Teachers

Jennifer Leavy, Primary Teacher

Jennifer Leavy

Lead Teacher and Director of Pose by Pose Yoga®

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.


Jim Cooper, Yoga Teacher

Jim Cooper

Senior Teacher In The Pose by Pose Yoga® Teacher Training Program

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.


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Michelle Ruiz

Michelle has experience working in children’s homes and shelters across the globe. Her travels have brought her to many places including : Ghana, Africa; Rabat, Morocco; Hyderabad, India: Thailand and many more. After discovering her love for yoga, she decided that she wanted to share the peace she found with as many people as possible, starting in her own community.

She decided to enroll in the Pose by Pose Teacher Training Program led by Jennifer Leavy, in Tampa, FL. where she obtained her RYT-500 Registered with Yoga Alliance. Michelle also received her Prenatal Certification with Pose by Pose Yoga.

Although she is a Hot Yoga enthusiast, Michelle enjoys exploring all types of yoga. She leads Outreach Yoga Trainings for domestic violence centers, guest teaches at various YTT programs and provides private sessions for those looking to recover from chronic back pain issues.

In her free time, you will find Michelle enjoying the Florida sunshine with her family, planning her next Yoga Retreat and hosting all kinds of events for the Tampa Bay Community.


Guest Instructors

All of our guest instructors meet the guidelines of a Yoga Alliance approved teacher for the program.  The goal in bringing in guest instructors is to provide multiple viewpoint on the style of yoga that we are studying for each workshop.

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