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Meet the Centred team...


Elizabeth McCranie - Owner/Instructor

Elizabeth is the proud leader of the amazing Centred Team. She has studied under Baron Baptiste & completed Level I, Level II, Art of Assisting, Foundations, & Baron's Immersion. While the Baptiste style has been her main focus, Elizabeth continues to educate herself in other Yoga genres and is excited to have created a studio that meets the needs and is of service to the whole community. She has also studied under Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Eric Paskel, Dharma Mittra, Sianna Sherman and many others. Elizabeth is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 certified teacher (1000 hr teaching). Elizabeth has also studied at the Amrit Yoga Institute and is privledge to add Yoga Nidra to her yoga practice. This deep meditation practice will change your life.

Elizabeth had much resistance to the practice of Yin yoga however, after a deep immersion with Dennis and Kathy Lang, she realized that we all need more Yin in our lives. Elizabeth has added Yin to her personal practice and is beyond excited to add it to her schedule and share it with YOU! After practicing with Elizabeth, you will most certainly find space, clarity and a sense of awareness you did not know possible.

Elizabeth is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (New York City) and is a certified Health Coach. "Yoga has transformed my life. I look forward to creating a community and sharing my passion with others. Be well my friends."~me.




Dorie Chauncey - Instructor

Dorie is a 10th generation native of Fernandina Beach. Her island girl upbringing was full of surfing, dance and gymnastics classes. A middle child in a fiercely competitive family she went on to finish 3 full marathons. She found yoga to be the perfect balance for a runner. After completing Baron Bapiste's Level 1 she was inspired to teach. Her teaching style is a perfect balance of strength and flow with a few laughs to keep us smiling long after the pain stops. Dorie is a licensed massage therapists license and has extensive knowledge about the human body and anatomy. She is extremely dedicated to her students and this is shown through her loyal, early rising yogis. Dorie offers a challenging, fun, always adventurous power class that will definitely have you returning for more.

Dorie is also a certified Massage Therapist with an extensive knowledge of the human body. Her instruction refelcts this knowledge and lends to great modifications to fit your needs.










Deb Cunningham - Instructor

Deb, her husband and 3 kids were fortunate to relocate to Amelia Island from the bustling metropolis of Chicago in 2010. Deb grew up in Colorado and spent her childhood and teen years on the ski slopes of the Rocky Mountains. She discovered yoga in 1999 with one year old twins at home and another on the way. She was instantly hooked. As a dancer for 20 years, Deb found the asanas in yoga moved her like nothing had since dancing. And as her family can attest, yoga was instrumental in bringing both grounding and strength in the most challenging times. Diving head first into all things yoga, she has studied with such master teachers as Seane Corn, John Friend, Baron Baptiste, Simon Park, Dave Romanelli, Rolf Gates, Desiree Rumbough and Kathryn Budig. She completed her RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) 200 hour training with Yoga Den in Jacksonville, is an E-RYT 200 certified teacher, and was the first one to bring SUP Yoga to our little island. She is a certified SUP Guide and a certified SUP Yoga instructor and LOVES teaching people how to bring the practice onto the floating mat. www.debcunninghamyoga.com Deb will lead us in a Power Vinyasa Flow. This is a brilliant synthesis of different traditions of yoga, creating a dynamic mix of inspiration and perspiration. The heated room allows for the muscles to relax, bringing suppleness to soft tissue and perspiration for cleansing and detoxifying. This combined with the energetic, play list Deb creates for the flow, the you will leave feeling completely transformed. This is a vigorous ALL LEVELS class, with modifications given for every level of practitioner.


Allyson Neilson - Instructor

Allyson’s yoga journey began 16 years ago when she signed up for a six-week community yoga class. She really enjoyed yoga but being a single mother at the time did not allow for much time to commit to her yoga practice. Over the next several years, Allyson dabbled in yoga, trying different classes but still struggled to find time to commit to a regular practice. It wasn’t until a visit to a small studio in Florida in 2011, where she was introduced to a heated power vinyasa flow that Allyson got really serious about her yoga practice. In August of 2012, Allyson spent a week in the beautiful Catskills Mountains with Baron Baptiste and 180 other yogis to immerse herself in Baptiste’s Level 1 Teacher Training. From there she went on to complete her 200 hour teacher training with Portland Power Yoga in Portland, Maine. In November of 2013, Allyson partnered with her local YMCA in Rockport, Maine and opened the only heated yoga studio in the area. It was a huge hit in her community. Allyson loves the holistic nature of yoga. It truly is a mind, body, spirit experience for her. She feels blessed to teach yoga and hopes that people will feel much different in body, mind and spirit after participating in a yoga class. Allyson is also a certified personal trainer. She recently made Fernandina Beach her permanent residence and couldn't be happier! She shares her life with her husband, David, her children, Evan, Rebekah and Timothy and their sweet soul of a dog, Scotia.





