Practice Yoga Austin Instructor and Owner Rey Cardenas

Rey Cardenas

I found my way to yoga whilst playing online poker professionally. Attempting to emulate the success of the most profitable players, I watched training videos and read their blogs. Many of them received coaching from Tommy Angelo, a life coach living in Vegas, who prescribes yoga and meditation for coping with the large monetary swings professional poker players experience. I began to practice yoga on the wii fit, then in gyms, then at a local studio. When it came time for me to stop playing poker, I didn’t want the time constraints of a 9-5 to prevent me from practicing whenever I wanted to.

I decided to get certified and begin teaching. I continued to teach and practice over the next two years. As things evolved, my teachers and I got the opportunity to open our own studio in my favorite neighborhood in downtown Austin! Practice Yoga Austin coming to fruition has been the result of synchronicity and manifestation which are enhanced and refined through yoga. Opening this studio has been surreal. I’m grateful to be on this path, doing work that I believe in, and serving my community. The classes that I offer are alignment based and are meant to empower students in every aspect of their lives. My teaching is inspired by great teachers such as Jason Lobo, Christina Sell, Mandy Eubanks & Jenn Wooten to name a few <3

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Laura Joy DeBolt

Laura Joy DeBolt

I fell in love with practicing yoga in 2007 and went through my first 200-hour teacher training in 2010. I was halfway through that first training when I realized: “I must do this full time for the rest of my life.” At the time, I was working in real estate, so to say it was a stark change of industry and pace is an understatement. I went through another 200 hour level training in 2013; it was a beautiful revisitation of the foundations of yoga and teaching. I then completed Practice Yoga Austin’s 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training in 2016, which was the best thing I could have ever done for my teaching and my own practice. I have over 4,500 hours of teaching experience and a passion for yoga that just won’t quit. My Vinyasa classes are challenging in a lighthearted way, with an emphasis on grounding and careful alignment. I try to design every class I teach to be a “full-body, feel-good” class.

In my teens and early twenties, I viewed my low back injury/chronic pain as a burden that I would suffer with for the rest of my life. Now I can see it as the gift that brought me to the practice of yoga that keeps me virtually pain free from day to day. It also enables me to understand what so many of my students are feeling, so when I say “I feel your pain,” I really mean it. I love sharing my success story, and I hope it encourages you to roll out your mat with me!

In my free time, I hang out with my dog bff, Maudie.

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Lizzie Aguirre

Lizzie Aguirre

Lizzie is grateful to have been inspired by yoga since her teen years. Before finding her practice she was moving through a difficult transition around body image, anxiety and depression. Yoga was a deeply moving process for her that helped lead her to her light as a yoga teacher. When she 17 she moved to Austin feeling empowered, enlightened and transformed. She enrolled in the Wanderlust 200 hour RYT led by Gioconda and other strong influences in the Wanderlust community and has been teaching ever since. Currently she is deeply indulged in several 300 hour Advanced trainings with various teachers such as Schuyler Grant, Noah Maze, Ana Forrest, Gioconda Parker, Christina Sell, Kate Waitzkin, and Leah Cullis. Her sequencing is intuitively creative and her flows are formed to inspire, uplift, empower, and transform you and your practice. Her playlists are mindfully arranged and influenced by her immense performance arts background of voice and dance. She hopes to hold space for those who come to her class whether it is to sweat, laugh or move. Most of all she wants to create the same energy her teachers did for her when she needed it most.


Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Maggie Anbalagan

Maggie Anbalagan

I first found yoga in 2007 and began practicing as a way to complement my other athletic pursuits of running, cycling and weight training. It was through this physical gateway and with hopes of stretching and strengthening that I first stepped onto the mat. But what kept me coming back was the connection of body, breath and spirit that makes yoga not just a workout routine, but a practice of mindfulness and self-awareness. On the yoga mat, I began to encounter my Self in ways that were at once challenging and nourishing, and ultimately transformative. Yoga continues to teach me radical self-acceptance, a practice that I believe helps heal not only ourselves, but our world.

My desire to dig deeper into my own relationship with yoga led me to complete my 200-hour RYT training at Practice Yoga. My training is heavily alignment-based and my teaching style incorporates mindful body positioning with breath-based flow. My classes are thoughtful and joyful, and I invite students to tune into their own intuition, the true and highest teacher in each of us.

