About our teachers
At Yoga Moves we strive to uphold the ancient healing art of Hatha Yoga. Class size is small to ensure more personal guidance from our experienced teachers. With our therapeutic approach, emphasizing self-care and self-healing, you will gradually begin to shed old negative patterns responsible for stress and disease, and begin to awaken physically, mentally, and spiritually
Yoga Moves offers a peaceful environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Step into our room with gleaming hardwood floors surrounded by blue sky and painted clouds. Instantly you will feel at home. Take a deep breath and relax.
Denise is the founder of Yoga Moves. Her style is eclectic drawing from many traditions and 30 years of practice. For the last 15 years, Denise has studied with senior Iyengar teacher Karin Stephan from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Embracing the therapeutic approach to yoga, Denise weaves the principles of balance and alignment with mindfulness, by giving detailed descriptions to help re educate the body and mind. Students are encouraged to explore their edge with gentleness, yet she challenges her students to contact their power. Students are treated with respect for their unique constitution and position in life. Denise is a certified Yoga Ayurvedic Specialist through the Himalayan Institute. Denise has an acute awareness of the structure and function of the body from years as a rehab nurse, Massage Therapy training, and many years of yoga study.
Denise graduated from Bhakti Academe of Massage in 1999, and has been practicing since.. She specializes in Bhakti intuitive massage, Thai yoga Massage, Indian Scalp Massage.
Denise was the first to bring Aerial Yoga to St Pete, and the first Yoga studio in St Pete still in business. She has a passion for new discoveries and is always exploring new modalities to understand the human experience. Whether it be movement, diet, relationships. environment, mothering and most recently Grand-mothering. She teaches with passion and love of this ever evolving thing called LIFE.
Tara is passionately inspired to contribute to the health and happiness of others and loves sharing yoga to alleviate the stresses of everyday life. Her classes integrate the fundamentals of a safe and intelligent practice. They emphasize proper body alignment via the use of props, such as blankets or blocks, to make the poses accessible and comfortable. The practice of yoga relieves painful weight from joints, releases tension knots, and lengthens and strengthens the muscles and the spine. A little movement creates a lot of space which provides freedom from pain, while a long exhale extends our reach and often serves as the bridge to peace.
Tara continues to study with the Iyengar Yoga Association of the Southeast and is drawn to the benefits of a therapeutic, alignment-oriented yoga practice. She is thankful to have acquired life-changing tools from wonderful teachers. She also blends her passion for aerial yoga with traditional practice for a fun and lighthearted experience. Tara believes a smile is the best stretch of all.
Yoga has been a part of Cheri’s life for over 40 years. She became serious about it 10 years ago when exploring natural ways to treat her pain from rheumatoid arthritis. She completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training at The Lotus Pond in 2007 and finished the 300-Hour program in 2014, also at The Lotus Pond. Her teaching style is influenced by the Iyengar method, with emphasis on detail, breath and alignment. This is done by breaking down the yoga poses and adapting them to fit each individual; to help them relieve pain and build a stronger more balanced body. She continues to train with Iyengar teacher Karin Stephan, Denise Glueck and Larissa Carlson; and has studied with Lilas, Roger Cole, Mukti and various other masterful teachers. This ongoing process of learning provides fresh insights that inspire her teaching. Cheri’s style is intuitive and nourishes the hidden strengths of her students while challenging them to reach beyond their perceived limitations. You will leave her classes feeling enlivened and renewed.
Cheri currently teaches classes at Yoga Moves as well as Perkins and Bay Point Elementary for the faculty. She volunteers at the VA, teaching disabled veterans, and is available for private yoga sessions.
Sushila fell in love with yoga over 15 years ago and has benefited personally from her practice by finding inner peace, balance and a sense of well-being, which she is dedicated to share with her students. Sushila completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training in Hatha Yoga at the 8 Limbs Yoga Center in Seattle. Fueled by devotion and curiosity, she immersed in the 500-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Training with Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York City and soon after completed the 200-Hour Kundalini Yoga Training led by Yogi Bhajan at Yoga Village in Clearwater, Florida.
In her three years teaching, Sushila remains an avid student. With endless energy, she continues to take classes and workshops from a variety of teachers to broaden her knowledge. Her classes include dynamic asana, in which she encourages students to challenge themselves and overcome fear and trepidation with compassion and kindness, pranayama, meditation and mantra to draw the mind inward toward union with the divine.
“The yogic way of life teaches us to do the right things to others, all living beings, including ourselves all the time, while also teaching us to respect the environment that surrounds us.” –Sushila
Karla started her yoga training in 1997 with one of the best Iyengar teachers of this century, Rodney Yee. She has certifications and over 500 hours with Kripalu, Iyengar, Integral, and Anasura yoga leaders. While studying anatomy and physiology in yoga training, she became interested in Physical Therapy. She attained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2004 and focused on Pediatric PT. She is an Ergonomic Assessment Specialist for the work place and wellness programs, and provides Mindfulness Training for all ages. Her approach to teaching yoga classes reflects the mindful goals of traditional yoga along with the functional strength goals needed to stabilize and protect the bodies joints. She is also certified in Aerial Yoga and loves to share the many benefits of anti-gravity!
Leighton Peavler is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who specializes in orthopedic manual physical therapy. He has expertise in managing musculoskeletal pain, persistent (chronic) pain, and a variety of complex orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions. He believes in the use of hands-on therapy to complement an active approach that emphasizes strengthening and conditioning. He is available for a free phone consult at 727-490-8262. If you’d like to get started, you can schedule a consult with Leighton without a physician referral. He can meet you at your home, work, or on-site at Yoga Moves. For more details, you can visit Leighton’s webpage here – www.floridaphysio.com
Susan came to yoga in 2010 in search of relief from chronic back and neck pain that was not effectively managed with traditional techniques. As the stretching and strengthening over time relieved the pain, it became apparent that yoga was more than just the postures, more than physical movement. To satisfy the desire to better understand this ancient practice Susan became involved in immersion classes and workshops, and then completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training at Emme Yoga in Atlanta in 2014. As her instruction was based on the Iyengar philosophy, the focus of her classes is alignment and the necessary body awareness needed to balance strength and range of motion allowing movement with ease. The importance of breath is integral to her practice and teaching. Breath can not only enhance the postures but is essential to the essence of yoga and the path to self awareness. Susan sees yoga as an opportunity for life change, whether it be managing pain, dealing with stress and life pressures, or maintaining grace in movement with aging, all with safety as a priority and with your individual pace in mind.