About

About

About Madeira Beach Yoga. Our team offers classes in unique settings to indulge in your practice. Experience one, or explore them all; beach yoga on the white sandy shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico from Archibald Park, on the patio or in the studio, both overlooking Boca Ciega Bay. If you prefer yoga in the comfort of your own home try our Virtual, On Demand Library.

You can expect to engage in enjoyable classes with us, pre-registering ahead of time online for ease and contactless participation. Start your journey by creating an easy account profile with us in Mind Body from our online Class Schedule.   Our virtual classes are equally as inviting for those who prefer to be in their own space.  Instructors help you feel a part of each class, through any device.

About groups and organizations.  Give the gift of yoga to your team, in your space or ours (or virtual if you prefer). Whether you need team building, breakout sessions, employee wellness, training relief from screen fatigue, mindfulness and focus or other special benefits, let us know and we will help customize options for you.

Let us show you how fun and enjoyable yoga can be. Our instructors began to explore yoga for their own personal and varied reasons, which helped prepare them to make you feel even more welcome and successful in your practice. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi, we will help you find your place in yoga.

Our instructors
Kristen Taber

Kristen Taber

Kristen Taber

Kristen Taber

Kristen Taber is a 200 hour RYT through Silvia Mordini at the Alchemy of Yoga School, and is SUP Yoga Certified through Salty Buddha Paddle and Yoga Company.

As a lover of nature and adventure, she values creating classes where people of all ages and abilities can learn the core values of Yoga - connection, commitment, discipline, peace, healing, and gratitude for all.

She is an avid beach-goer and is thrilled to be a part of the Madeira Beach Yoga family! Kristen has lived in North Carolina most of her life and moved to her husband Zayne's hometown of St. Pete in Feb. 2023.

Favorite yoga posture
Bird of Paradise
Rebecca McGovern

Rebecca McGovern

Rebecca McGovern

Rebecca McGovern

Rebecca McGovern (Becca) believes in the power of yoga and meditation to harmonize the body, mind, and spirit. A devout practitioner and teacher for 16 years, Becca has completed trainings, retreats, and workshops in several  styles of yoga, her favorites being Hatha, Yin, and breathwork. She believes in a "slow is pro" approach to yoga and teaches with focus on alignment and breath. She is committed to making yoga available to every body and enjoys infusing laughter and creativity into her classes. She also has a passion for naturopathic health and loves sharing about the power of plants as medicine.
Becca and her fellow yogi husband moved to Madeira Beach from San Francisco and enjoy sailing, scuba, and spoiling their dog, Bug.
Favorite yoga posture
Frog pose
Brenda Fisher

Brenda Fisher

Brenda Fisher

Brenda Fisher

Brenda Fisher, E- RYT 200 is a Yoga Alliance registered teacher. She began her practice of Yoga and Meditation over 42 years ago. Yoga is a way of life for Brenda, blending with it her 20 years experience in the Natural Food & Supplement business for a healthy balanced life style. She has studied under Karin Stephan one of the pioneers in bringing Iyengar Yoga to the East Coast, having attended several of Karin’s Advanced Teacher Training workshops and retreats focusing on scoliosis and back discomfort. Brenda has also attended Advanced Teacher Training, workshops and retreats with her mentor Heather Benton, focusing on the refinement of sequencing and alignment. Recently she attended an Advanced Intensive workshop with Larissa Carlson, Pranayama Dean of the Kripalu Institute.  Working with students concerning joint and back challenges are her passion. Brenda states, “As a double hip replacement recipient myself, I understand limitations and know how to modify and work around poses for ultimate ease. I am inspired to share my knowledge & joy of yoga and meditation to bring others peace and harmony in the subtle body, mind and spirit. I believe Yoga helps not only the body, but also builds self-compassion, self-love and self-respect.

Favorite yoga posture
Tree pose
Paula DeBlasio

Paula DeBlasio

Paula DeBlasio

Paula DeBlasio

Paula DeBlasio has a passion for making yoga accessible to everyone. She believes by creating therapeutic flows connecting breath with movement and by letting students adjust their own body types that everyone can benefit from a yoga practice.

Recently Paula and her husband relocated to Madeira Beach from Tampa, Fl.

She is a RYT 200 and 500 certified instructor and a certified Kidding Around Yoga instructor. Prior to teaching yoga Paula owned her own Jazzercise studio in St Petersburg, FL for 17 years.

Paula enjoys mixing up her fitness routine between yoga, spinning, barre and kayaking.

Join her in Monday morning Beach yoga class and more!

Favorite yoga posture
Warrior 2
Natalie Shollenberger

Natalie Shollenberger

Natalie Shollenberger

Natalie Shollenberger

Natalie studied Hatha and Ashtanga vinyasa yoga near the Himalayas in India. It was along this journey that she acquired her yoga teacher training.  In addition to yoga, she has been teaching a variety of fitness classes for the past three years and loves the supportive community these spaces create.

