Our Teachers

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.

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.

Dana began practicing yoga in 1996 to relieve the pain and discomfort of scoliosis, and found as her practice unfolded that yoga had a great deal more to offer than just the relief of physical discomfort. She has studied movement, rehabilitation and meditation broadly over the past 23 years of working directly with clients and students, and believes that an attitude of curiosity combined with disciplined practice can change lives.

She has spent her entire career as a movement educator, meditation instructor and bodyworker guiding others in discovering their embodied knowledge, breathing fully, moving well, tuning into & enhancing personal vitality, and skillfully directing the mind.

The practice of yoga and meditation develop skills that serve to enhance our fullest experience of life and amplify our effectiveness within it, and Dana is honored to share these practices in private, corporate, and clinical settings with willing students. Her motto towards practice is: Breathe deeply, practice often, be well.

Jeremy Devens

For over 15 years I’ve worked in health and personal development. I’ve taught over 2000 classes and events. In 2013 I helped launch Sanctuary Yoga, the only non-profit yoga studio in Austin, Texas. I have completed over 2000 hrs of training and am a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Life Coach.

Cristina de Llano Porche

A native of Laredo, Texas, Cristina first discovered yoga in her teens as a way to prevent injury while dancing ballet.

Cristina completed her first 200-hour hatha training in Austin in 2008. In 2012, she earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Austin. After graduating, Cristina decided she once again wanted yoga to be a significant part of her life. She completed 200-hour hatha flow training in 2016, and has been teaching ever since. She has studied with various teachers, such as Jason Crandell, Judith Lasater and Chase Bossart.

Her practice consists of vinyasa and hatha flow, but she also knows it’s important to slow down with yoga nidra, restorative yoga or hatha yin.

Yoga has always been a part of Cristina’s life, but since practicing consistently for five years and teaching for three, she has noticed vast changes in her life and wants to share that with others.

Dana Makover

Dana discovered yoga through a voice teacher who incorporated movement into voice warm-ups when she was only fifteen years old. Yoga and singing together created a safe space where being in her body didn’t seem so bad. Having spent her childhood travelling between Israel and Texas, “home” was a loosely defined word. Yoga became a major building block in the long process of making her body into her home.

Over the years Dana has explored many different yoga styles and considers herself a yoga “mutt”, taking aspects of different lineages and applying them into unique therapeutic sequences. Her teachings encourage students to notice and sit with where they are physically and emotionally. You can expect a challenging but accessible practice filled with traditional and non-traditional functional and exploratory  movement, with lots of focus on breath and the meditative qualities of the practice. Her attitude towards movement and life is light-hearted and approachable. Humor plays a big role in her teaching style.

When she isn’t teaching yoga, you can find Dana spending time with her family and her beloved beast preferably near cold water.

Sheila Singh

After studying and practicing engineering for many years, a desire for healing and a deeper connection to self, led Sheila to the path of yoga and meditation. She has studied and practiced many forms of yoga, from ashtanga to yin to meditation. Most dear to her heart is the practice of meditation and yoga nidra. She is especially grateful to her teachers, Sarah Powers, Richard Miller and Stephanie Lopez, for illuminating this path for her. Today it is her heart’s calling to support others along this journey as well.

Sheila creates a welcoming and safe space for individuals of all backgrounds and experience. She combines movement, breath and meditation as a way to come home to yourself, to feel at ease in the moment, and in relationship with life circumstances. She believes that the body holds infinite wisdom, and is a vessel through which we can experience our essential wholeness. Sheila offers practice in a way that is both accessible and empowering, and it brings her great joy to create a sense of community and belonging.

Sheila is a 200 hour RYT, as well as a certified iRest® yoga nidra instructor. Her practice takes place both on the cushion and in the daily movements of life and motherhood.


Kelly Bonanni

Kelly is a Virginia native and moved to Austin 2013. She completed her 200hr certification from Sukha Yoga Austin and is currently pursuing her 500hr certification. Kelly has found deep healing in her practice of yoga, and strives to create a safe space for all students to form a more loving relationship with themselves. Her intuitive sequencing in flow classes are designed to get you out of your head and into your heart with appropriate challenges and a little humor. She also loves to offer yin and meditation as a container for self regulation and restoration.

Kelly is also a licensed massage therapist and a certified Zero Balancing practitioner. In her own business, Regulate Yoga and Bodywork, she has a passion for working with clients recovering from trauma and PTSD, and in all her offerings she works to empower her clients and students to tap into their own wealth of inner resources.


Christine Anderson

Christine found her away to the life changing practice of yoga as an unruly teen in the suburbs of Chicago. She was an avid Ashtangi for nearly a decade before she discovered her passion and love for the creativity of power and vinyasa flow. Christine is an uplifting yoga instructor who specializes in teaching power-based classes that focus on breath, alignment and yoga philosophy. Christine carries over 1000 hours in yoga & fitness education and loves to teach and share in the world of retreats and yoga trainings.
Outside of public classes Christine serves as teacher-trainer, fitness coach and flexologist whose passion is to hold space for individuals and groups to connect with their breath, body and spirit. She also loves to teach yoga 1:1, to children,  to seniors and as well as in corporate settings. She has led over a dozen yoga teacher trainings, hosted international retreats, performed sound healings, and taught art at an inner city high school in Chicago.  When not teaching or coaching you may find her outside running, climbing, biking, cooking or traveling.

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’ve been teaching Yoga and mindfulness for over 12 years. Completing over 1000 hours of training. I love teaching, in studios, offices, schools–anywhere there is a need to find balance.

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