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Tampa yoga instructor adds life coaching to classes


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Roni Sloman, a life coach, encourages people to set a combination of goals, from the realistic to the fanciful – those dreams that give some a reason to get up every morning. Welcome to the season of New Year’s resolutions.

Sloman, the owner of Bella Prana Yoga & Meditation, 1000 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, is offering a “Group Life Coaching” workshop on Jan. 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. at her studio.

“I think resolutions are great,” she said. “If you write something down, you are 40 percent more likely to achieve it.”

She said establishing New Year’s resolutions is the same as setting goals, only the annual custom involves a timeline that starts ticking Jan. 1.

“The only thing about New Year’s resolutions is we sometimes set ourselves up for disappointment,” said Sloman, who lives in Hyde Park. “You want to have some goals that are realistic and some goals that are big.”

Sloman said her goals this year include travelling more often to teach her group life coaching classes. She also plans to volunteer as a board member for Onbikes.

Sloman, 33, recently gave a yoga demonstration to promote health and wellness before the recent Winter Wonder Ride charity event for the Onbikes program that provides bicycles to at-risk children.

Anna Harwick, 27, of South Tampa, said she has been to several of Sloman’s classes at the studio.

“She has a cool way of mixing the physical practice with the spiritual practice,” said Harwick, who works in retail management. “It’s calming and grounding for me.”

Harwick decided to join in an outdoor class at Hyde Park Village.

“I have a lot of energy and the reason I have come to love yoga is because it allows me to focus my energy and be more intentional with my work, my life and my relationships.”

Phil Guincho of South Tampa said he likes the motivational quotes and spiritual thoughts Sloman shares with students. Guincho said when he goes to a midweek yoga class, he can release any stress built up.

“I did some yoga in college and got back into it,” said Guincho, whose job has him sitting a desk, working on a computer. “Her classes have a lot of power. At the end of the class, it’s a calm, relaxed feeling.”

Sloman, who graduated from Plant High School in 1999, became a certified life coach through Southwestern Institute of Healing Arts in Phoenix.

“When it comes to stress relief, yoga helps with that but the spiritual side is most important,” she said. “It comes down to taking responsibility for the stress in your life. If you just look for an activity that will reduce stress, it will only have a temporary affect.”

Sloman said students of all ages participate in 50 yoga classes such as “Yin Yang Yoga,” “Power Yoga,” and “Hot Flow Yoga” at her studio each week. She also offers monthly guided meditation classes.

Her new group life coaching classes, which includes guided meditation, also gives students a chance to share feelings and problems. Some people who are depressed or sad just need to know they are not alone, she pointed out.

Sloman said people who receive life coaching get honest about changing the actions that are not working in their lives instead of merely complaining, whining or wishing.

“It’s about change,” she said. “It’s not therapy. It’s about taking ownership of the results you are getting in your life.”

Lcone@tampatrib.com

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