Meet The Team

KELLY GLEASON

OWNER & INSTRUCTOR
200-hour RYT & NASM CPT

I have been practicing yoga for ten years.  After a few years of practicing yoga, I knew that simply practicing yoga was not enough for her. I wanted to learn all that I could about yoga and its origins so that I could share her love of yoga with others. In November 2017 I received my 200- hour yoga teacher certification through the Yoga Shack of Florida’s inaugural YTT program and immediately began teaching yoga part-time.

 

In February 2018 I left my corporate job to pursue my passion, teaching yoga full-time. At the same time, I was also engaged and transitioning from a Karwatt to a Gleason (hence, K2G). I love the feeling of a well-rounded fitness routine and my love for lifting weights has always been just as strong as my love of practicing yoga. I feel that having a well-rounded fitness routine is important, not just physically but mentally and emotionally; however, I realizes it can often be inconvenient and expensive to visit multiple places to weight-train and to take yoga. This is how Studio: K2G was born.

 

I wanted to find a convenient, affordable way to bring a well-rounded approach to combining yoga and weight-training to those in Sarasota and Manatee counties. I can’t wait to share my passion with you. 

KELLY GLEASON

OWNER & INSTRUCTOR
200-hour RYT & NASM CPT

I have been practicing yoga for over ten years.  After a few years of practicing I knew that simply being a student was not enough for me. I wanted to learn all that I could about yoga and its origins so that I could share my love of yoga with others. In November 2017 I received my 200- hour yoga teacher certification and immediately began teaching yoga part-time.

 

In February 2018 I left my corporate job to pursue my passion, teaching yoga full-time. At the same time, I was also engaged and transitioning from a Karwatt to a Gleason (hence, K2G). I love the feeling of a well-rounded fitness routine and my love for lifting weights has always been just as strong as my love of practicing yoga. I feel that having a well-rounded fitness routine is important, not just physically but mentally and emotionally; however, I realize it can often be inconvenient and expensive to visit multiple places to weight-train and to take yoga. This is why Studio: K2G was born.

 

I wanted to find a convenient, affordable way to bring a well-rounded approach to combining yoga and weight-training to those in Sarasota and Manatee counties. I can’t wait to share my passion with you. 

STACY MOLDOVAN

INSTRUCTOR

Back in 2005, I was unhealthy, overweight and unhappy. It was supposed to be the happiest time in my life, because I had just gotten engaged. After trying on wedding gowns and feeling miserable I decided to take charge of my health, and the rest is history. I started eating healthy, joined an outdoor boot camp, and in just a few months I dropped 4 sizes and finally felt good in my own skin. After my wedding, I didn't want the high to end, so I got certified as a trainer and took numerous nutrition courses to become a better coach.

 

My certifications include: CrossFit Level 1, Olympic Weightlifting Level 2, Zone and Paleo Nutrition Level 1, Rowing and Endurance Training Level 1, Group and Personal Training. I quit my full time job and have completely focused my life on health and fitness! I love hot yoga, boot camp and weightlifting. I have 2 little guys at home who continue to keep me active. I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you in class! 

APRIL ROSE SHINN
INSTRUCTOR

200-hour RYT

It was at some point between law school graduation and embarking upon my career that I forgot how to breathe.  I was unhealthy, full of anxiety, and desperately in need for an outlet for my stress. Five years later on a rainy November evening in 2012 I stumbled out of my office and into a Yoga studio.  It was during that hour that I remembered how to breathe, and my relationship with yoga began. 

 

Early on in the relationship everything was all “hearts and flowers,” not unlike a new romantic relationship.  I was simply happy to be on my mat and breathing and I couldn’t get enough of it.  But as time progressed, the relationship became dysfunctional and being on my mat stopped being enough.  I cultivated quite an ego and became fixated on nailing what I thought were “advanced postures.”  This fixation lead to injuries, self-doubt, and eventually a “break-up.”

 

While my “break-up” with yoga was short-lived, it was a valuable learning experience.  I learned that my ego was a powerful force that needed to be kept in check.  I also learned that the moment I let my ego take over was the moment that I stopped breathing (and started getting injured).  And because breathing is the foundation of every yoga pose, I learned that there was no way  I was practicing yoga because I wasn’t breathing.

 

If you think you may have forgotten how to breathe, please come and join me in the studio.  And if you think you can’t do yoga because you’re “stiff as board,” or because you’re worried that you’ll “look weird,” that might be your ego talking.  I cannot promise that yoga will impact your life as significantly as it did mine, but isn’t it worth giving it a shot?

Gonzalo Veronesi 

INSTRUCTOR

200-hour RYT

I have practiced yoga since 2010, starting with Iyengar. After a trip to Colombia my mother and father suggested that I begin Yoga for my own well-being and tranquility. Since that year I have not stopped and I did my first training with Bikram in 2011. Passionate about the practice I decided to open my mind to the world.  I taught my first class in English at The City of Moscow. From that moment on, the crossing of oceans began to spread yoga in hidden places, such as: Bali, Beijing, Mongolia, Jakarta, India, cities of the interior of Russia, Spain, France, Italy, Austria; South America and also the United States. In 2014, I taught in India, and learned about the origin of yoga; and doing the first-series Ashtanga training with Vinyasa. I have done yoga and pranayama courses and seminars in Rome, Moscow, Milan, Argentina and Spain.  I love to fly  and for this reason I completed my first Acro Yoga training in Malaga, Spain.
I am a personal trainer, 2nd. Dan of Full contact, and lover of all sports in tune with nature.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Director and Television Production and a journalist.  I like to combine communication with my passion for yoga.  I teach my classes from the heart and with an emphasis on the technique learned from the beginning.

Jessica Amaya

INSTRUCTOR

200-hour RYT

I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in 2015. Three years ago, I turned down an opportunity to attend graduate school to receive a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  I felt I was being prepared for a different career path and recognized that my gifts could be maximized elsewhere. I appreciate community partnerships and am open to creative opportunities to impact my local community with long term impact in mind. It is that commitment to empower my community that led me to my current enrollment in the Master of International Community Development (MICD) program at Southeastern University. 


In 2014 I was introduced to yoga while employed at LifeTime Athletic in Tampa, FL. I was a college athlete for the cross-country team at USF, and the yoga instructors at the gym were sharing how yoga would benefit my run technique and recovery. Sure enough, I started incorporating yoga at least once a week and reaped the physical benefits. My breathwork still needed work. Post-college athletics, I started working for lululemon and yoga continued to be a physical activity with co-workers. Later I would find out that yoga is more. 


In 2019 I became certified through lululemon’s Yoga Leadership Teacher Training and learned that yoga went beyond the physical practice. I was guided to consider some soul-searching questions (1.Who am I? 2.What do I want? 3.What is my dharma? 4.What am I grateful for?). In doing this, I gained an appreciation for the discipline of mind, body, and spirit, that yoga provides. Yoga reminds me daily of the importance of taking care of the temple we’ve been given. The lessons I learn during my practice on my mat serve as lessons for life off my mat. 

 

The Yoga Leadership Teacher Training helped me realize how I can use yoga as a tool to benefit and influence my community.  I will strive to provide a mind, body and soul enriching experience through yoga to my community.

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