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Deva Parnell, E-RYT500+, 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 assistant director 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.
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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".
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Karen Olson
, RYT200, a yoga teacher since 2009, completed her 200-hour training in Naples, Florida. She has studied with many teachers and yogis, following her own heart and sharing this yogic journey whenever she can.

   
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.

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.​ 
Lisa Venancio, RYT200, was certified through Discovery Yoga Teacher Training in the Kripalu tradition. She found yoga in her teens as a competitive cheerleader and dancer, then fell in love with the practices of ashtanga, vinyasa and hot yoga after graduating from Flagler College. Despite the differences in each tradition, she loves the consistency of self awareness, breath and body connection, and mindfulness. As Lisa develops as a teacher in the St. Augustine yoga community, she continues to find joy in this beautiful practice. "Yoga has brought me healing, physically and emotionally, throughout the different seasons of my life. As an educator and mother, this practice helps me inspire my students and my daughters to develop the whole self -- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually." She says, "Yoga has encouraged grace and acceptance of myself and others, while simultaneously allowing me to step outside of comfort zones and bring myself to a new edge." Lisa experiences yoga as the light of self discovery pouring into herself, giving her the opportunity to pour light into others, and shine that light into the world.

Scott Farber... Holding a doctorate in aesthetic education, with over twenty years experience as a university instructor and professional development trainer, Scott has been a yoga, t'ai chi and meditation teacher for more than 30 years. He studied yoga at Kripalu Center, in Osho ashrams, with Amrit Desai, and with Don & Amba Stapleton in Costa Rica. He is also a certified Let Your Yoga Dance instructor. Scott has been a teacher in the (Ch'eng Man-Ch'ing style) School 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. He 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 and spends part of each year in Costa Rica where he is an avid surfer and waterman.
  
Pamela Harris,
RYT200 is certified in Ashtanga and Yin yoga, and is a life-long fitness enthusiast and runner, completing several 5kís and half marathons. Pam found yoga as many people do, seeking peace in a difficult time. She loves that yoga offers the benefits of a physical workout, and became passionate about the mind/spirit connection not found in other forms of exercise. Pam is also certified in Christina Phipps Foundationís Yoga for Breast Cancer, and teaches at Flagler Hospitalís Cancer Center. In addition, she volunteers at the Army National Guard, leading a weekly
Ashtanga-based classes for servicemen. While she loves the physicality of Ashtanga and Power yoga, Pam believes yoga in any form heals, making it fitness for the mind, body, and spirit.
Ann Kiyonaga, RYT200, has been a yoga instructor since 2001 and co-leads the Two Suns Rising Yoga Teacher Training (RYS200) with her husband, Didier. Prior to that, she had the great, good fortune to live in an ashram, both in India and the United States, for over a decade. Ann received a masters degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and has also lived abroad in many different locations. She has written two books, a book of poems and a children's book which she also illustrated. Ann's yoga classes are imbued with her years in the ashram, her global experience, and her ability to evoke a deeper experience of postures through poetic expression. Ann and her husband have two wonderful sons. They moved to beautiful St. Augustine in 1998.

Laura OʼNeal
, RYT200,
is a seasoned group fitness instructor of 30 years, a certified Pilates instructor, and a certified yoga instructor under Christopher Baxterʼs InnerSky method. She teaches a well-rounded, balanced, compassionate class and is known for her excellent cuing skills. Laura is a true yoga teacher, with all the enthusiasm of a woman who has had a spiritual awakening. Off the mat, Laura can be found with her four children (one of whom is a college student) and three dogs. Laura also holds a BFA in Art and Design, and is an artist and poet in residence at Butterfield Garage gallery in downtown St. Augustine.
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