Creator/Director/Instructor of Core Integrated Alignment Yoga, Studio Co-Owner, Advisory Board Director, Brand Creator/Author/Speaker & Event Host for Fit Piglet's Freshitarian Lifestyle
Shannon's enthusiasm for wellness comes from a life long struggle with genetics and weight loss. Scaling her heaviest at just over 200 pounds in 1995, she has been working hard to maintain her healthy lifestyle, and inspiring others to love themselves enough to want to feel good and thrive. Previously, an avid runner and intense weight lifter, she has reconciled her intentions to finding a deeper inner peace and genuine presence, by reducing mental and emotional stress and unwinding physical tension with the self reflective, deeply transformational, healing practices of yoga. Shannon Kidwell, developed the brand, Core Integrated Alignment Yoga, to share how moving the body intelligently allows any level of practitioner, applying the appropriate anatomical actions to yoga asana, to receive the full physiological benefits of the practice, with a very reduced risk of injury. She is a Master Pilates & Yoga Instructor and Educator, Personal Trainer, Lifestyle Coach, Leadership Development Trainer, Freshitarian Certified Chef, Nutritional Counselor, and Author of Fit Piglets, Your Guide to the Freshitarian Lifestyle. "I look forward to either guiding you or rolling out my mat beside you, sharing in sacred space very soon... Namaste."
Lee has always loved the intrinsic joy of expressing herself through movement. Starting as a teenager, Lee studied extensively, competed nationally and eventually became a teacher in the Kenpo Karate style of Martial Arts. In 2003, she began a daily Yoga practice through a desire to go deeper into the dimensions of the mind-body connection. Through her own transformation, her passion for Yoga has ﬁlled her with a desire to share this healing art with others.
“I believe deep in my heart that Yoga truly offers healing and well being for every body regardless of age or physical ability. Yoga gently brings forth an awareness that provides an increased connection to ourselves. This connection encourages us to use our breath, body, and mind to create the space within us to experience our own innate radiant health.”
Lee infuses her classes with her passion for the practice of Yoga and its ability to reﬂect back to us our true inner strength and natural peace.
From the time Asha was born she was blessed to have Yoga in her life. Asha’s family was part of a contemporary Tantric Yoga community that focuses on Self Realization and service to humanity. In this Yogic tradition she was taught meditation, and some Hatha Yoga at the age of 4. As an adult Asha was introduced to the westernized class format of asana and loves this dynamic approach.
As a humble and grateful student she has studied with her primary teachers, Lewis Rothlein and Christine Northcote in Winter Park, and attended many different workshops and/or trainings with other well-known and respected teachers throughout the country. Asha completed a 200- hour Yoga Certification with YogaWorks and Jodie Rufty, and a 200-hour Ashtanga certification with Urban Ashtanga. Asha’s approach to teaching Yoga asana is non-dogmatic and compassionate. She strives to provide an environment that is a catalyst to transformation on all levels, with an emphasis on breath, alignment and intuition. With passion and dedication she teaches Yoga from the Heart, Mind, Body and Soul.
Her goal is to take yoga from the mat and integrate it with her Western medical studies and passion for physical training and share that with others.
"When we discover our true self on the mat, what we learn can be applied to every aspect of our lives to live in the healthy, blissful state that we are meant to be."
Claire's first passions in her life are her two children, Brian and Sinclaire. And in her spare time, she spends time traveling the world with her children, running and recently teaching yoga in Spain.
Danita originally went to her first Yoga class because she was having chronic hip and shoulder pain. With her regular Yoga practice and self awareness, the pain had disappeared. Yoga has provided Danita with the needed balance, stability, strength, endurance, energy and flexibility in both her mind and her body.
Danita’s real life experience has opened her eyes and belief in reaching out to others seeking to grow through the art of Yoga.
Danita’s goal is to guide her students toward their happiness, strength and calm that is within each of us.
Her teaching style plays with the freedom that can be found through breath, flow and motion.
Danita has decided to deepen her practice by taking the teacher training course at the Yoga University of Florida, where she has earned her 270 hour Yoga Certification 50 hour Teacher Training Certificate with Briohny and Dice 40 hour Teacher Training Certificate with Bryan Kest 40 hour Hatha Alignment Yoga Teacher training with Mylinda Morales. Danita also has attended many workshops with other well known International Instructors such as, Jason Crandall, Tiffany Cruikshank and Nichala Joy Devi, to name a few. Off the mat, Danita enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, meditating and continuing her passion of 7 years as a Traditional Thai Massage Therapist.
