Alicia Smith

Alicia Smith

Weekly VIBE yoga classes:
Saturdays 8:00am (All Levels Yoga)

After a couple years of trying to force myself into the gym to loose extra baby weight, I finally tried a vinyasa yoga class. I was intimidated by the fact that I am not naturally flexible but nevertheless went to the class. An hour later I laid on the mat amazed by how I felt – not only did I experience a physically rigorous practice, but it also stirred up emotions in me that I had never felt from exercise. I was hooked.

I started taking classes several times a week and had a great teacher who always encouraged the class to at least try a challenging pose. Once I learned to be present and breathe I really started having fun.

I continue to be amazed at the transformation a yoga practice has not only on the mat but off it as well. This personal transformation inspired me to attend a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training at Uptown Yoga in 2013 under Jennifer Chitwood and Maria Caroll.

As a teacher I hope to help you tap into your breath and body and discover a yoga practice that has meaning for you.

Amanda Dellow

AMANDA DELLOW

Weekly VIBE yoga classes:
Mondays 5:30pm (All Levels Music Flow)
Sundays 3:15 (Raise Your Vibrations)
Sundays 4:25 (Raise Your Vibrations Medidation)

I love yoga, I really do. The practical applications to life that these teachings have provided, have helped me overcome so many hurdles and also tuned me in to the joy found in so many things, big and small. My practice began in 2004 with a lovely, sassy little woman who encouraged me to go deeper, to seek more teachers and inspired me to practice more. Following her suggestions, I found an incredibly knowledgeable, and fiercely kind teacher that I still practice with to this day. I completed 500 hours of teacher training last year and am so grateful to the many teachers I have studied with on my journey. It is my intention to honor all of them in the way I share yoga with my students. My classes, whether gentle or challenging, are infused with a candid approach. I have tremendous love and gratitude for Tanci Cuthbertson, Tracy Carruth, Sheri Cherokee, Tej Monga and all my classmates and students along the way that have guided me and helped me find my voice.

When I sat down to write this bio, I asked my students for one word to describe me and here is what they had to say: dedicated, smart-ass, funny, loving, tough, intuitive, direct, enlightening, dependable, quirky, relaxing, intelligent, strong, calm…love them all.

When I’m not in the studio, I am playing with my kids. They rock my world! I also like reading a good book, snuggling my sweet pup Winston, making smoothies, going to concerts, burning incense, and practicing my handstand!

Amanda Heller

AMANDA HELLER

Weekly VIBE yoga classes:
Tuesdays 6:15pm (Prenatal Yoga)

Amanda is a Mamaste Prenatal yoga certified instructor with a passion for leading women through the journey of pregnancy through yoga. Her passion for prenatal yoga was first sparked when she herself was pregnant as she experienced the numerous benefits of a specific yoga class for prenatal students. She began training while she was pregnant and with dedication and passion, she completed her certification after her son was born.

Amanda teaches a physical practice that helps to encourage the pregnant body to be prepared for the monumental event of child birth. She will lead you through specific breathing techniques that should be used throughout the practice and called upon during labor as well.

Prenatal yoga will provide you with the opportunity to deepen your connection to your body, your baby, and other women in the community! These prenatal yoga classes are open to healthy women in their second and third trimesters. Please get approval from your doctor or midwife before attending the exercise classes. Pre-registration is required through Amanda's personal business line.

Please call 512-693-YOGA or email at Moonglowmamasyoga@gmail.com

Brook Cheatham

Brook Cheatham

Weekly VIBE yoga classes:
Mondays 4:15 (Kids Yoga 10 & Up)
Thursdays 9:30am (Music Flow Heated)
Fridays 9:30am (Advanced Asana 2/3)
Saturdays 7am (Triple Challenge)
Saturdays 8am All Levels Yoga
Sundays 10:45am All Levels Yoga

Empowered.  A word to live by.

All of us have the ability to overcome things in our lives. Defining moments in our “story” give us a choice, the courage to either become our truth, or live in a lie.

Before Yoga came into my life, I was still searching for the great “why”.  What’s it all for?

As a new mother and strapped to a corporate job, weightloss goals led me to yoga.  Little did I know that I had finally found my “why”?

With yoga, I did lose weight, and became more physically strong than I had ever imagined.  Then little by little, my life’s purpose started taking shape.  I drank less, smoked less, and yelled less at random drivers on the road.  I forgave, I grew, I became Happier with my body and more accepting of others.

Looking back, the step to yoga from a life of dance was natural, but the change in my actual nature, my spirit was what led me to become a teacher in 2004.  What I love most about yoga is it is never-ending.  I never leave yoga class thinking, “well; glad that’s over!”

The journey to self- realization and observation is this amazing sequence of events that you can always learn from- you just have to be still long enough to hear your essence speak.  And its something you can’t experience without getting on your mat, and getting real.

