Brendan is a human person who does yoga and writes short paragraphs about himself in the third person. He believes yoga is accessible and transformative for all human people. He is pleased to be a part of the yoga community and occasionally leads some of its members through a practice as best he’s able.
Yoga became apart of my life about five years ago. I was drawn to the physical yet gentleness of the practice and that anyone, anywhere can enjoy the benefits. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully.
In November ’16, I completed a 200-hr yoga teacher training at Pure Yoga & Fitness in Clearwater, under the guidance of Ally Ford.
I will always be a student of yoga. I am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me.
Geri has been practicing yoga for the last 8 years. In December ’14, she was fortunate to graduate from the 200 Hour YTT at Yoga Pointe in Lakeland. Professionally, Geri has worked as a RN for 30 years and finds yoga a healthy way to release and decompress from a hectic work schedule. She has always enjoyed exercising and the benefits derived from it. Having been a long distance runner and a STEP aerobics instructor, she finds yoga to be a more gentle way to treat her body, as well as her mind and spirit. She started practicing yoga when invited by a friend to attend a class. She immediately enjoyed it and has been practicing ever since. The peace and calmness yoga brings to her is what she would like to pass along to the students in her classes.
Jhoanna began her yoga journey in 2007 when she exchanged the fast paced life of Las Vegas for a simple one in Puerto Rico. She turned to yoga knowing the benefits of stretching after a work-out. With trepidation, she walked in to an Ashtanga yoga studio to “check it out”. She noticed that aside from open hamstrings, each class left her with a sense of clarity. She realized that yoga goes beyond the physical; it allowed her to tune in to herself to find the peace, happiness and love that resides within us all.
Jhoanna moved to Auburndale in 2011. With a strong desire to share the phenomenal benefits of yoga, she enrolled in a yoga teacher training program. She teaches a vinyasa flow with an emphasis on alignment. Her yoga is influenced by teachers who have learned from B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabi Jois, Desikachar, and other inspirational teachers. Her classes brings a sense of harmony between calmness (sukha) and strength (sthira) to allow for a balanced life on and off the mat. According to her, ”Yoga makes us stand taller and with more confidence, yet grounded, humble and kind. It transcends the body and positively transforms us into better beings.” Her easy-going, nurturing style will suit a beginner or deepen a developed practice. Contact Jhoanna directly or check out her website at www.yogabyjho.com.
Jody, 500ERYT, YACEP
Jody came to yoga purely out of curiosity, attending her first class in 2000 at a Rec Center. She was hooked & this began her yoga exploration. Her teacher was inspiring, she thought.. “If I can share even a little bit of the bliss experienced on the mat with others. Well, that’s what I want to do.” Jody completed her 200 hour training through FlFIYS in Tampa & began teaching in ’05. She holds certifications in yin, Divine Sleep yoga nidra® and prenatal yoga. She graduated with her 500 hour certification from the Kripalu affiliated yoga center, Lotus Pond in Tampa. An eternal student. She attends classes & workshops regularly. Jody loves to share new ideas & different approaches to poses. Her endearing style makes yoga accessible to all levels of practitioners. She also enjoys creating inspiring music playlists for class. Contact Jody directly.
Kelly, 500ERYT, YACEP
Kelly began practicing yoga in 2000 and began her YTT program in 2002 with the Southern Institute for Yoga Instructors in Gainesville, Florida. The two year (1000 hour) program resulted in her 500 YTT certification in 2004. Kelly will lead the mediation and pranayama sections of the YTT program at Inside Out.
Kelly’s style is Alignment based Yoga with an Iyengar influence. She has studied with many Master Teachers; however, Betty Larson, John Charping, Karin Stephan and Judith Lasater are her favorites. In the last few years, Kelly has been inspired to offer the Restorative Yoga practice as an opportunity for students to decrease stress by creating space in the mind.
Kelly is certified as a wellness coach, holistic stress management instructor, and HeartMath® Resilience trainer.
