We’re proud to be known as the Winter Park yoga studio where you can nurture and grow your yoga practice—without taking yourself too seriously.
Who we are…
Since first opening its doors in 2003, Full Circle Yoga has earned a reputation as the Orlando area’s most popular and versatile yoga studio. Located in the heart of charming Winter Park, Full Circle Yoga is built upon a tradition of excellence. Established by Lewis Rothlein, FCY has been under the directorship of studio owner, Christine Marie Northcote, since 2009. With sincere devotion to her Central Florida yoga community, Christine has evolved and expanded Full Circle—adding a second, beautiful practice space; incorporating daily hot yoga classes; and launching one of the most sought-after yoga teacher training programs in Central Florida.
So much open space, so many classes…
It’s easy to make yoga a part of your life here. So much space and so much variety, which is good for the body and the mind. Full Circle Yoga’s two, unique practice spaces allow us to offer a wide variety of yoga styles and levels. Whether you prefer your yoga hot and vigorous or cool and quiet, we have classes to suit your mood and level of experience. And with classes starting as early as 6 a.m. and ending as late as 9 p.m., our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to fit in your yoga practice.
You’re in good hands.
Full Circle Yoga teachers are serious about their yoga! FCY Instructors are some of the most experienced in Central Florida. Many have multiple certifications and have practiced in places as far-flung as Thailand, Bali, India, Israel, and China, and studied yoga traditions including Ashtanga, Hatha, Kripalu, Kundalini, Yoga Nidra, Bhakti, and Yin.
Our New Student Package offers you the chance to sample several of our classes, while getting to know our warm and inviting staff. We encourage you to bring your personal best to the mat; to listen to your inner teacher, not just your outer teacher, and to reap the benefits of the “work-in” as well as the “work-out.”
Simply put, there’s a perfect class for everyone. If you have any questions about which class is best for you, give us a call and we’ll be happy to lead you in the right direction. Or just flow on into Full Circle Yoga. And step into a welcoming atmosphere that brings out your personal best every time.
We look forward to seeing you on the mat!
Meet Your Teachers…
Studio Owner & Director / Teacher Training Primary Instructor
Christine has been sharing her passion as an instructor since 2000. She took ownership of Full Circle Yoga (previously owned by her teacher Lewis Rothlein) in 2009 and she pours her heart and soul into the studio, as she does in every class she instructs. When taking a class with Christine, you can expect motivating, clear and concise instruction throughout a progressive, vinyasa-based journey that is just as mindful as it is vigorous. She encourages her students to be positive, to leave their worries behind and to have fun reaching towards their personal best. She is Yoga Alliance certified by Prana Vinyasa®, and has over three thousand teaching hours and countless continuing education hours. She believes that yoga is the ultimate work-out because it is also a ‘work-in,’ where the effort put forward on the mat not only transforms our bodies, but also teaches us to work through challenges calmly, and inspires us to be more grateful, mindful and present.
Steve began practicing yoga in 2001. His passionate interest and growth in yoga has taken him around the world (India, Thailand, Israel, Suriname, and throughout the US) in study and teaching capacities. He met his main teacher, Paul Dallaghan, founder Yoga Thailand in 2006 on his first of 5 trips to Asia totaling 20 months of focused study. Steve utilized those months under Paul’s guidance, and with Paul’s main teachers, the late Pattabhi Jois (and grandson Sharath) in Mysore, and with Sri Tiwariji of Kaivalyadhama in Lonavala India. Beyond this, Steve spent significant time with many senior certified Ashtanga teachers, participated in numberous of workshops, lived on ashrams in India, taught at his teachers’ institutes, and lectured at international yoga conferences. Steve’s classes are well balanced, rooted in classical wisdom and understanding, with an approachable, humorous, and modern adaptability.
Kristen Schneider first discovered and fell in love with yoga in China in 2009. She earned her 200 hour teacher training while living in India in 2010. Kristen’s style is compassionate and light hearted. Her flow classes can be vigorous, creative and fun. She often incorporates vinyasas with challenging balancing poses and optional inspiring arm balances. Her yin classes designed to open, ease and restore the body, mind and heart. They are sweet and relaxing. Kristen is an Ayurveda (Indian Medicine) practitioner at Ayurveda Orlando. Yoga and Ayurveda are two ancient sister sciences and she eats, sleeps and breaths them both with exuberance and love.
