Yoga Integrity Teacher Training Faculty
Cindy Mastry was introduced to yoga by her Grandmother Ann Ree Colton in the late 60’s, and began practicing at an early age, first with Lilias Folan on TV and with Vishnudevananda’s classic yoga text on her own. Cindy has a background in dance and also worked in the fitness industry on and off since the late seventies, always maintaining a home yoga practice.
Today, focused only on Yoga, Cindy originally founded the studio and now is a co-owner of the studio. She is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance (E-RYT) trained in classical Ashtanga Yoga at Mount Madonna Institute in California, home of the globally respected teacher and spiritual leader Baba Hari Dass who inspires “teach to learn.” Cindy has also studied with Kate Potter, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Larry Schultz, Gary Kraftsow, Jon Kest, Bryan Kest, Judith Lassiter, Tias Little and currently studies with Tony Nenov. She has completed the late Georg Feuerstein’s 800 hour Long Distance Learning course on the History and Philosophy of Yoga.
Her style blends knowledge learned from all her teachers to encourage practicing the principles of yoga with self awareness and balance, without competitiveness in order to reach the underlying vibrational life force energy and true essence of yoga. Cindy is an instructor for the Exalted Warrior Foundation which is a yoga program designed for wounded warriors in military and veteran hospital facilities. Cindy can also be seen in numerous instructional videos on various websites including Lance Armstrong’s Livestong.com, Expert Village, EHow, and Mom & Me.
Rubén started exploring yoga and formal meditation in Colombia where he grew up. In 1996, he started practicing daily soon discovering that most yoga techniques uncovered weaknesses and tightness in his body, mind and heart. However, every session created greater clarity and balance motivating him to continue practicing.
In 2005, after 9 years of daily practice, Rubén enrolled in yoga teacher training and also started teaching in the Tampa Bay area. Since that time, he has devoted most of his energy to studying, practicing and teaching yoga. Rubén (E-RYT500) is a creative and eclectic teacher that combines what he has learned from his teachers and what he learns continuously from his students with his own daily exploration of yoga techniques and traditional yoga philosophy. Constantly finding ways to improve his practice and teaching in 2009 he created a bilingual DVD, Yoga Here + Now for Beginners. Rubén has taught yoga fundamentals, slow mindful flow, restorative and therapeutic yoga, pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra in group and individual classes, workshops, teacher trainings as well as retreats, both locally and abroad.
For Rubén teaching yoga, besides being a dream come true, is an honor and a responsibility. Following the example of teachers he admires, in every class Rubén encourages students to meet themselves where they are, to smile gently and to discover their own way of practicing yoga in order to live a more vibrant, meaningful and joyful life.