OUR COLLECTIVE MISSION
The Bella Prāṇa Collective believes that wellness shouldn’t be a luxury, that wholeness cannot exist without equity, and that every person deserves access to healing experiences.
We have been serving our community for over a decade. We are a gathering place, a collective of people who participate in their own healing and celebrate each other as we are. We are powered by the vision of a world filled with compassion and built on equity. We seek to be awakened through the ancient healing practices of yoga and meditation gifted to us by the ancestors of South Asia and yogis all over the world. We aren’t interested in anything less than your imperfect self, because we all have things to give, and things to unlearn. We are driven by curiosity, reject the pursuit of perfection, and will boldly speak to anything that does not foster community. It does not matter who you are, how you identify, where you are from, what you do or who you love. As you are in this moment, and every version you will become – we want to be your home.
Integrity – earning our community’s trust by keeping our word. Because we are humans, we will work to make it right if we mess up.
Humility – all people who walk through our doors are asked to come as they are physically, mentally and emotionally. We welcome the swagger of a good hair day and the tears of a hot mess.
Belonging – we believe in nothing less than radical acceptance. Our space is for anyone interested in love, growth, and connection. Forget fitting in – at the Collective, we belong.
Service – we are dedicated to providing approachable, interesting and soulful opportunities to heal, throughout every chapter of this cosmic ride.
Roni Elissabeth Harris (she/her) is the founder & owner of the Bella Prāṇa Wellness Collective. Roni is an 500hr yoga instructor and has been teaching for over a decade. She is also a certified reiki practitioner, a life coach graduating from the Southwestern University of Healing Arts, as well as a nutrition coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Roni is a certified wilderness emergency medical technician and adventurer who is known for her life changing retreats around the world in places such as India and Nepal. Using these skills, she is a sought after consultant, writer and speaker. 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, coaching, and yoga all woven together into moving experiences. When Roni isn’t at the studio she is with her husband Bret, her son Fin, and her puppy Winnie Cooper.
Tina Tidwell (she/her) is a 500 E-RYT, an owner at the Bella Prāṇa Wellness Collective 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, daughter and floppy puppy.
Progressive, funny, and 100% real, Ashley Adams (she/her) is an instructor and the founder of Black Prāṇa Magazine, which is in partnership with the Bella Prāṇa Collective Yoga Teacher Training. With family history hailing from the small beach town of Tarpon Springs, Florida, this business tycoon, mother, and eldest sister of four knew fate led her to purpose when doing “the work” didn’t quite feel like working. Ashley says the success of her business is rooted in pure frustration. In response to that frustration, Black Yoga Magazine was born. The only publication of its kind, BYM exists because of the lack of representation for people of color in the yoga world. Ashley also made the conscious decision to lower the barrier to entry when it comes to people of color obtaining their certification to teach Yoga and less than a year ago, Ashley launched her first 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program virtually. To date, Ashley has successfully trained over 4000 yoga professionals.
Megan Weathers (she/her) is an 500 E-RYT YACEP instructor and the Director of Operations at Bella Prāṇa. She is lead instructor of our Yin, Gentle and Restorative Yoga Teacher Trainings as well as a lead instructor in our 200 Hr YTT. Her experience with yoga started as a young wife and mother with twin babies in 1995. Stress, anxiety and exhaustion were taking her over. She saw a photo of a woman doing yoga on a rock in Utah, and was inspired by quiet strength, grace and peace. She started practicing in 1995, and her path led her toward a calling to teach in 2007. As a lifelong student of Yoga, Megan is a Reiki master and received her 200 hr certification in the Hatha tradition in 2009, studied with Jessica Lynne Trese at Bella Prāṇa to receive her 300 certification in 2018, holds 50 hr advanced trainings in Restorative, Yin yoga with Bernie Clark, and is currently working toward a Ayurveda Health Advisor/Yoga Therapist Certification to be completed in 2023. Each class Megan teaches is meant to be a journey through physical posture, breath work and meditation to experience balance and a path back to Love.
