Katie’s love for movement and physical fitness began at an early age as a ballerina. She studied dance throughout her childhood and into her young adult years when she also began teaching.
In 2010 she attended her first Bikram yoga class and in 2013 began expanding her practice to include Hot Flow, Vinyasa and Power Yoga classes. Yoga fulfilled her need for movement as well as helping her to find strength from within. Her practice has changed her life and has confirmed her passion to teach as well as be a guide for others down the path to physical, mental and spiritual growth.
Katie Is a RYT 200 and completed her training in 2013. Her teaching practice reflects her belief that we need to listen to our bodies and be kind to them. Her goal is to provide a class that helps you disconnect from the world outside of the studio so that you can positively connect with your mind and body.
As the proud owner of The Koa Yoga Studio I pinch myself everyday. I love our community and all that we are building together. I thank you for your continued support, love and friendship. See you on the mat!
Carolyn was introduced to Hatha Yoga in 2001 by a friend while living on Cape Cod. After being diagnosed with lupus in 2003, she began practicing regularly to maintain her health in living with the disease. After seeing yoga’s physical and spiritual benefits, she deepened her practice throughout the 2000’s practicing power yoga, vinyasa, and learning to relax with restorative yoga.
Carolyn completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Life and Theater Arts at Wheelock College in Boston, MA in 1996. After teaching preschool for four years, she decided to follow her passion of helping others, and went to nursing school. Carolyn worked as a nurse on Cape Cod until relocating to Florida in 2005.
In 2011, while working as a nurse in the Tampa Bay area, Carolyn decided to embark on her other passion of becoming a yoga instructor. She completed her RYT 200 in Vinyasa Yoga with LeShan Barrios, ERYT at Jai Dee Yoga and Wellness Studio in Tampa, FL, and is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance.
In 2014 Carolyn completed her certification in Pre-Natal Yoga through the Yoga Education Institute. Carolyn loves yoga’s potential to help adults and children find calm, balance, and openness in an often chaotic world. She brings sensitivity to her teaching style and hopes students will find her classes welcoming, accessible and healing.
Terry studied under Ellen MacKay (E-RYT) and Megan Hochheimer (RYT-200) of Karma Yoga in Valrico, Florida. She also studied under Jean Martin (E-RYT, RYT-500, RCYT) with Yoga Ed Institute I for specialized training in children’s yoga. Terry truly enjoys working with beginner and intermediate students, focusing on the foundations of yoga, healthy alignment, and helping others to experience the joy, peace, and calm that yoga can bring.
Terry believes that yoga can benefit everyone, no matter what their physical ability, age, or fitness level. She emphasizes listening to your body, proper breathing, stretching, and the non-competitive nature of yoga. Terry has been involved in teaching and mentoring for over twenty years. Prior to becoming a yoga instructor, she was a drug prevention/healthy living specialist working in Hillsborough County schools for nine years, and volunteered as a Girl Scout leader for over twelve years. Terry is married and the mother of three daughters ages 16-25.
Here at Koa, Terry features on our schedule Tuesday and Thursday mornings bringing a balanced blend of morning stretches and warm-ups, gentle flow, and restore/renew poses. After class on Tuesday, enjoy a hot cup of the “Morning Blend of the Day!” The perfect way to start your day.
Passionate about helping others improve their physical balance and mental well-being, Donna came to yoga like many people do; in search of greater health.
Diagnosed with osteopenia at a young age and placed on medication for the maximum suggested usage period of 6 years, she knew she had to find alternative methods of managing her condition. Despite routinely walking and doing weight bearing exercises, her bone scan results were worsening. After some research, she decided to add the practice of yoga to her routine. One year later, her bone scan showed impressive improvement! The only change to her life style was a committed yoga practice and she remains convinced that yoga was the key to her improved bone health.
Through her classes Donna hopes to help others cultivate strength, balance, inner peace, and overall wellbeing.
Susan is a ray of sunshine. Through the yoga practice, she has the ability to make you fall in love with yourself in a new light. Her classes are playful as she leads you through the basics with humor and ease.
