RYT 500 hour
Certifications: Yoga Forte, Grapevine, TX; American Power Yoga, Dallas, TX; Yoga Warriors International Authorized Instructor; Certified Born to Fly Aerial Yoga Instructor
Certifications: E-RYT 500 hour, Tej Monga, Dallas, TX; Aerozen, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Yoga found me at a challenging time in my life – my husband and I were new parents who had moved to a foreign country with no friends or relatives. I was fortunate to live close to the YMCA where I took my first yoga class, and I was hooked. The practice not only helped me to keep my sanity, but it also made me physically and mentally stronger, introduced me to interesting people, and taught me to appreciate little things in life. I realized that yoga really worked for me, and I wanted to share it with others. I studied with Valerie Kit Love, Ph. T, E-RYT 500, and in 2005 became a registered yoga teacher. After numerous workshops and hundreds of hours teaching adults and children, I still enjoy the practice and learning something new every time I get on my mat. Today it helps me to stay grounded and manage my hectic life.
Teaching Yoga for Kids classes are especially fun because children are natural learners, and they make you see the world from a different point of view – one that’s fresh and free of expectations. Kids live in the moment. Isn’t that the essence of yoga?
Yoga is an art. Each pose is created by a practitioner every time. Just like Russian stacking dolls, it has many layers. Everyone can do yoga. It makes you face your ego, let go of expectations, and discover that you can do amazing things. Share your journey with mine. Namaste.
Manager / Instructor
500 Hour RYT
Certifications: 300-hour RYT Yoga Forte, Grapevine, TX
E-RYT 200 hour, Yoga Life, Norman, OK
I have enjoyed teaching this wonderful thing called “Yoga” since 2014 and absolutely love sharing all that I have learned along the way! I did; however, come into yoga nervous and graceless, with mean thoughts towards downward facing dog. I now continue with gratitude for the entire practice. Yoga provided me a sense of freedom from the arthritis I had grown up with. Throughout my practice I have fallen in love with the strength I’ve gained – and continue to strive for, both physically and mentally – always surprising myself along the way.
I received my 200-hour certification as a means to deepen my own understanding of yoga. After teaching my first class I knew I had found my passion! While finding ways to deepen my yoga practice I found Pilates and became certified as a mat Pilates teacher through Balanced Body. My goal is for yoga to aid in our everyday “human moments,” whether that be breathing through anxiety, waking up without an achy back, or simply living more active and healthy lifestyles. I firmly believe every class should include awareness of our amazing bodies, along with ear-to-ear smiles.
Certification: RYT 200 hour, YogaFaith
My yoga journey began in 2010. I had been an athlete all through school and had continued to run and work out as an adult, but I wasn’t enjoying either of those things. I heard about, and tried out a yoga class near my home, and was amazed at how challenging it was on so many levels, and at the same time how peaceful it was. At first I was just determined to master the asanas, but as I practiced more and more, my focus began to shift.
I became conscious of the deep connection between the mind and the body. I began to be purposeful about listening to my body and my thoughts as I moved through each practice, and discovered that yoga was healing on every level – mind, body, and spirit. I wanted to share that with others, so I received my RYT-200 hour certification through YogaFaith in Tacoma, Washington. I have enjoyed every moment of teaching this wonderful and ancient practice, and I pray that every student who comes to class will be strengthened and refreshed in body, mind, and spirit.
Certification: RYT 200 hour, Uprooted Replanted Wellness, Dallas, TX
As a classically trained ballet and modern dancer, movement has always been a creative and physical comfort to me. I danced at the University of Central Oklahoma and, a few years after graduation, I had the opportunity to pour my love and passion for the art into students at my home studio in North Texas. As a busy mother of three, I gradually fell into the all-too-common rut of pouring from an empty cup. I had taken some yoga classes sporadically over the years, and a little bit was woven into my journey through modern dance, but I had never made it a consistent part of my daily life. A few years ago, while working with my functional medicine practitioner, I realized just how vital is the practice of self-care.
I began to take yoga classes consistently, making time to be still and nourish my mind, body, and spirit. In a matter of months, I started to see major improvements in my physical symptoms, and an overflow of peace into all areas of my life. I hid the dream of sharing this gift with others in my heart for a while and chalked it up to “life goals.” My dream became a reality, and I received my 200-hour certification through Uprooted Replanted Wellness in North Richland Hills, TX. My prayer for every practice is that each student would find moments of deep soul rest– that they would feel grounded in the truth of God’s love, empowering them to pour from a full cup.
Certifications: RYT 200 hour, Soul Yoga, Oklahoma City, OK and 400 hour Meditation Teacher, The Den
I am proud to be a Certified Meditation Teacher with a specialty in Yoga Nidra, both the Satyananda format with Storytelling, as well as an Advanced Certification in the Integrative Amrit Method of practice. In addition, I have studied Mindfulness and The Heart Practices through the UCLA Maps Program and Compassion through an additional Teacher Training taught by Heater Prete. I have my RYT 200-HR, from Soul Yoga’s Allison Candelaria and am currently in a two-year Mindfulness Certification Program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach through Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.
