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.
Janel Norton (Owner)
Yoga Alliance 200-YTT Certification
500 Hour RYT In Training
Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra Certification
Janel tried her first yoga class in 1992 while covering humanitarian relief efforts in Bosnia, she didn’t understand a word of it (the class was in another language). Fast forward 20 years of working in high stress environments such as war zones, daily newspapers, graduate school, and the biggie--parenting. She always found that a good workout was a great way to keep her sane in the midst of a hectic schedule, but had no idea how physically demanding yoga could be until she stepped into a hot power class at Trinity Yoga. She was hooked! Then, something transformational began to happen. She noticed yoga following her off the mat. Whether it was using the breathing techniques she learned in class to stay calm through heavy traffic, or taking a pause to center before dealing with her prepubescent daughter, she found the after effects of yoga were transformational on many levels. Janel decided to explore yoga further through teacher training, and received her Yoga Alliance 200-YTT certification through the Lotus Pond this past March.
Before the ink could dry, she signed up for their 500-YTT program. Shortly after, she began teaching classes at the very studio where she began her yoga journey, and she later received an offer to become co-owner of Trinity Yoga Studio. As a 500 hour RYT in training and level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra (Integrative Restoration), Janel has the opportunity to share the benefits of the practice with her community by helping others cultivate their own inner peace and strength and healing. Janel is now sole owner of Trinity Yoga Studio, Inc.
Janel is also a co-founder of Veterans Alternative Therapy Center in Holiday, Florida. Veterans Alternative was created to help returning warriors change their post-traumatic stress in to post traumatic growth. The company founders, a Disabled Combat Veteran (Brian Anderson) and a female Combat Veteran (Janel Norton), are dedicated to offering restorative therapies to their brothers and sisters in uniform who are serving or who have served the United States of America.
Tanya Poulos (Yoga Instructor and Massage Therapist)
200 Hour ERYT Yoga Instructor Certification
Licensed Massage Therapist
Tanya has been teaching yoga since 2012 after taking Ally Fords 200hr yoga teacher training, now an 200hr ERYT, along with being a massage therapist (License #MA68857; Establishment #MM28130), she loves teaching all students from beginners to seasoned practitioners. Just as her students learn from her she also learns from them. Tanya teaches Ashtanga based yoga from Mysore to led traditional full and half primary classes, along with power yoga, gentle, private sessions, and other forms of yoga like guided meditations and pranayama practices. Continuing with her education of various workshops she takes that knowledge and shares it with her students. Tanya is a dedicated student of Ashtanga Yoga and always a student first, then a teacher.
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.
Victoria Hawkins (Yoga/Belly Dance Instructor and Counselor)
Victoria Hawkins is a 200 hour RYT Yoga Instructor, Intuitive Artist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Stress Management Consultant, Certified Medical Meditation Consultant and in her spare time- a Belly Dancer. She has been working with families and individuals of all ages “off the mat” since 1996 after graduating from FSU with a Masters in Social Work. Victoria discovered yoga in 1998 in a Bally’s gym in West Palm Beach, FL. Meant to be a way to stay flexible, yoga became a life transforming practice. She received her Hatha Yoga certification in 2008.
In 2011 she received her Level 1 & 2 Radiant Child Yoga Certification. And in 2012 she earned her 200 hr RYT certification in Empath Yoga. Victoria’s yoga style is a balanced fusion of strength, flexibility, and flowing movement. She loves to create an environment where yoga is accessible to everyone in the room; no matter their abilities or experience. Victoria is an avid reader of spirituality texts and ancient wisdom, and she loves to integrate these pearls of wisdom into her “on the mat” practice as she passes her learnings on in a “relevant-to-today” kind of way. Her informal “life” training has come from a variety of sources and teachers, and she looks to live in her Now as she learns to simply Be and to follow her passions where they will lead!
Alison's love for yoga was ignited immediately after she attended her first class. She found that it brought her peace and helped to ground her in the present moment. Each time her mat was unrolled it felt as if she was coming home. After yoga turned from a hobby into a lifestyle Alison decided that she wanted to become a teacher. She became certified with Yoga Alliance in 2010 after receiving her 200 hour RYT with Ally Ford. Also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Alison sees both the mental and physical benefits of a consistent yoga practice and feels blessed to share her passion with others.
