Orlando Instructors

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Amy Whiting

Amy Whiting has always had an interest in health, movement, and exercise. From circuit training to boxing to running, she is all in. However, it wasn’t until Amy started practicing yoga daily that she began to truly connect to and understand her body. Amy enrolled in Yoga to the People’s New York City teacher training so that she could share her love for yoga with the masses. She soon thereafter completed YttP’s Traditional Hot Yoga Training. Amy has taught for Yoga to the People in New York City, San Francisco, Colorado Springs, and Tempe, Arizona. In addition, she has taught at Bikram Yoga Lake County, California, and Bikram Yoga Mesa, Arizona. Amy also holds a certificate as a health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Most recently, her love for movement and the body brought her back to school for myomassology at The Arizona School for Massage Therapy in Tempe, Arizona. She will be a certified licensed massage therapist in the winter of 2016. Amy’s passion for nurturing the body and mind is a never-ending life commitment.

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John Amato

Johnny has been teaching yoga for the past five years. In essence, the moment Johnny completed the Yoga to the People's Teacher Training he refused to leave and has dedicated his life to teaching yoga. Owner and part owner of several gyms in the tristate area, Johnny's background in health and fitness is serving him well. As one of the facilitators of the YTTP's Teacher Training Program, Johnny has spent time in YttP's SF, Seattle, Berkley, Tempe and NYC studios. Come be inspired by Johnny's class!

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Nargiz Safarova

Nargiz took her first hot yoga class at Yoga to the People in NYC, and has been in love with the practice since. She completed YttP's hot teacher training three years later. She has also been teaching and practicing different styles of yoga such as Ashtanga-Vinyasa yoga, Hatha yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Unnata aerial Yoga, Kids Yoga and different types of Meditation for the last 5 years. She has studied, lived and taught in countries like the UK, Russia, Dubai, India, Italy and her home country, Azerbaijan. In her classes she hopes for and supports her students in experiencing a joyful, mindful and knowledgeable moving meditation.

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Hilarie Larson

Hilarie has been a proud yoga studio owner and operator for close to twenty years. Some of her specialties include working with beginners, athletes (she is a former state champion of hurdling), and those using yoga to help heal injuries (she has been one of those too!) In addition, she is a certified nursing assistant and a registered environmental health specialist. Among these day to day achievements, Hilarie's greatest joy comes as a mother of two. She has a 16 year old daughter who is dedicated to perfecting the game of golf, and a 14 year old son who is skilled in mechanics and financial management. With a rich life, she enjoys teaching to all levels in a way that creates plenty of opportunity to work hard, while also encouraging student's to listen to his or her own body. With yoga, an improved attitude is her favorite benefit!

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Angelina Pollard

Angelina first began practicing yoga in 2009 when she was drawn to the practices emphasis on breath and how it could guide one in movement as well as help to quiet the active mind in stillness. After practicing in different countries and dabbling in many different styles, Angelina got her certification through Yoga to the People in 2014. She started with traditional hot training and later went on to deepen her love of teaching in their vinyasa training. Angelina credits her students to be her greatest teachers and considers her own yoga journey to be endless. She considers each day of teaching and self practice to be a gift and strives to keep on opening others eyes to the expansive benefits yoga can bring not only to ones self but also to the communities we live in.

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Bjorn Milz

``Yoga... it's balm for your soul.`` ~Bjorn started practicing Vinyasa yoga seven years ago solely as a form of physical exercise. It didn't take long, however, before he became enamored with the practice and taken in by the more philosophical and meditative aspects of it. After completing his 200hr certification, he has taught Power Vinyasa Flow at the Saint Marks location of Yoga to the People, in the heart of the East Village. He feels fortunate being able to share the gift of yoga with others, and passionate about the possibilities it presents.

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Sarah Hutchison

A Pennsylvania native, Sarah began her yoga journey in 2005 when she started taking classes at a power vinyasa studio in her hometown. After moving to New York City in 2010, Sarah discovered Yoga to the People, where her practice deepened greatly. She began to realize how yoga connected to all areas of her life – exposing fears, doubts, strengths and, most importantly, her potentials. In 2014, Sarah completed her teacher training with Yoga to the People and has since continued her growth as both a student and teacher, drawing inspiration from the wonderful community at YTTP.

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Stephanie Keis

A Chicago native, Stephanie has always possessed an interest in the mind-body connection. Being a dancer led her to begin practicing yoga at 11 years old, and her passion for the practice has deepened ever since. After moving to New York City, Stephanie began practicing at the Yoga to the People's St. Mark's location while pursuing her BFA in dance with a minor in Psychology from NYU's Tisch and CAS Schools. Her love and curiosity for yoga guided her to complete her 200hr teaching certification with Yoga to the People. Yoga for Stephanie has been an opportunity to constantly learn more about herself physically and mentally; she is constantly moved by how students and fellow practitioners hold and create space with their bodies.

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Austin Bonilla

Austin became interested in yoga in 2008 when his best friend introduced him to Yoga to the People, a donation based studio in New York city, where he immediately fell in love with the practice and never stopped. While his career and interests brought him to many places, including San Francisco, Boston, Austin, TX and Berkeley, he was always able to find home where ever he went on his yoga mat. After completing YttP's 200hr certification program in power vinyasa, his curiosity moved him to pursue a certificate in traditional hot yoga. His passion for the practice and the community built around it continues to inspire and humble him, drawing him to the mat again and again.

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Alena Wertalik

As a former competitive equestrian, Alena grew up with an interest in challenging her mind and body, and an appreciation for the rewards of disciplined training. Alena has been studying yoga asana and philosophy for 10 years. Over the last six years, she has managed multiple Yoga to the People studios and is now Director of YttP East Coast Operations. With over 2000 hours of teaching experience, she has facilitated over 12 teacher trainings including the Vinyasa and Traditional Hot practices.

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James Huddleston

James was born in Yorkshire, England. As a boxer, he travelled to many places in the world, eventually landing in New York city to fight the Golden Gloves. In addition to his achievements as a boxer, James spent time in Nepal and Tibet working with charities. It was during this time that James discovered yoga and instantly became curious. Seeing the lives of the Buddhists and Sadhus intrigued him and forged an interest in the influence of meditation and yoga. He began a consistent practice with Yoga to the People eight years ago and completed his 200RYT certification in 2010. He continues to nurture his passion for the practice through teaching, while also owning and operating a restaurant called B.Om and Gospel, inspired by his passion of music, art and healthy food from farm to table.

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Haven Melynn

Haven first became interested in yoga as a student studying dramatics and science at the NYU Tisch and Gallatin schools. After deriving great personal benefit from the practice, her curiosity about yoga’s effect on the mind, and its subsequent influence on the body’s biology, lead her to earning a yoga teaching certificate in 2008, when she quickly became passionate about teaching and then joined the Yoga to the People staff. She has since taught at studios across the country, in both the hot and vinyasa styles. Through the years she has continued to seek growth both as student and teacher, taking inspiration from those on and off the mat, including from her three beautiful children and husband. She is honored to once again be part of the YttP training staff, and looks forward to supporting each of you along the journey ahead.