Brandi Sadler, L.M.T
Owner, Teacher, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Battling with low back pain for many years, she attended first yoga class at age 16. “My mom took me to my first yoga class in high school, and I was hooked. It was here that I began to understand how my body worked. Yoga provided me the tools to be able to begin to fix my body and deal with my pain. I am so grateful to have been introduced to yoga at such a young age, as it has paved this path of life I am walking, it has has taught me the importance of kindness to all, and helped me to find equanimity in my life.”
Straight out of high school, in 2004 Brandi attended The Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy in Jacksonville, FL. She has since been a licensed massage therapist for over 14 years. The anatomy and knowledge of the human body that she learned in massage school greatly increased the depth of knowledge of her body in her own yoga practice. This in-depth training has led her desire to continue to teach alignment-based classes, helping people to understand and heal their own bodies on a deeper, more specific level.
In 2007 Brandi completed an Ashtanga based 100-hour teacher training in Kauai, HI with Bhavani Maki. Before her next teacher training, Brandi started teaching free classes at friend’s houses, just for the love of teaching. In 2009 she completed a 200-hour Yoga Works teacher training with Tzahi Moskovitz, in Gainesville, Florida. This alignment-based practice complemented her knowledge of the human anatomy and helped her to see the human body as a more dynamic, thoroughly connected being. Brandi has been teaching a wide variety of classes since 2009, including Flow, Strengthen & Stabilize, Ashtanga, Yin, and Alignment Based Flow.
Brandi spent two summers in Costa Rica traveling and teaching yoga. In 2010 she volunteered teaching at Cascaada Verde and The Flutterby House, and in 2011 she spent 9 weeks at The Yoga Farm teaching daily classes. Since 2013, she has been teaching and managing a free, weekly yoga class at the Tom Petty Park, in Gainesville. In 2017 Brandi started co-teaching an annual 200-hour yoga teacher training with Kira Ben-Hamo and Makara Yoga, held on the University of Florida campus, in Gainesville. Prior to co-teaching this training, for three prior years, Brandi was a guest teacher for this training holding anatomy, arm balance, and inversion workshops.
In May, 2018 Brandi did her first 10-day Vipassana sit in Jesup, GA. “This was, mentally, one of the hardest things I have done. It was an amazing and life-changing for me.” In July 2018 Brandi traveled to the Sacred Valley of Peru to complete her 300 hr teacher training through the School Yoga Institute, where she studied with Anita Sundaram & Maha Devi.
“I teach yoga because I want to be able to share my understanding of the body with others. My massage therapy background has shaped my yoga practice and teaching, allowing me to see the ways that our bodies compensate, move and restrict movement when dealing with injuries and misalignments. I want to share this understanding of the body through movement and asana to help others learn how to heal their own issues and ailments, I enjoy teaching to teacher, helping them to see their students with a more detailed and fine-tuned eye.”
Giving back to the community, holding space for people to grow, and being able to share her love of yoga people of all abilities is a large aspect of teaching for Brandi.
Keri Johnson is a Jivamukti Yoga® teacher, mental health counselor, and entrepreneur.She began practicing yoga in her early teens, and it has been a life-long love affair ever since! In her classes, Keri weaves together traditional yoga philosophy with devotion, Sanskrit chanting, breath awareness, invitational language, uplifting music, and dynamic sequencing. Her goal is to inspire students to connect to the present moment through their breath, while mindfully honoring the wisdom of their body in a joyful and supportive way, providing students with a heart-opening and refreshing experience. Her classes are great for those who are looking for an opportunity to turn inward, be guided by their breath, and trust the inner wisdom of their body as they play and flow through well-rounded and robust asana practice. Keri humbly bows down to the lotus feet of her teachers for offering the ancient teachings of yoga, while inspiring her to share them with all willing individuals. Keri welcomes all practitioners to come and share the Sacredness of Yoga.
Larry has been a practitioner of yoga since 1998 and completed RYT 200 teacher training in 2002 at HAYC in Virginia and then taught regular classes for eleven years. Larry’s primary study has been with the Anusara style and yoga alignment principles which he uses for the basis of his teaching.
Kate Keskinen took her first yoga class in 2008 while looking to sustain the strength, flexibility, and body awareness she had gained from years of dance experience. While the physical practice of yoga enhanced her mind-body connection and engagement, what really surprised her was the mental clarity and shift in consciousness that yoga eventually brought, and continues to bring.
As a teacher, she wants to share that magic shift with her students, as well as the idea that you can start with a physical practice, which with focus and dedication can turn into something so much more beautiful. Her classes are focused on the breath, letting it guide and develop movement, and the physical discipline of repeated and sustained asana practice. She believes that an initial concentration on the most superficial limb of yoga is just the gateway to a deeper path.
“It’s all about balance. Building strength and flexibility in our bodies creates strength and flexibility in our minds. Like yin and yang, parts of one quality always live in the heart of it’s opposite. That is what yoga teaches us. Finding connection and harmony with all things, especially within ourselves.”
Kate received her Yoga Alliance certification in Florence, Italy where she taught before returning home to Florida. She is honored to join the Wildflowers Yoga team, and can't wait to see Gainesville's yoga community grow a new limb! She continues to study and constantly explore the facets of her daily practice and expression through movement.