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.
Lynne took her first yoga class while in college, at the YMCA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Her first instructor and mentor, Trudy Davis, encouraged her to teach when she moved to Alaska in 1977. She enrolled in the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco’s Teacher Training Program the summer of 1980. Encouraged by Donald Moyer, she attended her first yoga Intensive at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India in 1981. She was certified to teach yoga by BKS Iyengar in 1984. Subsequent trips to Pune followed in 1988 and 1997.
Lynne founded the Inner Dance Yoga Studio in 1982 in Anchorage, Alaska and oversaw its growth and development into a thriving center with 20 plus instructors for the next 26 years . She started the Inner Dance Teacher Training program in 1999 which trained over 100 yoga teachers in the 8 years of her oversight of the program. Lynne sold the Inner Dance Yoga Studio in 2008. She now travels the country and the world teaching yoga wherever she is invited.
Lynne draws inspiration from yoga on and off the mat, attending local classes and sharing practice with others . She honors her teachers of the Iyengar tradition, Judith Lasater, Donald Moyer, and Fr. Joe Pereira . Self-Realizaion Fellowship, Paramahansa Yogananda’s organization, to which she was first exposed in 1978 is another continuing source of upliftment.
Yogananda says, “The true purpose of life is to realize one’s Self as wisdom and bliss”. Patanjali’s yoga sutra book II, sutra 41 (Light on Yoga Sutras, BKS Iyengar translation) states, ” When the body is cleansed, the mind purified and the senses controlled, joyful awareness needed to realize the inner Self, also comes.” My mission statement is to help myself and others to awaken joyful awareness through the practices of yoga; asanas that cleanse the body, pranayama that calms the mind, concentration that controls the senses, and meditation for realizing the Inner Self.
Lynne grew up in Wisconsin. Her love of travel and degree in Environmental Geology brought her to play and work in Alaska in 1975. That year she met future husband, Jim. They have been married since 1978. Together they enjoy camping, flying, overseas travel and their wonderful community of family and friends. Lynne also loves to sing, hula, play her ukelele, garden, bike and hike. They relocated to Prescott, Arizona in 2011 where they are broadening their circle of community.
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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