Andrea loves yoga and animals. Her career choices have embraced both of her passions. By day, Andrea is a manager at one of Austin’s leading pet supply retailers. In the evenings, she can usually be found at Yoga Vida teaching or practicing. Her Monday and Wednesday classes are a hit with students who love her enthusiasm. Andrea completed her 200-hour teacher training with Leah Cullis, Iva Hall and Erika Henderson in 2013 and has continued to grow in her practice and teaching since then. She loves dogs and has a particular fondness for boxers. She has four boxers of her own named Hulk, Storm, Cogey and Booty. Also, Andrea has fostered 47 other dogs in her home through her active role with Austin Boxer Rescue.
Barbara was first introduced to yoga at the age of 15, practicing alongside Vic and Dean during Yoga Vida’s earliest days. Having received her teacher certification in the summer of 2011, she’s excited to share a deeper knowledge of asana with her Yoga Vida community. In her class, you can expect to explore familiar poses with a fresh twist, moving in a true flow-style to rinse out tension, stress and negativity. Since she comes to yoga with an athletic and strength training background, her class will include building muscle and cardiovascular strength to achieve lightness and vitality in the body. Yet, as she is passionate about the more subtle and transformational aspects of yoga, Barbara’s classes combine the intense, focused practice with a nourishing meditation component, leaving her students with a sense of peace and self-love.
As studio owner, I am honored and blessed to offer Yoga Vida to Austin, and to act as a guide and teacher for your personal journey. I was born June 1, 1956. My yoga birthday is November 2, 1999. That’s the day I first practiced yoga by taking a class at Yoga Vida taught by Jennifer Lasher Breen.
By Grace, I have practiced everyday consecutively since January 2, 2006.
My philosophy is that the best way to teach is to show up on my mat and practice. As my teacher Baron Baptiste offers: “Preach all the time, sometimes even with words.” Before my career in yoga, I used my Masters Degree in Education from the University of Florida to teach children in rural Florida.
My life experience includes 13 years serving on the Ethics Boards of local Austin hospitals. Additionally, I owned an Austin travel agency for 20 years which afforded me the opportunity to travel the world. My life’s journeys continue in my personal practice and offerings. I hope to empower your life force.
Come practice. Namaste.
Deralyn began practicing yoga in 2005 for the physical benefits. Little did she know that a whole new world was about to open up. "Yoga is magical in a way I can't explain and I feel so blessed that it found me. It is such a gift, as is being a part of the Yoga Vida community."
Deralyn teaches a powerful, heartfelt, Baptiste influenced flow. She encourages her students to feel what they need in each moment, cultivating an inner listening and authenticity that serves on the mat and into the world. "It is such an honor to share this amazing practice with others. I feel very blessed each time I step through the doors of this very special studio. I hope to see you on the mat very soon!"
Elizabeth has a unique style of teaching incorporating vinyasa, breath work, visualization, and energetics into her class. She been teaching yoga since 2009. In addition to yoga, Elizabeth has also extensively studied energy healing, spirituality, tantra, and meditation. She offers energetic healing work, life and sex coaching.
Elizabeth believes that teaching and coaching is her life purpose. She understands the empowerment that you receive from the practice of self inquiry, self development, and movement.
She is a true light to be around and work with as she holds space for you to be your authentic self.Elizabeth uses the flow as a moving mediation and embodiment of the divine that resides in us all. She teaches yoga exclusively at Yoga Vida in Austin, Texas.
To learn more about her offerings go to: www.lizcdavis.com
Elizabeth has practiced at Yoga Vida since the Westlake studio opened in 1999 and had an established practice well before finding Yoga Vida.
Having taught the Monday noon class at Westlake for years, Elizabeth has a devoted following of students drawn to her caring, knowledgeable and artful instruction. As a business owner, mother of two, and a gemini who shares a birthday with Dean, Elizabeth knows the importance of grounding and balance. She brings her experience-based wisdom and empathy to each class she teaches.
Janet teaches powerful and peaceful flows from her heart. She combines traditional asanas and the eight limbs of yoga with inspiring music and focused breathing, to create a welcoming, loving environment in which every moment on the mat is an opportunity to nourish, heal, and create the life we seek.
Janet believes in dancing when practicing yoga, and practicing yoga when dancing. And while she doesn’t really believe one is different from the other, she teaches both. Her business, Dancing to mySelf, is a model of open, heart-based, and joyful movement that honors each person’s instinct – simply moving in a way that feels right – as a means of connecting to one’s highest and deepest wisdom.
A certified Kripalu Yoga instructor (KYTT-200) and body-centered psychotherapist, Janet also facilitates a variety of dance journeys for children, families, disabled seniors, and adults throughout North America.
A mother of two, she continues to be deeply committed to the beautiful, messy, seemingly impossible task of self-growth – and to leading a life guided by Spirit.
