Meet Your Teachers
Introducing myself to you and sharing my experience of Yoga with you is my pleasure. I have been practicing Hatha Yoga since 1993 and received my 200 hour teaching certification from a Yoga Alliance approved school called Namaste' Yoga in Royal Oak, Michigan in July of 2002. My background is Hatha Yoga, with Flow, Restorative, Healthy Backs, Core, and Yin as the variety of classes I enjoy guiding students through. Shortly after my Yoga Shala (school) was finished, I opened a small intimate studio in my home in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield where I held classes each week. Moving to Florida was a dream, a Southerner raised in Tennessee, raising a family in Michigan, and now residing in beautiful surroundings enjoying everyday. Owning Simply Yoga is such a pleasure, a passion and a learning experience all combined! I feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community of friends. Yoga helped to change my life in so many wonderful directions that the privilege of owning a studio and teaching is truly a gift. I am thrilled to be able to live my passions and dreams and share these sweet gifts with all. I would like to share the following quote with you, as it holds my blessed life in thought.
"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." -Rumi
Karen Pagano is considered one of the pioneers of Yin Yoga in Palm Beach County. Karen’s lighthearted, joyous instruction helps each student to laugh at their quirks and celebrate their victories both on and off the mat. Each student is encouraged to experience the higher vibration of love and to share that with others! As a certified instructor of Yin, Hatha, Yoga of Sound, and as an International Yoga Retreat Leader, Karen is profoundly grateful to be able to share this practice with you!
Christine Papera, 200-ERYT... My Yoga journey began in 2002 as I felt the need to find a balance between work and family. 2009 I completed with the support of my family, friends, fellow Yogis and Simply Yoga a Hatha based teacher training program. My teaching has brought more focus on Restorative and Gentle/Beginner based classes sharing the ananda “bliss” through breath, asana and stillness. I continue to grow through the knowledge provided from my students and the beautiful Yoga teachers I meet along my journey through this life.Be the light that shines bright within yourself and even more bright through others.
Jacquie Stephens ERYT-200, YACEP, has been a certified yoga teacher since 2009, having taken her initial training in West Palm Beach. Jacquie started taking yoga as a way to balance her career as a litigation paralegal and to deal with physical issues from that stressful lifestyle. Realizing that it was important to pay the yoga forward, Jacquie has continued her learning throughout the years, studying Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa styles of yoga as well as the sacred texts and anatomy. She is passionate about opening new paths for students to explore as well as using yoga to help people with chronic health problems. When you take a class or workshop with Jacquie, you can be assured of a well-thought out class and/or well-researched topic.
"You have Cancer" are the three words nobody wants to hear but those are the words that brought Lisa to a consistent yoga practice and eventually to her love of holding space for others as an RYT 500 yoga instructor. Lisa is a testament to the power of using the mind, body and breath to find inner strength and a sense of calm even through life's toughest challenges. After being diagnosed with chronic leukemia in 2012, she began consistently connecting with her mat and soon after began her journey towards becoming a yoga instructor. Lisa's passion for yoga and commitment to her students kept growing as she dealt with ongoing testing, procedures and treatments. Yoga is not only her refuge, a place of serenity and stillness, she finds it to be a practice of empowerment and hope within a safe and nurturing environment. Lisa's classes create a sense of peace and tranquility within an empowering and non judgmental practice while providing opportunities for learning and growth. She is also a certified Yoga 4 Cancer instructor and teaches a variety of yoga styles including vinyasa, yin, hatha, gentle flow and meditation.
Opening the door to the internal experience, deepening self-care practices, restoring balance to the nervous system, investigating where science and spirit meet - this is what lights me up. I am teacher and healer with a passion for health, wholeness, and balance that’s contagious. I bring together yogic philosophy, structural integrity, mindful movement, and a deep reverence and awareness for the world within through the practice of yoga and integrative body work. Join me and experience a climate of acceptance and self-care that will empower you to take control of your own growth and healing.
Katherine or Kat a C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Certified Yoga Therapist and experienced yoga teacher, endeavors to empower individuals to take an active role in their self-care to overcome challenges. She is the founder and director of OMward Enrichment®, a catalyst for interdisciplinary collaboration that facilitates personal well-being through outward experiences and inward wisdom. She has trained with Joseph and Lillian LePage in their Integrative Yoga Therapy program, Judith Hanson Lasater to become a Level 1 Relax and Renew® teacher, and Louise Goldberg to earn a level 2 certification in Creative Relaxation®. She leads dynamic and motivational classes and workshops to share knowledge with yoga teachers and practitioners alike.
