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 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.
Brittany Price first stepped on her yoga mat in 2014 during her college years and has been passionate about the practice ever since. Yoga helped Brittany discover what was next for her life during a period of time where she felt a loss of direction. The tools she gained through yoga have given her access to living an empowered life that is filled with purpose and gratitude. She is always a student of yoga, and is grateful to share the gifts of yoga with others. The practice of yoga has moved her from going through the motions of life, to living life openly and fully alive.
Brittany creates a space in her classes where students can show up and be in full natural self expression. She welcomes her students to show up just as they are, creating a space where students of all levels feel supported and safe. Brittany delivers a class that is both powerful and light hearted, as she uses inspiration and tools from her own life to create opportunity for her students to discover their own inner strength both on and off their mat.
Brittany completed her first RYT 200 hour training in 2016 led by Debi Grilo and completed her second RYT 200 hour training with Debi in 2019. She has worked with using yoga as a tool in the recovery community, has taught yoga to local sports teams, as well as privates and open classes. She is fiercely committed to uplifting those around her and is in awe of witnessing the moments in life where people discover their greatness. Brittany enjoys spending her days practicing yoga and being outside with her baby and her dog, nights laughing and connecting with friends and family, and has a never ending love for learning and growth.
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.
Jennifer’s yoga practice has grounded her in the present, through breath and movement. Over the years her mat has been home to both challenge and sanctuary, and a place to connect with herself and others. Her practice continues to be a transformational process that has taught her how to take her practice off her mat. The practice of yoga has given has the opportunity to be for and part of the amazing, evolving Practice Yoga community!
Jennifer teaches yoga to connect with others and share the life-changing transformative power she has found in this practice, and as an opportunity to be of service to each and every. Students can expect a practice encouraging them to meet themselves where they are with curiosity, openness and humor!
Jennifer completed her 200 Hour yoga teacher certification in 2010 with Debi Grilo, and is working toward my 500 hour certification. She has completed Level I and Art of Assisting with Baron Baptiste, and has also studied with David Swenson, Seane Corne, Patricia Walden, Rodney Yee, Jason Crandell and others over the years; “there is such diversity and so much to learn.”
Jennifer’s personal passion is teaching yoga to at risk communities, including those impacted by alcohol and drug addiction. She has taught for local treatment centers for many years, and recently completed certification in teaching Outreach Yoga, with a focus on inclusion of all who have experienced trauma.
Jennifer is also talented Interior Designer in Naples, having contributed to the design plan of Practice Yoga, for over 20 years, with a degree in Interior Design and Florida state certification. As wise and lovely friend recently observed, both her vocation and avocation are opportunities to affect the environment people live inside.
Joseph began his yoga journey when he unexpectedly met a pink haired girl at a college crosswalk. She invited him to take her class, he accepted her offer and had no idea what he was becoming a Yes for. Yoga has been an essential part of Joseph’s life since then and it has grounded Joseph onto his path of physical empowerment, and personal and professional growth.
Joseph's class is a service to others and he strives to live by the Golden Rule: treat others as you would like to be treated. With such, he aims to teach a class to his students that he would like to be taught. Joseph enjoys teaching both Power Vinyasa and Foundations training. Utilizing his knowledge and experience as a massage therapist and bodyworker, he eloquently enjoys moving students through a prana filled flow that strengthens and energize the body.
Joseph has spent the past decade with various mentors delving into the modalities of Thai massage, Ashiatsu body walking, body buffing and myofascial unwinding, reiki and universal energy work, yoga, qi gong, sacred sound harmonics and vocal toning. He is dedicated to his practice and diligent in his efforts to grow.
Laura’s yoga practice began a decade ago when she experienced a great loss – she had been in the fitness industry for 19 years at that point and loved teaching fitness classes and being a part of her fitness community yet there was something missing while she was grieving. She went to her first Baptiste Class in Jan 2009 as part of her New Year’s intention and she felt something within her that in all the years of teaching Aerobics and Spinning she had not been able to access. She had done yoga before through the years and enjoyed it yet the heat and energy created in the Baptiste sequence truly brought her a deeper connection to her essence. She felt more alive than she had in a long time. Her practice continued to develop and she eventually went through teacher training and became a certified yoga teacher. Her path in yoga has helped her live her life with a deeper and more meaningful purpose that continues to evolve on and off the yoga mat. She cannot imagine her life without this beautiful and life changing practice.
