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Teachers

Julia Stempko

Yoga found Julia in 2007. After becoming certified as a 200hr teacher, she’s working towards completing her 300hr training through My Vinyasa Practice. She is currently enrolled in their applied Yoga Therapy training. She specializes in teaching asana, holistic well-being, philosophy, meditation, and manifestation. In addition to teaching, Julia works as a life coach and group fitness instructor.

Kyler Burke
Kyler Burk

Kyler has been practicing yoga and energy healing for several years and enjoys diving deep into philosophy. Kyler finished his 200 and 300 hour advanced training with My Vinyasa Practice. Kyler teaches a strong and deliberate Vinyasa flow that is appropriate for all levels of practitioners.

Tara Cleven

Tara has been a yoga practitioner for over a decade. She found My Vinyasa Practice and went through both the 200 hour and 300 hour yoga teacher training programs. Tara is an avid practitioner who loves a good power yoga class. Tara teaches Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative and Power classes.

Angela Williams-Jones

Angela Williams-Jones, E-RYT 200, E-RYT 500, YACEP is a genuinely nurturing soul with a deep love of networking, people connecting, assisting & elevating people to lead their best lives and connect with their highest self. Always filling her days with compassion, Angela is also an empath & intuitive healer thriving on sharing her gifts and knowledge.

 

She has multiple (4) 200 hr Yoga Certifications, 500+ hours of Kundalini Training, 300 hr Advanced Teacher Training, Restorative, Yin, Yoga Nidra, Trauma Informed, Adaptive, Fertility, Anxiety & Depression, Children/Family, Ayurveda, Anatomy & Physiology, Trance Meditation, Trance Healing & Mediumship  & Meditation modalities. In addition to teaching daily, she has been a Usui Reiki Master/Trainer for over 10 years offering private sessions & is a Yoga Teacher Training Faculty member offering CEU credits through Yoga Alliance in multiple arenas as well. Some accolades include being a legacy ambassador for lululemon, elite yoga trainer for Under Armour, NBA Elite Youth Teacher, National People Connector for NY Yoga+Life Magazine, Contributor for Best Practice Book Series, Blog Writer and Special Projects Manager Maven for the Yoga Service Council.  For MVP, Angela works as Lead Trainer Manager, Human Resources & Peer Support, and Content Provider.

 

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Ginger Bennett

Ginger is a 500hr RYT through MVP. She works on the peer support team, teaches on the livestream and in-studio schedule, and is the online studio manager of Yoga Specialists. Ginger is also an ACE certified group fitness instructor and teaches Spinning and F45 classes. She is so grateful to have found yoga as it feels like her calling.

Ginger’s yoga journey started with asana practice. Teacher training opened her up to the beautiful gift that is the 8 limbs. She loves to teach heart opening flows and has been known to throw in a wild thing or two.

Ginger is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. She enjoys being outside in the sunshine and has an affinity for long walks, juggling, and scuba diving.

Kristiana Vuong
Kristiana first came to yoga after moving to Austin to attend college. From the start she got far more from the practice than a workout. Though she was first drawn to the intensity of power classes, she now enjoys the structure of Ashtanga and the ease of a gentle flow.
She completed her 200hr YTT and began teaching in local studios full time. Her classes focus on intention setting, breath and moving meditation.
Leti Alvarez

Leti began her yoga journey years ago and has remained deeply committed to living her yoga. Leti’s playful teaching style reflects her personality, but also her deep desire to support her students exactly where they are. She offers empowering classes that encourage students to explore and connect with their authentic self. Her goal is for students to find their own teacher within and to intuit what is right for their body.

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!

 

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Nina Berti

Coming from a medical hospital background, Nina has learned the importance of alternative and holistic health services. She is  200H certified through My Vinyasa Practice, and working towards her 300H certification. Nina is enrolled in the Applied Yoga Therapy Program with MVP. In addition, Nina is studying QiGong and aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her most profound interest is in Vinyasa Krama, as taught by Srivatsa Ramaswami, one of Krishnamacharya’s longest students.

 

Nina is passionate about self-healing, and as such, she structure many of her classes around the same themes.

 

Nina’s goal is to share the supportive benefits yoga can offer in personal, professional, and therapeutic settings.

