Margie is a native of Virginia but has been living in Colleyville, Texas since 1997. After teaching high school for 33 years, Margie decided to continue her devotion to teaching by getting certified as a yoga instructor. In December 2014 she completed her 200 hour teacher training at Lifetime Fitness Academy and is currently a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. Her training, Lifepower Yoga, included Ashtanga , Vinyasa Flow, and Slowburn. Also included in the training was pranayama breathing techniques, prenatal, gentle and restorative yoga, anatomy and yoga adjustments, as well as yoga history, philosophy and meditation. Margie is currently teaching yoga to the Irving Swimmers swim team as part of their dry land program.
Margie’s passion is to share yoga with as many people as possible in a non-judgmental, non-competitive setting. Her philosophy is that if you can breathe, you can do yoga!
In addition to her love for yoga, Margie’s other passions include working with her registered therapy dog, Bailey, for the Paws Across Texas (PAT) organization, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends.
Amy began teaching yoga in 2006 after completing YogaFit ® teacher training programs. Over the years she has explored Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Yin and Restorative yoga practices. She has also completed numerous teacher trainings focusing on yoga and movement for seniors. In 2014, Amy decided to deepen her own practice and studied at Alpha Omega Yoga in Dallas, TX, where she obtained her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certification. She enjoys teaching students of varying ages (10-100 years old) and ability levels. Amy also holds a B.S. & M.S. in Psychology from Texas Christian University and is a faculty member at EA Young Academy. When she's not teaching, she spends time as an advocate for the social & emotional needs of gifted scholars and autism awareness. She also enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on the TCU Horn Frogs.
Melissa began her yoga journey, like so many others, in a gym. Trying to combat the effects of stress, a lifetime with Type 1 diabetes, and years of negative self-talk that resulted in weight gain and depression, she took her first yoga class. She wasn't particularly flexible, strong, nor balanced, and her mind was far from quiet and peaceful, but she could see the potential. Melissa believes yoga is a process and a mechanism for profound physical, mental, and spiritual transformation. She started her training with the YogaFit format of instruction, receiving multiple certifications along the way, including a focus on Yoga for Mental Health. During that time, she studied under masters in the fields of Pilates, cardio and strength training, and Thai Yoga while teaching at various local gyms. In 2015, She earned her 200hr Yoga Alliance certification through Arpita Shah and Om Yoga Journey. Today, she teaches various styles of yoga, Hatha, Gentle, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa, and Yoga for Depression and Anxiety, Pilates, and occasionally, Belly Dance. Melissa loves to share the joy, strength, health, and acceptance she's found on the mat and off with others, and help her students discover their own transformative process through yoga. She also has a M.A. in Anthropology, lives with her beloved husband, daughter, and dogs, campaigns for diabetes advocacy, volunteers at her daughter's school, and adores food, travel, and friends.
Maria began practicing yoga in 2011. She thought it would be a great way to force herself to stretch after long-distance runs. What she thought was just going to be an easy way to relax her muscles, quickly grew into so much more. Gentle classes led to increased flexibility which fueled her curiosity to try a vinyasa class. The sweatiness of the vinyasa class led to increased strength and stamina, which gave her confidence to explore all forms of physical fitness whether it be, triathlons, cross fit, barre, or spin classes.
Although every form of physical activity gave her a major adrenaline rush, she quickly realized that yoga was the only thing that made her feel at peace internally. Whenever she strayed from her yoga practice, she noticed she lacked patience with herself and with others. Yoga could definitely workout her physical body, but it was a much bigger workout for her soul. It gifted her the ability to understand and accept herself and every single beautiful flaw. Through her yoga practice, she has learned to view the world differently and approach life with curiosity and playfulness.
Her goals for teaching yoga are two-fold: (1) To welcome and embrace those new to yoga and encourage them in their journey to find strength, peace and internal happiness; and (2) Journey alongside those who already have a strong yoga practice and remind them to remain curious and playful in both life and asana practice.
Maria received her 200 RYT Om Yoga Journey in Southlake, Texas led by Arpita Shah. When not on the mat, she run a small, boutique immigration law practice and enjoys an active lifestyle with her husband and two rescue fur babies, Otis and Buddy.
Stephanie Read Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher & Doula
Teaching Prenatal Yoga is an opportunity to build confidence in women by bringing self awareness to their bodies. By encouraging women to trust the wisdom of their bodies and make decisions based on their individual needs, women find their true inner strength. I am a Yoga Alliance certified Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher. I have been teaching prenatal yoga for over six years. I have really come to appreciate the courage and empowerment women discover in themselves through their yoga practice. I am also a Certified Doula (DONA) experiencing so much joy in teaching mothers and birth partners how to create a calming and gentle birth experience. In 2015, I earned my certification as a Certified Childbirth Educator from the Academy of Childbirth Educators. I teach classes on mindful childbirth education, partners in pregnancy and VBAC education.
My prenatal classes emphasize strengthening the muscles while bringing more flexibility into the body without overworking it. Through a gentle practice we focus on the connection of breath and body awareness, strengthening pelvic floor and uterine muscles as well as building strength throughout the entire body. My philosophy is to allow students to feel calm, peaceful, accepted and supported during their practice. I only ask that students never take themselves too seriously, never push into pain or discomfort, always trust the wisdom of their intuition and always remember to practice kindness and playfulness on their mat and in their daily lives.
It is my hope, as a Prenatal Yoga Teacher, to be a valuable educational resource for women in
pregnancy. My goal is to build a sense of community for these women where they have
resources and educational tools, guidance and support from the beginning of their pregnancy
and throughout their journey into parenthood!
I teach yoga because I want to make everyday a source of healing. It is my love and my passion. Mind, body and spirit come together for me in the energies of movement and the calm of breath of yoga.
Yoga is for everyone, and I love to introduce new people to its joys, as well as nurture and deepen the grace and health of those who have practiced yoga for years. In all my teaching, I focus on deep tissue (fascia) release, joint mobility, and strength. Yoga can help anyone heal the aches of their body and spirit. It can also help athletes of all ages improve their performance and avoid or help heal injuries. I am particularly aware of these healing qualities of yoga because of my experience and education as a Registered Nurse.
I find teaching yoga, itself, to be a form of meditative attention and flow, in which I help students find their own physical balance and spiritual integrity. I strive to harmonize the mechanics of the body with a yogic sensibility of mind and spirit.
I have been teaching vinyasa, hatha, and yin yoga for over 12 years. I have completed my 200 hour RYT certification from Purple Lotus and 500 hour RYT certification from Live Love Teach. In addition, I have trained with Baron Baptiste, Rodney Yee, Ray Long, M.D., Shakta Kur Kalsa, and many others. I have a Radiant Child certification, level 2.
Bringing the joy of yoga to others is my way of sharing the tremendous gifts of health and healing that yoga has given me. The techniques that I have learned while practicing on the mat sustain me throughout my everyday life off the mat. I am grateful that I can share this sustaining spirit and physical discipline with our yoga community.