8.27.2013

BELIZE RETREAT INSTRUCTOR BIOS: About us

Belize Yoga Peach Retreat November 13-17, 2013

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Keli Engleson “Yoga Peach,” RYT 200  

My passion for yoga compelled me to share my love of practice with others. Yoga has become a very important part of my life which inspired me to enrich my practice by completing my 200 hour Yoga Alliance Power Vinyasa Teacher Certification. I continue to expand my understanding of yoga through additional instructor certifications and trainings. My yoga journey soon led me to Prenatal Yoga teacher training.  Understanding the benefits of yoga through pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postnatal health influenced me to enroll in an eye opening course to become a certified birth doula. As a doula I work with expecting mothers and their partners through childbirth during the prenatal, labor & delivery, and immediate postpartum period. Working with couples to ensure they have a positive birthing experience, seeing new life enter the world and a seeing a baby take his or her first breath is one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

I teach yoga which includes Vinyasa, Power, Sculpt, Prental, and stretch & restore classes beneficial for beginner to athlete levels.  I’ve also taught yoga courses at Drexel University along with workshops in Philadelphia. I am an extremely passionate instructor and yoga practitioner, encouraging others to achieve a greater sense of overall well-being, reduce day-to-day stress and to maintain a healthy physical body.

I keep active and currently am training for my first triathlon. I enjoy traveling, enjoying life in the city, attending workshops, cooking trying new foods, and event planning as my full time profession. I love my labrador and being an aunt.  I am passionate about learning from others and I do my best to keep my mind open to opportunities and possibilities. I believe by pursuing my passions almost anything is possible.

I lived in Belize for several years and while I now reside in Philadelphia, Belize will always be very special to me.  I have been planning events in Belize for 7 years and look forward to experiencing adventure, relaxation, yoga and friendship with everyone joining us this November in Belize!

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Frances Marine RYT 200  

I strongly believe that we are called to make more than a living; we are called to make a life. Yoga has become a vital part of my life over the past decade. I began dabbling in yoga in 2002 as a healthy means of maintaining weight loss. In 2003, a dear friend introduced me to Vinyasa.  Although my practice was sporadic at best, I loved it from day one. For me, yoga offered the only type of physical activity that actually got me out of my head and into my body.  Eventually, getting into my body enhanced my ability to search for happiness within my own heart.

During a transition in 2011, I started practicing more regularly. After a retreat to Belize in 2012 led by Keli Engleson “Yoga Peach,” my desire to deepen my own practice and share it with others led me to complete a 200-hour yoga teacher training course. In addition to teaching yoga to individuals and groups locally and on retreats to inspiring locations, I hope to combine yogic principles with my professional experience as a communications executive and educator to help improve the way human beings interact with one another. Whether in the workplace or in our personal lives, by living our valor and speaking truth respectfully, we help others to do the same.

As a Cuban-American Miami native, I tend to think in two languages: English and Spanish. In either one, the word valor captures perfectly what yoga helps me cultivate. No matter where on the planet I find myself, worth is what I have in common with all human beings. We are each capable of courage when we choose faith over fear.

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