Meet The Ebb and Flow Yoga Team
What Shalia loves most about yoga is the non-judgmental, all-accepting mindset that this practice cultivates both on and off the mat. Shalia first began taking yoga classes in 2009. Little did she know that the experience would have such a profound impact on her life.
Through yoga, she was able to find steadiness and ease of mind, body, and breath. She finally was able to live in the moment. Wanting to share these benefits with others and expand her own practice, she completed the 200-hour training in 2018. Still thirsting for knowledge, she completed the 300-hour training in 2019.
Her desire is to assist people with the knowledge and strength to face each day with a positive intention, a calm mind, and a smile on their faces.
Kim is a 200-HR RYT and a Level 3 Reiki Practioner. She grew up in Ogden, Utah, and moved to the area for all of the adventures it brings. Kim worked as a Registered Nurse for many years and now teaches yoga in the Tampa Bay Area.
She enjoys traveling with her family, gardening orchids, walking her golden retriever, hanging with her cats, and doing a lot of yoga. Kim grew up playing a lot of different sports and participating in different physical activities. After many injuries, Kim took up yoga and has never looked back. Kim studied and received her 200-HR RYT Certificate at Karma Yoga in 2019.
An arborist by trade, Jorden became enamored with yoga in her college years. In undergrad, a roommate introduced her to yoga in their shag carpet living room, couches pushed back, contemporary piano playing in the background.
During the stressful years of graduate school, yoga practice became an escape and meditation became a habit. Toward the end of her graduate assistantship, Jorden found and enrolled at Mojo Fit Studio in Fargo, ND. She finished her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in December 2017 and began teaching in January 2018.
Good fortune brought her back to Florida in November 2019. As a plant junky and yoga teacher, her dream for yoga practice and teaching is to remember that, like a seed, everyone has the stuff inside them that they need to grow. And they will if you bless them with your patience.
Valerie has her 200 HR Yoga Training. She is a homeschool mother of two. After a few difficult life experiences, she found herself needing ways to balance between her children, homeschooling, family, and the growth one experiences through life challenging events. While learning a multitude of skills to handle everyday life, the one skill that stood true to her needs was yoga.
As Valerie dived deeper into her yoga practice to balance the ever shifting changes that life brought her; she realized that she wanted and needed to teach this skill to others. She believes yoga is a science that allows us to be more equipped to handle the stresses of everyday life. Valerie's passion and love for yoga, and the healing qualities it has on the body and soul, shows through when she practices.
Margot Matty is honored to be a part of Ebb & Flow. Yoga has been an integral part of Margot’s healing journey and she feels it is an amazing foundation for a balanced, purposeful, and peaceful life. She has always been curious about yoga and began exploring it as a child and more seriously as an adult. She studied yoga formally, to become a teacher, in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2019 at Root Yoga & Sacred Studies. She loves traveling and has been to many states and has lived in a few different countries including Italy and India. Enamored with all walks of life, nature, and animals, Margot also is a healer and loves to serve through spirit & health coaching, theta healing, intuitive energetic readings, pet therapy, and bringing communities together for collective healing and support. Margot has a degree in Theatre and has done coursework in Early Childhood education and also loves to provide yoga practice to children. Yoga is applicable to one’s life through all the fluctuations and at every stage. It has the power to transform and direct our life force for the highest good of not only ourselves but hopefully for all. Margot is soul looking forward to seeing you in one of her classes, community offerings, or workshops.
I'm Heather, a Tampa Native and Hatha trained RYT-500.
I teach mindfulness-based classes that focus on breath work and the mind-body connection. When we can learn how to connect to ourselves, we can then learn how to connect with others and the world around us. I believe this is instrumental in living a life we love. I've experienced deep healing and transformation through yoga and I use my personal experience as motivation in hopes of reading others towards the healing of their own.
I look forward to meeting you.
Kandi is an ERYT-500
Kandi's love for yoga started when she stepped onto the mat in 2007 when she was beginning her recovery from drugs and alcohol. There was healing that took place when she was on the mat. Even though she didn't understand it, she returned to the mat, surrendering to the practice over and over again. This helped her to rebuild and reestablish her life. Kandi knew that she wanted to go deeper. This desire led her to the Lotus Pond where she took her 200-hour teacher training.
During the training, Kandi realized that there was so much more to yoga than the poses! There is a healing that takes place without our permission and Kandi has been able to take her teachings and go into treatment centers all throughout the Tampa/Brandon area. Kandi also attended a sound healing class and added the benefits of crystal bowls and Tibetan bowls to some of her classes. As she saw the need for more people to have access to yoga, she started her 300-hour teacher training at the Lotus pond. Kandi loves to learn and has gone on to study at Heartwood Retreat Center where she became a Reiki Master, and was able to contiue the journey of learning.
She encourages people to find their pace, flow with what feels comfortable in their body, while at the same time challenging themselves to completely let go of all thoughts while on the mat. All of the judgments, fears, worries, etc, so that when students are done with the class they are able to step off the mat a little lighter, a little more peaceful, tranquil, with compassion in their heart.
In 2022 Kandi Pipp took over Soul Shop Yoga's brick and mortar space with love so Ebb & Flow Yoga can expand.
Jennifer began practicing yoga in 2011. She initially practiced hot yoga and eventually transitioned to various yoga styles. She received her 200 RYT certification in 2019.
Jennifer loves yoga, scuba and speech pathology. She is amazed how the loves of her life all revolve around breathing, a life-sustaining force. In yoga, breathing aligns movement and mindfulness while defining space and stillness in the mind and body. In scuba, breath control is necessary to remain calm and focused. In speech pathology, breath gives life to voice and speech which allow us to communicate and connect to one another.
In her home practice and when teaching, she uses music and breathing to cultivate a flow of movement. Coming to the yoga mat means finding space to be intentional, curious, and playful. Taking yoga off the mat encourages us to live our intentions.
Barbara found her way onto the mat in 2007 after going through a number of very challenging and life-changing events. Seeking refuge from these stressful times in her life, she found peace and grace each time she stepped on to her mat.
Barbara instantly fell in love with the practice of yoga. She explored all opportunities she could to deepen her knowledge of yoga. She has attended workshops on breath, asana (movement), meditation and countless retreats around the world. With each experience and exploration, she fell even deeper in love with the benefits yoga was bringing into her life.
In January 2018, Barbara committed herself wholeheartedly to a 1 year intensive yoga teacher training program, becoming a 200-HR RYT in December 2018. While initially only attending the teacher training to deepen her knowledge, she instantly discovered her love for teaching. She realized that this gift needed to be shared with others, and has been teaching ever since.
She feels deeply grateful for the gifts that yoga has brought her and the lessons she's learned on and off the mat. Barbara believes you only need to show up on the mat, and the rest of the gifts will reveal themselves to you if you remain open and willing to receive them.
Namaste yogis, look forward to seeing you on your mats.
Amy found yoga during a season of life that was particularly difficult. An intensely stressful job environment, combined with thyroid problems were reeking havoc on the health of her mind, body, and spirit. Through the practice of yoga she was able to reconnect with her breath and body, and feel more centered. In 2019 Amy began her journey to complete the RYT 200 certification to deepen her practice, and to connect with the yoga community. What she realized on this journey is that yoga is so much more than physical exercise. She feels extremely honored to have experienced this journey with the community, students, and teachers at Yoga Loft. After graduation, Amy would like to facilitate people's deeper understanding of yoga through advocacy and teaching.