Open Silent Meditation


This class is taught by:

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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:

  • Mon Aug 21 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Jamie Verley
  • Tue Aug 22 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Ann Merli
  • Thu Aug 24 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Valarie Olsen
  • Mon Aug 28 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Jamie Verley
  • Tue Aug 29 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Ann Merli
  • Thu Aug 31 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Anna Withrow
  • Mon Sep 04 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Chip Withrow
  • Tue Sep 05 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Ann Merli
  • Thu Sep 07 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Anna Withrow
  • Mon Sep 11 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Chip Withrow
  • Tue Sep 12 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Ann Merli
  • Thu Sep 14 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Anna Withrow
  • Mon Sep 18 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Chip Withrow
  • Tue Sep 19 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Ann Merli
  • Thu Sep 21 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Anna Withrow
  • Mon Sep 25 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Chip Withrow
  • Tue Sep 26 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Ann Merli
  • Thu Sep 28 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Anna Withrow
  • Mon Oct 02 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Chip Withrow
  • Tue Oct 03 7:30 am - 7:50 am with Ann Merli