I began my career as an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer in NYC. I transformed my love of health and fitness into a 20-year career as a Producer in Broadcast Television and Digital. After five years at “Access Hollywood,” two nominations and a Daytime Emmy win for launching “The Doctors,” years in Development at ABC where she helped launch Tyra Banks’s FABlife and was acknowledged with a Webby Honor for the digital series “She Talks,” and then, Executive Producing AwesomenessTV’s digital studio for moms, “Awestruck,” I decided a massive life-change was necessary.
But there is more to this story… In 2011, my husband of 20 years, Indie actor and filmmaker, Oklahoma City native, Ford Austin, was in a catastrophic car accident in Los Angeles. “He died and came back three times, had an NDE, and was given a 1% chance to recover kind of accident. After many surgeries on both coasts and through amazing medical care and the grace of God, Ford made a miraculous recovery. After three years of managing and advocating for my husband’s care, going back to producing TV just didn’t feel right anymore. I wanted this next chapter of life to be about healing and giving back–not only healing myself from the life-and-death trauma I experienced, but also holding space and helping others on their healing journeys.
I quit my job and enrolled in an extensive meditation teacher training program with an emphasis on Tantric and Mindfulness Techniques at The Den Meditation Studio in Los Angeles taught by Hilary Jackendoff, (Meditationchick.com), Chandresh Bhardwaj (cbmeditates.com), and Heather Prete (HeatherPreteMindfulness.com). My teacher Hilary, introduced me to the ancient healing meditation practice of Yoga Nidra. I felt immediately called to learn and teach this powerful practice. I am grateful to have the opportunity to share it in the Oklahoma City Metro area. I maintain a private clientele and am committed to continued growth and service.
Certification: RYT 200 hour, 405 Yoga, Oklahoma City, OK
I started teaching group fitness by accident. The instructor didn’t show up and I was asked to teach. I enjoyed every minute and was hooked! I earned several exercise certifications including aqua, cycle, kickboxing, power pump, and Zumba. After a back injury in 2015, I began a true yoga practice, leaning where to place my hands, hips, chest, and gaze. I was in love! I earned my yoga certification in 2019.
For me, the best part of yoga is not just that it makes my back feel better, but that it’s a “complete” practice. It enhances my strength, flexibility, balance, and mental stillness all in one wonderful modality.
My goal is to help participants be at ease and to know that every class is 100% their own. I am here to offer suggestions and to encourage and support whatever you need – whether that’s to rest on your mat and connect to your breath or to push and challenge yourself, I hope to find a way to make that happen during my time with you.
Certification: RYT 200 hour, Yoga Forte at You Power Yoga, Edmond, OK
I tried out my first yoga class in college and took a few classes here and there for a few years. An avid runner and half marathon participant, yoga gave my body the gentle approach it needed after long hard runs. Yoga became more than that when I noticed my mind clearing and a feeling of connection between the physical body and the spiritual body with breath and meditative movement. Being on my mat feels like coming home every time I roll it out.
When You Power Yoga opened just a few miles down the road with gently heated classes I knew it would be a game changer. And a game changer it was, a lifestyle that I quickly adapted to and incorporated into my everyday. The meditation aspect of yoga was also a life changing experience and made the awareness of breath, body, and movement cement in every aspect of life. There was more awareness and thought in the little things that are done every day. A gentler approach to myself also resulted in a gentler approach to the people and situations alike I encounter each day. Yoga is a way of life for me now and I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t found it. I call You Power Yoga my “home studio” but it really just feels like home.
Certification: RYT 200 hour, Yoga Forte at You Power Yoga, Edmond, OK
Certification: RYT 200 hour, Better Together Yoga, Sioux Falls, SD
I was a true beginner with no gymnastics experience when I took my first yoga class in 2001. My teachers taught me to approach the practice with tenacity and patience. (If you are a true beginner like I was, I SEE YOU!) Since then, I’ve explored a variety of yoga lineages, but I’m most drawn to the challenge of Baptiste power yoga. I completed my RYT 200-hour training from Better Together Yoga (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) in 2017 and taught a variety of classes at Santosha Hot Yoga, Kosha Yoga School, and Revolution Yoga and Cycle (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) until moving to Oklahoma in 2020. More recently, I trained to teach Yin yoga through 405 Yoga (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma). One of my goals is to achieve the RYT 500-hour certification.
My classes are focused on you, not me. They are accessible for different body types and experience levels because I use clear cues and inclusive pose variations. I juxtapose breath-guided moving meditation with still mindfulness so that you can develop powerful-peace to use both on and off the mat. In addition, as a molecular biologist and full-time science educator, I incorporate my expertise in teaching and the biology behind breathwork and neuroplasticity into my classes.