Who We Are
Our Amazing Instructors
The ElemenTree Yoga team is comprised of qualified yoga instructors who are ready to put their energy and skills towards helping you reach your goals. Everyone at our studio believes in establishing a safe and mindful yoga practice. We want to teach you how to keep your energy balanced. Get in touch to learn more about our incredible team — we’re looking forward to being a part of your healthy lifestyle.
Mary Mikos took her first yoga class 15 years ago and enjoyed it so much she decided to add yoga to her physical fitness regime. Mary discovered that yoga gave her balance and focus unlike the step aerobics and kick-boxing classes she was taking at her local gym. Fast forward ten years, Mary developed her daily yoga practice, making yoga her primary activity for self-care.
Mary completed her 200-hour RYT certification under the tutelage of Kathy Tabb at Navarre Living Yoga in 2017 and, that same year, completed Aerial Teacher Training at Breathe in Pensacola. Mary enjoys teaching a class that is active yet leaves time for individual assists. Yoga is the bond that brings together people of all walks of life and her goal is to encourage and develop that bond in her students.
I am also a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant.
My yoga journey began 10 years ago. I stumbled upon a yoga class for a college credit. Instantly I fell in love.
Throughout the years, I always find myself going back to my mat to find the answers about life and myself. It wasn’t until experiencing an illness, which taught me the true healing powers of yoga.
I have over 8 years of Occupational Therapy experience. My passion is helping individuals overcome injury, illness, pain, stress, anxiety, and depression.
My goal as a yoga instructor is to provide a unique experience each time you step on you’re mat. Learning lessons of body awareness, strength, stillness and gratitude.
Lura has been passionate about yoga for over 13 years and has actively participated in many classes throughout the area. One day she realized she could do more good for more people by teaching self-love and self-care both physically and mentally. She believes, “Yoga helps the body, mind, and spirit”, so she became a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor in March of 2017. Since then, she has guided many students in Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, and Gentle Yoga at Navarre Living Yoga Studio and at Bodyworks by Bull in Shalimar. She also is available for Private In-Home yoga sessions with students.
Kellie S. (PhD, RYT 200) I discovered yoga in 1998, when a friend suggested I try a class. I had been living with depression most of my life and was looking for something to assist in alleviating my depression symptoms. Once I tried yoga, I was hooked. I was immediately entranced by the effects of movement and breath. Yoga helped manage my depression through mediation and asana.
My goal as a yoga teacher is to create a joyous, creative, fun and spiritual practice where students can be curious, build strength on and off the mat, break down boundaries and start living more fully. I thrive on empowering others through yoga. I completed my Yoga Teacher Training in 2018 at Navarre Living Yoga in Navarre, FL. I am excited to deepen my personal practice while guiding others in the wisdom and effects of this sacred practice.
Greetings, to the beautiful community of yoga! I have been so fortunate to practice a variety of yoga classes in Navarre for the past 25 years. I began my practice in the 60's when neighbors founded the first Kripalu Yoga Ashram in Northern New York. This began a lifetime of personal practice and classes in the oddest places around the world. Since retiring, I completed a 200 hr YTT and have concentrated my teachings on meditation, yoga nidra and gentle postures. Yoga, completes the perfect balance between the mind and the body while focusing on the breath, the emphasis in my teaching classes. It is a privilege to become part of ELEMENTREE... with my experiences I can share yoga practices and breathing techniques to help the busy mind relax and the body to obtain "stresslessness"!
Nikki started her yoga journey during a stressful semester at college in 2008 were she was introduced to the practice and fell in love learning about yoga. Since then she has been finding her way around new yoga communities as a military spouse traveling with her husband which has allowed her to start uncovering the deeper aspects of a yoga practice and way of living. She began a steady yoga practice in 2010 at Navarre Living Yoga with Willow Conolly and Natalie Davidson where she discovered the benefits and joys of a yin practice.
In the summer of 2018 she completed the 40 hour yin yoga certification with Divya Elting to further expand her yin practice. In 2019 she completed her 200 hour yoga certification with Stacey Vann at Breathe Yoga and Wellness Center. She is excited to share the benefits and her passion for developing a yin yoga practice.
Nikki is a Registered Dietitian and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She graduated from the University of Arkansas and completed her internship through Cedar Crest College before becoming a registered dietitian in 2012. After three years of working with families and breastfeeding mothers she studied to become a Certified Lactation Counselor in 2015 before continuing on to complete the requirements to became an ICLC in 2017. Nikki has a deep passion for nutrition and educating others on the benefits of food as medicine and how to eat well for improved health and well being.
Rachel fell in love with yoga in 2016 when she took her first class at Navarre Living Yoga. She found that the intention of the breath and the focus it took to relax the mind, truly would change her for the better. With time and patience she discovered that yoga enriched her life through her study of the mind and body.
She completed her 200 hr RYT training at NLY in 2018. Through the training program she made the discovery that yoga was so much more than asanas; it was light and it comes to each person in different forms. Her goal, as an instructor, is to bring true fun and joy to each class.
She has been an independent photographer for more than 10 years capturing weddings, families, live music, and even her fellow yogis on our gorgeous beaches. Rachel has a keen eye and love for color and movement in all forms. She looks forward to meeting students new to yoga as well as those seasoned students ready for light.
Amy lives in Navarre with her husband and two children. In 2016, she was homebound for serious immune problems. At the beginning of 2017 she started practicing yoga, and within 6 months she was no longer homebound and healthier than she had been in years!
She decided to take the last teacher training offered through Navarre Living Yoga, and now she brings her experiences with stress, trauma, and natural medicine to the mat to focus on inviting in courage, compassion, and connection.
