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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Laura Joy DeBolt
I fell in love with practicing yoga in 2007 and went through my first 200-hour teacher training in 2010. It was halfway through that first training that I said out loud to myself while driving home one day: “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. At the completion of Practice Yoga Austin’s 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training in 2016, I have over 3,000 hours of teaching experience and a passion for yoga that just won’t quit. My Vinyasa classes are challenging in a very 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!
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.
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.
I sought out yoga in college due to my inability to appreciate a workout at the gym. Yoga seemed like a natural progression from my background in dance, gymnastics and cheerleading. I couldn’t believe how hard it was or why in the world it was 100+ degrees, but my body felt great, I felt challenged and was eager to learn more. Over the next few years I noticed my ego, expectations and confidence begin to shift and an overall relaxation & acceptance came over me both on & off the mat. Curiosity, a desire to get over my fear of public speaking & a persistent instructor/friend landed me in a 200hr Hot Yoga Teacher Training in 2006. Less than one month after I completed my certification, I enrolled in a 200hr Vinyasa TT. And after 950+ hours of training, my desire and dedication to learn more about the body through yoga continues. I find it simply fascinating. I love that a practice rooted in history can also be so progressive.
My teaching style is an amalgamation of the ideas and methods I’ve learned over the past 8 years that resonate with me, elevate my practice and my life. Though I combine a few styles of yoga when I teach, my greatest influence has been Ana Forrest, the creatrix of Forrest Yoga, & her Guardians: Cheryl Deer, Regina Zwilling, Catherine Allen and Anne Hyde. FY is demanding and at times can be intimidating and confrontational, but it is also incredibly inspiring, forcing you to dig deep, “snuggle up to your fear” and “celebrate your practice and the journey.” Practicing FY has helped heal long time injuries, changed & excelled my inversion practice, and given me the space and discipline to slow down & focus on what feels good in my body.
My classes are challenging but accommodating to students of all levels. I strive to create an environment for students to feel empowered, proud and less attached to the idea/perception of “good.” I find yoga to be a very personal practice; therefore, I encourage my students to become incredibly interested in what they experience on the mat, instead of what someone else tells them to experience. I enjoy a more informal/workshop teaching approach where questions, laughter, grunts, funny faces & the occasional impromptu booty-shake or sing-along are highly encouraged & appreciated.
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
Although Shanti’s first official teacher certification came in 2000, she truly began the study of yoga in 1997 with her first teacher, Vince McCallaugh. With him she learned pranayama, yoga nidra, dharma and a gentle and light-hearted approach to practice. 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. Shanti loves the fluid and transcendent qualities of vinyasa but believes that the focus (dharana) of intentional body alignment gives the mind a directionality of introspection that is at the root of transformation. Her classes are rhythmic, progressive and steady; always calling to the student to look deep, dive deep and steadily rise. Shanti is certified at the highest level (including 2 different ERYT-500 certifications), holds a Masters in Spiritual Psychology and is a Certified Yoga Therapist (E-RYT1000 IYTA). Shanti is a life long student and practitioner 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!
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.
Angie Knight has studied yoga, shamanism, and other healing arts for over 16 years. She has taught thousands of public and private yoga classes and leads workshops, mentorships, trainings and retreats, both nationally and internationally. She has studied various yoga lineages, but her main teacher has been her own practice, personal experience and life itself. She considers herself a student of life and has learned to embrace what is happening in the moment as the ultimate guide to awakened living. Her teaching is loving, compassionate, and empowering and she teaches from a place of connection rather than authority.
For years, she has coached and supported others in transforming their pain into power, trusting their own inner guidance, and living an authentic life. Angie has spent 10 years developing her own unique way of teaching yoga and holding space for others. She has had the honor of learning from hundreds of different teachers in her 17 years of yoga practice. Her teaching background is a mixture of Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Shamanic/Energy Healing. Angie’s skill lies in combining yoga and healing to facilitate transformation in her students, helping them remember their inherent wholeness and discover what makes them come alive.
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.
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.
Adriene is an actor and yoga teacher based out of Austin, TX. She is co-founder of Find What Feels Good, a growing online library of Yoga and Yoga Lifestyle tools to encourage you to be authentic, do your best and find what feels good. She also leads Yoga With Adriene, a happy and successful online yoga community, which creates free creative content to inspire people of all shapes and sizes to connect to their body daily. Adriene approaches health and wellness with a playfulness and even a sense of humor that encourages all personalities to the mat. When Adriene is not in Austin she takes her playful approach to yoga on the road meeting new friends and connecting online relationships to real faces – always inviting you to build awareness, embrace individuality and connect to something BIG.
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 www.giocondayoga.com