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.
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.