ABOUT US

We are honored to have these talented and experienced teachers to lead you in your yoga practice:

Kristy - Owner

A 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 - Owner

Teri 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.

Michelle

Michelle 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.

Lori

Lori is a 200-hour RYT with Yoga Alliance. She was led to yoga approximately 20 years ago while seeking relief from car accident injuries. Lori recently decided to challenge herself to commit to her yoga practice by attending the teacher training. Initially, her intentions were not to necessarily teach yoga classes. As a Mental Health Therapist, Lori wanted to share yoga with her clients to help them find calm and release emotion from the body. In her Mental Health practice, Lori focuses on trauma, attachment, and parent-child relationships. Lori is also a Licensed Massage Therapist with specialties in Prenatal and Infant Massage. This combination of training gives her a unique understanding of the mind-body connection and how emotions affect our physical wellbeing. Lori emphasizes listening to and honoring your body and becoming attuned with how your body responds to emotions.

Kristine

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.

Molly

A recent graduate of our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, Molly is the exception to the rule! She was lucky enough to find her love of yoga early in life and graduated the YTT at just 15 years old. Quite the feat when juggling a full course load at virtual school, cross country track, and volunteering at a local elder facility. Molly is bright and full of energy, and her teaching reflects just that! She is an old soul. Don't let her size or age fool you!! You're going to get quite the work out in her class, as well as the "work IN".

Megan

I will be the first to admit, when I took my first hot yoga class, I did not enjoy it. I was hot, I was sweaty, I was distracted. But a couple hours later, I felt undeniably more peaceful and my body’s aches and pains felt so much better. So I decided to try it again. This time I was going to be more prepared - two towels, plenty of water, breathable workout gear, and hair tied back so not even a strand would touch my skin. I’m sure glad I did because I found a workout that now 10 years later, continually revitalizes my mind, body, and spirit. It is my honor and privilege to be able to create a space for my students to do the same. To find peace, grow their practice, and find an escape from the day-to-day grind. I fiercely believe in the power of our thoughts and the laws of attraction. My wish for my students is to leave my class feeling lighter, feeling reinvigorated, and feeling content with exactly where they are.

Jacquie

Jacquie 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!

Julee

Julee'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.

Kaitlin

Kaitlin 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

Vanessa

I 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.

Recey

A recent 200 hour registered yoga teacher (RYT), Recey has spent a lifetime in the healing arts. A massage therapist, skin care/nail care specialist and yoga teacher , Recey is the owner of Touch of the Orient massage where she also trains and mentors in the art of massage therapy.

Victoria

In 2016 I received my 200 hour certification at Hot Spot Power Yoga, a Baptiste affiliated studio in Jacksonville. My journey through my own practice and the strength yoga gave me on and off my mat is what inspired me to teach. It was almost as if the mat was calling for me. I knew for a few years that I had wanted to try yoga but it wasn't until living in Florida that the option really became available. I can still remember my first class--stumbling through poses. I was instantly hooked and through energy exchange programs I submerged myself. Yoga became a safe haven for me in a tumultuous time in my life and I have personally experienced how yoga can effectively heal both the body and spirit. I have practiced extensively under the Baptiste method as well as the Barkan Method. My classes will show influences of both and adapt easily for all skill levels.

Heidi

Heidi has been a Speech-Language Pathologist in clinical practice since 1994. After exploring methods to manage stress, release tension, and increase mental focus, she experienced the benefits of Yoga several years ago. In deepening her practice, she soon learned that Yoga is the ultimate attitude adjustment because a consistent practice has the potential to make most things better. As a promoter of inner peace, she invites all students to open their hearts, breathe, and make space in their bodies. With patience, a sense of humor and a gentle manner, Heidi enjoys teaching students of all levels. She hopes that her students will find grounding and balance both on and off the mat. Heidi completed her Yoga Teacher Training Program at Yoga Junkie Studio and is registered through Yoga Alliance as a RYT 200.

Teri

Teri grew up in Niceville, Florida. Teri has earned many yoga certifications, but especially loves to share her experiences to help students with back and spinal issues. Teri has had several major back surgeries, and can relate well to her students that are challenged in this area. Teri believes in honoring your body during your practice. Teri blends strength, balance, flexibility, and calmness into each of her classes.