Sweetwater Yoga and Fitness is located in the neighborhood Publix Shopping center at the intersection of Hunt Club & Wekiva Springs.


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Basic Yoga Flow

This class is taught by:

Yvette Durham

Certified Core Integrated Alignment Yoga Instructor & Student Teacher Mentor
Yvette is a British/American who’s made Sweetwater her home since 2014 with her husband and two lovely children. She’s lived in several parts of England, including London, where she completed her English Literature Degree at the University of Roehampton. Formerly a Flight Attendant, Yvette met her husband (now a retired US Army soldier) in Sierra Leone, Africa. She’s been a proud military wife, stationed in Germany twice, Kansas and Colorado.
Yvette knew she’d stumbled across something very special in 2008, lying in savasana during her first yoga class. Since then she’s had a dedicated yoga practice, delving into varying braches including Ashtanga, Kundalini and Hatha. Her passion for spirituality and physical wellness inspired her to create a blog, leading to several published articles. Yvette recently became a yoga teacher, completing 200 hours of Core Integrated Alignment Yoga, at Sweetwater Yoga & Fitness. Facilitating yoga enables Yvette to celebrate her love of writing, travel, angel therapy, aromatherapy and meditation to create a sacred and nurturing ambience for students.

Laurie Hickman

Certified Core Integrated Alignment Yoga Instructor & Student Teacher Mentor

Laurie fell in love with yoga at her very first class. What kept her coming back to the mat was the repeated experience of relaxation, clarity and heartfelt joy that she left with after every session. When she signed up for Yoga Teacher Training, her intention was simply to improve her poses. It wasn't far into the immersion that she realized what she found was too good not to share it with others. Laurie says, "Teaching yoga and being a part of this tribe and community has become such a rich part of my life. I am really excited about sharing with the Parkside Yoga & Fitness yogis! Additionally, I am a UCF graduate with a degree in Marketing and worked in advertising sales. I am a grateful wife and mother of 2 beautiful children and enjoy exercising, cooking, board games, traveling, and spending time with my family at the beach. This practice is so special to me... I can't wait to share it with you!" 

Bree Howells

Certified Core Integrated Alignment Yoga Instructor & Customer Service Associate
Fascinated by the study of yoga and moving meditation, Bree dove head first into her yoga practice three years ago. After dabbling in various studios and styles across Central Florida, it became clear that Sweetwater Yoga and Fitness was where her heart felt like home.   Bree's zealous soul strives to hold a sacred space of personal acceptance and deeper exploration of body, mind, and spirit for each individual that she has the pleasure of guiding. She encourages practitioners to discover their own potential, personal power and authenticity. As a devoted Flow Arts Performer, Bree's joyful heart shines so bright when she shares her passions through teaching both Core Integrated Alignment Yoga and the splendid art of Hoop Dance (hula hoop tutorials). As an up and coming community leader, her enthusiasm and determination are contagious! Bree's classes are safe, accessible, and fun with a compassionate and challenging approach. You can find her at two of Central Florida's finest communities, Parkside Yoga & Fitness in Apopka and Sweetwater Yoga & Fitness in Longwood.   "My intention is to inspire people who feel hesitant to start; to take that first step and walk into the room, just as you are. Leave the rest to me. It would be my honor and pleasure to guide you." ~ Bree 

Heather Kennedy

Certified Core Integrated Alignment Yoga Instructor, Student Teacher Mentor, Community Manager & Customer Service Coordinator, Assistant to Fit Piglet's Team Freshitarian  
I had been practicing yoga for about 3 years when I walked into Sweetwater Yoga & Fitness and instantly fell in love!  The community was so warm and inviting and the yoga felt good on my achy body. I love it so much and am excited to share this brand of yoga with the Sweetwater and Parkside communities. Im not sure where this path is leading me, but the life changing experiences and devoted and uplifting friendships I've found here have encouraged me in ways that are unexplainable. I can't wait to share space with you! See you in class! 

Liz Hill

Certified Core Integrated Alignment Yoga Instructor 
Throughout her life, Liz has consistently pursued physical activities. As a former high school athlete competing in multiple sports, physical activity has always been a primary part of her daily routine. Liz has always thrived on pushing herself beyond self-imposed limits.
Having raised three beautiful children into adults while taking on the challenges of life, Liz was naturally attracted to the peace and solitude of yoga. Once she began practicing and experiencing the physical and mental benefits of yoga, Liz became desirous to share with others.
As a registered nurse of twenty five plus years, compassion and caring have always been at the core of Liz’s well-being. As a result, she became passionate to extend her care for others through yoga.
Liz enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, biking, and painting.

