Roni Elissabeth is the founder & owner of Bella Prana Yoga & Meditation Studio. Roni is an 500hr yoga instructor and reiki certified practitioner. She is a certified life coach with Southwestern University of Healing Arts, as well as a certified nutrition coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. As a consultant, writer, and speaker she contributes to Mantra Magazine, Elephant Journal, and FOX 13. Roni is a certified wilderness emergency medical technician and adventurer who is known for her life changing retreats around the world in India, Nepal, Italy, France and Greece. Previously in full time ministry, with her first year of her masters in divinity, she was drawn to the healing yoga provided in such an efficient and tangible way. She is known for her special blend of spirituality, life coaching, and yoga. Her classes help you shed the lies that stand in the way of experiencing a radically peaceful life. When Roni isn't at the studio she is with her husband Bret and her puppy Winnie.
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.
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.
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 is a reiki master and 500hr instructor trained and certified in the Hatha tradition from local teachers John C.Stierwalt, Dale Morphew, Shelly Happel, and Jessica Lynne Trese. 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.
Jirod Webb is a 200hr instructor and Director of Outreach at Bella Prana Yoga. Having grown up in a state of stress and desensitized by his environment, Jirod did not have the proper tools to navigate his inner landscape. He finally found the skills he'd been missing when he discovered yoga in 2014. Draw to the inner peace that yoga brings and inspired by his teachers to love fearlessly, be kind and live better, he graduated with his 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2018. Jirod is passionate about teaching yin yoga with an emphasis on self-love and mindful breathing amidst the grounded stillness. As Director of Outreach at Bella Prana, Jirod brings yoga to students and communities of all walks of life. His hope is to give all of his students, no matter their circumstances, the gift of self-love and the opportunity to connect to the greatest tool within all of us- the breath.
Brittany first found her yoga practice in 2016 after graduating from USF with a Biology degree. Unsure of where her career would take her next, she was sure that yoga was going to have a positive impact on her life. She immersed herself in her asana and meditation practice as soon as she found Bella Prana. On her yoga journey she also became a Bella Prana Desk Angel and is now our Director of Customer Service/Desk Angel Guru. She is trained in the Bikram method in addition to her 200 RYT from Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation. She hopes to empower others to explore their endless potential and to be the best version of themselves.
Zacharia is a 200-hour yoga teacher RYT-200, a NASM certified personal trainer, and a corrective exercise specialist. Zach also served 4 years in the Marine Corps Infantry. He first started a mediation practice when he was deployed to Japan and was immersed in their culture. When he was honorably discharged from the Marines in 2016 his mom suggested going to a yoga class with her to help him with several of his injuries. He immediately fell in love with the way yoga made him feel and the connection between mind, body, and breath that became clear on the mat. As he got deeper into his practice, he realized he wanted to share the gift and healing potential of yoga with everyone, so he enrolled in the 200hr teacher trainer program at The Lotus Pond. He is also a Yin certified yoga teacher.
Lisa first stepped on to her yoga mat in 1999 and has been teaching yoga for over 15 years. She holds E-RYT-200, RPYT (prenatal) and RCYT (children's) certifications from Yoga Alliance. She offers a wide range of yoga instruction to all ages and abilities including prenatal, postnatal, baby & me yoga, power flow vinyasa yoga, gentle/yin/restorative yoga, mindfulness meditation, iRest Yoga Nidra, chair yoga for seniors, corporate yoga for increased ease and productivity in the workplace, and adaptive yoga for differently abled bodies, specifically US veterans and their caregivers. Her classes are constructed to be fun and challenging, yet accessible to all. Lisa’s intension is to teach yoga and meditation as a lifelong source of health, fitness and vitality while inspiring students to be aware of the many benefits of wellbeing that are often simply an inhale & exhale away.
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.
Della Ruth Marsan
Della Ruth Marsan Yoga Alliance RYT 200. Della began her yoga journey in 2007 as a supplement to her professional dance and teaching career. After years of intermittent yoga practice she realized that yoga was more than a supplement to her dance career; it was a calling towards a better way of life. After falling in love with Ashtanga Yoga, the yogic philosophy and the journey of self discovery that yoga provides, Della attended Asheville Yoga Center's Yoga Teacher Training program in 2017 and completed Jessica Lynne Trese's 600+ hour Mysore-Ashtanga apprenticeship program in 2018. Della is committed to practicing the Ashtanga Yoga Method and sharing her passion for yoga with as many people as possible.
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, energy worker, 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.
Born and raised in the Czech Republic Luc was initially drawn to yoga for it’s physical advantages and as it often happens found so much more. Luc relocated to Tampa in 2013 and found her yoga home at Bella Prana where she completed her 200hr Teacher Training. Inspired by finding her lost self on her mat Luc wants to pass that feeling and sense of self empowerment onto her students, while utilizing the physical aspects of asana practice. “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.
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.
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.
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.
