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All Levels Yoga


This class is taught by:

Kiersten Koza

I have enjoyed yoga for the past 10 years, but my love for it has really evolved and grown over the past 3 years, leading me to become a Yoga Teacher. My goal is to share this special practice and it's many benefits with students. I strive to find what feels good in my own body, and encourage students to do the same. My approach to teaching yoga is through empowerment, support and encouraging self love.

Valarie Olsen

I have been practicing for about 20 years. I quickly found that the practice helped me cope with the stressors in my life. I reached a point where I wanted to share yoga with others. In June 2011, I became a registered Yoga Teacher. My approach in teaching Hatha style yoga has been very much influenced by the wonderful teachers I've had over the years. I combine aspects of Iyengar, Kripalu, Power, Ashtanga and Hatha in my teaching style, depending on what type of class I'm teaching. I also incorporate my knowledge as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in using yoga as a self-care approach, a strategy to manage stress, and a way to align mental and physical health. I am honored to be working with this group of teachers at Yoga Bird, and to have more opportunities to grow, learn and share with others.

Elizabeth Spear

I started practicing yoga in 2010, and it has changed my life in so many ways. I have discovered a place deep inside myself that is always joyful, confident, content and at peace no matter what is happening in my life. It can be hard to hold on to these feelings when life gets crazy, but that is one of the reasons I will always continue to practice yoga. I have my bachelors in the science of health and wellness and have a strong passion for helping others find true health in their body, mind and spirit. Yoga is great for the physical body, but it is so much more. It also helps to create a more calm mind by, little by little, stilling the chaos and distractions .I’m so excited to be able to share my knowledge of yoga with others and possibly help others experience positive life changes as a result.

Alex Wilson (Crosbie)

Before I ever even knew what yoga was, it called to me. Before I ever even wanted a practice in my life, yoga was there, waiting for me. When I began my slow and inconsistent journey, yoga was patient. When I felt that I was never going to get anything from it, yoga came through for me with exactly what I needed. When I became confident and boastful about my practice, yoga challenged me in new ways and helped me feel humble. Whenever I need something, with faith, practice, and dedication, yoga delivers. As a teacher, my goal is simply to share the gift of yoga with everyone who wants it (and maybe even the people who don’t want it), and my wish is that yoga serves you in whatever way you need it to.

George Kolebas

I have been a yoga instructor since 2001. In my class, you move through breath by breath with a primary focus on personal insight as well as the body’s mechanics. Be authentic. Create your asanas (yoga postures) from where you are today. Yoga poses are like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. Spice it up by working with the breath and clear your space with meditation. Experience yourself with a sense of wholeness and completeness. As an instructor, I enjoy witnessing the student's deepening expansion of presence and hearing words like "That was just what I needed," after class.

Chip Withrow

I have been a teacher for 23 years – almost half my life – of everything from driver education to middle school reading to golf to guitar to high school journalism to homeschooling an amazing 12-year-old daughter – and in November 2014 I became a certified yoga instructor.Yoga can be a powerful tool for clearing our path through this world – for being a non-judgmental observer, an active and joyous participant, and a shining light for others. I want to demonstrate that yoga can be practical and accessible, that it can ground you and elevate your senses of wonder and gratitude. My wish is that those who come to my classes feel that they can take their yoga off the mats and into their daily lives. And oh, yeah – let’s have fun in those classes, too! Because yoga has been such an incredible gift for my family, and I am delighted that I get to share that gift.

Linda Rowland

I first discovered yoga 6 years ago as I sought a new way to manage old stresses. It wasn't long before I started to see and feel the profound difference that the practice had on my mind, body and spirit. I ultimately wanted to learn how to share it with others. Since completing my training, my own teacher’s soul has found true delight in teaching yoga. My goal is for students to find what serves them best in their practices; for some that may be learning how to do advanced poses, but for many it is really about finding balance and inner peace and getting in touch with their own physical and spiritual selves. To that end, while I love teaching all levels of yoga classes, I truly enjoy teaching Basic, Gentle and Restorative classes and incorporating crystal bowl sound therapy into my classes. The bowls create a sort of magic all their own, and I am grateful to be able to share that magic with Yoga Bird students of all levels!

