Ben Covan is an aspiring Martial Artist and fighter who spent the past two years living, training and fighting in Thailand. While abroad, he received Level 1 and Level 2 Mark Lauren Certifications in Body Weight Training. Mark Lauren's system of physical training focuses on building functional strength and improving movement.
Ben is also certified by Kripalu Institute as a Yoga instructor (200 hour YA) and by the International Massage School of Chaing Mai (approved by the Thai Ministries of Health and Education) as an instructor of Ru Sie Dutton (Thai Yoga).
Diane has practiced yoga for more than twenty years as a form of exercise, relaxation, stretching and to relieve the stress of her law practices in Florida and New York. She closed her law practice in 2015 in order to spend all of her time doing what she loves: help people directly rather than fighting for them in court. In BodyWisdom Yoga, she has created a space for health, healing and happiness. She teaches the Amrit Method of Yoga because she believes, based on ample research and her own experience, that the Amrit methods provide unique and highly effective ways to promote healing from past emotional and physical trauma and illness, as well as providing relief from the effects of chronic stress and the giving the benefits of meditation. Amrit Yoga is "prana yoga" that works with the body's life-energy. She also has become Certified by the International Training Massage School in Chaing Mai, Thailand and by the Thailand Ministry of Education and the Thailand Ministry of Public Health to teach Thai Hermit's Yoga (Ru Sie Dutton). Diane is a certified Amrit Yoga Therapy Facilitator (70 Amrit Yoga Institute hours) and Amrit Yoga Nidra Instructor (100 Amrit Yoga hours) plus is certified to teach Level 2 Amrit Yoga (with an addiitonal 300 hours from Amrit Yoga Institute). She is also Certified in Ru Sie Dutton, (Thai Yoga).
Dr. Covan is a clinical psychologist licensed in the States of New York and Florida. He has taught meditation to his patients for nearly 45 years because he believes so stongly in its therapeutic beneifts. Now that he has discovered Yoga Nidra -- an effortless, highly effective form of meditation, with some benefits not found in most mediation practices -- he strongly encourages all of his patients to attend Yoga Nidra sessions to help themselves in ways that talk therapy alone never could achieve. Dr. Covan has always been interested in ways to make life easier, less stressful and more enjoyable for his patients, friends, family and self. Meditation and yoga are two of the methods he has found to be most effective and he believes that they should be part of everyone's daily life. As the Chief Psychologist of Bellevue Hospital in New York City for 20 years, in addition to teaching more traditional psychotherapeutic methods, Fred taught thousands of medical and psychology interns and residents about the therapeutic benefits of meditation and body-centered therapies. For his own body, Dr. Covan practices very gentle yoga and stretching as a way to combat the consequences of aging and is certified as a Yoga Nidra Instructor by the Amrit Institute. In addition, he has been instructing clients and patients in meditation and mindfulness as part of individual and group psychotherapy sessions for more than forty-fiive years, first in New York City and now in Key West. Fred has found that Yoga Nidra can be an effective method for relieving symptoms of depression, anxiety, addiction and the consequences of stress. Yoga Nidra as practiced by Dr. Covan can produce relief without the need to tell or verbally relive "the story" that caused the symptoms. He will be studying additional forms of meditation work while in Thailand and Vietnam this October.
Kim Byrd Rider, BSHS, MPT, DPT, is a board-certified physical therapist who has worked for inpatient clinics, out-patient clinics, home health, ICU and skilled nursing facilities. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Science and a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy, both from the University of Oklahoma. She obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Boston University. She is currently attending Harvard for a master’s degree in psychology. Dr. ByrdRider founded Americana Yoga which is based on the ideas of American Yoga Masters. Her yoga classes at BodyWisdom Yoga consist of yoga poses (asana) plus restorative poses with iRest (yoga nidra) in addition to restorative savasana, thus combining the teachings of American masters including Judith Hanson Lasater, Doug Keller, and Richard Miller. You can find more information about her education, skills and experience on her Web site: ByrdRiderRehab.com. She has over two decades of yoga and Pilates experience (certified on all machines and mat) and more than 12,000 yoga classes taught and has studied Ashtanga, Kripalu, Iyengar, Anusara, Baptiste, Ana Forrest, Bikram (Hot), and many other styles of yoga resulting in an extensive base of yoga knowledge. Kim synthesizes physical therapy research with safe and innovative yoga.
Peter first discovered yoga in the late 1970s and, after spending many years in visual merchandising and interior/fashion design around the country, he decided to relocate from Chicago to Key West in the early 1990s. He has explored and studied various styles of yoga and has practiced daily for many years. He began teaching yoga in 2012. Over the years, he met many people who found yoga classes too advanced or not suited for their bodies. Thus, he focuses on a style that is comfortable, inviting and suited for all bodies. The goal in Peter's classes is to awaken and reestablish he mind-body-breath connection which is the foundation of all yoga. New image with text >>