Allison recently graduated from Yoga Teacher Training under the master instruction of Dr. Vivana Collazo in Orlando. Allison recently moved to Winter Haven from Orlando and is eager to meet new friends and become involved in the yoga community. By teaching with kindness, compassion and wisdom, Allison will show you how to master the infinite healing power of the breath. Your yoga practice can nurture your body and calm your mind. Allison’s style of teaching strives to provide an environment that is non-judgmental, non-competitive and focuses on her students learning to love and accept their bodies just the way they are. Allison teaches a hatha style yoga. It is not an athletic class, nor a modern work-out. She focuses primarily on learning to coordinate the breath with healthy, steady and comfortable movement. This is a temperature moderate class with soothing non-contemporary music. Her classes are good for beginners, the elderly, those with physical limitations and anyone who wants to re-visit the basics. Let us focus on what we can do, not what we can’t, and have a little fun along the way.
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 of 2016, I completed a 200-hr yoga teacher training at Pure Yoga & Fitness in Clearwater, Florida 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 2014, she was fortunate to graduate from the 200 Hour YTT at Yoga Pointe in Lakeland. Professionally, Geri has worked as a Registered Nurse for 30 years and finds yoga practice a very 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, 200eryt, CEP
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 is certified in yin and prenatal yoga and is currently earning her 500 hour certification with Edely Wallace in Orlando. 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 likes to “mix things up”. So never the same the class twice. She also enjoys experimenting with different music options in class.
When you experience one of Jody’s classes, there is a feeling of gratefulness at the end of each practice that her students can’t help but to thank her aloud for what she just shared with them. She is filled with the knowledge to enrich and expand your practice, and is also still incredibly humble to the never-ending learning practice, that is Yoga. Contact Jody directly.
Lacy discovered yoga in 2001 in her hometown Orlando, FL. After years of exploring various yoga styles and transitioning to Polk County, FL, she began leading yoga classes at Groundwork Yoga and completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2011. Around this same time, Lacy began sharing themed yoga experiences at anime, comic, and other fandom conventions as Nerd Yoga. Lacy began sharing yoga at Inside/Out Yoga when it opened and feels honored to connect with the Winter Haven community.
Lacy continues to experience the fervent beauty yoga invites into her life. She is thankful for a practice that provides a framework for healing our physical and emotional bodies, both on and off the mat. She enjoys teaching an alignment-based style with an emphasis on intention. Contact Lacy directly via email or follow Lacy on Facebook via Nerd Yoga.
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 between 2010 through 2014, 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 by December of that year, 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.
Grateful for the opportunity of sharing my love of yoga, I look forward to teaching yoga at Inside-Out, and believe everyone can benefit from the practice of yoga, on and off the mat.
Michelle’s yoga journey began by taking a friend’s class that had become a yoga teacher. Each time she took her class she felt at peace, uplifted and inspired and always left with a feeling of being relaxed and refreshed. She often thought while taking her friend’s classes that she herself would love to become a teacher and help others feel the same way.
Michelle has grown up in a background in dance and gymnastics. She had never really given up that part of her life over the years. One day while playing, she thought she might have torn a muscle in her leg/groin area. It turned out to be a herniated disc in her back. She was devastated and for years she could no longer stretch and move the same. Michelle began a home yoga practice and one day the pain that she had dealt with for so long disappeared like a miracle. That was the defining moment where she decided she definitely wanted to share the gift of yoga.
Michelle then became a certified 200 RYT in Oct 2013 and later received her 500 RYT certification in August 2016. Teaching yoga has become her passion and her intention is to always teach with excellence, inspire and bring forth positive light and energy to all. Michelle strives to add value and to help make a difference in the lives of others. She aspires people to be their best selves and to reach their highest potential. Michelle provides encouragement and support to her students by offering suggestions of self-love and worthiness. She guides her class to find their own heart’s desire while leaving her students feeling recharged and rejuvenated after taking her class.
Misty began her Yoga practice in 2009. Initially drawn to the practice 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, and all things improve with practice and dedication. Music is an important part of her class plans, and is rarely ever traditional. Misty has practiced several styles of Yoga and has yet to find something she doesn’t enjoy. Contact Misty directly or explore her website at www.mysticyoga.com.
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 from the University of West Florida 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 long hours 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, while living on Pensacola Beach 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!
Everything was changing quickly. Moving back to Winter Haven, she took a Yoga Teacher Training Retreat in Orlando, FL. She has been sharing her practice now for 10 plus years and through 2 more pregnancies.
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. Currently she is working on a certificate with the nationally accredited, American Council on Exercise (ACE). It thrills her to share her passions, experiences and epiphanies of this ancient practice. Contact Kelley directly at 1-863-521-0074.
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 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.
Bill Davis is a long time resident of Winter Haven. He began his martial art study with Judo on the Army bases where his father was stationed. In High School he was on the Wrestling team. At University he trained in Shotokan Karate and Hatha Yoga. While in military service he learned Ninjitsu and has written more than fifty books on the subject under the pen name Ashida Kim. While living in Orlando he was introduced to Tai Chi Chuan and over the years it has become the mainstay of his daily practice regimen. Wu Style Tai Chi is often called the Great Dance of Good Health and Longevity because of the many physical and psychological benefits it provides. Regular exercise in this form improves Strength, Conditioning, Coordination and Flexibility, Reduces Pain and Stiffness, Increases Awareness, Calmness and Sense of Well Being, Deeper, more Restorative Sleep, Increased Vitality, Reduces Stress, Enhances the Immune System, Improves Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Circulatory, Lymphatic and Digestive Functions, and Lowers Blood Pressure. Bill loves to share these exercises and benefits so that good deeds will spread out like the ripples on a pond and cover the whole earth.
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.