Besides yoga, world travel, food, music and writing feed my soul. I am fascinated by language and culture, fueled by sunshine and peanut butter, and moved by good tunes of all genres. Above all, I am grateful for this precious, messy life I live and the abundance of love I encounter within it!

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Leeah Broms

Leeah Broms

After practicing yoga for almost 10 years and teaching for 6 years, Leeah’s sole intention is to reach out and empower others to step into their highest potential by cultivating and nurturing the relationship with the self through movement and meditation.

As a dancer for most of her life, the movement, anatomy and flow of the body is initially what lured Leeah to her first vinyasa class. However, she quickly discovered the mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga. When we learn mindfulness and how to slow ourselves down, we are able to heal past traumas so that we are able to serve and help others at a greater capacity with kindness and compassion.

Perhaps the most influential awakening for Leeah happened in the Off the Mat Into the World training with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling. It was there that Leeah’s passion for Seva grew. After the training, Leeah spearheaded the very first GaneshFest, a local Austin festival of yoga and music geared towards raising awareness and funds to aid those victims involved in the sex trafficking industry. As an ambassador for Lululemon and Community Yoga Austin, Leeah continues to volunteer and spearhead events with other non-profit organizations in Austin such as Austin Pets Alive!, Safe Place and Community Yoga Austin.

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Marnie Castor

Marnie Castor

I first came to the practice of yoga in 1995 in Los Angeles, California. In 2005, I completed my first 200 hour Teacher Training with Jenny Aurthur at YogaWorks in New York City. For nearly four years, I managed the YogaWorks Main Street Studio in Santa Monica, California where I had the privilege of practicing with the some of the finest senior teachers in the country. In 2009, I studied another 200 Teacher Training with James Brown at Yoga Poser and in 2010, I apprenticed with Chad Hamrin in the YogaWorks 300 hour Teacher Training. After having sustained a back injury, I found my way to Therapeutic Yoga and later apprenticed with Jasmine Lieb. In 2011, I completed the Level One Certification in Urban Zen.

My teaching style is an alignment-based, slow-flow with an emphasis on mindfulness and breath. I currently teach the inmate population at Dell Valle Correctional Facility.

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Christine Catalano

Christine Catalano

I am enthusiastically passionate about sharing the power of yoga with others. In my own life, the disciplined and mindful practice of yoga has powerfully transformed how I relate to the world and the people around me. But more importantly, it has helped guide me closer towards my authentic self. It is through yoga that I have begun to truly understand myself and find my voice, and I am consistently rejuvenated by the healing freedom that yoga offers.

My classes offer a fun and engaging combination of strength and balance, focusing on beautiful flows and proper alignment. I really strive to encourage and celebrate where we all are in our yoga journey and I desire that all of my students walk off their mat feeling encouraged, inspired, and open to new possibilities.

The skills we cultivate on our mat…strength, patience, flexibility, discipline, compassion… these are all skills that we take off our mat and into our life. Through honest and consistent practice we can discover our true selves. Come find yourself with me!

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Jenn Coats

Jenn Coats

Jenn is an E-RYT yoga instructor with more than 4000 teaching hours under her belt. Over the years she has owned two yoga studios, led countless workshops, been the lead trainer in multiple 200-hour yoga teacher trainings, and mentored many new teachers on their journey. Her classes are mindful, slow flow, alignment based, uniquely sequenced, playfully challenging, and specifically tailored to the needs of her students. She encourages her students to explore their possibilities while offering a welcoming environment.

Jenn has worked with a diverse population, including children with developmental disabilities, cancer patients, injured athletes, and individuals suffering from MS and Parkinson’s. Her passion lies in helping people improve their overall quality of life through the calming and healing practice of yoga. Prior to becoming a handstand junkie, she received a BA in Anthropology and did her graduate research in ancient Maya cave archaeology. She attributes her background as an anthropologist to her firm belief that yoga truly is for everybody, regardless of age, ability, background, or belief.

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Janice Cotto

Janice Cotto

Born and raised here in the heart of Austin, Texas, Janice took her first yoga class was at age 22 and she was hooked! Intrigued by the challenge and inspired by the grace of her teacher, she returned the next week eager and excited to learn more.

As a child, Janice was always full of energy (some things don’t change) and would follow along to her mother’s jazzercize videos. She even recalls making shapes like crow pose and shoulder stand with no knowledge of the pose itself; so it didn’t come as a shock when a regular yoga practice began to feel familiar, almost like relearning something she already innately knew.