Expect to be inspired, empowered, and leave my class with your heart open wide, ready to give and receive life/love to your fullest potential.

Christi Tracy

Chrsti Tracy

Weekly VIBE yoga class:
Mondays 9:30am (All Levels Heated)
Thursdays 12:00 (All Levels Music Flow)

After a stressful career in advertising, Christi started a family and was looking for the bigger picture of life. Christi stepped on her mat about 14 years ago for the first time and simply fell in love with the practice. She came for the physical outlet that yoga provided but quickly found out that it was so much more. She was led to teach from a suggestion of a friend and believes it is her true calling.
She loves to teach all levels of yogi’s to get out of their heads and into their bodies. She believes it is then they leave prepared to handle all of what life gives them.

Christi holds a BA in Business. Her yoga education includes study with great yoga masters such as Baron Baptiste, Sean Corne, Beryl Bender Birch, Bryan Kest, Rod Striker, and Ana Forrest. Christi completed her 200 hour RYT training in 2004. She is an E-RYT (experienced yoga teacher) with over 3,000 teaching hours. She completed a Baptiste Assistant Training in Boston in 2008 and completed Advanced Level 1 Yoga Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste in the fall of 2009. She currently is working on her 500hr RYT designation.

Debbie Desimone

Debbie Desimone

Weekly VIBE yoga classes:
Growing the Best Me in 2014 Workshop Series

I first experienced yoga as a kid with Lilias Folan tv program on PBS after school . I didn't take yoga classes until I was middle age with wonderful teachers in Dallas area. After attending a conference at the Himalayan Institute upon the invitation by Fi Mitchell ,200 RYT - I knew at sometime in the future studying yoga and teaching yoga were apart of my vision.

Moving from Yoga Fit training to 200 hour with Joanne Finkle, 500 RYT of Yoga Unity, 500 hour with DeAnna Nielson, 500 RYT and Jan Gunn, 500 RYT at Blue Anjou. My karma hours for 200 hour program were done at Allen Yoga Center.

My special project for 500 hour program was Yoga and Grief.

Erin Seale

Erin Seale

Weekly VIBE yoga class:
Tuesdays 6:45pm (All Levels Music Flow)
Sundays 9:30am (All Levels Music Flow)

Erin wandered into her first yoga class about seven years ago, after turning away from pursuing a career in dance performance. She found that yoga mirrored the physical challenge of dance, but added a philosophical component that helped her cope with stress. After several years of deepening her personal practice, Erin pursued her 200hr teaching certification and became a registered Kripalu teacher in 2011. Her classes focus on the coordination breath with movement and music. She helps students to cultivate personal awareness and to feel good in their bodies. Erin will complete her prenatal yoga certification in December of 2013 and is looking forward to working with pregnant women during this special time in their lives. In addition to teaching yoga, Erin is an elementary school teacher and is passionate about education.

Gayla Crysler

Gayla Crysler

Weekly VIBE yoga classes:
Saturdays 1:15pm (Kids Yoga)

I started taking yoga classes on a regular bases in December 2006. I remember the first several classes that I attended and thinking how exhausted I was. As I looked at my teacher Lorri, I was so impressed with how perfectly she did everything. As I’ve learned more & more about yoga, I have learned that yoga isn’t about comparing yourself to your neighbor or even your teacher. I do believe the teacher is there to inspire you to be more than who & what you are at the moment, which is exactly what she did. As time went by, I recognized my own strength had grown and realized that the chataranga that I so much admired in her, I was now able to do as well. After taking yoga consistently for 3 years, I started to evaluate my life and what I was really passionate about and found that what was making me fulfilled and happy was practicing yoga and not the career I was currently in. Lorri encouraged me to start teacher training. As luck would have it, I was laid off from my job and a couple months after that started teaching yoga. It still amazes me the transformation you can feel from taking a yoga class or even teaching one. There are times when I’m just not feeling “it” but once I take or teach a class, I feel so much better. I’ve never felt otherwise at any time.

Since I’ve started teaching, I’ve found that I enjoy teaching all levels but I really enjoy teaching beginners. I look at myself and know that I’m extremely detail oriented. So for me it’s all the little details that make up a whole. I think part of it is the feeling I remember I felt when accomplishing goals I had set for myself and I enjoy as a teacher helping those students realize their goals as well. I think many times students come to a class and get thrown into the “process” of yoga but they don’t really understand the form or really where they should be. For example, in a Warrior II, I see so many new students and some that have been practicing for a while that tend to lean their bodies over their front leg. I enjoy teaching a student how to keep their bodies aligned from tailbone to the crown of the head reaching to the sky and evenly distributing their weight between both feet not just the front foot.

