Class Descriptions & Our Teachers
OUR YOGA CLASSES
If you have any questions as to which class is right for you, don't hesitate to give us a call.
Yoga Basics - A great class for those who are new to yoga or those who want a break from stronger power yoga classes. We'll laugh, move, breath, stretch and get deeper into some stuck places.
Vinyasa Flow - Movement through the postures is balanced and flowing with the breath. New yoga students will find this class enjoyable and more experienced students will be able to develop more depth in their asana and pranayama practice.
Hatha Yoga - A hatha yoga class will work to balance strength and flexibility through the balancing of the "ha," or your active nature, and the "tha," or your receptive nature. Not too energetic and not too passive... it's the "just right" yoga class even for newbies to yoga.
Prana Flow - "Prana," or life force, "flow," a steady, continuous movement. If your energy is stuck, this is the best class for you. Use your breath, body, mind, and spirit to transform you.
OUR SWING (AERIAL)
Swing Yoga - Winged Warrior - One step above Restore & Stretch. Fly higher, work deeper, get stronger. Be challenged and love it.
Swing Yoga - Weekend Warrior - If your weekend needs a little spice. Who's weekend doesn't? Put some great energy into your weekend and your yoga practice.
Swing Yoga - Restore & Stretch - Great if you're beginning an aerial yoga practice and if you need some deeper stretching or time to release tension in your neck and back. Basically, just plain great! Guys... do not be shy. You'll get rid of that tightness in your legs and lower back so reserve your space and experience it yourself!
Weekend Warrior (Yoga Flow) - Grab some positive "me" time. This Vinyasa Flow-based class will renew you on a Saturday morning. New to yoga, no problem.. Let us know before class and we'll take good care of you.
Rocket Yoga - The Rocket, is a modification of traditional Ashtanga Yoga, which renews your energy by stimulating the movement of prana (life force energy) throughout all the body systems, thus bringing you to a place of happiness and acceptance. Each class is a mix of Sun Salutations, standing poses, twists, hip-openers, arm-balances, and handstands, keeping the energy level high and encouraging students to connect to their inner power and change their perspective. A more challenging class so prepare to sweat..
Core Intensive (Yoga Flow) - A Vinyasa flow class with a focus on the core. It will make you stable and strong in and out of yoga class.
Let Go & Flow - A good solid lunchtime class. Let go of the week's stresses and return to work refreshed.
Rachel, a certified instructor in Rocket Yoga, discovered yoga through her love of fitness. A Nationally Certified Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Therapist with a degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois-Chicago, she is fascinated by what the body can do. She took her first 200-hour teacher training while in Chicago and was hooked. She quickly followed up with weekend seminars and more teacher trainings. Her favorite part of teaching is to see students realize that they can do something they thought was impossible. Rachel loves that yoga is a combination of strength, balance and flexibility . . . in every class! She will challenge you to go to your edge while still enjoying the mind-body connection yoga provides.
Live well, laugh often and love much...namaste.
Justin Rockett has been a Registered Yoga Instructor since 2011. His love and understanding of movement is an extension of his gymnastics and dance background. After longing for a spiritual connection and wanting to dive deeper into his yoga practice, he decided to take a 200 hr Prana Flow teacher training with Micheline Berry. With an open heart and a passion for sharing his love of yoga, his teachings are infused with playfulness and creativity.
Justin has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2004 and a Physical Therapist since 1999. He incorporates breathwork, meditation, Reiki, and Thai Massage into his relaxation and deep tissue sessions. Justin has participated in several Body Electric workshops and acknowledges this work in assisting him to radical acceptance of himself.
“My purpose in this lifetime is to provide healing touch and assist others in finding ease, peace, and acceptance in their own sacred divinity”.
