Yoga Den Fleming Island Instructors
Andrea has practiced many different styles of yoga over the years. She completed 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Den in 2011 and 300 hour training in 2018. She considers herself a forever student and always learns the most from her own personal practice. Andrea believes that moving mindfully with the breath develops one’s strength, balance and self-awareness. She has owned Yoga Den Fleming Island since December 2017 and is grateful to share yoga with this wonderful community.
Andrew Paul Williams received his 200 and 300 Hour Teacher Training at Yoga Den of Jacksonville. He teaches classes at Yoga Den Mandarin, Yoga Den Fleming Island, and Yoga Den World Golf Village. In addition to his yoga certification, Andrew has a B.A. in Communications and English, an M.A. in English from the University of North Florida and Ph.D. in Mass Communication for the University of Florida, College of Journalism and Mass Communication. After years of working as a professor and researcher, Andrew discovered yoga and wanted to share the many benefits he experienced through yoga practice with others.
My Love for Yoga and how it changed my life brought me to wanting to share it with all I could.
Jenny Beane Of Quest for Life Wellness center became my mentor and got me started in a training class. In May of 2015, I started teaching a Mindful slow flow class at the Quest for Life Wellness Center. In no time at all I was teaching Hatha, Vinyasa and Senior Chair Yoga. I enjoy sharing the joy you feel in the mind, body & soul also with learning breath work. Yoga has many benefits for all, from preschool to senior citizens. It’s a positive change in your body and life.
My Teacher Trainings:
- * RYT 200 hour completed with Open Studio, Wilmington NC June 13,2018
- * Started 300 hour certification on December 17, 2022 presently working to complete by July 17 2023.
- * Level 1 Yoga Fit Teacher Training May 2015
- * Senior Yoga Fit Training September 2015
- * Yoga Touch Hands- on Adjustment & Verbal Cues Oct 2016
- * In Light Yoga Lenoir NC breath works with Tori Hinnant January 2019
- * In Light Yoga Lenoir NC restorative Yoga with Jenny Beane March 2019
Denise has had a long career in nursing. Over the past six years, she has worked private duty pediatrics in the home and understands the importance of physical and mindful activity. Her Chiropractor suggested she attended a yoga class with the intention of stretching and increasing her flexibility. After one class she was convinced that yoga could positively uplift her physically and mentally to strengthen her life in many areas. While studying the holistic practice of yoga, it opened her world to the spirituality, mindfulness, and breath coaching that yoga also has to offer. Denise enrolled into a RYS Yoga Alliance 200hr teaching course through the Yoga Den and subsequently received her RYS500 certification. Next came certification in the Christina Phipps Foundation, Yoga for Cancer. Denise believes the social and emotional intelligence of mindfulness along with the physical and spiritual strength of yoga should be combined in one’s practice to receive a comprehensive experience.
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 grew up in Portland, Oregon. He’s spent a significant portion of his life exploring remote mountain wilderness up and down the West coast of North America. After moving to busy San Francisco, he searched for something to give him the peace and tranquility that exploring nature had given him throughout his life. When he discovered yoga, he was hooked!
After years of dreaming about getting his 200hr certification to share the joy he finds in the practice, he saw the opportunity to do so in 2020. Loving all forms of yoga, meditation, and breath work, he settled on power vinyasa as his primary practice. He focuses his personal practice, as well as his classes on following the breath to inform movement.
Jessica Gregory lives in Mandarin with her husband and son and has been practicing yoga since 2006. When she’s not on the mat, she enjoys stand-up paddle boarding on the St. Johns River. Professionally, Jessica is a psychiatric nurse practitioner in an acute care clinic. She helps stabilize people when they are experiencing psychiatric crises. Jessica is passionate about yoga and aims to practice its principles in all areas of her life.
Kimberly Sutton completed Yoga Den’s 200 hour teacher training to learn more and share her love of yoga. In addition to teaching a strong power class with many pilates-inspired sequences, Kimberly practices aerial yoga and is a certified aerial yoga teacher.
