Jennifer Leavy, Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500, IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist
Director of Pose By Pose Yoga, RCYT, RPYT, CEP
Jennifer Leavy is an ERYT-500 with Yoga Alliance, a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapy, and has been training students to become yoga teachers since 2007. Jennifer is also a registered children’s yoga teacher (RCYT) and a registered prenatal yoga teacher (RPYT) through Yoga Alliance.
Jennifer studied yoga with an alignment based teacher in South Tampa for three years before moving and finding Stillpoint Studios and the Prana Vinyasa Teacher Training Program in Tampa. While with Prana Vinyasa, Jennifer earned her 200 ERYT, 500 RYT and 750 CYT training certifications.
From day one with the Prana Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Program, Jennifer became an apprentice of Sarasvati Devi and Vaz Rogbeck. Both Sara and Vaz were instrumental in nurturing not only a love of yoga, but also gave Jennifer the tools to effectively teach her trainees to share yoga with a broader population. Though Jennifer has attended workshops with many wonderful Iyengar and Hatha based teachers, her work with Sara and Vaz aided in learning that yoga can be accessible at any age.
Through her apprenticeship, Jennifer began to focus on teaching yoga to special populations. Her emphasis has been on adapting yoga practices to all age ranges, body types and health conditions. Every class she teaches is a one on one approach to finding breath in every asana by properly aligning the body.
Today, Jennifer is the director of Pose By Pose Yoga®. The goal of the Teacher Training Program is to help students find their voice as a yoga teacher. The program exposes the students to a variety of different styles of yoga, so that through that exposure, they begin to articulate what they want to contribute to their students. This well-rounded program gives students the tools to teach to all ages and interests from chair yoga to power yoga, and there is a great emphasis on the philosophy of yoga, anatomy and pranayama.
In addition to teaching teacher training, Jennifer teaches private sessions, yoga to preschoolers and workshops around the Tampa Bay Area.
Christina Reams, 500 CYT
Christina is a graduate of Pose By Pose Yoga’s 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training program.
Christina believes that self-care starts as soon as you decide you need it. With her background in anatomy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reiki, and massage therapy, she can meet you on your path to healing by teaching you the tools of self-care that she has learned along the way.
As a yoga instructor, Christina brings together all of her experience working with the body to help stretch, strengthen, and restore the body to its natural state. She relaxes the body first to then help students practice relaxation of the mind.
Jim Cooper, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Jim Cooper is the Senior Teacher in the Pose by Pose Yoga Teacher Training Program. He began presenting workshops in the program as a guest teacher in December 2012 and became the Senior Teacher in January 2014. He is registered with Yoga Alliance as an ERYT-500 yoga teacher.
Jim began practicing yoga in 1994 while living in Maryland. His first teachers all trained at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts. In November 1999, he completed the 200-hour teacher training program at Yogi Hari’s Ashram, then in Ft. Lauderdale. Yoga Hari is a disciple of Swami Sivananda and Yoga Hari’s Sampoorna Yoga is based on Sivananda Yoga. In August 2000, Jim completed the 250-hour teacher training program at TreeHouse in Tampa where he studied with Maggie McClain and such guest instructors as Erich Schiffmann, Esther Myers, Bob Smith and Monica Voss.
Jim completed a 500-hour teacher training program at Stillpoint Studios in Tampa in July 2004, studying with Sarasvati Devi and Vaz Rogbeck. It was at Stillpoint that Jim and Jennifer Leavy met.
Since January 2000, Jim has taught hundreds of group and private yoga classes and workshops in the Tampa Bay area. From 2004 to 2010, he taught in the 200 and 500-level teacher training programs at Stillpoint. In addition to the physical and psychological benefits of yoga, he is interested in the spiritual aspect of the practice and continues to study many of yoga’s ancient texts, influenced mainly by the writings of Georg Feuerstein.
Laura Gushin, E-RYT 500
Laura Angira Gushin, E-RYT 500, has been dedicated to the path of yoga since beginning a meditation practice in 1972 as student of Dr. Rammurti Mishra (Brahmananda Sarasvati) at Ananda Ashram in NewYork. She earned her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from the PranaVinyasa School and her 500-hour certification from the Amrit Yoga Institute under the personal instruction of Yogi Amrit Desai and Kamini Desai, Ph.D. A disciple of Yogi Amrit Desai of the lineage of Swami Shri Kripalvanand, Laura is also certified in Amrit Yoga Therapy, and is a certified Amrit Yoga Nidra Facilitator. In addition, she has studied Yin Yoga with Master Paulie Zink, Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley; and has taken numerous workshops with leading teachers including Judith Lasater, Gary Kraftsow, Roger Cole, Angela Farmerand others.
