Tampa Yoga Girl

Tampa Yoga Girl

5.0 (5)
34 years in business

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Paula Correia, 200 hour RYT, is a Kripalu inspired instructor with a strong Iyengar Yoga influence. Her emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of asana and pranayama develops strength, mobility and stability.

While studying under Herbert Benson, M.D. at his Mind/Body Medical Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital and at Harvard Medical School, Paula began her yoga journey. A researcher at heart with a medical background, she was fascinated with the mind-body connection focusing on stress and the relaxation response.

Paula has further benefited from studying under preeminent teachers, notably Karin Stephan, Seane Corn, and Larissa Carlson. She completed the 200 hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at the Lotus Pond and is currently working towards her 500 hour certification. 

Paula also holds a Children’s yoga certification with Radiant Child Yoga (one of the first child yoga training programs worldwide, developed by pioneer, Shakta Khalsa). 

“Yoga is such an important tool to use through life and a true gift to all but particularly advantageous when started in one’s early years. Children derive enormous benefits from yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their self confidence, concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. The mind calms the body and the breath calms the mind. The mind and body are one. Magic happens on a yoga mat when self care, asana, breath work and meditation come into harmony.” 

Paula’s hope is that people carry that magic when they step off their mats by living their lives full of love. 

I love working with people in all level of yoga - from teaching medidtation and breath work, teaching intro to yoga classes to teaching advanced postures.  I love the interaction and curiousity of my students.

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Tampa, FL 33602
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5 Reviews


  • chloe

    Knowledge, patience, and energy

  • Kata Bower

    Paula is a dedicated yogi. She is great.

  • Misha Gianchandani

    I haven't taken a class with Paula but she has taken my Barre classes. She always gives her all during class and is very knowledgeable about yoga. I was lucky to witness her explaining proper downward dog form to another client and it was very helpful and informative.

  • Meegan P.

    LOVE Paula. She has such a great heart. She's encouraging and patient. Excellent touch and guidance. Highly recommend!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

When I start to work with a new student, I conduct a brief pre interview by text or phone to find out what the client is looking to get from yoga.  I listen closely, ask questions, and then indiviuadlly customize a practice to work on with the client.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a cerified yoga instructor. I have been practicing yoga for nearly 30 years.  I am experienced in many types of yoga and stay current on the latest techniques and am constantly attending workshops to obtain more knowledge.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Curremtly I am offerlng a new client special.  My sessions are $120 for a 1 hour session.  For new clients I am offering 5 sessions for $500, a $100 savings.

How did you get started teaching?

I have a medical background and have worked at Boston's Children's Hospital for 15 years.  During my work at the hospital, I helped many grieving families.  I took a special interest to learn about the mind/body connection to help these families along with myself.  I studied under Herbert Benson from Harvard University at Massachusetts General Hospital.  This training guided me to meditation and my lifelong yoga practice.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with people with all sorts of backgrounds, abilities, and of different ages.  I am also certified in children's yoga.  I love to work with everyone from someone with fresh eyes who has never stepped on a mat to a seasoned practicioner, military clients suffering with PTSD, the elderly in assisted living homes, and kids of all ages.  I've also worked with professional athletes as well as people with injuries.  I love to work with everyone,  Yoga is for everyone,

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I love Yoga festivals and community yoga classes.  It's such an amazing experience to be surrounded with people that have such positive energy and such sweet souls.  Wanderlust is my favorite festival!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Throughout all the years of my practice, if I could give advise to anyone about yoga, it would be to be kind to yourself.  Take the time to learn the postures properly as to prevent injuries as well as to maximize the purpose of the posture.  Yoga is a practice and everyone's anatomy, and abilities are different.  Yoga's benefits are limitless.  Be kind to yourself and you will be rewarded.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Students should think about exactly what their goals are.  Are you looking for someone to challenge you in a great workout?  Work to help you with an injury?  Help you with stress? Help you to get into a consistent exercise practice?  Why do you want to practice yoga?

I also advise students to be true to themselves and get someone to practice with that listens to you and understands and is able to give you exactly what you want.