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.

Martha Bond, E-RYT 500, Monthly Yoga Challenges   

Martha is both a yoga teacher and yoga therapist.  Martha’s introduction to Yoga arrived on a rainy day in grade school, when a brilliant substitute teacher used Yoga in lieu of recess to appease a classroom of 10 year olds. As an adult she called on Yoga to guide her through pregnancy and childbirth.   Later she discovered the healing benefits of Yoga while coping with a congenital spinal condition. As her practice transformed the physical, it initiated a journey of self-actualization.

She began teaching Yoga classes in 2003. Completing her 200hr certification in Okinawa, Japan. Where she went on to earn certifications as a Pre-Postnatal Yoga Teacher, ACE certified Personal Trainer, Fitness instructor and Life Coach. In addition, she completed an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training in Tokyo, Japan.

Narrowing her focus on Yoga used in therapeutic settings, she went on to complete her 500hr certification in Yoga Therapy at the Ananda Seva Mission in Santa Rosa, CA. She is certified in Thai Yoga Therapy through The White Lotus Yoga Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA and Thai Yoga Massage through the Thai Traditional School of Medicine in Bangkok, Thailand.

Fulfilling her commitment to personal and professional growth, Martha consistently attends continuing education workshops and retreats throughout the year. She has accumulated over 1500 hours of studies in Yoga philosophy, ayurveda, asana, anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. With over 3500 hours of teaching experience, Martha’s offerings are a blend of knowledge, skill and intuition. Infused with the belief that there is a right yoga practice for everyone.

Lynne Minton, E-RYT 500. Monthly Yoga Challenges

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.

Maria Castaneda, R.I.P.P.E.D.

ME_002Maria Casteneda became interested in fitness since her doctor gave her an ultimatum for being over weight. She succeeded in losing over 30 lbs using R.I.P.P.E.D. to keep her on track in her wellness journey.  She wants to encourage others to ignite their own! Maria fell in love with the R.I.P.P.E.D. great full body workout and decided to became a certified R.I.P.P.E.D. Instructor. Maria recently moved to Arizona from Texas. She has a Photography business and is a stepmom to two amazing boys. Read about Maria’s fitness transformation in this Chino Valley Review feature article :  http://cvrnews.com/main.asp?SectionID=74&SubSectionID=114&ArticleID=60206&TM=58809.16

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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 26 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, Common Ground. Mary is certified in the Artistry 2 level of the première national Dance Fitness Experience, BeMoved® designed by Sherry Zunker.

In somatics her specialty is Heller Barre Practice®,    (a Floor Barre informed by Pilates on the reformer, Gyrotonics® on the tower, Ashtanga Yoga in the Vinyassa Style, Anusara Yoga, Fred Alexson Floor Barre, Karen Williamson Floor Barre, and Homer Bryant Floor Barre)

Ballroom Dance & More

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Dawn Ramallo-Wilson

began teaching ballroom dance with Arthur Murray Studios in 2001.  She is the former owner of Five Cities Dance Pavilion of Arroyo Grande, Ca. Dawn’s expertise in teaching both the “Lead” and the “Follow” for Ballroom, Latin, Country and Swing dances is extensive.She also enjoys teaching Line dancing.
Dawn believes, “Dancing is for Fun” and is known for being a patient and fun instructor. Dawn has helped many Brides and Grooms prepare for their first dance. More advanced dancers have attended her workshops on Cuban Motion, Proper Footwork, Stylizing and Rise and Fall.
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or an advanced dancer, Dawn has tips and pointers to help you look good when dancing.  Dawn is available for private lessons in : Waltz, Fox Trot, American Tango, Argentine Tango, Rumba, Cha-cha, Salsa, Samba, Hustle, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Country 2-step, Nightclub 2-step, Foxy or Merengue.

Read this interview with Dawn: http://cvrnews.com/main.asp?SectionID=74&SubSectionID=114&ArticleID=59978&TM=59609.91

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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