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Yoga Bird Flow


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.

Heather Olson

I was first introduced to the practice of yoga in the fall of 2008. I found that yoga was an amazing way to reenergize physically, mentally, and emotionally. Throughout the first few years of my practice my life began to continually change for the better. Through yoga I found nourishment for my body, mind, and soul. In my yoga classes I try to give back the gifts that yoga has given to me. I offer a variety of modifications and amplifications for each pose, and encourage students to listen to their bodies while they discover their yoga. In class as well as in life I believe one should revel in the falling as well as the flying, it’s the ability to try something new and learn from it that allows us all to find and follow our dreams. I strive to teach my students to take their yoga off of their mats, and into the world, so that they can continue to discover peace and balance in all elements of existence!

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.

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.

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.

April Roseberry

I began my journey of yoga at Yoga Bird studio and right away I knew that I wanted to go deeper into my own practice and guide others in their practice of yoga. My background is in personal training and the medical field. I focus on alignment, anatomy and physiology and the navel center in my practice. I believe in a safe practice that starts with stability and strength building. I always try to create an accepting space where students can have fun and deepen their practice through trying new things and retrying poses and postures in different ways to cultivate more understanding and accessibility.

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.

 

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.

Andrea Schiebe

I first started practicing yoga as a seventeen-year-old in my living room. My practice deepened in college when I studied abroad in Guatemala where I discovered Ashtanga yoga at a small yoga studio near my home with my host family. Amidst the struggles, stress, uncertainties and fears of life - yoga gets me through and brings me back to the peace that is within myself. I soon realized I wanted to share this feeling and gift of yoga with others and the incredible healing, energizing, and soothing benefits that it offers. Through yoga I am able to combine my passion for helping people live a better life, and my knowledge of health and wellness. As a teacher, I enjoy giving students the opportunity to come to their mat and connect deeper with their body, mind and spirit. I offer an atmosphere to build awareness, embrace individuality, and connect to something on a greater level and see the world that is working with us, not against us.
This upbeat, mixed-level class incorporates both alignment of the body and vinyasa (breath by breath movement) to help you experience profound benefits in a short time. In this class, you very much design your own experience, with the instructor suggesting ways to slow down and focus on inner awareness or ways to build heat and challenge. The diversity available in this practice is part of what makes it so fun.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Oct 17 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Ann Merli
  • Wed Oct 18 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Heather Olson
  • Wed Oct 18 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kiersten Koza
  • Thu Oct 19 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Sue Persia
  • Thu Oct 19 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Forrest Campbell
  • Fri Oct 20 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Melody Visingardi
  • Fri Oct 20 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with April Roseberry
  • Sat Oct 21 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Forrest Campbell
  • Sun Oct 22 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Anna Withrow
  • Mon Oct 23 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Jamie Verley
  • Mon Oct 23 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Andrea Schiebe
  • Tue Oct 24 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Ann Merli
  • Wed Oct 25 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Heather Olson
  • Wed Oct 25 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kiersten Koza