Jennifer Rex dabbled with yoga for many years and she became a devoted student in 2001. Throughout the years many teachers have inspired her practice and teaching. In 2009 she completed the Yoga Works Teacher Training program with Tzahi Moskovitz. She continued her studies with Carrie Parker Gastelu in Prenatal Teacher Training. This was a logical progression in that she is passionate about facilitating healthy outcomes for pregnant women and their families. She believes prenatal yoga is the perfect vehicle to assist women in the transition through pregnancy, birth and parenthood. Other areas of study and practice are restorative yoga, alignment/Iyengar yoga and therapeutic yoga.
Jenifer has been a Certified Nurse-Midwife/Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner for 20 years. Her journey and dedication to women's health and midwifery began as a young college student working at a community action project insuring access to family planning services. More recently she has worked in East Africa promoting maternal and infant health through village based health education programs. Her dream is to continue the study and practice yoga throughout her life. She particularly enjoys delving deeper, on a physical and spiritual level, into the basic poses. Trikonasana has infinite possibilities. The opportunity for growth awaits all of us if we can slow down and listen.
Jennifer is enthusiastic about gardening, crafting, hiking, sharing home cooked meals and counting cranes, in the winter months, as they fly over her home. She continues to explore the intersection of nature/wildness and spiritual peace and happiness. She has a wonderful partner and two grown children.
Brandi Sadler has been teaching a variety of classes at Sanctuary Yoga since 2010, including Flow, Strengthen & Stabilize, Ashtanga, and Yoga Practice. Battling with low back pain for many years, her mother took her to her first yoga class at age 16, and she was hooked.
Fresh out of high school, in 2004 Brandi attended The Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy in Jacksonville, FL. She has since been a licensed massage therapist for over 10 years. The anatomy and knowledge of the human body that she learned in massage school greatly increased the depth of knowledge of her body in her own yoga practice. This in-depth training has led her desire to continue to teach alignment-based classes, helping people to understand and heal their own bodies on a deeper, more specific level.
In 2007 she completed an Ashtanga based 100-hour teacher training in Kauai, HI with Bhavani Maki. Before her next teacher training, Brandi started teaching free classes at friend’s houses, just for the love of teaching. In 2009 she completed 200-hour Yoga Works teacher training with Tzahi Moskovitz. This alignment-based practice helped to complete her knowledge of the human anatomy and helped her to see the human body as a more dynamic, thoroughly connected being.
Brandi spent two summers in Costa Rica traveling and teaching yoga. In 2010 she volunteered teaching at Cascaada Verde and The Flutterby House, and in 2011 she spent 9 weeks at The Yoga Farm teaching. Giving back to the community and being able to share her love of yoga with all people is a large aspect of teaching for Brandi.
In May 2015 Brandi completed her bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Science and a specialization in Organic Crop Production. After this she plans to continue to spread her love of yoga with as many people as possible, while helping to bring awareness of organic and sustainable food practices to local communities.
Pishi Scott was born into a family of Bhakti yogis where she was introduced to yoga at a very young age and raised with the teachings of The Bhagavad Gita and the Vedas. Regular and steady asana practice developed with time, and Pishi completed a YogaWorks 200 hr certified teacher training in 2008. Since that training and through her practice, Pishi became completely committed to yoga as it is taught by BKS Iyengar and has now begun the long and arduous journey to become a certified Iyengar teacher. Pishi teaches her classes with great attention to precise alignment as set forth by Guruji Iyengar.
Rachel Teague began practicing yoga in 2007 after attending an Ashtanga class on a whim. A massage therapist, dance enthusiast and anatomy nut, she was instantly enamored with the connection between movement and breath in a dynamic flow. Over time her passion has grown and driven her to study many different styles of yoga and bodywork. In 2014 she became a registered yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance.
Her classes are a mixture of specific alignment-based instruction, sweaty vinyasa flows and rejuvenating breath work. Each class is intended to leave students feeling refreshed, invigorated and joyful!
Nick Utley's yoga classes are focused on body alignment and sustainable flow. He encourages each student to find their own best posture through verbal cues, mindful observation, and personal feedback. Each class is crafted with individual attention and unique sequences. To provide a supported practice on and off the mat his curriculum will always include instruction on micro-movements and universal anatomy. Nick is a registered RYT200 and has completed both the 200 and 500 hour certification program from Yoga Tree in San Francisco. He has trained under master yoga teachers from around the world, and has been studying this practice for over 10 years now. He grew up in Gainesville where he earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Florida. Nick, his wife, and their young son moved back from San Francisco in June of 2015.
As teachers we believe in being here for you. We are motivated to learn more and offer more,
not just by the practice of yoga, but by the great privilege of witnessing you move better, feel better,and we deeply appreciate the joy that brings into the lovely business of living.
