Vinyasa Flow, Essentials, Gentle
Ellen is graduate of Wild Lotus Yoga's Soul School of New Orleans. Schooled in the Bhakti tradition, she is inspired by a variety of approaches including Ashtanga, Kundalini, Jivamukti, Iyengar and Kali Ray Tri Yoga methods, most recently trained in Buti Yoga, giving variety to all of her students. Ellen's love of expressive movement started at an early age and has been a dependable source of inspiration ever since. Yoga helped Ellen discover her voice letting her life flow from a deeper, truer place. Ellen loves to teach all level classes ranging from strong Vinyasa Flow to Gentle Restorative styles all set to thoughtful music enhancing everyones experience. Her classes provide space for individuals to explore classic yoga postures with the inclusion of free form movement and in her spicy Vinyasa Flows, plyometrics and other various strength conditioning sequences. Also a visual artist, Ellen holds a B.A. from Tulane University in New Orleans.
Like so many others, Ellen came to yoga for healing and is the basis for her practice and teaching. Heartfelt and playful, her classes foster environments of acceptance wherein participants learn to practice compassion for themselves and ultimately the world at large.
Sue Seely CYT 200
Yoga dramatically entered Sue's life through Richard Hittleman's Hatha Yoga teachings in 1975. Yoga has been a constant companion and led to many evolutionary experiences-intellectual, physical and spiritual. Her teaching style is influenced by Kundalini, Ashtanga, Svaroopa, Core Integration, Iyengar and Jivamukti methods. She has studied directly under renowned teachers in the American Yoga movement, including Shiva Rae, Jill Miller, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Edward Clark, Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten and Swami Nirmalanand (formerly Rama Berch). Sue was a founding member of Kelly Morris' "The Pranadhanas" Yoga Dance Troupe, and received her 200-hour CYKT certification from Marsha Wenig at YogaKids International. She has yoga-teacher trained with specialized occupational and physical therapist, and combined teaching cognitive and social skills with yoga to children diagnosed with Pervasive Diagnostic Disorders. Sue has had the pleasure of teaching in many studios, health clubs, school, homes and summer camps, and is teaching yoga classes locally at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point, the Blossman Branch YMCA, and is now honored to teach at Downtown Yoga In Ocean Springs.
Allison Thorpe CYT 200
After spending years helping spouses see their dreams come true and getting tired of living her dream"on-the-side", she took the leap to pursue her passions full-time in 2010 and now helps others do the same. She is a 200 hour certified Yogi and certified Intuitive Painting and Expressive Arts Facilitator. Kundalini yoga with some Hatha thrown in for good measure is her practice. She has found her passions through meditation, painting, sailing and yoga as well as helping others find their passions too.
"I'm still trying the touch my toes but maybe together we can do this."
LaSarah Deshauteurs RYT 200
LaSarah received her 200hr Yoga Teacher certification from Soul Shine Yoga school in October of 2016. She teaches all levels of yoga asana, meditative, restorative, and partner yoga classes. Passionate about the healing arts, she continues to study her craft through different movement workshops including Thai massage. Sarah describes her classes as free-flowing and playfully challenging & encourages her students to explore their practice at their own pace. In her downtime she enjoys hanging out with her daughter and people watching.
Amanda Mavar Schmidt RYT 200
Amanda Mavar-Schmidt is a Gulf Coast Native and local business owner of Paddles Up Paddleboards in Downtown Ocean Springs. She recently received her 200 hour certification from the Gypsea Yoga School in Costa Rica. Although introduced to yoga years ago, when she made her practice a priority she saw clearly how beneficial it was to her health and wellbeing. Her classes are influenced by time practicing Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Kundalini Yoga, employing the use of pranayama throughout her flows. Out of the studio she can be found practicing and teaching yoga on paddleboards (SUP Yoga) all along the southern coast. Amanda brings with her a sense of adventure, exploration and new growth as she joins the Downtown Yoga Family.
Natalea studied at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and holds a BA in English and Religious Studies. She is the current Marketing and Public Relations Director at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art. After an 11 year absence, Natalea returned to the MS Gulf Coast in the summer of 2016 and fell in love all over again with the city of Ocean Springs. When she's not baking for friends, playing in clay, or hosting trivia nights at the Greenhouse on Porter, she finds her sense of peace at Downtown Yoga. "My yoga practice has afforded me strength, stability, and peace of mind. It's an ongoing journey to and from the self. After a year's worth of consistent practice and surveying my emotional, mental, and physical evolution, I couldn't imagine my life without it. Thanks for being here, Ellen."