Mitch was introduced to Yoga in 1999 and fell in love with the practice. Since that first class he has made Yoga an integral part of his life and has been teaching yoga for more than thirteen years. He has studied the Iyengar, Anusara, and now the Ashaya styles of yoga. He is a 200 hr. Certified teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance and is currently completing his 500 hr certification through Ashaya Yoga with master teacher Todd Norian. Mitch has also studied extensively in Yoga therapeutics with several outstanding teachers, John Friend and Todd Norian among them. Mitch teaches an alignment based class infused with fun and celebration. Mitch has also been teaching Pilates for 10 years and has a comprehensive certification through Balanced Body University.
How happy I was to stumble across yoga many years ago, when it was disguised as a gym “stretch class”! After a 200-hour certification through the Living Yoga Program, I began teaching yoga in 2007, and my 500-hour certification took me to India for a deeper study and understanding of this ancient way of life. I continue to explore the many aspects of yoga and how it impacts my life and those around me. I teach alignment-based, Hatha yoga, encouraging a safe and enjoyable yoga experience. The Iyengar and Anusara styles of yoga have had a strong influence on me and yet I remain curious about many other yoga methods, as there is always something new to learn. To create a safe and enjoyable yoga experience, I focus on students’ abilities and needs, and it’s my intention to encourage awareness, curiosity and acceptance – on and off the mat. In my own yoga practice, I enjoy the increased flexibility and awareness I receive in body, mind and spirit.
My yoga motto: "If it doesn't change your life, it's not Yoga."
Sat Atma Singh
In his search for mind, body, spirit connection Scott was influenced in his youth as to the benefits of a yogic and vegetarian lifestyle by his uncle and teacher, Sri Ram. In 1995 he began studying in depth Tai Chi and Hatha Yoga, followed by intensive training in Bikram, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. In 2001 Scott attended Summer Solstice in New Mexico with over 1000 yoga teachers and students. All day intensives in Kundalini Yoga and White Tantric Meditation transformed his spiritual practice and he was called to teach Kundalini Yoga.
Jerry studied Fine Arts at Eastern Michigan University. He works as a professional musician and artist as well as a certified yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance He first started his yoga journey at Simply Yoga in Delray Beach, Florida in 2006. Jerry combines his love for music with his love for yoga, often incorporating live music during Savasana.
Yoga has proven to me over and over again to be a practice that brings me back to my center and my connection when life challenges me and an art that allows me to express my inner joy and love towards life. To share this journey is truly the best gift I could receive. Anya received a Master's Degree in Counseling and is a Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, teaching Hatha Style and Kundalini Yoga for over 15 years.
Prema is a gentle and nurturing yoga teacher who has been sharing her practice for the last 10 years. Her teaching style supports students of all abilities to flourish in their practice attuning them to a vibration of love and the infinite potential of connection. Prema’s classes are laced with the wisdom of her travels and knowledge of both the physical and spiritual worlds. She is trained and certified to teach Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Yoga Energetics, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal Yoga, Kids Yoga, Mommy & Me Yoga and Vipassana Meditation. She is also a passionate bhakti yogi who loves sharing the profound practice of Kirtan.
I have been developing my own practice and teaching skills with the world’s top Iyengar Yoga teachers including Rita Keller, Stephanie Quirk, Gabriella Giubilaro (my beloved teacher), Carrie Owerko and Tamar Kelly from New York Iyengar Yoga Institute.Yoga and Meditation is a Light of my Life. In my yoga teaching, I give my students all of my skills and all my attention and share with them my own enthusiasm for alignment, spiritual growth and wellbeing.
Yoga is my passion. Yoga is my soul. Yoga is my breathing. Yoga is my softness. Yoga is my strength. Yoga is my stillness. Yoga is my balance. Yoga is my steadiness. Yoga is my guidance. Yoga is my peacefulness.
My Yoga is interconnectedness with all that is and joyfully sharing it with you.
(200-hour certification at Yoga Alliance and currently working towards my 500 hour)
Sifu (teacher) Gary Tong is a master instructor in Tai Chi and Qigong. Gary teaches Yang style Tai Chi Chuan and LAMAS Qi Gong, a medical form of Qigong for the prevention and healing of various illness and disease. Gary Tong is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Florida where he practice Chi Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork. Gary's vision is to share the knowledge and love of these healing arts and help in creating a harmonious society.
"The journey we are traveling is not geographical; it is the distance between our heart and mind. Conquering that distance, we shall find inner peace.”