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Zakkiyah


Kula Yoga has some of the best teachers in Austin! Our instructors are experienced, well educated and care about their students. These yogis and yoginis come from a variety of traditions and offer something for every practice level.

Amy P.
Amy P.

Amy Pancake, M.A. and eryt-300, was first introduced to yoga in 1992 while studying Vipassana meditation at Wat Suan Mokkh Buddhist monastery in Thailand. She has been practicing yoga daily since 1998, and has taught over 3,500 yoga classes since 2002. She enjoys teaching several different styles of yoga, including hatha, pre- and post-natal, kids yoga and restorative. She completed advanced yoga teacher training with Ana Forrest in July 2006, and has been exploring Continuum Movement with Emily Conrad since 2007. Amy is currently pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Kinesiology at The University of Texas to broaden her study of movement.

Amy's yoga class is designed to awaken and enliven every cell of the body so that fresh energy can flow and old fears and blockages may be released. We do this by learning breath awareness, internal alignment, creating space in the joints and moving from the core. Learn how to balance the yoga dichotomies of stillness and movement, support and surrender, grace and structural integrity. Get rid of stiffness, old movement patterns, and tightness!
Check out Amy's Blog and Website at :

www.KulaHalfPints.BlogSpot.com

www.ExpressionsWithGesture.com

Amy Y.
Amy Y.

Amy has practiced yoga most of her adult life; mainly as a compliment to sports. As a lifetime runner, cyclist, swimmer and competitive triathlete she came to realize that yoga is a perfect compliment to repetitive motion sports. She considers herself a "reformed type A", mainly due to the balance and awareness yoga has brought to her life. Amy became certified through The Living Yoga Program in 2006 and went on to earn her 500 hour yoga certification through Castle Hill Fitness. She also received a Pilates Mat certification through Balanced Body in 2012. Amy's loves combining yoga with pilates and she often weaves both into her creative, playful classes. Amy guides her students to explore, be adventurous, and discover their own inner teacher. Her vinyasa flow style classes are designed to warm up the body, calm the mind and ignite the spirit!

Angela
Angela

A native Texan, Angela Nix first moved to Austin to attend The University of Texas, where she graduated with a BBA in Management and Marketing. She spent many years in the corporate world, in various leadership roles of increasing responsibility, until finally deciding to change her path and seek more balance in life. She has practiced yoga for more than 10 years, and in the last couple of years approached it with her usual passion and commitment. Angela enjoys teaching both kids and adult classes and brings a light hearted demeanor to her students regardless of their age. She is a certified Kids Yoga Instructor with Next Generation Yoga. She loves teaching kids classes and enjoys integrating music and creative movement into each class and summer camp session. She has completed her Teacher Training, studying under Gioconda Parker and focusing her efforts on Vinyasa Flow. She teaches with grace and a casual style, encouraging her students to find their true ?yoga self? and grow their practice through consistency, fun and self awareness. Outside of the studio, she serves on the Board at ZACH Theatre and is passionate about the arts in education. Her free time is spent with family and enjoying wonderful outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and exploring all that Austin has to offer.

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Kate

Kate is certified in Dharma Yoga at the 300-hour level and has been practicing yoga for ten years. What began as a simple curiousity is now a daily practice that expands far beyond the yoga mat. Kate recognizes that we often have emotions and memories held deep within our bodies and offers her classes as an awareness-based exploration of how to interact with this inner landscape in ways that are healthy and self-nurturing. She believes yoga is a beautiful practice that expands the cultivation of awareness, compassion and understanding.

Kori
Kori

Kori has been practicing and incorporating Yoga in her life for over a decade. In that time she has developed skills from some of the best instructors Austin has to offer. Through her journey she has studied various practice styles, including Baptiste Power yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, and Restorative. In 2012 she completed her 200 hr RYT with Gioconda Parker and has gone on to focus her attention towards certifications in Restorative yoga, Yin, and Yoga Nidra. In addition, she is certified to teach yoga and meditation to military communities. Kori is a proud volunteer at the Austin Vet Center, teaching Restorative yoga to combat veterans and works monthly teaching yoga to widows and widowers of fallen soldiers through The American Widow Project. After experiencing three 14 month deployments in her own family, she understands the need for community and having a safe place to explore one's inner dialogue. It is her intention as a yoga teacher to offer tools that help students connect to their own inner resource and empower them to regulate their body, mind, and spirit through awareness and self-care. Kori shares her life with her husband, a retired Army National Guard veteran, and their two beautiful children. She is also a bench jeweler and represents her passion for adornment through her company I-Rok Gems.

