Barbara Radford started her regular yoga practice in 2014, when she was tired of driving to a box gym and found better motivation to walk two blocks to a local studio. From here, she fell in love with the challenge, mindfulness, and awareness that her practice provided. Soon yoga became an essential tool for recovery and prevention as her fitness endeavors expanded to acro yoga, aerial arts, martial arts, and CrossFit! Barbara firmly believes that everyone can benefit from the physical and mental practice of yoga, and strives to incorporate the yoga sutras into her daily approach to life. Her classes are challenging and exploratory, always with a new twist on the fundamental movements! She looks forward to seeing you on the mat to soak in the present moment and achieve more than you thought!
Belinda Moore has been passionately teaching yoga for the past thirteen years and practicing for over nineteen years. Hailing from New Zealand, she moved to Orlando in 2016 after falling in love with an American and choosing to follow her heart halfway round the world. Belinda started practicing yoga at eighteen, after eleven years as an elite-level rhythmic gymnast. Yoga helped her recover from the mental, physical and spiritual burnout she felt post-gymnastics and opened a doorway to a practice of movement and being which could nurture body, heart and soul. Over the past nineteen years, Belinda has combined her love of practicing and teaching yoga with a successful career as a professional dancer. She incorporates her experiences in both dance and gymnastics and the vast knowledge she has acquired in those fields to enhance her teaching. Belinda’s classes pay homage to the fundamental concept of sthira sukham asanam; sthira = steady, stable; sukham = comfortable, ease filled. Through a practice which emphasizes the integration of breath and movement while embracing the subtle nuances of the human form in motion, Belinda teaches her students that yoga is so much more than simply "achieving poses." Belinda believes in encouraging the growth of personal awareness by planting seeds of curiosity, exploration, and knowledge in each student. Her classes are progressive in nature, offering plenty of options for all levels and abilities, so they’re accessible to everyone. Belinda also likes to have fun and share a joke or two in class, so be prepared for some dry New Zealand humor!
Cheryl Cox is a professional dancer, aerialist and stunt performer who strives to inspire others to build strength and creativity. She was introduced to the yoga studio six years ago and fell in love with the grounding feeling it gave her mind and her art. Her classes at Firefly are a mix of conditioning and flexibility work from these different disciplines designed to help you find your own strength and to have some fun doing it.
Domenico Barger was first introduced to yoga in 2013 when he reluctantly joined Joy Barger in a class. After this class, everything changed; he was immediately hooked. He saw strength, power, and dedication. He saw the core pillars of philosophy come alive in a beautiful practice. Dom began teaching in 2014 and loves yoga because it offers something different to everyone. Every day and every practice yoga affords the chance to learn something new and unique. He hopes that every class can be fun and motivating for students and help them achieve their own personal goals.
Erin Fish began practicing yoga as a way to balance and enhance her training as a runner. Over the last few years, she has found healing and strength through the practice that helped her recover from numerous injuries. Erin enjoys how dynamic and boundless the yoga journey is and how she can find release, challenge, presence, and grounding when she needs it. In May 2017, she completed Firefly's 303-hr YTT. Erin's flows call attention to alignment and invite students to explore the possibilities of their practice while remaining safe in their bodies.
Heather Rashal first found yoga in college and practiced off and on for many years. When she discovered Firefly in 2014, the addition of a regular yoga practice into her life gave a new understanding of self and body. As a Licensed Psychotherapist, Heather values the meditative qualities of yoga and mindfulness and incorporates them into both her teaching and therapy. She loves to share the benefits of yoga with others and welcomes any level yogi to join her classes.
Yoga found Holly Garrison in 2006, and she has since been inspired by her teachers in ways unique to each of them; they have shared a sense of peace and knowledge and have encouraged her to deepen her practice with each breath and to live with intention. Holly loves to teach students of all ages and capabilities - from beginners seeking a gentle class to experienced yogis looking for a challenge. She incorporates elements of vinyasa and ashtanga styles of teaching in her classes and is also a pre-natal certified instructor. She hopes that each practice she leads will be fun and cultivate tranquility and that her students will see progress in their strength and flexibility both on and off the mat, as well as experience the inward, spiritual journey that yoga has to offer.
Jeff Welch first stepped into a yoga class at the YMCA in 2002 as a supplement to a vigorous workout routine involving weight training and cardio. Eventually, what became a passing interest developed into a complete lifestyle change that resulted not only in increased physical strength, agility, and flexibility, but also diet change, confidence, and an awareness of the overall world around him. Since then, he has been practicing regularly and has traveled all over the world (including India) to study with many different teachers. This list includes Prem & Rahda Carlisi, Petri Raisanen, David Swenson (from whom he took teacher training), David Williams, Richard Freeman, Manju Jois, Tim Miller, Nancy Gilgoff, Paul Dallaghan, Casey Palmer, Tim Feldmann, Kino MacGregor, Lewis Rothlein, Krista Shirley, Kamal Singh, Karen Stillwell, and many others. Jeff's goal when teaching is to provide space, compassion, and love for students to develop their own relationships with themselves and the world around them via the tools of breath, consciousness, and connection regardless of ability or disability.
Joy Bargerfound her way to yoga in 2012. When she found Firefly, she knew she was home. Quickly growing more and more curious, Joy put a bug in Holly’s ear about Firefly hosting their own teacher training. After an adventurous year of pushing past comfort zones, Joy proudly graduated from Firefly’s inaugural 303-hr YTT. Joy seeks to provide a safe and welcoming space for students to explore their practice, with a passion for teaching beginners and making every pose accessible.
