Hope began teaching yoga over 20 years ago. She received her certification at the Sivananda yoga ashram in upstate New York. She was and continues to be amazed and in wonder of the connected, centered, and wondrous joy and acceptance that the practice of yoga brings. She recently took a hiatus from teaching to complete a master’s program and received a nurse practitioner’s certification and practices with South MS Nephrology and Memorial Hospital, Gulfport. She has been inspired by all of her wonderful teachers along the way and is moved by the commitment and spirit of David Life and Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti yoga. She believes wholeheartedly that yoga is acceptable to all and that we collectively can assuredly make this world a more loving and better place one breath, one moment, one hug, one smile, one yoga practice at a time. She is very excited to begin sharing the practice of yoga again and being a part of the wonderful yogic spirit at River Rock Yoga.
Amber was first introduced to yoga by her grandmother, Dorothy Booth when she was a pre-teen. She began a regular practice around the age of 22 while attending The University of Mississippi. She was first certified to teach Yoga and Pilates through the American Fitness Professionals Association in 1999. In 2010, Amber was a member of the first class of DragonFly Yoga. She is the mother of three young men and a wonderful little girl! Amber is a Biology teacher currently employed with the St. Martin school district. She loves using the practice of Yoga to quiet the mind, empower the body and release the spirit. She enjoys helping people uncover renewed awareness about their own bodies; as well as, personally, to melt away the stresses of being a mother, a wife, and a school teacher!
Buck enjoys teaching yin classes: the stress on the skeletal body (bones, joints, tendons, ligaments) the movement of the fascia (integrating mesh that envelops the bones, muscles, and organs) deep within, and the meditative long (up to five minutes) holds to the poses. He looks forward to the honor of having you participate in a class.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CYT, E-RYT 500, Certified Pilates Teacher, Director
Moira is a Certified, Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher & Teacher Trainer, registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-500 hour Level. Sharing her love of yoga with students, directing programs and workshops at River Rock Yoga, and teaching workshops regionally, is her joy and her passion. Moira's classes offer students compassionate self-observation, gentle alignment cues and empowering vinyasa flow. Breath awareness and exploratory, joint freeing movement are also emphasized. The nurturing environment she creates in her sessions, as well as her understanding of anatomy and physiology, inspire a healthy, open body and a focused, relaxed mind.
"I encourage students to make peace with their bodies and to recognize their innate wisdom, and wholeness in class, and in their lives." Moira is continually inspired by the transformational, healing power, strength and peace generated by the practice of yoga. She sees the connection of mind, body and breath as means to be present in the here and now. Awareness of the present moment brings stillness and the ability to experience deep joy and contentment.
Moira is honored to have taken over 200 hours of alignment based yoga & philosophy workshops with Doug Keller. She has also studied with Erich Schiffman, and finds his freedom based yoga inspirational. Moira completed Shiva Rea's Vinyasa Flow Teacher training in 2004. It continues to be a major influence on her teaching style, as do her studies of Jivamukti yoga with Sharon Gannon & David Life. Moira teaches the energetic, body balancing core work of pilates, and is a Certified Pilates Instructor in the style of Balance Point Pilates.
Moira is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She spends two days a week teaching therapeutic yoga at a psychiatric center, using yoga to assist adults and adolescents dealing with PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, OCD, ADHD and Substance Abuse.
An English literature graduate of The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO, she minored in Performing Arts/Dance as well as Elementary Education, receiving an Elementary Teaching Certification.
Moira is a Certified Children's Yoga Teacher through The Asheville Yoga Center in Ashevile, North Carolina. She is co-director of the 200 hr Teacher Training Program at River Rock Yoga with Laura Tyree of Dragonfly Yoga, Fort Walton Beach, Fl., and co-teacher of the 500 hr program with J. J. Gormley of Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School.
Private instruction is available with Moira in Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Yoga Philosophy, Meditation and Pilates. 228-818-4522