meet our team
CRISTIANE MACHADO, FOUNDER and board member
Brasilian by birth, Citizen of The Universe by choice. Mother, Dreamer, Humanitarian, Facilitator, Lover, Woman, Dancer, Yogini, Krazy Human, Body Worker. A Firm Believer that All Humans, independently of any label, are worth of Love, Compassion and to be treated as whole. The #YogaLokaProject is a Dream being manifested by the Power of Comm-UNITY and Humans, who share a desire to live in a world where respect, love and understanding are common place.
Cristiane has a 200 YTT and has been exploring and sharing the numerous benefits of YOGA, meditation and self-love practices for more than a decade.
She is also a ZUMBA® fitness and wellness enthusiast who loves to connect and collaborate with others to co-create spaces of joy, celebration and pure magic, as she empowers and inspires through physicality.
She is also a Sacred Cacao lover, and completely passionate about sharing the wonders of traveling around the globe to promote awareness and consciousness of well living.
Cristiane has also become a Goddess whisperer and she utilizes tools learnt throughout life to teach and guide women and the feminine to awaken and rise, as they debunk the "good girl syndrome".
Our founder lives in St Pete FL with her Dog Pitbull Phoenix and her Hemingway cat Shera. She guides Yoga classes, Cacaoga® and she offers Sacred Cacao ceremonies all over St pete where she supports local and small business and the arts that she reveres. When she is not doing all of that, you find her at Back2Normal Physical Therapy where she uses her hands to promote well being through massage therapy and energy work.
LIZ GETMAN, PROGRAM DIRECTOR & BOARD MEMBER
Liz operates from the motto: "Give light. Live light. Be the light." A registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) and mind and body guide currently living and working in Gainesville, FL, Liz seeks to be of service with an open heart, sharing unconditional kindness and love however and whenever she can. In addition to serving on the YogaLoka Board of Trustees, she volunteers as our Program Director, helping to coordinate yoga and meditation classes in the Gainesville area.
Liz studied Hatha and Hridaya Yoga at Mahadevi Ashram & Kaivalya YogaSchool in Tzununá, Guatemala, where she developed “Cacaoga®” (Cacao + Yoga), a class that combines Hatha yoga, heart-centered meditation, and sacred cacao. She is also a certified Zumba® instructor who has been leading community-based Zumba® classes in Gainesville since 2013.
Outside of her work as a mind and body guide, Liz is a grant writer and nonprofit consultant who supports the fund development efforts of various organizations in Latin America and the United States. She received her Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida in 2015 and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Ithaca College in 2009.
Liz enjoys travel and adventure, connecting with Mother Nature, dancing, spending time with her partner and pup, and cooking and eating delicious food. She is very grateful to be doing what she loves in Florida and across the globe.
JENNIFER MACNEILL , BOARD MEMBER
Born in Boston, MA and growing up along the CT shoreline, Jennifer’s introduction to yoga was a weekly vinyasa power class at the gym, in 1999. Through the years she developed a love for the tradition of yoga, uncovering its rich spiritual history and finding it to be an amazing tool for dealing with her own stress and chronic pain.
Jennifer’s teaching passions include creating a strong foundation for further yoga practice and promoting healing through yoga. Her classes focus on alignment, mind/body connection, physical and emotional restoration and strength building.
Jennifer moved to Gainesville in 2011 with her amazing husband and daughter and loves to kayak, cook, travel and laugh. She received her 200 hour Hatha Yoga and 60 hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga certifications from Shambhava Yoga Shoshoni in Rollinsville, CO.