on the path of yoga in March of 2017 at a YMCA and was immediately hooked. Having a very physical background she was intrigued with the physical aspect that the practice provides.  Racing mountain bikes, snowboarding and long distance running challenged Patricia; she was still searching for something. Later discovering that yoga reaches far beyond the physical layer. She did the Summer Immersion in July of 2017 and began teaching in October. Patricia is an avid yoga student and continually attends workshops throughout the country. She values her personal practice and rolls out the mat 6 days a week. She is an attentive teacher with clear direction and valuable information. She brings a bright energy to her classes and genuinely honors the students by creating a safe place for EVERYBODY to practice!

Krystina Kicklighter

Yoga has always interested me, and after taking a few classes I loved the way my body felt after leaving.  But it  turns out adding yoga to your self-discovery journey is a major game changer! My mind -body connection was awakened, and it hit me! I want others to feel this! I want to help people tap into the most inner parts and become the best version of themselves. Becoming a teacher has been one of my greatest most fulfilling achievements thus far! Yoga is my happy place!

Kari Frerker

Tapping into the personal transformation aspect of the yoga practice, Kari has joyfully added Yoga to her repertoire of healing arts. Holding multiple certifications each in hypnotherapy, Akashic Record Reading, reiki, yoga and more, Kari draws upon a wide range of knowledge and expertise as she leads classes in powerful vinyasa flows- Bhakti style, slowing down and listening internally in Mind & Body and deep cellular rejuvenation with her regular sound healings played on her beautifully colored pure quartz crystal singing bowls. Kari’s choices of music focus on bringing into the awareness of each yogi on their mat a deep INNERstanding of and connection to their own divinity,  inner power & strength, self-worth and the love that is all around us all the time. 

As a yogi, Kari likes to say “I’m here for the chaturangas.“ Spending more than 20 years focusing on health of the body, mind & spirit, on the mat is where Kari expects to spend the next 20 years and beyond.

Ana Guarino

As a competitive runner, Ana tried yoga to prevent injuries, stabilize the core, and stretch. She’s been hooked since her first class ten years ago. Ana appreciates the mind body connection and the community yoga creates. She believes that techniques learned in class can be taken off the mat and applied anywhere. Ana recently completed Yoga Den’s 200 RYT training and looks forward to continuing her yoga journey by sharing her knowledge with you.

Jacklyn Wiggins

Starting my yoga journey over 15 years ago in New York I then relocated to the Sunshine state. I was grateful for the opportunity to obtain my yoga training through the Yoga Den. 

I love yoga first and foremost for being an unending discovery of self awareness, self discovery and self transformation. Yoga has changed my life both on and off the mat. It’s taught me to breathe and believe in myself. But most importantly it taught me to listen and respect my body. Like they say! I bend so I don’t break. I hope to spread my love for yoga to you!

Lyssa Ball

Lyssa has been practicing yoga since 2000 and adores sharing her love of yoga as a teacher. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through Yoga Den in April 2019 and her 85-hour prenatal yoga teacher training in February 2020. In addition, she has over 50 hours of yoga continuing education, including training in Restorative and Yin. Lyssa believes yoga can help us stay awake to the present moment, practice loving kindness, and express creativity. She enjoys cooking, reading, taking walks, and spending time with family and friends. 

Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker took to yoga 15 years ago for the fun shapes and flexibility. She stayed for the breathwork and intentional stretching, which helped her reduce both anxiety and running injuries. Earning her 200 hour teacher training from Yoga Den in December 2019, she enjoys teaching power yoga and vinyasa flow for all levels. With a passion for fitness, and gratitude for mindfulness and community, she looks forward to practicing together.

Amanda Flakowicz

After resigning from ballet, Amanda began her yoga practice in 2021. Through her practices, she grew fascinated by its mental and physical healing properties. She was inspired by her teachers at Avondale to complete Yoga Den’s 200hr teacher training, and began teaching to athletes, kids, musicians, and at Yoga Den. In addition to teaching yoga, Amanda currently attends Jacksonville University, majoring in exercise science and piano performance, and aspires to a career in physical therapy. Amanda loves to read, teach piano to kids, embroider, and drink yerba mate in the park! 

Kim Royal

Kim started her yoga practice in 2018 and quickly fell in love with the benefits of the practice. Connecting the mind and body with movement and breathe became a form of medicine for her life which has helped heal acute injuries and manage daily stressors with her career as a nurse. Moving to the Riverside area has brought her to Yoga Den Avondale where she’s enjoyed growing her practice for the last few years. Recently, she made the decision to further advance her yoga journey by completing the Yoga Den 200 YTT program.

Emilie Johnson

Emilie Johnson began her journey with yoga over 10 years ago but it wasn’t until recent years that she really dedicated herself to a regular practice at Yoga Den. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in June of 2013 at Yoga Den and continues to learn both as a student and a teacher. She also loves dance and teaches dance fitness. She feels honored and humbled to be able to share her passions of yoga and dance with others.

