Alexandra "Alex" Ramirez is a non-profit leader, mental health advocate, and E-RYT200/RYT500 yoga instructor in the South Florida community.
Since 2017, she has woven her spunky and authentic personality into trauma-sensitive teachings across yoga studios, substance-use treatment centers, schools, homeless shelters, senior centers, and more.
She’s trained in Trauma-Informed Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yoga for Athletes and Adaptive Yoga. She leads with compassion and creatively brings her students back into connection with Mind and Body. Alex’s journey to the mat comes from her own struggles with anxiety, depression, and substance-use, and she has vowed to share the healing tools of the yoga practice as a way to cultivate self love, resilience, and ultimately community.
Allison was introduced to yoga in college and has since been a life-long practitioner. Allison credits yoga with helping her to balance the many “hats” that she is fortunate to wear in her life. She is a wife, mother, grandmother and professional musician who believes that exercise and yoga can help one to balance life and age in a graceful healthy manner.
Along life’s path, Allison had a health challenge that led her to experience and discover the art of energy healing. She is a certified Reiki Master, Karuna Reiki practitioner and Jewish Energy Healer. Using many of these techniques in her yoga classes her students enjoy and receive the benefits of “chanting and sound healing” through her use of Tibetan and crystal healing bowls.
Upon retiring as a professional musician in 2018, Allison delved into her yoga practice with a passion. She studied and earned her 200 HR RYT Yoga Alliance Teaching Certification in June of 2018 and began to teach yoga privately as well as in South Florida studios. Allison is certified in Restorative Yoga and T.R.Y. Trauma Recovery yoga. She holds certificates in Face Yoga and Sound healing. Classes that she teaches include Yoga for Beginners, Gentle Flow, Candlelight Yoga, Vinyasa, Happy Hips Yoga, Chair Yoga, Jewish Yoga, Yoga and Meditation, Restorative and Reiki (R & R)
Believing in the “he-ART” of Yoga, Allison’s classes combine a creative flowing sequence of poses including Pranayama (breath work) and meditation. Allison pays close attention to the alignment and safety of each student. It is her hope to inspire others to discover their mind, body and soul connection and to feel refreshed, renewed and balanced when they complete class.
The benefits of yoga are many including strengthening, toning, flexibility, breathing, mental acuity and stress release. Allison loves teaching yoga and believes its lessons continue when you step off the mat and out into the world.
Cathie feels blessed to be able to combine her love of teaching (taught in the schools as a Speech Pathologist for 35 years and is still teaching at Nova Southeastern University) with her love of Yoga. Although Cathie discovered Yoga “later in life,” she acknowledges that many prior activities- including playing tennis, running, and weight lifting, have led her to this “perfect place!” When the first Yoga 1 teacher training was offered by Dar and Steve, Cathie seized the opportunity and feels it was one of the best decisions of her life (second to marrying Ricky, her husband of 48 years, of course!) She was hired to teach “Gentle” Yoga the week that she turned 70, making that “milesetone” birthday all the sweeter!
The skinny on Cathie: nicknamed “Chatty Cathie” for a reason, she loves to talk…… but she’s a great listener as well. Inversions are her passion…. She can even talk while upside down!
Teaching Yoga Since: 2014
Trained in: Hatha yoga
Cathie’s Teachers: Dr. Steve and Darlene Feinzig
Cathie instructs the following:
Faye began her yoga journey almost ten years ago when she was a personal trainer/marathon runner, looking for a way to gain more flexibility and freedom in her body. Little did she know that what she was really going to find was a healing path towards self awareness and self love.
This path of self exploration has led Faye into the journey of healing herself and supporting others in self healing.
Faye completed her 200 hr yoga certification in 2014 and in July of 2017 completed her 300 hr yoga certification.
Faye is continually on the path of self growth by always looking for ways to enrich her yoga studies and practice.
In Faye’s class her students have the opportunity of working mind, body and spirit utilizing breath, meditation and asanas (postures).
Faye encourages her students to be present and non judgmental by accepting where they are and honoring their body’s needs in each moment.
On her free time, Faye loves to listen to music, spend time at the beach, cook and spend quality time with her family.
Franchesca is a Mind-Body Coach & Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500, YACEP) who has been guiding her students and clients through the journey of self-discovery and exploration for almost a decade. Starting her own journey back in 2011 with a yoga DVD and a beach towel as a mat, she was immediately drawn to the physical benefits of the practice; but it was during her 200 & 300 YTT that she realized that the yoga practice reaches far beyond what we do on our mats. It was during this time that she developed a true passion and love for the practice and had the desire to share this knowledge with as many people as possible.
