Meet the friendly faces of our amazing team!

 
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Nicole Leffler, Wild Ginger Apothecary Owner + Desire Map Facilitator

I am the owner and wellness junkie at Wild Ginger Apothecary.  With almost 15 years of wellness experience, including tenure with national retailers, I value the importance of continual education in the natural and holistic industry (personally and professionally).  I have been everything from a licensed builder to a business consultant to a Certified Holistic Health Coach, and I use all those experiences in my practice and business today.

I am a soul searcher, explorer, foodie, puppy lover, water baby, and Desire Map Facilitator.   Originally an Ann Arbor, Michigan native, I have had roots to the Sarasota community since birth.  I'm happy to bring the health + wellness community together with all that Wild Ginger Apothecary has to offer and look forward to meeting each of you!

 
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Paige Charron, Apothecary Staff + Yoga Instructor

I believe that peace comes from within and that yoga has the potential to unlock any door. Natural Health has made a huge influence in my life: in essence, the door frame. It holds the door in place so when the time comes it can be closed or opened. The door knob can be recognized as potential. Even when a little wobbly it can be fine tuned to get the job done. The design or type of door is life. Whatever the design of our life, make your door strong and beautiful. Allow yoga to be the frame of your beautiful life. One smart choice leads to the next!

Born and raised in Sarasota, my yoga journey started in high school. Guiding others to live a healthy lifestyle has been my calling since I can remember. In Spring of 2015, I graduated with a Health Science degree from University of North Florida. About a year later I took the leap to Peru to get my yoga teacher certification, with intentions to share the values of yoga with as many people as possible. Come join me build my frame stronger. You can find me working and teaching at Wild Ginger Apothecary.  I  look forward to gaining experience and learning from the community at WGA!

 
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Angi Mazzone, Thai Chi + Yoga Instructor

Angi is a MOGA and Thai Yoga Practitioner in Sarasota, Florida. Her classes provide optimum energetic balance by introducing a blend of hatha yoga, intuitive movement, meditation, breathwork, tai chi, qigong, and bodywork. Her sessions include elements of thai yoga massage, energy healing, nutrition and lifestyle coaching, and spiritual empowerment. She is a Full Blessed Member of Oklevueha Native American Church of SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies® and an Ordained Minister through Be the Light Metaphysical Church.

Full thai yoga massage sessions are available daily!

 
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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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Jillian Walker, Yoga Instructor

It is an honor and my deepest passion to teach yoga. Yoga is love, yoga is healing; yoga is my life. I am a 200 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance. My love of nature and movement have been transformative tools during several traumatic life events. 

Yoga caught me. Held me. Rocked me. Put me back together and set me back on my feet. I am witness to the incredible potential within each of us. We only have to remember that it is there.

Yoga helps us remember, Yoga shows us the way.

 

Kelly Tynes, Yoga Instructor

Kelly Tynes RYT CMT, is a certified recreational therapist, massage therapist and yoga instructor. Kelly’s teaching is inspired by the Anusara style. Her teaching style is unique in that she incorporates all knowledge of her past therapies to aid the students in their personal growth. She shares with her students a benefit of learning how to live in the present moment; it truly is a gift.

 
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Leila Carlson, Buti Yoga Instructor

My name is Leila Carlson. I have four children and moved to Sarasota 2 1/2 years ago. I just recently got certified in Buti Yoga. I am working towards my 200 RYT yoga certification which I will finish in August. I am super excited to be a part of something magical. I believe this happens when you get a bunch of women in a room, add awesome super fun exercise, and a lot of laughs!

 
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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.