Meet The Team
The Practice Yoga teaching team is a group of individuals who are passionate about life and embody the tools they have gained through yoga. They will guide you through a physical practice leaving you inspired and uplifted. Practice Yoga will offer a wide variety of classes appropriate for all levels, including Power Vinyasa, Align, and Yin. The studio will also offer regular workshops and teacher trainings.
Why do you #PracticeYoga?I practice yoga because the mind body connection that happens when we link our breath and movement, is what helped bring me home after my time in the service, and it keeps me here in the present where my life is happening.
Why do you teach?I teach yoga as a way to give back the knowledge and understanding that was given to me through my own teachers. Once I realized the balance, grounding, and just getting out my head that was available through my practice I knew I needed to share it.
What are your grateful for?I am grateful for my practice, and all of my teachers who helped me along my journey, to get out of my head and come home from my tours in the middle east.
What/Who inspires you?A big inspiration for me are the wounded warriors. They have been literally blown up and shot to pieces and they still keep moving forward. They continue to adapt and grow regardless of how much of their body is left to work with.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?Students can expect clear instruction and regular reminders to come back to our breath and out of the many places our minds take us.
Why do you #PracticeYoga?I practice yoga to connect to my highest self.
Why do you teach?I teach to be in service of others and because I truly have a passion for the physical and mental practice of yoga.
What are your grateful for?My family (including our pup Bailey) and our health.
What/Who inspires you?I am inspired by my parents because they are the most selfless people I know. I am also inspired by nature and people who live life fearlessly.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?A dynamic, sweaty and FUN class filled with hands-on adjustments and clear instruction. Aside from a playful and creative sequence, my music playlists are designed to give you energy throughout class that will take you on a journey of mind and body. I can’t wait to see you on your mat!
Who are your teachers and what trainings have you completed? Certifications? Education? Other professions?My first teacher training was in 2013 at Bala Vinyasa Yoga with Debi Grilo & Kiersten Mooney. Since then, I have completed Baptiste Yoga's Art of Assisting & Level One, Sid McNairy's Yoga for Athletes and assisted a 200-Hour Teacher Training in Kenya for the Africa Yoga Project. Aside from teaching, I have a digital marketing agency LemonadeHype.com & co-founded an online swimwear store CaciqueBoutique.com!
Why do you #PracticeYoga?I practice yoga because it aids & urges my growth, awe, presence & creativity. Yoga is a friend that uplifts my life.
Why do you teach?I teach yoga because it is a beautiful tool of connection as far as across the corners of the world & as close as across the corners of our hearts.
What are your grateful for?I am grateful for SO MUCH!!! For an unquantifiable, unknowable, vast amount! But the list most definitely includes my husband, my friends & family, cats (CATS!!!!), hot glue guns, glitter, sound systems that bump bass, live music, lovely weather, miraculous bodily systems, photos of interstellar space, the earth being positioned just perfectly so in the solar system, Darjeeling tea with organic cream, fresh food, craft stores, safety & rights, the Internet, writing, flowers, exercise, quotes, and forever the list goes on...
What/Who inspires you?Artists of all kinds - which is to say everyone, everyone sparked by what makes them feel alive.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?I share what I've learned & what I'm inspired by as best as I can in a way that relates to our everyday life.
Why do you #PracticeYoga?I practice yoga because it connects me. Yoga connects my body, mind and spirit.
Why do you teach?I teach yoga because I want to share the transformational practice that I have experienced with yoga. I teach yoga because it feeds my soul.
What are your grateful for?I am grateful for my daughters, my extended family and my community that loves me. I am grateful for the mind and body that i possess. I am grateful for this day.
What/Who inspires you?I am inspired by my daughters. I am inspired by my students and the many teachers that have shared their practice with me.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?My students can expect me to show up in full expression for them. They can expect me to challenge them and hopefully inspire them to get out of their comfort zone. We will explore what's possible when we choose to let go of self limiting "chatter" that inevitably shows up on and off the mat.
Why do you #PracticeYoga?For me, yoga offers self-reflection, the practice of kindness and self-compassion, continued growth and self-awareness. In a sometimes-hectic life, I rush from one day to the next, and have found myself constantly trying to change my health, body, and emotions, or to plan my future. Yoga opens up the possibility of connecting to what I already have, and to who I already am.
