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MVP Teachers

Our team of teachers are among the highest trained teachers and Yoga Therapists in the country. They hold thousands of hours of hands-on experience and have studied under master teachers.

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In-Studio Teachers

Michelle Young smiling in black top in front of the Mandala at My Vinyasa Practice in Austin Texas

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 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.

Kiana Ochoa, My Vinyasa Practice

Kiana Ochoa

Kiana is a dedicated yoga teacher and General Studio Manager for MVP. Kiana is passionate about bringing yoga to the community and creating a welcoming environment for all practitioners. She is committed to expanding her knowledge of yoga and sharing this sacred practice with others. She completed her first 200-hour yoga teacher training from the Tantric traditions of Sri Vidya and lineage of Swami Rama with her teachers Shannon Buffington and Charly Faukner, and has since accumulated over 800 hours of additional training and thousands of hours of teaching experience. Kiana strives to empower her students to cultivate mindfulness, self-awareness, and inner peace by exploring intentional movement, yogic philosophy, and energetics on the mat.

Tara Cleven

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.

Ana Pilar Cruz

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.

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.

Ali Kamas, My Vinyasa Practice yoga teacher

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 a certified IAYT Yoga Therapist.

Kaytee Hernandez

Kaytee Hernandez

Kaytee Hernandez (she/her) is a Latinx Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher, and Childrens Yoga Teacher with a passion for holistic health and wellbeing. Yoga has been a transformative and healing journey for Kaytee. The tools she has learned have helped her digest trauma, grief, and loss, and fall in love with life again.

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.

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Adam Horowitz

We all have different musculoskeletal structures and Adam’s classes focus on ahiṃsā (the ethical principle of non-harming), to be mindful of how our bodies feel and not how poses look. His classes are crafted to guide you through mindful movements to safely build strength and stability through careful alignment, so you can find the expansive freedom found within.

Practices are stimulating, energizing, and designed for a full-body and mind connection. You can expect an authentic, non-judgmental teaching style; his intention is to help you find your inner wisdom to create a more disciplined, healthy, fun, and spiritually connected life.

Adam is a 200-hr RYT and has also completed a 32-hr meditation teacher training.

Adrienne

Adrienne Garman

Through yoga Adrienne aims to help you feel calm and connected to the present moment and your body. She hopes you feel happier, and more alive after flowing through class with her. Adrienne is a Minnesota native and has been living in Austin for the past 8 years, where she gained her Yoga Certification under Michelle Young at My Vinyasa Practice. During the day Adrienne works in Bio-Tech and on call as a Community Doula. She is an avid yoga practitioner, and had her first class in 2006 on the gorgeous beaches of St. Croix. Adrienne is a life-long learner, and has thoroughly enjoyed the journey of living an increasingly richer life. Join her to release some stress, move your body, and have some fun.

Lara Ramey

Alaina Spencer

Alaina teaches yoga to facilitate peace, acceptance, and inspiration to allow people to be more content and alive in themselves and their bodies. She’s been practicing yoga for over 13 years and teaching since 2016. She teaches a wide variety of classes from vinyasa to alignment to restorative. She loves encouraging students to take space to connect with themselves and their bodies throughout class. In practicing with her, students will be entering into a conversation and collaboration on how they wish to experience their yoga practice both on and off the mat.

Alyssa Clark

Alyssa Hudson-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.

Adrienne Sharigian My Vinyasa Practice Teacher

Angelina Alainas

I started practicing yoga years ago as a way to reconnect with my dancer roots. I found something much more influential. yoga became instrumental to my personal growth and healing, I rediscovered the intuitive connection with my body and movement and developed a new appreciation for the breath and its role in meditation.

 

As a queer/Latina the diversity of the community is a continuous source of inspiration and a powerful reason to continue learning. My classes are a sage and welcoming space for all body types. Embracing this diversity, I spend time developing sequences that are deeply accessible. Sequences for all bodies and all levels. Expect to focus on self compassion and the idea that every variation of a pose is a beautiful aid to mediation and body connection. It’s not ofter in our culture that we are told and shown how to listen to our bodies, and I strive to make more space for that.