Dan McCranie - Owner/Instructor

As a successful business owner for over 20 years, Dan discovered yoga was a great way to find balance in his life. After attending Baron Baptiste's Art of Assisting, Dan began team teaching classes. Last year Dan completed his 200 hr teacher training and is a certified yoga instructor. He has studied under and been influenced by Shiva Rea, Kathryn Budig, Baron Baptiste, Eric Paskel and Sadie Nardini. You will find Dan's passion for music, rhythm and flow creates a peaceful and strong practice. His Bhakti Flow class is a Yoga ballet. His Power Vinyasa combines music, fun, challenge and inspiration. He will push you to be your best. Come see why they say "Yea Chair!!" in class.



Leigh Ann Patten- Instructor

Leigh Ann is an amazing wife and a mother of a young girl and a baby boy on the way. Leigh Ann has a spirit and energy that is warm, kind, fun, strong and loving. She received her 200Hr. Teacher Training in 2016 and has never looked back. Her dedication to her classes and her students is breath taking. Leigh Ann will lead you through a challenging practice that is filled with sequences that will keep you returning to your mat. Her instruction is passionate, fun, energizing and cleansing.

While Leigh Ann is slated for Power at Centred, she is not limited in her teaching. Come flow with her and find out what all the excitement is about.



Irina Tyre - Instructor

Irina was born and raised in Russia and moved to the United States in 2006. Four years later in 2010 she proudly received my US citizenship. Irina and her family live in Yulee, Florida, a fast growing town that Irina is excited to share her love of yoga with and introduce them to this lifestyle. Irina took her first class of yoga in 2017 at Centred on Yoga and fell in love with the practice from the first stretch. During her early practice, she discovered that breathing techniques with body movement minimized exposure to everyday stress. She successfully completed the 200-hour teacher training in 2018 and is a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Irina is happy to share her fresh energy with her students. In her creative sequencing, she provides a safe space to cultivate peace and heal the body. Irina continues her education through workshops and training and focuses her time on creating unique and informative classes. Irina recently completed an intensive Yin Training that she hopes to share with her students. In her free time, Irina loves outdoor adventures and running. She actively participates in many of the half-marathon and endurance races. For relaxation, Irina enjoys gardening and seed planting to grow her favorite edibles all year round. Join Irina on her mat. She will leave you nourished, rinsed and ready to tackle anything that comes your way.


May Norman - Instructor

May is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher who studied under Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmonds in July 2014. She spreads love, light and blessings one class at a time! May has been practicing yoga since 2006, when she took her first class at Coastal Carolina University. She majored in Art Studio concentrating on oil painting, photography, ceramics, and art history. After graduating from CCU in 2008 she moved to California as an Art Consultant. In 2009 she decided to make a home in Portland, Or an became even more interested in yoga, self-care and holistic healing. For the next 3 yrs, she learned a lot through working on a sustainable organic produce farm as well as at Whole Foods Market. In 2012, May moved from Oregon all the way to Cumberland Island, GA. She worked at Greyfield Inn for the next year and moved to Amelia Island in May 2013. In her free time, she enjoys being creative, going on seashell safaris, painting and making mixed media collages. She continues her independent study in Ayurveda, yoga, holistic healing, and sustainable biodynamic organic farming. One of her next goals is to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner. "I am incredibly inspired to empower my community through the life changing benefits that yoga and meditation have to offer. So blessed to be apart of the Centred on Yoga family! Jai Bhagwan."



Heather Wood - Instructor

Heather is a dedicated mother, wife, friend and has a passion for nature and travel. She loves creative outlets and craves learning and expanding her knowledge. As a native of Jacksonville, Fl., Heather is connected with her community. She moved to Fernandina Beach in 1997 and she now calls the is beautiful island home. A practitioner of Yoga for more than 15 years and after raising three amazing daughters, Heather decided to take some “me” time. She immersed herself in 200 HR. Yoga Training at Centred on Yoga and has never looked back. While Heather explores all Yoga, she is currently teaching Gentle Flow at Centred. Her classes are challenging and accessible to all levels.