Ashley Amrita has trained over one hundred yoga instructors since opening her studio in 2011, the Yoga Loft Tampa in sunny Florida. With over a decade of experience as a massage therapist and body worker her aim is to train healers not just asana instructors. She facilitates yoga teacher training programs, workshops and retreats around the world.
Having graduated from the Cayce Reilly School of Massotherapy in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2001, she began her study of yoga at Inside Out Yoga in Norfolk, Virginia and earned her 200 hour level yoga teacher training certificate in 2002. Shortly after, she began teaching yoga at the YMCA and at her father’s Chiropractic Clinic located in Virginia Beach.
In 2004, Ashley began her advanced 500 hour teacher training program and upon completion went on to teach yoga at the Jow Ga Kung Fu studio in Virginia Beach, the Westin Hotel in Beijing, China; the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Tyson’s Corner in Northern Virginia, and in private residences. Apart from being an E-RYT 500 with thousands of hours of yoga teaching experience, Ashley also holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Affairs from George Mason University and a master’s degree in International Relations from Troy University. Her personal goal is to integrate the western understanding of the global body with the ancient teachings and science of yoga.
OSOM’s Team of Instructors
Meditation Instructor, Brother DONALD J. GLASSEY, MSW,DC,LMT
Dr. Glassey graduated from Michigan State University in 1968, the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work in1970, and Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic in 1982. He began his Kriya Yoga spiritual path after reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda. Dr. Glassey met his teacher, Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Parmahamsa Yogananda in 1983. Dr. Glassey is a certified meditation teacher who has been teaching meditation for over twenty years. In 2009 he was ordained by Mr. Davis to initiate students into Kriya Yoga. He currently teaches meditation techniques for two YTT 200 programs. In addition to teaching meditation, he also instructs the students in Anatomy and Physiology, offers a “Meditation Teacher Training Certificate Program” and conducts Kriya Yoga Initiations at Yoga Loft.
Philosophy Instructor, Harish Parupalli
Harish is born and brought up in India before he moved to U.S.A at the age of 21 to pursue his Master’s Degree. From his childhood he was attracted to the spirituality. Inspired by the stories of the Great Yoga Masters, he started learning and practicing Yoga postures, Breathing techniques and Meditation techniques. Being born in a Hindu Family, he was exposed to the Culture and Traditions and always keen to seek the truth behind them. This led him to the study of the Indian Yogic Philosophy whose main goal is Self-Realization or Enlightenment. He considers himself very fortunate to meet and learn from the present day Indian Yoga and Meditation Masters like Baba Ram Dev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Sai Baba and Paramahamsa Nityananda. His course of Study gave him an amazing insight of the nature of Human Body and Mind, nature of the World and The Universal Consciousness, which he is very enthusiastic about sharing with the new Yoga Teacher Trainees. He believes that having a good understanding of the Yoga Philosophy will help in deepening of Yoga and Meditation practice, which in turn leads to a Healthy, Happy and Peaceful attitude towards Life. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Math and Computer Science and a 200 hr RYT Certification from Yoga Alliance.
Ashtanga Specialist, Sara Perez
With a dance, fitness and massage therapy background, movement has been a part of her life for a long time. She became interested in yoga when attending massage therapy school in North Carolina and soon after became an instructor. Sara has a 200 hour yoga teacher training certification and has been teaching yoga for over 14 years. After relocating to Asia, Sara was given the opportunity to continue utilizing her massage therapy and fitness certifications along with her yoga knowledge to bring the United Sates Marine Corps a more balanced way of moving. While living abroad she was able to travel to through Japan and Thailand to broaden her massage and yoga practices. Her teachings include: Prenatal, Hatha, Power, Vinyassa Flow, Ashtanga, and Structural Alignment to name a few.Yoga has become a life changing practice that has given her the opportunity to strengthen her body while nurturing her mind. Sara feels that the knowledge of the physical body with the connection of the energetic body helps her to deepen the practice of her students. She has been a lead instructor in the Yoga Loft 200 YTT program for the past three years.
Yoga & Special Populations, Melissa Nordin
Melissa is an Exercise Physiologist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Anatomy and Physiology Teacher, Fitness Specialist, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Prenatal Exercise Specialist, and Certified Chair Yoga Teacher. She holds a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science and Rehabilitation and is currently a Yoga Instructor, Exercise Physiologist, Health and Wellness specialist, and patient educator in various locations around the Tampa Bay area. She teaches Yoga Anatomy and Physiology to both students and those on the journey as Yoga teachers. She shares her knowledge and passion globally as a contributing writer for The Huffington Post.
