Jen Hitt - (Yoga Illumined 2013)

Jen Hitt began her practice of yoga over 15 years ago in college at Rice University. Many years of study in the Iyengar and Anusara traditions have helped Jen cultivate an appreciation for alignment and awareness in asana. Jen focuses on bringing all 8-limbs of yoga into her classes, combining ideas, poses, concentration, and meditation to help calm the mind and bring the body into health. A professional musician, Jen also brings a unique awareness of sound and music to her classes.

For more information about Jen and her weekly schedule visit hittparade.com. Join Jen for weekly Hatha Yoga at Soco Yoga - socoyoga.com, Tuesdays 6-7:20 pm

Jen Hitt

Myra Simmons – (Yoga Illumined 2012)

Myra is 200-Hour Registered Yoga teacher who loves to introduce all levels  to core-power, increased flexibility, and focus.  She offers Yoga practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15-1:05, 800 Brazos, 2nd Fl Lobby, in Austin Texas.  She is also available to teach Yoga private sessions, loves to teach children’s classes & host kids’ Yoga parties in the greater Austin area.  To learn more about her offerings, please contact Myra at 512-922-4239 or by email myra_simmons@hotmail.com.

Myra Simmons

Myra Simmons

Ginger Averitt – (Yoga Illumined 2012)

Ginger started her yoga journey in 2006 to manage stress and tension from a high-stress job. Needless to say, yoga helped with all of that…and more! Every retreat, intensive, workshop, and class sheds more light on the tremendous value of yoga. It allows her to turn inward, to focus, to be calm, to realize what in life is important and to feel gratitude.  Ginger completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2012, and she holds the deepest appreciation and respect for her teachers. She is very interested in the ancient science of Ayurveda and is passionate about nutrition.  In her free time, she loves to read, cook and enjoy good wine!  Beginning in September, Ginger will teach at Say Om Yogain South Austin on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 a.m. She can be contacted at gingeraveritt@me.com.

Ginger Averitt, Yoga Illumined

Ginger Averitt

Brian Henderson (Yoga Illumined 2012)

Brian came to yoga in his late teens, as a way to channel his energy and explore the body’s limits. It immediately called to him as something very sacred, yet very real and exciting. He kept up his practice during the following ten years of a competitive collegiate and professional baseball career. Brian loves how yoga promotes a space of peace and calm, even when the outside whirlwind is all around. One of his favorite teachers used a phrase: “Let your day be the yoga.”  He credits his teachers Tolo Perry, Osho, Iyengar, and Sumukhi for shaping his style and philosophy. Expect a calm, peaceful, yet challenging and focused hatha and/or vinyasa flow.  Currently, Brian teaches at Your Yoga on Fridays at noon and Total Wellness Austin  every other Saturday at 10:30.  He is also available for private classes and sessions. You can contact him at bhendu@gmail.com.

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Brian Henderson

Talitha Wallick (Yoga Illumined 2012)

Talitha Wallick M.Ed, AMI, RYT, is a born and raised Austinite. She is a long time Montessori teacher, consultant, and director/owner of Helping Hands Montessori Services. She incorporates Yoga into her daily life with children and adults alike. View her website for class times and details on new and upcoming yoga projects at www.hhmontessori.com.

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Talitha Wallick

Terra Volz (Yoga Illumined 2011)

Terra is yoga instructor, bodyworker, ocean dweller and sun saluter who began living a life in Yoga by surfing the ocean. Early in her life, her parents expressed the idea of finding spirituality, a connection with her soul, in nature. Surfing, for her, is an expression and form of Yoga as it keeps her in the present moment, listening to the sound of the breath, allowing the soul to shine and guide her into an experience of harmony of the mind, body and spirit.  The healing art of Yoga, as well as massage and bodywork are foundations and expressions of art in Terra’s life and teaching.  For her continued Yoga studies, she deeply honors the teachings of Ram Dass and Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D.). Through the Yoga Illumined series, classes,and kirtan with Kristina Lanuza (Sumukhi), she continues to open her heart with more music and yoga.  “We sing the song of Yoga and we keep singing and practicing. I enjoy teaching Hatha Yoga, dancing with Vinyasa Flow, and endlessly expressing the gifts of a meditation practice. Return and retreat to a place that is quiet and full of love. That place is within you,” Namaste. ~Terra.  For more information on Terra’s offerings in South Padre Island, Texas and throughout the world, e-mail her at terravolz@gmail.com.

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Terra Volz

Shelli Lopes-Barnes (Yoga Illumined 2011)

Shelli began her journey into bodywork at the Clare Maxwell Hudson School of Massage in London in 1993. She had previously studied holistic health and anatomy and physiology as a part of bachelors degree at San Francisco State University. One of her earliest and most profound experiences in massage was volunteering at the London Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital. The sharing and transfer of energy in those exchanges greatly influenced her and guided her quest for a practice that is built on a philosophy of balancing, nourishing and restoring.

She continues her journey studying many different massage modalities and Yoga, a practice for self – harmonizing the mind, body and spirit.

Shelli is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. As a life student of Yoga. My offerings have been inspired by my diverse and wonderful teachers including Kristina Lanuza (Sumukhi), Zoe Mantarakisand Bekir Alganas well as the Yoga Sutras.

You can learn more about Shelli and book bodywork by visiting her web site: http://www.shelli.massagetherapy.com

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Shelli Lopes-Barnes

Ally Rhatigan (Yoga Illumined 2011)

Ally’s recent years have been of deep heart unfolding and massive transformation.

While thriving in the Yoga-rich community of Austin, Texas from 2008-2012, Ally completed Dharma Yoga Teacher Training and was blessed with the teachings of Shri Brahmananda Saraswatithrough the angelic voice of her devoted teacher, Sumukhi. In the Yoga Illumined Teacher Training of 2011, Ally explored the vibrations of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and witnessed unlocking of her Heart, illumination of the Mind and transformation of her Body.  Ally’s evolution led her to immerse herself in the ancient teachings of the Science of Life, Ayurveda, under the guidance of Dr. Vasant Lad at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Under the wide-open desert skies, Ally observes Life’s lessons through relationships with community, environment and loved ones.  Her greatest teachers are Mother Nature, family and her beloved dog, Baden.  Ally is currently dedicated to her Ayurvedic studies, and her heart’s intention for the future is to offer a unique healing service to the Universe, combining the ancient oral traditions of Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedanta and Sankhya Shantih.

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Ally Rhatigan