Our Teachers

Shelia Singh

Born and brought up in New Jersey, I have called Texas home since 1999. I completed an undergraduate and Master’s degree in engineering and worked as an engineer until finally deciding to pursue my interest in Yoga and particularly meditation. The traditions of Yoga and meditation have helped me in innumerable ways. I find the wisdom of these practices to be indispensable in life at large.

I draw from the rich wisdom of Buddhist philosophy and thread in the richness of meditative self-inquiry and relaxation in my classes. Students can expect a warm and welcoming environment to explore the vast nature of body, heart and mind. I hope to hold a space to help students to step into their life with greater purpose, clarity and ease of being.

Stephanie Labay

Stephanie is a personable and passionate Yoga teacher, dedicated to sharing the Yoga tradition and lifestyle with eager students. She conducts inviting classes that foster an invigorating, centering, and calming environment.

Her Vinyasa and Flow classes are fun and active, incorporating movement, music, pranayama and meditation. Her Hatha classes focus on grounding, reconnecting and recharging.

Stephanie grew up in South of France and came to Austin in 1999 for a Masters in Engineering at UT. That’s where she met the two loves of her life: her husband and Yoga.

When she is not teaching Yoga, Stephanie is a freelance technical translator, a mom and runs RetreatPlace.com which she co-founded with her husband. She loves swimming, hiking, traveling, cooking and spending time with friends.

LK Bookman

LK has been a student of Yoga for more than 15 years, and a teacher of Yoga for more than five. As a teacher, LK strives to provide a space of compassion and self-care for students, while encouraging each practitioner to find space and relaxation through thoughtfully sequenced postures, breathing techniques and meditation.

LK considers herself a life-long student of Yoga and continues to pursue advanced teacher training towards the 500-hour level. She has taught more than 1,000 classes and private sessions and has studied with Chase Bossart, Donna Farhi, Leslie Kaminoff, Mark Whitwell, and Gary Kraftsow. She also completed a 50 hour Yoga Therapy Training program to obtain the skills to teach to those suffering from PTSD and anxiety.

LK founded the Austin Yoga Hub to share Yoga news, workshops and events with the Austin Community.

Rebecca Risher

Rebecca’s classes provide a safe healing space where students can learn to be still and unravel stress, trauma and chaos; her classes are well-suited for all levels of experience and ideal for those seeking comfort and ease in stillness. A Yoga practice can be very physical, but it doesn’t always need to be. Many of us already have very active, stressful and demanding lives – Rebecca’s classes allow time and space to cultivate balance by exploring the softer, deeper, more subtle layers of the self.

Rebecca, certified yoga thereapist and RYT 500 is certified to teach both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga, and she specializes in the more mellow practices: yin, restorative, and meditation.

Jessica Stephens

Jessica has been teaching Yoga for five years. She is a 200 hour certified Hatha Yoga teacher working toward the 500-hour level. Prior to that, she received a BA in Communication from Southwestern University and an MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas. She has almost 20 years work experience in government, academia and the corporate world. Her most recent roles include work at the University of Texas System Administration, and she spent 5 years in a management position at a GPS road mapping company. She has been pleasantly surprised to discover how both the physical and psychological aspects of Yoga meld with her educational background. The heightened sense of awareness Yoga brings to the world within you and around you helps you find balance, and your communication and organizational skills become more effective.

Kimberly Wharton

Before relocating to Austin, Kimberly was named in Backstage Magazine‘s ‘Best of L.A.’ under favorite Yoga class. She has gone through training with Alan Finger (ISHTA lineage), Kia Miller (Yoga Works techniques), Jasmine Lieb (Therapeutics), and Jillian Pransky (Restoratives). She has also been studying the Anusara lineage with her teacher, Shari Goodhartz, and can’t help but apply her latest love into her classes.

Kimberly began her practice in ’98, after many attempts at trying Yoga, but never really resonating with it. Then she discovered Ashtanga. As an actor in NYC, she used her personal practice before every performance as a tool for focus and connection on stage, as well as to deepen her breathe as a singer.

She continues to deepen her practice daily, as well as share her passion with her students. Whether the goal is to heal, to relax, to lose weight, or to find focus, Kimberly assists her students on their journey to feel better, to function better, and to find their truth.