She admired and looked up to her teachers, seeing them as as givers of light and mindful holders of space. It wasn’t long before she could feel a calling inside of her to pursue teaching. In 2013 she completed her first teacher training in Austin with Senior teachers Leah Cullis, Erika Henderson, and Iva Drtina-Hall.

From years of working in the service industry, she struggled with chronic low back pain which made movement painful and very difficult at times. Devoted to sharing alignment techniques with her students, she helps each person adjust and seek modifications that aid in the progress of their own physical and spiritual practice, while offering challenges to find their edge.

Janice’s favorite part of teacher training was learning hands-on adjustments which later led her to pursuing a license in massage therapy. Janice is a licensed massage therapist and certified in TTM (Traditional Thai Massage). She is humbled to be teaching alongside the inspirational teachers she has looked up to since she began as a student. Her goal as a teacher is to inspire other to live authentically and mindfully while also exploring consciousness both on and off the mat.

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Iva Drtina-Hall

Iva Drtina-Hall

Iva Drtina-Hall E-RYT500, From an early age, she explored all facets of body awareness, from ballet to jazz dance, African dance, gymnastics and yoga.Her interest in health, nutrition and alternative medicine began when she studied Physiology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, It was also at this time that she was introduced to Yoga by her mother in 1985.

Iva’s extensive travels throughout Asia, North America, Europe and Australia had broadened her view of different cultures, philosophies and traditions. She spent many years living and working in Japan, teaching cross cultural awareness, running a café-lounge with her husband in Tokyo and teaching yoga. Her experiences and her studies opened the doors to many new healing modalities such as fasting, cleansing and vipassana meditation, which she incorporates into her yoga and meditation classes, workshops and retreats in India, Japan and the US.

Iva completed her Yoga Arts Teacher Training in 2002 in Byron Bay, Australia and is certified under Yoga Alliance. She has been teaching in San Francisco, Japan and Austin focusing primarily on Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga. She continues her own education, participating in Yoga workshops from Seane Corn, Shiva Rae, Donna Farhi, Gary Kraftsow. Her interests recently reside in the complement of a Vinyasa Flow practice with a Yin restorative practice to fully balance and restore harmony to oneself. She has studied under great Yin teachers such as Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers and Bernie Clarke. She has developed her own Yin Intensive training, teaching students and yoga teachers how to practice and teach Yin Yoga. Iva hosts retreats and workshops internationally as well as facilitating on teacher training programs in Austin, Hawaii, India, and Japan.

Leigh Fisher

Leigh Fisher

I empower yoga students of all shapes and sizes to love themselves just as they are. I believe that anyone can practice yoga, and everyone should, you just have to find the style that is right for you! I love vinyasa flow, a practice that’s light hearted and challenging, and the steady strength of alignment based yoga, so that’s how I teach. While leading fun, high-energy classes, I strike a balance between flowing movement and strong posture alignment. I also strive to create a joyful and safe atmosphere, offering a supportive and loving environment to all my students. I teach yoga because I hope to share the peace and balance that I’ve found through my practice with as many people as I can. I am proudly based in Austin, Texas; the greatest city in the world. I am also an interdisciplinary theatre artist, vocalist, and proud mama to an amazing little girl.

Jacob Groomer

Jacob Groomer

Late in 2010 I decided to leave my home in the swamp lands of Southeast Louisiana and make my way to the beautiful hill country of Austin Texas. At that time I was desperately seeking refuge from drug and alcohol addiction and I found it. Six months into my recovery I was invited to my first yoga class and I have been practicing and living yoga ever sense.

Since beginning yoga I have accumulated over 700 hours of certified yoga teacher training and I am 500 RYT certified and TYIT certified (Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher). All of my advanced yoga teacher training has been directly under the wisdom and guidance these great teachers- Shanti Kelley, Shawn Kent, Jenn Wooten, Gioconda Parker, and Genevieve Yellin. I currently teach yoga and the principles of recovery full-time to special populations in mental health hospitals and drug treatment centers. My studio classes traditionally are alignment-based vinyasa flow with a strong emphasis on breath and alignment. Generally though, I like to keep it simple and aim for my classes to be challenging, insightful and fun.

I consider myself to be a diligent and dedicated student of yoga while still only a beginner in a lifelong practice. Yoga has been a powerful way of healing in my life and I am passionate about sharing what I have learned with others.

