Marybeth has been practicing yoga for 11 years and completed her first teacher training in 2012. She is filled with immense gratitude to be opening the doors of Wild Heart Yoga to serve as Director of all things wild!
Marybeth is a lover of life, wild heart, mama bear, music junkie, dancing fool, and inspired by all things creative! She teaches high-spirited, vigorous classes designed to push students outside of their comfort zone to discover the strength and ease within. It is this sweet space between she hopes her students learn to embrace.
Carlee feels yoga is her therapy, glass of wine, and me time. It gives her a chance to reflect on her day, process thoughts, and re-center herself in the midst of this hectic and busy world. She wants to share this beautiful practice with all students so they can experience the amazing benefits this transformative practice has to offer. When Carlee teaches, it is her intention to share her passion for the physical, spiritual, and mental aspects of yoga, realizing each time she practices it changes who she is as a person and it is her joy and honor to be able to give back to this community through her teaching practice and hope that people find their own sense of peace and love each time they come to their mat.
For Maggie, yoga began as a balance to the effects of distance running on the body, but it soon became a refuge for the heart and soul. In this practice she discovered the connection of body, breath and spirit that makes yoga not just a workout, but a practice of awareness. Her training from Practice Yoga is heavily alignment-based, but she also has a deep love for the flow of Vinyasa. Her style incorporates the two through purposeful positioning in a dynamic flow. Her classes are creative, joyful, sweaty and sweet…and if you’re lucky she may even sing to you at the end! :)
In addition to yoga, world travel, food, music and writing feed Maggie’s soul. She’s a language lover, sunshine seeker and groove mover! Above all, she's grateful for this precious, messy life and the adventure of the unfolding path.
Shona’s approach and teaching style parallels her life: fierce, intimate, and ready. Her practice has evolved into a consistent and growing dialogue with her body and nervous system after disrupting three cervical discs in her spine and surviving a spinal cord injury earlier this year. It is her intention to help students refine and deepen their communication within their uniqueness, core and center, finding peace and joy as a byproduct of good health and good space. If parallel universes exist ShonaX most likely practices and performs with the internationally recognized Cirque du Soleil.
Kris integrates multiple styles into her teaching providing her students with challenge, balance and optimal self-care. Education in mind-body awareness is one of her passions and the proven benefits have continued to fuel her teaching desire. She loves how the practice is accessible to anyone who comes to their mat with a willing heart and reminds students to laugh often and love deeply. When she’s not on her mat you can find her barefoot in nature with her dogs. She looks forward to growing with the Wild Heart Tribe.
Gil started practicing yoga in Puerto Rico in 2009 while looking for a healthier lifestyle. Searching for the roots of yoga, Gil took his first teacher training in 2010 at Rishikesh Yog Peeth in India, then began teaching Hatha Yoga in his native island. The following year, he began practice and training in Ashtanga and Rocket Yoga under the tutelage of David Kyle in Puerto Rico, who are his primary influences. Gil has taught yoga in various maximum security prisons under the Correctional Department of Puerto Rico, where he led the yoga program for inmates for two years. In 2016 he moved to Austin, looking for a change, and also to reconnect with the Mysore Style. Gil's classes are based on his daily personal practice and his love of music. Expect hands-on alignment, modifications, and a bit of humor.
Maria began practicing yoga in 2008 and completed her first teacher training in 2014. Her practice and love for yoga has evolved into a soul-inspiring practice that cultivates strength, confidence, compassion, and a deep appreciation for living in the now.
Maria's approach to yoga is playful and light hearted. Her desire as a teacher is to create a space where students can practice freely, without judgement. She believes that yoga is best practiced by breathing deeply, moving with intention, keeping an open mind, and a happy heart.
Growing up an athlete, Laura felt so unusually challenged in her first yoga class back in 2012 that she was instantly hooked. Over the next few years she grew stronger not only in her physical practice but also felt a shift internally. Having struggled with anxiety and panic attacks, she began to notice yoga helped alleviate it and began to use yoga as a tool to help her stay present. As her passion grew Laura knew her path was to share the practice of yoga with others. Laura completed her 200 HR training—right here in Austin—in alignment vinyasa based style. Her classes combine the perfect amount of strength building and form with a strong focus on using the breath to stay present and surrender to the healing of yoga.
Zuzu is a pink haired dreamer, adventure enthusiast and pizza lover. She first stepped onto the mat in 2009 and immediately fell in love with yoga. As an instructor, she leads students through a fun, creative flow, while holding space to guide everyone along a self-healing path to ultimate happiness and contentment. In her class you will travel with her on a journey through yoga asana, meditation, breath work and self-discovery. Her style is wild, free and invigorating, as all things in life should be.
Nikki was inspired to first step on the mat in 2007 as a cross-training complement to Dance, and found transformational self-awareness in the process. She received her RYT 200 training at CorePower in Austin and has been teaching since 2013. Nikki holds space for students to discover radical self-acceptance, cultivate personal power and embark on a vibrant path of healing. Come ready to sweat in her vigorous and empowering classes that incorporate music, accessibility and alignment.
Nikki's other passions include Holistic Nutrition modalities, Urban Dance, and exploring the elements with her Siberian Husky, Sukra.
Erica started yoga 20 years ago quite by accident. It promptly became her passion, second only to playing the piano. She spent many years traveling and living around the world, floating from Italy to Spain, New York, Mexico, back to Italy, Thailand, and Greece, practicing and teaching yoga and language. The constant evolution of her yoga practice as a student took her deeper into her passion and journey as a teacher.In Italy she began teaching Vinyasa yoga, and has continued as a Vinyasa teacher both in studio and in her online yoga classes. Her approach is athletic and alignment based, using the fullness and softness of breath to create space and joy in the physical body. In her classes you will be encouraged to meet your Self - to discover and grow deeper in love, courage, and true strength both on and off your mat.
