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.
Susan started practicing Yoga in 1984 and fell in love with Pilates in 1995 after injuring her back in a snowboarding accident while living in Aspen, Colorado. After doing Yoga for years with minimal back relief she fell in love with Pilates after just one private session on the Reformer. Susan is continually updating and advancing her education through Pilates workshops and conferences and is looking to bring the newest cutting edge fitness to the area. She is an active member of DestinyWorshipCenter and The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and is very committed to the power of Pilates and its connection to our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. Susan is fully committed to spreading the message of "The Pilates Method" as a lifestyle.
Always a dedicated professional, Susan is passionate about inspiring and motivating people to achieve and exceed their fitness goals. Though her unique style of teaching and dynamic positive energy, Susan delivers a workout that produces dramatic results and major transformation in her clients.
Susan currently holds Pilates certifications with The PhysicalMind Institute, Power Pilates and Ellie Herman Studios, a 700 hour comprehensive. Susan also completed an intensive teacher training with Aircat Aerial Yoga at the Boulder Circus Arts Institute in 2010 and the Balanced Body University Reformer 1. She is currently training to learn all of the Aerial Arts including work on the Tissu, Hammock, and the Lyra (Hoop) and has completed the Aerial Tissu and Aerial Hammock Level 1 Training with Lesley Vaughn. She has also brought the Anatomy in Clay 3D Workshop and Balanced Barre Certification to the area.
Susan is also the owner of DestinPilatesCenter. Click the link below to learn more about what she has to offer at her studio.
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.
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.
Sisco began his career in the NFL, but after 3 years suffered a devastating injury while returning a punt for the New England Patriots. Wheelchair bound after the accident, Sisco used his motivation and determination to walk again in only 8 short months. He went on to become a World Kick-Boxing and Karate Champion 8th Degree Black Belt in many different styles. Sisco is well established in the world of MMA, and was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame and the World Martial Arts Congress Hall of Fame in 1995. Sisco's talents are many, including providing protective services to a long list of celebrities and conducting the Motivator for K.I.D.S program. In this program he showed kids how to stay dedicated and focused through sports and fitness. Adding to his extensive resume, Sisco also won the 1996 National Championship for the Dance Troupe "3 Can Play in Orlando. His combination of physical fitness and dance skills give him the ability to offer a unique workout EXPERIENCE like no other.
Sisco is also the owner of The Mighty Warriors Academy. Click the link below to visit the Facebook page.
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.
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.
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.
After retiring from a 25 year career, coaching gymnastics on three different continents (Australia, Singapore, U.S.A.),Debra turned to competition in equestrian events and found yoga was a complimentary addition to the balance and "active stillness" required to master both the technique and inner communication with her equine teammate. Wanting to depen her yoga knowledge and practice she attended a 200 hour residency program at the Kripalu Center, the largest yoga and holistic center in North America. She says,"It was a definite turning point in my life!"
Debra teaches Power Yoga generating energy through pranayama, asanas, and meditation. She is Kripalu certified and registered with Yoga Alliance. She continues to broaden her studies attending clinics and workshops in Baptiste, Bikram, Budig,Ashtanga and Iyengar forms.
Debra has worked as a surgial technologist at Sacred Heart Hospital for the last nine years. She and her husband own and operate Serene Farms, an organic farm in DeFuniak Springs.
After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Maria began a graphic design profession with a local print publishing company and continued to expand her career with a major South Walton real estate company. Maria has a combined 14 years of customer service, administrative assistant and graphic design experience.
Born in Puerto Rico, Maria is fluent in Spanish and has always loved being close to the beach. After falling in love with Zumba® Maria begain her fitness journey. She enjoys Zumba® fitness, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and has competed in a fitness competition. She has also started training for her first half marathon.
Jessica Glenn is a Northwest Florida native with 8 years of teaching experience in dance and recreational and competitive gymnastics. She is a devoted wife to Chris and mother to Sofia and Christian. Jessica is also a full time student at Northwest Florida State College, where she is studying Project Management. Her back ground in dance consists of Ballet, Point, Modern and Jazz, dancing with various local dance companies, local and abroad dance intensives, as well as receiving a dance scholarship at Okaloosa Walton Community College in 2002. Jessica's gymnastics background includes competitive gymnastics up to level 8 as a young teenager. Teaching dance and gymnastics has brought Jessica a lot of joy over the years and it is a gift she loves to share.