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Stacie Hawkins

Stacie Hawkins

I didn’t find yoga, yoga found me. I was having trouble coping with a traumatic life changing experience almost seven years ago when I literally stumbled upon my first class. Before I discovered yoga I was a personal trainer for nearly two years, I was an athlete, I lifted weights, I ran, swam, cycled, but I never stretched. One day, I was coaxed into a yoga class by a friend of mine. The class challenged me physically and woke me up emotionally and ever since that first practice, I became a student for life.

I have been teaching yoga a little over six years and continue to grow in my teachings through experience with my practice and my students. My teachings have a lineage in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Anusara, and Iyengar and are heavily influenced by the universal principals of alignment as taught by my teachers, KK Ledford, Jason Lobo, and Noah Mazé. I believe that our yoga practice is a mirror to our everyday lives and can help us change our perspective if we learn to surrender and trust the process. I strongly believe that yoga is for everyone and in my classes I emphasize the importance of self-awareness, alignment, and personal growth. My teachings are lighthearted, playful, and educational with creative sequences that are ever evolving and changing, just as we are. I look forward to growing with you and I wish you to live everyday renewed.

“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. DO IT! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” ~Anonymous

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Shanti Kelley

Shanti Kelley

Shanti began the study of Yoga in1996 with her first teacher, Vince McCallaugh. With him, she studied the principles of asana, pranayama, yoga nidra, dharma and a gentle and light-hearted approach to practice. In 2000, she was granted her 1st Teacher Certification in the Lineage of Indra Devi and Elemental Yoga. After 7 years with her teacher she went on to study Astanga with Tim Miller, Iyengar with Lisa Walford and Bhakti with Dharma Mitra until finally landing with her current teacher Annie Carpenter in the system of Smartflow, an alignment-based style of vinyasa that she believes transformed not only her practice but her life. Her classes are rhythmic, progressive and steady; always calling to the student to look deep, dive deep and steadily rise. Shanti is a senior-level 500 hr certified teacher within Annie Carpenters Smartflow system and holds 2 different ERYT-500 certifications. She completed a Masters program in Spiritual Psychology in 2003 and is an accredited Yoga Therapist with the IAYT. Shanti is a Level 2 iRest Practitioner, for which she wrote her dissertation on the application of iRest within a Yoga Therapeutic setting; and is currently completing her Integrative Restoration certification with Richard Miller.

Shanti has taken her love for alignment, anatomy, metaphor and philosophy and is Facility Instructor for several Teacher Trainings through the country, specializing in anatomy and kinesiology for Yoga Teachers. Her own anatomy manual, the Body as Metaphor, will be published in early 2018.

Shanti is a life long student and practitioner of yoga and believes that yoga is for everyone for as long as they want it. She is honored to be a teacher of teachers and a guide to anyone on the courageous journey of life experience. She is quickly becoming an expert in her field and leads retreats, training and anatomy components for many teacher trainings both locally and nationally. She feels blessed to share her wisdom with all those in this developing global community of yoga!

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Shawn Kent

Shawn Kent

Shawn Kent is a licensed practicing counselor, a licensed massage therapist, and a certified Yoga instructor. Shawn specializes in Mindfulness Based Yoga Therapy and teaches yoga as a practical wellness discipline. He has run Mindfulness Based Yoga Therapy groups for adolescents in juvenile detention, for incarcerated adults, and currently for under-served youth in the public school system. He also runs Mindfulness Based a Relapse Prevention groups for youth in recovery. He sees yoga as a healing discipline that has the potential counteract many of the difficulties of modern life, and encourages students to truly practice mentally, physically, and emotionally both on and off of the mat.

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Gigi Mao

Gigi Mao

Gigi has been a devoted practitioner of yoga since 2006. She is a graduate of Dharma Yoga’s teacher training program, the Anusara immersion program, and the Alchemy of Flow and Form advanced teacher training program.

Today she continues to refine and deepen her practice and teaching by studying with her primary teachers – Christina Sell and Gioconda Parker. Her classes are strong, focused and yet supportive and introspective. Gigi believes that through persistent and dedicated practice we can all better experience life as it is and connect more deeply with the Truth and Light within us.

