Joshua is a 500 Hr RYT Instructor whose passion for teaching extends from a simple theory: Life seeks growth. Growth occurs with presence. Presence is developed with awareness. Awareness is most readily available through physical challenges.
His practice helps him rediscover the vitality he enjoyed as an active youth, and the peace Joshua discovers in overcoming challenges on the mat translates into great leaps of faith in his personal and professional life. It is this connection with the practice that he shares when guiding, as well as the fun of exploration and movement, and defying gravity mentally and physically.
Joshua believes what makes us great is our uniqueness, and enjoys tailoring his instruction to the needs of the room while offering even the most timid yogis a glimpse of the grand potential within themselves.
He enjoys spending time with his two beautiful children both on and off the mat, and is blessed with the love of many friends and an exceptional partner, Lucy.
Bobby has been practicing since 2012— he started practicing yoga after suffering a back strain and began with DVD’s in my living room. When he ventured into his first studio class he was so tight that the instructor had me hold on the window ledge since he was so far away from the floor in his wide-legged forward fold! Bobby eventually fell in love with the practice and saw changes in himself—first physically, then slowly in other aspects of his life. His personal practice focuses heavily on the breath—but is still very physical. He's a handstand addict!
His main motivation to teach is being able to share a practice that has helped him heal. Seeing students be able to discover more about themselves through yoga is his greatest joy. Bobby sees his job is to guide them safely and mindfully through their practice so they can travel along their own journey of self discovery. He believes yoga should make you feel good—and should bring you joy.
Compassion and mindfulness are the cornerstones of his teaching style. Whether you are a type A person or the most laid back individual in the world you'll come to your mat differently every single time. He encourages students to be intuitive, explore, honor and love their bodies. Some days that means cranking it up, others it means taking it slow--the ability to discern which you need is sharpened with the practice and the breath will always take the lead.
Outside of the studio, he spends a lot of time with his 4 nieces and nephews and his favorite job (besides yoga instructor) is Uncle.
Kurt has spent his professional career committed to innovated entrepreneurship driven by the simple goal of creating healthy, happy humans. Kurt is the co-founder and vision keeper of Simplified Genetics, a health and lifestyle brand that leverages proprietary genetic analysis and premium scientific methodology to deliver clear, useful, actionable genetic information to help people improve their lives. In 2001, he founded American Power Yoga (APY) to bring yoga’s powerful tools to as many people as possible and bridge the paths between yoga and everyday life. Kurt is also a fifth degree black belt, master of the lighting fire mountain system of Tibetan Kung Fu, and avid practitioner of Tibetan Heart Yoga, Tai Chi, Ju Jitsu, Tai Chi Chuan, and Chi Gong. Aside from his pursuits in business, yoga and martial arts, Kurt is a father, a husband and an explorer. Whether he’s diving with sharks in the Blue Hole, hiking Machu Picchu, surfing Costa Rica or snowboarding the closest snow-covered cap, he is constantly surveying and studying this amazing planet.
Marquette was born in Dallas and grew up in east Texas. She received her Bachelors of Science in Health Studies from the University of Texas at Tyler. Since her first year of college, Marquette has been active in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, group fitness manager, high school cheerleading coach, and P.E. teacher. She started teaching yoga in Tyler in 2007 after several trainings with Rod Stryker and completed her 200 hour RYT certification at The Mat Yoga Studio. She is also passionate about homeopathic wellness and is a certified doula. Marquette co-owned and ran a successful Asian fusion restaurant and continues the culinary hobby now through cooking for her husband and baking creative treats for friends and family. Marquette enjoys being a lector at Christ The King Catholic Church, going to Longhorns games, spending time outdoors, and traveling with her husband.
Gaby started her yoga journey in college, taking a ninety-minute yoga class on Sunday afternoons. After the first class, Sunday yoga became the peaceful and relaxing break she was looking from her biology/pre-med course workload. Gaby continued with her regular yoga practice at home, gyms or studios around town; she enjoyed attending different styles of yoga. The more consistent her practice grew, the more aware she became of the changes that were occurring; the constant backache had diminished, she was less reactive, more peaceful, and mindful. And while the physical and mental benefits kept her coming back to the mat, the desire to teach yoga kept growing inside. Gaby fell in love with flow yoga, prenatal, postnatal mom and me and helping moms have natural births. She is passionate about sharing knowledge of homeopathic wellness and essential oils, is a Certified Lamaze Childbirth Educator and birth coach. She received her 500-hour certification from Sunstone Yoga in 2008, Lamaze certification in 2010, and her 2nd prenatal yoga teacher certification from Prenatal Plus Yoga in 2013.
