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Joni Giconi, E-RYT 500
Director of Teacher Training

Joni Giconi – Registered Yoga Teacher, Director & Trainer

Joni draws from her vast background in the corporate world, owner of a yoga studio and owner/director of teacher training, to make the Yoga Teacher Training of Central Florida Orlando’s highest quality teacher training program.

She has worked in the medical field as a medical assistant and bio-instrumentation analyst. She was a floral designer, buyer and marketing representative for several corporate floral shops and a design gallery. She also worked in the sales and marketing division of the hospitality industry for Radisson, where she was recognized as Employee of the Year, JW Marriott and the Ritz Carlton.

Joni is the founder of Red Sun Yoga, a Hatha Yoga Studio in Winter Springs, Florida that opened it doors to the yoga community in 2006. Red Sun Yoga was created as a space for all people of the Orlando community to build their yoga and mindfulness practice based on their individual needs, abilities and limitations. Joni believes that the practice of yoga and meditation will assist every individual in taking responsibility for their own health and well-being.

Joni was first introduced to meditation in Boulder, Colorado in 1984 and trained with master herbalist, Hanna Kroeger studying nutrition, herbs, natural healing and the study of the chakras. Teaching individuals the techniques of being mindful in their every day lives and using meditation to reduce stress and anxiety and regain a sense of calm and peace is what Joni loves to share. She continues to advocate for more trained and certified yoga teachers as director of the Yoga Teacher Training of Central Florida, a registered school with the Yoga Alliance since 2004. She was drawn to the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of yoga and meditation, and focuses on deep relaxation, lowering stress, increasing creativity, and attaining inner happiness and peace.

Joni’s trainings and certifications include: 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Certification (Red Door Yoga, 2005), Private Yoga Lesson Certification (Red Door Yoga, 2007), Kids Yoga Teacher Training (Global Family Yoga, 2007), Hatha Level II/Mixed Level Training (Yoga Teacher Training of Central Florida, 2008), Thai-Yoga Bodywork (Vedic Conservatory, 2008), Prenatal Yoga (Yoga Teacher Training of Central Florida, 2009), Meditation Teacher Training (Integral Yoga Institute, 2011), Reiki I (Viviana Collazo, 2011), Reiki II (Viviana Collazo, 2011), Teaching Yoga to Elders (Integral Yoga Institute, 2012), Stress Management Teacher Training (Integral Yoga Institute, 2012), Yoga Nidra Teacher Training (Yoga Teacher Training of Central Florida, 2012)

Shea Knight DeOliveira, E-RYT 500, LMT
Teacher Trainer

Shea Knight - Registered Yoga Teacher & Trainer Shea Knight – Registered Yoga Teacher & Trainer

Shea is an experienced yoga teacher, a licensed massage therapist, certified reflexologist, and the owner of a little yoga studio near downtown Orlando, Live Oak Yoga . Her yoga practice began at the University of Central Florida where she graduated with a BS in Psychology, Humanities, and Religious Studies. She was quickly drawn to the peace that yoga brought her. A desire to share her new love led her to become a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance through Red Door Yoga in 2007.

Teaching yoga led Shea to the CORE Institute School for Massage Therapy and Structural Bodywork in Tallahassee in 2008. She returned to Orlando to become a licensed massage therapist, specializing in Reflexology and deeply relaxing massages.

