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

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.

Angi Vergara

Angi Vergara - Yoga Palm Beach Instructor
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.

Anthony Colantone

 

It was through a severe spinal injury, which ended his professional dance career, that Anthony discovered the world of yoga. The main part of his rehabilitation was through yoga, thus avoiding the need for surgery. After developing a dedicated Bikram practice, Anthony began to benefit immensely from many of the healing qualities that come with deep self-exploration. Having a quieter mind, a healthier body, and greater control of his emotions and management of life’s beautiful chaos all sparked a fire within him. His newfound control of body and mind were intoxicating.

Upon moving to south Florida, Anthony knew it was time to commit to a new path and make his dream of teaching yoga a reality. Training with the well renowned Jimmy Barkan of The Barkan method, Anthony received his 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification. Four years later, he continues to cultivate a beginner’s mind and actively seeks out yogic knowledge and philosophies. Most recently, Anthony finished his second 200-hour training in Iyengar based Vinyasa at Yoga Palm Beach with the extraordinary Karen Burnett, who has had the most profound impact on his yoga journey to date.

His passion to help others find and define their personal journey through yoga is what motivates him to show up to each class open-hearted and fully present.

Charlotte Abrahamian

I began practicing yoga seriously when I was 16 years old. About 2 years ago I decided to go for teacher training with Jimmy Barkan where I received my 200 hour RYT & began teaching as a sub at his studio in Boca Raton. Along with being privileged enough to practice my own practice in my spare time, I get to teach alongside these remarkable teachers, share & receive love from students & be a part of this loving community.

And when I get to teach it’s a Vinyasa Flow class and I try to concentrate on helping in whatever aspect I can! As an instructor and a student, I believe that being able to be aware of your breath throughout your practice as much as you possibly can is the first and foremost most important. With that the attention to detail awakens and deepens. In class my intention is to get to all the limbs and free them up, and in the end I hope the students continue to feel truly happy and proud of the effort they put into their practice. And from there on out the yoga can continue its teachings off of the mat. Every day is just so different, but my go to goal for my students, as well as a reminder to myself is to just be truly honest with where you are and embrace the moment. However things have come about for me I’m so happy yoga found its way into my life. It’s the nicest feeling in the world getting to practice and work with people who share their passion for their practice their way. Sometimes it can feel like another home away from Home.

Namaste

Victoria Taylor

Victoria Elizabeth Taylor is a Florida native who studied and trained at Passion Yoga School, Costa Rica, under Adi Shakti and Yoga Palm Beach, Palm beach Gardens, FL under Karen Burnett. She is certified in both Hatha, and Vinyasa Yoga.

A classically trained dancer, Victoria studied at The Academy of Ballet Florida, and graduated from BAK and Dreyfoos School of the Arts. She also holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida. Victoria grew up immersed in the performing arts, and connects her love of movement to her love of dance.

Yoga allows Victoria to realign each time she steps onto the mat. She moves from the soul with attention to intention. As a student, her challenge is to quiet the mind. As a teacher, her joy stems from the collective energy cultivated within each class.

Holly Briscoe

I have been a student of Yoga since 1999. At first I was drawn to Yoga because I thought the movement was beautiful to watch. When I began, I was VERY frustrated by how inflexible and weak I felt – it was so humbling. Soon I started to feel stronger, healthier and more peaceful. My life began to change in wonderful and unexpected ways. I learned to love and honor my body. I finally saw the beauty in patience, discipline and being still inside. Somewhere along the way I found my voice and began to use it. I started focusing on being more conscious. I look back now and realize I was waking up. I began to listen to my intuition and later trust it. I got stronger – mind, body and spirit. Even now, every day brings a new lesson.

I was asked to teach in 2000. I absolutely love it. I LOVE having anything to do with people getting into Yoga and having their lives changed as a result.

I have completed many workshops and teacher trainings in conjunction with YogaWorks, Integrative Healing Strategies, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and the Institute for Advancement of Human Behavior. My training reaches Vinyasa, Sivananda, Vini, Bikram, Ashtanga and Pre-natal Yoga and various types of meditation and energy work. I am greatly influenced by Edwin Bergman, Tias Little, Rod Stryker, Shiva Rae, Bryan and Johnny Kest and SO many other wonderful teachers. I am certified with the prestigious and international YogaWorks. I am a YogaWorks Teacher Training Ambassador. I am also certified for Advanced Reiki.

Although I have trained in many other styles, I consider Vinyasa my home. This “flow style” of yoga resonates with me on many levels. More than anything, I believe in listening to your body VERY closely. It can be an incredible map! You’ll often hear me say in class “If you are able to hear the whispers, you will never hear a shout.” I like to blend styles to customize and change it up.

On the personal side, I grew up in Kansas and have two amazing children. I think a little sense of humor can go a long way. I consider myself to be more spiritual than religious. I think Yoga helps us stay connected with our most positive and divine Self. I trust that the Universe guides us when we pay attention and stay present. Conscious living is not for sissies! I believe energy medicine is VERY powerful stuff. And I think people should use Yoga in their lives however it suits them.

N’amaste’