Love Yoga Center offers yoga classes daily by the finest yoga teachers in Naples, Florida. We provide the Naples yoga community with a variety of styles and levels. We love to teach everyone, from brand new beginners to advanced seasoned practitioners.
Lahoma RYT 500, YACEP
Lahoma is the Owner/Director of Love Yoga Center, where she received both her 200 and 300 hour certifications under her teachers Carla Olla, Love Yoga Center founder, and Prem Sadasivananda. Community Service has been Lahoma's life long passion, locally and globally. She has found teaching and practicing Yoga to be the most comprehensive way she can serve her community.
Her extensive experience in healthcare, including being an advanced practice nurse/CRNA, brings a nurturing aspect to her teaching and aids in her understanding and application of anatomy, alignment, and safety in her asana sequencing, cues and assists. Sharing this transformative practice and the traditional teaching of yoga, thanks to her beloved teachers and all their teachers before them, is an honor and privilege for which she is forever grateful.
Lahoma is taking some time off the teaching schedule to concentrate her energy on healing some unexpected and prolonged physical challenges and the mind-stuff that goes along with any health issue. She humbly expresses her deepest gratitude and appreciation for the compassion, understanding and support the community and the LYC staff continue to show her and Love Yoga during her absence. More info about her journey is forth coming.
Karen began practicing yoga in 2004 while living in Denver, CO. In the fall of 2013 she moved to Naples and after several years of considering yoga teacher training enrolled in Love Yoga Center’s 200 hr program with founder Carla Olla in March 2014. Three years later in March 2017, she graduated the 500 hr yoga teacher training program at Love Yoga Center with Carla and Prem Sadasivananda. Both of these training experiences completely transformed her life. Karen has been steadily teaching yoga since 2014. It is a joy for her to share her love of Yoga and the knowledge she has gained with the students of Love Yoga Center and to watch them work toward their goals on their mats.
We are grateful to have her at the studio full-time, teaching and managing the center!
Peggy Sealfon originally studied Hatha Yoga at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York’s Greenwich Village and later studied with world-renowned Yogi Master Gurudev Amrit Desai. She is certified by the Amrit Yoga Institute in Amrit Yoga and Yoga Nidra/Integrative Relaxation and teaches Quantum Breath Meditation She has also been trained in Tai Chi and Qigong and is certified in several energy healing modalities including Reconnective Healing.
She is a wellness specialist, life integration coach, trainer, writer, author and spokesperson. She specializes in stress management, pain relief and sports performance. Her most recent focus is on the corporate environment bringing integrated wellness programs to the workplace to lower stress and improve productivity. Peggy teaches every Tuesday, Yoga Nidra at 3:30 PM
Sally teaches Stretch & Restore at Love Yoga Center Fridays at 3:30pm. Besides spending time with her family & practicing and teaching yoga, Sally is an avid tennis player. She invites other tennis players and all athletes to join her to limber up and recover from your time on the court or field. Yoga helps to prevent sports injuries and prepare a steady mild for all levels of competition and fun!
Sally is a 500 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher. She completed both her 200 and 300 hour Teacher Trainings here at the Love Yoga Center Location. Her 200 hr training with OmVibe and her 300 hr in 2014 through Love Yoga Center with our beloved founder, Carla Olla.
Becky knew from her first Ashtanga class in 1999 that yoga would be a part of her life forever. She began teaching because she wanted to share the benefits of yoga with others. Certified in Ashtanga/Vinyassa , Hatha, and SATYA, Becky has over 600 hours of training. Becky studies with Tias Little of Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe. She now focuses her teaching on the more physical and emotional healing gifts of yoga. We are so grateful Becky shares her transformative teaching with us here in Naples from early fall to late spring. Maybe eventually we will convince her to sweat it out with us here over the Summer. So make sure to get in as many of her class as you can during season, before she returns to Michigan each summer. You will be so glad you did!
Nancy is a 2013 graduate of the Jivamukti 300 Hour Teacher Training at the Omega Institute in New York and is so honored to be sharing her love of Jivamukti Yoga in Naples Florida at Love Yoga Center teaching Spiritual Warrior 3 times a week! She completed her 300 Hour Teacher Training here at Love Yoga with Carla Olla and Prem Sadasivananda in March 2017, becoming an Advanced 500hr yoga teacher.
Many thanks and much gratitude and humble pranams to all my teachers who have given me so much and who exemplify a path to liberation through compassion for all beings. Jivamukti founders Sharon Gannon-ji, David Life-ji, Emma Henry-ji, Julie Kirkpatrick-ji, and the luminous Carla Olla-ji founder of Love Yoga Center who have showed me what true compassion and love really means.
