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Angela

Angela first discovered yoga in 2002 and had an on-and-off practice during that time. Initially, her draw to the practice was simply that everyone was doing it and she wanted the “yoga body”. It wasn’t until 2014, after the birth of her 2nd child, that yoga became a consistent practice (simply because she felt she was slowly losing her mind as a mom of two).

Angela found that yoga was an outlet, offering her some peace of mind and an hour long escape where she was not drowned in feeding and changing diapers. Her practice made her feel like herself again, offering a sense of peacefulness and calmness, which made her a better mother and wife.

In 2017, Angela trained with Kidding Around Yoga and began teaching kids yoga. Her intention was simply to teach yoga to her two young boys, as she knew that kids are more prone to stress and anxiety in this day and age. From then, she realized she wanted to teach kids, of all ages, the benefits of yoga and how it can help them navigate this hectic world. In 2018, Angela went on to complete a 200 hour teacher training through The Yoga Garden, so she could expand her knowledge to people of all ages, as she realized that yoga is for everyone.

CELESTE

Celeste was first introduced to yoga in 2002 to help control anxiety and panic attacks. She quickly realized the calming, meditative benefits that yoga could offer, and continued with her daily home practice for a couple of years until her anxiety was under control. Several years later a running accident, that shattered both tibias and ended her ability to run, led her back to yoga. She was fortunate to have an Orthopedic surgeon who regularly practiced yoga and recommended it as a way to gently strengthen her legs. Having practiced it in the past for its meditative benefits, Celeste was more than willing to turn to yoga again, this time for its physical benefits. She discovered Vinyasa Flow classes and was immediately drawn to the energetic feelings and strengthening that Vinyasa offered. She realized, however, that she needed to balance the more dynamic practice of Vinyasa with a more passive practice like Yin or Restorative. From the first Restorative Yoga class she attended, she was captivated by the extent of physical, mental, and emotional relaxation one could achieve with the use of props. She then expanded her yoga horizons to include Yin Yoga. With Yin, she experienced how well the long-held postures were able to gently stretch the connective tissues in her lower body, increasing joint mobility. Being a past runner, Celeste knew the benefits this could serve athletes in particular, and everyone in general. She knew that she wanted to share her love of yoga with others in need of healing, gentle stretching, increased mobility, and stillness, so in 2018 she attended Yoga Teacher Training and received her 200 RYT certification. Celeste specializes in Yin and Restorative Yoga. Her goal is that every student she has the privilege and honor of teaching leaves her class with a feeling of being nurtured, a sense of peacefulness, and a belief that someone truly cares about their well-being.

BRITTA

Britta began practicing yoga as a way to feel more at home in her own body & mind. She speaks openly about her lifetime battle with Anorexia & had no idea how much impact her teaching would have on her students by allowing herself to be vulnerable.

Britta has gone through multiple yoga teacher trainings and has assisted extensively under Joe Barnett and Loren Collarile Posca. She loves teaching Vinyasa, SUP yoga, and Yin yoga. Britta taught the first weekly Yin Yoga class in Brevard County and was determined to spread her teachings. It’s been nearly 10 years & she still says she falls more in love with yoga every single day.

Britta believes that our yoga practice should (and will) be different for everyone. Anatomically, we are all built differently, therefore we require different alignment and different information. With breath and mindfulness as a strong focus, she likes to encourage each of her students to find what fits their own body.
Britta leads a creative, uplifting, yet relaxing practice. From her alignment cues to individual adjustments, her students feel comfortable and loved. She infuses each class with passion, breath, and playfulness.

LOREN

Loren is the owner and lead teacher trainer at The Yoga Garden. She found yoga at age 19, while studying Fine Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She completed her initial yoga teacher training in 2007 with YogaWorks in NYC and went on to complete multiple trainings with world renowned teachers as a way to further her knowledge of the practice.

