Teachers

  Lisa Breitenwischer

Teacher PhotoI first began practicing yoga off and on back in the 80’s, watching Steve Ross on TV and doing Bryan Kest videos with my sister in her basement, but never considered myself a true “yogi”. At the time, I had a strong passion for running and enjoyed participating in 5K and 10K races, and even ran a half marathon before I decided to trade in my running shoes for bare feet and a yoga mat in November 2005. After several months of practicing yoga multiple times a week, I found my muscles getting leaner, longer and stronger and my mind becoming calmer and more focused. What initially began as a way of staying healthy and fit, soon evolved into a passion I wanted to share with others. In December 2006, I received my 200hr Certification in Power/Vinyasa Yoga. Since then, I have studied under many wonderful guru’s to attain 500 hrs of training,; learning meditation techniques from Rod Stryker, Core Strengthening exercises from Sadie Nardini and Bhakti Flow the Yoga of Love and Devotion from Rusty Wells. My classes may be challenging, but assessable to all. Through my classes, you will become empowered in all aspects of your life and learn you can utilize the breath to overcome any stressful situation. Furthermore, you will find the opportunity to challenge yourself, sweat out toxins and find stillness, balance and energy within to open up your heart and leave you with overflowing bliss.  

  Emy Breitenwischer

Teacher Photo Texas born and raised, I graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2008 and then attended Colorado State University, in the beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado. Unsure about my major, I chose the Nutrition and Food Science Program, with a concentration in Dietetics and Nutrition Management. During my four years at CSU, I studied science-based courses, nutrition counseling techniques, food safety, integrative nutrition and metabolism, and nutrition and the lifecycle. For 2.5 years, I also managed a pizza restaurant, where I gained knowledge and experience on how to train employees, directly deal with customer satisfaction, manage a staff, and much more.

After graduating in 2012, I decided to move back to Dallas and work with my mom, Lisa, at BalancingEnergy Health & Yoga. Initially, it was a little difficult to switch from a Western Medicine approach towards health and wellness to a Holistic approach, but it has truly been an amazing experience. Integrating my knowledge from school with my mother's Holistic background has allowed me to create and assist nutrition workshops, diets & cleanses, and contribute nutritional advice for clients with special dietary needs. Over the past year, I have completed extensive research on Candida and have developed a strict diet that can help bring balance and combat yeast overgrowth. Some of my favorite hobbies include cooking, writing, yoga, outdoor activities, college football & basketball, and craft beer & brewery tours.

  Alexandra Grimm

Teacher PhotoAlexandra first found her passion for movement as a young girl through dance. While attending the University of Texas at Arlington, she discovered her love for yoga & began to teach informal classes to her friends, sharing her passion & admiration for the yoga practice & lifestyle. Vinyansana flow & practice has been a part of Alexandra's creative outlet & infatuation. Practicing under Kurt Johnson at American Power Yoga, she received her 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher certification in December of 2011.

  Jessica (Jessi) Smith

Teacher PhotoMy name is Jessica Smith, and it is my hope to empower you to recognize that Yoga is a deep inner wisdom that connects you to a healthy body, mind, and lifestyle. I became certified by the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Institute in 2003; and have been teaching for over fourteen years while continuing to study under many teachers of all styles of Yoga. Because I simply believe that all yoga works, I use Vinyasa Yoga as a base to build each individual’s practice. Classes will stretch and strengthen you; relax and revive you; educate and expand you.

  Sonia Azad

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Sonia has practiced yoga for more than 12 years. Her introduction came during her time in the dance department at The University of Texas at Austin.  Since then, Sonia has practiced various types of yoga around the world—from Nicaragua, to France, Mexico and The Netherlands.  Sonia’s commitment to teaching came at the encouragement of her own teacher. She is proud to have been a part of Larry Thraen's 200-Hr 'Yoga of You' teacher training at Joy Yoga.  She is a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200) through Yoga Alliance.

