I began my yoga journey with a self-taught practice at the age of 14. As I grew older and went off to college, I discovered hot yoga and instantly fell in love with every aspect of it. In 2012 I completed my first teacher training with Jimmy Barkan at the Barkan Method of Hot Yoga. I received my 200- hour RYT certificate and began teaching immediately throughout the state of Florida to a wide range of students. In the summer of 2014, I completed a Vinyasa training in Santorini, Greece with Shiva Rea, a world famous yoga teacher. Since then I have been teaching internationally and traveling to the Barkan studios in Europe and Australia. I currently teach at both the Boca and Fort Lauderdale studios.
As a young athlete, I was constantly in competition with myself and/ or another. On the mat initially, I challenged myself physically but found the real growth happening when learning to find the balance to surrender. Already living a pretty mindful lifestyle, the asana was the link to experiencing that sensation of connecting the body, mind and spirit- and I wanted more! Deepening my practice and knowledge, I completed Level 1, 2 and 3 training with Jimmy Barkan within the same year. I now encourage students to use the time on the mat to give back to themselves as a whole: challenging the body to advance, but also nurturing the body; maybe challenging the ego. I believe the physical practice is a tool to see your true self- and the reward is enjoying that same self off the mat. My classes are fun, dynamic, playful and mindful. I love to explore, try new things on and off the mat. Traveling is one of those enticing things. While visiting other places, I hosts workshops, play shops and Glow Yoga events. At home in South Florida, I teach throughout the community and hold scheduled classes at both Barkan Method studios.
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to Fort Lauderdale where I first started classes at The Barkan Method Yoga Studio. I fell in love with the practice and was certified by Jimmy Barkan and The Barkan Method Hot Yoga in 2004. I also completed The Barkan Method Level II/III Training and have been teaching at The Barkan Method Fort Lauderdale School ever since. I now have the honor of being one of Jimmy’s Senior Teachers.
Donna has been studying and practicing the Barkan Method of hot yoga intensively since 2004 and has found her efforts to be a truly life transforming experience, one that carries forward for her to this day. She has found her personal transition from practitioner to instructor to be seamless experience, prompting her decision to share this gift of yoga with others. Donna’s positive energy and encouragement empowers her students raise their confidence levels, better enabling them to achieve their full potential. Her classes focus on increasing strength, stamina and flexibility, while paying particular attention to alignment. Donna’s endearing nature and patience has proven to attract students of all levels, connecting with and inspiring them to realize their true self and purpose. The practice offers many physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual benefits but the aim is enlightenment, or simply put, the state in which everything fits together.
Donna is certified to teach the Barkan Method Level I and Vinyasa Levels II & III. She makes every effort to practice with her mentor, Jimmy Barkan regularly. Donna teaches at the College of India and the Yoga Connection. Additionally, she volunteers at Gilda’s Club, offering a restorative flow with guided meditation to recovering cancer patients and has spearheaded a yoga program for local teenage softball teams. She is available for group and private instruction.
Debra is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher, and certified to teach the Barkan Method Level I and Vinyasa Levels II & III. Debra’s enjoyment of teaching shows in her patience and calming affect that resonates with people of all ages. She is inspirational and positive and truly believes that a regular yoga practice, will transform a person’s life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Debra practices as often as she can with her guru, Jimmy Barkan. Prior to finding yoga, Debra was an avid cyclist and rock climber, having climbed many of America’s 50 Classic Climbs that include Mount Whitney, the Grand Tetons, and Half Dome in the Yosemite.
