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.
Ann Merli instructs the following:
Suitable for all levels this class will focus on slowly stretching and preparing the body for relaxation and rest. The class begins with slow, gentle stretching with a therapeutic focus followed by restorative poses and Yoga Nidra meditation. Whether you are recovering from illness, under stress, or just need a gentle compliment to your practice, this class will meet you where you are and help you to feel rejuvenated.
Yoga Bird Flow
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.
This well-rounded practice is great for beginners and experienced yogis. Each class will include stretching and essential yoga poses. Classes include clear explanation of the poses and suggestions for how to modify them for your abilities and goals. Yoga 1 allows you to work at an individualized pace to become stronger and more flexible and to improve balance. Beginners will love the pace and explanation, while experienced yogis will have the opportunity to refine and deepen what they have practiced.
Restore and Recharge
Relieve the effects of chronic stress in this up-regulating restorative class. By supporting the body with props, you will learn how to create the conditions for total relaxation, letting go of tension in body and mind. Each class is sequenced in a way that will leave you feeling rejuvenated, enlivened, and ready to move into the rest of your day with ease.