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Rishi Sandra:

Yoga Instructor

Stay young, healthy and emotionally sound through the practice of yoga. Gentle, easy, beginners yoga will be offered for all ages. If you have never done yoga and are wondering where to start, these classes are for you. If you are an experienced student you will benefit as modifications for more advance students will also be taught.

You will learn the basic yoga postures, proper alignment, breathing, diet, history and names of the asanas in Sanskrit. You will understand the health benefits of poses and begin from your first lesson to heal and feel your body, becoming aware of all its mechanics.

Get ready for a new beginning as you explore this ancient practice that has stood the test of time and has reawakened in todays culture.

Rishi Sandra has been a student of yoga since the 70's, and has a wealth of information on Hatha Yoga and Eastern philosophy. She is a practitioner of Ayurveda the life knowledge and natural medicine of India. She is a certified yoga teacher with a passion to teach as well as share her knowledge of the Yogic Lifestyle.

Amy:

Yoga Instructor

A native of the Rio Grande Valley, Amy found yoga in 2006 looking first for something to add to her workout routine. However, she soon found yoga filled more than just a physical space in her life. After four and half of dedication and practicing under Deborah Hinojosa and Shirley Fleming, Amy decided she wanted to share her passion with others and became a yoga instructor.


She is a Registered Yoga Teacher-200 through Yoga Alliance. She received her teacher training through Solstice Yoga Center, in Zipolite, Mexico, with Brigitte Longueville, an internationally renowned yoga teacher.


She has also trained with David McAmmond, Anne O’Brien, Marianna Emiko, Pao Aguilar and Izaskun Casanova; and attended training at various workshops with master teachers, including Kate Potter and Ana Forrest. She continues to study under Shirley Fleming and master teachers throughout the year at workshops and retreats. She is working toward her RYT-500 certification.


She specializes in Restorative Alignment, which provides the opportunity to restore and rejuvenate the innate muscular and energetic capacity of the body while continuing to build and strengthen the body with the practice of asanas with consciousness of movement in order to optimize the practice of yoga and the use of props, including the BackMitra.


She also has more than two years of Anatomy and Physiology classes and training combined through her university education and yoga teacher training. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in communication with a concentration in journalism, public relations and advertising from The University of Texas-Pan American.


Amy truly believes that anyone can practice yoga and any pose can be personalized to each person through the use of props and care.

Stephanie:

Yoga Instructor

Stephanie began her practice at Aum Yoga Studio in 2013. She instantly fell in love the second she met the mat. As the practice evolved, a deep desire to become fully connected, mind, body and soul led her to discover Yahweh Yoga LLC out of Tempe, Arizona. Through them, she is certified as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and Yahweh Yoga Teacher (YYT-200).


Yoga Alliance has categorized Yahweh Yoga under its own style of yoga training. This is a Christian Style yoga that incorporates the Holy Bible which serves as its theology.


Yoga is a method of connecting just as meditation, prayer and worship is to a believer. Principles of Anusara yoga, in regards to alignment, are incorporated into the teachings and focus to sync both movement and breathe to fully enhance the form of each pose for the individual.


Stephanie’s main goal of every class is to make it an experience for each individual attending and not just a class. She believes that every person is capable of doing something they feel comfortable or led to do while developing a beautiful awareness of how to honor their own limits and abilities.


Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitative Services with a concentration in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from UTPA and an Associates in Social Work. She currently works at non-profit agency providing services to the community. When she is not teaching or working she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Hanna:

Yoga Instructor

Hanna began her fitness journey -- with absolutely no athletic background -- at the belated age of about 17 years old as a means to combat the common self-esteem issues young girls have with themselves. Just a few years later, yoga provided a way to approach this lifestyle much more healthily.


She was making her way through her second year of obtaining her Bachelor's degree when she was given the opportunity to open herself up to sharing her love of practicing yoga with others as a teacher at the on-campus recreational center.


Strengthening the body while also maintaining the proper balance of flexibility along with it in order to feel your absolute best in your very own body is the most important aspect of teaching for Hanna.


Accessibility to people of all fitness levels is also a theme that is always present in her classes. Having constantly battled with body image, yoga has managed to give her a place to fully accept and appreciate with utmost gratitude the physical form of the human body.

