Ann Marie Flanagan
Ann Marie began her yoga journey a little over a year ago to help heal an old injury and discovered the many benefits immediately. These benefits went well beyond just a physical practice. She learned the importance of the breath and began discovering her inner self again. As a teacher of 22 years in the public school system, she made the connection of bringing yoga into her Pre-K classroom. In working with young children with developmental delays she has been incorporating new methods on a daily basis. These include movement and coping strategies to assist her students with developing skills to recognize and work through strong feelings. She also creates learning opportunities to allow her students to develop healthy relationships with themselves and others.
Yoga has been a game-changer for her and her students. Her students are more engaged in their learning and are demonstrating kindness towards peers and their families. Ann Marie looks forward to bringing these teachings into the community.
–Ann Marie Flanagan
Ashley graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Psychology and Health and Wellness. She has always led a lifestyle involving various forms of fitness and is passionate about natural healing/wellness. Coinciding with personal life hardships and tragedies, Ashley submerged herself into the practice of yoga around 2016. Having done yoga many times over the years, it was only now that she began to learn the deeper practice, touching every state of her being. Physical attributes aside, what yoga has brought into her mental world, has been and continues to be a transformative and therapeutic journey.
After several years of working in a fast paced, demanding corporate environment, Ashley started a cleaning/elder care side business, almost by happenstance. Connecting with and helping the elderly through her work, surprisingly proved to be a mutually rewarding venture. As her business blossomed, Ashley eventually left her corporate job in order to focus on motherhood and growing her business. Ashley has found similarities among children and the elderly with whom she works, and finds reward in her ability to connect with both. Some time spent as a substitute teacher taught Ashley that she really had a passion for working with children, but had a preference for that outside of the traditional setting. She and her daughter enjoy mommy and me yoga and it seemed a natural fit when she discovered “Kids Yoga”. Her desire to work with kids and to have the opportunity to reach them during their most formative time led her to instructor training. Ashley values what the practice of yoga has brought into her own life and recognizes that those benefits transcend all ages. Engaging children in a space where connection with peers and oneself can happen is integral and, sadly, something that our society is getting further away from. Ashley’s hopes in becoming a kids yoga instructor is to focus on these character building fundamentals, subsequently cultivating confidence, focus, respect and creating mindfulness of not only themselves but also in the world around them.
Jeff’s vinyasa flow style at his weekday classes offers a balance of guided breath meditation and integration, powerful and deep all-level vinyasa movement and Yin/Nidra meditation. He brings to the experience the aesthetics of his passion for philosophy, world-religion, spirituality and One-ness, art and music.
His class intention is to cultivate easily repeatable practices and ways of being for his students that ground them deeper into their practice and their own transformational space of truth and internal guidance. It is the yoga of relationship– to source, our selves, each other and all that we experience and create. It is yoga for the community, and every class is a unique and shared journey of inquiry and discovery.
“Although I was already familiar with yogic philosophy, I came to discover the asana, the physical practice, as a middle age male needing to heel spine injuries and 20 years of chronic pain and inflammation. Something just told me to trust the built-in wisdom of the ancient practice. So I did. And I practiced every day and in a couple months I was pain free and my physical body had completely transformed. But I didn’t notice that so much, because I was meeting myself for the first time, I was meeting my own guru and that changed everything. So that’s my intention– to create a safe space of connection and community for others to do the same. I’m grateful for our Kula yoga community. It’s difficult for me to describe ‘what my yoga is’. My yoga is your yoga. I strive to be a passionate student and a compassionate teacher and I’m grateful everyday that I get to be. And wherever that meets me…that’s what my yoga is.”
Christina Vicole Lightworker
Certified Massage Therapist 2005
Certified Kidding Around Yoga Teacher 2014
Certified Level One Reiki Healer 2017
Since a child I felt the yearning in my soul to make a difference. I wanted to spread the same peace I had to every person, place or thing I encounter. In 2005, I graduated from Daytona Institute of Massage Therapy my heart wanted to spread love and I knew the power of touch would assist in doing so. Certifications in Swedish Massage & TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
In 2014 I became part of gym that had all the elements I was created from, Elite Strength Performance.
