Trained and certified teacher of Kundalini Yoga (member of KRITA), Hatha Yoga, and Yin Yoga (registered with Yoga Alliance - RYT-500E)
Trained and certified Yoga Nidra Meditation Facilitator and Trainer (Amrit Yoga Institute)
Teacher of Yoga50Plus,the yoga for every body
Tai Chi for Health Leader certified
Therapeutic Qigong Leader certified
Board Certified Hypnotist with NBPES (National Board of Professional and Ethical Standards),
- a member of NGH (National Guild of Hypnotists), and
- a member of IACT (International Association of Counselors and Therapists)
I have been a practitioner of meditation
for decades, though I did not always call it meditation.
In the 1980s, I suffered from severe depression (due to stress from work, stress in my social life and a general feeling of loss of control). Luckily, I had a very good Primary Care Physician. Once he realized I was having very unhealthy thoughts, he put me on medication (for the short term) and sent me to Bio-Feedback training. The next few weeks changed my life. Bio-Feedback is just a scientific name for a monitored type of meditation. It taught me how to relax, how to manage stress better, how to clear my thoughts, and gave the control of my life back to me. I was able to go off the medications. I still (and always will) practice this form of meditation.
What I did not realize at the time.. is that this was my introduction to observing and moving the energy of my body. This meditation practice gave me physical calm in the short term, while helping to rewire my brain to relax my mind and body in the long term. Dealing with stress takes more that just physical relaxation. It takes mental change, too.
Along my path, I have found other tools that help: Kundalini yoga, meditation (mindfulness, Yoga Nidra), moving meditation (Tai Chi and Qigong), breath work, and self-hypnosis.
After giving up on yoga
in my 20s when his ego would not accept being the only male in classes of extremely flexible young women, I did not return to yoga until my 50s when a friendship with an accomplished mature yogi opened doors for him. That relationship started a path in Kundalini Yoga that changed his life. Experience in yoga has led me to other limbs of yoga, where I learned that the postures were only a small part of yoga (and by farm not the most beneficial). This knowledge has allowed me to grow in many unexpected ways.
Six years later, a reformed gym rat, I am a dedicated yogi, a Yoga Teacher, a dedicated meditator, a Yoga Nidra Facilitator, a Tai CHi teacher, and a much healthier person.
With a focus on relaxation, healthy breathing, rejuvenating body stretches, weight management awareness, and how to achieve stress reduction, I create classes and workshops for "the Rest of Us," individuals who mistakenly think yoga is too demanding, too difficult, beyond their capabilities, not for them...... Individuals who say "I am not flexible enough, I am too old, I have physical limits, I am overweight, etc"
I invite you to join me on my journey. Together, let’s deal better with stress and grow in a vital life.
Sat Nam, Namiste,
My current classes serve people over 50, people who prefer a chair to a mat, people with dementia, people with Parkinson's disease, people who want to change their body size, and people who want a positive change in life.
If you fit into any of these groups, check out the SCHDEDLE at VitalLifeYoga.com or email me at Ty@VitalLifeYoga.com
Some of you know Patty from teaching yoga classs at Sanford Minfulness Center where we loved her Tuesday evening class in chair Hatha yoga.
Patty moved away to be near her family, then COVID-19 hit, and classes at the Center were suspended.
Well, she is coming back.
In late July or early August, expect to see Patty's classes brought yo you virtually via Vital Life Yoga.
Watch for announcements through our email list.
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Rachel Chase is a sacred activist, using her diverse experience passion for the healing arts to be a force of radical love in the world. She has received her bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of South Florida and her master's in clinical mental health counseling from Rollins college with special training in trauma-informed therapies, expressive arts therapy, and mindfulness for health and wellbeing.
She has also received extensive training, certifications, and mentoring in the fields of yoga, meditation, art, dance, energy medicine, vibrational therapies, mental health counseling, mindfulness facilitation, and community co-creation. She has taught art for over 20 years, dance for 30 years, yoga and meditation for 15 years, with 10 years experience as a coach/mentor, and two years as a clinical mental health counselor in-training.
She is the visionary architect of Creative Empowerment, a multi-dimensional platform for spiritual growth and self development with access to her one-on-one healing sessions, classes, meditations, videos, workshops, courses, and women's retreats.
As a coach, counselor, mentor, and energy healing facilitator, she uses reiki, mindfulness, breathwork, guided visualization, past life regression, quantum energy activation, kundalini yoga, mantra & sound healing, and artistic expression as her shamanic tools for transformation.
