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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."

Alex McCullough

Alex McCullough

Alex has an associates in art with a background in business. While in school at UCF she found herself questioning her choices and current path. Putting business school on hold she began a journey of self inquiry. In that process, she found herself directed to yoga. Desiring a heart led life that her yoga practice invited, she began making healthier choices and felt the positive results. Not only were the physical aspect of yoga a prescription for a healthier, more supple body but she soon discovered breath, self awareness, inner stillness, and a radiance that she had not known before.

Alex wanted to share her experience with others and began the journey of yoga teacher training. She completed her first 200 hour vinyasa training with Jhon Tamayo founder of Atmananda Yoga in New York City in 2008. In January 2009 she went back and completed her 300 hour training with Jhon T.

Since then she has immersed herself in learning and has done additional trainings with teachers she felt would expand her offerings as a teacher and encourage personal development. She has completed several trainings with Mark White, a senior Baptiste teacher at MBody Yoga in Jacksonville Florida including a 200 hour and 100 hour advanced teacher training. She has completed level 1 (100 hours) with Baron Baptiste and the art of assist program within that community. She also completed a 100 hour training with Budokon yoga and martial arts as well as a 100 hour training Bryan Kest power yoga. She has attended many other workshops and events with other well respected teachers such as Larissa Carlson, Ana Forrest, and Seane Corn, and Dylan Warner.

Her passion is guiding people creatively and safely into their bodies and personal experience through aligned and purposeful movement. She works well with all levels of fitness.

Reflective of the beautiful process of yoga and its many benefits Alex continues to study with Tiffany Cruikshank and the Yoga Medicine community and is currently working towards her 500 hour Yoga Medicine certification and will continue on towards the 1000 hour program.

Alex McCullough is certified instructor with more than 1300 hours of various trainings and certifications, she is diverse and dynamic with a huge passion and heart for yoga, community, learning, and sharing. She has been teaching since 2009 with a background in vinyasa, hatha, power, and yin/restorative yoga.

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.

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."

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 Mednicoff

Michelle Mednicoff

Michelle is a central Florida native with a 15 year soccer background. She was drawn to yoga for the physical challenge and quickly fell in love with the benefits of the entire practice, noticing changes in her body but also control over anxiety. A consistent yoga practice eventually provided healing from ankle and knee injuries from years of soccer, as well as, physical flexibility and an overall sense of peace.

Michelle completed her 200 hour training under Edely Wallace in Hatha and Lymphatic yoga and followed up with another 200 hour training under Mark White in Baptiste power yoga.

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.

Melissa Rosario

Melissa Rosario

Melissa found yoga while juggling the demands and stress of Nursing School. It was also healing her body from the impact of running and dance. She sought this practice for the physical benefits, however, began to see how it proved to extend into her emotional well-being. Her passion for yoga was fueled and ignited and she decided to become a yoga teacher in 2010.

Melissa was drawn to and influenced by vinyasa flow, bhakti yoga, ashtanga and the teachings of Jason Crandell, Dharma Mitra and Shiva Rae. Melissa considers Orlando Power Yoga as her second home. She states, "The love is definitely here. This is yoga and I am so thrilled to be a part of this gifted and collaborative team."

Chloe Gordon

Chloe Gordon

Chloe Gordon has been practicing yoga for over a decade and holds two, 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher certificates. Her first certificate was earned in 2015 with Tymi Howard and Steve Ross with emphasis on Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Hot Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Meditation. Chloe's second 200 hour RYT certificate was earned in 2016 with Mark White with emphasis on Baron Baptiste-style Power Yoga. Chloe has a 50 Yin Yoga Training, completed in 2019 with Berine Clark and Diana Batts at Semperviva Yoga, Vancouver, Canada. Chloe has traveled and practiced yoga and meditation in such faraway locals as Peru, India, Thailand and Mexico. Her personal passions are traveling, practicing yoga, meditation, and spending time with her three boys. Chloe holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from The University of Central Florida and enjoys furthering her education in various studies. Chloe is an active member of Yoga Alliance Foundation, an international nonprofit organization that serves in the interest of the public and hosts developmental activities centering around the practice of yoga.

Chloe is very passionate about music and its relationship to the practice of yoga. Her favorite is Bhakti music — especially that of Krishna Das. She's also a fan of the philosophical teachings Ram Das. When not practicing yoga, Chloe works in the entertainment field as a Casting Director for commercials, television and feature films on projects throughout Florida and California.

Julie Weiss

Julie Weiss

Originally from Long Island NY, Julie has always been a lover of movement, expression, and life's dance, which led her to the path of yoga. She has been teaching since 2004 and received her RYT-200 hour certification with Frog Lotus Yoga in Massachusetts and her RYT-500 hour certification in the prana-vinaysa flow style created by global inspirer and innovator, Shiva Rea. Julie also has certifications in also has certifications in children/teens/teens yoga, pilates mat, and is an Ayurvedic Yoga-Therapist. When not teaching, you can find Julie passionately performing at Walt Disney World.

