Instructor Bios

Cheryl Van Demark, PT  E-RYT 500 Yoga & Fitness

NewCHheadshotCheryl is credentialed with the Yoga Alliance at an E-RYT500 level as a Registered Yoga Teacher and Educator.  As a Yoga Therapist, she serves as a faculty member for Integrative Yoga Therapy where she received her credential.

Cheryl is also a practicing Physical Therapist with a Master’s degree in physical education and exercise science.  She has enjoyed 30 years of helping individuals optimize alignment, restore movement, build strength and cultivate a balance in body, mind and spirit to pursue joyful living.

Cheryl received her undergraduate and graduate education in physical therapy through Northern Arizona University.  Cheryl’s uses her Integrative Health and Yoga training  to empower clients with self care to complement their health care.  Her perspective as a physical therapist and experience as a health educator enable her to adapt Yoga practices and explain philosophy to bring the many health benefits of Yoga into the mainstream.

Cheryl received her initial 200 hr Yoga teacher training through Yoga Shala in Prescott under Cain Carroll.  She guest lectures on anatomy for yoga teacher training programs. Cheryl is a member of the Yoga Alliance, the International Association of Yoga Therapists and The American Physical Therapy Association.

Lynne Minton, E-RYT 500
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Lynne Minton took her first yoga class while in college, at the YMCA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.   She enrolled in the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco’s Teacher Training Program the summer of 1980.  She was certified to teach yoga by BKS Iyengar in 1984.

Lynne founded the Inner Dance Yoga Studio in 1982 in Anchorage, Alaska and oversaw  its growth and development into a thriving center with 20 plus instructors for the next 26 years . She  started the Inner Dance Teacher Training program in 1999 which  trained over 100 yoga teachers in the 8 years of her  oversight of the program.   Lynne sold the Inner Dance Yoga Studio in 2008.   She now travels the country and the world teaching yoga wherever she is invited.

Lynne  draws inspiration from yoga on and off the mat,  attending local classes and  sharing practice with others . She honors her  teachers of  the Iyengar  tradition, Judith Lasater, Donald Moyer,  and  Fr. Joe Pereira .   Self-Realizaion Fellowship, Paramahansa Yogananda’s organization, to which she was first exposed in 1978 is another continuing source of upliftment.

Lynne and her husband, Jim. have been married since 1978.  Together they enjoy camping, flying, overseas travel and their wonderful community of family and friends. Lynne also loves to sing, hula, play her ukelele,  garden, bike and hike.  They relocated to Prescott, Arizona in 2011 where they are broadening their circle of community.

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Beth Rossi, RYT, Mixed Level Yoga

Beth Rossi first started practicing yoga in 1996 .Beth’s deepest desires as a yoga teacher come from her perspective of bringing in spiritual practice as a guideline for the asanas by inviting the heart to open and our true nature to shine through. There is a generosity that comes from the holiness of being present with ourselves. Beth reminds her students of this sacred act of dropping in, and invites you to use your practice as the platform for the rest of your life.

Ann Curry, RYT, Monthly Yoga Challenge

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Ann Curry, RYT, PA-C, has been a practitioner of meditation and yoga for the past 15 years.  She completed her first formal yoga training in Philadelphia in 2004 and most recently delved into Yoga of the Heart for people with heart disease and cancer. She has taught to a large range of populations and brings an unassuming warmth and openness into her classes.

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Kara Gandy
GROUP FITNESS

Kara is a mother of three beautiful children and the owner of Ohana Nails in Chino Valley.  She is a certified in group fitness through LIFETIME, and holds certification to teach R.I.P.P.E.D. and Barre classes.

Kara grew up as a gymnast, rode dirt bikes and says there was never a sport she would not try.  Fitness has been a priority in her life.  She hopes to inspire people to get on the right track to living a more healthy and productive lives.

