Shanti Heart Family

“Ma Shanti (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

Ma Shanti

Ma Shanti (Gloria Ruiz) is your primary instructor for the training. Ma Shanti’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

Ma Shanti (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. Ma Shanti suffered from depression and sudden panic attacks from a young age. For the last eighteen years, she has been devoted to her practice and growth as she supports others to embrace their own path. Ma Shanti has been guiding yoga classes, workshops, retreats and a lifestyle consulting practice for over sixteen years.

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.

Ma Shanti 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. She also brings pranayama and meditation into each class providing a truly balanced, grounded and holistic experience.

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 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.

Inhale … Exhale … smile!

How can we support you?

18101 Boy Scout Rd Odessa


Conveniently located near Westchase, Tarpon Springs, Lutz, Keystone and Carrolwood