Michelle started practicing meditation in 1988 and yoga in 2004. She originally studied yoga under Shanti Kelley and went on to study with Nischala Joy Devi, Richard Miller and Leslie Kaminoff at the Soul of Yoga in Encinitas, CA. Michelle is an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance, and a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist specializing in eating recovery, cardiac and cancer rehabilitation. Michelle currently serves Seton Hospital as their Cardiac Yoga Therapist and develops and leads teacher training internationally.
Michelle’s vinyasa classes are empowering and focus on stability in the major joint systems while carefully providing students with a projection free environment for self-exploration. Michelle practices nonduality and believes that each experience is an opportunity to awaken to the subtle qualities of Self Realization.
ANA PILAR CRUZ
In 2017 Ana Pilar was grandfathered into the International Association of Yoga Therapists, receiving her C-IAYT designation in recognition of her specialized client work in adaptive structural therapeutics.
KRISTIANA CASTILLO VUONG
She completed her 200hr YTT and began teaching in local studios full time. Her classes focus on intention setting, breath and moving meditation.
Leti is an E-RYT-500 and loves to share tidbits about the Hindu Deities, anatomy or a quote in her classes. She caters to students of all levels and ensures that everyone feels welcome and comfortable. Her students can expect a challenging, upbeat flow set to carefully selected music. Using the Universal Principles of Alignment, her classes will be safe and leave you with a feel good glow. Leti has been fortunate to study with many influential teachers all of whom have had an impact on her practice. She is also very connected to the community doing a lot of Seva work in order to give back to others.
Leti loves yoga for all its transformative powers – physical and spiritual – and emphatically knows yoga will always be a part of her life and states “It is my medicine”. Leti is an International Retreat leader, teacher trainer and passionate about life, love and yoga!
Melena’s yoga practice and lifestyle blossomed after she came into a deep, consistent meditation practice that benefitted her mental and emotional life in transformative ways. This generated a passion in sharing the practice of meditation to all: particularly kids & teens, through in-person, live virtual, and an upcoming new mindfulness online course curriculum. Melena is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, working in Big Tech where she’s a global leader for the Mindfulness@ Club at Facebook. She loves the Austin skyline, espresso, and her Maltipoo king, Oreo.
Amy enjoys a mindful vinyasa, staying in sync with the breath, but also likes bringing balance and strength to her practice both on and off the mat. Outside of the studio, Amy can often be found on her paddle board, hiking, camping, or reading.
She hopes to guide others toward their inner healer through Yoga and Ayurveda. She holds her E-RYT 500, RCYT, and YACEP with Yoga Alliance and is a Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT, serving children and adults. Kaytee is currently attending Maharishi International University and is working towards her M.S. in Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine.
Kaytee offers public and private Yoga classes, Yoga therapy, workshops, lectures, and trainings in Austin, Texas and online. She has authored two online programs with My Vinyasa Practice, Yoga for Parents and Families and 95 Hour Childrens Yoga Certification.
A friend first introduced Xenia to Kundalini Yoga when she was in her mid-twenties looking for some form of physical activity for her stiff and inactive body. Unable to formulate an opinion after taking the first class, she took another class, and then another, and another. Not only did she get the exercise she sought, but she soon discovered the chronic pain she had for 14 years began to diminish and then disappear altogether. In her life, she found calmness and patience in situations that normally frustrated her, tolerance where she was used to feeling anger, and focus and efficiency amid harried deadlines. Xenia discovered that the practices of Kundalini, Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga filled her with a sense of vitality and connection never felt before.
With an open heart, Xenia shares her experiences so that others might also live more fully within each moment. Xenia has been a yoga and meditation practitioner for over 2 decades, teaching and training students in Texas and Louisiana since 2003. As an E-RYT 500 and YACEP with Yoga Alliance, thousands of hours of teaching experience, and hundreds of hours in continuing education Xenia bridges the benefits of yoga and meditation with everyday life using the breath and sound to further facilitate the body, mind and spirit towards healing, grace, and ease.
Lara has been a student of Yoga since 2009, and overtime has continued to appreciate and have a passion for the more contemplative aspects of the practice. She received her 200 hour certification in 2017 from Journey Om Yoga, completed her 300 hour certification in 2020 through My Vinyasa Practice (MVP), and is nearing the completion of MVP’s Yoga Therapy program.
Lara has taught group classes at studios, colleges, fitness centers and social clubs, and has co-led events for city recreation departments. She sees clients on a private and semi-private basis as a way of guiding individuals towards integrating Yoga into their daily lives. Lara is also a Level 2 Usui Reiki practitioner and enjoys blending energy work into her work with Yoga.
You can expect a variety of Yogic practices within Lara’s classes including gentle to moderate movement, pranayama (breathwork), meditation, and philosophical inquiry. Most importantly, Lara welcomes ALL to practice with her, allowing for adaptability and the freedom to meet each student where they are.
When Lara isn’t teaching or working, she’s connecting with loved ones, reading, and exploring Austin with her partner and new puppy.