Our Teachers


Meet the new owner of Down To Earth Yoga…

Michelle is committed to growing the yoga community and bringing a variety of styles of yoga, meditation, and other healing modalities to the Treasure Coast. Believing that community connection is everything she is so excited to share experience and love in this studio space!  While classes are still 7 days a week at Down to Earth,  are working hard to make studio updates and adding even more classes for our students! Keep showing up…. Much love,

Michelle Miles

Michelle Miles

Michelle is a Mom of two, who loves guiding others in their wellness journey on & off the mat. She is a health & wellness specialist as well as a yoga teacher and received her Yoga Alliance RYT 200 hr under Awakened Yoga in Texas. She studied and is trained in Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin , but practices all types of yoga such as Ashtanga and Kundalini. Michelle believes finding balance in the body and mind is essential for personal growth and love not only for herself but others. The art of yoga has had a profound positive impact on her life and she enjoys sharing it with others and being a part in their journey.


Dana Fulop

Dana is a long time practitioner and teacher of Sivananda Yoga.  She received her 200 hour Teacher Training Certification in March 2000 from Sri Naranda Yoga.  Dana is also a 200 hour RYT in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.  The spiritual path of Yoga has taught Dana the meaning of service.  She has dedicated herself to sharing the teachings of Yoga and her experiences with others to help them grow and heal on all levels.  Her classes reflect the many healing modalities she is passionate about.  Dana teaches Sivananda Yoga (Classical Hatha ), Kundalini Yoga, Yin Yoga, Crystal healing, Yoga with Crystals, Meditation, Ayurveda, Reiki, and much more.Dana’s classes are an expression of her love of  Yoga and the joy in sharing it with others.

Gina Buse

Gina has been practicing yoga since 2013. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) through Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kula Yoga Shala in Jupiter, Florida in 2019. Gina is passionate about breathwork in yoga as well as the styles of restorative and yin yoga. The mind body connection of yoga integrates well with her professional background as a licensed psychologist since 2007.

Karen Forrester

Swami Kandalayananda was ordained at the Temple of Kriya Yoga in 2011. She also holds a certification in meditation from the Temple of Kriya Yoga. Additionally, she has a Master’s degree in philosophy with a special focus on Eastern Religion from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England and 18 graduate credit hours in English Literature. Since 1996 she has been helping students to examine their lives and to get to know themselves deeply, passionately, and joyfully through the practice of philosophy and spirituality. Swami Kandalayananda lives in Port Saint Lucie, FL, is married and has 3 children.

Deb Pizzimenti

Deb has been practicing for several years and completed her 200 hour teacher training under the direction of Margarida Tree in 2015. For Deb, yoga represents the union of breath and movement, listening to the inner voice radiating out from heart’s center. After several years of running and completing marathons, half marathons and other road races, Deb dialed back the running to focus on a more holistic approach to fitness. “Yoga allows for my body to become flexible, strong and purposeful, while the breath guides me through my practice. For so long, I took advantage of those breaths that they would always there. It wasn’t until I ran the first marathon that I understood fully how valuable and supportive it can be. When my friend Tommy who was a physically fit, beefy SWAT cop struggled to sit up and breathe on his own due to a debilitating and fatal disease, I had completely wrapped myself around its importance and vitality. The Ashtanga style of yoga she practices is a gentle form of yoga which has been shared for thousands of years from the ancients. “Realizing my gifts and being able to share those with others who wish to accept them is the most rewarding blessing in my life.” Deb has been a resident of the Treasure Coast with her husband Phil for more than 20 years. They share a home with their son Dominic and dog Teddy. They love to travel, play at the beach and be active . In addition to working with us at Down To Earth, Deb teaches at Inner Truth Project and Gem’s Fitness and Pilates in Fort Pierce.

Kim Romer

Kim’s passion for yoga came from a place of healing. A lifelong athlete with a desire for a holistic health. Kim began her yoga journey in 1995 and fell in love with the practice.Kim completed her 200 hour teacher training with Margarida Tree at One
Yoga planet in 2006. Trained to teach the pure yoga tradition. Meditation,
pranayama, vinyasa flow, ashtanga and yin.
Kim ties her yogic philosophy and readings in to her teachings as a means to broaden students, perspective in deepening their practice off the mat. Her style of teaching is alignment based, yet fluid, hands on approach with great assists. Emphasizing on building core strength and flexibility. She believes breath and body consciousness awareness is key to a healthy practice. Kim’s influences and inspiration come from the readings of Pantanjali,Sutras, Bhagavad Gita and Don Miguel Ruiz. Some of her favorite teachers include Rod Stryker, Eric Schiffman. Seane Corn. Rodney Yee and Baron Baptiste. Please join Kim on the mat. Her warm smile, calm demeanor andhumor will make you at ease and at peace with yourselves. (Yin Yoga-Vinyasa-Yoga Lates)

Michelle Howe

Michelle has been practicing yoga since 2010. In 2015, she began her transformational journey into a 200hr yoga training with Holy Yoga – a faith based yoga teacher training. In 2018, she attained a 300hr certification to become a Master Holy Yoga instructor. Since 2016, Michelle has taught a faith-based yoga practice in varied locations including churches in Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach and Stuart. Michelle’s classes are Hatha yoga with a slow vinyasa flow. She also enjoys teaching a gentle/restorative practice and is certified in chair and trauma sensitive yoga. Michelle enjoys leading you on a journey to go deeper with your higher power, connect to the creator of your breathe and find peace and calm in your body. Michelle’s is also a published writer, speaker and experiential facilitator with Rise Up n Build Wellness. Connect with her on Instagram or Facebook @riseupnbuildwellness and find her books under Michelle D Howe on Amazon.com.

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