Therapeutic Yoga Educator and Entrepreneur Lorena is a 500hr E-RYT, CYT-1, Reiki Master, Wellness Coach, and a Mindfulness and Sound Healing Facilitator. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and leads yoga teacher training classes, spiritual retreats and workshops virtually and at multiple locations and around the country.
Originally from Perú, Lorena has been exposed from a very young age to diverse spiritual and alternative natural ways of interconnection towards self-healing and self-empowerment.
With nearly two decades of experience in the wellness field, she continuously developed her knowledge and passion for yoga and meditation and has received training and credentials from prominent institutions and international teachers in multiple modalities. She is known for her genuine love of people and community.
Her belief in the inclusive effect of yoga, and her unique self-expression of equality and her motivational style of teaching methodology that blend physical, esoteric and holistic aspects make her passion of educating others accessible to everyone. A primary focus of hers is to empower students to accept their true meaning of the inner self and individuality on and off the mat.
Married to a US NAVY Ret. officer, she embraces the challenges of an unpredictable lifestyle. In 2014, Lorena broke out of the corporate real estate world and founded her first yoga studio and school in Tampa, Florida. She is the creator of Yoga PostraumáticoTM, director of Transform Integrated School, Yoga Terapéutica, founder of Hanaq Prana Yoga Studio and serves as an expert adviser to the Yoga Alliance Standards Review Project.
While she is not attending training somewhere in world, or teaching training or traveling on retreats, you will find her reading a book or sitting enjoying time with her husband fishing with her boys. Lorena and her family are currently living in the Washington, DC area.
Personal mantra & quote: Life's too short! Don't waste your time and effort trying to fix unfixable situations. Keep moving forward because your prior setbacks don’t define the person you rally are.
INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION HEALTH COACH | WELLNESS DIRECTOR
Ivonne is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, AASDN Nutrition Specialist from the American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists, a certified group fitness instructor, and certified Holistic Health Coach. She works with a diverse range of clients including men, women, young professionals, corporate executives, retirees, athletes, and inactive or over-weight individuals. Her philosophy is that there is no one way of eating or living that works for everyone, and consequently, she has had success working with people from all walks of life.
Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Ivonne is a dedicated nutrition communicator that educates the public through public speaking, writing and media work. She has conducted interviews with local media outlets, including MiTV Network, MegaTV, and SuperQ 1300 Radio.
As a Director of Wellness of Hanaq Prana Studio, she guides and mentors individuals to take responsibility for their health and supports them in making sustainable lifestyle choices.
Some common areas where she can assist include weight management, food cravings, sleep, energy, digestion, stress, and time management.
Amanda started practicing yoga and meditation 20 years ago in college to help her cope with depression and anxiety. After graduating with her BA in Liberal Arts, Amanda traveled and worked in theatres throughout the Southeast. After settling down in South Florida, she studied Bikram Yoga for a while before returning to her first love, Hatha Yoga. After moving to Tampa with her husband, she found her new yoga home at Hanaq Prana Yoga Studio, where she began to study yoga and meditation under Lorena Saavedra Smith. After 2 years of mentoring and one-on-one training, Amanda decided to step into the role of becoming a teacher.
She is a received her YTT200 certification under the Lorena Saavedra Smith's school of yoga. She has also studied under Yoganand Michael Carrol and Dr. Stephan Rinaldi of the University of Holistic Theology and has received a Certification in Restorative Yoga and Meditation. Through her training, Amanda has created a practice of bringing Mindfulness to each class by inviting the student to come into their bodies with breath awareness, allowing oneself to awaken the physical body and the emotional body into the present moment. Cultivating this mindfulness practice with yoga is one of the tools she has found to bring peace and comfort into her life to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Amanda enjoys being playful and when she is not practicing yoga, she is spending time with her family and friends, writing, and creating.
As Operation Manager of Hanaq Prana Yoga Studio, she is eager to assist students and the rest of the team with years of experience in customer service and professional operational development.
