All Levels Yoga


This class is taught by:

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.

Jamie Verley

The first time I found myself on a yoga mat was in 2006, on vacation, with a library DVD and the gripping fear that I was doing it all wrong. I was surprised that during the practice, I enjoyed the stilling sensation of being aware of my body and breath, and after, the warm and lasting glow I felt. Upon returning home, I signed up for a beginner series at my local studio, where I stayed for 5 years before moving to Fort Myers, FL. For me, yoga began as a way to heal severe back pain, condition my body, and to find serenity in a stressful life. Since, the true and lasting tradition of yoga has continued to unfold for me, and has become my greatest source of physical and emotional healing, of confidence and personal strength, and of mental and spiritual growth. I am honored by the opportunity to share my love for the many facets of yoga, and through an encouraging, alignment and stability focused practice, my intention is to empower others to find and grow in the strength and peace of their own inner lights.

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.

 

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.

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.

Ann Merli

In 1996 I found myself on a yoga mat for the very first time. As my life’s journey unfolded over the last twenty years I’ve left my mat quite a few times. Those times off my mat left me restless and unfocused and each time coming back to the mat allowed for balance and inner peace. As a massage therapist and Reiki master my journey has been full. My life’s work incorporates both the physical and spiritual, loving all things that bring us closer to the Divine. I love that yoga allows for both of these at a much deeper, more profound and personal level. I am grateful that my move to South West Florida has brought my yoga practice to my daily life. My intention is to practice yoga with anyone who is willing to join me in this deeply healing path that brings together all the powerful elements of body, mind and spirit both on and off the mat.

Jean Klein

I found yoga in 2010 during a difficult time in my life. I was taking one or two classes a week and I remember thinking "Hey, that took my grief away for a second" and I found I could breathe easier. Soon after I retired from the Post Office and moved to SWFL I started my daily practice and realized Yoga has healing and energetic qualities. I began to understand that the ancient philosophies aligned with my beliefs and how I lived my life. I started to see Yoga as a tool for cultivating overall health, wellbeing and self-transformation. I realized this is big stuff and needs to be shared and I completed my 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Bird. My favorite thing about yoga is that it meets you where you are on any given day or moment and carries you to where you need to be. I like to design and teach classes that are accessible, meaningful and sustainable. In class we will consciously connect breath-body-mind while we explore the development of strength, flexibility and balance. I would like to teach you to practice with insight and inner compassion so as leave your mat you do so with an energetic feeling of sense and self.

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.

Melody Visingardi

Looking for something to help me relieve/handle stress, I took my first Yoga class in 2011 and received much more than expected - I found myself. Life is not everything outside of us - it's what is inside. When we take time to quiet and still our mind, which yoga helps us do, we find gems. The gems are the tools we need to handle the outside with a sense of peace and calm. My hope is to have you receive the gift that Yoga has been to me. My classes are designed with intention of enabling you to go within and be present to yourself; letting go of everything outside to just be where you are - perfect in the present moment; and hopefully carry that with you out of class.

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.

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!
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:

  • Mon Aug 21 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Alex Wilson (Crosbie)
  • Mon Aug 21 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Jamie Verley
  • Mon Aug 21 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Anna Withrow
  • Tue Aug 22 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Kiersten Koza
  • Tue Aug 22 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Valarie Olsen
  • Tue Aug 22 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Elizabeth Spear
  • Wed Aug 23 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Alex Wilson (Crosbie)
  • Wed Aug 23 9:30 am - 10:45 am with George Kolebas
  • Wed Aug 23 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Ann Merli
  • Wed Aug 23 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Jamie Verley
  • Thu Aug 24 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Valarie Olsen
  • Thu Aug 24 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Jean Klein
  • Thu Aug 24 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Forrest Campbell
  • Fri Aug 25 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Elizabeth Spear
  • Fri Aug 25 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Melody Visingardi
  • Sat Aug 26 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Joanne Halt
  • Sun Aug 27 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Linda Rowland
  • Mon Aug 28 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Alex Wilson (Crosbie)
  • Mon Aug 28 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Linda Rowland