Why do you teach?It's about the students. My life has been changed for the better by yoga and I want to create a community that leads a healthier life and has a deeper connection to their mind, body and spirit through their practice. I am passionate about the practice, connection, compassion, and awareness that yoga brings me and I want to bring it to others every day.
What are your grateful for?There are so many things that I am grateful for… Life’s Challenges - Happiness-Sadness - Fear-Love – Family-Best Friends-Pets - The Kindness of Strangers My Mistakes-Heartache – Nature-Home- My Bed – Sunshine-Crescent Moons-The Beach – My Health- Inspirational/Motivational Speakers-Mentors – Change-Growth-Strength…. As you can see I am grateful for my life!
What/Who inspires you?My inspiration – That’s easy it is people who will stop at nothing to make a positive difference to other people’s lives. I am so fortunate to know quite a few of these game-changing people, and the desire to be more like them is what drives me.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?Connection-Energy-Personality-Presence-Vulnerabilty-Physicality-Love of Yoga-Me
Who are your teachers and what training have you completed? Certifications? Education? Other professions?Education and License: BS in Health Science from Hodges University & Licensed Massage Therapist. Certifications: 500-RYT – Bala Vinyasa, Therapeutic Yoga/Exercise Modification for Seniors - Duke Integrative Medicine, Rehab Fitness Specialist – ISFTA, Foundation Training Instructor – FT, Personal and Group Fitness Coach – ISSA, Health Coach – U.S. Health, SUP Yoga Instructor, Sports Nutrition – ISSA, Reiki Master.
Why do you #PracticeYoga?I practice yoga because it allows me to get out of my head and simply move my body freely.
Why do you teach?I teach yoga because I feel a calling to share this amazing practice with others. Yoga has healed me and it brings me great joy to guide others through a self healing journey.
What are your grateful for?I am grateful for being me, having a loving family, my relationship with God.
What/Who inspires you?My fiancé, Ingrid, inspires me to be the greatest version of myself. My mother has taught me to always Love. My sister taught me to always follow my heart. My Dad has shown me what is takes to be a great father.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?My mission is to leave others in their greatness by being in my own greatness. My intention is to create a light yet powerful environment in the room that allows students to drop their fears and express themselves to their fullest abilities. I am committed to holding space for my students and growing along side them.
Why do you #PracticeYoga?I think I could write a book about this. You name it and I could probably connect to it in some way. I think the simplest way to say it is that it helps me find clarity and I love the community a yoga studio can provide.
Why do you teach?Teaching is a passion for me. When I enter that role, everything else disappears. I love to provide service for others, and teaching yoga is a wonderful way to do it. I get to connect with people at a level that can't be met by much else and maybe provide them with an outlet or relief for dis-ease.
What are your grateful for?My family.
What/Who inspires you?Life and Nature. I have spent most of my life observing and learning from the world. It began in the woods around my house, and then progressed to the people around me and society as a whole. I love the rhythm and beauty and energy of it all.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?Breath is extremely important to me. I was trained in singing from a very young age, and from that I saw how important it was for a practice and for health. Students can expect a practice centered around movement and breath, that helps get in touch with your core both physically and spiritually. I also feel that each person's practice is unique, and I am just a guide to help them reach their potential. I will seek to challenge my students and push their mental limitations but always leave space for them to learn and observe their physical limitations. From a centered place, we can find our fullest expression of yoga in each moment of our practice together.
Why do you #PracticeYoga?When I’m on my mat I connect to my body through the breath, movement, and awareness. Being present grounds me in my Truth and I remember who I am. I rejuvenate, gain strength, and release emotional charge so I can be clearer, vital, and fired up to conquer anything!!! Don’t try to stop me :)
Why do you teach?Yoga absolutely was and still is one of the best gifts I received from life! I want to share the valuable benefits with my students so they can live their lives to the fullest potential with grace and self-love.
What are your grateful for?I learned to appreciate all of life including the challenges that made me stronger. I live by my favorite quote by St. Catherine of Sienna “All the way to heaven is heaven.”
What/Who inspires you?I adore my students and coaching clients for taking risks, opening their hearts, and trusting the process. I’m inspired by everyone who is courageous enough to step out of his/her comfort zone, speak up, and change habits for the sake of a better future for all beings.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?Challenge, inspiration, love.
