Ft. Worth Studio
I have always been drawn to contemplative traditions and originally studied martial arts at a meditation-centric dojo. Unable to find a similarly minded place to train after moving for college, I began taking yoga. Two years later, I entered Michelle Andre's Priya Yoga teacher training program in Dallas and received my Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification. That was over 15 years ago and yoga has remained one of the driving forces of my life. I teach because I sincerely believe in the transformational capacity of a contemplative practice. My style is an amalgam of traditions and heavily influenced by my science background but perhaps best described as alignment centered vinyasana--flow with an influence on safe and effective form. I see the physical practice of yoga as a potent tool, capable of building strength and fluidity in the body and, more importantly, the mind so that we may weather life's storms and chart a painstaking course to our authentic Selves.
I started practicing yoga in 2014 after completing my Master’s program and in preparation for my wedding. I have practiced yoga on and off since high school, but it didn’t really stick until I noticed how it helped with my anxiety, depression, and overall wellness. I work part time as a mental health therapist and quickly saw the connection between yoga and mental health. It was then that I knew I was destined to teach yoga in some capacity. I completed my yoga teacher training in 2016 with Rebecca Butler at The Sanctuary Yoga Room right here in Fort Worth. I love the yoga community in this city and I am so grateful to share this gift that has been so beneficial to me with you all! My classes are welcome to all levels. I love the traditions behind yoga but also love to challenge my body with fun asanas. My goal is to incorporate pranayama, meditation, and physical movement to bring my students greater clarity and an overall sense of bliss.
Istarted practicing yoga in 2013 when when I was 6 months pregnant with my daughter, Rose. I was stricken with anxiety and depression and addictive personality traits. After a few classes I felt a change within me. My spirit had awakened and I understood the meaning of gratitude, self compassion and mindfulness. I wanted to help people in the way that I was helped.
I got my 200hr YTC in Goa, India and my experience in there was INCREDIBLE to say the least. It's hard to describe how much I am changed for the better in a few sentences. The program I graduated from, Himalaya Yoga Valley Center was a complete immersion in the Ashtanga and BKS Iyengar method. We studied yogic philosophy, chanting and meditation, ayurveda, business, ethics, classroom management, asana sequencing, mudras and chakras, kriyas, and anatomy. Many of these hours my classmates and I spent in silence, reflecting and journaling. It was completely humbling and fascinating to learn from such a traditional approach.
The thing I realized the most was that there is no possible way I could learn it ALL in a lifetime! I realized that yoga is a process of self inquiry and for me, it is the way through which I deepen my awareness of my body, mind, and spirit and a way to positively affect my community through teaching. I am reminded daily that I am forever a student of yoga and am so grateful for this path!
Elyse received her teaching certification in Costa Rica through Frog Lotus Yoga in 2010, and she has been teaching ever since. She teaches a vinyasa flow class and sequences in a way that the poses flow naturally from one to the next. She emphasizes safe alignment, mindful breath, and longer holds in poses to create strength and flexibility. She sprinkles in yogic philosophy and wisdom, but also allows time for quiet reflection. She enjoys teaching because it continually inspires her to grow in her own practice and knowledge. Yoga, both in its physical practice and philosophy, has deeply impacted Elyse’s life, and it is an honor for her to share this practice with others. Her hope is that students feel grounded, strong, and centered when they attend her classes and leave with a deeper connection to themselves and because of that, an ability to live with more awareness in their day-to-day lives.
believe we all need a little less struggle and more ease in our lives, so I use yoga as a tool to teach and learn to do this better everyday. I came to yoga in 2001 after spinal fusion, to heal. It was hard, uncomfortable and > discouraging at times but somehow made my body feel less pain! Over the years as my confidence and healing grew I studied Hatha, Ashtanga, Power, Yin, Thai and Prenatal yoga.
In each practice awareness of breath seemed to be the most important part. So I teach from a place of healing, using the breath as a tool to learn how to struggle less. I was told by doctors I would never backbend and for years believed it, until I found yoga. I now backbend, invert & arm balance with ease, all with 12 fused vertebrae and two 16inch titanium rods supporting my spine. Now I believe any body can move with ease, if we first learn to just breathe. Namaste
My very first yoga class was at Karmany in Fort Worth, and while I have visited numerous other studios, I came back to this studio for the mental and spiritual teaching. I decided after a few years that I too want to spread the love.
For me yoga is fulfillment, spirituality, mental health, and a purposeful life. Four years ago I began this practice and I still watch life become more authentic each time I step on my mat. Yoga showed me that breath is the bridge to consciousness. It teaches me to let go of things that no longer serve me, to honor my body, and to receive the gifts of the present moment. This practice has given me so much that I devote my life to sharing it with others. Its lessons are endless and its gifts are bountiful.