Adrienne Sharigian My Vinyasa Practice Teacher

Annick Masseteau

Annick’s first experience with yoga was the happiest accident that has kept on giving.

She signed up for her first teacher training without having ever gone to a yoga class before, an act of pure kismet. The mind-body connection, physiology and anatomy, and the integration of the energetic body left a lasting impression on her.

Seventeen years later, her relationship to yoga continues to evolve and grow. Her impetus to teach is rooted in longevity of movement, adaptability, resilience, and learning to experience life through the sustainable lens of yoga. Annick has a strong belief that no matter how or why you practice, yoga works and is one of the greatest tools available to us in the modern world to help us individually and collectively.

She enjoys facilitating and continuing to learn through yogas many styles and philosophies, on and off the mat. Whatever format, Annick believes some key ingredients to an awesome class include humor, modifications, alignment cues, humility and empowering the individual practitioner to make the best choices for their practice

Mayan Watson My Vinyasa Practice Yoga Teacher

Bebe Davidman

Bebe teaches various classes- some highlighting the restoring aspects of yoga while reclined, others drawing on the playful curiosity that comes from a more physically challenging flow. Classes are all levels and geared towards the students who arrive to meet their needs in a safe way. Bebe is trained in Raindrop aromatherapy, Full Body Massage, Sound Healing, Conscious Connected Breathwork, Lifestyle Meditation, Cold plunge therapy and more. You can expect a dynamic experience in Bebe’s classes bringing together multiple modalities for healing.

Tracy Vo My Vinyasa Practice Teacher

Brannin Lancaster

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Brittany Riley

Brittany has been practicing yoga since 2009 and is certified at the 200-hour level through Yoga Alliance. In addition, she is a nationally certified Recreational Therapist (CTRS). Brittany is passionate about the accessibility of recreation and leisure activities (such as yoga) for people of all abilities. She understands that all people experience barriers and complications in their lives each day, so Brittany is an advocate for the inclusion of people of all abilities in her yoga classes. As such, she strives to offer postural adaptations and emphasizes the power of choice in each of her classes so as to make them as inclusive, gentle, and beginner-friendly yet engaging to all levels of experience on the mat as possible.

Tracy Vo My Vinyasa Practice Teacher

Danielle nezer

Danielle began her yoga practice in San Diego, CA while looking for complimentary “exercise” to an intense running regimen. Yoga quickly became a passion & eventually she found herself coming back to her mat more & more while the running shoes took a rest. What started as an “exercise class” turned into the start of a transformative healing journey that would have a profound impact on her life. Danielle is naturally drawn to a fiery power yoga class, but often needs a gentle slow flow & believes that beauty lies in finding balance between the two. Aside from yoga, Danielle is passionate about music, psychology, her dogs (Oakley & Mala), and her career in clinical research. You can expect a strong focus on the breath, options to challenge yourself, and a solid lofi/electronic-influenced playlist in her classes.

Casey Ginger My Vinyasa Practice Teacher

Casey Geiger

Casey began her yoga practice as a tool to aid her mental health and quickly found that she wanted to share the benefits of mindful movement, self compassion, meditation, and an accepting community with others. She received her RYT-200 from Bliss Body Yoga, a studio in Raleigh, NC and began teaching for a local wellness organization focused on whole-person wellness by offering movement classes, many therapy modalities, and programming focused on dismantling fatphobia and promoting accessibility within the wellness industry. Upon moving to Austin in 2021, she garnered experience teaching in a variety of settings, with studio and community classes at local venues being her favorites! Casey’s primary goal in teaching is to provide a physical, mentally, and emotionally safe space for her students by offering flows that are accessible in all body types with many options to increase or decrease intensity. She emphasizes the importance of listening to your own body and meeting thoughts, sensations, and emotions with gentle curiosity and kindness. She incorporates mental health tools like mindfulness, radical acceptance, dialectics, and more into her classes, as well as inspiring quotes and poems, as well as pretty bangin’ playlists, if she does say so herself.

