Bonnie is a RYT500 Certified Yoga Instructor & Reiki Master, focusing on integration of Yoga principles to support overall health and wellness with advanced certification in Chair Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, Yin Yoga and working on certification in Therapeutic Yoga. Bonnie’s focus is on safe and effective yoga practices and principles. Bonnie is also our resident glass artist who created the chakra stained glass windows that adorn the studio. She hosts a monthly introduction to stained glass workshop where students can create their own sun catcher with yoga inspired designs.
Christine is an RYT-500 Yoga teacher who has created a unique, present awareness class that is not only a relaxing, gentle physical yoga experience, but also explores our inner world and our life paths. She also teaches traditional yoga classes and is one of our retreat coordinators. She is the originator of the Heartwood "Yoga on the Labyrinth" class and also teaches at Four Pillars Yoga in Lakewood Ranch.
Denver is our director of yoga teacher training and key trainer in all levels of yoga certification. She is an E RYT-500 Yoga Teacher , LMT, Yoga Therapist, Reiki Master and RCYT (Certified Children's Yoga teacher) who specializes in meditation, yoga therapy, yoga anatomy, and restorative yoga techniques. Denver was director of Blue Mountain Yoga in Blue Ridge Georgia for 8 years before joining Heartwood's team in 2016. She works extensively with essential oils and crystals, incorporating energetic healing modalities to her practices. Denver is owner of a company called Budhabody, that makes organic bath and body products, as well as a Jewelry Design company called Silver Siren. She trained in Jewelry design at Penland School of Crafts, an internationally acclaimed school of folk crafts in North Carolina. Denver was a former dancer & singer who trained in musical theater at the University of Central Florida.
Jen Brown “Zen Jen” is a Certified Yoga Instructor, RYT 500, Registered with Yoga Alliance. She is currently attending advanced teacher education to become a Certified Yoga Therapist Heartwood Yoga Institute and is a proud member of the Alternative Balance Professional Group.
Jen specializes in the 50 Plus population, she has extended training in Balance, Flexibility & Trauma Informed Yoga. She is additionally Certified in Restorative,YIN, Senior & Chair Yoga. She also holds a Certification for Meditation Instructor and is an Energy Healing Reiki Master. Jen Brown brings Awareness to the Service of Others as a Teacher of Presence and is a true Self-Love advocate.
Yoga has trickled in and out of Jessica’s life since her first class at Booker High School, where she attended the Visual Performing Arts program for dance. In 2008 She overcame some of life difficulties and her struggle with addiction, Jess found meditation to became a part of her daily routine. Jessica is a Step Parent of two girls, and in 2012 she and her partner had a little girl of their own. After recovering from back to back car accidents and having some stress as growing family and a working mom Jessica turned to yoga to bring more peace into the household and help heal her body. In the summer of 2017 she received her RYT 200 hour training and the summer of 2018 completed her RYT 500 hour training at Heartwood Yoga Institute. Yoga has also transformed her personal journey in recovery by deepening her meditation practice, expanding upon Spiritual principles, and becoming more mindful of physical health through Asana and Ayurveda. The classes that Jessica is currently teaching are Hatha, Aerial, Restorative, and Recovery yoga. You can expect to feel as if Jessica has tailored the class to your needs and leave the studio feeling strong, peaceful, and relaxed. She is continuing her education at Heartwood Yoga Institute and plans to become a Yoga Therapist. You can follow her on social media under the name Jessie B. Yogini, she is currently working on building a website to make herself more available to the public.
The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'. - Dan Rather
Heartwood is fortunate to work with a list of revolving guest teachers bringing a wealth of inspiration and experience to their coursework. We also have full time staff members who are central to keeping our classes and community progressive and connected, and whose commitment and heartfelt involvement keep our programs professional, yet deeply personal.
As a yoga instructor, Kim is passionate to share the healing benefits that yoga has brought to her life. Through her years of personal practice she has witnessed the absolute serenity, stress and anxiety management, as well as the beautiful physical benefits of yoga. She contributes yoga as the catalyst that has guided and supported her through some of the most difficult and tragic times in her life.
Kim completed her training at Heartwood Retreat Center and holds both 200 RYT & 500 RYT certifications as well as a specialty certification in Chair Yoga. She maintains an active registration with Yoga Alliance and abides by its governing standards and practices.
Kim offers a calm and supportive atmosphere in her classes which include but are not limited to: Restorative Aroma Yoga; Yoga Nidra, Gentle Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Chair Yoga. She encourages open communication with her students so they can receive the most benefit from their yoga experience. She offers the gift of healing touch and aromatherapy in her classes as well as inspirational quotes and poems.
She is also a YACEP
Roberta Rosenthal is an RYT-500, Certified Children's Yoga Instructor and is currently pursuing her yoga therapy certification at Heartwood Yoga Institute. She specializes in yoga on the wheel and holds certifications in Aerial, Senior, Chair, Yin, Restorative, and Meditation… She is a life long learner immersing herself in new studies as well as refreshing her coursework. Inspired by how yoga helped her address her own physical and emotional issues (we all have some), she feels her purpose is to help others by uncovering personal strength, courage, and balance as we navigate through our obstacle course of life. She is a teacher, primary care-giver, mother, and medical advocate.
Rachel Bell is an ERYT-500 yoga teacher who trained in both her 200 & 500 levels at Heartwood. She specializes in Ashtanga and Aerial yoga, and is an advocate and experienced practitioner of Vipasanna Meditation. She is a Reiki master and one of the senior teachers at Heartwood, working in our teacher training courses. Rachel was the founder and owner of Beyond the Mat Yoga in Sarasota, and a teacher at Bhavana Yoga and ReFlex Arts before joining the Heartwood permenent staff
Pauline Dimitry draws from over 45 years of practice and experience in various yoga traditions, blending her love of yoga with a passion for teaching. Pauline specializes in providing a gentle approach that meets the needs of senior citizens, those with arthritis, and other special needs. Her students are encouraged to unfold to their own rhythm in a relaxed comfortable setting with individualized attention. She is a four-time cancer survivor and believes that her purpose in life is to help others find and nurture the inner strength to adapt to and overcome many of life's obstacles. Pauline is a Heartwood Certified ERYT-500 yoga teacher.