Get to Know Our Teachers

Teri Sarkozy
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

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.

Teri Schenke
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.

Julee Christie
Julee has been a devoted student of yoga since 2008, diving deep into the Ashtanga style, popularized by K. Pattabhi Jois.  She was drawn to saturate her entire being in, not only the physical practice, but the philosophy behind it. She intends in every class she guides (by the thread of breath, through intelligent asana sequencing, leading to clarity of the mind), to share this gift with her students.  She stands as a living embodiment of the idea that, no matter what twists and turns life holds for us, we become better versions of ourselves through time spent on the mat.

Michelle Hill
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.

Vanessa Murray
Using the Chakras, Essential Oils, Incense, Resin and Healing stones she 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.

Recey Yankauskas

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

Kristine Normand
Trained in the style of Iyengar and Kundalini Yoga, Kristine brings an element of the traditional spiritual foundations of yoga to every class whether it is yin yoga or hot yoga. She teaches to the stillness of the meditative mind to find space to invite healing and opening into their heart and into the body.

Bobbie Goodwin
Bobbie has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She’s excited to share yoga with others and holds space in her class for students to notice, grow, and experience a pure version of themselves.  She acknowledges her practice has evolved as she journeys through different seasons of life—but she currently gravitates towards hatha, vinyasa, yin, and gentle yoga…and yoga for kids!  She teaches the Monday Morning Melt (MMMmmm!) class—a blend of yin, relaxation, guided meditation, and yoga nidra.  She also leads Family Yoga events at the studio.

Kaitlin Fair
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

Lori Derr
As a Mental Health Therapist, Lori wanted to share yoga with her clients to help them find calm and release emotion from the body. In her Mental Health practice, Lori focuses on trauma, attachment, and parent-child relationships. Lori is also a Licensed Massage Therapist with specialties in Prenatal and Infant Massage. This combination of training gives her a unique understanding of the mind-body connection and how emotions affect our physical wellbeing. Lori emphasizes listening to and honoring your body and becoming attuned with how your body responds to emotions.

Lisa Kattine
Lisa began taking yoga in 2012 as a way to relieve stress. I was the primary caregiver of an aging mother with metatastic cancer and Alzheimers. Following a near fatal MVA and a diagnosis of severe osteoporosis in 2014 , Lisa started back in 2015. She embarked on her teaching journey to learn more about yoga and herself.

Heidi Banks
As a promoter of inner peace, she invites all students to open their hearts, breathe, and make space in their bodies. With patience, a sense of humor and a gentle manner, Heidi enjoys teaching students of all levels. She hopes that her students will find grounding and balance both on and off the mat.

Megan Dwyer
Born and raised in the Sunshine State, Megan started practicing yoga 10 years ago while living in South Florida. To Megan, yoga continually revitalizes her mind, body, and spirit. She considers it an honor and privilege to be able to create a space for students to do the same. Megan fiercely believes in the power of our thoughts and the laws of attraction. Her wish is for her students to leave class feeling lighter, feeling grounded, and feeling content with exactly where they are.

Morena Mannucci
Ciao!!! Morena’s passion for health and well-being began in competitive sport. As a collegiate athlete, she turned to yoga for some time to connect with herself and recover. Her practice helped overcome injuries and performance anxiety. Morena’s love of movement led her to develop a passion for the flow of power vinyasa. Her mission is to engage others in a relationship with movement and inspire a deeper sense of confidence in their physical experience.

Heidi Schenker
Heidi Schenker started practicing Yoga in 2008 as a way to manage stress, depression, and anxiety. She only knew of Yoga as a physical activity but quickly became intrigued by the history and philosophy behind the practice. The styles of Yoga Heidi teaches are Gentle, Restorative, Yin, Hatha, and Vinyasa. Her classes are infused with pranayama, meditation, relaxation and mindfulness. Heidi shares the teachings of Yoga so that others may also find peace-of-mind and joy in spirit.

Michelle Moreland

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.

Annie Colon

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

Francine Whittle

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.

Courtney Dewell

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. She is certified in both aerial and Buti yoga.