Julie was a dancer from age three and continued her studies all the way through college, where she received her B.A. in dance from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Her first introduction to yoga was through modern dance classes, which inspired her yoga journey and path to becoming a teacher. She began teaching back home on Long Island where she taught in various locations from yoga studios, to dance studios, to gyms, to libraries, and created her own mobile yoga studio Wingspan Yoga.

In 2010, Julie moved from NY to FL to fulfill her dream performing at Walt Disney World, where she continues to make magic. She loves having two careers both performing and teaching where her role is to instill happiness in others.

Yoga has helped Julie open her heart, let go and learn to accept being imperfectly perfect. Likewise, Julie gives her students permission to be themselves. The intentions and themes in each class are inspired by living life as an authentic human being. Julie believes intentions don't just get rolled up with the yoga mat, but are carried throughout our daily lives. Her flow classes infuse movement, creative sequences and colorful playlists, as she guides you through your practice with fluidity, strength, humanness, and a dash of light-hearted humor!

Melissa Barron

Melissa Barron

Melissa began her yoga journey in 2005 with Bikram Yoga, and used it to offset the physical strain from marathon and half-marathon training. After a knee osteotomy sidelined all running in 2011, Melissa immersed herself in Vinyasa-style yoga and never looked back. "I used to think I was fit when I could run 26 miles, but yoga transformed my body and mind in ways I could never imagine", she says of her new-found commitment to the practice. "Seeing my body transform and doing things in my 30s that I could only dream of in my teens as a gymnast was so inspiring, and it continues to inspire me each day."

Over the years, Melissa has trained with Vytas Baskauskas and taken workshops with Day Christiansen and Dylan Werner, where she loves to explore creative transitions and arm balances. Melissa received her 200 Hour YRT at Full Circle Yoga in 2017.

Melissa Barron

Keely Deker

Keely is a native Floridian who was born and raised here in Orlando. She was introduced to yoga by her mom in 1998 and immediately fell in love with the practice. Yoga felt like a natural extension of her gymnastics and dance background.

Keely discovered Bikram yoga when she moved to South Florida in 2002 which eventually led her to Jimmy Barkan's studio in Fort Lauderdale. She practiced and studied at The Barkan Method under Jimmy and his senior teachers Paige Held & Kelly Green (The Yoga Joint) and Philip Christodoulou (Anuttara Yoga Shala) until 2007. Keely returned to Orlando in 2008 and, after having her first son, was finally able to find the time to make her dream of going to teacher training happen.

Keely is certified in the Barkan Method of Hot Yoga and The Barkan Method of Hot Vinyasa and re-certifies every two years in Fort Lauderdale with her guru, Jimmy, and yogis from all over the world. She has also attended numerous trainings, workshops, and events with international yoga instructors in the industry such as Bryan Kest, Briohny Smyth, Dice Iida-Klein, Pradeep Gupta, and Paul Dallaghan.

Keely received her master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2002 and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). In addition to her work as a yoga teacher, Keely specializes in verbal and behavior therapy and works with families of children diagnosed on the autism spectrum.

Keely brings her behavior therapy experience into the studio in order to help her students not only practice yoga asana, but to guide them in creating and practicing new internal behaviors and promoting increased self-awareness. Keely's teaching style is powerful, fun, motivational, and heavy on alignment with continuous encouragement to find your own path, practice, pose.

For Keely, the spiritual and mental benefits of her yoga practice mean everything to her and have allowed her to overcome past life challenges and live a life of deep love and gratitude. Keely believes so much can be accessed through yoga once you embrace the journey, really listen, and just breathe!

Teresa Terrell

Teresa Terrell

Hello there. My names is Teresa Lombardi Terrell. I am a certified yoga teacher from Orlando, Florida, with experience teaching many styles of yoga, including Vinyasa Flow, Power, Core, Gentle and Restorative Yoga, Yin, and Beginner Yoga. I believe that yoga is for all body types, ages and ability. If you can breathe, you can do yoga.

Yoga has been a part of my life for nearly two decades, which helped me grow stronger and recover from injuries. I believe that yoga is an infinitely rich gift that has helped me not just in a physical manner but also mentally as well. Through yogic breathing and meditation, I have learned to manage stress, anxiety and depression. The mind body connection of yoga and mediation has literally saved me from my inner story and has brought me into a practice of self-awareness. A radical shift was created in how I see myself, see others and see the world.

My favorite yoga pose is Childs Pose for the benefit of allowing me to tune into my breath, feel my body and connect with the earth. Its a very grounding pose and I love how it opens my hips. When I practice yoga at home my two dogs love to come join me and nestle in on my mat. I always welcome them to do a little "Doga" on the mat with me.

I love to travel and get to take classes with some of my favorite and inspiring teachers like; Sri Dharma Mittra, Brian Crandell, Janet Stone, Jason Bowman, Sadie Nardini, Kathryn Budig, and Larissa Carlson. My influences are with teachers who I have connected to through. We share a common belief that a yoga practice can promote longevity of the body and mind.

"Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most." — Buddha

 

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