Meet our Yoga Gurus
Click on a Teacher to learn more about their journey…
- Ifat KentFounder, Doula & Teacher
- Alyson DaleyTeacher
- Cintia WessTeacber
- Cyndy BuchananTeacher
- Gabrielle GonzalezTeacher
- Johanna Vega-BarnetDoula & Teacher
- Laura RamosTeacher
- Leigh AnnDoula & Teacher
- Leslie CourtneyDoula & Teacher
- Natalie ApelTeacher
- Teresita TamahariniTeacher
Ifat Kent (pronounced E-Phat) is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT), Internationally Certified Doula with Network Doulas of the World, and a Mother of three. Her three birth experiences were quite different from each other. She herself has experienced giving birth at a hospital, birth center, and also a homebirth. It was her own birth journeys (including a couple of miscarriages) that sparked the passion for her to support other women and their partners during pregnancy, birth and beyond.
At the studio, Ifat has a passion for offering guidance and support physically, emotionally and spiritually. She enjoys working with couples facing their fears, explores how to view pain from different angles and empowers couples to strengthen confidence in themselves. Coming from the yoga background, she likes to incorporate postures, breathing techniques, and guided meditation as she guides you to have the best possible birth experience. In addition to teaching yoga, she encourages her clients to also ask questions and learn from each other’s experiences by building a community of openness and non-judgment at the studio.
If you would like to reach Ifat, you can contact her by email: [email protected]
Alyson is a mom to 3 Sydney, Sage and Steele. She is the wifeto an Army vet turned LEO and loves food, tank tops, jeans, craft beer, anything DIY…and of course, BABYWEARING!
What’s my experience with Babywearing? I wore my oldest, 12 years ago, but it looked a lot different than how we do it today. With my second child, I fell in love with a Ring Sling and ventured into the world of wraps. I’ve also had the opportunity to work for baby carrier manufacturer — traveling and learning more about various products within the baby industry.
Becoming a Certified Babywearing Educator has allowed me to continue working with Parents, in hopes of sharing the benefits of babywearing and natural parenting.
Cintia is a Certificated Yoga Instructor (200 hrs) specialized in “Mindfulness for Children” and “Yoga Therapy for Children with Autism and Special Needs”. She also has a bachelor degree in Social Communication.
Besides teaching at The Yoga Nest, Cintia teaches yoga toddlers and kids at Tiny Planet Preschool, Flamingo Gardens Botanical Gardens, The Nurtury Preschool, and Morah Emily Hadasa Home School.
Cintia Wess is the owner of Raw Essences, a company that provides high-quality essential oils and education in Aromatherapy.
She is a mother of three children and lives in Weston, Florida.
Cynthia Andrews Buchanan is a light and truth seeker with a passion to guide other souls through the healing arts of asana, pranayama (breathe work), sound healing, Reiki and meditation. Her journey with yoga began nine years ago here in South Florida with her first mentor Ailene Rogers, who taught her to stop running from herself and ultimately set her on the path to freedom, healing and joy through yoga.
Cindy’s prior life experiences include graduating as a dance major from the Boston Conservatory in 1997, followed by many years as a performer and a dance teacher. Cynthia uses this knowledge of body mechanics and movement to constantly inform her yoga practice and her teachings. Cynthia graduated from the Joyful School of Yoga 200 hr. Teacher Training Program in August of 2016 under the direction of Joy Kochmer. She also received her Reiki 1st and 2nd Degree Certifications through Usui Shikoku Ryoho under the direction of Kathy Knowles. Through the all inclusive 200 hr. Training she was also introduced to the extensive healing benefits of the Restorative Yoga practice. She then went on to study Restorative Yoga under the direction of Joy and graduated from the Restorative Yoga training program in February of 2017. In April of 2018, Cynthia studied under Jodi Weiner of the Connection Collation and became trauma informed, or more aware of the myriad of ways in which the energy of past traumatic experiences can manifest within the body. Always eager to grow and to learn more about the life affirming and ancient healing art of yoga, Cynthia is currently pursuing her 500 hr. teacher training certification under the direction of her mentor Joy Kochmer from Om Joyful Yoga.
Cynthia has also been guiding children and adults throughout Broward County via the healing modalities of Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga and Reiki through private sessions, at Montessori schools, dance studios, gyms and yoga studios. She is also a wife to her wonderful soul mate and the mother to two amazing boys that keep her inner child alive and allow for her heart’s fullest expression.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”’ – The Bhagavad Gita
She began this journey with yoga and energy work from dealing with anxiety and depression in her past. She started off with meditation and breathwork and realized it was truly helping her and was soon introduced to Reiki and not so long later, Kundalini. Since then she hasn’t stopped practicing these beautiful healing modalities. Gina became a Kundalini Yoga teacher and Reiki master because she felt very passionate to help those in need and finds joy in being of service to others.
“There is a way through every block.” -Yogi Bhajan
Johanna Vega-Barnett is the Founder and Director of IHS Group (Integrative Health Sciences Group) in Southeast Florida. IHS is a company dedicated to the cultivation of new integrative perspectives that include effective tools for healthier lifestyles, nutrition, and better overall mental health.
