Meet our Yoga Gurus
Click on a Teacher to learn more about their journey…
- Ifat KentFounder, Doula & Teacher
- Alyson DaleyTeacher
- Cyndy BuchananTeacher
- Gabrielle GonzalezTeacher
- Johanna Vega-BarnetDoula & Teacher
- Laura RamosTeacher
- Leslie CourtneyDoula & Teacher
- Natalie ApelTeacher
- Andrea CruzTeacher
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Andrea Cruz has been practicing and teaching meditation and energy healing techniques since 1998. Some of the techniques she has experience with are Biodanza. Bach’s flower therapy, Sonidosofía, and Pranic Healing. She is a Certified Yoga teacher for children, an Early Childhood Montessori teacher, and a Certified Pranic Healing Instructor. She has been in the field of education and has worked with children and adults for over 15 years
Andrea’s main goals are to help children to develop emotional self-regulation and self-awareness and to inspire other educators to grow spiritually and become facilitators of holistic human development in the classroom.
Kristina grew up in South Florida as a professional belly dancer with the performing company Wa Nour Al Ayun. She was certified as a Bellydance instructor under the Coalition of Middle Eastern Dance and taught classes in South Beach while she toured around the world with Wa Nour Al Ayun. She left the company to study psychology and education at The University of Florida. During her time away, she began her career as an educator and had a traumatic birth to her daughter, which triggered a deep postpartum depression. She used movement, breathwork, reparenting, and conscious parenting to recover and decided to dedicate her life to helping mothers have a healthy and happy motherhood using these tools.
She became certified through the Jai Institute of Parenting as a Conscious Parenting Coach and became certified as a Gottman Bringing Baby Home Facilitator. She teaches embodiment through prenatal belly-dance and movement medicine programs, she empowers mothers to breakthrough generational shame-based parenting patterns through conscious parenting, and she teaches families to remain healthily in-tact when a baby is born using the Bringing Baby Home Workshop.