Christine Rodriguez

I came to find my Yogic path after it was suggested to me as injury prevention to counter rock climbing. From soccer to gymnastics, I’ve always enjoyed movement and being challenged mentally and physically. With that being said, it was not difficult to tempt me into stepping onto a Yoga mat! With a fascination of meditation and eastern philosophy to fuel the Yogic fire, I fell in love immediately during my first Ashtanga class.

I enjoy teaching a class that allows me to share what I love about Yoga. You can expect a class that offers a challenge that is accessible for each student with an emphasis on introspection and focus on the breath. You can also expect to encounter laughter, play, and maybe a little bit of sweat. The practice of Yoga is a beautiful and serious endeavor, but I also believe that the best journeys in life are traveled with humor.

When I’m not teaching, I can be found rock climbing, hiking, and vagabonding around while practicing my amateur photography skills. When the time calls, I can also be found on the University of Texas campus pursuing my studies of Social Work and Anthropology.

Melinda Barsales

Melinda began practicing yoga after moving away from her home state of Texas in 2001 to live in San Francisco, CA. After over a decade of practice she was introduced to Vinyasa Krama Yoga as taught by Steven Ross and Pam Johnson and was inspired to finally pursue her 200-hour teacher training certification with the esteemed and longtime student of Sri T Krishnamacharya, Srivatsa Ramaswami. During the summer of 2013 Melinda received her certification from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA , after a 7-week immersive training with Ramaswami. Shortly thereafter she left her office job as a legal editor for the State of Texas to teach yoga and continue her studies.

Melinda’s classes emphasize the cultivation of self-awareness of both the physical and subtle bodies, pranayama, meditation, and chanting, and the Vinyasa Krama tenet of linking graceful movement with breath. She has received continuing education in Ayurveda and Yoga and Yin Yoga through Sacred Roots School of Yoga in Austin, certification in Kids Yoga from The Little Yoga House in Austin, and training in Restorative Yoga through Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA.

Jaclyn Howell

Jaclyn Howell offers an integrative yoga practice that focuses on moving to your breath and body.   Her classes offer a perfect balance between effort and ease, with a focus on injury prevention and alignment.  She custom tailors the classes to meet the needs of the students, while holding a safe, non-judgemental, loving space. She encourages students to move from within at their own pace, and to their own breath, cultivating healing energy.  She received her 200 HR RYT training from Gioconda Yoga in the Iyengar Vinyasa style and has completed her 500 HR RYT training at YogaYoga with various National Teachers and YogaYoga staff.  Her biggest influences have been Sharon Moon, Gioconda, Jenn Wooten, Angie Knight, Rachel Hector and Leslie Kaminoff.  She teaches both group classes and private lessons, as well as offers reiki and health coach sessions. She specializes in working with clients with autoimmune thyroid disease or any chronic illness.  She strives to bring students back to balance with an emphasis on overall health and wellness.

Nicole Morin

Nicole is a yoga teacher whose passion lies in sharing the teachings of yoga as a way to explore ourselves more fully and to shift the way we offer ourselves in all aspects of our lives.

For Nicole, the practice serves as a steady reminder of the importance of slowing down and the power of connection. Her gift as a teacher is her ability to create felt experiences that connect emotionally with her students, helping them to tune in to the wisdom of their own experiences both on and off their mats.

Nicole’s classes are a thoughtful blend of steady, awareness-based movement blended with purposeful moments of pause and reflection. Nicole creates and leads classes and workshops throughout Austin and has presented at conferences such as SXSW.

A devoted student who has been practicing and living yoga for nearly 6 years, Nicole received her 200HR teaching certification through Sukha Yoga in Austin, and has continued to pursue training and certifications in yin yoga, subtle body anatomy, somatics and trauma-informed teaching. Her primary teachers and influences today are Elena Brower and Seane Corn, whom she travels to study with annually. She is forever grateful for all of the teachers along her path.

Lisa Feder

I believe Yoga can help everyone feel better, and be more fully engaged and effective in all areas of life, both personal and professional. My passion is helping regular people discover and explore yoga to create space and ease in the mind, body and heart. I believe that your Yoga practice will meet you where you are on the path, and that is different for everyone. It is my intention that everyone will feel “comfortably challenged” in my classes, and honor themselves by taking care where they need to and finding their edge where they choose to. It is my hope that students will carry their practice off their mats and into their lives.

I have been teaching Yoga for over 10 years, completing over 1000 hours of training.  I love teaching, in studios, offices, schools–anywhere there is a need to find balance.