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ANA PILAR CRUZ

HATHA YOGA FACULTY, LEAD TEACHER

Ana Pilar Cruz holds an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) certification through Yoga Alliance and a Yoga Therapist designation (C-IAYT) through the Internation Association of Yoga Therapists. She received her training certificate from the American Viniyoga Institute under the guidance of Gary Kraftsow. A constant student, she has supplemented her 1000+ hour education studying with Donna Farhi, Srivatsa Ramaswami, Leslie Kaminoff, Judith Lasater, Sadie Nardini, Anodea Judith and Rod Stryker. Ana Pilar has delved into the philosophical aspects of yoga in the last few years, specifically in the study of Sri Vidya & Rajanaka Tantra with Prof. Douglas Brooks.

CLICK HERE to listen to an interview with Ana Pilar about her experience of becoming a yoga teacher

DELORA FREDERICKSON

HATHA YOGA FACULTY, LEAD TEACHER

DeLora has taken extensive training to teach yoga to students at all stages of life. In Yoga Yoga Teacher Training she completed Level One and Level Two Kundalini training.  She also studied deaf education and graduated with a degree in speech. In 2012 she graduated from Yoga Yoga’s Flow-Based Hatha program as well as Sadie Nardini’s Evolution Vinyasa Teacher Training. For children’s yoga, DeLora graduated from the renowned Radiant Child Yoga Program, Levels One and Two. She also completed Pre- and Postnatal Training with Leslie Lytle’s Om Mama program. In 2009, she completed Judith Lasater’s Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga training. You’ll find her teaching a variety of classes on our schedule, and helping out in other ways around the studios.

Jenny O

Hatha, Hatha Intermediate, Hatha Flow, Kundalini, Gentle, Restorative, Prenatal Postnatal, Children's

Jenny has been teaching for over 10 years and has attended Prenatal training with Leslie Lytle, Radiant Child teacher training, postnatal and special needs with Shakta Kaur, Gong Training with Mehtab, 21 Stages with Gurucharan Khalsa, Kundalini 200 hour. Jenny is also a E-RYT 500 hour teacher, a Lead teacher for YY teacher Training Program, and enrolled in the Yoga therapy 800 hr course. She does private work with people who are interested in reducing their stress levels and have a real connection to working with Cancer Patients using restorative, breath, mantra and sound.

Jenny’s classes are alignment focused in the Anusara tradition. Class starts off slow, focusing on the breath and alignment. Students work through challenging poses, holding positions to experience how the breath moves through the body, expanding the posture. Jenny is focused on taking the body only as far as it will go, and she has modifications for every level of student. The quiet conclusion of class is a chance to bring the awareness back to the breath, and explore the subtle changes in the physical and energetic bodies. In Jenny’s Classes, you can expect some type of meditation like visualization, mantra or mindfulness. She also incorporates pranayama, Mudra and sometimes she uses the Gong. Jenny will also draw inspiration from Kundalini Yoga teachings in her Hatha classes because of the profound work that can be done with the nervous system.

KRISTEN FOLKENS

HATHA YOGA FACULTY, LEAD TEACHER, YOGA THERAPIST

Kristen has first hand experience with SI joint instability, rotator cuff injuries, trauma, as well as anxiety/depression conditions improving with the use of yogic tools. As of 2016, Kristen has participated in Prevention Magazine’s Annual Women’s Health Summit, as well as speaking at the University of Texas Dept. of Kinesiology & Health Education lecture hall. She has lead or participated in 200 hour yoga teacher trainings throughout the city. Kristen is certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists as a C-IAYT. Kristen draws inspiration not only from her teachers Judith Hanson Lasater, Chase Bossart, Robin Gueth, David Swenson, Anodea Judith, Douglas Brooks, Leslie Kaminoff, Gary Kraftsow, & Sadie Nardini, but from her daily life and ever-changing practicing. She believes the best teachers are students first and finds deeper understanding weekly from her mentors Jenn Wooten, Rachel Hector, Amanda Green, and Libby Cox. Clients can expect a safe place to explore whatever it is their body or mind needs. She will draw from any tradition that feels good in her body to offer her students a well-rounded healing experience. She strives to push her students when needed but prefers an environment where every student grows a teacher within. Zero judgement, communication, meditation, and philosophy are staples in her practice.

RAVYN ABBOUSHI

HATHA YOGA FACULTY, LEAD TEACHER

Drawn to spiritual and inner practices from an early age, Ravyn began her personal exploration of yoga as a tool for health and wholeness when, at the age of 12, she happened upon a book about yoga at a garage sale. She is now an e-RYT 500 yoga instructor with over 16 years of teaching experience, and has been on faculty for yoga teacher trainings at the 200, 500 and 800-hour levels. She calls the teaching style of Viniyoga home, although she incorporates a variety of teaching philosophies in her own practice, as well as in her classes. She graduated from UT Austin with a degree in Religious Studies, and remains fascinated and energized by the study of yoga philosophy to this day. She spent a year living in the occupied West Bank, establishing and teaching in the first yoga teacher training program in Ramallah, Palestine.  Most recently, Ravyn has been working in small group and one-on-one settings, helping people with chronic illness, chronic pain, and trauma reclaim their freedom of movement, joy, connection, and trust in their own body and spirit.  She is also a mother of 3 children, who are the light of her life.

 

SEAN BUCHNER

HATHA YOGA FACULTY

Sean Buchner, PT, DPT, is currently completing his neurologic residency through Texas State University Department of Physical Therapy and St. David’s Medical Center, with a trifold focus of: patient care; teaching at a tertiary level; and completing research in the neurologic field.  He has been teaching yoga formally for five years after completion of his training in Vancouver, Canada.  He has been teaching adult and children’s yoga anatomy and physiology to yoga teachers and teacher trainees for the past five years. He owes his growth to the many yoga teachers who have inspired his interest in the anatomy and physiology of movement. Educated as an elementary teacher, Sean took the first step towards cultivating his dedication and excitement for anatomy six years ago through yoga teacher training. This initial frightening step was well worth it as it lead him to complete his doctorate in physical therapy and to ultimately share his passion of anatomy and movement within his community. He is excited to be delivering his joy to inspire the love of learning about the body and movement in others in a fun and interactive environment.