Taylor Ann Drew
Taylor Ann is proud to claim Tallahassee as her hometown. She went to Leon High, the University of Florida for her undergraduate degree, then Vanderbilt for her nurse practitioner training. After graduating from Vandy, she moved to beautiful Lake Tahoe, California where she practiced with some of the most inspirational people in the States, creating her drive to bring a California-inspired yoga studio and shared collective space to Florida. She is mommy to her 4-year-old son, Nash, with whom she adores spending her free time playing cars, being outside, and creating arts and crafts. She is excited to share her vision of CaliFlo, a bit of Cali in Tally, creating a space for all to come and use their bodies and minds to their highest potential.
Amanda is an artist, yogi, mama, partner, lover, friend, and universal traveler. She was drawn to yoga to relieve joint pain and connect with spirit. She deepened her practice with her 200 hour certification with Many Rivers Yoga in 2019. Amanda is interested in balancing the feminine and masculine with yoga and artwork. Her amazing mural work is on full display in CaliFlo's large studio! Amanda loves teaching intuitive flow yoga and yin yoga. She continues to seek the wisdom that is held in Yoga through the physical practice, breath work, and meditation.
Morelia began her photography journey with film photography in 2011. She became fascinated in being able to view the world through another lens. Gazing through life not having the "perfect" 20/20 vision, but with the camera she understood clarity in the world with a new perspective. As of 2019 Morelia created Finding Light Photography with a goal to integrate her creative and detailed vision in her photography to share with the world.
To this day she is motivated to "Find your light" through her eyes using her camera as a tool to connect with humans in ways she believes language cannot, but with images she can.
As Morelia recently began her journey into videography she is stirred to tell stories through movement.
Morelia has been practicing yoga since the age of 16 years old growing up as a Tallahassee native. She received her RYT certification in July 2014. She also has a background in Ayurveda and meditation. She has taught throughout the Tallahassee community and loves watching her students grow and evolve, both spiritually and physically. She is continuously learning and challenging herself as a teacher. Her classes blend a balance of strength and flexibility and a combination of pranayama and asana. She begins her classes with holding an intention for the practice and closing in with a gratitude and grounding technique. She believes yoga is the practice of bringing harmony to the two main energies of the body, creating balance, and uniting opposites, strength and flexibility, effort and surrender. She focuses on the power of yoga as a tool for self-transformation.
Morelia's creates a space for all walks of life that have the interest to learn, grow and expand through yoga, meditation, and community. Morelia trained in Hatha yoga but continues to teach many variations of different styles and uses energy work to create an intuitive flow that is open to all levels with uses of modifications and active listening with the mind body heart connection.
Brandy Melana Walker is a Tallahassee native. With her 200 hour Teacher Certificate from YogaWorks her true passions are vinyasa, prenatal, and restorative flows that are accessible to all. Brandy was introduced to yoga in college from a really good friend and immediately fell in love. It was yoga that Brandy turned to in her most stressful times finding a sense of peace and relaxation. Brandy has been teaching in studios, private lessons as well as online for the last 3 years with students ranging in ages from 2 to 92. She hopes to share with her students the same peace and mindfulness that yoga has brought her to incorporate in their own lives.
KAYLA BANKS (choreographer, dancer and actor) is from Denver, Colorado where she received her B.A. in Performing Arts and Business Administration from Colorado State University. She has trained with NW Dance Project, Cleo Parker Robinson and at the International Blacks in Dance Conference. She has danced professionally with Impact Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson and Dancing Earth Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations. She has performed in an original work by Anya Pearson in New York City at The Public Theater under the choreographic direction of Emily Bufferd. She is a recipient of the New Expressive Works residency program and CoHo Theater Residency where she debuted an original work in March 2019 around multi-ethnicity and an original dance musical in 2021. She currently teaches on Zoomland and coordinates programs for Jacob’s Pillow International Dance. Her focus is on wellness, technique, spirituality and expression.
Melody Alayon began her career in the wellness field as a spa therapist trained at the Aveda Institute in 2015. Working in the spa field allowed her to see wellness as a wheel with many elements such as, how we move our bodies, our relationship with food, our relationship to spirituality and our careers. Realizing that all of these play a part in the physical manifestation of our time on Earth she transitioned careers to pursue holistic health coaching while at Florida Agricultural + Mechanical University where she earned a bachelors degree in Philosophy & Religion. Yoga is the perfect blend of Melody’s passion for movement, spirituality, holistic lifestyle and community. She has been practicing yoga since 2010 and recently completed her 200 hour training through Yoga & Ayurveda Center. Melody’s goals as a yoga instructor center around helping others create a deeper relationship with movement and meditation.
