Orlando Power Yoga Instructors

Kelly Senn

Kelly Senn

Kelly Senn is from Orlando, Florida, and first started practicing Bikram Yoga in 2001. At such time, Kelly had severe cystic acne and was medicated to combat her acne. Knowing that medication has its side effects, Kelly sought other forms of therapy to assist her with her cystic acne and began practicing yoga as part of that search. After nine full weeks of consistent practice, Kelly's cystic acne was gone, she lost weight, felt better, and was able to discontinue her prescribed medication. Since such time, yoga has been a way of life for Kelly.

Kelly studied under Bikram Choudhary in Los Angeles and began teaching Bikram Yoga in 2003. In 2005, Kelly received her 200 hour Hatha Yoga Certificate from Edely Wallace at Yoga Matrix in Orlando, Florida. In 2009, Kelly completed Mark White's Teacher Certification Program, which is inspired by the teachings of Baron Baptiste. Kelly has completed 500 Hour Teacher Training with Dharma Mittra in New York and also has workshop training under Cameron Shane, Sean Corn, Rod Stryker, and Cyndi Lee. In 2012, Kelly completed a 30 hour Budokon training with Cameron Shane. Kelly also holds a Medical Esthetician Degree from the Florida College of Natural Health and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from UCF.

Through many years of practicing and teaching yoga, Kelly has learned that through breath, anyone can do yoga: "if you can breathe, you can do yoga; if you can't breathe well, you should be doing yoga."

Janelle Pochentesta

Janelle Pochintesta

Janelle Pochintesta first started practicing yoga in 1997 purely for its physical benefits. She was a belly dancer and began practicing to improve her muscle tone, strength, and breath. Janelle still remembers her first class ... she thought being a dancer would make yoga much easier for her. Granted, she was flexible, but she was surprised to discover that she did not have the discipline to calmly complete a two minute Svasana. With that knowledge, Janelle began her regular yoga practice, where she started to see the results of a stronger, leaner body with acute muscle awareness. Also, Janelle found an inner stillness, peace, and liberation. Janelle says that, "yoga set me free - free from myself and the machinations of mind."

Janelle wanted to help others experience the growth she found in yoga. So, in 2005, Janelle received her 200 hour Hatha Yoga Certificate in 2005 under Edely Wallace at Yoga Matrix in Orlando, Florida, and her 500 Atmananda Yoga Certificate under Jhon T, based out of New York City, in 2008. In 2009, Janelle received her Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Certificate from Mark White in Jacksonville, Florida, who is a senior Baron Baptiste teacher.

Alex McCullough

Alex McCullough

Alex McCullough first began practicing yoga in January 2008. She had been practicing a regimen of physical fitness for twenty years but had never tried yoga. She went to her first yoga class not knowing what to expect, but before the end of the class was over she was sweating and moving and completely invigorated. Alex began a regular practice, which at first was based purely on the physical aspects of yoga, but soon discovered breath, awareness, and an inner stillness that she had not known before. Reflecting on the beautiful process of yoga and its many benefits, Alex wanted to share her experience with others, and decided to get certified to teach yoga.

She completed her 200 hours through Atmananda Yoga(based in New York) in 2008, and in 2009 went back and completed her 300 hour training certification through Atmananda Yoga. In 2010 she received her certificate to teach Baron Baptiste style Power Yoga from Mark White in Jacksonville, FL.

Greg Duke

Greg Duke

Greg began practicing yoga many years ago to help correct the damage he did to his body from smoking. It helped immensely, after a few months he was off of the medications that were prescribed to him and he was breathing normal. The style of yoga he was doing no longer fit, so he put his practice on hold for awhile and worked as a personal trainer. He needed to return a few years later to improve his flexibility and balance and to correct some injuries, whiplash included. Greg was directed to Orlando Power Yoga where they taught Baptiste style Vinyasa, he came with an open mind and a healthy enthusiasm. He discovered that this style of practice feels great and resonates with him a feeling of home. Greg has seen amazing improvements in his body, whiplash gone, much less injuries and better posture as well. Greg decided to become a yoga instructor after receiving so many awesome gifts yoga has freely given him. He realized it was time to give back to his community that which he has gratefully received.