James Kinnick-Bitar

Although I had experimented with the practice on and off as part of my workout routines in the 1990’s, it wasn’t until 2009 that yoga presented itself to me as a lifeline.  A year earlier, I had been diagnosed with MS, and was experiencing mobility issues which were having a tremendous impact on my daily life.

Enter yoga.

I started working one on one with a yoga teacher and therapist friend in San Francisco, and within 6 months was moving around with ease, in ways I thought I’d never be able to!  It became a part of my daily life, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

I moved to Jacksonville in 2016, and my partner turned me on to Yoga Den Avondale, which is where my journey to becoming a teacher really started. I really loved the “come as you are, we’ll meet you where you’re at” vibe, and found myself wanting to become more involved; to share my story and the practice, and to encourage others who may be struggling with issues similar to mine to walk their path back to feeling whole again.

2020 was the perfect opportunity for me to enroll in the Yoga Den 200hr teacher training, and I took it!!  I’m currently an E-RYT200, and will complete my 500hr training in November of 2023.

My style is typically power flow, focusing heavily on breath to movement, and although I love a high energy class, I always try to strike balance and provide a strong grounding force as well.  I’m very excited to be serving Avondale!

Shelby Rae

I’ve always had a spiritual calling for healing not just for myself but the healing as a collective. When I found yoga my life immediately changed, I found my center and inner peace. After completing my 200-hour RYT in 2016 at Yoga Den I found that I harnessed the power within me. My practice has taken me to North Carolina to study Hataha Pradpika with Michael Johnson at the Asheville Yoga Center. Here my studies grew deeper. I’m so thankful to be able to share the teachings that I’ve received and my personal experience with each of you on and off the mat. I look forward to continuing my journey of learning and sharing this experience with you!

Marcy Knight

Marcy has been a student of holistic healing, Native American spirituality, Eastern philosophy and meditation for the past twenty five years. She began her yoga practice in the 1990’s while dealing with a chronic illness and was inspired to embark on her teaching journey in 2006. She was first trained with YogaFit and then continued her studies with Two Suns Rising Hatha Yoga School. She became certified in 2011 as a teacher of Yoga for the Cancer Patient from the Christina Phipps Foundation. Today, in addition to working toward her 500 hour certification she teaches at Yoga Den Avondale, at corporate locations and works with private students. Marcy believes each breath should a prayer of thankfulness and every moment a celebration. Her classes reflect this belief, providing a space to restore, find stillness, connect to the healing power within and awaken to our own shining potential.

“Yoga is a way to focus within, and by doing so expand our awareness, bringing increased ability to live in balance and harmony. Everything that we are seeking- love, joy and peace is our natural state of being and is already inside each one of us!”

When not on her yoga mat, Marcy sews, keeps bees, is an organic gardener and herbalist. She is also a certified Reiki practitioner.

Tasha Brooks

Since January 2018, Tasha has been the owner of the Yoga Den Avondale location, of which she has been a part of since 2013. In 2009, Tasha attended her friend’s yoga class and found it challenging yet beneficial. Wanting to enhance her yoga practice, she joined the Yoga Den 200 hr Teacher Training program in 2013. After graduating, Tasha’s love for yoga grew as she taught various classes, including corporate, community, brewery, and special needs yoga. Tasha continued her studies in yoga by obtaining certifications in Pre/Post-Natal Yoga, Kids Yoga, and the Bhakti Vinyasa Flow program. In 2017, Tasha also completed her 300hr teacher certification through Yoga Den. Being an active member of the yoga community brings Tasha immense happiness, and she enjoys teaching and experiencing the positive energy that comes with the practice. Tasha looks forward to furthering her personal practice and teaching career.

Brooke Anderson

“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.” ~Oscar Wilde

This quote rings true to Brooke’s yogic journey as multiple knee operations from playing soccer in college left her in need of healing, the kind only yoga seemed to provide. With an athletic background, Brooke teaches mostly power classes. Each one is filled with high-energy vinyasa flows, balance postures, core & spinal work, with plenty of time to cool down and prepare for relaxation. To Brooke, music is one of the most important aspects of a yoga practice and her playlists are thoughtfully crafted. You may find your savasana accompanied with live music! She loves getting to know her students & feels very blessed to be able to share with the world this gift we’ve come to call yoga, through one individual at a time.

Chelsea Carr

Chelsea is an ESFP(for all you Meyers- Briggs fans). So, basically, that means she’s an extrovert and a lover of all things fun and stimulating. Life is her stage and loves performing for audiences whether she is singing or teaching Spanish to her high school students.

She began doing power yoga regularly in 2010, and at first, really loved its intensity, expressiveness, and playful nature. As she continued to practice, she began to experience deeper benefits – not only physical changes, but mental and emotional as well. Her mat became a mirror reflecting how she thought about herself, how she responded to situations, how her mind was anywhere but present, and began using this awareness to create small, meaningful changes off the mat. Through mindful practice, yoga can be a tool to heal and strengthen our bodies, hearts, and minds. She completed her 200hr training at Yoga Den just so she could share THAT gift with you!