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. 

Rebekah Szymanski

INSTRUCTOR

300-hour Certified STOTT Pilates

I recently just moved to Florida from Michigan and I am absolutely loving this sunny state. 

 

In April of 2019, I decided to start my journey with STOTT Pilates. I knew starting this program would be very challenging because I had no background in anatomy and it is one of the most intense programs in the pilates world. Some days I’d go into the studio from 7am to 7pm. Every class I took, every instructor I talked to, every hour of observing; I just absorbed in as much knowledge as I could. I learned so much about my body and I felt muscles I never felt before. I learned how to be disciplined, how to be a great instructor, how to breathe correctly and what it meant to be truly passionate about something.  

 

Over the past year I have completed over 300 hours of anatomy courses, in classroom teaching, observation, practice teaching, physical review and an apprenticeship. 

 

My passion is to inform everyone YOUR body is different. It moves differently, it looks different, it feels different, it thinks different and it functions different. There is nobody made exactly the way you are and that is so extraordinary. Embrace your body just the way it is but love it enough to learn about it and always continue to be stronger than you were the day before! 

 

I am eager to share my knowledge and passions with you all. 

APRIL ROSE SHINN
INSTRUCTOR

200-hour certified

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?

I moved to Bradenton from Wisconsin in the summer of 2019. I completed my yoga teacher training under Katie Brauer at Yoga Six Chicago. I have also completed Baron Baptiste's training.  I enjoy teaching and practicing vinyasa, Bikram and yin yoga.

When I am not teaching yoga I am a full-time bi-lingual elementary ESL teacher and I enjoy traveling.

Amber Price

INSTRUCTOR

200-hour certified

Jessica Amaya

INSTRUCTOR

200-hour certified

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.

Kayla Jennis

INSTRUCTOR

200-hour RYT

For me yoga had always been a present form of "exercise" in my life, starting from age 1.  Having been born and raised on Anna Maria Island, and as an adult moving to Bradenton, I began to explore nearby yoga studios in my spare time.  I dove headfirst into Bikram, and from there branching out and finding my true passion for heated power vinyasa.  In 2018 I took a huge leap of faith and completed my 200 hr vinyasa YTT, which I am forever grateful for.  I began teaching about 6 months after graduating, and now teach around the Bradenton and Sarasota areas.  This past November I received my yin yoga teacher training completion certificate as well as beginning to personally fall more in love with the slow flow practices and teaching beginners.
When I am not teaching yoga I am typically fulfilling my second passion by working at a veterinary ER.  On my true days off I enjoy spending time with my growing family and our fur babies, anything outdoorsy/woodsy, beachy, or grabbing brunch with friends!

My love for yoga and fitness has always been a huge part of my life. I hold a 200 hour training in Hatha Yoga and another 200 hour training in Vinyasa Yoga. I am certified in Bender Barre, which uses a small ball, instead of a barre itself. Like yoga, I like to allow my barre classes to flow from one move to the next. My barre class works just about every muscle group with the main focus on core and glutes. I am also certified from American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) and enjoy teaching and taking strength classes whenever I can. Being a full time mom can pull you in so many directions, thank goodness I’m a morning person and workout at 6:00am most mornings.

Terry Moschella

INSTRUCTOR

Yoga Certified

Bender Barre Certified

AFAA certified

Megan Meredith

INSTRUCTOR

200-hour certified

Ta'lofa! I discovered yoga at a time when I needed it most, when long-time pillars of my life had come tumbling down and it was TIME to rebuild myself UP from the ground. I started where most of us do, with a physical practice at home, diving daily into the asanas absorbing all of their benefits and I felt amazing! I was getting stronger, more flexible and still I was hungry for more. So I started practicing with others, developing my studio practice and building a yogi tribe! vibing out regularly with other yogis, feeling SO at home in my local Yoga community I knew I had found my place! How else can I say it besides when the Universe calls you, you cannot help but to answer that call. I registered for my YTT 200 at heartwood yoga institute in Sept of 2017 I Graduated April of 2018, I started teaching literally 2 weeks later and it has been such an amazing journey so far. In October of 2018 I went back to Heartwood and took the Aerial certification course furthering my knowledge and love for all things yoga!
Since then I have hosted workshops and continued teaching regularly and it has been an amazing journey.

Magdalena Fielding

INSTRUCTOR

200-hour RYT

After studying psychology in the Netherlands where I was raised, I moved to Florida and eventually became the general manager of an international multi-million-dollar company. Needless to say, heavy-weight responsibilities and stress came with that heavy-weight title. After 12.5 years of dedication and success, at the end of 2016, I retired from the company. I knew exactly what I was going to do; become a yoga instructor. After so many years of stress and sacrifice, I was going to pursue this passion of mine and fill my life and others with joy, enlightenment and wellness that yoga and my Reiki training can bring.

 

I have had a long love for the 26/2 hot yoga hatha series, which I have been practicing for over 10 years. When I made it through the challenge of my first class, I knew that it was the right yoga for me. I am a person who is constantly self-reflecting, and in that reflection, I often ask myself if I can do better, do more, offer more, challenge myself to be my ultimate best in whatever I am doing. 

 

This mentality has lead me to study and compete with top marks in gymnastics, tae kwon do and bodybuilding. I also participated in the 2007 Annual Yoga Asana Regionals and placed 3rd for the state of Florida. 

 

At the end of 2016, I signed up for 2 back-to-back 200hr Hatha yoga teacher training courses; ThaVma Method Hot Yoga and 26/2 Premium Hot Yoga at ThaVma Yoga Studio (Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The training provided a challenge to the athlete and student in me. The approach to yoga with a focus on injury recovery and prevention work, with the detailed study of anatomy, alignment and injury types, put an intense spin on the program’s advanced level yoga teacher training. It certainly helped to have a person who studied in-depth advanced anatomy, as a study buddy; I am so grateful to my husband Dr. Jason V. Fielding for his support through this long process.

 

I did not know quite what I was getting myself into when I first signed up for these 2 teacher training courses. The training was enlightening, daunting & nerve-racking.

 

In January of 2019 I took my third 200hr teacher training. This training was offered by Where Boats Go YOGA with owner & head instructor Marina Traub, as well as Mandy Main and Jaye Martin. This broadened my scope of teaching tools to include Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga & Trauma Informed Yoga. During this yoga teacher training the athlete and the student in me were once again challenged, but this time the spiritual self-reflective sides of me were as well.

 

Whether I am guiding my husband and step-daughter through a home meditation, or leading a studio full of yogis through their asanas, I will always challenge myself to fully share and create space in others for the simple joy that yoga can give us. I will study more, learn more and reflect on the teachings out there, so that I may understand more deeply this amazing gift that is Yoga.

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