Kelsie Ruff Smith, Executive Director
Kelsie Ruff Smith assumed the role of Executive Director of Blissful Life Corporation in June 2018 after three years of serving on our board. Kelsie has been teaching yoga at Blissful Life since completing her YTT-200 program with BLC in 2015. A yogi since 2002, Kelsie's blend of Hatha-Kripalu-Vinyasa flow focuses on improving mental health and healing of traumas. Even her more advanced classes culminate in a sea of meditative relaxation to enhance stress reduction. Her 3 class rules are, "If it hurts, don't do it." She is also a certified Usui Reiki Master practitioner. Kelsie lives in Ocala with her husband, 2 beautiful bonus daughters, 4 rescue dogs, and cat.
Originally from Nashville, TN, Abby Sue has been a student of Belly Dance since 2004. She has studied a variety of styles beginning with Cabaret and Tribal Fusion and considers herself a fusion artist. Abby Sue is a member of the flamenco fusion troupe Danza del Alma based out of Gainesville, FL and directs a local student troupe here in Ocala, FL. Through weaving her love of Tribal, Folkloric, Romani Gypsy, and Latin dances, Abby Sue strives to inspire students to explore the creativity within themselves and to build the confidence to share it.
"There are so many styles and teachers of Belly Dance to experience. I can teach you the basics but the rest is up to you. I believe that through Belly Dance, women can learn to accept and love themselves no matter their size, shape, or age. Come learn to love yourself with me."
New dancers, experienced dancers, non dancers, bad dancers, shy dancers, geeky dancers... All are welcome!
You can find Abby Sue online at www.BellyArtistOcala.com.
Calli (right) has been a Hatha Yoga instructor since 1995. She's been fortunate to learn many styles through classes, workshops, and retreats (including Iyengar, Yin, and Kripalu). Her teachings have benefited from all of them. She also offers Mantra and Meditation on Sundays. A mantra is simply a repetition of sound or vibration. Meditation is simply sitting in stillness, just observing what arises and subsequently dissolves.
Carley has been a student of yoga for over 10 years, practicing any and all types as a way to support mental health and well-being. She is a recent graduate from the RYT 200 Training offered at Blissful Life and hopes to share her love and practice to help others form a healthy relationship with their mind and body!
Debbie Littlefield, certified hypnotist and certified mental strength trainer, founded her company Modify My Mind in October of 2017. While going through the process of creating Modify My Mind LLC, she found herself being pulled in the direction of stress reduction. It is her mission to restore peace in the hearts of humanity. With the workplace being a major contributor to our daily stress she reaches out to one of the most stressful positions to be in, Management.
A stressed manager has difficulty interacting with the team. They may be unable to express their ideas clearly and find it difficult to make decisions. Once they become disengaged the whole team suffers.
When we provide a solution to the stress of our leaders, they naturally become better leaders. They are making better decisions, interaction with their team becomes more meaningful, and the overall culture of the company improves.
Modify My Mind has combined the knowledge behind thinking systematically with the natural relaxing and calming attributes of hypnosis, allowing management to quickly and easily clear the mind and align with the project.
Just for a moment, imagine a company that not only taught clarity of thought, they demanded it. How much more would get done if the team is focused and engaged, intentionally working toward a goal?
Please feel free to contact Debbie via email at Debbie@modifymymind.com. Mention code "50 For Bliss" to donate $50.00 of your custom audio purchase directly to Blissful Life Corporation.
Jennifer Kelley McCracken
Jennifer has been practicing and teaching Yoga and Wellness since 2001. Since her journey began, she has had many amazing opportunities to nurture balance in many lives.
ERYT500 – National Yoga Alliance
RYS200 – National Yoga Alliance
YACEP – National Yoga Alliance
Add-Heart Facilitator – Heartmath Institute
Reiki Master Instructor
Follow Jen at her website: www.jensyogaclass.com
Renee began her Yoga journey in 2015 when she attended her first class at the urging of her sister. Immediately, she knew she had found her home in the practice of Yoga as she began to feel happier, less stressed and her life became infused with renewed purpose as a Yoga teacher. She began her training in 2016 and received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification followed by her 500 hour Master Yoga Teacher certification in 2018. Her approach to teaching is a simple one: Help others find happiness through the many paths of Yoga.
Rhonda's yogic journey started when a wonderful woman she worked with started a meditation group using Paramahansa Yogananda Kriya Yoga techniques. Rhonda has implemented these teachings into her life, practicing spiritual principles. She has dedicated a room in her house to focus her energy with yoga, prayer, meditation, and mantra chanting. These teachings have helped her to start on a new Spiritual journey for the rest of her life.
"I have always been drawn to yoga because of how good it makes me feel. I had an enchanting experience in an Amrit Yoga Nidra class like I did in my first yoga class at age twelve. The Amrit method of Yoga called to my heart and I wanted more of this in my life. I researched how to get certified in Amrit Yoga level 1, I Am Yoga. Amrit Yoga Institute's 'posture of consciousness' program opened up for me to take my yoga training and received my 200-hour certification. I had a true transformation during my training at the Amrit Yoga Institute of:
Mind; my perspective on life has changed
Body; my gait has changed and my sciatica improved with this methodology
Heart; my voice has softened and my heart was healed from old scars
Soul; I Am
"Now it is my passion to open all hearts to Amrit Yoga as a practice for recovering from the stresses of life."
Yoga has been a part of Tracy's journey for over 10 years now. Through her practice, it has offered her an awareness in which has created space from the obstacles in her own body (physically, mentally, and spiritually) to live a more flexible and fearless life, both on and off the mat.
"I have found that yoga is a relationship that is built between your body, mind, and breath while it has also inspired me to live each moment mindfully.
"It is my intention to share in and help others find their own release of 'letting go' so they can comfortably and competently move their bodies through life with liberation– Sat Nam"