KIM DOTSON Growing up in Dallas, I was always a very active youth, whether it was dance, gymnastics, or swim team; I gravitated toward the self-discipline and mind body awareness that came along with those activities. So naturally, a huge void was felt in my life as those activities came to a close when I graduated from UT in Austin in 2005. When I moved back to Dallas in 2006, I began to notice an increase in my anxiety, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. One of my friends encouraged me to try yoga and thought that it would be therapeutic and beneficial to my overall health and well-being. After my very first yoga class I was officially hooked on the ancient practice and the way it made me feel afterwards: physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. I continued to maintain a daily practice for 10 years, And then decided I wanted to dive deeper into the practice in order to share my love and passion for yoga with others, so I completed my 200hr teacher training program in June of 2016. In each of my classes, I strive to create an atmosphere where my students feel supported and confident on their mat, no matter what their level of experience may be. I offer a lot of modifications and intensifications so every student feels comfortable on their mat. Whether it is your first time to step on a yoga mat or your 1,000th time, we are there to lift each other’s spirits and raise each other’s vibrations, so that we can be the best version of ourselves for our loved ones, family, friends, and community.
LAUREN BATTAGLIA Lauren is an international yoga, meditation, and Pilates teacher as well as a third level Fascial Stretch Therapist. She has nearly 10 years of teaching experience and over 6,500 classes under her belt. She has worked with various professional athletes aiming to support their talent to elder retirees looking to improve their posture and quality of life.
Lauren has continued a personal yoga practice for almost two decades. Her exploration into wellness began at Texas Woman’s University, graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and minor in chemistry. In 2010, she completed her 500 hour certification via Moksha Yoga International. Her 100 hour meditation certification is through the Integral Yoga Institute. She is Pilates mat certified from Balanced Body and is a certified Fascial Stretch Therapist through the Stretch to Win Institute. Over the years, she has immersed herself in workshops revolved around various styles, such as Ashtanga and Yin Yoga, but considers the alignment and precision of Iyengar yoga to be at the heart of her teaching style. She regularly studies with master teacher, Manouso Manos, taking class and intensives whenever possible. From 2013 to 2019, she exclusively taught and managed at one of San Francisco’s premier boutique studios in the heart of the city. She has also taught classes and lead yoga retreats throughout Europe and Africa. For the 2017 and 2018 pre, regular and postseasons, Lauren has also provided fascial stretch therapy to the Oakland Raiders, assisting players with performance and recovery.
The desire to teach came from a genuine curiosity within her own practice and particular interest in the body, and its integration with the mind. Her classes drawn upon a blend of her studies and experiences. They are engaging, challenging, and transformative charging the student with humor, lightness, and radiance.
SUSIE CARP Yoga found me as I was trying to downshift from corporate lawyer to stay at home mom of three. A vinyasa yoga tape appeared as a gift in my mailbox and I was hooked from the first Om. I love the physical challenge of yoga, but it is the mental confrontation, the clarity and quiet, which draw me to the mat every day. I study and practice yoga and meditation with many talented instructors in Dallas and beyond. I completed my 200 hour teacher training with the exceptional Susie Caicedo and am RYT-200 certified through Yoga Alliance. I teach a vigorous vinyasa flow focusing on breath and alignment and hope to empower my students to increase their flexibility, strength and focus, on and off the mat.
LISA COYLE My yoga journey began almost 25 years ago in college when I began using yoga to supplement other exercise. Ten years ago I began practicing in earnest and became certified as an instructor through YogFit. I have been teaching for about four years now and feel that this is my true calling. In my class we explore both the physical and the mental and spiritual aspects of the practice while having fun.I strive to promote a non-competitive atmosphere where students can feel supported no matter what their level of experience. I look forward to sharing each student’s journey with them.
ERIN CRUZ Yoga has been a meaningful presence in my life since I took my first class in 2000. It has meant different things to me at different times, but it took root and became a part of me since the day my yogic journey began. About 10 years into my practice, I knew I wanted to teach and share the healing power of yoga with others. In 2016, I finally took the leap, completing my 200 hour RYT training with Joseph Stingley of Soul Motivation Yoga.
My yoga class is straightforward and powerful, drawing from Baptiste style vinyasa flow. It is accessible to beginners, but will also challenge seasoned practitioners. You will sweat, smile, and maybe struggle along the way…but I promise that with a consistent practice, you will grow. Yoga will change your life, and I am honored to play a part in your journey!
Off the mat, I’m a mother of two bright-spirited and energetic little boys who light up my life. My husband is a great partner who makes me laugh, enables me to chase my dreams, and practices yoga with me. I also have a dance background, and have spent many years as a runner, but yoga remains my greatest passion.
LIYA MAR Liya grew up in a family with a regular meditation practice. She started her yoga journey when she was pursing her doctoral degree in 2013. Yoga literally saved her from the chronic upper back shoulder pain, which she suffered from the intensive graduate works. Liya was trained in alignment-based Vinyasa Flow and Prana Flow in the Lineage of Shiva Rae, and also teaches slow-paced practices and restorative. She has taught practitioners of all levels and with different backgrounds, including athletes, youth and beginners. She’s also a certified personal trainer with focus on functional movements.
Liya remembers, as a young child, meditation and breath work weren’t easy tasks, but with yoga, breathing and calmness come naturally. Liya seeks to deepen her understanding of different lineages of yoga, as well as anatomy-based practices. Aside from yoga, she loves baking, watching basketball, and wandering in nature with her family and friends.
