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 & fitness instruction, private reiki & pranic healing sessions and nutritional coaching.

Hari Amar

Although Hari was surrounded by spirituality, in the form of yogic practice and meditation from early childhood, it was not until later in life that he became fully immersed in the science and practice of yoga. Through his time spent in corporate settings, he saw firsthand the readily apparent need for and applicability of these practices to assist in reducing daily stress, improving overall health and well-being, and coming in touch with the true Self, the inner guru. With each passing day, Hari falls deeper in love with the practice. As a student and disciple of Gurudev Shri Amritji, Hari continues to selflessly serve others, so they may directly experience the transformational shifts, both personally and professionally, that he has been so fortunate to witness for himself. He shares these gifts, through his Presence and devotion, so that others may continue to help themselves help others.
E-RYT 200; RYT 500

Hari was formerly the Director of Growth and Development at the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs, FL where he assisted and taught in I AM Yoga® Teacher Trainings, I AM Yoga® Advanced Teacher Trainings, I AM Yoga Nidra™ Professional Trainings, and a variety of other programs that are held domestically and internationally.

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.

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.

 

After graduating from USF with my Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a minor in Nutrition, I wanted to pursue my passion of helping others to be their best self! Motivated by the potential to always do and be better, I strive for excellence in myself and others. As a health and wellness coach for Hands at Heart Yoga, I provide my clients with my own personalized nutrition plan and weekly coaching sessions to ensure growth and progress on their journey to a happier and healthier lifestyle. I also train my clients weekly in my Fit Fusion Body Burn class that combines strength training with yoga movements to provide an effective and fun overall total body workout! I believe a healthy mind and body is key to accomplishing anything you want in life! I believe this to be true for myself and others, so I will do whatever it takes to make my dreams, as well as those of others, come true!

Natalie Putnam

Natalie found yoga in 2013 as an outlet from the fast-paced world of professional life. Immediately, yoga resonated with her as a way to improve not only her physical, but mental well-being. From there, her passion fueled a new journey. Fast-forward to today and she is now a 200hr YTT, under Ally Ford. Her goal is to share her love of yoga with all ages and abilities, making everyone feel welcome. She not only loves teaching yoga but practicing as well. She receives daily inspiration from all her different instructors and hopes to never stop learning. Natalie enjoys teaching all types of yoga, but focuses on Vinyasa, Hatha and Power Yoga. She loves spending time outdoors and in her spare time enjoys time at the beach, kayaking, biking, and hiking in the mountains with her husband and daughter.

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.

Forest Spall

Forest came to Yoga while recovering from ankle surgery. As a combat veteran Forest and his family could clearly see that the treatments the Veterans Administration was offering was not working. Through what most would call a last-ditch effort, he reached out to a local non-profit that happened to be holding space for a gentle yoga and iRest class that day. Little did he know what dramatic life changing events were about to unfold from just one yoga class. To this day, he is unable to explain or describe the feelings he had after his first class, all he knew is that he wanted more. As Forest continued to practice yoga as much as his body would allow, his teachers and others started seeing something in him that he could not. They kept encouraging him to attend a yoga teacher training. Limiting beliefs such as “I will only be able to practice gentle yoga” delayed teacher training until his teacher rebutted his “I can’t afford” with just show up we will figure it out”, at that point there were no more excuses. When he first came to Yoga his worries were whether or not he would be wheelchair bound and now his worries are if he can make it to 6 am Mysore in the morning. Through teaching or sharing the practice of Yoga, Forest finds that the entire world shuts off and nothing else matters. Forest is an Expert Registered Yoga Teacher Hours (ERYT 200 HRS) and an iRest Level 1 Teacher. Forest teaches all forms of yoga but his specialty is Gentle Yoga with iRest. He also has extensive experiences with working with trauma informed yoga and adaptive yoga.

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