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Open Silent Meditation


This class is taught by:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Join us for twenty minutes of minimally guided mediation. Each session will include some guidance on finding a comfortable seat, breathing easily and focusing your mind on your breath or on a mantra from the yoga tradition. No experience necessary.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Oct 17 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Ann Merli
  • Thu Oct 19 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Elizabeth Spear
  • Mon Oct 23 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Jamie Verley
  • Tue Oct 24 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Ann Merli
  • Thu Oct 26 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Elizabeth Spear
  • Mon Oct 30 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Jamie Verley
  • Tue Oct 31 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Ann Merli
  • Thu Nov 02 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Elizabeth Spear
  • Mon Nov 06 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Chip Withrow
  • Tue Nov 07 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Ann Merli
  • Thu Nov 09 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Elizabeth Spear
  • Mon Nov 13 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Chip Withrow
  • Tue Nov 14 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Ann Merli
  • Thu Nov 16 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Elizabeth Spear
  • Mon Nov 20 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Chip Withrow
  • Tue Nov 21 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Ann Merli
  • Thu Nov 23 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Elizabeth Spear
  • Mon Nov 27 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Chip Withrow
  • Tue Nov 28 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Ann Merli
  • Thu Nov 30 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Elizabeth Spear