Leslee Colon

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Libby Creagh

Yoga Instructor, E-RYT500, YACP

Libby has been practicing and sharing yoga, Reiki, and meditation for more than twenty years. She is the lead teacher and creator of Jai Dee’s Yoga Teacher Training program as well as yoga and meditation instructor at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Since becoming certified to teach, Libby has shared yoga in 5 different countries and throughout the United States. She now calls Tampa Florida home and Jai Dee her home studio.

 

When she’s not in the studio, Libby is in the kitchen attempting to recreate the foods she fell in love with during her travels.

Our Team

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Danielle Sweet

Owner & Yoga Instructor,

E-RYT200

Sharing the benefits of yoga is a passion of Danielle's, so when the opportunity to buy Jai Dee Yoga & Wellness knocked in the middle of a global pandemic, she answered the door.  Making yoga accessible to people at all levels is at the heart of her practice. By connecting the breath to the body through asana, Danielle fosters a space where every level of student can explore their mind, body, and spirit in the present moment.

Crista Ellis

Yoga Instructor, RYT200

Crista has a passion to encourage students to connect with their breath to invigorate and revitalize the body and mind.

Her classes include elements from Hatha yoga that offer opportunities for fluid movement and moments of stillness.

Crista is especially interested in slowing down, finding the breath, and letting go of what no longer serves our body, mind, and spirit. When Crista is not on the yoga mat, you can find her wandering barefoot in the forests of Florida or singing at a local karaoke night.

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Leslee Colon 

Yoga Instructor, RYT200

Beginning with Leslee’s very first yoga class, she has been blessed to have amazing, caring and exceptional teachers. To her delight and wonderment, yoga not only increased her flexibility, focus, and energy, yoga also clarified and redefined the strength and peacefulness in her body and mind.

 

The moving meditation of her practice soon followed her off the mat and into all of her life. As her practice continued to deepen, sharing the blessings became her next step in the journey.

 

It is her honor to guide and encourage students to share the joy, freedom, and discovery in celebrating yoga’s many blessings with everyone along the path.

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Tara Laval

Yoga Instructor, E-RYT200, RYT500

Tara’s passion is to encourage students in finding a balance between strength and stability, and endurance and ease. She is particularly interested in slowing down, focusing on the present moment, and reducing stress. Her yoga classes are a mixture of movement and stillness, with an emphasis on the breath, foundation and safe alignment of the body.


As a Yoga Nidra Facilitator, Tara guides her students through deep levels of relaxation to heal and restore mind, body, and soul.

When she is not on the yoga mat, you can find Tara cheering on her hockey team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Go Bolts!

Mary Torres 

Yoga Instructor, RYT200

Mary Torres is an educator and social worker, 2017 Sattva School YTT graduate.

 

Mary has been working with children and families who have experienced traumatic life experiences for over 25 years. Currently she is the Program Manager for GCJFCS, Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos, a bi-lingual afterschool program offering students in Wimauma and Plant City homework help, social emotional leaning, mindfulness & yoga. Her hope is to assist children in cultivating a practice of inner peace that assist with social emotional learning and self-regulation. Mary believes that through understanding, forming empathic & compassionate relationships in a supportive, nurturing environment, helps quiet the mind and open the heart to find a sense of inner peace and outer connectedness.

 

It was when she adopted her first child 17 years ago that Mary started to practice Yoga with the hopes that integrating movement and challenging poses would assist her daughter with the very big feelings she was having as they became a family. Today Mary has two adult daughters and an 8-year-old grandson, who all reside in Boston. Yoga, meditation, being in nature and creating inspirational living & learning environments are essential elements of Mary’s life.

 

Mary’s children’s yoga classes integrate practices of breath work, mindfulness, yoga and therapeutic visual art activities, assisting children to develop skills that allow them to access their inner resources for living, learning and loving themselves, others and the world around them.

Florence Giacalone

Yoga Instructor, RYT200

Florence’s “slow flow” style is a mix between vinyasa and hatha yoga; she enjoys the challenge of staying in a posture and really exploring the effects of that posture on the body and mind. 

She truly believes yoga should be accessible to everyone, which is why she chose to pursue an education in chair yoga and restorative yoga, under the leadership of Hanaq Prana Yoga’s founder, Lorena Saavedra Smith. 


Florence is also a certified reiki master and is eager to explore opportunities to couple the transformative powers of reiki and yoga.  

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Monica Martin

Yoga Instructor, RYT200

Monica was first introduced to yoga when she was 16. She fell in love with it instantly and believes in its ability to guide incredible energetic and physical transformations. She believes in it so much she felt called to start teaching yoga and what she's learned in 2020. Monica believes the practice of yoga,  on and off the mat, is a magical addition, wherever you are on your journey, to a lifelong embodiment of self-love, self-worth, self-assurance, self-care, and personal enlightenment.

You can find her teaching yoga at the studio, meditating in nature, doing reiki healings, facilitating sound healing ceremonies, and of course loving up on her beautiful golden retriever!

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