Lk
Lk

Lk was introduced to yoga more than 13 years ago after a running injury left her looking for a natural solution to heal. She soon discovered that practicing yoga provided so much more, including relief from stress, anxiety and other physical and mental difficulties. To deepen her own yoga practice, Lk completed an intensive 200-hour Hatha Yoga teacher training program and is a certified RYT 200 by the Yoga Alliance. The training curriculum focused heavily on safety and anatomy, which provided a strong foundation for developing sequences suitable for all fitness levels and ages. She has received formal advanced training from noted yoga instructors Chase Bossart (15 hours), Donna Farhi (24 hours), Leslie Kaminoff (18 hours), Advanced Asana for Every Body with Mark Whitwell, LifeForce Yoga for Mood Management with Amy Weintraub (14 hours) and Yoga Therapy for Anxiety, Panic & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (50 hours). Lk continues to attend workshops and teacher-training opportunities to evolve and develop her own unique teaching style so that she can assist students in discovering their own inner voice through their practice.

Meg
Meg

Meg is one of the founders of Austin Kula Yoga. Austin Kula Yoga was opened by Meg with the hope of providing a yoga space that welcomes the entire family.

Meg flows through the postures and looks to her students in class to direct her to their needs, so each class creates a relevant experience for each student. As a result, her classes are warmhearted, fun and often times spontaneous! Meg loves teaching yoga and is grateful to all of her students and teachers for their kindness, inspiration and wisdom.

Meg also has a deep interest in pregnancy and loves to share how yoga can help women through the transitions of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. She recently was honored with the Best Prenatal Yoga Teacher by Austin Birth Awards.

She has a 20 year background in movement and dance. When she turned to yoga to help recuperate from a back injury, she discovered a new love. She became certified over 12 years ago in Hatha Yoga through Living Yoga and continues to learn from her teachers and students. Meg is also certified in Children's Yoga and Prenatal Yoga. Come check out her Core Yoga, Hip Hop Yoga or Prenatal at Austin Kula Yoga.

Meredith
Meredith

Meredith Paterson is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Registered Children's Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, has an MA in English, and is a writer, editor, and educator with a passion for exploring the connections among language, yoga, movement, and art.

She is the Director of Yoga Trainings for Yogiños: Yoga for Youth®, a children's yoga program that combines asana (yoga poses), breathing practices, and mindfulness activities with language-learning (English, Spanish, and Sanskrit), art, literature, and a heart-centered practice of hatha yoga.

Bringing yoga to children, teenagers, and adults is a dream come true for her. She credits yoga and her teachers with bringing her back into a relationship with her body, an invaluable gift. "The practice of yoga has given me the confidence and strength to seek myself under all the layers of doubt and fear. My wish as an instructor is to help others seek themselves and to awaken to their own power and light."

Michelle
Michelle

Michelle Thompson Ulerich has been a certified Yoga Alliance instructor since 2008. She received her 200 hours plus 100 additional hours in Austin, TX under the direction of Gioconda Parker. Continuing to work towards a 500 hour certification, Michelle completed a 50 hour advanced training with Gioconda this past summer. She also had the great pleasure to train under prenatal specialists Sue Elkind and Anna Verwaal in a Yoga Alliance Prenatal Training. In addition, Michelle has taken advanced yoga training at Dharma Yoga, prenatal workshops with Meg O'Connell voted best Prenatal Yoga instructor by Austin Birth Awards, and birth classes with Chan McDermott.

Michelle currently teaches Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, and prenatal yoga classes at Austin Kula Yoga, Dancers Shape, and Ballet Austin's Butler Community School. Michelle has also taught postnatal yoga and Mom and Baby yoga classes. As a teacher, Michelle is attentive and open to her students, and she approaches each moment with integrity and awareness. With her strong movement background, classes are fun and fluid. Michelle believes yoga is extremely beneficial in her life as a ballet dancer and as a mom, and she found it especially empowering during her pregnancy and birth. Michelle has continued to expand her knowledge of prenatal yoga, and has been offering prenatal workshops at Austin Kula Yoga of varying topics such as partnered prenatal yoga and restorative prenatal yoga. Michelle's love for teaching prenatal yoga has changed her life, and she is honored to take part in a woman's journey to motherhood.

