About Yoga Arts Instructor Preston Whaley Jr.


I am founder and owner of Yoga Arts, established in August, 2008, located in the Village of the Arts, Bradenton, Fl., where I live with my wife, Carrie, and our two kids — Otis, and Imogene. I have been teaching yoga for 14 years. I first came to yoga through my interest in meditation stemming from my years in divinity school and the study of comparative religions at the University of Florida. Participation in the physical aspects of yoga came later in 2002, when I found that certain yoga poses relieved the sciatica pain that afflicted my hips and legs on both sides. It was the realization that yoga was a wholistic practice that set yoga apart from pure exercise or just spiritual contemplation. The transition from practitioner to teacher happened naturally. I love teaching and practicing!


Prajna Yoga Teacher Training, Tias Little, 200 Hours, Santa Fe, N.M., 2005. Integrative Yoga, Professional Yoga Therapy Program, 250 Hours, Joseph Le Page, 2010. Levels 1 & 2, Thai Yoga Certification Program, Jonas Westring, 2012; Functional Yoga Therapy I, Maria Kalima, Kripalu Center, 2012; Anatomy, Therapeutic Techniques, online courses focusing on the feet, knees, and wrists, Martin Kirk, 2014; The Therapeutic Power of Yoga, Level 1, Ashaya Yoga, Todd Norian, 2014; Structural Yoga Remedies Protocol, Lee Albert, 2015; Satsang/Initiation and Entering the Heart of Siva, Blue Throat Yoga School of Meditation Studies, Paul Muller-Ortega, 2016-17. Registered with E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance


B.S. Fashion Merchandising, Florida State University, 1983.

M.Div., Trinity Divinity School, Banockburn, IL and Consortium                     for Urban Pastoral Studies, Chicago IL, 1989

Ph.D. in the Humanities, Florida State University, 2000. 



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