Justin began his yoga journey as a way to help with anxiety and to reconnect with a love for movement that was rooted in him as child through dance and gymnastics. Justin completed his training in the Prana Flow System with Micheline Berry and has completed Restorative teacher trainings with Lizzy Lasseter. Justin also has created a unique class with the use techniques to restore the myofascial system in order to move deeper into postures while ultimately balancing the emotional and energetic body. He is well known for teaching from the heart and delivering a class that is supportive, therapeutic, and energizing. He was primarily inspired to create this community space, Ybor Restore Yoga, as an invitation for beginners to connect with their bodies and as a place to offer classes that are emphasized on therapeutic alignment.
David is a certified 200hr yoga instructor and has practiced yoga for over 10 years. David brings a lot of energy and charisma to his yoga classes. His main focus is on having his students leave the class feeling empowered, calm, and ready to take on the world. As a true believer in the healing powers of yoga, he has a passion of bringing yoga to those looking to make a change in their life, and thus teaches beginner yoga, as well as yin and restorative.
Leanne has been sharing her love of movement for over 15 years. A lifelong dancer, she has taught ballet and contemporary dance in studios, at festivals, and as a professor at the university level. Having training in Pilates mat and apparatus, she has instructed private clients of varying ages and abilities. Leanne was drawn to yoga during her time living in El Paso, Texas, where she completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification. Her classes blend her love of dance and yoga, making the practice of yoga an expressive experience that invites participants to explore movement in ways that feel organic to their unique bodies. She wants her students to feel the same peace and self-assurance that she finds every time she comes to her mat.
Debbie is an experienced 500 EYT yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance. She is trained in and teaches Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Power and introduction/beginner and advanced level classes. She currently teaches at local studios in Tampa, conducts private, semi-private and small group
sessions including corporate clients and retreats. Yoga has allowed her the opportunity to travel internationally teaching and practicing around the world. Her Mantra: Move the Body, Calm the Mind, Heal the Soul.
• 600-hour Ashtanga Apprenticeship -Tampa, Florida
• Studied at Mysore Ashtanga Institute with Sarathawati Josie – Mysore, India
• 300-hour Advanced Studies in Yoga- Asheville Yoga Center, Asheville, NC.
• 200-hour Prana Flow Vinyasa with Micheline Berry – Yogani Studios, Tampa, FL
I began practicing yoga in 2009 after years of running. I was instantly hooked on this thing called vinyasa yoga and its free spirit. The combination of intelligent movement, practical wisdom, mindfulness and a touch of spirituality met all of my needs. My dedication to yoga is in honor of my “teacher” Micheline Pierrette Berry, whose 2011 Liquid Asana Training convinced me that if you leave it all on the mat, it will be received. I also believe that teachers come in many different forms. If yoga is about life, healing our lives and transforming our lives, the pain, the loss, the joy, then I have many, many teachers to whom I am grateful. In the words of the poet Rumi, from The Guest House….”Be grateful for whatever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” My goal is to teach from my practice, share what I have learned and continue learning and to offer what moves me. I seek to create space and strength in the body and in the mind in order to create space in life through a grounding, challenging, expansive and uplifting Vinyasa practice. The respect that I have for all of the students who walk this path with me runs deep. When we practice together, there is an energy in the room where breath leads movement, pure innocence is present, and there is a right of passage to what is inside our souls. ”I am Johnnie and this is yoga”…
Dale Morphew has been teaching Yoga in the Tampa Bay area and throughout the world since 1998. He along with his life partner John Stierwalt founded BalancePoint Yoga Teacher Training. Dale offers a blend of Hatha Yoga from varied traditions of the many great teachers he has studied with. He combines their teachings with his knowledge of anatomy, physiology and massage therapy training to create classes for all ages and levels of experience. He will help you explore a deeper understanding of alignment, flow and the wellness journey into your yoga practice. Dale truly embodies wellness and strength for people of all ages. He is a powerhouse of energy and knowledge to share with everyone. His dedication and knowledge of wellbeing enabled him to recover from the health speed bumps both physical and emotional we experience in life. He continues to age into wellness through Hatha Yoga.
Kimberly McGuire |E-RYT® 200, YACEP® certified
Yoga has been a part of Kim’s life since 2008. She started practicing yoga as a low impact option after a knee injury and became hooked on its many healing and therapeutic benefits. A deep desire to share the peace and ease that can be attained with a yoga practice led Kim to receive her Teaching Certification, with the goal of positively impacting the lives of students. Kim’s classes will create space for you to dive deep into the journey of yourself. You can expect mindful, movement -based classes to help build strength, challenge your mind and maintain alignment that is true to your body. You will be guided through a balanced practice as you learn to let go, relax and develop compassion. Her teaching reflects her belief that we are always evolving and that when we explore something new on the mat, we find something new within ourselves.
Lois completed her 200 hour training in Vinyasa Flow from Bella Prana under Roni Elissabeth Sloman, Tina Tidwell, and Jessica Lynne Trese. She is currently enrolled in the 300 HR YTT at Bella Prana Yoga and Meditation. Lois “Lo” Waite began practicing yoga over a decade ago. A former competitive triathlete, duathlete, and long-distance runner, she found yoga to be a great compliment to her training. But as her practice evolved, she discovered yoga to be much more than just a physical practice. The mind-body connection through yoga, meditation, and mindfulness brought a sense of calm and peace to her life. Yoga has made her both emotionally and physically stronger, healthier, and more balanced. A desire to share what yoga has brought to her life led her to enroll in teacher training. A compassionate teacher, she teaches students that yoga is much more than exercise, it is a way of life. Lois creates a space for her students where they are safe and free to explore, learn, and meet their practice exactly where they are. She teaches that yoga is for everyone and that first you find the breath, then you find the version of the pose that is best for you. Her classes teach the benefits of pranayama and meditation, while offering students the ability to grow their practice through focus on proper alignment.
Vanessa has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and received her 200 hour training at Bella Prana. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Reiki Master, and Holistic Coach, Vanessa combines all her experience when
working with students and clients. Her intention as a Yoga Instructor is to offer space for people to feel grounded, balanced and connected to their being.
Through movement, breath and awareness of the mind-body connection, she hopes to help people illuminate their inner healer.