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Deva Parnell, E-RYT500+, YACEP, founder and director of Discovery Yoga Center, is a certified professional level Kripalu Yoga teacher. She has been a yoga instructor and teacher-trainer since the 1970's and has trained more than 2500 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

 

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Christopher Baxter, E-RYT500, architect, master yoga educator, and author of 
Kripalu Hatha Yoga,
was instrumental in the development of Kripalu Yoga, and is student of Buddhist meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Christopher's trainings embody spacious well-being in body, mind & heart.
He is currently the primary teacher for the Discovery Yoga RYT300 Master Yoga Teacher Certification program.  innerskyyoga@gmail.com


Suzanne Tonkinson
, RYT500, a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, serves as a director and trainer on the Yoga Teacher Training team. Coming from a background as a physical fitness and aerobics instructor, 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.
Scott Farber, RYT200, holds a doctorate in aesthetic education with over twenty years experience as a university instructor and professional development trainer. He has been a teacher of yoga, t'ai chi and meditation for more than 30 years. A graduate of Discovery Yoga Teacher Training, he also studied at Kripalu Center, in Osho ashrams, with Amrit Desai, and with Don & Amba Stapleton in Costa Rica. He is a certified Let Your Yoga Dance instructor, has been a teacher of T'ai Chi Ch'uan since 1984, and is trained in TM, Kabbalah, Buddhist and Arica meditation, as well as the sacred drum tradition of Babatunde Olatunji. Scott has taught in Hawaii, Asia, Europe and Central America as well as throughout the U.S., in ashrams and clinics, schools and universities, spas and retreat centers. His integrative healing sessions blend Eastern and Western bodywork modalities with sound therapy, BEMER therapy, and aquatic therapy. Scott has a holistic health and wellness business called 5 Waves Learning. He spends part of each year in Costa Rica where he is an avid surfer 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.

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Stephen Shambach
, RYT500, LMT, is a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor trained at Discovery Yoga Center. He serves on the Yoga Teacher Training team, teaches Yoga Basic Training, Yin Yoga and workshops on meditation and esoteric anatomy. 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.
ErynEryn 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
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.

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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".

   
Patricia Evans
, RYT200,
is a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and a Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, who has been teaching yoga since 1984. She has also studied under Rodney Yee, Judith Lassiter and several Iyengar teachers, and is a Certified Reiki Practitioner. Patricia has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling, and worked as a Mental Health and Chemical Dependency counselor for 30 years. She taught African Drumming classes for 14 years. Patricia was creator and owner of Yoga, Etc. in Ohio for 20 years and loved integrating all of her teachings to help others. She is a warm, compassionate and sometimes humorous yoga teacher.


MaryJo Smith
, RYT500,
holds a doctorate in education, and is a Certified Master Yoga Teacher and Sky Styx instructor.

teZa Lord
, RYT200,
a lifelong yogini has studied many forms of yoga (Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Bikram, B. Baptiste, Kriya, Shiva R); taught Self Empowerment (yoga & meditation) in juvenile lockups and studio classes in Florida & Costa Rica. Founder of Discovery Yoga's own Community Satsang, leads kirtan chanting. As professional artist & writer, author of We Are ONE -- a spiritual blogger (LordFlea.com) & activist who spreads positive thought through words & images.​ 

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