6800 Gulfport Boulevard, Suite 205
South Pasadena, FL 33707

OUR STAFF
  

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Jim Long, General Manager
 

Jim is a true native Floridian. Born and raised in the St. Pete area, he has worked in many different arenas from Funeral Services to IT and threw in some Traditional Chinese Medicine, permaculture and construction work along the way.

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.

 

Mike Fecht, Studio Manager
E-RYT200, YACEP

Mike is a 20-year health and fitness industry veteran and the Co-President of Yoga for Men (yogaformen.com). Mike has taught yoga to some of the best athletes in the NHL, NBA, MLB, and primarily the NFL, including the Miami Dolphins team. A former college baseball player, Mike has been involved in health and wellness his entire life. In 2009 a devastating personal tragedy allowed Mike to experience the deepest benefits of a healing yoga practice. During that time, he also realized just how much yoga would have helped him mentally, emotionally and physically in his own athletic career, and his passion for working with athletes was lit. While his he enjoys his niche work with athletes, his passion is in helping anyone find the benefits of a consistent yoga practice. Mike was recently featured on the television show NFL Rush, teaching yoga to a number of his NFL clients. In addition, Mike spoke at TEDx Tampa Bay in September 2015.
 
 
 
Jill Perry, Founder, E-RYT500, YACEP

Jill has lived in Pinellas County since 1975 and has been a resident of the beaches for over fifteen years. She worked in the insurance and financial services industries for more than 25 years. In addition to pursuing her passion for yoga, she serves as the Past President and is actively involved in the Suncoast Porsche Club of America.

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.

 
 
Gail Newfield, E-RYT200, E-RYT500, YACEP

Gail believes you should practice yoga every day, throughout the day, to create a healthy balance in your life even if it is a simple as stopping to breathe properly and relax the mind. She will educate, inspire, and motivate you to achieve optimal health and balance through your practice as she has done.

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 Sennott, PhD, E-RYT200, E-RYT500

Linn has been a yogi for 30 plus years and a teacher for 15 years. She accomplished her 200-Hour training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts and her 500-Hour Teacher Training at Living Room Yoga in St. Petersburg, Florida. Linn innovated “Yoga on the Ball with Weights and Bands” using large exercise balls, light weights, and exercise bands for rapid gains in strength and flexibility. She produced a DVD of her work combining light hand weights and yoga.

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.

 

Kathy Perna LRY 200, Chair Yoga Certification

Kathy’s journey began originally in Providence R. I. and settled her in St. Petersburg for the last 30 years. It wasn’t long before Kathy became a Yoga enthusiast once she understood the connection between stress in the workplace and balancing everyday life. With the support of her wonderful family she became a certified instructor in 2012 and while still in the workplace enjoyed teaching fellow employees the great benefits of yoga practice. She recently retired from the financial industry after 20 years and opened a small property management firm with her husband and wants to contribute to teaching a practice of “following your heart.” She brings a soft yet fun style that will be sure to delight you in your personal yoga practice. 
 
 
Jen Donovan RYT 200

Jen came home to yoga several years ago after seeking relief from damaging physical and psychological patterns. What she found through her practice changed her on a fundamental level. She completed her teacher training with the Silver Lotus Training Institute and Involution Yoga in the coastal town of Lewes, DE. Inspired by her community, Jen felt the call to assist others embarking on their own yogic journeys and taught there. Her personal practice is reflected in her teaching style by integrating ancient philosophy with modern application, creating accessible modifications for all levels, and encouraging introspection within every pose. Jen is a gentle, compassionate, and inspiring guide for those seeking the deeper benefits of a yoga practice.
Susan Wasserman, E-RYT500, Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic and Lifestyle Consultant, Aromatherapy Consultant, CPA

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 Blair, RYT200

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 Koszoru
 
After starting to dance at an early age Tunde was a professional dancer for several years. Although dance will always be a part of her life she turned to yoga 14 years ago when she received a book from her mother about yoga which has inspired her to further her studies and brought her to teaching various disciplines.

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.

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