When Lauren Patterson was first introduced to yoga at sixteen, it was a therapeutic tool. She drifted away from her practice for about ten years, but eventually found herself back on her mat. Little did she know, after that first class back, a week later she would be signed up for teacher training! She swears by yoga’s ability to heal, strengthen, and empower oneself. Yoga has changed her life for the best in every way possible, and she wants to share that light with everyone she meets, especially during her classes! She loves introducing her students to new poses, and encourages you to play and challenge yourself, not only with the poses, but also with focusing on the present moment and your breath.
Lindsay Smithson fell in love with yoga for its ability to transform everything. Her teaching style is vinyasa flow with lots of self-love and mindfulness prompts. There is an emphasis on linking breath to movement and allowing that connection to still the mind. She is a music lover who loves to handpick a playlist to set the mood of the practice and flow. In her free time she enjoys being outside as much as possible, cooking, plants, running, and dogs.
Mandy Jones loves laughing, plant medicine, banjo, flowers, music festivals, and YOGA. Yoga found Mandy in 2005 while she was in college and looking for something to bridge the gap between movement and spirit...and her journey embraced her with open arms. Mandy is inspired by Ashtanga yoga and its ability to create space for transformation. Her classes are invigorating, uplifting, and leave her students feeling calm, loved, and supported. She is grateful for all of her teachers who have generously shared their wisdom and guidance.
Melanie Sylvan has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and is truly grateful to have found a new home for yoga at Firefly. Mel danced and acted professionally, produced theatre, and worked in strategic brand development in New York City before moving to Central Florida in 2014. Mel brings to Firefly her love of movement and mediation, and her desire to grow a healthy community. She studied at Kinected with Kelly Kane in New York City, and has the honor of studying and practicing with Holly Garrison and Belinda Moore in Orlando. Mel is also the proud mama of Elias, her favorite yoga teacher.
Molly Mastrangelo began taking yoga classes in New York City in 2010 as a way to find some stillness in a fast-paced city. After seeing the benefits of yoga in her daily life, she decided to get certified in 2011. She is certified in Vinyasa yoga under Cyndi Lee (Om Yoga Center) and pre-natal yoga under Bec Conant. Molly teaches with the student in mind. Classes are safe, alignment based, judgement free & will leave you with a better understanding of your own practice that you can take with you off the mat. Molly believes that yoga is for everyone and looks forward to having you in class!
Nicole Higgins dipped her toe into yoga as a way of avoiding running and outdoor activities, and quickly found her way to the Firefly community of practitioners. Curiosity got the better of her, and she completed her 303-hour teacher training with Firefly in Fall 2018. She favors an Ashtanga style practice…with props handy. And still avoids running.
In the summer of 2000, in a small town in Southern Utah,Rachel Silverman began practicing yoga with only the VHS tape of Eric Schiffman’s “Yoga Mind & Body” and a carpeted floor. Years later, her love of practicing yoga grew and blossomed into a love of teaching yoga. While pursuing her PhD in communication at the University of South Florida, Rachel also studied for her 200-hour teacher-training certificate with the late Sarasvati Devi. For Rachel, whether in the yoga studio or the college classroom, teaching involves a passionate commitment to her students. She enjoys teaching both energetic and powerful classes that link deep breathing to strong movements and slow, restorative styles of yoga that allow students the time to deepen their understanding of each posture. Her classes emphasize mindful movements and she believes in yoga’s potential to expand your mind and heart while also expanding and strengthening your muscles.
While working a new job, on a new side of town, Ryin Lokietz was asked by a coworker to join her in a class here at Firefly. She had attended classes at other studios in Orlando before, but when she took her first class with Holly, she knew this would become her yoga home. The simplicity of the studio represented everything that Ryin believes yoga is truly about: love, community, authenticity, and kindness. She made the decision to get her instructor certification here in 2018 and has been obsessed with helping her community tune in to their higher selves through breathwork and movement ever since. Yoga has been interwoven into her life at a young age and she has been dedicated to a serious yoga practice for 4 years. In her classes, she comes up with creative flows and tries to help her students take what they learn off the mat with them.
Sue Kosko discovered yoga in 2008. She was a "cardio junkie", and never thought yoga would become her passion. Sue had hoped for some physical benefits, but really fell in love with the mental, emotional, and spiritual growth she found in the practice. Sue wanted to share her love of yoga, so she received my 200-RYT certification from Yoga Alliance through Viviana Collazzo, and has since attended YogaFit Level 1, and Baptiste Yoga Levels 1, 2 and Art of Assisting. Sue wants her students to discover the many lessons that can be taken from the mat and into their lives, including self-acceptance, playfulness, flexibility, mindfulness, and most importantly...fun!
Susan Orrico-Duffy is a graduate of the Integral Yoga Institute, Virginia, class of winter 2012 and a registered member of the Yoga Alliance. She believes that modern life is often demanding and disconnects us from what is most important and that yoga and meditation can assist you in reconnecting you to your Source. Sue became a certified Reiki Practitioner in 2013. Reiki uses the universal life-force energy to bring healing to the whole person. Additionally, she holds certifications in yin yoga, restorative yoga, meditation, yoga nidra and children's yoga. It is Sue's belief that yoga is designed to bring together the mind, body and soul by using body movement and meditation, based on the yogic principle that the mind and body are in fact “One." Sue believes that if you practice yoga every day over a long period of time in earnest, it can help bring your body to reach a place of harmony and healing.
Toni Searles yoga journey began in 2002 when Toni decided to give yoga a try as a way to cross condition for running. She was skeptical that yoga could be anything that was meaningful...but after the first class was completely moved by the experience. Toni made a mind-body-spirit connection and never looked back. She returns to the mat daily to check in and reset. Yoga has helped Toni to be brave and given Toni the willingness to be vulnerable. She feels best when sharing and connecting with others in the world, especially from the mat.
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