Mary, E-RYT 500
Yoga Instructor ~ Yoga Teacher Training
Mary Griffith received her Hatha Yoga certificate from Yoga Alliance accredited director, Cindy Gibbons in 2000. She has since helped develop and instruct a Teacher Training program and teaches ongoing classes at Inner Strength Yoga and Healing Center.
She includes meditation and breath awareness to maximize benefits of the physical practice. She is inspired by a student’s dedication to regularly attend yoga classes.
Yoga is a continuing journey to know oneself, accept oneself, and love oneself. From this, healing is possible. ~Mary
Asana: Tadasana or Mountain Pose
I value Tadasana because it is the foundation of all the other poses. It reminds me to feel grounded and centered in class and in everyday life.
Book: The Silent Miracle, by Ron Rathbun
My favorite book is The Silent Miracle by Ron W. Rathbun because it holds truth and a way to heal ourselves.
Quote: Your mind has the ability to perceive every answer to every question you could possibly imagine. You just have to look. ~Ron Rathbun
Yoga Instructor ~ Reiki Master ~ Reflexology ~ Raindrop Therapy
Nettie has developed a very spiritual and solid approach to life through personal challenge and triumph. A cancer survivor and life teacher, she shares her incredible gift of healing and energy work with her clients. A Holistic Health Practitioner, Nettie offers deep tissue, therapeutic and Swedish massage at her office. She offers Reflexology, Raindrop Therapy and Reiki Healings at Inner Strength Yoga. With a strong and powerful spiritual presence, Nettie offers loving, caring, and heartfelt massage and healing work.
In addition to the classes Nettie teaches at ISY, she is also available for individual and group private sessions.
Asana: Viparita Karani or Legs Up the Wall
Legs Up the Wall because it brings a real sense of true calm and sinking-into-myself feeling.
Book: The Way is Within, by Ron Rathbun
Quote: I love all quotes from people I honor and admire. I am a real quoting quotes lady and I just do not have a favorite. I love passing along heartfelt readings I am inspired by.
Even as a child Candi enjoyed dance and physical movement, moving into ballroom dancing and aerobics as an adult. In the early 1980′s Candi began her spiritual practice of going away for 3 day meditation retreats twice a year. Shortly thereafter she began taking yoga classes. As yoga combines physical exercise and meditation it has become her life’s passion, helping her through several major life challenges.
In 2009 Candi retired after 30 years as a computer business software consultant and became certified as a yoga teacher. Candi’s yoga classes emphasize the flow of energy through the body, encouraging each student to be aware of their own rhythms and experience their natural vitality.
She is registered with the Yoga Alliance and expects to be teaching and practicing yoga the rest of her life. Candi and her husband still enjoy West Coast Swing dancing and her daughter, son-in-law and 5 grandchildren in Encinitas.
Asana: Salabhasana or Locust Pose
My favorite pose is the Locust because it is so strengthening for the back – so we won’t hunch over as we age!
Johanna RYT 200
Johanna is a certified yoga teacher RYT-200 and a graduate of Light and Love Yoga Teacher Training in Encinitas, California. She loves painting, especially portraiture, and has a BA in Fine Art and Design from Northwest College of Art in Poulsbo, Washington. She is an alumni of AmeriCorps NCCC Northeast Region. She enjoys photography and crafts, and the company of her Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Asia.
Asana: Garudasana or Eagle Pose
My favorite yoga pose is Garudasana because it was so difficult to find balance when I first started practicing it. Now that I have my balance in it, I feel like it makes me stronger and stronger.
Book: Yoga at Your Wall, by Stephanie Pappas
My favorite yoga book is Yoga at Your Wall, by Stephanie Pappas. It has great ideas for finding new ways to find strength and balance in many poses.
Quote: My favorite quote is simply the meaning of Namaste: All that is highest and best in me acknowledges all that is highest and best in you.
