Aaron enjoyed a twelve-year career in professional baseball as an infielder for the Mets, Orioles, Angels, Rockies and the Tampa Bay Rays. Shortly after having back surgery in 2001, Aaron took his first Bikram Yoga Class in San Francisco and knew instantly that the Bikram series was exactly what his body needed after years of rigorous play. Instead of going to spring training that year, Aaron decided to retire from baseball and attend Bikram’s yoga teacher training in Los Angeles. He has been teaching yoga ever since, and he enjoys teaching just as much as he does practicing. His focus at Yoga 365 is to help people from all walks of life heal their bodies and find inner peace and confidence in their lives. He also enjoys introducing the benefits of yoga to local athletes. He has worked with the St. Petersburg College Baseball and Softball teams as well as with the New York Yankees organization to help athletes realize more flexibility, range of motion, and mental focus.
Karen began exploring yoga and meditation fifteen years ago at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she earned a degree in Psychology. For years she explored different styles of yoga, including traditional Hatha and Iyengar, before settling into teaching and practicing in the Ashtanga tradition. In 2005, she fell in love with the cleansing, healing, and meditative aspects of the traditional Bikram yoga series and made Hot Bikram Yoga her daily physical and spiritual practice. It wasn’t long before she was certified to teach the Bikram sequence and share her passion for daily practice with others. In addition, Karen became certified as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy teacher, which encourages a deeper connection with self through a combination of classical yoga techniques and elements of contemporary body-mind psychology. During pregnancy, Karen also deepened her practice of self-care and empowerment through modified yoga practice, and was certified to teach Prenatal Yoga through Blooma Yoga. Having also earned an MA in Spiritual Formation and Leadership, Karen has a strong interest in integrating the spiritual dimension of yoga, whether through yoga practice or through other dimensions of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care.
Amy dabbled in various styles of yoga while living and teaching kindergarten in Wisconsin. Her main draw to yoga was to relieve back pain following a spinal fusion. After a move to Virginia with her family she was introduced to the Bikram style. Over time she found that in addition to pain relief, Bikram taught her how to practice awareness, patience, gratitude and the value of deliberate breathing. Her desire for a deeper understanding of the healing benefits of Bikram led her to numerous clinics and yoga retreats under master instructors. She moved to Clearwater a little over a year ago and fell in love with Yoga 365. Becoming a teacher of this style was a natural progression for Amy in an effort to share her passion and enthusiasm for how yoga can heal you from the inside out. She is grateful and excited to have the opportunity to share this practice with others.
Kristin began her practice in yoga as a child at Sunday school. She always carried an interest to return to its practice and as an adult she started to practice more seriously. She found a greater sense of peace through the practice and it complimented her running, which she is in love with. Not only was it a mental relief, but it also helped to calm her digestive condition. She finds that yoga compliments her degree in Nutrition as becoming more well-rounded as a healthy individual. The idea of health for her is one of the holistic – mind, body, and soul need to be in harmony. As she became a seasoned yogi, she was asked to become a teacher in 2009. Her training as a teacher then began, which actually brought a better sense of strength in other parts of her life. She loves to see the peace that leading a practice can bring to an individual and strives to learn more about each student. The connection between a teacher, class and yogi are inter-related through the energy brought to a class. That being said, she knows the calmness that can be instilled by the end of a class can be brought outside of the yoga room into our interactions within other facets of a yogi’s life.
Sara started her yoga journey in 2006 due to sciatica nerve issues in her low back. Through tapes and led classes her back pain was eased. She knew she was healthier and was creating strength in her body she never thought possible. What she hadn’t anticipated was this cultivation of internal peace she was discovering. A firm believer that when you aren’t searching for something it always comes to you, she had found her proof. Yoga became an eternal part of her life. It has been a gift and tool to help her through many trials and tribulations that have come to pass, and she is on a path to share this with others through teaching. She likes to teach a class full of encouragement, support, and a never ending supply of positive energy! She feels every student in every class is on a different path, and that yoga is a sacred part of it. She considers it a blessing that she can help in any way, for any one on this journey of self discovery.
While working towards her MA degree in English Education at USF, Ashley came to yoga searching for a tool to help manage the stress that comes with being a high school teacher, but she found so much more. Through her yoga practice she created a healthy lifestyle and found a spiritual path that led her to listen to her inner teacher, truly appreciating a holistic approach to wellness. She is eager and humbled to be able to help others on their yoga journey. Taking advantage of local workshops, as a student she continually explores the lifetime lessons yoga has to offer from handstands to mantras and meditation. She specializes in Vinyasa and Slow Flow classes that incorporate strengthening, flexibility, and breath control to transform the physical practice of yoga into a moving mediation. She provides a compassionate and calming energy in her classes, helping her students remember that yoga is a practice that can make your life more blissful, both on and off the mat.
Lori Givens most noteworthy yoga event is her double feature in two issues of Oprah Magazine in 2010. She is the founder of the Bikram Yoga studio in Memphis, TN and has assisted in opening other yoga studios since. Prior to that, Ms. Givens studied and taught yoga for several years in New York City, practicing not only Bikram Yoga under many qualified instructors, but also studying with Dharma Mittra, the creator of the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures and director of the Dharma Yoga Center. Lori is well studied on yogic literature including the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, and teachings from Paramahansa Yogananda, Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Wayne Dyer, B.K.S. Iyengar and many others. She has mentored and trained students all over the world with individual classes of over 400 at a time. She is a former yoga champion and has judged numerous yoga championships in IL, TN, MO, MD, NY, NV, MT, and more. She is Bikram Certified since 2003 with multiple recertifications and is also a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance (RYT 200). Please visit www.lorigivensyoga.com
Tina teaches a powerful, unique and energetic yoga class. With six years of teaching experience, she is certified as a 200 E-RYT and a 500 RYT. She achieved her advanced certification in Thailand. Her style is derived from experience in Ashtanga, Bikram, Hot, Vinyasa and Yin yoga. Her passion to teach and practice comes from within and radiates in her classes. Tina lives to share the art of yoga and strives to deepen every student’s practice. Her classes are challenging, but rewarding with an intense focus on alignment. She freestyles each sequence and strategically coordinates the movements to handpicked music. Tina’s class is an unparalleled experience of a disciplined, but fun practice set to captivating playlists.