As a working mom and helping to raise two teenage girls in the late 80’s, my life was hectic to say the least. Additionally, my fire-fighter husband worked shift work so balancing school, homework, softball, dance, orchestra, etc. was taking a toll on my nerves. One evening I had had enough and shouted my inability to handle the stress. The kids looked at me as if I was a monster and my husband stood there aghast! He then took me aside and gently explained that these were things every mom and dad dealt with on a daily basis; that the kids were good and I was good but that I needed to get a grip, to find something that would encourage me to relax and perhaps manage my time better.Continue Reading
Meet Our Board Members
Here is a brief bio of our SYTA Board Members
Gwen Hanner, LMHC, ERYT is a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, and yogi in private practice. Gwen thoughtfully integrates human potential and the psychology of trauma and recovery with meditation and other yogic training. Gwen teaches mindfulness and tranquility meditation and has completed several silent meditation retreats of up to 30 days in length. As an expert in guided imagery and hypnotherapy, Gwen provides Yoga Nidra and Restorative Hypno Yoga for groups.
At 17 years of age, after a serious bout of flu and related weight loss I developed amenorrhea. At 22 my physician gave me this advice: read Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit and learn yoga. A diet of beneficial foods combined with yoga restored my health. As my awareness of the body/mind connection has grown, I’ve practiced Vipassana meditation with Steve Shealy, PhD and progressive muscle relaxation, learned through self study.
I have been a yogini since that very smart doctor steered me in that direction. At first I was self-taught reading every book I could find and taking every class available. Over the years I’ve studied with learned teachers such as Anita Simons, Rodney Yee, David Swenson, Kofi Buscia, Ray Long, Erich Schiffman, Roger Cole, Cyndi Lee, & wonderful local teachers. I belong to Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500 Registered Yoga Teacher. I am a past newsletter editor for Suncoast Yoga Teachers Association and serve on our Board of Directors.Continue Reading
RYT 500, CAP
Susan has practiced yoga for over twenty-two years. She is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level..
Susan’s stressful career as a CPA led her to the benefits of yoga. She reduced her work hours for her baby daughter. In 2002 Susan received her teacher’s certification from the Florida Institute for Integrated Yoga Studies (FIFIYS) in Tampa. Through FIFIYS, she has studied with internationally known teacher Nischala Joy Devi, creator of Yoga of the Heart. In addition, Susan has studied with the faculty from the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation in Bangalore, India.Continue Reading
Wanda Howe is an E-RYT 500 certified yoga instructor, with 30 years’ teaching experience. She has trained with many international instructors such as Tias Little, Anita Simons, Rodney Yee, David Swenson, Kofi Buscia, Ramanen Patel, Manuso Manos, Ray Long, Erich Schiffman, Aadil Palkivala, Roger Cole & others. Her teaching is alignment based, incorporating the principles of breath, foundation & strength and specific detail to sequencing. Continue Reading
Wendy is the owner of Wendy Fit Yoga, Pilates and Personal Training Studio in Palm Harbor Florida. Wendy Fit Yoga is a certified 200 hour Teacher Training School since 2001. Wendy is also an RYT 500hr yoga instructor. She fell in love with the practice of yoga in the early 80’s and began studying with Rodney Yee, Baron Baptiste, David Swenson and Beryl Bender Birch getting her certifications in Ashtanga and Power Yoga. Her passion for health and wellness took her quickly to Clinical Rehab work. The demand for Yoga as a tool for injury prevention and rehabilitation inspired Wendy to continue her education in Iyengar methods for proper alignment. Continue Reading