“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
Patty is one of the welcoming faces you will find behind the desk here at Yoga Breeze Serenity Shala. Patty has been with Yoga Breeze since 2012 and is still excited every time a new student walks through the doors. She is always willing to answer questions, guide you to classes that might interest you, explain how we operate, and provides a sense of peace and community needed for you to feel at home with our yoga family. If you don’t see Patty at the front desk, take a look around the room, as she is often practicing right alongside you!
Hailey began her personal yoga practice in 2012 and fell in love with the practice. In 2014 she went through her first 200hr teacher training and in 2018 completed the Teacher Training and Life Mastery Program at Yoga Pura. Hailey has gained her Yoga Nidra certification at Yoga Pura as well. You can find Hailey welcoming you into the studio from the front desk, leading classes, and practicing alongside you.
Gloria began practicing yoga over thirty years ago before yoga was popular. During a great time of stress in her life and on the advice of her doctor she began studying yoga seriously. This eventually led her to an ashtanga yoga Teacher Training. With an anusara practice and further study into the philosophies of the heart Gloria expanded on her knowledge of the yoga practice. She blends both Eastern and Western Philosophies in her teaching style. To Gloria, the physical practice of yoga is an amazing, beautiful and challenging journey from the head to the heart. As we release stress and blocked energy from our physical bodies, it reveals the light and healing of our Divine Essence and the perfection of the present moment. She has gone on to further practical and philosophical education and is currently studying in a Master’s Teacher Training Program with international teacher, Rod Stryker. Gloria’s first love is yoga therapy. She has gone to study the therapeutics of yoga with Martin Kirk, Rod Stryker and Doug Keller. She is developing a breathing program for those with COPD and Emphysema using the yoga breathing patterns.
Rachel began her personal yoga journey almost 10 years ago as a “reward” for running and a way to relieve stress. Soon this “rewarding” experience became a way of life, as she became certified at the 500-hour level through Yoga Pura and Yoga Aliliance. Rachel has taught all ages and abilities of yogis and yoginis- from preschoolers to retirees, and everyone in between In addition, Rachel has helped to train and mentor many yoga teachers from the greater Phoenix area, in her role as a mentor for a valley teacher training program. Her classes blend her love of philosophy with integration of YOGA into everyday life, and she holds a special place in her heart for alignment and moving students safely into and out of posture. Rachel’s love of this practice, yoga, and her students are clearly evident in each class she teaches.
Tammy is a graduate of Yoga Pura’s 500 hour teacher training, under the guidance of Yogi E (A.K.A Eric Walrabenstein). She has also attended continuing training and education at the Southwest Institute for Healing Arts with Mary Bruce, and her Yoga Nidra Certification through Yoga Pura. Her primary focus is on helping new students become engaged and educated on how Yoga can become an empowering tool for life. Tammy is committed to the well being of her students through mindful instruction, gentle adjustments, and connecting daily life into intentions to be applied on and off the mat. Whatever the class, students will be cared for and loved, mind, body and soul. When Tammy is not teaching Yoga, she enjoys every minute she can spend with her husband, two dogs, and two ‘adult’ boys.
I graduated college with a BS in Elementary Education and a background in dance. I’ve been married to my best friend since 1994 and have 2 beautiful grown children. My yoga journey began in 2001 and from my very first yoga class I knew that one day my path would lead me to teaching yoga. In 2018 I completed my teacher training with Yoga Breeze. My style of teaching focuses on the mind, body, and soul. Breath work and healing from the inside out. Living with chronic pain and inflammation, yoga has been one of the greatest gifts in my life both mentally and spiritually. I am blessed to be able to give that gift back and remind students it is not all about the pose as it is returning to the breath and quieting the mind both on the mat and off the mat.
