Joy is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and has been practicing yoga for over 41 years. Upon completing teacher training in 1997, Joy co-founded the Joy of Yoga Center in Coral Springs, FL. She has returned to South Florida after three years in Sedona, Arizona. Joy brings warmth, humor and enthusiasm to her classes.
Ellen Hofmann comes from a dance background and began dancing with the Philadelphia Civic Ballet at the age of 6. Her dance studies continued throughout her life. Having suffered from many dance injuries through the years, she saw the unparalleled benefits of the Pilates method as a unique tool for achieving strength and flexibility without injury. Pilates made such a positive impact on her life she decided to become a certified instructor in Mat Pilates. Ellen believes that Joseph Pilates quintessential work was his mat work. Her focus is to help people improve their fitness level while improving the quality of their life. In 2003, Ellen was selected by WPBT to lead the Pilates breakout session at the Speaking of Women’s Health Conference. Ellen teaches exclusively at The Yoga Source as well as running a successful practice as a Private Pilates Instructor, which allows her to taylor the mat work based on a persons specific needs. Ellen can be reached through her web presence at www.ellenspilatesmat.com.
Grief and depression caused Akal to seek out Kundalini Yoga. The journey inward brought about a peace and healing she thought impossible. Her gratitude inspired her to become a teacher to share with others this incredible science that Yogi Bhajan gifted the world with. Akal has been teaching since 2000 with an emphasis on opening the heart center to enable healing and growth through love of self.
Tamara Ronkin, RYT
Tamara is an Experienced, Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), Certified Group Fitness Instructor (ACE-GFI), Reiki II Natural Healer, and Bachelor of Science in Communication. She discovered yoga fourteen years ago and began teaching five years later. She has taught hatha and hatha flow yoga to all ages and abilities, beginners through advanced, healing through healthy in a nurturing, non-competitive environment. Tamara offers yoga-inspired fitness, mindful breathing, sound therapy, meditation and Reiki natural healing. Tamara’s Web site describes more and provides free tools you can use in your own home yoga practice. www.MindBodyNow.com . All skill levels welcome.
Ileana was searching for a natural path to wellness, when she experienced a glimpse of stillness during her first yoga class, ten years ago. Her practice, coupled with her desire to deepen her knowledge inspired her to become a certified yoga teacher. Her yoga practice continues to evolve through self study, classes and workshops with an array of incredibly inspiring teachers which have all helped to influence her unique style of teaching . Her goal is to create a compassionate, heart centered class, where each student can reach beyond their perceived limitations. She brings a unique awareness of body alignment and movement, with clear instructions and humor. Always reminding you to stay present and breathe. www.IleanaYoga.com
Jiwan Kaur, KRI, RYT, IIMA has devoted her life to teaching and enlightening mothers, babies and children. Jiwan’s delightful exuberance and her nurturing way create an aura of peace and tranquility for mothers and their babies. Jiwan Kaur, meaning ”Princess of Life” teaches Prenatal yoga and Baby Mom and me at Yoga Source and is honored to sub for Deva for Adult kundalini classes. “I love sharing this sacred science of Kundalini Yoga and witnessing the power of transformation and awareness. The ancient mantras we use vibrate their wisdom through me and are the sound current of my life.” Jiwan Kaur lives in south Florida with her 3 children and two dogs. www.jiwanyoga.com www.mydivinebliss.com
“There is nothing outside of me as great as what is inside.” This is Malaika’s purpose in teaching Kundalini Yoga. To create a loving space to connect with the inner light and love within that is the only lasting freedom and joy. She was seeking inner peace and freedom when she was led to Kundalini Yoga classes seven years ago. She completed her teacher’s training in 2007 and has been teaching for the last two years. Teaching Kundalini Yoga brings her great joy and it is her privilege and honor to share this teaching. She currently lives in Margate with her husband William.
Paul lives with a passion for sharing the art of Hatha Yoga. His classes organically flow to fit the practitioners’ needs, experience and overall energy of the group. For this, he puts an emphasis on understanding and connecting with his students. Throughout the practice, he offers posture modifications and assistance to every individual. He encourages awareness of breath on and off the mat to fuel patience and peace. Along with Hatha Yoga, he is also certified in Thai Bodywork and Reiki Healing. When Paul is not in the yoga studio, he can be found in the garden. He enjoys working and playing with Mama Earth and her plant children. He also has fun crafting unique vegan dishes that make his family and friends say “mmmmmm.” This is an extension of the mantra “om,” the sound of the divine.