Maryam (she/her) is and instructor and the Director of Teacher Training at the Collective. She began her yoga practice in the mid 1990s and is a hot yoga teacher specializing in purposeful movement and mental strength and clarity. Maryam holds a PhD in Linguistics and in her time as a college professor developed research interests in the discourse of fitness and wellness, particularly as it pertains to yoga, language and identity and methods for practicing calmness and rest as a way to become more efficient and effective in work. Her interests in yoga are centered around the 26&2 series including developing practices that are inclusive for different bodies. As a linguistic consultant, Maryam gives workshops for individuals and groups on how to develop (yoga) teaching styles and persona to strengthen presentation skills.
Neda (she/her) is the Director of Customer Service and Events at the Collective. She is a born & bred Floridian (beach girl through & through) who attended the University of Florida. After moving to Tampa bay she worked in Tax Accounting then in Auditing and Consulting, while also finding yoga, creating and sharing her practice by finding all the commonalities between faith and a yoga practice. She is the chairperson of the Meddy Teddy Foundation and a part of many other non-profit initiatives. Her hobbies include sports, especially water sports, quality time with family and friends, reading, and meditating. She completed her 200YTT in Dallas, and found Bella Prāṇa as her yoga home when moving back to Florida. She is excited to promote her love for all things local and help the Collective optimize it’s incredible potential and spread light into the world, as it is needed more than ever.
JESSICA LYNNE TRESE
Jessica (she/her) owns and runs our Ashtanga Yoga Program at Bella Prāṇa through her business, Yoga Chikitsa. She 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.
DeAndra (she/her) of The Body Elevator Co. is an in house massage therapist at Bella Prāṇa as well as the Boutique Director. Whether you need stress relief, pain management or much needed pampering The Body Elevator Company is available to assist you on your self-care journey; catering naps by the hour and serenity by the minute. As a relaxation specialist, DeAndra offers a variety of techniques that soothe the body, mind, and spirit. She believes in the body’s natural ability to heal itself with the assistance of massage therapy. Her style is nurturing and methodical, customizing treatments that beautifully combine pampering and therapy. As a business owner, DeAndra takes pride in providing excellent customer service by using clean, organic and vegan products in session. Book services at www.thebodyelevator.com.
Maddy (she/they) is a former Desk Angel and currently our Assistant Director of Customer Service. She is also a graduate assistant studying Chamber Music Performance at the University of South Florida. As a classical musician in their third performance degree program, Maddy holds a deep appreciation and respect for all that yoga’s teachings have to offer, both on the mat and on the stage. Maddy’s dream is to build a stronger bridge between performing musicians and yoga through education, accessibility, and the de-colonization of both fields. They hope to change the wellness culture of classical music by shifting its goals from that of a reparative, peak performance (better, faster, stronger) attitude towards one that prioritizes the care of the individual over the optimization of the performance. As an active performer and private violin teacher, Maddy is passionate about forming genuine connections with others in different and creative ways. She believes that meaningful relationships, particularly the one with yourself, can grow beautifully through vulnerability, compassion, and patience.
Mary (she/her) began practicing yoga in February of 2013 due to a running injury. During those early days, her work on the mat was motivated by a longing for physical healing. Pleasantly surprised, she experienced peace and healing in her emotional, mental and spiritual body as well! This discovery inspired her to become a yoga teacher. So in the midst of being a wife, mother of 4, hugger, knitter, reader of literature and student of Life, Mary obtained her 200hr E-RYT, and 500hr RYT certification. As a yoga teacher, through guiding the practice of poses and breath, Mary desires to create space for everyone to cultivate and nourish peace and health in their own body, mind, and spirit.
