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.
Maggie began practicing yoga in 2007 as a complement to running, and kept coming back to the mat for the connection of body, breath and spirit that makes yoga not just a workout, but a practice of awareness. In 2016 she completed a 200-hour training at Practice Yoga in Austin. Her training is heavily alignment-based and her style incorporates purposeful positioning with breath-based flow. Her classes are thoughtful and joyful as she guides students to trust their own intuition.
Besides yoga, world travel, food, music and writing feed Maggie’s soul. She’s fascinated by language and culture, fueled by sunshine and peanut butter, and moved by good tunes. Above all, she's grateful for this precious, messy life and the abundance of love she encounters within it!
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.
Kiely Rutledge has been studying and practicing yoga for over 10 years. She teaches from the heart of her passion, and is registered at the highest level with the Yoga Alliance, E-RYT500.
Known for her passionate and joyful approach to yoga, Kiely is first and foremost a devoted student. She draws inspiration from many master teachers of the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Anusara methods, and her teaching style unites all of these methods to provide a relatable and useful practice for her students. Kiely deeply believes that the ancient teachings of yoga are just as useful to the modern household yogi as a way to connect to our heart of hearts and find liberation through yoga. “I find it very comforting that the ancient sages were dealing with the same questions about life that I am. They fumbled towards enlightenment through their experience just like I do — We connect to our deepest heart in this practice and experience and try again. All of it is useful.” Kiely regularly offers intensives and mentorships as a way to deepen her students’ understanding of how to incorporate the teachings into everyday life. Her greatest joy is to help people step onto the path and come alive with the practice of yoga.
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.
Jaxx is an adventurer, life lover, genuine truth seeker and community activator. She loves bringing people together through conscious, collective gatherings. She practices and teaches yoga because she believes yoga provides a vehicle for waking people up, not just internally through their own psychology and physiology, but also in communities, institutions, and society. It is an invitation to open our hearts and expands our awareness of self, creating space for balance and profound change in our lives. The wisdom of this work involves awakening to a deeper, more purposeful life. Jaxx has studied extensively under the teachings of some of the brightest lights in traditional teachings, and her offerings today include yoga, meditation, sharing the simple life, immersion programs and just doing her best to “be the change”.
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.
Janet initially found yoga during a time that called for self-love and physical challenge. After immersing herself in the Austin yoga community she discovered there was something else that kept her coming back to her mat, something that provided far more than simply the physical benefits of exercise. Janet developed a passion for the gift of mind-body awareness that the practice provides, as well as love for the ancient teachings and philosophy of yoga. She is highly influenced by the Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa yoga styles. Janet believes that the most important aspects of yoga asana are foundation and form to cultivate a safe but challenging practice that allows one to go beyond the physical realm.
When she was a little girl, Alex wanted to be a pop star. But that didn’t work out, so she became a yoga instructor instead. It’s a pretty sweet gig. She enjoys dancing around the room to her own beat and creating a family out of every person she meets. She tries not to take herself too seriously, and she might make you laugh. Alex received her 200-hour certification from Nadi Yogi in 2014 and has been teaching ever since. Her classes are dynamic flows blended with relaxing restorative postures, carefully designed to help the student flourish and access their best self. In her spare time, Alex is an devoted outdoorswoman, serious puppy parent, an artist of sorts, and a writer.
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.
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.
Kelsie is a big believer that the best things in life are funny; for everything else, there is yoga. Yoga enables Kelsie to live a more effervescent, spirited life with well-placed reminders to breath, lean in, and -when in doubt- shake that booty.
As former athlete and professional (kitchen) dancer, Kelsie has always been charmed by the therapeutic properties of movement. After completing her first 200 hours of teacher training, she took a deep dive in mind/body discovery, trying on various lineages of asana and breathwork, and becoming a licensed bodyworker along the way. In class, she encourages her fellow yogis to revel in the sweetness of a challenging yet playful practice, all rooted in kinetic movement and erupting from the space where strength meets vulnerability.
Ela is a born and raised Austinite! Her personal yoga journey began in 2013 after graduating college. Struggling with anxiety and the thought of the unknown, she found balance and comfort with yoga. It was the missing piece to her puzzle. Ela received her 200-hour Power Yoga Teacher Training in February of 2015 at Corepower Yoga. Also, as an avid surfer and paddleboarder, she quickly fell in love with SUP Yoga and got her certification in November 2016 at SUP Yoga Tulum. Communication and connection through the mind, body and soul is her platform for living a happy and healthy life!
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.