Elsa Fox is a certified Hatha Yoga and Kundalini yoga teacher for 13 years. She has practiced yoga for 17 years and has traveled extensively around the world bringing many innovative contributions to her classes. Her warm personality coupled with compassion for people has helped her students realize their true potential. She also enjoys and practices the art of healing with sat nam rasayan . Elsa is a native of beautiful Guadalajara , Mexico . She has lived in the U.S. for 27 years, and currently resides in Coral Springs , FL. with her husband, 2 children , and French Bulldog.
Lynn (Jagat Guru) has been teaching Kundalini Yoga since 2003. She will complete her certification in level 2 Teacher Training in November 2010. Through her own spiritual practice and journey she has found Kundalini Yoga to be life changing; bringing awareness, love, compassion, grace and dignity to every aspect of her life. In her classes she emphasizes the importance of breath awareness and how in this state inner peace and acceptance prevails.
Claudia Regan, RYT
After losing almost 100 pounds Claudia came to yoga thinking that it would be a good addition to her fitness program. What she found completely changed her life. After being a yoga student for over 13 years Claudia decided to follow her passion and become a yoga teacher. She completed the 200 hour yoga teacher training with Juliana Trejo and became certified by The Yoga Alliance. Claudia teaches a challenging yet gentle style of yoga with attention to body alignment and breath awareness in a way that makes yoga available to everyone. www.claudiasyoga.blogspot.com
For the past 30 years fitness has been a large part of Sandee’s life. Besides home schooling her two children, Sandee has been busy practicing yoga. She began her practice primarily for the “stretching” aspect but discovered how it added a new sense of calm & balance to her life. Sandee is known for her strong, creative Yoga Flow sequences coupled with hands-on adjustments focusing on proper alignment to EVERY student, no matter what the class size. Her attention to detail by providing modifications, dynamic breathwork all with powerfully inspiring backdrops of music are what make her class a true Yogic experience. She offers an easy-going, nurturing yet challenging environment to her students, urging them to leave their egos at the door and be open-minded, ready to explore their mental and physical boundaries.
Deva Singh has taught and practiced Kundalini Yoga for over 30 years. His classes include his insight and experience into using the positive mind to clarify and manifest your goals in life. He has traveled to India several times and experienced life changing meditations at the Golden Temple. Kundalini Yoga has totally redefined all aspects of his life: family, business, spiritual, physical and mental. The science of Kundalini Yoga and meditation has enabled Deva Singh to help others change their lives for the better.
Deva Kaur trains Kundalini Yoga Teachers as a Lead Trainer in the KRI Aquarian Academy, and is a member of the KRI Board of Directors, as well as KRI’s long standing Teacher Training Executive Council. She teaches Kundalini Yoga courses in South Florida, Tampa, New Mexico, Iceland, Thailand, and India. She has been a student of Yogi Bhajan for over 35 years. She and Karen Darrow own Yoga Source Studios in Coral Springs and in Davie, FL and she can be reached at www.MyYogaSource.com.
Inder Kaur is an IKYTA certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She is a licensed Massage Therapist, CranioSacral Therapist and Meditative Spiritual Healer. Learning to live kindly and compassionately is Inder’s passion. She specializes in deep relaxation, and helps guide people to access their inner stillness, joy and contentment through meditation. Inder offers private and long distance healing sessions in south Florida. Please visit www.wisdomofemptiness.com for more information.
Lorie is a certified Kripalu, Hathavidya, and Yin yoga teacher. Her yoga classes focus on linking the breath with movement to create meditation in motion, connecting the student to universal energy and cultivating a calm mind, relieving stress, and promoting a healthy body. Her gentle to moderate classes are designed for comfort, ease, and healing. Lorie strongly believes in sharing yoga and meditation’s ability to heal the body and the mind through increased awareness.
