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Whole Life Wellness Center

 401 E. FILMORE AVE., HARLINGEN, TX 78550

Our Yoga Instructors Are The BEST!

956-412-3745

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.

Brittany  

Yoga Instructor

Brittany is a 200hr RYT who received her training from It’s Yoga Cancun led by Liliana Mejia. Brittany began her yoga journey in 2014. Ever since her first yoga class, Brittany became addicted and eager to share what magic she experienced on the mat. Since the beginning of her journey, she has gone on to train and practice with other experienced teachers such as Kino Macgregor, Minnar Martinez, Michael Stewart and others. Brittany’s mission as a yoga instructor is to create a safe, harmonious and welcoming space for practitioners.



Paula is currently completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training through Yoga Alliance having been a student of yoga since 2008.

She was born and raised in Canada and moved to Boston in 1988 to work in clinical and research pathology labs. She moved to Texas in 1997; earned her master’s degree; and then married and started a family. Paula has taught biomedical sciences at both the high school and college level.

Now with an empty nest (although her golden retrievers, Violet and Poppy would disagree), she is excited to explore this new chapter of her life teaching yoga in the community.

Class - Thursday at 9:00am


Paula F. 


Pyarvin, MD:

Yoga Instructor 500 RYT

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.

Paula  T. 

Yoga found Paula when a dear friend invited her to attend a community class in April of 2021 and she fell in love with changes she saw in herself, both inside and out. When given the opportunity to be a part of the first ever 200-hour yoga teacher training available in Harlingen through Yoga Alliance and at Aum Yoga Studio, she jumped at the chance.  She is a firm believer in the power that positivity can bring in a group fitness setting, and she wants to share this with anyone who attends her classes.

Paula was born and raised in Northern Maine and moved to South Texas in 1991. She has three children and has had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom to them with the support of her beloved husband.  




Henry 

Yoga Instructor 


Born and raised in San Benito. Married for 27 years to Blanca and we have 3 amazing sons. 

I love staying healthy. I have studied Martial Arts since 2002. I became curious about Yoga about 20 years ago. My wife and I went to a yoga New Year's workshop at the Aum Yoga studio and have been studying Yoga since. 

I am now doing my 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Alliance. 





Stacey Yoga ​Instructor​


Stacey was born in Waco, Texas and spent her childhood in Brownsville, Texas. She returned to Waco to attend high school and college. She made Harlingen her home when she joined her family business, Scoggins Construction Company as their office manager. She became incredibly involved in the Junior League of Harlingen (serving as President) and the Associated General Contractors. Stacey is married to Dr. Jim Rowe, and together they are actively involved with the Harlingen Country Club.

She started attending yoga in 2009 at Ahimsa Yoga, which later became Aum Yoga Studio. The teachers that have been at this studio through the years have been instrumental in her pursuit of becoming a yoga instructor. Stacey is most appreciative of being able to attend yoga teacher training in the same studio where her yoga journey began.