ISLAND SOUL STUDIOS, LLC.
Island Soul Studios was opened in 2011 (under the name of XYZ Movement Arts) with the intention of creating a place for the community to gather and move - whether physically, spiritually, mentally or socially. In opening the space the vision was to bring to the studio the best teachers on the island to share with the community and uplift the community by doing so!
Are you a TEACHER? Our studio is run as a community- based business with individual teachers leasing the space for their creative purposes. We have room for certified instructors interested in teaching weekly classes in Yoga, Dance, Tai Chi, Meditation, Kirtan and most any Movement Art. Availability is also open to off-island teachers interested in leasing the space for weekend workshops. Contact Tara at 360-298-1632 for further information.
Island Soul TEACHERS
Cynthia Burke has been practicing and/or teaching Yoga for over 25 years. Cynthia began her practice under the guidance of Gary & Mirka Kraftsow while living in Maui and has since studied a variety of yoga styles with various teachers. Cynthia's class for adults (young and old) follows the flow yoga style with combinations allowing you to move and become strong, stretched and centered. Cynthia is also certified in Silver Yoga (for the over 50 group), Fifty & Plus Fit Yoga, Kid's Yoga (for 3 to 13 age group), as well as the popular dance and fitness workout - Zumba®, Zumba® Toning & Zumbatomics®, & Certified Spinning Instructor.
Hula Teacher/ Yoga Calm
Alice is a certified teacher with a Masters in Education from the University of New Hampshire where she studied modern dance and performed in the UNH and Synergy Dance Companies. ! !
Alice has worked with children and family in a variety of settings for over 30 years. Currently, she offers classes in Yoga Calm for children and Hawaiian Hula for adults. Alice has had a home yoga practice throughout her adulthood. She received her Yoga Calm instructor certification in 2011 to begin teaching children’s yoga classes here in Friday Harbor. Alice has been a haumana (student) of Hawaiian Hula with Kumu Hula (master teachers) Frank Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and Keala Ching since 2001. She first studied hula and several other dance forms as a young child. !
Alice has also offered Creative Movement for children and partner dancing for adults such as Country Waltz and Zydeco. She is a long-time Contra Dancer from New England. For her, dance is a universal language and a pure expression of joy!
The basis of Jeannie’s teaching is that yoga is for you. Jeannie chooses and adapts practices to both challenge and encourage you. She is skilled at meeting each person’s needs and abilities, both in group classes and private sessions.
Central to Jeannie’s understanding of yoga is her long-term personal practice, her observation and instruction of all kinds of students over time, and her continuing study with some of contemporary yoga’s most influential teachers.
Jeannie has practiced yoga since the late 1960’s and been teaching since 1982. She has taught classes for toddlers, high school athletes, pregnant women, fat old guys, seniors confined to wheelchairs and everyone in between. She has helped people overcome back pain, recover from surgery, deal with anxiety and depression, learn to meditate, and become stronger and more flexible in both body and mind. She teaches individuals, group classes, workshops and retreats. For more information and upcoming events see www.theyogapath.com
Jeannie is a Certified Viniyoga Teacher and Therapist. She chose to study and teach in this tradition after extensive studies and certifications in other methods. She loves its intelligent application of the ancient science of yoga to the modern individual’s interests and needs. (For more about Viniyoga see www.viniyoga.com.)
Besides her study and teaching of yoga, Jeannie and her husband Steve Schramm own the custom landscape firm Island Gardens Company (www.islandgardenscompany.com ) and Ten Four Farm and Nursery. They have two grown sons.
Bella French has been practicing yoga since 1997, studying with some of Seattle’s best yoga instructors both at Eight Limbs Yoga Studio and Shakti Vinyasa Studio for 16 years before moving to San Juan Island in 2013. She has studied Hatha, Iyengar, and Ashtanga yoga and completed a certificate course with Duke Integrative Medicine, focusing on safe and effective yoga for older adults. Most influenced by Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga, Bella believes that yoga benefits everyone regardless of fitness levels. Incorporating music, meditation and asanas, Bella's classes create a calming and uplifting yoga experience. Her supportive teaching style meets students at their personal level to provide a class that is safe and comfortable for beginners, and challenging enough for more advanced students.