Prana Yoga Instructors

Regina DeWitt
Prana Yoga and Healing : Owner

 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.

 

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 a 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 the 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 itself 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 Anusara Teacher Training. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Neuromuscular Therapist and qualified in Thai Massage. Gillian is also an avid swimmer and enjoys a 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.

Jen Brown

Jen Brown “Zen Jen” is a Certified Yoga Instructor, RYT500. She is currently continuing education as a Certified Yoga Therapist, is registered with Yoga Alliance, a member of the Florida Yoga Teachers Association and the Alternative Balance Professional Group. The inability to walk without Hip Pain led Jen to Yoga, she began her Yoga Journey and never looked back. Jen loves teaching yoga and helping people realize that yoga is for Every Body. She offers a non-competitive environment that is accessible to all ages, shapes, sizes and capabilities.

Jen Brown brings Awareness to the Service of Others as a Teacher of Presence and is a true Self-Love advocate. Her classes are Gentle, Restorative & Healing…. Mind, Body & Soul. Specializing in the 50 Plus population, Jen has extended training in Balance, Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s, with Certifications in Senior Yoga and Chair Yoga. She also holds a Certification for Meditation Instructor and is an Energy Healing Reiki Practitioner. Additionally, Jen is Certified in Restorative Yoga and YIN Yoga; Trauma Informed Yoga and Yoga for Cancer Recovery. She also holds Yoga for Death, Dying and Caregivers Certification, and is able to hold compassionate space for those in need. Starting this amazing journey in her 50’s herself, Jen looks forward to hearing your story & welcomes the opportunity to see how yoga can help you!  Namaste!

Harmony Ananda, RYT 500

Harmony Ananda is one of the first and most beloved yoga teachers in Sarasota. She received her 500-hour Yoga Certification from Yoga Alliance in 2000. Harmony now specializes in Gentle Meditative Yoga which combines traditional Hatha Yoga postures, Pranayama (breathing practices), Yoga Nidra (conscious relaxation), Mudra & Meditation. You will experience and learn about the 8 limbs of Yoga, as well as traditional yoga alignments & meditation techniques. This is a slow-paced class which integrates all of the above, as well as restorative postures using props to assist student’s ease in developing good posture, flexibility and strength. Open to all ages and levels.

Harmony was one of the original teachers at Body & Soul Yoga Cooperative, Sarasota’s first yoga center and helped create and teach in that Yoga Teacher Training Program. She also started the yoga program at the Ayurvedic Center, and Mandala Yoga Sanctuary. She most recently taught for 7 years at Garden of the Heart Yoga Center .

Harmony has been blessed to study with great Yoga Masters since the age of 20 when she became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. She is also certified in Kripalu Yoga, founded by Yoga Amrit Desai and TriYoga, founded by American Yogini, Kali Ray. Harmony is certified to teach yoga to Veterans and is also certified in Laughter Yoga as taught by Madon Katira. Harmony has also offered Yoga on Cruise Ships and teaches Couples Yoga Retreats and workshops with her husband, Rick Joyce. Her life-long study and practice of yoga has blended into the style she teaches & offers today. Harmony honors the ancient practice of yoga as a tool for health, healing, longevity, and self-awareness.

Deborah

A recent Sarasota transplant, Deborah trained in modern & classical dance while studying anatomy, kinesiology and exercise physiology through college. In 2001 she established East Village Wellness in San Diego, Ca. an elegant private studio offering “pilates method” training, ashtanga, vinyasa & wall yoga instruction, massage therapy, advanced clinical and anti-aging skin care solutions. She has worked with and apprenticed under inspirational teachers whose influence has given her an outstanding ability to observe the behavior of the body and apply her knowledge in a practical fashion. She is a dedicated teacher/student and believes everyone could benefit immensely from a process that enables you to think more clearly, breathe more effortlessly and move more efficiently.