Heather completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Love Yoga Center with Carla Olla. Heather's sweet and caring nature comes across in every class she teaches.
So when you find yourself in a mid week slump make your way to Heather's class to get a boost! Heather teaches Love Gentle Flow every Wednesday afternoon.
Megan teaches a variety of classes throughout the week at Love Yoga Center. Megan says, Yoga has, time and time again, brought her back to herself and her breath. "When I'm on my mat, I'm home. Love Yoga is a home away from home and the community at LYC is a second family."
She is a 2015 graduate of Love Yoga Center's 200 hour teacher training with Carla Olla. Off the mat, Megan is passionate about local organic food and using food as medicine. She also enjoys making her own kombucha, working with herbs and exploring the world.
Hector Munoz has been practicing Chen style Tai-Chi for over five years. In January 2015 he decided to take his practice to another level by asking his teacher, Dr Joel Ying to take him under his wing and provide individual training for the purpose of becoming a TC instructor (Chen Style). On February 4, 2016 he was issued a certificate of completion by his mentor and teacher Dr Ying.
Hector is also an avid yoga practitioner and student at Love Yoga Center. His practice, of both Yoga and Tai-Chi enables him to approach teaching in a very kind and supportive way. His focus on caring allow students to feel at ease even if they are completely new to Tai Chi. Hector feels very fortunate to teach at Love Yoga, where he is a committed team member of the instructors pool. Hector also has a love for baseball and table tennis.
Ottilia is originally from Budapest, Hungary and now lives with her family in Berlin, Germany. She began her yogic journey in 2007 while pregnant with her first child. After finding the perfect winter home in Naples, FL, she joined the Love Yoga Community with great enthusiasm. She is a graduate of Rhinebeck Yoga Center’s 200 hour teacher training and has travelled the world to study with beautiful teachers in India and Woodstock, NY.
Off the mat, Ottilia is a Shiatsu therapist (Japanese meridian activating massage based on traditional Chinese medicine) and passionate about Ayurveda, alternative healing methods and Vedic astrology. Ottilia does her best to empower people of all ages, and those with a wide range of health issues, to use simple but profound tools to achieve ease and well-being in everyday life. She offers a slow & gentle vinyasa flow class that also includes self-care techniques.
Ottilia is deeply grateful for the opportunity to teach yoga and for her teachers: Carla Olla, Sharon Gannon & David Life (the founders of Jivamuki yoga), Anja Kühnel (director of the Jivamuki Yoga Center in Berlin), Prem Sadasivanandaji (for Sanskrit teachings), Wah! (renowned singer and songwriter).
Kim completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Love Yoga Center with Carla Olla in 2017. She teaches Love Flow, Love Flow "The Sequence", and Yoga & Meditation. She is also a very talented musician. So be sure to ask her to lead a chant or play her guitar for you during Savasana! Kim’s unique teaching style meets you exactly where you are at and helps inspire you to dig deep within and do the inner work. You can always expect a healthy dose of mantra and meditation in Kim’s classes. She often shares stories from the yogic texts and scriptures and infuses her teachings with history and wisdom of our teachers.
She is also the "Music" behind our monthly $10 Monday Mantra Music Yoga while Megan Healey guides you through a gentle Flow Class. Check the schedule to make sure you don't miss this special class each month.
Nancy R. completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2018 at Love Yoga Center with Lahoma Nachtrab and Carla Olla after moving to Naples from Atlanta 3 years ago. A NJ native, Nancy spent 8 years living in the Caribbean and couldn’t be more thrilled to be living among palm trees and sea air again.
Nancy regularly teaches Love Basics on Wednesday mornings but is often subbing a variety of other classes including Love Flow.
When she’s not teaching, she is mom, part time marketing consultant and PTO volunteer and couldn’t be happier to now lead others in their yoga journey.
MaryAnn completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification with Carla Olla and Rhinebeck Yoga & Love Yoga Center in October 2020. She began her yoga journey in 2017 after retiring from sales management, with summers spent in Michigan and winters in Florida. She says: "Finding Love Yoga Center and the amazing community of mentors and friends has truly been a gift." She and her husband Tom have 3 sons, a granddaughter and a handsome dog named Pierre.
Susan received a Yoga Alliance Certification in Vinyasa Flow and has been teaching Yoga ever since with students of all abilities. Susan continues to develop her yoga practice by attending workshops at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Mass. In 2010, Susan began learning the Chinese self-healing practices of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. These practices became an integral part of her daily routine for her health and well-being. Susan received her first certificate as a Qigong Facilitator in 2011 and studied with many teachers since then and currently incorporates Qi Gong and Energy Medicine practices with her yoga routines.
