Here at Trinity Yoga Studio, we pride ourselves on each and every member of our team being passionate about what they do and what they teach. Our team members love what they do, and they love sharing it with you, and it shows! That spark is part of what keeps people coming back day after day, week after week, year after year.

We also pride ourselves on having instructors, counselors, and massage therapists who continually seek to better themselves by learning more about their field, their craft, and their art. We listed a few of each team member's accomplishments, but please keep in mind that most of our instructors are often undertaking additional education and as such, details for each instructor may not be up-to-date.

Our instructors are what makes Trinity so great, but don't take our word for it! Read on to learn more, and then, feel free to drop by and check us out first hand.

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Janel Norton (Owner)

  • 500 Hour RYT
  • Level 2 iRest Yoga Nidra Certification
  • Level 3 Warriors at Ease Certification
  • Human Performance Expert for O2X

Janel Norton isn’t just a business owner with a passion for yoga—she is also a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force as a combat photojournalist. She was also a press information officer and photojournalist for the United Nations, spending her early career documenting crises in Panama, Bosnia and Liberia.

Then, after 20 years as a photographer, Janel returned to school for her master’s degree from the University of South Florida. After facing a difficult job market upon graduating and discovering how yoga helped her maintain balance, she enrolled in a yoga teacher training program. “I managed to trade my photo and marketing skills for a 200-hour yoga teacher training and began teaching a few classes at the studio where I practiced near my house,” Janel explained.

Her newfound love of yoga—and teaching it—quickly turned into ownership of Trinity Yoga Studio. Janel credits the leadership and work ethic instilled during her military training as a large part of how she formed her path from U.S. Air Force to business owner: “Once you enter into the ranks, there’s constantly a push for growth. Making rank and supervising others is just part of the natural progression of things—the nature of how the military operates instills confidence, a sense of purpose and direction.”

Eventually, Janel wanted to give back to other veterans like her which lead her to co-found the Veterans Alternative, a non-profit organization designed to serve Veterans experiencing trauma incurred while serving in the military by training the mind, body, and spirit to heal after returning home from military service.

Janel now serves on the board at Fort Valor, a new non-profit that provides support to veterans through Brazilin Jiu-Jitsu, yoga, camaraderie and other support services. She also travels nationwide to provide yoga and iRest as part of the O2X Human Performance Team co-founded by two former Navy Seals, and for the Brian Bill Foundation’s Special Operations Warrior Healing Program.

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Ray Norton (Yoga Instructor/Owner)

  • 200 Hour RYT Yoga Instructor Certification
  • Yin Yoga Certification
  • Martial Arts Instructor

Ray Norton –Yoga has been life changing journey for me. My career as a first responder for 30+ years working as a firefighter, paramedic and a flight medic combined with many years of martial arts and heavy weight training has taken its toll on my body over time. I was first introduced to yoga by my wife after a series of shoulder injuries/surgeries. Through yoga, I was able to regain my range of motion. The Asana, breath work and meditation practices have given me tools to

Jeannine Laurence (Yoga Instructor)

  • 200 Hour RYT Yoga Instructor Certification

Jeannine grew up exposed to yoga and meditation from a very young age.  She has been a dedicated yoga practitioner and student since 2000.  In 2009, Jeannine completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Ashtanga-based Teacher Training with Ally Ford.  She is also certified to teach Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and has a certificate from the Warriors at Ease: Part One, Fundamentals of Teaching Yoga and Meditation in Military Communities training.  Jeannine loves to make yoga available to every body with a great focus on modifications and by practicing and teaching with honesty, integrity, mindfulness, and acceptance.

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Christina Chatfield (Yoga Instructor)

  • Yoga Alliance 200 Hour ERYT Certification
  • Vedic Thai Yoga Assisted Asana Practitioner
  • Acutonics Sound Therapy Practitioner
  • Functional Movement System Trained

Christina Chatfield is a 200 hour ERYT with Yoga Alliance through Radius Yoga Conditioning, FMS (Functional Movement System) trained, Vedic Thai Yoga Assisted Asana Practitioner and Acutonics Sound Therapy Practitioner, and a seasoned leader in the fitness world. Christina’s love of yoga began in a gym and evolved into a full time passion. Yoga has changed Christina’s perspective on fitness and how she creates a healthy and functional body, mind and spirit.