The energy of the support and community was a avalanche to anyone who walked through the door. I guided athletes from high school ages to pre college drafts. I did energy work through visualization and guided mediation to athletes to facility in homeostasis. We took Kids Yoga on the road during the summer months visiting outside schools. I saw children and athletes transform infront of my eyes. I knew that the practice of yoga was a gift everyone needed to unwrap and I wanted to make sure they got it.
I decided to pursue the things that I used to facilitate my peaceful nature. I became a certified Kidding Around Yoga Instructor. I mediated since a child finding peace through the noise. I threw my body upside down spinning with the wind allowing it too circumference a stillness in my soul that was unmovable. I later learned there was a name for my inner knowing that created peace , joy and stillness ,Yoga. As a teacher I found my happy place, the importance of listening to each child and meeting them were their at would in return allow them to teach me. A balancing Act of unconditionally holding space.
As a certified Kids yoga Instructor, I enjoy integrating my love for music, creative movement and artistic expression into all my classes. I believe in supporting each child’s imagination by providing a fun, loving and creative atmosphere that provides and outlet to handle stress. My goal is to teach them how to be thee peace in the world by giving them tools to practice.
I am a single mother to 3 amazing gifted souls and my hearts desire is that I would facilitate a channel of love that will cascade to not only my children but every child that I have the privilege of guiding.
LOVE IS THE CURE
My name is Nicolette and I’m a stay at home mom to two beautiful boys. Atlas is 4 and Artimus is almost 2. They are the lights of my life. I also have my BFA is Sculpture and Ceramics from the University of North Florida. I started my yoga journey in college after much apprehension. I’m not sure what caused my negative feelings initially but once I took my first class I knew it was for me. After college I became very busy running a paint your own pottery studio. It was awesome but it took up all of my time. I took a few yoga classes here and there until I eventually got married, pregnant and moved back to Port Orange. That is when I found Kula. I did a thirty day challenge and I was hooked!! Soon I was pregnant with my second little one and reminiscing of my kula days. The moment I found out that Kula was offering a kids yoga training course AND starting an after school program, I was dying to attend but the logistics seemed impossible with two littler under five. I shared the post stating my interest and my parents offered to watch the boys. The training was amazing! I am now a certified kids yoga instructor through Kula and am so excited to be a part of this yoga community and to bring yoga to more families in our community. Let’s grow our village together in kindness, respect, love and mindfulness.
Michele Reynolds is a third grade teacher at South Daytona Elementary School. She has been a teacher in Volusia County for 28 years. Michele started practicing yoga four years ago after a fellow teacher invited her to a class. She fell in love with the practice immediately. As an elementary teacher and a yogi, Michele felt that it just made sense to combine her two loves and become a kids’ yoga teacher. She hopes to give her students tools they can use to face the stresses of growing up in today’s society.
Tara has dabbled with practicing yoga on and off since high school but recently became much more involved after completing several challenges at Kula. Being an elementary school teacher, Tara enjoys incorporating yoga into her teaching and has seen the incredible benefits it offers students such as improving focus, resiliency, perseverance & confidence. Looking for opportunities to learn about & share the practice of yoga with children, lead her to become certified as a children’s yoga instructor. Tara hopes to continue to share her love of yoga with others & enjoys introducing children to the many wonderful benefits of yoga.
I grew up in New Smyrna Beach and attended New Smyrna Beach High School, where I now teach business education classes. During my high school years, my mom substituted for her own yoga teacher from time to time and invited me to participate. I will never forget the feeling after my first gentle yoga class. It was magical and definitely not what I expected. During my college years at the University of Florida, my love of yoga deepened through regular practice. Along with this came great spiritual growth as I found a tribe of like-minded individuals and learned more about the practice of mindfulness. Again, the magic was there. In the years after college, my practice became inconsistent as I went from one gym yoga class to another, never really finding my fit. Recently, I was drawn into regular practice again and really felt the pull when I learned of the Kula Yoga Kids Teacher Certification opportunity. I enjoy the challenge of creating engaging yoga practices with the eager children at Kula Yoga Kids. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the thriving Kula community and I’m especially thankful for the energy it has brought back in to my physical and spiritual life.