Meet the Y Yoga Family
Liz C. Kawecki, President/Director of Y Yoga Inc. — Liz studied and practiced Kripalu, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram, and Integrative Yoga in Hawaii, California and Brazil. Liz is an Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. She offers one-on-one classes and individual therapy sessions. Her classes combine the traditional Hatha Yoga styles for all ages and levels of fitness and practices for general wellness, athletic conditioning, rehabilitation, weight loss, stress reduction, etc. She is a Certified Pilates Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer/ Post Rehabilitation Exercise Specialist and Childrenâ€™s Fitness Specialist. Liz has been teaching an eclectic blend of yoga to individuals and private groups (corporations, charities, schools). She created specialty classes - beach, aqua, and kids yoga. She also developed strength, flexibility and conditioning programs for individuals with varied physical restrictions, injuries, and fitness levels for over 111/2 years on Amelia Island. IYT, RYT, EKYTT (level 1), YFI, CPT, PFI, YC, PRES, CFS
Deah Jenkins - discovered the healing benefits of yoga from her own personal injury and rehabilitation and wanted to share her experience through teaching yoga.
Sampoorna Yoga Teacher, RYT 200 & 500, Massage Therapist
Dotty Collins - her journey into yoga began as a self taught student who fell in love with yoga, started taking classes, and is now a teacher of the practice. Sharing her love by teaching yoga to introduce others to the basic principles and benefits of yoga. YogaFit I & II, III & Yoga for Seniors, Vinyasa Flow RYT 200
Susan Caples - inquisitive person whose thirst for knowledge and spiritual growth and development has led her to quest to help others grow spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Life Coach, Reiki Master, Meditation/Energy/Chakra Teacher
Cheryl Hines - feels tremendous gratitude to be able to share her love for yoga with everyone who crosses her path. A cheerful resident of Amelia Island, with deep connections to her roots in New England, she offers a fuse of yoga styles creating a class that incorporates meditative mindful vinyasa, balancing, and strength building in a spirited way that is accessible to all levels. Cheryl uses her creative abilities to incorporate all music genres into her classes fostering a unique yoga experience for all. She is living proof that yoga practice can become an active meditation with immeasurable benefits to the body and mind. As your teacher, her goal is to bring you deeper into your yoga practice one step at a time. She invites you to come and discover your inner strength. May we grow and sway together like trees in this incredible practice of yoga.
Holly Lavin - began as a ballerina and danced for 17 years. My love for dance gave me such an appreciation for the grace and beauty of yoga. I have been practicing for almost 11 years and still discover new poses that speak to me. It can transform you physically and mentally! The poses are beautiful but I find that people really walk away from a class with an incredible clarity because they were able to find their breath. I hope to pass onto my students the ability to trust themselves and learn to move about their lives with more purpose. My style of teaching is varied and keeps evolving as I practice. I have two tots who keep me busy and inspire me with their zest for life. My husband is my rock and has been my favorite student, allowing me the gain confidence in my ability to teach. I live everyday happy to be here!
Jeannie Tibbetts - yoga practice began in earnest after a 21+ year career as an officer in the U.S Army. Upon retirement in 2005, she sought a kinder method of staying healthy and fit. Jeannie discovered the YogaFit training program after landing in Georgia and became a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance in 2006. She taught yogic principles and the asanas (poses) at a local college in Tifton Ga and also taught yoga at the Tiftarea YMCA while serving as Fitness Director. Jeannie taught at the Kai Yoga Arts studio in Albany Ga as well as at Yoga on Pine. She worked full time as a management consultant for a defense contracting firm for several years after her Army career and found the way to keep a balanced work and home life was through her yoga practice. Yoga truly became a way of life before she happily found her way to Amelia Island. Sheâ€™s taken several yoga related classes and training over the years â€“ Most notably on the island, in addition to teaching Pod Yoga, she is a trained Stand up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructor with the American Canoe Association (ACA) and a specifically trained SUP Yoga Teacher. Jeannieâ€™s taught SUP Yoga at Kayak Amelia and currently teaches with the Amelia Island Paddle Surf Company.