Gretchen Mills- Owner, Yoga Teacher
Yoga is the teacher of simplicity, honesty, love, connection and surrender. It is the study of humanity and the relationship with all things, big and small. There is no question that this is where I want my daily efforts to be focused. As owner of the Key West Yoga Sanctuary, I am honored to have the opportunity to create a space that encourages focus and the practice of presence, exposing our innate wisdom and our potential to grow with deep compassion and care for all; the true essence of life itself. My personal studies are focused on philosophy, mindfulness and several styles of yoga with master teachers from across the globe. The teachings have most importantly led me to learn from within--through attention, listening, teaching, living, and simply being. My practice and teaching are ever-evolving, fueled by nature's beauty and its astounding ability to achieve balance through all kinds of transformation. I find great joy in yoga and am incredibly grateful to share the practice and teachings daily.
Gretchen owns the Key West Yoga Sanctuary and is co owner of Inner Sanctum Yoga, offering teaching modules for yoga teachers in Teaching, Meditation & Service. She is committed to bringing mindfulness to her community through community classes and the Key West Mindfulness Collective offering programs to the local schools. Gretchen travels regularly to deepen her studies with teachers far and near and has received certifications for 200 & 500 Hr RYT, Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork, various trauma trainings, and yoga therapy.
Natalia Duke - Yoga + Pliates Teacher, Health Coach
Natalia Duke is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher. Her teachers and influences include A.G. Mohan, Janet Stone, and Michelle C. Johnson. She is also a Pilates instructor, a practitioner of Thai Yoga Bodywork, and social justice community organizer.
Natalia’s yoga practice informs her activism and her activism informs her teaching. Her classes offer space to reflect on how our thoughts, words, and actions impact the collective good: how our practices on the mat can influence and affect our lives and social change off of the mat. Through creative and challenging asana, she encourages us to skillfully take action to create a compassionate and just world, a world that allows all of us to live, be seen, and breathe.
Erika Hawks - Yoga Teacher
Erika Hawks practices and teaches ashtanga yoga, in the tradition of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, because she has experienced first hand it’s transformational powers. Yoga transforms – mind, body and soul. She loves sharing the benefits of yoga and making the practices accessible. As a teacher she strives to create a space for students to experience the limitless possibilities. A recent transplant to Key West, Erika already feels at home.
Emily Hughes- Yoga Teacher
Emily discovered yoga as therapy for her body after sustaining a spiral injury while competing in marathons. It didn't take long for the internal benefits of yoga to come through and start to change every aspect of how Emily lived her fast-paced life.
Shortly after earning her RYT and SUP Yoga Certification, Emily's calling for more yogic knowledge was so great that she ultimately decided to travel to India to study under a Guru and Swami. Emily earned her RYT 500 with a specialization in Ayurveda at Ayuryoga Eco Ashram n Mysore, India. Always a student, Emily then spent 5 weeks giving and studying Karma Yoga at the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas.
Emily spends her days sharing her passion for Anatomy, Self Awareness, the Science of Yoga, Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga, Vedic Philosophy, laughter, love and light with everyone, truly living the teachings while guiding powerful classes with a pure heart and kind heart.
Amber is a 200 Hour RYT Yoga Teacher, National Certified Counselor, and holds a Masters of Art. Amber has a background in clinical and mental health counseling, and while working in the field it became evident to her that helping others was a holistic process. It was then that Amber completed yoga teacher training and gained a deeper understanding into the mind body connection to better serve others. Amber teaches an invigorating yoga flow that facilitates body awareness, emotional consciousness and the connection of movement with breath.
Peter Rogers - Yoga Teacher
Peter discovered yoga in 1978 and established a daily practice while exploring various schools and styles of yoga. He moved to Key West in 1990 and in 2012 decided to become a yoga teacher.
His classes allow students to experience yoga in a way that is comfortable and inviting. He focuses on harmonizing the breath with gentle movement, while heightening our awareness of the deep mind-body-breath connection which is the foundation of a yoga practice.
Michelle Marcelino - Yoga Teacher, Reiki Practitioner
Michelle is an RYT®-200 certified yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner. She began exploring energy work and the practice of self-awareness in 2002 through the guidance of her first teacher and healer. She came to the practice of yoga in 2009 where she discovered the unlimited benefits that yoga offers. Her classes focus on creating space for awareness, and how the breath and flow of energy throughout the practice affect the mind and body, helping us learn to honor ourselves as we are today, as well as explore our potential.