Early on, she saw the endless potential for growth within the practice and it instantly became not only a discipline, but a way of life. Her desire to grow, learn and play was deeply fulfilled by the process. She found that even the obstacles within the practice; the moments of struggle or stumbling, were a powerful vessel for inquiry and transformation. She was deeply dedicated to her practice, but not without consequence.
Loren sustained several injuries in her practice that led her to dig deeper and question the purpose of forcing the body into unreal contortions. Why do we believe that bending beyond our limitations would somehow shape our minds and lives into what we desire? Is this what is means to find our edge? And if so, why was nothing but injury on the other side? Why are we preaching mindfulness but practicing mindless, ego-driven, fast-paced movement? These experiences and inquiries led her to break down barriers to find a better way and much of her career has been dedicated to seeking that out.
Loren’s teaching is rebellious and revolutionary, with a strong anchor of integrity. She has a solid background in anatomy and uses this to guide her students to make wise choices within their own parameters. After years of teaching classical, cookie cutter alignment, she now offers her students the ability to experience variation and look closely at their experiences so they can make mindful, informed choices for themselves. She seeks to encourage her students to believe (and accept) that they are unique, so their practice should reflect that.
Loren’s classes are thoughtful, creative and intelligently designed. She brings a sense of light hearted-ness to her teaching and focuses on providing a sense of comfort and excitement for her students. Her classes aim to empower her students, while keeping them grounded in humility so they can uncover their own innate ability to change their lives through mindful practice.

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CORTNEY

Cortney began practicing yoga towards the end of her military career. After four tours to Afghanistan, she realized she needed something other than medication to help her with PTSD. She believes that the mindful awareness that yoga provides helped to keep her living in the present and with that, her true healing began.
Cortney started teaching in 2015, after her first Yoga Teacher Training and she found that was a way for her to remain in service to others. In 2018, she assisted and studied under The Yoga Garden’s YTT program, expanding her knowledge of anatomy of the human body and how to truly create intelligent sequencing for her students, offering meaningful modifications with use of props. She believes in creating a practice for her students that offers them mindful movement and breath work on the mat, while teaching them to take their practice with them elsewhere, as the lessons we learn in our practice stay with us even as we roll up our mats. Believing that she is always a student herself, Cortney is an avid reader and continues to seek knowledge for her students and her own practice. She creates a nurturing space in her classes with her melodic voice, sense of humor and passion for the practice that leaves her students feeling refreshed, relaxed and balanced in body, mind and spirit.

CATHERINE

Catherine began practicing yoga in 2006 and immediately became enchanted with the unique balance of serenity and strength it yields. She relied on her yoga practice during challenging treks in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Peru, Guatemala, New Zealand, Spain, and beyond, as well as during her career as an Engineering Program Manager.

Catherine completed her 200hr Teacher Training Certification under the tutelage of Loren Posca at The Yoga Garden in Melbourne, FL. She humbly and playfully embraces expanding and sharing her practice and is very grateful to all of her teachers and fellow students…past, present, and future.

Catherine’s teaching is lighthearted, yet well informed. Her classes are playful, creative and challenging, offering modifications and wise choices for all students.

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Sember

Sember is a certified yoga teacher, birth doula and childbirth educator. After a decade of teaching in elementary schools, Sember found a passion for teaching people of all ages and from all places how to connect body awareness to mindful thinking through yoga.

Since the birth of her children, Sember has carved out a consistent yoga practice as a means of self care; her practice enabled sacred space for self love and acceptance as a new mom. Sember’s home practice is based on patience, discipline and connecting with the body through breath and intuition. She brings these same elements to her students by creating thoughtful sequences and helps them find functional alignment in their bodies. Sember’s gentle nurturing spirit creates an environment free of judgement for students to find strength and stretch in a supportive way. She seeks to make each posture accessible and powerful while connecting breath to mindful movement. Sember’s personal yoga journey drives her desire to bring the healing elements of yoga to people of all ages and levels.