Vinyasa Flow, Essentials, Gentle (Flows M-F weekly)
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, Jivamukti, and Iyengar methods 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. 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.
Amanda Mavar Schmidt
Quick Flow Mondays, Spicy Flow Wednesdays
Amanda Mavar-Schmidt is a Gulf Coast Native and local business owner of Paddles Up Paddleboards in Downtown Ocean Springs. She 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.
Restorative Yoga Wednesdays
After many years of personal asana practice, Rachel began to refine her study with a particular interest in self-care and stress management. In 2011, Rachel completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification under Carla Olla (Love Yoga Center, Naples, FL) and later that year, took part in a Bhaki yoga immersion, traveling through India with renown Vedanta scholar Shyamdas. While teaching with a focus on trauma and stress management in a therapeutic facility, Rachel went on to earn a trauma-informed yoga therapist certification under Dr. Daniel Libby (Veterans Yoga Project, New Haven, CT) in 2013. A year later, Rachel developed and taught the therapeutic yoga curriculum for Veterans in the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Boston Red Sox Foundation's Home Base Warrior Health and Fitness Program (Boston, MA and Fort Myers, FL). In 2015, Rachel earned a 500-hour Yoga Alliance certification under Carla Olla (Rhinebeck Yoga, Rhinebeck, NY) and Julie Kirkpatrick (Jivamukti Yoga, New York, NY). She is deeply grateful for her teachers, including Shubhraji and Sharon Gannon. Rachel was a long-time Restorative teacher at Love Yoga Center, teaching for seven years in the style of Judith Lasater—sharing the joys and benefits of relaxation with beloved students of all ages, levels and abilities. Rachel moved to Ocean Springs, MS in 2018 and serves as a psychotherapist at the Biloxi VA, incorporating yoga and mindfulness in her work with combat Veterans.
Spicy Flow Mondays, All levels Saturdays
Hannah is a graduate of River Rock Yoga Teacher Training. Her practice is inspired by the Kripalu tradition, Ashtanga and the Iyengar method. Yoga has been such a blessing in her life, and she feels extreme gratitude to be able to share this practice with others. One of her favorite things about yoga is how asana can be used to embody other tenets of yoga philosophy, and she turns to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras to guide her in her daily practice. She is also trained as a massage therapist and loves to share her knowledge of anatomy with her students.
Vinyasa Flow Tuesdays, Flow and Restore Thursdays
Oliver Murdock is first, husband and father of two. He received his 200 hr teachers certificate from Glow Yoga in Gulf Shores Alabama. He began teaching in 2017 at Glow Yoga in Mobile Alabama. Yoga has profoundly expanded his spiritual path and hopes to guid his students on there’s. He mainly teaches slow and fast paced vinyasa flows and has taught chair yoga to seniors at Singing River Healthplex in Pascagoula. One of the many things Oliver would love to see is for more men to take up the practice of yoga, as it has helped him become a better man and father for his family. He is very excited to share yoga with the people here in Jackson county and become apart of their community.
Vinyasa Flow Fridays
Jennifer is a Certified Power Pilates Mat Instructor, 200 hour certified teacher from Glo Yoga in Mobile, AL and graduate of Tulane University. She has spent over 20 years practicing as a licensed physical therapy professional rehabilitating patients in a variety of medical settings. Her clinical experience has led her to highly value the understanding of proper body movement in order to heal the body from the inside out. She believes proper movement, mobility, and body awareness are vital components for healing injuries and injury prevention. She is passionate to help others achieve their health and wellness goals and improve their overall well-being in order to live a healthy and joyful life.