Gretchen Mills- Owner, Yoga Teacher
"When you discover your true nature and know who you really are, you stand fearless."
I have spent much of my adult life traveling around the world experiencing the cultural, religious, and healing ways of many different people and their countries. My travels not only focused on humanity studies, but embraced our deep ecological and environmental connections as well. I have always felt that the more we can learn about each other and our planet, the more respect and love we will have for our own bodies, the people around us, and our environment.
As owner of the Key West Yoga Sanctuary, I am honored to have the opportunity to create a space where we learn to trust our innate wisdom to live fully in our creativity, confidence, power, heart, and self. My personal studies include many styles of yoga with wonderfully inspiring teachers from across the globe, but to me the most profound teachings come 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. My greatest reward as a teacher is found when students' lives are enriched as they greet deeper levels of themselves through their experiences on the mat and into the world.
Natalia Duke - Yoga + Pliates Teacher, Health Coach
Natalia Duke is a certified Yoga + Pilates instructor, Health Coach and practitioner of Thai Yoga Bodywork. She has studied and practiced yoga, meditation, and mindfulness all over the world. She draws on her travels and practices to offer you unique classes in her hometown of Key West. Her classes are a nourishing combination of yogic philosophy, challenging asanas, and connection to the breath. Each class offers you the chance to tap into your inner and outer strength and flexibility whilst settling into your own rhythm and flow. Her broad base of influences and trainings include A.G. Mohan (200hr YA certified), Janet Stone (500hr YA certified), Lama Zopa Rinpoche (spiritual guide), the Sunshine Network Thai Massage School, and the Thai Massage Circus. These teachers' teachings are immensely important to her spiritual development and she is forever grateful for their wisdom, support, and guidance.
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.
Lea di Salvo Moeller - Pilates Teacher
Lea is a native to the island, returning 5 years ago to chase the adventures that only Key West can offer. She has been teaching mat Pilates for 2 years and loves watching what the practice can do for students, increasing their inner and outer strength. Her class usually includes a variety of core work, focusing on the use of the breath for concentration and power. She hopes to inspire students to continue their practice and carry it with them everyday.
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.
Kalyani Jen Tobin - Yoga Teacher, Healer
As an empath, healer and yoga teacher, Kalyani relies heavily upon her intuition and feelings when guiding students in classes and in private lessons. Throughout her years of study she has taken the best of different forms of yoga and alternative healing modalities to cultivate her own special blend of yoga. She is ever changing and growing and her practice reflects not only her studies but her life's journey as well.
Her focus is on finding wellness through yoga. She recently completed a 100 hour specialty certification called “Yoga for Warriors”. This program is designed to bring peace of mind to our nation's heroes suffering from PTSD, TBI, Trauma and Stress. These teachings have also deepened her compassion and understanding for all of her students. She specializes in Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Gentle, Therapeutic Yoga, Sound Healing and Mixed Level Vinyasa.
Following the guidance of her teacher, Anand, she has stepped fully into her power as a healer and teacher. Kalyani is the name given to her by her Healing Arts Teacher. It means “Auspicious, Blessed, Beauty and Blissful” but Anand added to that, saying it means “The one who brings blessings to others”. She strives everyday to embody that meaning.
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.
Denise Nathanson attended her first yoga class in 2007 at the encouragement of a friend and soon after went through a teacher training course. As she traveled the east coast by boat with her husband, she was able to experience many different styles of yoga and many different teachers and studios. This past December she joined the Yoga Sanctuary family. Denise is also a profession cellist and has taught the creative art of needlework. Teaching is her passion and she brings creativity into each yoga class. Her classes are taught with alignment, laughter, and creativity. Each class focuses on balance with the intention of bringing yoga off the mat and into daily life.