As a dancer, Ashley Proveaux-Moorefield began to compliment her dancing with yoga. She started her yoga journey for mainly physical reasons-to gain flexibility; however, yoga soon became an outlet for her to “just be” with no expectations, needs, or stress of doing anything perfectly. That’s when she was hooked. As Ashley continued her consistent yoga practice, she continued to realize the beautiful mental work-in that accompanied the physical work out during asana practice. She started noticing the mental and physical growth that was continuously developing within her. Wanting to deepen her practice, she decided to enroll in yoga teacher training. In October 2015, she graduated from Full Circle Yoga with her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training Certificate. She loves teaching her fellow students to move through their practice and their lives with acceptance, love, and mindfulness. She teaches that it’s what you do all day everyday that counts. Consistent tiny tweaks lead to big changes. “Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” -Gandhi
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.
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 asthanga 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.
Julie Sanchez is a wife and mother of three boys. She lives in Winter Garden and is very involved with the community. Julie and her family love to travel, hike, and play all sports! She has practiced yoga over twenty years, is Alliance 200-hr RYT certified, works with the Young Yogi Program, and is a Certified Personal Trainer. Julie is committed to helping you find the joy in the challenge of becoming stronger mentally and physically.
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.
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.
Natalia Foote loves staying active and trying new things. Yoga began as a way to increase flexibility, however as she continues to practice, she finds more peace and relaxation along with muscular and mental strength. She’s excited about sharing her love for yoga with you and hopes to create an environment where you feel comfortable to try something new and discover more of your inner strength.
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!
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