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Meet the Centred team...

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Elizabeth McCranie - Owner/Instructor

Elizabeth is the proud leader of the amazing Centred Team. She has studied under Baron Baptiste & completed Level I, Level II, Art of Assisting, Foundations, & Baron's Immersion. While the Baptiste style has been her main focus, Elizabeth continues to educate herself in other Yoga genres and is excited to have created a studio that meets the needs and is of service to the whole community. She has also studied under Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Eric Paskel, Dharma Mittra, Sianna Sherman and many others. Elizabeth is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 certified teacher (1000 hr teaching). Elizabeth has also studied at the Amrit Yoga Institute and is privledge to add Yoga Nidra to her yoga practice. This deep meditation practice will change your life. After practicing with Elizabeth, you will most certainly find space, clarity and a sense of awareness you did not know possible. "Yoga has transformed my life. I look forward to creating a community and sharing my passion with others. Be well my friends."~me.

 

 

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Dorie Chauncey - Instructor

Dorie is a 10th generation native of Fernandina Beach. Her island girl upbringing was full of surfing, dance and gymnastics classes. A middle child in a fiercely competitive family she went on to finish 3 full marathons. She found yoga to be the perfect balance for a runner. After completing Baron Bapiste's Level 1 she was inspired to teach. Her teaching style is a perfect balance of strength and flow with a few laughs to keep us smiling long after the pain stops. Dorie is a licensed massage therapists license and has extensive knowledge about the human body and anatomy. She is extremely dedicated to her students and this is shown through her loyal, early rising yogis. Dorie offers a challenging, fun, always adventurous power class that will definitely have you returning for more.

 

 

 

 

 

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Deb Cunningham - Instructor

Deb, her husband and 3 kids were fortunate to relocate to Amelia Island from the bustling metropolis of Chicago in 2010. Deb grew up in Colorado and spent her childhood and teen years on the ski slopes of the Rocky Mountains. She discovered yoga in 1999 with one year old twins at home and another on the way. She was instantly hooked. As a dancer for 20 years, Deb found the asanas in yoga moved her like nothing had since dancing. And as her family can attest, yoga was instrumental in bringing both grounding and strength in the most challenging times. Diving head first into all things yoga, she has studied with such master teachers as Seane Corn, John Friend, Baron Baptiste, Simon Park, Dave Romanelli, Rolf Gates, Desiree Rumbough and Kathryn Budig. She completed her RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) 200 hour training with Yoga Den in Jacksonville, is an E-RYT 200 certified teacher, and was the first one to bring SUP Yoga to our little island. She is a certified SUP Guide and a certified SUP Yoga instructor and LOVES teaching people how to bring the practice onto the floating mat. www.debcunninghamyoga.com Deb will lead us in a Power Vinyasa Flow. This is a brilliant synthesis of different traditions of yoga, creating a dynamic mix of inspiration and perspiration. The heated room allows for the muscles to relax, bringing suppleness to soft tissue and perspiration for cleansing and detoxifying. This combined with the energetic, play list Deb creates for the flow, the you will leave feeling completely transformed. This is a vigorous ALL LEVELS class, with modifications given for every level of practitioner.

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Allyson Neilson - Instructor

Allyson’s yoga journey began 16 years ago when she signed up for a six-week community yoga class. She really enjoyed yoga but being a single mother at the time did not allow for much time to commit to her yoga practice. Over the next several years, Allyson dabbled in yoga, trying different classes but still struggled to find time to commit to a regular practice. It wasn’t until a visit to a small studio in Florida in 2011, where she was introduced to a heated power vinyasa flow that Allyson got really serious about her yoga practice. In August of 2012, Allyson spent a week in the beautiful Catskills Mountains with Baron Baptiste and 180 other yogis to immerse herself in Baptiste’s Level 1 Teacher Training. From there she went on to complete her 200 hour teacher training with Portland Power Yoga in Portland, Maine. In November of 2013, Allyson partnered with her local YMCA in Rockport, Maine and opened the only heated yoga studio in the area. It was a huge hit in her community. Allyson loves the holistic nature of yoga. It truly is a mind, body, spirit experience for her. She feels blessed to teach yoga and hopes that people will feel much different in body, mind and spirit after participating in a yoga class. Allyson is also a certified personal trainer. She recently made Fernandina Beach her permanent residence and couldn't be happier! She shares her life with her husband, David, her children, Evan, Rebekah and Timothy and their sweet soul of a dog, Scotia.

 

 

 

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Shannon Kelly - Instructor

Shannon Kelly is a yoga teacher in Fernandina Beach who has taught in several locations. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Bliss Yoga in Jacksonville in 2007 and has completed her 500-hour teacher training at Ananda Kula in Riverside. Shannon recently spent a month in India, exploring the essence of yoga, and developing a personal practice that she shares with others through her instruction. Her daily practice consists of Pranayama meditation and Ashtanga yoga. She is blessed to live on Amelia Island with her husband, dog and cat.

