Meet our Teachers:
Stephanie Carter, Ph.D., ERYT
Stephanie has been practicing, studying and/or teaching yoga and meditation for over 20 years. She is a licensed psychologist, and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an ERYT 200, and is working toward her ERYT 500 hour. She is passionate about making yoga education accessible to everyone. Stephanie’s classes are lighthearted and playful, and provide a laboratory for cultivating awareness and self-acceptance. She believes strongly in yoga’s ability to cultivate skills and attitudes that create better mental health and a more meaningful life off the mat.
Vernette Ayers, RYT200
V is passionate about health and healing with love and compassion. Guiding and nurturing others through yoga builds upon that as she loves to help her students discover their inner and outer strength at all levels. In V's classes students learn to develop a practice that best fits them and they are challenged to explore their own hidden ability and potential. V has multiple certifications in yoga with her classes ranging from Beginner Workshops to Mixed-Level Vinyasa to Ashtanga Led Primary. She believes that continuous development as a dedicated and humble student only strengthens us as teachers and she will continue to explore the many paths in yoga of strength, health and healing in order to share it with others.
abby johnson, 200hr
Abby's life path led her to discover yoga 10 years ago in an endeavor to find balance and the coping skills necessary to deal with life’s multitude of stresses. She became inspired to pass on the wonderful tools that she has learned of breath, movement, and mediation to others by completing a 200 hour teacher certification course in 2014, which gave her an empoweringfoundation of the Vinyasa & Ashtanga styles of yoga practice. This has changed her life both on and off the mat!
Her classes are for all levels of students who are wanting to pursue the benefits of strength, flexibility and stress relief while cultivating self-awareness and loving-kindness in all of one's efforts. She enjoys creating an environment which is filled with positive and balanced energy. "It is my passion in life to help and teach others to enjoy yoga as much as I have!"
Emilie Rogers, ERYT500
Iyengar Yoga Teacher
Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher ERYT500
Emilie is a graduate of one of the first yoga schools in Texas, Austin Yoga Institute, and has been teaching since 1988. The inspiration for living life well and her yoga career is Esther Vexler. Emilie is Founder of the Esther Vexler Yoga School, the first hatha yoga teacher training program in South Texas. As an Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Emilie continues her studies with Senior Level North American teachers, and travels to India to attend intensives in Pune, India at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Center,and with Sri Arun in Bangalore, India.
dawn hanson, RYT500
Dawn Hanson attended her first yoga class (Iyengar) in 1998 when she was a single, young mother of a toddler, working part-time, and attending University full-time. It became a haven of escape and bliss from her hectic life schedule. Since then she studied in a wide variety of yoga disciplines – Iyengar, Bikram, Hatha, Vinyasa. and Yin. Most of her adult life she ebbed and flowed in and out of her yoga practice, but dove deep into practice the last 6-7 years. She has been teaching since Fall of 2012, receiving her formal 200 and 500-hour yoga teacher certification from Yandara Yoga Institute in Todos Santos, BCS Mexico. She has also studied with world-renowned instructors – Doug Keller, Peter Sterios and Tiffany Cruikshank. She is currently working toward her ParaYoga Certification with Rod Stryker. Dawn taught for two years atStafford Creek Correctional Facility, a medium security prison for men, for Yoga Behind Bars, believing that everyone deserves access to yoga and spiritual growth. Dawn guides creative Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, and Hatha classes. When not in a yoga class she enjoys the outdoors as much as possible – walking her dog, gardening, rafting, fishing, surfing, and biking.
“Deepening and committing to my yoga practice has been one of the best things I have done for myself spiritually, physically and mentally. I am honored and blessed to be able to share and hold space with yoga for others.”
stephanie cavazos, ryt200
Stephanie complete her RYT200 training and received the title of Yoga Siromani, minister of yoga from the Vastu School of Yoga in October 2012. She is grateful to her amazing teachers Lal, Lorrie and Geeta for their love and selflessness in sharing their knowledge of Yoga. Stephanie teaches a traditional, classical style of yoga based on the teachers of Swami Sivananda. She enjoys serving others and wants nothing more than to share the practice and continue to learn and help others.
"Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way" ~ Vishnudevanada Sarawati
Kristen McKenney Baggett
Kristen has been practicing yoga for 15 years and teaching for 12. She has three wonderful kids that do their best to keep her humble, scurried, and joyfully tired, and her yoga practice magically keeps her sane and healthy through life's ups and downs. Whether kids yoga or power, her hope for everyone in class is the same: that you leave your mat feeling better than when you got on it!
Monika campos RYT200
Monika discovered yoga in 2007 while home for winter break during college. Amazed how after practicing just one month not only helped alleviate stress of being a college student, but also created a mind body connection she had never experienced before, she was hooked! Practicing yoga helped her create balance in her everyday life, after one year of practice, she knew should would ultimately become a certified teacher.
Since graduating from Bikram Yoga College of India in Spring of 2011, Monika has taught at The Union - Yoga & Strength, MIssion Yoga San Francisco, Bikram Yoga Daly City, Bikram Yoga Seacliff, Bikram Yoga Petaluma. Wanting to extend her knowledge and breadth of yoga, during the Summer of 2015, Monika started her journey in becoming a 200 RYT in Power Yoga, in the Summer of 2015 with Baron Baptiste and 2016 with the The Open Hand Institute. Monika believes in continued education to become the best teacher she can be! Teaching and practicing yoga is the key to the best possible version of herself.
ashley ludwick RYT200
Ashley believes practicing yoga is an organic state that is always expanding and evolving in the practitioner. She enjoys teaching in the style of Hatha for the freedom it lends to revealing the authentic self. In the years since her first class,she has nurtured a relationship with yoga that has given back more than she could have dreamed possible: physically, emotionally and spiritually. She became an instructor to share exactly that. Ashley likes to sequence her classes in such a way that ensures each muscle group is addressed and the spirit is nourished. She focuses on breathing in tandem with moving, creating a place of quiet in the body to relieve tension, and focus to relax the mind . As a person becomes more open and aware on the mat, she/he will inevitably carry it off the mat to share with others.
