Meet the team atÂ Evolve Yoga Studio
Meet Our YogaÂ Instructors
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach yoga“
Janet ParksÂ began taking yoga classes in 1998. In 2008 she enrolled in a 200-hour teacher training program in San Diego, CA. In 2010 she opened Power Yoga Palm Springs, offering Power, Hot, Sculpt, gentle and private yoga sessions. In 2013 she received certification to offer a 200-yoga teacher training program at her studio. She has guided 108 wonderful yoga teachers. In addition she has offered 20-and 30-hour continuing education courses for yoga teachers in hot and gentle yoga.
Janet is dedicated to the practice of yoga, both in furthering her education and sharing what she knows. She continues to maintain her certification with Yoga Alliance and is delighted to be teaching at Evolve Yoga and Fitness. She considers it an honor and a responsibility to help yoga students experience the transformative power of yoga.
“MyÂ goal is to help reconnect others with their own bodies and discover the wisdom that they have within.”
Brittany CarterÂ has a lifelong background in dance. She intuited at the age of 3 that movement would be very important for her journey. Her awakening started the year she finished college when she accepted that her path would be a bit different than she thought. However, it truly began before her four month voyage through Southeast Asia, studying Buddhism, Hinduism, yoga, and meditation.
She sat in two silent Vipassana meditation retreats in Thailand, looking inward and uncovering immense peace. She studied a large variety of yoga styles in Thailand and Indonesia, from restorative to aerial to Iyengar.
Yoga, dance, and meditation became the vehicles for her connection to something higher within and without. She has just returned in May from two months in India where she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh in Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles.
Brittany has since been traveling around Florida and Europe teaching, learning, and exploring along her yogic journey. She wishes to combine the strength and specificity of yoga with the fluidity and freedom of dance. Her goal is to help reconnect others with their own bodies and discover the wisdom that they have within.
“I want them to leave my class with a different perspective on the outside world, knowing they can handle anything life throws their way”
MonicaÂ tried a yoga sculpt class for the first time in Virginia 5 years ago because she needed to find an outlet for her stressful work life. She never expected that one class would open her eyes to all forms of yoga, she was hooked! She took all classes offered at the studio (Vinyasa Flows, Hot Power Fusions, Yin and Restorative). Monica soon took a yoga teacher training course and received her 200-hr certification in August 2017, after 8 weeks of immersed yoga training!
Moving to Florida a few short months later, she was eager to find a studio where she could continue teaching various types of hot yoga.
Her goal is to have the students look at classes as their escape and simply to take the 60 minutes for themselves. â€œI want them to leave my class with a different perspective on the outside world, knowing they can handle anything life throws their way.â€, says Monica.
“TracyÂ challenges you to become the “best you” through loving kindness..”
Tracy Â received her 200-Hour RYT from an Intensive Yoga Works International training program in Bali, Dec 2018. Yoga has become Tracyâ€™s passion after some major challenges led her to the Yogi lifestyle to heal physically and emotionally.
She has a desire to focus on helping individuals heal, gain strength and find freedom through different aspects of Yoga.
Tracy has an extensive background in leadership, training, education and finds comfort in helping others. She is ready to grow and learn as an Instructor, as she challenges you to become the “best you” through loving kindness.
“Iâ€™m so grateful for this practice and that I get to share it with other people!”
ErinÂ has been practicing yoga for about 3 years. She found yoga after being diagnosed with epilepsy and needing a way to quiet my mind and still my body. She took her first teacher training just a few weeks after becoming involved in yoga community and has been hooked since.
â€œIâ€™m so grateful for this practice and that I get to share it with other people!â€ says Erin.
“I am honored to beÂ part of the Evolve Yoga family and excited to pass along the gift of yoga!“Â
Desiree first fell in love with yoga in 2014 after taking her first Hot Yoga class while visiting New Smyrna Beach. She felt alive and healthy after just a few weeks of takingÂ 2 classes a week.Â She was so excitedÂ to see Evolve Yoga Studio open in Leesburg, FL. “During my time at Evolve Yoga,Â I’ve learned that yoga is so much more than just having a toned body. It’s about our connection to ourselves and others around us. It is a tool for navigating this crazy thing called life. Never did I dream that I would get to take my love for yoga to the next level by becoming a yoga teacher. I am honored to beÂ part of the Evolve Yoga family and excited to pass along the gift of yoga!”Â
“I felt so good I was hooked!”