My journey in yoga started in 2010, while working out with the P90X series that included a yoga DVD. Soon after, I found myself attending an Ashtanga Yoga class at a local studio. I was immediately drawn in by the physical practice but also felt the serenity that yoga gave me hours after the class was finished.
During the years ’10-’14, my physical practice expanded to include Hatha, Flow, and Hot Yoga, while attending various Yoga workshops to expand my knowledge of Yoga. In 2014, I enrolled in a 200 hour teacher training at YogaPointe in Lakeland, and became a certified Yoga instructor. Since becoming a yoga instructor, I continue to look for opportunities to expand my knowledge in the field of yoga and believe each day is chance to learn something new through self exploration, books, and through others.
I believe each individual’s path in life is different, with much depending on the choices we make along the way. Every choice we make and experience we have in our lives, shapes us into who we are truly meant to be. Each one of us has a purpose, and finding our purpose, is a life long journey.
Megan earned her 200 hour certification at Inside Out Yoga. Megan is excited to share her love of yoga with the community. Her yoga journey began in 2014. She was looking for an activity to bring some peace and inner happiness to her days. Megan had no idea how much yoga would impact her life. Since then Megan’s practice has grown and is staple in her overall mental and physical health.
Megan’s classes provide a safe environment for students to begin to explore and expand within their own bodies. She emphasizes alignment, basic yoga postures, lengthening throughout the body, breath techniques and how to flow with purpose.
Misty began her practice in 2009. Initially drawn to the yoga because she loved the idea of an exercise that required nothing but yourself and a small space, she obtained her beginning skills from countless Yoga DVD’s and YouTube segments (ranging from Baron Baptiste to Jillian Michaels). It wasn’t until joining a studio family in 2012 that she felt her practice truly commenced. Through the guidance of several inspiring and supportive instructors, she was taught the importance of not only alignment and breath, but also about calming the mind, so the body can follow. If you had asked her at the beginning of her journey if she wanted to attend 90 minutes of Yoga, her impatient nature would have laughed and told you her ideal Yoga work-out was 20 minutes or less. The student she is now, out of necessity, pays attention to time frames only when she’s teaching; she’s a living tale of how Yoga can change your nature for the better. In love with the connection of science and anatomy through a dedicated practice, Misty refers to Yoga as the best medicine for any ailment.
Misty decided to become a teacher in 2013 because she felt if she could share even a smidgen of how happy her Yoga practice makes her with another, then she has succeeded. Her classes radiate energy and her silly sense of humor; she has an unwavering belief and salesman-like pitch, that anyone can do yoga. Music is an important part of her class. It is rarely traditional. Contact Misty directly Misty’s classes are for adults only.
Natalie attended her first yoga class in 2001 and felt a profound sense of clarity and balance. As an avid golfer, she began to notice when she practiced yoga and specifically meditative visualization the night before; she played golf better the next day. In her professional career as a Territory Manager for John Deere Golf, her yoga practice helped her stay focused and relaxed. Now, a wife and mother with two small children, her daily yoga and meditation practice helps her manage a busy demanding household while maintaining her positive outlook. Natalie is inspired to share with others what yoga has helped her to achieve: peace, happiness and ultimately the feeling that we all deserve to feel beautiful and accepted for who we are.
Natalie completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Jody Reece at Inside Out Yoga. Natalie eventually would like to work with other golf enthusiasts and help them to improve their game by offering workshops and classes specifically geared towards calming and centering the mind.