Yoga first entered Rachel’s life in 2010 at a time when she was seeking a healthy outlet to ease anxiety. She completed her 200hr teacher training with Bella Prana and she believes that yoga is a powerful vehicle for change. She owes her physical and emotional recovery of a traumatic injury to this transformative and healing practice. Working with our kids program, and as an elementary school teacher, she is passionate about bringing mindfulness to students and teachers.
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 .
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.
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.
Lois began practicing yoga over a decade ago. A former competitive triathlete, du-athlete,
and long-distance runner, she found yoga to be a great compliment to her training. A strong desire to share what yoga has brought to her life led her to enroll in Bella's 200 hour teacher training. Her goal is to be a compassionate teacher that serves her students and teaches them that yoga is much more than exercise, it is a way of life.
Karla began practicing yoga in 2008. She was instantly hooked on the way she could forget the outside world’s worries and focus inward. Eager to find peace in life's hustle she began a regular yoga practice and completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2018. She uses yoga to calm the mind and as a reminder to live in the now, allowing all past thoughts and worries to leave the mind. She strives to bring the same peace of mind to her students through breath work, stillness, and asana. When Karla isn't teaching yoga you can find her working with the animals at Big Cat Rescue.
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.
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!
Joyce McNally has been sharing the gift of Yoga and Mindfulness with children and families since 2002 and is considered a master Kid’s Yoga Teacher. She is most known for her playful, accessible and inspiring approach to working with kids ages 2-17 with and without special needs. Joyce is a licensed Kid's Yoga Teacher and has been certified by multiple Yoga programs including: Next Generation Yoga, Radiant Child Yoga for Autism, ADHD and Differently-abled, Every Kid’s Yoga for Special Needs and Yoga for Teens. Joyce is also a passionate adult Yoga Teacher and is a 200 hour RYT.
Abby is a lead teacher in our Hot 26 Yoga Teacher Training at Bella Prana. She 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.
Charlie Trezevant is a flexibility and movement expert who is the founder and President of Flexametrix, Inc. His expertise has touched thousands of people from age 8 to 88, including Olympic athletes, internationally acclaimed aerobics instructors and world-class athletes, including Hall-of- Famer Wade Boggs. A fourth degree master instructor in Tae Kwon Do, Charlie has devoted his lifetime to helping others achieve greater range of motion after discovering the benefits of stretching to improve his own mechanics following a childhood injury. His classes offer valuable insights on proper technique that help broaden range of motion and eliminate pain without adding stress to the muscles. Charlie is a frequent lecturer and contributing author who has been a featured on Fox, NBC and CBS affiliates, as well as the Tampa Bay Times, Tampa Bay Magazine, and the Orlando Sentinel. He is a gifted storyteller who enjoys the art of bonsai, playing backgammon and spending time with family.
Aiyana Fraley is a restorative and kundalini yoga instructor, reiki master teacher and licensed massage therapist of 16 years. She is passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga and inner awareness with others through a joyful and graceful practice. She teaches weekly classes and workshops in the Tampa Bay area and offers continuing education courses for yoga instructors and massage therapists.
Teri Martin is an E-RYT500 Experienced Yoga Instructor from Boston and has been a yoga practitioner for over 20 years. In her yoga teaching she encourages, leads, and empowers students to tune in to and connect with themselves, creating increased physical and personal awareness. An avid swimmer and former dancer, Teri is passionate about the practice of yoga and its inherent benefits of increased strength, flexibility, and balance - on and off the yoga mat. She is an Artist, Art Consultant, Business Advisor and founder of TheArtNetwork. Her left brain has a Harvard MBA and is a former executive at HBO, Cinemax and Citicorp. Teri’s vinyasa flow classes are enjoyable, thoughtfully choreographed and appropriately paced flows of ashtanga - based postures and movement with strong emphasis on proper alignment, breath, personal awareness and individual attention.
Initially the physical intensity and injury prevention benefits guided Giovanna to go to a yoga class. The lessons about human nature opened the path to become a 500hr yoga instructor. Yoga balances her love and passion for endurance training and spiritually guides her soul to embrace life with ease. She leads her students to feel a powerful class, with awareness and purpose, to explore the dynamic experience within the physical aspects of their bodies and mind. “Yoga offers the playground of love to connect with your soul, offers the tools necessary to remove the obstacles that cause suffering and shows us a way of life to engage in reality with peace”. When Giovanna is not on her mat, she is swimming, biking, running or arranging a healthy meal.
Emily tan is a local Tampa artist and curator originally from Port Washington NY. She graduated from the University of Tampa with a bachelor's degree in Fine Art. She worked previously at Anthropologie in Hyde Park Village as a floor manager assisting the visual team to create all of their in-store displays. Emily then transferred to Free People as a Stylist where she learned about visual merchandising in a boutique style shop. Today she currently works as our whole sale buyer for Bella Prana's boutique; Emily also creates all of the displays and art installations in our shop along with designing new Bella merchandise. She has shown her artwork at numerous galleries, studios, bars and restaurants across Florida. She currently curates for a new local bar & restaurant Hooch and Hive. When Emily isn't at the studio you can find her snuggling with her bulldog Kobe.
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, races, 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”.