Meet Our Instructors
Derek is a graduate of Towson University and a former collegiate football player who has taught yoga and meditation since 2011. Although initially hesitant to teach yoga due to his preconceived thoughts about the practice, the physical and mental benefits. Derek experienced from practicing yoga inspired him to share with others. As a result, he has presented at yoga conferences, lead yoga teacher trainings, and retreats throughout the United States and abroad. The passion Derek has for encouraging people is contagious. He is known for his big smile and sweaty, fun, challenging yoga classes. You will leave Derek’s class feeling renewed, strengthened, and inspired.
Better known as Handstand Paula, is a beloved yoga teacher at greenmonkey® Miami Beach for the past 10 years. You’ll often catch her flying up into inversions and she’s passionate about teaching + uplifting her students to do the same! Yogis love Paula’s classes for their strong sequencing, motivational + uplifting messages, fabulous playlists, challenging workout, core work and positivity + inspiration.
KiKi took her first Yoga class in California. She was introduced to vinyasa flow with a heavy focus on alignment. In Miami she completed a strict 200+hr training according to a traditional style from Mysore, India. That same year, she traveled to India to expand her practice. As KiKi continued into her next 200hr training she gained appreciation for Yoga from a more modern perspective. Teaching over the past few years in Miami has given students from all backgrounds a chance to discover KiKi’s warm, fun and challenging classes.
Kata was first introduced to Eastern philosophy in college about 7 years ago. It was then that she fell fiercely in love with yoga and everything it encompasses. At 21 she became certified to teach, shortly after she went on to study philosophy in India amongst the Jains. There she really immersed herself in deep meditation training and everything else that came with temple life.
Upon returning she completed her second certification and became a 500 Hour certified teacher.
Everything from being the teacher of teachers, to working with athletes, leading mass meditations, and conscious book clubs have brought her, as she says, insurmountable joy!
Jennifer is an international yoga teacher (RYT500) and fitness influencer based between Miami, Florida and Rome, Italy. Growing up a competitive swimmer, she discovered yoga in her mid-20’s as a way to complement her fitness lifestyle. She not only fell in love with the physical aspects of yoga, but also the mental aspects of knowing, understanding and realizing the mind. After practicing seriously for a few years she went on to study Ashtanga Yoga (RYT200) in Rishikesh, India in 2014. After teaching full-time for three years she was ready to deepen her yoga education and went on to study Vinyasa Yoga with Jason Crandell in London in 2017 (RYT300).
An overall athlete, Jennifer’s experience and lifestyle have continuously inspired her to create unique methods teaching Vinyasa Yoga, Power Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Athletes and fitness classes. Jennifer’s classes, workshops, and retreats are playful and inspiring.
Chris is a RYT 500, E-RYT 200, YACEP and a Baptiste Yoga certified teacher. He also holds numerous other specialized certifications for teaching to specific populations and has over 3000 teaching hours in the last 7 years, teaching at studios, festivals, and events all over the country. He enjoys volunteering to teach for under-served populations and those that would greatly benefit from the powerful results of yoga, meditation, and pranayama practices. He has worked closely with active duty military and veterans, children, prisoners, people in recovery, and homeless communities. He has been a large contributor to several yoga non-profits, including Joined Forces Yoga, where I was a founding board member, and Small World Yoga, where he was the lead facilitator, Teacher Development Coordinator and helped to create and build the processes for our work with the Metro Nashville Public Schools, including training to incorporate yoga in the classroom.
Liana Simone Ponce
Has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and has a passion for the practice. She has a dedicated Ashtanga practice over nine years and has her 500-hour Yoga certification in Gentle Therapeutics from Master Teacher Allaine Stricklen, who is also Liana’s mentor and dear friend. Liana has trainings under Manju Jois as well, the son of Pattabhi Jois who started Ashtanga Yoga. These trainings are in Ashtanga Primary Series, and Yoga Therapy. Liana believes that yoga is for everybody that is open to learn.
Joey Corona is a lifelong Meta Mover, Movement catalyst, motivator and longevity expert. As a 20-year yoga teacher he has attained E-RYT status, the highest credential of the Yoga Alliance. Joey combines his quick wit, levity, command of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology and his love of music into a sensational movement experience. He loves teaching his signature Yoga program.
A devoted and passionate student of yoga, Christine has been teaching since 2013 after receiving her 200hr YTT through an immersion course in Fiji. From teaching on resort beaches while living in Hawai’i to leading events and classes in Arizona, she now shares her practice in Miami. Christine’s classes provide a safe space for students to explore their practice, body, mind and breath. Through intuitive movement and challenging sequences, Christine safely guides students to dive deeper, softly push their boundaries, shatter self-limiting beliefs and discover new strengths.
Is a musician, reiki master and yogi who grew up with a background in fitness and dance. She became connected with this beautiful practice of yoga in 2011 and found that it allowed her to understand the body and its movement capabilities in a way unlike before. She happily received her 200hr RYT in Hatha Vinyasa through the Yoga Alliance in 2017 as well as her Yin Yoga Certification in 2018 and loves being able to share with others. In her power classes she teaches a dynamic flow that is influenced by Ashtanga and Jivamukti traditions, whereas in her slow flow classes she connects deeply to the more passive yin side of yoga.
Nicole is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher and a professional ballet dancer with the Miami City Ballet. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. Nicole started dancing at age 3 and never stopped, training intensely throughout her childhood with the dream of becoming a professional. After starting her professional ballet career in 2008, she came to yoga during her off season as a form of cross training. She fell in love with the practice for its mind-body connection, as well as the artistic sequencing and flow of movement created in a class. Yoga combines her two passions, the mind and movement! Nicole uses her extensive body awareness from ballet to focus on alignment in her classes. She encourages you to adapt postures to fit your own unique abilities and offers variations to suit all levels.
A soulful yogi from Detroit Michigan. After over eight years of developing a personal yoga practice she has been called to share this transformative gift with others. After receiving her RYT 200 training in Power Vinyasa yoga she has also enjoyed guiding a more slow flow restorative style. She has been fortunate to be able to use yoga for emotional, spiritual, and physical healing herself and others. She believes everyone should be able to incorporate this practice into their lives and she strives to help make it comfortable and accessible for all.
Asher was first introduced to yoga in high school as a means of deepening her dance skills. She quickly fell in love with the movement and saw the ways that yoga could also contribute to her spiritual practice. Asher received her 200hr certification in 2018 and has been actively sharing ever since.
To her, yoga is about becoming more aware of all the subtleties that contribute to each moment. Within the body, so much is happening at once. As we connect to the depths of the body, we see how much more we are and the potential we hold. Outside of the body, there are relationships, work, ways of connecting that all require this awareness in order to grow into who we are here to be. Yoga brings this and this is what she is here to share.
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