Roni Elissabeth is the founder & an owner of Bella Prana Yoga & Meditation Studio. Roni is an E-RYT 500hr yoga instructor, certified life coach, meditation coach, writer, and speaker. She is a contributor to Mantra Magazine, Elephant Journal, My Yoga Online, Tampa Bay Wellness Magazine, and FOX 13. Roni leads yoga retreats around the world and her classes are a special blend of spirituality, life coaching, and yoga. As a speaker Roni finds a way to cut to the heart of the message. Her classes help you shed the lies that stand in the way of experiencing a radically peaceful life.
Tina Tidwell, an owner at Bella Prana and 500hr E-RYT instructor and professional dancer who graduated from USF with a degree in Dance and Psychology. She fell in love with yoga, through dance, after studying with Michelle Jacobi at Centre du Yoga Marais in Paris. Tina received her 200 RYT in Ashtanga at Yoga on High. She received her 500 RYT through Asheville Yoga Center earning certifications in Meditation, Bhakti Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal, Yin, Seniors, Yoga as Therapy, Yoga and Ayurveda, Restorative and Kids yoga. Tina challenges the body in mindful movement while using the breath as the musical cue, has worked with professional athletes. She is honored to be one of the first teachers at Bella Prana and a lead teacher of our teacher training program. When Tina isn’t on stage or in the studio, you can find her spending time with her husband and big cat!
Griselda is an owner at Bella Prana and found Yoga 5 years ago at a small studio in Michigan. She fell instantly in love with the postures and strength required. She enjoyed using her dance background to bring them together. She continued to grow her practice and introduced yoga into her Ballet barre classes. After moving back to Florida in 2014 Griselda found Bella Prana, where everything changed and she completed her 200 hr TT. Yoga is no longer about the postures but the peace she found on the mat. The more you practice yoga the more you realize it’s a spiritual practice. She hopes to create that same space of mental peace and physical strength during her classes.
Michele Smith is a 500 hour E-RYT and a certified Usui Reiki Master Healer. As an amateur dancer and dance mentor, Michele has a great appreciation for every body’s beauty, strength and athletic ability. After enduring a serious accident and subsequent surgeries, Michele found yoga instrumental in healing physically and emotionally. When a relative was diagnosed with cancer Michele deepened her practice to explore spiritual connection and energy work while caring for him. After his passing , her training and personal practice proved crucial to dealing with the grief that comes with loss. Her style of teaching yoga focuses on the subtle/energetic body to encourage healing and transformation on a cellular level.
Megan Weathers's experience with yoga started as a young wife and mother with twin babies. Stress, anxiety and exhaustion were taking her over. She saw a picture of a woman doing yoga on a rock in Utah, and was inspired by quiet strength, grace and peace. She started practicing yoga 15 years ago, and her path led her to toward a calling to teach. Megan was trained and certified in the Hatha tradition from local teachers John C.Stierwalt, Dale Morphew and Shelly Happel. Each class Megan teaches is meant to be a journey through physical poses to experience balance between breath, stillness of the mind. Megan's prayer is that yoga will give you a greater understanding of how quiet strength and grace can take you off your mat and into the greatest version of yourself.
I teach yoga with compassion towards each individual and encourage them to practice mindfully at their current ability. My approach is to gently guide students to connect breath to movement and find freedom in their postures through props and correct alignment. When our approach to yoga is relaxed and open hearted, the strength and healing we desire happens effortlessly. I want everyone to feel a sense of community and to feel safe asking questions and experimenting on their mats. My classes are a union of the inner and outer being and I am committed to help each person discover the grace and healing that yoga can bring to their lives.
Amee Joshi took her first yoga class with her mother at the age of 3 in Miami. The connection between the mind, body and spirit was palpable and Amee felt like she had found where she was meant to be. She tried Bikram, ashtanga, vinyasa, yin and restorative styles. Amee graduated the Asheville school of yoga in 2009 and has also completed an advanced vinyasa and prenatal certification. With her background in medicine and dance, Amee weaves an eclectic blend of styles into her teaching including music, poetry, and meditation.
Eric has been part of Tampa Bay’s yoga community since 2002. He has an extensive teaching resume that includes ashtanga, prana flow and all levels yoga. Currently he is teaching Flow 2 and Bhakti Vinyasa styles. "I'm interested in the intersections where science and spirituality find union." Eric creates a mood through strong, but thoughtful asana practice. In his teachings, he incorporates traditional asana with anatomical and energetic reference, concepts from the yoga sutras, simple mantras, and live music.