Cody Florindi My Vinyasa Practice Teacher

Cody Florindi

Cody is an HR Professional turned Yoga Instructor. He received his 200-Hour Teacher Certification through Black Swan Yoga. His training was an intensive, 16-day experience in the beautiful jungle setting of Tulum, Mexico. Cody believes that Yoga is for everyone and wonderful as a standalone practice, a complement to strength and cardio training, or a counterbalance to the demands and stresses of everyday life.

His teaching style is anatomy-informed and designed to keep all of his students safe. He’s fascinated by the differences in each human body and meets his students where they are to help them get to where they want to go.

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Danielle nezer

Danielle began her yoga practice in San Diego, CA while looking for complimentary “exercise” to an intense running regimen. Yoga quickly became a passion & eventually she found herself coming back to her mat more & more while the running shoes took a rest. What started as an “exercise class” turned into the start of a transformative healing journey that would have a profound impact on her life. Danielle is naturally drawn to a fiery power yoga class, but often needs a gentle slow flow & believes that beauty lies in finding balance between the two. Aside from yoga, Danielle is passionate about music, psychology, her dogs (Oakley & Mala), and her career in clinical research. You can expect a strong focus on the breath, options to challenge yourself, and a solid lofi/electronic-influenced playlist in her classes.

Kyler Burk Austin Yoga Teacher

Erin Givarz

Erin started teaching children’s yoga in 2015 as a healing tool for children who had experienced trauma in her position as a children’s play therapist (LMSW). She received a local certification through The Little Yoga House and holds a Masters of Social Work (MSSW) from UT-Austin. Since 2015, Erin has taught children’s yoga and child/parent yoga in preschools, non-profits, public & private schools, local parks, treatment centers, and private events.

Erin’s classes combine yoga poses with engaging songs, breath, & relaxation. Erin is passionate about the emotional wellness of young children, their families & their community. She also teaches educator/parent workshops centering on neuroscience and empathy-based approaches to help manage the challenges of & understand the science behind toddler behavior through her business Waves of Childhood.

Lara Ramey

Gil Perez

Gil started practicing Power Yoga in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico in 2009 at the age of 37. Even though he found it quite challenging, he continued to practice, which began an extensive journey of Yoga. In 2010, Gil took his first Hatha Yoga teacher training at the Rishikesh Yoga Peeth School in India the summer of 2010 for seven weeks. He was looking for a deeply understanding of the roots of Yoga. After returning to Puerto Rico, he started teaching yoga around the island, including various maximum-security prisons where he led the yoga program for about two years.

Teaching yoga at prison helped inmates reduce anxieties, the use of medications, as well as enhanced other aspects of life. In 2013 he began practicing and taking certified training in Ashtanga and Rocket Yoga in San Juan Puerto Rico. This two vinyasa yoga styles became his primary system of asana practice and teaching method, without losing his root in Hatha Yoga.

In 2006 Gil moved to Austin, TX and became the first teacher to introduce Rocket Yoga in many yoga studios around the city and abroad. He led Rocket Yoga and Ashtanga training and workshops in Austin, Buda, Mexico City and Mérida, MX, Colorado, El Paso, Las Cruces, Brownsville, Chicago, Orange City, Frisco, Dallas, San Antonio. Beside teaching, now he spends his time working full time at USPS and with his family and sometimes playing bass guitar while listening to music at his home.

Lara Ramey

Hannah Scott

Hannah has always felt called to hold space for the truth of others. As a labor and delivery nurse, she has led families through the sacred experience of creating new life. She now works as an infusionist & psychedelic guide in a Ketamine therapy clinic. She has battled with mental turmoil and existential contemplation, leaning into music and movement as medicine. She is dedicated to her dharma; spreading love and light to raise the vibrational frequency of the collective consciousness.

Hannah sequences dynamic flows with a heavy emphasis on magic, pranayama, Taoist theory, and Chinese medicine, all potent teachings learned from her beloved teachers of Katonah Yoga. Aside from yoga, her recipe for joy involves frolicking in nature, traveling the country in her van with her Australian Shepherd Maverick, and merging with deep bass wubz at music festivals.

