Teachers

Hope Wills

Founder & Owner

Hope is not enlightened (not even close) and she can’t get into every pose.  She is an elementary special education teacher, a fiercely loyal friend, she loves to laugh and she craves yoga.

Hope has been an educator since 1995 – graduated from the University of Houston and completed masters and doctoral level coursework at Texas Tech, College of St. Rose, and Vanderbilt University.  Her experiences range from elementary to high school students and from students receiving special education services to those identified as gifted and talented.  While working in a self-contained classroom for students identified as emotionally disturbed, she realized when students’ emotional needs were met, they were more receptive to academic instruction.  But, she had yet to discover where her yoga practice and career in education would intersect.
Yoga entered Hope’s life in 1999, and in 2004, she began deepening her learning by enrolling in the yoga immersion and instruction offered through ViraYoga in NYC.  Hope’s practice remained strong, but she only began teaching yoga to others after traveling to and studying Hatha Yoga and meditation in Upper Bhagsu, India in 2014.  She then taught at Houston Yoga Collective in Garden Oaks.  In August 2016, a colleague asked her to teach yoga to a third grade class and instead of taking on just one class, she piloted a mindfulness program with five classes of students (first, third, and fifth graders).

Hope’s love for yoga – and sharing the practice through teaching children and adults – invigorates her mind and spirit and is her catalyst for growth.

She’s a native Houstonian.  Though she’s lived just about all over Texas, then in Brooklyn, and even for a short bit in Nashville,  she’s returned to Houston and made it her home.

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Sandra Burgess

Director of Operations

Sandra has enjoyed practicing and teaching yoga for over 25 years. After a near-fatal car accident ended her professional beach volleyball career in 1997, she founded Inspire® to empower students to take charge of their health, build resiliency and optimize wellness through the practice of therapeutic yoga and mindfulness.

Sandra’s professional credentials include Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (experienced registered yoga teacher), ten years as a certified Integrative Restoration iRest Yoga Nidra/mindfulness instructor, and C-IAYT International Association of Yoga Therapists certified therapeutic instructor.

She created the Hearts in Rhythm program to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness with patients, families and care providers who are managing cardiac issues. She has facilitated iRest sessions for patients and veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. She designs personalized programs in collaboration with medical professionals to address specific health conditions, has published articles in peer reviewed journals, and is an international speaker advocating the benefits of yoga and mindfulness.

Sandra’s passion for yoga extends beyond the studio. She is honored to be an Advisory Board Member for the Peaceful Planet Foundation, bringing the benefits of a plant-based diet, yoga and mindfulness practices to underserved youth and the medical community.

Christina Young

Christina is a kind and compassionate yoga teacher. Her primary yoga practice is that of ahimsa – nonviolence, which inspires her to treat everyone and everything with love, compassion, and respect.

She has been practicing yoga for over six years. Though she began attending yoga classes for exercise and stress relief, everything changed after meeting her teacher Brittanie DeChino in 2013.  As a follower of Sri Dharma Mittra, Brittanie shared love and compassion and teachings of the 8-limbs of Hatha Raja Yoga, introducing Christina to a holistic and life-changing yoga practice beyond the poses.

Christina completed her 200-hour teacher training at Flow Yoga Center in Washington, DC and is now immersed in the 500-hour Life of a Yogi program with true master yogi Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City. Her classes may feel challenging and intense, soft and nurturing, or meditative and focused. Or all of the above! At the end of class, especially after the long relaxation, you will feel balanced, steady, and grounded. “Be nice and be happy.” – Sri Dharma Mittra

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Elizabeth found yoga in 2000, when she was seeking a new way to approach fitness and a path to calm her mind. She began her yoga teacher training in 2008 with Paul Barrera and received her certification in 2009 at Yoga Ananda through the guidance of her teacher Maria Merrill at Yoga Ananda. Elizabeth’s practice and teaching have been greatly influenced by her teachers Ann Hyde and Catherine Allen, who have taught her embodied presence in a visceral way.

Elizabeth has been fortunate to study with wonderful teachers from various traditions throughout the years, and her teaching has been heavily influenced by the Bhakti, Ashtanga and Forrest yoga systems. Elizabeth has received training in trauma-sensitive Yoga at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts. She has been fortunate to have taught in various studios such as Yoga Ananda, BIG Power Yoga, Equinox River Oaks in Houston, and Breathe Yoga Studio in Pittsburgh, PA.