Ashley Halley is the creator of MOVE, a dynamic movement/fitness method. It is an all-encompassing workout training both the mind and body as a whole. Ashley has 20 years experience in various fitness modalities including yoga, dance and personal training. She holds multiple certifications in yoga & personal training. Ashley has trained and assisted Shiva Rea’s Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher training as well as Micheline Berry’s Liquid Asana teacher training. She is currently Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 hour. Known for her playfulness she is motivating and enthusiastic when teaching. Her mantra is “embrace who you are, explore your potential, and evolve into the master of your best self”.
As owner of LIFT Performance Enhancement (located within Bella Prana), Lisa uses a multidisciplinary approach to helping her clients improve movement. While studying Athletic Training at UCONN she was among the initial wave of both group fitness instructors and personal trainers in the early 1980’s. Lisa earned additional certifications in massage therapy, corrective exercise, yoga, and healing modalities. After her initial training with Asheville Yoga Center, Lisa completed her medical-therapeutic yoga studies at the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute. Her class schedule includes Healing Breathwork, Yin, and Restorative while her workshops lean towards therapeutics, biomechanics, and injury prevention. As the anatomy instructor for Bella’s yoga teacher training program, she combines both science and art.
Sahara Rodriguez has been practicing bodywork, teaching classes and workshops for 20 years. She has studied and trained with spiritual teachers from around the world and brings together many paths in the spirit of Oneness. Sahara is a licensed massage therapist, Reiki Master, meditation teacher, minister, author of the inspirational, "Beyond the Reflection" and is dedicated to heart centered service. Her classes provide a safe, nurturing space which assist people on their healing path and connection to the Source of Life.
Debbie has been practicing yoga for over 12 years. In 2007 she suffered a serious water skiing accident. She remembers thinking at the time of the accident that she may never walk again. After recovering from surgery for the injury, yoga became a daily practice in her life. Debbie hopes to share her knowledge and love of yoga with her students. Her classes emphasize breath with movement, and a balance between alignment and meditation in motion. Debbie completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification in 2012, and is currently enrolled in the 500hr certification program. She is a personal trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology.
After a cruise in 2001, Thom began to seek out Bikram yoga in Tampa. After two years of regular practice at Yogani Studios, Thom completed Bikram Yoga teacher training in Los Angeles, CA June 2003. Due to life stresses and the real world, 2006 found Thom completing over 200 hours of vinyasa/flow teacher training with Stephanie Keach at the Asheville Yoga Center. Completing training, forming his own business Taylor your Yoga, Thom continues his education and expanding his love of all yoga through trainings with Stephanie Keach, Rod Stryker, Doug Keller, Karin Stephan and Annie Carpenter. 2011 Thom completed his second 200 hour teacher training, Micheline Berry’s Prana Flow, and continues increasing his knowledge. Never stop exploring, never stop seeking, and never stop growing. Peace & Bliss.
Sarah is a 500-hr E-RYT & Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) meditation coach. Her classes are an intuitive expression of movement and breath. She believes that through yoga and meditation, we can begin to let go of self-imposed limitations allowing our minds to flourish with creativity. She is a published writer and the mother of three boys and has said, "I keep practicing yoga for what it does off the mat. It allows me to be more present with my children and more awake in my life. I feel connected to the "rasa" or juiciness of life when my mind is less cluttered.” Sarah has taught at major festivals, led advanced workshops and studied with a host of recognized leaders in the yoga community.
Tiffany began practicing yoga to calm her mind, balance her life, and lengthen her muscles from the constant contraction due to weight lifting. She holds her 500 E-RYT certification with Yoga Alliance and certifications in Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Yin/Yang, Therapuedic, and Pre-Natal. She enjoys sharing her own love of yoga and its benefits with others as she creates classes with inspiring sequencing combinations & meditation. You will be guided through a balanced practice as you learn to let go, relax and develop compassion.
Tricia Schuster is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher, and a registered nurse. Tricia has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1999 and it has helped her melt away the layers of anxiety and fear, bringing her back home to her own inner dimension of stillness. As a nurse, Tricia has worked extensively with patients at the end-of-life and this very sacred experience has given her a deep appreciation for living wholeheartedly in the present moment. Her teachings are light and playful, as well as profoundly healing. She connects us to that energetic aspect of our being that is One with all life and that will be here, now, forever.
