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ANGELA

When did you start practicing yoga and why?

I first started practicing yoga on my own during college. Growing up in a small town in southeast Texas, there were no yoga classes available so I learned from books checked out from the library. I then found a meditation group that met weekly to promote peace during the Gulf War. It wasn't until I moved away and started backpacking around with my boyfriend (now husband) that I progressing in my practice & making connections. After spending many months in India I learned that asana practice actually prepares the body for meditation & the 8 limbs of yoga became clear.

What made you want to become a yoga teacher?

As an elementary school teacher, I had initially turned to yoga for stress relief. I always felt amazing afterwards. Once we moved back to Texas I was excited to find so many yoga classes available in Austin. I began attending several times a week. A favorite teacher inspired me. Why not take my teaching ability in a different direction?

When did you start teaching?

I graduated from 200 hr teacher training in 2010, & began teaching kids' classes right away. Eventually I added adult classes. I continued my training, & graduated at the 500 hr level. My husband jokes, "Are you done yet?" Nope! Learning & growing is the path.

What are your main objectives in your teaching?

I practice yoga because of the way it makes me feel: spacious in mind, body, & breath. I decided to teach to help others feel good & learn more about their themselves. I want to share its benefits. I don't want to just get older, I want to ripen, & yoga is the vine.

What do you love to teach the most?

I love to teach breathing and relaxation, more therapeutic type yoga. It's what drew me to yoga in the first place. I think I'm pretty good at reaching everyone: kids, seniors, and everyone in between. When you're passionate about something, it’s infectious.

My classes are lighthearted, fun, and welcoming. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or absolutely new to practice, a beginner's mind is encouraged. That's how we continue to learn and grow.