Since then, Franchesca has expanded her scope of practice to include trauma-informed Mind-Body Coaching and somatics, which explores the integration of body and mind as key components to long-term, sustainable transformation and healing. She utilizes a combination of yoga and mind-body coaching in her practices, encouraging every student to approach their practice from where they are and to embrace their own beautifully unique expression of the practice in a safe and effective way. In her classes, she interweaves the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the practice in hopes that her students are inspired to live yoga beyond the four corners of the mat.
Here's a glimpse into her background:
• E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher & Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
• Over 700 additional training hours via courses & workshops in various subjects related to yoga & trauma work, including chakra work, somatic experiencing, integrative somatic trauma therapy, polyvagal theory, yin & chair yoga, anatomy, etc.
• Over 8 years of teaching experience
• Recipient of the trauma-informed Live Your Purpose Coaching Certificate led by Mastin Kipp
• Recipient of Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga Certificate led by Dr. Arielle Schwartz & Dr. Stephen Porges
• Recipient of Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy Certificate led by Dr. Arielle Schwartz, Nkem Ndefo & Dr. Scott Lyons
• Participant of Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy Mentorship Program led by Dr. Arielle Schwartz, Nkem Ndefo & Dr. Scott Lyons
• Recipient of the Mind-Body Coaching Certificate led by Dr. Scott Lyons, Kai Cheng Thom & Dr. Rae Johnson
• Experiential knowledge based on client results, as well as over 12 years invested in her own personal growth
Kim is an original member of our Yoga 1 community. As her interest in yoga grew in the early years, she expanded her practice by completing teacher training with master teachers Jordan Bloom, Christy Nones McKenzie, and Peter Barber. Kim continues to grow her yoga practice by practicing with and learning from many skilled yoga teachers in our South Florida yoga community and beyond.
Kim leads a challenging, yet approachable, and thoughtfully-sequenced flow class, with an emphasis on alignment, breath, balance, and building strength and flexibility. She weaves life-affirming themes into her classes, along with a hint of yoga philosophy, a dollop of inspiration, and a pinch of humor. Kim invites you to “come as you are and leave feeling better.”
Kim’s Teachers: Jordan Bloom, Christy Nones McKenzie, and Peter Barber
Kim instructs the following:
•Mixed Levels Yoga •Power Flow Yoga
Kiyona Miah is a native of Chester, Pennsylvania. She moved to South Florida in 2021 to expand her yoga career. Her yoga journey began at age 10 when she began meditating as a way to decompress after the school day. She was introduced to yoga asanas over a decade ago as a form of exercise. Through her personal practice, she experienced that transformational healing power of yoga. Her curiosity and desire for more led her to pursue workshops and training. She is certified in Vinyasa, Trauma Informed Yoga, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga and is a certified sound healer. Kiy is a strong supporter of community which led to her cofound the Black Yogis of South Florida as a platform to pour into families through wellness and community.
Kristin started practicing yoga in 2011 and loves the emotional and spiritual aspects as much as the physical elements of yoga. For years people would tell Kristin that she could become a yoga teacher, so when Steve and Darlene offered Teacher Training in 2017, she decided that would be her 60th birthday gift to herself!
Kristin loves the history, philosophy, anatomy and Sanskrit she learned, as well as the strengthening and deepening of her physical practice. She truly appreciates the support of all the Yoga 1 teachers and students in her ongoing yoga journey.
Teaching Yoga Since: 2018
Trained in: Hatha yoga
Kristin’s Teachers: Dr. Steve and Darlene Feinzig
Kristin instructs the following:
•Gentle Yoga •Livestream Gentle Yoga •Restorative Yoga •Yin Yoga
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Laura has been teaching yoga since 2008, and is certified in various forms of practice including hatha, hot yoga, vinyasa, yin, mindfulness and meditation. Her love for yoga started as a child, and remains a part of her approach to living mindfully with compassion every day. Laura's other loves include acting, dance, baking, travelling, her family and her two dogs, Kai and Frankie.
Mari Marrero is a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200) trained in Hatha Mindful Alignment by Yoga One in Hollywood, Fl.
She has been practicing yoga since 2012, and her journey with cancer inspired her to share her passion for holistic wellness through yoga, nutrition, meditation, and Ayurveda.
Her yoga classes focus on foundation alignment, breath, and meditation.
As a breast cancer survivor, she believes in the power of yoga to begin a healing process that comes from deeply understanding your body, mind, and spirit connection.
