James Kigar - Fournder of Yoga SouthGroup Classes & Private Instruction
James began his yogic journey over twenty years ago while he was searching for an activity to deepen his martial arts training. Several years later, he took his first Ashtanga class taught by Dominic Corigliano, in San Diego. It wasn’t long unti l he found his place in this new discipline. He brings the movement skills of the martial arts, with his healing experience and anatomical knowledge as a neuromuscular therapist to present yoga to others.
Whether adjusting a student in a pose or giving a healing massage, one can feel the intent and presence in his touch. He is committed to developing himself to serve as a bridge for others to reconnect to their natural strength, stability and joy. James’ energy and presence are extraordinary and immensely strong, yet deeply compassionate.
Director of Yoga South’s Teacher Training Program in Boca Raton, Florida and is the founder and Director of Education for Connected Warriors, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. Judy believes that the practice of yoga teaches you to be present in chaos and peace. Judy is a certified yoga therapist and yoga teacher – she is known as a “teacher’s teacher”. Her innovative methods using her many years of multi-discipline modalities empower her students and clients to health and wellness.
Gerry has been practicing Yoga for almost 20 years. She took her Ashtanga teacher training with David Swenson in 1996 and has studied with many other inspiring teachers as well. Gerry’s classes are filled with warmth and encouragement. She continues studying under the guidance of her first teacher, James Kigar.
Breath, dristi and conscious movement with awareness are her mantras. Marjorie’s yoga journey started back in 1999 when she was first introduced to Hatha yoga. As her passion for yoga developed, the attraction to the physical challenge of Vinyasa, and then Ashtanga, yoga grew. She loved its ability to strengthen, balance and focus both her body and her mind.
As a Breast Cancer Survivor, Marjorie found yoga was a way to open her heart, release pressure, and deal with all the stresses and uncertainty of experiencing cancer. After trauma, any kind of trauma, your body is different, and understanding this helped Marjorie discover her love of Iyengar yoga. She loves the postural alignment and especially loves the use of a good block or strap to deepen your practice. Marjorie’s classes blend Vinyasa, Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga styles, synchronizing breath and movement. Marjorie is a Yoga Alliance Certified Vinyasa teacher who graduated from Yoga South and trained under James Kigar and Judy Weaver. Marjorie continues her yoga education under the guidance of Judy Weaver and Colleen Galhager.
Elizabeth Daigle ScheerGroup Classes & Private Instruction
Elizabeth’s love of yoga began in 2009 when she realized it was possible to have an amazing workout without stressing her body, as she had done for many years via weightlifting and competitive running. The next year, in 2010, she completed her RYT-200 yoga certification. Elizabeth (or “E”) has been a licensed massage therapist since 1997, traveled to Thailand for Thai Massage training in 2000, and has been a reiki practitioner since 2008. E’s intention is to bring her bodywork experience and related knowledge to her students in the form of precise cueing and hands-on assists to fine tune each pose.
After years of an aggressive personal yoga practice, Elizabeth experienced major hip misalignment, which caused excruciating pain, and was the result of what she describes as, “exploiting my flexibility and moving without awareness.” Extensive study and application of the Iyengar yoga method helped E to build strength in her weak, over-stretched muscles and stability in her hyper-mobile joints, which were contributing to her discomfort. This experience allowed Elizabeth to look at injuries as blessings, and the knowledge gained from the physical and emotional pain she endured was exactly what she needed to elevate her personal practice from being egoically driven (get into every pose no matter how it feels) to one where focusing on proper alignment, engagement / softening and fluid breath are paramount. For E, this moves yoga from a mere workout to a healing practice for life. Elizabeth strives to teach from this place, and encourages practitioners to find their edge while keeping a steady connection to their breath, thus creating more awareness throughout their movements.
Elizabeth’s classes are both playful and challenging, help to build strength while releasing resistance and encourage each student to always honor his/her unique body. Expect fun music, alignment cues that come straight from her personal practice and yummy hands on assists. E believes this practice of yoga helps to connect us to our internal guidance system; when we feel connected internally, we live more authentic lives, which allows us to experience true happiness.