Mary Jo began practicing yoga in Santa Monica, California as part of an overall fitness regimen. While there, the diagnosis of a life-altering health issue with her joints took away some of her favorite fitness outlets, but also helped her identify the powerful benefits of yoga on both her physical and mental wellbeing. Her dedication to a regular practice minimized Mary Jo’s disease and inspired and motivated her to receive a 200 hour RYT certification in 2013, working with world-renowned teachers Travis Eliot and Lauren Eckstrom at their “Holistic Yoga Flow” Vinyasa style school. Prior to her move from Santa Monica to Orlando, Mary Jo had the opportunity to teach at a variety of locations in Los Angeles, including Brian Kest’s Power Yoga West Studio, one of the venues that inspired her to begin her yoga journey.
Mary Jo’s style of teaching is in Vinyasa Flow originating from Krishnamachara’s Ashtanga Yoga. Vinyasa Flow is rooted in breath and movement and combines a series of flowing postures with rhythmic breathing for an intense mind-body workout. Sometimes given the westernized name “Power Yoga,” this type of movement feels like a dance where the student moves through ananas (postures) and vinyasas in one continuous flow that is synchronized with the breath. Mary Jo believes in safe and smart sequencing allowing for participants in her classes to come from a full range of fitness levels, regardless of age or experience. In addition, she has knowledge and personal experience practicing this type of flow during pregnancy.
Her classes are incredibly dynamic and fun and will get the student to utilize their athletic attributes:
strength, balance, flexibility and stamina. Her students will also get an opportunity to dig deeper into the spiritual components of their practice and explore how yoga can transform their lives and Mary Jo truly looks forward to sharing this amazing journey with her students. Namaste!
Sarah has always believed in healing through the mind, body and spirit connection, and yoga became a natural path for that to manifest. Sarah fell in love with yoga while backpacking through Australia and decided to deepen her understanding and practice at the source – India! She completed her 200-hour RYT certification in Rishikesh where she lived in an ashram at the base of the Himalayan Mountains. Her experience opened her mind and heart to yoga beyond the asana, and how it aligns and balances all aspects of your life.
Sarah’s yoga journey continued as she traveled the world throughout SE Asia, Indonesia and New Zealand studying Hatha, Vinyasa, AcroYoga, Ashtanga, and Iyengar yoga. She was inspired and transformed by her many teachers along the way, whether it was meditating with monks in northern Thailand, learning about universal consciousness in India, or practicing Transcendental Meditation in Bali.
Based in Orlando, Sarah also is a Children’s Play Therapist and has certification in Children’s PLAY Yoga from New Zealand where she combines the emotional, mental, and physical aspects to guide children to a healing space. She does private healing yoga sessions, including Thai massage, for adults and couples. She also works one-on-one with children, siblings and small groups incorporating play therapy and yoga as appropriate.
Tanya Scheidegg is a certified yoga teacher at the 200 hour level. Yoga has been a part of her
life for nearly 20 years; however it wasn’t until the last five that she truly began to deepen her
practice. Tanya loves the holistic experience of health and spirituality the physical practice of
yoga brings. Tanya returned to school to become a Physical Therapist Assistant and is scheduled
to graduate from the program in May 2015. She is not only excited to share her passion for yoga
with others but looks forward to helping others heal through yoga therapy. In her free time,
Tanya can be found frolicking in the great outdoors or tinkering with new raw food recipes.
Kourtney regularly hosts and attends sessions with other instructors to discuss various topics concerning the Pilates method, as well as continuously attending Yoga and Pilates workshops. She is currently studying to be a BMPS (Bodies Mind Program of Study) certified instructor.
Kourtney also enjoys Climbing, and biking, and exploring fun innovative fitness classes, and activities.
Lisa teaches a vinyasa flow style with a focus on healthy alignment. Her mindful sequencing gives students a safe space to grow and explore their edge, striking a careful balance between challenging and nurturing. Her intention is for students to leave class with a smile; feeling clear, strong, and ready to face obstacles both on the mat and in life.
In addition to teaching yoga, Lisa is a licensed massage therapist. When she is not working, Lisa enjoys spending down time with her husband David, son Ezra, and fluffy dog Neko.