Yoga Teachers

Todd and Tamara McLaughlin - ERYT, LMT

Todd and Tamara McLaughlin, the founders and directors of Native Yoga Center -- Juno Beach, have been teaching and practicing yoga together throughout the world including the United States, Australia, Thailand and India.  The couple returned to Todd's hometown of Jupiter, Florida and are pleased to offer their knowledge and understanding of the inspirational art of yoga in Juno Beach, Florida.

Todd and Tamara are both Experienced Registered Yoga Teachers at the 500 level with Yoga Alliance. Todd and Tamara studied Ashtanga Yoga with K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy in Mysore, India and in America. In 2005, they completed an Ashtanga Primary Series Teacher Training with their teacher, Tim Miller, in Encinitas, California. In 2010, Todd completed a Second Series Teacher Training and in 2015 he accomplished the first Third Series Teacher Training with Timji at the Ashtanga Yoga Center. Also in 2015, Todd successfully concluded the Traditional Yoga Studies 800-Hour Philosophy, History and Literature of Yoga Course under the tutelage of Brenda Feuerstein, Course Tutor/Director of TYS and the late Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D..
 In addition, Todd and Tamara have both completed Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2002 and had the opportunity of directing a Bikram Yoga College of India for three years in San Diego, California.

As a complement to Yoga, Todd has been a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Florida since 2000. Both Todd and Tamara are certified in Traditional Thai Massage from the International Training Massage School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Todd is an avid practitioner of Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka.

Native Yoga Center of Juno Beach, Florida offers Ashtanga yoga, Native Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage and periodic Thai Massage Certification classes. Check this website & our schedule for upcoming classes and workshops.

Bob McLaughlin - RYT

Bob's career encompassed working as an aeronautical engineer for Pratt & Whitney for 38 years. He is presently working as a consultant during his “retirement”. He brings his structural mechanics and physics expertise to augment his yoga teaching techniques. Bob began practicing yoga 1998 after 3 decades of impact sports and deteriorating knees. His daily yoga practice has enabled him to significantly regain his flexibility while improving his balance, strength and coordination. In 2006 he began practicing Asthanga yoga when his son and daughter in-law (Todd & Tamara) opened Native Yoga Center in Juno, Fl. In 2008 Bob completed Tim Miller's Ashtanga Primary Series Teacher Training Intensive in Encinitas, Ca.In 2009 he completed Native Yoga Teacher Training and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 level. Additionally, Bob completed David Swenson’s Asthanga Primary Series teacher training, Austin Tx. 2013. He has also attended numerous weekend workshops with other notable leaders in the Asthanga method including; Kino MacGregor, Lino Miele, Tim Feldman, Greg Nardi, and one of his most memorable being with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, during his Islamorada, Fl tour. For Bob, it is an extraordinary experience and privilege to have Todd and Tamara as his primary teachers.

Katie McLaughlin - RYT, LMT

A practitioner of yoga for more than 14 years, Katie has utilized her transformational experience to educate and empower others to find their true self through the practice of yoga. Katie blends her passion as a yoga instructor and devotion to the Ashtanga vinyasa system, along with her in-depth knowledge of the body as a massage therapist, colon hydrotherapist, cleansing specialist, and wellness consultant. Katie brings to her yoga classes an invigorating style of teaching that supports each individual's true nature.
In 2008, Katie completed an Ashtanga Primary Teacher Training with Tim Miller at the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Encinitas, California. Katie as well completed the Native Yoga Teacher Training and continues to expand her yoga expertise under the guidance of her brother Todd McLaughlin and sister-in-law Tamara McLaughlin.
Katie's wellness consulting practice integrates the healing components of yoga in her comprehensive alternative health and wellness training workshops teaching individuals how to implement strategies to achieve vibrant health, personal growth, and optimal living.

