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 class rules are, "If it hurts, don't do it." She is also a certified Usui Reiki level 1 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.
Alice Watts, RYT500, Master Yoga Teacher, and Registered Nurse, appreciates gentle, healing asanas that honor self-acceptance. Her additional certifications include "Get Fit Where You Sit" Chair Yoga (accessible for all), Prenatal Yoga (also Baby & Me), and Creative Kids Yoga (Creative Movement, Art & Storytelling).
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.
Clinton is a ten-year Army special operations Veteran. "After living my life with anger and PTSD from my childhood and my experience with war, I was guided to Quantum Healing hypnosis technique, or QHHT." QHHT is a past life regression in the somnambulistic state. He then created his own modality called Cosmic Quantum Awakening, and with this technique he has had miraculous results. "Addicts have cured themselves, depression--cured... fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, just to name a few."
He also teaches advanced meditation techniques and explains what and who you are communicating with when you meditate. His class, "Advanced Mediation & Manifestation," teaches students to use their subconscious to create any life that they want by programming the subconscious with different techniques.
Daniel has been practicing yoga since 2006, initially starting for rehabilitation from numerous sport injuries. He practiced yoga on and off, learning and befriending several different practices on the way. He writes, "Throughout my adventures, I created a dynasty of knowledge. From different cultures, from food, and Spiritual practices. And on my new adventure, I decided to really further my practice within vinyasa and yin. I will receive my YTT-200 Hour certification in May 2019, and am considering pursuing the 500 hours to maintain as much knowledge as I can to enlightenment myself and others."
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.
Eli Lopez is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher RYT-500, a E-RYT 200, a Continuing Education provider for Yoga teachers (YACEP), and an approved Yoga School RYS-200. Her areas of expertise are Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Chair Yoga (all levels for every style). She carries over 2,300 hours of Yoga teaching experience. Eli restores the flow of the chakras (centers of energy in the human body) working with pendulums, crystals, and 432 Hz healing frequencies. She has been delivering Guided Meditations as well, combined with quartz singing bowls Sound Bath. Eli is also a certified fitness instructor, CPR/AED, and a Personal Trainer. "We are all interconnected in the never fading Flower of Life," she said. Much Light and Love. Namaste. Find out more on her website, www.gurueli.com.
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
- C-IAYT – International Association of Yoga Therapists
- Add-Heart Facilitator – Heartmath Institute
- Reiki Master Instructor
Follow Jen at her website: www.jensyogaclass.com
Jessica Schultz has been a personal trainer and yoga instructor for six years, just recently relocating from Huntsville, Alabama to the Ocala area. She has a bachelor's degree in English/Education, and for several years worked as a schoolteacher for Huntsville City Schools. During her time with teaching she pursued her Yoga 200RYT certification as well as become a Certified Personal Trainer. She left the school system and focused on her role as a fitness/wellness teacher. She has been married to her husband Dan for 12 years, and together they have four children, a girl and three boys. She enjoys being outdoors on her Citra farm with her kids, and they all enjoy family workouts in the barn. It is her passion to help people find balance, flexibility, and better health through yoga and fitness.
Joan started practicing vinyasa yoga in January of 2017 regularly, after noticing some minor joint pain from one too many hard falls during theatre productions, and found immediately that the practice not only eased and strengthened her body, it did wonders for her mindset as well. After some serious consideration and consulting an admired teacher and friend, she decided to sign up for a 200-hr. yoga teacher training at Shakti Vinyasa Yoga in Seattle, Washington, and completed their intensive in the summer of 2018. Uncertain she even wanted to teach upon completion, Joan was nevertheless amazed at how much the experience deepened her own practice, inspired her curiosity about yogic philosophy and Eastern religion, and greatly helped her to reconnect with herself and the world around her, discovering her own inner joy, which continues to expand and reveal itself with each moment she explores her new way of being. Although she very much still considers herself a student and a novice, Joan is delighted to share her love of yoga with and learn from anyone who shows up ready to share and learn as well!
Julie writes, "Hello! I’m Julie, and Yoga has and continues to improve my life journey. I have experienced a wonderful physical, emotional, and spiritual transformation by practicing Yoga. My goal as your Yoga instructor is to guide you in your practice to grow and enjoy your journey." Julie's classes are often a beautiful blend of Gentle, Kripalu, and Restorative Yoga, which she marries together each week in our Chair Yoga class. "My hope is for you to gain strength and ease in your body, emotional balance, and a spiritual awakening. Hope to see you soon! Namaste and blessings."
