MEET OUR TEACHERS 2018-03-27T09:44:02+00:00

MEET OUR TEACHERS

Kate Berlin

Kate Berlin started her yoga practice 7 years ago when she could no longer recognize her own life. After searching for an outlet that could help her find peace and reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, she decided to give yoga a try. In her yoga practice she found stillness that allowed her space to get perspective to sift through all her negative behaviors and patterns, and make necessary changes. 

Today, she is a certified yoga teacher, certified reiki practitioner, and spiritual coach with a passion for using the tools she has acquired across the span of her life to help individuals navigate obstacles in theirs. She is fascinated by the way the human mind works, especially when it comes to trauma and how it processes in the brain, manifests in the body, and can debilitate a life. Kate believes that by nature we are not only excellent self-saboteurs, we’re also resilient beings that deserve all life has to offer and recognizes that yoga, meditation and breath work are valuable tools in coming back to our true nature.

When Kate isn’t at the yoga studio, she is the Executive Director and founder of a 501c3 nonprofit organization called Purple Dot Yoga Project whose mission is to support and empower individuals affected by domestic violence and trauma using yoga as a healing tool. 

Aida Abdurahman

Aida was first introduced to yoga in 1996 when there were not many yoga studios around. She was so inspired by how yoga transformed her life for the better that she kept a dedicated practice ever since. She has been fortunate to have studied and practiced yoga with highly qualified and respected Spiritual Beings such as Ana Forrest, Nzazi Milonga, Saul David Rye, Shiva Rea, Eric Shiffman, Annie Carpenter and Swami Omanand Ji and many more.

Aida is a qualified International Yoga teacher and holds an E-RYT 500. She teaches Yoga passionately to bring about self-realization, transformation, and a deeper listening and silence from within. Her classes are gentle but challenging, focused on mindful breathing and body mind connection. She has been teaching group and private Yoga since 2006. Her intention is to share her vast experience to inspire, educate, motivate and empower her students to awaken to their full potential to live a balanced life style. She holds a huge space for her students to be who they are on their yoga mat and is always ready and happy to answer any questions they have. When she’s not practicing yoga, she likes In-line skating, gardening, hiking, tennis, beach hammock, SUP, dancing, TaiChi, and enlightening conversations with like-minded souls.

Amber Allechi

Amber’s passion is empowering others to live their best life through fitness, wellness, and personal growth. She has been a fitness enthusiast most of her life.  She fell in love with and got certified to teach Buti Yoga in 2014 after the class was offered at the fitness studio she owned and experienced her own transformation from this practice.  She loves how the practice moves participants through emotional and mental blocks, build confidence and empowers women to show up in their lives as raw, authentic, and real beyond the class.  She also educates and empowers people to improve their health and quality of life as an Independent Consultant with Arbonne International.  She draws her passion for wellness from her own personal health and self-love transformation. She also offers life coaching and is a Certified Self-Talk Trainer.

Jonathan Barrett

“Yoga strengthens and builds the self from the inside out allowing every individual to find their physical body’s and metaphysical mind’s full potential.” 

Each of our dispositions are products of our current mental states. Yoga provides a channel to a level of self awareness that cannot be replicated.

Having grown up with partial epilepsy and experiencing a handful of grand mal seizures has created a heightened sense of awareness and perception of the mind/body connection. I take this personal experience into my individual practice and hope to be a part of other’s journeys as they learn similar about themselves.

As an athlete, I was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado playing ice hockey and was scouted to play Division 1. Instead, I chose a path that began in Bozeman, Montana and eventually led me to spend a number of years in the world of professional snow sports in Park City, Utah. Currently, my athletic training is focused on triathlon.

50hr Hot Yoga Sculpt Teacher Training – Steamboat Springs, CO
200hr Yoga Teacher Training (in progress) – St. Petersburg, FL

Andrea Behler

It is always my deepest intention to hold space for students to feel.  To feel whatever they are feeling and know that they are supported, loved, and free of all expectations.  To create an atmosphere of curiosityengagement, and exploration.  I do not believe it is my job to tell students what to feel or where to feel it, but rather to set up parameters for them to discover their own bodies and ways of being.  To ask questions and make suggestions that might lead to a deeper understanding of how the body, breath, and mind interact and can be integrated.

Through this discovery they hold the power to make the necessary refinements and changes that will create harmony in their lives both on and off the mat. This approach to teaching empowers the student to take authority of their own practice and their own life.  My ultimate mission in this life is to inspire others to fall in love with themselves and their lives, one breath, one smile at a time.

RYT 200 – Raja Yoga – Philadelphia, PA

RYT 500 – Yoga Etc. – St. Petersburg, Florida

Masters in Education – Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Visit www.afterdawnyoga.com to learn more about Andrea and view her full schedule as well as upcoming retreats. 

Terra Lee Berlinski

Darlene Cassello-Phillips

Andie Kramer

Danielle McCourt

Danielle is passionate about sharing yoga, meditation, and wellness to inspire and elevate others in their lives. She is a certified yoga teacher, personal trainer and holistic health coach. She has practiced yoga on and off for over 15 years, but in 2015 she decided to sign up for a local 200-hour yoga teacher training program for self-development. It was then that she discovered her dharma, her purpose, to help others find balance and happiness in their lives through holistic practices. Danielle continued her advanced yoga training in Bali, and has been teaching ever since. 

