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.

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.

Dori Daniel

I am a family first, southern grown, gal with an open heart that craves the connections I make with those on this journey with me. My roots are in Memphis, TN but my need for the energy of the ocean has landed me in Tampa, FL. I have always been passionate about the arts; the beat of a song, the feel of a brush stroke, the need for movement and self-expression are what pulses through my veins. I started dancing at the young age of 4 and realized I was better at expressing myself through my art than with my words. This path led me to receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts with a Dance emphasis from Western Kentucky University.
After college, I followed my dreams to New York City where I danced with a Brooklyn dance company and expanded my education earning my yoga certification with Three Sisters Yoga Collective. The pivotal point in my self discovery was when my husband and I followed our hearts to the warm Florida sunshine. With each shift in my path here I have carved out a place in this community allowing me to help others and guide them on their journey. My family and I now own the local Your CBD Store here in Oldsmar where we educate and provide a premium quality trusted CBD brand, SunMed. I am happy to be joining the Hands At Heart Yoga Family and continuing to spread the joy of dance and expression through art.

Kim Mohr

Kim Mohr was the owner/chef/mastermind of Serendipity Café. The restaurant was largely organic, entirely gluten-free, whole-food-based, where everything was made with love from scratch.

Kim got her start in healthcare when she trained to be a Licensed Massage Therapist at Humanities Center for Massage back in 2004. It was there that she discovered that she had a penchant for anatomy, physiology, and everything related to supporting the health of the human body. She graduated with honors in 2005.

Fast forward to 2007, she enrolled at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Displaying multiple symptoms, including debilitating fatigue, digestive distress, and joint inflammation, she went looking for answers. She found them and graduated from the program symptom-free in 2008 as a Certified Health Coach.

What started as a penchant turned into a full-blown passion. She began coaching individual clients, as well as conducting cooking classes. It didn’t take long before the opportunity to open a restaurant popped up. Over the course of the last decade, she was able to help 10’s of thousands understand that healthy, fresh, organic food can taste amazing through her development of multiple menus, specials, and a meals-to-go program.

Kim’s philosophy on food…

Keep it real, as in whole and unprocessed. Too many people are counting calories when they should be counting chemicals. A diet based on lots of fresh organic vegetables and fruit, lean grass-fed, hormone, and antibiotic-free meats, as well as nuts and seeds, is a great starting point for anyone who wishes to enjoy a high-energy kind of life.  Delicious food=delicious life!

Just recently she rounded out her holistic education with an RYT200 certification in an effort to further encourage people to be the healthiest, most vibrant version of themselves.

Mind, Body, Spirit, let’s go!

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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