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.
Leslie Lemmon (Yoga Instructor and Massage Therapist)
Yoga Alliance 200 Hour RYT 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.
Kathleen Smith (Yoga Instructor)
200 Hour RYT Certification
After attending occasional yoga classes over the past several years, Kathleen did not discover her true love for the practice until early 2013. While her mother went through cancer treatments, Kathleen found the healing power of yoga. She found that yoga helped her relieve stress and find peace of mind. Kathleen began her yoga teacher training knowing it would help her cope with the challenges she was facing. She was intrigued by the practice and wanted to learn more. A self journey that ended with the intention of sharing and teaching all yoga has to offer. Kathleen enjoys a vinyasa style practice and loves to add challenging but fun poses to her classes. She also enjoys the detoxifying nature of hot yoga. Kathleen graduated as a RYT 200 hr from the Lotus Pond Teacher Training Program in March 2014.
Kashi Heynis (Yoga Instructor and Counselor)
200 Hour RYT Yoga Instructor Certification
Street Yoga Certified
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Kashi is a 200-hour RYT graduate of Pose by Pose Yoga. She teaches and promotes through social media for the studio. Kashi's teaching approach is an eclectic blend of mindfulness. Street Yoga certified, Kashi works as a trauma-sensitive yoga instructor for active military and veteran populations as well. Her roles at Veterans Alternative include Retreat Coordinator and Clinical Support (utilizing Accelerated Resolution Therapy). She has a strong passion to share the practice, integrated within her role as a mental health counselor.
As a private Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Kashi provides guidance and support to her clients with a holistic approach to mental wellness. Yoga and meditation are prominent within her approach to leading classes, providing counseling, and within her personal life. 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, lead a happier life, and feel more balanced.
Pam Reed (Yoga Instructor)
200 Hour YTA Teacher Training Program Graduate
Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Member
Pam Reed – RYT, discovered yoga in the ‘80’s when she studied with Alan Bateman in NYC. Music and dance are part of Pam's history. She had an acting career and also trained in dance and voice prior to becoming a speech language pathologist.
Pam is a 2011 graduate of Micheline Berry’s 200 YTA Teacher Training program in Vinyasa Flow/Prana Flow™ (Shiva Rea) and is also certified to teach Five Element Yoga ®. She is a member of the Yoga Alliance (RYT-200). Her compassionate and gentle teaching style and her passion for laughter and storytelling only add to her artful ability to teach young and old alike.
In taking Pam's class, people will experience a loving kindness yoga based in the Prana Flow™ system along with meditation and healing.
Morgan Stout (Yoga Instructor)
Certified 200 Hour Yoga Instructor
Searching for something to ease her spirit in a time of upheaval and uncertainty in her life, Morgan came to yoga. What she found not only brought her comfort, but also a new sense of strength, inspiration, wonder, and self love. After her first practice, she fell in love with yoga and knew she had found her calling.
She kept her practice close to her heart for some years to follow until a series of events led Morgan to dropping everything and living in Costa Rica while completing her first Yoga Teacher Training. It was during her studies in Montezuma that she discovered the true power of the practice, and knew she wanted to make it her mission to share that power with others. Morgan completed her 200 hour teacher training under the guidance of Banyan Gallagher with a predominant focus on Vinyasa yoga.
She strives to bring her students to a place of synergy between mind, body, and breath through mindful and fluid flows while putting an emphasis on cultivating the power within. Her classes are playful, creative, and energetic, offering a taste of challenge while encouraging students to develop their own identity in their practice. She believes the practice of yoga is most profound when the student is given the ability to explore, with the teacher acting as more of a guide. Come to her classes prepared to focus, but not be too serious!
Morgan is also a Reiki practitioner, a frequent traveller, an experienced outdoor enthusiast, a writer, and a past-life viking (ask her about it, it’s cool!). She is a passionately curious student and furthers her studies through daily meditation and asana along with weekly lectures with Banyan Gallagher. She is steadily moving towards completion of her 500 hour YTT certification.
Interested in Teacher Training, Mysore, or Ashtanga? Contact Tanya Poulos at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!