Yoga is an opportunity to reconnect. It incorporates breath, postures, chanting, and meditation to build strength, create flexibility and open the energetic centers of our hearts and minds. Yoga teaches the art of relaxation and self-healing. The Sweetwater Yoga Teachers Collective is a group of volunteer, YTT certified yoga teachers. Our current class offerings are centered around Hatha flow and Yin Yoga. Classes are mixed level, suitable for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners.
Discover and expand your yoga practice on Sunday mornings from 10:30 am – 11:30/11:45 am. Please look for our schedule on below and in our emails. Classes are offered free of charge with donations being greatly appreciated. 100% of your contribution supports Sweetwater Organic Community Farm.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats. Registration is not required. Space is on a first come, first serve basis. We look forward to seeing you at Yoga on the Farm Porch! Please contact us with any questions.
Feel free to reach out to Stacey at 813 – 792 – 1633.
** Parking **
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE FARM FROM THE MAIN GATE. (@ Sawyer & Comanche) These are designated handicap spaces and are reserved for those that genuinely need them, not for convenience sake! There is ample parking on the west side of the farm over the footbridge.
From the intersection of Hillsborough and Hanley, head north on Hanley. Turn right onto W Comanche Ave. (Sweetwater Cafe will be on the right and St Joseph Vietnamese Catholic Church will be on your left.)
Park along the left side on the grass area. There is a footbridge over the canal that leads to the farm entrance. The main farm house is to the left of the large open barn.
Yoga classes are held on the porch. Come on in!
** Please check back for updates as we are still working to refine our 2023 schedule. **
My introduction to yoga began in my early 20s, in Nairobi, at a time when yoga teachers were few and very far between. I was exceedingly fortunate, then, to have had an experienced instructor with a dynamic skill set that enabled me to excel in my practice for several years. With that experience serving as my foundation, I have gone on to explore several styles of hatha (physical) yoga and raja (meditative) yoga. It wasn’t until 2012 / 2013 that I completed my Yoga Alliance accredited 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. Immediately thereafter I went on to train with internationally recognized instructors throughout the US acquiring additional certifications along the way. (700 plus hours and counting). Some 30 + years later, my first instructor is still the measure by which I judge all others, including myself!
I am excited to be able to use my experience and training as my way of giving back to my community and, when needed, as a visitor in other communities. I have worked with underserved populations, children, LGBT+ youth, and prison populations. I have taught – and continue to teach, at community fundraising events, community awareness projects and various special events. I have a professional degree with a background in international law/international relations and real estate. I have pursued formal classroom studies and hold certifications in areas of advanced yoga studies & teaching techniques, yoga for trauma and anxiety, yoga for social justice, reflexology, pranic healing, homeopathy and more recently, advanced permaculture studies. I am honored to be able to teach, share, build, structure and otherwise contribute towards those things that create a healthier, vibrant and more sustainable human experience! I look forward to seeing you in class! NAMASTE.
Chad earned his 200hr YTT from Kodawari. As a life-long athlete, he developed a passion for yoga 5 years ago to supplement his kickboxing workouts. Originally drawn to the physical expression of yoga, once introduced to Kodawari, an entirely new spiritual practice opened up for him. His classes offer a combination of stronger more powerful flows, accompanied by energetic music [you may hear some long-time favorites]. Chad will challenge both your body and mind, pushing you in your physical practice, yet leaving you feeling centered.
I was reacquainted with yoga right before C-19 hit, mostly as a means to regain a sense of mindfulness in my day to day living. I would go to class everyday, sometimes two or three times a day. Although classes were great, I wanted to know more than just asana. In 2020 I moved to Land O Lakes and enrolled in the Pose by Pose 200 hour YTT program. It was there that I learned about the 8 limbs of yoga, learned a therapeutic approach to yoga practice and trained in a number of practices including Hatha, Restorative, Kundalini, Nidra and Sivanada. In the fall of 2021 I graduated with my certification. In my free time, I was (guest) teaching at Sweetwater Organic Farm as well as private sessions in the Tampa area. I primarily teach slow-flow and Yin Yoga. Many of us are constantly on the move and are not used to sitting and being patient with ourselves. Yoga has taught me to listen to my body while honoring the self. My intention is to guide you on your own individual yoga journey and help foster your ideal practice. I am excited to now be a permanent instructor on the farm.
Hi yogis!! My name is Liv Young and I am originally from Kansas. I have always been a lover of all things movement – team sports, yoga, outdoor adventures, dancing, lifting, you name it! Back in 2016, I started to find a lot of growth in hot power yoga classes and when I moved to Florida, the floodgates opened. The yoga community here in Tampa Bay is absolutely incredible! I finished my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Kodawari Studios in October 2020 and have since specialized in teaching Slow Flow, Gentle Stretch, Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, and Express Yoga. I recently completed a certification in Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training back in August of 2021. In each class I aim to bring awareness to the breath and playfully explore strength and flexibility, all while set to a groovy playlist! Yoga is for EVERY body and I hope you leave your practice feeling connected and free. I will see you on the mat! 🙂
Drennen is a certified 500 YTT instructor with an emphasis on loving kindness! Through slower, intentional movement, she aims to connect breath, body and awareness.
Drennen found yoga as a flexibility practice during years of competitive and collegiate sports. Now her practice continues and expands to increase flexibility of the mind and spirit as well as physical flexibility.
Hello, everyone! I started my yoga journey 3 years ago and went on to obtain my 200 hour YTT certification last summer, 2022. Yoga is my way of connecting to myself and the world around me. Ever since I started doing yoga, I feel I have been able to unlock the best version of me. The primary reason I entered the teacher training program was so I could share that experience with others. Yoga is a great way to build confidence and encourage self-expression. Every time I get on the mat, I can connection to my emotions and let go of that which holds me back. While yoga is a great workout that builds endurance, it can also be an emotional release and balancing mechanism. I love teaching! I like creating a judgement free zone where one can experience their true authenticity. My class typically incorporates mild-mid level intensive poses that help build mental and physical strength. I look forward to having you join me in class.