Coleen began practicing about 10 years ago after dealing with some difficult life changes and was
looking for something different. After taking a few classes at a local gym, she was hooked by the
continuous challenge and it became a new routine. After a few years of deepening her practice, she
knew she wanted to share this passion with everyone she could. Coleen completed her teacher training
at Yogani in Tampa, back in 2013/2014 at 8 months pregnant.
Coleen teaches a Vinyasa style based class. Coleen’s passion for Vinyasa flow style comes from the
“alive yet relaxed” feeling state that you will have by the time you finish class with her.
You can expect her class to incorporate a variety of music and aimed to accommodate different
experience levels so EVERYONE is welcome! Coleen wants everyone that joins her class to feel a strong
sense of community.
Coleen believes yoga provides so many benefits beyond just the physical. It’s about connection the
mind, body and spirit. Yoga is a great teacher for dealing with life’s moments.
KIMBERLY MCGUIRE | RYT-200. Yoga has been a part of Kim’s life since 2008. She started practicing yoga as a low impact option after a knee injury and became hooked on its many healing and therapeutic benefits. In 2016 she enrolled in Teacher Training so she could share the many benefits of a yoga practice, with the goal of positively impacting the lives of students. She completed her 200hr certification in 2017 at Asana Yoga, Brandon in their Find Your Voice Teacher Training program.
Kim’s classes will create space for you to dive deep into the journey of yourself. You can expect to flow while building strength, challenging your mind and maintaining alignment that is true to your body. You will be guided through a balanced practice as you learn to let go, relax and develop compassion. Her teaching reflects her belief that we are always evolving and that when we explore something new on the mat, we find something new within ourselves.
I found a love for yoga several years ago not knowing exactly what it was all about but just that I felt great every time I attended a class. Each time I left feeling, relaxed, joyful, positive, and energized. After exploring different types of yoga in both Florida and Colorado, I began incorporating Vinyasa, Power, Restorative and Gentle flow into my practice on a regular basis. It was then I realized the positive impact yoga was having on my mind and body and I wanted to make it a permanent part of my lifestyle.
I was blessed with the opportunity to attend Yoga Instructor training and received my 200 RYT Instructor Certification in March of 2019 through the Find Your Voice Teacher Training Program. Prior to becoming an Instructor, I worked in the Healthcare Insurance industry for more than 30 years. It is my passion to do something which would allow me to bring positive energy, joy, strength and well-being to others. Through teaching asanas, relaxation and mindfulness my hope is to share with students the many benefits that Yoga has to offer. My intention for every class is that students will arrive feeling welcomed and happy to be on their mat, and leave feeling refreshed and energized.
Jenna has been studying the Yoga traditions for over 10 years. She is an ERYT200/RYT500, RPYT, and YACEP teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. It is her love of movement, anatomy and knowledge of the inner self that brought her to the practice. In classes she teaches accessibility of all poses in the Iyengar tradition while adding her knowledge of anatomy to bring greater awareness and understanding of the postures. She accepts, encourages, and teaches to all levels of practice and bodies. When practicing with Jenna you will feel at home in the warm and loving environment that is created through the acceptance of all people, young and wise.
Patty was first introduced to Barre in 2013. An avid runner, she was looking for a way to strengthen her knees and core. After seeing the benefits of Barre, she decided to pursue a certification to teach it. She studied and completed the Barre program in 2015 and has since added Barre Pilates Fusion. She is both an ACE certified personal trainer and Ace certified group fitness instructor. In addition, she is certified in SPIN and SMR self myofascial release.
When teaching Barre, Patty tries to focus on functional exercises or ADL (activities of daily living). She believes that making the body strong and balanced helps to protect us from injuries and allows us to stay active no matter our size, shape, or age. Barre has an emphasis on posture and core. Movements are small but very intense and controlled.
Patty completed her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1988 and her Master's in Elementary Education in 1999- both from USF. She has worked as an elementary school teacher for 30 years in Hillsborough County. She has a passion for running and regularly runs races that include 5K, 10K , half marathons, marathons and Spartan.
I have worked with the different styles and techniques in martial arts (kung fu, jujitsu, eagle claw, white crane, and capoeira). I strongly believe in self- culture through the practice of tai chi ; the balance coordination and the inner strength one achieves by practicing tai chi.