JimÂ took his first hot power yoga class in 2007. Trial by fire for sure! â€œI felt so good I was hooked.â€Â
Through yoga he has overcome his many athletic injuries and improved his overall health. Jim is a certified 200 hour registered Yoga Alliance instructor. He also has a background as a golf teaching professional.Â
Heâ€™s proof that anyone can practice yoga.Â â€œIf I can do it, so can you.â€
“Yoga has helped me to rediscover my true self, and I think everyone deserves to feel that kind of inner peace“Â
Growing up, Niara always had a love for yoga, but it wasnâ€™t until she had a daughter that she deepened her practice as a way to heal and strengthen her body.
Niara took her first Hot Power Yoga class a few years ago at the behest of a friend, and absolutely fell in love with it after realizing how detoxifying yoga could be for the mind and spirit as well.
Having felt like she finally found her yoga home at Evolve Yoga in downtown Leesburg, it was a natural progression to then become a certified teacher herself, in order to spread the wonderful healing power of yoga to others.
“I am incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to contribute to physical and spiritual wellness through yoga. My goal is for students to feel inspired, empowered, peaceful and connected.â€”
DeannaÂ has a ballet and modern dance background. Music and dance has been her passion for many years. After a college dance program, she became involved with group fitness classes, running and other activities. Over the years, she has taken yoga classes but began to deepen her practice two years ago when she discovered Evolve Yoga.
She realized that Hot Power Yoga gave her a great work out while nurturing the spirituality and self-actualization she was looking for.
Yoga encourages Deanna to live each moment more mindfully. She is excited to share her vibrant energy with others!
“yogaÂ lit a fire in me like nothing ever has, I felt at peace, stress-free and very happy for the first time in a long time. Yoga was the missing puzzle piece I needed.”Â
Clover took her first yoga class here at Evolve in December 2018 and instantly fell in love with the way yoga made her feel, She says â€œIt lit a fire in me like nothing ever has, I felt at peace, stress-free and very happy for the first time in a long time. Yoga was the missing puzzle piece I needed.â€
She was drawn to yoga to relieve stress from her busy lifestyle and quickly fell in love with the benefits of the entire practice, noticing changes in her body and the way it made her feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
She completed the yoga teacher training course here in March and received her 200-hour certification to spread the love of yoga and for it to be as beneficial to others as it was for her!
Her goal is to get her students to forget about the world and everything going on in their life to have 60 minutes to themselves. She says â€œThese 60 minutes are for YOU! To put the phone down, put your life on the back burner, and just to be here in the present moment. I hope you join me on this journey to take 60 minutes out of your day to focus on you! New to yoga? Letâ€™s start your journey together! I look forward to seeing you in my class!â€.
1st Timers, Beginners and Experienced Yogis welcomed!!
“IÂ want to bring happiness to all around me. I want to leave the world a happier, healthier, and more peaceful place at the end of every day.“
I found yoga a couple years ago when my mom introduced me to it.
For a little while it was just something fun to do. After I had my daughter, I wanted to get some of my pre-pregnancy body back.
I went to yoga off and on, until I got pregnant with my son. A couple months after I had my son, I started going to Evolve. I met Janet! She encouraged me to go to yoga teacher training. I was a mom to 2 small children! I didnâ€™t think I had the time and yoga was only something I did for exercise. Little did she know I was also struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety. In addition to that, our son began to have some seizures. We were in and out of the hospital for a couple of months. In that time, I was still going to yoga. It started to become more to me. It was helping me cope with things going on at home and with my postpartum problems.
Then, at last, Janet convinced me to do yoga teacher training. In that 10 weeks I felt such healing and such love. Yoga is about more than getting fit or physically healthy. It is about healing your soul and keeping your soul healthy.
I want to bring this happiness to all around me. I want to leave the world a happier, healthier, and more peaceful place at the end of every day.