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.
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. To further use her passion for helping others and her first-hand knowledge of the benefits of a yoga practice, she completed the 200-hour training in 2018 and is now passionate about making yoga accessible and enjoyable to all people. Ever continuing her yogic education, Genessis is working toward many specializations to further help her community. 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!
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.
Diane Gill, RYT500
After a successful career in the corporate beauty industry owning a Salon/ Spa locally, Diane decided she wanted to make people as happy and beautiful on the inside as the outside. The best way she knew to do this was through sharing her love of yoga. Having practiced for over 25 years, yoga has always come back into her life when she needed it most – to guide her and give her strength.
Graduating from Bella Prana in 2016, Diane earned her RYT200 certification and began teaching yoga. Not stopping there, she continued her education gaining several specializations including Meditation, Chair, Cancer Recovery, Yin, Beginners and Gentle, Barre and Reiki. Recently, she achieved her 500 hour certification at Heartwood Yoga Institute.
“So many people get intimidated with yoga and I want to invite them into yoga and all the beautiful benefits of helping their body, mind and spirit.”
Be Mindful – Be Grateful – Be Present
Lisa Manning, RYT 200
Lisa grew up in Dunedin, Florida and attended Florida State University majoring in Physical Education Sports Medicine. After graduation, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to live with her college roommate and built her family, of 3 children, there after meeting her husband. Lisa has always loved working out. She never considered yoga until the unthinkable happened in 2017 when her middle child at the age of 18 passed away. For health reasons, wanting to avoid medication, she discovered yoga which helped bring her blood pressure down. She loved yoga so much that she decided to take the training so she could teach. She is RYT200 and is currently working on her RYT500 as well as her Level 1 Barre Certifications. Lisa loved to tell her story so that other will realize how important yoga can be for the mind, body, and spirit. She truly believes that yoga saved her life and wants others to experience a “new love” in yoga as she did. She encourages students to keep working as you never know where yoga will take you. We are all strong, we are all worthy, and we are all warriors!
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.
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.