Meet Our Instructors
It is a great honor to teach yoga in Sun City. I first began practicing yoga in 1999. I have been a yoga instructor since 2006, with over 2300 hours of teaching experience. My interest is in senior yoga. I have advanced training in flexibility, strength and balance for continued independent living. My goal is to provide my students with a more balanced and peaceful life. My love for yoga includes teaching chair yoga and leading meditation sessions.
I have completed advanced therapeutic yoga training with an emphasis on senior yoga. I have earned the following certifications:
-Osteoporosis Yoga Therapy
-Yoga and Aging, Arthritis and The Immune System
-Yoga’s Approach to Cancer
-Yoga Therapy for Relief and Prevention of Suffering
-Certified Reiki Master
-Intensive Yoga Philosophy Study since 2013
-1100 hours of Yoga Training
I am a current member of the national organization Yoga Alliance with the following designations:
-Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Experienced Teacher and 500 Hour Advanced Designation
On a personal note, I have lived in the valley since I was four years old. I am married and have one daughter and three grandchildren. I enjoy studying yoga philosophy, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.
Please join in one of my yoga classes and enjoy the peace of mind and body that I offer.
I first started practicing yoga in the late 1990’s at the Petaluma Valley Athletic Club, in Petaluma, California and I fell in love with it! I have traveled the county and experienced many different practices and teachers.
I settled in the Valley in 2011 and started attending yoga classes at the Sun City Hatha Yoga Club to relieve the stress of working as a litigation paralegal.
I realized that I wanted a change in my life and I decided to become a yoga teacher. Carlyn, Tracy, Kathryn, Monica, and Donna were my inspirations. I completed my yoga certification at Desert Song Studio and it was one of the best experiences of my life! I teach yoga at several locations throughout the valley and I love every minute of it!
I am honored and grateful to have the opportunity to teach at the Sun City Hatha Yoga Club.
My yogic journey began some years ago and I am absolutely amazed at the scope of study available to anyone who has the desire to delve into yoga. There’s so much to learn and do and explore! Oh, the potential!! Currently a 500RYT, Yoga Nidra certified facilitator and Reiki II provider, I continue to study. My teaching style tends to be more organic, with slow measure and intentional movement. This way one can learn to lessen the effort and rest in grace. This is what is meant by effortless effort; a goal of the physical asana practice which cultivates a steadiness and ease that transcends the mat and subtly becomes a part of day to day life.
I love the treasure hunt(!) as so many other disciplines and healing modalities have dropped into my life and have become a part of my own practice. The desire to learn and share keeps me motivated and I am loving and appreciating the privilege to teach and do one-on-one healing work with clients even more. Let’s explore this journey together! I joyfully invite you to play with your findings through the yogic practices asana, private work, or even (yogic) sleep! There’s much to do, and wonder awaits! I hope to see you on the mat soon! Namaste Sarve (the light within salutes the light in All). Love, Kathryn xo
My name is Paula Godnic. I was born in 1976 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I lived and completed a College degree in Tourism. In 2000 I moved to Mexico in my very early 20’s to live and work. I worked in many areas of tourism, hotels, and travel agencies, in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel Island for over 10 years. And I enjoyed every minute of it! I got to meet people from all over the world. By then, I had gotten married, had kids, moved across Mexico to Baja looking for a more family oriented place, and we found it. We lived In La Paz, Baja California Sur, for 8 more years while I stayed at home with my kids. In 2015 I started my Yoga Instructor Career. I moved to AZ in 2017 and have been working as a Yoga Instructor for Seniors since then. I enjoy doing many different kinds of practices: Laughter Yoga, Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra. I Absolutely love working with seniors. I was teaching in many city libraries with senior activities, but because of Covid, had not gone back to in person practices at the libraries. I still keep some of them in an online yoga practice. I enjoy the opportunity to work with seniors in any fashion.
My love for yoga began in 2008. I was encouraged by a friend to come and try a class and from that day forward I have never looked back! I instantly felt something different….a connection that encompassed by entire being body, mind and spirit all working together in harmony. I decided to take my love for yoga to the next level and completed my 200 hour teacher training through Yoga Works under Malachi Melville. I have also completed my Yoga Nidra Facilitator training with Eric Walrabenstein and Kamini Desai. I am currently studying Polarity and Cranial Sacral Therapy at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and have completed the first half of my studies in 2013. I will continue to study in the advanced portions of these energy modalities.
I currently teach in various studios and hospitals throughout the valley and offer private lessons to work more intimately with my students. I also bring my love of yoga to women who are battling breast cancer and to other cancer patients as well. I use breath and body awareness to help patients and students navigate through their physical, mental and energetic bodies on a day- to- day bases learning to help students love and accept themselves just as they are.
I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to share my love of yoga and meditation with my students and I hope they too can experience all that yoga has to offer.
My yoga journey began humbly in 1975, in a middle school wrestling room of all places! Though I was too young to understand what yoga was all about it certainly caught my attention. In my teens I practiced using the book Richard Hittleman’s Yoga: 28 Day Exercise Plan and by watching Lilias Folan on PBS. I dropped the practice as a young adult to pursue other athletic endeavors but discovered “power” yoga in the mid 90’s and began my formal training and teaching. I received my first 200hr certification through YogaFit and since moving to Phoenix completed another 200hr certification and two 500hr certifications through Holy Yoga. I will always be a student of this amazing practice!
Yoga is so many things to me and it’s what I like to share with others. It’s a fun, athletic practice that helps keep us strong, that gives us confidence to be willing to try new things. Yoga teaches us balance; how to move in harmony with our body’s energies, not overdoing but finding spaciousness and ease on and off the mat. Yoga is also a spiritual practice. It helps bring order and mindfulness to our sometimes scattered lives. Yoga, much like meditation, prayer, and fasting, can ground us and connect us to God and others in deeper, more meaningful ways.
I so enjoy leading classes at the Hatha Yoga Club! A beautiful studio, a wonderful staff and committed students who find joy in moving and breathing and living life to the fullest!
Teri discovered Yoga in the 70’s and practiced on and off for a few years. Later, as a single mother, she became a Licensed Massage Therapist and worked at a local studio doing massages and decided to become a Life Coach and Yoga Teacher to deepen her own practice and personal growth training.
She enjoys teaching at Fire Stations, Yoga Studios, Recovery Programs, Gyms, Horse Stables, and her own in home studio. She continues to focus her approach to yoga and in her workshops around building strength, resilience, mindfulness, harmony, body, soul, spirit and alignment so her students live healthier and happier lives.
While caring for her mother who is in her 90s, spending time with her three grandsons, adult children, her dogs, and grand dogs, Teri loves creating community and connection wherever she can.
I have been an avid yoga practitioner since 2003 having been led to yoga as a means to reduce stress. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative & Commercial Studies. I continue to be a student of yoga, currently an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 yoga teacher. My journey inspired me to incorporate yoga into my daily life. The lessons of mindfulness and the breath are important not only in my teaching style but in everyday life. Always a student; expanding my studies to include a fifty hour Yin Certification with Biff Mithoefer, Yoga Wall Certification with Bryan Legere of Ventura Yoga Studio, YogaWorks Prenatal Certification, thirty-five hour Therapeutic Yoga Training Certification at White Lotus Foundation, along with completion of the Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher Certification. I bring honesty, individual attention and a sense of humor to my class. I strive to have everyone leave their mat feeling balanced and good about themselves. Outside of yoga I enjoy family time with my husband, two children and best friend Harley the Fox Terrier.
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All experience levels are welcome to attend.