Sarasota's Choice for Yoga Classes and Instruction (941) 928-2137. 3840 South Osprey Avenue, 34239

Regina DeWitt

Regina DeWitt, E-RYT, RN, Pranic Healer Practitioner,  Owner: Prana Yoga and Healing Center

 Yoga transformed the heart of this midwestern transplant turned Sarasota resident so much so that her career as open heart surgical nurse became Yoga teacher and studio owner.  The heart of a healer finding an alternative way to bring deep well being through physical body awareness to the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual bodies.   Yoga was her healing twenty years ago when her remaining parent, passed. The more she teaches the more she learns.  The more she learns the more she inspires.  The more she inspires the more she discovers and becomes trained in new modalities and types of healing tools.  They include chakra energy healing, pranic healing, aromatherapy, Thai massage, Hatha, Iyengar and Kundalini Yoga.  Her studio of seven years features classes and style are a reflection of this powerful, unique blend and ripple into the community with the offerings that she, her partner and her fellow teachers co-create from that space.  Come enjoy one of her classes and find the best and most beautiful parts of your totally integrated self!  For herself, when she's not on the mat, she enjoys time with Hukam, their dog, Shatki, her two children and three grandchildren, music and traveling. 

Gillian Whatmore

Gillian was introduced to yoga while completing high school in England. She was drawn to the transformative, therapeutic nature of the practice and continually sought classes through many moves and jobs, Landing in Miami in 1992 she attended classes in Iyengar's alignment based yoga while attending massage therapy school. Enthralled by the ability of the body to revitalize and realign itsself through the yoga practice she began teaching and attended workshops with Manuso Manas, Patricia Walden, Kevin Gardner, John Schumacher and other senior instructors.  

Gillian moved to Sarasota in 2001 with her husband, Cliff and took a hiatus from teaching to raise their two children, Sarsen and Reece. She has more recently embraced the heartfelt Anusara Yoga style and enjoys how this complements her alignment based training, bringing a fun expansive nature to her teaching. Gillian's classes combine safe, therapeutic alignment based instruction appropriate for all levels, simple breathwork and a subtle intention to celebrate and express our spirit from inside out.        

Gillian holds a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training Certificate and is soon to complete her Aunsara Teacher Training. She is Licensed Massage Therapist, Neuromuscular Therapist and qualified in Thai Massage. Gillian is also an avid swimmer and enjoys big boat and dinghy sailing.

Randall Buskirk

As a Anusara-Inspired™ instructor, Randall grew up in Kentucky, where he took a T'ai Chi class at the age of 14. He forgot most of what he'd learned except for the phrase "embrace the tiger and return to the mountain," not really knowing what it meant. When he discovered yoga in 2003, he felt as if he were again back on the mountain. Randall has taken workshops with John Friend, Todd Norian and Ann Green, Sianna Sherman, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Douglas Brooks. Randall has completed the GOH Teacher Training Program. Despite a degree in English, he still enjoys reading, and despite no trace of a southern accent, still hopes to write a hit country song someday. 

Dev Atma John LaPlante

Dev Atma John La Plante began his practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation in 1985. After several years of study at the Sat Tirath Ashram in Kansas City, he began teaching there in 1990. Continuing to learn from the master, Yogi Bhajan, and other internationally recognized Kundalini teachers, Dev Atma expanded his personal practice and adopted a more yogic lifestyle.,,,,.

Today, in the Age of Aquarius, Dev Atma continues to share the teachings of Yogi Bhajan with weekly classes in Yoga and Meditation. He brings more than 25 years of teaching experience into each class to make that special connection with his students, from beginners to the more advanced yogis.

He is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher by the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association, and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) thru Yoga Alliance.

Dev Atma continues to expand his knowledge and experience of yoga and other related modalities by attending workshops and classes throughout the year. While his classes are centered around the kriyas and meditations taught by Yogi Bhajan, he includes the experience of his own personal practice and yogic lifestyle for the benefit of his students.

Julie Klutinoty

As a Kundalini Channel, Julie was given the spiritual name, Anahata, Seed of Love. It has been over 30 years that Julie has been practicing the Healing Arts. With great gratitude for the amazing teachers in her life, she has owned and operated Fitness, Pilates, Yoga & Energy Healing Studios in Florida and California.
 
Now, having transitioned into the Aquarian Age, Julie is complete with sharing her knowledge and experiences through the classes she teaches while encouraging others to open to the Divine within. Sat Nam.

Margie Pacher, RYT

Margie's education includes 400 hours of teacher training in traditional Sampoorna Yoga as well as Alignment-based Vinyasa, hours of personal study with focus on her gurus teachings and Vedic scripture, and workshops in traditional yoga asana and energy work including Pranic Healing and Reiki. 

