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Deva Parnell, E-RYT500+, YACEP, founder and director of Discovery Yoga Center, is a certified professional level Kripalu Yoga teacher and Discovery Yoga Lead Trainer. She has been a yoga instructor and teacher-trainer since the 1970's and has trained more than 2600 yoga teachers. A Kripalu Center resident and senior program teacher (1983-1995), she developed many of Kripalu's core yoga programs and has been instrumental in the development of Kripalu Yoga and Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training. As Sadhana Acharya, she coordinated daily yoga practice and yoga education for the 350-member resident staff. After leaving her position as director, coordinator and curriculum developer of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, she began training teachers at Discovery Yoga Center through her own RYT200 program. She also developed the center's RYT300 Master Yoga Teacher Certification program, which includes a faculty of world-class teachers. Deva's detailed, intuitive teaching style reflects the depth of her personal practice and her many years of study and training in a variety of yoga traditions, both in the U.S. and in India.

  

    
"Deva is refreshing in her genuineness. She says it like it is and keeps the outlook based in reality...
An amazing teacher! She can get me into my body like nobody else."

-Catie Dean, Kripalu Yoga Teacher

 
Scott Farber, Ph.D., YACEP/E-RYT500, is a certified Discovery Yoga Lead Trainer. He has a doctorate in philosophy and holistic education, and over twenty years experience as a university professor and educational trainer. Practicing yoga, t'ai chi and meditation for nearly 40 years, he is a graduate of Discovery Yoga's Master Teacher Training program, having studied with Amrit Desai as well as Deva Parnell and other senior Kripalu teachers. A longtime apprentice teacher in the School of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, he also is trained in various forms of meditation, including TM, Kabbalah, Qigong, Buddhist, Arica, Osho, and African drumming. Having taught in Hawaii, Asia, Europe and Central America as well as throughout the US, he now teaches Kripalu Yoga, Yin Yoga, Chakra Yoga, Dynamic Gentle Yoga, and Yoga Basics Training courses, and leads 200- and 300-hour Discovery Yoga Teacher Training programs. His integrative healing sessions blend Eastern and Western bodywork modalities, including energy work and sound healing. He founded 5 Waves Learning to integrate the art of tranformational learning with the science of  holistic wellness. He is an avid surfer, paddleboarder and waterman.

Claudia Saucy aka "Karuna Pragya" 500-CYT, began practicing yoga and meditation at age 18, and later in life completed her 500-hour certification under Don and Amba Stapleton, renown teachers in the Kripalu tradition. She studied Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad and Matthew Remski, among others, and is an Ayurveduc Lifestyle coach, a Bach Flower practitioner, and a private YogaGuide®. Holding a master’s degree in education, she moved from teaching academic subjects to children to teaching yoga in a variety of settings in Costa Rica, Canada, Italy, and the USA. Karuna brings to her Discovery Yoga classes the qualities that she is named for: karuna (compassion) and pragya (discernment). Combining breath, focus, and mindful flow, her movement explorations develop strength, and offer opportunities for relaxation and opening. Karuna's classes are an invitation to hold yourself with kindness while you explore with awareness the unique makeup of your body-mind-spirit.

Micki “Padma” Higgins, E-RYT500, is a certified Discovery Yoga Lead Trainer and owner of Padma Yoga studio in Palm Coast, Florida, where she offers 200-hour Discovery Yoga Teacher Training programs. She became interested in yoga at age 56, and what began as a “once in a while stress relief class” became her passion. After receiving  her 200-hour Discovery Yoga Teacher certification in the Kripalu tradition, she continued her professional training, attending workshops with world-class teachers and completing her 500-hour Master Yoga Teacher certification through Discovery Yoga. Micki is also a certified Yin Yoga instructor, and a Yoga Alliance continuing education provider.


Suzanne Tonkinson
, RYT500, a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and teacher trainer for over 16 years, serves as director/trainer on the Discovery Yoga Teacher Training team. Coming from a background of physical fitness and aerobics, Suzanne is a life-long student of yoga with an ever-increasing appreciation for the balance and wholeness of the practice. She embraces yoga as a gift that she feels passionate about sharing with others. Believing that our greatest teacher lies within, Suzanne's intention is to provide an atmosphere of self-acceptance and affirmation to open a path for self-discovery.
Eryn Boudreau, RYT500, is a physical therapist with over 20 years experience working with a variety of patients including children with cerebral palsy and downs syndrome, adults with chronic pain, and stroke patients. A Kripalu Yoga teacher, certified at Discovery Yoga Center, she has trained with a variety of master-teachers, and utilizes her physical therapy skills and yoga experience to compassionately guide students toward improved health and well-being. Eryn enjoys teaching yoga to all levels of students from athletes to students with neuromuscular difficulties. In addition to teaching group classes, she works with students individually and has served on the Yoga Teacher Training team.

Beverly Jund, RYT500, is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher, and is continuing her education to become a Yoga Therapist. When Beverly moved to Florida 12 years ago, she was fortunate to practice Yoga with Joan Ryan and is truly grateful for Joan and Deva Parnell's mentoring, training and love. Beverly is also a certified Pilates instructor and in her spare time enjoys photography, knitting, and playing with her dog, Cricket. Beverly also serves on the Yoga Teacher Training team.


Sarah Baringer Smith, RYT200, a Saint Augustine native and graduate of Flagler College, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, certified at Discovery Yoga Center. She teaches classes and serves on the teacher training team. Sarah believes that yoga is about tuning into breath and body, exploring limits and boundaries, and letting go of the things that do not serve us. By allowing ourselves to mindfully and lovingly connect with the physical self, we release old emotions that limit us; and we heal ourselves: mind, body and Spirit. By being truly present,
we create the space and strength to nourish ourselves and understand our connection to
"All That Is".



Stephen Shambach
, RYT500, LMT, is a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor trained at Discovery Yoga Center. His practice focuses on moving through meditation to find peace in the present moment. A licensed massage therapist, Stephen graduated from the Florida School of Massage, and is also certified in Thai Yoga Massage. Using his knowledge of kinesiology and bodywork, he helps yoga students and massage clients find self-appreciation and body awareness.
LeeAnn Kendall has been a yoga practitioner for nearly 30 years. She is a certified Discovery Yoga Teacher and is working on her 500 hour certification. When she first started yoga there were no yoga studios in St. Augustine. She was fortunate to meet a yoga teacher and was taught one-on-one. She lived in California for 10 years and studied many forms of Hatha yoga. LeeAnn has a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology, is an ordained Minister of A Course in Miracles, practices and teaches Emotional Freedom Technique (aka Tapping) and does private counseling and coaching. LeeAnn loves outdoor photography and is a holistic social media marketing manager. She currently teaches multi-level Kripalu yoga classes.



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