Palm Coast, FL
YOGA  for every "Body" type and all ages. 

 Yoga  for every "BODY"

"Your transformation is in your own hands."

About Us


At Padma Yoga, we are enthusiastic about what yoga can do for our clients in the Palm Coast, FL area. We have witnessed the benefits of yoga firsthand and seen how it works to improve mind, body and spirit.



Our Teachers

Micki “Padma” Higgins             

E-RYT 500, Professional Master Level, CKYT, CDYT, LVCYT, CKKYT, CPYT, AYC ,   Certified Discovery Yoga Teacher Trainer - RYS ,  YACEP


Micki "Padma" first became interested in yoga at the age of 56 while watching an Oprah show in April of 2001 featuring yoga for stress relief with Rodney Yee. This began her personal life changing and healing journey.

What began as a "once in a while stress relief class" became a passion for the practice of yoga. Through the guidance of her first teacher, Eryn Boudreau, she began teacher training in 2003, graduating in 2004 from Discovery Yoga, St. Augustine,FL, ultimately receiving a 200 hour certification in Discovery and Kripalu Yoga from Deva Parnell.

 Since that time Micki has continued her personal growth studying with nationally known teachers and also attending many workshops and seminars. Micki has now completed her 500-hour Master Level professional certification at Discovery Yoga with Christopher Baxter and has since completed the required hours teaching to receive the E-RYT 500 status. In early 2007, Micki found it increasingly difficult to continue in her "regular" job and also teach yoga. Listening to her inner voice, she took a leap of faith and retired early at age 62 to teach yoga full time. She has never regretted that decision.


 In November 2009 Micki opened "Padma Yoga", a center for yoga, health and wellness, at 5 Utility Drive, Ste.# 15, in Palm Coast, FL 32137


 "I am always a student first, learning from other teachers and also from my own students whom I am privileged to teach and guide. Yoga has been a true transformation for me.  Sharing the gifts of knowledge my teachers have given me and helping others to make positive changes in their lives through yoga is my priority.

 

Thanks to all my teachers who have so generously shared their knowledge.


 I extend my gratitude to Deva Parnell, Christopher Baxter and Discovery Yoga for caring and teaching me in the ways of a teacher.  


Thanks to my students, past and present, for caring about yourselves and allowing me to help you on your healing journey of yoga. I have learned so much from all of you.


And a very special thank you to Eryn Boudreau for the gentle "push" and seeing in me what I could not. I will always be grateful to you, my first teacher. You hold a special place in my heart. Namaste.'


Peace and Love to all,

Micki "Padma" 


Other Certifications Include:


***All certifications received from nationally recognized and certified professionals in their field

  • "Ayurvedic Yoga" with "Chaya" Sharon Heller.
  • "Karma Kids Yoga” with Shari Vilchez Blatt
  • "Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga" (LVCY) with Lakshmi                      Voelker
  • "Prenatal Yoga " with Janice Clarfield

  • "Safe Yoga for Skeletal Health, Osteoporosis and other             Spine Conditions" with Sarah Meeks
  • “Teaching and Guiding Meditation” with Christopher                   Baxter
  • Sky Styx  & Chair Styx with Christopher Baxter

*Advanced Trainings, Workshops and Other Studies Include:

  **All have been studied with certified professionals

  •  "Myofascia, Prana and the Bandhas"  with Jeffrey Shoaf,
  •  "Iyengar Yoga Basics" with John Charping and Betty Larsen
  • "Advanced Postures and Hands-On Assisting" with Deb Vinyard
  • "Hip Openers", "Holding in the Postures" and "Inversions and Arm Balances" with Eryn Boudreau
  • "Mandala Yoga" (Yoga in the "Round") with Madrona Yoga in Point Roberts, WA
  • "Meditation, Pranyama and the Chakras" with Christopher Baxter
  • "Restorative Yoga with Kate Cordell
  • "Sadhana Retreat I", study of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras with Christopher Baxter
  • "Sanskrit and Hindi, Reading, Writing and Chanting" with Aradhika Webber
  •  "The Art of Teaching, Level II" with Deva Parnell
  • "The Four Core Practices of Yoga" with Christopher Baxter
  • "The Joy of Living", “Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche's Meditation Training, Levels I and II” with Tim Olmstead
  • "The Spirit of Change" with Christopher Baxter
  • "Wellness as a Way of Life" with Christopher Baxter
  • "Yamas and Niyamas" with Connie Windon
  • "Yin Yoga" with Arla Larson
  • "Yoga and Ayurveda" with Beverly Segel
  • "Yoga of the Chakras" with Christopher Baxter
  • “Functional Anatomy and Restorative Yoga” with Marlyssa Sulivan
  • “Yoga Philosophy”, “Yoga Nidra” and “Chanting” with Steve Ross at Guruv Yoga in Orlando,FL
  • "Core Asanas I and II" with Christopher Baxter
  •  Two Workshops on "Sacred Postures, Archetypes Through Yoga" with Chitra (Mirit) Eder-Turley
  •  "Safe Yoga" with Lisa McQuade

Karen Burtnett 

Discovery Yoga CYT - E-200

Kripalu Tradition


Karen has practiced yoga since 2002. She completed Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training in May 2015 at Discovery Yoga in St. Augustine and is currently enrolled in the Discovery 300 Hour Master Level Program. Karen taught the Yoga “Basics” Class at Padma Yoga for 15 months and now substitutes for Yin Yoga. 