Ruth Sanders, a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, has been practicing yoga since the mid 90’s. When the opportunity to take part in a teacher training with her long time teacher Juliana Trejo was available, she knew this was the path she wanted to follow, not only to deepen her own knowledge and understanding of yoga, but to be able to share her passion with others. Ruth teaches Hatha, Hatha Flow and Core Yoga. People often think they can’t practice yoga for a multitude of reasons, they are too old, not thin enough, not flexible enough or have injuries. Ruth’s passion is bringing the gift of yoga to everyone. She will help you see that you can enjoy and reap the rewards of flexibility, strength and health through a renewing and refreshing breath centered practice.
Anna has been practicing yoga and meditation for the past 40 years. The practice of Yoga and meditation has always been intertwined. One of the purposes of yoga asana is to prepare the body to sit in meditation. She completed her yoga teacher training in 2000. We work with mantra, the first stage of meditation to stop distractions and make our mind clearer. The Buddhist practice of Mindfulness helps focus the mind on a single point which helps calm the mind and develop inner peace. Raja Yoga, the King of all Yoga brings awareness to the breath opening up the possibilities of higher consciousness. Through meditation we can realize the peaceful nature of our mind. My purpose in teaching is to inspire so you can have a profound experience.
Ongkar Kaur (Megan Healey) has been practicing yoga for the past ten years and has been certified by the KRI to teach Kundalini Yoga since 2010. Ongkar is also a certified Yogic Numerologist and Holistic Health Counselor with a background in Psychology, Fitness, and Nutrition. She loves working with people and is grateful to have the opportunity to share the teachings of Kundalini Yoga with others. She is passionate about integrating her knowledge of Kundalini Yoga and Numerology with her expertise in health and human behavior to empower people to transform and upgrade their lives. Ongkar lives in Weston with her husband and three year old son.
As the Administrative Dance Director at North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek and having earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Florida State University, Melissa attributes the start of her yogic journey to her lifelong love of movement. Melissa earned her 200 Hour YTT Certificate and is currently in her 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training from the Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach. She received her Pranakriya Prenatal YTT Certificate from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts and is also certified to teach Creative Relaxation for Children with Autism and Special Needs. She is also a Reiki Master and a strong believer in the role of energy work. Melissa’s passion for yoga is evident in her daily practice and continued commitment to growth as both a student and a teacher. As a mother of two children, she is a firm believer that it is important for expectant mothers to know the importance of community, physical comfort and childbirth education and advocacy. She teaches with clear direction and attention to alignment and detail to ensure safety and quality of practice.
From her very first class in 1998 at a local Y in New York, Pamela fell in love with yoga. After several years of practicing yoga with her teacher Yogi René David, she knew she had to share this wonderful gift with others. Under his guidance in 2004, she completed the 200 hour certification and is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Pamela’s teachings are based on traditional hatha yoga practices and she believes that yoga is for everybody and every body. Having practiced personally at every size from 8 to 26, she knows how to modify poses for every body type. With classes ranging from gentle yoga to dynamic vinyasa flow, there is something for everyone. Using classic asanas, pranayama, and relaxation techniques to increase awareness of body, breath, and mind, students learn to embrace their true self and accept what their bodies & minds will allow. Pamela’s teachings reflect her love of yoga and her joy in sharing it with others. She wishes to inspire her students mentally, physically, and emotionally through words, music, and making the most of each moment in life.
Melanie is a native Floridian who grew up in Miami dancing in high school and college. Her love for dance created her passion for yoga. Melanie’s yoga journey brought her to a beautiful chapter filled with wonderful and inspiring people. Melanie’s practice is filled with energy and enthusiasm. She enjoys feeling the vibe and breath of her students, plus embracing the artistry of the vinyasa flow. Melanie is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and is married to Alan with three teenage children, Jared, Julia and Joey, who are her pride and joy.
Jessica comes from a business background from New York City. Graduated from LIM University with Bachelor’s in Marketing, specializing in the fashion industry. Pursing her hunger of traveling, she relocated to Los Angeles, Ca. It was in Los Angeles, where she discovered her love of barre. She was instantly hooked on this new barre-hype workout- Cardio Barre. After moving from L.A. to Parkland, Florida. Jessica went back to LA to become a certified Cardio Barre Instructor. In addition to her training, she underwent formal ballet training by Dennis Liu at the Boca Ballet Theatre. Jessica now lives in Parkland with her husband and her four daughters.