Jen Deatley

Jenifer DeAtley

Jenifer received her 200-hour teacher training from My Vinyasa Practice and has been sharing her love of yoga asana at MVP through her Vinyasa classes. When she’s not on the mat, she is busy being a mom of two and working with the Sustainable Food Center to bring more equity to the food system. As a licensed social worker, she teaches from a place of support and intentionality, recognizing that each one of us shows up with a unique intention each day. Jenifer also teaches kids yoga utilizing her own curriculum Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids.

Jen Deatley

Jennifer Martin

 Jennifer loves to share yoga practices that deepen self-awareness, curiosity, and self-compassion, and support us where we are in each moment, both on and off the mat. All practices are trauma-informed and designed to help regulate the nervous system, increase proprioception and interoception, and support deep rest. She has spent the last decade teaching yoga to athletes and is obsessed with exploring movements that strengthen joints, increase mobility, support athletic recovery, and injury mitigation, and help the body restore balance. She also teaches yoga in addiction treatment and behavioral health hospitals and works with veterans, first responders, military, and senior citizens.
Jennifer walked into her first yoga class in 2001, looking for an “easy A” in college, and had no idea this practice would change the trajectory of her life. With over 23 years of practice, she is grateful for the opportunity to share, explore, and practice ideas and teachings that are thousands of years old and see how we might use them in a practical, accessible way in our modern lives. She has so much gratitude for the teachers who have shared these ancient teachings over thousands of years so that we may benefit from them today.
RYT-500, Certified iRest Meditation Instructor, FRCms, Certified Wellness Coach
Marina Vranos My Vinyasa Practice Studio Teacher

Justin Butzen

Justin has been practicing yoga for many years but still tries to maintain a beginner’s mindset every time he steps onto the mat. His classes are focused, detailed, and thoughtfully curated from over a decade of refining his practice. Yoga has informed nearly every aspect of his life and he’s enthusiastic about sharing this sacred knowledge with his students and watching them grow.
Lara Ramey

Kea Newman

Kea has been a yoga practitioner for 15 years and completed her 200 hour training with MVP. She was initially drawn to asana as a way to move and destress at the end of her work day, and over the years her practice has grown to incorporate the more subtle and energetic aspects of yoga. Kea is known for teaching playful yet challenging flow classes that integrate breath, alignment, and a strong physical practice. During the day, Kea is a human resources leader for a large health care and well-being company and has a passion for helping people live healthier lives.
Tracy Vo My Vinyasa Practice Teacher

Kim-Jamy Nyugen

I have been practicing and working in the yoga community since 2012. I have an unwavering love for the power of yoga. I’m inspired by both dynamic free flow movement and the lessons that yoga asana teaches us.

If you decide to join my class, you always have the option of adding or modifying! Feel free to EPK (arm balance) all day long, or to lay down in a child’s pose. This is your practice, listen to your body.

I predominantly teach Vinyasa Flow inspired by the lineages that I practice: Forrest Vinyasa, Rocket Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga. I have over 600hrs of yoga teacher training and also, a Certified Level 1 Rocket Vinyasa Teacher. Additionally, I’ve participated in various training and workshops with established yoga teachers such as Albina and Roger Rippy, Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldman, Ana Forrest and Jose Calarco, David Swenson, David Williams, David Kyle and many more! Currently, I practice Mysore Ashtanga under SYC Authorized 2 Teacher, Andrew Bresnen and just started the second series! Jai!

Mayan Watson My Vinyasa Practice Yoga Teacher

Kristiana Castillo

Kyler Burk Austin Yoga Teacher

Kyler Burke

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.

Lara Ramey

Lara Ramey

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.

Tracy Vo My Vinyasa Practice Teacher

Leslie Rangel

Leslie, a thought leader in the health and wellness industry, has dedicated over a decade of experience as a yoga instructor and group fitness professional. Her passion for healthy living extends beyond physical well-being, as she guides individuals toward fulfillment through movement, joy, and holistic wellness.

Leslie’s transformative yoga journey began in 2015 after experiencing a panic attack during a live TV report while working as a broadcast journalist. Seeking solace and wanting to help others find inner peace, she got her first 200-hour yoga teacher certification in Ashtanga Yoga in 2016. Since then, Leslie earned two more 300-hour certifications in yoga psychology and alignment-based yoga.