 

Vanisha Weatherspoon

Vanisha is a native of Killeen, TX, but began her yoga journey when she began taking classes in Austin after making her way there for school/ work. Her love for yoga truly developed when she began law school in Washington, DC. Law students are at heightened risk for alcoholism, drug abuse, anxiety and depression, so she looked to yoga to help her avoid falling victim to one of the former. It was here on her yoga mat where she discovered true happiness and peace, which led her to want to bring this to her law school community, but also others. She completed both her 200hr and 300hr YTT with MVP and has been teaching ever since. Vanisha enjoys power vinyasa style flows and loves getting into a good arm balance.

 

Rachel Malpasso
After a traumatic brain injury, Rachel began chair yoga in a rehab hospital.  Rachel is an E-RYT 200, RYT 500, and YACEP. She has additional training in trauma-informed yoga, adaptive yoga, special populations, somatic yoga, and chair yoga. She is a Certified Accessible Yoga Teacher and her dream is to make yoga accessible to all while linking physical and mental health.
Ana Pilar Cruz

Ana Pilar Cruz, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, RYT 200, has been teaching yoga in Austin, Texas since 2001 and has been training yoga teachers since 2006 at both 200 and 500 hour levels in the United States and abroad with Yoga Yoga, Global Yoga Shala, and Zingara Yoga. She has been studying with her teacher, Gary Kraftsow, the founder & head of the American Viniyoga Institute, for over 16 years. Under the guidance of Kraftsow, Ana Pilar completed the American Viniyoga Institute’s 500-hour advanced training in 2005. Her continuing education is immersed in a number of specialized areas, including Western & Yogic Anatomy, Injury Prevention, Stress-relief, Mantra chanting, and Tantric philosophy, as she studies with the likes of Leslie Kaminoff, Srivatsa Ramaswami, Donna Farhi, Rod Stryker, and Dr. Douglas Brooks. In 2017 Ana Pilar was grandfathered into the International Association of Yoga Therapist, receiving her C-IAYT designation in recognition of her specialized client work in adaptive structural therapeutics.  As a senior teacher trainer she excels in teaching asana, pranayama, mantra, and yogic philosophy & literature. 

Michelle Young

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 Kamenoff at the Soul of Yoga in Encinitas, CA. Michelle is an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance, and a C-IAYT Yoga Therapists 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. 

 

Tina Hilbert
Tina’s driving passion is to continue learning different hatha yoga techniques to create diversity in her teaching style. She aspires to meet people where they are in their journey. Tina is classically trained in various methods of Hatha Yoga and incorporates the 8-Limbed Path, Kundalini Yoga, Mindfulness Coaching, Vipassana Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Reiki, BodyTalk, and Access Consciousness into her personal life and private sessions.  

 

Sarah Maurer

Sarah was fortunate enough to go through My Vinyasa Practice’s 200 hour training. Nearing the end of her training she knew she wanted more, and the day after she graduated she started her 300 hour training with MVP. It is evident to her now that teaching is both her passion and her purpose.

 

Sarah teaches a slow-flow vinyasa class. She enjoys bringing a certain degree of musicality to her classes and drawing on her dance background to link poses in a lyrical way. She wants her students to know that she understands it takes guts to even step foot on your mat, and that this is their practice, she is merely a facilitator. 

 

Olivia Hood

Olivia is a Registered Yoga Teacher, through Yoga Alliance. She received her 200 Hour Teacher Training at My Vinyasa Practice where soon after she became part of our team. Her specialty is Vinyasa with an additional passion for Meditation. Olivia is also well-versed in holistic health and wellness, fitness, and nutrition with an emphasis on plant based eating. She is an advocate for all and is especially passionate about sharing her gifts with the Black community. Enjoy her flow and leave smiling ear to ear!

 

Jessica Long

Jessica is a 500 hour RYT. She believes in sharing the joy of the physical asana and flow as well as integrating mindfulness, gratitude, and pranayama. Jessica enjoys building creative and challenging Vinyasa flows, but also loves teaching beginners, Yin, and Restorative practices. She strives to demonstrate the healing properties of yoga, not only for the physical body, but also the emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies alike.

Jacqueline Dagle

Jacqueline is a 500 hour RYT. She began practicing yoga since attending a community class in middle school with her mother and has been involved in the practice ever since. She earned her 200 hour teaching certification and completed her advanced yoga teacher training through My Vinyasa Practice. Jacqueline’s goal is for her vinyasa classes to be physically and mentally nurturing, while offering a present, playful, and empowering outlet for her students!

