Mary Ann has lived in Ocean Springs since 1991. She started practicing yoga in 2006 as a way to recover from the physical stress of Katrina, but found the practice transformational and decided to delve deeper into yoga by becoming a teacher. A graduate of the first class of Dragonfly Yoga coming out of River Rock, she has been teaching yoga since 2009. She is an E-500 hour RYT having trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga in Lenox, Massachusetts with Jonathon Foust, Larissa Hall Carlson, Devarshi Hartman, and Dr. Scott Blossom. Mary Ann also has a special interest in and is working on her certification to teach Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga, through the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. Off the mat, she writes poetry and fiction and is a writer with both an MA in literature and an MFA in creative writing. She has recently taken up surfing.
Shawn lives in Ocean Springs where she grew up and is a 1985 graduate of Ocean Springs High School. While raising two children she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from the University of MS in 1995. In May of 2001, seeking relief from depression and back pain associated with living with Scoliosis, she attended her first yoga class and became a devoted student of yoga ever sense. From the teachings of an eclectic mix of teachers and traditions, Shawn completed the requirements to become registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200hr level in 2004. She has been teaching at River Rock Yoga since the humble beginnings envisioned by her first teachers and together with Moira is so grateful to be able to continue to share the gift of yoga with others along the Gulf Coast and the many students that return year after year on their travels. Shawn is currently working toward completing the hours required for obtaining registration at the 500hr level with Yoga Alliance and certification through Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School. She is also a Second Degree Reiki Practitioner and “Connected Warriors” Yoga Instructor. Shawn’s classes are for students just beginning the path of yoga and for those that enjoy a more therapeutic, gentler and restorative experience. “With over 12 years of experience, Shawn brings a quiet and natural presence to support your practice both emotionally and physically,” Moira Anderson.
Anita Brooks is originally from Washington, DC and has lived on the coast since 1991. She is the president of her own company ASB Marketing, LLC. She began her yoga practice in January 2001 to help build strength and cope with back problems. Although she enjoyed the amazing physical benefits of her practice, she fell in love with yoga for the soulful peace she experienced from the merging of mind, body and spirit. Through her personal practice, classes and workshops with several national yoga teachers including Doug Keller, Raye Lynn Rath, Cora Wen and Baxter Bell, Anita has refined and improved her yoga skills. Her focus is primarily in the Anusara yoga tradition. She is passionate about living her yoga and enjoys sharing this passion with new beginner students.
Lyn’s search for peace and self-understanding led her to yoga more than a decade ago, and she continues that journey today as a yoga teacher and student. As a teacher, Lyn believes yoga is accessible to everyone, and she teaches from a place of respect for what each person brings to the mat. Her intention is to create a nurturing space that supports each student’s deep connection with self. Her teaching emphasizes breathing fully, moving mindfully, and practicing kindness and gentleness toward oneself. “I encourage students to listen within, to understand what they are seeking in the practice, to allow the practice to serve their highest good.”
Lyn trained through Dragonfly Yoga School at River Rock for her 200-hour certification and has been teaching since 2009. She gives many thanks to her teachers, including Moira Anderson, Laura Tyree, Nancy Allen, Susan Culpepper, Cheryl Catronbone, Baxter Bell, JJ Gormley, Chase Bossart, Cora Wen, Leif Anderson, and Suzanne Green River.