Leslie is also the CEO and Founder of The News Yogi LLC, where she serves as a mental wellness and mindfulness coach. Currently, she is undergoing training to become a somatic healing dance practitioner with Sah D’ Simone.

In addition to her yoga teachings, Leslie works as a morning news anchor at a local TV station. Residing in South Austin with her husband and two rescue pugs, she continuously explores the city for the finest plant-based restaurants.

Leslie’s flow classes focus on showing up to your practice as you are, not as who you’re expected to be.

Leti Alvarez

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!

Rasha Proctor

Liam Connors

I have always enjoyed Buddhism, Stoicism, and philosophy so for me, yoga came naturally. I stumbled into a class at the YMCA in Austin about 10 years ago and immediately knew it was going to be a lifelong practice. In many ways, it has saved my life and allowed me to be more present.

 

I am a firm believer in the healing powers of movement. I try to bring yoga practice and intention to every form of movement or activity. Vinyasa flow, candlelight slow flow, and yin are some of my favorite types of yoga.

 

In my classes, I welcome students to move mindfully while challenging them to find their edge as well as their flow state. Every day is different so let the practice come naturally. Plus every body is different, so self-expression is key.

We finish with a guided meditation for a soothing reset of the nervous system and a nice disconnect from the day-to-day busyness.

Marina Vranos My Vinyasa Practice Studio Teacher

Marina Vranos

I am a lifelong athlete, growing up as a gymnast and later a springboard diver. I feel my best when I am moving my body and movement is my favorite way to start the day. A desire to be more in the present moment, both in my full-time job and my personal life, brought me to yoga. My aim for my class is to leave each student feeling that same, expansive energy after each flow by connecting to breath to build focus, strength, and balance. After my class you will feel present, centered, and connected to your core in order to step into the rest of your day guided by your purpose.

Mayan Watson My Vinyasa Practice Yoga Teacher

Marissa Stephani

Marissa is local to the Fivetwo Austin community and recently moved here from New York with her fiancé Marc and their kitty cat called Chicken. Marissa is a 200 HR YTT MVP Alumni and is pursuing further education through MVP’s 300 HR YTT and Entrepreneur trainings.

Lara Ramey

Mary Johnson

Mary is a CYT-200 with a passion for building community around the practice of yoga. While recovering from a series of head injuries in college, she found solace in a regular yoga and mediation practice. That experience sparked her interest in the transformative power of connecting mind, breath, and body and led her to complete her 200-hour yoga instructor certification with My Vinyasa Practice. Mary’s classes offer an invitation to come together, let the stress of the world fall away, and find joy, strength and self-compassion through movement and breathwork.
Mayan Watson My Vinyasa Practice Yoga Teacher

Mayan Watson

Growing up as a competitive gymnast, pole vaulter, and runner, I’ve always had a strong passion for physical activity. However, it was during my sophomore year of high school that I discovered my love for yoga. Since then, yoga has been a consistent part of my life. What has stood out most to me in my yoga journey is the way it transcends the perception of an “individual” practice and fosters a powerful sense of community. I am thrilled to share this sense of unity with others and look forward to meeting you on the mat!!!

Melena

MELENA KIRIAKI

Melena is a licensed Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher, RYT 200 & is currently a trainee with MVP’s 300-hr. She teaches vinyasa and slower, gentle flows—intentionally associating breath with movement, cultivating self-love, and celebrating accessible body empowerment throughout her sessions.

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.

Lara Ramey

Pam Hannagan

Pam took her first yoga class over 20 years ago, 7 months pregnant with her first son! Over the years yoga has been her favorite way to unwind, meet interesting people, and just feel better in her body.