Yoga has been the perfect balance to Sonia's intense work as the Health & Medical reporter for Channel 8, WFAA-TV in Dallas. As an instructor, she strives to help other people recognize their own strength and enhance their flexbility -- on and off the mat. After all, how you move in yoga is how you move through life. She believes that through a consistent practice, students can learn to live with more presence, patience, gratitude and courage. Letting go of fear, indecision and that which no longer serves us-- are among the themes Sonia weaves into her classes.

  Stephanie Young

Teacher Photo Light your candle and enjoy it's flame - see the beauty. Know the obstacles have been truly cleared - find the sweet things of life. Celebration to the little things. Be warm - always find comfort in your path. Let time be your strength - if necessary, make changes as soon as possible. Know that you are loved and I am here for Your Yoga Journey today and always. I have been trained by the renowned Baron Baptiste.

  Maggie Ma

Teacher PhotoMaggie is part East and West. Growing up in Asia, she spent countless hours on her toes in the ballet studio. She discovered yoga in graduate school, which taught her how to balance life more mindfully. Maggie has studied many schools of yoga, and specializing in power Vinyasa inspired by Baptiste, Ashtanga and Forrest yoga. Maggie’s classes are challenging and fun. She customizes intelligent and creative sequences for her students with emphasis on alignment, breath and core strengthening. Students will practice in a lively and supportive environment, and they will walk out the class feel positive and empowered. Maggie encourages her students to try something new each time in class, and to bring their experience in yoga off the mat. Maggie’s classes are suitable for people who have been working with their injuries; who would like to strengthen their body, or to live a balanced, mindful and healthy lifestyle. In March 2015, Maggie founded a yoga non-profit organization, which she created a platform for all newly graduated yoga teachers to be able to teach, gain practical teaching experience and exposure to the community. When Maggie grows up, she wishes to travel the world and eat ice cream.

  Rachael Fallon

Teacher PhotoI discovered yoga in 2010 while looking for creative ways to stay fit at a local gym. I was intrigued and enjoyed the classes, but my life took off in a different direction and I stepped away from it for awhile. When I came back to it in 2013, I immediately felt an overwhelming sense of community. I felt like I was home. The openness and availability I experienced was inspiring. I decided that I needed more and I wanted to share my love of the practice with others. In July 2016, I received my RYT-200 from We Yogis. During my training, I gained the knowledge and confidence to open my mind, body, and spirit farther than I ever thought possible. I gained incredible mentors and friends that challenged and inspired me to be a strong practitioner. The drive to share my passion with others was undeniable. In my classes, I strive to provide an atmosphere where everyone, no matter their abilities or level of experience, can feel welcomed. I strive to create the sense of community that I first felt when I started practicing yoga several years ago. I believe that through breath and body/mind communication, we can create unity. My hope is that everyone can walk away feeling relieved and refreshed, ready to be inspired by the world and the potential that lies within us all.

  Marissa Jolie

Teacher Photo Marissa was born and raised in the eccentric town of Tucson AZ, and has been active her entire life. She began practicing yoga as an early teenager as a form of stress relief and injury prevention. Throughout several different forms of fitness, including yoga, Cross fit, running, weightlifting, hiking and cycling, Yoga is the only practice that moved her spiritually and kept her body healthy long term, without causing injury. Over time, yoga became both a her primary form of exercise and a life long practice of discipline and awareness.

While working in the medical field, sports chiropractic and therapy, she saw many similarities between the two. In 2014, she decided to switch her profession into the yoga world, and study how yoga can affect the body, long-term, in a positive way. She trained under Ricky Tran at Krama Yoga Center in Carrollton, TX and at Corepower Yoga in Dallas, TX.

Currently, Marissa is in her 4th year of teaching and has already taught well over 1000 hours. She has taught several types of yoga, everything from Ashtanga to power vinyasa to hatha to restorative to prenatal. You can find her teaching throughout DFW and and along the West coast.