Emily Lundy, BS, E-RYT, LMT is recognized as an energetic, light-hearted inspirational leader and accomplished yoga practioner, She has been informed and influenced by master teachers such as Mahavatar Babaji, Jimmy Barkan (former senior teacher of Bikram Choudhury with over 30yrs experience), Simon Park (senior teacher of Shiva Rea), Ricky Tran (who has studied with senior teachers of Sri Krishnamacharya and Sri Pattabhi Jois), Bryan Kest, and more. Emily is accomplished in Hatha Yoga, Hot Yoga, Hot Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Pranyama, and Meditation. Coming from the business world, she found yoga as a way to heal the mind, body and to embrace her true nature. She has applied basic philosophy of yoga and asana to heal back pain, neck injury (due to a car accident), thyroid, insomnia, and body image issues. She began teaching in 2009 and has over 5,000 teaching hours.Her classes and workshops cover the internal and external aspects of yoga in an easily digestable way. Her style of teaching opens the ancient wisdom of history, pranyama, sanskrit, meditation and asana in a relatable manner of all ages, all lifestyles, and all backgrounds. She uses her in-depth knowledge of human anatomy to guide students through a safe, aligned, healing practice as a strong foundation to deepen the physical and spiritual journey of yoga. Emily earned a Bachelors’ of Science degree in Psychology from the Liberal Arts college at the University of Florida and a massage license from the Florida Department of Health. She currently teaches at The Barkan Method of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, travels internationally teaching classes and workshops, works with physicians, businesses, and schools within the U.S. to incorporate yoga into their culture, and assists with teacher training programs. Emily also uses her personal experience with fitness, boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in guiding professional athletes through yoga as a positive addition to skill building, training, body recovery, and mental focus. “My intention is to guide and inspire all students by leading them on an light-hearted, exploratory journey through not just their physical body, but their emotional and spiritual bodies as well. Regardless of whether a student is a seasoned practitioner or is stepping onto the mat for the first time I encourage every student to find acceptance in each moment and embrace the beauty of where they are physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in this present moment. As a yoga teacher, my goal is to encourage each student to play and grow with their yoga practice, their daily experiences, and most importantly in their life.”
I began practicing yoga during a transitional time in my life. I quickly fell in love and began a daily yoga practice. I didn't know it at the time, but yoga was changing many habits and behaviors that weren't serving me. My personal practice developed into a deep spiritual connection that I had always searched for. I became certified in The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga Level I, II and III in July of 2014 and began teaching the day after graduation! I truly believe that my purpose and passion in life is teaching. I immerse myself into my personal practice daily, so that I can be a better teacher, and better version of myself. I want to share my love for yoga with all of students, and help them to grow, learn, and connect through their practice. I currently teach at both of The Barkan Method locations and I am available for private lessons. I look forward to completing my 500hr RYT with Jimmy Barkan in 2016.
Lisa Goodwin is an ERYT500 yoga trainer, inspirational speaker and life coach. She has two decades of experience blending yoga and life coaching into her worldwide worships and retreats.
Lisa stared teaching at Jimmy Barkan’s in For Lauderdale, FL in 1996 and is currently his most senior teacher. Lisa’s additional training includes various styles of yoga such as Bikram, Anusara, Lyengar, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Integrative Yoga, and Ashtanga. She has developed her own sequence which can be experienced on her Warm Yoga Flow CD or Strong Body Stronger Mind DVD. Her yoga flow is beginner friendly yet will still challenge the intermediate student. Since 2004 she has helped Jimmy Barkan certifyover 900 yoga teachers worldwide. She has expanded globally and has lead workshops/retreats in Costa Rica, Santorini, Massachusetts, Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Chicago, Hawaii, Alaska, Florida, North Carolina, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Fiji.
She is a professional Life Coach and is certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Motivational Coaching, and Reiki Level 1&2. She inspires others with her unique ability to communicate both intuitively and directly.
