Meet Your Teachers…

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Christine Northcote

OWNER & DIRECTOR
Christine caught onto yoga while living and working in Southern California in the late 90’s and has been on her mat ever since. She took ownership of Full Circle Yoga and pours her heart and energy into the studio and the 7 weekly classes and annual teacher training she leads. When taking a class with Christine, you can expect motivating, clear, and concise instruction throughout a progressive, vinyasa-based journey that is just as mindful as it is vigorous. She encourages her students to be positive, present and consciously breathing. She is Yoga Alliance-certified by Prana Vinyasa®, and has over three thousand teaching hours and countless continuing education hours. She believes that yoga is the ultimate work-out because it is also a “work-in,” where the effort put forth on the mat not only transforms our bodies, but also teaches us to work through challenges calmly and inspires us to return to our natural state, which is more peaceful and content.
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Elizabeth Bliach

MANAGER
Elizabeth moved to Orlando in 2009 to further her education as a dancer/choreographer. While searching for a studio in Winter Park, she found Full Circle Yoga and decided this was the place she needed to be. Yoga has become an essential part in her life. Elizabeth enjoys the positive energy she gets from stimulating the body through specific movements. Noticing the breath and clearing the mind allows her to soak up all the benefits, mentally and spiritually. Whether it be through a vigorous flow or through guided mediation, she is always coming to the mat with an open mind to deepen her practice. Elizabeth is a graduate from the Full Circle Yoga Teacher and teaches vinyasa-based classes. She is loved by FCY students for her big heart and the passion that she shares everyday.
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Jim Highland

In 2011, after his first few practices at Full Circle Yoga, Jim realized that yoga was so much more than a work-out. For him, it was the perfect blend of effort, compassion, and surrender—exactly what he was seeking after many years of athletic training, offset by long hours as a professional engineer. Yoga sparked a new, calmer way of being as he navigated through the peaks and valleys of his life. A graduate of the Full Circle Yoga Teacher Training, Jim’s instruction is patient and lighthearted. In his classes, he creates a well-blended tonic of stillness and energy that will leave you feeling like your true, bright and balanced self.
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Sarah Burnett

Sarah Burnett shares her passion for healing and connection through yoga, counseling, and essential oils. During her travels throughout Southeast Asia, India, Bali, New Zealand, and Australia, she discovered her love of yoga and established a daily mindfulness practice after learning Transcendental Meditation. Sarah completed her yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India, in 2013. She teaches power alignment yoga classes—focused on breath, movement, and play—that are challenging, yet accessible for all practitioners. Sarah is a Certified AcroYoga Teacher and shares this beautiful partner practice through the Orlando Acro Club, classes at local studios, and workshops throughout Florida and Costa Rica. As a Mental Health Counselor, Play Therapist, and Kids’ Yoga Teacher, Sarah specializes in helping kids find their path to peace and clarity using a holistic mindfulness approach.
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Cindy Ichikawa

Cindy is a long time surfer and lover of the ocean! Seeking serenity on dry land, Cindy fell in love with yoga in 2010 and became an avid yogini at FCY.

Cindy was trained and certified by Full Circle Yoga. She applies many of the same principles from surfing to her yoga practice, as well as  the classes she leads: a feeling of peacefulness and zen, fluidity and fun!

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Arjun Dhingra

Arjun was first exposed to yoga in 2006 by his aunt, a yoga teacher of over forty years. He quickly learned the power of yoga and knew it would be part of his life forever. In 2010, Arjun spent three months backpacking around Europe teaching yoga to friends and strangers. That was when he realized the joy of sharing yoga with others. Arjun wants his students to leave feeling they have grown not only physically, but mentally, as well. In his classes you will find inspirations from powerful vinyasa flow, hatha, Ashtanga, and traditional yoga. He believes yoga is a journey, and that through unity of breath, mind, and body, anything is possible.
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Reka Gimes

