gabriela ortiz, RYT 200


secret super power: my bravery.

best advice: just try it! What’s the worst that can happen?

worst advice: “It will happen when it’s supposed to.” I catch myself saying this often as an excuse to not make things happen

makes you laugh: my family. They know what makes me crack up!

might catch me: photographing, pouring latte art, making lists, hiking and looking for my next destination.

favorite moment in a Yoga Class: when my instructor cues “find your vinyasa”. I do a little happy dance inside every time that happens! I love finding my own rhythm. Trainings/Teachers: I started a teacher training in Boston through YogaWorks that helped me immensely with the understanding of alignment. I have also taken several workshops under the Anusara lineage with Sri Ekan and Nirgunavathi Ananda. My 200 hour teacher training was done through Red Sun Yoga.

drug of choice: learning new skills! Also, French desserts and espresso.

bree parrish, CYT/E-RYT 500


secret super power:  finding POSSIBILITY in EVERYTHING
best advice:  "what you think of me is none of my business."
worst advice: "wait until you're ready."

makes you laugh:  my son's laugh, my baby's smile
might catch me: booking a flight somewhere
favorite moment in a yoga class:  first deep breath
trainings/teachers:  numerous workshops/trainings all over the states - Pradeep Teotia, Kim King Zamoff. 200 hr TT at Full Circle Yoga, 300 hr TT at Warrior One Power, Asheville Yoga Center
drug of choice: TRAVEL

tiffany de guzman, RYT 200


secret supper power: empathy
best advice: it never hurts to ask, the worst they can say is no.
worst advice: you'll be able to pay for all your loans AFTER school.
makes you laugh: my dogs and their opposite personalities.
might catch me: in Baldwin park with my dogs, one of Florida's many beautiful springs, local festivals.
favorite moment in a Yoga Class: when everyone is doing the pose differently to serve themself best.
trainings: 200hr RYT Yoga Pointe, 300hr RYT Warrior One, Art of Assisting (Baptiste Institute).
drug of choice: macarons, sushi.

Our Instructors

violette gibbs, RYT 200

instructor, teacher trainer, sub

secret super power: nutritional facts. 
best advice: Not everyone is going to like you... I always tried to fit what I thought people wanted so I could fit in. "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken" ~Oscar Wilde 

makes you laugh: Life, it seems to have a great sense of humor 
might catch me: In St. Pete (favorite place on the weekends)
favorite Moment in a Yoga Class: first Down dog
Trainings/Teachers: Red Sun Yoga
drug of choice: Prosecco, Brie cheese, Salami, Basil~ I'll pay good money for that

natalia foote, CYT 303


secret super power: Jumping beans inside my body
best advice: "Try. Respect. Be full of gratitude." (My 5th grade teacher Mr. Jones.)
worst advice: "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." (This person has clearly never had a Krispy Kreme doughnut or Anthony's Coal Fire Pizza.)
makes you laugh: A lot. I am quick to laugh at myself and at what others say. I laugh in good times and I find the humor in the bad times. I laugh when I'm nervous and I laugh when I'm happy. I laugh a lot. 
might catch me: Doing dishes and cleaning the island. 
favorite moment in a class: When I've tried something over and over and finally get it! So great!
trainings/teachers: currently in 303hr certification at Firefly Yoga
drug of choice: A good pizza with crispy crust and fresh mozzarella piled on, maybe some onions, fresh tomatoes, and basil, then a balsamic reduction drizzled over it. And my family sharing it with me!

kari whaley, RYT 200


secret super power: Juggling… schedules, meetings, work/life
best advice: Don’t be so hard on yourself. You are doing the best you can do with the information that you have. 
worst advice: Work more. 
makes you laugh: Memes about parenting.
might catch me: Doing interpretive dance while commuting. 
favorite moment in a yoga class: Holding any balance posture. The stars must align for this to happen.
Trainings: Sunlight Yoga 200 RTT, Bree Parrish, Steve Rubin
Drug of choice: Bagels with cream cheese.

janine chenoweth, RTY 200

instructor (when not traveling the world) 

super power: I'm optimistic, I see the glass as refillable
best advice:  Get a good nights sleep cuz you never know what tomorrows gonna throw at you
makes me laugh: Other people's laughs, I can't help it, I have to laugh too
you might catch me: Carrying on a conversation with my dogs
favorite moment in class: That moment when the breath and body movement are in easy sync and I begin to sweat
Trainings and Teachers: Live Love Teach/Wild Abundant Life, Deborah Williamson
drug of choice: A walk in the woods/mountain/beach

allie baker, RYT 200


secret super power: Contagious laughter
best advice: When comparison begins, contentment ends 
worst advice: Leave it to the boys
makes you laugh: Lots of things!
might catch me: Playing pick up soccer 
favorite moment in a yoga class: When the music is so good you can't help but to wiggle your asana
Trainings/ Teachers: 200 Hour Baptiste/ Vinyasa Trained by Red Lila Yoga School in Baltimore
drug of choice: A cheese plate

joanmarie seacord, CYT


secret super power: compassion; steadfast friend
best advice: "put ice on it"
worst advice: "you got it, go ahead & back up" ( lacking in visual perceptual skills....yikes!)
makes me laugh: auto correct cell phone text messages
might catch me: at New Smyrna Beach
favorite foment teaching yoga: seeing students resting in savasana . so peaceful!
trainings/teachers: Yoga Matrix 200 hour; Level 1 & 2 Yogafit; Esteemed Mentors: Mary Heffernan, Edely Wallace, Marilyn Glasser, Kate Potter, Max Strom, Kim Zamoff