Marilyn has been with Full Circle Yoga since it opened it’s doors in 2003. She has over 20 years of yoga experience, as well as a background of dance training, dance therapy and teaching aerobics. She has learned from many teachers of different yoga styles and has been especially inspired by Rodney Yee, Erich Schiffman and Max Strom. Her teaching of awareness, flow, and alignment is a tapestry woven from these threads. Her classes are challenging and inspiring. Marilyn believes that teaching is a sweet blessing, and each class is a blissfully conscious awakening.
Adriana creates a nurturing and comfortable environment where students can learn and feel inspired. She is warm, focused and very present with her students, which creates the trust necessary for growth and transformation. She loves to combine many different disciplines into a stimulating and fun workout. Students can expect to be energized, build strength and improve balance and flexibility. She began her yoga practice over a decade ago after sustaining major back and neck injuries in a car accident. Starting yoga improved her physical health and gave her a new outlook and optimism. Her practice and training incorporate a variety of yoga styles. Adriana is a certified yoga instructor, specializing in therapeutic, fertility, prenatal and postpartum yoga. She is also a certified doula, midwife assistant and mother of four boys.
Christina was first drawn to yoga for the physical benefits of toning, lengthening, and strengthening the body. It took just one class for her to completely fall in love with the practice and realize that yoga was so much more than a work out. The mental and spiritual benefits were just as important and influential in her life. Yoga has allowed her to manage stress, find balance, and overcome obstacles with acceptance, positivity, and grace. In order to deepen her practice and share the joys that yoga has brought her with others, Christina enrolled in Full Circle Yoga’s 200-hour teacher training program under Christine Northcote. Christina hopes that her vinyasa-flow based classes will leave you with energy in your body, peace in your mind, compassion in your heart, and a smile on your face.
Elizabeth moved out to Orlando in 2009 to further her education as a dancer/choreographer. While searching for a studio in Winter Park she found Full Circle Yoga and decided this was the place she needed to be. Yoga has become an essential part in her life. Elizabeth enjoys the positive energy she gets by stimulating the body through specific movements. Noticing the breath and clearing the mind allows her to soak up all the benefits mentally and spiritually. Whether it be through a vigorous flow or through guided mediation, she is always coming to the mat with an open mind to deepen her practice. Elizabeth graduated from the Full Circle Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 and teaches vinyasa-based classes. She is loved by FCY students for her big heart and passion that she shares everyday .
Arjun was first exposed to yoga in 2006 by his aunt, a yoga teacher of over forty years. He quickly learned the power of yoga and knew it would be part of his life forever. In 2010, Arjun spent three months backpacking around Europe teaching yoga to friends and strangers, when he realized the joy of sharing yoga with others. He soon found himself at the Paramanand Institute of Yoga Sciences & Research, in Madya Pradesh, India where he met his Guru, Om Anand Ji. Under Guru Ji and his many senior teachers and researchers, Arjun received his Yoga Alliance certification. Arjun wants his students to leave feeling they have grown not only physically, but mentally as well. In his classes you will find inspirations from Powerful Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Ashtanga and Traditional Yoga. He believes yoga is a journey and through unity of breath, mind and body, anything is possible.
Reka is a new mom and long-time yogini. She started practicing yoga in 1999 with Christine Northcote. She loved the way yoga made her feel, inside and out. She used her practice throughout the years to bring more balance into her life. To know Reka is to immediately love her. She lights up every room she enters and gives 100% of her focus and attention to the moment she is in. Trained by Prana Vinyasa and Pose by Pose Yoga at Full Circle Yoga, her instruction is fun, well-rounded and easy to follow. Reka teaches Mommy & Baby Yoga, held on Thursdays at 11:30am.
Laura Diaz took her first yoga class nearly a decade ago, but it was after a running injury in 2009 that she seriously took to the mat. It was during a blissful savasana that she decided that the yoga was just too good not to share and that one day she would teach. After practicing under Christine Northcote, Laura knew there was no place else she would rather learn to teach. A graduate of Full Circle Yoga’s Teacher Training, Laura is passionate about fast, funk and fun-filled vinyasa flow, but her real fascination with yoga lies in the self-discovery, self-love and all the peace it brings.
