“I am inspired to share this technology. This practice allows me to honor myself, be present, and serve others”.
Dr. Susan Pataky has been both a student and teacher of yoga and the holistic arts for decades and has mastered the merging of ancient teachings with modern science into all her offerings.
Her classes and workshops allow students to feel empowered in their bodies, gifting all participants the ability to move, stretch, connect to breath, relax the mind, and brighten the heart while finding their own safe authentic interpretation every step of the way. You will leave class with the tools to continue yoga practice on your own anywhere anytime if you choose.
Dr. Susan is a Certified Yoga Therapist ( C-IAYT) and is available for private sessions. She remains devoted to the transmission of the ancient teachings of yoga and for providing tools to live life with abundant vitality & radiant health.
Cindy Bender is a 200-hour RYT certified Hatha Yoga teacher and a 500-hour KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She is currently completing her 500-hour KRI certified Kundalini Yoga teacher training. Cindy also regularly takes part in yoga training workshops and practicums. In addition to her professional yoga certifications and experience, she has worked in Training and Development and Employee Benefits roles for more than 30 years and has a BS degree in Business Administration from Eckerd College.
In 1986, Cindy began practicing yoga because of severe repeated asthma attacks requiring daily medications. With regular Yoga practice, she became able to breathe independently and has recognized the many additional unexpected gifts received from yoga: increased overall wellness and strength, less depression and fear, more confidence and openness to life, a greater sense of peace and safety – and much more.
Cindy sums up her teaching style as “skilled, present, open-hearted, interconnected, and fun”. She believes that EveryBody (and Any Body!) can practice yoga safely by doing what you can and not worrying about what you can’t do.
AHA! welcomes Dan after a career in the social work and substance abuse field. His passion has always been sports & fitness. After playing college baseball he returned to that sport in 2009, playing senior baseball at the age of 55. Despite being an avid golfer & fitness enthusiast, in 2011 he was diagnosed with bilateral Osteoarthritis of the hips & endured years of pain, while continuing to play baseball. After his move to Ft. Myers in 2014, his disease progressed, hip function worsened & replacements were essential in 2015-16. Following therapy he returned to his beloved baseball, making his comeback at Fenway South/JetBlue Stadium in the Roy Hobbs World Series. Having experienced years of pain & his successful comeback post-surgery, he decided he wanted to give back to others. He began his studies through the Athletic and Fitness Association of America & the National Academy of Sports Medicine, where he received his certification as a Certified Group Fitness Instructor &
Senior Fitness Specialist, and has certificates in Sunrise Yoga & Resistance/Circuit Training. He believes health & fitness are essential to quality of life for our older & health challenged populations. At 65, it's never too late to chase dreams!
Tamara is an eternal student of life. Sourcing and sharing information is one of her mantra’s.
As part of her study, she has discovered tools to replenish “well”-being on all levels- physically, emotionally, and spiritually, while balancing the demands of work, family, and life.One of these “tools” is Kundalini Yoga. Tamara’s nurturing presence is felt in her yoga teaching as she holds a safe space helping you connect with and empower the child, the peaceful warrior and the divine within.
Dr. Vindra Maharaj-Roy has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 1993 and has been teaching since 2000. She is grateful to have studied with the Iyengar family several times both in the US and in Pune, India. She continues her studies with Colleen Gallagher, Gloria Goldberg and Manouso Manos.
Vindra's unique, caring experience as a dentist in the past 30 years is reflected in her teaching. Her joy and dedication for yoga guides the student along the path to “Self” discovery and inner peace.
Sarah Nordin first began practicing yoga in 1998 as a means to stretch after a week of various sports. She was immediately drawn to the clarity of the Iyengar methodology and quickly realized there was so much more. Sarah is now an internationally certified Iyengar yoga teacher.
Her primary teachers are Marlene Mawhinney at the Yoga Center Toronto, and Suzie Muchnick at the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of Southwest Florida in Naples. However, Sarah has studied with many senior Iyengar teachers from numerous countries and is grateful to have been able to travel to Pune, India to study directly with the Iyengar family for the months of November 2012 and February 2014. Most recently Sarah passed her Intermediate Junior I assessment.
