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All Levels Yoga


This class is taught by:

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.

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.

Helen Garcia-Valdez

My journey of yoga began with a desire to improve my range of motion. Little did I know that yoga would meet me where I was and offer me a most transformational journey. This new found joy lead me to teacher training at Yoga Bird and has blossomed into the desire to share the gift of yoga with others. My passion for helping individuals, coupled with my love of teaching both adults and children, fosters the creation of an accepting space that nourishes the body, mind and spirit.
I am delighted to share my practice of yoga in a way that honors each and every body and cultivates curiosity and a desire to take yoga off the mat and into our daily lives.

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.

Alex Wilson (Crosbie)

Before I ever even knew what yoga was, it called to me. Before I ever even wanted a practice in my life, yoga was there, waiting for me. When I began my slow and inconsistent journey, yoga was patient. When I felt that I was never going to get anything from it, yoga came through for me with exactly what I needed. When I became confident and boastful about my practice, yoga challenged me in new ways and helped me feel humble. Whenever I need something, with faith, practice, and dedication, yoga delivers. As a teacher, my goal is simply to share the gift of yoga with everyone who wants it (and maybe even the people who don’t want it), and my wish is that yoga serves you in whatever way you need it to.

George Kolebas

I have been a yoga instructor since 2001. In my class, you move through breath by breath with a primary focus on personal insight as well as the body’s mechanics. Be authentic. Create your asanas (yoga postures) from where you are today. Yoga poses are like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. Spice it up by working with the breath and clear your space with meditation. Experience yourself with a sense of wholeness and completeness. As an instructor, I enjoy witnessing the student's deepening expansion of presence and hearing words like "That was just what I needed," after class.

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.

Linda Rowland

I first discovered yoga 6 years ago as I sought a new way to manage old stresses. It wasn't long before I started to see and feel the profound difference that the practice had on my mind, body and spirit. I ultimately wanted to learn how to share it with others. Since completing my training, my own teacher’s soul has found true delight in teaching yoga. My goal is for students to find what serves them best in their practices; for some that may be learning how to do advanced poses, but for many it is really about finding balance and inner peace and getting in touch with their own physical and spiritual selves. To that end, while I love teaching all levels of yoga classes, I truly enjoy teaching Basic, Gentle and Restorative classes and incorporating crystal bowl sound therapy into my classes. The bowls create a sort of magic all their own, and I am grateful to be able to share that magic with Yoga Bird students of all levels!

Charlotte O'Brien

I began yoga as a method of stress relief. Through my practice, I have learned to tune-in and be more present in all aspects of life. I quickly became fascinated by the practice and the tradition, then soon decided that I wanted to share the gift of yoga and all the joy that it has brought to my life. My goal is to create a fun and safe environment for students to explore postures and tune in to their mind, body and spirit while knowing that they are perfect, just the way that they are.

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.

Susi Wingenroth

Yoga for me is the freedom to be at home in the body. Through my practice, which started in 1998, I find peace in natural equanimity through life's ups and downs and bliss that comes with a quiet mind. I love the way that yoga creates a safe place to work on self-trust, self-love and to humor our humanity. I teach yoga to share the gifts I have received: a practice to build strength, flexibility and balance, and to unwind your mind, release tension and create space for tranquility, within the balance of effort and ease. I also love to combine Yoga with World Dance for a safe and very effective holistic health experience that reconnects our spirits to the joy of movement.

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.

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!!

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.

 

All Levels Yoga invites you to work with your body and breath however it shows up on a given day. Your instructor will offer various options with most poses so you can explore and learn more on days when you feel energetic or stay with the fundamentals on days when you need the stability. All Levels classes may be suitable for beginners, but if you’re brand new, you may spend some time observing some poses or taking more rest. All Levels is a great place to learn more about the poses and practices and how to use them to help you meet your goals in body and mind.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Oct 16 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Susie Krichbaum
  • Tue Oct 16 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Valarie Olsen
  • Tue Oct 16 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Helen Garcia-Valdez
  • Tue Oct 16 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Elizabeth Spear
  • Wed Oct 17 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Alex Wilson (Crosbie)
  • Wed Oct 17 9:30 am - 10:45 am with George Kolebas
  • Wed Oct 17 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Ann Merli
  • Wed Oct 17 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Linda Rowland
  • Thu Oct 18 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Charlotte O'Brien
  • Thu Oct 18 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Jean Klein
  • Thu Oct 18 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Susi Wingenroth
  • Fri Oct 19 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Elizabeth Spear
  • Fri Oct 19 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Chip Withrow
  • Sat Oct 20 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Karina Wong
  • Sun Oct 21 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Linda Rowland
  • Mon Oct 22 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Alex Wilson (Crosbie)
  • Mon Oct 22 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Linda Rowland
  • Mon Oct 22 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Anna Withrow
  • Tue Oct 23 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Susie Krichbaum