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Tyler McCoy

Tyler McCoy

A Midwest boy at heart, Tyler always felt the call of adventure, first living for a time in Japan, then traveling to India and beyond to study yoga, before heading back to America to share what he had learned. Drawing from a diverse reservoir of master teachers, ranging from Andre Lappa to Daren Rhodes to Sadie Nardini and Leslie Kaminoff, he has developed a decisively strong yet gentle overall focus that will help you to break through to your greatest levels of strength, freedom and peace. A rising star in the yoga world, Tyler is renowned for his cutting-edge anatomy, creative sequencing, and real-world philosophy and expertise. When not traveling the world teaching at major conferences, retreats, and studios solo as well as in tandem with master Rockin Yogini, Sadie Nardini, he is based in beautiful Austin TX.

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Gioconda Parker

Gioconda Parker

Gioconda has been practicing and teaching yoga for 20 years, and is still learning something new every day. Her enthusiasm for the practice is contagious and her dedication to yoga comes through in every class. Whether you are flowing in her artfully sequenced vinyasa classes, or moving through the layers in yin, her guidance and support keep you safe, steady and focused. In addition to years of yoga training, she also holds a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Find out more about her at

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor JJ Pepper

JJ Pepper

I am a Health Promotion/Kinesiology Major and Psychology Minor with a specialization as a Health Fitness Instructor, and I just finished my fifth and final year at the University of Texas at Austin. I played Rugby for UT for 4 years and also worked for the UT Mens Basketball Team as a primary Strength and Conditioning Trainer, as well as a trainer for the UT faculty for the Fitness Institute of Texas.

I love the body and have dedicated my life to studying and understanding it. I push myself to limits nobody thought a tall, lanky, extremely skinny kid from small town Texas could accomplish. However, as I have gotten older, I’ve become more interested in, as I call it, the Holy Trinity of balance between the Body, Spirit and Mind. Spending 10 days in the mountains of Australia in noble silence and solitude except for my lone spiritual guide educating me in the art of true meditation brought me to terms with who I am, what life is all about and what really matters in this world (and taught a hyperactive ADHD youngster about patience…..though it’s always constant challenge). Happiness, love, laughter, connection and the balance of mind, body and spirit is what matters. Only being strong in one of these aspects leaves you cutoff to what the Universe has to offer you as it is trying to connect with all of us. Only through balancing all three can we really be in tune with everything happening around us and can we really revel in the beauty of life. Not saying I have perfected this. I too am imperfect and constantly working for this goal.

I am truly grateful for the opportunity Practice Yoga is giving me. I am a Health Promotion major because I want to help people. The preventative side of medicine is much more important than treatment. If I can relieve one persons pain, then I am succeeding. But I want to relieve everyones pain, and help them reach their fitness goals as well. As a personal trainer for the better part of a decade and a yoga instructor for the past 4, I bring my students classes full of fun, challenges, and opportunities to improve that are rooted in both the western and eastern philosophies that I’ve been melding as I continue to grow as an instructor, student, and human. If there’s one thing I can guarantee, I will always have a smile on my face and I will always be genuine with you because I truly care about you, even if we have never met. I hope to see you all and bring what positivity I can to your life and learn as much from you as you learn from me.

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Brandi Jo Perkins

Brandi Jo Perkins

Brandi has been practicing Yoga since 2002. After one class, she realized Yoga required a different kind of strength. The strength and flexibility in the benefits of Yoga are a simultaneous experience of mind & body awareness. Seeing the beauty in the work, she completed the Dharma Yoga Austin Teacher Training Program. She began teaching Yoga in 2013.

She is also a clinical herbalist, graduated from the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine and the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine.

Brandi likes to focus on the energetics of breath, grounding and conditioning the nervous system, transitioning with the seasons, and being present with the needs of the class.

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor G'nell Price

G’nell Price

G’Nell Price has been practicing yoga since 1998. Having over 1000 hours of teacher training provides her with a wide knowledge base for different styles and methods of Hatha Yoga. She is a former Anusara-Inspired yoga teacher. Additionally she has completed Baron Baptiste method of Power Vinyasa flow teacher training and assisted Baron on many occasions. She is influenced and inspired by her long time teacher Christina Sell.

G’Nell was given the yoga name, Karuna, “she who is full of compassion”, which appropriately describes her dedicated teaching. Her classes are lighthearted and challenging: you will feel supported, experience blissful alignment, leaving with inspiration in your heart and a smile on your face.