“I love to be that inspiring person to motivate people to work hard to the best of their ability and see the results it brings.“

Kara’s classes  make working out fun! She keeps the environment positive and encouraging so people can see that their fitness or weight management goals are attainable

“I build a personal trust relationship with each individual client so that they know they matter and their goals are just as important to me as well as them.”

Before and After PhotoMaria Reinhold, Group Fitness

When I made the decision to become healthy wasn’t because I wanted to just to be skinny, I made the decision because my doctor gave me an ultimatum for being over weight (210lbs), anemic, borderline diabetic, suffering high blood pressure.

I was ready to enter the doors of the gym with my self esteem low, scared of the laughter of others. But, God is always good. Little by little, I started to love more and more my new lifestyle. Between  my fitness classes, personal training, anew Daniel Fast Vegan diet and amazing friends, I was on my way to become the healthiest and strong body that God created when He gave me life. Taking caring of my spirit and His Temple (my body), has been a challenge that I’m willing to keep fighting, not only for me, but for many of those that are in the same situation that I was.

Aside from my fitness classses, I have a photography business [Aniela Photo Art] and am a full time housewife and stepmom of two amazing boys.
I want to help and encourage other people to ignite their own Fitness Journey and become healthy. “You don’t need to be great to start, all you need is to start to be great!”
Maria Reinhold [Faith 2b Strong Fitness]
Certified ACE Personal Trainer
Certified LifeTime Group Fitness Instructor

Mary Byrne, Pi Yo

Mary has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years. She shares her passion for fitness with clients through personal training and group classes. She is excited to bring PiYo to the Body Language studio. She holds certifications with ACE, AAFA, YMCA and Beachbody.

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Mary Heller, MFA ( Master of Fine Arts)  is a veteran dance educator and scholar who has taught in studios, schools and Higher Ed for 28 years.  Mary received her MFA though Florida State Universty.  She is the Artistic Director and principle choreographer of her own professional pick-up dance company, Shared Ground. Mary is certified in the Artistry 2 level of the première national Dance Fitness Experience, BeMoved® designed by Sherry Zunker.

Read more about Mary Heller at her web site http://marychoreographer.com

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Scott Hipp began his formal martial arts training in 1974 when he joined the Jimmy H. Woo Association under Sifu Ron Van Browning. He received his black belt from Master Larry Dusatko in 1982 and became a certified instructor in 1985. He has been a member of the International Kung-Fu San Soo Association (IKFSSA) since its inception.  Scott has alsostudied Judo, Akido and Shito-Ryo Karate. Today, Scott continues his San Soo training under Master Jerry Druckerman.

 

CV REview PhotoElyse April: Tao Kung

Tao Kung was developed by JinJin in Indonesia Elyse has studied 13 years with his French student, Pali Finger-Penfornis.  Elyse’s background in community theater and child protective services has woven a twenty-five years tapestry of working and playing with children, teens and adults (some under great stress in their lives)  Using creative and innovative methods, Elyse has attempted to awaken those individuals in her care to a great possibility. “It has tempered me into a person who can truly “listen.” Read more about Elyse in this Chino Valley Review meet your neighbor feature

Elyse holds both a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Education and Theater Arts.

Donna Casey: The Dance Studio Too

DANCE TRAINING AGES 3 AND UP.

I began my dance career at the early age of 4  in Phoenix, AZ and continued with my passion through High School and College. Completing a dream of mine, I moved here 18 years ago to Prescott to open my own studio. I am continuing with the dream opening my second dance studio called “The Dance Studio Too” here in Chino Valley.

My “PASSION” for my craft is deep rooted in my soul. Many of my students have gone on to dance professionally in venues such as Disneyworld in Florida, to Five Star Shows in Las Vegas, New York, and all over the world.  A few talented students have captured DMA titles in Arizona Regional competitions.

Building healthy bodies, Strong minds and positive personalities, students learn the benefit of giving back to the community by giving themselves.

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