LESLIE NICOLE RAMSEY RYT500
"I began practicing and studying yoga 18 years ago. Yoga has proven for me to be the most accessible pathway to introspection, contemplation and meditation, which I need to recharge my energy, renew my drive and recover from the scrapes and bruises of life. I teach and practice Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga for full spectrum nourishment of my physical, spiritual and mental self. My classes will challenge you! I believe you need to put forth some effort to experience your innate vitality and strength, and activate the parasympathetic nervous system to productively deal with the stress of work and life. You will leave feeling alive, refreshed and ready to take on new challenges! I am Yoga Alliance certified at the 500 hour level."
Laura tripplet ryt200
Laura’s parents practiced yoga in the years before and after her birth, it was they who introduced her to yoga as a small child; one of her favorite books was Rachel Carr’s “Be a Frog, A Bird or A Tree” which led to the discovery of some of her favorite asanas. She drifted away and returned a few times before realizing the benefits were just too good to live without. Upon ascertaining this, she began to think about teaching, she then enrolled in and graduated from Esther Vexler Yoga School, and now sits on their Board of Directors. She teaches in a hatha style with an emphasis on breathwork. He favorite Iyengar quote is, “The hardness of a diamond is part of its usefulness, but the true value is the light that shines through it.” She believes yoga has helped her shine a little brighter and enjoys through teaching, helping her students explore and discover how to shine a little brighter themselves.
CARLOS GOMEz lascurain
"My passion is to remind people that they are primarily in charge of their health and well being. Take a deep breath, move and think positive thoughts. Its that simple, but its not easy. Yoga is a great way to cultivate self awareness, the first step to optimal health. With 9+ years experience teaching yoga, and having learned from some of the best yoga teachers in the world, I will create a class tailored to the students in front of me. Everyone can practice yoga and I have taught it to a huge aray of students from NBA/NFL Athletes and Cirque du Soleil performers, to people living with chronic pain, disabled seniors and children. Let me help you feel better than ever with yoga!"
heather love, ryt200
I first discovered yoga over 20 years ago while beginning my university studies in Colorado. It was love at first practice, and the seed had been planted when my professor suggested that I was a prime candidate for being a yoga instructor myself. I continued to practice until traveling to Nosara, Costa Rica to earn my teaching certificate in January of 2011. I have been teaching as a certified yoga instructor ever since, but I will always be a student as my knowledge continues to expand. My goal in my teaching experience is to provide an invitation to my students to offer better health and wellness to their lives through self-care. I support and teach a relaxed, non-competitive learning style of interdisciplinary yoga. I am honored to be sharing my knowledge with the San Antonio community since moving here from Austin, and I'm looking forward to broadening my horizon on many levels!
The divine in me honors the divine in you~
Taylor Torisk, RYT300
Certifications and Specialties: Personal Training & Sports Performance, Weight-Loss, Nutrition, and Supplementation, Injury Rehabilitation, Overall Wellness & Energy, Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Spinning and Spin Power
Mission for Clients: To help you identify with your physical, mental, and spiritual sheaths. Through this discipline, you can establish a deeper connection within yourself and attain the growth, support, and maintenance of lean muscle.
Taylor graduated in 2009 from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Sport Management. He attended on dual academic and athletic scholarships. In 2007 and 2008, he was a regional finalist in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for wrestling. Taylor was the 2006 Texas High School State Champion and State Runner-up in 2005. He is an Iyengar Yoga teacher in training, Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Spin-Power Instructor, and an Independent Nutrition Adviser. Taylor also enjoys backpacking abroad and has visited a total of 21 countries.
His philosophy is: Finding joy in effort, Blending culture and education, Balancing mind, body, and will, Utilizing teamwork, Respecting others, Leading by example.
amy collins 500hr
Amy Collins is a 500 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor and Freelance Writer loving the sunshine in San Antonio. Yoga found Amy when she was 18 and it quickly became a foundation upon which she wanted to build her life. She studied across the country in California and Washington, officially receiving her 500 Hour Training at Yoga Bala in Port Orange, FL. Amy has a laid-back teaching style and loves to combine the heat building breath and movement of Ashtanga with the patience strengthening restorative holds of Yin practice. Amy encourages everyone to find humor and lightness no matter where they are in life. Her classes are catered to all levels of practice-- expect hands-on adjustments and laughter. You can follow Amy on Instagram @whereisamycollins.
anne mccarthy eryt200, ryt500, YACEP, m.ed
Anne approaches yoga with wholehearted wonder. Using props and detailed alignment instructions, she cultivates awareness and curiosity while providing a place of authentic exploration where students can nurture their stillness, playfulness, and joy. She encourages students to learn how to surrender in each pose, and the wisdom to listen to their own inner teacher. Carving out a space for students to engage in the practice of being centered and creating space to observe themselves as a wholehearted person.
Living up to her childhood nickname of Monkey, she loves the freedom of hanging upside down and swinging. She is an experienced registered yoga teacher having taught over 1,000 hours of yoga. Earning her RYT at the 200 hour level from the Esther Vexler Yoga School, her 500 hour certification from The Alchemy of Form and Flow with Christina Sell and Gioconda Parker, continuing education provider for yoga teachers (YACEP), and is also a certified Kidding Around Yoga Instructor that has trained in kid’s aerial yoga with Yogapeutics. Outside of the studio, she loves to walk her dogs, has a Master’s in Education and taught high school math for 9 years.