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Nicoleta Scheer - RYT

Nicoleta was born in Transylvania Romania, in the quaint little town of Bistrita. Her passion for yoga and meditation begun as a teenager. Having worked as a Chemist in her homeland, it was at her arrival into the United States over a decade ago, that Nicoleta decided to pursue her passion for yoga and transform it into her vocation. 200 RYT Certified Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, Life Coach and dedicated Vipassana Meditator, Nicoleta is committed to a holistic way of life and assisting others on their journey towards  wholesomeness. At Native Yoga she has found the inspiration, fantastic guidance and community that ignited the need to share her amazing practice of Yoga and its Peace, Harmony and extraordinary potential with others.  Nicoleta is also an artist and an entrepreneur, always creating and exploring new avenues of life. She travels internationally and practicing yoga has helped her connect with yogis from around the world. Her classes are engaging, inspiring charged with her outstanding energy and enthusiasm.


Sara Lerner - RYT

Sara Lerner's life long exploration of mind, body and spirit, led her to teacher training in 2006.   Inspiring, honest, and enthusiastic, Sara's expertise is in teaching an intuitive, intelligent, and heart felt class.  Sara's classes offer the opportunity to rediscover breath, movement, strength, flexibility, spaciousness, and opening to live a powerfully joyful life.  Sara's teaching is both playful and endlessly patient.  Working with advanced and new students, athletes, and pregnant moms, Sara draws upon a skilled eye and hands for the healing applications of yoga. Sara's classes are a deep reminder of the everyday glimpses of wakefulness we experience daily.  The practice of yoga, is a practice for life.

When not teaching yoga, you can find Sara making pottery on the potter's wheel or spending time on our beautiful local beaches.

Shelby Grant - ERYT 500

Shelby is a Jupiter Florida Native who began practicing yoga in 2006. Yoga practice started for her at home, and she finally got up the courage to take a class and stepped foot in a class about a year later. From that very first class she knew she wanted to teach. What started out as just physical movement and exercise grew into something more. In 2015 she decided to enroll in her first teacher training in Vinyasa style yoga at Yoga Palm Beach. From there her hunger for knowledge began to grow and completed her second training at Native Yoga for her 500 hour Certification in 2017. From there she has continued er studies as an apprentice under Authorized Ashtanga teacher Angelique Sandas, which she completed in 2019. Shelby also began study in Mysore, India in 2018 under Sharath Jois, Grandson of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. The transformation this practice brings is undeniable for her and it is what fuels her passion to teach and share the practice of yoga.

Mikaue Britt - RYT

Mikaue was born and raised in Brazil spending most of her life on the island of Florianopolis, located in the southern region of Brazil.  Shortly after getting married in 2013, she moved to North Palm Beach, Florida with her husband.
While working for many years in the oil drilling industry prior, she found yoga in 2009 as a way to release the stress of her job and to keep her mind healthy during the her time offshore while at work.
Mikaue’s mother has been practicing yoga for over 40 years and has become an important influence to her yoga connection. Growing up with a very active family, Mikaue started practicing Swasthya yoga and some gentle yoga until she strongly connected with Ashtanga yoga; which has transformed her life. Quickly, yoga became her main focus. Not only practicing yoga while working offshore, but back at home with family and friends together along with kitesurfing; a water sport she passionately loves.
At Native Yoga Center, she found the exceptional guidance with the harmony of a family studio, which influenced her in 2015 to start the Native Yoga Center teacher training with Tamara and Todd. Through hard work, dedication, and focus to learn the Philosophy and yoga adjustments, she was able to accomplish her dream to help others in finding the peace, calmness, and the healthy lifestyle benefits from yoga.

Jamie Spritzer - RYT

Originally from New Jersey, Jamie began practicing yoga in 2001. Jamie Spritzer, is an RYT- 500 advanced yoga instructor. Jamie discovered the countless benefits of her yoga practice and decided to commence her first training in 2006 at Core Power Yoga in Colorado. After 13 years, and hundreds of hours of intense training and workshops, Jamie most recently completed her 500 hour with Todd and Tamara McLaughlin, the co-founders of Native Yoga in Palm Beach County.  Teaching others is a gift that comes quite naturally to her. Jamie is known for her compassionate, mindful and non-judgmental, student-centric teaching style.. In 2012, Jamie’s desire to find home, work and lifestyle balance led her to begin studying Transcendental Meditation, Mindfulness and various others forms of meditation. Since that time, it has changed her journey, and the benefits are contagious to everyone she comes in connection with. Jamie weaves thought-provoking meditations, wisdom and yoga in a useful and accessible style for all-levels of students. She believes quieting the mind through practice, leads to a greater sense of ease, non-reaction and contentment within oneself and with others.  Simultaneously, she owns and operates a professional company, D-65, training photographers and enthusiasts in Digital Workflow.  Jamie’s greatest teachers are her two children, whom are constant reminders to remain patient in the present and just breathe. 

