By Deborah Bostock-Kelley
Amy Olshanski, founder of Hands at Heart Yoga, has served the community providing Corporate Yoga Solutions and private yoga instruction for seven and a half years.
On January 1, 2021, Amy opened a brick-and-mortar studio for Hands at Heart Yoga located on the SE corner of Racetrack and Tampa Rd. Her studio offers a full yoga and fitness schedule, reiki and pranic healing in a group or private setting, yoga in the workplace, nutritional coaching, and yoga teacher training.
“I believe that everyone is unique, which means that the reasons that one delves into yoga vary from one person to the next. The beautiful thing is that whether the reason is for flexibility or balance or pain relief or strength or relaxation or a desire to light the digestive fire… one gains ALL of the benefits of yoga and the benefits of yoga are innumerable,” she said.
The studio offers a hybrid schedule: classes both in-person and virtually. Amy is certified in Ashtanga, Rocket, and Yin Yoga and staffs instructors with a wide variety of certifications, skills, and knowledge. This allows our classes to range from strong to gentle, yin to yang, meditation, veterans adaptive, yoga nidra, reiki healing, pranic healing, ballet sculpt, and so much more.
She has filled her studio with relaxing hues of blues and seafoam green, custom-designed to make her students immediately feel a sense of calm and serenity upon entering.
“Yoga is my church and helped me heal from the inside out after experiencing a traumatic event in my life. This is why I started Hands at Heart Yoga. This is exactly why it has so much meaning for me. I am blessed to have created a safe space where people can come to let go, relax, breathe and truly take care of themselves, inviting in goodness and self-love. My tagline has always been, be calm in your heart.”
A large part of Hands at Heart Yoga is yoga in the workplace. Amy and her teachers travel to local businesses to teach yoga to their employees.
“Yoga in the workplace brings nothing but positivity. It boosts morale, productivity, attendance and helps to promote healthier living in a team bonding and motivating environment,” she explained. “When you do yoga once or twice a week with the same group of people in an office setting, you get to see how yoga affects everyone individually. From the office yogi who can now sit Indian style on the floor in comfort to the yogi that gains immeasurable confidence from doing a headstand for the first time in 50 years to the yogi that begins to take on healthier eating habits – its all positive growth in some way, shape or form, and such a beautiful transformation to be a part of.
The fact that I own a studio filled with amazing instructors adds to the multitude of benefits. Students don’t only learn from my knowledge and expertise; they get to work with all of us.”
Amy is an active member of the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce and is a firm believer in giving back to the community. For this reason, Hands at Heart Yoga has been hosting blood drives for seven and a half years and continues to bring in record-breaking numbers, and has been known to quadruple a normal drive.
The OneBlood Buses will be onsite on May 23, 2021. This FREE celebration will feature 45-minute snippets of a wide variety of yoga classes beginning at 9 am. The blood drive itself will run from 10 am-4 pm. Food and drink will be provided by Stix Billiards Oldsmar and Edge City BBQ and Tap. Live music will be provided by local artist Haley Meehan beginning at 11 am.
“We ask that you pre-register for class at www.HandsAtHeartYoga.yoga, as well as reserve the spot for your OneBlood donation at www.OneBlood.org,” said Amy. “Not only do you have the potential to be a hero and save three lives with your one blood donation – you as the donor burn 650 calories, as well as reduce your chance of heart attack or stroke by up to 80%. The life that you save may be your very own.”
Hands at Heart Yoga will also be partnering up with the nonprofit Oldsmar Cares and the City of Oldsmar for some upcoming events, one such event, the 108 Sun Salutation Summer Solstice Event, to be hosted at RE Oldsmar Park on June 19, 5-8 pm. This event will be donation-based and end with a 108 Mala Bead Mantra Chant.
“What an amazing experience this will be as the sun is setting. The Summer Solstice is a time of celebration – celebrating the sun and its life-giving energy, as well as a time of everything being in full bloom.”
Amy is excited to be able to share her studio with other talented instructors. Monthly special workshop events like guided meditation and painting with Art to Gogh, Couples Yoga, and Intro to iRest Yoga Nidra with Yoga with Forest are regularly featured on the yoga studio’s Facebook page @handsatheartyoga.
If you are new to the Hands at Heart Yoga community, Amy invites you to enjoy her ad special of a Buy One Get One Free class.
“Now is the time more than ever to take care of you. We don’t have the ability to change the entire big world out there. Still, we do have the ability to invite change, goodness, and positivity into our own world and surrounding community.”
Hands at Heart Yoga is located on the southeast corner of Race Track Road and Tampa Road in Oldsmar at 13946 West Hillsborough Avenue. To learn more or to schedule classes, visit handsatheartyoga.yoga.