Instructor Bios

Cheryl Van Demark, PT  Yoga & Fitness

NewCHheadshotCheryl is credentialed with the Yoga Alliance at an E-RYT500 level as a Registered 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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Martha is credentialed at the E-RYT 500 level as a yoga teacher and is also a yoga therapist. Martha’s introduction to Yoga arrived on a rainy day in grade school, when a brilliant substitute teacher used Yoga in lieu of recess to appease a classroom of 10 year olds. As an adult she called on Yoga to guide her through pregnancy and childbirth.   Later she discovered the healing benefits of Yoga while coping with a congenital spinal condition. As her practice transformed the physical, it initiated a journey of self-actualization.

She began teaching Yoga classes in 2003. Completing her 200hr certification in Okinawa, Japan. Where she went on to earn certifications as a Pre-Postnatal Yoga Teacher, ACE certified Personal Trainer, Fitness instructor and Life Coach. In addition, she completed an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Tokyo, Japan.

Narrowing her focus on Yoga used in therapeutic settings, she went on to complete her 500hr certification in Yoga Therapy at the Ananda Seva Mission in Santa Rosa, CA. She is certified in Thai Yoga Therapy through The White Lotus Yoga Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA and Thai Yoga Massage through the Thai Traditional School of Medicine in Bangkok, Thailand.

Fulfilling her commitment to personal and professional growth, Martha consistently attends continuing education workshops and retreats throughout the year. She has accumulated over 1500 hours of studies in Yoga philosophy, ayurveda, asana, anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. With over 3500 hours of teaching experience, Martha’s offerings are a blend of knowledge, skill and intuition. Infused with the belief that there is a right yoga practice for everyone.

 

Lynne Minton, Expanded Yoga Practice

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Lynne took her first yoga class while in college, at the YMCA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.   She enrolled in the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco’s Teacher Training Program the summer of 1980.  She was certified to teach yoga by BKS Iyengar in 1984.

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.

Lynne and her husband, Jim. 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

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Diane has over 20 years of experience as a certified Group Fitness Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer.  She teaches a wide variety of fitness classes and personal trainings and would love to help you reach your fitness goals!  Diane specializes in women who are in their mid-life.

Diane keeps up to date on current fitness trends, is certified in Zumba(C) and PiYo(C) (pilates/yoga), and has accomplished her black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Diane’s goal is to motivate, boost confidence, and educate clients by making exercise fun, while making it a lifelong habit. She will work with you to develop a program that fits your needs, values, and vision while helping you overcome any barriers you may have.

Diane loves hanging out with her family and animals, riding her horses, camping, anything outdoors! Diane works as a paralegal at her full time job, and feels very blessed that she is able to teach other fitness classes during the week, meet new people, and stay in shape.

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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 dojo

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.

“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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