Why do you #PracticeYoga?I practice yoga to move my body, to clear and create space in my mind, and to connect, ground and balance my day.
Why do you teach?I teach yoga to share and pay forward this passion and gift which I love. To inspire and be inspired by people I come in contact with.
What are your grateful for?I am grateful for so many things and people, its an endless list of love, my 8 year old daughter who keeps me real, for my family, friends and laughter. I’m grateful for the hardships, betrayals, disappointments, challenges, and accomplishments. It goes on…
What/Who inspires you?What inspires me, is FEAR! Face Everything And Rise!
What can students expect from you as a teacher?Students can expect to laugh, to work to full capacity, to sweat, and to be given cues of safe alignment.
WHO ARE YOUR TEACHERS AND WHAT TRAININGS HAVE YOU COMPLETED? CERTIFICATIONS? EDUCATION? OTHER PROFESSIONS?My teachers and influences are my parents, my daughter, Baron Baptiste, Debi Grilo and this amazing team of humans, trainings and all of YOU.
Why do you #PracticeYoga?I practice yoga because it is my purest form of self expression through the body. I practice to clear energetic blockages in the mind and body and to experience freedom.
Why do you teach?I teach because I love sharing my passion for the practice and bearing witness to its transformational effects.
What are your grateful for?I am grateful for the people in my life who are my mirror and inspire me to be my best self.
What/Who inspires you?Witnessing personal growth whether mine or someone else’s.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?Both a powerful and introspective practice. An invitation to use their mat as a mirror for growth. encouragement to be in direct experience of themselves, honoring the teacher within.
Who are your teachers and what training have you completed? Certifications? Education? Other professions?Trainings: 200 hour from Bala Vinyasa, Baptiste Institute Art of Assisting, Yin Yoga and Fascia Release, Certified Leader Yoga for 12 Step Recovery by Nikki Myers. Teachers: Kiersten Mooney, Debi Grilo, Jacqueline Glasgow, Nikki Myers, Baron Baptiste, Eckhart Tolle and Adyashanti.
Why do you #PracticeYoga?I practice yoga to become closer to my body, my presence, and my breathe. I love to be in the now and yoga helps me be there. I practice thai yoga because I enjoy feeling good in my own body and I know I’m not the only one. So, I’ve volunteered myself to help you feel more loose and free in your movements and more relaxed when your resting.
Why do you teach?I teach because I believe in people. I believe that by helping others, I am helping myself. I believe that yoga is intrinsic to our bodies and comes naturally. It’s something we already know inside and when we come together to practice we get to revisit this flow of body motion and breath, time and time again.
What are your grateful for?I am grateful for everything! For being able to be grateful. I am grateful for the experience of growth daily and the evolution of our culture and species to a positive place of peace called Earth.
What/Who inspires you?I inspire me. Every day I see where I’ve come from and I imagine where I am going. Making it through all this with optimism has given me much enthusiasm to keep loving the now for whatever it is. Second to myself, everyone around me inspires me. Everyone who I get to share a smile with inspires me to share a smile and uplift anyone around me.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?My clients and students can expect a positive, genuine, 100% interest and intention for well being. They can expect acceptance for who they bring themselves as, understanding that we are all rascals playing around in life and regardless of our insecurities and judgements, we deserve to be here as much as anyone who breathes air and drinks water.
Who are your teachers and what training have you completed? Certifications? Education? Other professions?• Studied massage at the American Institute of Alternative Medicine (Columbus, Ohio) • Sagely Willow Buff and Thai training (Delray Beach, Florida) • Traditional Vedic Thai massage and bodywork training (Florida, various locations) • Ashiatsu back and body walking • Sound and tonal cleansing • Universal Light and Energy work
Why do you #PracticeYoga?I practice yoga because it LIGHTS me up! Yoga allows me to settle down & reminds me what’s really important in my life. Yoga teaches me to be a better person.
Why do you teach?I love yoga! And I enjoy sharing things that I love with others. It fills me up. I seek to share my passion with others.
What are your grateful for?Life! I’m grateful yoga found me 15 years ago when I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer at age 42. Yoga helped me get through this difficult time.