Kundalini & TriYoga Specialist, Maggie Batt
Reverend MAGGIE BATT is a spiritual and holistic health consultant, intuitive, certified TriYoga® teacher, herbalist, Certified Advanced Kahuna ARCH®practitioner, Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master, and CertifiedKaruna Reiki® Master Teacher from the International Center for Reiki Training and a Mayan Shaman. She has been practicing and teaching her knowledge for thirteen years. Maggie’s yoga teaching paths are TriYoga® Flow, Kids, Kundalini, Parent/Child and Prenatal.Maggie Batt began her early 20’s studying spirituality, meditation and ritual. In 1999 Maggie became a Reiki Master and at that time, started a serious yoga practice. In 2000, she moved to New Orleans and began teaching Yoga after the birth of her first daughter. It was here she discovered TriYoga ® and has followed that practice since. In 2002, she opened her own yoga studio, Moondancer Studios in New Orleans. In 2004, she moved to Tampa and began teaching spiritual workshops and yoga and began her business Wheels of Light.
Baptiste Trained Instructor, Ed Tucker
Ed Tucker received a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University and a Masters of Science in Financial Planning from Golden Gate University, both in San Francisco, California. Later he completed a 400 hour certification in “Movement Education and Bodywork” from the Institute for Educational Therapy in Berkeley, California, followed by completing a 39 hour certification in “Advanced Conscious Bodywork for Professionals” from the Alive & Well School in Larkspur, California. In 2004, Ed completed the 200 hour “Yoga Teacher Certification” and in 2007 completed a 12 hour certification in “Yoga With Weights” both offered by Sherri Baptiste in Marin County, California. For nearly 9 years Ed was a popular yoga instructor at many facilities in the San Francisco area, and Sherri Baptiste’s first choice to sub her classes before he moved to Tampa Bay in late 2011. Since moving to Tampa Bay, Ed has taught at The Yoga Loft in Ybor and in his home studio in Dover, FL.
E-RYT 500 Instructor & Functional Movement Re-Educator, Dina Georgoulis
Dina is an 500hour certified Yoga Teacher and Functional Movement Re-Educator. She teaches group classes locally in Tampa as well as Workshops, Private Sessions and Yoga Retreats. She has been practicing yoga for fifteen years and successfullyteaching and healing for seven. Dina has a discerning eye for the asymmetric body and her therapeutic style helps bring the body back into structural alignment and creates healthy movement patterns. Dina is also known for her skill in STRESS MANAGEMENT through yoga, meditation and breath work which targets lowering stress levels, quieting the mind and helping others to learn how to deeply relax into their bodies and lives. Dina teaches from a place of deep compassion and life experience and is honored to guide others to a place of inner peace, healing and freedom.
OSOM’s Military Liaison & Yin Yoga Specialist, Melissa Irvine
Melissa has been practicing yoga for over ten years. However, at the beginning of her journey her practice was more about being fit and toned. However, after finding success through the military and a corporate career, she became depressed and unfulfilled. She found that a consistent mindful practice was the only thing that was able help her work through issues and more authentic. She received her yoga certification at the Mindful Yoga Academy in Spain. Melissa opened the studio to help make yoga and healthy living easy and convenient in a community setting. She is also a certified Yoga Gangster and hopes to do more work with at risk populations. She enjoys teaching yoga with a mindful focus, employing awareness with the mind, body, and spirit rather than trying to bend into pretzels (although that can be fun too). In her spare time, he enjoys cooking, gardening, and doing just about anything in the water. She is also the owner of Ignite Your Bliss which combines yoga retreats with fun hobbies throughout the world.
Principle Positivitist & Laughter Yoga Specialist, Positively Pat Conklin
Pat earned her certification as a Laughter Yoga Leader from Dr. Kataria’s School of Laughter Yoga in May 2009—just five months after experiencing her first laughter session—and as a Laughter Yoga Teacher in April 2010, after training with Dr. Kataria himself. Four months later, Pat attended the 2010 All America Laughter Yoga Conference in Albuquerque, NM, where she took advanced training with Dr. Kataria, completed a two-day Laughter Games Workshop with Fun Coach Bernie DeKoven, and began her studies in a laughter coaching program with Katie West—“The Levity Coach” and founder of The Levity Institute. Pat completed the program in July 2011 to become Central Florida’s first Certified Laughter Life Coach.
“The Crystal Bowl Guy” Sound Healer, Author & Motivational Speaker, Ronald Hayes
Ronald is an author, motivational speaker, and international recording artist. He has been practicing and teaching mediation and the power of thoughts and beliefs for over ten years. He extols the value of a healthy dose of humor and a good helping of humility as the base ingredients for any exploration of self and the larger picture of life. In addition, Ronald feels strongly that Truths, and the concepts that underpin them, are simple and do not require a lot of esoteric verbiage in order to be explained. He combines practices, concepts, and experiences from many spiritual traditions and teachings. His books, CDs, and retreats and workshops, are created with the intention of helping others to raise their consciousness and make positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world, by providing them with tools and practices that enable them to discover their own Truth.