Instructors


Anne McCarthy

Anne McCarthy 
 
 
Anne earned her Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher certificate at the 200 hour level from the Esther Vexler Yoga School. After starting
aerial dance training in 2012
with Aerial Horizon, she
discovered a new passion that combines her love of yoga with the freedom of movement found through the aerial arts. Living up to her childhood nickname of Monkey, she loves the freedom found in hanging upside down and swinging.
 

Teaching Philosophy
My classroom is a place of authentic exploration where students can nurture their stillness, playfulness, and joy. My classroom engages students in dynamic movements and breath. My class is designed to allow students to actively experience kriya yoga—the enduring of difficult poses with tapas, the surrender in each pose, and the wisdom to listen to their own inner teacher. My class will carve out a space for students to engage in the practice of being centered and creating space to observe themselves as a wholehearted person.

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Desiree Whitney

Desiree Whitney 
 
I’ve practice yoga for 20 years because; I felt the incredible healing powers of yoga physically & mentally. In 2012, I took my passion for yoga and my desire to go deeper by completing a RYT 200 teacher training at the Ester Vexler Yoga School, in San Antonio. While studying yoga asana and philosophy I was introduced to Ayurveda, a sister science to Yoga, focused on Self-healing aimed at restoring wholeness and spiritual healing. I was inspired; and I enrolled and graduated from the Himalayan Institute’s Ayurvedic Yogi Specialist (AYS) training.
 
In February 2016, I completed Judith Lasater's Restorative Yoga training, fabulous for anyone wishing to remove tension from the body and mind and restore energy and joy! 
 
Teaching Philosophy

Through my training and mentors, I practice and teach a Hatha yoga style that focuses on alignment and is designed to open the energy channels in the body. I love using the yoga wall, chairs, props and aerial hammocks to explore, refine and advance traditional asana. I hold positions a little longer and use breathe to help focus, build strength and flexibility. Please join me in my exploration of the flowing, dynamic form of yoga.

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Tricia Messinger

Tricia Messinger 
 
Yoga started knocking on my life’s door all the way back in the mid 1990’s. By 2002 I was having so much fun I was in yoga teacher training. It has been a wild and crazy ride ever since. I have had the opportunity to teach in Colorado Springs, Phoenix, San Antonio and now Boerne.

In 2010, to help me deepen my understanding of yoga and to help my students more, I completed a 400 hour training in Thai Yoga Therapy. In 2013, I completed my 500 hour training to become a Texas licensed massage therapist. With this additional training I can now help my students find the best versions of the postures for their bodies.

Throughout all of my teaching and trainings what has stayed consistent is the importance of our breath and how through our breath we can transform both our movement and our bodies. Please join me to discover the joy of uniting breath with mindful movement.

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Donna Foster

Donna Foster 
 
Donna Foster came to Yoga from an extensive background in the fitness world ... she is a Registered Power Yoga Teacher (RYT). Her desire is to empower people to open their mind and body to the full potential that resides in each of us, whether we are seven or seventy.

Donna believes that a Power Vinyasa (flow) is the safe and most effective way to attain strength, cardio, and flexibility training ... all in a one hour class. Her Yoga classes are modified to all fitness levels, and she is very excited to have you join her in experiencing one of those 'Aha' moments!

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Melissa Aguirre

Melissa Aguirre 
 
Melissa Aguirre ERYT 200, RYT 500
Yoga Therapist, Stress Management Specialist, and Reiki Practitioner- Melissa Aguirre, has been committed to passing on healing and wellness through teaching yoga therapy ever since she discovered her own healing through the yoga practice. She is a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists, an ambassador for Yoga Across America, a volunteer for The American Heart Association and registered with Yoga Alliance. Having taught for The University of North Carolina Asheville, T.H.E Center for Disordered Eating, The Wounded Warrior Project, and private yoga therapy; her teachings include a realm of therapeutic yoga and poetic inspiration she uses to generate a safe, healing environment to encourage healthy life style choice and self care for her students.
Melissa’s desire to teach yoga comes from the intention to ultimately calm the mind, develop a healthy body, and achieve an optimistic energy in her life. She is inspired to create a balanced practice with teachings that focuses on physical wellness, relaxation, and the unity of the mind, body, and spirit.
Learn more about Melissa Aguirre at www.melmarieyoga.com

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Belinda Kovach

Belinda Kovach 
 
Moving across country and finding myself in "forced retirement" allowed me the opportunity to delve into passions that were usually given minimal time with a hectic career. Yoga found me. It went from taking classes twice a week to yoga teacher training to earning my 200 RYT in 2011. My training has been through YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide, and am certified through Yoga Alliance. Each training that I attended continued to piqued my curiosity and interest for more. I will complete my 500RYT in April, 2016.

I am certified to teach Yoga for Kids; Yoga for Seniors; Yoga for Back; Myofascia Release; Restorative Yoga; and YogaLean, an initial 12 week program that combines health, nutrition, fitness, balance, Ayurveda, the self healing branch of yoga, and yoga that will assist in transitioning in to a lifestyle.

