About Us

The Yoga Connection is located within the massage therapy /wellness center of Be Well Now. The Yoga Connection is owned by Danette Watt and staffed by the following teachers.

Danette Watt, RYT, is a 2014 graduate of West-East Natural Healing Yoga School and a certified 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher. Danette is a Crossfitter, runner and overall health and fitness enthusiast who seeks to teach with strength and understanding. She strives to show her students the benefits of yoga for all groups of people – athletes looking for active recovery, seniors working to maintain their functional fitness and students who want a more challenging class. Danette is always reading and learning as much as she can about all aspects of yoga – the physical as well as the philosophical and spiritual. She is available for private lessons and corporate-sponsored classes.

Sasha Bassett, RYT, graduated from West-East Natural Healing Yoga School in November 2016. She currently teaches alternate Saturday mornings and a beginner’s class.

Angie Becker, RYT, has a passion and commitment to yoga that is apparent the moment you enter her class. After practicing for 11 years she began YTT in February 2015. In November 2015, she graduated Yoga Alliance certified 200 hours through West-East Natural Healing Yoga School. As a lung cancer survivor, she became interested in the breath and body healing modalities of holistic yoga. Angie’s attention to form and breath in Hatha/Vinyasa style is intended to create space and healing. A place where you are motivated to achieve more than you thought possible. Through Karma Yoga, she teaches volunteer classes at The Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Alton after school. Her other fitness interests include water sports; swimming and skiing, kettlebell, hiking and boating. She plans to reach higher goals through continuing education, workshops and sharing with others all the benefits of Yoga. “There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.”…Rumi

Mindy Griggs, RYT, found yoga around 2010 and began a journey of learning the details of poses and breathwork. Battling a 9-year history of anxiety and depression disorders, yoga gave her life a brand new meaning. Her journey led her to deepening her knowledge through Yoga Teacher Training in 2014. Never thinking she would have the courage to lead a class, 2 years later her commitment to yoga has led her to a passion for sharing her knowledge with anyone wanting and needing a guide to improve the body, mind and spirit.

She has learned ways to use yoga to teach others an overall well-being and a sense of being complete within themselves. Aside from anxiety relief classes, she also teaches detoxification classes, yin yoga and partner yoga.

After Gail Herzog, RYT, retired from a career of teaching a full range of Communication courses in higher education, she became hooked on yoga, appreciating the vastness of the practice and resonating deeply with its profound philosophical foundations, opening a doorway into another world through its movement, conscious breathing, and mindfulness.

She received the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Studio Gaia in 2016 and completed the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program (created by Jon Kabat-Zinn) in 2013 from University of Missouri, St. Louis. Having experienced the healing power of yoga in her own life, Gail is very much motivated to explore with others some of the wondrous things that have been shared in the practice of yoga, knowing that there are numerous reasons that drive a person to their mat, but the deeper gifts of yoga eventually reveal themselves. She believes that yoga is for everybody, and is especially interested in sharing Yoga Nidra (“Yogic Sleep”) a profoundly healing, delicious form of yoga requiring no physical movement, utilizing specialized relaxation exercises, breathing techniques, meditation, and guided imagery to relax consciously and deeply to reveal one’s True Self.

Lety Murphy, holistic wellness practitioner, also works out of Be Well Now and sometimes collaborates with our teachers on various workshops.

Lety Murphy’s journey into holistic wellness began in 2007 when she took a college course called Medicalization of Society. It was an eye-opening experience and one that changed her thinking about women’s health, the mind-body connection and informed consent in healthcare.

Since then, Lety has studied holistic living, healing, nutrition, herbal medicine and aromatherapy. Along the way, she’s become a Labor Doula & Childbirth Educator, Lactation Specialist, Herbalist and Aromatherapist.

She offers services to assist women throughout their pregnancy journey. Her handcrafted teas, tinctures and essential oils are used in her treatments and can be found for sale in our studio.

Lety has degrees from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and is accredited through Heart of Herbs, Health Care Sciences and Body-Mind Institute. She recently decided to enroll in Lewis & Clark’s Nursing program and will begin in 2017 to finish her nursing degree. Her ultimate mission is to help people, primarily women of childbearing age through menopause, achieve optimum health through education, consultation and product and supplement creation.

Look for a list of Lety’s Wellness Services posted in the lobby or visit peacefulheartessence.com for more information. You can also contact her at peacefulheartessence@gmail.com or call 618-580-2454.

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