All of our instructors 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.
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, RYT 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. Laura often hosts retreats and workshops for her community and fellow teachers and students. 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.
Marion Foster, RYT500
Marion completed her 200 hour training with Yogi Hari's Ashram in the Sivananda tradition, and her 500 hour training with the Lotus Pond in Tampa. Marion has been teaching yoga in the Tampa Bay area since 2007, and her passion is to teach the gentler styles of Yoga. She has completed several other certifications and additional training in this field which includes: Yoga for Arthritis, Yoga for Scoliosis, Yoga for Cancer Patients, Yoga and Mental Health, Advanced Pranayama, Yoga & Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga Nidra, as well as Yoga in the Wheelchair. Marion also holds certifications in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Prenatal Yoga. She is dedicated to helping people realize that happiness, peace, and health already reside within them and that yoga can help to unveil these qualities.
Sarah Gauta, E-RYT500
Sarah has been practicing yoga since 1999 and teaching since 2006. She is trained in the Kripalu tradition, having studied with Deva Parnell and Christopher Baxter at Discovery Yoga St. Augustine where she earned her basic (200-hour), Pre-Natal, and master-level (300-hour) certifications. Sarah grew up playing sports but suffered injuries that left her with chronic pain. When she turned to yoga, she discovered that the benefits of consistent practice went far beyond just physical relief. She has worked with thousands of students from all walks of life throughout the years and enjoys teaching everything from gentle yoga to more vigorous classes that induce a sweat. Her classes are infused with detailed attention to alignment, focus on the breath, 'meditation in motion', and a healthy dose of humor here and there. Sarah also teaches in the Hillsborough County school system, having earned her B.S. in Environmental Biology from USF in 2018. When she is not teaching yoga or school, she loves being outdoors and spending time with her family.
Lynne Houshmand, E-RYT200, RYT500
Lynne's yoga journey began in 2007 when she sought out private lessons as a way to safely bring physical exercise into her life; she was experiencing excessive stress and chronic pain related to several back injuries. In time she discovered that yoga actually provides a platform for overall wellbeing that includes balancing the mind, body, and spirit. She completed the Conscious Flow 200 hour teacher training program in 2010 and she received her 300 hour advanced level certification from the Lotus Pond Center for Yoga and Health in 2015. She has certifications in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Leading Yoga Nidra. She has completed additional training in Yoga for Cancer Patients and Yoga for Arthritis (Teacher Intensive Level 1). Lynne strives to offer well-rounded class experiences that strengthen and improve overall flexibility in a safe and supportive environment. She is dedicated to assisting others experience the healing power of yoga through therapeutic practices. Lynne is also a Registered Nurse and holds a Master’s degree in gerontology. In her spare time she enjoys hiking in the mountains, shell hunting on the beach and creating mandalas.
Robin Trotter, RYT200
After a business career in Human Resources Management, first in corporate insurance then 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. She is eager to pursue further Yoga Teacher Training particularly in Restorative, Yoga Nidra, 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.
Christina Fontana, RYT200
I found my true passion and love for Yoga in 2007. At the time, I was at the peak of my professional career while raising my two boys. I found myself in a constant state of stress and with little or no time to exercise. I quickly learned that yoga practice helped me maintain balance, grow stronger, more flexible, improved my overall health, and gave me peace both on and off the mat. Yoga changed my life for the better and I would like to give that to others. I love to travel and visit yoga studios. I am a small business owner providing technical sales support to the food and agriculture industry here in the US and Latin America. I try to incorporate my understanding of science and nutrition to the practice of Yoga.
Genessis LeBato, RYT200
I have nearly 10 years of yoga experience, am proud dog mom, and have a heart for others. Through my regular yoga practice, I am able to overcome life’s challenges whether physical, emotional, or mental. With the help of my puppy and the power of meditation, I has found that yoga can truly heal. To further use my passion for helping those and my first-hand knowledge of the benefits of a yoga practice, I completed 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training. I am passionate about making yoga accessible and enjoyable to all people. I desire to share the impact yoga has made in my life and would like everyone to know that they belong and there is a place for each unique individual. I am currently seeking my specialization in limited mobility. I can’t wait to meet you out on the mat!