Michel Quintana - RYT

Michel has been practicing yoga for over 18 years.  She has been an avid athlete her entire life.  She has been involved in snowboarding, mountain biking, skiing, crossfit, running and other athletic endeavors.  This athletic passion drove Michel to yoga as a means of improving physical and spiritual performance.  As with all hard-core athletes, injuries accrued, and she used yoga to rehab her injuries.  As she developed more expertise with yoga and healing musculoskeletal injuries it became clear to her that she needed to dedicate her life to yoga to help others.  Michel is a certified Bikram Yoga instructor and is certified in the Tony Sanchez Yogic Physical Culture Academy Level 1-3 (Advanced Bikram Yoga).   Michel is also a certified aerial yoga instructor.  Additionally, Michel is completing a certification with native yoga and the hybrid ashtanga-bikram yoga sequence.  She is an expert in helping individuals treat musculoskeletal conditions with yoga, mobility and strength and conditioning techniques.

Rebecca Berman - RYT

Rebecca has been passionate about health and wellness her entire life. She has been a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist since 2005 and recently completed her RYT-200 in Spring, 2019. Her eagerness to learn about Yoga continues and she is currently working towards her RYT-500. Rebecca started practicing yoga in 2015 and quickly fell in love with the practice.  She knew she wanted to teach yoga, but was first determined to develop a strong personal practice of her own. Her dedication and devotion to the practice has been growing for years, often in ways beyond what she could have hoped or imagined.  She is fascinated not just with the asana practice, but with Yoga history, philosophy and all eight limbs of Classical Yoga. You will often find her in the morning Mysore room doing her daily Ashtanga Yoga practice. She is a firm believer that is you want to become a better, healthier human being, all you need to do is practice Yoga.  For Rebecca, Yoga is a moving mediation, a way to create peace and stillness in the mind, a way to cultivate gratitude, happiness and contentment in any situation. Yoga has improved her life countless ways and Rebecca is passionate about passing on the incredible tradition of Yoga to as many people as possible.

Jill Frankel -

Jill Frankel offers Alignment Yoga Classes in the Iyengar Tradition at Native Yoga Center.

Alignment Yoga - Jill believes yoga is for all.  The class will explore basic asanas focusing on correct alignment.  No one is too old or too stiff for this class.  Props will be used liberally to facilitate students learning proper alignment. Through the exploration students will learn basic actions that increase strength, flexibility, and awareness, while soothing the mind.

Jill Frankel learned about yoga at a party in 1992, where she met her first teacher, Suzie Muchnick Spencer.  Suzie was telling her about her new Iyengar Yoga studio and encouraging Jill to come take a class.  Jill was extremely skeptical, being very stiff, and in her second trimester of pregnancy.  Jill decided to try it loved it and attended class regularly until moving seven months later.  Family, work (Jill has practiced law since 1990), and lack of a teacher as knowledgeable as Suzie, kept Jill away from yoga until she moved to Dallas in 2013.  In Dallas, Jill sought out another studio and found the BKS Iyengar Studio of Dallas, where she has been fortunate to study regularly with Randy Just, David Slack, Tatyana Wagner, Paula Weithman, and Greg White.  Jill was very sad to lose the ability to regularly attend classes with her move to Mobile in late 2017.  However to continue her practice, she entered the teacher training program at Audobon Yoga in New Orleans taught by Becky Lloyd and Randy Just.  Recently, Jill moved to Palm Beach Gardens.  Jill looks forward to continuing her teacher training at the BKS Iyengar Yoga Studio in Dallas with Randy Just and supplementing her individual practice with classes and IYoga in Delray Beach, the nearest Iyengar studio.
Saturday October 24, 2020