Our Teachers

JoAnn Evans

JoAnn has dedicated herself to the propagation of Yoga. She has been teaching Yoga for 35 years. She was awarded the title of Yoga Siromani in 1975 from Swami Vishnu Devananda after 6 weeks of Teacher Training at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Val Morin, Quebec Canada. Before moving to Florida 30 years ago, JoAnn veoperated a successful studio in the D.C. area. At the Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach, she teaches Hatha Yoga, stress reduction, meditation, Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutra classes. Hundreds of students have completed her teacher training classes in South Florida and Evergreen Yoga in Bethesda, Maryland. Her Yoga classes draw students from all over the country. Her unparalleled style of teaching Raja Yoga combines postures, breathing techniques and meditation with methods to incorporate the philosophy of Yoga into our daily lives. Her knowledge of the body enables her to effectively teach beginners as well as the most advanced students. Her wisdom, kindness and wit create a stimulating and warm environment for her students. JoAnn has been the Yoga Center Director of Training since our Teacher Training program began in 1988. She has 500 instruction hours registered with Yoga Alliance.


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Louise Goldberg, ERYT 500

Louise Goldberg, E.R.Y.T. 500, was certified as a yoga teacher at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Quebec, Canada, in 1981. She is also a licensed massage therapist and holds a Master’s degree in education. Louise is the anatomy instructor for the Yoga Center’s Teacher Training program and teaches hatha yoga, yoga therapy, and children’s yoga.

She is founder of Creative Relaxation®, a program for teaching therapeutic Yoga to children, with an emphasis on autism and special needs. Louise has been a consultant to the public school system since 1982 and has trained hundreds of educators and therapists to implement yoga-based exercises into their classrooms and programs. Her book Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs is forthcoming from Norton Professional books in spring 2013.

Louise loves teaching yoga! She works with all ages, including those with severe challenges. She sees yoga’s benefits in healing injuries and chronic pain, both physical and emotional. Her fascination with asana and yoga philosophy and her desire to bring peace into the world are the foundations for her teaching.


Christine Apter, PhD, ERYT 500

Christine Apter holds a Doctorate degree in Natural Health and a Master’s Degree in Microbiology. She is a Registered Yoga instructor and has been studying yoga since 1968.  She offers deep insights into the techniques, philosophy, body mechanics and wisdom of yoga.  As an Adjunct Instructor of Microbiology at Broward College in Coconut Creek, and a staff member of Yoga Teacher Training at the Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach, she is both highly trained and deeply experienced.  She is the author of A Journey in the Heart: Teaching Yoga Deeper an advanced yoga teacher-training manual. Christine empowers the yoga practitioner to become the person they wish to be both on and off of the mat, filled with innate goodness and beauty. Known for her enthusiasm, knowledge, wit and wisdom, Christine’s yoga philosophy is: “Our purpose on this earth is to realize our true nature.”


Charlene Wilkinson, ERYT 200 & YACEP

Charlene has been a dedicated student of yoga, meditation and comparative philosophy for over 30 years. She first received teacher training from the Yoga Center and has studied many different styles of yoga over the years. She sees the beauty and growth that comes with the practice of hatha yoga. Her classes are slow, meditative and based on the individual student’s exploration of their own practice. She is committed to carry on the beautiful ancient teachings of Vedanta and Yoga Philosophy. She teaches workshops on the Bhagavad Gita; The Practice of Meditation; the Upanishads; the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali; and Yoga Philosophy. Her interest is in the application of the philosophy and practice of the principles of yoga to everyday life.

Charlene has a Juris Doctor degree and is a practicing attorney. She is an ordained Interfaith Minister and is a popular speaker and workshop leader.


Katherine "Kat" Danio, ERYT 500 & C-IAYT

Kat discovered her own hidden strength and a complete connection to mind-body through Yoga practice. Prior to becoming a teacher, receiving BS degrees in Psychology and Communication from East Tennessee State University and Non Profit Management certification from Duke University, Kat worked 20+ years in human services. Kat received 500 hour credentials in Integrative Yoga Therapy and is certified to teach Creative Relaxation® for Children with Autism and Special Needs. Diverse in practice and training, Kat’s teaching style doesn’t reflect one pure “style” of Yoga. Rather, it suggests a blend of approaches and techniques based on experience, inspiration, and intuition. Grounded in playful, loving-kindness, and compassion she adapts class so Yoga is accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Her classes are focused on alignment, breath, and body awareness, which help students tune into their inner wisdom to replace the stresses of our realities into productive creative energy.


