Our Instructors

Amy Olshanski

Hands at Heart Yoga owner Amy Olshanski discovered the healing powers of yoga after going through a traumatic experience in her life.

This experience is the sole catalyst of inspiration that led to the creation of Hands at Heart Yoga.

Amy’s certifications include Ashtanga, Rocket & Yin and she is a proud member of the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce with a strong belief in community.

Hands at Heart Yoga has been providing Corporate Yoga Solutions to local businesses in the area, as well as private yoga instruction since January 2014 and now offers a full yoga schedule, private yoga instruction, yoga retreats, private reiki & pranic healing sessions, and yoga teacher training.

Read our May 2021 feature in Tampa Bay News & Lifestyle’s Magazine. 
Read our January 2021 magazine interview.

Dani Abernathy

The mind-body – connection and process of mindfulness, embodiment, and somatic release through yoga and intuitive movement that empowers guests to live their best life is Dani’s biggest goal in her movement practices!
Whether it be through Yoga, Kundalini, Pranayama, Reiki, Access Consciousness Bars, or Herbal Medicine Dani brings to you tools she shares through teaching and offerings for your unique journey.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine, has been a guest speaker on podcasts and in embodiment ceremonies, and works hard to market and bring to the world – exactly what it needs.
Love. Embodiment. Mindfulness.

500 hour Yoga Teacher Trainer
200 hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Certified Master Herbalist
Certified Reiki Master Teacher
Access Consciousness Bars Facilitator
Licensed Spiritual Health Coach
Trained Raindrop and Vitaflex Facilitator

AMAR

I am AMAR (Arleen Maria Abreu Rios). I started the yoga path when I was just a child. Far from knowing that today, I would be able to share this profound passion of connecting and believing in the true loving soul within us. It blows my mind each time that we allow ourselves to witness the magic that happens when trusting that we are all one, and everything that happens is perfectly orchestrated as a beautiful and alive tapestry. I invite you to come and explore deeper into your amazing energy, your impressive spirit, your great mind, and everything that happens beyond your skin, whether in a challenged slow-paced core strength class or in a recovery hour, where we can immerse completely into pampering and revitalizing ourselves with much compassion and gratitude.

I am Yoga Alliance Certified RYT200 (Feb 2016) and almost done with my RYT500. I am also Certified as a Tai-chi instructor (June 2018). I started teaching yoga in 2015, later I also started teaching chair yoga, senior aerobics, aqua fit, and Tai-chi. Today I feel totally grateful to be part of the Hands at Heart Yoga Family and honored to be part of your yoga journey with us.

Lili Brun

Lili began to practice yoga when she first moved to Dunedin, FL from Denver, CO in 2006.  She immediately felt in love with the mind, body & spirit connection.

In July 2015 she received her 200RYT under Ally Ford and Calley Masson where she learned the Mysore style Ashtanga practice and continues to practice it.  She continues to attend yoga classes and workshops to expand her knowledge on yoga and body anatomy.

Lili considers herself a student of Life.  Constantly learning from daily lessons, her own practice, her daughter, students, teachers, friends & family and people she encounters daily.  She follows her intuition and heart leading her to a constant transformation.

Mabel Eiseman

Hi I’m Mabel! I relocated to the Sunshine state in 2021 from the Washington, DC metro area. Born and raised in California, I have always been drawn to the sun, sand, and surf. I still remember walking into my first yoga class in 2008 in a small studio in Baltimore, MD, I have been drawn to the practice ever since. I received my 200 RYT in 2020 through LifePower Yoga, an Ashtanga based training. I believe the true strength of yoga is learning to breathe through the discomforts of life. The chance to be alongside others to breathe through the human experience together is such a blessing and an honour.I enjoy traveling, reading, eating, and being at my favorite place, the beach.

Come join a class and let yourself breathe…and maybe laugh a little:)

Tia Mukherjee

Tia loves to guide yoga classes that feel good while flowing progressively and naturally. Tia believes that yoga is a gift that should be equally accessible to everyone. Tia holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration. When she isn’t immersed in her passion for yoga she facilitates corporate systems training for a Senior Living Company. She credits yoga with helping her find balance and ease juggling work and raising a family. In addition to practicing yoga on her mat, she does her best to live in alignment with yogic principles and absorbs all the knowledge and wisdom she can. She loves to read, watch documentaries, and attends workshops regularly. Tia found yoga in her twenties. She endured successive struggles and stumbled upon a passage from Wayne Dyer about the benefits of yoga. Soon after, she attended her first Vinyasa yoga class. Regular practice helped her ease anxiety and reduce the effects of stress in her life. Tia received her RYT200 and RYT500 at The Lotus Pond in Tampa FL. Tia teaches slow flow, beginners, yin, restorative and gentle yoga. She is a certified meditation teacher and holds certifications in Yin and Vinyasa.

 

Sara Potts

Sara’s yoga journey started in 2000, when she decided to try something new at her gym. She discovered that yoga added another dimension to her vision of wellness. As an athlete, she started using yoga to recover from the physical demands that ultramarathon running put on her body. She also incorporated mindfulness and meditation during her runs to be able to finish 100-mile races.

Sara completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2012 in Tampa Bay. Now retired from ultrarunning, she enjoys endurance cycling and a daily yoga practice. Her intention as a teacher is to help the student uncover their own unique mind and body practice and develop techniques to navigate the waves of life with more ease.

Latanya Quartman

Latanya has been a yoga instructor since 2019. She enjoys teaching and learning different styles. She enjoys travel, reading, dancing, and riding her bike in her spare time. She is a big sports fan originally from Pennsylvania and has lived in Florida for over ten years. She is a reiki master and loves to help heal and guide people in their spiritual journey.

Felicia Rizza

Felicia relocated to the Sunshine state from Oyster Bay, NY. Her professional experience was in cargo transportation, working and then retiring as a Sales Manager for an international airline located in Newark, NJ.  Felicia’s experience in sales also included Licensed Realtor.

In retirement and ready for a change, she and her husband relocated to the Tampa Bay Area.   As an exercise enthusiast, Felicia developed a new passion for yoga.  Felicia completed her RYT200 yoga certification in 2017 and is currently pursuing her RYT500 hour certification.

Felicia’s style is very versatile, able to teach to diverse groups of people, and as a retiree, has a flexible schedule allowing her to sub for those in need at Hands to Heart Yoga.

What Felicia loves most about yoga is that it is a personal noncompetitive practice bonding the mind body and spirit.

Sarah Sclafani

Mother of 4, grandmother of 7.  I obtained my Masters of Psychiatric Nursing from Boston College and worked in that field until I moved to Tampa. I have practiced yoga for almost 30 years. I  am a 500 hr RYT and have certifications in Yin and Chair Yoga.  I teach Vinyasa flow, Hot Yoga, Yin , Pilates, and Silver Sneaker Fitness Classes.  I am also aCertified Reiki Master and combine Reiki with my Yin classes. Yoga is my passion and I love sharing it through teaching. I am so happy to be a part of the Hands at Heart Studio.  I am available there for private Reiki and yoga sessions.

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