Get to know our lounge and studio instructors!

 
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Amanda Walker, Yoga Instructor

After completing my 200-hour yoga teacher training I had an instant thirst to learn more. I now continue to learn by attending a Yoga University Advanced class about every other month with an amazing group of teaches at Yoga From the Heart in Sarasota. I fell in love with yoga in 2015 and am passionate about showing the world just how amazing yoga is and what it can do for everyone. When I first began my practice, yoga was not easy. Presence was something I lacked and so was flexibility due to previous injuries. Through my practice I have overcome this and am no longer in constant pain. Yoga has taught me to let go of the past, not to worry about the future, and enjoy each moment as is comes. Yoga is so much more than the physical practice, if we just open our minds and take a seat back.

 
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Ece Gundogdu, Yoga + Sound Instructor

Ece is a world traveler, a conscious dancer/ teacher, a space holder for sisterhood circles and a sound healer. She moved to Sarasota a few months ago from Thailand where she began uncovering the mystery of the feminine within and sharing the process with others through a powerful practice called SheDance and trained to be a sound healer.

Born and raised in Turkey where she left for Vienna, Austria after high school, she studied Translation, Communication and Literature in several languages at the University of Vienna.

She has been traveling the world since then living in different parts of the globe every couple of months to a year discovering one truth about herself and experiencing a new reality at a time as well as feeling the fulfillment of sharing her perspective of life with others.

Learn more about Ece here or email her at: semaecegundogdu@gmail.com

 
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Larisa Kenny, Yoga Instructor

Larisa says, “Yoga allows you to focus on yourself; changing and bettering your perspective of the world and how you see people. I help my students do this by teaching Vinyasa Flow incorporated with the philosophies of Yoga. My classes are filled with vitality and fun, yet therapeutic and calming. I work to reduce student’s stress and worries, instilling a sense of calm in a frenetic world. I try and help my yogis become more aware of their bodies; connecting to their inner beauty through breath and movement. My hope is that I help my yogis take the lessons learned on the mat out into their daily lives.”

Larisa feels everyone could benefit from practicing Yoga. “Yoga doesn’t have to be expensive or take too much time; you don’t have to be flexible; and your physical appearance doesn’t matter. Yoga is your well being, about finding the best you while involved with a community of people striving for the same goal. Yoga helps you live your best life. Imagine yourself in traffic and someone cuts you off suddenly, what do you do, scream, swear, drive faster and tailgate? No, you should just breathe and calmly continue your journey. By practicing yoga, not only do you learn how to breathe and do the poses, you learn how to live your life with equanimity.”

Larisa now lives, teaches and practices yoga in Sarasota, Florida.

 
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Lisa Newton, Kids Yoga Instructor

Lisa implements the KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) system that incorporates cardiovascular conditioning, fun and original music, plus all of the traditional benefits of yoga - meditation, breathing techniques, peace, and deep relaxation. She is a teacher at Gulf Gate Elementary School and brings years of classroom experience into our studio space with her Kids Yoga classes!

 
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Rebecca Holahan, Nia Instructor

Rebecca is a Brown Belt Nia Instructor, a blend of the Dance, Healing and Martial Arts. Its philosophy is, “Through movement, we find health.”

Rebecca is a Dance and Drama Teacher at the Venice Theatre, through Venice Boys and Girls Club.  She is also the Director of the Loveland Players {put on by the Loveland Center for Developmentally Challenged Adults in Venice, Florida}. For twenty-two years, The Loveland Players perform annually at Venice Theatre.   The Loveland Players have performed internationally in the AACT World Festivals.

As an actor, Rebecca has been creative in the Arts for over 30 years.  She strives inspire her students and actors to discover their unique gifts and talents.  Recent productions include Metamorphosis, Becky’s New Car, Always Patsy Cline, Nickel and Dimed, and Rabbit Hole.