Ryan PernaGroup Classes & Private Instruction
Former pro golfer and instructor turned yogi, received his 200hr certification through Yoga South. After a major knee injury, Ryan took his first yoga class at Yoga South six years ago and immediately became inspired by the physical practice and mental focused he experienced. Ryan now devotes his energy into yoga. Ryan inspires others through challenging yet playful classes and workshops. He brings his experience as a patient instructor and love for practicing yoga into his classes. He enables yogis of all levels to access power and peace of body, mind and spirit both on and off the mat.
Adam FeingoldGroup Classes & Private Instruction
Adam is a certified yoga instructor that has developed a teaching style through his background in Ashtanga, Sivananda and Vinyasa flow yoga. He has studied martial-arts, wrestling, and weight training for many years. The combination of various skills and techniques that Adam has learned have allowed him to embrace the mental, physical, and spiritual attributes from such diverse activities. His classes focus on pranayama, postures, strength conditioning, and inspiration for all levels of practice.
Amanda WhiteGroup Classes & Private Instruction
Amanda credits her love for yoga and spiritual ways of living as a monumental and transformational point in changing her life. Replacing unhealthy habits with yoga helped her connect to the love for herself and others. In 2009 she gained her yoga foundation based on alignment and sequencing from Yoga South’s 200 Hour Teacher Training in Boca Raton, Florida. She continues to gain knowledge and inspiration from teachers all over the world. She understands that in order to be a teacher she must be a devotional and disciplined student as well.
Amanda teaches a physical and challenging practice that connects the body to the breath, mind, and spirit. She encourages her students to get quiet enough so they may go inward to examine their own thoughts. She believes each of our individual worlds is created by every one of our thoughts. If we can change and improve our thoughts to more loving, forgiving, and nurturing thoughts than our body and mind will reap the benefits. Amanda incorporates her spiritual experience into each session by challenging her student’s habits on the mat, which then reflect to the lives they live off the mat.
She challenges each of her students both physically and mentally while demonstrating love, patience, and encouragement.
Yoga is a lifestyle. For the past 14 years I have been in the fitness industry by being a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor. Always love to help my clients motivate and feel great sometimes was challenging especially if they had injuries and I felt stuck. I tried Yoga a few times and it didn’t connect with me. I felt like I needed to burn, basically stress and fatigue myself & clients to ‘get the job done’. In 2006 I had health issues come up and I thought I was ‘so healthy’. This really opened my eyes. The local Doctors I saw wanted to give me prescription medications, biopsy, cut, and not get to the root of the problem. Speaking with a health conscious friend, she referred me to a holistic physician in California, which was a huge blessing in my life. She taught me about cleaning up my lifestyle, changing my diet, taking supplements, getting rest, and she even recommended I take time off the crazy training and take up yoga. Her words were ‘yoga can scientifically reverse this issue’. Not being a fan of procedures I decided that I would do anything if it can work. First changing my mindset into ‘I’m going to be healthier than before all this started’, I was out on a quest! A mission for vibrant health and well being; I wanted to wake up with energy and eagerness!! The next day, it was so On and never looked back. I started practicing yoga, juicing, eating a plant based diet, meditating, and my life started changing before my eyes and changing at a fast pace. The 1st day I practiced at Yoga South I inquired about teacher training. It benefited me so much that I wanted to share it. December 2009 I completed YS 200YTR!!! Looking forward to 500YTR with James and Judy!!! Thank you so much for all of the knowledge and light YS, my Yoga family & hOMe <3
Coming from a background of ballet and taekwondo, Lauren started practicing yoga in 2011 and immediately fell in love with it. She started teaching yoga in 2012 and currently practices vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga, thanks to her teachers James Kigar, Judy Weaver, and Ana Guerra. She works at the non-profit Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life that promotes mindfulness and meditation.
Karrie MusaGroup Classes & Private Instruction
I am an E-RYT 200 Yoga Alliance certified instructor. I started yoga as a means to become more flexible coming from a track and field background over 13 years ago. After receiving my yoga certification from Yoga South over 3 years ago I started teaching Vinyasa and Yin yoga. I believe that yoga is for everyone! I try to make everyone feel welcome and try to adapt my classes to meet the needs of every student.