She is happy to be part of the yoga community and is striving to be as knowledgeable and compassionate as her many mentors, teachers and fellow yoga participants – wishing all peace, love and light …



Karen is currently pursuing her Master Level Certification having now completed:

  • "The Art of Teaching: Three stages of Kripalu Yoga" w/Deva Parnell
  • "Safe Yoga" w/Lisa McQuade
  • "Functional Anatomy and Therapeutic Yoga" w/Tra Kirkpatrick
  • "Myofasciae, Prana and the Bandhas" w/Jeffrey Shoaf


Carole Saal

Discovery Yoga CYT - 200

Kripalu Tradition


 

In 2001, while living in Mexico, Carole noticed a sign for yoga classes on the wall of the local market. She arrived at the address and followed a path through a beautiful garden that led to a thatched-roof hut where a group of women were sitting in a circle on the ground. Between the Sanskrit and Spanish, Carole had no idea what the teacher was saying but she joined in, watched their movements, listened to their breathing and at some point it didn’t matter anymore that she couldn’t understand the words because the whole experience began to make intuitive sense to her body, mind and spirit. She has been a student of yoga ever since.

Carole’s thirst for yoga led her to try and practice many forms of yoga over the years and developed further into a lifestyle. She credits yoga with introducing her to cherished friends and carrying her through the life challenge of grief. She is a 200 Hour Certified RTY in the Kripalu tradition and was trained under Micki Higgins in the Discovery Yoga Teacher Training Program at Padma Yoga. Her classes are theme focused so that each class is a little different but also incorporates foundational postures for students to notice their own developmental progress. She uses meditation, visualization, inspirational readings and breath work.

Carole is originally from Virginia, loves to grow orchids, cook and engage in festivities with family and friends. She also owns an event planning and hospitality business in the Sports Car Racing industry.

Michele Rene` Toner

Discovery Yoga CYT - 200

Kripalu Tradition


  Michele has been a very active athlete all her life. Starting with ice skating then into gymnastics. Her first job was teaching aerobics. She then moved to Colorado to snowboard and mountain bike for 13 years. All of that high impact took a toll on her body. Michele believes in the power of regular massage and yoga to relieve joint pain. She has always been drawn to yoga and immediately felt at home when she walked into Padma Yoga. Michele would like to say


 " I give thanks to Micki, Deborah, Beverly, Lidia and Deva at Discovery Yoga for sharing the love and knowledge of yoga with me. My life has and continues to change every time I get on my mat. Namaste...The light in me honors the light in you. Much love and see you in the studio!"

 

Kathryn Weed

Discovery Yoga CYT - 200

Kripalu Tradition


Kathryn found yoga about 10 years ago as she searched for “something” to resonate with her spiritual journey. She entered a new yoga studio in Flagler Beach and met a newly certified instructor. Her name: Micki Higgins. 


Yoga became a special friend, a resource for spirit, a haven from everyday life, a loving path. Her yoga practice continues to amaze her as she accepts her role on this wonderful journey and opens herself to the All-good. Becoming an instructor fills her with joy for the opportunity to share this magic. "Thank you, Micki."


LuAnn Henry

Discovery Yoga RYT -  200

Kripalu Tradition


LuAnn began practicing Yoga in 2007 as a way to quiet her mind and nurture her body. Always spiritual, the union of mind and body resonated inspiring her to teach and encourage others to discover their gifts with an open and honest heart.

LuAnn is a 200 hour certified Kripalu trained RYT who guides a moving mediation of asana, pranayama and spiritual chanting concentrating on proper alignment and safety. LuAnn was trained by Micki Higgins under the Discovery Yoga Teacher Training Program at Padma Yoga.

LuAnn extends gratitude to her mentors who shared their personal gifts allowing her to connect with the profound and celebrate in the joy of their wisdom -Micki Higgins, Kim Friedman, Kay Williams and Jen Sayers.

LuAnn has  recently completed "Yin Teacher Training and Practitioner Immersion" with Stephen Shambach at Discovery Yoga Center in Saint Augustine.


Toni Mayes

Certified Teacher

"Kidding Around Yoga"


Toni Mayes, certified in "Kidding Around Yoga", had a passion for working with children. It began long ago during her early years growing up in Palm Coast. She moved away for several years, but has now returned to her roots and began pursuing her love of working with children. 

She presently runs her own in home daycare, and established "Peace by Pieces Healing & Wellness. LLC  with the focus on children. She added "Kidding Around Yoga" offering yoga classes in the educational system and fitness venues. Teaching children how to manage stress and emotions through the practice of yoga is Toni's goal. Beginning this April, Toni is offering classes to children at Padma Yoga LLC, in Palm Coast.

"Children need stress management tools to take with them into the future. Peace begins with guiding them in the use of these tools." 

As we say in "Kidding Around Yoga"...

"May the whole world be filled with peace and joy, love and light, and lots of peaceful children."

Toni's additional certifications include:

Paraprofessional, Daycare Registration

Foundations of Positive Psychology

Home Health Aide

1st Level Reiki 

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Josh Barnes

Discovery Yoga CYT - 200

Kripalu Tradition




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Alicia Mallak

Discovery Yoga CYT - 200 

Kripalu Tradition


Also Certified in Sky Styx and Chair Styx


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Nancy Tiernan

Discovery Yoga CYT -  200

Kripalu Tradition




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Irina Korshun

Vinyasa  CYT - 200






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Mynn Lanphier

Discovery Yoga CYT - 200

Kripalu Tradition




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Penny Thorne

Certified Guide

Yoga Nidra




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