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.
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.
Amy found her home in yoga many years ago beginning in the Inyengar tradition. The motivating force behind her teaching style is the use of breath to facilitate the meditative quality of moving to join body and mind. Thankful to have found a way to reach personal peace and balance on a regular basis, Amy is committed to helping her students deepen their own body body-mind connection through yoga, including achieving health and stress reduction. Her classes are nurturing, while they support personal and physical growth and evolution. Amy teaches Tuesday 8:30 am Vinyasa Flow, helps out at the front desk, often substitutes for other classes, and is available to teach Yoga privately.