Melissa D'Errico, RYT 500

Melissa attributes the start of her yogic journey to her lifelong love of movement. She is the Administrative Dance Director at North Broward Prep and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from FSU. She earned her RYT 200 and RYT 500 certification from the Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach. She received her Pranakriya Prenatal Certificate from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and is certified to teach Creative Relaxation for Children with Autism and Special Needs. She is a Reiki Master and a strong believer in the role of energy work. Melissa’s passion for yoga is evident in her daily practice and continued commitment to growth --as a student and teacher. A mother of two, she supports expectant mothers in finding community, physical comfort, childbirth education, and advocacy. She teaches with clear direction and attention to alignment to ensure safety and quality of practice.


Linda Gross, ERYT 500

Linda earned both her teacher certifications from the SKY Foundation in Philadelphia, and at the Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach. She met Dr. Vijayendra Pratap, Ph.D, DYP, in 1974, and studied the Art and Science of Yoga with him for 30 years. He encouraged and inspired her to begin teaching Hatha Yoga in 1976.

Linda also presided as Conference Coordinator at the Yoga Research Society, from 1976 to 2003, where she initiated Medical Yoga Workshops, and a joint partnership between YRS and the Jefferson Center For Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. There she curated yearly events with thought leaders such as Swami Rama, Swami Satchidananda, Yogi Bhajan, Patch Adams, MD, Timothy Leary, PhD, and Brian Weiss, MD.

Presently, Linda is an instructor in the Yoga Center’s Advanced Teacher Training Program. “As long as I live, so long I learn.” ~ Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Private instruction is available upon request.


Elizabeth Pankey-Warren, RYT

Elizabeth is a Psychotherapist, an ordained Presbyterian Pastor, Advanced Reiki practitioner, Nutrition Educator and a RYT500 Yoga teacher who loves teaching yoga at the Deerfield Yoga Center.  She is also certified to teach Creative Relaxation Yoga to Children with Special Needs. Elizabeth teaches with clarity and attention to alignment to keep her students safe and to improve their balance, flexibility and strength.  She hopes to heal, inspire and elevate each of us to our deepest, truest self where abundant love, energy, good health, openness, peace and intuition abide.  Elizabeth is also a yoga practitioner, a runner, wife and mother of 3 children.


Sabah Michelle Saoud, RYT

Yoga has been a part of Sabah's life for over 35 years, certified both in the UK and the USA and registered to teach the science of Yoga, (I.Y.A. and I.A.O.Y.T) it kept her focused and "sane" through her first career in the UK. After many years studying and deepening her knowledge through a variety of styles and extraordinary teachers, including Deepak Chopra, she has put together a technique called Yoga Fusion (Hatha based) which does just that; taking the best from a few styles and incorporating them into one. The classes stretch and strengthen the entire body in a deep, thorough, but relaxing way with extra focus on core, spine and areas that particularly hold tension and stress. Sabah also holds certifications in Reiki, Yoga for M.S., Silver Sneakers, Chair Yoga and is a registered Yoga Therapist. Classes are suitable for most. Thorough, detailed directions are given so beginners will not feel lost. Yoga using the wall are held the first Sunday of each month. Come and experience the delightful energy and wisdom from this wonderful and creative teacher.


Beth Johnson, ERYT 200 & YACEP

Beth Johnson is an experienced registered yoga teacher, a licensed clinical social worker, and a certified school counselor. She has been a yoga teacher for the past ten years and currently teaches at the Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Beth is also on the faculty of the Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher Training at the Yoga Center, teaching the Mindful Yoga portion of the training. In addition, Beth works as a MindUp Workshop Facilitator with the Hawn Foundation, leading workshops throughout the country to help administrators, teachers, and parents integrate mindful awareness techniques into their schools, classrooms, and homes. In the past, Beth worked as an elementary school counselor, where she incorporated yoga and mindfulness into her counseling and teaching of children. Beth is passionate about sharing practices that can help others to find more peace and healing in their lives.


Bryna Cain, RYT

With a Master’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education from Florida Atlantic University, Bryna has worked as an educator in Dade and Broward Counties for forty years. After retiring, she has not skipped a beat. She sought her yoga certification from the Yoga Center of Deerfield Beach and jumped right in to teach at the studio. Her intuition, love of teaching, creativity, sense of humor, and warmth make her a good match for students in the Gentle Yoga classes that she teaches. She is skilled at adapting poses to meet individual needs, creating a comfortable atmosphere for students to explore multiple benefits from their yoga practice.