Karen Bonds, RYT
I began practicing in 2006 at Longview Yoga Studio and immediately fell in love with yoga. I didn’t get serious about it immediately, though. After the initial excitement of the practice, I realized something about my body. I had the potential for strength but less so for flexibility. The lack of flexibility temporarily burst my yoga bubble. I stopped practicing for several months. How could I practice if I would never be able to do the beautiful postures that require great flexibility? I led a life without yoga and I missed it terribly. I reached the point where I knew I had to practice, flexible or not. I got back on the mat and let go of my desire to be something I was not. Accepting myself led me to teacher training in 2009. I am now certified to teach Hatha Yoga through the Purple Lotus Teacher Training 200-hour program in Frisco, Texas. I am registered with Yoga Alliance as a 200-hour RYT. I have studied Yoga Therapy with Doug Keller and I’m currently embarking on a new adventure with Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training. So far, the principles of yoga and practicing the breath have allowed me to overcome the limitations imposed by my mind. Inhale. Exhale. Namaste.
Kathie Brown, LPC
I attended my first yoga class in 2006 and it was love at first breath! While I have exercised and participated in athletics all of my life, yoga is much more than exercise. In yoga, you will lengthen and strengthen and you will also encounter yourself. As you move through the asanas (postures), you will practice being fully present in now with curiousity and joy.
So come, just as you are, and be! Kathie is certified through Purple Lotus Yoga and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200.
When I started practicing yoga over four years ago it began for the pure physicality of yoga, the challenge. As my practice grew I began to understand yoga was so much more then a physical practice for me, it was a process of really starting to understand and have compassion for oneself and others. We all have limits, strengths, and weakness that make up who we are as individuals. For me yoga parallels one’s life, what we learn on our mat about patience, forgiveness, compassion, and understanding about our yoga practice and bodies can then be learned to take off the mat into your life serving others. I am a fun-loving yet serious person who tries to share my lessons and experiences of what I am learning on my mat and off with my students. My goal is to teach my students to have fun, laugh, and yet have patience with themselves. After all life and yoga is a beautiful journey. I teach vinyasa flow classes and am certified yoga teacher through Tiffany Cruikshank 200 hour program and registered with Yoga Alliance.
Jane has been practicing yoga since 2003. She originally tried it as just another exercise along with weight lifting, spinning and other aerobic workouts but soon came to appreciate the overwhelming benefits of a consistent practice. Yoga became her primary source of exercise. She has taken teacher training with Yoga Fit and has studied Yoga Therapy under Doug Keller. Jane is currently putting her attention to learning more about Yin yoga and its many benefits.
Rachel is a certified 200hr-RYT. She loves to create intelligent and purposeful movement practices that enhance mental clarity and body awareness. Her love of anatomy and yoga fuels her passion to bridge the gap between Western science and Eastern philosophy.
In 2012, Rachel started her in depth study with Tiffany Cruikshank of Yoga Medicine. She has since continued her studies with Tiffany toward her 500 hr certification completing an in depth 60 hr workshop on shoulder mechanics in Aug.2014 and is looking forward to deepening her understanding of the body/mind connection with her. Rachel has also studied sequencing with Jason Crandell to help her build sequences that make sense in the body to get the best benefit from your practice.
Curiosity keeps Rachel motivated to explore the effects of her practice on the body, mind, and spirit and she is passionate about helping others to do the same.
Tracey Wisdom, RYT
Tracey came to yoga to help manage stress from a busy life as nurse, mother and wife. It has been her journey to explore the connections between thoughts, habits and experience through the lens of yoga. This exploration has led her to complete her 200 hr RYT, 500 hr RYT and continual study towards Professional Yoga Therapy certification. Her specialty training also includes trauma informed yoga certification which encompasses yoga for anxiety, depression, PTSD as well as many other stress related conditions. Her other interests include practicing Thai massage, spending time with family and reading.
Marina Mails is a meditation coach and teacher who brings a passion for
mindfulness and self-compassion to her work with individuals and groups.
Marina has a Master’s degree in mental health counseling and has been
teaching meditation for 10 years. Marina loves to garden and hike with her
husband and two small children.