Karen Chase

Certified Core Integrated Alignment Yoga Instructor, Senior Student Teacher Mentor, Advisory Board Member
Karen's relationship with yoga began in 2007 while she was pregnant with her second child, Finn. With an emergent toddler at home, she looked forward to the beautiful space cultivated during yoga, allowing her time to connect with her baby boy in utero, while reaping the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of practice. Though the demands of her expanding family caused a temporary “breakup” with yoga, Karen eventually returned to her practice as a compliment to her fitness regimens and was happy to finally introduce yoga to her family.
Karen began her teaching practice during her YTT program with CoreWorks Institute, and then immediately following graduation, she joined the Sweetwater Yoga Teaching Tribe. Karen believes very strongly in the power of yoga to be a catalyst to both physical and emotional healing as well as to foster a greater spiritual connection. Karen gears her classes to all levels and uses an empowering approach which allows practitioners the opportunity to fully explore all dimensions of yoga in a compassionate and nurturing environment while honoring their individual needs and desires.
Karen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with almost 10 years experience in providing hospice care. She embraces the beautiful irony of leaving a career which supported people on a path to a pain-free, peaceful, and dignified death to helping people live a full and vibrant life through the ancient and honorable practice of yoga. Off the mat, Karen enjoys multiple forms of fitness; spending time with her husband Leif and their three children; photography; live music; gardening; and the art of Zendoodle.

Michelle Roy

Certified Core Integrated Alignment Yoga Instructor

Michelle's journey with Yoga began in the 1990’s with a Hatha yoga class and soon after years of Kundalini, Bikram and power yoga. She now enjoys the more subtle aspects of yoga and self-discovery. "Yoga is “Me” time, when I can open up, journey deep and find peace. I am passionate about taking care of myself -- mind, body and soul, and I’ve always dreamed of helping others find peace in their hearts and minds. Finding Sweetwater Yoga & Fitness and completing my certification as a Core Integrated Yoga teacher under Shannon Kidwell’s guidance was the best decision I’ve ever made," says Michelle. "I am fascinated by how breathing deeply while moving the body helps calm the nervous system and slowly brings you to deeper awareness." Michelle adds,"As time goes by, you don’t even notice that subtle shifts are starting to happen. Then one day it dawns on you – I’ve changed. My mind and heart are more peaceful. My body feels free and strong. I hope to bring that feeling to all of my students."
Michelle's other loves include her beautiful family, laughter, art, moving stories, great music, great conversation and custom blending essential oil perfumes. She is currently studying for an aromatherapy certification with the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy in Tampa, Florida. "I am over the moon that I’m fulfilling my dreams and sharing my heart through Yoga. Come flow with me!" says Michelle. 

Lesley Cheema

Certified Core Integrated Alignment Yoga Instructor

Lesley has always led an active lifestyle from her passion as a soccer player growing up, to playing squash and most recently as a Zumba instructor. You name it she has tried it. Through her journey with physical activities, she spent quite a few hours in and out of different yoga studios until the day she entered Sweetwater Yoga and Fitness. Something was different... she was refreshed and felt free in this environment.

As an engineer who turned to the mat for corporate stress management, she became aware of the remarkable gifts of this practice, (reducing tension, gaining clarity, relaxation, core strengthening, broader perspective, and a sense of rejuvenation), and grew a desire to share it with others, so she decided to take her practice to the next level and become a teacher. 

Lesley is thrilled to share her passion for CIA Yoga with the Sweetwater/Parkside communities and is looking forward to greeting and guiding you on the mat soon! 


This Gentle Flow yoga practice is accessible to all levels and is ideal for anyone looking for a little revitalization. The sequences focuses on poses that will help you unwind such as hip openers, gentle lunges and twists.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Nov 19 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Yvette Durham
    at Sweetwater Yoga and Fitness, Inc
  • Sun Nov 19 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Yvette Durham
    at Parkside Yoga and Fitness
  • Mon Nov 20 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Laurie Hickman
    at Parkside Yoga and Fitness
  • Mon Nov 20 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Yvette Durham
    at Sweetwater Yoga and Fitness, Inc
  • Mon Nov 20 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Bree Howells
    at Parkside Yoga and Fitness
  • Tue Nov 21 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Heather Kennedy
    at Sweetwater Yoga and Fitness, Inc
  • Tue Nov 21 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Liz Hill
    at Parkside Yoga and Fitness
  • Wed Nov 22 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Karen Chase
    at Sweetwater Yoga and Fitness, Inc
  • Fri Nov 24 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Heather Kennedy
    at Sweetwater Yoga and Fitness, Inc
  • Sun Nov 26 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Yvette Durham
    at Sweetwater Yoga and Fitness, Inc
  • Sun Nov 26 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Michelle Roy
    at Parkside Yoga and Fitness
  • Mon Nov 27 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Laurie Hickman
    at Parkside Yoga and Fitness
  • Mon Nov 27 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Yvette Durham
    at Sweetwater Yoga and Fitness, Inc
  • Mon Nov 27 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Lesley Cheema
    at Parkside Yoga and Fitness
  • Tue Nov 28 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Heather Kennedy
    at Sweetwater Yoga and Fitness, Inc