Yoga Instructor ~ Reiki Practitioner
Dannette was introduced to yoga after a serious injury sidelined her from her previously active life. The practices of Gentle and Restorative Yoga nourished and healed her body while awakening her mind and spirit – and a new passion was born. Dannette’s desire to share the healing benefits of yoga led her to study with Lynda Light at Light and Love Yoga School where she received her 200 and 500 hour YTT certification. In her commitment to continue her understanding and advance her own personal practice, Dannette regularly attends workshops, classes, and events focused on therapeutic and healing yoga practices.
Dannette believes the power of yoga lies in the tradition’s integral understanding of the mind-body relationship. Yoga quiets the mind and creates body awareness in a way that allows healing to occur. Dannette is committed to explore and utilize the many self-empowering tools of yoga to enhance, maintain, and restore the health and well-being of all her students.
Asana: Vriksasana or Tree Pose
I love the harmony of strength with ease ~ balance with movement ~ and focus with peace I feel in tree pose. Somedays I sway in the pose, and other days I feel like I could stay planted in it for hours.
Yoga Book: Yoga Beyond Belief, by Ganga White
Yoga Beyond Belief offers approaches to yoga that open possibilities for deep and liberating transformations of the self. It is an enlightening and meaningful read for students of all levels and abilities. Easy to digest, and hard to put down.
Quote: Yoga is not a goal at all – it is a lifelong process of living and learning that nurtures our being and that enriches the quality of our days… We have our entire lifetimes. ~Ganga White
Born and raised in India, Jayashree came to the US in 2001. She started her career here as a Montessori teacher, but was deeply engaged in her spiritual journey in which yoga played a major role. Initiated at the age of 15 in Rishikesh, India she grew up in a family where spiritual values were the norm. She read Patanjali’s yoga and studied Sanskrit in school. Breathing techniques and regular meditation were a daily practice.
Jayashree was formally trained as yoga teacher in the Himalayan tradition after she chose to change her career path in 2011. She offers Joints and Glands yoga, Mudra and Meditation classes at the center since the beginning of 2012, and will be starting a Basic Yoga for Beginners class soon.
A traveler at heart, she travels to India every year and visits places of spiritual significance.
Asana: Viparita Karani or Legs Up the Wall Pose
Legs Up the Wall has many benefits besides being the most relaxing posture. It is very good for thyroid and nourishes the brain. It strengthens the upper body, improves digestion and elimination. It helps insomnia, and is soothing, energising and nurturing.
Book: Yoga As Medicine, by Timothy McCall
This book is focused on healing, very comprehensive, and addresses most major ailments in a concise and interesting manner.
Quote: Yoga is known as the disconnection of the connection with suffering. ~Bhagavad Gita (6.23)
Psychic Intuitive & Reiki Master
For over 30 years Cindy Marks has been a gifted psychic and intuitive for the past, present and future. She has worked on missing persons cases and does medical and emotional healing. Cindy has provided help to hundreds of people in many ways: communication with the dead, communication with people in comas, communication with people’s spirits, locating missing people, help with relationships, help with career decisions & predicting future events. She is also a Reiki and Shin-Rai-Healing Master.
Sarah discovered the spirit of movement in dance as a child. All her life she has followed that passion through a variety of disciplines in dance and martial arts. As a special education teacher, Sarah began using movement and breathing together to help her students increase self-awareness and manage their attention, emotions, and behavior. When injury compelled her to turn away from dance, she found herself in yoga. Illness and sweeping life changes opened her to the deep inner transformation available through living yogic principles. Sarah’s yoga practice is a natural evolution of her desire to effect change in her own life; looking within, she finds the best ways to care for body and mind. Her intent as a yoga instructor is to help others grow more aware of their own gifts of Self, and live in a way that brings their greatness into the world.
Asana: Ekapada Rajakapotasana or Pigeon Pose
I love to check in and see where I am each day in Pigeon. This posture invites tight hips to open, lifts and lightens the heart, and grounds the whole body into Earth’s endless support.
Book: The Untethered Soul, by Michael A. Singer
Singer covers vast territory as he guides readers on a journey toward themselves. I connected with his teachings on relaxing into resistance and staying open as the pain of growth passes into the freedom of transformation.
Quote: “Nothing, ever, is worth closing your heart over.” – Michael A. Singer