Alissa is a certified 500 E-RYT instructor. She began her yoga practice 10 years ago as a tool to calm her anxiety and find solace through grieving the loss of her mother. After 5 years of practice she knew she wanted to become an instructor so she could share the benefits of yoga with others. She received her 200 RYT in 2015 and her 500 RYT in 2016. She began her teaching career at St. Petersburg Yoga in 2015 focusing mainly on strength/power classes and fundamentals, as well as workshops focusing on using the tools of yoga to make movement on big life issues. She has used yoga as a tool for managing anxiety, depression, perfectionism, insomnia and body dysmorphia. Alissa has been at ZEN since 2018. Her classes include fun flow, fundamentals, restorative, as well as private sessions. In 2019, She completed her E-RYT 500 certification as well as a course on trauma informed yoga and meditation for youth. She is a Florida native and IRB resident. She is the mother of two amazing kiddos and married to her middle school sweetheart. She is a volunteer Guardian Ad-Litem and mentor in the public-school system. When not on the mat, she loves to read, sew and refinish furniture. Her family loves to travel and spend time on the water. Along with her classes at ZEN, her teaching path is to venture into helping others who are suffering from trauma and those looking to make big life changes. Alissa loves a strong and fun class that challenges and pushes the edge, but her true passion is cultivating salve and resolve for others through the teachings of yogic principles.
Ashley found yoga in late 2014, when she had been diagnosed with many different back issues and was looking to feel better. In January 2015, she committed herself to try yoga consecutively for 30 days and hasn't stopped since. First starting out with a home practice while living in Knoxville, Tennessee, she was hungry for a local yoga community. Once moving to Clearwater in July 2015, she found the passionate yoga community she was looking for. Yoga first started out as a good way to stretch her body but has become such a deeper experience for her since then. She knew she wanted to deepen her understanding of the practice and completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training in June 2016 with Calley Masson Sunderman at The Yoga Room. Ashley loves teaching all styles of yoga including Ashtanga, yin, gentle and fun flow classes. She is eager to spread her knowledge and love of the practice to everyone she meets.
Jaida Jones has been practicing yoga since 2014 as a method of alleviating neck & back pain as well as soothing symptoms of anxiety. After experiencing the healing effects of this practice, it became her personal mission to help others heal their minds, bodies, and souls. In 2018, Jaida traveled to the birthplace of yoga, India, to obtain her 200 hour RYT and has since been guiding others through yoga, meditation, and other forms of natural healing professionally.
Yoga came into Tina’s life eight years ago. Being a massage therapist for 20 years and
enjoying the gym, yoga at first was all about the exercise and getting stronger and more
flexible, but it soon became much more. Being committed to her own practice, she will
always consider herself a student first. Tina loves the mindfulness and the work “in” that
takes us into now. Her style of teaching is slow. Saturating and rooting in the pose to
navigate with breath to steady the mind and the body. Sprinkled with meditation and
inspiration to help bring yogis to the present moment. She gives options (not
obligations) to deepen the pose but to always honor the body. Tina wants her students to
keep deep steady breaths and to do what is right for them and their practice. She says to
“Remember that there is no such thing as being bad at yoga. We are all students, and we always will be.”