Even though as a student, I find myself now in my practice looking for more challenges, I have to remind myself that sometimes the basics are just as challenging and fulfilling for my practice. As a teacher, it’s fun to introduce some more challenging poses to my students but the reward is really in seeing their progress and seeing them recognize their own growth and potential as they move and grow in their practice.

Heather Ward

HEATHER WARD

Weekly VIBE yoga class:
Fridays 6:00pm (Drown the Dog)

Overall health and wellness has been part of Heather Ward’s focus for many years and yoga seemed to be a natural fit. She has practiced yoga on and off for the past 12 years and has been teaching her passion for the last two. Her understanding of the body and nutrition flows through her life and practice.

Heather strongly feels that yoga should be fun, challenging, and thought provoking while offering students the opportunity to focus on their body, breath and mind. She is uniquely capable of incorporating multiple aspects of yoga and injects them into her teaching. Her class emanates a distinct energy, bringing balance to your day and leaves you excited to return to your mat.

Joanne Finkel

Joanne Finkle

Weekly VIBE yoga class:
Saturdays 9:30am (Hatha Yoga)
Saturdays 10:45am (Restorative Yoga)

Joanne (E-RYT500, LMT) started practicing Yoga in 1998 in order to combat debilitating fibromyalgia, a painful condition where the muscles of the body calcify thus radically restricting the movement of the body. Along with diet and acupuncture, yoga has been the most integral part of managing her disease.

While making a miraculous recovery from the disease and in order to share her love and appreciation for the incredible benefits yoga gave her, Joanne began teaching in October of 2001. She completed her 200 hour certification one-on-one with Samatva Yoga founder, Karen Prior, and completed her 500 hour certification with the Himalayan Institute in Allahabad, India.

Joanne is registered through Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 instructor, which is a prestigious certification for those instructors who are able to offer yoga education to aspiring yoga teachers. Additionally, Joanne has pre-and post-natal training through Mamaste Yoga, three children’s yoga certifications, Thai Yoga training, Reiki certification and is a nationally registered massage therapist.

Besides teaching classical hatha yoga to groups, Joanne specializes in therapeutic yoga working with clients one-on-one to teach tools that support recovery from injury and disease and help maintain a full life. Sports performance in areas such as running, football and golf, just to name a few, are another area in which Joanne specializes and has years of expertise and high success.

In addition to yoga, Joanne’s greatest loves are spending time with her family, friends and travel.

Kelli Davis

KELLI DAVIS

Weekly VIBE yoga classes:
Mondays 6:45pm (All Levels Music Flow Heated)
Tuesdays 9:30am (All Levels Music Flow Heated)

Living in Nashville in 2001, I was invited to a yoga class. Iva, my first yoga teacher, was tiny yet powerful. She inspired me to move into poses I didn’t think possible. I couldn’t believe how challenged I was, both physically and mentally, standing in a pose and breathing. I was turned on to this new way of moving and strengthening my body and was curious about how this practice could impact my mental health.

In 2004, Baron Baptiste brought his Personal Revolution weekend program to Dallas. A dear friend invited me to attend. I had no idea what to expect. The weekend left me lying on the floor in a sweaty, teary puddle. For the first time, I got it – how it’s not about the pose but rather who I’m being in the pose, how yoga practice awakens me to who I truly am, how being present deepens my experience of life and how others connect with me, and how blessed I am to be a part of this amazing practice.

I started teaching power vinyasa yoga in 2006. I teach so that I can hold a safe space for others to discover all that I’ve found on this path and more. Although many teachers have influenced my teaching style and personal practice, Baron Baptiste and his programs continue to inspire me. I have completed Teacher Training Levels I and II with Baron along with many other Baptiste programs.

I am a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance.

Mona Desai

MONA DESAI

Weekly VIBE yoga classes:
Tuesdays 5:30pm (Focus on Form)
Thursdays 6:45pm (Power Yoga for Runners)

Yoga is a life skill that provides healing and grace to Mona daily. She in turn, is dedicated to inspire students to connect with their own innate wisdom, healing abilities, and expansive potential through their yoga practice on and off the mat.

She conducts warm and inviting classes that foster an invigorating, centering, and calming environment. She has an ability to meet the students at their level and guide them to explore the anatomical and energetic effects of yoga postures in their own breath, body, and mind. She incorporates chanting, meditation, Mudra, Pranayama, asana, and relaxation to achieve the desired energetics.

Mona has been teaching yoga since 2007. She is a certified 200 E-RYT and is currently working on her Ayurveda Specialist training. She is also in a training program with Rod Styrker and Leslie Kaminoff. She has studied under Susi Hately Aldous and other distinguished teachers. Mona also has Silver Sneakers, Pilates, PiYo (Gold), CPR and AFAA certifications. She leads a variety of group classes at different locations, and works with private clients, building personalized yoga programs. She is forever grateful to her first guru in the tradition, Shanon Buffington.

