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, 500 E-RYT, Owner at Bella Prana and professional dancer, graduated from USF with a degree in Dance and Psychology. She fell in love with yoga, through dance, after studying with Michelle Jacobi in Paris. Tina received her 200 RYT in Ashtanga at Yoga on High (OH) with masters such as Tim Miller and Maty Ezraty. She received her 500 RYT through Asheville Yoga Center earning certifications in Meditation, Prenatal, Yin, Seniors, Yoga as Therapy, Yoga and Ayurveda, Restorative and Kids while studying with amazing mentors including Michael Johnson, Libby Hinsley and Stephanie Keach. Tina challenges the body in mindful movement while using the breath as the musical cue. She teaches in the USF’s School of Music as well as at DanceUSF and works privately with professional athletes. She is honored to be one of the first teachers at Bella Prana and a lead teacher of the teacher training program. When Tina isn’t on stage or in the studio, you can find her spending time with her husband, big cat and floppy puppy!
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.
Jessica Lynne Trese
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 Ashtanga 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
Annie has been a yoga teacher since deciding to deepen her practice in 1999 by becoming a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor. Within three weeks she knew teaching yoga was her passion in life and Yogani Studios, Tampa became the home for it. In 2001 she did a 200 hour teacher training with Shiva Rea. Annie’s energy and compassion have led her to working with everyone from professional athletes, home makers and those of different abilities. In 2005 Annie began a new path of working with wounded warriors. This path became official with the birth of Exalted Warrior Foundation in 2010 with Annie continuing to teach to all the wounded populations throughout military and Veterans hospitals. Annie designed the program to support the seen and unseen wounded populations; including amputees, burn victims, and those with orthopedic poly-trauma, traumatic brain and spinal-cord injuries, PTSD, and depression. Annie and EWF support nationwide programs assisting the re-integration of the wounded back into civilian life, and have begun documenting best-practices to present in teacher training programs. As one of the nation’s leading experts on Adaptive Yoga, Annie teaches nationally and internationally with Warriors at Ease and has also co-authored the book Best Practices for Yoga for Veterans. In addition to her extensive yoga training and experience, Annie is an iRest® Yoga Nidra instructor.
Annie has the remarkable gift of helping her students meet challenges and conquer “fears” both in their yoga practice and in life. Annie helps her students see that their body holds a road map of their life; moments of joy, success and celebration are mixed with injuries, illness and emotional concerns – all held within our bodies. Annie enables her students to discover and grow, gaining in confidence, wisdom and patience.
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.
Kelsea began her yoga journey in 2014 by guiding meditations for kids and teachers in Hillsborough County to foster self-love and bring better focus and self-awareness to classrooms through Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. After completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training from Bella Prana, Kelsea likes her yoga hot, hot, hot! She fell in love with hot yoga as she found it helps to heal her digestive system and back pain. She teaches hot power flow, Flow 1, and Bikram-inspired Hot 26 at Bella Prana. Kelsea focuses on getting into the body, settling into the mind, and anchoring the yogic experience through therapeutic movements and a playful attitude. She's also our studio manager and Director of our Kids Mindfulness Program!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lisa has been teaching yoga for over 15 years. She holds certifications as an E-RYT200, RPYT (prenatal yoga teacher) and RCYT (children’s yoga teacher) from Yoga Alliance. She teaches a diverse style of yoga fitness classes to a broad range of ages and abilities within the Tampa community. The creative potential within vinyasa yoga and hatha/power flow yoga as well as her passion for cultivating community inspire her teaching. Her background in dance, various styles of high intensity cardio fitness, barre workouts, pranayama (life force) breathwork, mindfulness meditation and Ayurvedic principles are blended into her class offerings. Class experiences are constructed to be fun, inspiring and challenging, but most importantly accessible to all through her warm and supportive teaching style.
Caroline is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Licensed Massage Therapist, with a passion for sharing the Ashtanga Yoga method. Her yoga journey truly began with her first Mysore class in 2013. She completed a 200-hr Ashtanga Vinyasa training with Ally Ford in 2015, a 50-hr Rocket Yoga (Progressive Ashtanga) training with David Kyle in 2016, and is currently completing her 600+ hour Mysore - Ashtanga Apprenticeship Program with Jessica Lynne. In addition to sharing yoga, Caroline assists others in healing through massage. She graduated from the Florida School of Massage in 2009 and has since studied with practitioners from across the world to specialize in the healing art of Thai Yoga Massage - a modality that fluidly combines her passions into one.
