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 also offers regular workshops and teacher trainings.
 

 

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!

Who are your teachers and what training have you completed? Certifications? Education? Other professions?

I completed my 200 hour certification in 2010 at Bala Vinyasa Yoga with Debi Grilo and Kirsten Mooney, and am working toward my 500 hour certification. I’ve completed Level I and Art of Assisting with Baron Baptise, and have also studied with David Swenson, Seane Corne, Rodney Yee, Jason Crandell among others. I am a practicing Interior Designer with a degree in Interior Design and am Florida state certification.

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!

Who are your teachers and what training have you completed? Certifications? Education? Other professions?

I graduated with a BA in Anthropology from the University of Georgia. I am ERYT 500 and have completed 4 different 200hr Teachers Trainings as well as one 500hr Teacher Training. My 200hr trainings include: Living Yoga Program, YogaWorks, BV Yoga and Baptiste. I am also a Baptiste Certified teacher. I love to learn and am always looking for ways to deepen my knowledge and learn new skills for all areas of my life.

Why do you #PracticeYoga?

I practice yoga because it lifts me up when I need to be lifted, it grounds me when I need grounding and it accepts me no matter where I am at on any given day.

Why do you teach?

I teach yoga because I want to share this life changing practice with others. I want to expose students to this embodied practice which changes us physically, mentally and spiritually. When we are given a gift, which yoga is to me, we must share it. Plus, the lessons I learn from my students are priceless.

What are your grateful for?

So many things that I could fill many pages. Top of the list: my supportive family (Paul, Grace and Brandon)

What/Who inspires you?

 Anyone with unwavering faith. I am also inspired by people who are willing to be open and try/learn something new no matter what their age is. Also, I’m incredibly inspired by people who give of themselves and don’t always ask for something in return.

What can students expect from you as a teacher

 Warmth, acceptance and encouragement with some fun and laughter thrown in.

Who are your teachers and what training have you completed? Certifications? Education? Other professions?

My yoga trainings include: RYT 200/Yoga Alliance, Bala Vinyasa 200 Hour Teacher Training, Mastery Of Restorative Yoga, Mastery Of Asana, Yin Yoga Level 1, The Art Of Fascia (Yin Yoga/Myofascial Release,) & Tony Robbins Unleash The Power Within. My teachers are Debi Grilo, Kiersten Mooney, Jascqueline Glasgow, Amy Lucky, Seane Corn, Jason Crandall, Bernie Clark, Sarah Powers, Tiffany Cruikshank, Baron Baptiste, Paul Grilley And Tony Robbins. I have worked in marketing/sales/customer service in the travel, technology, hospitality and construction industries. Since 2002 I have been a partner in Rokela Development, Inc., an innovative building company specializing in home and condominium remodeling.

Debi Grilo has been the driving force in the creation and building of South Florida’s yoga community since 1997 as a teacher and leader. She was first introduced to yoga in 1986 and has been a committed yogi ever since. As the lead instructor of both 200 and 500 hour Yoga Alliance approved trainings, she has trained hundreds of yoga teachers, and has a solid foundation in both alignment and vinyasa styles of yoga, as well as her masters degree in Clinical Social Work. Her depth of knowledge in traditional yoga asana and philosophy, combined with her understanding of how the body and mind work, make her classes and trainings a complete experience for the practitioner.

As a student in Debi’s class, expect a physical practice where you will be challenged, educated, and empowered. She masterfully creates a class that incorporates clear powerful instruction, demonstration and physical assists that will land you in your body and breathe, so that you have an embodied experience of your yoga practice. Debi is deeply connected and creates a conversation while she teaches, using what is happening in the room or her life as a metaphor for universal truth and inspiration.

“It is my purpose to raise the consciousness of the planet. To offer tools that give access to the unlimited possibility of each individual to manifest their deepest desires, and allow them to be their Greatest Self.”

Debi is committed to having a positive impact on the community. She supports many non-profit organizations both locally and globally. Her major influencers have been Baron Baptiste and Wayne Dyer, and she is inspired by life, seeing people live fearlessly in full natural self expression. Debi is married, has 2 daughters, loves to travel, paddle board, walk in the early morning, and watching wildlife.

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?

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.

Michelle Ploog has been a nationally recognized yoga teacher for over 13 years, certified in Baptiste Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, Fluid Power Vinyasa, and Restorative Yoga. She began practicing as a teenager and has since evolved into co-developing and facilitating Yoga Teacher Trainings in multiple locations. Her expertise in fitness as an ACE certified personal trainer, years as sports-specific yoga teacher/ fitness trainer for the FL Everblades, and experience as a Wellness Coach, influence her dynamic approach to yoga.

In Michelle’s class you’ll be guided to self-discovery and awareness in a fun and energizing environment. You’ll experience a freedom to play and explore while revelations and transformations inspire your forward progress. You’ll leave clearer, more open, and empowered to embrace your fullest potential.

“Imagine freeing yourself from years of pain and suffering of trying to be something that you aren't. Imagine stepping into your fullest potential with the confidence created from loving your truest self. Imagine being comfortable in your skin without ever comparing yourself to anyone else. It’s possible.” - Michelle Ploog

A creatress at heart, Michelle was the developer of the Beyond Belief Walk for Peace and the Wholistic Health & Wellness group coaching program for Breaking Free, a non-profit that helps victims of sex-trafficking have a new chance at life. When she’s not at yoga, she’s experimenting with new healthy baking ideas while dancing around the kitchen. You can often find her utilizing her BFA in creative writing as a blogger and poet. She spends her time between Minneapolis and Naples throughout the year, and considers her partner Dan and their fur babies Dallas and Kitty her true home.

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 teacher

 Authenticity. 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.