Michelle has been a yoga practitioner for over 20+ years. Her yoga journey began in her 20’s at a time when it was very difficult to locate practice studios in her hometown in Massillon, Ohio. Eager to learn and grow she traveled the US (during her flight attendant career) seeking out yoga locations and utilizing available sources for self-study not only in yoga but beauty and a holistic approach to living.
Debbie has been teaching yoga since 2007 and has been in the health and wellness field since 1999. She received her RYT-200 and RYT-500 training through Blue Anjou’s Breathe into Awareness teacher training program. Known for her down to earth personality, her classes are meditative in structure without losing the physical aspect. She firmly believes meditation is the foundation of a holistic yoga practice. She is inspired by the rituals and routines of Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, as well as its emphasis on vegetarian food.
E-RYT 500 Hatha
Breathe into Awareness Teacher Training Program
Over 30 years ago I began to practice yoga. It opened my body and mind to the power that resided in me to shape my life, and led me to explore other aspects of health and fitness. Through the years, I’ve accumulated thousands of hours of hands-on experience and an extensive background in Yoga Asana, Yoga Therapy, Meditation, Ayurveda, Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Pilates, and Exercise Science.
Other Certifications and Degrees:
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America - Certified Personal Trainer
American College of Exercise - Certified Personal Trainer
Cooper Aerobics Center - Certified Water Instructor
Cooper Aerobics Center - Nutrition Specialist
Mad Dogg Athletics - Certified Spinning Instructor
Peak Pilates - Certified Pilates Reformer Instructor
Power Pilates - Certified Pilates Mat Instructor
B.S. - Colorado State University
Master of Exercise and Sports Nutrition - Texas Women’s University (In-Process)
Toni has a reputation of honesty and kindness in her practice of sharing the benefits of yoga with others.
She is honored to share her insight and experiences with students committed to expanding the practice of yoga.
Samatva Yoga 200RYT, 500RYT, Yoga for Women, Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga, Mommy and Me Yoga, Let's Play Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Founder of Yoga for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain, Founder of Yoga Tree RYS.
Bethaney is the owner of Inspire Yoga in Highland Village, Texas. She teaches vinyasa, hatha, and yin yoga classes and is the director of teacher training at Inspire Yoga. She also leads workshops and programs including Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga, Partner Yoga and Kids’ Yoga. Bethaney’s passion is inspiring confidence, ease and joy in the practice through dynamic, uplifting and challenging classes.
Certified in Samatva Yoga
I’ve been interested in health & fitness for most of my life and enjoyed running, playing tennis and attending the occasional yoga class. After completing my first (and last) marathon in November 2005, I decided to run less and devote more energy towards yoga, increasing my practice to 4-5 times per week. After several months of practice, I noticed my muscles became leaner, longer, and stronger and my mind became calmer and more focused. What began as a way of staying healthy and fit soon transformed into devotion and a way of life. I became a Certified Yoga Teacher in 2005.
Kurt has spent a lifetime studying health and happiness. He is the owner and founder of American Power Yoga, is the official yoga instructor of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. He created and hosted 60 episodes of the internationally televised program "Yoga For Life". His latest DVD, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader's Body Slimming yoga was awarded "Best yoga for all levels" in Fitness Magazine Feb 2010. He has over 7500 teaching hours and has trained over 100 APY instructors. He is a master in Tibetan Kung Fu and is well versed in ju jitsu, tai chi, chi gung, herbology, and acupuncture.
DeAnna Shires Nielsen, M.Ed. E-RYT 500, Owner and Director of the In-Depth Studies program at Blue Anjou Yoga Studio in Lewisville, draws from her previous career as a Special Education teacher in creating a multi-stage approach to breaking down asana with awareness thus making asana approachable, safe, and exciting for both the beginner and the advanced practitioner. In 2005, DeAnna created the “Breathe Into Recovery” program for those healing from addiction and is a strong believer of Yoga for Emotional Healing which is evident in her teaching.
Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance
Certified in Samatva Yoga
Specializations include Yoga for Beginners, Yoga for Women, Mamaste Prenatal Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Therapy with Emphasis on Ayurveda
Certified Reiki Practitioner
Certified Prana Karma Practitioner
Currently Studying with Dr. David Frawley for Vedic Astrology and Ayurveda