In house massage therapist Tracy Jones (he/him) of Tampa Bay Sports Massage holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Social Work from the University of Illinois and holds a Massage Therapy Technician certification from the Myotherapy Institute of Utah. He has been an International Instructor of Manual Therapy (and is a co-developer of Neurosomatic Therapy), is a Certified Neuromuscular Therapist and is a golf fitness expert as a Level 3 Medical Certified Titleist Performance Institute graduate. He has been the Team Massage Therapist for the University of Notre Dame Track & Field Team for the past 7 seasons. Tracy and his team are with Tampa Bay Sports Massage located inside Bella Prāṇa Studio. Book your service at www.tampabaysportsmassage.com.
Maharri is an instructor and coach who is highly invested in advocating a wellness lifestyle and the impact it has on our daily lives. After being diagnosed with lupus in 2013, Maharri went on a journey to heal her body holistically. Almost like a ritual, proper nutrition and yoga became her saving grace. After seeing her own transformation, she became inspired to teach yoga. Yoga has completely opened up a breakthrough for Maharri, not just on her wellness journey, but also her spiritual journey. The practice has expanded her intuitive connection to The Absolute Self. Growing up in rural Jamaica she infuses her Rastafari culture in the way she teaches and connects with her students.
Zacharia (he/him) is a 200-hour yoga teacher RYT-200, a NASM certified personal trainer, and a corrective exercise specialist. Zack also served 4 years in the Marine Corps Infantry. He first started a meditation 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, Zach realized he wanted to share the gift and healing potential of yoga with everyone and thus, completed his 200hr teacher training program at The Lotus Pond.
Jirod Webb (he/him) is a 200hr instructor at Bella Prāṇa who teaches our weekly class for the members of Metropolitan Ministries. 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. Drawn 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. 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.
Aiyana Fraley (she/her) 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. Aiyana holds regular Reiki Trainings at Bella Prāṇa for Level I and II certifications. See our workshops page for an upcoming training. Aiyana also brings her healing skills to our New and Full Moon Reiki class experiences, find those classes on our schedule page. Aiyana is called to heal and brings a grounding and kind energy to every room she enters.
Jessica Freedman (she/her) is the Director of Family Programing at Bella Prāṇa and lead instructor in our Prenatal Teacher Training. She is a 200 HR RYT, Children’s author, a graduate of the University of Tampa, wife and mama. Originally bound for medical school, she had a change of heart. She started to gravitate toward a holistic approach to health and wellness and a call to serve others to lead a healthy and happy life. In 2006, she answered this call with not one, but two, 200hr Yoga Teacher trainings including advanced prenatal training and “Prāṇa Flow”. While pregnant with her own two children, she had the immense honor to learn from doulas, acupuncture physicians, naturopaths, midwives, and obstetricians. She combines 13 years of teaching yoga and fitness experience with the techniques taught to her by experts in these fields and postpartum health and healing, to bring a loving, balanced approach to pregnancy and postpartum recovery. Jessica’s offerings include Prenatal Yoga Teacher Trainings, prenatal, postnatal, restorative for pregnancy, and core and pelvic floor classes.
Chanel’s offerings intend to expand and deepen your felt and intuit understanding of body, mind and soul. She infuses her affection for music, structured and free movement, meditation, mantra and other ancient wisdom practices to help remind us of our gifts, strength and contribution to this world. Chanel’s been a part of the Bella Prana community since 2014. She’s 500RYT, a reiki master, DJ’s for joy, and has her own energy healing business.
Lisa (she/her) 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.
Devin Johnson (he/him) is a local Tampanian, and a retired competitive athlete, with a huge heart for sharing his love for yoga. By taking one of his classes he will help you realize that “it’s just yoga”. The secret people don’t tell you is that comparison doesn’t get you points in class. But with his gentle guidance you have the chance to connect to more of the subtle energies of what Yoga truly is.
Vanessa (she/her) has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and received her 200 hour training at Bella Prāṇa. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Reiki Master, and Holistic Coach, Vanessa combines all her experience when working with students and clients. Her intention as a Yoga Instructor is to offer space for people to feel grounded, balanced and connected to their being. Through movement, breath and awareness of the mind- body connection, she hopes to help people illuminate their inner healer.
