"Yoga is both the journey and destination of living life well. My passion is is using the practices of yoga, especially alignment based asana, pranayama, and meditation to safely open up the inner and outer worlds to deeper exploration. As a student and teacher, together we grow and evolve our understanding of ourselves and life's possibilities"
Melinda Love has been studying and teaching yoga for over 25 years. She has taught yoga from India to Maui to Florida and has studied various styles throughout her extensive career. She is 200 hour certified in the Sivananda tradition.
Julie is a native of northwest Iowa, where she owned and operated a yoga and massage studio for 6 years. She relocated to Sarasota in 2013, working in this area as a massage therapist and yoga instructor. When in Iowa, Julie left the corporate world in 2004 to become a healer. She was introduced to yoga while in massage therapy school and has always found the two modalities inseparable. She always says “I am a better massage therapist because I do yoga, and I am a better yoga instructor because I am a massage therapist.” Her yoga classes are mindful and meaningful. Greater strength, flexibility and balance are the physical goals of every class and she promises meditative stillness and inspiration as well.
You will find a great mix of slow moving, focused alignment poses and vinyasa flow. Students find inner rhythm through steady breath awareness and awesome music. Come join Julie for stretching and steadiness and a unique spiritual experience.
Jane has been teaching alignment based Hatha Yoga for the past seven years in both Sarasota and Nashville. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2010 from Prana Yoga and Healing and furthered her studies by completing her Yin Yoga training in 2016. She enjoys combining Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga elements into her classes, including whole body relaxation and visualization into Savasana (final relaxation). Her intention is to create a class built on sequences that are realistic and accessible to all levels of students in a nurturing, non-competitive environment. Her belief is that it is the balance of effort and release that produces the best results and that accessing and directing the breath is a path to realizing those results while at the same time calming and directing the mind. She uses her knowledge of alignment, use of props, and posture mechanics to modify poses for students as needed. Jane has a degree in Mental Health from Purdue University. She has 25 years of experience in the social services field and also has a personal life coach certification from Coach University.
Once Daniele discovered the joy of practicing Yoga she turned her enthusiasm to becoming a Yoga teacher. Daniele takes great pleasure in sharing the bliss of Yoga with others. That passionate journey has taken her all the way to fulfilling her dream of owning and directing her own Yoga studio. Ignite Yoga is currently thriving in NJ.
She has recently moved to lovely Sarasota and can not wait to have the honor of guiding Florida Yogis through the ancient art of Yoga.
Daniele has an extensive background in health and fitness. Before discovering that yoga is her true passion Daniele was an owner of two large gymnastic training facilities in Northern NJ. Her gymnastic background gives her a solid base to teach and inspire her students on their mats and in particular to do inversions!
Daniele received her Yoga Certification from Sonic Yoga in New York City. At Sonic, she studied with Lauren Hanna and Jonathan Fields. Daniele has also studied with Shiva Rae, Twee Merrigam, Sean Corne, Sharon Gannon and David Life, and many other influential yoga teachers of our time. Her classes are an eclectic inspiration from various styles of yoga. Classes are different each day and are accented by low lights, great music and a calorie torching flow. She teaches a variety of Yoga classes: From Advanced flow classes to Beginners. She has directed many 200 hour and 500 hour Yoga Alliance certified Vinyasa Teacher Training at Exhale Yoga Studio and Ignite.
She has also taught Yoga for people suffering from addiction and mental illness at St Claire’s Hospital, and was the Yoga Teacher for Oasis in Paterson (a haven for women and children). Daniele specializes in teaching private clients. She is married to Marc and is the proud Mom of 3 beautiful daughters
Gary Halperin is a certified Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Meditation Teacher and has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1994. He is the author of Feel Better Now...Meditation for Stress Reduction & Relaxation and Feel Better Now...Essays on Yoga, Meditation, Mindful Living, and Love and the creator of the Feel Better Now Yoga DVD.
Gary was the Spa Director at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina and the Spa Programs Director at the Coolfont Resort in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. He was a resident, practicing a yogic lifestyle, at the Kripalu Center Ashram in Lenox, Massachusettes for 3 years. He graduated from Amherst College and served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. His clients in Sarasota have included guests and members of the Longboat Key Club and Resort, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Ringling School of Art and Design, the region's top 10 income producing realtors, and Sarasota County employees.
Lisa Davis found her way to Yoga through her studies in Dance Education. “Dancing always made me feel connected to my body but also my soul. When I found Yoga again it reconnected me with the Mind, Body, Soul/Spirit connection.” Lisa’s desire through teaching yoga is to help people experience this reunion with oneself. Through breath work, movement and silence we can learn how to self soothe, activate feel good chemicals in our brains and find joy in everyday living. Lisa also believes Yoga can be adapted for all bodies and in addition to teaching Hatha, Vinyasa slow flow, she also teaches “Chair Yoga”. Lisa is a 200 hour RYT certified instructor with additional Kripalu certifications for teaching children.