What/Who inspires you?I’m inspired by people who are always working on themselves. My dad inspires me because at 85 years old, he still wants to work on his health & patience. I’m inspired by all 3 of my children; Caitlin & her commitment to work & her new marriage; Daniel & his commitment to serve his country; Lucy & her commitment to make the planet a better place to live. I’m inspired by my husband who loves me, faults and all. I’m inspired by God’s grace & beauty.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?Students can expect me to teach from the heart. I will show up for them “as me” - everybody else is taken. I will be honest, organized & passionate. Every now & then, I might even invite them to dance with me on our yoga mats together. Yay yoga, yay yoga, yay yoga!
Why do you #PracticeYoga?Life is crazy! My days are busy, chaotic even. But isn't everyones? Yoga is the vehicle I use to truly move inward. Yoga is where I quiet my mind, create stillness in my world, reflect and grow. Yoga is where peace finds me.
Why do you teach?I am returning to teaching after a 7 year hiatus. During this break is where I REALLY began my yoga journey. It took me leaving my physical practice for a bit to find my true yoga. I've grown so much and have a deeper connection to my spiritual self. So much so, that I feel the universe is calling on me to share my experiences and personal development in order to help others grow and learn.
What are your grateful for?This page is not big enough for my list of gratitudes. But here are just a few. I am so grateful for my greatest teachers, my daughter Alexa (7 years old) who has taught me patience and acceptance and for my daughter Kyra (3 years old) who has taught me that there is joy in every moment if you are open to it. I am grateful for the love and unwavering support of my husband. Im grateful for the unconditional love from my parents.
What/Who inspires you?This is always a hard question for me because if we are talking about people, I dont have a single name that comes to mind. It's a person's actions that inspire me. They show strength and determination. They are passionate. They illustrate personal exploration and growth. They are committed to greatness. They are in service to other. They are happy. They LIVE their truth. Outside of people, I always find my greatest moments of inspiration come from time that I took to actually "pause" so that means quiet, alone time where I am truly present. And finally, I cannot forget the mountains. They move me.
What can students expect from you as a teacherAuthenticity. I dont speak fluent sanskrit and I don't want to. I am no expert in arm balances but I sure think they are fun to explore and celebrate. I love alignment and I most definitely will assist in postures because I know how delicious a pose can feel when a simple adjustment is made. I will hold a space for everyone that is positive, light and fun. I will show up and be myself, transparent and with flaws because I'm learning that perfect is boring and takes way too much energy. I will guide, encourage and teach from a place of love and acceptance.
Why do you #PracticeYoga?I practice yoga because yoga gives me the presence of mind to make my highest possible contribution to my family, my work, and my life.
Why do you teach?I teach yoga because when I teach I am able to tap into a seemingly endless energy source that inspires me into greater living and being.
What are your grateful for?I am grateful for my positive disposition that allows me to navigate the hills and valleys of life - sometimes inelegantly, but always with optimism.
What/Who inspires you?My children inspire me with their determination to shun convention and create their lives based on their own unique needs and desires.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?Students can expect an invitation to a big physical challenge paired with spiritual cheer!
Why do you #PracticeYoga?I practice yoga as a reminder to myself of who I am and what is possible.
Why do you teach?Yoga has given me so much. Awareness being one of my biggest gifts from the practice. I teach so I can share what I've gotten. I also believe teaching a subject is linked to mastery of that subject.
What are your grateful for?I'm grateful for all the time I've gotten to spend in Naples over the last 6 years.
What/Who inspires you?Right now I'm most inspired by Chelsea Handler. She's witty, philanthropic, well traveled, successful in her endeavors, and a political and social activist.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?Students can expect an atmosphere that is welcoming to all levels. I love to teach a challenging, and equally inspired vinyasa class grounded in the ancient teachings of yoga, and my own personal experience as a source of inspiration.
Why do you #PracticeYoga?I started practicing yoga when I was 17 years old and regardless of how frequently I practice, getting on my mat is a coming home to self. I always feel better physically and emotionally. Practicing gives me space for connection, clarity, and creativity.
Why do you teach?For me, teaching is an extension of my practice. It allows me to be of service to others and to connect to source. I love witnessing the transformational aspects of yoga, like when a student lights up when they gets a pose for the first time, or when they allow themselves the freedom to let tears roll down their cheeks in savanna. Teaching allows me to facilitate a conversation for all of us to manifest our greatest versions of ourselves.