 

Kara Haschke

Kara is a 500 hour RYT based in beautiful Austin, TX. A busy mom of four with a longtime involvement in the health and wellness community, she first became interested in yoga while pregnant with her third child, and practiced off and on for years, but didn’t truly fall in love with the practice until her early forties. Yoga has been instrumental not only in helping her overcome several physical health challenges, including a genetic heart condition, but also in seeing her through several challenging seasons. Her heart is to share the benefits of yoga with everyone, and show that they are accessible to all, regardless of age, health issues, or stage of life. She is a firm believer that yoga can help anyone create strength, stability, and clarity of mind. A true student of the body and mind, Kara loves to dig into the why and how behind the asanas, rather than just focusing on the physical practice and correct form. When she’s not immersed in teaching and studying yoga, you’ll find her spending time in nature, cooking, and reading. You can currently find her teaching on both the MVP live stream and in the Austin studio, serving on staff as peer support for online training, and working with private clients.

Deb Phelps

My meditation journey began in 1980 while as a teenager. While pregnant with my youngest daughter in 1996, I embraced yoga as an additional part of my regular self-care routine. My personal life’s mission embraces the heart of service with kindness and compassion. Having experienced trauma, tragedy, and illness myself, I have found refuge in mind-body-spirit practices that have provided me with a sense of wholeness, well-being, and loving acceptance. Teachers who are inspired by their own healing and personal growth transmit that inspiration in their interactions with their students.

 

I am certified both in mindfulness and meditation. I am also a RYT500 and certified both in Accessible Yoga teacher and Yoga Therapeutics. I include mindfulness coaching, sound healing with singing bowls, energy healing and my work as a certified aromatherapist in my repertoire. As a practicing Buddhist, I find that when I understand what causes peace, I know where to direct my efforts. May my efforts continue to bring happiness, well-being, safety, peace, and ease to all beings.

Traci Mulchrone

Hi! My name is Traci and I live in Austin, Texas. I am probably the best wife ever and the very lucky mother to three awesome kids. Until last year, I spent the majority of my life in the hospitality industry. I thrived in the fast pace of running restaurants, breweries and tending many a bar. I quickly found that my body’s only relief came when I hit my yoga mat. Yoga has always been my sacred space and my method to heal. I decided last year that I would deepen my personal practice and felt the urge to share it with others. I obtained my 200 hour teaching certificate and have been teaching ever since. I strive for balance every day, and yoga helps me get there. I look forward to practicing with you soon!

 

Colin Klippenstein

Colin’s first yoga class was over ten years ago at a local YMCA. Since then he has been practicing yoga, meditation and mindfulness as second nature. For the past few years he has been instructing yoga to his students as a public school teacher. He began training as a Registered Yoga Teacher and has since completed his 500-HR certificate with My Vinyasa Practice. Colin enjoys creating dynamic, energizing and calming Vinyasa flows, but also enjoys teaching beginners, Yin, and mindfulness practices. He is a world wanderer and has found himself doing yoga to stay grounded in the busy streets of Delhi to relaxing flows while overlooking the views of Rio de Janeiro. He believes in practicing with intention for grounding the body and mind.  Colin is excited to teach with My Vinyasa Practice online and with students of all ages around the world.

 

 

Micaela Holan

Micaela was born and raised in the heart of Texas and found yoga while attending Texas State University as a way to manage stress. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies, she spent time discerning her career goals and life purpose which is how she decided to become a certified yoga instructor. She is a RYT-200 Vinyasa, Flow, and all levels teacher who loves teaching slow flows and traditional breath to movement vinyasa as well as guided meditation. You can find Micaela on both our in-studio and live stream schedule as well as Peer Support staff. 

 

Tirzah Meditz

A last minute decision to attend a late night yoga class looking to relieve her constant physical pain and try to heal her back injuries, became a turning point in Tirzah‘s life with the discovery of the healing benefits of the practice.

Realizing how wonderful Yoga was, the strength and beauty of the practice and what it can offer to the body and mind she made the decision to become a yoga teacher to share the practice and her deep love of movement with others.

