Yoga Den Mandarin Instructors
Alyson Foreacre, ERYT-500, co-founded Yoga Den in Jacksonville, Florida in 2002. She studied with dozens of master teachers, explored a wide variety of yoga traditions, and received multiple certifications. Recognizing the need for therapeutic accessibility, while also having the desire to offer Yoga as a fitness modality, Alyson stepped outside of the “traditional” box and developed her own signature class styles for Yoga Den, offering something for every level of strength and flexibility, with a welcoming “no judgment, listen to your body” philosophy. Read More
Khristi works from a solid foundation of skills developed through educational and vocational experiences in the areas of counseling, yoga, and experiential education. Khristi currently holds multiple academic degrees, including her doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. Khristi holds her 500-hour ERYT certification and has practiced yoga under multiple instructors. Khristi’s educational background and vocational experiences have enabled her to develop a programming style that meets the needs of many different students. From traditional to non-traditional classrooms, Khristi facilitates insight and self-exploration with the new 3 Rs in mind, “Recognize your potential, Redefine your limits, and Realize your dreams.”
Certification level: 500-hr
Classes I teach: Power, Mind~Body, Restorative, and various workshops
Teaching since: 2005
Sandra’s yoga journey began in 1999; thinking it was just another workout. To her surprise, she discovered the physical and mental benefits of practicing yoga, which was centered around the breath. This connected Sandra to a deeper sense of self awareness and calmness on and off the mat.
Sandra has been an instructor and forever student with the Yoga Den family since 2009, where she received her 500 RYT. She loves combining music with energetic flows in both her Power Vinyasa and Bhakti classes. Just breathe and flow, trusting in your own inner wisdom!
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 500 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.
I am an E-RYT 500 and have been teaching Yoga for 10 years now, approaching 4700 hours of teaching experience. I teach 12 times a week in varying styles including chair yoga to those who have suffered from TBI (traumatic brain injury). I worked as a computer programmer for 10 years and left that career to stay home with my children though I am almost an empty nester! I love dance and music which helps me to hear the rhythm, to be able to move and breathe to the beat which I love to do.
I often play and sing with my ukulele or harmonium in my classes. I have a strong mediation practice and have attended several retreats including two 10 day silent vipassana courses as well as serving a 3 day silent course. I love sharing all of this with my students and I am a forever student myself as I keep up a personal practice, read and study and continue to attend teacher training. I am honored and humbled to be able to teach Yoga.
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 Mandarin, World Golf Village, Bayard, and Fleming Island. 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. Read More
Heather Benzal is a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 RYT) with Yoga Alliance. She began practicing yoga in 2010 at with Kelly Kamm at Happy Buddha Yoga in Goshen, NY. Quickly falling in love with the philosophy, graceful movements, and spirituality, yoga became a huge part of day to day life. Inspired to learn more the journey took her to Marrakech, Morocco in 2015 where she deepened her understanding and joy for the philosophy of yoga as a lifestyle. This experience exponentially increased Heather’s passion for this ancient practice as well as her deep sense of gratitude for all we have in this life. In 2017, her life path brought her to Jacksonville, Florida. Read More
Through a positive, authentic approach to teaching, along with killer playlists, Lindsay Benner aims to provide her students with a safe space to land, move, and groove. She holds a Yoga Den 200-hour certification, with her 500-hour certification in progress. Currently, you can find Lindsay bright and early, teaching Sun Power classes on Monday and Thursday mornings at the Mandarin studio.
Jason began practicing yoga over a decade ago. Inspired by his own journey and the amazing teachers he’s had along the way, Jason made the decision to become a teacher in 2022 and hopes to bring the same happiness and good vibes to others. Though he loves and appreciates all forms of the practice, he has found his deepest connection with Bhakti and vinyasa flow. During class, his music choices are intentional – the cadence of Reggae inspired, feel-good songs beckon and align with Ujjayi, ocean breathing. By aligning music, movement and breath, Jason hopes to create an atmosphere of harmony, bringing people together and allowing students to sense into their own connectedness. Yoga means “unity”, and Jason strives to deliver that feeling in each and every class.
Colleen Berry-Becker a Jacksonville native and mother of 3, spent the last 15 + years in the fast-paced world of the Fashion Apparel industry. Through years of constant hustle, she yearned to deepen the mind-body connection and looked for ways to calm her nervous system and find balance. After getting back into a regular yoga practice, she realized that this was what her soul was calling her to do. She enrolled in the Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Den and received her 200 HR RYT. Read More
Helen started taking yoga classes at Yoga Den in 2007. She loved Alyson’s style of teaching and how it resonated with her after classes as well. Helen grew up with a very active family who loved being outside and in nature. Yoga was the perfect fit for her lifestyle and with her family. A couple years later Helen took some time off for an injury. Helen used yoga to heal those injuries and loved how yoga can heal someone physically or spiritually. Helen then took teacher training at Yoga Den and has her 200 RYT. Helen loves teaching the mind body class and promoting how yoga helps with healing.
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