KATHERINE MONIGAL Katherine started practicing yoga in 1999 and fell in love with it from the start because it took her out of her ego, and for that one hour, her “problems” completely fell away and she left feeling better about herself and what she had to do. And in that moment, she knew that she could change things, that she could shift her perception, and that it had nothing to do with her life situation or anything/anyone else. And in that recognition, she experienced freedom and grace. What began as an addendum to other activities (weightlifting, cardio machines), with time, came into fuller focus as she noted the physical benefits of strength and flexibility, but, more importantly, noticed that she was actually happy during and, at least, immediately after class. It felt good right down to the cells—something the gym had never given her. Katherine undertook her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification training mainly just to learn more about yoga, but because yoga had helped her in so many different ways and brought a great deal of joy and healing into her life, she decided to share that by teaching. Her practice flourished when she turned up the music, danced (and sometimes sang), and just watched the body in action, witnessed how her mind reacted to it, and discovered the humility and the willingness to experience each pose, each day. She learns something new and is challenged every day in that practice, and tries to impart that in every class she teaches. She also tries to give back some of the joy she has experienced through yoga and the possibility that it all can viewed with a lighter heart: once you realize how utterly silly it is to stand on one leg upside down, it is pretty hard to swear just because you topple over.
TARA MUNRO From an early age Tara has been exploring the connection between mind and body through dance. In 2000, when she ventured into her first yoga class, it became very clear how vastly rich the practice of yoga is in its ability to integrate the body, mind, and spirit. Ever since Tara has been sharing yoga with as many people as she can.In January, 2006, she completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification and in January 2008, after completing over 1000 teaching hours, Tara received the distinguished E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) credential. Tara is certified to teach Adaptive Yoga to students with MS and in 2008 received her 500 hr RYT in Yoga Therapy.As an avid student of yoga, Tara has developed an eclectic mix of yoga methods from numerous teachers including Rod Stryker, Beryl Bender Birch, Erich Schiffman, Susi Hately Aldous, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Dharma Mittra, Shiva Rea, and Manorama. Her compassionate, yet disciplined, teaching style is therapeutic and challenging as she emphasizes a cultivation of awareness within each pose she instructs. You’ll find her inspiring with her playful spirit and wacky sense of humor, yet patient as she takes time out to personally guide you on your yoga journey.
KAREN NASECK I began practicing yoga in 2000. With my teachers, encouragement, in 2009, I took a one day certification class that barely touched on all there is to know about yoga. Following that class, I attended an immersion weekend with Rod Stryker, Yoga Rupa in 2011. My eyes opened to yoga. In 2012 I became a 200 hour certified Registered Yoga Alliance instructor. I am also a Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. After years of practicing, I can say that yoga has changed my life. Yoga has helped me along this journey of awareness and mindfulness which I am now embarked upon. I teach gentle, vinyasa and restorative yoga in various private and class settings. I am forever grateful to my teachers and am most proud of teaching yoga to female inmates in a holistic program at the Dallas County Jail. I have a lively family life including three sons, a husband and a dog named Rain.
LEANNE SCHULZ I love yoga for the longevity it provides, the injuries it heals, and especially the grace in transition it teaches us on and off the mat. Yoga has shown me the ability and benefits to remaining present in each moment of our day to day life. Beyond our experiential existence yoga has opened doors for physical repairs at the surface level and in relation to the central nervous systems. Yoga Asana has also led me to a meditation practice that has become part of my daily life. As a former dancer turned yogi, I was introduced to yoga by my, then boyfriend – now husband, Dan, who I love and talk about way too much – ha. I began practicing yoga at Twist Power Yoga in 2012 and two years later l knew I wanted to teach. I love being around people and getting familiar with my student’s individual bodies. Learning, understanding and researching is one of my favorite things to do and that passion for education lead me to getting my 500 hour Teacher Training Certification. Along with teaching yoga, I’m also the director/choreographer for Six Flags Over Texas and teach dance part-time.
JULIE WRIGHT My yoga journey began in 1999 when I took my first yoga class.As a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, I was always looking to improve my physical condition – yes, that is why I took my first yoga class.Little did I know how the practice would change my life completely.I was very pleased with the physical benefits from yoga but more importantly my heart opened and Spirit deep inside of me began to shine and I wanted to share this amazing love! After two years of dedicated practice I began teaching yoga.My personal practice was deepening as I began taking workshops with yoga masters such as Rod Stryker, Seane Corn, Baron Baptiste and Beryl Bender Birch just to name a few.I have learned so much from these amazing masters and enjoy sharing my experiences as I continue to learn and grow as a student of this ancient, beautiful discipline.I continue to follow Rod Stryker as my teacher as I love the rich tradition and wisdom of his lineage.Yoga has opened my heart and filled it with compassion, acceptance and love in a way I never thought possible.I am truly blessed to share this gift through teaching.I am filled with gratitude as I continue this journey of Divine love and unity.
DANNY NGUYEN Several years ago, needing to get back in shape, Danny was prodded into a yoga class at the gym. Little did he know it would be the beginning of a whole new chapter of his life. He found this yoga class to be the best workout he’d ever had, increasing strength as well as flexibility— a key balance that he’d never before achieved— and the results were remarkable. It didn’t take long to get hooked as his body went through a transformation, and eventually his mind followed suit. He found a little more clarity and calm amidst a stressful job in advertising. Sticking with it, eventually his practice went from a workout to becoming an integral part of his life.