Meet The Team

Lisa Martoccia

After years of working in Law Enforcement, Lisa has seen how trauma, stress, and fear can affect the body and mind. Her passion to delve deeper into this connection led her into the healing realms of Yoga teacher training, Ayurveda, Reiki, Massage Therapy, and Bodywork.

 

Now with an emphasis on Ayurvedic, Yoga, Kinesiology,  and Chinese and Ayurvedic Acupressure, concentrating on not just the physical body but also the mental, emotional, and spiritual connection, because if the mental and emotional mind is not balanced the physical body will not be either. She takes this wisdom of the sister science of Yoga- Ayurveda- into consideration when preparing for her classes. Classes will be sprinkled with yogic wisdom and philosophy on how to “let go” physically and mentally.

 

Lisa wants all students to feel nourished and offer a chance for self-healing. As a massage therapist, she includes the option for hands-on muscular release. myofascial release and acupressure.

Lisa trained with Yoga master teachers, Karin Stephan (who studied extensively with B.K.S. Iyengar, & Geeta Iyengar)  Denise O’Dunn Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner and owner of Florida Academy of Ayurveda, and Larissa Hall Carlson, Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner, and Former Dean of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Lisa believes Yoga and Ayurveda are a way of life and loves seeing the positive effects that they have on her family, friends, and clients. Lisa is currently training as an  Ayurvedic Health Consultant towards a Practitioner license.  

Kandi Pipp

Kandi is an E-RYT-200, RYT-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. 

 

In 2017 Kandi started a “Yoga For Recovery” class at The Ancient Wisdom of Yoga. It was in this class that Kandi realized that Yoga is For Everyone! Yoga is not about touching your toes, it's about how you feel when you step off the mat. Kandi's classes connect the breath with the body, inviting you to be present in each moment.

 

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. 

Shalia Spears

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 Ballingham

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. 

Nichole Mullen

Nichole Mullen is a TEDx Speaker, yoga teacher. student and life strategist who is driven by a passion to heal the mind. Nichole attended The Lotus Pond for her 200-HR RYT training and her Yin Certification in 2013. She became 200-HR  E-RYT in 2021. 

 

She takes a panoptic approach to help people create a thriving future for themselves. She has been challenged and blessed with an abundance of healing experiences along her journey. 

 

It is her life’s purpose to help those with a chaotic mind find peace and obtain bliss. Healing is possible for all souls with mindfulness.

Jorden Hindrichsen

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.

  

Lisa Manning

Lisa grew up in Dunedin, FL. She went to FSU and majored in Physical Education Sports. After college, she moved to Atlanta, GA where she met her husband and had three children. Lisa always loved to workout but never considered yoga until the unthinkable happened in 2017 when her middle child of 18 years passed away.

 

She discovered yoga helped bring her blood pressure down. Lisa loved yoga so much and decided to become a 200-HR Yoga Teacher. Along with her yoga training, she is also a Level 1 Barre instructor. Currently, Lisa is working on her 500-RYT Certification. 

Lisa shares her story so that others will see how important yoga can be for the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga saved her life and Lisa wants others to experience a "new love," in yoga-like she did. Encouraging students to keep working as you never know where yoga will take you. We are all strong, we are all worthy, and we are all warriors.

Susie Francos

Susie first found yoga while completing her clinical rotations as a dental hygiene student. Every morning before seeing patients, her teacher would lead a ten-minute practice to help balance the day. It was then when Susie realized that yoga should be a daily essential practice. As her hygiene career kept growing, so did her practice.

 

"It doesn't matter who you are, yoga will make you a better person."


Susie completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2017.  She’s taught in various yoga studios and residential buildings around the DC metropolitan area. She recently returned to her home state of Florida and is excited to use yoga as a way to immerse herself in her new community. Susie creates a comfortable space for her students to explore within themselves.


She creates her classes with bumping beats and a vinyasa influence flow.

  

Erin Ciacciarelli

As a former athlete, Erin has always had a passion for health and fitness. She first began her yoga journey in 2010 and it was love at first asana. She received her 200-hr E-RYT training in 2016 and continues to add certifications and training, such as Aerial Yoga, and AFAA Group Fitness. She is currently working towards her Advanced 500-hr RYT.

 

Yoga has become her lifestyle and she is enjoying this limitless spiritual journey.

 

Erin has taught in many different atmospheres; from music festivals to breweries, and yoga studios to corporate workplaces. She is currently teaching Power, Hot Flow, Vinyasa, Beer Yoga, and Goat Yoga in the Tampa Bay area. You can find her at Karma Yoga & Fitness, CrossFit BNI, Goat Yoga Tampa, Bullfrog Creek Brewing Co., and Soul Shop Yoga. When not teaching, Erin can be found at the beach with her family or partaking in a spontaneous adventure.

 

In her teachings, she combines mindfulness, spirituality, and body mechanics to create a dynamic class flow. She offers a fun, invigorating, heart-warming practice that is great for all levels!

Kayla Loede

Kayla is a 200-HR RYT and is certified in Yoga Sculpt from Core
Power Yoga in Fort Collins, Colorado.

 

She and her husband grew
up in New Jersey and will have soon to be 4 young children.
Kayla is an unmedicated labor and birth enthusiast, Crossfitter,
college athlete, nature seeker, animal lover, and a believer.

 

Yoga has been a form of healing and therapy in Kayla’s life for many
years and she is so excited to share her practice with you!

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