Nicole graduated from Heartwood 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 with the intention of learning how to better run a small yoga studio in her day spa North River Body Therapies. A Licensed Massage Therapist since 1999, and a Certified Business and Life Coach since 2007, she became fascinated at looking yoga through the eyes of a massage therapist and how the heart of yoga and coaching are so similar.
Nicole's style of teaching is a blend of alignment and exploration, encouraging her students to find the place in their body where the pose feels good. Her classes tend to have a Dharma (or life lesson) theme and time willing, she likes to include aromatherapy and mini massages at the end of class.
Emily studied and practiced yoga for 20 years. Her background includes such styles as: Hatha, Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Arial, Chair, and Ashtanga Yoga. She enjoyed studying with Baron Baptiste and Beryl Bender Birch and also studied Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India with Patabi Joyce. She completed Level 1 and 2 Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Fit and then finished her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Heartwood Yoga in Bradenton. Emily is also certified elementary teacher (K-6), with a Bachelor's in Art Education and a Master's in Elementary Education from Lesley University. She has taught at North River Body Therapies since 2015 and is honored to be a teacher at their new yoga studio, A Little Twisted Yoga Studio!!
Lara has been a fitness leader since before she could drive. Fitness, wellness, nutrition, & yoga have been a love of hers for many years, even during her 21 year elementary teaching career. In 2012 she decided to leave the high-stress world of special education and devote herself full time to wellness. She is a graduate of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating in Denver, American Council on Exercise for group exercise instruction, Behavior Change Coaching, & Personal Training; She attended Shambhava at Shoshoni in Colorado for her 200YT intensive yoga training receiving training in both Hatha Yoga & meditation; & has her PhD from the College of Natural Health in Natural health & Holistic Nutrition.She has specialized training in kickboxing, strength, aqua exercises, arthritis, and flexibIlity. She has special understanding of those struggling with diabetes, eating problems, body image, and healing/recovery. Helping other people fall in love with feeling healthier is her passion.
Angelica began practicing yoga in 2008 looking for a way to find peace within. It was after she surrendered into savasana, finding softness and stillness, that she fell in love with yoga. In 2015 she decided to sign up for a local 200 hour yoga teacher training for self-development. It was then that she discovered her dharma, her purpose, to help others find peace and fulfillment within themselves. Angelica continued her advanced yoga training and has been teaching ever since. She enjoys practicing and teaching a variety of classes although finds herself drawn to more therapeutic movement. It is her intention to hold a safe space for her students, so that they feel supported and free of all expectations, and feel inspired to discover their own ways of being. She is a Yoga Alliance RYT 500, RCYT(Registered Children's Yoga Teacher) and Reiki Master. Angelica is also creator of handmade Malas, SoulShine Designs, sold at the studio.
Sharon has had the privilege of teaching Yoga since 2010. Her warm, authentic and lighthearted approach encourages students to practice honest exploration through the movement of Yoga. Sharon has a degree in creative writing from Eckerd College and loves to use language to guide students into their bodies and into their lives. She is dedicated to creating a meaningful experience that is safe, interesting and inspiring. Einstein said, “Nothing happens until something moves.” Come discover the movement of Yoga. Sharon is a Yoga Alliance registered E-RYT 200 and RYT 500.
Grace was introduced to yoga about five years ago. Having tried an at home video or two a few years before that, her first in studio class really took hold of her. It was the first time she felt her mind calm. After that yoga became a regular in her life. Eventually she felt drawn to gain a deeper understanding of the practice & wanted to share yoga with others. Three years ago she made her way Costa Rica to gain her 200hr teaching certification through Passion Yoga School. More than gaining a certification, it brought this heart opening awareness she had never experienced. Grace’s classes focus on the breath, mind & body awareness, as well as self love & acceptance.
If you show up and breathe, you can do yoga.
Born in Manhattan, Carol has been exposed to the finest dance and yoga training. A certified dance educator, she also holds certifications in Sampoorna, Hatha Yoga, Basi Mat Pilates, Zumba, and Aqua Zumba. While living at an Ashram and training with her Guru Sri Yogi Hari, she became enchanted with metabolic Sampoorna Yoga. When she discovered adding this format, it cured her hypothyroidism. Carol’s Basi Mat Pilates certification is based on the original works of Joseph Pilates and she is passionate about her core practice which she discovered at a young age as part of her dance training in NY. Carol has performed for NY Jets and NJ Nets halftime show but her most rewarding accomplishment was owning her dance and yoga center in NY for 33 years inspiriting thousands of students! Currently working for Fitness Pro Travel, she also teaches at several super clubs in Mexico and the Caribbean.
Diane took her first yoga class in 2004. It was love at first class. She was hooked! She went on to take her teacher training at Garden of the Heart Yoga studio in Sarasota in 2005. She has had wonderful teachers: Betsey Downing, Jaye Martin. She has also taken many workshops with various teachers such as; Todd Norian, Desiree Rumbagh, Sienna Sherman, Amy Ippoliti, Roger Cole and Douglas Brooks to name a few. Diane has been teaching in the Sarasota and Bradenton area and has been teaching at LA Fitness since 2013.
After studying psychology in the Netherlands where I was raised, I moved to Florida and eventually became the general manager of an international multi-million-dollar company. Needless to say, heavy-weight responsibilities and stress came with that heavy-weight title. After 12.5 years of dedication and success, at the end of 2016, I retired from the company. After so many years of stress and sacrifice, I decided to pursue my passion for yoga and fill my life and others with joy, enlightenment and wellness.
I have had a long love for the 26/2 hot yoga hatha series, which I have been practicing for over 10 years.
This mentality has lead me to study and compete with top marks in gymnastics, tae kwon do and bodybuilding. I also participated in the 2007 Annual Yoga Asana Regionals and placed 3rd for the state of Florida.
At the end of 2016, I signed up for 2 back-to-back 200hr Hatha yoga teacher training courses; ThaVma Method Hot Yoga and 26/2 Premium Hot Yoga at ThaVma Yoga Studio (Lakewood Ranch, Florida). These were led by its owner & head instructor, Mrs. Marina Bourantonis. She provided a challenge to the athlete and student in me. Her approach to yoga with a focus on injury recovery and prevention work, with the detailed study of anatomy, alignment and injury types, put an intense spin on her advanced level yoga teacher training.
In January of 2019 I took my third 200hr teacher training. This training was offered by Where Boats Go with owner & head instructor Marina Traub, as well as Mandy Main and Jaye Martin. This broadened my scope of teaching tools to include Vinyasa Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga & Yin Yoga. During this yoga teacher training the athlete and the student in me were once again challenged, but this time the spiritual self-reflective sides of me were as well.