Laura’s classes create an atmosphere for mindfulness and connection to the body and breath. She teaches her students about becoming attuned to how to feel and listen to one’s body – not only the physical body but the energetic one as well. She invites her students to connect to their inner source and be open to receive the gifts that yoga can bring. She enjoys teaching a variety of classes that include Gentle, Yin, Restorative, Hatha, and Power Yoga. Her hope for her students is that they leave feeling better then when they arrived as well as inspired, restored and ignited.
Laura has been married to her husband Michael for 21 years and they have four beautiful children - Julia, Adam, Phillip and Sophia. She is a certified E-RYT200 Yoga Teacher with yoga alliance and has completed her Reiki 2 training. She is lifetime certified with Madd Dog Spinning and held her AFAA certification for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, English Literature and a minor in Fine Art. She enjoys cooking, gardening and studying the healing arts. When not doing yoga she loves being outdoors, and staying active with her family in all their activities.
“Inner peace is a practice and taking the time to get quiet and listen to one’s breath and feel the body respond to the poses creates an opportunity to feel a deeper connection to our body, mind and spirit.”
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.
Noele began yoga in 2008 . “It was very simple to me then, for I did not realize how powerful it would become. I just knew it felt good. It felt right for me to move my body in this way, to breathe this way, all with intention.”
Everything changed and came to the forefront for Noele after having her second child. She left her profession as a critical care RN and became a full time stay at home parent to both of her children. Her “me time” was yoga, and with the opening of Practice Yoga, she was re-introduced to a love that had fallen by the wayside. She discovered an awakening of not only her physical practice, but she also found a community that fostered love, support, and growth.
Noele knew that teacher training was the next step and that this was only the tip of the iceberg for her. After graduating the first Practice Yoga 200 hour teacher training in 2019, it was extremely clear that Noele wanted to teach immediately and share her passion for yoga with the world.
Teaching yoga has given Sue the ability to give back what she has learned through the practice of yoga, and also the opportunity to stretch and grow in her own life. Teaching students how to move, breathe and “be”, continuously reinforces that when we show up on our mats with an open mind/heart, anything is possible no matter what our circumstances are. Sue took her first yoga class in 2000, and immediately felt the mind/body connection that yoga offers. This has been a gamechanger for Sue, and it keeps her coming back to the mat.
Yin, Yinyasa, Gentle, Align & Flow and Power are among the styles of yoga which Sue teaches at Practice Yoga Naples. When you take Sue’s classes, you can expect a very welcoming and supportive environment, with a lot of variety and opportunities to learn something new about your practice and yourself in a very powerful way. There is always room for laughter in Sue’s classes, and letting go of the need to be too serious.
Sue became a RYT 200 (Yoga Alliance) yoga teacher in 2015, and has recently become E-RYT-200 certified. In 2019, Sue is working towards her RYT-500 Teacher Certification, as she is always looking for opportunities to expand her knowledge, and be “in the work” of this practice. When Sue is not teaching, working in the family business, or on her mat, you will find her spending time with family, getting together with friends, cooking, drinking coffee, reading, listening to personal development podcasts or finding a creative project to embark upon.
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Aleksandra’s yoga mat is her home where she always welcomes to experience all of life, successes as much as challenges. It’s her “magic carpet” where all of her deepest dreams come alive. It’s a place where she can easily re-commit to never give up and keep going forward confidently thriving for truth and freedom not only for her but also for everyone else’s life. She feels a strong sense of belonging when connected to her incredible like-minded yoga community which makes her feel supported, motivated, and unstoppable!
Her mission is to ignite self-discovery and raise consciousness. As a yoga teacher, she shares inspiration and encourages students to come out of their comfort zone by recognizing their own potential. She will challenge you and at the same time support you with love and guidance creating a safe space of no judgement.
She deeply cares about health, nutrition, and wellbeing of all beings and that of our planet. She promotes plant-powered food, cruelty- & toxic-free lifestyle. As a transformational life, health and brand coach, accountant, she helps many mission-driven entrepreneurs or individuals who are looking to align with their innate power by addressing their limiting beliefs, mindset, confidence, fear, vision, and plan for success. She works with Midtown Miami Magazine providing content for their wellness section. As s a leader, she unites community by creating fun-filled events and speaking engagements. Since completing Reiki Master certification she learned to trust her intuitive intelligence and will encourage you to do the same. Her many loves in the nutshell: me time, dancing, yoga, writing, reading, tea, coffee, being surrounded by friends, being surrounded by strangers, being outside in nature, and palm trees.