Yoga found Katie (she/her) while she was competing as a collegiate athlete struggling with over-training and rapid physical changes in her body. The practice spoke in a language that Katie could understand, movement. Through her asana practice, Katie learned to work with her body instead of against it, finding emotional peace, mental well-being, and spiritual connection along the way. Katie is a 500hr RYT who applies her yoga therapy training and athletic background to create classes where movement is meditation, with the intention of uncovering the deeper, more subtle aspects of yoga and oneself.
Sahara Rodriguez (she/her) has been practicing bodywork, teaching classes and workshops for over 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.
Bri (she/her) is a 200 E-RYT and spent time traveling to teach internationally before permanently relocating to her home town of Clearwater- and now Tampa. She considers concentrated movement practice as a form of self intimacy and creative expression. Bri was born with a rare birth defect (Poland Syndrome) that left her without pectoral muscles on one side of her chest- creating a sense of frustration and disconnection from her physical self. Becoming a student of yoga helped Bri begin to feel more at home in her body. As a teacher she is enthusiastic about sharing the practices that have enabled her to repair the relationship between her mind and body, to accesses a more integrative experience in daily life.
Consuelo (she/her) is a 500 hr RYT and Reiki Master. Her yoga journey started in 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa, where she study Hinduism as part of her college curriculum and shortly got attracted to the asana practice. In 2018, completed the 300 hr. yoga teacher and Reiki Master training at Heathwood Yoga Institute located in Bradenton. She believes that yoga is all about connecting the dots between the mind, heart, and body – a practice beyond the mat. Loves teaching Yin, Restore, Vinyasa, meditation, and Reiki. Consuelo was born and raised in Chile, and her biggest muse is her grandmother, Odette, a yogi and reiki master.
”If you want love be love, if you want light be light” – Cleo Wade
Valarie (she/her) 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.
Initially the physical intensity and injury prevention benefits guided Giovanna ((she/her) 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.
A graduate of Bella Prāṇa’s 200 hour training program and is also a Hot 26 instructor. Alison (she/her) creates classes with a strong Vinyasa Flow while incorporating arm balances and inversions to elevate her students’ practice. In her Hot 26 classes she will lead you through the 26 postures with consistency and clarity. 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.
Jenna’s (she/her) background as a Registered Nurse ignited her love for the yoga practice as a holistic way of healing the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga became an outlet for her to relieve tension from the high-stress hospital environment. Jenna’s aspiration is to guide others in finding healthy ways to cope with life’s challenges through yoga. She focuses on strength building and spirituality to cultivate a full mind-body experience. Since receiving her 200 RYT with Awakened Life School of Yoga, she has completed trainings in meditation, pranayama, inversions. Her in depth knowledge of anatomy encourages a challenging, yet safe practice to prevent injury and promote wellness. She has dedicated herself to sharing the light of this practice with others.
Tammy (she/her) 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 .
Karla (she/her) 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.
With a background in powerlifting and football, Kamran found yoga as a way to heal injuries and turn inward. Yoga became an outlet where Kamran could be his true self and find the discipline to show up every day for his body and mind. It is his goal to show that yoga is for everyone from all walks of life. It is also his mission to guide students and bring them to a point where they can truly find themselves through a challenging, yet fun class to deal with all of life’s challenges through movement and breath.
Sabrina (she/her) started her yoga journey in 2014 to offset the muscular strain caused by typical gym workouts. However, it was not until she began practicing law when she realized that yoga was so much more than the physical practice. On the verge of burnout syndrome, yoga became Sabrina’s outlet to decompress and tune into herself. Sabrina is a graduate of Bella Prāṇa’s 200-Hour Teacher Training, with certifications in both Yin and Hot 26. She challenges students to find stillness in both the body and mind by staying focused and reconnecting with the breath.
