2032 E Sample Road, Lighthouse Point, FL

954-941-0899

Our Teachers

   

Veronica O'Hara

 

Veronica found yoga after the birth of her third child. She began practicing in local gyms and found Yoga inspiring, relaxing and immediately felt the mind-body connection. After practicing for many years she found her way to a local Yoga studio, in particular Bikram.  After years of a Bikram practice and a weekly Ashtanga based practice she found herself wanting to know more and experience Yoga in depth. She completed Jimmy Barkan’s Method for Hot Yoga Level I and II in 2008. Immediately following her certifications began teaching and soon found herself opening her own studio in 2008 in Lighthouse Point. Many Yoga teachers inspire her: Shiva Rea, Sean Corne, Baron Baptise, Bryan Kest, Bikram and of course Jimmy Barkan. Veronica encourages her students to get in touch with their breath to open their bodies and minds. Veronica also encourages all to do Yoga not only on the mat but off the mat; bringing Yoga into our local community on a conscious level with help to create a more peaceful, harmonious community for all to live in.  She encourages a open heart, open and clear mind to eventually clear the path to a more spiritual existence. Namaste.

 

  

Keri Werner 

 

Keri has been practicing and studying yoga for over ten years. She has attended several teachertrainings, including Ashtanga Training with David Swenson, Sivananda and Yoga Fit. She has been a health & wellness educator for more than 20 years; obtaining a degree in Psychology (B.A.) and Physiology (M.S.) from the University of Miami. She enjoys sharing the endless mind/body benefits that yoga has to offer.


Keri teaches an eclectic-style flow class in a fun, safe and non-competitive environment. She encourages her students to "be their own teacher". Keri's passion for yoga results in her spending much of her free time reading about the different aspects of yoga and attending workshops and seminars.

She is grateful to be part of the team at Awaken Yoga.

  

 

 

Diane McEwan 

 

Diane is a passionate, energetic, and dedicated Yoga teacher who has been practicing Yoga for over 10 years. She is certified in several fitness areas, is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher and has accrued over 1,500 teaching hours. She likes to incorporate her experience and knowledge of different exercise disciplines, such as strength-training and conditioning, into her Vinyasa-style classes.

Encouraging self-acceptance and motivating students to explore and challenge their bodies in a safe, structured environment, Diane strives to bring out the best in each of her students.

She sums up the key ingredients in her Yoga Fusion class as the “Five F’s”: Form (focus on alignment and anatomy), Function, (purpose of postures and development of body awareness), Fusion (integration of various fitness disciplines), Flow (linking postures together with the breath), and Fun (using music and creative sequencing to make working-out enjoyable). She believes that these ingredients, thoughtfully combined, create a healthy recipe for personal growth—physically, mentally, and spiritually.

 

 

 

Kate 

 

Kate found yoga through a life long love of dance and movement. Her creative classes are inspired by the teachings of Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Edward Clark, Doug Swenson and other pioneers of Vinyasa.


She is constantly learning and absorbing yoga from workshops, students, and self practice. Her classes flow with grace while focusing on proper alignment and honoring your own body. Yoga had the power to transform Kate's life and beliefs. Invite yoga into your life and experience the potential for growth and freedom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ernesto

 

The practice, for me, reflects a system that strengthens us mentally and makes us humble. Yoga is the framework within which any one can develop integrity and virtue, it's about re-aligning the body that results in healing malformed bones, tendons, muscles & ligaments, as well as healing the "dis-eases" in the organs and nervous system. In addition, the practice opens up the potential to cross the thresholds of our lives.

 

Exploring Yoga since 2000, Ernesto currently studies under two prominent masters of Yoga, Aadil Palkhivala and Nevine Michaan. In addition, he received a Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, certification from Golden Bridge LA/NYC.

Ernesto holds a B.S. in Sports Management/Legal Studies from St. John's University. His interests include coaching girls basketball, dancing, writing and acting.
 

 

Erika 

 

Erika was born and raised in a fitness-oriented environment on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and discovered yoga almost 20 years ago via homepractice watching videotapes. 


As a former classical ballet student and group fitness instructor for Bally's Total Fitness in Miami, it was natural that a nice chemical reaction would take place between her and Yoga, though commitment would not happen until many years later.

Erika experienced the bliss and amazing after"birth"math of pre-natal yoga while expecting her son, and after spending time involved in different fitness activities that included spinning and capoeira, she reconnected with her passion and decided to become certified to teach and share her love of yoga with whoever wants to learn.

She has and continues to further her practice and teaching skills during yoga events and workshops, having studied with amazing locally and internationally renowned instructors. Inspired by the teachings of Pattabhi Jois, Dharma Mittra, Seane Corn, Bryan Kest, and Jimmy Barkan, Erika works to blend elements of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and the Bikram-inspired Barkan Method of hot yoga into her flow sequences, weaving strength, grace, awareness, sensibility, great music and fun into her classes.

 

 

 

Jessica 

 

has been practicing yoga since 2005. Her yoga style, a mix of physical and mystical, has slowly evolved into a modern, yet down-to-earth blend of Eastern and Western approaches. She completed two RYT-200 Yoga Alliance approved certifications at Philip Christodoulou’s Anuttara Yoga Method and Leslie Glickman’s Yoga Journey. She also received Jimmy Barkan’s 80 hour Advanced Teacher Certification and is a Lululemon ambassador. Jessica’s classes vary in intensity from graceful, slow and meditative to playful, fiery, and vigorous Vinyasa flows. As a student, you can expect creative sequences, clear alignment cues, and modifications to suit beginners as well as challenging inventive flows that will satisfy the intermediate practitioner. Her goal is to inspire students to make small changes on the mat that they can take into their personal lives to become a better, healthier, happier version of themselves.




