We are honored to have these talented and experienced teachers to lead you in your yoga practice:
Kristy - OwnerA E-RYT 200 and RYT 500, Kristy brings her infectious humor, love of Yoga and compassionate nature to each of her classes. After the birth of her daughter, she decided against re-entering the “rat race” and instead chose to spend her days teaching what she loves. Her classes are an uplifting blend incorporating movement, static postures, breathing techniques and meditation for stress reduction. Along with her regular classes, Kristy also teaches our specialty classes such as Adaptive Yoga in Chairs and Prenatal Yoga. Kristy opened Niceville's first yoga studio,The Barefoot Yoga Studio, in 2006 and is thrilled to have combined forces with Teri Harnett in 2014 to open the Yoga Junkie Studio!!
Teri - OwnerTeri is an E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance, Usui Reiki Master, and Registered Dietitian. She began practicing yoga when she was a group exercise instructor. She originally took classes to help build her core to teach spin and kickboxing and wasn’t interested in the ‘mental side of it.’ Today, she can’t practice without feeling the spiritual benefits. Teri believes each student comes to the mat for various reasons and their practice is an opportunity for them to receive what they need from it. You can often hear Teri refer to a yoga mat as a magic carpet and her classes encourage us to honor our individuality on and off the mat.
CristinaCristina found yoga 10 years ago in her first year of being a 3rd Grade school teacher in Colorado. She lived the life of a military dependent moving from Colorado to Arizona, where she pursued her 200hr yoga certification in 2007. Moving to Florida after living overseas, she practiced a variety of yoga in Bali, India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and many other exotic locations. Cristina has witnessed the benefits of yoga around the world. She lives an active lifestyle incorporating everything from crossfit to paddleboarding and teaches to the athlete in all of us.
MichelleMichelle Hill completed her 200 hour training with YogaWorks in Atlanta, Georgia and is a 200 E-RYT with Yoga Alliance. Michelle's classes are intelligently sequenced, making the practice unique, challenging and fun for each student, regardless of which level they are practicing. Michelle began practicing yoga over 15 years ago as a way to balance the effects of running on her body. From this foundation of interest, her daily yoga practice became so much more. Yoga is a haven to release, increase vitality and build confidence. Yoga is a vital part of her well-being, and she strives to assist her students to find new opening in the body and in the mind.
DawnDawn Avent- E-RYT 200 and RYT 500. I walked into my first yoga class in 2004. I had no idea what to expect. It was hot, sweaty, and challenging. 90 minutes later I was in love. I fell hard and fast. I practiced almost every day for several years. I walked away from my mat for spells only to come back, more on fire. I knew that my mat was home and where I belonged. My practice and trainings have helped me to recognize who I really am without the labels. My practice gave me a way to heal from my past, taught me how to live in the present, and showed me the power of setting intentions for the future. I no longer live my life by default; I live my life by design.
KristineA recent graduate of our yoga teacher training program, Kristine is passionate, knowledgeable, and has magnetic energy. Her discovery of yoga started as a complimentary sport to her athletic pursuits. After her collegiate soccer journey came to a quick close, she struggled to find her identity post athlete. Through deep soul and spiritual searching, she forged her path in the wild through a deep appreciation of holistic medicine, crystals, energy healing, eastern philosophy, astrology, numerology, and all mystical modalities. Yoga complimented her natural interests and became a tool for deep soul healing. She delves in her yoga studies teaching the power of yoga in aligning your physical, emotional, mental, energetic, and spiritual bodies. Aside from practicing Kundalini, Kristine loves to teach slow flow yoga. Whether it is yin yoga or hot yoga, she enjoys teaching the power of slow conscious movement in yoga. Her classes not only focus on the physical postures, but always include pranayama (breathwork), meditation, and the space to connect with source, true Self, and the body.
NatashaNatasha has been practicing yoga for over 20 years which she began as an adjunct to cardio and weight- lifting, and to provide much needed centering and stress-relief while she was attending graduate school, working, and “holding down the fort” while her husband deployed multiple times. She has been practicing meditation and guided imagery even longer after she was introduced to it by her father as a young girl. As a life-long athlete competing in Volleyball and Track, running marathons, and weight-lifting, she has found yoga to be the perfect complement to aid in recovery, promote strength, and flexibility while connecting breath, mind and body. Most importantly, over the past several years, yoga has provided relief from anxiety, balance from her corporate career in Healthcare Technology and reduced stress that has come along with being a military wife. When she is not practicing yoga, Natasha enjoys spending time with her husband, Jerry, and their 3 rescue dogs. Natasha is a recent graduate of the Yoga Junkie Teacher Training Program.
