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Yoga 1


This class is taught by:

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.

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 the wellness system of Ayurveda through studio classes, workshops, private classes, and Be Well sessions! Through light-hearted, encouraging, and alignment/stability focused practices, my intention is to authentically empower others to find and grow in the strength and peace of their own inner lights.

Susie Krichbaum

It took me almost two years of “thinking about it” to actually walk into a yoga studio and lay down my mat. Little did I know that day was going to be the start of real change in my life. I went from being too self-conscious of my body type to exercise around others, to becoming a yoga teacher. I completed my RYT 200 in June 2017, and added a Himalayan Institute certification as an Ayurveda Specialist in February of 2018. 
I am in constant amazement of how yoga has changed the way I live my life and the way I deal with life’s unexpected challenges. There is increased clarity and peacefulness that helps me process the world around me with strength and grace. This is my hope for you, that yoga helps you along your life’s journey; to nourish the body, mind and spirit on and off the mat, as it has mine.
The light in me honors the light in you. Namaste.

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.

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.

Hannah Bryant

I first discovered yoga in 2009 as a high school student. Throughout college I would sporadically attend yoga classes, but it wasn’t until I moved to Florida from Louisville, Kentucky that my curiosity for yoga really started to deepen. I can remember so vividly one day sitting on my mat and thinking to myself “what does all of this mean?”. I continued to be curious for a couple more years, and then, with the encouragement of a dear friend who knows Yoga Bird well, I started the yoga teacher certification here. Now that I've received my certification, I teach yoga and other fitness classes to the senior population at a retirement community where I also offer personal training. With a background in Kinesiology, I have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge of the human movement system with people that I encounter in classes and in private sessions. As a yoga teacher, I always consider myself a student first and a teacher second and I know I will continue to learn and grow with the support of Yoga Bird’s wonderful community.

Karina Wong

My yoga journey started back in 2013 when I began to practice at home using DVDs from the public library. It wasn't until I stepped into a yoga studio for the first time that I really fell in love with the practice. I loved the sense of community, acceptance, and support that I immediately felt. I was able to experience what yoga is all about, and every since then I have been hooked.
As a teacher, my goal is to share with students all the great benefits the practice of yoga brings to the physical body and the mind.
My teaching philosophy is very simple, if you have a heartbeat then you can do yoga! In my classes students will explore and become familiar with the connection the breath has with the body and the mind. I am here to guide and empower my students and let yoga work its magic. Can't wait to see you on the mat!!

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.

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.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Oct 16 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Jean Klein
  • Wed Oct 17 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Jamie Verley
  • Wed Oct 17 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Susie Krichbaum
  • Thu Oct 18 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Chip Withrow
  • Sat Oct 20 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Melody Visingardi
  • Sun Oct 21 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Hannah Bryant
  • Mon Oct 22 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Karina Wong
  • Mon Oct 22 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Jamie Verley
  • Tue Oct 23 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Jean Klein
  • Wed Oct 24 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Jamie Verley
  • Wed Oct 24 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Susie Krichbaum
  • Thu Oct 25 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Chip Withrow
  • Sat Oct 27 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Melody Visingardi
  • Sun Oct 28 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Hannah Bryant
  • Mon Oct 29 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Ann Merli
  • Mon Oct 29 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Jamie Verley
  • Tue Oct 30 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Jean Klein
  • Wed Oct 31 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Jamie Verley
  • Wed Oct 31 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Susie Krichbaum
  • Thu Nov 01 10:30 am - 11:30 am with Chip Withrow