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.
 

 

Adam Wakefield started teaching yoga in 2016 after his first teacher training with Debi Grilo. He was drawn to yoga after spending 6 years in the Army and two combat tours in Afghanistan. He practiced at home at first, while suffering from chronic pain, post traumatic stress, depression, and alcoholism. Yoga was the only thing that seemed to help with the physical pain and mental anguish that set in after his brain (which had experienced hundreds of traumatic situations) now had nothing to fight but itself. Yoga and meditation taught him new tools to help re-train his brain and grown in ways he didn’t know existed. The Baptiste sequence, combining intentional breath, with fluid movement, and heat, was the first time Adam had lived in the moment since his last gun fight in the mountains of Wardak province. That naturally had a huge impact and changed his life in so many ways he just had to share it with other veterans, civilians, and anyone who may be suffering silently like he was.

As a student in Adam’s class expect a physically challenging and grounded experience, bringing you back to your breath. Adam works to share his experiences in life and in yoga to help inspire students to grow and challenge themselves in order to become the best possible version of themselves every day.

“As a younger man my purpose was to train and lead soldiers into combat. Now my purpose is to lead people on their matt in order to come back to who we really are, regardless of where we’ve been”

Adam is committed to his yoga and meditation practices because they taught him to be grateful for being alive. So many veterans come home and feel guilty just for being alive when our friends died. Adams dream is to build a place where veterans can learn new tools like yoga and meditation so they can come home and enjoy the freedom they fought for. Adam loves his dog Mo who he rescued from Afghanistan, along with skydiving, paddle boarding, cooking, marksmanship, riding his old harley, and just being outside.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cathy began practicing yoga in 2014 after the birth of her second child as a way to keep her from “going off the deep end” when she found herself deep in the throws of being a stay at home mom & photographer. She has experienced firsthand how giving herself time to practice yoga and focusing on her breathing re-charges her soul and fills her “patience “reservoirs.”

Students can rely on Cathy to guide them through a challenging practice that gives them the opportunity to discover what is possible when self-limiting throughs are dropped. She grounds students in their bodies in order to help them quiet their minds all while building heat and confidence on and off of the mat. Cathy respects her students’ desires to get a great workout while encouraging them to honor their bodies and their hearts.

For Cathy, becoming a yoga teacher was just a matter of learning how to ignore the voice in her head that told her she was not enough. With more than a few signs from the universe, she enrolled in Practice Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training and for the first time in her life discovered how to love her “perfectly imperfect” self and learned what community truly means. She is excited to connect with students at any stage of life and will empower them to breathe for themselves and everyone that surrounds them. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, working in the family business, traveling, connecting with friends over coffee, and is looking forward to attending the Baptiste Power Yoga training this fall!

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.

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.”

Lianne first began yoga as a supplement to her marathon training schedule. After a series of injuries and setbacks, she found peace and inspiration on her mat. As she began to practice more consistently, Lianne felt a powerful shift in her daily experiences and relationships. She became more curious and mindful about her practice on and off her mat and wanted to share the transformation she discovered with others. Lianne believes that the practice of yoga is applicable and meaningful in all aspects of life.

In Lianne’s class you will experience a powerful physical practice to strengthen your body and mind. You will breathe and move with purpose while finding ease and new possibility. Lianne brings an intention of mindfulness, playfulness and light. You will get present to the moment and leave with a sense of empowerment and connection. Lianne is an advocate for sweaty fun. Her class is an opportunity to get both out of and into your mind, and into your body, exploring your edges. You will find a focus on positioning and body mechanics, but also a hope that you leave feeling lighter than you came in.

Lianne has had a strong focus on health and wellness since graduating from the University of Florida’s physician assistant program in 2010. She has since completed her yoga teacher training and mindfulness instructor training. She is passionate about assisting others in discovering their unlimited potential. In the meantime, she loves spending time with her husband and daughter, running, reading, playing on mountain trails, and traveling to new places.

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.

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”

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.

