Teacher Training Director & Massage Therapist
Cameron began practicing yoga to improve his posture, strengthen his body, and expand his spirituality. He completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training at Sattva Yoga in Seminole Heights. His classes combine alignment-based cues, creative sequencing, and opportunities for contemplative reflection. Modifications are offered to ensure that each student grows through a balance of effort and ease.
Currently studying in Sattva’s 300hr Advanced Studies Program, Megan is always dedicated to further education for the betterment of the Self and her students. The 200hr RYT’s practice began with meditation and pranayama in 2012 as a method to address severe Anxiety / Panic Disorder and Depression. What developed was a transformative spiritual and physical practice which she shares in hopes of inspiring others to call back their power.
A co-facilitator for the Women’s Full Moon Sadhana since 2018, Megan is also an experienced Oracle reader and intuitive. Currently holding workshops on the importance of spiritual sadhana and connection to Altars, energetic protection, manifestation, folk magic spells, and the return to magical thinking. To book a reading visit www.heavymetayogi.com
Kolton found genuine yoga through a friend during an exceptionally grievous stretch of her life. Yoga helped her to face interpersonal relationships empathetically, grow physically stronger, and find a sense of peace that she never knew existed. A sense of belonging naturally manifested through the yoga community. Kolton immerses herself in the study of science and soul, psychology, and holism. She loves animals, craft beer, and of course Netflix. When not on the mat, you’ll find her behind a computer screen, designing up a storm.
John began walking the path of yoga over 10 years ago. With a background in martial arts he was well aware of the beauty and complex simplicity of Eastern philosophy. His initial foray into the asana practice was through Ashtanga. Practicing at home first , before he ever entered a yoga studio, he knew this was his path to walk. As well as being a yoga teacher, John has a background in healthcare and is a licensed massage therapist.
He has been so blessed in this life to have some amazing teachers. In no particular order, these teachers include the Universe, his past, current and future relationships, Ally Ford, David Swenson, Tony Nenov, JD Krishnamurthi and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.
Johns classes are playful, fun and at times challenging. He generally teaches a vinyasa style class with definite Ashtanga and martial arts influences. On occasion John will change it up and teach a yin yoga class, bringing a different dynamic and allowing his students to move deeper into the asana and into the mind.
Ten years after taking her first yoga class, Elaina signed up for a YTT program in the fall of 2015 with Lucky Cat Yoga. The practice of asana, breath and meditation had become an undeniable transformational tool in her life. She had been working in retail and restaurants her whole adult life, accumulating years of stress and unhealthy habits. Yoga helped her to create healthy daily rituals and routines, as well a cut down on her stress levels dramatically. As a teacher, Elaina hopes to share the immeasurable benefits of yoga with her students and to encourage their own personal transformation.
Amy Rust (200 RYT) came to yoga as an overworked graduate student in 2004. A former dancer, yoga scratched her itch for physical expression. With time, she discovered its mental and emotional benefits, too. A devout practitioner of first Bikram then Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles, Amy completed her 200-hour training at Sattva Yoga in Tampa, where teachers Kelly Watson, Meghan Leigh, and Carey Lewis deepened her appreciation for philosophy and meditation. As a teacher, Amy makes space for practitioners at all levels with careful sequencing and a penchant for modifications and variations. Emphasizing breath and alignment cues, her classes challenge students safely and supportively, inspiring individual bodies and minds to uncover yoga’s therapeutic potential for themselves.
Paul started practicing yoga as a means to explore mediation and help relieve chronic back pain. Yoga has allowed Paul to practice finding more acceptance of himself and the world at large. Paul spent much of his young adult life using unhealthy habits to cope with the stresses of life. Yoga has assisted in his transformation to positive daily routines, healthy habits, and spiritual growth. As a teacher Paul wishes to be of service to his students; sharing tools that create space in the mind, body, and spirit. His classes include a balance of philosophy, movement, breath work, mindfulness, aromatherapy, and meditation; leaving students feeling rejuvenated and ready to flow into the stream of life. Paul is a recent graduate of Sattva Yoga's 200 hour yoga teacher training. He has a background in philosophy and sociology and is a resident of Seminole Heights. May the force be with you!
Haven began her yoga journey in college as a means to quiet the anxiety driven mind chatter that had developed through her adolescent years. As she started to fully grasp the power behind self-awareness and separating the true self from constant thoughts, it became clear that her life’s path would lead her to help others attain this peaceful way of experiencing life. Recently completing her 200-hour teacher training at Sattva Yoga in Seminole Heights, Haven wants to offer an accessible yoga practice that is welcome to all. Through breath work, setting positive intensions and creative alignment-based asana, she works to build a safe and meaningful connection to her students. Her ultimate goal is to have her students feel that they have not only learned something new by practicing on their mat, but also, once their mat is rolled up and put away, that this newly obtained knowledge continues to shine through in their day to day lives. Being an empath, with a background in hospitality and a passion for yoga, she wants to fully embody what it means to be a “safe haven” to all walks of life.
