Inner Essence Yoga

91 Alafaya Woods Blvd
 Oviedo, Fl 32765
inneressenceyoga1@gmail.com
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Suzie Lopez
Inner Essence Yoga Teachers
Karen Gabriel
200 RYT
Suzie is a 200 hour certified Hatha Yoga teacher and owner of Inner Essence Yoga. Suzie discovered the joy of yoga through meditation. Using meditation to calm her mind and ease stress she discovered the physical practice of yoga and it changed her life forever! She has been teaching Yoga full time since 2009. She is skilled in all levels of yoga from gentle, Yin, Prenatal and therapeutic yoga as well as Hatha, Vinyasa and Power Flow. It is important to Suzie to educate the students of the proper alignment of their body in the posture to assure a safe and productive practice. Suzie truly believes that yoga is a life long wellness program of mind, body and spirit and feels Honored to be able to offer the wisdom of yoga to others to help give them the tools to care for themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually, in a loving and safe way. Suzie wants all students to feel confident and satisfied with their yoga practice and most of all have fun!






 RYT-500
  Registered Vinyasa Yoga Teacher

  Karen is a new Florida resident and thrilled to be a part of the Inner Essence family. Karen began her yoga journey about 15 years ago, like many, looking for variety in her exercise routine and a way to help relieve the common stresses of life. She never imagined what started in a gym as a somewhat quiet hour of stretching once a week would have such a strong impact on the rest of her life.  

  She introduced herself to various yoga styles including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram, Restorative,Vinyasa and Jivamukti. As her love of the yoga mind, body and spirit connection grew, she knew she could not keep this to herself and was inspired to help others develop a similar balance that they too could take from the mat into their everyday lives. She attained her 200 hour Vinyasa Certification from Always-At-Aum in Babylon, NY. Continuing her study, as of 2014, is registered as a RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance. She also holds certifications in Yoga Ed K-8, Working with Those at Risk, Prenatal Yoga, Silver Sneakers Chair Yoga, Group Exercise, Mat Pilates, CPR, First Aid and Reiki Practitioner.  

  Karen received her Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Management from St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, NY and enjoyed a wonderful career in telecommunications until deciding to retire in 2007 . She is blessed with two amazing sons and she and her husband share a life in Oviedo with their two crazy dogs.

  Karen considers herself the student each time she comes to her mat and learns from every teacher as well as those who attend her classes. She will be forever grateful to her guru, Robin, who shared her knowledge with grace and compassion. Karen's intention is to share her love of yoga in the same way, while creating a safe space for students to experience yoga in their own way and at their own pace.


Lisa McDonald
RYT 300, 
Lisa started her journey into Yoga after a series of stress-related anxieties started to surface causing physical pain and injury. Lisa started her first class at her gym, continued through a yoga studio and decided to take her journey to another level. She studied under Edely Wallace of Yoga Matrix in Orlando and became a 200 hour certified instructor. Lisa specializes in Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga and Gentle Yoga as well as meditation techniques and Vinyasa Flow classes. Lisa continues her yoga studies through continuing education, offering workshops and private lessons. Lisa strives to bring laughter into class, allowing students to relax and enjoy their experience without judgement. Lisa is certified in the following fields: 200 hour certified, Yoga Nidra and Meditation through the Kundalini Center and Yoga for Stress and Anxiety through Aura Wellness. Lisa has studied and taken master classes with Christopher Baxter, Baghavan Das, Mukti Buck and Tymi Howard.
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Mary McClung

200 hour Dharma Mitra 
Dharma Yoga Center New York

Mary’s classes incorporate love, peace and harmony. The sequencing she teaches are very alignment-oriented, challenging, and spiritual . The practice is geared towards all levels of students, as modifications are provided throughout the class. Mary also believes in keeping the classes fresh by keeping her education up to date. Join her for a revitalizing experience! 


Lauren Schuyler

200RYT
Lauren took her first yoga class in college and from the beginning she was hooked. As Lauren's practice began to deepen she knew that it was something that she wanted to share with others. In 2015 Lauren completed my 200 hour Registered Yoga teacher Training and began teaching right away. Lauren goal is to help her students step off the mat feeling balanced, peaceful and confident.  


Isaak Shtark
RYT 200  hour ERYT 
When I was introduced to yoga, I felt as if a missing puzzle piece was revealed through this practice. Without realizing it, I had been interested in uniting the breath, body, and mind since my youth. I'm inspired to live by that unity and share the practice of yoga and mindfulness to help others lead a happier and more peaceful life. I have been very fortunate to be deeply inspired by many teachers to further share the beauty and practice of all the aspects of Yoga. As a 200 hour ERYT, I am blessed to join this family and serve the community with the fruits of yoga and mindfulness.
Lori Wellen

A decade as a sports massage therapist, personal trainer and group exercise instructor led to Lori’s exploration of Yoga. Initially, she was looking for ways to better communicate body mechanics and alignment to her athletic clients. A slow start in Iyengar, Kundalini and Restorative styles provided her the language, passion and postural details she needed. The evolution of her own personal practice brought her to Ashtanga and other vinyasa flow styles. After 5 years of training with a variety of Southern California’s Yoga Works instructors, Lori moved back to Florida in 2003 and began teaching Power Flow style classes.
Lori’s classes tend to be playful, dynamic and welcoming. A solid foundation in Ashtanga gives her a solid platform from which to blend traditional postures with liberal, powerful sequences. She is happiest when teaching Hatha, Gentle and Power Flow, Ashtanga, Pranayama & Guided Meditation. Throughout each year Lori teams up with like-minded educators to offer workshops wherein breathwork, alignment, yoga anatomy and wellness topics are the focal points. Her intention is to remind her students to “keep it real”, honor themselves and make sure they are getting exactly what they want out of the practice. 
Lori’s respected teachers include, but are not limited to: Geo Takoma, David Swenson, Max Strom, Shiva Rea and Lewis Rothlein. She is forever grateful she has been taught something so beneficial, beautiful and uplifting – and so wonderful to share.



Teresa Lombardi Terrell 
200 RYT 
Bio 
Teresa began her yoga journey in 2002 while living in Gainesville, Florida with her husband Mark. She practiced Ashtanga yoga regularly for several years until she moved back home to Winter Park, Florida where she discovered Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. 
During her 20’s she was a dedicated martial artist in the style of Shaolin Kempo Karate, a system known for promoting wisdom, longevity, and overall strength. Like martial arts, yoga allows for the continued development of strength, flexibility, balance and mental focus, without the risk of the common injuries that martial arts can have on the adult body. Yoga was an excellent complement to her karate background. 
While studying for her 200 RYT at Full Circle Yoga in Winter Park, she transcended fear, self-doubt and physical limitations and began to honor what her body was capable of achieving without judgement. She has a daily practice of yoga, both spiritually and physically, meditation and mindfulness. 
Teresa is known for her compassion, patience and non-judgmental teaching style, as well as her playful and youthful side. Because of her love of travel, Teresa has practiced yoga with a number of teachers In various cities, incorporating what she has learned into her own unique teaching style. She will continue to be a student of yoga throughout her lifetime.