Roger discovered, early, the bliss of blending the nourishment of spirituality and meditation with an intensely focused physical practice of yoga and karate. After his undergraduate degree in experimental psych., his law degree at Univ. of Fla., and after enduring a rapid series of traumatic personal losses, he assessed the quality of his life. In 2005 Roger consciously chose to return to the practice of yoga/meditation, and the fierce pursuit of spiritual wisdom. He obtained his 200 hr. teaching certification from the Lotus Pond. Roger is also certified in the guided meditation practice of Yoga Nidra and brings his many years of study and practice to increasing the consciousness of his students on and off the mat.
Erin started down-dogging in 2003 and teaching all ages (including kids yoga) across Tampa Bay in 2007. Erin's teaching is inspired by her personal practice of vinyasa, ashtanga and prana flow. In her teachings, she incorporates mindful asana with a light-hearted perspective. Laugh, sing, sigh, and smile in her fun classes that includes concepts from the yoga sutras, mantras, jokes and even live music. Erin is currently finishing up her 500 Hr level training at Asheville Yoga Center with her teachers including, Michael Johnson. "I practice yoga to understand and love myself. I teach yoga to guide others towards healing."
Born and raised in the Czech Republic Luc was initially drawn to yoga for it’s physical advantages but ended up finding so much more. She relocated to Tampa 3 years ago and found her yoga home at Bella Prana where she completed her 200 hr Teacher Training. Feeling lost, she found herself on her mat and wanted to pass that feeling of self empowerment onto her students. “When we tire the body the mind can no longer be ignored and we have to tap into our inner selves to shuffle through whatever it is that brought us to our mats in the first place.” Luc is an avid fan of inversions and arm balances which she likes to sprinkle through her vinyasa flow style classes.
Koko embarked on her yogic journey 9 years ago. Upon taking her first yoga class, she felt at peace and at home. Intuitively, she knew that yoga was destined to be a prominent element in her life’s journey. It is the pursuit of yoga that continues to provide healing. Koko teaches yoga for children in the Tampa area and is the proud mother of four beautiful children herself. Her classes are playful and dedicated to helping the next generation learn the practice of yoga.
Barb Cohen is a 200 hour E-RYT yoga instructor as well as a Clinical and Health Psychologist. She completed her teacher training program with the Asheville School of Yoga. Her teacher training was a natural outgrowth of her long standing interest in yoga psychology and complementary forms of healing. She also completed the Yin Yoga teacher training. Her expertise in the contemplative practices and the neurobiological aspects of affect, choice, and change inform her asana practice. Her classes are a fun fusion and are designed as an uplifting exploration often with music, meditation, poetry and bits of wit and wisdom.
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Jessica is committed to teaching and practicing the Ashtanga Yoga method, as taught in KPJAYI, Jessica began teaching yoga in 2007, and the daily practice of Ashtanga yoga provides her with the healing, uplifting, and insightful benefits of a committed yoga practice. Jessica uses gentle encouragement to guide students along a path of healing self-discovery through yoga. Jessica has traveled to India to study at KPJAYI with R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India and was blessed with the Authorization to teach Asthanga Yoga in 2013. Jessica dedicates her life to learning and sharing the Ashtanga Yoga Method, it inspires her to cultivate peace, inspiration, dedication, devotion and self surrender on and off the yoga mat. http://www.yogachikitsa.net
A graduate of Bella Prana's 200 hour training program, Alison creates classes with a strong Vinyasa Flow while incorporating arm balances and inversions to elevate her students' practice. She is adept at leading yogis of varied abilities and encouraging them to push past their boundaries. She is a playful but kindhearted instructor who thrives on challenging and energizing her students.
Chloe is a 200 RYT trained in Ashtanga Yoga by Kino Macgregor and Tim Feldmann. Chloe started yoga as cross training for her professional ballet career, but quickly realized that there was much more to this practice than the physical postures. She aims to bring the yogic philosophy into her classes, always striving to facilitate the mind-body connection. She has studied in India with a variety of well-respected teachers of many different lineages. Currently a professional dancer with Brandon Ballet, she loves to build a creative class that challenges you wherever you are at.
Adriana began practicing yoga over ten years ago. As a long time martial artist, she initially sought solace in the physicality of the postures. Instead, what she found was a new way to process life. From the successes and the victories to the hardships and the disappointments, yoga brought her a new way to live. A graduate of Bella Prana's 200 hour teacher certification, she hopes to teach others that the breath is the most powerful tool in a one's arsenal. She believes yoga gives you the power to discover your truest self, bring kindness and softness to your thoughts, and offers strength during the darkest times. Her classes are physically challenging and you will leave feeling uplifted, encouraged, and motivated to be your best self.