Christina loves that her yoga practice has opened her up to such deep connections with a community of people rich in love, life, friendships, support and accountability. She has always been very active and enjoys the physicalness of yoga, in addition to the emotional growth she has experienced through her practice, discovering that we are all so much more alike than different and that there are many right answers.
"In this moment, I am more grounded, accepting, patient than I’ve ever been. That said…I teach and practice w/ the intention to share, and pay forward what I’ve become so passionate about. That is yoga!”
Students can count on Christina to guide them through a challenging physical practice with clear alignment, while they laugh and have fun. Christina shows up authentically in and out of the studio, has a big personality and uses it to motivate her students and bring them to their edge.
Christina has been in the fitness industry since 1989, with certifications in group classes & personal training. Christina completing her first 200hr Teacher Training in 2012 and 200 hours of her 500 hour certification with Debi Grilo, Baptiste Level 1 and Art of assisting, and several additional workshops. Yoga, teaching and practice, are a commitment she embraces.
"I am grateful to be a part of the Practice Yoga team & have the honor to be, live & work amongst my fellow teachers and yogis. This practice has given me joy and been a savior in dark challenges in my life. FEAR: Face Everything And Rise”
Heather was first introduced to yoga in 2002 and fell in love at first practice. Heather initially turned to yoga as a way to balance out her high intensity training. She was seeking a platform to find a true mental and physical connection to her body and voice, and found it in her yoga practice.
Heather’s intention for her classes is to provide a space for yogis to realize they are perfect, whole, and complete, exactly as they are. She brings ease and flow to the practice, while building on the mental and physical strengths that yoga offers to every student. As a student in her class, expect to move, sweat, and play in your fullest self-expression. Get ready to be empowered at how strong your body truly is, while connecting with those around you.
“Anything is possible when your way of being is that anything is possible.”
Heather is committed to opening up a world of possibility. She is passionate about working with teens, Eating Disorder treatment centers and women’s shelters to awaken empowerment in those communities. Her major influencers have been Baron Baptiste and Paige Elenson. She loves swimming, surfing, paddle-boarding, traveling, playing with her 2 dogs, and spending time with her family.
Jennifer approaches life with the adage - do what you love, love what you do. If you peek into Jennifer’s life you will find her doing yoga in front of the fireplace with her husband, singing made up songs to her two dogs, cooking fresh fabulous food, discovering yoga studios all over the world and encouraging others to be the healthiest, happiest versions of themselves. When Jennifer teaches yoga or practices yoga her best self emerges and she aligns herself with attributes of strength, grace, kindness, courage and compassion. If you ask her why she teaches yoga she will tell you that “encouraging others” to step into their greatest selves is her natural born gift.
While participating in one of Jennifer’s yoga classes you can expect to challenge your body, engage your mind and open your heart. Jennifer will invite you to connect in with yourself and with the fellow yogi’s in the studio space to create a sense of deep community and belonging. In Jennifer’s classes you will learn tools to empower not only your yoga practice but also your life.
The foundation for Jennifer’s way of being comes from her life experiences as a Registered Nurse, yoga studio owner for eleven years, and as television host for the regional show, In the kitchen with Jennifer, The Fit Foodie. Jennifer is a 500 hour EYT and 500 hour Baptiste Certified Instructor. She is a Regional Director for the Baptiste Institute and leads yoga trainings and assists programs nationwide. Jennifer is an avid student, she is committed to growth and extraordinary living.
Julie Frizzi’s school guidance program and work with children was transformed in 2008 when she discovered during her first yoga class the magical tool that she was missing to help others – THE POWER OF BREATH. Adding yoga to her life and job has fueled her to an unstoppable journey that excites her daily. Being a yoga teacher allows her to share her life-changing passion and live her days with focus, resilience, and love.
Julie’s respect and appreciation for yoga bubbles over as she gently guides her yoga students through a challenging and inspiring class. Her connection and genuine care radiate as she leads her students to unplug from the outside world and discover peace and presence by flowing with their breath.
