OUR INSTRUCTORS

 

LISA TURPIN

Lisa Turpin

With over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry and a B.S. degree in sports fitness and fitness management from the University of Alabama, Lisa is one of the top fitness instructors in the Destin area. She is board certified by the National Board of Fitness Examiners and also holds certifications from AFAA, Polestar/Balanced Body, Reebok U, SCW Fitness, and American Heart Association.

Lisa is diversely and extensively trained with a wide range of fitness experience including: classical and modern pilates, lifestyle management, personal training, group exercise, kids fitness, post-rehabilitation, and sports and strength training. 

Lisa developed, with GUSU, the 1st and only Pilates on the water called SUP-lates now in its second successful season. Within the last year she has also added Aerial Fitness and Balanced Body Barre certifications to her resume, creating the ability to provide the full fitness EXPERIENCE.

"I absolutely love every aspect of health, fitness, and exercise. I focus on total wellness for the mind and body and I love to motivate people of all ages!"

 

Tina first fell in love with yoga when she lived in Dallas in the 90s. After moving to the area, she began to practice with Rhonda Comparin. Tina completed the Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at Balance Health Studio in Seagrove Beach. At Balance she received in-depth instruction on proper and safe alignment of poses, yogic philosophy, nutrition and holistic health. She considers herself as a lifelong yoga student and continues grow by attending workshops, additional teacher trainings and classes.

As former corporate trainer and school teacher, she loves to share her passion for a healthy lifestyle with others. She also teaches a variety of fitness classes including SurfSet, indoor cycling, and body sculpting. Tina's goal is to help others experience the incredible transformation yoga practice can have on all aspects of life. Students in her classes enjoy a challenge physically as well as the mental and emotional benefits yoga offers. Students build flexibility, strength, and balance while having fun moving to great music. Tina especially enjoys working with those who are new to yoga.Yoga and fitness are a big part of Tina's family life. Tina's husband Jake and her two daughters – Addie and Ally also practice yoga as well as many other activities.

TINA DOWDY

 Amy Linkins

Amy Likins has been teaching Yoga on the Emerald Coast since 1999 - her classes include an eclectic blend of both gentle and challenging  Vinyasa, and a slower  paced therapeutic style of Yoga that encourages each student to be and heal where they are.  Amy previously has been a part of Dragonfly Yoga and her own studio All One Yoga and Wellness, both in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Amy was also co-owner and creator of Cafe Organic. She began practicing yoga while still in college working on a degree in geology, and drew upon her love and connection to the earth to find a deeper connection to herself and others. After suffering multiple injuries and life changes in a serious automobile accident, Amy's practice took a turn away from vigorous and fiery and became a way to reintegrate balance back into her body and mind. Thru this process she began to attract students who needed a more gentle and compassionate approach to the asana. Her Yoga classes focus on breath and body awareness and helping each student discover their own personal needs, which inevitably spills into their daily lives, helping them live a life that is full of mindful awareness. Amy also discovered that nutrition was a vital part of the healing process. After using diet and lifestyle to heal her own body, she obtained a Masters Degree in Holistic Nutrition and now works with individuals to create diet and lifestyle plans to address the obstacles they may face on their journey to being healthy and well, body and mind. Recently Amy and her life partner Christian Echele opened Synergy Organic Juice Bar (link at bottom of page) in Downtown Fort Walton Beach,  and are continuing to teach seminars and cooking classes to help others learn more about using  yoga, meditation, and healthy whole foods to prevent disease and to help manage and reverse health issues that may already be in place.  At Synergy they feature locally sourced Organic whole foods, Organic meats, vegetarian and vegan dishes along with Organic Juices, Green Drinks and Wheat Grass as part of the yogic lifestyle to health and wellbeing, body and mind.

 

AMY LIKINS

 

Michelle McCormick's journey to the yoga mat has been thru the colorful path of an eternal student. Michelle discovered yoga in the mid 1990's while at the University of Akron. Coming from a foundation of education and athletic training, and having spent time as an athlete, aerobics instructor, and personal trainer, she was immediately drawn to the balance of body and mind yoga explored.

