About

About

Madeira Beach Yoga offers three unique settings to indulge in your practice. Experience one, or explore them all, in the studio, on the patio or on the white sandy beach of Archibald Park.

Let us show you how fun and enjoyable yoga can be. Our instructors began to explore yoga for their own personal and varied reasons, which helped prepare them to make you feel even more welcome and successful in your practice. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi, we will help you find your place on the mat.

Our instructors
Cassie Dixon

Cassie Dixon

Cassie Dixon

Cassie Dixon

Cassie Dixon has been a teacher throughout her life. As the big sister, she was always leading other people around. In high school, she spent a semester volunteering in a local Kindergarten classroom. The Master's Degree program she completed at the University of Florida was titled Pro-TEACH!

From there Cassie went on with her official teaching career. First teaching in elementary schools and then on to teaching yoga to ages 2-92, and leading trainings for Kidding Around Yoga. Now she will be sharing her talents with Madeira Beach Yoga.

Cassie has a daughter and son, a husband, and 2 poochies. Off the mat, she loves to work out and jog (slow run) and visit new places, and also binge watch most anything on Netflix. Not a true Floridian, Cassie doesn't mind the heat and loves the mild winters.

Favorite yoga posture
Corpse Pose, Savasana
Heather Stuart

Heather Stuart

Heather Stuart

Heather Stuart

Heather Stuart has been practicing Holistic Health since 1996. She is an Iridologist, Classical Homeopath and practices Ayurveda. She began teaching yoga in 2000 as part of the healing system of Ayurveda.

Heather's approach is simple & powerful bringing awareness to our mind-body connection in a therapeutic manner. With sharing her knowledge and experience of Holistic practices, she creates a safe & peaceful environment for healing body, mind & spirit, the true path of Yoga.

She welcomes you to come & experience her love of Yoga during Restorative classes and more with Madeira Beach Yoga.

Favorite yoga posture
Legs up the Wall
Samantha Caughey

Samantha Caughey

Samantha Caughey

Samantha Caughey

Samantha, "Sam" is originally from Minnesota, and spent most of her time growing up in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended her first yoga class in her senior year of high school in 2013 and met a new passion. After dancing for 15 years, yoga was a new way to stay creative, flexible, and gain physical strength.

She has since learned of course, that yoga as a discipline is so much more! While in her senior year of college, she completed her 200 hour Teacher Training in Winter of 2017 at Yoga Pointe Studio in Lakeland, FL.

Since then, she has taught a variety of classes including Restorative, Yin, Flow, Gentle, and Nidra. Besides yoga, Samantha enjoys marine science, traveling, and spending time at the dog beach with her puppy, Millie.

Favorite yoga posture
Any Backbend
Elise Caruthers

Elise Caruthers

Elise Caruthers

Elise Caruthers

Elise began her journey in yoga more than 10 years ago.  From the start she enjoyed the physical and mental benefits from the practice.  After college, Elise received her 200hr certification from Yoga Den based out of Jacksonville, FL. In addition to a focus on Mind, Body and Vinyasa yoga, Elise has continued her studies of yoga to Yin yoga, Aerial yoga and Ayurveda.  Beyond her yoga practice, Elise enjoys spending time with her fur babies, relaxing on the beach or by the pool with her family.

Favorite yoga posture
Humble Warrior
Andrea Chaves

Andrea Chaves

Andrea Chaves

Andrea Chaves

Andrea attended her first yoga class more than 10 years ago and was in awe with the wonderful benefits  received from the practice: not only physical strength, flexibility and stamina, but also a calm and clear mind and so much joy!  She dove head first into a 200 hour Teacher Training (at One Yoga Planet in Ft. Pierce, FL under the guidance of Margarida Tree). It was more for personal curiosity and deeper understanding. Two years later and after consistent practice, she knew that this was her true path and  wanted to forward the gift that was given to her through Yoga.