Mari creates a safe and inspiring practice that elevates the quality of life for those who want to improve their overall health.
Mari is also trained as:
Mariella is a passionate 11th grader with a love for photography, yoga and extra golden doodle- Samson. As her family’s in-house photographer, Mariella has an eye for capturing the beauty in every moment. With a heart full of enthusiasm, she embraces the art of yoga and is excited to embark on her own journey as a yoga instructor.
Mariella’s warm and friendly nature makes her a natural at connecting with others.
Maura Holland will be our front desk support on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Maura has a true passion for the Florida Panthers hockey team. Her love of exercise began as a 6 year old where she began gymnastics and cheerleading. In her spare time she enjoys reading and traveling to new places.
Maura has two dogs Koda and Stella and eventually would want to become a yoga instructor and further her practice
Maya has been a part of the Yoga 1 community as our front desk receptionist since 2020. Her love for yoga and meditation comes from an academic background in Religious Studies. With a BA and MA in Religious Studies, her research focuses on mysticism and spiritual healing within numerous religious traditions. Maya's literacy in Sanskrit and yogic philosophy gives her a deep appreciation for yoga's spiritual and philosophical roots. She loves reading, connecting with nature, and listening to music.
E-RYT 500 & YACEP
Michele is a native New Yorker who loves to cultivate her artistic and creative core with the spiritual and meditative teachings of yoga. Her two top character traits include, “Learner” and “Achiever”, as she truly enjoys being a student, almost as much as teaching and sharing yoga. After twenty years as a media- marketing professional in the corporate sector, Michele opted to use her business savvy and solid interpersonal skills to cross over into the healing realm that yoga provides. She received her RYT 200 certification in “Hatha Mindful Alignment” from Yoga 1 in 2014, with her teachers Dr. Steve and Darlene Feinzig, and her RYT 300 advanced yoga training, as part of “The Alchemy of Flow and Form”, from the San Marcos School of Yoga, with Christina Sell and Gioconda Parker, in 2017. Most recently, she has completed her E-RYT 500 hour accreditation, and has received certifications for: Yoga for First Responders | Kidding Around Yoga (KAY – kids yoga) | Y Medica - for students undergoing Breast Cancer Treatment | Yoga Nidra | Yin Yoga - with Master Paulie Zink, and later this year will study with Bernie Clark. Her teaching style fosters a safe and supportive class environment for students to develop and practice yoga at any level. She continuously works to provide a class balance that utilizes solid foundation and alignment with modifications and progressions, allowing students to “deepen” their practice, as they see fit. Her goal is for students to leave every class – smiling and feeling great.
Michele holds a B.S. degree in Marketing from New York University – Stern School of Business, and is an avid animal rights advocate, who works with local and national rescue groups.
Monica (she/they) has recently moved back to Florida after living in Atlanta/Macon since 2017. She is currently in her renaissance period of studying the healing arts, having spent a decade in environmental/humanitarian engineering. Monica is on a personal journey to discover the powers of yoga, meditation, and qi gong as tools to overcome severe career burnout, grief, disability, and losses in her life. She is a sports & outdoors enthusiast who thoroughly enjoys bouldering, cycling/biking, hiking, and more! She has lived a vegan lifestyle since 2018.
MusTafa has over 15 years of practice experience, his extensive yoga training started in California and continued in Florida. He completed his 200 YTT at I Love Yoga in 2018.
He is born in Germany, originally from Turkey, living in South Florida for 25 years, He is blessed with a wonderful daughter, Layla. His specialty is Vinyansa and Hot Yoga. He believes in Play Explore Love in Life with harmony.
Feel free to drop into any of his all levels classes for a unique, balanced yoga experience and connect in Joy.
MusTafa creates a unique environment for vinyasa which allows for exploration of the body through movement. You will be guided by a dynamic flow sequence in coordination with the breath.
Hot Yoga- Yoga modality which takes place in a hot room where you can push your body to desire limits through a vinyasa inspired flow. Come in and enjoy the connection with your inner self.
Rita has been teaching yoga since 2012 after completing her teacher training at Yogaworks in New York City. She continued her education by completing a 100 hour Restorative training with Jillian Pransky. Rita is a native New Yorker, and moved to South Florida in 2014 to live a life with more sunshine and less stress. She teaches vinyasa flow with a strong focus on alignment and breath. While she loves teaching all levels of yoga, Rita has a special place in her heart for those just starting on their yoga journey. Yoga has the power to transform us on many levels and Rita feels that watching this process in her students is one of the greatest gifts of teaching. mba®
Rosie’s fitness career began as a teenager instructing an assortment of dance classes in high school and continued through college while earning her degree in Modern Dance. She spent the next 20+ years in commercial aviation holding various leadership positions and earning her BSBM from the University of Phoenix. With each promotion came less and less fitness and self-care in her daily routine.
