Jim’s introduction to yoga came about two years ago when his partner began taking classes and eventually decided to become a yoga instructor. Initially his practice involved diving into the mindfulness of the yoga tradition which has led him to a much more peaceful and accepting way of life. Since then he has begun exploring the benefits of the physical aspects of yoga and has found an even more profound mind and body connection which has led to the easing of long term physical ailments, as well as a deeper mental and spiritual peace.
After having studied and practiced a broad spectrum of yoga disciplines and with many teachers both locally and internationally known, Jill primarily teaches in the Iyengar tradition of yoga which focuses on technique (alignment), sequence (varying the sequencing to bring about changes to the whole being), and timing (movement with awareness). She became a believer in yoga when she was able to completely manage chronic sciatica through her personal practice and noticed that maintaining a daily yoga practice had transformed her life. After many years of thinking and talking about opening a yoga studio, she became inspired by a book that was selected to be read and discussed in her satsang group. As they say, the rest is history.
In addition to her Yoga Alliance certifications, she is also a restorative yoga specialist, fitness instructor and cancer survivor. Yoga is her love and she studies authentic healing yoga principles daily. Yoga for cancer patients is her passion since she has experienced first-hand the reduction of side effects for herself and her cancer survivor students, Wellness Warriors™. Gail studied Yoga for oncology patients with Dr. Sarah Rausch at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and Dr. Leonard Cohen at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
“Food is thy medicine and yoga is thy prescription for a life of inner peace and optimal well-being.” Gail Newfield
Linn is an experienced workshop leader, having frequently led a popular workshop on Yoga Nidra. Linn developed “Heart Energy Yoga!” (HEY!), a four-session series to activate and integrate our chakras — which are powerful energy centers. The HEY! Participant experiences a unique series of specially selected yoga postures with effective energy releasing and forgiving processes to achieve integration through their heart’s center. Linn trains yoga teachers to bring the transformative HEY! modality to their students. She authored the brief book “Heart Energy Yoga!”
Linn’s classes have a meditative and inward focus with emphasis on listening to the body and breathing. She presents options so the postures work for every body, while providing a satisfying challenge.
Linn’s profession as a university mathematics professor spanned 30 years. Now in her 72nd year, she enjoys an expansive second half of life assisting individuals, teaching, and leading groups and workshops.
Susan has practiced yoga for over twenty four years and is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level. She is the managing director of the Florida Yoga Teachers Association (FYTA).
Susan’s stressful career as a CPA led her to the benefits of yoga. She reduced her work hours for her baby daughter, and in 2002, received her teacher's certification from the Florida Institute for Integrated Yoga Studies (FIFIYS) in Tampa. Through FIFIYS, she has studied with world renowned teachers such as Nischala Joy Devi, creator of Yoga of the Heart, and the faculty from the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation in Bangalore, India. In 2004, Susan received her yoga therapist's certification from Integrative Yoga Therapy, where she developed an in-depth understanding of yoga therapeutics for a wide variety of needs and conditions.
Susan earned her Associates Degree in Ayurvedic Clinical Consulting and Aromatherapy Certification through the Florida Vedic College and Ayurvedic Center for Well Being in Sarasota, Florida. Upon graduation in 2007, she created Yoga Flow Essential Oils, where she sells fine quality oils and creates ayurvedic healing blends. In 2016, Susan opened Yoga Flow Lifestyle Center, offering individualized instruction in the art of living yoga.
Through FYTA, Susan has hosted weekend workshops and studied with master teachers such as Richard Miller, Ray Long, Roger Cole, Cyndi Lee and many more. Susan also teaches classes workshops in yoga, ayurveda and aromatherapy for health practitioners, yoga teachers and trainees.
Whitney is a Florida native who moved to Saint Petersburg after graduating from Florida Gulf Coast University with a B.A in Anthropology and Minors in Art and Philosophy. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Global Sustainability from the Patel College of Global Solutions at USF and will be graduating December of 2017.
Whitney has been practicing yoga since 2005 and in 2016 graduated with her 200YTT through Adiaya Yoga Sanctuary. Yoga has taught Whitney that one does not always have to swim upstream, sometimes we can just enjoy where the river takes us and trust in life's journey. More than anything, Whitney desires to dedicate her time to a meaningful purpose and yoga allows her to do just that.
Tunde was born in Europe in the city of Debrecen, Hungary and graduated high school there. She then moved to Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, and earned her B.A. in Physical Education and Sciences from Eotvos Lorand University. She then spent the next two years getting experience, practicing and teaching yoga that earned her certifications for 500 hours of Yoga training, 500 hours of Alternative Movement teacher training, and 300 hours of Massage Therapeutic training all in Hungary. She furthered her studies here in the United States and has also earned certifications as a Practical Yoga Instructor, a Group Exercise Instructor certification from AFAA, and her Barre Instructor certification from IBBFA.
Tunde lives in South Pasadena, Florida with her husband, Steve, and two children, Kevin and Keti.