In 2010 Greg received his certificate to teach Baron Baptiste style Power Yoga from Mark White in Jacksonville, FL. He continued on the path and in October 2012 he became an enthusiastic, powerful, and mindful Baptiste Yoga Instructor. He has studied with many big named Yogi's in that time, but he resides true that Baptiste Power Vinyasa is his home.

"My goal is to motivate and inspire my students to open their life to new possibilities and allow themselves to trust that which life has to offer. When we come to our mat with willingness and acceptance, compassion and enthusiasm, we walk away with a new found freedom. Ultimately we discover a power within strong enough to create change not only in ourselves, but in every person we come into contact with."

"I began to practice yoga to fix what was wrong with my body, I continue to practice for the calmness and ease I feel deep in my soul, and to fuel my passion for constant evolving change."

Courtney Singleton

Cortney Singleton

Introducing, Cortney Singleton, originally from Fair Hill, MD. She has an integrative approach to wellness, fitness and holistic healing. In 1996, she moved to Orlando to complete her undergraduate degree in Communications at the University of Central Florida. After one year of working in the corporate setting, she realized she was destined for a "hands on" way to help people improve their lives. Cortney had been working at the YMCA in the marketing and membership while teaching indoor cycling and personal training. After attending one yoga class, it was clear to her that there was an alternative route to emotional and physical wellness. She received her formal teacher certification with Integrative Yoga in 2001 and Power Pilates Level 1 in 2005. Since then, she has been teaching yoga since 2001 under various influences including Shiva Rea, Baron Baptiste, Seane Corn and Dharma Mittra. Most recently she received her master's degree in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at The Florida College of Integrative Medicine. Every "body" she encounters receives a specialized treatment, often a combination yoga of all levels, acupuncture, Thai yoga and chinese massage, cupping, pranayama (breath work) and meditation. She has lead Yoga and Pilates trainings all over Costa Rica.

She was commissioned by royal family in Saudi Arabia to lead individual sessions with the princesses and Pilates teacher trainings for the fitness staff at Yibreen in Riyahd. "My yoga practice is a dynamic moving meditation that will strengthen you from the core of your body and being to develop a strong body, a sound mind and a loving spirit. Yoga brings brings mindfulness to movement and with diligence can create a peaceful existence on and off the mat." Cortney's life experiences have lead her to teaching at Orlando Power Yoga and The Salt Room to leading retreats in Costa Rica, Panama, California with Greece and Bali on the horizon. "Chinese medicine is a practice of treating the root of "dis"ease. Yoga is a discipline of integrating mind, body and soul. Live well, breathe deep and love deeper. Every day is a gift from God. I can only hope to positively influence and inspire each soul I meet along life long journey of natural healing." Cortney has created a lifestyle to support this mission statement. When she is not in the studio teaching or practicing yoga or the treatment room, you can bet she is riding her horse or working on her family's horse rescue farm or surfing somewhere along the Florida coastline.

Chelsie DiPaolo

Chelsie DiPaolo

A dedicated student and authentic teacher, Chelsie is known in her community for her dynamic personality, big heart & graceful being. She was a competitive athlete growing up and came from a background of "harder, faster, bigger, better." Where that got her was beat up and injured - physically & emotionally - and while the transition to yoga was confrontational at times, it was very much a "coming home".

Her areas of expertise include alignment based yoga, nutrition, plant based cooking and holistic wellness. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCF with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Communications. When she is not teaching yoga she works as a Holistic Nutritionist & Cooking Coach and has created a life dedicated to the teaching of mindfulness. On the mat it's asana, or mindfulness though movement. Off the mat, it's mindfulness through food & lifestyle. It's all the same; just different ways of approaching it.

Chelsie has been heavily influenced by the Ashtanga tradition as well as many other teachers including, but not limited to: Bryan Kest, David Regelin, Desiree Rumbaugh & Dharma Mitra. She's traveled the US studying with some of the nation's most respected teachers and most recently presented at Wanderlust Festival - Austin, TX. She teaches a powerful class focused around breath & alignment but also focuses on having fun & feeling good. Strong yet soft, open while grounded. She has a no nonsense & practical approach, keeping things fun, accessible, relevant and sustainable for a lifetime all while honoring the traditions of yoga.