Rei, the owner of the Holding Space, has been a Reiki Master Teacher for over a year. She fell in love with meditation and breath work during a rough time in life. She wants to spread awareness and knowledge of these natural healing modalities that everyone has access to but rarely uses. If you’re new to meditation or you’re advanced…you’ll love her classes feel the healing energy she possesses and tap into your own healing abilities.
Megan first discovered yoga in 2013 and fell in love with the mind, body, and soul aspects of the practice. She completed her 200- hour teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2016 and has been teaching and continuing education since. Her classes use influence from vinyasa flow and yin while blending alignment-based practices, intuitive movement, and education of the eight-limb path of yoga. She enjoys giving students the tools to feel confident within their practice and hopes to ignite a spark that leads to a personal exploration of yoga. Off the mat Megan is passionate about birth support and education and is pursuing a career as a labor and postpartum doula as well as separate training in pre-natal yoga. She is a proud mom to her son, her dogs and many, many plants. She enjoys being a part of and sharing yoga with the Tallahassee community.
Jessica is an alignment and therapeutics-based yoga teacher that has been practicing yoga for 17 years and teaching for 12 years. Jessica originally came to yoga in an effort to heal several major health issues, including the Scoliosis she had had since a child. In an effort to heal herself, Jessica discovered many different forms of yoga from all over the world and in turn discovered so much about herself emotionally and spiritually. It is these discoveries and this ongoing healing process that ignited her passion to share what she has learned through her own journey with others. Jessica has studied yoga in various locations and received RYT Certifications from schools in both India and in Los Angeles. Jessica taught in Los Angeles for 8 years where she taught a variety of classes and people, an experience and knowledge she is very excited to bring home to the Tallahassee Califlo yoga community. You can find Jessica teaching a variety of styles and levels of yoga that are always infused with other forms of healing and wisdom traditions that she also practices, including - but not limited to - reiki, sound healing, astrology, intuitive card reading & divination.
Jennifer has been practicing yoga since 2005 and began teaching within 4 years of her first class. In 2011 she completed her 200 hour certification with Open Hearts, studying many styles of yoga that continue to influence her vinyasa-based practice. Yoga with Jen is authentic and spiritual, and just as importantly - fun. She places extra emphasis on safe and proper alignment, offering personalized adjustments in her classes. Her appreciation of yoga basics and body awareness gives rise to playful, yet challenging vinyasa and advanced postures. She is an intuitive and energizing teacher who seeks to assist all levels of students in developing a life-long, inspired yoga practice.
Aydan is currently a student at Florida State University studying Finance in her third year.
She has been an avid yoga practicer and loves balancing poses and testing her limits. Aydan has been managing the studio since we opened in September and has found her passion in working with others who have a passion for yoga as well. CaliFlo has become her home away from home and she can't wait to be able to share her practice with others.
Lauren began practicing yoga in her teens and has been in love with yoga ever since. In 2012, she became an RYT-200 instructor and has found teaching yoga to be another passion. Lauren trained primarily in Ashtanga but has studied and incorporated aspects of several types of yoga into her teaching style including, flow yoga, hot yoga, yin yoga, Kripalu and Iyengar. Her philosophy as an instructor is to make yoga a welcoming and accessible tool that allows people to explore strength, balance and flexibility through asana (poses) with an emphasis on breath, body awareness and mindfulness.
Dawn started practicing yoga in 2002. Dragged by her husband to her first class, (and expecting to be very bored), she was delighted when she discovered that yoga was a serious challenge and was fun! She immediately started a regular practice and never stopped. Her first teacher, with whom she later completed her training in 2004/2005, introduced her to a range of yoga styles, techniques and approaches including Ashtanga, Power, Jivamukti, Hatha, Iyengar, Meridian, and a range of alignment techniques.Dawn taught vinyasa flow classes drawing primarily on Ashtanga and Power yoga traditions in studios in Ohio, North Carolina, and the Bay Area of California.
In 2013, Dawn was first introduced to ashtanga in the Mysore tradition at Stanford University, when she began working with Russell Case, who served as director of Ashtanga at Stanford University at the time, and is a KPJAYI authorized level 2 teacher. She she quickly realized what a profound effect this practice had on her mental and physical health and became a dedicated practitioner of this style. Since 2013, Dawn has had the opportunity to learn from several other authorized ashtanga teachers including Harmony Slater, Heather Serna, Taylor Hunt, Erica Morton Magill, Robbie Cavallero, Sidney Huang, Aimee Echo, Pet _er Bertero, Anne Finstad, Déjà Leazer, Hamish Hendry, Jennifer Dougherty, Elizabeth Crozier, Rich Ray, Kate O’Donnell, and Faith Scimecca. Dawn has also attended intermediate series workshops with Sharath Jois during his US tours.