She works full time as a Behavior Specialist for children with multiple disabilities at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. G’Nell has witnessed amazing results for the differently-abled children practicing yoga. The radiant children at TSBVI are her inspiration and continually teach her about her own path.

G’Nell lives on the East side with her husband and Border Collie, Pippi. Come to her class to learn, laugh, sweat and shine!

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Reiko Rogers

Reiko Rogers

Hey Everyone! I have been practicing and learning the endless power of Ashtanga Yoga since the very beginning of my yoga journey. I offer Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga classes at Practice. My practice is grounded in clearing my mind, connecting with my breathing and bandhas (energy locks), and giving my body the power to take me to the deeper levels of practice. Many poses that seemed impossible came with daily practice, patience, and encouragement from my teachers. My classes are challenging, toning, healing, and detoxifying. I encourage you to feel the asanas, listen to your breathing, and connect with the energy in your body. I am grateful to be a part of such an awesome community of yogis, and I look forward to meeting you!

“Practice, practice and All is coming.” Shri K. Pattabhi Jois

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Scott Roskilly

Scott Roskilly

Welcome! Yoga has been a journey I’ve been on since 2000 and something that has grown in my life over the last 15 years as I’ve become a 500 hour certified Yoga teacher. 300 of my hours were specific to the Shanti Yoga Practice: School for Alignment Based Yoga which informs the work of my Vinyasa based classes. In addition I have completed training in Yin Yoga and have taught Yin at various capacities for the past couple of years. I am fascinated by the partnership of movement and breath and what lies in the stillness underneath. It is through this exploration that we all walk on our paths leading each other home. Come join me as we breathe, move and explore our paths together as part of this big mystery we call life.

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Isabela Ruppa

Isabela Ruppa

Growing up in Austin, my first yoga class was actually in the womb! During her pregnancy, my mom attended GB Khalsa’s prenatal Kundalini classes and she continued to take me to classes throughout my childhood. In college I would sporadically drop in on Vinyasa classes in different studios all around town, making friends and finding teachers that inspired me to continue my practice. In the past few years, I found myself consistently practicing and surrounded by an amazing community of yogis!

In 2017 I completed my 200 YTT at Practice Yoga Austin under the guidance of the amazing teachers: Kiely Wolters, Gioconda Parker, Shanti Kelley, Rey Cardenas, G’Nell Price, and Stacie Hawkins. I entered the training wanting to strengthen my own practice and I graduated the training with the desire to teach and foster community. My goal as a teacher is to craft mindful flows that are strengthening, balancing and invigorating!

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Relle Sonnenschein

Relle Sonnenschein

My path to yoga began at the age of sixteen as a Ashtangi in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Soon after, I was accepted at Stella Adler Studio of acting and moved to New York. I continued my practice at Jivamukti while I was training to be a classical actor. Once I completed my program in New York I moved to Austin and started a punk band. An extremely busy project I was very active in the music scene, booking shows and touring nationally. But all the wear and tear from the musician’s lifestyle caught up with me. That’s when I fell down the rabbit hole of Alignment based yoga. I began following the teachings of Kiely Rutledge, Shanti Kelley, Gioconda Parker and Christina Sell to name a few. I completed my training at Practice Yoga for a RYT200 certificate. The practice completely healed my body, and my spirit.

Yoga helped me to become grounded, expansive and I began to truly trust myself. This is what I want to offer my students. To hold the space required so they may experience their own truth to the fullest of their potential through the practice of asana. I am a firm believer that yoga is for everyone and every body. In my classes expect to move, rise to challenges and focus on the subtleties of alignment through a thoughtful and vigorous group practice.. I also adore incorporating breath work, chanting and meditation into my sequencing.

When I’m not yoga­-ing, I spend my time working with Girls Rock Camp Austin, The Children’s Settlement Home and I continue to play music. In the fall of 2016 I am looking forward to beginning a mentorship with Kiely Rutledge.

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Andrea Taylor

Andrea Taylor

I was born and raised in Austin, TX and was lucky enough to spend my high school years out in Cuernavaca on Lake Austin! I took my first yoga class 11 years ago, and by the end of that class, I had experienced such an immense feeling of pure joy, bliss, and a sort of calm, peacefulness that I had not experienced from any other sport or physical activity I had previously done! I was hooked! I knew I wanted yoga to be a regular part of my life, and I continued to practice for 10 years before earning my 200-hr certification here in Austin!