Mary Waugh began practicing yoga in February of 2013 due to a running injury. During those early days, her work on the mat was motivated by a longing for physical healing. Pleasantly surprised, she experienced peace and healing in her emotional, mental and spiritual body as well! This discovery inspired her to become a yoga teacher. So in the midst of being a wife, mother of 4, hugger, knitter, reader of literature and student of Life, Mary obtained her 200hr E-RYT, and 500hr RYT certification.
Mary’s training includes Anatomy for Yoga, Yoga for Cancer and Chronic Pain Management, Yoga for Depression and Anxiety, Introduction to Ayurveda, Pranayama (Beginner and Advanced Part 1), and certifications in Prenatal Yoga (Level 1), Restorative Yoga, and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra TM . Her teaching style (through group and private settings) is focused on mindful movement, healthy alignment and building strength and length in the muscles. She uses the yoga practice on the mat to promote health in the body, mind and soul and encourages yogis to integrate experiences and revelations on the mat to their everyday life.
Allison is a 300 hr RYT with 100 of those hours in Rocket Vinyasa. She received her 200 hours at the Association for Yoga and Meditation in Rishikesh, India. Her Rocket training was fulfilled by the Mula Bandha king, Yogi David Kyle, in sunny St. Pete Florida where she currently resides (Keep St. Pete Loco!). Her philosophy reflects the idea that a strong, dedicated yoga practice AND a strength training regime are mutually beneficial. Her classes will familiarize you with the Rocket sequences, help you build strength for arm balances and keep you accountable to your practice!
Ross Starkey is registered with and is recognized as a continuing education provider for Yoga Alliance (ID# 107242), where he is currently teaching a gentle aerial yoga class at Yoga Downtown Tampa. His experience spans from a power vinyasa yoga teacher training in 2012 with Bala Vinyasa in Naples, Florida. Since then, Ross has combined different philosophies that spring from within each individual. He has found that when there is a genuine willingness to honestly listen, the practice evolves and transforms. His class is designed to create space for introspection, self-growth, and inner awareness. His style and pace of class is always influenced by the needs, levels, and requests of the students. He always asks for more than he sees. A key lesson for the students is to practice kindness to the self; to learn the difference between being under muscular tension/pressure with the idea of building up our endurance and to understand when we begin to move into the space of damaging ourselves. His love for yoga is apparent and his generous spirit allows him to guide students to their potential. He encourages you to play, play, play!!
Yoga and wellness experience includes 200 hour E-RYT Expert Registered Yoga Teacher and over 1650 hours of teaching experience.
Yoga has been a part of my life for over 7 years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindful.
I discovered yoga at a transitional period in my life. I had always been a physical person, doing high- intensity cross training and bicycling, but wanted a change in expressing my physicality. I happened upon a free yoga class presented in a park and quickly joined a local studio. I was surprised with the intensity of the physical practice and the resulting mental clarity and overwhelming feeling of peace. I became so motivated by the practice, I started attending classes daily, and sometimes even twice a day, practicing in all styles of yoga. I continued with my yoga practice for six years and after invitations to attend teacher training, a serendipitous occasion occurred, and I attended Sattva Yoga’s first 200-hour teacher training. There I experienced the spirituality that I had always been seeking, but never had attained. I realized I enjoyed teaching people how to further their own yoga journeys by perfecting the various postures and yoga sutras. I look forward to sharing my experience with fellow yogis and new- comers to yoga.
Karen is an E-RYT200 and RYT500, who's mantra for life is "Give Joy, Get Joy."
She earned her RYT200 in 2015 after spending 5 weeks of intensive training in Costa Rica at the Anamaya Resort Retreat. This course work was administered by Reflections Yoga Center of New York, NY.
In 2017 Karen completed her RYT500 at the Lotus Pond in Tampa, FL. Just prior to receiving that certification she marked the accrual of 1,000 teaching hours.
Whether leading a powerful vinyasa flow to her peers or a senior chair class she strives to build engagement with all participants. It is her goal in each class to provide a positive, uplifting, and challenging experience to everyone.