Ellen has always had a passion for fitness and sports and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Dance from Brockport State College. In 1982, she started Fitness on Wheels, one of the first companies in the US to bring personal fitness training into the home. As a result of an accident causing spinal injuries in 2005, Ellen was advised to practice Yoga to rebuild her strength and stability and it did that and so much more. She was introduced to Pilates shortly thereafter and realized that the combination of Yoga and Pilates could totally transform your body. Ellen is now a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), and has continued her studies and is currently also certified to teach Matt Pilates, BARRE Above, TRX, Silver Sneakers Senior Fitness, Group Fitness and Personal Training. She is also involved with the Connected Warriors Program bringing complementary Yoga to veterans and their families. Ellen’s goal is to guide, motivate, and help others to enjoy life, embrace their own personal strengths and imperfections and to live life to the fullest.
Anne teaches a wonderful Yin Yoga class with training and experience in teaching Hatha yoga. She is also a licensed massage therapist who practices Reiki. She flows with love in all that she does, and values the reciprocal exchange in classes as everyone participating brings some wisdom and upliftment to make the experience more complete. Anne teaches in Coral Springs.
Valerie began her practice in 2002 and her study in 2006 under Colleen Gallagher, Delray Beach Iyengar. She came back to it in 2015 and completed a nine month comprehensive study of philosophy, anatomy and asana at The Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach, where she is currently working towards her E-RYT 500. She loves teaching as well as experiencing new and creative approaches to practice, both locally and while traveling. She also substitute teaches for Broward County Schools and offers after-school Yoga programs for teachers and staff. She is Yoga Alliance registered and First Aid/CPR certified. Valerie teaches in Coral Springs and also helps at the front desk.
Hello, Yoga Source family! My name is Kelsey Coggins, but you are more than welcome to call me Kels for short. I am overwhelmingly excited to join this team and start this new journey. I have sixteen years of dance experience in multiple styles from Ballet to Hip Hop. Dance has always been the medium I’ve used to express myself and heal myself. When Barre Fitness came into my life thanks to Jessica Pagola’s CardioBarre studio, it was the perfect exercise regimen for me to lose those pesky last 10 pounds of baby weight. Jessica took me under her wing along with Vicky Sierra and April Clendenin to help me become the instructor I am today. I strive to keep my classes fun, challenging, and self-reflecting. If you walk out of my class feeling more self aware, confident, and stronger, then I’ve done my job. Yoga Source, get ready to sweat and feel that burn, because I’ll see YOU at the Barre.
Kim took her first hatha class in 2006 and quickly became a fixture in many yoga classes. She fell in love with the challenge of the postures and the way they forced her to remain present. It was curiosity and the love of learning which led Kim to her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification in 2011 and 500-hour in 2015. Prior to being a yoga instructor, Kim received her BA degree from Emory University and her Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Miami. Kim teaches Hatha, Vinyasa (Hatha Flow), and Yin classes. Recently, she added a new class titled “Slow Flow,” a hybrid-style of the Hatha Flow format incorporating deep breathing and slow, graceful movements and transitions, providing the student with the time needed to move into a posture safely and calmly. Kim loves encouraging new students to fall in love with their practice by understanding and accepting their own bodies’ strengths and limitations, particularly those that are structural. She attends frequent classes and workshops and continues to educate herself through books and journals, eager to provide her students with the newest and safest approaches to postures, or to simply quiet the mind.
Formerly of Cardio Barre in Coral Springs, is an international dance performer and instructor. She studied classical ballet at the Instituto Colombiano de Ballet Clasico Incolballet, where she obtained a degree in Colombian Folklore and Classical Ballet. In Colombia and Europe, she studied Contemporary Dance, Jazz, Colombian Salsa, Belly Dance, Argentine Tango and other forms of Dance. Vicky has earned numerous dance awards. To learn more about Vicky, visit her web site at www.tangovicky.com Jessica is the former owner of Cardio Barre.