Natalie absolutely adores being close to the water, especially the ocean, as well as most anyplace outside. Leading yoga classes on the beach is a perfect pairing for her personal desire to be outdoors. She believes that you create your own reality and true happiness lives within us all.

Favorite yoga posture
Headstand
Vanessa Costanzo

Vanessa Costanzo

Vanessa Costanzo

Vanessa Costanzo

After graduating from the University of Tampa in 2013 with a B.A in psychology and a minor in applied dance, Vanessa moved back home to NY for the summer and decided to try yoga at a local studio.

She faced anxiety and depression while growing up, and heard that yoga was helpful for both. Vanessa started taking a lot of restorative classes and for the first time in what felt like her entire life, she felt a sense of peace.

When moving back to Florida, she knew she wanted to try more yoga classes, and so she did! She tried everything from gentle yoga to hot power flow and all that was in between. A few months later she enrolled in a yoga teacher training program at The Lotus Pond and graduated in 2014. Vanessa began teaching as soon as she could and was excited to share her passion and love for yoga with her community. Vanessa's classes are focused on joining the breath with mindful movement, and allowing each student to meet themselves exactly where they are; with no judgement and an open heart.

Favorite yoga posture
Child's Pose
Heather Stuart

Heather Stuart

Heather Stuart

Heather Stuart

Heather Stuart has been practicing Holistic Health since 1996. She is an Iridologist, Classical Homeopath and practices Ayurveda. She began teaching yoga in 2000 as part of the healing system of Ayurveda.

Heather's approach is simple & powerful bringing awareness to our mind-body connection in a therapeutic manner. With sharing her knowledge and experience of Holistic practices, she creates a safe & peaceful environment for healing body, mind & spirit, the true path of Yoga.

She welcomes you to come & experience her love of Yoga during Restorative classes and more with Madeira Beach Yoga.

Favorite yoga posture
Legs up the Wall
Elise Caruthers

Elise Caruthers

Elise Caruthers

Elise Caruthers

Elise began her journey in yoga more than 10 years ago.  From the start she enjoyed the physical and mental benefits from the practice.  After college, Elise received her 200hr certification from Yoga Den based out of Jacksonville, FL. In addition to a focus on Mind, Body and Vinyasa yoga, Elise has continued her studies of yoga to Yin yoga, Aerial yoga and Ayurveda.  Beyond her yoga practice, Elise enjoys spending time with her fur babies, relaxing on the beach or by the pool with her family.

Favorite yoga posture
Humble Warrior
Leanne Rabitor

Leanne Rabitor

Leanne Rabitor

Leanne Rabitor

Leanne began practicing Yoga in 2006 when she joined a beginner's class held at a hospital-based wellness program.  She immediately felt the amazing healing effects of Yoga, and soon developed her own daily practice.  Because of the positive changes Yoga brought into her life, she felt the need to share the practice with others. 

In 2008, Leanne completed her 200hr Yoga certification at Baba Siri Chand Yoga Center in Massachusetts.  Since then she has taught in a variety of settings, and enjoys making Yoga accessible for people of all body types and fitness levels.  In addition to Yoga, Leanne enjoys meditation, spending time in nature, biking, and reading at the beach.

Favorite yoga posture
Prayer pose
Teresa Dunn

Teresa Dunn

Teresa Dunn

Teresa Dunn

Teresa began her Yoga journey in 2001 when she was first introduced to the Bikram practice. She slowly started to incorporate yoga into her practice both on and off the mat. Seeing the negative effects of stress on her own body she has found the strength connection and healing power where all intersects body, mind and spirit. Teresa’s commitment, devotion and love for yoga culminated in her 200 Yoga certification in 2013. She knew a few months after teaching yoga; it’s her life’s passion and calling. This is where her next chapter began with co-founding Madeira Beach Yoga. She also volunteers her yoga practice to help injured Veterans with The Exhalted Warriors Foundation at Yogani Studio in Tampa, Florida.

Favorite yoga posture
Dancer pose
Sherry Duquet

Sherry Duquet

Sherry Duquet

Sherry Duquet

Sherry Duquet always felt too intimidated to walk into a Yoga studio and unroll a mat. She was curious and wanted to try, but felt afraid to do so. Sherry worried she wasn’t mindful or flexible enough to participate. She took classes right here with Madeira Beach Yoga and quickly learned that yoga is for everyone, including her.

She learned how welcoming Yoga can be, and the healing benefits it can provide.  It felt astonishing. This would now be her professional focus. Sherry was initially trained at Balance Yoga Therapy and became further certified in Yin Yoga, Aqua Yoga and now Yoga for Trauma.  Seeking to introduce yoga to all ages, she gained expertise in YogaFit Seniors. Then, on the other end of the age range, created and taught a Children's Yoga curriculum.

Sherry's classes are inviting and inclusive for both experienced Yogis and those who are Yoga curious. She is obsessed with raising the self esteem of men, women and children. And she does this through teaching yoga and her best selling children's book about loving yourself, Violet the Hugging Octopus.

Favorite yoga posture
Tree pose

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