 

 

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Dan McCranie - Owner/Instructor

As a successful business owner for over 20 years, Dan discovered yoga was a great way to find balance in his life. After attending Baron Baptiste's Art of Assisting, Dan began team teaching classes. Last year Dan completed his 200 hr teacher training and is a certified yoga instructor. He has studied under and been influenced by Shiva Rea, Kathryn Budig, Eric Paskel and Sadie Nardini. You will find Dan's passion for music, rhythm and flow creates a peaceful and strong practice. His Bhakti Flow class is a Yoga ballet. His Power Vinyasa combines music, fun, challenge and inspiration. He will push you to be your best. Come try it out.

 

 

 

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May Norman - Instructor

May is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher who studied under Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmonds in July 2014. She spreads love, light and blessings one class at a time! May has been practicing yoga since 2006, when she took her first class at Coastal Carolina University. She majored in Art Studio concentrating on oil painting, photography, ceramics, and art history. After graduating from CCU in 2008 she moved to California as an Art Consultant. In 2009 she decided to make a home in Portland, Or an became even more interested in yoga, self-care and holistic healing. For the next 3 yrs, she learned a lot through working on a sustainable organic produce farm as well as at Whole Foods Market. In 2012, May moved from Oregon all the way to Cumberland Island, GA. She worked at Greyfield Inn for the next year and moved to Amelia Island in May 2013. In her free time, she enjoys being creative, going on seashell safaris, painting and making mixed media collages. She continues her independent study in Ayurveda, yoga, holistic healing, and sustainable biodynamic organic farming. One of her next goals is to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner. "I am incredibly inspired to empower my community through the life changing benefits that yoga and meditation have to offer. So blessed to be apart of the Centred on Yoga family! Jai Bhagwan."

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Emily Redman - Instructor

Emily took her first yoga class over 10 years ago, and hated almost every minute of it. She had paid for a whole series though, so she stuck with it. After 3 months of going to class twice a week she knew she would practice yoga for the rest of her life, because the more she practiced, the more grounded she felt. She has practiced every yoga style available in the many places she's lived over the years, and spent two weeks at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India in 2011 (ask her about the crazy New Years celebration!) In general, Emily finds that the challenges and successes she meets on her yoga mat teach her so much about navigating  the rest of her life. Her other loves are exploring in the outdoors, playing in the kitchen, and finding small ways to have an adventure every day.


Emily completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the summer of 2013, and her classes are a blend of mindfulness, flow, and thoughtful challenges. Emily had a son in 2015 and found pre-natal yoga to be a wonderful way to feel at home in her changing body and to prepare physically and mentally for childbirth. She credits her yoga practice (and her husband) for her calm labor and childbirth. Emily completed her  Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Den Studios in 2016.

 

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Brian Patten - Instructor

Brian was born and raised in Williamstown, MA, he was a 3 sport varsity athlete in high school. Brian has lived on Amelia Island for 8 years and was introduced to yoga in 2011. Initially drawn to yoga because of the amazing physical benefits, Brian also noticed reduced pain, improved mobility, and ultimately relief, from a myriad injuries Brian collected while playing Ice Hockey for 19 years. Brian was certified (100 hour) in The Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra in 2016. Brian's passion for meditation is a first person testimonial  "it has without a doubt, changed my life in ways that words cannot adequately describe". Brian's intention is to share and introduce this practice with as many people possible. Yoga Nidra is a sleep based meditation practice, that uses body, breath and awareness techniques to disengage the mind, and drop you into the deepest possible level of relaxation. Yoga Nidra can help with: PTSD, anxiety, fear, insomnia, ADHD, depression, and several other common ailments. 


~Jai Bhagwan

 

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Traci Deitrick - Instructor

Traci has been practicing and instructing yoga for over 15 years. She found yoga in the Fall of 1999 when her youngest child was 6 months old. Being a stay at home mom and child care provider, she continually sought out ways to keep herself centered and balanced. She experienced her first yoga class in a gym workout room and fell instantly in love with the feeling that it brought over her. Being born with the gift of natural flexibility, she found the challenge and flow of a yoga class to be a very natural fit for her and within 6 months began teaching. The feeling of helping to bring peace, happiness and relaxation into someone's life has been very rewarding for her. She comes from the cold north of New Hampshire where the heat building practice of a power yoga class was her passion. She now specializes in gentle flow yoga but enjoys encouraging you to challenge yourself and find your edge. She offers a safe, well instructed and completely judgement free atmosphere...come as you are, if you will. After moving to Florida in 2009 she decided to focus on her personal practice for the next few years and in 2012 began teaching again here on Amelia Island. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification in 2014. Traci enjoys peaceful and simple living here on beautiful Amelia Island with her two daughters, dog and cat. She is very excited to be joining the Centred on Yoga team and is looking forward to meeting each and every one of you! Peaceful thoughts....Peaceful words....Peaceful actions...Namaste'