Rachel's journey with yoga first began in 2010 as a college student looking for a healthy outlet to relieve anxiety and challenge herself mentally and physically. From there she explored many different forms of yoga while bouncing around from studio to studio. Finally, in March of 2016, Rachel found her "yoga home" at Bella Prana. She fell in love with the community and the healing nature of the practice. Rachel is an elementary school teacher in Hillsborough County and is passionate about bringing mindfulness to everyone in our community, from students and teachers to peers and parents.
Kaitlin is a bubbly sensation whose classes are powerful, playful and heartfelt! With a background in dance of over twenty years, Kaitlin has always been connected to the body, and found yoga in college at USF in 2010 to help cope with anxiety and everyday stressors. In wanting to deepen her practice she completed her 200 hour in April 2013 and couldn't wait to share the benefits and joys of yoga. Kaitlin weaves thought-provoking meditations throughout her classes, applying ancient wisdom to our contemporary western world in a useful and understandable way. In addition, Kaitlin blends in physical alignment and strength in a fluid rhythm. She emphasizes breath awareness and conscious intention to promote stability in each pose. Her favorite place is anywhere people are gathered to sweat, breathe and break boundaries together!
Jessica’s yoga journey began in the summer of 2014 in her hometown in Southeastern Michigan. She was seeking healing and perspective through a difficult time in life. Jessica immediately fell in love with the practice and knew that she wanted to learn more and share it with others. As her practice has evolved and expanded, the mindfulness, spirituality, and body awareness have brought a sense of calm and peace into her life through balance and health.
Claudia’s journey with yoga began in 2014 at the University of South Florida. There a passion for yoga was
cultivated where the disciplines of the mind and body displayed health benefits. After graduating college, she
continued her practice at Bella Prana where she obtained her 200 RYT certification. One of her many
experiences in teaching, has been working with children; which she does now at Bella Prana. She finds joy as
she learns from them and helps them facilitate their imagination. Her goal for yoga is to achieve and have
others achieve an awareness for their body and health.
Yoga first entered Rachel’s life in 2010 at a time when she was seeking a healthy outlet to ease anxiety. As she began to explore different styles of yoga, she quickly fell in love with the way that it challenged her both mentally and physically; yet allowed her to find peace and stillness all at the same time. In the years to follow, she experimented with Bikram, Power, and Vinyasa Flow as she bounced around from studio to studio in the Bay Area. Finally, in March of 2016, Rachel found her "yoga home" when she began practicing at Bella Prana and completed her 200hr teacher training with them in 2017. She believes that yoga is a powerful vehicle for change, and owes her physical and emotional recovery of a traumatic injury to this transformative and healing practice. Rachel ties in her love for music into her classes and teaches powerful, playful, and creative sequences. She adores children and is grateful to be a part of the kid’s program. As an elementary school teacher in Hillsborough County, she is passionate about bringing mindfulness to students and teachers in the school system.
Lois “Lo” Waite began practicing yoga over a decade ago. A former competitive triathlete, duathlete,
and long-distance runner, she found yoga to be a great compliment to her training. As her practice evolved, she discovered yoga to be much more than just a physical practice. The mind-body connection through yoga, meditation, and mindfulness has brought a sense of calm and peace to her life. It has
made her both emotionally and physically healthier, stronger, and more balanced. A strong desire to
share what yoga has brought to her life, led her to enroll in Bella Prana’s 200 hour RYT training in February of 2017. She is passionate about working with women through pregnancy, motherhood, and menopause. Her desire is to teach a love and respect for the body as it goes through changes during these phases of life. She is currently training under Lisa Wilson in the areas of Prenatal Yoga and Mommy and Me Yoga. Her goal is to become a compassionate teacher that serves her students and teaches them that yoga is much more than exercise, it is a way of life.
Elizabeth has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and is certified with 200 hr TT. She loves to practice and teach Vinyasa and Hot Yoga, as well as often incorporating both into a sequence. Yoga became a true passion of hers when she discovered how it balanced her body and mind during her strenuous tenure as a professional dancer with Miami City Ballet. She gained grace, peace, clarity, and flexibility through her practice,and hopes to translate this through her teaching to all yogis. Elizabeth is also currently teaching ballet throughout the Tampa area and the Patel Conservatory.
About the Studio
Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation lives to serve the community by providing affordable yoga, meditation and an overall holistic wellness experience in a neutral space for students of all beliefs, abilities, sizes, needs and ages- from in utero to seniors. We vow to use our sacred space any way we can to support, love, nurture and educate all who walk through our doors by giving opportunities of self study that empower students to grow in health, wellness, creativity, spirituality and the evolution of humanity. We are committed to developing our teachers and training new ones so that they may safely and knowledgeably facilitate a space of healing and awareness beyond our walls following the Yoga Alliance Code of Ethics. We hug (a lot). We listen. We breathe. We move. We do everything in our power to create and be Bella Prana- which literally means “Beautiful Energy”.