Currently a professional ballerina with Ballet Austin, Michelle has made a home in Austin for the last twelve years. She majored in Dance and The Humanities and graduated from St. Edward's University in December 2010. She has been a Lululemon Athletica ambassador and loves taking part in community outreach. Michelle has hosted multiple yoga benefits for the SafePlace Organization, led a Yoga for Dancers workshop at Austin Kula Yoga, and has taught children's yoga at the Active Life Movement Festival. Michelle also choreographs in Austin, San Antonio, and San Angelo. When she isn't dancing, teaching, choreographing, or taking yoga classes, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her son.


Paula
Paula

Paula has been studying yoga since 1997 and teaching for the past 8 years in Austin. She is certified through Healing In Yoga and studied and practiced with her good friend Murti. Paula has also studied with Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, Angela Farmer, John Friend, David Swenson, Ramanda Patel, Anna Forest, Gary Craftstow, and Jason, from Acro Yoga. Her style of yoga flows from one asana to the next using the breath, and strikes a perfect blend between nurturing and challenging, in a non-competitive atmosphere. Paula incorporates many different styles together to create a unique and eclectic flow which is always new and fun. The music in the class is a mix of fast beat for flowing to inspiring meditative music to take you deeper into that sacred heart-space of love and compassion, to find that intelligent edge within. Students who take Paula's class feel happy and relaxed and at peace with themselves when they leave.

Rachel
Rachel

The University of Texas brought Rachel to Austin in 2003, and it was at UT that she took her first yoga class. While she initially took yoga classes as a flexibility component to become a more well-rounded athlete, her time on the mat grew from exercise into moving meditation. For Rachel, yoga has been instrumental in helping her to understand that life cannot be effectively compartmentalized into "components" to be regarded separately. As human beings we have physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual dimensions, and each informs the others. Our various dimensions are in a constant state of flux, and the balance we seek is learning to recognize and respond to those fluctuations.

Seeking to strengthen and deepen her yoga practice, Rachel received her 200-hour RYT from American Power Yoga in 2010. Since then she continues to explore and learn through practicing, teaching, as well as formal learning opportunities. Rachel loves yoga because it meets people where they are. When she teaches she aims to encourage and leave her students in a better place than when they came in.

Outside of the yoga studio, Rachel is an involved member at All Saints Presbyterian Church and teaches a weekly ESL class. She loves to be outdoors, watch Texas Longhorn football, and spend time with her husband.

Tracy L.
Tracy L.

Tracy, seeking warmth, moved to Austin from Denver and has found a place to call home. She began working in the fitness realm in 1997 as the director of a children's gymnastics center. In 2001 she moved on to the pilates world as a program director, which is where she was reintroduced to yoga, inspiring her to learn more. Shortly thereafter, she completed her certification at the 200 hour level and became registered through The Yoga Alliance, RYT.

Tracy started teaching vinyasa and hatha classes until she began a new role in life as a mom, finding it natural to become certified in prenatal yoga. She completed her prenatal certification with Leslie Lytle in 2005. Tracy began to teach prenatal classes incorporating a "flow" like style. Then, in 2006 she was blessed to have been on the same journey as her students, teaching prenatal yoga flow, while pregnant with her second son and again in 2010, pregnant with her 3rd child, this time, a daughter.

Tracy's fun loving teaching style is that of rhythm and flow, influenced greatly by the teachings of B. K. S Iyengar, Shiva Rea & Ana Forrest. She encourages her students to fluidly move through vinyasa while deepening postures and finding the ease through the effort. Tracy looks to her students for direction, personalizing each class she teaches.

Tracy, her husband, two boys, daughter and puppy dog, all love life in Austin. She credits yoga with giving her the energy, balance, and peace to keep up with all of them.

Zakkiyah
Zakkiyah

Zakiyyah (RYT-200) first fell in love with yoga (eight limbs and all) while studying psychology at UT Austin in the late 90s. That love blossomed into passion during an inspiring yoga class in a jungle on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2006. In 2008, Zakiyyah became a certified yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance.
"My yoga practice has carried me through so many challenges and changes. As a teacher I hope to impart to my students the joy and benefits of a personal yoga practice."