Danielle has used yoga and meditation in her own life to heal physical sport injuries, build strength, find clarity, become more present, create alignment, overcome fears and find more balance – in turn feeling better and living happier. She enjoys practicing and teaching many styles of yoga, including invigorating/powerful classes, slow/gentle classes, and relaxing/restorative classes. She also works with students one-on-one or in small groups. 

Certifications: 

E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Rachel Parr

Rachel, a certified instructor in Rocket Yoga, discovered yoga through her love of fitness.  A Nationally Certified Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Therapist with a degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois-Chicago, she is fascinated by what the body can do.  She took her first 200-hour teacher training while in Chicago and was hooked.  She quickly followed up with weekend seminars and more teacher trainings.  Her favorite part of teaching is to see students realize that they can do something they thought was impossible.  Rachel loves that yoga is a combination of strength, balance and flexibility . . . in every class!  She will challenge you to go to your edge while still enjoying the mind-body connection yoga provides.

Live well, laugh often and love much…namaste.

Amanda Riker

Amanda discovered Vinyasa yoga in college. It allowed her the freedom to express herself and revealed an unexpected path to self-acceptance and love. She began leading community yoga classes during her time spent living abroad. She moved on to earn her 200 hour teacher training in San Francisco and has been teaching in Florida ever since. Amanda’s goal as a yoga teacher is to offer students space for self-healing, creative movement, and occasional laughter.

Elizabeth Smedley

Elizabeth discovered her love for yoga over 10 years ago. She enjoys practicing and teaching Vinyasa and Hot Yoga, as well as often incorporating both into a sequence. Yoga became a true passion of hers when she discovered how it balanced her body and mind during her strenuous tenure as a professional dancer with Miami City Ballet. She gained grace, peace, clarity, and flexibility through her practice, and hopes to translate this through her teaching to all yogis. Elizabeth is also currently teaching ballet throughout the Tampa area and the Patel Conservatory.

Lydia Smith

Lydia Smith, E-RYT, is a Florida Licensed Massage Therapist & Instructor, NM Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and a Natural Therapeutics Specialist, who specializes in Thai Yoga Massage, Therapeutic Approachable Yoga and Abdominal Detox Massage. Chronic health issues and certain traumatic events through childhood into adulthood inspired her journey into the world of alternative and holistic healing in 2007 when other avenues were not working. Simultaneously, spending the majority of her childhood in West Africa instilled a sense of wonder and excitement to learn cultural and traditional healing modalities from around the world and integrate them into her private work with each client and student. As she began to find deep healing, she realized how much she now had to share with others in very practical and effective ways.  “I love using ancient healing methods combined with a contemporary, cutting edge understanding of the body in order to give both luxurious and highly effective sessions and classes. As our world continues to evolve, the challenge and the journey lies in how easily and efficiently we are able to digest and assimilate both new and ancient technologies to live vibrant and peaceful lives. The best part is discovering this together.”

Brianna Sturm

Bri discovered her love for yoga in college as a way to manage pain from a back injury. Over the past 11 years, her personal relationship with yoga has become much deeper, more profound and irreplaceable. As a trained DONA birth doula, certified prenatal yoga instructor and the Regional Director of BIRTHFIT St. Pete, she is passionate about sharing the benefits of movement, breath, and mindset with women from pregnancy to labor and delivery through the beginnings of motherhood. She believes that strong women make strong babies and strong babies build a better world. 

Andre Surovikin

Andre is a founder of Acro Yoga Tampa Bay & Beyond. He’s all about Yoga & Acrobatics. “Less talk, more ACRO!”  Andre can teach you handstands, yoga and acrobatics, but no matter what he teaches he’ll hypnotize you with his sweet voice. He’s a friendly and fun teacher who encourages students to have a good time no matter what experience they are, helping them discover their highest potential! Certified Acro Revolution teacher & also 500 RYT. If Acro Revolution awarded superlatives, Andre’s would be best backbends, plus he’d make everyone feel beautiful!  Andre’s been teaching yoga for over 7 years and acrobatics for over 6 years & when he’s off the mat, he loves swimming, biking, boating & getting brown on the beach.

Scott Temples

After having been involved in a lifetime of fitness, playing competitive tennis up until college and competing in triathlons for 18 years, Scott began practicing yoga seeking more balance in his life both physically and energetically.

Soon after, he knew that he wanted share his strong passion and love for yoga with others and completed his 200 hr RYT Teacher Training with Jade Skinner in St. Petersburg, FL.

Scott teaches both Vinyasa Flow and Yin, ensuring  that the student experience is fun and accessible ,regardless of age and fitness level.

As a dedicated practitioner and teacher, Scott is continually enhancing his skills. He is currently working on his 500 hr RYT under the guidance of his teacher, Tymi Howard.

Scott is grateful for the opportunity to share his love of yoga.