Tonee’s first Yoga experience was in her living room with the Wii-Fit. She weighed almost 200 pounds and was embarrassed to go to a group class. After staying with it, and experiencing both the emotional benefits and the physical benefits of losing over 40 lbs, Tonee enrolled in a teacher training program to deepen her practice. After graduating from Aananda Yoga Teacher Training at Red Pearl in March 2011 she felt a pull to share with others what she had gained, and started a donation-based class on the beach. During her study of yoga Tonee became very interested in the physical well-being of the body and embraced yoga as a lifestyle. She is now a vegetarian and is mindful of her choices in all aspects of her life. Her other interests include Reiki, receiving a level 1 certification in early 2012 and Aromatherapy, both of which she uses in her yoga classes.
Tonee’s dedicated daily meditation practice helps to fortify her inner peace through stillness and silence. She continues to expand her practice and teaching by attending workshops and events as often as she can. Tonee says: “Yoga has helped me to find my voice, to cultivate a heart of service and to find inner peace through the mind, body and spirit connection on and off the mat. The most important work I can do in this life is the work I do to improve myself-truly being the change I wish to see in this world.” Tonee has delved deeply into Liberation Breathwork work with her coach Denise Dobbs.. Tonee has found it to be a very deep and often painful,but eye-opening experience that has allowed her to tap into her own power, love and compassion on a whole new level. She has also completed the Gratitude Training(a more experiential offshoot of Landmark Education) parts 1 and 2 and currently committed to the Masterful Living section of this deep, life enhancing work.