Seymour:

Yoga Instructor

Seymour Guenther comes the Rio Grande Valley from Austin where he has taught yoga since 2000 at Yoga Yoga and the YMCA.


Initially trained in Kundalini Yoga, he has also taught flow, relaxing yoga, kirtan, yoga for children, and laughing yoga styles. He is also an experienced personal trainer and classroom teacher, and he currently teaches World Geography at Dr. Cano Freshman Academy in Harlingen CISD.

Pyarvin, MD:

Yoga Instructor

Pyarvin has been a student of Yoga and Theosophy for over a decade. She has been teaching yoga since 2010, first in her native Russia and then in the US (Pennsylvania and New York). Pyarvin's medical background is in psychiatry. She is trained in Therapeutic Touch healing modality.


Pyarvin is a long-time vegetarian, published a vegetarian cook book in Russia, worked as a Chef at upstate NY retreat center and has taught vegetarian cooking classes both in Russia and the USA. She is a mom of 2 boys and her love for yoga deepened over the years as she discovered prenatal/postnatal and restorative yoga. Pyarvin has been trained in many styles of Hatha Yoga including AshtangaVinyasa, Tri Yoga, Lengar Yoga, Yoga 23 as well as prenatal, restorative and gentle yoga. Her goal is to share her the knowledge in a simple and fun way and help her students to better understand physiological and psychological benefits of their yoga practice.


Yoga Resume

2010-2013 worked as a yoga teacher in Russia

2013-2014 Govinda Yoga studio, NY, teacher

2014-2016 Supersoul yoga studio, NY, substitute teacher

2015-2016 Won Dharma Center, Claverack, NY. Substitute teacher.

2013-2016 Vegetarian Chef and substitute techer in Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center.

Trainings:

teacher training in Hatha Yoga 2009 (Russia)

2009-2013 Was trained in Ashtanga yoga, Tri Yoga, prenatal/postnatal yoga (Russia)

2013 - graduated medical internship program as a psychiatrist.

Shoshanna:

Yoga Instructor 

Although a native of the East Coast, Shoshanna first discovered the beauty of yoga in the Rio Grande Valley. Over 5 years ago, she tried her first power yoga class at Aum Yoga Studio, and decided that yoga would become a permanent way of life from then on. She continued her practice experiencing the guidance of teachers in Austin, Baltimore and New York.


She attended a workshop by the renowned Kate Potter on South Padre Island. She has a certificate from a 20 hour training on kids yoga and mindfulness through Full of Joy Yoga.


Recently, the stars aligned and she was able to begin her certification toward becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher-200 through Black Swan Yoga Studio in Austin, TX. Her favorite styles of yoga include vinyasa/ashtanga, power/heated flow, restorative and yin yoga.


Besides for her passion for yoga, Shoshanna holds a Bachelors degree in Humanities with a concentration in Special Education. She has taught special education in public and private schools for over 9 years. Bringing yoga as a way of life to all different types of bodies; young, old, different abilities and sizes, is the fire that fuels her teaching and everyday life.

Christina:

Yoga Instructor


Christine began her practice at home and at the Aum Yoga Studio shortly after moving to Harlingen in 2010. She continued pursuing her personal practice as a way of reducing stress and consolidating her mind, body, and soul.

Aspiring to deepen her experience, she adopted yoga as a lifestyle and soon began sharing her love of it with others. Eventually, she decided to acquire her 200-hour teacher certification from the Black Swan Yoga Studio in Austin, Texas.

Christine is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) through Yoga Alliance and is now a certified child yoga teacher. Her goal is to share yoga with people of all ages and to help train their bodies and minds to move in a holistic manner.

Realizing that yoga also teaches people about mental toughness when facing challenges on and off the mat, Christine eagerly urges everyone to learn about it. She also emphasizes the importance of self-care.

Besides her passion for yoga, Christine holds a Bachelor in English Literature degree with a concentration on Electronic Media. She also has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.

Christine has served as a children’s librarian for public libraries in both New York City and the state of Texas. When she was not serving as a librarian, she was a stay-at-home army mom, homeschooling her children.

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