She found that feeling good in her body correlated with feeling connected spiritually emotionally and mentally as well. This connection constantly inspires Christina to become more knowledgeable of how our bodies work, how important proper breathing is and knowing that the biomechanic of breath directly impacts how our bodies move. When Christina teaches she tries to inspire her students to find greater awareness of their own bodies to create well being.

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Victoria Hawkins (Yoga/Belly Dance Instructor and Counselor)

  • Empath Yoga 200 Hour RYT Yoga Instructor Certification
  • Levels 1 & 2 Radiant Child Yoga Certification
  • Hatha Yoga Certification
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Certified Stress Management Consultant
  • Certified Medical Meditation Consultant

Victoria Hawkins, LCSW, E-RYT is an artist, author, psychotherapist, yoga and dance instructor, mom, and avid nature explorer. She has a passion for holistic health and wellness, and believes that all people can rediscover their peace and joy by looking within. Victoria began her yoga journey back in 1998 when she tried a yoga class at the local gym to keep her dancer’s flexibility.

She quickly noticed that the practice of yoga was doing as much for her mind as it was for her body, and she was hooked. Since that time she has practiced mindfulness and yoga for herself, and has created a Whole Self approach to working with students and clients of all ages; incorporating art, creative movement, wisdom teachings, creative writing, psychotherapy and mindfulness meditation.

She earned a Bachelors of Social Work in 1996 and Master of Social Work in 1997 from Florida State University, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida since 2001.   Victoria is trained in Hatha Yoga through WendyFit, 200 hr YA approved training in Empath Yoga, and children/adolescent yoga certification in Radiant Child Yoga, Levels I, II and III, Street Yoga, Love Your Brain Yoga, and Shamanic Reiki.

Victoria is also the Executive Director of Anahata Earth, Inc., an organization brining yoga, mindfulness and the arts to all ages and abilities in our community. 

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Mary Olbruck Derkevics (Yoga Instructor)

  • Prana Vinyasa 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification

Mary attended her first yoga class in 2004.  She was always active and interested in fitness whether it be lifting weights, spinning, or running.  After her first yoga class,  she knew immediately she needed to incorporate yoga into her exercise routine.  She loved the way it made her feel mentally and physically.  In 2010, after having her daughter, she continued her practice and came to the realization that not only practicing yoga but, teaching and sharing it with others was her lifelong dream and passion.  Mary first and foremost, reminds her students that "Yoga is a Journey."  She loves to incorporate fun and challenging poses in her classes including arm balances but, also teaches her students how to utilize their breath throughout their practice whether it be going deeper into poses or calming the mind.  She is a graduate of the Prana Vinyasa 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.

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Leslie Lemmon (Yoga Instructor and Massage Therapist)

  • 200 Hour Yoga CYT Certification
  • Licensed Massage Therapist

Leslie is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, as well as a licensed Massage Therapist. Leslie shares insight from her personal journey of yoga beginning as recuperation from a terrible car accident. She found that yoga helped regenerate nerves injured by complications of surgery and decreased her constant neck and back pain. Her teaching style fosters the peace and balance of a well rounded practice, a peaceful meditative presence to unite the mind, body and spirit.

Kashi Heynis (Yoga Instructor and Counselor)

  • 200 Hour RYT Yoga Instructor Certification
  • Street Yoga Certified
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Kashi is a certified 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher, graduate of Pose by Pose, trained in Trauma Aware yoga with Warriors at Ease and Street Yoga.  Kashi began her personal yoga journey in 1997, after taking yoga as an elective at Ball State University (Indiana).  After a long sabbatical from the yoga mat (and a Lot of life experience), Kashi rekindled her practice with Trinity Yoga Studio in 2011.   Kashi's teaching approach is an eclectic blend of mindfulness and self-exploration.  Kashi has a strong passion for music, so you never know what kind of playlist she will bring to class.  If you are looking for a space to unwind, find balance, and feel at ease just as you are, try a class with Kashi.

