Odessa, Florida, United States
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Shanti Heart Yoga  A conscious & loving approach to balance, healing and happiness!

Shanti Heart Family

Gloria Ruiz

 Gloria is a sensitive, creative and earth conscious spirit by nature. When yoga found her she understood that complete healing was in her hands. It was like coming home.  Gloria suffered from depression and sudden panic attacks from a young age. For the last sixteen years, she has been devoted to her practice and growth as she supports others to embrace their own path.  Gloria has been guiding yoga classes, workshops, retreats and a lifestyle consulting practice for over a decade.


Rooted in Classical Hatha, and influenced by many styles like Vinyasa Flow, Viniyoga, Restorative and gentle yoga. Her classes are fun, focused, and very naturally flowing; lightheartedly exploring and embracing our shared humanness.


Gloria had the blessed opportunity to study yoga therapy under the guidance of Dr. Omanad in India that gave her the greatest chance to dive into the depths of yoga, beyond the physical. Gloria also brings pranayama and meditation into each class providing a truly balanced, grounded and holistic experience. Her favorite phrases in her classes is “No expectations" it only leads to "Sorrows" and “Don’t do Yoga, Allow Yoga to undo you.” 

Carlos Ruiz

 

Carlos' journey into Yoga began as it does for many - part of a fitness and exercise plan and preparation for a marathon. During that time he moved further into the practice as a complement to running.

His next step onto a Yoga path was the result of 3 injuries over 5 years, all requiring orthopedic repair. First, slip & fall dislocation of left shoulder. Following traditional wisdom, engaged physical therapy and found slow, painful and limited healing.  Completed the process and recovered 70-80% mobility.

​A few years later a traumatic injury of the right shoulder led to a second round of orthopedic repair.


 

This time there would be no physical therapy - rehab was accomplished with Gloria's guidance in Yoga Therapy , he began a practice focused on regaining mobility, strength and healing. Recovered full mobility in both shoulders over 8 months.  Final injury - distal radial fracture of left forearm.  Again Yoga Therapy in partnership with the surgeon.  Regained 100% mobility and flexibility over 9 months.

Currently, Carlos is working toward his 500 Hr certification and working toward his chef certification in plant-based culinary.

Our Family

 
Carlos and Gloria have been married for 24 years.  Their sons, a 21 year old Navy man and 17 year old high school student, are part of their inspiration and commitment to living fully and with intention.  


Their journey together has supported community as the founders of Suntouch Yoga in Houston, TX. - a growing and successful yoga community.  


And now, committed to the growth of the Shanti Heart family, supporting the growth, healing and joy of the community. They love spending time in nature with their rescue dog, Coki.