What are your grateful for?Yoga! To have a “Job” that never feels like work. To have a husband that has always been supportive of me following my dreams. To have 2 beautiful daughters who are uniquely different, beautiful, creative, and smart. To have friends that make me laugh until I cry, and cry until I laugh. A large family that gathers together. A community that inspires me and holds me accountable to raising the bar on excellence and integrity.
What/Who inspires you?I am inspired by people who live life in full natural self expression. Humanity makes me weep, and aspire to be better. People who are courageous and bold. Kindness and generosity. Nature, wild life, and the beach.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?Clear concise instruction backed up by 20 years of teaching experience and knowledge. A transformation experience, inspiring them to show up for themselves and community. A class where there is always space for laughter, fun, grounding, learning, connection, and transformation. I am committed to seeing the greatness in each student and their success.
Who are your teachers and what trainings have you completed? Certifications? Education? Other professions?My first teacher training was in 1997 at the Kripalu Yoga Center. Since then I have completed, in total, thousands of hours of training with various teachers, such as, Barron Baptiste, Rodney Yee, Tias Little, David Swenson and many more. 500 Hour ERYT through Yoga Alliance. Lead Facilitator and Creator of 200 and 500 hour Teacher trainings. Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Why do you #PracticeYoga?I practice yoga because it grounds me completely in the present, through the simple actions of breath and movement. Over the years my mat has been a sanctuary and refuge as well as a place to recharge and reconnect with myself and others. I never leave my mat without having experienced an energetic shift.
Why do you teach?I teach yoga to connect with others and share life-changing, transformative power found in the simplicity of movement and breath. I teach as an opportunity to be of service to others.
What are your grateful for?I am grateful for all of this life and its lessons and the ability to stay present for the experiences and lessons. I am grateful for the family, friends and teachers who are my living example of grace found in the messiness of living.
What/Who inspires you?I am inspired by those who live their lives with vision, integrity, love and commitment no matter what. This list includes so many friends and family members committed to support and show up for those in need.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?Students can expect a practice encouraging them to meet themselves where they are with curiosity, compassion and humor!
Why do you #PracticeYoga?Yoga is an integral part of my life and daily routine. It helps me to ground and center, allows me the space to listen to my body, and connect within. Yoga is a constant practice on and off my mat.
Why do you teach?I love connecting with the community through yoga. It is something I am very passionate about and it has transformed my life – the ability to share this gift is amazing.
What are your grateful for?I am grateful for my family and friends – it is through them that I’ve learned the power of unconditional love – not just for them but for myself as well. I am grateful for my breath - for nature - for good food. I am grateful for my practice that has allowed me to shift and live life in a deeper more meaningful way.
What/Who inspires you?My 4 children and my husband inspire me daily. The challenges in raising a family bring my practice to life daily. My mentors and teachers inspire me to continue to grow and learn more about myself through my practice.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?Students can expect to be guided in the process of self-discovery on their mat. Through the practice of asana and breath students create awareness and experience a release that will leave them feeling relaxed and at ease.
Why do you #PracticeYoga?As a recovering perfectionist, I practice yoga to keep me sane! Yoga is the practice that grounds me, calms me, connects me, and opens me up to the path I want to create. As I practice, I gain a broader perspective about myself and the world around me, which allows me to connect more deeply to myself, others, and my community.
Why do you teach?I love to teach because I have an opportunity to remind myself and students just how incredible this life can be when we take the time to connect and be in the practice of showing up as our best selves moment by moment.
What are your grateful for?I am grateful for so many things and believe that being in the practice of gratitude profoundly impacts my life. I am most grateful for my family, especially my husband (Jimbo) and my super duper fun and loving kiddos (Maya and Micah.)
What/Who inspires you?I am so inspired by passionate, gritty, resilient people who live their lives in a way that reflects their highest ideals. I am inspired by the wonders of nature (especially mountain gorillas)! I am inspired by people who live their truth, who are gracious, compassionate, and kind. Brian Johnson, Deepak Chopra, Jane Goodall and Tiffany Cruikshank are some amazing teachers who continue to inspire me on and off my mat.
What can students expect from you as a teacher?A fun and sweaty flow class! Yoga is a practice that can shape how you feel, the kind of day you have, and the person you are! I love to create a space and practice that inspires each student to show up as their best version in THAT moment and set the foundation for a masterpiece day. One masterpiece day after another leads to a masterpiece life!