Pam completed her Trauma Informed Hatha Flow 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2018. She has since completed more than 80 hours of further study in functional anatomy, yoga lifestyle/ethics, and offering accessible yoga for aging bodies, people with different abilities, and supporting the “yoga for all” philosophy. She is certified in Prenatal Yoga and particularly enjoys offering spaces of calming support to pregnant students, empowering them to feel connected and strong during pregnancy and while planning for the marathon of childbirth and parenthood! Pam, E-RYT200, has taught yoga around Austin since January 2019 at various yoga studios, community centers, offices and parks. Building community with students in South Austin, close to home, is the most rewarding part of teaching yoga. In a culture where faster and bigger is what is often most valued as progress, the radical act of slowing down and paying attention to the body and breath is the core of Pam’s yoga practice. Slow down, pay attention and you’ll never miss the sweet spots in yoga and life!

Pam’s other interests include getting tattoos, live music shows, eating delicious food, sewing, knitting, gardening, and movies on the couch with her family.

Rasha Proctor

Rasha Proctor

Rasha is a 500 hours yoga teacher certified in Vinyasa, Sivananda and Yoga Nidra. She is in the process of completing her Vajra Yoga certification and 2nd year of Yoga therapy. Rasha started her yoga and meditation practices in 2000 and in 2005, she took a year off to travel and study the origins of yoga. During that time, she spent four months at Sivananda Ashram in Southern India, followed by a two-month silent meditation retreat in Nepal at Kopan Buddhist Monastery. Since then, Rasha has become a devoted practitioner as well as an advocate and a certified teacher of yoga and meditation as paths for healing.

Vanisha Weatherspoon, My Vinyasa Practice yoga teacher

Rebecca Risher

Rebecca is a certified yoga therapist, mala maker, and crystal healer who has studied yoga, meditation, and crystals for over 20 years. She is trained in both the Hatha and Kundalini traditions, as well as specializing in Yin Yoga, Restorative, Siddha Kundalini, Yoga Nidra, and Sound Therapy.

Rebecca’s classes provide a safe, healing space well-suited for all levels of experience and ideal for those seeking comfort and ease in stillness. Rebecca generally keeps classes as simple and quiet as possible in order to allow students the space to have their own experiences. If you want to slow down, breathe deeply, stretch out, and reset, Rebecca’s classes are the right place for you.

Lara Ramey

Sam Pullen

Sam Pullen, a Louisiana native, is passionate about sharing the practice of yoga with all walks of life be it asanas-movement, pranayama-breathwork, and or meditation-deep stillness. Over the past five years, she has studied to become a 500-hour RYT Yoga Teacher, as well as, a Yoga Therapist, who specializes in working with individuals and groups around stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, and sound healing. She’s also passionate about helping people discover practices that serve them well in terms of nervous system regulation. It is important to her to help individuals, as well as, the community, to develop a balanced relationship between physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs within one’s own ecosystem. Sam is a self-described yoga nerd who loves to chat and learn from others about this beautiful practice.

Stephanie Pither My Vinyasa Practice teacher

Stephanie Pither

Stephanie (RYT 500) practiced yoga for a decade before completing her 200-hr YTT certification in 2015. Since then, she has taught more than 2000 classes to all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. Her music-driven sequences will challenge you to learn and grow in your practice, and her powerful themes will encourage you to take your yoga off your mat and into the world in order to increase joy, reduce suffering, and become the best possible version of yourself.

Tania Dywkowski My Vinyasa Practice Studio Teacher

Tania Dywkowski

I have been practicing yoga since 2000 as it brought balance, mindful movement and benefits needed as an educator. Truly the joy of teaching and how that connects with yoga inspires me. I want to support people letting them know they are stronger than they think not just physically, but mentally, spiritually, or however they need to use the power of strength in their lives. My philosophy pertains to my ultra running but it has also has shaped all aspects of my life, we really don’t know the limits of our capabilities and finding that edge whether you push it or just hang out there changes our mindset. I have been practicing since 2000 and did my RYT-200 in 2018 with Breathe for Change a life changing yoga and SEL training for educators. I’ve been teaching since 2018 and like creative flows with a bit or power and chill intertwined. Also enjoy teaching kids yoga certified with Kidding Around Yoga in 2021.
Tania Dywkowski My Vinyasa Practice Studio Teacher

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Tracy Vo My Vinyasa Practice Teacher

Tracy Vo

I’m Tracy Vo, a married mother of two young adults. With a background in accounting and some experience in the medical field, I found my true calling in the spa industry. Yoga has been an incredible journey of transformation and healing for me. It has the power to soothe my mind, uplift my spirit, and bring harmony to my body. I’m currently on the path to becoming a 500-hour CTY with MVP, set to complete my training in October 2023, and I’m excited to further my journey with yoga therapy in 2024.
Vanisha Weatherspoon, My Vinyasa Practice yoga teacher

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.