Mona incorporates her training and experience to offer students a unique adventure in each yoga class, and urge them to take that information and move with their innate guidance, to create a unique experience for themselves to be a master of their own practice.

Yoga brings flexibility to the mind, body and spirit; while strengthening the body, making the mind courageous, and heart compassionate towards self and others.

Sarah Shiplett

SARAH SHIPLETT

Weekly VIBE yoga class:
Wednesdays 9:30am (All Levels Music Flow Heated)

I’m in love, with life, with love, with how I choose to live with joy.

I love education, learning new things, opening my mind. Because time after time, through and through each journey in my life, I always come back to one constant: There is so much I didn’t know I didn’t know.

My yoga journey began where it originated… I had the beautiful opportunity to practice and learn about yoga in India as the sun rose, the monsoon winds swirling in through the windows, no mirrors, our teacher chanting Sanskrit in the air.  It was a gift that carried over as I landed back in the states. Each time I would leave a yoga class, I’d feel alive–more alive than I ever had before. A complete love of everything…joy in all that surrounded me…For me, it was definitely a calling to pursue teaching. As I began my search for teacher training, I always felt something missing…I needed the love based practiced that is Gaia.

Yoga inspires, creates, manages those little places in our lives, in our hearts that need to open just a little bit more. When we open our hearts, we open our life up to such joy. It all starts on the mat, and slowly a transformation will unfold.

It transforms the way we move, the way we live, even the way we breathe. Growing up and into adulthood, I suffered from asthma. Each morning, I would take a low-dose steroid since I could remember. I took charge of my health, practicing daily and with focus on diaphragmatic breathing and Ujjayi breath, I am so thankful to have been off all medication for almost a year. Yoga is a gift, a science of life and well-being that has the power to change your life, by changing your perspective, with love.

The friendly faces, the love based practice, the vibration of the music, the remembrance of my travels that I could feel in the hot air. Whatever it is, I am home.

All of my love,

Sarah

Shana Stein

Shana Stein

Weekly VIBE yoga class:
Mondays 8:00am Let Go Flow (All Levels)
Tuesdays 12:00 noon Let Go Flow (all Levels)
Wednesdays 8:00am Let Go Flow (All Levels)
Wednesdays 6:45pm Let Go Flow (All Levels)

I started practicing Yoga in 2002, during my first semester of law school, and fell in love. Following my pursuit of knowledge, I attended a 200-hour teacher training program, at a hot power vinyasa studio, in the Fall of 2009.

After that, my practice led me to the more chill side of asana, and I began studying Yin. I believe a well-rounded asana practice contains elements of both Yin and Yang, so my classes contain elements of both.

Exercise for vitality. Conscious breathing for happiness and mindfulness. Meditation for peace. Study to find your own truth. For me, that's Yoga.

Stephanie Robertson

STEPHANIE ROBERTSON

Weekly VIBE yoga classes:
Thursdays 4:15pm (Kids Yoga)
Thursdays 5:30pm (All Levels Music Flow)

Stephanie’s love for yoga is based in her background in dance. She has been dancing for over 20 years, and it has taught her how to express herself through movement. Stephanie began practicing yoga in 2006 in San Diego, and after moving to Dallas in 2009, she received her 200 hour yoga certification through Namah Shivaya Yoga.

She is trained in several styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Senior Yoga, Hatha, Kids Yoga, and Vinyasa. Yoga is a part of Stephanie’s everyday life, and she wants nothing more than to help others realize the benefits of the practice.

Stephen Bison

STEPHEN BISON

Weekly VIBE yoga class:
Mondays at 5:30am- All Levels Yoga

Stephen Bison is a long time practitioner of Hatha Yoga and completed his Teacher Training in 2010. He is registered through Yoga Alliance (RYT) and maintains the Red Cross CPR certification.

Being known for power isn’t new for Stephen. In his youth, he was voted Most Likely to be an American Gladiator.  ”The truth is, it’s not easy to press with straight arms from crow to handstand. The truth is, I worked long, tedious hours to produce those results. The truth is, they did not come until I learned how to soften at my edge and be still. Yes, that’s right. Not muscle. Soften”. Stephen states

If you have had the opportunity to share mat space with Stephen you will know that his practice in both Yin and Yang is disciplined and humble encompassing the hard, yang-styles, such as Ashtanga and Power Yoga, and the softer, yin-styles, as exemplified in Yin Yoga.

Stephen’s background as an athlete, husband and father brought him into contact with yoga a number of times during his life. He maintains that his practice truly did not evolve until he opened and committed fully to  a Yin practice in order to find the freedom necessary to truly fly with his Yang practice.

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