About Terri

With over 20 years of combined experience, Terri McDermott continues to pursue an active interdisciplinary career in health and wellness through the teachings and study of holistic care, meditation and yoga.

Education in Health, Wellness and Yoga

A Michigan native, Terri received her C.M.A. in Medical Assistance through training provided in Royal Oak, Michigan and her ERYT 200 through Jenny Lintvedt, Yoga Teacher Trainer in Traverse City, Michigan. Throughout her continued studies and employment in this area, Terri has taken further trainings with known teachers such as Sean Corn, Joe Barnett, Kathryn Buddig, Dr. James Lawrence and Mugs McConnell. She earned her RYT 500 through studies with Mugs McConnell in a 300-hour program over the course of 2019 and in a short time has expanded upon that to obtain her ERYT 500, currently having approximately 12,000 hours of yoga teaching experience. She recently attained certification in the Gitananda lineage under the guidance of Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani of ICYER in a 52 week program, as a Professional Yoga Member of the Indian Yoga Association and is currently taking a Yoga Chikitsa (Therapy) program that consists of 100 online hours and will end in Indian in October with 300 hours in specialized trainings to treat the care seeker as a whole person instead of treating a diagnosis, in conjunction with medical professionals.  

Passion for Wellness and Community

As a child, the seed for yoga was planted when Terri attended her first yoga classes in a fellow elementary school student’s basement learning yoga from a dedicated mom. That seed took root and continues to grow strong. As she continued on her journey, those roots reached out, took her on a path of spiritual growth, and coaxed within her the need to continue to learn about the intricacies of the human body, our vessel in this life, the mind and spirit. She currently serves as a board member for the organization, Yoga Alliance, Arlington, VA and continues to find ways to bring her teachings to her communities, both in Florida and Michigan. An annual retreat “Pura Vida Yoga Retreat” is provided and taught by her in Costa Rica always attempting to immerse a larger group to the concepts of yoga, meditation, pranayama and self-study.

Founder of Svastha Wellness and Peaceful Poses

Terri has been practicing yoga throughout her life and teaching yoga since 2012. She is the founder of Svastha and Peaceful Poses, whose mission is to teach the incorporation of wellness concepts, yoga and meditation into the daily lives and build daily routines with her students. She teaches multiple types of classes such as Restorative, Yin, Detox, Hot and Gentle yoga, SUP, along with meditation, and leads multiple workshops and facilitates groups of women in her communities fostering a tribe of sorts, who grow and learn together. She specializes in one on one teaching and coaching based on client needs and creating individualized plans for students to include all aspects of wellness.

South Okanagan Yoga Academy

"I am so happy to have Terri join us as part of our yoga teacher training faculty for the South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA). Terri's gentle, compassionate nature is exactly what we look for in our Lead Trainers. SOYA strives to train students to be yoga teachers with integrity and respect for the true, classical teachings of yoga. Terri's desire to dive deep and continue her studies in classical yoga lineages gives her the ability to impart this knowledge to her students as they move through the SOYA curriculum. Thank you Terri for joining us on this life-changing path of yoga!"

Marion (Mugs) McConnell, Co-Founder of South Okanagan Yoga Academy and published author of

"Letters from the Yoga Masters: Teachings Revealed through Correspondence from Paramhansa Yogananda, Ramana Maharshi, Swami Sivananda, and Others",

My Teachers

I have been truly blessed by the Universe guiding me to these individuals on this journey of mine.  I love and respect each of them with the highest regard as they share their wisdom so lovingly and passionately.  

Gratitude and blessings to you Jenny Lintvedt, ERYT 500, Marion “Mugs” McConnell, ERYT 500, Author, Founder and Director of South Okanagan Yoga Academy and Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Ashram Acharya and Chairman of the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research.


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I’m here to help you find your own light, recognize the obstacles, clear your path and find the balance ,also here to assist you on a path to health and harmony.  As I stated, assist you, the rest is up to you.  Reach out, say hello, ask the questions, seek the answers…we’ve got this together.   Terri

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