C. Reider Howe

C. Reider Howe

C. Reider Howe started his yoga experience somewhere around the age of 16 in 1996. His first experience with yoga came from a yoga for strength VHS with Rodney Yi. In that experience he realized that he needed to work on his physical fitness because despite his youth he couldn't get through 20 minutes of the tape. His next major yoga experience came during a school project where he read The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnu Devananda. Through this book and the practices depicted there Reider learned a lot of difficult balances meditation and poses.

Over the next decade plus Reider has stuck with a dedicated personal yoga practice from many different sources like; Bikram, Hatha, and Power Yoga. It was not until 2011 when he decided to take his yoga dedication to the next level and learn to teach. By that time Orlando Power Yoga came into Reider's life and he really got a perspective on how much the quality yoga experience of excellent teachers, community, and pushing self to one's edge could advance one's life. It was only his intent to take the same training other teachers at OPY had taken but instead he was offered a possibility of a job and additional guidance from seasoned instructors.

In October 2011 Reider completed his 200 hour Baptiste Inspired Power Yoga training with Mark White at MBody Yoga in Jacksonville. In December of 2011 Reider gained a thirty-hour training in Budokon yoga from Cameron Shayne at Budokon University. Feeling inspired by what he saw within this system and the community around it he decided to dedicate himself to the Budokon martial arts. He is currently putting in the work to move within the Budokon Martial arts system which includes offering Budokon Yoga at OPY.

"I came to yoga with a desire to keep myself physically fit but I found so much more. Yoga and Budokon have brought me health, love, community, perspective, mental fortitude, and a deeper appreciation for life. Yoga can be in everything you do when you bring it into your life. I cherish the opportunity to bring as many benefits as I have received to my students. Always though, I am your student as much as you are mine. Osu and Namaste."

Lori Maier

Lori Maier

Lori grew up in the white sandy beaches of Sarasota, Florida. From day one, she has always been a vibrant person who loves physical movement and expression. Whether through dance, gymnastics, running, or yoga, she has always been drawn to achieving and living a healthier lifestyle. However, in 2007 Lori knew she had found herself and the path she was destined to follow during her very first yoga practice. Within six months of her first class, she had trained under her instructor and discovered teaching yoga to be an honest and natural transition from her roots of dance instruction.

Faced with debilitating health issues in her teens, Lori intensified her personal study of nutrition and alternative medicine and in 2009 earned her Drugless Practitioners Certification at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. During this time, her desire for healing those in need and sharing the profound powers of yoga with others became perfectly clear. Her passion blossomed as she dove head first into her yoga journey by traveling to India to expand her teaching and practice under her guru. This once in a lifetime experience magnified Lori's true understanding of yoga and the yogic lifestyle.

Lori is now at peace with her personal health and wellness, as well as living her dream of sharing her vast knowledge and experiences with others.

Steve Rubin

Steve Rubin

Steve Rubin's first step on the path of yoga began in 2001, like many 22 year old Americans, in the gym, starting with the physical body and asana (posture) practice, attending classes regularly while exploring a variety of approaches. After some time exploring, and learning to manage the breath better, he was drawn to spend most of his effort learning through the Ashtanga Vinyasa method. Jumping right in (or through) with both feet, his passionate interest, study, lifestyle changes, and steady growth in yoga has literally taken him all over the world (India, Thailand, Israel, Suriname, and throughout some major cities in the US) in both study and then later teaching capacities.

His main teacher Paul Dallaghan, founder of www.yoga-thailand.com, he met in 2006 on his first of 5 trips to Asia totaling 20 months of focused study and self discovery. Steve utilized the vast majority of those months under Paul's direct guidance, and with Paul's two main teachers. The late Sri K Pattabhi Jois (and grandson Sharath) in Mysore India studying Ashtanga Vinyasa at the source, and with Sri O P Tiwari, head of the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute in Lonavala India, one of the most recognized and accomplished masters of classical yoga, Pranayama, its practice and meaning.

Continuing to study under Paul and Tiwariji, he's also spent significant time with a variety of senior certified Ashtanga teachers, participated in a vast amount of workshops with well known teachers of varying approaches, had transformative experience living on a couple ashrams in India for several months, studies philosophy, Sanskrit, human anatomy, and the human condition. He's been invited by his teachers to teach at their institutes on multiple occasions and has lectured at large scale international yoga conferences in India and the USA. In the last 3 years, the practice of kirtan (ecstatic chanting), and karma yoga (volunteering time weekly) has taken on great significance in his personal development, particularly in opening the heart.