Gina is a fully bilingual (English and Spanish) registered RYT-200 with credentials from Lorena Saavedra Smith's School in Tampa, FL. Gina believes in the benefits of hatha yoga and her practice focuses on balancing a hectic and fast paced lifestyle into a mindful state where you can transform, center and reconnect with your true self.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Gina was introduced to meditation 20 years ago which became an anchor in her life. She fell in love with yoga in the midst of pregnancy over 10 years ago, where she found a place to nurture herself and the seeds of her growing family.
Gina has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and an MBA from University of Puerto Rico and Interamerican University, respectively. She works as a VP in one of the top 10 largest Banks in the US. Gina loves camping and going on nature walks with her family. She’s happily married with her high school sweetheart and a loving mother of two sweet kids as well as a puppy and a squirrel.
Jill has been involved in the yoga and metal wellness industry for decades. She started practicing yoga as a means to help him deal with grief and loss. Teaching and learning about yoga and mental health is her true passion.
She has over 500 hours of training and she is certified RYT500 with the Yoga Alliance. She is also trained and have years of experience teaching yoga for seniors, Trauma-informed care yoga, and restorative yoga.
Her teaching style is rooted in the foundation of movement, alignment, breathing and, the continuous study of the 8 limbs of yoga. She is currently enrolled in the Hanaq Prana Yoga Teacher Mentoring Program.
Yoga has been shown to reduce stress, bring peace of mind and enhance a meditative practice. This is what attracted LeGrand to yoga, and yoga is now an integral part of his life. His vision is to share these benefits with others.
LeGrand completed his 250-hour teacher certification at TreeHouse Yoga in Tampa. He completed his 500-hour teacher certification in Lutz, Florida. LeGrand is registered with Yoga Alliance as a Continuing Education Provider.
His teaching intention is to meet all students wherever they are in their practice, from beginners to advanced practitioners, from teenagers to seniors. LeGrand’s teaching philosophy is oriented toward calming the mind, expanding the spirit and comfortably exploring the ever-changing limits of the body.
Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Laia began to practice yoga while touring with Disney on Ice as a professional figure skater in an attempt to minimize the physical and mental toll of traveling and performing.
It wasn’t until being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease that she realized that yoga and meditation needed to become a fundamental part of her life in order to stay healthy and keep stress down. As she developed her figure skating coaching career, she realized the physical and mental benefits yoga could have in her athletes, and she decided it was time to become a yoga teacher.
Laia is an ERYT-200 registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance and a Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). She studied under UK-based Nichi Green and Claire Santos at the 305 Yoga University in Miami. Laia developed a deeper understanding of what yoga truly is, and after graduating with her 200- hour certification, she began to teach yoga not only to athletes but to people from all walks of life that are looking for a yoga practice that goes beyond the poses. He is currently enrolled in the Hanaq Prana Yoga Teacher Mentoring Program.
Laia’s teaching style is deeply influenced by her figure skating background. She loves creating unique and fun sequences that allow students of all levels to explore the depths of their abilities with a focus on alignment and safety. Classes are infused with themes that go beyond the physical postures and encourage students to dig deeper and take what they learn in the studio into their daily lives.
Laia currently offers remote training to several Olympic and elite athletes from different countries. She also teaches workshops and special events in both the USA and abroad.
PAM WALLACE, PH.D.
Dr. Wallace began practicing yoga over 15 years ago. Yoga and meditation offered a holistic mind, body and spirit connection that enabled her to find balance and inner peace in the midst of raising four children. She is a registered R-YTT 200 hour teacher with Yoga Alliance who received her training in the lineage of Integrated Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga from Hanaq Prana Studio in Tampa, Florida under the leadership of Lorena Saavedra Smith, E-RYT, MRT, CLC and the mentorship of Janice Zgibor, R-YTT, Ph.D. The practice of yoga can be an important part of an overall wellness plan at any age.
Pam's classes reflect compassion and a clear understanding of how these practices embrace the overall wellness of the mind and body. With years of experience in the field, she is committed to supporting her students to reach well-being.
Dr. Wallace received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University, and also completed a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. She is employed as a technology teacher. She and her husband Mike are the proud parents of four young adults. Dr. Wallace is a lifelong learner who strives to instill a love of learning and acceptance among her students.