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

Regina DeWitt

Regina DeWitt, E-RYT 500,  RN,  Pranic Healer Practitioner,  Owner: Prana Yoga and Healing Center

 After 30 years working in the hospital  as an RN, Regina decided to take health care into a different arena.  She began the study of yoga in 1995 due to depression following the death of her remaining parent. She studied yoga in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar with Rodney Yee, and Richard Rosen learning and discovering alignment principles of the practice.  Yoga and the vast wisdom of the body and breath showed  an inclusive approach to overall health, wellness and spirituality.   In 2009, Regina left the hospital to open Prana Yoga and Healing Center offering classes, workshops, and teacher training.  In 2011, she began to study Kundalini Yoga through the teachings of Yogi Bhajan.  A deeper transformation began to happen as the teachings of kriyas, breath, meditation and chants enveloped her practice and life.  Kundalini Teacher Training was offered at Prana Yoga in 2015 for the first time because she wanted to share these teachings and she was a part of the graduating class.  She still maintains her RN license, in addition to E-RYT 500, and a Certified Kundalini teacher.  She is currently working on getting certified as an International Yoga Therapist.

Margie Pacher, RYT

Margie started teaching yoga eleven years ago in her home town of Greenville, North Carolina.  Since moving to Florida she has had the opportunity to share her passion for yoga in Sarasota and surrounding areas.  
Her education includes a 500 hour Sampoorna Yoga teaching certification with Shri Yogi Hari, a 200 hour  Alignment-based Vinyasa certification, hours of personal study in yoga philosophy, as well as workshops in Nada Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Thai Yoga, and Integrative Alignment.  Margie's formal education includes a B.A. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Humane Education.  She has contributed to numerous teacher trainings in Sarasota over the past three years including topics in yoga philosophy, yoga lifestyle, mantra, and meditation.  As a yoga teacher her mission is to offer her students tools to feel well, to manage stress more easily, to think, speak, and act with compassion toward themselves and the world around them.  She believes when we feel good, we do good in the world.

Randall Buskirk

Randall Buskirk grew up in Kentucky, where he took Karate and T'ai Chi at the age of 14. He forgot most of what he'd learned except for the memory of conscious, empowered movement. That memory surfaced when he discovered yoga in 2003, especially the alignment-based asana of Anusara. He studied with Betsey Downing and Jaye Martin, among many other great teachers, and began teaching in 2007. He has studied extensively with Douglas Brooks and Bill Mahony and enjoys sharing from the broad history, myths, and philosophies of yoga in class, and making them relevant to us today. For him, yoga is about empowering all the ways our lives take expression, all the movements of the mind, the heart, and the body, individually and collectively. 

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.

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.

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.

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.