Cheryl Van Demark
Cheryl is credentialed with the Yoga Alliance at an E-RYT500 level as a Yoga Teacher and educator. As a Yoga Therapist, she serves as a faculty member for Integrative Yoga Therapy where she earned her certification.
Cheryl is also a practicing Physical Therapist with a Master’s degree in physical education and exercise science. She has enjoyed 30 years of helping individuals optimize alignment, restore movement, build strength and cultivate a balance in body, mind and spirit to pursue joyful living.
Cheryl received her undergraduate and graduate education in physical therapy through Northern Arizona University. She has focused her physical therapy practice on a combination of skillful manual physical therapy and therapeutic exercise as reflected through the dynamic lens of mind-body research and evidence-based best practice in rehabilitation medicine.
Cheryl’s uses her integrative training to draw upon the life science of Yoga to guide clients toward empowered self care to complement their health care. Her perspective as a physical therapist and experience as a health educator enable her to adapt Yoga practices and explain philosophy to bring the many health benefits of Yoga into the mainstream.
Cheryl received her initial 200 hr Yoga teacher training through Yoga Shala in Prescott under Cain Carroll. She has had the pleasure of ongoing study with Cain Carroll and Mary Kay West. She guest lectures on anatomy within 200 hour yoga teacher training programs locally and in California. Cheryl is a member of the Yoga Alliance, the International Association of Yoga Therapists and The American Physical Therapy Association. Like her training, her personal yoga practice is eclectic.
Suzanne believes her role as a yoga teacher is to serve and uplift each student and to support them in connecting with their innate wisdom. She turned to yoga for stress relief and exercise during an especially challenging time in her life and was hooked after her first class. Only later did she discover that she had dived into a deep ocean of wisdom and practice that would profoundly change her life. Suzanne has been dedicated to the practice of yoga since 2002 and became a certified teacher in 2008.
Suzanne’s path to yoga was a circuitous one. She left a career as an attorney to follow her heart, becoming an herbalist and pursuing her love of natural medicine. Suzanne’s practice and teaching have been most strongly influenced by her teachers, Sarahjoy Marsh, Elizabeth Rainey, and Sianna Sherman. She is also deeply grateful to her meditation teacher, Paul Muller-Ortega.
Suzanne has a special interest in working with people who are differently-abled, living with chronic or life threatening conditions, or unlikely to have access to yoga due to economic or other social barriers. She has trained with Jnani Chapman to teach yoga to people with cancer and, for many years, taught yoga to men who are incarcerated at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington state. She also served on the Board of Yoga Behind Bars, a non-profit that teaches yoga to incarcerated and at-risk youth and adults in Washington.
Amber Aten is dedicated to the path of healing, in Yoga, in life and in all ways. Her yoga practice is centered on honoring the heart as the inner teacher. As a teacher she hopes to inspire a playful awakening of peaceful balance. Amber Aten received her Yoga teacher training through the Arizona School of Integrative Studies in 2002. From 2004 thru 2007 Amber worked for the International Association of Yoga Therapists, where she was able to connect with many yoga luminaries and was guided to begin her own in-depth study of Yoga Therapeutics. Amber completed the 700 hour Structural Yoga Therapy Training program with Mukunda Stiles in 2006. (yogatherapycenter.org).
Mary-Pat received her training through The Davenport School of Yoga. She has been teaching yoga for over 10yrs. Mary-Pat practices daily and continues study with nationally recognized yoga teachers. Each of her classes are unique in its honor of the present moment as well as the student and what they offer the class. Physical ability is not required for Mary-Pat’s class as she will modify asanas(postures) to meet the needs of students with disabilities, injuries, or other special needs. Those students that are more advanced will enjoy the advanced hatha, nidra, and bhakti that MaryPat fosters and nourishes.
There is more……MaryPat is also a multi-talented musician trained through the Eastman School of Music. A music educator nearing completion of her PhD, MaryPat will be creating youth programs at the studio inspiring Family Fun with Yoga. She is looking forward to bringing Yoga and music appreciation into family life to help in developing compassion for self awareness and for loving relationships.
Tai Chi Chuan with Steve Lefkowitz
Steve Lefkowitz is a founding member of the Wholistic Health Center and Institute for Self Development, New York. For 22 years Mr. Lefkowitz was a student of Dr. Robert C. Sohn, Spiritual Teacher, mentor and wholistic health care visionary. Steve helped pioneer the natural products movement in the US . He worked to expand awareness and distribution of branded natural medicines worldwide, e.g. Ginsana, Garlique, Ginkoba, New Phase, Ester-C, & most recently Cran-Max.
Steve has been engaged in the practice T’ai Chi Chuan for over 30 years, teaching its form and its principles to a multitude of students since 1978. His training over the years has included one-on-one instruction with T’ai Chi Master Dr. Robert Sohn, where the meaning and intricacies of each movement were taught to him in great detail, as well as the broad philosophical perspectives on the art.
A growing number of people engage in the practice of “the grand dance of health” for varying reasons which include practicing for the sake of physical well-being and spiritual growth in an overall effort to reach higher levels of consciousness. Steve personally loves to engage in its practice as well as teaching it to others. As slow “moving meditation” T’ai Chi Chaun allows for a special context from which anyone can effectively focus on the balance and unification of our fundamental tri-part nature: mind, body and emotion. Steve currently resides in Prescott, Arizona with his wife Marion and their 3 miniature Schnauzers, Mollie, Harpo and Kasha.
Donna Casey with The Dance Studio Too
I began my dance career at the early age of 4 in Phoenix, AZ and continued with my passion through High School and College. Completing a dream of mine, I moved here 18 years ago to Prescott to open my own studio. I am continuing with the dream opening my second dance studio called “The Dance Studio Too” here in Chino Valley.
My “PASSION” for my craft is deep rooted in my soul. Many of my students have gone on to dance professionally in venues such as Disneyworld in Florida, to Five Star Shows in Las Vegas, New York, and all over the world. A few talented students have captured DMA titles in Arizona Regional competitions.
“It’s not what I set out to do; it’s what I had to do. It’s not a business I thought I might try, it’s what I knew I would succeed in.” Our community has been blessed with a studio that offers it all. from the once a week student to the Pre-Professional Company “RhythMotion.” Additionally we provide Prescott, Chino Valley and surrounding areas with special events such as: Master classees & teachers from across the US, Northern Arizona Dance Conventions, Competition Benefits, Parades, performances at retirement homes, holiday shows, hospital shows, mall shows and much more.
Building healthy bodies, Strong minds and positive personalities, students learn the benefit of giving back to the community by giving themselves.Our motto is: Look at the rest but “Dance with the Best”
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