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, 200hr
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!
Morgan Brown RYT200
"I remember my first yoga practice; staring with wide eyes thinking that there was no way I, of all people, could ever... the teacher caught my gaze and said to me 'you have to try'. In my life I have been challenged and I have failed. Haven't we all? Yoga constantly reminds me to be humble, and in that humility I have found strength and the courage to persevere....to try and try and try again, and it is exactly that, I hope to share not only with my students but with everyone I meet."
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.
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.