Susan hopes to empower people of all ages to use the tools of these mind-body practices to achieve radiant health and well-being. Susan is a cancer survivor and contributes her own vibrant health to these practices that nourish the body, mind and spirit.
Kristen loves to practice and teach yoga. She graduated Love Yoga Center's 200 hour teacher training program in 2014. Kristen’s style of teaching can be described as upbeat and full of sunshine. She always has a smile on her face and will be sure to have you leaving with a smile. Her class will leave you feeling inspired and strong in your practice on and off the mat. Kristen’s classes are consistently well rounded and full of inspiring sequences.
Jennifer has a happy heart when teaching regularly at Love Yoga Center! After becoming a mama to little Sebastian in 2017, the pace of life picked up in a way she could not have anticipated. It took sometime but she had resumed leading regular classes at Love again when she and Gabe, her husband, found out they were expecting a second son. Jennifer is currently on maternity leave and looks forward to settling into a new rhythm that allows her to once again return to Love and be in community with all of you!
Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Jennifer relocated to Naples, FL in 2004. She began her yogic journey in 2008 practicing in a variety of studios in Naples, Bonita Springs, and Minneapolis (when she would return home). In 2015, she found her way to Love Yoga Center. In 2016, she decided to deepen her knowledge and practice through participating in teacher training with Carla Olla. It was during this magical time, the secret toolbox that the practice of yoga is, began to fully reveal itself to her.
For Jennifer, yoga became synonymous with community, connection, love, and acceptance. Jennifer has a particular passion for learning (and sharing) the physical and psychological benefits one can gain from the practice of yoga. Moreover, she enjoys finding ways for the benefits of the practice of yoga (asana, pranayama, and meditation) to be accessible to all people.
Miriam complete both her 200 & 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training here at Love Yoga Center where she has been a long time practitioner after finding her home here with the Love Community and her beloved teacher Carla Olla.
As an Advanced 500 hour teacher she offers a beautiful Restorative Yoga Class every Sunday at 6:15 PM. It is 75 minutes of pure Bliss!
Miriam is taking a little time off but look for special events/workshops with her this summer and fall 2021.
Kelli is proud to be a graduate of Love Yoga Center's 200 & 300 hour teacher training programs. Since stepping onto the mat in 2009, Kelli's yoga journey has been an amazing experience. A year into her practice, Kelli met a teacher at the gym she was attending that changed her practice. A few months later she arrived at Love Yoga Center. It was there that the yoga she had been practicing transformed from being just a physical exercise into an entire mind, body and life experience. Knowing how greatly this practice affected her life, Kelli had a strong desire in her heart to share this practice with others. Kelli's main intention is to uplift and send you on your way to a better day. Kelli one of Love Yoga Center's 500 hour advanced teachers and her Love Basics classes are fun and uplifting with some pretty awesome tunes!
Keli is taking some time off teaching. We look forward to her return!
Hallie moved to Naples in 2011. She found yoga shortly after that when her friend Brittany took her to a class. Once she found yoga— that was it! It provided her a space of healing and gratitude. With a background in education, and her love for yoga— it only made sense to combine the two and share it with others.
In 2014, Hallie graduated the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at Love Yoga Center with Carla Olla. Hallie is forever grateful for her TT Tribe and for Carlaji’s teachings.
Join her for a relaxing Candlelight Flow Thursday’s at 7:30 PM or find her on the beach taking pictures at sunset.
Love Yoga Center has always been a blessed space in this little community. As Hallie has said many times before, “Once your bare feet connect with the hardwood floors— you are home.”
Hallie is taking some time off teaching but we look forward to when she is ready to return!
Carla Olla is the Founder of Love Yoga Center. Even though she as returned to upstate NY she will be visiting Love Yoga Center frequently to offer classes, workshops and assist with Love Yoga Center's Yoga Teacher Training programs. She is a Jivamukti certified yoga teacher and she has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2005. She began teaching yoga in Naples Florida in 2010 and opened Love Yoga Center in July of the same year. Her classes are upbeat, devotional, and fun and she encourages her students to reach for their greatest potential while honoring and being compassionate toward themselves.
Before moving to Woodstock NY and becoming a yoga teacher Carla worked as a professional musician in New York City, earning a gold record for playing guitar on Deborah Harry's world tour. She also played with Dee Dee Ramone, 1(900) Boxx and several other local bands. Carla is certified in Ayurveda Yoga Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, and Reiki in addition to being a registered ERYT with Yoga Alliance.
Carla is grateful to all of the yoga teachers at Love Yoga Center who sustain the studio with their wonderful teaching and beautiful dedication to the practice of Yoga. She is forever thankful to her yoga teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life, the founders of Jivamukti Yoga and to all of her teachers for their generous teachings and support.