Sue Persia

It has been just over twenty years since I first stepped into a yoga studio. Since then I have studied with many great teachers, from a variety of yoga styles. They have all shaped, and continue to shape, my experience and practice of yoga and meditation. I believe that breath and alignment are the most transformational aspects of yoga and rely on them for support as I make my way through this amazing life. After relocating to Fort Myers, FL from Philadelphia, PA in 2012, I was in search of a new yoga “home”; I found that home at Yoga Bird. I received my 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Yoga Bird in 2017. Although I consider myself a student first, I am honored and eager to share the dynamic tradition of yoga with others. My biggest source of inspiration is my three-year-old son, who is full of spirit, curiosity, and a playful approach to facing new challenges. May we all be that way on the yoga mat and in life. I am grateful to be a part of the Yoga Bird community and look forward to meeting you in the studio.

Forrest Campbell

I'm a firm believer that the human body and mind is capable of great things through focus and awareness. I have a passion for helping individuals transcend and grow physically and mentally.
I am currently a trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a Registered Yoga Teacher. I have worked with individuals from youth and beginners, to high-level professional athletes. I am well rounded and knowledgeable in all areas of athletic performance and yoga.

Anna Withrow

I am very blessed to have studied with extraordinary teachers and enjoy sharing the dynamic, living tradition of yoga with my students, as I grow into it in my own practice. My approach to yoga is fun, encouraging, and exploratory. I love to combine the spontaneity and intuitive feeling of moving with the breath with the integrity and deep self-knowledge that arises from an alignment-focused practice. Integrating elements of yoga philosophy and practical wisdom, ultimately I hope to guide students in a practice that leads to remembering that we are more than our physical bodies and that we are perfect as we are. If you are present and breathing, I can’t help but think you’re totally amazing, no matter what shape your body is making. I am honored by each student who practices with me and recognize you as my greatest teachers.

 

Joanne Halt

My yoga journey began in 1999, doing Bikram Yoga. I gained strength, flexibility, and energy. As a former counselor, I experienced how body awareness led to emotional awareness. I grew in my ability to be present, which helped my emotional and spiritual growth. Then a back injury took me out of yoga for months. I returned to my practice, and then developed a meniscus tear in my left knee. After 12 years of a challenging practice, I searched for a gentler program and sampled different yoga styles before “landing” at Yoga Bird. Finding a studio that stresses adapting for individual differences has allowed me to practice in a way, which suits my age. I became a Yoga Bird trained (RYT200) teacher at age 70 with a 16-year practice, in order to share the spiritual, emotional and physical benefits of yoga. What great joy this ancient holistic health practice brings me! It has allowed me to “Let be, let go, let in”-- to accept, surrender, and renew.

Sammy Hensen

I have been practicing and teaching yoga for several years, and what I love most is that each time I come to my mat, it offers me an entirely new experience. Yoga has helped me to grow and find stability in life, which is why I find it inspiring to share this growth with others. At Yoga Bird, I am committed to encouraging every individual to find how yoga can ignite their own lives. I will challenge you to find your strengths and explore your weaknesses within the practice, in order to connect with both your mind and body. Each class is its own journey, promising to leave you fulfilled and inspired.
All Levels Yoga invites you to work with your body and breath however it shows up on a given day. Your instructor will offer various options with most poses so you can explore and learn more on days when you feel energetic or stay with the fundamentals on days when you need the stability. All Levels classes may be suitable for beginners, but if you’re brand new, you may spend some time observing some poses or taking more rest. All Levels is a great place to learn more about the poses and practices and how to use them to help you meet your goals in body and mind.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Oct 17 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Kiersten Koza
  • Tue Oct 17 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Valarie Olsen
  • Tue Oct 17 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Elizabeth Spear
  • Wed Oct 18 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Alex Wilson (Crosbie)
  • Wed Oct 18 9:30 am - 10:45 am with George Kolebas
  • Wed Oct 18 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Chip Withrow
  • Wed Oct 18 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Linda Rowland
  • Thu Oct 19 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Elizabeth Spear
  • Thu Oct 19 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Sue Persia
  • Thu Oct 19 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Forrest Campbell
  • Fri Oct 20 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Elizabeth Spear
  • Fri Oct 20 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Anna Withrow
  • Sat Oct 21 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Joanne Halt
  • Sun Oct 22 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Linda Rowland
  • Mon Oct 23 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Sammy Hensen
  • Mon Oct 23 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Linda Rowland
  • Mon Oct 23 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Anna Withrow
  • Tue Oct 24 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Kiersten Koza
  • Tue Oct 24 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Valarie Olsen