Karen Burnett

Founder Yoga Palm Beach

After more than 25 years of training my body to its physical limits, I learned I needed daily yoga in my life. I am an athletic person by nature and love the physical practice of yoga; the idea of touching each muscle and opening up all the energy channels in the body is exciting to me. My style of Vinyasa keeps me grounded, vital, healthy and present in my body. I have personally witnessed the power and peace of the practice of Vinyasa yoga in my active lifestyle and in my life at home. Through yoga I am more conscious of the way I interact with others, of my eating habits, my sleeping patterns, and the way I deal with my emotions, thoughts, and decisions. Through the alignment of my body I discovered the alignment of my mind and Self. Connecting to the healing power of my own body and awakening the power of my heart led to the creation of Yoga Palm Beach.

I began my study of yoga 20 years ago as a Reebok Master Trainer traveling the world teaching their programs and since then devoted years deepening my knowledge studying with senior teachers of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Power, Iyengar and and Yin yoga. I give honor and gratitude for the wisdom all of my teachers have shared with me. I completed my Professional 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training with James Kigar and Judy Weaver at Yoga South in Boca Raton and continue to explore and quench my thirst for learning from inspiring teachers of other styles and traditions. In addition, I bring twenty-five years experience training professional athletes, teaching group exercise, martial arts and dance, and my own deep personal practice and healing to share with my students. My intention is to blend an energetic, empowering and balanced physical yoga practice with a meditative, spiritual aspect providing you new insight to examine your life. Yoga has led me on a transformative journey of personal growth and I hope to serve others to reconnect to their natural strength and happiness both on and off the mat.

Laughing so hard that it hurts, traveling the world and sharing this yoga journey with friends are some of the joys that ground and motivate me on my life path. I hope our paths meet soon.

Peace,  Karen

Peter Palladino

Peter-YPBPeter Palladino is a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200).Peter’s passion for yoga began in 2010, studying with some of the most renown senior teachers he was inspired to share his passion with the community and become a teacher himself. Peter completed a 200 hr Hatha Yoga certification with Aananda Yoga, 80 hr Barkan Hot Method Level II and III, and received certification in the Art of Assisting with Baron Baptiste. Peter is most passionate about the Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage and has a committed practice.

A licensed massage therapist (LMT) Peter specializes in Myofascial release (MFR) therapy helping clients heal through the art of touch. A former collegiate Div. 1 athlete Peter has trained his body and mind intensely most of his life, and applies this knowledge and experience into his teachings. Peter also offers Anatomy and Physiology courses and units for continuing ed for yoga teachers and yoga schools throughout South Florida. Peter is Manager of Yoga Palm Beach and Co-Director of Yoga Teacher Training. and is a Registered YACEP. Peter Palladino is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP®), which recognizes him as an expert in one or more of Yoga Alliance’s Educational Categories. In addition Peter specializes in private yoga teachings and bodywork with high profile individuals, public figures and professional athletes. “Teach from the heart” and bring people together in the name of wellness and healing is his intention with all that he does.

Julia McClellan

Having found dance and gymnastics at a very early age, I think I always felt deeply from the inside out. Moving and breathing; linking the two together, became a natural way for me to alleviate some dark times in my youth. At some point in early adulthood, I lost the connection of physical movement to breath movement that I had found in dance and gymnastics and I suffered greatly. It wasn’t until I found myself on a yoga mat one night in a cold gym with the right class and the right teacher that I connected back to the freedom and peace that inherently exists within me… within all of us. I’m grateful for my first yoga teacher I found that night in Karen Burnett and our friendship that continued. I am equally grateful for all of my teachers that followed; especially James Kigar and Judy Weaver of Yoga South where I received my 200 hour certification. Most importantly, I’m grateful for the greatest teacher I found… the teacher within. It is the teacher within ourselves that is so amazing; the voice I hear when I’m really silent sitting in meditation; the one that leads me from a place where all of the layers are peeled back; a place that is already absolutely perfect within.

My greatest hope is that just one person will find what I have found through the practice of yoga…that is a practice that transforms and continues to transform me every day in ways that I have never dreamed possible. The path is not always easy and there are moments of darkness on all of our journeys, but when you awaken and open your eyes, there is an abundance of amazing bright light behind all darkness! I look forward to guiding and practicing with you soon… Namaste.

Elizabeth Bond

Elizabeth took her first yoga class at the age of 15 and fell in love with the physical and spiritual aspects of the practice.   After a reconstructive wrist surgery in 2007 Elizabeth rehabilitated her self with yoga and decided that she needed to share this gift with the world.

