About Our 30-A Yoga Instructors:
Christine Collier, 500 RYT
Christine Collier teaches yoga on Wednesdays at 6pm. She has been a lover of the yoga philosophy and lifestyle for many years. Christine received her 200 RYT from Laura Tyree of Fort Walton Beach in 2011 and just recently completely her advanced teacher training 500 RYT with Laura Tyree. During that time, she was fortunate to study extensively under Doug Keller, Tracy Griffiths with Young Living, Denise O'Dunn Ayurvedic Instructor & Practitioner, Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati, and many other practitioners from Sanskrit to numerous yoga specialties and ancient philosophy, particularly Iyengar and Patanjali.
Christine is a Usui Reiki Master and a certified level 2 Karuna Reiki student, trained and certified under Felicia McQuaid. She is also a registered nurse at Sacred Heart hospital on the Emerald Coast in the surgical department. Christine has been a nurse since 2003 and has a vast wealth of nursing knowledge to accompany and assist her yoga style and teaching philosophy.
Her class is gentle and therapeutic, perfect for beginners of all types in addition to the most experienced yoga practitioners. The classes are relaxing, rejuvenating and refreshing with just the right amount of physical challenge, and always highlighted with therapeutic grade essential oils. She teaches with a warm, calming approach that feels natural with enough charm and wit to make everyone feel comfortable and at ease. The classes begin and end with a gentle approach and flow without tension, so the body feels healthy and alive.
In addition to living her passion through teaching yoga and being a nurse, Christine has four extraordinary sons and loves spending time with them on our beautiful beaches and water.
Lesa Klein, 500 RYT, ELDOA I & II
Lesa’s earliest encounter with yoga was watching Lilias, Yoga and You on PBS as a young girl. She continued throughout her young adult life to practice at home with VCR tapes. In 1995, while pregnant with her youngest son, she attended her first ‘real class’ in Webster Groves, MO. She continued to take classes on and off, and finally found her teacher, Mary Haynes. Mary’s background in Ashtanga and Hatha yoga gently guided her into proper alignment and strengthening.
Lesa knew she wanted to deepen her practice of the asanas and the mind body connection. She enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Source in St. Louis, graduating in 2016. The coursework was deeply rich in tradition and philosophy. Her teacher, Angie Campbell came to yoga with a resplendent background in dance, Anusara Yoga, and somatic science.
After teaching for several years, she recently completed her 500 teaching RYT with DragonFly Yoga in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Forever a student, Lesa continuously attends workshops, to grow and share her experiences with her students. After working as an optometrist for 30 years, Lesa is delighted to bring her yoga practice to 30A. Her approach to class is gentle, honest and fun loving, with a deep respect for the yoga sutras. Her alignment cues will empower you to 'go deeper' into your asanas, and strengthen your mind body experience. Being mindful that we are all on this journey together, she is as much a student as she is a teacher.
Michael Anthony, 200 RYT
Michael found his way to yoga 15 years ago after finding no other medical relief for a sciatic nerve injury. He started practicing at home and continued for many years before venturing into a yoga studio for class. Michael and his family moved to Santa Rosa Beach in 2014 where he quickly found and started attending classes at the Yoga Haus with Marie Landwehr. Marie's background in recovery and her be-where-you-are approach to yoga was both inspiring and mind-opening for Michael. In 2017, Marie invited Sid McNairy from 4warriors yoga to host a teacher training and his Nahi Power Yoga flow. Michael embraced the process and approach, quickly found a voice and willingness to share the good he learned with others, and was certified with Yoga Alliance as RYT-200 in September of 2018. Michael's power yoga classes combine traditional vinyasa with western influences that engage and energize the body, heart, and mind.
Jessica has always had a love for fitness, starting as a young child exercising with her mother to fitness shows on the living room television. Throughout her youth, she took dance classes which led to a lifelong commitment to fitness. Once she discovered yoga, it became her passion. She has been teaching yoga for 10 years, first at a fitness center in Seneca, SC, then in Santa Rosa Beach after her family moved to here in 2015 to fulfill their dream of living in a beach community.
Her first yoga certification was through AFPA, the American Fitness Professionals Association. Jessica also has 200-hour certifications in Vinyasa I and II from The Yoga Haus in Santa Rosa Beach, as well as certifications in Buti Yoga, yoga for the elderly, and nutrition and herbs. She has continued her training at workshops led by yoga teachers such as Bryan Kest and Sid McNairy. Her teaching style reflects her warm, gentle and positive personality, creating an uplifting and energizing yoga practice for students of all levels.
Jessica cares deeply about people and their wellness journey, something she has instilled in her two children, one an EMT, the other a recent high school graduate and fellow yogi. As a professional hair stylist, she also cares about helping people look and feel their best. When she’s not teaching yoga or giving someone a stunning new ‘do, Jessica loves to go boating and kayaking on the Choctawhatchee Bay with her husband of 24 years, their kids, and other family and friends.
Melody became passionate about yoga while living in Bangalore, India. There, she trained with Acharya Keshavmurthy, PhD, founder of the Lifecareyoga Foundation, and his wife, Divya K Murthy, PhD, based on the teachings of BKS Iyengar. Inspired to teach others what she learned in India, Melody moved back to Colorado in 2012 and received her 200-hour certification in Hatha Yoga from Samadhi Center for Yoga in Denver. She has attended numerous workshops, yoga festivals and international yoga retreats, and has co-led workshops and retreats.
Incorporating humor and mindfulness practices in her classes, Melody’s teaching style focuses on being conscious in the moment on and off the mat, proper alignment, connecting breath with movement, and creating a greater connection to spirit, one another, and the world around us. She particularly loves to introduce beginners to yoga in a supportive, inclusive atmosphere.
Drawing on her life-long love of singing, Melody has led kirtan – call and response mantra chanting, performed live music for yoga classes, and was the lead singer of Oneness, a mantra rock band in Denver. She has trained under New Orleans-based Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band, and Grammy-nominated performers Dave Stringer and Sheela Bringi.
A writer specializing in travel and wellness, Melody traded the mountains of Colorado for the beaches of 30A in 2018. When she’s not off wandering the world, you can find her leading beach yoga classes, strolling the beach at sunset, paddling around a coastal dune lake, or soaking up live local music.
~ Classes ~
$8 Gym Members / $15 Public drop in
10 Class Punch Cards - $120 or $12 / class
10 Class Punch Cards - $120 or $12 / class