Meet Our Fitness & Wellness Experts
Virna Lichter is originally from Brazil and came to the U.S. to study at University of California, Berkeley. She has been working in the fitness industry since 1997 when she graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. She is a certified ACE Personal Trainer, Weight Loss and Nutrition Specialist. She has experience as a fitness director in the corporate fitness industry; and has worked in several major corporations such as Verizon, TECO and AEG Transamerica developing wellness and fitness programs for employees.
Virna has 30 years of martial arts training in several modalities such as traditional Japanese Karate, Muay Thai, Judo, Mixed Martial arts and is a black belt in Tae-Kwon-do. Virna has always been involved in fitness but it was through a personal training client that she was first introduced to yoga in 2009. She found that yoga and meditation brought balance to her body and mind and dove deep into the practices. After seeing the inner transformation that it was brought into herself, she wanted to share that knowledge with her clients. She started studying the practices under the guidance of masters and teachers such as Tara Stiles, Sadhguru and Deepak Chopra. Energia is the fruit of Virna’s passion to help her clients achieve results and live fuller and happier lives.
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Lin Sarla Howe, E-RYT500 Yoga Instructor
Lin is a certified and registered yoga instructor that has been teaching yoga since 1996. She has practiced yoga for over 40 years and her classes are primarily for people who would like to gain flexibility and create a healthy and stress-free life. Lin’s class is best for beginner/intermediate level and may be practiced by most students. Yoga practices include pranayama (breathing), asanas (yoga postures), and a reward of yoga nidra (deep relaxation). Lin has produced her own yoga DVD, and her passion for the discipline shines through in her instruction and personality.
Verena is a Florida native originally from Clearwater, Florida. She has always had a love for the outdoors and nature. She began practicing yoga while practicing 5 years of physical Therapy Technician work at an Outpatient sports and Rehab Clinic. She immediately fell in love with not only the physical practice of yoga, but also the philosophy aspect. She decided to pursue the study of Hatha yoga. She finished her 200 hour certificate and is currently working on her 500 hour training. Her goal in teaching is to guide others to find their inner peace and happiness through the practice of yoga. She believes that yoga has the ability to transform all aspects of a persons life including mind, body, and spirit. Her classes focus on expanding the breath, core strength, and balancing muscle tone and flexibility through creative sequencing.
Daniel Bianco, Yoga Instructor
Daniel Bianco has been leading yoga classes since 2011 sharing his teachings and helping people achieve small quality of life improvements in each class. Daniel is passionate about helping others help themselves. He believes that yoga is a form of self therapy for the mind, body and spirit, and that everyone can learn and benefit from it. It’s not the destination, it is the journey that counts. No matter which stage of life you are, Daniel is confident that he can guide you to the next step in your practice. He provides modifications tailored to your individual needs.
I began practicing yoga in 2011. I was at a point in my life where I needed something to change, and yoga created a landslide- that ultimately altered the course of my life for the better. I found peace and happiness in my personal practice that eventually turned into a passion to share that peace with others. I feel strongly that yoga is my purpose.
My training is Hatha based. Strongly influenced by my teachers – I feel it is important to focus on fundamental poses. My favorite part of instructing is watching students rise from savasana. It is so satisfying to see a sparkle in their eye, and the relaxation on their face. To me, that is the ultimate in positive feedback.
When not teaching yoga, I can be found at the beach with a book in my hand, in the garden, or perhaps making soaps, and cooking.
Mack graduated with honors in Psychology at USF and is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Registered Yoga Teacher. While at USF he focused on developmental psychology and philosophy, while maintaining an interest in technology and progressive culture. He used yoga and meditation, self-hypnosis and visualization to actualize his goals, provide personal insight and creativity, and maintain his motivation and self-discipline. Mack has devoted his unique experience and knowledge toward guiding others to use the power of their intention and awareness to achieve their highest potential. He has successfully counseled hundreds of clients with six years of hypnotherapy services and ten years of yoga experience. Mack completed the Yoga Alliance approved 200 hour teacher training at Satya Life Yoga Studio and now lives in Tampa with his wife Heather and son Theo.
Taslema was a helicopter pilot and flight instructor. With plans to become a yoga teacher “later on in life” her demanding aviation career was on the rise and her interest in yoga was left on the back burner. Three years ago health concerns led her away from aviation and on the path to holistic healing. Her passion for yoga was re-ignited and she completed the Yoga Alliance approved 200hr program at Om My Yoga in Harrisburg, PA. During her training she realized not only did she want to teach yoga, she wanted to help and guide others though their journey as her teacher had with her. She now lives in Tampa with her husband Omar and has goals of completing the FL approved Ayurvedic Nutrition Course.