Tammy began practicing yoga almost 20 years ago as a counterbalance to long distance running, but it was after she had children in 2001 that she really started to see the calming influence that a regular practice had on her. She completed her teacher training with Erin and Eric Wheeler of Lucky Cat Yoga, and has advanced training in Yoga Nidra through Jennifer Reiss out of Kripalu. Tammy has a focus in vinyasa flow and yoga nidra and works to bring the mind/body/breath connection together through this practice .
Sherry's journey into yoga and holistic health began in 1997 when she attended her first yoga class, which was life changing. Working in a corporate environment at that time and having lost her only sister in 1993, she was living with stress and anxiety on a daily basis. In that first class, she found peace, serenity, and almost immediate relief. She decided to define her own success and helps others do the same through yoga and retreats. Founding RetreatJourneys.com has allowed her to combine her love and passion for travel and yoga. Whether home or abroad, she finds the adventure and blessings in every day and loves to help her students find the adventure and blessings in their lives as well on or off the mat.
Carla has been teaching yoga and dance to various populations in Tampa since 2002. Carla is currently certified by the Yoga Alliance with a 200-ERYT certification (able to certify teachers) and 500 RYT Certification (advanced registered yoga teacher). She has been a teacher trainer for the Lotus Pond Teacher Training School since 2010. Carla is now in her 9th year teaching dance for the Hillsborough County School District and is a Certified American Ballet Theater Level 1-3 Teacher. Carla specializes in a variety of styles of Hatha Yoga classes, including Flow, Gentle, Beginner, Iyengar, and Prenatal. Carla’s classes infuse a focus on safety and alignment, fluid transitions, yoga history and philosophy, and singing Sanskrit chants to her students during Savasana.
Debbie is a 500-hour RYT instructor with Yoga Alliance. She has her 200-hour Prana Flow Vinyasa RYT with Micheline Berry at Yogani Studios, Tampa, FL and her 300-hr Advanced Studies from Ashville Yoga Center. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. Her solid athletic foundation has allowed her to develop a strong and versatile practice which she continues to evolve and nourish. She has studied Ashtanga with Saraswathi Jois at K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore, India. A versatile instructor, she teaches Power, Vinyasa Flow- all levels, Restorative, Adaptive and Children’s classes. Through yoga she has found balance and calm honoring her mantra “Move the Body, Calm the Mind, Heal the Spirit”.
Yoga is an essential part of Evelyn's life. “I knew I was destined to dance through life, I just didn’t know it would be through yoga! It’s my religion now.” In her life before yoga, addiction was hovering over her. There was an incredible yoga teacher at her treatment center and it was there that she was no longer a prisoner of herself. Yoga was her new essential soul medicine! Evelyn graduated from the Bella Prana 200 HR Teacher Training, and is now honored to teach others in recovery the power of yoga. “Everyone is recovering from something, and everyone deserves happiness.”
Anya discovered yoga over 15 years ago – and that day changed her life. After completing her teacher training in Ashtanga yoga in 2005 in Ukraine, Anya continued her studies with Bryan Kest, Sid Mcnairy, Jason Crandel, Peter Sterios, Sean Corn, Tami Shneider and many others. Anya teaches hot and sweaty, fun loving power vinyasa classes which challenge physically, make students feel strong, and improve their state of mind. Anya is a huge believer that how you practice yoga is how you live your life. She wants yoga to have the same transformational impact on her students that it has on her. Yoga changes lives.
Junko MacKie, originally from Japan, began her lifelong yoga journey while living in LA. The physical and mental sense of accomplishment she received from each lesson drove her to become a dedicated yogini. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2012 with the Mukti Yoga School in CA, and earned her 500hr in 2015. She earned an additional 500 hour training certificate in Rishikesh, India. Additionally she specializes in Yin Yoga, and works to incorporate spirituality with each of her courses. Junko invites you to join her as we strive to connect our minds and bodies, discover how to challenge our limitations, and focus on our mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
Seeking change from a unhealthy lifestyle, Caroline sought refuge in yoga and found the healing and transformative effects of a devoted practice to be life-changing. Caroline completed her 200 hour yoga training at Adiaya Yoga Sanctuary in St. Petersburg, FL and she has additional certification in yin. Inspired by a strong hatha and vinyasa flow practice, Caroline enjoys challenging her students but recognizes that sometimes the greatest challenge is to simply sit with ourselves in stillness. Her classes blend thoughtful sequencing, yogic philosophy, and aromatherapy. Caroline believes through our asana & meditation practice, we create a ripple effect of compassionate loving and living and she is honored to share in this journey with you.
