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. We’re looking forward to being a part of your healthy lifestyle.
Co-owner of ElemenTree Yoga and register pre-natal yoga instructor
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.
Willow 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 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.
I discovered physical fitness as self-care during a period in my life where I was overwhelmed; between children, a home, a husband and a job, it was imperative I found time for myself. Going to the gym, taking various fitness classes, helped me to be the best me. I took my first yoga class in 2000, in a small classroom above the base library at Ramstein AB, Germany. The class introduced me to a new ‘work-out’, and a curiosity for the practice. We moved to our little beach town in 2003 and I continued on my self-care journey, but it seemed yoga wasn’t just one of the classes I took, but a class I had to take. Fast forward to meeting a teacher that was transformative in my yoga journey. As a new teacher, she invited me into her world of body and spirit exploration through a yoga practice…and this began my pursuit of a daily yoga practice and teacher certification.
I received my initial training at Navarre Living Yoga, obtaining my 200 RYT in 2016 and am currently pursuing my advanced certification at Dragonfly Yoga in FWB, FL. I’ve been blessed to learn from the pillars of our yoga community to include Willow Connelly, Tara Taylor, Laura Tyree, Melissa Shalongo and Moira Anderson.
Let me assist you in your yoga journey and introduce you to our yoga community.
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.
Kellie- 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. 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. 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). 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.
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).
I finished my 200hr yoga teacher training last year at Elementree. I’m very excited to bring meditation and breath work to the studio. I’ve been ‘practicing’ yoga steadily for about 15 years, but I was introduced to it and meditation about 25 years ago. I love the peace and calmness in my mind and body that meditation provides. It helps me de-stress everyday which is why I want to pass that on to everyone. We would have a better world if we all meditated. My personal life consists of animals, animals, animals. I work as a veterinary technician, I am a professional dog trainer, I do pet sitting and am currently fostering rescue dogs. My cat Minnie and I love our quiet, peaceful, meditative home here in Navarre.
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.
Renee began her body awareness and movement at a young age in the middle of a dance studio in her hometown of Iola Kansas. After many years of discipline and commitment to the art of dance, she continues to keep body awareness, graceful movements at her center as she guides and leads those in her classes each week.
Renee earned her 200hr YTT in the fall of 2020 through Element Tree Yoga Studio and plans to continue her focus and studies in prenatal and postnatal yoga. She is also a certified placenta encapsulator serving the NWF area, and is a certified labor doula serving the Pensacola area. Her focus clearly shows that she desires to support and serve women, helping them each to realize their potential and strengths whether it be yoga or meditation or labor coaching.
Renee, her husband and their son, live in Navarre along with their two cats.
Danielle McIntyre first started yoga in 2014 and has been going regularly ever since. She found yoga to give her a sense of peace and confidence and yoga became her primary method of self-care and physical exercise. Danielle completed her 200-hour training in 2021 in Pensacola. Danielle is a huge advocate for incorporating mindfulness into your daily life. As a yoga teacher, she would like to encourage people to strengthen their bodies, grow in their mind body-awareness, and cultivate more mindful ways of living.
Amanda is a certified 200-hour yoga teacher who began her journey with yoga over 10 years ago as a way to de-stress from a rigorous academic career. She began by practicing Hot yoga and Vinyasa which helped her to recover from many of life’s struggles including chronic illness, traumatic back injury, grief, depression and severe anxiety.
With a background in psychological research, Amanda brings a unique viewpoint to her mat. During her training at HanaqPrana Yoga School (Tampa, FL) with Lorena Saavedra Smith, Amanda became fascinated with the relationship that she saw between psychology and yoga philosophy. This ignited a strong curiosity leading to the research on the scientific benefits of yoga on the mind, heart and spirit. She continues to immerse herself in literature on the subject in order to integrate her respect for science with her love of spirituality and bring a sense of balance and connection between them into her classes.
Amanda teaches with the hope to bring awareness of all of the possibilities that lie within her students own being through conscious, balanced movement and guiding them to open their own hearts at their own pace.
Amanda is a proud Air Force spouse and currently resides in Mary Esther, FL with her husband, two (weird) cats, Lily and Milo, and two (loud) Aussies, Blu and Leo. She enjoys reading, taking care of her plants and is learning how to not take herself too seriously.