Laura has been teaching yoga since 2002. Her classes are best described as “meditation in motion,” blending flowing postures, breathing and long holds to awaken inner awareness.
Lyman Zobell, 500-RYT
Lyman Zobell entered his first yoga studio almost 20 years ago. When the class was over he was amazed at how good he felt. Yoga, along with diet and exercise, has been part of his practice for maintaining health in the body and mind. A few years ago he began yoga teacher training with Prana Vinyasa and then Pose by Pose Yoga, completing both the 200 and 300 hour trainings.
His goal was to increase his knowledge of yoga, both for his personal practice and to bring the practice of yoga to others.
His current interest involves studying yoga as it relates to healing and keeping the body healthy as we age. As part of that focus he recently completed a Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Joe Barnett, ERYT-500.
Lu-Ann Guariniello, 500-CYT
Lu-Ann completed her 200- hour certification from Zarnay Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2016. She continued teacher training with Pose by Pose Yoga’s 300 hour program and graduated in 2018.
Lu-Ann began actively practicing yoga in 2011. She learned through her own daily practice that yoga was a centering force in her life during stressful times. After a car accident in late 2014, yoga was the best prescription the doctors could have given to Lu-Ann to help her heal. It also made her realize just how important taking care of our health and well-being truly is.
Her love of yoga and meditation- as well as seeing the healing effects after the car accident- is what inspired her to become a yoga instructor. Her goal is to help others feel more centered, realizing that mind and body work together in achieving a more balanced and healthy life.
Emilie Ellenberg, 200-CYT
Emilie earned her 200 Hour Yoga Teaching Certificate here at Pose by Pose Yoga. She has a passion for learning and is working to advance her training and is currently enrolled in our advanced, 500 hour teacher training program. Emilie has a strong passion for the mind-body connection and enjoys the study of the chakras.
Emilie has a master’s degree in counseling and is a licensed mental health professional who believes that yoga for the body is therapy of the soul. Body image, awareness, and self-love are of acute focus. Emilie enjoys bringing adults a challenging flow at times but leaves them with a sense of peace and relief.
Emilie also enjoys working with children to help them find peace and improved self-awareness.
Michelle Ruiz, E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP
Michelle Ruiz is a graduate of the 200-hour, 500-hour, and Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training programs from Pose By Pose Yoga. She is a teacher training in each of these programs as well a the founder of Pose By Pose Yoga’s Outreach Yoga Program, working with children in the foster care system. Michelle’s approach to yoga focuses on strengthening and stretching having come to yoga to recuperate from debilitating back pain. She works with a wide variety of clients, including prenatal clients, athletes, and at-risk youth helping each of them tap into their own power centers- in the body and the mind. She is also a YACEP provider offering many of her workshops to yoga teachers throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Michelle is a co-founder of The Goddess Network, a monthly group of women who come together to support one another and have fun while doing it! Michelle also founded her travel company Near and Far, which combines her love of travel with her ability to bring people together.
Sharon Espinola, 200-CYT
Sharon received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification from Pose by Pose in November 2017 and continues to expand her yoga experience through participation in specialized training programs.
Prior to making yoga her vocation, Sharon spent 35-years as a corporate communicator in the energy, human resources, benefits and financial services industries. She now teaches Corporate Yoga to companies in the Tampa Bay area.
She has also spent the last two decades in animal rescue, serving as President of St. Francis Society Animal Rescue for four years and on the board of Cat Crusaders. Married for 40 years to her husband Ken, they share a home in Lutz with nine cats and one beloved dog, Leo.
Heather Haas, 200-CYT
Heather began practicing yoga in 2009 and was astounded by yoga’s healing effects on both the body and mind. Inspired to share these gifts, she graduated with her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification from Pose by Pose Yoga and is currently enrolled in the 500 hour program.
Heather is passionate about learning and has taught preschool, kindergarten, and at her children’s homeschool cooperative over the course of the last 15 years. She is excited to help yogis of all ages discover how much yoga can bring to their lives, both on and off the mat.