Ashleigh Whitfield

Ashleigh has been happily practicing yoga for 6 years and attempting to master the craft of childcare as a nanny for the last 7 years. Last year she realized that it is her calling to combine the two. In 2013, Ashleigh decided to get a 300 hour foundational yoga teacher training in Vinyasa Yoga, at The Yoga Pagoda Vero. “My hope is to bridge my two passions in life together, kids and yoga. I have been lucky to work for some wonderful families over the years and have seen first hand the work it takes to keep a happy household these days. I am excited about the opportunity I have to help kids and families grow everyday.” Ashleigh says, upon finishing her training. “Indian River County needs a children’s yoga program. I want to help prepare kids to move through life with awareness and connection; not only to themselves, but to their family, friends, and community.”

Durgaya Palmieri

Durgaya Palmieri ERYT 200, YAECP, Owner of Sebastian Yoga, Yoga Teacher Trainer for Connected Warriors Inc., Co-founder Maha Soul.

“When you relax your body and split the tension, you are letting the breath keep you young and in the moment” ~ Ma Jaya

I turned to yoga in search of healing after my chronic back pain began to worsen, often keeping me from simple daily activities. Growing up on Kashi Ashram with Ma Jaya, my Guru, I was taught meditation, conscious movement and the power of community from a young age. Combining these teachings with the physical practice of yoga was a very powerful experience for me.

Through conscious movement I began to gain mobility in my lower back and through alignment techniques I found freedom through out my body. However, what I gained most from yoga came from the ability to fully engage in what was happening to my body, mind, and spirit. As my body found freedom from its limitations so did my sprit. I was able to connect in with the teachings of my up bringing on my yoga mat.

I became a Classical Yoga Instructor in 2009 under the graceful instruction of Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati. During training I started practicing with Isvari Verre, one of the senior teachers trained in Anusara Yoga. I was especially drawn towards her class and Anusara Yoga, because I felt that the alignment techniques where easing my chronic back pain. I have since been on the path of Anusara training and completed Anusara Immersion with Gina Minyard in February 2011 and Teacher Training Level 1 with Christina Sell and Level 2 with Jordon Bloom. I have had the honor of studying with many Anusara teachers including John Friend.

In May of 2010, my friend Neda Honavar and I started Tough Love Yoga. In 2011 we received the Best of Atlanta for Alternative Exercise from the Creative Loafing and that same year I was a lead teacher at Wanderlust in the City representing TLY. I later began studying Kali Natha Yoga, created by Ma Jaya. The transformational power of Kali Natha Yoga is something I will spend my life discovering and offering to others.

In January of 2012 I moved back to Kashi Ashram. Since moving home I have incorporated everything I have learned from my teachers into a conscious yoga style that aims to heal and refresh the body and soul.

Published Articles:

Mother Kali: Gifts From the Dark Goddess

Losing My Faith, My Guru & the Spiritual Truths That Followed


Jessica Martin

Jessica Martin began her practice of Kundalini Yoga in 2001 and completed her Kundalini Yoga teacher training in 2007. After completing her training Jessica began teaching throughout Brevard County. Jessica has studied with Gurmukh, Guru Dev, and Guru Dharam and many senior teachers of Kundalini Yoga. She is in the process of completing her Yoga Therapy training through I-SKY at Golden Bridge East in NYC.

Kundalini yoga (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) is the yoga of awareness, and it uses the many limbs of yoga to bring us quickly and powerfully to our potential. This introductory class will guide you through foundational elements of Kundalini Yoga and is appropriate for all levels.  You can expect yoga postures, mantra, pranayam (breath work), meditation and a place of welcome and acceptance.

“When I took my first Kundalini Yoga class I left the class feeling like I had found a long last friend… I was at home. I knew that I had found the practice that spoke to my soul.” Jessica has seen Kundalini heal and transform her own life and lives of many of her students. It is her hope that everyone will have the opportunity to experience the ancient technology of Kundalini Yoga.

Our Teachers

Sebastian Yoga was born out out of a love for Yoga and community. Along with being passionate and highly educated, each of our teachers has their own style and skill set. We encourage you to take advantage of our New Student Month ($45 for residents, 1st month only) so that you can experience classes taught by each teacher and then decide what you would like to work into your weekly routine.

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