Vanisha Weatherspoon, My Vinyasa Practice yoga teacher

Victoria Maia

Vctoria (she/her) is a lifelong learner, as well as a movement and mindfulness enthusiast. She has been a yoga practitioner since 2020. Her interest in the inner workings of the human body arose while pursuing a degree in Kinesiology. Years later and she continues to be amazed by what our bodies/minds can do on a daily basis. Victoria’s teaching style is anatomically driven, inclusive, playful, and exploratory.

 

Her goal is to share (and learn from) breath-centric practices that promote healing on both an individual and systemic level – on and off the mat.

Xenia Hennington, My Vinyasa Practice

Xenia Hennington

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.

Yolanda Yang My Vinyasa Practice Teacher

Yolanda Yang

Yolanda started practicing yoga in 2007. It has taught her to sit and move with joy, love and pain— to truly be here and turn off the outside world. She loves the deep presence, mental clarity and the strength she has gained from the practice. Her goal is to spread these gifts to all through asana practice, meditation, chanting, and sound healing. She has discovered the healing power of sound and now teaches Restorative & Sound Healing at our studio to all levels.
“Yoga is a path to self-understanding—both physically and mentally. It’s about recognizing what is true in this moment. Asanas are critical for grounding the mind into presence.”

Xenia Hennington, My Vinyasa Practice

Zoe Mitchell

Zoe began teaching in 2013 after practicing yoga from her early teenage years on. She came to yoga from the world of fitness and soon discovered that the mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits came quite by accident. While she teaches many modalities including specializing in prenatal yoga, postpartum recovery and modifications to suit varying abilities, Zoe’s flow classes combine core work inspired by mat pilates with an emphasis on breath with movement to calm and focus the mind. She is a firm believer that wellness is a lifestyle rather than an event and encourages this attitude in every class she teaches. Zoe has been involved in fitness her entire life beginning with dance instruction at age 5, cross country running, group fitness aerobics and bodyweight strength-building. Aside from yoga, she holds a Master’s Degree in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and training as a Postpartum Doula. Her education and experience combine to form a science-based approach to overall mind-body fitness. Outside of the gym she spends her time with her three children and her husband David.

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Online Studio Teachers

Ana Pilar Cruz

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.

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.

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Brittany Riley

Brittany has been practicing yoga since 2009 and is certified at the 200-hour level through Yoga Alliance. In addition, she is a nationally certified Recreational Therapist (CTRS). Brittany is passionate about the accessibility of recreation and leisure activities (such as yoga) for people of all abilities. She understands that all people experience barriers and complications in their lives each day, so Brittany is an advocate for the inclusion of people of all abilities in her yoga classes. As such, she strives to offer postural adaptations and emphasizes the power of choice in each of her classes so as to make them as inclusive, gentle, and beginner-friendly yet engaging to all levels of experience on the mat as possible.

Ana Pilar Cruz

Jen Ireland

Jen has been practicing yoga for over a decade and earned her 200 hour RYT certification in 2018 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. Using yoga to decompress and recenter her focus, Jen hopes to bring a peaceful and revitalizing experience to those who take her classes. She has been teaching vinyasa yoga online since the studio’s opening in 2020 and currently resides in sunny Orlando, FL where she enjoys teaching on Saturday mornings. 

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Julie Odysseos

Julie has been a yoga practitioner for about 20 years. After being a yoga teacher for 6 years, she went through the 300 hour training with My Vinyasa Practice and then continued her journey with Michelle to become a pranayama practitioner, a mindfulness coach and a meditation teacher. 

