Erin began practicing yoga more than 21 years ago. She initially enrolled in yoga teacher training to deepen her personal practice but the more she learned, the more she felt the pull to share the knowledge with others.
As a 12-year survivor of metastatic breast cancer, Erin knows first hand the mental, physical and emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis. As a yoga practitioner, she also knows and has experienced the many benefits of this ancient mind-body practice. Through yoga she found healing after her treatment, recovery and transition to a new normal life and from conditions including depression and autoimmune disorders. Now, as a registered yoga teacher and certified Lymphatic Yoga® instructor, it brings her great joy to share this practice with others.
Erin founded Where in the World Yoga & Wellness with the goal of bringing yoga to you, no matter where you are on your journey, by providing practical, accessible, and achievable yoga instruction and inspiration for everyBODY, with a special emphasis on beginners, returners and recovering bodies. She truly believes “Yoga is not about touching your toes. It’s about what you learn on the way down.”
And Erin loves combining her passions for yoga, family and travel with Where in the World Yoga’s retreats!
Erin is a 200 RYT®, a certified SUP (stand-up paddleboard) Yoga instructor, and a Certified Lymphatic Yoga® Teacher, trained under yoga master Edely Wallace, creator of the Lymphatic Yoga® method. She holds Emergency First Aid and CPR certifications through the American Heart Association. Erin earned her BA in Sociology from the University of Florida and has completed additional coursework in anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biology, and holistic nutrition.
Erin is an ocean enthusiast and an Advanced Open Water Diver (AOWD) and Nitrox certified scuba diver. When not on the mat or mermaiding, Erin enjoys traveling and spending time with her wonderful husband of 26 years, Jeff, and their two children, Bryan and Robyn.
Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.
Molly started her yoga journey in 1998 as an elective course in college. That introduction to Hatha Yoga lead to a lifelong love and it quickly became a sanctuary for her fast paced life as a full time student and full time hotel manager. She continued to practice yoga regularly including during all three of her pregnancies. In 2015 she began her 200 RYT teacher training simply to expand her personal knowledge of the history and philosophy of yoga. After completing her basic teacher certification she began offering donation based yoga classes to teachers at a local elementary school. She received her 200 RYT® in 2016 and began working at YogaMatrix Studio in Orlando, Florida as a substitute instructor and assistant to Yoga Master Edely Wallace. Molly is currently training for her certification as a Lymphatic Yoga® Instructor and had the privilege of assisting Edely Wallace in teaching Lymphatic Yoga at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MA.
Molly and her family also have a passion for natural health and wellness. Their home is filled with essential oils which they use for everything from homework time to preventing and assisting when illness creeps in. Molly also incorporates essential oils into her yoga classes. Learn more at WhyMomOils.Weebly.com.
Anisa offers a gentle class that is deeply restorative, nourishing and satisfying. She started practicing when she was 30. “I had been diagnosed with a panic disorder; I was having panic attacks every day. I had done a lot of things to try and run away from that, including medication, but the very first time I ever did yoga was the very last day I ever had a panic attack. That was probably the most soothing, embodied moment I’ve ever had in my life. I don’t think I had ever felt my body up until that point. It really is like medicine for me. I was studying Amrit yoga, which is a legacy of Kripalu, where there is a willful practice and then there’s surrender. You hold a posture, and you breathe, and you stay static for a moment, and then you release the posture and reflect for a moment on the blueprint that it left in your body.”
Anisa received her yoga teacher certification at Discovery Yoga, a Kripalu affiliated studio in St Augustine, and began teaching in 2007. “It has been a real gift to me, because in this particular tradition, there’s a format. The postures are very specific, but they are not the point. The point is to breathe into the sensations and feel where you are holding tension.”
“The beautiful thing about Kripalu is that the teacher is holding space for you. The tagline of Kripalu is ‘meditation in motion.” The ideal is to know yourself and be a companion to yourself. I think people are walking around with a baseline anxiety level that is not normal. Everyone has disappointments in life, and the way we hold on to those things and internalize those experiences can start to define the way we move through the world and inform what we give ourselves permission to do. When I started doing yoga, I felt such an immediate benefit from it. Yoga is not about just showing up and exercising. It’s about helping clear out what is in your body, the stuff you hold on to that isn’t working anymore, and the patterns that you have around that.”
In addition to guiding gentle yoga classes for cancer patients, caregivers and survivors with Where in the World Yoga & Wellness, Anisa teaches yoga at Searchlight Yoga, Auxo, and for University of Florida medical students.
Trish is a creative soul with a science mind who loves being outdoors, practicing yoga and admiring the beauty all around. She received her bachelors degree in biology and studio art from the University of Virginia, where she met her amazing husband of twenty-five years. She started her career illustrating medical textbooks and surgical manuals while doing dermatology research at the University of Florida. She stepped back from her career to have and raise two wonderful kids. When they entered school she taught elementary and middle school art at Millhopper Montessori School for almost 10 years. She designed and led a team of women to paint a 150 foot mural depicting the story of Noah’s Ark at Trinity United Methodist Church in her free time. And now that she is a new empty nester she is starting another chapter in her life. She is restoring her love of creating art daily and exploring how that nourishes the body and the spirit. She hopes to share this journey with others.
Crystal has been practicing the physical aspect of yoga for over 15 years. It wasn’t until she welcomed the other aspects of yoga (pranayama, meditation, etc.) into her practice 5 years ago that she discovered the true beauty of connecting mind, body and soul. Yoga has helped Crystal in her pursuit of self-acceptance and self-love. Crystal suffers from extreme anxiety, sometimes making everyday life too much to handle. Yoga has provided a healthy way to release built up energy within her body, as well as calming of the mind. Yoga has given Crystal the ability to find comfort in uncomfortable situations, allowing her strengths and capabilities to shine through. This awareness has provoked the natural “giver” within her to share the healthy benefits of yoga with others.
Crystal received her RYT® 200 in 2018 in Costa Rica through Yoga Revolution Academy where the main focus was on mindful Vinyasa. This was a life changing experience that opened her mind, and more importantly, her heart. She currently teaches a Gentle Aroma Yoga class which combines essential oils with yoga. She has also delved in Chair Yoga and continues to thrive on being a forever yoga student.
Family is life for Crystal. In the future, she would like to bring Yoga to First Responders. As the wife of a Police Officer, she is witness to the effects this type of job can have on a person and she feels yoga can make a huge impact on overall wellness and safety to men and women serving on the front lines. She is also a mom to 2 beautiful children and feels the best gift you can give to your family is a healthy and happy you.
Liz Getman is a registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 200, YACEP) and retreat guide who resides in Gainesville, FL. Through yoga, meditation, and mindful movement, Liz supports others in cultivating love and compassion for themselves and the world around them.
Liz studied Hatha and Hridaya (spiritual heart) yoga with Arjuna Dharma Das and Arpita Kshama Devi at Mahadevi Ashram & Kaivalya Yoga School in Tzununá, Guatemala. While there, she developed Cacaoga®, a practice that unifies sacred cacao with heart-centered asana and meditation. She first began offering retreats domestically and abroad in 2016 after recognizing the power of travel in her own life and finding inspiration from fellow teachers, such as her dear friend and collaboratorCristiane Machado. Outside of traveling, Liz teaches yoga and Zumba® regularly in Gainesville and serves as program director of YogaLoka, a nonprofit organization that provides yoga and meditation to traditionally underservedand marginalized populations.
Liz has a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Ithaca College and a master's degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. You can read her thoughts on life, spirituality, and yoga on Elephant Journal, or join her for a guided meditation on Insight Timer.