Jane Hlis

Position:Yoga Teacher RYT-200
Experience:Graduated KLY 2019
Biography:
I recently completed my yoga teacher training through Key Largo Yoga studio under the guidance of her mentor, Kathy Shirley. I am also a licensed physical therapist and owner of Atlantic Sportcare, Inc, in Key Largo, FL. I have been actively practicing physical therapy 33 years specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine. I received my BS degree, double majoring in biology and physical education and a minor in psychology, from Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, and played Division I scholarship tennis. In addition, I attained my physical therapy degree from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. My interest in yoga stemmed from my medical and sports background, knowing my body needed much “love” both physically and mentally from competitively pounding the tennis courts for 20 years and realizing it was catching up with me. My physical practice began about 4 years ago and I quickly felt not only the physical benefits, but also the mental and spiritual changes as I found my way of thinking was definitely and naturally changing. I was “sold” on that combination and have never looked back. I look forward to expanding my yoga knowledge and practice while integrating and sharing my technical medical background with the Upper Keys community!!

Logan Cannon

Position:Yoga Teacher, RYT-500, C-IAYT
Experience:RYT 2015, IAYT 2019
Biography:
I was born and raised in Nebraska; I have also lived in the mountains of northern Georgia, Colorado, as well as Wyoming, just outside of Yellowstone. In 2015, the Universe put all of the pieces together and I traveled to India to complete my RYT-200. In January 2017, I moved to Florida to study yoga therapy. Throughout this specialized training, I learned to work with a wide range of specific conditions and populations while implementing safety considerations for chronic health concerns as well as musculoskeletal imbalances. I completed the program in June 2019. After years of living in the mountains, I never imagined the pull and magic of the ocean and our Keys community, so I’m choosing to put roots down here. When I’m not sharing yoga, I enjoy time on the water paddleboarding and snorkeling or exploring the beautiful underwater world through SCUBA. Some of my other loves include avocados, books, plants, time in a rocking chair or hammock, belly laughs with friends, and cooking for those I love.

Kathy Shirley

Position:Owner, B.S. Psy, M.A. Edu., E-RYT 500, YACEP, RCYT
Experience:Certified February 2009
Biography:
I began practicing yoga at home 17 years ago and loved it but never really committed to a full on practice. When I attended my first real yoga class with Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois 9 years ago, I fell in love with this ancient practice. A year later, I traveled to Costa Rica to complete my 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training and am currently registered with the Yoga Alliance. In the spring of 2014, I traveled to Rishikesh, India for a 6 week intensive training in Hatha Yoga to complete my 500 YTT. The last 8 years, I have been teaching yoga and sharing my passion for this transformative practice. Like many yogis, I had longed for me connection to my spiritual side and yoga has helped me find that missing link. After teaching for 5 years, I decided it was time to take a leap of faith and open the North Studio in May. I just had to share this journey with as many people as possible! Later in November of 2014 we opened the South location to continue to grow the yoga community and spread the love of yoga. I hope this journey finds each and every one of you! My philosophy on yoga or what it means to me to act from a state of yoga is very simple. I have two famous texts that I read from daily, The Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. These two ancient texts have transformed my way of thinking and being. Two quotes from the Gita play a vital role in my daily living. The Gita states, yoga is "skillfulness in action" and "Yoga is equanimity and equilibrium". These quotes show me my capacity as a yogi to be able to act skillfully to produce positive results in all aspects of my life, on and off the mat. When I am faced with life's challenge that bring up fears, my ego and limitations of my mind, I am better able to remain in a calm state and approach the situation with evenness. I am not always successful, but I work on this daily and remind myself of these quotes when I am feeling out of balance or am faced with challenges that are difficult to face. Then Patanjali says that "Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind". Ahhh, he clearly states that the practice of "yoga" is the ability to still the mind and release the ego. If only it were that easy to allow the monkey mind to quiet and live in the moment every single day. This is why I practice. My daily sadhana on and off my yoga mat is how I experience my world. I realize that my practice fluctuates and changes but my commitment to my practice never wanes and it brings me closer to freedom one baby step at a time!

Kat Wheatley

Position:Studio Manager, Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 200, YACEP
Experience:Certified May 2013
Biography:
Katharine “Kat” Wheatley was certified as a RYT-200 in 2013 with YogaWorks and is a registered member of Yoga Alliance. Kat was trained as a classical ballet dancer, studying and performing for nearly 18 years with the Fletchers and with the Land of the Sky Civic Ballet in Asheville, NC. Kat started practicing yoga occasionally at a gym almost 25 years ago, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she committed to a steady and (almost) daily practice of yoga. Kat is currently manager of Key Largo Yoga and in addition to overseeing workshops and special events, she manages the schedule, our team of teachers, and our social media connections. Kat subs classes when the regular teacher is unavailable and as such can teach any level of Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Aerial, Gentle, SUP Yoga, and Yin. Kat continues her education as often as possible through her own practice, with her mentor Kathy Shirley, and by attending multiple workshops, conferences and events throughout the year. Join Kat for her Yoga Essentials class, Yin Yoga, Hatha Basics or her Friday afternoon Fun Flow, or stop in to the studio office to say hello!