Sarah thoroughly enjoys teaching and sharing her passion, joy, and the life work of B.K.S Iyengar. She is committed to continual learning and strives for excellence in her teaching.
Sarah moved from Columbus, GA, in 2014 where she owned and ran a yoga studio for four years. She also holds an Honors BA in Economics.
“After practice I feel grounded, calm, focused,
happy, and content. This is how I want to live my life.”
In 1993 Vimla Maharaj attended her first Iyengar yoga class and there was no turning back. She has studied with the Iyengar family several times and in December of 2014 spent ten days studying in India with Geeta Iyengar. Her senior teachers are Gloria Goldberg and Manouso Manos, along with Patricia Walden, John Schumacher and Lois Steinberg. She is grateful for the guidance of all her teachers worldwide.
Vimla is now a Junior Intermediate 2 Iyengar Certified Yoga Teacher. Having grown up in Trinidad, West Indies, she brings the dynamic quality of her roots to her classes, sharing her knowledge with clarity and inspiration. Her 25 years as a dentist enhances her deep sense of caring. A spiritually vibrant person, Vimla encourages her students to use their bodies in order to connect with their inner being.
“Yoga practice gives us a complete set of tools
for the responsible care of our beings.”
Deb Rolfe is a 30- year student of yoga and has been mostly trained by Iyengar teachers. While first drawn to the physical practice of hatha yoga, the guidance of talented teachers helped her realize the powerful influences asanas, sutras, pranayama and meditation were having on her physically and mentally. Deb believes the discipline of a yoga practice has helped guide her through a stressful 35-year postal service career, childrearing, relationships, life threatening physical trauma and the PTSD which followed.
Deb first came to Health & Harmony in 2008 as a student and in 2013 completed the 200 hour teacher training. She is committed to introducing and sharing the benefits of this practice with others at a beginner level.
“I have found the therapeutic value of yoga
practice is always available, reliable and
profound in resolving dis-ease in my life.”
Originally an Emergency Medical Technician with many years of experience in ER's and a BS in Education from Ill. State University, Susan began her yoga journey at Health and Harmony Center with Kandy Love in 1998. She started teaching in 2000 and has continued to practice and study with Senior Iyengar teachers around the country. She earned her Iyengar Certification in 2015. She has also been certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists as a Yoga Therapist. Her passion is for not only the Asanas, but also the ancient philosophy of the Yoga Sutras. Her classes focus on the Iyengar methods of alignment, careful sequencing and modifications for students when needed. She believes that the aging process is part of life, but embracing the wisdom and practice of Yoga can make it a joyful journey.
CERTIFIED IAYT YOGA THERAPIST
“Opening your body with yoga
is like opening a beautiful gift.”
“I take my yoga seriously but try not to take myself too seriously. Laughter is always a part of my classes.”
“From the beginning yoga spoke to my heart, connecting me to myself in a way I didn’t know possible. I simply love
teaching! Enhancing the quality of people’s lives is a joy
and life purpose fulfilled.”
A yoga teacher for 28 years, Kandy Love is the founder of Health & Harmony. She has been a yoga practitioner since 1976. Traveling the U.S and around the world to study with B.K.S. Iyengar and his senior teachers have filled the past quarter century and enhanced her teaching style and skills. Passion, humor and astute observation mark Kandy’s continued high respect in the yoga community. She now specializes in private yoga for beginner to advanced students and in workshops.
To attain Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Kandy has studied with more than 20 senior teachers, primarily with Ramanand Patel, John Schumacher and Bobbi Goldin. She has been a member of the Iyengar Yoga Association since 1989. Her other certifications include Yoga for Scoliosis, Yoga for Special Needs, Laksmi Volker’s Chair Yoga, and Aqua Yoga..
Sondra Dansby came to yoga at age 50, has been practicing for over 24 years and has been teaching at Health & Harmony for over twenty years. She is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and has been an instructor in two Yoga Alliance Teacher Training programs. A Reiki Master, Sondra also has a strong background in Iyengar yoga, possesses a chair yoga teacher certification from Lakshmi Volker and is teacher trained in Yoga Away’s Viniyoga program. She’s also created a Yoga for Sleep program and a self massage program utilizing tennis balls for stress relief. She particularly enjoys restorative yoga and teaching with props. Sondra’s newest certification is Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance.