Shata Ben-Avari

About The Teacher

Shata was introduced to yoga after facing a life threatening illness in 1991. She has devoted her life to sharing yoga after years of healing and rigorous training in the discipline with several well known Yoga masters; such as Yogi Amrit Desai, Swami Buaji, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Kali Ray, Guru Mukh, Tias Little, Sean Corn, Dr. Richard Miller, Nischala Joy Devi, Dharma Mittra and many more. Shata also holds a degree in Holistic Nutrition. Her background in dance gives a unique and creative feel to her classes. She co-founded Yoga Central in 1998 which was the first Yoga Studio in Lake County and was open for 13 years. Shata developed “Teaching from the Heart”, a 200 hour teacher training program she has been teaching for the last 12 years.


Currently, Shata is owner and director of SamaCore Yoga & Barre, is located on the border of Mount Dora and Eustis, Florida.  The studio offers a wide range of daily Yoga classes, workshops, trainings and retreats. It was the first to offer Barre classes in Lake County. The studio also offers customized private yoga sessions for individuals, couples or groups. Their group of talented and experienced instructors ensures that there are a variety of classes to satisfy all tastes, ages and abilities.




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