Shea Knight De Oliveira is well trained, professional therapist and yoga instructor, certified in: Prenatal Yoga (with Viviana Collazo, 2011), Thai Foot Reflexology (Academy of Ancient Reflexology, 2011), Therapeutic Hand & Foot Reflexology Certification (Academy of Ancient Reflexology, 2010), Prenatal Massage (Touch Education, 2009), Myofascial Massage Therapy (CORE Institute, 2008), Sports Massage (CORE Institute, 2008), Medical Massage (CORE Institute, 2008), Thai Yoga Bodywork (Vedic Conservatory, 2008), Nationally Certified by the Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, 2008, Licensed Massage Therapist MA 50330 since 2008, Private Yoga Lessons Instruction (Red Door Yoga, 2007), Karma Kids Yoga Teacher Training (2007), 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training (Red Door Yoga, 2007), Bachelors of Science in Humanities, Religious Studies, and Psychology from the University of Central Florida, 2006

Teaching others how to share yoga is an honor. Shea’s goal in teaching new yoga teachers is to help them better serve others so they can pursue what already lies within: a healthy body, a calm mind, and an illuminated spirit. Just as she is taught by her teachers, she is honored to share the joys of teaching yoga with you.

Viviana Collazo, E-RYT 500
Teacher Trainer

Viviana Collazo - Registered Yoga Teacher & Trainer Viviana Collazo – Registered Yoga Teacher & Trainer

Viviana has facilitated retreats, workshops and certifications on Hatha Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Meditation, Chakras, Metaphysics, Reiki and Energy Healing for over 13 years. She is dedicated to the holistic field by serving as a yoga teacher, spiritual counselor and practicing energy healing on a full-time basis.

Sivananda, Iyengar, Kripalu and Restorative Yoga have been her solid foundation for her yoga practice and teaching techniques.

Yoga Alliance RYT-500 Yoga Master Teacher, Alliance of Divine Love Senior Minister, Reiki Master/Teacher, Sekhim Master, Time Line Therapy Practitioner, Magnified Healing Practitioner and Thai Yoga Bodyworker. She is Director of The Luminous Holistic Center; a school for Yoga and Energy Medicine education and certifications.

 

Allison Andersen, E-RYT 500, CHHC
Teacher Trainer

Allison Marse - Registered Yoga Teacher & Trainer Allison Andersen – Registered Yoga Teacher & Trainer

Allison’s path has always led to spirituality, although she wouldn’t have always called it that or recognized it as such. In 2006 she began exploring holistic health and became a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University.

While on a retreat at Omega with IIN she took her first “real” yoga class. She didn’t immediately fall in love, but something shifted. Shortly thereafter she took her first yoga teacher training, then her next and next.

And while she loves the physical aspects of yoga, it’s the philosophy she really fell in love with. “When I began to study the yoga philosophy I realized that all the new age books I’d read; my Christian upbringing; my study of Buddhism, Feng Shui, the law of attraction; and every other piece of philosophy I’d picked up and cobbled together to create my personal belief system, was tied into a nice, neat package called Yoga. I could stop searching.”

It is Allison’s passion to share her love of yoga from postures to philosophy through yoga classes, private lessons, personal counseling sessions, workshops, and teacher trainings.

Allison’s training and certifications include: Certified Institute for Integrative Nutrition/Columbia University, Certfied Holistic Health Coach; Institute of Human Individuality, Certified Blood Type Diet Coach, Yoga Teacher Training of Central Florida – 200 hour Certification, Chakra Yoga Teacher Training Certificate, Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Certificate, Private Yoga Lesson Teacher Training Certificate, Yoga Nidra Teacher Training Certificate, Amrit Yoga Institute – 200 hour Certification, Amrit Yoga Institute – 500 hour Certification

Swami Divyananda, E-RYT 500
Teacher Trainer

Swami Divyananda - Yoga Teacher and Trainer Swami Divyananda – Yoga Teacher and Trainer

Swami Divyananda took the sacred vows of sanyas (renunciation) in 1975, and for thirty-five years she served the Integral Yoga Institute in every capacity from cook to president.  She also conducted trainings for more than 200 Yoga teachers and led retreats and programs internationally.  Her longest assignment was for eleven years in India, as the director of the Yoga Samaj in Coimbatore.  Divyananda presently lives in San Francisco and conducts an annual New Year’s Retreat in Santa Barbara and an annual tour of the Ashrams and temples of India.