She is certified with Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour mark and is currently pursuing her 500 E-RYT certification.  Elizabeth has been teaching in the Jupiter area for two years at health clubs, corporations, country clubs and with private clients.  She draws inspiration from multiple yoga and physical disciplines including Anusara Yoga, gentle yoga, vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, physical therapy techniques and guided meditation practices.

Elizabeth brings a lovingly playful, yet practical voice to her classes as she guides her students into a sacred, healing space.  She aims to help students feel comfortable and confident in their own bodies by improving their physical, mental and emotional states both on and off the mat.

Elizabeth Carson

Elizabeth Carson is a National Yoga Alliance instructor who holds certifications in both Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga.  Elizabeth was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida and attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Elizabeth found yoga at a time in her life when a back injury precluded her from her normal running and gym routine.  She came to the mat with a skeptical mind and made it clear to her teachers that she was “just in it for the workout”.  However, it was not long until she began to notice the positive impact her practice was making in all areas of her life.  She found an overall sense of contentment and began to enjoy life in a whole new way.  Suddenly, the mini nap at the end of class no longer seemed like the longest five minutes ever!  The list could go on and on with all the different ways yoga changed her life, but let it suffice to say that she found herself trading in her running shoes for a yoga mat.

Living her own transformation, she knew she wanted to share what she had found on her mat.  After a few months of nurturing a dedicated practice, Elizabeth jumped right into a teacher training and began teaching in November 2011.  She is fortunate enough to have studied under and be inspired by teachers Karen Burnett, Judy Weaver, and James Kigar.

Her passion for yoga is evident in her classes where her students experience a physical challenge, cultivating awareness in the body and mind.

Angi Vergara

After being introduced to Yoga in 2009,  Angi fell in love with the physical practice and the moving meditation of yoga.  Her yoga practice and teaching continues to evolve as she explores all expressions of yoga, building upon her foundation of Vinyasa training at Yoga South in Boca Raton, FL.  Previous experience as a NASM certified personal trainer has provided her with knowledge and understanding of anatomy and the importance of proper alignment.  Angi encourages students to create space throughout the day, let go, breathe, and accept the challenge to bring their yoga off the mat and out into the world.  She  supports students to meet their edge with grace and calmness. Within change we find consistency… your practice, your peace; the lesson is in the journey.
RYT 200

Shelby Grant

I came to yoga in 2006 while expecting my second daughter; I was looking for a way to remain physically active and fit during my pregnancy. I am a Florida native, wife, and mother of two girls. You know, the “common householder”. I love to live an active lifestyle and appreciate the outdoors.

I started practicing a little bit of yoga on my own at home and began noticing more of the calming effects yoga had to offer as well as the physical and mental strength it required. It wasn’t until shortly after my daughter was born that I actually attended my first class, a friend of mine “dragged” me along. In my mind at the time I thought I knew exactly what to expect, some relaxation and stretching… blah blah blah… I was looking to get back into shape and “lose the baby weight”.

To my surprise the class was way more physically and in turn mentally intense than I anticipated and I quickly realized that just when you think you know “everything about yoga” guess again, there is always more.

Yoga allows you to work as hard or as easy as you (the practitioner) desire. This idea of a lifelong constantly changing and customizable practice quickly became more appealing.
It wasn’t long before I was hooked! (right after that first class in fact).

Every single day my practice changes; what I feel physically and emotionally, what I do, and how I breathe, each day it is new. Diving into my practice every day gives me the ability to get to know myself a little better every time.

Depending on how I am feeling that day I can work harder or smarter. I learn more about myself, how I react to challenges, how I breathe while challenged, the ability to find comfort and a sense of ease in uncomfortable situations. The physical and mental challenges yoga offers gives me confidence to move through challenges off of my mat as well. This practice is more than just the physical it is empowering to step outside of one’s comfort zone have a little faith and find that “Wow! I’m ok, I survived “.

I am a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 HR level Through Yoga Palm Beach and I am currently working toward my 500 HR Certification. My hope is to be able to share my love for yoga with everyone that steps into one of my classes and offer a practice accessible to every unique individual.

I love building the connection to peace and faith through practice, not over analyzing but just doing, I keep coming back to learn more. Like Patthabi Jois said, “99% practice and 1% theory” We just do it.

Through the practice more of the true self unfolds. I hope it will for you as well.

