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, Fitness Nutrition and Weight Management 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.
You can send Virna a message at email@example.com
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 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.
Holly’s love for health and fitness is why she has joined the Energia Team! As a wife and mother of four (grandmother of one), she knows how important it is to take care of yourself.
She has always enjoyed being able to workout and run with others, which is how she knew personal training was truly her passion. Being a personal trainer has given her the perfect avenue to share that passion and help others to grow in a healthier lifestyle.
She has enjoyed working with the many challenges that come from all ages and fitness levels and looks forward to working with you.
Originally from New Jersey, Melissa has made Tampa her home for the past few years. A graduate from the University of South Florida, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and Anthropology and enjoys traveling the world any chance she gets. She has lived in France, Costa Rica, and spent many summers in Colombia. She has been practicing yoga for 5 years and fell in love with the peace and calmness yoga brought to her life. Now a certified 200 hour RYT, she wants to teach others how to manifest this stillness.
A native of the Florida Keys, Maxi developed a love for the outdoors at an early age; boating, kayaking, long boarding, and simply relaxing in the sun became staples in her weekly routine. Maxi has a deep love for nature, and she especially loves how trees seem to radiate beautiful colors if you stare long enough. Maxi started engaging in the practice of yoga in the 8th grade. She was fortunate enough to have a school teacher who was extremely spiritual and introduced her to different postures and the practice of mindfulness. It was through the practice of mindfulness and yoga in 8th grade that Maxi began to finally apply herself fully in the world of academia. By the end of that school year, she had improved so much in fact that she was awarded a full scholarship to her private school. To this day, Maxi attributes much of her success and spirituality to her 8th grade teacher and the practice of yoga, and she is beyond grateful for the joy it has brought her.
To Maxi, yoga is the process of becoming more aware of the mind/body relationship in a manner that improves an individual’s health and vitality. Postures promote the flow of oxygen throughout the circulatory system and engage both the mind and body. Yoga is not a skill that can ever fully be mastered; it is a lifelong process that is ever evolving. With an extensive background in fitness and mindfulness prior to getting certified at St. Petersburg Yoga, Maxi has developed a passion for helping guide others in the pursuit of spirituality and longevity.
Jen started teaching classes in 2002 because of her love for group fitness. She began teaching group fitness classes but that led her to pilates which led her to yoga. She believes that cross training is very important, which is what drew her towards Energia!
Her certifications include: 200 YTT, Pre-natal Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki level I and II attuned, AFAA Group Fitness, RIPPED, Spinning. She is new to the Tampa area, from Northern Kentucky. and is excited to be a part of the Energia family. She can’t wait to bring her love of yoga, fitness and great music to her classes after all you’re only one workout away from a better mood!
Marisa Christen, Yoga Instructor
Marisa discovered yoga 17 years ago when she walked into a Bikram Yoga class. Finding the practice exhilarating, she continued to explore the depths and the realms of yoga. Within a few months of a regular practice, Marisa began to notice the pain in her back from multiple injuries had subsided. Her energy levels were soaring and her sleep became sound. There was a certain carefree demeanor she had adopted and soon thereafter became aware that yoga was essential to her well-being.
Marisa has dedicated the last 17 years of her yoga practice searching out different styles, various studios, and researching all aspects of yoga. Marisa received her 200 RYT certification in Asheville, North Carolina at Asheville Yoga Center and is currently persuing her RYT-500. There, she truly fell in love with the practice of yoga and became determined to help others with their personal journeys to wellness.
Whether you are ridden with pain or wracked with stress, whether you seek enlightenment or just want to get in shape, Marisa embraces the opportunity to help others discover their well-being through the comprehensive and infinite wisdom of yoga.
Ninth generation born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Tiffany has a background in dance and has always enjoyed movement for fun, exercise and self-expression.
Her life’s path thus far has taken her through a bachelors and a Masters degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling in 2010, both awarded by the University of South Florida (Go Bulls!). During her schooling she discovered Hatha yoga, and has since been a practitioner and a teacher. After she and her husband had their two children she completed her RYT200 in April 2017.
The eight limbed path has always been a driving force in both the religious and yogic setting, even before she was introduced to the practice.
She loves to meet people where they are; all ages, sizes, skill level, and ranges of mobility to grow and blossom together, both on and off the mat. Through chair, restorative, and Hatha flow yoga, holding space for those around her is always a rewarding experience.
So much beauty, peace, and strength is derived from being present and in tune with the self. Through the practice of yoga all are welcome and all are prosperous.