For the past 18 years of Laura’s life she has been involved in fitness, wellness and training. In the earlier years of Laura’s fitness training, she felt that she needed to be strong in all areas of life including her work ethic, personal training, wellness coaching, and being a trainer for others. During this time period, her lifestyle was built around the mentality that if it was not hard and challenging enough, then it was not worth it. Being a former bikini fitness competitor, Laura did not realize the importance of giving the body a break. In 2013, when Laura first started yoga, she utilized her practice as another “power hour” in her weekly workout routine.

In 2014, Laura was diagnosed with Addison’s disease, after almost having a heart attack. Her “perfect picture” body on the outside clearly did not match what was happening on the inside; her struggling body was slowly shutting down. Over many years of physical and mental stress, Laura never gave herself the time of day to unwind. Her only choice at this point in life was to slow down, and yoga, along with other relaxing techniques, allowed Laura to do this. Even though she was no longer spending extraneous hours working her body to extreme measures, yoga gave Laura the same sensation of showing up boldly and powerfully. After spending 2 long years rewiring her mindset about lifestyle and fitness, Laura used her yoga mat and practice as an essential tool for her everyday life. Now, she relies on the words “pause and breath” to remind her everyday to unwind and listen to her body’s needs. Like Laura always says, we all have the same story, except they’re written differently.

Laura’s love for yoga and drive for fitness led her to complete her first Yoga Teacher Training in 2018 at Practice Yoga. This “bootcamp for the soul” training allowed Laura to see yoga in a new light. She uses her previous 18 years of knowledge about core conditioning, “yoga breath”, and mindfulness to build heat and foundation for students in her Hot Core class. This 30-minute class will educate students, and build strength and foundation for not only the core, but the whole body.

Laura has been in the health and fitness for almost half of her life. Her passion for fitness, food, and empowerment inspires many women every single day. Bella Diva Fitness, Laura’s growing business, stands for beautiful, strong, determined women; inside and out. She teaches women of all ages about self-love, positive energy, and how to forever live a fit lifestyle. She preaches that there is no diet, no magic pill, and no special exercise. Laura believes in teaching everyone how to eat what they want, and to train while accommodating to their body’s limits. She is a master personal trainer, sports nutrition specialist, and confidence builder. She truly is the queen of flipping unhealthy foods around to make them nutritious and taste diva-licious, and a role model to all of her students.

Yoga first found Magge over 30 years ago when her dad attended yoga classes with a group of his tennis buddies every Tuesday night here in Naples. She recalled one Christmas holiday when her husband & 3 small children were down visiting Magge’s parents, her dad proudly stood up from the dinner table and showed off his well- balanced Tree Pose. Magge’s dad was doing yoga long before it was cool to practice yoga! Yoga found Magge again at 42 years old. Her family was living in Chicago and, at the time, she was a well known aerobics & spinning instructor. Magge felt a lump in the shower one morning and thought she had pulled a muscle. By the grace of God, she went to her annual gynecological exam - - one week later she found out that she had very serious & aggressive breast cancer. During Magge’s darker days of chemo treatments, a few close friends would come over to the Camuti basement and practice yoga from a Rodney Yee yoga DVD. Yoga saved her life back then, and every day since. Magge knew she needed to share yoga with others.

From breast cancer began Magge’s lifelong journey and passion to teach & be a student of yoga. You will find her classes to be well organized, fun, inspirational and challenging. She always has a story to tell. Magge’s training allows her to teach the many formats we have at the studio - - power, align & flow, gentle & yin. These days she has a soft spot for teaching yin yoga - - the quieter & more reflective side of our lives. You will leave her classes feeling better than when you walked through the doors of Practice Yoga. Come practice with Magge!

One of Magge’s core family values is to be a life long learner. She is fortunate enough to have several 200 E-RYT’s under her belt (ashtanga, vinyasa & yin focused) along with one 500 RYT. For Magge’s 50th birthday, she gave herself the gift of a weeklong trip to the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, studying with Beryl Bender Birch, well known author of the book entitled Power Yoga. Additionally, Magge completed Baron Baptiste’s Level 1 training along with his Art of Assisting workshop. Just last month, Magge completed another 200 RYT with Debi Grilo at PY. She loves to always be in the work of yoga because it makes her a better person. 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 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.