Jan began her yoga practice in 2008, and was instinctively drawn to the transformative powers of yoga. With a BA in physical education and a life long spiritual seeker, teaching yoga was a very natural fit. In 2011 Jan completed her 200 hour teacher training and yoga nidra certification at Yoga Breeze Healing and Wellness Center in Cave Creek, AZ. Specializing in classes for cancer patients; those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis; parkinson’s disease; ALS; alzheimer’s disease and the senior community, yoga helps balance the ups and downs of life. She creates an uplifting and safe environment for students who want to explore the many gifts that the practice offers. Jan is spreading the seeds of the benefits of yoga on a daily basis to all that wish to receive them…
I began practicing yoga in 2001 never expecting where my journey on my mat would take me. With much prompting from my yoga instructors I began a series of teacher trainings with Yoga Fit and then followed up with a 200 hour training with Yoga Medics in Michigan. Yoga Medics is a medical model approach to yoga with emphasis on alignment and therapeutic needs. The program not only enlightened my teaching but brought a deeper dimension to my own physical practice. I taught yoga for the University of Michigan and a health club facilities in the Ann Arbor area. I love the process of creating and offering safe yet challenging yoga sequencing . I enjoy sharing my love of yoga with all levels of students and am deeply honored to pass this gift of yoga to others. Always remembering that we are all “practicing” this gift of yoga and having gratitude for what ever unwraps on your mat each day. When I relocated to the Chicago area in 2013, I was very blessed to finish another 200 hour teacher training with House of Shanti under the skill and lovely guidance of Lourdes Paredes and Pam Udell.
Rebeccah Potavin received her Master of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from Arizona State University in 2009 and her Bachelors in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona in 2002. Her educational career has been multi-faceted and led her through a journey of teaching and serving others. As a former K-8 Principal, Rebeccah continued to seek ways to relieve stress and tension which furthered her love and passion for yoga. Through the physical practice of yoga, she built a stronger connection to her mind, body and spirit. This connection led her to want to know more about the history and origins of asana and the eight limbs of yoga. As a lifelong learner, Rebeccah decided to further her knowledge and practice of yoga by completing a 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2015 with John Salisbury. She has continued to increase her depth of knowledge by attending various workshops and trainings and is currently completing her 300 hour yoga certification with John Salisbury at Modern Yoga. Her background in education has given her a deep understanding of explicit and differentiated instruction which translates in the studio through breathwork, alignment, cuing and safe sequencing as she strives to make yoga accessible for every student.
Joy began practicing yoga over twenty years ago. Having a strong interest in dance, she was first attracted to the movement of the poses. She soon learned that there was so much more. The integration of breath, body and mind brings her a sense of calm energy and well-being that she strives to share with her students. She focuses on alignment to make the practice both safe and accessible for all. Her goal is for her students to feel good both on and off the mat. An avid storyteller, Joy enjoys relating the ways that yoga may be brought off the mat and integrated into our daily lives. “For me, teaching yoga is practicing yoga – it brings me a sense of peace that I hope to share with others.” Joy completed her 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Breeze.
Amber’s yoga journey began in 1998. She instantly fell in love with how the practice allowed her mind, body and soul to harmoniously unite. These feelings were foreign to her competitive nature from years of athletic competition. She found a regular yoga practice to be just the counterbalance she needed. Finally, after many years and many yogic journeys she heeded to the call of teaching. Amber is an E-500 hr RYT. Her first 200 hours were through YogaWorks and an additional 500+ with SmartFLOW by Annie Carpenter. The training she has received through her master instructor, Annie, gives her the necessary tools and confidence to provide each student with proper alignment, intelligent sequencing, and creative individualized transformational techniques. You’ll find Amber’s classes to be uplifting in nature~always seeking the balance. Bringing yoga to the masses is truly her joy to share with everyone.
Kandice started practicing yoga 20 years ago as a way to stay limber and in shape, in that time she never thought that it would become a lifestyle. In 2018 she decided to take her practice to the next level by completing the yoga teacher training program at Yoga Breeze. The training taught her that yoga is so much more than just a physical practice, and that it can become a life style. Since Kandice graduated the YTT program in December 2018 she went straight into teaching classes at different fitness facilities and private studios around the Cave Creek area. “Yoga has taught me so much about myself in the ways of self-love, patience, and allowing my breath, body and mind to work together to create an overall sense of peace.”