Mary Boutieller, RYT

Mary Boutieller, RYT, has been teaching yoga since 2006.  Her unique background includes a 23 year career as a firefighter/ paramedic with Sarasota County Fire Department, as well as 10 years as a licensed massage therapist.  She utilizes this diverse knowledge base to create a safe, challenging and engaging environment for yoga.  She has studied with many teachers along the way, and is currently working toward her 500 hour yoga teacher training at Lotus Pond Yoga Studio in Tampa.  For Mary, yoga is a beautiful way to find balance, stay present, and awaken to one’s true self. She feels there is never an end to exploring who we are, and yoga helps to point the way.

Laurel James

Laurel James is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor (as taught by Yogi Bhajan). She received her training at Prana Yoga in Sarasota, Florida. Laurel is also a nationally certified Interior designer, author and founder of Interiorology (How to create a home that reflects the authentic you).

She believes the sense of home, where you can just be the authentic you, begins with your own inner experience and awareness.  “You have a guru within you just waiting to tell you how to be happy, healthy and flourish. Kundalini yoga is the yoga of awareness. It is a great practice to help you cope with the daily challenges and stresses of this ever changing landscape of life.”   

Jessica Bahr, RYT

Jessica received her RYT yoga teacher’s certification from Bhakti Healing Yoga School in Sarasota. Jessica became attracted to yoga years ago because of its integrative qualities; bringing together mind, body, and spirit, and found that it helped her become more centered and grounded. She brings this holistic approach to her practice and encourages students of all levels to embrace where they are on their path and to listen to their own intuition, on and off the mat. Jessica has a passion for Vinyasa flow yoga and draws from different styles, disciplines, and traditions. Outside of Jessica’s day job in marketing/communications, she writes articles, poetry, and quotes, and is embarking on authoring a non-fiction book. She volunteers for local women’s organizations, dabbles in singing, and enjoys a myriad of outdoor activities including Frisbee, swimming, tennis, rollerblading, biking, and more. She looks forward to seeing you in class!

Ed Dailey, RN, RYT

Ed Dailey RN, RYT, is an independent yoga teacher aligned with the teachings of BKS Iyengar and Rodney Yee. He is one of a handful of teachers who is certified through Yoga Alliance at the 500 level by Rodney. Ed in known for his eclectic and inspirational style of teaching and has a tremendous ability in working with props to help guide students in the classroom. Ed assists Rodney at several workshops each year around the US and has been active in the implementation of the pilot program at Beth Israel Hospital in NY, in collaboration with the Urban Zen Initiative. He continues to work as an RN at the operating room at Upon Health Center in Connecticut. Ed’s interest in yoga began 13 years ago as a result of his search to relieve the physical pain that he had been enduring for several years. His yoga began as a lesson in learning to deal with difficulty, but gradually, with the help of teachers who were caring and compassionate his practice became full of surrender, ease and devotion. He now has been teaching for 8 years and finds that his teaching comes from his experience and understanding of his own body and mind, and it continues to change and unfold at every level.

Lori Black

Lori Black, CYT

Lori's introduction to Yoga occurred in 1975 as she followed Lilas Folan's PBS series, 'Lilias, Yoga and You.'  From that time on, she was hooked, and combed her small-town library for books on Yoga.  There were no pictures in the yoga books she found, only philosophy; so her solution at age 13 was to "make up" her own form of meditation and posture practice.  It wasn't unusual to find her at midnight out on the family porch with a lit candle while everyone else slept.  
By the time she was in high school, she had a vision of moving to Colorado some day and practicing a lot of yoga.  And that is exactly what she did.  When her son was born in 1991, Lori became serious about Yoga and was soon certified and assisting her teacher.  Eventually she decided to chuck her full-time work and teach Yoga exclusively; this was before Yoga went mainstream in America.  By the time Yoga became popular and classes were bursting at the seams, Lori felt the call to delve deeper, and so she shifted into the Anusara practice, integrating her Sivananda roots with a strong focus on yoga therapeutics and natural health and healing.  She worked for several years in conjunction with 2 stellar Colorado nutritionists and master herbalists,with whom she offered month-long yoga/cleansing programs at various whole and raw food retreats.  For 30 years Lori lived the mountain life; soaking in hot springs, hiking 14ers, winter camping.....until one day she knew it was time to get to the water.  Sarasota/Siesta Key had been calling for some time.  "At this point in my life, she says, I need my personal practice to be my main focus.  But I can barely imagine not teaching yoga.  We'll see what the next 30 years bring."  
Join Lori at Prana Yoga on Thursdays at 8:30 am for an integrative practice, where there is always an open invitation to realize transformation, from the inside out.