From the time Asha was born she was blessed to have Yoga in her life. Asha’s family was part of a contemporary Tantric Yoga community that focuses on Self Realization and service to humanity. In this Yogic tradition she was taught meditation and Hatha Yoga at the age of 4. As an adult, Asha was introduced to the westernized class format of asana and loves this dynamic approach. As a humble and grateful student she has studied with her primary teachers, Lewis Rothlein and Christine Northcote in Winter Park, and attended many different workshops and/or trainings with other well-known and respected teachers throughout the country. Asha completed her yoga certification with YogaWorks. Asha strives to provide an environment that is a catalyst to transformation on all levels, with an emphasis on breath, alignment and intuition. With passion and dedication she teaches Yoga from the Heart, Mind, Body and Soul.
Bianca grew up dancing in the Orlando area since the age of 4. Her passion for dance carried on through high school and college. Upon graduating from Rollins College, Bianca took over a dance studio, which she owned and operated for nine wonderful years. Along the dance journey, Bianca developed a strong passion for yoga, pilates and all forms of fitness. In 2011, Bianca turned her “sometime” yoga practice into a daily routine. This new lifestyle had such a positive impact on her own life, she knew it was her path to bring the wonderful practice of yoga to all around her. Bianca completed her 200hr Yoga Alliance Certification in 2013 and began teaching immediately after. While she has yet to meet a yoga class, or style, she doesn’t love, Bianca tends to lean towards more vigorous flows and practices. With over a decade of teaching dance, pilates, and barre fitness, you can expect a strong focus on alignment and body awareness when partaking in one of Bianca’s classes.
In 2011, after his first few practices at Full Circle Yoga, Jim realized that yoga was so much more than a work-out. For him, it was the perfect blend of effort, compassion and surrender; exactly what he was seeking after many years of athletic training, offset by long hours as a professional engineer. Yoga sparked a new, calmer way of being as he navigated through the peaks and valleys of his life. A graduate of the Full Circle Yoga Teacher Training, Jim’s instruction is patient and lighthearted. In his classes, he creates a well blended tonic of stillness and energy that will leave you feeling like your true, bright and balanced self.
As a classically trained ballet dancer, Kelli was instantly drawn to the fluidity and creativity of vinyasa flow. Inspired by her teacher, Christine Northcote, she quickly fell in love with the way synchronizing breath and movement freed her mind. She lives and teaches by the philosophy that life should be approached with gratitude and an open heart. A graduate of the Full Circle Yoga Teacher Training, Kelli’s encouragement and precise instruction cultivate mindfulness and body awareness that will inspire you on and off the mat.
For many years, Melissa enjoyed yoga through various classes at gyms and practicing at home with DVD’s. But it wasn’t until 2008 that her official love and journey of yoga began. She fell in love with the physical and meditative benefits of the practice and soon found her home at Full Circle Yoga. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 at Full Circle Yoga through Prana Vinyasa and Pose by Pose Yoga where she studied under Sarasvati Devi and Christine Northcote. Melissa’s style of teaching is fun, playful and full of energy! She wants her students to finish their practice with a smile on their face a lift in their heart and an awareness of the beautiful spirit that lies within them.
Rob has been practicing yoga and incorporating its philosophy into his life since 2008. His travels throughout south India allowed him to visit several temples and spiritual hot spots while meeting mystical beings along the way. The essence of this rich tradition and his experience lives on through his teachings. He teaches a fun devotional practice that emphasizes good health, a clear mind and a kind heart while weaving together many teachings in order to bring yoga practitioners closer to the goal of Self-Realization.
Sarabeth was Yoga Alliance trained and certified at Full Circle Yoga. She teaches a mindful, flowing and exploratory vinyasa class. She has a huge heart and sprinkles in inspiring messages to keep you calm and present. Sarabeth believes that a single yoga class can change the entire trajectory of your day, and over time, transform your life completely by restoring balance, cultivating awareness and gratitude, and uniting your body with your mind and spirit.
Sarah Burnett shares her passion of healing and connection through yoga, counseling and essential oils. During her travels throughout SE Asia, India, Bali, New Zealand, and Australia, she discovered her love of yoga and established a daily mindfulness practice after learning Transcendental Meditation. Sarah completed her yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India, at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in 2013. She continues to teach power alignment yoga classes focused on breath, movement, and play that are challenging yet accessible for both beginners and advanced practitioners. Sarah is a Certified AcroYoga Teacher and shares this beautiful partner practice through the Orlando Acro Club, classes at local studios and workshops throughout Florida and Costa Rica. As a Mental Health Counselor, Play Therapist, and Kids Yoga Teacher, Sarah specializes in helping kids find their path to peace and clarity using a holistic mindfulness approach.