LMT, E-RYT500, YACEP
A yoga practitioner and devoted teacher, Koryn is rooted in her passion to share yoga and experience while compassionately connecting with others. Her yoga journey started in 2002 with a home practice evolved into a life-long exploration in movement; through study and observation of: anatomy and physiology, nature, breath, and all the mysterious gifts in life. Involving in self study and a wholistic lifestyle allows her to understand balance through mindful practices to communicate the benefits to others with intention. Studying the functionality of the body through a yogic lens provides a unique dynamic to her teaching style, along with focused attention on how the body’s own brilliance can find balance through mindful motion and meditation. Also, her enthusiasm for the healing arts and to support others on their path is leading to a lifetime of growth through education she loves. Currently, she is studying Ortho-Bionomy, manual/massage therapy, and other forms of body and energy work. Anything mysterious, she has a passion to run towards interpreting the knowledge in a practical way. Weekly, all-level opportunities to explore your inner workings with Koryn are offered to support in your life’s journey.
Not long after graduating college at UNF with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Larisa became strongly interested in how fitness and nutrition impacted our ability to live a longer and more fruitful life. Whether it was swimming laps, running sprints or working out at the gym, Larisa always believed in striving to improve the body and the mind. Larisa witnessed the benefits of yoga after marrying a beach volleyball pro athlete whose yoga practice was an important component of training and recovery. Years later, with the desire to cultivate strength and resilience in her 2 children to thrive in an increasingly demanding world, she recognized the importance of having a balanced mind and body. This led her to further explore her own understanding of yoga and meditation as part of a more holistic lifestyle. It seemed only natural to share her passion and appreciation for yoga and its health benefits with others. She graduated from Yoga Den in 2017 with her 200hr certification and in 2020 with her 300hr certification. Larisa’s philosophy on life can be summed up by B.K.S. Iyengar’s quote: “Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life.”
Mariah’s yoga journey began in early 2016 with the Yoga Den. She was first introduced to yoga by a friend who completed their 200-hour certification and immediately fell in love with the practice, both physically and mentally. Understanding the constraints that the corporate world take on the body, she sought further remedy and came across yoga as a way to delve deeper into the interconnections of mind and body. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in December of 2017 and is honored to be a teacher here. Hoping to bring sacred space to class and to help her students awaken their divine mind and body, Mariah continues to seek additional knowledge to help her students grow on and off the mat.
Michelle’s journey with yoga began over 10 years ago in her home State of California. Her sister introduced her to yoga, taking her to her first yoga class at their local gym. But it was with Bikram Style Yoga that her love and need for the practice emerged. She was initially drawn to this particular style of yoga to help rehabilitate strained muscles and soon enough her body began to crave the practice. When Michelle became a student with Yoga Den in 2016 she was looking for more than a physical practice, she was looking for mental clarity and peace of mind. She now knows yoga truly can heal the mind, body, and spirit. With a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology-Exercise Science and Rehabilitation she has carried with her a desire to help people stay happy and healthy in this body. Finally giving in to her passion, Michelle recently completed Yoga Den’s 200hr teacher training summer immersion course. Michelle has found so much joy in being a student with Yoga Den and is honored to now be a teacher here. She hopes her students can find a sense of adventure in her class and play within the postures and within the mind. ‘Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.’ -Mahatma Ghandi
Wendy has been deeply committed to fitness all of her life. It was in Melbourne, Australia where she lived for ten years that she first encountered yoga, and quickly grew to love it. After moving back to the States she continued to practice, and then decided to instruct, blending her passion for practice with her career. She is a Yoga Den 200 Hour RYT, and also has certifications in pilates mat and the pilates reformer, as well as being a personal trainer. She specializes in blending yoga with pilates. Her classes are a fun powerful fusion of both disciplines.