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Yoga Bird Flow


This class is taught by:

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.

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.

Melinda Krichbaum

In my experience, yoga has always been an extraordinary outlet for healing. As a previous dancer and dance teacher, I have always loved witnessing people's ability to use their bodies to express themselves and find healing. I see the same in yoga. In my classes, I encourage you to use your practice to leave it all on the mat. Take the time to "empty your bucket", and then to refill it with a practice that instills self-love, nourishment, peace, and smiles. Our bodies are intricate tools with a beautiful intuition that can be expressed with alignment-focused yoga. I honor each student that shows up for themselves because I believe that is amazing, in and of itself.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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:

  • Sun Jun 25 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Chip Withrow
  • Mon Jun 26 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Chip Withrow
  • Mon Jun 26 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Ann Merli
  • Tue Jun 27 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Ann Merli
  • Tue Jun 27 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Chip Withrow
  • Wed Jun 28 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Heather Olson
  • Wed Jun 28 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Kiersten Koza
  • Thu Jun 29 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Melinda Krichbaum
  • Thu Jun 29 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Chip Withrow
  • Thu Jun 29 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Forrest Campbell
  • Fri Jun 30 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Elizabeth Spear
  • Fri Jun 30 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Jean Klein
  • Sat Jul 01 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Forrest Campbell
  • Sun Jul 02 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Chip Withrow
  • Mon Jul 03 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Chip Withrow
  • Mon Jul 03 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Anna Withrow
  • Tue Jul 04 8:00 am - 9:00 am with Ann Merli
  • Tue Jul 04 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Chip Withrow