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All Yoga Shala Lubbock classes are led by highly qualified certified teachers registered with the Yoga Alliance.
Rachelle Atkinson is an experienced 200 hour and 500 hour certified yoga instructor and certified yoga therapist. She is trained through two Yoga Alliance registered schools: Shambhava School of Yoga in Nederland, CO and Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda in Boulder, CO. Her training is in classical hatha Yoga with its ancient teachings and philosophy intact. A yoga student of fifteen years and instructor for ten, she has over 2000 hours of yoga, relaxation, meditation and lifestyle teaching experience to varied populations of men, women, athletes, elderly, handicapped, teens, and children. Rachelle is passionate about leading students to develop an ever increasing awareness of and respect for the body, breath, and inner Self. She is a practicing nutrition and yoga therapist and can be reached via her website at www.breatheeatheal.com.
Laura Baake, RYT 200, fuses her years of experience as a mother as well as teacher in the public schools with an inspiring sense of creativity and enthusiasm. She has been studying yoga since 2005 and most recently completed her Yoga Teacher Certification at Yoga Shala Lubbock in the summer of 2012. She absolutely adores kids, turtles, being outside, and all things yoga. Laura shares, “It would be a great honor to hold space and support you during your own self-exploration on the mat.”
JENN TEEL BORLAND
Jenn Teel Borland, RYT 200, began her practice of yoga thirteen years ago. Jenn has an amazing gift for crafting gentle and relaxing class experiences. When she’s not practicing yoga, she loves spending time with family, playing folk and bluegrass music, and vegan baking. Jenn received her Yoga Teacher Certification in the summer of 2013 from Yoga Shala Lubbock.
Huijung Campbell, [pronounced: Hee-jung] was introduced to yoga over a decade ago and became interested in the Iyengar style in 2009. She was particularly attracted to its focus on alignment, which brought therapeutic changes in her body and mind. Huijung believes everyone can do yoga to create balance in their body, which has a positive effect on the mind, which in turn nourishes the spirit: the true being of oneself. She completed a 200-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT) training program at the Center for Yoga of Seattle in 2010 and has been teaching ever since. In 2013, she completed a Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course at the 8 Limbs of Yoga Center in Seattle. In 2014, after 5 years of dedicated practice and training in the Iyengar tradition, she passed the second of two rigorous assessments by the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) and became a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT).
To learn more about Huijung, see http://www.yogajari.com
To learn more about Iyengar Yoga, see https://iynaus.org
Emily Hanby was first introduced to yoga in 2007. She was attracted to the combination of physical challenge, spiritual teaching and self-reflection of the practice. Her practice grew to be a more consistent part of her life in 2016. She began teacher training with Yoga Shala the same year the day after her thirtieth birthday. Which she figured had to be auspicious. Emily is excited to share what she has learned along this journey as well as to learn from her students. She hopes to make the transformative practice of yoga accessible to everyone.
Lane Kingsbery- Yoga found Lane Kingsbery (RYT-200) in 2015, after narrowly surviving a life-threatening battle with drug addiction in the Pacific Northwest. An addiction counselor by trade, Lane found that the traditional medical-models of recovery were no longer serving him and he discovered the minor victories experienced on the yoga mat over-time provided him with inner-peace and contentment. Lane joined the Refuge Recovery Sangha of Santa Cruz (a Buddhist path of recovery) before bringing this program to Lubbock. His weekly mediation “sits” at the Yoga Shala are free and open to the public. Lane has also trained under Gong Master Mehtab Benton and affirms that the universal sounds of the gong will most certainly serve you on your path. Lane’s personal philosophy on the yogic path, and one he hopes to share with you, is “it’s never easy, always effortless.” Lane completed his Yoga Teacher Training at the Yoga Shala in May of 2017.
LISA GARNER SANTA
Lisa Garner Santa, D.M.A., E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and Director of Yoga Shala Lubbock, began teaching yoga in 2007 after graduating from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She led the Yoga 4 Musicians course at the Texas Tech University School of Music from 2007-2013, where she is also Professor of Flute. In recognition of her dedicated and creative teaching, Lisa received TTU’s 2013 President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. She continues to deepen her experience of Yoga, Sanskrit and philosophy through study with Dr. M.A. Jayashree and M.A. Narasimhan, founders of the Anantha Research Foundation in Mysore, India. She recently returned from Mysore where she participated in a month-long study at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) as as student of Saraswati Jois. In the summer of 2012, Lisa was a faculty assistant at Kripalu during the July month-long intensive Yoga Teacher Training. She is a member of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association and is a registered member of Yoga Alliance. For information on Lisa’s music career, please visit lisagarnersanta.com.
Dani Smith has always been fascinated with movement and the physical body. At an early age she experimented with several body conscious activities, from gymnastics and ballet to competitive swimming. She began practicing yoga in 2001 and loved how the postures and breath worked together to cultivate an immediate structural body awareness. It didn’t take her long to notice how the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual effects of yoga were transitioning into her daily life, off the mat. Dani trained at the Namah Shivaya International School of Yoga under Tejvinder Monga and received her 200 hour certification in 2011.
She appreciated that this particular school was so rooted in philosophy, theory and spirituality, and has continued her training with Tej and Namamh Shivaya. She will complete her 500 hour teacher training in the fall of 2015. Dani strives to create a fun, lighthearted environment in each class, where students are encouraged to play, experiment and shine.
Anthony Sosa completed his RYT-200 from the Yoga Shala Lubbock and his degree in Physics from Texas Tech University in 2017. He has been teaching yoga at Texas Tech for students to athletes since the Summer of 2016. Anthony integrates the science of physics and psychology into his yoga classes to give students a balanced yoga experience.
Wan Tay – Wan was first introduced to yoga in Los Angeles in 2001. Within the first several years her practice remained inconsistent, but yoga and breath continued to call her back. With her move to Lubbock in 2012, Wan found a consistent practice during her search for security and inner radiance. She enjoys a slow meditative flow the best, as she believes this nurtures the mind effectively. When she isn’t practicing yoga or meditating, Wan enjoys the methodical nature of hand sewing eye-pillows, mixing essential oils to create natural DIY beauty products, and writing Chinese characters. Wan creates a peaceful practice aurally through gong playing, internally through quietness, and most importantly encouraging true happiness through contentment.
Cat Traxler Cat believes that a personal yoga practice can release “the creative potential of life”. She is a practitioner of yoga for 21 years and received her 200 hour RYT Certification at Lubbock Yoga in July of 2009.
Trained in the discipline of B.K.S. Iyengar and inspired by the effects of Vinyasa Yoga, Cat emphasizes detail to alignment with a connection to breath that is linked with movement in a moderate Vinyasa style.
Selina Vaughn, took her first yoga class in 2005 and was instantly inspired by the healing power of this ancient practice. She attended yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, MA, earning her 200 hour certification in 2008, and her 500 hour in 2010. She recently completed Yoga Therapy training at Yoga Yoga in Austin. Selina teaches from experience in a variety of styles, including Kripalu, Ashtanga, Yin, Restorative, and Yoga Therapy. Using the techniques and principles of yoga, she has been working with people of all ages to improve their level of health and reduce stress. She has a unique ability to make yoga accessible to most anyone. Selina has been a health care professional for many years, with a degree in Radiology, a Massage Therapy Certification, Medical Sales Representative, and Chiropractic Assistant. She began teaching yoga in 2008 and has never looked back.