Layla

 

Layla comes from a background of dance and music, which heavily influences her classes. She believes in creating an atmosphere where strength, creativity and courage are inspired. Her passion lies in showing her students how powerful they are and what their bodies and minds are capable of. Her classes are taught with a little bit of adventure and a whole lot of fun.


Layla is a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified instructor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenna

 

Jenna has been praticing yoga for three years. She is certified with Yoga Alliance and is trained under Jimmy Barkan Hot Vinyasa levels 1, 2 & 3. Her intention as a teacher is to create a balance between strength and flexibility. She believes yoga is not just for the workout but for the work in and encourages her students to look inside their body to find who they truly are. Being dedicated and commented to yourself and your practice will lead to a healthy and beautiful mind, body and spirit!

 

 

 

Laura

 

Laura started her teaching career by teaching gymnastics and dance to students from the age of 2 to adults for the past 10 years. Laura earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and Theater in 2007 from Barry University in Miami, Florida. She has been trained professionally in Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, African dance, Caribbean dance, Hip-hop, Lyrical, and Latin dance. She incorporates her background of dance with yoga to develop creative sequences that focus on the foundation of breath and correct alignment. Her passion is to encourage others to live a healthy, happy, and balanced life-style. After her first yoga class she fell in love with the practice and philosophy of uniting the mind, body, and spirit. She immediately knew she had to share the practice with others.


Laura is a Yoga Alliance Certified (RYT200) and a certified Vinyasa teacher through Leslie Glickman’sYoga Journey and 50 hours with Briohny and Dice of FitFlow Yoga. She teaches group classes and private instruction in Vinyasa, Yin, and Suspension Yoga throughout South Florida. In addition, she is a certified holistic health counselor, herbalist, and certified Aromatherapist. She works in healing centers and chiropractic offices throughout South Florida educating and encouraging clients to become healthy; both emotionally and physically, to develop a deep spiritual connection to live at their highest potential.


Laura continues to take workshops, classes, and seminars to expand her knowledge of her skills but mostly to challenge her students. She is inspired daily by those around her and feels so blessed to have found her passion and the opportunity to express what she’s learned: wake up and live!

 

 

 

Nellie

 

Nellie teaches an All Levels meditative Yin-stretch class for the release of karmic deposits, toxins and tensions stored within the body and mind. This practice is a powerful technique that loosens tightness, increases overall flexibility, assists in joint repair, and instills an overall sense of peace, while bestowing the wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras for higher learning, inspiration and empowerment.

Nellie has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Throughout her career as Accounting Manager at NY law firms, she would start the morning off with a daily yoga practice for a calm, balanced, and peaceful mind while working long hours in a high stress, fast-paced environment.

She made the dramatic shift to becoming a yoga teacher in 2010. Immediately after a life transforming journey through India, she moved to Florida and received her Yoga Alliance Anuttara Yoga Certification. The gift of Yoga, positive thinking, and a vegan diet is her cure for all holistic approach for a healthy mind and body.

~ The universe conspires to fulfill your greatest good~ Nellie

 

 

 

Amanda

 

Amanda received her 200 hour power yoga certification in her hometown of Costa Mesa California through Corepower Yoga. Her first introduction to yoga was in graduate school. While working on her MFA in Acting, yoga was introduced as a way to teach actors about breath control and remaining calm on stage while also helping them to get in touch with their bodies. After graduating, she moved to New York and spent the next ten years working as a professional actress in commercials and soaps and of course, always practicing yoga.Throughout her yoga journey, Amanda has practiced many forms of yoga from Iyengar and Ashtanga to Bikram and Vinyasa. In 2011 she ranked 5th in the Florida Regional Yoga Asana Championship. She also coaches and mentors students who wish to participate in the championship. In her teaching, she likes to fill her classes with spiritual nuggets that focus on living your yoga on and off the mat. Her experience teaching kids yoga and yoga for seniors have been particularly rewarding. She feels deep gratitude for being able to be of service to others and share the gift of yoga.

 

 

 

 

Christina

 

Cristina ventured into her very first yoga class in early 2009 after much encouragement from her best friend. After 90 sweaty minutes of a Barkan Method inspired flow (taught by Veronica O’Hara!), Cristina was instantaneously hooked by the fluid movement, graceful discipline and calming effects of the practice. She spent the next two years practicing with as many different teachers in South Florida as she could, gathering inspiration not only from the beautiful intensity of the postures but from the amazing awareness and life lessons her teachers encouraged her to find each time she entered the safe, sacred space of the yoga room.

 

Cristina’s love of yoga intensified when she learned that her grandfather, who passed away before she was born, was a dedicated, self-taught yogi who practiced at his home in Cairo, Egypt as a means of recovery from a heart attack. Each time she steps on the mat, Cristina feels a special sense of connectedness to her grandfather and recognizes that her love of and gravitation to the practice is innate.

 

In December 2011, Cristina completed teacher training and is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (200-RYT) with the Yoga Alliance. Immediately upon receiving her certification, Cristina began teaching yoga and is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the South Florida yoga community. Cristina encourages her students to have fun and let go of expectations so that the practice can become uninhibited and completely experiential - it's yoga PRACTICE not yoga PERFECT! She integrates yoga history and philosophy into each dynamically unique sequence that is punctuated with long holds, fast-paced vinyasas, opportunities for self-expression and a constant emphasis on alignment.