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
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.
Amy is a former elementary school teacher who graduated from NYU with a BS in education. She has been practicing yoga for over 18 years. She decided to take her passion and train to share her love of yoga with others. She is known for her compassionate teaching and attention to detail. She is eager to help her students learn and work to their fullest potential. Amy is an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher who trained through Yoga Journey in Boca Raton, Florida. She teaches at several clubs and studios around town, works with students in training to become yoga teachers, has a fully equipped home studio for private clients, and she also teaches corporate workshops and seminars.
Amy has a way of keeping it real and fun while maintaining the integrity of the yoga practice. She blends the physical and the spiritual, sharing that we can take these lessons with us off the mat. She often works privately with her students for one on one instruction, guided meditation, yoga and breath-work.
Amy practices with a variety of teachers, attends workshops and travels to keep her ideas fresh. She is happily married, living in Boca Raton, Florida and the proud mother of four wonderful children.
Christina began her exploration of yoga initially through study of philosophy and pranayama. Later, seeking to advance her asana practice, Christina found her first teachers in Joanne Evans and Christine Apter, and eventually heeded the call to teacher training. With the encouragement of her teacher, mentor and friend Kat Danio, Christina earned 200 hour certification at Simply Yoga and is registered through Yoga Alliance. Christina welcomes the opportunity to walk with students as they discover their yoga through asana and breath and then weave the grace, beauty and power of this beautiful practice throughout their lives.
Tecia Linville is a recording artist , 200hr Sivananda Yoga Teacher ,Sound Therapist, Crystal Healer and Reiki Master.
Tecia dedicated herself for the past 20 years with the purpose of helping others to find there own inner power. She plays a variety of Sacred musical instruments with the frequency of 432hz. That frequency helps release negative energy and welcome unconditional love and healing energy.
Tecia holds her practice in Usa and South America in Yoga studios, Hospitals and Rehab Centers.
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.
Julie discovered the joy of Yoga in her home country (South Africa) and has several 200-hour and 500-hour certifications from the US and India. During her career as a business exec, Julie welcomed Yoga and Meditation as a blueprint for balanced living. She has been teaching Yoga in the US since 2007 and is well known for her soothing voice and Yoga Nidra meditation recordings, enjoyed by thousands around the world. Julie’s Hatha yoga teaching is a blend of alignment, yoga philosophy, and a joy for the practice. She is inspired by yoga as a way for anyone to reach their full potential—in body, mind and spirit. Enjoy her Yoga Nidra recordings as "yogaressa" on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Insight Timer and more.
"If it doesn't change your life, it's not Yoga."
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.
"You have Cancer" are 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. Her classes create a sense of peace and tranquility within an empowering and non judgmental practice while providing opportunities for transformation and growth. Lisa is also a certified Yoga 4 Cancer instructor and teaches a variety of yoga styles including vinyasa, yin, hatha, gentle flow and meditation.
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” ~George Elliot~
Prema is a gentle and nurturing Yoga teacher who has been sharing her practice for the last 11 years. Prior to moving to Delray Beach, she spent 9 years traveling, studying and teaching at spiritual centers in countries all over the world including India, all through South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Bali and most recently Guatemala. 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.
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.
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.”
Through a series of unforeseen injuries during my first 200 hour teacher training my practice and teaching dynamically shifted. I began collaborating with my chiropractor who is also a yoga teacher. I soon joined her team at Miami’s only ‘Physician Supervised Yoga Therapy Center.’ Dr. Sandra Doman and I worked together creating programs that entailed stress relief, meditation, posture correction, yoga poses, and strengthening of the mind body connection. Our mission was to treat the whole person not just the symptoms, seeking to get to the root cause of the injury. With Dr. Doman’s collaboration, I completed over 800 clinical hours working with orthopedic injuries guiding patients with MS, chronic anxiety & depression, orthopedic injuries including spinal, sports, and degenerative diseases. I completed her “Working with Injuries” course and was trained in proper movement biomechanics while learning corrective exercises. While working for Dr. Doman I completed a second 200 hour training with internationally recognized educator, Alexandria Crow. This training was focused on biomechanics, movement patterns, and meditation. Education is vital to my career and each year I attend multiple immersions and training with my teachers, while maintaining a strict personal practice.
My classes create opportunities for everyone to experience a sense of relief in whatever way they need that day. They are creative, safe and thought-provoking, applying the ancient wisdom to our modern western lifestyles.
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.