I am a deep tissue massage therapist, and have practiced massage therapy for 5 years. I am extremely passionate about the human body, and the anatomy and physiology, and the energetics behind it all! Practicing therapeutic massage has given me a deeper insight and understanding into the body, and I like to use this knowledge and focus on alignment and awareness in my classes.

In addition to yoga, I have studied Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong; and the common thread amongst all of these traditions that stood out the most to me was the breath. The breath links our mind, body and spirit, and has an enormous effect on our mental, physical and emotional bodies. We can use the breath to create different states in the body, as well as direct our energy in different ways.

Come breathe, stretch, flow and grow with me! See you on the mat!

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Tova Weinberg

Tova Weinberg

Growing up in the small yoga-centric town of Fairfield, Iowa, Tova has been a life-long practioner, and has taught yoga in Austin, TX since 2014. She’s studied, and continues to study, under Gioconda Parker and Christina Sell to complete her 500-hour training – specializing in alignment-based vinyasa flow. Tova embodies her own unique energetic style of soulful, creative flow – which often includes a hip-hop twist. Her classes cultivate fun, balance, strength, flexibility and endurance – while making class accessible for all levels of practitioners with clear instructional cues.
After having success in the corporate world for over 15 years, Tova has found her true passion. She understands the constant tug of war of having a full time career with the endless struggle to make time for yourself. Through her teachings, Tova’s intent is to nurture that balance in which we all crave.
Connect with Tova on Instagram @yogitova

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Kiely Wolters

Kiely Wolters

Kiely Rutledge has been studying and practicing yoga for over 10 years. She teaches from the heart of her passion, and is registered at the highest level with the Yoga Alliance, E-RYT500.

Known for her passionate and joyful approach to yoga, Kiely is first and foremost a devoted student. She draws inspiration from many master teachers of the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Anusara methods, and her teaching style unites all of these methods to provide a relatable and useful practice for her students. Kiely deeply believes that the ancient teachings of yoga are just as useful to the modern household yogi as a way to connect to our heart of hearts and find liberation through yoga. “I find it very comforting that the ancient sages were dealing with the same questions about life that I am. They fumbled towards enlightenment through their experience just like I do — We connect to our deepest heart in this practice and experience and try again. All of it is useful.”

Kiely sees yoga on a continuum and delights in continued learning and exploration as a way to infuse yoga into every aspect of her life. She found her way to her current teacher Christina Sell, and ultimately to alignment yoga, through Christina’s advanced 300 hour training, and has over 1000 hours of training through the San Marcos School of Yoga.

She is a teacher’s teacher and participates in teacher trainings both as lead teacher and as a sought-after guest teacher. Kiely regularly offers intensives and mentorships as a way to deepen her students’ understanding of how to incorporate the teachings into everyday life. Her greatest joy is to help people step onto the path and come alive with the practice of yoga.

A devoted member of the recovery community, Kiely credits its traditions, teachings and community as the spiritual influence and heart of service to others that pervades her life. She resides in South Austin with her greatest teachers: her son Sam, daughter Maggie and sweet dog Maizie.

Practice Yoga Austin Instructor Jenn Wooten

Jenn Wooten

Jenn’s yoga roots are planted in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga lineages. She draws from these foundations and other yoga styles; Anusara and Yin Yoga to create a Vinyasa yoga style that cultivates strength, grace, fun and freedom of expression.

Jenn loves teaching students how to practice in a way that is accessible and effective. She encourages students to focus on the process of self-understanding over the poses and highlights the importance of discovering one’s inner teacher.

Jenn has an academic background in anatomy and physiology and combines this knowledge with an intuitive approach to healing. She has been teaching for 10 years and practicing for 18. She has taught classes in Thailand, Venezuela, Mexico, Costa Rica and the U.S. Her yoga practice and her family are the glue that hold her life together and she is deeply grateful for both.

Jenn has been teaching yoga for eleven years going. Her gift as a teacher is her ability to connect somatically and emotionally with her students to connect with the wisdom of their own bodies. She loves teaching students how to practice yoga in a way that is accessible and effective to strengthen the body, ground the nervous system and open hearts and minds. Her teaching style is loving, grounded, challenging and as irreverent as it is spiritual. She teaches teacher trainings, retreats and workshops both locally and internationally. She continues to discover herself and the world around by rooting deeply into family and teaching while uncovering the mystery and magic that come from showing up to life as it is.