As a community activist, Goodwin saw a need and designed a program called The Conversation Continues to help people address life challenges using her life coaching skills. Meeting once a month at a center endorsed by the City of Fort Lauderdale, the successful program is in its second year. Women In Distress-Broward County is the recipient of the donations received at Lisa Goodwin’s monthly program at George English Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In her The Conversation Continues speaking engagements, Goodwin focuses her attention on personal development and relationship skills needed in daily life. Some of her topics include: Change One Word, Change Your Life, Acceptance Versus Forgiveness, and Creating The Life You Love. As a young athlete, I was constantly in competition with myself and/ or another. On the mat initially, I challenged myself physically but found the real growth happening when learning to find the balance to surrender. Already living a pretty mindful lifestyle, the asana was the link to experiencing that sensation of connecting the body, mind and spirit- and I wanted more! Deepening my practice and knowledge, I completed Level 1, 2 and 3 training with Jimmy Barkan within the same year. I now encourage students to use the time on the mat to give back to themselves as a whole: challenging the body to advance, but also nurturing the body; maybe challenging the ego. I believe the physical practice is a tool to see your true self- and the reward is enjoying that same self off the mat. My classes are fun, dynamic, playful and mindful. I love to explore, try new things on and off the mat. Traveling is one of those enticing things. While visiting other places, I hosts workshops, play shops and Glow Yoga events. At home in South Florida, I teach throughout the community and hold scheduled classes at both Barkan Method studios.
Visit www.Lisagoodwinyoga.com to learn more about Lisa Goodwin MindBody Barkan Method schedule, workshops, retreats, and private sessions.
Matthew has been practicing Yoga since 1996 and became certified in the Barkan Method of Hot Yoga and Petra Iyengar style in 2004. Since then he incorporates a combination of Barkan, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Iyengar styles into a fusion of spontaneously inspired flows when teaching asana practice.The essence of Yoga is what has inspired Matthew to teach yoga, which is Union, or relationship with the Self, in the complete sense of what that is as being in peaceful relationship with everyone and everything as Self. Matthew’s energy is directed at teaching Yoga for the purpose Yoga was created in the first place. Conscious awareness that expands beyond what our physical senses have the capacity to recognize. The realization that when we Love ourselves unconditionally we then realize sanity for what it is, in Loving everyone else unconditionally as our Self. It has the capacity to bring awareness to the truth in everyone’s heart, when the garbage of limiting beliefs, fears, doubts and judgments are removed, and the obvious connection to everything and everyone is revealed and recognized for what it is. The lack of awareness is the only thing that causes all disease, imbalance and disharmony from the physical, mental and emotional aspects of life, to the spiritual connection and relationship we share with everything and everyone. Matthew became licensed as a massage therapist in 1996, and has been practicing body work since then. He is also a level 3 Reiki practitioner working towards his masters level, and has been incorporating Reiki energy work into the therapeutic sessions and the classes he teaches. Matthew became certified in Advanced NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programing) in 2003. And he has been training with Native American Medicine Men and Shamans from South America since 2008 through various healing and purification practices and ceremonies. He uses all of his experience to create custom programs for people who want to heal themselves and be coached along the way for their personal and spiritual growth and journey. Matthew’s passion is in the healing of the soul at the deepest of levels, which is the root of where all imbalances and diseases manifest in the physical, mental, emotional realm, and affects all relationships in life. Yoga and body/energy work are very complimentary to his true path training with Shamans and Medicine Men to be a medicine man in the Native American and Shamanic traditions and ceremonies. He has been walking the path of the Red Road (the path of love, beauty and the heart) since 2009 when it came to him through a series of events and relationships that the Universe provided him upon his personal request to genuinely heal himself and others. Since then he continues to witness and experience miracles occuring for himself and others in creating peace, happiness and harmony in life. He says “Love, Peace, happiness and a sense of genuine fulfillment is what everyone is after. And it’s the motivation as to why everyone does what they do. All too often most are mislead by the ideas of society thinking that what they are going after is going to bring them genuine happiness and peace, when all it does is create an attachment and a dependency, causing people to defend what they have worked to attain. The attempt to prove a sense of self worth through accomplishments, money, car, big house, the title or status, a sense of false security in a relationship, etc… Come to find out when most have gotten these things they are honestly not happy inside, and unwilling to admit it. Simply because they never learned to truly love themselves unconditionally first. They never realized that everyone’s worth is already established equally, based on the fact that they simply exist. And because of that they think that getting all these things will make them lovable, or worthy of love. And when they actually come to truly love themselves unconditionally they realize that all those things they once valued were completely valueless and undesirable in light of the purpose and passion that was in their hearts all along, as well as the loving relationships in their life. The things of the heart that are truly valuable, timeless and priceless. That’s healing and that’s what I love more than anything else!”