Julia began yoga at an early age by crawling around on a practicing mama in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. This was the beginning of a life-long study and curiosity. In addition to her family and origin of birth, some of her most influential teachers along the way have been Genny Kapuler, Richard Freeman, Shri Dharma Mittra, Jack Kornfield, Kofi Busia, and Edward Clark. Julia performed worldwide as a principal member of the Yoga-Dance troupe Tripsichore Yoga Theater. Since then, she has become a teacher and choreographer of great merit. She has created original yogic performances for a world tour of Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali, Thailand, Paris, and Iceland. She is also a Graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts, and North Carolina School of the Arts. Her diverse performance background and small mountain-town upbringing infuse her teaching and performance with a rich, artistic, and nature-driven vision that inspires students of all levels. Julia specializes in creative vinyasa flow, restorative/ yin/ therapeutic yoga, practices to foster the divine feminine, womens’ wisdom and seasonal alignment, wilderness and farm retreats, yoga for cancer care, pranayama, and meditation.
“Yoga is your natural state,” says Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti Yoga. The physical whimsically came about during my childhood in West Texas. Without any books or videos as a guide, the poses literally presented themselves to me – backbends, handstands, lotus, tree, downward dog and more. Fast forward to January 22, 2000, I took my first yoga class at Yoga Vida. My strong interest in the practice was furthered by immersing myself into yoga teacher training at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, during September 2001.
Soon all those poses I practiced as a child resurfaced because in reality, they never left. They merged with the cerebral aspects of my practice to truly become a natural state of being.
Yoga Vida has been home for 16 years. I continue to practice alongside our students, some from the earliest days of Yoga Vida. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have led hundreds of classes and for the guidance and instruction from the wonderful teachers at Yoga Vida.
Leya Simmons Samiloglu
Leya is a 500 hour RYT who has been practicing yoga since 2002 in a variety of different traditions: Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Iyengar and Vinyasa Flow. Her physical practice led to philosophical and spiritual inquiry and that has led her to teaching yoga. As a Vinyasa Flow practitioner and teacher, Leya is interested in and plays with transitions and transformations. This is a perfect metaphor for the soulful and inquisitive nature of yogic philosophy that infuses her sequences and classes.
Leya is a mother and partner first and foremost and her kids and husband are her greatest teachers. Throughout her professional career, Leya has been a passionate and tireless advocate for artists, arts organizations and progressive, social causes. Today, Leya is President of Community Yoga Austin, allowing her the opportunity to flex her intellectual and activist muscles on behalf of the yoga community. As a teacher in the CoYA recovery program, Leya is trained in mindfulness-based, trauma-informed yoga and meditation teaching, which now serves and informs all of her classes.
In 2011, Melinda earned the distinction of being certified as a Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher after completing numerous trainings and events with Baron Baptiste in the US and abroad since 2005. Her home base is Yoga Vida, where she practices and teaches. Melinda has built a dedicated following of students at Yoga Vida’s Westlake studio by offering classes that are physically challenging and full of heart. Melinda’s philosophy in life and in her teaching: treat others as you want to be treated; try easy, not hard; live each moment like it was your last; laughter is the best medicine; and never, ever, forget to stand in the power of your own magnificence.
I started practicing yoga after my orthopedic surgeon told me that running, basketball and cross fit would drastically shorten the life of my left knee. I found YogaVida in December 2009 and have been practicing there ever since. I loved it so much that it inspired me to become a teacher. With a kinesiology background specializing in biomechanics from the University of Texas, it was kismet to train under Baron Baptiste.
I always strive to deliver a challenging class that will increase your skill level, fitness and overall wellbeing, all while avoiding repetitive instruction from class to class.
I welcome student feedback and offer modified and amplified power vinyasa sequences within each class. I aim to encourage and empower students with my passionate approach. I have a deep love for music and enjoy playing uplifting set lists from all genres during instruction. I invite you to join me on the mat!
Vic’s first yoga practice was at Yoga Vida. He came to this studio in the first few days after it opened in November of 1999. He fell, laughed and talked with his friends during the entire class. His first teacher later told him that after that first class she thought he would never return; but he did. Vic seeks balance in manifesting the intent of Sutra 2:46, sthira sukham asanam: seeking both stability and comfort in his practice and teaching; and balancing sweat, strength, steadiness and challenge with ease, flexibility, freedom, and fun. Vic has been a certified power vinyasa yoga teacher since 2007 and has trained extensively with Baron Baptiste at many events across the globe. Among other times on his regular teaching schedule, Vic often hosts Yoga Vida’s $5 Friday night happy hour, known by many as ‘the hottest happy hour in town.” Vic is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Business and the University of Texas School of Law. In addition to teaching and practicing yoga, Vic practices environmental law.
Zoe Mantarakis Wenger is known for her uniquely sequenced and challenging alignment-based vinyasa yoga classes. She infuses her teachings with yogic philosophy and wisdom rooted in the teachings of the ancients. Having over fifteen years of yoga teaching experience, she is able to share a depth of knowledge with the seasoned yoga practitioner as well as those just beginning their paths. Zoe holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley and is the loving mother of three beautiful children. She leads national and international yoga retreats and is the co-founder of Yoga Illumined Teacher Training in Austin, TX. To learn more about Yoga Illumined Teacher Training please visit the Yoga Illumined web page.