Yoga Instructors – Meet the Team

Our team consists of six yoga and Pilates instructors certified by Yoga Alliance with over 30 combined years of experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to seeing you on the mat!

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Rebecca schwab-talpas

Owner of Salute to the Sol, Rebecca has been teaching and practicing yoga in the Florida Keys since 2015. She is a certified yoga instructor, E-RYT 200, YACEP with Yoga Alliance. Rebecca enjoys creating an environment that allows you to tap into your inner and outer strength and flexibility. Although alignment is central to her classes, the joy of her virtual and in-person yoga practices are that they are not taken too seriously. Smiling from the heart is where it is at!

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Bonnie d kennedy

Bonnie came to Salute to the Sol with a specialty in YogaFusion, focusing on body alignment and laughter. In addition to Pranyama, Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin, her classes also incorporate Restorative and Meditation.

Bonnie is a certified Laughter Yoga Leader Coach and Reiki 1 and Shakti Flow® Certified. In addition, she is fully insured and certified in advanced CPR training, as well as a member in good standing of the Hands-on Trade Association. Her specialties include Vinyasa/Power Flo Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Chakra Yoga, Partner Yoga, Yin Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Aromatherapy yoga, Shakti Flow®, and more.

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amber viles

Amber Viles is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance, a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with a Masters of Art. Working in the clinical mental health counseling field, it became evident to her that helping others was a holistic process. Amber completed yoga teacher training and gained a deeper understanding into the mind-body connection to better serve others.

Ambers invigorating yoga flow facilitates body awareness, emotional consciousness, and the connection of movement with breath. Her classes share her yoga philosophy mixed with creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness, and a space where students are encouraged to learn, grow, and create themselves, both on and off the mat.

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maureen dinkins

Maureen’s yoga journey started out in a time her life when she was seeking a deeper meaning of life and the Universe. After her first yoga class, she was hooked and decided to enroll in her first teacher training. In 2017, Maureen decided traveled to India. It was there that she learned the historical roots of yoga, most specifically, Ashtanga Yoga.

After spending two months studying in Mysuru followed by dedicated practices around the world, Maureen has developed into a knowledgeable yoga teacher and has led many students into becoming highly qualified yoga instructors. Maureen’s enthusiasm for yoga and her devotion to her students has made her one of the most respected teachers around.

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Lea moeller

A certified mat Pilates instructor who loves to integrate breath work and a variety of core work into her classes, Lea Moeller’s classes are truly unique to her teaching style. She’s passionate about seeing her students progress with their practice and feel stronger with every session. Lea encourages her yoga students to try new things and enjoy the journey. Most importantly, each class incorporates a little laughter and light heartedness.

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jin smith

Meet the newest addition to our team of certified yoga instructors, Jin Smith! Jin’s practice encompasses mindful movement, healthy habits, and natural, non-toxic living. She believes the beauty of yoga and pilates is about building a better, stronger relationship with oneself.

Jin is a certified Power Pilates mat teacher and a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. Her teaching focuses on low-impact movements with controlled breathing to ensure access to every muscle. She’s passionate about working with everyone and to make clients feel good about their bodies no matter where they are on their journey. She is currently finishing her MSTOM in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.

Ready to hit the mat?