Al Fusho Rapaport, Sensei
Sensei Al is our guiding teacher, and the Director of Open Mind Zen based in Melbourne, FL. He travels to Naples several times a year to lead retreats and workshops. He has practiced and taught Zen and Kundalini Meditation for 40 years. As President of Open Mind Productions, Sensei produced the landmark Buddhism in America Conferences in Boston, San Diego, Denver and New York City. He studied with Kozan Roshi, Maezumi Roshi, and Genpo Roshi until moving to Florida in 2001, and received Dharma Transmission within the Soto Zen Lineage from Shuzen Sensei in 2008. Sensei is the author of Open Mind Zen: A Guide to Meditation, and editor of Buddhism in America. He is a member of the White Plum Asangha, the American Zen Teachers Association and the Lay Zen Teachers Association.
To learn more about Sensei and the Open Mind Zen School, visit openmindzen.com
Laurie Kido Lyons, Hoshi
Kido is Co-founder of Open Mind Zen Naples. She has been practicing various forms of yoga and meditation since 1996. In 2003, she met her Zen teacher, Sensei Al Fusho Rapaport. She is now an Assistant Teacher, Dharma Holder (Hoshi), and Lay Monk in the Open Mind Zen School. Kido currently teaching Ashtanga Yoga and Zen Meditation in Naples, FL. Her yoga training includes Teacher Training with David Swenson, and a month of study with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. Laurie also brings her practice into her work as an orchestral musician. She has performed as a percussionist with the Naples Philharmonic since 1999.
Andy Solis, O.I.
Jean Erlbaum, M.S. is a Master 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and has been teaching since 1972. For more info about Jean, her classes and publications, please go to www.yogaforrelaxation.org or contact her at [email protected] or 413-230-1518.
Lauren has been Yoga Alliance 200HR RYT since November 2012. Her passion is connecting fellow yogis to one another, to the earth, and to the present moment, through yoga. She loves learning and continues to grow through feedback from students and teachers. She gives herself the title of Eternal Student and is always the first to admit, "I don't know what I don't know." In 2014 Lauren started Donation Yoga Naples to allow everyone the opportunity to practice asana and karma yoga. She gives half of all donations raised in these classes to local non-profits. The idea stemmed from hope that one day we will see peace signs over dollar signs. Lokah Samastah.
Linda moved to Naples in the Summer of 2016. Before Naples, she taught yoga for a large Wisconsin health care corporation as well as for Madison's original yoga studio. She received her 200 and 500 hour certification from Alignment Yoga with Scott Anderson and Andrea Russell and has studied Ashtanga Yoga with Richard Freeman, Iyengar Yoga and Hatha Yoga. She currently is the Assistant Instructor for the Alignment Yoga YTT-500 Teacher Training Program.
Linda served as Supervisor of the YogAutism program and trainer of YogAutism teachers. Her teaching experience includes specialty topics: Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Healthy Bones Yoga, Yoga for Better Sleep, Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Relief, and Healthy Back Yoga. She also has a practice of private sessions for those recovering from or wanting to prevent injury or surgery, those wanting help with a specialized topic, or anyone wanting to explore basics before joining a class.
Linda's philosophy is that the more mindful we are in seeing, feeling, and understanding our own bodies, the more personal power we can enjoy. Mindful awareness brings both healing and satisfaction. Linda is a meditation student of Youngey Mingyur Rinpoche of the Tergar community. She recently completed coursework for Pilates Mat teaching. Off the mat, Linda enjoys swimming and an active Feng Shui practice.
Cynthia Vander Wielen
Cynthia has been practicing yoga for more than half her life, and teaching yoga for over 15 years. Before relocating to Naples in 2011, Cynthia was a studio owner of donation based Gateway Yoga in the Midwest. She believes yoga classes from a skilled teacher should be available to everyone regardless of their financial situation, and not limited to those with financial freedom. With that being said, she is excited and honored to be a part of our Zen Center. As a physical therapist, Cynthia's no nonsense classes focus on Alignment and Safe, Intelligent transitions with respect for the skeletal and musculature. Her ability to teach to the room and not just to a few is evident in her class. She will deliver detailed instruction for asana, pranayama, and meditation without preaching about life's difficulties or fruits.