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.

  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.

  Jessica Haims

Teacher PhotoMovement has always been a major part of my life beginning with ballroom dancing as a teen. In 2011, my ballroom dance partner and I won both the world and national titles in our division. Shortly after, I retired from dancing, but my love of movement continued into my next career as a yoga instructor. My background is rooted in anatomy and bio-mechanics and my goal as a teacher is to empower my students through this knowledge so they can live without pain. In class, you can expect to find fun, flow, and the fundamentals of human movement. I hope each student walks away learning something new about their bodies each time, and armed with the knowledge to make intelligent decisions about their movement both on and off the mat!

  Melissa Preston

Teacher PhotoYoga has done wonders for me over the past several years and I felt the best way to show my gratitude was to become an instructor myself and give back some of that love. I began taking yoga to help ease the back pain I suffer from scoliosis. However, it wasn’t long before I realized the mental and spiritual benefits would far out way the physical. After some time, depression was no longer a part of my life and I came to terms with emotions I had unknowingly buried. I learned to breathe through challenging yoga poses and difficult life situations, as well as during the moments when I’m filled with joy. I continue to learn and grow through yoga and would love to have you join me on the mat! My hope is that you walk away from my classes challenged, fulfilled and inspired. See you on the mat, my friends!

  Amanda Dunnavant

Teacher Photo Hi, I’m Amanda Dunnavant! I am a Kripalu certified teacher with training in yoga therapy, meditation, and mindful self compassion. I am also an artist and find the more I practice and teach both, the more I see these disciplines as having a same important root for us and for society. Yoga and art help us gather awareness, joy, peace, calm, excitement, energy, as well as a sustainable and purposeful way of living. These qualities become clear and fine tuned throughout the journey. The practice of yoga is rich- so full of lessons! I find these lessons have limitless ways in which they can be applied and therefore have extended my interdisciplinary work to a wide range of venues from yoga studios to art museums to clinical settings in hospice, addiction rehabilitation, and behavioral health.

  Erin Brandao

Teacher PhotoErin discovered yoga though a college elective course and mostly remembers the peace and relaxation it provided her; she fell asleep in savasana almost every time. She practiced to stretch and relieve stress until some major life changes called her to dive deeper into the spiritual aspects of yoga and meditation. The first time someone suggested she become a teacher she laughed. Good thing the divine has a sense of humor too, because in 2011 she became certified to teach though Namah Shivaya Yoga in Dallas. Later she earned the title of E-RYT 500 and began training teachers as well. She can appreciate the diversity of yoga and teaches gentle practices such as meditation and restorative as well as active vinyasa and Ashtanga. Her motto is, “We don’t do yoga to get better at yoga, we do yoga to get better at life.” This practice has given her so many gifts, which she is excited to share with you.

  Ben Courtois

Teacher PhotoI found yoga in September 2015 as a means for healing different emotional and physical ailments. I began to attend classes on a regularly basis in Tulsa Oklahoma and by 2016 my body had recovered and my mind was at peace, I realized this yoga practice had changed my life, it was a gift that was meant to be shared. In January 2017, I became a 200 hour Certified Yoga Teacher at Marianne Wells Yoga School. My training established my personal practice, my personal mantra that one must root down to rise up, and allowed me to immerse myself in the anatomy and philosophy of yoga. I teach alignment based yoga centered around moving mindfully emphasizing the journey to the asana is just as important as the asana itself. I believe yoga is a journey and strive to help my students build a solid foundation to grow their practices and help them find the same healing, strength, love, and community I have found through yoga.