My passions for philosophy, sociology, and world religions launched my interest in yoga in my late teens. As my life expanded into adulthood and transformed into one of a military spouse, attending college far from home, yoga was a hobby that provided exercise and social interaction in a kind and loving environment.
In 2005, after having my first child, I found myself drawn back to the mat, pulled particularly to the practices of Yin. There, the sacred roots of my practice were born.
Today, as a mother, wife, and mental health professional, I believe that the many tasks of modern life require nurture and balancing. The inner-work of yoga and it’s innate ability to strengthen the bridges between our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies is a vital component of living a life in connection.
As a teacher, I strive to guide students in practices that help them uncover their own inner-wisdoms and enhance their abilities to not just cope with life but to thrive vibrantly within it.
Yoga has become a part of Yvette’s life for close to 10 years. It has helped her to live mindfully and inspires her to live each moment in the now. As her practice grew, she wanted to deepen it and was fortunate enough to attend the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas. It taught her how to bring the benefits of classical yoga to others and the importance of breath in practice and daily life. Yvette loves the non-judgment in yoga and believes that she is merely a guide for her students' practice and respects that it is their hour. One of her goals as a teacher is to have her students leave her class thankful for the time that they have given to themselves and to feel the balance that yoga can bring to their lives.
I started my yoga journey in 2004. As a stay at home mom of two toddlers, I decided to try a yoga class simply as a way to get out of the house and talk to adults, little did I know that decision would change my life. The first class I attended, I could not hold a downward-facing dog without my arms trembling, but instead of feeling discouraged, I felt exhilarated. For that one hour, I was not a mom, wife, or boss; I was just me. This sense of returning to self is what I strive to create for each student taking my class. Yoga is a practice; it is not mastering a pose perfectly; therefore, I want to empower my students to create a meaningful individual experience by providing a safe space to explore their yoga practice.
After completing my 200hr teacher training in 2012 and 500hr teacher training in 2016, I have continued my studies of yoga. My love of the many aspects of yoga has compelled me to become a Registered Prenatal Yoga instructor and obtain many other specialty certifications, including Mantra and SUP Yoga. I am excited to be co-owner of Elementree Yoga and always a student, I am working towards my IAYT Yoga Therapist certification.
Willow Conolly fell in love with yoga in 2007 when she got out of the military and became a stay at home mom. She discovered that it gave her the strength and the patience to nurture herself and her children throughout each day. The practice of Yoga has taught Willow how to slow down, sit still (this was quite the challenge) listen to her body and go with the flow. She makes ALL students feel welcome and comfortable in the playful classes that she teaches. Willow taught yoga for 7 years at Navarre Living Yoga and she is now excited to be a Co-Owner of ElemenTree Yoga Studio.
Nancy Sandler discovered yoga after she retired from the Air Force. She began her yoga journey in Navarre in 2007. After completing her 200 hour teacher training in 2014, she began teaching at Navarre Living Yoga. In 2017 she completed a 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Surya Chandra Healing School of Yoga and is Yoga Alliance 500-Hour RYT certified. She is also a certified Accessible Yoga teacher. She enjoys scuba diving, and while traveling the world to enjoy this passion, she finds time to visit yoga studios in many different countries. Nancy believes the mental and physical balance of a yoga practice can benefit all ages and abilities.
Raised on Maui, Hawaii, I joined the Air Force right after high school. I served 10 years on Active Duty and still serve as an Air Force Reservist. I am blessed with the sweetest husband and two beautiful, healthy children.
I first discovered yoga in 2009 during my first deployment to Iraq. It was the perfect escape to release the stress I felt being separated from my family including, at that time, my 6 month old daughter. The practice has stuck with me since then. I earned my 200 hr teacher training in Oct 2020 under the Instruction of Cara (E- RYT 500, RPYT) and Willow (RYT 500) through Elementree Yoga Studio. My goal as an instructor is to guide my students through a safe and satisfying flow and encourage self-love and appreciation for your temple (body).
My first experience with yoga was in 2004 while attending Massage Therapy training. An instructor was brought in to teach us how to stretch, move and breath to increase longevity in the massage profession. While the teachings have certainly aided me in my massage therapy practice, and body awareness overall, I learned something else very unexpectedly: I NEEDED yoga...and wanted it even more! It was then that a love for yoga began to settle in and change my life. Over the course of the last 15 years, I have continued with my massage therapy practice, expanded my passion for and my purpose with energy work, birthed 3 beautiful girls, and followed my military husband around the United States and abroad. Through it all my home base has always been my yoga mat. Whether I was pregnant, on vacation, staying in temporary lodging or just making some moments for myself, my yoga practice has always offered the rest, rejuvenation and connection that my body and soul long for. In the harmony of my soul, I can always hear a voice calling me towards more and more yoga. Finally, after living abroad and moving from place to place, I found a yoga home where I could pursue my long-time goal of attending Yoga Teacher Training, and take a giant leap on my yoga journey. ElemenTree Yoga Studio was calling me, and I listened.
I’ve been so fortunate to be a yoga student of teachers in different states and countries, and vastly different backgrounds. Now as a yoga instructor myself, I intend to evoke the lessons they’ve taught and bring elements to my classes that create a beautiful alchemy unique to each student. Through asana, pranayama, meditation and whatever else I feel guided towards in the moment, I seek to bring space and peace to the body and mind so that the connection to the soul becomes not only possible, but probable, on and off the mat. I am excited to guide students through deeply intentional and powerful flow classes designed with the intermediate student in mind. My intention is for my students to leave class feeling more balanced and joyful, knowing they’ve taken care of themselves in such a wonderful way. I look forward to connecting on our mats.