Carey graduated from the 230-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Asheville Yoga Center in 2013 and has been dedicated to sharing her practice ever since. She instructs to all levels with a style that blends intuitive Vinyasa flow and attention to detail, seeking to inspire through meditation, pranayama, yoga philosophy and world beats. She encourages her students to leave ego at the door, step on the mat with a beginners mind, and to follow their inner cue in order to cultivate an authentic practice.
Carey is a proud resident of Seminole Heights and lives with her two greatest loves, her husband Aaron and their daughter Ruby.
Rachel believes that teaching yoga is truly a gift and feels honored to share what she has learned with others. She hopes to assist her students in finding Peace, Love, and Compassion in themselves and in their everyday lives. She loves watching her students grow and she loves growing right alongside her students. She hopes her light hearted spirit provides a playful, fun atmosphere for her class.
She received her (RYT-200hr) in 2011 and since continued her studies for the completion of her (RYT-500hr) with Yoga Tree in San Francisco. Studying with several notable teachers including Karuna Yoga with Annie Carpenter, and delving deeper into Feminine Powers/ Prenatal Yoga with Jane Austin & Britt Fohrman, and Sri Vidya Tantra Yoga with Chrisandra Fox Walker & Katie Silcox. She acknowledges with so much gratitude and thanks to her teachers for shaping not only her practice but her life.
When Rachel is not on her mat, you can find her near an ocean or traveling to some far off destination. She cherishes spending time with her husband Nick and their adored son, Brinsley. She feels that her greatest achievement in life is being an intuitive Mama to her child and she aspires to live life to the absolute fullest and to love with everything she's got. She truly believes in Seva (selfless service) to her community and enjoys bringing yoga to underprivileged youth and prenatal yoga to soon to be mamas in all stages of pregnancy.
“Be in a state of gratitude for everything that shows up in your life. Be thankful for the storms as well as the smooth sailing. What is the lesson or gift that you are experiencing right now? Find your joy not in what's missing in your life but in how you can serve." ~ Wayne Dyer
Gena has possessed a life-long passion for teaching. She worked as an early childhood educator, serving young children and families for over 10 years in a variety of capacities. After taking some time away from her professional role as teacher to spend time with her own children, she rediscovered her love of teaching others through her practice of yoga. Yoga has flowed in and out of much of her adult life, but in a moment of self-realization and transformation, yoga became a meaningful and consistent part of her life. With the guidance of her teachers, Kelly Watson, Meghan Hornstrom and Carey Lewis, she discovered a renewed sense of trust in herself, and the inner strength and desire to meet new challenges, both on and off her mat. Gena has completed her RYT-200 at Sattva Yoga School in Tampa, FL in 2017. She also completed Levels One through Three of the Little Flower Yoga Teacher Training Program based in New York, and is working toward her certification and RCYT to teach yoga and mindfulness practices to children and youth, ages 3-18. Gena has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City.
Lorraine is an astrologer, tarot reader and writer. She earned her 200-hour yoga certification from Sattva Yoga in 2018 and has since developed a series of astrology workshops called "Sattva Stars," which combines yoga practices with astrological archetypes to help with life balance and intention-setting. She has been a co-facilitator of the Full Moon Women's Sadhana for more than three years, and she offers private astrology and tarot readings. Lorraine is currently working on a book about Brujas, an extension of her Ph.D. work about how children of immigrants reconnect to the spiritual traditions of their homelands. As part of her research, she recently "returned" to Cuba, where her great grandmother had been a practicing spirit medium, which became a catalyst for personal healing practices. When she isn't facilitating rituals, holding readings, or writing, she's tending to her backyard garden and learning to raise bees. To book a reading, visit lorrainemonteagut.com.
Mary Torres is a Social Worker, Educator and recent Sattva School YTT graduate RYT 200.
Mary has been working with children and families who have experienced traumatic life experiences for over 25 years. Her hope is to assist children in cultivating a practice of inner peace that assist with social, emotional learning and self regulation. Mary believes that through understanding, forming empathic & compassionate relationships in a supportive, nurturing environment, we can help quiet the mind and open the heart to find a sense of inner peace and outer connectedness.
Mary first discovered the practice of mindful meditation through the writings of Tich Naht Han. While working with preschoolers who were exhibiting challenging behaviors she integrated mindful moments during circle time and classroom transitions. Later she would leave her position as director of that pre-school to study meditation at Bodhi Manda Zen Center in New Mexico.
It was when she adopted her daughter 14 years ago that Mary started to practice Yoga with the hopes that integrating movement and challenging poses would assist her daughter with the very big feelings she was having as they became a family.
Yoga, meditation and creating inspirational living & learning environments are essential elements of Mary’s life, attending classes children will walk away with skills for living and loving themselves and the world around them.