Reka is a long-time yogini. She started practicing yoga in 1999 with Christine Northcote. She loved the way yoga made her feel, inside and out. She has used her practice throughout the years to bring more balance into her life. Trained and certified at Full Circle Yoga, Reka’s instruction is fun, well-rounded, and easy to follow. Reka teaches Mommy & Baby Yoga, held on Thursdays at 10:30am.
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Kristen Schneider

Kristen Schneider first discovered and fell in love with yoga in China in 2009. She earned her 200-hour teacher training while living in India in 2010. Kristen’s style is compassionate and light-hearted. Her flow classes can be vigorous, creative, and fun. She often incorporates vinyasas with challenging balancing poses and optional, inspiring arm balances. In addition to leading yoga classes, Kristen is an Ayurveda (Indian Medicine) consultant, speaker and author.
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Asha Morales

From the time Asha was born, she was blessed to have yoga in her life. Asha’s family was part of a contemporary tantric yoga community that focuses on self-realization and service to humanity and was taught meditation and hatha yoga at the age of four. As an adult, Asha was introduced to the Westernized class format of asana and loves this dynamic approach. As a humble and grateful student, she has studied with her primary teachers, Lewis Rothlein and Christine Northcote and attended many different workshops and trainings with other well-known and respected teachers throughout the country. Asha strives to provide an environment that is a catalyst to transformation on all levels, with an emphasis on breath, alignment, and intuition. With passion and dedication she teaches yoga from the heart, mind, body, and soul.
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Bianca Khoury

Bianca grew up dancing in the Orlando area from the age of four. Her passion for dance carried on through high school and college. Upon graduating from Rollins College, Bianca took over a dance studio that she owned and operated for nine wonderful years. Along her dance journey, Bianca developed a strong passion for yoga, Pilates, and all forms of fitness. In 2011, Bianca turned her “sometime” yoga practice into a daily routine. This new lifestyle had such a positive impact on her own life, she knew it was her path to bring the wonderful practice of yoga to all around her. While she has yet to meet a yoga class or style she doesn’t love, Bianca tends to lean towards more vigorous flows and practices. With over a decade of teaching dance, Pilates, and barre fitness, you can expect a strong focus on alignment and body awareness when partaking in one of Bianca’s classes.
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Marilyn Glasser

Marilyn has been with Full Circle Yoga since it opened its doors in 2003. She has over 20 years of yoga experience, as well as a background in dance training, dance therapy, and teaching aerobics. She has learned from many teachers of different yoga styles and has been especially inspired by Rodney Yee, Erich Schiffman, and Max Strom. Her teaching of awareness, flow, and alignment is a tapestry woven from these threads. Her classes are challenging and inspiring. Marilyn believes that teaching is a sweet blessing, and each class is a blissfully conscious awakening.
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Kelli Coon

As a classically trained ballet dancer, Kelli was instantly drawn to the fluidity and creativity of vinyasa flow. Inspired by her teacher, Christine Northcote, she quickly fell in love with the way synchronizing breath and movement freed her mind. She lives and teaches by the philosophy that life should be approached with gratitude and an open heart. A graduate of the Full Circle Yoga Teacher Training, Kelli’s encouragement and precise instruction cultivate mindfulness and body awareness that will inspire you on and off the mat.
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Grace Guevera

Light-hearted and free-spirited, Grace leads each class with a smile and intuitive guidance that suits yogis of all levels. Trained and certified by Full Circle Yoga, Grace believes in the healing power of yoga and embraces all aspects of the practice on and off the mat.
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Melissa Davis

For many years, Melissa enjoyed yoga through various classes at gyms and practicing at home with DVDs. But it wasn’t until 2008 that her official love and journey of yoga began. She fell in love with the physical and meditative benefits of the practice and soon found her home at Full Circle Yoga. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 at Full Circle Yoga through Prana Vinyasa and Pose by Pose Yoga, where she studied under Sarasvati Devi and Christine Northcote. Melissa’s style of teaching is fun, playful, and full of energy! She wants her students to finish their practice with a smile on their faces, a lift in their hearts, and an awareness of the beautiful spirit that lies within them.
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Sarabeth Jackson