Of greater importance than this written resume, is Steve maintains a sincere and dedicated daily yoga practice of pranayama, asana, and meditation as given by his teachers, whom he continues to spend time with a couple times a year. He feels incredibly blessed and grateful to be able to share as he has the good fortune to learn under their close guidance, and continues his rewarding effort in this path and goal which is yoga.

Taylor Nelms

Taylor Nelms

Taylor initially sought out what she later learned to be yoga asana as a physical activity for good joint mobility, flexibility and stability for all of the other sports she participated in. Her uncle, also a yoga teacher, taught her that most of the stretches she did for dancing, martial arts, and rock climbing were a part of yoga.

It wasn't until 2007 when she was 18 that she discovered not only the physical, but mental, benefits of yoga in a college course, and decided then and there that she would some day be a yoga instructor. In 2011, Taylor began her journey towards becoming a vinyasa flow teacher through Guruv Yoga in Lake Mary Florida and on February 11, 2012, she was a bonafide yoga instructor, teaching her very first class. Since then, she has trained with Brian Friedman, the creator of Functional Yoga Instruction, and she has done workshops with Steve Ross and Cameron Shayne, which included a 30 hour teacher training for Budokon yoga. She has also since graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelors degree in Sports and Exercise Science with a focus in human performance, and an A.A. in psychology.

It is her ultimate goal to fuse her love of mixed martial arts with her passion for yoga, but in the mean time wants to make yoga as applicable and available to everyone she is given the opportunity to work with. It is her belief that if you can't find a smile in yoga, you are doing something wrong.

"Taylor's style is born from the intelligence of her sports and exercise science background and the intuition of an instructor with wisdom beyond her years." ~Brian Friedman.

Jen

Jen

Jen began practicing yoga a couple years ago and by the beginning of 2013 she new the path was about to turn her to teach. The practice became a part of her daily life and with a background in gymnastics and dance, it gave her a way to incorporate creativity and personal expression while attaining the physical benefits of yoga. More importantly, the internal benefits of a daily practice brought such a positive influence to her life and relationships that she felt the need to share this wonderful gift to others.

In 2013, Jen became a certified yoga teacher and within the month she was teaching on a regular basis. Jen earned her 200-hour teacher training certificate with Tymi Howard at Guruv Yoga and continually attends workshops and studies with new teachers to improve her practice and teaching style. She envisions her yoga as an expressive exercise, one that allows her to dance through her practice, and she brings this creative flow to all of the classes she teaches. For Jen, there is nothing better than a challenging flow, and when students leave her classes she hopes they feel energized and invigorated.

"Yoga brings you into the present moment, accentuates the physical and mental awareness of all things, and allows you to express yourself and your individuality as we were all meant to do. Not only that, but it is for EVERYONE!"

Jen

Holly Ruble

Holly began her yoga journey about10 years ago when she began just taking classes. Although in a career in sales, marketing and sports marketing, she always knew her desire to help and give to others as well as a love for fitness was where she would wind up. After running several marathons while still enjoying her passion for yoga and taking classes, Holly decided to pursue a teaching certification through Yogafit and completed of well over 200 hours teacher training.

Holly welcomes all levels to her classes. She is grateful to be able to practice daily as well as being able to assist and encourage people in their journey - whether it is ongoing or a new path. Her goal is for everyone to embrace this journey and incorporate yoga into their daily lives to find peace within themselves. Private and semi-private training also available.

Fran

Fran Ciaccio

Fran Louth-Ciaccio, originally from Long Island, New York; is a local Windermere area resident. Fran has two teenage daughters, Tori and Adriana and has been married for 25 years to her best friend, Chris. She has been practicing yoga for over 5 years. Fran received her 200-hour Hatha Yoga certification in 2009 from Edely Wallace at Yoga Matrix studio. She maintains an AFAA certification and has been a fitness/spin instructor for the past 13 years.

Yoga was the last type of exercise she tried, after years of being in the fitness industry. She now makes it her first priority. Fran enjoys sharing vinyasa flow yoga with every one of all levels. She has attended workshops with: Dharma Mittra, Sean Corne, Jason Crandell , Bikram Choudhury, Sadie Nardini, Steve Ross and Mark White. Her yoga crushes for the moment are Meghan Currie and Sadie Nardini. Fran's believes that yoga is first about breathing and then creating space in your mind and in your body. She also believes that yoga in a never-ending journey.

