With our ears may we hear what is good.
With our eyes may we behold thy righteousness.
Tranquil in body, may we who worship thee find rest.
OM, peace, peace. peace.
- Mandukya Upanishad
Acosta founded St. Petersburg Yoga and began using yoga 25
years ago to treat his severe scoliosis (spinal lateral deformation),
and herniated discs. After more than 2 decades of immersion
into all aspects of yoga practice and being transformed by
its healing power, he has gone on to becoming one of the areas
most popular and prolific instructors.
is known as a teachers teacher and has taught tens of thousands
of classes and hundreds of thousands of students over his career
(private, group, corporate). Chris is used by students and yoga
instructors alike to prescribe postures, as well as other aspects
of the extensive practice, to treat specific challenges.
a RYT 500 level certification and has just been voted “Best
[Yoga Instructor] of the Tampa Bay” by DuPont Registries (July 2007). He instructs from
many influences: hatha; Iyengar, Ashtanga, Power, Therapeutic, Vinyasa,
Pranayama, Mantra, Meditation, Yoga philosophy; Yoga Sutras, Upanishads,
Bhagavad-Gita. He works with the full spectrum of students
from the injured and very beginner to intermediate through to the most
advanced. Chris's open group classes are (Levels I,
I began practicing Yoga daily in 1996,
and every day I look forward to the overall well being
that Yoga brings into my life. As is the case for many
yogis, Yoga has inspired my way of living. So, when family
and friends started asking me to lead Yoga sessions for
them, I felt honored and exhilarated to have the opportunity
and responsibility to share my love of Yoga with them.
In the last few years, everything aligned beautifully
for me to enroll in a Yoga teacher training program to
deepen my practice and my understanding of Yoga.
am grateful for the opportunities I have to touch other people’s
lives through Yoga and I hope that Yoga brings as many teachings,
joy and well being to them as it has brought to me. I feel that
teaching Yoga, besides being a dream come true, is an honor and
a responsibility that requires attention, knowledge, caring, preparation
and flexibility. More than a teacher, I see myself as a dedicated
student who loves to practice, learn and share. Everyday I am excited
to explore, research, practice, and share Yoga with others. Following
the example of teachers I admire, in every class I do my best to
help students discover their own way of practicing Yoga.Visit: www.rubenvasquez.com for more information.
Thai Yoga Massage Therapist,
Reiki Master and LMT
Like so many people, I found reiki, yoga and massage as
tools to help me recover from a health crisis. In the summer
of 2000, I was extremely sick. My body was shutting down
all its natural processes; I was swollen with edema, my
muscles were contracted and so painful I couldn’t
walk to the end of my driveway.
immediately, I realized that although the medical world could keep
me alive, it didn’t have the tools to keep me healthy, vibrant
Taking full responsibility for my health; I became a Reiki Master
and for the last 7 years have been sharing Reiki Energy Therapy
with others. The biggest improvement in health has come as a result
of a daily yoga practice. Asanas, pranayama and meditation have
been part of my daily life for nearly 5 years.
Explore deep adjustments
and alignment usually reserved for those paying for a private Thai