Instructors


Diana Duncan

Diana Duncan &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I am a manual therapist and certified movement educator for Yoga Tune Up&reg;, The Roll Model Method&reg; and The Melt Method&reg; and I am a Techniques certification candidate for Craniosacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute. I have been a yoga and movement student for over 20 years. Over the last 4 years I began to play a little more with my personal movement practices by adding in somatics, dance, barre, and pilates to my asana practice. In the process of exploring my movement I realized that I was resolving many of my personal body issues: pain, disrupted sleep, digestive disorders and mental anxiety. My explorations have helped me on my path toward deeper self- study in my personal yoga practice and I have improved my sleep, digestion, mental outlook and no longer rely on medications to manage pain, mood or sleep. My approach is founded on the simple concept that our bodies are naturally self- healing mechanisms. When we couple that knowledge with a practice of keen body awareness and compassion we create environment for change to impact our physical structure, brain and nervous system. References and recommended reading: Jill Miller , The Roll Model Katy Bowman , Move your DNA Mosche Feldenkrais , Movement through Awareness

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Kathy Johnson

Kathy Johnson &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Kathy has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years and teaching since 2014. She has taught students of all ages and believes that yoga is the perfect compliment to the activities of life. Join her for a playful flow practice, or a slow, mindful Yin practice focused on the breath and connection of mind, body and spirit. As a registered yoga teacher, Kathy has over 300 hours of training in alignment-based Hatha yoga with a concentration in Yin yoga. She studies daily and regularly participates in yoga trainings to keep her teaching fresh and inspired. Katherine Johnson is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS).

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Julie Jones

Julie Jones &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Julie 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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Kat Marcos

Kat Marcos &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Yoga 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 Philosophy With 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&rsquo;s like to be present, and create a little more space to just breathe.

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Sharron Maresh

Sharron Maresh &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sharron has been teaching yoga now for 12+ years, and was an avid student of yoga for 4 years before she started teaching. Yoga changed her life, and she believes it can change yours too! Sharron has a passion for yoga and helping people live healthier, happier and more peaceful lives. Yoga has definitely been an amazing tool for just that for both her and her students through the years. She teaches a traditional Hatha yoga, mat yoga, chair yoga and also a Chakra Meditation class.

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Anne McCarthy

Anne McCarthy &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Anne earned her Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher certificate at the 200 hour level from the Esther Vexler Yoga School. After starting</div><div>aerial dance training in 2012</div><div>with Aerial Horizon, she</div><div>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.</div><div>&nbsp;<p><strong>Teaching Philosophy</strong><br/>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&mdash;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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Lauren McIntosh

Lauren McIntosh &nbsp;</div><div>Lauren &ldquo;La&rdquo; discovered aerial yoga in 2017 and loves to tell the story of the first time she went upside down when her soul said, &ldquo;Duh, what took you so long?&rdquo; Aerial yoga quickly became her activity of choice during her own weight-loss and wellness journey. She especially loves that aerial yoga is great movement for all body shapes and sizes no matter a person's level of fitness.<p>Finding freedom and joy in using traditional and non-traditional yoga poses in the aerial hammock, Lauren's goal in teaching is to share that same fun spirit while exploring the untapped strength and abilities of our bodies. She enjoys combining movement, breathing and mindfulness techniques to create a happy calmness of the mind.</p><p>Taking it up a notch, Lauren brings a combination of strength and playfulness to her Grounded Aerial&reg; Bungee classes. It constantly reminds her of muscles that are often left little-used and was delightfully surprised at how the bungee let her accomplish an assisted handstand. She is excited to introduce this fun class to students to discover their own abilities.</p><p>Originally from Ohio, she and her husband got here just as soon as they could and have lived in Boerne since 2015 with their rescue dog, Callie. Lauren is also an artist and fills her cupboards with handmade pottery.</p><p>She completed her RYT200 through Camp Utopia at Shine On Yoga in San Marcos, Aerial Yoga Certification with Anne McCarthy at Aerial Yoga Boerne, Intro to Thai Bodywork Certification through Robert Gardner in Austin, and Grounded Aerial&reg; Bungee Training through Karen Fuhrman from Grounded Aerial&reg; of Pennsylvania.

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Tricia Messinger

Tricia Messinger &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Yoga started knocking on my life&rsquo;s door all the way back in the mid 1990&rsquo;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.</div><div><br/>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.</div><div><br/>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.&nbsp;Please join me to discover the joy of uniting breath with mindful movement.

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Sophia Suarez

Sophia Suarez Growing up in San Antonio,Sophia developed a love for cooking, nature and yoga. Sophia<br/>desired a way to integrate her passions to help aid others through nutrition counseling. She<br/>earned her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition at The University of the Incarnate Word graduating<br/>in 2012. While working in the nutrition field after college, she gained a deeper understanding of<br/>the need to integrate both mind and body in order to heal oneself. Sophia then completed her<br/>200 YTT in 2016 while living on the Big Island of Hawaii through Peak Beings Yoga. She has<br/>had experience working at health retreats as a yoga instructor and nutritionist creating meals,<br/>recipes and nutrition coaching through a plant based, whole foods approach. Sophia offers a<br/>mindful Vinyasa class drawing in the elements of the subtle body, connecting it to breath.<br/>Creating steady flows to increase heart rate while being mindful of proper alignment. Sophia<br/>looks forward to guiding you through your practice.

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Laura Triplett

Laura Triplett &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Laura&rsquo;s parents practiced yoga in the years before and after her birth, it was they who introduced her to yoga as a small child; one of her favorite books was Rachel Carr&rsquo;s &ldquo;Be a Frog, A Bird or A Tree&rdquo; which led to the discovery of some of her favorite asanas. She drifted away and returned a few times before realizing the benefits were just too good to live without. Upon ascertaining this, she began to think about teaching, she then enrolled in and graduated from Esther Vexler Yoga School, and is now Vice-President of their Board of Directors. She teaches in a hatha style with an emphasis on breathwork. He favorite Iyengar quote is, &ldquo;The hardness of a diamond is part of its usefulness, but the true value is the light that shines through it.&rdquo; She believes yoga has helped her shine a little brighter and enjoys through teaching, helping her students explore and discover how to shine a little brighter themselves.

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Desiree Whitney

Desiree Whitney &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I&rsquo;ve practice yoga for 20 years because; I felt the incredible healing powers of yoga physically &amp; 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&rsquo;s Ayurvedic Yogi Specialist (AYS) training.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>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!&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Teaching Philosophy</strong></div><div><p>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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Leslie Hlavinka

Leslie Hlavinka &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>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 &amp; 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.<p>Teaching Philosophy</p><p>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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