Tampa : Hyde Park Village

Chay Prieto

Yogani, Bella Prana, Lotus Pond

Chay is an E-RYT registered with the Yoga Alliance and certified through the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health (www.Kripalu.org) Curiosity and a love for ma...king fitness fun, led her to her first class back in 98'. This class, in the Jivamukti tradition, swept her off her feet and right into her heart. Soon after, a strong urging for deeper studies surfaced and the quest into Hindu/yogic philosophy began. She explored other various styles of Hatha Yoga such as Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram, Anusara, Power, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Kripalu.

She holds certifications in Kid's Yoga from Next Generation Yoga and Jodi B. Komitor (author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Yoga for Kids"), in Pre Natal Yoga by Janice Clarfield (www.urbanyoga.ca) and is a certified Reiki Master Practitioner under the Usui lineage, through the Rev. Maggie Batt (www.wheelsoflight.org). Chay has worked alongside Steve Ross, creator of Oxygen channel's INHALE yoga class and owner of the popular MAHA Yoga studio in Brentwood,CA. She has also been introduced and initiated into Vedic Meditation by Thom Knoles (www.ThomKnoles.com), world's foremost instructor of Vedic Meditation outside of India.

Chay’s intentions as a teacher are to be compassionate, empowering and inspiring. Chay's classes creatively explore the beauty & strength of her students' physical bodies all the while integrating the more subtle energetic connection and symbolism behind the asanas. She passionately guides her students through a journey into finding communion with that original state of peace & happiness within themselves. Classes can be challenging, but focus is on safety and honoring one's limitations.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience" ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Most recently, Chay is working with the power of music and sound, sharing her passion of Bhakti Yoga, adding chanting to her classes and celebrating KIRTAN with the community! Chay believes through commitment to this beautiful full practice called YOGA, one will experience transformation not only of their bodies, but also their attitudes and beliefs, becoming more conscious in their lives and more present in the world, spreading peace, love and mindfulness.

Chay is a student of yoga and life, energy healer and a Lead Teacher in The Lotus Pond’s Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certification Program http://www.yogalotuspond.com/ ~ The Lotus Pond, Tampa, FL is a Kripalu affiliated studio.