Sarabeth’s practice and teaching are both healing centric. Trained and certified by Full Circle Yoga, Sarabeth teaches a mindful, flowing and exploratory vinyasa class. as well as a powerful monthly yoga nidra (reclined meditation). She has a huge heart and sprinkles in inspiring messages to keep you calm and present. Sarabeth believes that a single yoga class can change the entire trajectory of your day and, over time, transform your life completely, by restoring balance, cultivating awareness and gratitude, and uniting your body with your mind and spirit.
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Priscilla Payne

Priscilla has been practicing yoga since 2006. Her focus has been primarily Dharma Mittra and Ashtanga yoga. She appreciates a systematic and inquisitive approach towards the practice. Her primary teacher in the USA is David Keil. She has trained with him since 2013. She has also studied in Mysore, India, for a total of four-and-a-half months under Saraswati, since 2013. Priscilla is also a licensed massage therapist with significant anatomy training. She has worked through some tough issues in her own body, including lordosis of the spine, mild scoliosis, torn muscles, subluxation of the knee, a bunion, flat feet, TMJ disorder—and even had to wear braces in her shoes when she was young. Correct posture has never been easy for her, and she realized she was quite different from others when she took group yoga classes. She hopes to bring this gift of anatomical understanding and healing to the yogis at Full Circle Yoga.
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Beth Stone

Beth is a lover of yoga, life and the union of both. Understanding that life is always flowing, she works consciously to stay present in the awareness that each moment is a gift to cherish and learn from. Beth is committed to a life of continued growth, exploration and study.
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Shelby Taussig

After years of competitive swimming and high intensity training, Shelby found yoga as a new path to physical and mental wellness, and she quickly fell in love. Yoga fulfilled a spiritual and meditative role that other physical activities couldn’t. Shelby is a health enthusiast who preaches the yoga lifestyle both on and off the mat. Her goal is to heal students – inspiring them to trust the journey of life with an open mind, patient heart, and genuine smile. Shelby refers to her classes as moving meditations, where students are encouraged to celebrate their bodies, moving with purpose and intention. Expect a strength-based flow that is also spiritual and playful.
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Rob Walsh

Rob has been practicing yoga and incorporating its philosophy into his life since 2008. His travels throughout south India allowed him to visit several temples and spiritual hot spots while meeting mystical beings along the way. The essence of this rich tradition and his experience lives on through his teachings. He teaches a fun, devotional practice that emphasizes good health, a clear mind, and a kind heart, while weaving together many teachings in order to bring yoga practitioners closer to the goal of self-realization.
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Adriana Bäbler

Adriana creates a nurturing and comfortable environment where students can learn and feel inspired. She is warm, focused, and very present with her students, which creates the trust necessary for growth and transformation. She loves to combine many different disciplines into a stimulating and fun work-out. Students can expect to be energized, build strength, and improve balance and flexibility. She began her yoga practice over a decade ago after sustaining major back and neck injuries in a car accident. Starting yoga improved her physical health and gave her a new outlook and optimism. Her practice and training incorporate a variety of yoga styles. Adriana is a certified yoga instructor, specializing in therapeutic, fertility, prenatal, and postpartum yoga. She is also a certified doula, midwife assistant, and mother of four boys.
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Ashley Pmoorefield

As a dancer, Ashley began to complement her dancing with yoga. Yoga soon became an outlet for her to “just be” with no expectations, needs, or stress of doing anything perfectly. As Ashley continued her consistent yoga practice, she realized the beautiful mental and physical growth that was developing within her. Wanting to deepen her practice, she was trained and certified by Full Circle Yoga. She loves teaching her fellow students to move through their practice and their lives with acceptance, love, and mindfulness. She teaches that it’s what you do all day everyday that counts. Consistent tiny tweaks lead to big changes. “Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” -Gandhi