While on a spiritual path, Kelley was introduced to meditation, guided imagery, and breath work (rebirthing ). But as always life has its twists and turns yet the ability to meditate remained a constant, the seed had been planted. After many years in the floral industry, she decided to go back to college and pursue a degree in Psychology. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Cum Laude and a Minor in Music in 2003. Classes that helped weave her passions together include Biological Psychology, Theories of Personality, Philosophy and Behavior Modification. She was also lucky enough to be influenced by Dr. Mikulas at UWF, who wrote The Way Beyond, teaching about meditation, opening the heart, reducing attachments, “calming the drunken monkey on your shoulder,” and mindfulness. Bar tending to pay her way through college and the many years of working on her feet and with her hands, stress had taken its toll. Around this time, her personal yoga practice began. She found it reduced her chronic pain and possible infertility. With dedication to her studies and a deeper practice, by graduation Kelley was mostly pain free and pregnant with her first child!
She took a Yoga Teacher Training Retreat in Orlando FL. Kelley enjoys many styles of yoga although her original training was based on the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, she pulls from many different ideas often melding them together in her own creative way. Her classes can be both challenging and therapeutic. Kelley views herself as a lifelong, humble, student and she is always seeking more information. She is American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified.
In 2013, I was diagnosed as a borderline diabetic and had high cholesterol. I decided then that it was time to make a lifestyle change, eat to live NOT live to eat. It was then I started my journey into CrossFit which lead me to Yoga.
Looking to increase my flexibility, build muscular strength, and to keep injuries down, I started practicing Hot yoga. The combination of the heat, physical movement, but also the quiet introspection made me fall in love with the practice.
In ’14, I completed a 200YTT at Yogapointe & started teaching.
Yoga is a practice for Everybody and Any Body. Every pose is accessible, it’s just a matter of finding your own way in your own time. My hope is that each student gains mobility within their body while gaining confidence in themselves as they develop their own inner strength.
My warm flow classes consist of a combination of traditional hot yoga poses combined with yoga conditioning. Being an avid music junkie, you can count on an eclectic playlist at each class.
Buffy La Roux is an Intuitive Empathic Healer/Channel of Divine Light, Energetic Hacker, Cosmic Shamanaut, Cosmic Sound Healer, Ordained Minister of the Light (Pnematikoi), Reiki Master/Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist MA80893 and all around goofy, lovable eclectic human. Buffy’s journey of energetic awareness began as a child, but kicked into high gear in 2007 with an abrupt awakening, a sort of rapid fire spiritual boot camp that drastically shifted her perception of “reality”. Through her own healing journey and extensive hours spent in the service of helping others she is a powerful conduit for the updated paradigm of consciousness and awakening energies. Spirit works through Buffy in the form of singing and speaking in multiple celestial languages. This one of a kind experience deletes programming, density in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies, activates ancient dormant DNA and moves participants into the expansive state of clarity, growth and purpose.
Richard began his journey in the Japanese martial arts at the age of 13. He has been teaching both Japanese Karate and Japanese sword for the last 32 years.
Richard trained with such notable sword instructors as Kyoshi Yamazaki Sensei, Sensei Dale Kirby, Sensei Bob Elder, and most of the masters of the Kokusai Budoin Kokusai Budo Renmei (International Martial Arts Federation). He also had the honor of training Wado-ryu karate with Tatsuo Suzuki Hanshi. He also developed an interest in Japanese Zen while training with Suzuki Hanshi and has been a practitioner for the last 30 years. Richard is a Godan (5th degree black belt) in Wado-Ryu karate, Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in Japanese Sword, and also is a Shodan (1st degree black belt) in Shindo Muso-Ryu Jodo. He believes that through study of the Samurai arts a student can develop confidence and stillness of mind.
Kerry Wilson is an old man, who has been practicing yoga since he was eighteen. His interest in starting Inside/Out Yoga involves wanting to create a public space in downtown Winter Haven for the practice of yoga and other conscious exercise and meditation, and to make that space available for passionate teachers. He offers irregular classes, and periodically offers a series of yoga classes for beginners. He calls it “Silverback Yoga” and it’s designed for older men and women who shoulder stressful responsibilities, and who’d never thought they’d be caught dead practicing yoga. See more on the “Silverback Yoga” page. If you are interested, please contact Kerry directly.