Yoga Elements is a destination studio centrally located along the beautiful white sand beaches of Florida Panhandle (between the beaches of 30A and Panama City at Carillon Beach). Our fully integrated “boutique” studio has all the elemental building blocks of the universe incorporated into the studio’s offerings. Our mission is to present individuals, at any health level, an opportunity to thrive beyond prior experiences and connect with community.
Co-founded by LauraLynn Jansen and Dawn Brooks, in October 2012, Yoga Elements is the culmination of their combined knowledge and passion to be of service through yoga. Their commitment was to create a place where the seeds of yoga are planted into the lives of both locals and visitors to the beaches of Bay and Fort Walton counties. Lauralynn moved on in July of 2014 to new adventures in Hawaii. Dawn is now sole owner operator of Yoga Elements with a mission to provide a space for authentic yoga teaching and practice that will benefit individuals and community. Each teacher at Yoga Elements offers classes in their focus of study and is dedicated to yoga being a part of their full life.
Yoga Elements is unique in offering classes:
– In the air (aerial)
– On the water (stand up paddleboard)
– On the earth (mat)
We strive to bring Fun and Unique offerings, to the Florida panhandle, aimed at expanding your experience of yoga. Examples of this from the last year included: all day meditation retreats, Pranassage Partner workshop, Acro Yoga Workshops, Aerial and SUP Yoga Teachers trainings.
Addison WakefordYoga Teacher
Courtney SnyderYoga Teacher
Emily GibsonYoga Teacher
Jackie BellYoga Teacher
Kendall AndrewsYoga Teacher
Sherry WakefordYoga Teacher
Dawn Brooks, RN, E-RYT 500 – Founder/Owner/Yoga Teacher
Cofounder of Yoga Elements Studio. Dawn’s Yoga story spans over a decade. Yoga transformed her life of constant pain and fatigue due to a back injury and fibromyalgia to one of joy and balance leaving her able to give back to family, friends and community. Dawn is certified at the highest level of yoga education in addition has certification in Aerial Yoga and Standup Paddleboard Yoga. She is also an Usui Reiki Master Teacher. Most recently she has retired from the nursing profession to dedicate her efforts fully in teaching yoga and the challenge of Yoga Elements continued success.
Her intuitive teaching style brings the depth of her knowledge, experience and compassion to her students. She enjoys the dynamics of group classes and the special therapeutics of custom private instruction. If you are searching for a more balanced, joyful and engaged life, Dawn invites you to step onto the transformational path of yoga, your personal journey of learning new ways of moving, breathing and seeing for the rest of your life.
Addison Wakeford, RYT 200 – Yoga Teacher
Addison has always had an interest with health, fitness, and mental awareness, and when yoga crossed his path he found a deep connection with something extremely vast and limitless. With training from the Nosara Yoga Institution, located in Costa Rica, Addison teaches a Hatha based yoga class that gives the student a multi-dimentional experience. With a life-time of passion for music, Addison likes to bring that love to his classes with a live instrumental guitar piece during the end of class. Addison believes life should be fun and exciting and loves to create a space where people can be comfortable being challenged, open to looking inside themselves, and receptive of the results. He is a kid at heart and loves all that life has to offer.
Courtney Snyder, RYT 200 – Yoga Teacher
Courtney Snyder originally fell in love with yoga when she was on the wrestling team in high school in Houston, TX. Yoga was a way to make her not only more flexible, but a way to calm her mind. In the heat of competition, her breath and heartbeat was her main focus. By the time high school ended, she knew her dream was to be a yoga teacher on the beach. In October 2010, Courtney packed all of her belongings into a small U-Haul truck and drove to Panama City Beach, FL to sleep on a friends couch in order to make her dreams come true. Thanks to her loving husband’s support, Courtney began her training at Many Rivers Yoga Teacher Training in Tallahassee, FL in January of 2013 and graduated that September. She was trained in a few different styles of yoga including Yin, Hot, Ashtanga, and Flow. Courtney loves sharing her passion and love for yoga with every person she can, but loves learning from other people’s love even more. Courtney dreams of practicing Ashtanga in Mysore, India and to continue to grow her knowledge and personal practice.
Emily Gibson, RYT 200 – Yoga Teacher
Emily has practiced yoga for over 10 years. A woods wanderer, ballerina, mountain climber, horseback rider, roller skater, swimmer and skier as a child and teen, Emily now chooses to get her exercise from yoga. In 2010 she found the challenging flow designed by Jimmy Barkan, www.thebarkanmethod.com, and completed Level 1 training in summer of 2011, then Level 2/3 training in fall of 2013. Emily believes that yoga is accessible to all ages and body types and welcomes all levels into her laid back Hatha style classes. In addition to being more fit , strong and flexible than she has ever been in her life as a result of a dedicated yoga practice and healthy eating, she credits yoga with bringing more calm, focus, precision, grace, and peacefulness into her everyday life.
Jackie Bell, RYT 500 – Yoga Teacher
Jacqueline Bell’s yoga classes produce strength and vitality for the body and mind. She has completed an advanced 500/hr Teaching Training course, with studies in India, Costa Rica and Mexico. Most Recently Jackie has completed her training in Aerial Yoga at Yoga Elements.
Her main influence is Vinyasa Flow, some benefits of this class include strength, detoxification, mental and physical balance, flexibility, and stamina. Jacqueline has been teaching in Panama City Beach for four years and strives to inspire and transform both new and long-term students.
Kendall Andrews, RYT – Yoga Teacher
Kendall started dabbling in yoga several years ago while training dolphins in the San Francisco Bay area. Marine mammal training is her first love with yoga a strong second. Her practice evolved into an exploration of vinyasa after moving to San Diego. A personal trauma, that would otherwise send many folks into a self-destructive downward spiral, motivated her to pour her emotional energy into a 7 day-a-week practice. This in-depth focus of self gave her peace through the personal pandemonium.
Kendall ended her career as an animal trainer, though it pained her deeply, to join family in Vail, CO. Without dolphins to train she delved more deeply into yoga. A teacher training in Core Power Yoga was a transformative experience. “I had no idea how expansive the proverbial yogic “iceberg” really was. Teacher training gave me so much knowledge, strength, community and gratitude; things on which I draw on a daily basis.”
Since her training she has also taught power yoga in North Carolina where she was also exposed to the Baptiste method and Acro yoga. She has now found her way back to marine mammal training here at Gulf World Marine Park. “I’ve been teaching co-workers in a casual setting since I moved here last year. I was ecstatic to discover Yoga Elements this year and all of the incredible practices they offer. I am stoked to grow with this studio, as a teacher and as a student!”
Sherry Wakeford, RYT 200 – Yoga Teacher
Sherry completed her 200 hour RYT teacher training at Haro Om in Costa Rica. She began her yoga practice almost 3 years ago with hatha yoga. Yoga quickly became an important factor in her life by relieving stress, losing weight, becoming stronger, and providing an overall feeling of wellbeing. Sherry decided she wanted to help others discover the wonderful transformations that yoga has given her.
Sherry’s classes consist of slow to moderate vinyasa, core strengthening, improving flexibility, and meditation. She encourages her students to modify her class to fit their own individual needs and to find joy in their practice. Happy mind, happy body, happy life is her mantra.