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.

 

 

Michelle Hufford

michelle huffordYoga has been a part of my life for almost 20 years. I began practicing in 2000 and have steadily grown stronger, more mindful, and more fearless, both on and off the mat. I had the unique opportunity to sail with my family and attend yoga classes in all sorts of settings around the Caribbean for three years. The benefits of that experience taught me to become more open to new ideas and to not limit my practice to the “perfect indoor studio”. I can take yoga with me everywhere! I completed my 200 hour Vinyasa Flow training at Twin Spirits Yoga in 2018. My journey of practice continues as long as I draw breath.  I am grateful for my inspiring teachers and the wisdom they have instilled in me. My classes aim to bring balance, strength and inspiration to my students. Using creative sequencing and clear instruction I endeavor to help my students leave their mat feeling light, balanced and ready to conquer the world.

 

 

Karen Forrester

KarenSchoolPicSwami 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.

 

Maureen Agnello

Yoga Teacher BIO headshotMaureen began practicing yoga thirteen years ago when she wanted to find something to replace running. She understood that she needed to “slow it down” physically, and had been taking Pilates classes for several years which incorporated yoga poses, so she decided to explore a yoga practice. She started taking classes at Kula Yoga Shala in Jupiter FL where she discovered the powerful healing benefits of yoga. Maureen has been on an “off the mat” yoga journey for her entire adult life, attending classes,  workshops, and Sat Sangs with a variety of spiritual teachers including Mary Pompeo, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, and Abraham Hicks. She has experienced an eclectic path of study which has most recently included the roots and traditions of yoga philosophy. Her classes reflect these diverse teachings and how to apply them to our daily lives to maintain peace and balance. Maureen especially enjoys teaching Yin Yoga, Restorative, and Mind Body Breath which integrates the three disciplines of yoga – Dhyana~meditation, Pranayama~breath work and Asana~the physical poses. She believes that connecting breath to movement  improves focus and balance, and helps to quiet the mind. Maureen has incorporated breath work and meditation into her holistic nursing practice for healing and restorative work with women and children for over 33 years. Maureen received her 200 hour CYT certification in 2018 after completion of Mindful Vinyasa Teacher Training under Laura Wenger at YogaFish. She continued her training with Mindfulness Yin Yoga teacher training under Rishi Eric Infanti from Mela Academy. She sees the opportunity to teach yoga as a continuation of her ongoing spiritual journey for both personal growth and service to others.

 

 

Danielle Vardakas 

E1DBC0D9-C41E-4725-9D13-352DB1B24001began dancing at age 3 in Philadelphia. She continued to study dance and art at the Philadelphia Creative & Performing Arts High School. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University and the Tyler School of Art in 2001. Danielle fell in love with yoga in 1994 while dancing with a junior ballet company and began teaching yoga in 2000. Her practice continued to create balance in her body and mind through her professional dance career which included mainly Hip Hop and Breakin with a bit of Contemporary Modern. She was mentored by Cara Bradley of Verge Yoga. She is also strongly influenced by her teachers Dharma Mittra , John Friend and Kausthub Desikachar. Danielle is continuously training and has completed over 4000 hours of teacher training programs all over the globe. She is a registered 1000 hour Advanced Teacher with Dharma Yoga. Her programs are registered with Yoga Alliance as Garnet Heart Yoga. Danielle & her family moved from Philadelphia to Vermont in winter 2009 where she directed a yoga center for almost 10 years. She currently lives in West Palm beach and teaching retreats in Mexico. She has taught Yoga Teacher Trainings, retreats and festivals throughout the country and beyond. Danielle’s vinyasa style incorporates principles of alignment with power flows and bliss energy. She themes each practice so the student can evolve spiritually as well as physically. A teacher to teachers, Danielle created 200 & 500 hour teacher trainings as well as Hop Hop & Children’s Yoga teacher programs and has lead over 50 teacher training groups. Additionally, her yoga classes are featured on www.udemy.com She taught 6 years in a row at Sedona Yoga Festival, and has taught for Liberate and Wanderlust Festivals. Danielle is certified Reiki master. Danielle is a vegan, Tao cultivator and proud mama to an amazing little yogi, Garnet! Danielle is thrilled to share her passion for the magic of yoga with your community!

 
 
 
 

Julie Sanchez

IMG_3168 Julie has been teaching Yin and Gentle Yoga since 2017. In 2020 she started teaching Barre classes. Julie has been practicing yoga for about 12 years. Julie was inspired by Leslie Greinstein who introduced her to Yin Yoga. Janay Zukerman who not not only did her teacher training but inspired her to keep learning more to improve her ability to help others in their practice. Others who influence Julie in her teachings are Sarah Powers, Bernie Clarke, Rodney Yee, Kassandra Reinhardt and Spiritually Thich Nhat Hanh. Julie graduated from 200 Hours TT in 2016. She has certificates in Yin Yoga training and Chair Yoga training. Julie teaches classes in Yin, Gentle, Chair Yoga and Barre. The yoga classes will be slow pace but beneficial to the over all well being. The music will fit the tempo of the class and the meditation will give a sense of connecting with your self.

 
 

Cathy Nevin

IMG_9497Cathy is a Kundalini yoga instructor who earned her KRI 200 hour certification in Plantation Florida. Cathy spent nearly 20 years working in executive, administrative, and director operational roles within the health care and legal fields. After practicing with her husband for almost 10 years she began a year-long yoga teacher training course, with the goal of learning yoga first-hand. Since then, Cathy has started her own painting company and works with local Drug Rehabilitations/Detox Facilities teaching yoga and doing what she loves -helping others discover their peace and joy. In her spare time, Cathy enjoys tending to her large vegetable garden, traveling to obscure places with her husband, and exploring Native American beliefs.

 

Chandra Jerome

yoga picYoga has always been a part of my life. I went to India for the first time when I was 20, and after that I knew I had to become certified to teach. I fell in love with the rich culture, and upon meeting many great yogis, I was very motivated to work towards bringing this consciousness to the west. I was able to travel back to India in 2019 and complete my training at The Yoga Institute in Mumbai. Since then, I have been traveling different countries, holding various workshops, and teaching many styles of yoga. Yoga is for everybody! I like to hold a space that is inclusive for anyone. Yoga has helped me heal physically, mentally, and spiritually, so I ite a space for students to go within and heal on a deeper level. Namaste. Training: 900hr Yoga Alliance Certified-The                                                                               Yoga Institute, Mumbai, India.

2 thoughts on “Our Teachers

  • February 16, 2020 at 7:04 pm
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    Moving to Port Saint Lucie April 2021. I am a fellow yogi and practice right. Down to earth sounds wonderful! I look forward to visiting and taking classes from your wonderful instructors. Good luck and I hope to see you next year…….🙌

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  • May 11, 2020 at 3:41 am
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    Hello DTE yoga!
    It seems all my yoga studios are no longer in Business. I am interested in some private lessons to get back to regular classes. I’m not a member yet but I would like some info on virtual and privates. I would love to hear from your studio!
    Thanks
    Cundi

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