Born in Costa Rica, Johanna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and has contributed her expertise to community outreach initiatives with health organizations such as UNICEF, Baptist Health, Halifax, Emory and Hanoa (Haitian American Nursing Organization).
She was responsible for the creation of a countywide program for the WHO (World Health Organization), as well as the PAHO (Pan-American Health Organization) by creating health awareness campaigns in Florida.
As a certified Health and Wellness instructor, Johanna holds a second specialization in Vedic Sciences (Ayurveda-Yoga-Vedanta), with certifications in different complementary healthcare modalities obtained in India and USA.
Johanna is an active member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), The Yoga Alliance Organization, Liddle Kidz Foundation, CAPPA (Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association), and NMSS (National Multiple Sclerosis Society).
In addition to offering personalized consultations, treatments and group classes, she also offers services as a motivational speaker in seminars, workshops and retreats related to physical, mental and spiritual health.
Laura has always had a passion for Physical Therapy, Dancing, and early childhood education. Working in the therapy field has allowed her to learn and grow a passion for health promotion and education for the community. With her physical therapy background and experience in pediatrics, she strongly believes in the benefits of early childhood education. Laura currently teaches Zumba, Zumba for special needs, Music, and movement in preschools and Zumbini.
Leigh Ann’s first exposure to yoga came at a Gold’s Gym when she was living in Dallas, Texas. She enjoyed the classes but wasn’t deeply drawn to it. She dabbled with classes off and on throughout her travels around the world and eventually found herself taking several classes a week at a Bikram Studio when she moved to South Florida. At the time, she liked the heat and the discipline of the practice and it really helped her feel strong and grounded. She eventually switched to both heated and non-heated Vinyasa classes…loving the opportunity to flow through the poses and connect deeply with the breath. She completed her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training in June of 2013 and has been teaching ever since. She guides students through practices that are slow-moving, grounding and healing. She focuses on alignment and breath and being at ease in your body. Leigh Ann is always wanting to learn and grow both as a teacher and a person. She has taken numerous workshops and trained under Jason Crandell, Elena Brower, Cyndi Lee, Dharma Mittra, Seane Corn, Rodney Yee, Sadie Nardini, Tara Stiles, and many other well-known yoga teachers. She teaches Chair Yoga at several local libraries on a weekly basis and recently became a Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher. Leigh Ann is currently working on her Certification as both a Birth and Postpartum Doula and she feels blessed to be a part of the beautiful Yoga Nest community.
Leslie is a Doula and Yoga Instructor. As a doula and is committed to supporting women through their journey. She completed her DONA training and has 20 years of experience as a yoga teacher trainer and instructor. Coaching people with stress, PTSD, pain management, anxiety, and depression. Leslie loves to inspire, educate and help women become empowered and experience their pregnancy and birth in the most informed way. She uses tools such as prenatal yoga, meditation, essential oils, nutritional guidance, and breath techniques to help women find their own strength and the ability to rise to the occasion of birthing.
Natalie was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and raised in South Florida. She is RYT-200 hour Yoga Alliance certified, a mom of 3, and an avid member of JAFCO’s Mom Squad, a volunteer group that supports JAFCO, a local non-profit children’s adoption and family care facility. Natalie has a love for all things Yoga, dance, and being outdoors. With a Classical Ballet and Acro background, she uses her knowledge of dance with Yoga for a powerful full body, alignment-based Vinyasa flow. Natalie hopes to share her fitness journey and her love for functional movement & Yoga with all her students.
“When the Way is open and the Time is right. The Path will be clear and the Load will be light”
Teresita’s father sparked her interest in the flow of movement and breath as a swimmer at a very early age of her life. As she grew, she opened her soul to the importance of developing positive, strong and healthy Energy in every aspect of her life.
Coming from a Medical Background as a Biochemist, with a Masters in Immunology and as a Volunteer EMT with the Fire Department, she worked on the other side of the field helping patients deal with the disease instead of focusing on its origin and prevention. As time went by, she changed her approach and redirected her professional life to Prevention. She reconnected with her first love, Water, and became an Aquatic Personal Trainer, specializing in group classes, Arthritis, Common Medical Conditions, Obesity, Pregnancy, Special Groups and Runners Program, where she taught her students and clients how to avoid injuries and improve their quality of life.
Teresita began practicing yoga 12 years ago and was blessed with wonderful instructors who taught her how to unify the Mind, Body, and Soul through practice. As her yoga experience deepened, it became more than just a part of her life; it had become her lifestyle.
Reiki Master Teacher, E500 RYT-YACEP Hatha Yoga Instructor, she studied her first 200 hours with RoseAnn Sbona from Prana Lab, continued the next 300 hours focused more in Therapeutic and Yin Yoga with Elizabeth Hoffman from Urban Bliss Yoga; Aerial Yoga with Andrea Favelli and 100 hours more in Therapeutic and alignment with Alex Issaev, who she has the blessing to work with. Through this path she seeks to combine the benefits of life’s experiences through meditation in movement, teaching her students how to rediscover and connect with themselves, taking Yoga off the mat into the world.