Mary Nadenik wears myriad hats in both for her professional and personal lives. In addition to her role as a yoga teacher for Blissful Life Corporation, Mary is a licensed aesthetician, her private business Skin Care by Mary sharing a suite with BLC. She also has a side business painting vintage furniture. When she’s not working hard to beautify the world in one form or fashion, Mary loves spending time with her children, playing tennis, hiking, and kayaking. She holds a bachelors degree in psychology and is certified in Kripalu Yoga. Mary enjoys teaching yoga to newcomers, sharing her love of the practice with those who are trying it for the first time.
Reane Russell graduated from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts with an AA in Mind Body Psychology. She is also a Certified Life Coach and a Certified Holistic Nutrition Specialist. Reane currently owns a company called Wombman Healing, specializing in helping women heal, align, and awaken the Goddess within them. She offers Oracle Card Readings, Meditations, Online Classes, a Personal Growth Book Club and a variety of products to support women. Here at Blissful Life, Reane shares the art of Meditation by providing guided journeys to this space within. She currently offers a Chakra Activation Meditation and a Moon Magic Meditation. These meditation classes are open to both women and men. For more information about Reane, about her journey, and about her company Wombman Healing, please visit WombmanHealing.com and Facebook.com/ReaneRussell. You can also shop Reane's products in-studio in our boutique.
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"
Vickie Griffith struggled with weight until she stopped dieting. "As a shy (I choose to use the word reserved) fat, unhappy teenager, I lived everyday as a wall flower. Due to my lack of confidence and a low self-esteem, I was really good at sabotaging any efforts to lose weight and keep it off.
"That is until I lost 49 pounds has kept it off for 18 years using simple, easy to implement tools that stopped the food cravings, managed anxiety, and stopped the sabotage.
"I went from a ho-hum, unhappy, fat existence as a teenager to Certified Hypnotist, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) professional, speaker, regularly featured radio and TV show guest."
Also, Vickie is the author of Stucked UP! A BreakThrough Path to Unstuck, a Licensed Minister, and an adjunct Professor at the University of Richmond.
"Group members talk about my infectious enthusiasm and deceptively low-key, casual approach. I love to travel throughout the country offering keynotes, coaching, and workshops."
Find out more at https://www.40lbsin40days.com/.
Wendy Miller has an extensive background as an author and business owner. She is the founder of Bare Feet Free Spirit, a website where she writes about meditation, relationships, parenting, and living life by your own rules. She thrives on helping women find harmony between all aspects of their lives so they can follow their passions while raising families, cultivating relationships and creating a life they love.
She is a lover of personal growth and is always learning and finding new ways to be effective. She has meditated off and on for nearly two decades, becoming serious about her practice about five years ago and becoming a meditation teacher in the summer of 2018. She offers a variety of guided meditations designed to help reduce and relieve stress, calm anxiety, find gratitude, and more.
Wendy describes herself as an introvert who sometimes pretends to be an extrovert. She works as a writer, virtual assistant, self-care coach and meditation teacher while also homeschooling and solo parenting. She lives in Ocklawaha with her two sons and what feels like a zoo full of animals.
Refuge Recovery is a non-profit organization grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for a path to freedom from addiction. This is an approach to recovery that understands: All individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering that is caused by addiction. We feel confident in the power of the Dharma, if applied, to relieve suffering of all kinds, including the suffering of addiction. This is a process that cultivates a path of awakening, the path of recovering from the addictions and delusions that have created so much suffering in our lives and in this world.
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Ambassadors of Nature
Ambassadors of Nature offers a unique, up-close experience to see the natural world right in front of you. They bring nature to you with an exciting presentation featuring their very own animal ambassadors. Their company has big aspirations to teach both children and adults about the world around us and the animals we share it with.
Owner, Aimee Pritchard, has been working as a zookeeper and supervisor for over 10 years at top-rated facilities. During this time Aimee has worked with a multitude of animals from birds to crocodiles, and everything in between. She spent her childhood watching the animals at Silver Springs in Ocala, Florida, and as an adult worked there until the closing in 2013. Her true passion is sharing her love of nature and animals with the next generation. Inspiring our next generation is the key to saving species everywhere.
Visit them online at http://www.ambassadorsofnature.com.