Our Team

All of our teachers are experienced and certified through various Yoga Alliance®-accredited programs. 

They each bring something unique and different to their classes, infusing them with their own style,

training and professional and personal experiences.  

 

Instructors

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Genessis LeBato, RYT200

Having a bit over 10 years of yoga experience, Genessis is a proud dog mom with a strong heart for others. Through a regular yoga practice, she attests to being able to overcome life's challenges whether physical, emotional, or mental. With the help of her puppies and the power of meditation, she found that yoga can truly heal.

 

Taking ownership of the studio in early 2020 had it challenges; doing so during a national pandemic created mountains which needed to be climbed. In meeting those challenges head-on, they became gifts and valuable lessons. Again yoga, and support at home, has helped to get her through it all. With a desire to share the impact yoga has made in her life, she would like everyone to know that they belong and there is a place for each unique individual. She looks forward to meeting you out on the mat!

Genessis currently has specialties in several types of yoga. She is working toward her advanced 300Hour certification as well as a certification in Mediation Leadership.

Robin Trotter, RYT200

After a business career in Human Resources Management in Health & Elder Care, Robin relocated from Connecticut to Florida in 2010. She began practicing Yoga as her Therapeutic Massage business was becoming established. While recovering from a work-related back injury in 2016, Robin received a message during Meditation guiding her to teach Yoga. She thought that was pretty funny because she hadn’t been a serious student of Yoga, but when one receives a message in Meditation, one listens. Robin completed her 200-hour training and became certified through Heartwood Yoga & Retreat Center in Bradenton in 2017, and is also certified in Chair Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Heart Energy Yoga.  She is eager to pursue further Yoga Teacher Training particularly in Restorative, Subtle Yoga, and Therapeutic Yoga.  As a Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki II Practitioner with certification in many manual and energy-based therapies, she believes in blending her healing skills and knowledge with teaching Yoga and Meditation to encourage relaxation while enhancing the body-mind-spirit connection.  

Sabrina Wright, RYT200

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sabrina recently moved to Apollo Beach after retiring from a thirty-two-year career as an elementary school educator, developing a passion for teaching adult fitness classes 22 years ago. Among being certified in many fitness formats, she is an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor.  Within the last five years she embarked upon what she believes to be her most fulfilling leg of this journey in the area of fitness and wellness, and that is the practice of Yoga. First training with the Yoga Fit Training Systems Levels one and two, she taught yoga for two years in Pittsburgh and almost two years in Florida. Recently completed her 200-hour RYT Yoga Teacher Training, she is so excited (for personal and professional reasons) to deepen the practice yoga on a continual basis. Being passionate about teaching and helping people to achieve their personal fitness and wellness goals and objectives, she always does her best to give participants experiences that are professional, fun and will inspire everyone to Choose Movement for Life.

Christina Fontana, E-RYT 200, YACEP

With certification specializations in Yin, Restorative, Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra, Christina is currently working on RYT-500 hours certification at the Lotus Pond in Tampa. She is keen to guide Yoga classes to help find balance, build strength, flexibility and awareness amongst practitioners in a safe and supported environment. 

Christina’s passion is to share the joy of yoga and the freedoms that it bring to one’s mind and body. She encourages her students to use gratitude, kindness and social connection as part of their yoga practice. Her primary focus is alignment to prevent injury during Asana (physical posture), as well as pranayama (breath work) and meditation as a bridge to promote a healthy, abundant life and an overall well-being that can be transferred from the yoga mat to the outside world.

Emily Basford

Yoga training, 200-hour Hatha-focused | Association of Yoga & Meditation Yoga training,

300-hour Iyengar-focused | Association of Yoga & Meditation

NASM Certified Personal Trainer | National Academy of Sports Medicine

Ayurveda Specialist, 35-hour | Association of Yoga & Meditation

Holistic Health Coach | Institute of Integrative Nutrition

Past Life Regression Meditations | The Weiss Institute and The Omega Institute

In 2018, Emily journeyed to Rishikesh, India to learn directly from the masters of yoga and Vedic philosophy. This experience opened her eyes to the power of meditation, sound healing, and self-love. Emily studied yoga and meditation in Rishikesh, India, Health Coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and Personal Training from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She has worked with individuals and groups in yoga, meditation, stress reduction, sound healing, mindfulness, and nutrition. 

Laura Linton, RCYT®, E-RYT 200,  E-RYT 500,  YACEP®,  Y12SR®

Laura began her yoga journey as a breast cancer survivor. Knowing she needed to get her health back she turned to her local YMCA where she instantly found acceptance, love, guidance and wellness. As her body and mind gained strength she looked into teaching what she loved to do. Laura is a certified SCW Personal Trainer, Aqua and Silver Sneakers Strength and Balance instructor, and has over 800 hours in yoga training. ERYT 200, ERYT 500, CRYT and 140 hours of Trauma Specific Yoga (PTSD and Brain Trauma as specialty). Her certifications include Cancer Specialty Training,  Pre-natal and Chair/Senior Yoga, Children's Yoga, Yoga for Cancer, Aerial Therapy, Paddle Board yoga, CPR Pro, First Aid, and Group Fitness Training.  She is also a Reiki Master, a DoTerra Essential Oil Wellness Advocate, and a Live Strong Coach. In her classes she blends traditional Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, incorporating breath work and meditation. Laura is an active member of the International Yoga Therapist Association, Yoga Alliance, and Reiki Association.