Julie Frizzi, MS, is deeply committed to developing emotional wellness in children and equipping educators and leaders to support this growth. She is the author of several social-emotional books that include yoga for children that are being used across the nation in schools and homes. You might find Julie practicing yoga on her paddleboard or sailboat where she can hear and feel nature’s power. In her quiet time, she enjoys cooking, painting, and spending time with her family.
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?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.
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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 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!
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 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 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.
For Laurie, the practice of yoga offers her a space for self-reflection, the practice of self-love, kindness, self-compassion, continued growth and self-awareness. In a somewhat hectic world, Laurie finds that being consistent in creating optimal changes in her health, mind, body, and spirit, takes practice- her yoga practice opens her up to the possibility of connecting to what already is - who she is today and who she is yet to be. She continues to be a student while teaching; using real life connection through love and laughter. The joy that Laurie receives from yoga is exactly the reason behind the why she teaches. Laurie leads by example, holding space for those in the community with integrity, vulnerability and authenticity.
In her classes, Laurie will share what she continues to learn with her students, clients and community with hope to inspire each and every one of them to create the changes necessary to live a healthy and happy lifestyle. She provides tools that students can take into their everyday life. She is passionate about sharing the practice and her connection to this community. Yoga gives her and her students the opportunity for growth and empowerment each and every day.
Laurie has been in the health and fitness industry for the past 23 years and it was through her own personal journey that she discovered her passion for wellness. Over the years she found herself more focused on educating herself to be more effective in helping her clients and students to overcome any limitations they may be experiencing from injury, accidents, surgery and/or illness. She herself has experienced painful limitations from an automobile accident that kept her from living the lifestyle she enjoys. Laurie refused to believe that surgery and pain medications were the only ways to alleviate that pain and bring back her quality of life. She continues to research and try on new ways to eliminate chronic pain and to be healthier, happier and stronger.
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.
Nicole has been a student of yoga since 1998. Her love of yoga is inspired by its unique ability to surrender us to what is, while liberating us to infinite possibility. Her passion for teaching yoga is a direct reflection, and shared expression, of her love, gratitude and deep reverence for her yoga practice and its journey.
Nicole’s students will feel her desire for collective aspiration as they are guided through mediation, creative visualization, and pranayama. In her class students will enjoy an emphasis on breath, awareness, alignment, healing and self expression.
Nicole has a B.A. in Psychology and has worked as a licensed massage therapist since 2000. She loves to explore a diverse education of yoga styles and influences. She holds multiple certifications based in the traditions of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, and Power Vinyasa. Her teachers are life, Aadil Pahlkhivala, Tias Little, Rodney Yee, Deva Kaur Khalsa, Debbi Grilo and Meredith Musick.
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Tania’s interest in the yogic lifestyle began in her late teens. The spiritual practice of yoga gained her attention and generated curiosity of what yoga is on all levels. As Tania grew into a more spiritual sense of Self and her practice, her love and connection to her mat and the physicality of the practice did as well. She had always dreamt of being a yoga instructor. In 2015 Tania enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training and has embraced the gifts she has to offer.
Tania’s intention as a teacher is to bring her students back home into their body, conscious of breath, and in alignment with the power that resides within, while expanding their awareness and opening their hearts to themselves and their yoga practice. By consciously using the breath, Tania helps her students invite prana and presence into their space. Tania is inspired to share the positive effects yoga has had on her life in hopes of awakening these gifts in her students. She is fully committed to holding space where her students can feel a sense of calm, peace, and serenity while bathing in their stillness. Tania’s inspiration for her classes and her students comes from her dedication to her own practice on and off her mat.
Tania has two beautiful teenage boys, who light up her heart and remind her of all that she is grateful for. She loves nature, taking long walks, scenic bike rides, and visiting the beach regularly. She loves to rollerblade, take barre class, dance and often times just relax and get cozy at home. Tania enjoys Reiki, has completed two Yin Yoga trainings, and loves teaching Yin, Gentle and Meditation. Tania is the retail manager at Practice Yoga and beautifying the retail space. She recently graduated from a 200 hour Baptiste inspired Yoga Teacher Training here at Practice Yoga and holds an intention to expand what is possible for her as she continues to employ the nuggets of knowledge she continues to learn and soak up daily.