april hughes, RYT 200


secret super power: Mind reader!
best advice: if you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is any thing you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry. Dalai Lama 
worst advice: "Strive for perfection." I've learned in any moment, I am perfect. I am exactly where I'm supposed to be. 
makes you laugh: Dancing with wild abandon! 
might catch me: Wrangling reptiles, teaching science or eating breakfast for dinner. 
favorite moment in a Yoga Class: Finding an easy seat at the end of class. Your body and mind are relaxed and open, and your heart is full of gratitude. 
Trainings/Teachers: 2017 graduate of Sunlight Yoga's inaugural RYT 200 hour teacher training w/ Bree Parrish and Steve Rubin.  Attended an immersive retreat at Centered Yoga in Koh Samui, Thailand, and continues to build knowledge through workshops, classes and kirtans. 
drug of choice:  A few alone hours in nature and a couple of long, deep breaths. 

laurie hassell, RYT 200

instructor, kids yoga instructor

secret super power: remaining calm in emergency situation (so I've been told) Ooommm

best advice: let your kids get dirty in nature, they'll remember the time you spent with them (not your clean house), follow your heart, go with the flow and live in the moment  

worst advice: listen to those who tell you that you should be doing makes me laugh: when my kids make seriously funny faces and interesting sounds! Never a quiet/boring moment  

might catch me: on a paddle board, on a mountain bike, or napping favorite moment in yoga: savasana, isn't that everyone's favorite? trainings/teachers: Red Sun CYT 200hr, Global Family Yoga, Radiant Child and Pre-natal TT

drug of choice: cheese (any&all), coffee, the beach, HGTV, anything art and my gal pals

jessica schobert, RYT 200


secret super power: Making people laugh 
best advice: Don't worry, be happy! 
worst advice: Leave it till tomorrow 
makes you laugh: Cheesy jokes 
might catch me: Traveling whenever I can 
favorite moment in a Yoga Class: That's a tough one, probably when my training teachers pulled me to the side to tell me how amazing my practice is & how far they thought I'd go. It was super moving and inspirational! 
Trainings/Teachers: 200hr RYT - Wanderlust
drug of choice: Chocolate & puppies

pamela grant, RYT 200


secret super power: finding a positive in every situation and strong willpower 
best advice: nothing ventured nothing gained 

worst advice: maybe wait for a better time 
makes you laugh: my silly little puppy
might catch me: booking a trip to Key West
favorite moment in a Yoga Class: that first big group exhale 
Trainings/Teachers: Sunlight Yoga 200RYS, all prior and current Yoga teachers 
drug of choice: saltwater and seafood

julia martinez, RYT 200


Secret super power: Staying calm through anything
BestAdvice: “other people’s opinion of you is none of your business” Yoga teacher trainer Allison  <3 
Worst Advice: 
Makes you laugh: Everything, it is very easy to make me laugh
Might catch me: At any park running, I
Love to run. 
Favorite Moment in a Yoga Class: Savasana, 
I love the feeling of accomplishment after finishing every class and I love the peace and serenity that takes over your mind and body.
Trainings/Teachers: I did my 200 hours at red sun yoga.
Drug of choice: (for example, mine is sour patch kids...) Cuban or Dominican Coffee, especially if my mom makes it  <3

ti smith, RYT 200


secret super power: holding space
best advice: breathe
worst advice: wait until you have time
makes you laugh: dad jokes 
might catch me: listening to a yoga podcast, studying Sanskrit, hanging with my girls 
favorite moment in a yoga class: the moment we breathe in unison 
Trainings/ Teachers: Nancy Glenmore Tatum, RYT-200 Glenmore yoga and wellness center Richmond, VA-2010; RYT-500 pending Native yoga center, Juno beach FL Todd and Tamara McLoughlin
drug of choice: espresso

steve rubin, RYT 500

teacher training instructor 

secret super power:  cultivating more compassion for all sentient beings
best advice: this human birth is very precious, so let me try my best to be honest with, respect, and love myself, for the benefit of all.
worst advice: no pain, no gain
makes you laugh:  the Lila of daily life
might catch me: playing disc golf on a weekday
favorite moment in a yoga class: sitting in the after space at the end upon completion of savasana
Trainings/Teachers: So many, some include: 500hours Centered Yoga with my main teacher Paul Dallaghan of Samahita Retreat Ko Samui Thailand, multiple Advanced Pranayama courses with Paul's teacher Sri OP Tiwariji of Kaivalyadham in Lonavala India, 4 months Ashtanga Vinyasa study with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and grandson Sharath in Mysore India, numerous workshops with high level teachers including: Manju Jois, David Williams, David Swenson, Doug Swenson, Rolf Naujokat, Max Strom, ShyamDas, Bhagavan Das, Krishna Das, and many more.
drug of choice: No drogas, sólo plantas medicina :)

james sims, RYT 200


secret super power: Remaining Zen while stuck in Orlando traffic
best advice: "Want to live free? Live simple."
worst advice: "Peanut butter doesn't belong in a smoothie"

makes you laugh: Life
might catch me: with my guitar
favorite moment in a yoga class: During my training, one of my classmates had foot surgery prior and sat out for mostly all the yoga classes and activities; but for our final exam, when the students had to teach, she came to my class and took the entire class (with proper modifications) and said that my class motivated her to continue doing yoga post surgery. That still motivates me. 
Trainings/Teachers: 200 RYT in Costa Rica with Gypsea Yoga, 50hr Budokon Yoga with Cameron Shayne at Budokon University
drug of choice: Music