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Bhavana's Story

Bhavana Yoga Studio was founded by Soraya and Nate Preseault in 2017 and has become a space for healing in Sarasota, Florida. Bhavana, meaning to cultivate, is more than just a place to grow your practice through your physical body, but also to nurture healing through the connection of community, meditation, and more.

In September 2021, Brittany Coblentz became the owner of Bhavana Yoga Studio. She has been with the studio since its inception in 2017 with roles spanning from teaching to lending a hand when needed. Brittany's Chinese Medicine background brings a unique vision to the future of the studio as Bhavana continues to be a sacred space for our community and a place for exploring new paths of healing, finding balance, connecting to breath, and deepening self-awareness.

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Meet Our Teachers

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Brittany Coblentz
Studio Owner, RYT 200, LMT #MA88631, MSOM

Brittany is a Sarasota native, mama to 2-year-old Harper, and natural healing facilitator. She discovered the restorative benefits of yoga in 2016 while experiencing a major life transition. It was not in her original plans to teach yoga, but rather explore a deeper understanding of the practice and herself. What she found was community and an energetic pull to share what she was experiencing. This continues to inspire Brittany to approach yoga gently by honoring the whole person through mindful movements, breath-work, and meditation.

 

Brittany is also the founder and owner of Dragonfly Integrative Wellness, where she is a Restorative Health and Wellness Practitioner creating individually sculpted treatment sessions to support your body's unique healing process. When she’s not in the studio, she’s enjoying time with her family and preparing to take her medical boards to become an Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Eastern Medicine.

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E-RYT 500, RYCT

Yoga Teacher + Founder

Soraya was initially drawn to yoga for the physical benefits, finding comfort in the body awareness and subtle strength that resonated with her dance background. She quickly found that yoga also provided her with a wonderful community and a unique source for positive renewal and serenity. She believes everyone can benefit from yoga and founded Bhavana Yoga Studio in 2017. Off the mat, Soraya is a creator of handmade goods for a cause, specializing in japa malas for meditation.

Soraya was initially drawn to yoga for the physical benefits, finding comfort in the body awareness and subtle strength that resonated with her dance background. She quickly found that yoga also provided her with a wonderful community and a unique source for her positive renewal and serenity. She believes everyone can benefit from yoga and founded Bhavana Yoga Studio in 2017. Off the mat, Soraya is a creator of handmade goods for a cause, specializing in japa malas for meditation.

E-RYT 500, RYCT

Yoga Teacher + Founder

Soraya Preseault
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E-RYT 500, Chair Yoga

Yoga Teacher

Betsy draws on 20+years of experience as a yoga student, Holistic Counselor (M.A.), and recovery from addiction/anxiety.

 

"My very first yoga class I felt I'd come home. I believe yoga is a healing modality. Yoga aims at nothing less than Alignment with the Creator (Sri Aurobindo). I am continually learning from my students, my peers, my teachers". Betsy holds an E-RYT 500 certification with Yoga Alliance, has been teaching since 2013, and has been the co-lead at Yoga for Recovery group at Rising Tide for 3 years.

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RYT 200

Yoga Teacher

Brittany was introduced to yoga through gym classes in high school. She practiced here and there until falling in love with a studio in college. It was there she realized the enormous impact yoga had on her day-to-day life. Patience, stress relief, and self-care all became easier, and she was hooked. Wanting to share the amazing benefits she’d discovered through yoga, she completed teacher training in May 2017. Brittany teaches an array of styles from Restorative to Vinyasa. In every class her goal is to help students cultivate a mind/body connection and carry that practice from the mat into their everyday lives.

Brittany Wentzel
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E-RYT 500, RCYT, Chair Yoga

Yoga Teacher

Bio Coming Soon

Kerri Leete

Athena is originally from the northeast but has called Sarasota her home for four years.  Her love for yoga started in her very first class, not being able to do too much physical activity due to health concerns, she took a restorative class to ease her way back in.

From restorative classes she progressed to more advanced classes, trying out different styles and teachers. Wanting to further her education and spread the beautiful practice that is yoga she received her RYT200 in May of 2016. Around the same time, Athena also received her certification in health coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She has since received another RYT200 in Vinyasa and 15HR Yin Yoga Training. 

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RYT 200

Yoga Teacher

Athena is originally from the northeast but has called Sarasota her home for four years.  Her love for yoga started in her very first class, not being able to do too much physical activity due to health concerns, she took a restorative class to ease her way back in.

From restorative classes she progressed to more advanced classes, trying out different styles and teachers. Wanting to further her education and spread the beautiful practice that is yoga she received her RYT200 in May of 2016. Around the same time, Athena also received her certification in health coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She has since received another RYT200 in Vinyasa and 15HR Yin Yoga Training. 

Athena Leardo
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RYT 200

Yoga Teacher

Bio Coming Soon

Josie Meyers

Our Extended Fam

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Nate Preseault
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Christina Simpson
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Veronika Humphreys