Meet Our Teachers

Teri Sarkozy

Teri Sarkozy

Owner and 500 HR E-RYT YACEP

Teri is the owner and yoga junkie at Yoga Junkie Studio. Teri had been teaching group fitness classes back in the day and she added yoga to her regime as a way to round out her fitness. She was there for the stretch and not the mental aspect. Fast forward and now she can't practice yoga without the spiritual aspects being included. Teri's classes are inclusive and she views the yoga mat as a magic carpet where you can follow your own journey.

Jacquie Barbee

Jacquie Barbee

General Manager and 200 E-RYT

She primarily teaches Gentle, Adaptive, and Beginner’s Yoga where she tries to create a nurturing and safe environment for students to explore their practice. Jacquie encourages the use of props and modifications for everyone so that the student can find a variation of the pose that fits the body rather than forcing the body into a yoga pose. She understands that all bodies are unique with differing histories and believes that a yoga practice can be adapted to fit any body type and ability.

Vanessa Murray

Vanessa Murray

Marketing Director and 200 RYT

Using the Chakras, Essential Oils, Incense, Resin and Healing stones Vanessa offers her students a space to find relaxation, serenity, new-found insights, a deeper connection to self, source and healing within the poses. She also encourages her students to be empowered in their life and develop a spiritual routine that brings that sense of peace, relaxation, self-love, and connection they experience in our studio into their everyday lives. Vanessa strives to help you to develop that practice and to continue to heal even after class has ended.

Teri Schenke

Teri Schenke

200 RYT

Teri is from Niceville and has been practicing yoga for over 28 years. Teri turned to yoga to help lower her stress level from her corporate job and to expedite her recovery from major back surgeries. Teri is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others so they may to experience the many benefits of yoga. Teri enjoys Gentle, Restorative, Hatha and Vinyasa style yoga. Teri believes in honoring the body during all yoga practices - blending strength, balance, flexibility, calmness, and laughter to her classes.

Michelle Hill

Michelle Hill

200 RYT

Michelle began practicing yoga over 15 years ago as a way to balance the effects of running on her body. From this foundation of interest, her daily yoga practice became so much more. Yoga is a haven to release, increase vitality and build confidence. Yoga is a vital part of her well-being, and she strives to assist her students to find new opening in the body and in the mind.

Recey Yankauskas

Recey Yankauskas

200 RYT

Recey teaches meditation and breath work techniques that restore, relax and soothes your well-being. She moves you forward to gentle yoga while centering your mind, improving posture and flexibility. These are nice and easy slow movements, focusing on proper alignment with the use of blocks, strap, bolster and blankets for different variations. Join her inspiring journey of fun, friendship and healing. She is a licensed massage therapist as well as skin and nail care specialist.

Kaitlin Fair

Kaitlin Fair

200 RYT

While hitting a peak in her stress-levels and suffering from an athletic injury at the same time, Kaitlin made yoga a consistent part of her workout routine. Through her practice, her stress levels and pain decreased, and her athletic abilities increased. Seeing these results, Kaitlin enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training and graduated with her 200-hours certification in 2017 to provide students a space to find both peace and strength through yoga. Kaitlin teaches classes that will get your blood pumping through powerful poses and upbeat playlists, accessible to all levels of yoga experience.

Molly Stockings

Molly Stockings

200 RYT

Molly is a 16 year old teacher filled to the brim with life, passion and joy. She is so excited to share her deepest passion of yoga with you, so we all can continue to open our hearts and minds to our own unique, brilliant experience of this life. She loves handstands, travelling, laughing, learning as much as possible and connecting with amazing people! See you on the mat!

Heidi Banks

Heidi Banks

200 RYT

After exploring methods to manage stress, release tension, and increase mental focus, Heidi experienced the benefits of Yoga several years ago and began a faithful practice in 2006. She pursued her passion for Yin Yoga and completed a 40- Hour Yin Yoga training with Divya Elting at Breathe Yoga and Wellness Center, in Pensacola, FL. In deepening her practice, she has learned that Yoga is the ultimate attitude adjustment because a consistent practice has the potential to make most things better. As a promoter of inner peace, she invites all students to open their hearts, breathe, and make space in their bodies. She hopes that her students will find grounding and balance both on and off the mat

Michelle Moreland

Michelle Moreland

200 RYT

Michelle has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years. She fell in love with yoga in 2001 and can't imagine life without it. While yoga is her primary passion, she is also a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Certified Personal Trainer & teaches a variety of group exercise classes. She discovered early on that her purpose in life is to inspire others to become better versions of themselves. She believes that one should speak & live their truth, incorporate joy, fun & adventure while living a purposeful life.

Francine Whittle

Francine Whittle

200 RYT

Francine is a 2018 graduate of the Yoga Junkie 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. She enjoys the mental and physical benefits of yoga and enjoys sharing her passion with others. When not at work or in the studio Francine enjoys spending time outdoors with her family on the beautiful emerald coast.

Annie Colon

Annie Colon

200 RYT

Annie started practicing yoga in 2012 when she realized that she was getting stagnant in her daily life and knew she needed some sort of exercise. She earned my Yoga Teacher certification at Yoga Junkie in 2018 and it was the best thing she could do for herself. Annie looks forward to sharing her practice with you and learning from you as well.

Courtney Dewrell

Courtney Dewrell

Certified Buti and Aerial Instructor

Courtney’s classes are fun, energetic and connected. Her passion for community, yoga, movement and awesome music are at the center of every class she teaches.

Cynthia Mitchell

Cynthia Mitchell

200 RYT

Cynthia’s approach to yoga is healing and intuitive inspired by Bhakti and Sadhana philosophy. Cynthia pairs sequences curated to alignment and mobility with a dialogue focused on breath and internal connection guiding each individual into a state of ease and surrender encouraging both the body’s and the mind’s full expression. To Cynthia, yoga is not an exercise. It is a lifestyle. The physical benefit is just a plus, but the essence of yoga is in the acceptance of our true authentic selves.

Megan Willetts

Megan Willetts

200 RYT

As a gymnast, Megan fell in love with what her body was capable of at an early age. She found yoga in her early 20’s and became even more amazed with what could happen with the body with breath, control and discipline. Megan enjoy's teaching a playful vinyasa class that will keep you challenged while being able to smile and maybe even laugh. Her “real job” as a massage therapist and doula complement her yoga practice and teaching. All 3 professions keep Megan's heart singing.

Andrea DeAngelis

Andrea DeAngelis

200 RYT

Andrea began her yoga journey like so many others.... thinking it was a way to stretch and heal running injuries. After several classes she realized it was a lifestyle. She quickly fell in love with yoga. Andrea hopes by teaching yoga to others; they will share the mental and physical benefits with her. She strongly believes in yoga’s power to bring steadiness and ease to your life.

Rachael Peoples

Rachael Peoples

200 RYT

Rachael Peoples is a seeker of knowledge, insight and balance. She brings the transformative powers of yoga to the mat and to her students; instilling a sense of calm and healing while encouraging the unveiling of the soul in a discovery of grace, strength, balance, and radiant joy. Rachael is a Yoga Alliance certified RYT-200 and she continues to explore the study and discipline of yoga, sharing her journey through a variety of styles and disciplines.

JoAnn Smith

JoAnn Smith

200 RYT

JoAnn has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. JoAnn loved that yoga helped manage her energy and mood. Yoga has become part of her life and loves the peace she gets from it. She finished her 200 RYT training in spring 2019 and enjoys sharing her practice with others.