Teaching Philosophy
Each time that I step onto my mat, I am reminded that yoga is a journey of mind, body, and spirit and not a destination. My classes combine Hatha yoga with breath, mudras, progressive asanas facilitating the transition into master poses, and meditation. Watching students, new and not so new, reach an 'ahha' moment on their mats is always a high point for me as a teacher. I invite you to join me to begin or continue your yoga journey with me.

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Lauren Mason

Lauren Mason 
 
Lauren discovered her love of yoga during her college years. Yoga's benefits helped her through the stresses of that time. After graduation, she began working at Yoga Yoga in Austin, where she has completed over 600 hours of training in hatha flow, prenatal, and therapeutic yoga. She moved to San Antonio in 2013 and has loved becoming a part of its yoga community. Her classes emphasize personal nourishment, self care, and life-long health, and she likes to incorporate breathing and meditation into every class.

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Lesley Ramsey

Lesley Ramsey 
I began practicing and studying yoga 17 years ago when I developed asthma and a few other health problems needed a regular practice to balance out the rigors of my professional life. For nearly two decades, I have worked to make Texas a better place through public interest issue advocacy, lobbying, organizing and now as a nonprofit fundraising and strategic consultant. Throughout this time, my yoga practice has sustained me in more ways than I could have imagined. It’s offered me evidence of my own strength, courage, flexibility, compassion and endurance.

I turned my attention to teaching yoga now because I have learned first hand the power of this practice to provide clarity and help me create balance in my life, and I want to help others achieve this, too.

I earned my RYT 200 at Castle Hill Fitness Yoga School in Austin in 2010 and will conclude RYT 500 training with Christina Sell and Gioconda Parker at the San Marcos School of Yoga in January 2017.

Teaching Philosophy

The physical practices of yoga have proven for me to be the most accessible pathways to introspection, contemplation and meditation, which I need to recharge my energy, renew my drive and recover from the scrapes and bruises of life in the everyday modern working world. I teach and practice Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga for full spectrum nourishment of my physical, spiritual and mental self. My classes will challenge you! But just enough to experience your innate vitality and strength, and activate the parasympathetic nervous system to productively deal with the stress of work and life. You will leave feeling alive, refreshed and ready to take on new challenges!

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Kat Marcos

Kat MarcosYoga has become a place where I can explore and discover things about myself, and I hope to provide that same space for my students. By coming home to ourselves and learning about our bodies, we begin to recognize what serves us, are empowered to take responsibility for our wellbeing, and maximize our potential for greatness. Studying with Yoga Yoga to complete my RYT-200 certification (May 2017), completing a 60 hour program in aerial yoga through Standard Deviation Yoga, and beginning a 300-hour adaptive therapeutics advanced training; I am taking my understanding of the human body further by beginning my journey as a student at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Medicine beginning Fall 2017. Teaching PhilosophyWith a strong personal practice in vinyasa and aerial yoga, I always find myself coming back to the flow of breath-inspired movement. Whether on the ground or in an aerial hammock, my goal is to provide a place for you to discover how your body moves, experience what it’s like to be present, and create a little more space to just breathe.

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Julie Jones

Julie JonesJulie is a registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance. She fell in love with Yoga over 10+ years ago and looks forward to sharing her experience and passion for the practice of Yoga with you:). Julie will guide you with compassion and love through a mindful gentle Hatha practice, synchronized with breath to balance the body and mind.

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Christal Carter

Christal CarterFrom an early age I have felt a strong calling to care for others, which has led me to a career in nursing. After being an RN for over six years, I uncovered a passion for integrative health practices. I found yoga to have many therapeutic effects on the mind, body, and spirit. After practicing yoga since 2007 and seeing the benefits of yoga through my own transformations, I want to help others see transformations within themselves. Developing a strong community with the prenatal women’s group at Yoga Yoga Westgate in Austin during my pregnancy gave me my last transformational piece to enroll into Yoga Yoga’s teacher training program. I completed my 200-hour teacher training in Hatha Yoga and Foundations in Yoga Therapy to further my passion for integrative health practices. I am dedicated to tailoring yoga to the individual and advocating for self-care to reduce stress in our modern world.

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Janelle Whalen

Janelle WhalenJanelle is a Certified Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. 

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Leslie Hlavinka

Leslie Hlavinka 
 
Leslie has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and has experienced firsthand its many physical, mental and spiritual benefits. She is a graduate of the Esther Vexler Yoga School and a registered member of Yoga Alliance at the RYT/200 level. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Texas A & M University. She likes to write poetry and has published a book of haiku. And she is also a member of the Alamo Area Master Naturalists.

Teaching Philosophy

As a certified yoga instructor, I am blessed with the opportunity to share my love of yoga with others. I strive to honor the long lineage and heritage of classical yoga, respecting the wisdom of the many honorable gurus who have come before me. And I teach yoga to serve in love and compassion, promoting the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of all students as we seek the sacred together.

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