Shanti Heart Family

“Gloria Ruiz and family are very special folks. They don’t “do” yoga they live yoga. I had a life changing experience with them at their Houston yoga studio. Join them on whatever ride they invite you. I am forever grateful ~ Namaste”

– Abby

Gloria Ruiz

Gloria is your primary instructor for the training. Gloria’s training includes:

  • E-RYT 500
  • Yoga Therapist- Registered with IAYT
  • Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant with Amrit Yoga Institute
  • Energy Healing Practitioner
  • Mastery Systems Life coach
  • B.A in Psychology
  • Member of Psi Chi honor society

Gloria is a sensitive, creative and earth/God conscious spirit by nature. When yoga found her twenty years ago, she understood that healing was in her hands.  Knowledge is power and knowledge of one’s self is self-empowerment; it requires self-regulation, unconditional love and discipline. One’s life purpose blossoms through nurturing one’s own Divine full potential – to love and embrace the amazing opportunity makes life sacred and connected to God.  From a young age, Gloria suffered from depression and sudden panic attacks. Through the years she has been devoted to her practice and growth, supporting others to embrace their own path. Managing yoga studios and now the Shala grounds in Odessa, Florida – Gloria guides yoga classes, workshops, retreats, yoga teacher training and a lifestyle consulting practice for over sixteen years.

Gloria is a highly qualified professional yoga therapist C-AIYT, E-RYT 500, Certified Holistic life coach, Energy healer, Ayurveda lifestyle consultant and YTT lead trainer.  She is a Certified Yoga Therapist through the Paramanand Institute of Yoga & Research, in Indore, India. Gloria had the blessed opportunity to study under the guidance of Dr. Omanand in India where she received her spiritual name, Ma Shanti, and had the greatest chance to dive into the depths of yoga, as an integrated science and the art of living fully.  

Rooted in Classical Hatha, certified in prenatal yoga, yin yoga, chair yoga and influenced by many styles like Vinyasa Flow, Viniyoga, Restorative and Gentle yoga. Her style is fun, focused and very naturally flowing; lightheartedly exploring and embracing our shared humanness. Awakened and inspired by many streams and beloved teachers. Gloria maintains a devoted self-practice and commitment to personal inquiry and growth. Keeping Shanti Heart Shala grounds beautiful is one of her passions, inviting and providing students with a truly balanced, grounded and holistic experience. 

Namaste~  Let’s reclaim our freedom of heart, a sacred and beautiful journey to a standard of Grace, not perfection.

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.

Dr. Anuradha Jeyaraman

Anuradha Jeyaraman, MD is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Anu earned her Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery at Madurai Medical College in Madurai, India. She then completed an Internal Medicine Residency at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Anuradha has been recognized within the clinical setting as a loving and compassionate physician that supports her patients’ healing process through a thoughtful and integrative approach.

Anuradha completed her Yoga Alliance 200 hour certification at Shanti Heart Yoga. She continues to be part of our family, leading teaching sessions in human anatomy and physiology, chanting and mudras.  She is also a key contributor in our Mastery to Wholeness programs that focus on holistic education and practices.

Our Family

Carlos and Gloria have been married for 26 years. Their sons, a 23 year old Navy man and 20 year old college 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.

Inhale … Exhale … smile!

Tell us how we can support you on your journey!

We are conveniently located 3 miles from East Lake Road off of Tarpon Springs Rd.  

We are centrally located to Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco county – 10 minutes from Citrus Park,  Westchase or Trinity area.

We look forward to seeing you on the mat!

18101 Boy Scout Rd ,  Odessa Fl          727-479-8755          gloria@shantiheartyoga.com