When Sabrina is not at the studio, you can find her snuggling with her pup, traveling, cooking, or doing whatever else satiates her natural curiosity.
Maggie was born and raised in America’s Hometown, Plymouth, Massachusetts. She moved to Florida to attend the largest university in the country, UCF. Being from such a small town, she quickly found her forever home on her Yoga Mat. For her Yoga is a sense of grounding, a sturdy foundation to continue her growth on, a home base. She takes value in influencing others with her positive, loving and energetic light. She completed 200hr YTT at Bella Prana in 2020 and intends to continue her journey on and off the mat. “It was when I stopped searching for a home within others and lifted the foundations of home within myself, I found there were no roots more intimate than those between a mind and body, that decided to be whole.” – Rupi Kaur
Valerie (she/her) was initially drawn to practice yoga because it provided the opportunity for a physical challenge in a positive atmosphere. The holistic, mind-body approach to health, fitness, and overall wellness that she developed while on the mat kept her coming back. As yoga gradually became a part of her daily life, she realized that she had discovered something greater than just a simple workout: she had found a frame of reference that matched and expanded her own worldview. Valerie completed her 200 hour teacher training at Bella Prana in 2017. She is a high school teacher in Hillsborough County and is called, in all of her teaching, to provide an open and accepting atmosphere where people feel comfortable as they learn and grow.
Teri Martin (she/her) 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.
Sarah (she/her) found yoga more than 10 years ago but never realized the value of group practice until she began her Yoga Teacher Training at Bella Prana in 2018. While she still believes in the power of a solo practice, she is certain that practicing in a group setting is exponentially more beneficial to your yoga journey. The energy that’s shared during practice cannot be duplicated in any other way. Sarah has a gentle spirit and loves making her students feel valued and fully welcomed into the practice. Yoga has helped Sarah connect with her community in many different ways and she looks forward to seeing you in one of her classes soon!
Mia Franz (she/her) turned to yoga in 2017 when she found that running in the Florida heat caused her more stress than fulfillment. She quickly discovered both joy and connection through her yoga practice. Wanting to share that experience with yogis of all levels, she became a certified teacher in September 2019, completing Bella Prana’s 200-hour teacher training. She loves the fact that three generations of her family now practice yoga–her parents, herself, and her children! Mia teaches gentle classes and enjoys creating fun sequences that emphasize the power of the breath. As a high school teacher, she seeks to bring the experience of yoga to adults and adolescents alike. When she’s not on the mat, she can be found adventuring with her family or sitting with her nose in a book, preferably at the beach!
TARYN QUAN MCLAUGHLIN
Aloha mai kākou! In early 2016, while attending a yoga retreat she discoverd yoga and was able to finally find some healing for her PTSD. As a proud U.S. Navy veteran, Taryn is incredibly honored to be able to offer yoga movement practices and iRest yoga nidra meditation to the military community of active duty personnel, service veterans, and their dependents residing in the Tampa Bay area. She also offers yoga to those struggling with sobriety and in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse/addiction. With specific training in military-tailored and trauma-informed adaptive yoga, restorative yoga, prenatal yoga, and iRest yoga nidra meditation, Taryn bridges gentle & soft with fiery & strong, providing modified postures to those who may have unique challenges with the physical practice of yoga. Taryn teaches a monthly free yoga class for veterans and their loved ones at the Collective.
Tracy (she/her), an E-RYT500, discovered yoga as a graduate student at UF in 2010. As she delved deeper into the yogic philosophy and experienced the transformative power it had on her life, she felt compelled to share the gift of yoga with others. She completed a 200 Hour Hatha YTT and began teaching upon graduating in October 2012. She continued her studies participating in a 300 Hour Hatha YTT, the Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra training, and the Prenatal Training at Bella Prana. As a mother of 3, she has a special interest in supporting and empowering women by providing resources and yogic tools to meet the physiological changes, stress, and anxiety that accompany pregnancy and motherhood. Additionally, she holds a Masters in Secondary Education and has over a decade of teaching experience in both the classroom setting and yoga studio.