Melissa Montilla enjoys sharing Yoga as an invaluable tool for physical and emotional freedom for people of all abilities and inclinations. She has been the owner and director of Sanctuary Yoga in Gainesville, FL since 2003, and began practicing yoga in 1990 with the beautifully talented Elaine Grey. Melissa has enjoyed the privilege of working with many wonderful teachers in the states and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sharath and Saraswathi Rangaswamy in Mysore, India.
Practicing Ashtanga yoga for many years opened her up to the possibilities of yoga as a process for health and wellness. This encouraged an ongoing exploration that broadened her practice and teaching perspective by studying functional anatomy, alignment, kinesiology and therapeutics with the provocative teachings of Jenny Otto, Tzahi Moskovitz, Judith Lasater, and other teachers informed by a diversity of traditions.
Melissa defines her teaching as “Movement Therapy.” It is influenced not only by yoga, but also an array of movement practices that have supported her wellness and longevity as a dancer, runner, and horseback rider. Along with all of that movement, she practices stillness with a meditation practice fostered by Vipassana teachings, as well as an investigation of contemplative craft and the expansive wilderness of hearts and minds in natural horsemanship.
Melissa holds a BFA in Dance from Florida State University, with a strong focus on anatomy, kinesiology, and movement education as well as a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida and is currently a Faculty Member of the Department of Theatre and Dance at UF teaching Yoga and Kinesthetics. She is an E-RYT (Experienced Yoga Teacher) and certified by Yoga Alliance at the 500hr level with an emphasis on Yoga Therapy and has taught Ashtanga, Alignment, and Restorative classes and workshops throughout Florida since 2001. She believes that good alignment, consistency, and joy are the keys to a long and fulfilling life of movement.
Susan Angenendt is a long-time yoga practitioner who has taught since 2013 and who emphasizes health and alignment. She is constantly gratified by the power of the body and mind to achieve ever-expanding goals. Susan approaches yoga as a lifelong pursuit of self-fulfillment. She believes that people have a great deal of control over their wellbeing and aging and that yoga is a powerful tool in this process.
The practice of yoga links body, breath, and mind. Therapeutic yoga supports wellness and healing as the body finds alignment. Goals of therapy are to increase comfort and improve function while empowering individuals to become more self-aware and independent in maintaining their own wellbeing.
Susan holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She is certified by Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level with emphasis on Yoga Therapy and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She enjoys piano, cycling, and kayaking. You’ll receive a special warmup session and tips on how to paddle powerfully and safely using your entire body if you happen to be on a trip with Susan.
Danielle Azar discovered a passion for yoga in her early 30s and developed a regular Ashtanga practice in 2005. She has been a regular, faithful yoga practitioner since, expanding her experience and understanding of yoga through various teachers and lineages. Danielle is grateful to have completed her teacher training with Melissa Montilla in 2012 and to be teaching at Sanctuary Yoga.
Danielle believes that yoga is a practical life philosophy and she loves to share the experience of yoga with her students.
Teresa Drake found yoga “later in life,” and it has become the grounding source from which she finds daily strength and inspiration. She began teaching in 2007 and is registered with Yoga Alliance, completing her initial 200-hour teacher training with Tzahi Moskovitz from YogaWorks. She continued her studies with Sarah Powers, participating in an intensive Insight Yoga training blending yin yoga with vipassana mediation. Teresa also completed a week-long trauma-informed yoga training with Dana Moore. Teresa’s experimentation with different yoga styles is reflected in her teaching where she strives to blend an alignment-based practice with joy, self-discovery and mindfulness. She is also a certified raw foods chef and an avid gardener. Teresa shares her home with her human family, four cats, two dogs and a number of very smart chickens.
Kim Holton, PhD, RYT, began studying yoga in 1998 and teaching in 2002. She holds 200-hour certifications through Sivananda, Nosara, and the Kundalini Research Institute. Kim has trained with numerous nationally recognized yoga teachers in the traditions of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kripalu, Kundalini, Restorative, and Vinyasa. She also spent several years working, teaching, and studying at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Kim brings the intention of providing an experience that allows for going within and using the physical body as a portal to the spiritual and subtle realms.
Keri Johnson is inspired by the beauty and teachings life has to offer, and fueled by the passionate love within her heart, Keri began practicing yoga in her early teens. Determined to discover more about the philosophies and praxis of yoga, in 2005, she underwent a Jivamukti Yoga teacher training with her foremost teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life. She has had the honor of training with many contemporary teachers—Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling with Off the Mat, Into the
World, Shiva Rea, Brock & Krista Cahill, David Williams, and Duncan Wong.
Dedicated to share the embodied wisdom she gained through her personal healing experiences with yoga, therapy, and the natural world, during her Doctoral studies at UF she explored the various ways yoga and mindfulness can facilitate mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual healing through her Mental Health Counseling degree. In her classes, Keri weaves together traditional yoga philosophy with devotion, sacred texts, Sanskrit chanting, uplifting music, and dynamic sequencing.
Her goal is to inspire students to mindfully honor the present moment of their breath and their natural connection to the elemental world in a joyful and supportive way, providing students with a heart-opening and refreshing experience.
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