She is also a teaching artist and arts educator working in partnership with various artistic and educational organizations to bring the wisdom of mindfulness and the arts forward.
|Aimee, now living near Toronto, Canada, trained in yoga in Rishikesh India where she received my RYT 200 hour from Yoga Alliance. |
Her certification in Yin Yoga soon following that.
Currently, AImme is studying holistic nutrition with the Canadian school of natural nutrition.
You definitely want to try out Aimee's Yin Yoga class and watch for her workshops on nutrition.
|Dana's passion is to bring people together in love & joy. She practices & teaches several forms of yoga to create unity. As an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance, Dana has been teaching Hatha, Yin & Laughter Yoga in Central Florida since 2009. Her classes focus on awareness, mindfulness & deep attention to the breath. She encourages all of her students to find acceptance & joy in their bodies no matter what their level of practice or fitness is.|
Dana is a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher. Prior to Covid-19, Dana had been sharing weekly Laughter Yoga classes at the Maitland Jewish Community Center for 10 years and a few monthly Laughter Clubs, as well as leading Laughter at Yoga Festivals up and down the East Coast. She loves sharing the joys and health benefits of Laughter Yoga with all. She particularly likes the way all barriers of separation melt away as we connect to one another at a heart level, perceiving our tine oneness. Laughter Yoga is accessible to Every Body & is a deep & fun healing practice that releases stress, boosts the immune system, exercises the heart & lungs, & fosters positive, loving, compassionate & accepting attitudes NMW (No Matter What)!
In-person group laughter is far from the safest thing to do at the moment. Fortunately, Laughter Yoga translates extremely well to a virtual format! So since April. Dana has been offering FREE Laughter Yoga classes on Zoom every Monday at 11:00-11:40am.
( go to the SCHEDULE at VitalLifeYoga.com )
Dana continues to teach her regular yoga class schedule at Maitland Harmony Yoga Studio-but online only for now.
Tuesday & Thursday at 11:00-12:30 Yin Yoga
Wednesday at 11:00-12:15 Gentle Hatha
www.MHYoga.org (for further class descriptions & registration)
An accomplished vocalist and Bhakti Yogini, Dana is a mantra artist. While her band. To Bring Devotion is currently not leading devotional chanting in person due to Covid, you can find healing chants from previous kirtans and new chants of Dana solo (The Social Distancing Sessions playlist) since the "new-normal" on her YouTube page:
If you have any questions about any of the above, or just want to connect, you can reach
Dana via e-mail: Dana@YogaYouSmile.com
as well as via her 2 Facebook pages:
Dana Kaplan-Yoga You Smile &
To Bring Devotion
A yoga therapist, dharma teacher, and mindfulness facilitator, Imee
has guided the stressed 21st century soul into becoming more
self-aware, joyful, and calm in the midst of cosmopolitan life.
She regularly holds mindfulness retreats and workshops attended by
people from all walks of life, including athletes, students, and
An integral part of Imee's life and healing therapy are essential oils.
Essential oils have helped her clients, and Imee herself, towards living
life with ease, perfect health, and wellness.
Jai is a lifelong student, always seeking and evolving.
She began her personal growth path with the
Kundalini Research Institute a decade ago,
diving deep into kundalini yoga teachings,
self-awareness, neuroscience, and transformational work.
After being diagnosed with emphysema
and fighting a crippling addiction to cigarettes,
she found herself drawn to the deep breathing techniques
from the Kundalini Yoga tradition and healed her addiction
while taking Teacher Training with Deva Kaur
at Yoga Source, Coral Springs, FL.
She continued to learn, teach and practice
these techniques that healed her lungs.
She went on to finish all Level 2 and Level 3 Trainings
with KRI and is currently entering the
Aquarian Trainer Academy to become a KRI Lead Trainer.
Jai is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and she offers many
healing services at Sat Nam Wellness.
Her specialty is a combination of massage,
energy healing, cranial sacral, numerology
and love to help her community heal from past wounds
that get stored in the physical and energetic bodies.
Jai is also an energy artist and she does energy
readings and healings through abstract paintings.
She is currently engaged in growing
the conscious community in the Orlando area
as well as growing awareness to her nonprofit
program (Generation Meditation) teaching yoga
to underserved Haitian children living in sugar
labor camps called bateys in the Dominican Republic.
Jai playing the gong
To learn more, visit www.generationmeditation.org
You can reach Jai anytime on Facebook or by text via 407 227 2721