The first time I stepped on a yoga mat was in 2001 for reasons other than getting physically fit. At the time I was working 12-15 hour days teaching high school band (along with assisting in visual design and writing work for the color guard and winter guard programs) for a successful music program in Richardson, TX. Teaching movement classes, being an avid swimmer and dancing for as long as I can remember, I always considered myself to be in shape but when I started teaching high school in 1996 it was the stress that took its toll on my physical being. Being the Head Band Director at a 5A high school in Oklahoma without an assistant and doing everything from arranging music to writing marching drill, I developed severe stomach problems and was only 22! After spending a few years ignoring and “masking” these issues, I knew something had to change on a much deeper level—I was too young to feel that way. My first yoga class (which was not power yoga) was a bit intimidating and left me wondering if yoga was right for me. But after doing a little research and learning about a multitude of yoga styles, I thought I should give it another try—and Power Yoga it was.I was hooked from the beginning and felt indescribable after. All my life music has been my passion, but as I delve deeper into my yoga practice things started to shift—I felt like I was figuring out who I was and coming into my own. As cliché as it sounds, it made
me whole. And it was after one of my students said, “Ms. Johnson, you sure have been nice lately” that I decided I wanted to share this amazing practice with anyone who would listen.
After 2 years of practicing, I decided to go through a training program and in 2003, I received my 200-hour certification. Since then, I have had the opportunity to learn from Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Ana Forrest, Brian Kest, Tom Worley, and Jessica Young.v
Yoga has completely changed my perception on life, myself, and the world around me. It is the one of the few places you can truly be you—there are no egos, and no judgments. I believe it is a very raw and exposed practice where you learn to find, explore, and accept your true self: every strength, and every weakness . I once heard a teacher say that “if you want to get to know yourself, do a little yoga.” I have used that statement in my classes ever since—it can not be said in simpler terms.
In short, I went from conducting at the Meyerson to sweating on a mat. And I wouldn’t change a thing.
My yoga journey began 13 years ago and that first experience resonated deeply within. The practice to connect with my body and breathe so I become fully present has been transformational. The former school teacher in me sparked the desire to share and give back the gifts of the practice. It was a natural step to combine the love of teaching with the passion of yoga. I received my 200 hr Yoga Alliance certification thru Maha Shakti under the guidance of Amy Johnson and Adri Kyser in Dallas. Connecting with people, building relationships and “taking yoga off the mat” are the essence of my yoga philosophy.
As a vinyasa flow teacher, my focus is for students to listen to the wisdom of their own body, ensure proper alignment and breathe awareness that is accessible to beginners, but also challenging for intermediate students. I strive for each student to feel comfortable and confidently grounded on their mat, so they can reap the physical, mental and maybe even spiritual gifts of yoga.
Off my mat, I am equally passionate about being a wife and mother of two teenagers.
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/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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Regristered 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.
Steph’s yoga journey began after the birth of her son in late 2005. She was working in the corporate world and was looking for some sort of balance. Her practice went through some fits and spurts for sure. Much of Steph’s life, she has been searching for something to make her whole. What she has learned, especially through her yoga journey, is that she is who she is. With that said, she is far from perfect, but very proud to just “be”. Steph completed her 200-hour RYT from the Dallas Yoga Center and is also a Kids Yoga Instructor through Yogees Yoga 4 Kids. To say she is excited to be a part of the Twist Power Yoga family team is a definite understatement! Steph is truly honored to be given the opportunity to share the yoga she loves with others. Check out the Twist schedule to see when Steph will be teaching!
I discovered yoga in 1999 when my mom invited me to join her for a class at our local gym. My first class was not a life changing experience, but just an addition to my weekly workout routine. It wasn’t until I decided to join a yoga studio outside of the gym, which happened to be with Amy Johnson here at Twist Power Yoga, that my practice was taken to another level. I began to notice not only strength physically, but an improvement in my overall well being. I learned how such a simple technique of the breath can really control your mind and emotional state. I practiced here for a few years until I decided I wanted to learn more. I signed up for a teacher training certification with no intention of teaching, but after I completed my 200 hours in 2010, I just had to share this wonderful tool that has helped strengthen me in ways no gym membership could. I made the natural transition and began teaching right away. I ended up moving farther up north teaching at gyms and studios in that area, but eventually made my way back to Dallas years later. So here I am, feeling so grateful to be back to where it began, and now being able to share this amazing practice with you all!