Anna Hunter

Anna Hunter

A 30 year + veteran of the airline industry, Anna's diverse interests have ranged from competitive ballroom dancing and gardening, to earning a Blackbelt in Taekwondo. In the last few years has coached competitors to succeed as well as judged regional and national yoga sports competitions.

Anna started practicing yoga in 2001was immediately hooked and became a Certified Bikram Instructor (hot yoga in the Bishnu Ghosh lineage) in 2006. Anna is a passionate believer in the healing power of yoga and loves being around and learning from like minded people. She regularly attends workshops and trainings from teachers like Tim Feldman, Jared McCann, Mary Jarvis, & Paul Dallaghan adding to her offerings to help a broader range of students. She has received Certificates of completion for the Master Core System, (Bishnu Ghosh lineage, intermediate level) from Tony Sanchez (Mexico 2013) and, Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors from Duke University, Integrative Medicine (North Carolina, 2014).

She began practicing Traditional Ashtanga Yoga in April 2014 with Krista Shirley, level 2 teacher authorized by K. Patthabi Jois and Sharath Jois. She earned her certificate of completion from Krista and The Yoga Shala in July 2015. Anna visited Mysore India in February 2015 where she studied with Sharath, the grandson of Patthabi Jois and the lineage holder at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) and plans to return to India as often as possible.

Anna believes the key to life is always learning something new and love yourself just the way you are.

Michelle Champman

Michelle Champman

Michelle is a Central Florida native that grew up playing competitive soccer for 15 years. She didn't find yoga until her early 20's when a friend invited her to a yoga class at OPY. She was hooked. As her practice deepened, she noticed the changes in herself and knew that there was something much bigger than a physical practice. From physical and mental aches and pains disappearing to personal relationships improving, her entire world was becoming healthy. Michelle completed her first 200 hour Hatha certification under Edely Wallace at The Yoga Matrix and immediately followed with a 200 hour Power certification under Mark White at MBody Studio in Jacksonville.

As someone who could never even touch her toes, Michelle feels that yoga is for everyone. She feels that all you have to do is show up and breathe, and your life will begin to sparkle. When Michelle isn't in the studio she loves to adventure with her partners-in-crime, husband and dog, and have dance parties and laugh attacks with friends and family. A quote that inspires her is, "Get out of your head and get into your heart. Think less, feel more." -Osho

Asha Elena Morales

Asha Elena Morales

Asha was born into a family who practiced Tantric Yoga. In this Yogic tradition she was taught meditation, and some Hatha Yoga at the age of 4. As an adult Asha was introduced to the westernized class format of asana and loves this dynamic approach.

As a humble and grateful student she has studied with Lewis Rothlein, Jodie Rufty, Christine Northcote and MyLinda Morales and attended many different workshops and trainings with other well-known and respected teachers throughout the country.

In 2009 Asha completed a 200- hour Yoga Certification with YogaWorks and a 200-hour Ashtanga certification through Urban Ashtanga. She's also wrapping up her 600-hour teacher training with MyLinda Morales at The Yoga University of Florida.

Asha's approach to teaching Yoga asana is non-dogmatic and compassionate. She strives to provide an environment that is a catalyst to transformation on all levels, with an emphasis on breath, alignment and intuition which facilitates a moving meditation.

With passion and dedication she aims to teach Yoga from the Heart, Mind, Body and Soul.

Joe Cuccaro

Joe Cuccaro

I am Joe Cuccaro. I'm 56 years old. I am a retired IT professional, having worked for a restaurant company for 37 years. I began practicing Bikram Yoga 12 years ago, and teaching 9 years ago. I teach with energy, passion, and compassion. There is no job more satisfying. I seem to have a knack for making people work hard, without realizing it.

In Australia they call me the smiling assassin.

Orlando is home, but I have taught in Detroit, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Australia, Palm Desert California, and Graz Austria.

I am also trained to teach baptiste method power yoga. Teaching that style is different, but just as rewarding. It has helped me grow immensely as a teacher.

I'm so lucky. I get to live my passion.

 
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