Margo was introduced to yoga as a way to balance her body and mind while competing as a collegiate runner. She found an immediate love for yoga and became 200hr RYT trained at Simply Power Yoga in Cincinnati, OH. Margo recently graduated from The University of Tampa with her Bachelor in Science of Nursing and works at a local hospital. Having a strong knowledge of the body helps her advocate for wellness of the mind, body, and spirit. Margo’s hope is that her calm and caring presence will allow her students to build strength while finding harmony within their inner selves.
Jane began her yoga journey 22 years ago and has been teaching for 8 years. She received a 200hr RYT certification through LifePower Yoga under the direction of Jonny Kest. Jane’s passion for teaching is rooted in the transformation that she has experienced in her own life and the desire to share this gift of exploration with others. She enjoys teaching Vinyasa Flow, Power, Yin and Restorative. Her style is creative as well as challenging and grounding. Jane’s intention is to be a guide for students on their own journey of self-discovery and growth.
Nicole discovered her passion for hot yoga after moving to Nashville, TN in 2014. She loved the consistency of the practice and the outlet it gave her to get out of her head and into her body. In 2020, she completed 200-hour teacher training focusing on the 26+2 method at Yoga365 in Clearwater, FL. Nicole is an energetic and encouraging instructor who focuses on breathwork and mind-body connection to challenge students to be fully present in the moment, both on and off their mats. In addition to sharing her passion for yoga, Nicole is an occupational therapist who specializes in pain management and pelvic health, with extensive continued education in Graston Technique and Pelvic Floor Therapy. She combines nearly 10 years experience as an OT with the practice of yoga for a truly holistic and unique healing experience.
Devin first stepped on the yoga mat in 2019, she quickly realized just how much it could transform her life to incorporate yoga into her workout routine. She began practicing more frequently and loved watching herself evolve mentally and physically on her yoga mat. She loves that yoga helps build her strength, confidence, awareness, mental clarity, and flexibility. A few years later, she graduated from her RYT-200 training registered with Yoga Alliance. Devin’s intention is to share her love and passion towards yoga with her students and to invite them on the lifelong journey of health and fitness benefits that yoga provides. She hopes that her students will leave the room feeling powerful, confident, and more relaxed than when they walked in.
Nicole is a 200hr instructor with specialized training in yin and trauma informed teaching. She was introduced to yoga at a crucial point in her life while trying to navigate recovery from a traumatic relationship. She first explored yoga for the physical benefits and quickly fell in love with the positive influence it had on her mental well-being which kept her coming back to her mat. Her passion to bring this same space for healing and peace to others can be felt in her gentle, explorative teaching style. Nicole is also a Reiki 2 practitioner and enjoys helping students incorporate the subtle energetic side of their practice as well.
Sam (she/her) has been practicing power yoga for over 12 years and received her 200hr training from Amazing Yoga in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Previously a professional ballerina, Sam started practicing yoga as a way to cross-train and heal from several injuries. She immediately fell in love with the practice and its ability to make one feel strong and powerful, without having to look perfect. Sam’s goal is to create a space for students to come to, regardless of what type of day they’re having, and leave a stronger, more confident version of themselves.
Meghan, native to Tampa Bay, has been exercising all her life. Meghan’s parents were both bodybuilders and taught her about proper nutrition and exercise as she was growing up and pursuing dance. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tampa, she moved to NY where she earned her Group Fitness and Personal Trainer Certifications. Meghan moved back to Tampa and was teaching group fitness when she discovered a deeper interest in yoga. Meghan’s personal yoga practice provides her with the opportunity and space to calm her anxiety and find the solace she needs. Meghan is now a 500HR RYT and a Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist. Her classes provide students with the opportunity to find accessible challenges through an active asana practice based in biomechanics and functional anatomy.