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
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
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 :)
gabriela ortiz, RYT 200
secret super power: My bravery.
best advice: Just try it! What’s the worst that can happen? I love this quote by Thomas Edison: I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,0000 ways that don’t work. worst advice: “It will happen when it’s supposed to.”
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 under the supervision of Allison Andersen, Margo Champion, Violette Gibbs and Bricelyn Shafron.
drug of choice: learning new skills! Also, French desserts and espresso.
melissa buckley, RYT 200
secret super power: I've been told I'm smart, but I'd say I'm pretty human.
best advice: It's courageous to be okay with who you are right now.
worst advice: You need to worry about...
makes you laugh: Stuff my child says
might catch me: reading
favorite moment in a yoga class: So hard to chose one - but when I was pregnant with my first child, the first time I felt her kick was in bridge pose. It was pretty amazing!
Trainings/Teachers: 200 hour Teacher Training at Full Circle Yoga
drug of choice: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
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!
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
tiffany meadlo, 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.
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
carol santiago, CYT 300
secret super power: Teleportation
best advice: Always be a student! Fall over once or twice... or three times
worst advice: Just eat it!
makes you laugh: My niece, Luna is the funniest little human I know. There's never a dull moment with her
might catch me: Taking pictures in class lol
favorite moment in a Yoga Class: Savasana/meditation (it just seals everything, and then there's blisss)
trainings: I've been lucky enough to study and be mentored by Kim Zamoff, Baron Baptiste, Brian Kest, and more...
drug of choice: Jalapeño Chips!
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.
olivia campbell, RYT 200
secret super power: courageous
best advice: never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart
worst advice: "Its too late to start now " ( Its never actually to late )
makes you laugh: my puppy when she's excited to see me she spins in circles ( nonstop until i pick her up)
might catch me: At the beach or on an island
favorite moment in a Yoga Class: when im tired and want to stop but my breath is what pushes me to overcome that thought and keep going
Trainings/Teachers: Sunlight Yoga Teacher Training, YA 200hr
drug of choice: Yoga , cookie dough (not cookies the dough) and wine.
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
drug of choice: TRAVEL
kelly bailey, ERYT 200
secret super power: juggling – but I guess the secrets out.
best advice: You can’t pour from a glass that isn’t full, so fill yours up!!
worst advice: You’re too old to…..
makes you laugh: My sweet and silly hairless pup does a pretty great job of keeping me entertained!
might catch me: road tripping into the abyss or studying in the acupuncture clinic.
favorite Moment in a Yoga Class: My favorite moment is usually right around the end when we say “Namaste.” It’s that moment where we collectively acknowledge and celebrate the love that is each and every one of us.
drug of choice: Crystal Bowl Meditations - especially for the root and crown chakras! And if we’re being truthful, I’m a sucker for red wine.
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
ashley inguanta, RYT 200
secret super power: Being encouraging; being gentle with injuries (body and spirit).
best advice: Rest when you need rest, love and nurture your body and soul, treasure your kindreds, and lead with non-violence.
worst advice: If you feel like you are struggling to breathe, keep going.
makes you laugh: The TV show Daria—this nostalgia never fails.
might catch me: Hiking in the Florida wilderness or Mojave desert.
favorite moment in a yoga class: It’s a tie—Learning the mantra “Sat Nam” (I am Truth) for the first time, learning how to move and breathe with this mantra; and chanting to Krishna for the first time, accompanied by a harmonium.
teachers/trainings: YOGAMAYA New York, 200 hour RYT – Studied with Bryn Chrisman, Deb Bagg, Stacy Brass Russell, Anna Greenberg, Lisa Bermudez, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Edwin Bryant, and others.
drug of choice: Art and the open road.
lauren o'meara, CYT 303/RYT 200
secret super power: Compassion
best advice: “In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” -Brother David Steindl-Rast
worst advice: "You'll have pleanty of time to do that later"
makes you laugh: My dogs
might catch me: laughing at myself
favorite moment in a yoga class: when I prove myself wrong ("i'll never be able to do that!")
trainings/teachers: YTT at Firefly with Holly, everyone I've taken a class from and those that surround me- on and off the mat.
drug of choice: music, baby animals
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