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Meet The Team

Ashly Phan Ashly Phan

I came across hot yoga over a decade ago and fell in love with what it did for my mind, body, and spirit. Since then, yoga has been a tremendous part of my life and I find much gratitude in sharing my practice with others. Hot power yoga is my jam because I love a good sweat! When I’m not in the studio, you can find me weight training at the gym or teaching kiddos science in the classroom.

Jennifer Swaringen Jennifer Swaringen

I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years. After many years of practicing as a student at Trinity Yoga Studio, I completed my 500-hour yoga teacher training at The Lotus Pond in Tampa. My goal is to make yoga accessible to all levels of students by offering plenty of guidance and modifications. The principles of yoga have greatly influenced and improved my life and I am grateful for the opportunity to share the magic and healing of this practice with others.

Taye Phan Tay Phan

500 Hour RYT Yoga Instructor Certification
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 Immersion and became Yoga Alliance Certified.

Christine Friedson Christine Friedson

Christine has been practicing yoga since 2006, when the very first studio opened in Matawan, New Jersey where she lived. In 2011 she was introduced to Reiki and completed her level one class. This gave her a desire to bring the two practices together and in 2015 she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training. Christine is a Reiki Master and loves to watch the benefits the practice has brought to so many. She lives in New Port Richey with her husband, Jeff and her four-legged girl, Kim.

Susie Dreiling Susie Dreiling

Susie holds designations as an E-RYT 500 and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). She has certifications as a Relax and Renew Level 1 Instructor by Judith Hanson Lasater, iRest Level 1, is a Certified Warriors at Ease Teacher (L2), an O2X Yoga Specialist, and recently completed the Functional Anatomy for Yoga, Movement, Performance and Pain Specialists course. Prior to her retirement in 2020, Susie worked 23 years as a federal law enforcement veteran and investigated high profile violent crime and white collar criminal cases. She also achieved the designation as an Advanced Instructor early in her career. Subsequently she taught the Instructional Systems Design process and certified countless personnel from state/local/international law enforcement entities, frequently serving as the Lead Instructor. Susie held designations as a General Police Instructor, Advanced Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Physical Fitness Advisor, and Active Shooter for Civilians Instructor. Given her decades-long experience instructing to and as a first responder, Susie primarily teaches Hatha and Gentle Yoga classes, with specific focus on functional movement patterns, chronic fatigue & injuries, and countering repetitive use movements. Students at Trinity Yoga affectionately refer to her classes as “physical therapy yoga”.

Michelle Smith Michelle Smith

RYT 500 RPYT (prenatal) iRest Yoga Nidra – Level 1 Warriors At Ease Teacher – Level 2 Reiki II Additional training includes: Yin Yoga (15-hour); Outreach (at-risk youth; domestic shelters) (20 hours); Seniors – mobile, limited mobility, bed-bound, and end-of-life (30 hours); Chair yoga; Hot Yoga Immersion (26&2 series); Post Natal specific (6 week course); Ashtanga – Primary Series, making it accessible (Kino McGregor – 25 hours) I started teacher training with the intent of deepening my knowledge of this ancient practice once I realized it was so much more than exercise and fun. As someone with a traumatic childhood and a propensity for anxiety, a love for every aspect of yoga and a belief in the healing power of the tools it provides is what motivates me to share. Taking a class with me, you can expect a warm smile, a calm and nurturing space with a focus on using the breath to guide movement, developing a deeper sense of body awareness and plenty of modifications to serve every body type.
500 Hour CYT,Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra, Reiki II – Usui System, Teaching Seniors Therapy Certification

Mac Johnson Mac Johnson

I started my yoga journey in 2011. I came to Trinity Yoga in 2013 and found my home. The teachers were so kind and accepting, after 6 years I embarked on a journey to learn more and became a teacher. I studied and completed the Ashtanga Teacher Training in 2017. In 2018 I completed a 40-hour training with Jennifer Reis the founder of Diving Sleep ® Yoga Nidra. I have learned that Yoga is a way of life and not just an exercise routine. Sharing the knowledge and philosophy with the students has brought me great joy. Yoga has truly transformed my life. Namaste!

