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.
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 RYT-500 yoga teacher.
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.
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 , Liscensed Massage 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.
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 speciality 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.