Christine, a 20+ year integrative wellness practitioner, has a passion to teach people of all ages not just how to live, but how to thrive. Specializing in lifestyle behavioral change, she helps you cultivate a purposeful life that will make your authentic self shine from the inside out. Throughout the years, she has coached men and women in fitness conditioning, yoga, lifestyle concepts and functional nutrition. Due to her own personal struggles, Christine found herself immersed in the nurturing world of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation learning to heal on a holistic level. She has learned to embrace what arises and appreciates life moment to moment!
Christine is a 200 RYT Yoga Alliance instructor through Dallas Yoga Center and kids instructor through Yogees Yoga 4 Kids. Using the gifts of compassion and inner strength, Christine helps your soul shine by teaching you how to pause, breathe, and enjoy being exactly who you are…. right now! As your coach, she enjoys the intensity of a strong practice and the beauty of a yin restorative, but mostly Christine loves having fun in her classes so be forewarned that mindfulness and laughter go hand in hand. “If you take what you learn on the mat and immerse it into your daily life, it can truly be a game changer. “
Debbie's began practicing yoga in 2008 after a health scare made her realize it was time to get active. She began running, lifting weights, and practicing martial arts, then found yoga by accident as she peered through the window of her gym's group exercise room. What started simply as a way to stretch and relax quickly changed into a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that she had been missing from her other activities.
She found a mind body connection in yoga that she had not found in strength training alone and became passionate about sharing the power of yoga with others. In 2014, she received her 200-hour teacher training certification, and began teaching 4 months later. She loves to mix the high intensity workouts of martial arts with a slower connected flow to truly clear the mind and reset the spirit. She continues to study all things fitness and loves to share that knowledge with others. Debbie hopes that you feel powerful, refreshed and light when you leave her class, and she trusts in the energy of the poses to facilitate that transformation. She is eternally grateful for the opportunity to continue to learn and grow within this community, and the chance to share this with you.
Ross’ passion for movement started in his late teens when he began studying and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was fascinated by the complex movements and use of momentum and leverage involved in Jiu-Jitsu, and the dietary component of preparing for competitions sparked a strong interest in nutrition. While working full time in the insurance industry, over the next 10 years Ross spent a significant amount of his free time and energy studying and exploring nutrition and various disciplines of movement and fitness. In 2013, He obtained his Certified Personal Trainer designation through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and then went on to complete their Fitness Nutrition Specialist program as well. Ross has also obtained his Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition through eCornell and completed a wide variety of movement workshops and seminars. In 2014, Ross made his exit from the insurance world to pursue his passion for movement and nutrition full-time. Since that time he has continued to study, teach, and compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while also exploring a variety of other movement disciplines ranging from Yoga to gymnastics, all of which have influenced his dynamic style of teaching people how to be stronger, more mobile, more durable, and overall better movers.
Charise is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist and Essential Oil and Herb Enthusiast. She has a passion forTEACHING yoga and inspiring a growing and ever-evolving yoga practice. Within her teachings; she acknowledge yoga’s benefits from the inside out, weave lessons of how to connect to our breath, focus on alignment and balance, and gain knowledge of effects of the postures on the organs, bones, muscles, central nervous system, mind, etc.
One of the many things Charise loves about yoga is: yoga is for everyone! All ages, shapes, sizes and levels. The yoga practice strengthens, teaches patience and self-care as well as promotes healing, healthfulness and overall well-being. It can enlighten us and open our hearts. It is kind and gentle, cleansing, nourishing and nurturing...these virtues that lovingly stream into our lives and the lives of those around us – through us. When not practicing yoga, you can find Charise in the practice of life; hangin’ with her hubby, 2 kids, 3 cats and 8 chickens! Fresh eggs, anyone?