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!

Laurel James

Laurel James is a national certified Interior Designer and after a 20 year career she decided to transition into Wellness Interior Design, bringing in a holistic approach for her clients and their living spaces.  She is the author of “Interiorology– How to Create an Environment that Reflects the true you.”  Laurel is also a health & wellness educator with doTERRA International, aligning with their mission of essential oil purity, co-impact sourcing and global humanity initiatives.  In 2013 she became certified as a kundalini yoga teacher as taught by Yogi Bhajan, KRI at Prana Yoga and Healing Center.  Laurel completed her Level II trainings at A Yoga Village on: Stress & Vitality, Lifestyles & Life Stages, Conscious Communications, and Authentic Relationships.  She is currently pursing additional certifications of Beyond Addiction and plans to complete her 500 hour training on Mind & Meditation in the spring of 2020.  Blending her interest in wellness Interior Design, natural health solutions and Kundalini Yoga, Laurel is passionate about helping others create self empowering tools that help them flourish. Prana Yoga and Healing Center would like to welcome Laurel James to our studio. She is teaching a weekly Kundalini Yoga for Stress Management Class, Tuesdays 4:00- 5:30pm. She invites you to come breathe, find your grounding point, connect back to yourself and be aware of your mind-body connection in this fast paced world.  In this class you will receive tools for stress management on the mat and for your everyday life.  As an added bonus you will have an opportunity to experience a pure essential oil that connects you back to nature and nurtures your well being in every class!