In 2003 Melanie became a certified Yoga Instructor completing Barkan Method Level 1, Level II and Level III teacher training. Melanie completed Yoga Kids International Phase 1 Training in 2004 and taught yoga at Fisher Island Day School the following year. She completed her Yoga for Seniors and Yoga Therapy certification at Duke University Integrative Medicine, Durham, North Carolina in 2006. This special certification enabled her to teach at Daniel Cantor Senior Center, Fort Lauderdale.Melanie has attended Jimmy Barkan yoga retreats in Costa Rica, Brazil and Greece. She leads her own retreats on board Star Clipper and annually at Sundance, Utah and the Yog Sadhan Ashram in West Chicago, Illinois. She has conducted retreats in Peru, Costa Rica, and Morocco as well as on board Clipper ships in Costa Rica, Western Mediterranean, Greek Islands, Turkey and across the Atlantic Ocean with stops in Morocco, Canary Islands and St. Marten. Melanie is writing a book of yoga tips featuring her original oil paintings. The book is an accumulation of affirmations and tips from her travels around the world. She taught yoga while traveling to SE Asia as part of the CARE International delegation following the Tsunami of 2004 and participated in the 2005 Caribbean 1500 Sailboat rally teaching yoga while on board and at beaches in the British Virgin Islands. Melanie taught yoga at Treasure Island Resort and at Jean Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji. She practiced and taught yoga to her crew while ascending Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2007. Melanie was invited to be guest Yoga Instructor on Crystal Cruise's Mind, Body, Spirit themed cruises from Singapore to Dubai; London to New York; the Panama Canal, Mexican Riveiera, Brazil, Argentina and the Caribbean. She is the Yoga component on Yoga and Sail Yacht Charters in the Virgin Islands on board the Sophisticated Lady 55ft. Jeanneau. In 2016, Melanie will be leading a retreat on the west coast of Ireland and at Gologone Resort in Sardinia. Melanie Trunkey Camp is a consultant to authors and President of her publishing company, Trunkey Publishing, Inc. Her new DVD "Healing Yoga at Sundance" will be released in December 2015 and will be available for download on her website, Artfulyoga.com
Born in a small city just outside of Asheville, North Carolina, Taryn participated in many sporting activities, including basketball, volleyball, and soccer, which impacted her life greatly. After experiencing chronic pain from injuries in her athletic career, she found yoga to recover both physically and mentally. Living a healthy life mentally, physically and emotionally is extremely important to Taryn. Her love for life and passion to inspire people to live to their highest potential is contagious. Taryn lives her happiness in such a big way, that you will leave her yoga classes feeling refreshed, re-energized and fulfilled. Taryn doesn’t teach the “typical” yoga class that you may be use to, in her classes you not only receive the physical benefits of yoga, but as a certified Master Life Coach she will help to elevate the mind and body experience to new levels. She was certified in the Barkan Method for Level 1, and Vinyasa Level 11, in 2014. Immediately after, Taryn began her journey teaching yoga at the Fort Lauderdale Barkan studio.
Originally a certified school teacher, Wendy has brought her love of teaching to yoga. Having attended Jimmy Barkan’s classes since 2001,she became certified in both The Barkan Method Hot Yoga in 2004 and Hot Vinyasa Level II & III in 2006. Because of her education background Wendy’s teaching method utilizes concise information to relay the alignment, benefits and joy of yoga to her students. “It is gratifying to extend my knowledge of yoga to enhance the lives and well-being of others.