Tennille Dinon

Position:Yoga Teacher
Experience:Certified June 2013
Biography:
My journey into yoga began in 1996, as a Freshman in college.  Hatha Yoga was the perfect baseline for me and exactly what I needed at the time. It taught me how to relax, strengthen and stretch my body. I resonated with the philosophy, alignment, and lineage of Hatha Yoga and pursued my first YTT in 1998.  After graduation, I backpacked and mountaineered around Central and South America teaching yoga as a means to continue traveling. Vinyasa was the next exploration of my yoga journey, it became a healing practice for me and a step into meditation. I pursued another YTT within that modality.  Settling down in 2001 on a small island off the coast of Panama I met a Kundalini guide who shared with me the teachings of Yogi Bujan and the technology of Kundalini. The depths of this practice had a profound effect on my emotional, energetic, mental, physical and spiritual body, SO QUICKLY! I indulged, studied and practiced allot.  Teaching and sharing the tools I use, that work for me, with others. Moving back to America in 2017, I felt compelled to continue sharing this work and I am excited for the ever-unfolding path to peace. SAT NAM

Jessica Okaty Graham

Position:Yoga Teacher, RYT
Experience:Certified May 2015
Biography:
Jessica Okaty Graham is a teacher at heart, as she loves gaining and sharing knowledge. She has taught many age groups ranging from early childhood development classes at Gymboree Play & Music to Ecology of South Florida at Florida International University. She currently teaches 6th grade science and reading at Keys Gate Charter School and Yoga at Key Largo Yoga.  Jessica’s love of learning has led her to obtain both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies. She has many interests such as music, dance, reading, food, travel, and nature. She added yoga to that list in 2005 when she took a course with Andrea Seidel at FIU and it has remained an important part of her life ever since.

Anjana Morris

Position:Teacher
Experience:RYT 200 since May 2015
Biography:
Anjana Morris was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.  She went to Wake Forest University for her undergraduate studies and came back to Birmingham for her graduate studies in Public Health and Developmental Psychology at UAB.  She took her first yoga class in college with a friend, but sadly, she didn't enjoy it at all!  She found it cheesy and uncomfortable and well...just not her thing.  It wasn't until she was in graduate school in 2012 that a friend convinced her to give yoga another try, and she reluctantly agreed - after all, her upper back was always sore and she was willing to try anything!  That class, however, was much different from her first experience - not only did she feel substantially less tension in her back after one class, but she also felt more flexible and energetic for the entire rest of the day.  From then on, she was hooked! 

Jessica Shafer

Position:Yoga Teacher, RYT
Experience:Certified April 2017
Biography:
Jessica grew up in Syracuse, NY and moved to Key Largo in 2007.  She graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelors in Inclusive Education and a masters in Special Education and taught 2/3rd graders in NY for six years before moving to the Keys to take a teaching position at Key Largo School where she primarily works with students who have severe disabilities.  Looking for a stress release and another form of exercise besides training in the gym, Jess started practicing yoga back in 2013.  After seeing all of the benefits yoga had to offer both on and off the mat she started working on her children's yoga certification so she could bring yoga to first, her own students and then eventually all of Key Largo School.  The next step was to obtain her 200 HR RYT which she did right here at Key Largo Yoga in April 2017.  

Diana Sweeney

Position:Yoga Teacher, RYT
Experience:Certified April 2017
Biography:
I was a "Jazzerciser" and aerobic dancer for twenty years and even taught aerobic dance classes. In 2007 I had an opportunity to attend a yoga class and really enjoyed the stretching yoga offered and started regularly attending class. In the next couple of years I  suffered great losses in my family. I started to realize that my time on my mat was helping with more than stretching - it was helping me find a peaceful mind. In 2012 I under went major surgery on my neck and afterward I was not sure a yoga asana practice would be possible for me again. But I had to try, and received my doctors approval to start my yoga practice with no headstands. I became stronger everyday, yoga was helping me gain strength and also helping me accept what would never be the same. I have been a student of Kathy Shirley since 2011 when I first came to Key Largo. In October 2016 I started Yoga teacher training with Key Largo Yoga. I wanted to learn more about the spiritual part of yoga. It was a truly uplifting and humbling experience. There was so much that I learned but there is also so much more to learn. I finished the yoga teacher training in April 2017 and I am now a 200 hour RYT, which is just the beginning.  

Damian Groark

Position:Yoga Teacher
Experience:Certified April 2017
Biography:
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  I grew up playing organized sports from 5 years old all the way through college.  I attended Widener University and graduated with a BS in Hospitality Management.  After college I worked my way up the ranks running the premium service departments at the arena that hosted Philadelphia's professional basketball and hockey teams.  In October of 2003 I was given an opportunity to work and live in the keys and enjoy the "island" lifestyle, saying good bye to the cold, grey, rainy Philly winters, and have not looked back since.  I was first introduced to yoga around 2011 when I attended several Ashtanga classes at the Pattabhi Jois studio in Islamorada.  I officially got the yoga bug in May of 2013 when Kathy opened Key Largo Yoga.  I initially enjoyed the physical practice of yoga, building strength and flexibility and losing weight, however this quickly evolved into seeking out the mental and spiritual aspects of yoga.  After four years of consistent daily practice and several workshops I finally decided to take the next step in my journey and signed up for 200 hour yoga teacher training in October of 2016 and graduated in April of 2017.  

Lacey Devin

Position:Yoga Teacher, RYT
Experience:Certified April 2017
Biography:
I am originally from Newtown Square, Pennsylvania where I taught gymnastics to all ages for 8 years. I moved to Key Largo in 2009 after visiting for many years with my family. I have been an avid yoga practitioner for 3 years after practicing on and off since I was 16. In April of 2017 I completed my 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Program with Key Largo Yoga.