Kiana Ochoa, My Vinyasa Practice

Kiana Ochoa

Kiana is a dedicated yoga teacher and General Studio Manager for MVP. Kiana is passionate about bringing yoga to the community and creating a welcoming environment for all practitioners. She is committed to expanding her knowledge of yoga and sharing this sacred practice with others. She completed her first 200-hour yoga teacher training from the Tantric traditions of Sri Vidya and lineage of Swami Rama with her teachers Shannon Buffington and Charly Faukner, and has since accumulated over 800 hours of additional training and thousands of hours of teaching experience. Kiana strives to empower her students to cultivate mindfulness, self-awareness, and inner peace by exploring intentional movement, yogic philosophy, and energetics on the mat.

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Maire McGlasson

Maire’s yoga journey began years ago, looking to connect with and discover her true self. Once she sat on a cushion and stood on a mat she knew this was where she was meant to be. Her asana practice changed over the years from high energy to mindful awareness. As her personal exploration of the sutras deepened, so did her desire to teach. 

Sharing her knowledge and love for yoga led her to complete several teacher trainings, Maire is an E-RYT 500 and an author of a 200hr YTT. Her students and fellow teachers enjoy the creativity and accessible sequencing she brings to every class.

“Becoming the Training Coordinator & Lead Trainer at My Vinyasa Practice has been one of the most rewarding experiences”, Maire.

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Rasha Proctor

Rasha Proctor

Rasha is a 500 hours yoga teacher certified in Vinyasa, Sivananda and Yoga Nidra. She is in the process of completing her Vajra Yoga certification and 2nd year of Yoga therapy. Rasha started her yoga and meditation practices in 2000 and in 2005, she took a year off to travel and study the origins of yoga. During that time, she spent four months at Sivananda Ashram in Southern India, followed by a two-month silent meditation retreat in Nepal at Kopan Buddhist Monastery. Since then, Rasha has become a devoted practitioner as well as an advocate and a certified teacher of yoga and meditation as paths for healing.

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Sue Goodly

Sue completed her 300-hour YTT with My Vinyasa Practice and is honored to assist others in their yogic pursuits.

Sue’s specialty is Yin yoga. She started at a local studio in Lake Charles, LA, for the past 2 years, but is also passionate about Beginner Ashtanga and gentle Vinyasa.

She is a true believer in the power of the breath. Sue’s passion is to include all bodies and ages in the ancient practice of Yoga. Since she came to Yoga a little later in her life, She considers it her midlife reset and longs to share this experience with others who would otherwise shy away from the practice. In Sue’s words, “It changed my world!” Enjoy a class with Sue today and leave with a full heart.

Xenia Hennington, My Vinyasa Practice

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Tara Cleven

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.

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Tina Hilbert

Tina Hilbert brings over 25 years of extensive experience in the holistic field of alternative medicine. She is committed to meeting individuals on their unique whole health and wellness journeys by utilizing functional and practical hatha and kriya yoga methods and meditation practices. Her additional recreations include crafting simple vegetarian meals, studying, meditating, and journaling. She cherishes quality social time and connection with her daughter, extended family, and friends.

Tina is an active Livestream and In-Studio Kundalini and Hatha Yoga Teacher, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Mindfulness Coach, iRest Meditation Teacher, and Reiki Practitioner. Her professional affiliations include a longstanding association with Yoga Alliance since 2003. She holds designations as a Yoga Alliance Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher 500 (E-RYT 500), Lead Trainer, and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). Additionally, she maintains an active standing as a Level 3 teacher with the Original Hot Yoga Association (OHYA).

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Yolanda Yang My Vinyasa Practice Teacher

Yolanda Yang

Yolanda started practicing yoga in 2007. It has taught her to sit and move with joy, love and pain— to truly be here and turn off the outside world. She loves the deep presence, mental clarity and the strength she has gained from the practice. Her goal is to spread these gifts to all through asana practice, meditation, chanting, and sound healing. She has discovered the healing power of sound and now teaches Restorative & Sound Healing at our studio to all levels.
“Yoga is a path to self-understanding—both physically and mentally. It’s about recognizing what is true in this moment. Asanas are critical for grounding the mind into presence.”

Tara Cleven

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