DanaDana began practicing yoga 5 years ago when her husband suggested yoga to help her find better balance & peace from a stressful job and years of long-hour endurance training that left her less flexible and wondering “what else is there?” Yoga worked! Now, a 200 hr RYT teacher, Dana continues full-time work and, with her husband, enjoys an active lifestyle of yoga, biking, paddle boarding, kayaking, weightlifting and scuba diving. Yoga created her space to connect the mind and spirit to build strength, flexibility, balance and focus. Her passion for a healthy lifestyle is anchored by her commitment to inner peace, happiness and promotion of longevity through the journey of living the yoga life. Dana is excited to be able to help others gain strength, confidence, mindfulness of being present in the moment leading to a more peaceful and happy path in each of our own busy worlds. Your mat, your practice…it is what it is today for what you need it to be…always. Namaste!
WhitneyWhitney, has been practicing yoga for almost 3 years. She had a strong home practice before starting her yoga teacher training at URU Yoga & Beyond. Although her own practice is quite advanced, Whitney decided to focus her training on beginner classes. Her passion, as a yoga teacher, is helping others start their yoga journey. Whitney knows that yoga is for everyone no matter their size, limitations, or injuries. By focusing her teacher training on beginner classes Whitney's learned to refine her teachings to her students needs. She teaches beginner to advanced classes & is able to modify to her students needs from slow-flow to power vinyasa flow. Her intention in teaching yoga is to bring a compassionate love & depth to her classes that leaves her students feeling productive and energetically positive.
JacquieJacquie tried yoga off and on over several years but got more serious about her practice when health issues including high blood pressure, weight control, and fibromyalgia were becoming huge challenges in her day to day living. Yoga has brought major improvements to her health and helps tremendously with her pain management. She wants to help others with similar issue and body types to understand that there is a yoga style for every body and the benefits that come with it. With the use of props and modifications, she wants to guide students in finding their personal practice that helps them to feel better about themselves and to love their own bodies. Jacquie is a mother of three and a grandmother of one and has lived in Niceville since 1989. She loves camping, hiking, and being in nature with her family, paddle boarding, soccer, trying new things, and, of course, yoga!
JuleeJulee's completed her 200 YTT with Graham Fowler at Peachtree Yoga Atlanta, GA. It was then that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent surgery, chemo and radiation for the whole of 2014. Julee is also a Registered Dietitian, whose career has focused on disease prevention and healthy lifestyle. This led to her work with breast cancer survivors as an RD first, but also as a yoga instructor, refining and teaching a lifestyle adjustment class to help women reduce the odds of their cancer returning. An integral part of this four week course was yoga, meditation, and pranayama.
KaitlinKaitlin is an athlete turned yogi-athlete. As an avid weightlifter, Kaitlin discovered that power yoga crushed her prior misconceptions about yoga. She found that a consistent yoga practice was the perfect complement to her weight training routine, offering a balance between strength, stretching, and mindfulness. Kaitlin completed her 200-hours Teacher Training in 2017, specializing in power, vinyasa-style yoga. Kaitlin teaches yoga to give students a space to recognize their own strengths and to feel empowered to use them, both on and off the mat. Kaitlin’s classes are set to upbeat playlists with sequences that challenge students while remaining accessible to any level of experience
VanessaI like to say, "I am not your typical Yogini". I’m tattooed, listen to metal and probably swear too much. It is however, that juxtaposition that makes yoga my perfect fit. In 2016, I completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Yoga Junkie Studio under Teri Harnett and Kristi Souto. As a Crossfit athlete, I integrated Restorative Yoga into my personal practice and discovered how the practice provides time to listen and slow down into deep states of restoration. This recovery takes place while simultaneously allowing the body to regulate and heal in a safe and supportive environment. It is because of this love of Restorative Yoga that I teach it weekly. I have a passion for and deep practice in essential oils, chakras, gems, meditation and healing herbs. You can find my essential oil blends, scrubs and soaps in the studio under the Tir Na Nog label, which in Gaelic means "Land of Youth". My goal, as you enter my class, is for you to realize that it all starts on the mat…what happens next is truly amazing.
MissyMissy is a nomadic military wife and mother of four. She discovered yoga about 8 years ago and fell i love. She practiced off and on outside of a studio for most of that time. When she rolled out her mat on the cork floor of a studio for the first time as a New Year’s resolution to take her practice to a new level, it felt like ‘coming home’. She entered Yoga Teacher Training soon after. Her passion is to introduce yoga and its benefits to as many people as possible. She enjoys teaching children, beginners, those looking to sweat it out in a hot class and everything in between. Her heart is to help people take the lessons they learn on their mat into their everyday lives.
VenessaVenessa Hernandez was a resident of Sarasota, Florida for 30 years. Yoga has been an important part of her life for over 16 years, and her practice has helped her grow stronger, more flexible, and fearless. She completed her teacher certification with The Living Yoga Program in Austin, Texas and has been registered with the Yoga Alliance since 2005. She is qualified as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200 hour). Her passion is Vinyasa flow yoga. In her yoga classes she loves to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness, and a dose of inspiration to help her students deepen their practice. She recently moved to Milton, Florida. She is an accomplished triathlete. She and her husband enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle of cycling, scuba diving, backpacking, camping, and canoeing.