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.


Cristina 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.


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.


Dawn 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.


A 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.


I’ve been a student of yoga for almost 15 years—since I curiously walked into my first yoga class in a large gym setting at Okinawa AB. It was love at first down-dog! I know not everyone has this experience. That’s one of the things I love about yoga. Every one of us writes a unique story along this journey. We’re able to practice individually, together! It was here, at Yoga Junkie, that I decided to take my personal practice to another level and take the yoga teacher training 200-hour course. I LOVE TEACHING! My classes move our bodies through many planes of motion at a gentle pace, with pauses built in throughout the practice to listen to our body’s cues. I hope you join me!


I first discovered a style of Hatha Yoga while working on my undergraduate degree in 1999 at Wheeling Jesuit University. I found the practice to provide physical benefits, relieve stress and I began to love the 5 to 10 minute meditations at the end of each class. It was during those meditations that I could find some calm and stillness in my mind and spirit. An enthusiasm was generated within me to share with others this journey of enlightenment. Therefore, in 2014, I earned a 200 Hour Level I teacher Training Certificate in a style of Yoga called The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga. Since then I have returned to earn two additional 80 Hour Level II and III certificates. As result I am able to guide classes at beginner and intermediate levels in that lineage. My hope is to share something I truly believe in.


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'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 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


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.


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.


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.


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.