Since becoming certified with Black Swan Yoga, she has been actively pursuing certs varying from Yoga for the Pelvic Floor to Yoga For First Responders in the search of learning as much as possible from all areas of Study on yoga so she can give to those around her as well as deepen and continue to grow in the ever evolving art of Yoga.

Tirzah believes that finding balance on the mat enables us to find balance off the mat, what we practice, how we show up for ourselves through practice and the knowledge we acquire on mat we can take into our daily lives and give to those around us.

 

Angela Deen

Living with Multiple Sclerosis since the age of 21, Angela thought her my body was her enemy. It wasn’t until she discovered yoga that she began to form a relationship with her body, becoming more in union with her mind, body, and spirit. Yoga has helped Angela befriend her body; allowing her to feel at peace within herself in a way she’d never felt before. It is her mission to provide yoga and meditation to folks who think they don’t “fit the mold”. Her philosophy is that Yoga is for everyone and every body. Angela is a RYT 500 and a Certified Accessible Yoga Teacher. In addition, she is enrolled in the C-IAYT program at My Vinyasa Practice.

 

Alyssa Clark

Alyssa loves sharing the joy and power of yoga with anyone at any stage in life or practice. She’s been a practitioner for over a decade and is an RYT-200. As a lifelong lover of learning, she continues to study the science and philosophy of yoga. Alyssa’s Vinyasa classes are fun, creative, and welcoming – and she can guarantee a killer playlist, too.

 

Molly Arney

Molly Arney is an RYT 500 Yoga Teacher, Certified Reiki Practitioner, and Registered Dance/Movement Therapist. Molly offers in- person and online holistic health services, specializing in older adults, hospice and palliative care, and cancer support populations. Classically trained in flute and voice, Molly intertwines live music and sound healing into her private and group sessions for a full mind-body experience.

 

Bridget Martin

Bridget Martin is a 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Meditation Teacher. She teaches Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Meditation and Restorative Yoga. Her path to yoga began as a healthy outlet to aid in stress reduction. Bridget is also a wellness blogger and self-care podcast host. When She’s not practicing, you can find her enjoying nature, hiking, or playing with her cat, Oke.

Jen Ireland

Jen has been practicing yoga for over a decade and earned her 200 hour RYT certification from My Vinyasa Practice. She has practiced at studios all over Austin and loves a good Vinyasa or Yin class. She started practicing yoga to build strength and learn how to better channel her inner peace and drishti. Using yoga to decompress from the stresses in life and get the body moving, Jen enjoys teaching vinyasa classes at a moderate pace, perfect for all levels. She currently teaches vinyasa flow in the virtual studio as she travels around the country to be with family. 

Laura Bender

Yoga first made an appearance in Laura’s life several years ago and as an avid runner, she heard yoga could play a huge part in improving her form, mental control, breathing, flexibility and balance. Over the last few years, she discovered that it’s so much more than that. While her practice has helped her grow stronger and more flexible, it has taught her the importance of mindfulness and gratitude. Yoga inspires Laura to shine from her heart and open up her soul, to be her most authentic self. Laura completed her 200 hour Vinyasa training with Omnipresent Yoga and has gone on to complete her 300 hour training with My Vinyasa Practice as well as several other programs in Yin, Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness Meditation, Mindfulness Coaching, Aromatherapy and Restorative Yoga. In addition, being a Reiki Master allows her to bring a holistic aspect to her classes that help balance the body and mind. Laura is currently an E-RYT 200, RYT 500, and YACEP with Yoga Alliance. 

Christine de la Torre

Christine roots her classes in body awareness, acceptance, and accessibility. Her teaching philosophy is centered around the ideas that every body is unique, every pose is an opportunity to learn something about yourself, and every challenge is a chance to show yourself compassion. Christine offers a down to earth teaching style that honors every individual.

 

Ali Kamas

Exercise has always been part of Ali’s life but once introduced to yoga she was immediately hooked. After suffering from a health crisis, she began exploring yoga therapy as a solution. After practicing asana (posture), pranayama (breath) and meditation her pain, fatigue, and brain fog began to subside. Now with a clearer head, healthier body and little pain she wants to share the healing power of yoga to her clients. Ali is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and specializes in breath-centered asana in gentle, healing, restorative yoga.  Ali is studying/training at MVP to become a certified yoga therapist.

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