In 2012,  Andrea completed a 2nd 200 hour Teacher Training (this time at Infinite Yoga in San Diego, CA under the guidance of Dana Rae Pare.  Both trainings were under the Ashtanga Method (the Eight Limbs), which goes beyond the physical practice; including ethics, breathing techniques (Pranayama) and Meditation. In 2015 she also completed a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training under the guidance of Judith Hanson Lasater.

Andrea enjoys teaching a healthy mix of Gentle, Power, Flow and Restorative in her classes. Students will be guided through mindful sequences focusing on breath and detailed alignment. You will feel safe, challenged at your own pace and pampered all at the same time, leaving with a sense of bliss!

Her favorite things (besides yoga): gatherings with family and friends (good food and wine is a must), traveling around the world, music, chocolate, the full moon, dancing, and having her toes in the sand and the sun on her skin.

Favorite yoga posture
Supported Head Stand
Leanne Rabitor

Leanne Rabitor

Leanne Rabitor

Leanne Rabitor

Leanne began practicing Yoga in 2006 when she joined a beginner's class held at a hospital-based wellness program.  She immediately felt the amazing healing effects of Yoga, and soon developed her own daily practice.  Because of the positive changes Yoga brought into her life, she felt the need to share the practice with others. 

In 2008, Leanne completed her 200hr Yoga certification at Baba Siri Chand Yoga Center in Massachusetts.  Since then she has taught in a variety of settings, and enjoys making Yoga accessible for people of all body types and fitness levels.  In addition to Yoga, Leanne enjoys meditation, spending time in nature, biking, and reading at the beach.

Favorite yoga posture
Prayer pose
Crystal Carnahan

Crystal Carnahan

Crystal Carnahan

Crystal Carnahan

Crystal started her journey with a power/hot yoga background and decided to go deeper into the philosophy and psychology of yoga.  She received her 200 hour certification from Lotus Pond Yoga in Tampa, learning alignment and the intricacies of the breath with the postures.

Currently, she is completing the Masters of Health and Wellness Coaching program, and integrating the many dimensions of wellbeing into her coaching and yoga practice. Crystal's passion is bringing mindful movement, thought and nourishment to our lives in order to achieve a balance and harmony.  She comes with a beginner's mind, as an everlasting student, always learning something from everyone she meets!

Favorite yoga posture
Dancer
Teresa Dunn

Teresa Dunn

Teresa Dunn

Teresa Dunn

Teresa began her Yoga journey in 2001 when she was first introduced to the Bikram practice. She slowly started to incorporate yoga into her practice both on and off the mat. Seeing the negative effects of stress on her own body she has found the strength connection and healing power where all intersects body, mind and spirit. Teresa’s commitment, devotion and love for yoga culminated in her 200 Yoga certification in 2013. She knew a few months after teaching yoga; it’s her life’s passion and calling. This is where her next chapter began with co-founding Madeira Beach Yoga. She also volunteers her yoga practice to help injured Veterans with The Exhalted Warriors Foundation at Yogani Studio in Tampa, Florida.

Favorite yoga posture
Dancer pose
Sherry Duquet

Sherry Duquet

Sherry Duquet

Sherry Duquet

Sherry Duquet always felt too intimidated to walk into a Yoga studio and unroll a mat. She was curious and wanted to try, but felt afraid to do so. Sherry worried she wasn’t mindful or flexible enough to participate. She took classes right here with Madeira Beach Yoga and quickly learned that yoga is for everyone, including her.

She learned how welcoming Yoga can be, and the healing benefits it can provide.  It felt astonishing. This would now be her professional focus. Sherry was initially trained at Balance Yoga Therapy and became further certified in Yin Yoga and Aqua Yoga.  Seeking to introduce yoga to all ages, she gained expertise in YogaFit Seniors. Then, on the other end of the age range, created and taught a Children's Yoga curriculum.

Sherry's classes are inviting and inclusive for both experienced Yogis and those who are Yoga curious. She is obsessed with raising the self esteem of men, women and children. And she does this through teaching yoga and her recently published children's book about loving yourself.

Favorite yoga posture
Tree pose