our teachers


Lisa Waas

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Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Intermediate Junior I

IAYT- Certified Yoga Therapist

Director of Community Yoga + Wellness

Owner of Iyengar Yoga North Florida

Lisa revels in the accessibility and the intelligence of Iyengar Yoga. All classes use the systematic sequencing of poses to build skill, understanding, and capability from posture to posture, from class to class, and beyond. She can easily help the beginner gain access to the practice of yoga or move even the most advanced practitioner toward a more challenging practice. With the use of the appropriate props, any student can practice yoga. Knee, hip, shoulder, back and knee conditions can be accommodated in most of her classes with the Iyengar Yoga method and Lisa’s guidance.

A Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) is held to an unusually rigorous standard. Only after years of training and evaluation are they awarded their certification. Teachers modify the classic asanas (poses) for individual students with the use of props such as blocks, blankets, belts and chairs.

She is a Certified Yoga Therapist with credentials from IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists). 

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Ruthie Pizzo

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Yoga Teacher RYT200

Ruthie began practicing yoga 11 years ago and immediately fell in love.  She started studying Sivananda Yoga, and then Anunsara and Ashtanga. For the past five years, she has studied Iyengar Yoga with Lisa Waas.  Ruthie has attended workshops with Kathryn Budig, Stacey Milner-Collins, Cindy Olah, and Susan Marcus.  In 2014, she received her RYT200.  She teaches in a thoughtful align and flow style that is not quite vinyasa and not quite Iyengar, but always fun. When not standing on her head, she can be found spending time with her husband and picking pet hair off her clothes.


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Davis Burbank

Tai Chi Teacher

Davis has been practicing various forms and styles of Taiji and Quigong for over twenty years with extensive training here in the states and China. He enjoys a daily practice of meditation, breath work, self massage and the numerous energy arts for health and relaxation. 


OLIVIA johnson

Yoga Teacher- RYT

Olivia's journey with yoga began with a fractured foot, benching her from her active life of running and obstacle course racing. She fell in love with the myriad of benefits and now practices daily as a part of her personal health and wellness regime.  Olivia has also been engaged in a long-standing battle with chronic and genetic conditions, and attributes yoga, meditation, and a plant-based lifestyle as essential components to healing and wellness maintenance.  She loves to help guide others toward these research backed health promotion activities so that everyone can live as free from undesired, negative symptoms as is possible.

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Olivia has an extensive background in healthcare including a Master's Degree in Nursing, and several post-degree certifications including Health & Wellness Coaching. She is a 200 hr RYT and leads several types of classes including Vinyasa, Power, Restorative, and Rest/Recovery classes.  Olivia truly enjoys teaching yoga, as well as researching and educating others on nutrition, wellness promotion, and chronic illness management. When she's not teaching yoga, Mom'ing,  or obsessing over her cats, you're virtually certain to find her in the kitchen. 


karen langshaw

Pilates Instructor

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Karen has been involved in Pilates for the last 20 years and decided in 2011 to move to Atlanta and become a certified Pilates instructor. She studied with both Romona and Stotts studios and decided to work with Stotts. She did her certification and internship through Pilates Tutor, a Stotts certified studio in marietta, GA for two years. Her certifications are in mat, reformer and and prenatal mat. She is certified in beginner, intermediate and advanced in both mat and reformer. 


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Lynn Aiello-Lees

Yoga Teacher E-RYT 200

Lynn began seriously practicing yoga almost 20 years ago. She studied mostly in New Jersey taking Yin classes and Kripalu Yoga classes from Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies. She received her 200 hour certificate from Lourdes and is currently working on completing her 500 hour registration. She studied primarily with Nita Spielberg who is also a registered nurse.  Lynn is a E-RYT with over 1000 hours of teaching. When her parents became ill, she moved her business and her dog to florida to care for them. She became a teacher here as well, and has been teaching in North Florida for  over 4 years. She attends workshops in Florida, both for hours towards her 500 as well as to continue to learn. Lynn is an avid gardener, and has a garden design and maintenance business. When not working, she enjoys the woods with her beloved dog Gypsy.      


Eliza young

Yoga Teacher RYT 200

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Eliza has practiced yoga throughout her lide to maintain strength and flexibility. She is a breast canceer survivor and has used the practice for her own health. Her passion is sharing hte healing benefits of yoga through gentle flow and restorative classes. She is a RYT 200 teacher and Christina Phipps Certified Yoga for Cancer Survivor teacher. Eliza teaches the Mindful Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Warrior Yoga classes. 


Cheryl Hines

Yoga Teacher RYT 200

Cheryl, a cheerful resident of Amelia Island, also has a deep connection to her roots in New England, especially New Hampshire. She feels tremendous gratitude to be able to teach in both places. With a deep love for both yoga and Mother Nature, combining the two is her passion.

Cheryl’s dynamic classes fuse the many of styles of yoga she has practiced for the last twelve years. She draws from Anusara, Ashtanga, Power, Mind/Body, Yin, Bhakti, Vinyasa Beat Flow, Kripalu, and Bikram yoga. She has also attended Hemi­Sync Meditations as well as restorative yoga workshops. Cheryl is living proof that your yoga can become an active meditation with immeasurable benefits to the body and mind. Her practice truely came off the mat during a family loss, and has been instrumental in her healing process.

Cheryl is a RYT 200 Teacher and a Stand­Up Paddle Board Yoga and Fitness Teacher.

Forever thankful for her first yoga class, Cheryl found a wonderful mix of length, strength, balance, all with a touch of softness, mind connection, and breath. She wants your first class to be all of this and more. As your teacher it is her intention to bring you a bit deeper into your yoga practice one step at a time, and she invites you to come and discover your inner strength together. Where we find nature, we find solitude, peace, and reflection. May we grow and sway together like trees in this wonderful practice of yoga.