Having found yoga in the depths of the darkest moments of his life, his mantra became, “Nothing sacred, everything revered.” Harleigh’s offerings intend to challenge you and your body with a practice that is modern, mindful, expansive, and available. With him you'll find roots grounded in Westernized Power Yoga and then explored to great lengths at the very heart in the ashrams of India. His yogic style has depth & range, focused primaily on Power Vinyasa with rigorous asana – building strength from the outside in. You’ll find a very tender moment if you catch him leading classes other than Vinyasa though. Join him in the exploration of yoga asana blended with; contemporary fitness, dance, comedy, science, meditation, and other flights of fancy!
Rae found yoga during a time in her life when her purpose was unclear, her self-awareness was non-existent, and her thoughts were ever buzzing. Yoga gave her a space to turn off her brain, tune into her body, and BREATHE, allowing her to find inner quiet and mental clarity on (and finally off of!) the mat. After finding peace through her practice she was ready to drink the yoga Kool-Aid and never turn back. Rae always says, “yoga saved my life” and her goal as an instructor is to guide others towards the light that is yoga.
Jess was first drawn to yoga as a way to soothe anxious energy and replace unhealthy coping skills that were no longer serving their purpose. Over the years, her practice has radically transformed into one that invites in more stillness and presence, a lens through which to observe the mind, regulate the nervous system and understand what it means to be embodied. Jess believes yoga is for every body and is passionate about making it accessible to all. In her classes, she aims and encourages us all to keep it real, do our best, be good to ourselves and others. Jess' love of travel has provided her with a worldly perspective, open mind and free spirit. She's a mountain mama at heart who loves to sink her bare feet into the earth and discover new things with her Catahoula Leopard Hound.
Chloe began her practice 9 years ago and in 2016 she completed her 200H-RYT. Her feel-good, fun-loving vibe is evident in and out of the studio. She teaches to all types of glowing souls and has a passion for sharing what she has studied with the curious at heart. Off the mat, she has a passion for mosaic tile, architecture, and mermaids. She's grateful for all the benefits yoga has brought into her life and can't wait to meet you!
When Jason started practicing yoga, it was just a change up from his usual workout routine, but he quickly found it was essential in evolving and maintaining his emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Regular practice gave him the tools he needed to slow down and gain perspective, and with that clarity came better choices, and with better choices came a better life. He is also a chiropractor specializing in functional improvement for yogis, with certifications in physical therapy and personal training. He regularly prescribes specific poses to patients, and tries to use his life experiences to help others understand how to cope with their injuries. His classes will be focused on having a good time, pose symmetry, and balancing asymmetrical muscle tone that make students prone to injury.
This native New Yorker came to yoga over a decade ago, finding a practice that was the perfect complement to her training as a triathlete. After suffering a knee injury, life took an unexpected shift. Yoga took a front seat to her life, as she dove into the history of the practice and the more meditative and ancient magical aspects. Students come to Jenna's classes to find moments of peace while enjoying creative sequencing, good music and a healthy dose of humor. Jenna offers her students a path to experiential learning with a well-rounded practice and meditation. Through her continuing studies and practice, she strives to help others turn inward, outward, onward (and downward and upward!).
Cassandra has always had a love for almost everything involving fitness and wellness. Over seven years ago, she turned to yoga for physical healing after an injury. What she found was the power of yoga and it’s healing effects, both physically and emotionally. She is so passionate about yoga and it’s many facets, she continues to alternate between teacher and student. Students can expect a challenging yet accessible class with creative sequencing and a focus on core strength, while still allowing plenty of space for fun organic movement. Cassandra strives to create a blissful environment where students can feel safe, empowered, and connected. When she is not teaching, she is the proud mama of a beautiful spirited little girl.
While stuffing her face with pizza at a Super Bowl party, Andi was invited to her first yoga class. She was instantly hooked, as it propelled her into an all-around healthier lifestyle. Yoga gave Andi the confidence she had lost, and was the perfect balance between strength and stillness. Andi believes that if you want to cultivate power, you have to cultivate rest. She aims to educate practitioners on the mind-body connection and to practice with anatomical safety at the forefront. Andi is a firm believer that what you experience on the mat can give you wisdom in the day to day, knowing that you can reach new heights simply by using the power of your breath. With a deeply rooted love for people and long-term wellness mindset, Andi desires to help people discover their inner strength, on and off the mat.
Michelle is a rainbow warrior always looking for good vibes. She expresses herself in different ways such as yoga, writing, music, and theatre. She is currently a UT student and a certified yoga teacher. With experience in Kundalini and Bhakti yoga, Michelle shares positive energy and kindness with those she meets. As a native Austinite and a natural hippie, she wants to do her best to give back to her loving community.
Susie has been a practicing Registered Nurse and Yogi for over 30 years. She found yoga during a retreat at Kripalu in Massachusetts and has explored many different disciplines of practice since then but the core is always using breath to link mind, body and spirit. She practices yoga on her mat so she can practice yoga off her mat. Susie and her daughter Michelle completed their 200hr training together and they continue to attend workshops on Kundalini, Bhakti and Yin Yoga as well as Ayurveda and meditation. They are Wild Heart OGs as they signed up as members during opening weekend!