Lauren Nunn’s passion for yoga began in 2014 when she was looking for a healthy way to relieve stress. Yoga quickly became much more than a hobby, it transformed her life in more ways than she could have ever imagined. In 2016 she took her practice to the level and completed her 200hr Teacher Training at Bella Prana in Tampa, Florida. Lauren loves teaching challenging sequences that motivate and challenge the body and mind. Lauren’s teaching method emphasizes respect and acceptance in regards to the physical body and mind.
Rodney comes from Caribbean roots, born in London and spent his teenage years in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Rodney began his yoga journey 5 years ago, when friends introduced him to the practice of yoga. He found that yoga gave him something to look forward to after a stressful day in the office and allowed him the ability to connect on a deeper level with his friends, his mind, his body and spirit. Rodney, a constant athlete, grew up playing soccer, cricket, rugby and racquetball. Rodney completed his training certification through Bella Prana and hopes to share, a calm, relaxing, yet energetic practice with his students.
Amy has been practicing yoga for over twenty years. Her yoga journey began after she'd had a spinal fusion, which left her in chronic pain. To find some relief and pain management, Amy found yoga. Over time, her love for the practice grew to be bigger than it's original purpose. She began to notice strengthened awareness, patience, and gratitude from combining the poses with deliberate breathing. She desired for a deeper understanding of yoga, which led her to numerous clinics and yoga retreats to learn from inspiring and well-known master instructors. Amy is trained specifically in the Bikram method, in addition to her 200 YRT from Bella Prana. Amy's passion in sharing her personal experience with the healing benefits of yoga extends to each class she leads.
Valarie began practicing yoga six years ago as a means to stretch and prevent injury. As a lifetime runner and new triathlete, she was searching for relief from the aches and pains of intense training. She found that the more she practiced yoga, the better she felt and her performance improved as well. She began to spend more time on the mat, including during her pregnancy, and found that the practice was transforming more than her body; yoga had increased her ability to manage stress and improved her mental focus. Valarie realized yoga was more than a physical practice. She completed her 200hr training with mentors, Eric and Erin Wheeler, under Lucky Cat Yoga.
Abby fell in love with yoga through the Bikram series. She aims to create a space to get out of the mind and into the present moment through breath and asana and achieved her Hot Yoga Certification in 2010. After almost three years of living abroad, Abby and her husband settled in Asheville, NC, where she received her 200 RYT from Asheville Yoga Center. When Abby isn't leading a 26 & 2 class, you can join her for Restorative Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation.
Kelsea began guiding meditations in 2014 to help kids and teachers in Hillsborough County bring self-love, better focus, and positivity to classrooms through Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. After completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training from Bella Prana, she's following her passion for giving kids the ultimate tools to thrive, but also found a new love of teaching everything from hot power yoga to yoga 101 to all ages. Kelsea focuses on getting into the body, settling into the mind, and anchoring the yogic experience through breath and music. She's also our studio manager!
Bobbi Kass has been a student of yoga for over 30 years. She was attracted to the practice of Iyengar yoga because each asana (pose) is built upon itself to fulfill the promise of greater energy and completeness throughout the body. By utilizing the connection between the body, the breath, and the mind, we’re able to reach the ultimate expression of our spirit. Yoga has been Bobbi’s lifeline, helping her through so many of life’s experiences. She is passionate about helping each individual grow to their maximum potential and discover the same life-long benefits as she has found.
Chanel turned to yoga in 2012 as a healthy way to counterbalance the stress that came along with being a busy college student. Yoga and meditation showed her the benefits of slowing down the mind, body, and breath as a way to radically shift perspective. It was through the dedicated practice of strong physical postures on the mat that she discovered the many ways that yoga can make you a greater version of yourself off of the mat. Her practice changed the way she experienced the world and her hope is to share the healing powers of yoga with all of her students in a challenging, yet peaceful and welcoming environment. Chanel completed her 200 RYT from Bella Prana.
Kristen found yoga in 2012 and was immediately drawn to the foundation of connecting breath to body, mind and spirit. When the breath is calm, the body is relaxed, the mind is clear, and the spirit soars.
Kristen has completed over 400 hours of yoga teacher training, certified by YogaAlliance, in California and Pennsylvania. Yoga is continually transforming Kristen’s life and in her classes she’ll create space for you to dive deep into the journey of yourself. You can expect to flow with the beat of the music while building strength, challenging your mind and maintaining alignment that is true to your body.