Lexi Harrington

I view my mat as a sacred space where I go to recenter myself. Through teaching, I hope to guide others in experiencing the joy, self discovery and healing that yoga has brought to my life. My aim is to motivate students to find their edge while they strengthen and honor their bodies. Always in the forefront of my mind is the phenomenon of how my yoga practice carries off of the mat and brings a new, brighter perspective to life for me. I truly believe that breathing and maintaining mental stillness through challenging poses teaches us to move through life with more freedom and peace. Yoga teaches me to maintain the same mental stillness in challenging life situations that I work to maintain in difficult poses during practice.

I moved to Florida several years ago from Massachusetts. At that time, I’d felt unclear about where I was going in life. I also felt that I didn’t know myself in the way that I wanted to. A friend invited me to a Vinyasa yoga class and I could not believe how incredible I felt when class was over. The poses, the teacher and her message, the Sanskrit, the physical intensity- all of it resonated deeply with me. I was awed and in love, and could not stop going back to the studio for more class.

I studied with Karen Burnett and Lizzy Moore at Yoga Palm Beach to obtain my teaching license. Yoga has taught me to find peace within myself and to let go of worries and stress. It has allowed me to stop trying to control everything around me and to ‘go with the flow’. I also truly believe that yoga is a practice of self study, allowing us to know ourselves more fully and deeply as we connect to something greater than ourselves.

I am currently blessed to work with many different students in many different settings which include a gym, a cross-fit center and Florida Atlantic University, among others.

Sarah Granato

I recall the moment I fell in love with teaching yoga. It was during my teacher training and one of our exercises was to lead a centering. I said something like, ‘Close your eyes. Take a deep breath in… and exhale’. The change I observed from such a simple instruction was miraculous. I could actually feel the energy shift in that single breath. I knew from that point on I wanted to offer that transformation to as many people as I could.

I set an intention at the beginning of every class to teach from a place of love. Yoga found me when I was struggling and provided me with these incredible teachings of self-care, balance, awareness and strength. The physical practice of yoga opens my eyes to the wonder of the body, it’s capabilities and potential. The spiritual practice is one of living my Truth and constantly enlightens and challenges me.

Teaching yoga inspires me to be a lifelong student of the practice. I studied at the Kailash Tribal School of Yoga and Holistic Healing in Mcleodganj, India, and received my advanced 500 hr E-RYT® certification. I am certified in Prenatal yoga (Integral Yoga NYC) and Kid’s yoga (Karma Kid’s Yoga NYC). I teach Vinyasa for all levels as well as Yin and Restorative. I find great joy in working with those new to yoga. I’m also a Reiki Master, having completed Levels I, II, and III.

I co-owned Finding Sukha Yoga School in the East Village before relocating to South Florida. I am the luckiest mom of two incredible girls who will always be my greatest teachers. I currently conduct Prenatal teacher trainings privately and with small groups.

Sarah believes that EVERY BODY (she has taught students age 3 to 93) can benefit from yoga. Her classes are designed to find a balance between strength and release, effort and ease. Sarah invites her students to explore the physical, mental and spiritual intention of their own personal practice.

Elliott Moore

After a prolonged period of feeling like a personal and professional failure (a.k.a. my early thirties), I discovered yoga in Detroit (of all places). It soothed my weary soul and helped me recover from the numerous injuries I accrued during my college soccer career. That was 2011 and, six years later, is difficult to imagine what my life would be like without yoga. It is the one thing in my life that challenges mind, soul and body, simultaneously.

I took a 200 hour intensive in Nicaragua in 2012. I loved it so much that I proceed to move to Nicaragua and teach for most of 2013. After being a surf/yoga bum, I returned to my hometown of West Palm Beach, I taught briefly, but quit teaching to pursue a soul-crushing career. When I quit that job in 2016, my first goal was to return to teaching yoga. I’m so glad I did. When I started teaching, I wanted to be the perfect teacher. After a three year layoff, I’m no longer concerned with being the perfect teacher. (Because, no one is perfect. Don’t let instagram fool you.) I’m motivated to give back to the studios that nurtured my yoga practice, even during the times my attendance and effort was half-hearted.

There is no perfect practice, there is only conquering ego and staring down fear. Yoga taught me that the intention is what matters. I teach to honor my teachers, and I teach to share with my students the good feeling that yoga has given me.

I am humbled and honored to teach at Yoga Palm Beach. Karen has been a teacher, an inspiration and friend since I first took one of her classes. I am proud to be able to share what I have learned (in a life full of twists and turns) with the Yoga Palm Beach community.

Peace,
Elliott Moore