Emily Hardeman – Director of Training

Emily Hardeman is the director of The Yoga Room’s 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and Advanced Teacher Training programs. Emily is an E-RYT-500, Certified Yoga Therapist, and Licensed Massage Therapist, who has attended over 2500 hours of training in Professional Yoga Therapy, Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Fertility, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Hot Yoga, Anusara, Body Reading, The Business of Yoga, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Massage Therapy, and Advanced Massage Therapy practices.

Emily has taught yoga since 2008 and is the co-founder and previous owner of an Austin yoga studio. She was the first teacher hired at The Yoga Room in December, 2010, and she has taught over 3500 hours of yoga in various settings including studios, gyms, fitness centers, corporate offices, birthing centers, and acupuncture clinics. In addition to teaching yoga for general populations and people dealing with the common effects of aging, Emily serves a variety of populations including people who are rehabbing from surgery or injury, people who are dealing with fertility issues, chronic pain, chronic stress, and joint replacement, the elderly, and professional athletes.

Emily’s mission in developing the 200 Hour Teacher Training program is to guide students to a solid understanding of all aspects of yoga and how yoga it can be adapted for broad and diverse populations. She draws from current medical research, her vast training, and on-going hands on experience in yoga teaching, yoga therapy, and massage therapy, to regularly update The Yoga Room’s Teacher Training curriculum and keep it current.

Emily and Zelinda are co-founders of the Community of Professional Yoga Teachers.


Zelinda Yanez – Lead Faculty

Zelinda Yanez, E-RYT-200, is the founder of The Yoga Room and a lead teacher in the 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program. Prior to becoming a yoga teacher and studio owner, Zelinda’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering led her to a 10 year career in High Tech where she worked in manufacturing, program management, and marketing roles.

During her time working in these environments, Zelinda observed that the typical demographic of the yoga classes she attended to manage stress did not represent the diversity of her High Tech co-workers. Knowing how stressful her work environment was, she wished for a way to bring yoga to everybody: young, old, fit, unfit, thin and big bodies, and pretty much everyone who would never think to step foot in a yoga studio.

That intention finally came to life in 2010 when Zelinda opened The Yoga Room in an single room, 840 square foot space. The studio has since grown to its current location where a staff of a dozen teachers offers 45+ weekly classes, plus workshops, private lessons, retreats, and now teacher training.

Zelinda has taught more than 2000 hours of yoga instruction over the past 7 years, in various settings including corporate environments, corporate fitness centers, public schools, dance studios, and churches. She enjoys teaching very diverse populations, and has significant experience teaching Yoga for Special Needs in public schools and Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis.

In The Yoga Room’s Teacher Training programs, Zelinda loves to share her philosophy of Yoga for EveryBody and she is passionate about teaching The Business of Yoga so that graduates of the program are not only high quality yoga teachers, but also have the business skill to become successful, professional yoga teachers.

Zelinda and Emily are co-founders of the Community of Professional Yoga Teachers.