“When the breath wanders, the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still and the yogi achieves long life.” – Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Ilearned about yoga when searching for an alternative to the Denise Austin VHS yoga video after a tendon tear in my right ankle. I needed more than that VHS could give me. I went into my first studio class experience convinced that this was the “in the mean time” workout while I recovered and later on I would do my “real” workouts. So… how did it go? I couldn’t keep up. How was this “stretching” beating me! I was intrigued!
Yoga became my restorative friend, my kick my butt friend, and my time out I needed when I didn’t know I needed it. Power Yoga created for me the most productive workout by strengthening, cardio, and mind clearing—if I didn’t focus I was going to fall over! I was officially in love! My yoga practice continued to grow and while I touched with a variety of styles, Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram, Baptise, and synchronized vinyasa flow—power yoga was my first love. The satisfaction I received after every yoga practice was fabulous and the health benefits, both physiological and psychological, were quickly revealed.
With 15 years of healthcare experience, anatomy and physiological understanding, 10 years of yoga practice—becoming a yoga instructor was my next step. Allowing me to experience and teach yoga with focus on breath and body movement.
My mission: Provide a mindfulness experience that creates a zestful and powerful tension and release, balance and twist, and clearing of the rollercoaster-todo-list-mind—preparation to master your passionate lives!
I have been practicing yoga since I was 20 years old, beginning with Ashtanga Yoga. The apartments I lived in offered a free class weekly at the gym and I was curious so I gave it a shot and absolutely loved it. It challenged me, reminded me to breath, and it looked beautiful- like a dance. I grew up dancing ballet, jazz and tap, and the fact that there is a dance-like aspect to yoga really attracted me to the practice.
Since then, I have been hooked. I bought David Swenson's Ashtanga Yoga manual to start off my home practice early on and then bought every yoga DVD I could get my hands on. I also began going to Indigo yoga 2-3 times per day. I was a bit of a "yoga junkie" for a while. Throughout my exploration, I was introduced to teachers like Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Rodney Yee, and Rachel Brathen. I fell in love with Shiva Rea's style, and after receiving my 200-hour RYT certification from Karmany Yoga, I went to study with Shiva in Santorini, Greece. I have completed 160 contact hours with Shiva and am on my way to becoming a fully certified Prana flow instructor.
In my classes, my goal is to offer an experience for my student-friends; focusing on alignment, breath-work, and almost constant, but fluid, movement accompanied by music that will in the end, hopefully leave them feeling refreshed, stretched out, and wanting to come back for more. My class is for practitioners that are looking for something that is a bit different, fairly challenging, and that will help them continue to expand their practice. We will get “yoga-weird” together and it will be lovely!
Yoga began as an outlet for me to inhabit my body after years of escaping and a place where I could physically undo the conditioning of the world and shed myself of accumulated self doubt and feel my power! The release and space that I have made in my mind and body has allowed me to experience the full spectrum of human emotions in a less reactive, more kind, loving and present way. I believe that the most important aspect of yoga is what we crystallise through movement in our practice and then take off of our mat and into the world to create ripples of joy, acceptance and compassion in all eyes that we meet. When we can remember the gift of our life, mobility and breath and cherish that in ourselves we can live to help people remember their gift as well!
I've studied and practiced yoga for the past 7 years, this includes a Kundalini teacher training with Ajai Alai Asia in accordance with Amrit Nam Sarovar of Europe and the Kundalini Research Institute, a training with Baron Baptiste, workshops with Tias Little, Ana Forrest and a meditation course in Tibet.
Lorelei St. James
Lorelei is a certified yoga instructor, focusing on mindful alignment, anatomy, and breath—classical tenants of yoga. Several years ago she sought out yoga to ease lower back pain and found the postures and breathing practices not only helped with back pain, but also lowered her stress level and increased her overall well-being. Lorelei brings the joy of yoga to her students by being able to modify yoga poses to meet the levels and abilities of her students. Her classes are balanced with a gentle warmup and whole body stretching, followed by strength and balance building poses, ending with restorative postures. She has studied various types of yoga such as Hatha, Vajra and Kundalini, and has studied Insight Meditation (used by mental health professionals worldwide) and Kundalini meditation techniques--recently completing a 50 hour Yoga Alliance certification on the facets of the mind and mediation. Lorelei uses sound therapy in her yoga classes based on her certifications in Crystal Bowl healing and Gong Therapy healing. In February 2017, Lorelei will complete a second 200-hour teaching certificate and will continue to work towards a 500 hour Yoga Alliance certification to increase her knowledge of anatomy and advanced teaching techniques. Also, in February, she will receive her certification in Restorative Yoga from Judith Laster, and in April, she will advance her knowledge of yoga anatomy by studying with Leslie Kaminoff, a nationally known expert in yoga anatomy. Lorelei enjoys teaching Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, and a Gentle flow Yoga. She is also certified to teach yoga to older adults, focusing on safety and alignment. Lorelei enjoys boating, swimming, and walking her rescue dog, Blossum, through her Mistletoe Heights neighborhood.