Then came Covid! Like millions of others around the world, the slow-down allowed Rosie to take time to gain perspective. Rosie has set out to make it a mission to make a difference through mindfulness, health and fitness. As such she now holds a Group Fitness Instructor Certification through AFAA, YIN and Restorative Certifications from YogaRenew, and has a variety of Zumba licenses.
Rosie is laser focused and committed to bringing joy, happiness and mindfulness for those she interacts with
and is the proud owner of Yoga 1.
Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin Yoga as well as Licensed in: Zumba®, CIRCL Mobility™, Zumba Gold ®, Zumba Toning®, and Plate by Zumba®
हिन्दी बोल सकते हैं।
MBA, RYT500, E-RYT500, C-IAYT (Certified Yoga Therapist)
Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Meditation Teacher. Author of “Alchemy of Ayurvedic Cookery”.
A life-long yogini and meditator, Shazia started teaching yoga in 2005. With 800 hours of training in classical Hatha, Integrative Yoga Therapy, “Yoga of the Heart” - Cardiac and Cancer Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation Training from Insight Yoga, and E-RYT500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher who has taught at least 2000 hours of yoga), Shazia brings almost 2 decades of experience in Hatha yoga, restorative, gentle, yin, yoga therapy, senior yoga, chair yoga, mindfulness and meditation. As an experienced yoga therapist, she works with chronic conditions like digestive problems, heart conditions, BP, Asthma, mood management (anxiety, depression), migraines, insomnia, pain-management as well as with structural/physical issues like back pain, hips, spine, alignment, arthritis, scoliosis, sciatica etc. She is also trained in Yoga of the Heart”® Cancer and Cardiac Yoga Therapy program (Dr Dean Ornish program for reversing heart disease).
Shazia is also an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayurvedic chef with 1000 hours training in Ayurveda, and author of “Alchemy of Ayurvedic Cookery”.
Learn more about Shazia at http://shazyogaayurveda.com/
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Sophie aspires to help those around her in a more balanced lifestyle, bring peacefulness and inner harmony in our busy life and challenging times. She has the enthusiasm and desire to share some of her tools: Sound and vibrational therapy and Qigong Flow practice.
Her path in energy work started 17 years ago with a strong foundation in Ayurveda (Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coaching and Ayurvedic Dietetics) she also received the 200 hour certification in Kundalini Yoga in 2012.
Suffering from a neck injury she started to look for gentle therapies and softer practices. She discovered the sound and vibrational therapy using tuning forks on acupuncture points and experienced their profound effects. Shortly after she became a practitioner (Acutonics) and combined this therapy with a variety of sound healing instruments. She has been leading private and group sound journeys since 2015.
Naturally she expanded her knowledge in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and energy work practicing Qigong: a safe practice for all, combining gentle movements with conscious breath to cultivate our life force energy (Qi) and allow it to circulate smoothly throughout our body and energy fields. She discovered Qigong in 2019 and “fell in love” with the practice. Since then she has been practicing on a daily basis, studying and teaching it, to become certified in 2022. Qigong flow has become her core practice as she has experienced its benefits in her daily life. She is excited to share with others this practice that is becoming more and more popular but that is not yet well-known. Truly a practice to discover and experience!
Besides her knowledge in yogic breathing techniques, Sophie learned Buddhism and Daoist breathwork, and was also certified as a Conscious Connected Breath (CCB) facilitator in 2023. CCB is a specific breathing technique to help release energies that no longer serve us and connect with our True Self, our inner wisdom.
Sophie is inviting you to a journey of learning, practicing and experiencing through sound healing therapy and Qigong practice: When balance and harmony set in, it results in a sense of well-being and peacefulness, it enables our self healing abilities!
Tia loves to come to the studio and greet visitors. She is currently in training at Yoga 1 to learn the upward and downward dog and will join for Doga from time to time!
She loves meeting new people and chasing her small ball.
2 Oakwood Blvd. Suite 163
Hollywood, FL 33020
Basic ~ Flow ~ Power ~ Yin ~ Meditation
Chair ~ Gentle ~ Qigong Flow ~ Zumba® ~ CIRCL Mobility
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