MEET OUR YOGA INSTRUCTORS
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.
Corinne is a 500RYT, classically trained in Hatha yoga, and teaches a variety of yoga methods including Vinyasa, Power, Yin, Meditation, Chakra and Bandha work.
Corinne was drawn to yoga after a severe injury which had sidelined her running practice. She quickly realized that yoga was providing more than just a means of healing and strengthening. She felt a profound shift and noticed improvement in her focus, concentration and management of stress levels off the mat. That inspired her to attend teacher training with the intention of deepening her own personal practice.
After graduating, Corinne became passionate to share the far-reaching practice of yoga and its benefits with others. With an emphasis on the Iyengar and Kripalu lineages which highlight proper alignment, Corinne is technical with her teaching so her students can learn to improve range of motion and to find equanimity in both body and mind.
Meet her on the mat, and enjoy a challenging, mindful practice!
Ginger is a 200 RYT yoga instructor and Second Degree Reiki practitioner. While teaching a variety of class styles, she loves sharing the gift of yoga with her students and teachers of all levels. A connective energy, in her classes she combines breath work with postures to maximize internal heat with movement to deepen the practice. It’s a wonderful way to cultivate awareness and flexibility while strengthening. Practicing helps us connect internally. Come join her on your Sunday for a relaxing and empowering weekend!
Jaida is traditionally trained in hatha yoga, as well as prenatal yoga, and also teaches Vinyasa and Yin classes. She's been practicing yoga since 2014 as a method of alleviating neck & back pain as well as soothing symptoms of anxiety, and after experiencing the healing effects of yoga, it became her personal mission to help others heal their minds, bodies, and souls, so that they could also naturally align with authentic inner peace.
In 2018, Jaida traveled to India, the birthplace of yoga, to obtain her 200 hour RYT and has since been teaching yoga classes here in Pinellas County as well as on local & international retreats. She also helps others align with their highest selves and soul's purpose through soul coaching, and hosts a variety of healing workshops at Zen Massage & Yoga.
Lori is an Ashtanga Based ERYT200/ERYT500/CPR Certified yoga instructor. After an extensive home practice, Lori earned her 200-hour RYT Training at Anala Yoga and then her 500-hour RYT with Sharon Denton Yoga. Lori is a Pinellas Virtual School English Lead Instructor with an Education background from the College of St. Scholastica, Exeter College, Oxford University, England, and the University of Minnesota. Lori has served as the Tru-Well (Tru-Well.com) Spiritual Coach providing meditation and Yoga education and published yoga articles for an on-line wellness website. Working remotely enabled Lori to develop discipline of the mind and body practicing the eight limbs of yoga. Lori believes in the positive benefits of all styles of yoga and hopes to guide others to this healing practice. If you ask her “What is yoga?” her response, “Yoga is poetry of the body” and what else would you expect from an English Major?
Mara fell in love with vinyasa yoga when it revolutionized her experience as a tennis player at age 19. While practicing yoga, all the stress, worry, anxiety, and fear calmed down to a stillness and she was able to be more focused, clear, and mindful in tennis and everyday life. This radical change in her mindset led her to continue to explore yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.
In 2011, Mara received her 200 RYT in Vinyasa Yoga. She obtained a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (2015) and held a private practice for over 5 years. Mara integrates mindfulness, holistic healing, and physical challenge into her classes to help students experience energy flow in the body. Mara lives in Clearwater with her husband and golden retriever Magnus, and she works as a full-time artist with a focus on messages from the angels. See Mara’s art at www.maracarlini.com. She also teaches workshops at ZEN on mindfulness and mandalas.
Tina’s life got sweeter when yoga came into it 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.”