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Kashi provides guidance and support to her clients with a holistic approach to mental wellness.  Kashi is certified in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), an evidenced based eye movement technique for deep healing and emotional liberation.  In just 3-5 sessions, ART provides deep and lasting relief.  The results are quite amazing.  Sessions are offered in the healing office at the studio.  Kashi also provides therapy out of Root Cause Medical Clinic in Tampa, a wonderful place for integrated holistic wellness. 

As an American Canoe Association Standup Paddleboard instructor, Kashi also enjoys taking people out onto the water to explore the wonders of nature and to disengage from the daily grind.  Kashi hopes to inspire people to discover the callings of their heart, finding a deeper sense of self-love and purpose. 

Terry Stanley (Yoga Instructor)

  • 200 Hour RYT Yoga Instructor Certification
  • Restorative Yoga 101

Terry Stanley –On a mission to improve her health and well-being, Terry attended her first yoga class at age 67 just to see what it was all about. Being out of shape and overweight, she found a corner in which to hide, but most importantly, she discovered a welcoming and loving home at Trinity. While slowly gaining strength, flexibility and confidence, she embarked on a mission to learn as much as she could. Feeling better and seeing an improvement in health made the mission even more important. Eventually she even came out of the corner!

Anahata Earth Yoga Teacher Training provided the opportunity to learn more about the yoga lifestyle. Being a retired Pasco County school teacher, teaching yoga was, at first, just a remote possibility. As she neared the end of training she felt a passion to teach. Now, as a 70-year-old yoga teacher, there is a special place in her heart for anyone, of any age or any size who is trying to improve their health and well-being. She teaches Gentle and Hatha classes with a sense of humor and compassion.

She truly believes that you are never too old to improve your health, learn something new, set another goal, or to dream a new dream!

Samira Zenios

Samira Zenios (Yoga Instructor)

  • Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Member

Samira Zenios – Samira is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance through Catvari Yoga. She began her yoga journey back in 2008, she found that yoga helped with her breathing that she no longer needed her Asthma inhaler. Yoga changed her life, she finds calm in the face of challenging situations as she focuses on her breath. Samira wishes to share the gift of Yoga and help make the world a more peaceful place.

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Pam Reed (Yoga Instructor)

  • Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Member
  • Certified in 5 Elements Yoga ®
  • Certified in Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra ®
  • Nationally Certified Speech Language Pathologist
  • Member of Yoga Alliance and Suncoast Yoga Teachers Association

Pam Reed discovered yoga in the ‘80’s when she studied with Allen Bateman in NYC. Pam had an acting career and also trained in dance and voice prior to becoming a speech language pathologist.

Pam’s Yoga Certification is Prana Flow™ (Shiva Rea), and she is continuing her studies and moving toward earning her 500-hour certification with the belief that you never stop learning.

In taking Pam's class, students will experience yoga based on the Prana Flow™ system along with 5 Element Mudras and Yoga Nidra. She believes Yoga is a work-within not just a work-out.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi

Taye Ph (Yoga Instructor)

  • 200 Hour RYT Yoga Instructor Certification

Taye Ph –I first began practicing yoga in 2008 as a way of coping with the stresses of work and life. At first it was a form of physical exercise - something that I practiced to give me clarity of mind, vital energy, and balance in my hectic life. However, over time, practicing yoga has allowed me to become more dedicated to the art and to what is truly important. As I continued my practice of yoga as an avid yogi, I have always felt I that wanted to grow more in my journey. The opportunity came in early-Summer 2014 when I was able to complete Missy's Creative Flow 40 hour teacher training at Studio 108, Tampa. Later in early-Spring 2016, I completed the 200 hour RYT training & Yin Yoga Immerson and became Yoga Alliance Certified.

Throughout my many years of experience, I have come to see yoga as a way of life. Yoga gives me the principles, virtues and structure that guide my daily choices and relationships with the world and the people around me. I have further realized the importance of building positive relationships with everything and everyone around me and avoiding negative situations. Yoga has helped me become grounded in all aspects of life and to grow as a person. Moreover, my practice gives me the tools I need to tackle challenges, to find balance and peace, and to be flexible when life calls for it.