  • 200 Hour RYT Certification Ashtanga
  • Divine Sleep ® Yoga Nidra certified
  • Member of Yoga Alliance
  • Yoga for PTSD
  • Meditation Certification
  • Vinyasa Flow Certification
  • 300 hr. Certified

Pam Kaplan Pam Kaplan

I first discovered yoga as a young aspiring actress in NYC. I was studying acting, voice and dance and yoga helped ground me as I tried to survive the role of a starving actress/waitress. Over the years, my career has spanned from actress and voiceover talent to adjunct professor and voice coach and now, as a speech language pathologist. In 2010 I decided to begin to take my yoga to the next level and began seeking out yoga trainings. Discovering Shiva Rea (Prana Flow) was such a gift! This style of yoga allows for freedom of movement, flowing with the breath. To move without fear, to allow the body and breath to come together – this was MY yoga! Over the next 10 years I continued my education in the yoga world seeking out master teachers (Rodney Yee, Sean Corne, Maty Ezraty, Rod Stryker, Cyndi Lee and others). I also traveled multiple times to Kripalu to dig deeper into meditation with Sharon Salzberg and Kirtan with Krishna Das and Jai Uttal. I have earned my E-RYT 500 and I am a YACEP Yoga Alliance Certified Educational Provider. Please join me at Trinity Yoga for Hatha and Slow Flow. I’d love to help you find your freedom on the yoga mat.
Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti – Peace in body, speech, and mind

Samira Zenios 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.
Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Member

Terry Stanley Terry Stanley

When I started taking yoga classes at Trinity Yoga, I knew I was in the right place and doing the right thing. I discovered a welcoming and loving home and continued a life-long journey of learning as I regained my health, strength, flexibility, and confidence.Teaching has always been a passion. I spent 30 years teaching elementary school in Pasco County, but I also found time to teach water skiing, Israeli folk dance, and American squares and contras. I guess I was destined to become a yoga teacher as well!Now, as a “senior” yoga teacher, there is a special place in my heart for anyone, of any age or any size, who is trying to improve their health and well-being. I teach Gentle and Hatha classes with compassion and a sense of humor, and because I personally know the value of meditation, it is always a part of my classes.I truly believe that we are never too old to improve our health, learn something new, set another goal, or dream a new dream!

  • E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance)
  • YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider)
  • Level 1 iRest and Level 1 Warriors at Ease

Mary Derkevics Mary Derkevics

I attended my first yoga class in 2004. I was always active and interested in fitness whether it be lifting weights or running. After my first yoga class, I knew immediately I needed to incorporate yoga into my exercise routine. I loved the way it made me feel mentally and physically. In 2010, after having my daughter, I continued my practice and came to the realization that not only practicing yoga but, teaching and sharing it with others was important to me and what I wanted to do. I try to first and foremost remind my students that “Yoga is a Journey.” I love to incorporate fun, strength, and challenge in my classes but, I also teach my students how to utilize their breath throughout their practice whether it be going deeper into poses or calming the mind. I am a graduate of the Prana Vinyasa 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.

  • Prana Vinyasa 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification
  • Aerial Yoga Certification

Leslie Lemmon Leslie Lemmon

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.
200 Hour Yoga CYT Certification, Licensed Massage Therapist

Jeannine Laurence Jeannine Laurence

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.
200 Hour RYT Yoga Instructor Certification

Paulina Kalaj Paulina Kalaj

Paulina is dedicated to the path of yoga for bringing stillness and awareness to daily life. She has taught gentle hatha yoga since receiving her RYT-200 in 2015 and most recently will teach at Starkey Ranch on Monday nights. For over 12 years she served as the Director of Communications for a health & wellness company while living in New York and Los Angeles. Last fall she quit her career then sold her home and decided to follow her true heart’s desire – to create a healing farm community – and hopefully convince her family and friends to join. When she’s not practicing or teaching yoga, Paulina spends her time learning about regenerative organic farms and rehabbing an old home in Clearwater.

Paulina is dedicated to the path of yoga for bringing more awareness and ease to daily life. While she began her own yoga practice in 2010 as a fun way to move the body, she quickly found it to be so much more than a workout. In 2015 she received her 200-hour certification and started sharing her love of yoga by teaching gentle movement and meditation at nursing homes. Most recently Paulina teaches hatha, flow, and gentle classes. She is also certified to teach Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga and Yoga for 12-Step Recovery.

200 RYT, SUP Yoga, Y12SR certified

Alicia Martinez Alicia Martinez

Alicia is a Certified Yoga Instructor who is registered with Yoga Alliance. She has completed two 200 hour Teacher Trainings: Yoga Village and Anahata Earth Yoga. She is currently enrolled in a 300 hour registered Yoga Teacher training.

Alicia was introduced to Yoga and healthy living over 30 years ago. She believes that her daily practice of Yoga and meditation have helped to reduce stress, gain mental clarity, and achieve an overall sense of well being. Alicia loves teaching yoga! Her classes include a combination of breathwork, asanas/postures, stretching, movement and relaxation. In addition to teaching Yoga, Alicia completed a Level 1 Sound Healer certification course and received instruction on how to use crystal sound bowls to elicit a sense of calmness, balance, and ease. Alicia hosts and co-hosts special events and classes for students who practice gentle yoga while listening to guided meditation and crystal sound bowls.