Instructor Bios

Cheryl Van Demark, Yoga & Fitness

NewCHheadshotCheryl 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 received her credential.

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.  Cheryl’s uses her integrative heath and Yoga training  to empower clients with 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 guest lectures on anatomy for yoga teacher training programs. Cheryl is a member of the Yoga Alliance, the International Association of Yoga Therapists and The American Physical Therapy Association.

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Suzannebelieves 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 Minton, Expanded Yoga Practice

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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.

Fitness Instructors

Diane Kennedy, Zumba

Diane Feb 2014Diane is a certified in multiple forms of  Zumba and personal training.  She is an avid equestrian and a long time student of  Tai Kwan Do.

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Mary Heller is a veteran dance educator and scholar who has taught in studios, schools and Higher Ed for 26 years. She is the Artistic Director and principle choreographer of her own professional pick-up dance company, Common Ground.Mary is certified in the Artistry 2 level of the première national Dance Fitness Experience, BeMoved® designed by Sherry Zunker.

In somatics her specialty is Heller Barre Practice®,    (a Floor Barre informed by Pilates on the reformer, Gyrotonics® on the tower, Ashtanga Yoga in the Vinyassa Style, Anusara Yoga, Fred Alexson Floor Barre, Karen Williamson Floor Barre, and Homer Bryant Floor Barre)

Shannon Lovdahl, K.A.T. Fitness
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Shannon’s fitness career began in Junior High where she was introduced to dance team and she continued dancing through high school.  Shannon coached a North Dakota High School dance team for four years and had a wonderful experience with young ladies in grades 9 thru 12.  Shannon joined the Just For Kix Dance program as a head instructor for six years, teaching team dance routines to girls 3 thru 18. Just For Kix is a company based in Minnesota that has expanded to 15 states with a philosophy to instill confidence and self-esteem in children, while helping them stay active. While an instructor with this program, Shannon enjoyed ongoing training in ballet and jazz.  Spending time with young people has always been Shannon’s passion. Her class atmosphere is enjoyable and positive.  She believes it is important for children to be physically active and what an opportunity to share that time with an adult.  Having no children of her own, it feels great when people share their children with her. Shannon and her husband moved from North Dakota to Chino Valley in February 2014.

Shannon Peterson: Cardio Kick-Boxing

Shannon Peterson head ShotShannon Peterson is a certified in personal training through the American Council on Exercise (ACE).  She is  passionate about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. Shannon loves to help others achieve their fitness and health goals. She can create customized fitness programs to meet your cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training goals. Hobbies Shannon enjoys with her husband and two children include, bike riding, walking, hiking, jogging, gardening, farming, and martial arts.

Martial Arts

Jason Jacobs: Bujinkan Jinsei Dojo   Jason

Jason Jacobs began his study of Martial Arts in 1984 and joined the Bujinkan in 1988. His interests led him to travel regularly to train with many prominent instructors in the USA, and eventually directed him to Japan where he studies with some of the top Shihan instructors and attends Dr. Hatsumi’s class to learn the true Art of Budo Taijutsu.

Jason has been ranked to the level of Shidoshi (teacher of the Way). His passion for the  Art stems from how natural the movements are and how they relate to all areas of life. His philosophy in training originates from the idea that these movements we are  taught and practice are not about being the toughest or the best fighter but about getting safely home from any situation.

Awareness in the movements are key to finding this attitude towards life and our relations with everyone and everything around us. Jason feels that to be a proficient warrior in today’s society involves the proper attitude, acquiring the necessary knowledge, and intense study. He feels very privileged to be able to share his knowledge and experience with anyone willing to learn. He is an avid hiker and currently lives in Chino Valley, AZ with his wonderful wife Marcie, who also trains in this Art.

Creative You!

Denise Incao, Creative YOU! Ceramics Instructor

Denise Incao earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Auburn University in 1995, with a Studio Emphasis in Ceramics and a minor in Archaeology.

Denise has been teaching children and adults in various settings; including Montessori Schools, Day Camps, and community center programs, as well as remaining an active studio artist herself.  She is a local resident, wife and mother of a young daughter.  Denise has been sharing her art with her home school community and her heart is now calling her back to engaging ceramics at a deeper level in her own life. She is eager to work again with adults, teaching and sharing her love and passion for this art form! staff bio pic (2)“I love to share what I know and how it has helped me over the years… being able to create is therapy for me, and it has that potential for all of us.” 

“It’s not really about the final product. When I create, it’s about the experience of the creative process and how that opens me up to something much bigger than myself. That’s what I love to share with others.”

 

Jacques Laliberte, Creative YOU! Drawing Instructor jacques1 copy

My chosen roles as artist and writer is all about communication: reaching out to other persons. I have been a ‘commercial’ artist and illustrator, cartoonist and draftsman as well as Fine Artist. My education spanned 2 and 3-dimensional technique, film and animation, painting and sketching as well as graphic design on the computer. As a display and exhibit designer I crafted walk-through environments, museums and stores that became an experience for the visitor.
“Drawing gives others the opportunity to see a fresh side of their inner self that can be reached in no other way.”

“Dance with the Best!”

Donna Casey: 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.

Building healthy bodies, Strong minds and positive personalities, students learn the benefit of giving back to the community by giving themselves.

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