17507 Waterline Rd. Bradenton FL. 34212

Registered yoga teacher trainings
Kim Engles

As a yoga instructor, Kim is passionate to share the healing benefits that yoga has brought to her life. Through her years of personal practice she has witnessed the absolute serenity, stress and anxiety management, as well as the beautiful physical benefits of yoga. She contributes yoga as the catalyst that has guided and supported her through some of the most difficult and tragic times in her life.
Kim completed her training at Heartwood Retreat Center and holds both 200 RYT & 500 RYT certifications as well as a speciality certification in Chair Yoga. She maintains an active registration with Yoga Alliance and abides by its governing standards and practices.
Kim offers a calm and supportive atmosphere in her classes which include but are not limited to: Restorative Aroma Yoga; Yoga Nidra, Gentle Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Chair Yoga. She encourages open communication with her students so they can receive the most benefit from their yoga experience. She offers the gift of healing touch and aromatherapy in her classes as well as inspirational quotes and poems.

Denver Bosky

Denver is an E RYT-500 Yoga Teacher, LMT, Reiki Master, and RCYT (Certified Children's Yoga teacher) who specializes in meditation, yoga therapy, yoga anatomy, and restorative yoga techniques. An  advocate for positive body image awareness and creator of Full Bodied Yoga, a class designed to enhance self acceptance and love. (For inspiration, follow her on instagram) Denver was director of Blue Mountain Yoga in Blue Ridge Georgia for 8 years before joining Heartwood's team in 2016. She works extensively with essential oils and crystals, incorporating energetic healing modalities to her practices. Denver is owner of a company called Budhabody, that makes organic bath and body products, as well as a Jewelry Design company called Silver Siren. She trained in Jewelry design at Penland School of Crafts, an internationally acclaimed school of folk crafts in North Carolina. Denver was a former dancer  & singer who trained in musical theater at the University of Central Florida.

Ginny East Shaddock, 
Ginny East Shaddock is an ERYT-500 yoga teacher, RCYT (Registered Children's Yoga Teacher) a certified yoga therapist with IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists), a Reiki Master and a trained Ayurveda Counselor from the Kerala Institute, India and a registered member of the National Ayurveda Medical Association. She has a BA in Business Management from Eckerd College and a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from Lesley University. Her extensive background in dance, yoga and the healing arts have helped her create a multi-faceted school with an educational program that combines arts awareness, physical training and mind-body awareness for ever-broadening learning experiences. She is the director Heartwood Retreat Center, and the founder of the Florida Reiki Association, as well as Yoga for the Balanced Child, a YA certification program designed to qualify teachers to share yoga with children ages 3-teen. 

In the area of yoga, Ginny draws from extensive knowledge of Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga styles, and has trained in chair yoga, yin yoga, acu-yoga, and restorative yoga techniques as well aerial yoga. She specializes in yoga teacher training courses at both the 200 and 500 level and  yoga therapy. Ginny, a former professional dancer and choreographer, draws upon her extensive range of movement studies to provide a safe and insightful physical yoga experience that includes proper alignment and structure as well as a gentle, easy to understand presentation of meditation & breathing. She encourages students to use journaling and other methods to tap into internal wisdom for stress relief and physical awareness. Her studies of energy transference and organic lifestyle methods, as well as her Master's degree in writing, provide a foundation for guiding students into a deeper level of understanding as they discover yoga, journaling, and organic lifestyle choices as a path to self-healing and personal balance.

David Shaddock

David Shaddock is an RYT-500 yoga teacher and Reiki Master, as well as Thai Chi and shamanism enthuasiast.. He is our "science guy" teaching anatomy, physiology and the science of crystals, energy, and more. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in both mechanical and electrical fields, as well as having a bachelor's degree in Information Technology. He is also an airplane, seaplane and hot air balloon pilot, a master gardener, a former paramedic, a musician (guitar sitar, piano), woodcrafter, champion canoe racer, a writer, gourmet chef, and more - which defines his love of learning and passion for exploring life in all its diversity. 
 David's love of teaching shines as well, and he brings a great deal of that love and his omnipresent creativity to each of the classes he teaches. His medical background (he was one of the first five Certified Emergency Cardiac Technicians in Illinois, and one of the first privately registered paramedics there as well) allows him to lecture the new yoga teacher trainees on anatomy and physiology, with special attention to inversions and prānāyāma. He has a particular affinity for Aerial Yoga and his anatomy of inversion course is insightful thanks to his experience in medicine, flying and yoga. We thank David for is hard work and Ingenuity, as his creative mind and muscle is the reason we have a medicine wheel, labyrinth, amazing meditation areas, koi ponds and so much more at Heartwood.

Heartwood employs the talents of many qualified and experienced teachers to address specialty subject matter in our programs, such as kundalini teachers, trauma yoga specialists and others who are deeply experienced in their field. This adjunct staff changes as the needs of our programs change. Our key trainers are full time staff who participate in every program with a commitment to providing a quality educational experience. We strive to design programs that provide consistency and progressive learning with opportunity for mentoring to fill in holes in your understanding, or to make up any work missed to assure you get the most out of your training with us. We follow a defined syllabus to assure a solid foundation for learning and students are given a copy of the schedule at the start of each program so they know what to expect and how to prepare and can feel confident that each program will address the full spectrum of considerations to assure competency in that area.  

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