Michelle took her studies deeper under Amy Likin's expert hand, beginning in 2003. She started teaching in 2009, both doga and yoga classes. Michelle continued her yoga practice throughout three pregnancies, and credits yoga with keeping her sane.

Michelle brings an awareness of the physical body to her classes, blending the workings muscles, bones, and breath together - fused with poetry, humor, and the belief that rising to challenges can be fun. Michelle's practices include beginner/ foundation yoga, vinyasa/ flow yoga, prenatal yoga, and dog yoga.

MICHELLE McCORMICK

 

In 2000, Carrie Anne took her first yoga class in Corpus Christi, TX. She immediately fell in love with the unity between breath, body, mind and spirit. In 2001, she began to practice and study regularly, with a focus in the Hatha and Iyengar traditions. As an Air Force spouse, she first called the Emerald Coast home in 2002-2005. After six years away, she returned to Niceville in 2011. After more than a decade of practicing, Carrie Anne decided to broaden her horizons and share her knowledge by becoming a yoga teacher. She enrolled in the 2013 Dragonfly Yoga Teacher Training with Laura Tyree. She loves witnessing the beauty and strength the practice of yoga creates. The core of her teaching style is based on opening and strengthening the body through alignment, the usage of props, and moving at one’s own pace. Her overall intention is to guide others to find the grace and strength that yoga can continuously provide on and off the mat. In addition to teaching public and private yoga classes, Carrie Anne is also a Usui Reiki Practitioner and Young Living Essential Oils Distributor.

CARRIE ANNE KENNEDY

 

Nicole Larson holds a Masters degree in Exercise Science and is NSCA-CSCS and ACSM-HFI certified since 1998.  She is also a certified spin and surfset instructor and is a Nutrition Specialist through the American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists.  Nicole became an Art of Strength Kettlebell Instructor in 2009 which has been a big focus in her one on one, personal, and group workouts!

 Growing up in PA in a family of obesity and heart disease she wanted to end the trend and developed a love for activities and sports. Being a former collegiate athlete she enjoys working with a variety of levels from basic general fitness/weight loss to athletes of all ages.  Nicole likes to incorporate kettlebells, ropes, TRX, and functional exercises to create a great full body workout! Educating her clients in nutrition and fitness and working with them to make lifestyle changes to create healthier families is her passion.

 

Nicole Larson

NICOLE LARSON

 Megan Welcher

Megan Welcher's steady presence on the teaching mat leads each student deeper into the joys of practice.  Combining her love for water and yoga, it only seemed natural to start teaching SUP (stand up paddleboard) yoga.  She believes the asana have transformative power; but when the physical practice is combined with a deeper knowledge of yoga philosophy, the life-changing potential is enhanced. Her classes are designed to stimulate mind, body and spirit for students of all levels. Megan combines a welcoming, encouraging atmosphere with a sense of humor and fun.

MEGAN WELCHER

 Lydia Faith

Lydia Faith has always tried any style of dance she could find, but aerial dance stole her heart because of its challenging blend of grace, strength, and flexibility. After completing her aerial training, she began teaching and developing an Aerial Silks Teacher Training Program to help Destin’s aerial community grow. She is passionate about creating fun classes and choreographing personalized routines for her students to help them flourish into talented aerialists.

LYDIA FAITH

 Lydia Faith

Amie's dance experience has contributed greatly to her elegant and graceful aerial skills. She has extensive experience performing and choreographing routines.

Amie is a classically trained dancer who enjoys many dance styles. She has performed ballet, modern, and lyrical works for the Northwest Florida Ballet, NWF State College, and New College of Florida. During college, she both choreographed and performed works that were more contemporary and acrobatic in nature. She then expanded her dance repertoire to include aerial apparatus and recently performed an aerial silks solo in NWF State College’s “Dance Facets”. Amie is excited to share her aerial silks knowledge in a fun and relaxed environment.

AMIE URBAN

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