Elizabeth is a licensed Psychotherapist. After working with trauma survivors in various inpatient and outpatient mental health settings such as the Children’s Assessment Center, The Council on Recovery, and the Menninger Clinic for almost two decades, she established her full-time psychotherapy private practice and founded THRIVE, a Trauma-Informed yoga program which offers yoga classes and consultation services for yoga teachers and clinicians. Elizabeth has offered classes, trainings and consultations on trauma-informed yoga in various settings such as nonprofit community mental health agencies, intensive outpatient treatment centers, and various yoga studios. Her primary intent in creating THRIVE is to help people establish a safe and trusting relationship with their bodies.

 

 

Jessica Dodington  jessica

Jessica Dodington, a native Minnesotan, has been teaching Vinyasa Yoga in Houston for the past ten years. She is an RYT certified instructor who loves to explore space through her body. Jessica’s classes offer a lighthearted atmosphere for students to explore and deepen their practice. Expect to leave a practice with Jessica aware of your power and strength – physically and mentally. Jessica is a former lululemon ambassador and spends her time off the mat drinking coffee and playing with her two young children and her cat.
facebook: @jessicardodington + @CoyoCommunityYogaWithJessicaKnapp
instagram: @jessicardodington     web: coyo.co

 

Larry Thraen Larry

Larry has completed over 1250 certification hours through the School Yoga Institute, having studied under Andrew Dugas, Robert Boustany, Vedantin ‘Ping” Lou, Vinnie Marino, Bryan Kest, Annie Carpenter, Steve Ilg, and Kathryn Budig.

Larry believes through a dedicated practice, ‘bhakti’, one can cultivate deeper spiritual, physical, and emotional connections with the self as well as others. “Pleasure is the body, Happiness is in the mind, Joy is in the spirit.”

Larry specializes in 200hr and 500hr teacher training and leading advanced yoga studies immersions. He’s certified over 500 yoga teachers over his career.

 

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CYT, E-RYT 500, and Certified Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Facilitator; Raye Lynn has over 23 years experience as a yoga and meditation instructor, teacher trainer and as the studio owner of one of the largest, oldest, existing yoga studios in the US.  She offers group classes and private sessions and has taught at national conferences, led workshops, retreats and yoga vacations.

Known for her love of the practice and the loving care that she provides for her students and clients, Raye Lynn brings her own authentic voice and teaching style to her classes, infusing each instruction with the deeper teachings of yoga, linking the movement of breath with skillful and precise alignment and sequencing for a playful, sublime and deepening practice. Through meditation and Yoga Nidra, Raye Lynn infuses these practices and techniques with her soothing voice and exquisite pacing to hold sacred space and guide her students and clients into deeper and deeper levels of stillness and presence and into deeper and deeper states of consciousness and being.

When life changes, we are often asked to embody and re-member a new self and a new way of being in our lives, and a new way of being in our bodies, hearts and minds. Raye Lynn Rath offers public and private sessions in Yoga, Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Life Coaching, Mentoring, Intuitive Healing, Intuitive Readings and working with Essential Oils.  Call Raye Lynn at (713) 628-6043 or email her at awakeningpresence.raye@gmail.com for more information on classes, workshops, retreats and private session availability.

Stacey Ramsower

Stacey spent years studying with Hala Khouri, whose work with Somatic Experiencing and yoga inspired her to become a teacher. Her 200hr Teacher Training was led by yoga greats Annie Carpenter and Lisa Walford at YogaWorks in 2005. Stacey continues to study and deepen her practice – currently working toward her 500hr level certification through the Himalayan Institute and studying Ayurveda through the American Institute of Vedic Studies. Her teaching philosophy comes down to a simple principle: Yoga, when practiced well, can lead you to the deepest experience of your innate wisdom, which is the key to freedom.

 

Susan Underwood

Susan completed her first teacher training with Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in 1988 where she experienced first hand the immense power of yoga’s systematic approach to transform one’s physical, emotional and spiritual life. Thus began her lifelong study of this precious practice. Her classes emphasize balancing strength and flexibility, encouraging students to personalize their practice, move with intention, and attend to the internal aspects of this art. Parenting 3 amazing children, practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine, gardening, and kitchen arts all provide inspiration on and off the mat. She holds a BS in Biology, a Master’s in Social Work and a Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Her understanding of anatomy, physiology and meridian theory enhances her practice and teaching style. She is a licensed Acupuncturist and LMSW, works for MD Anderson’s Integrative Medicine Center, and joyfully shares her yoga practice leading vinyasa, yin and meditation focused classes.

Warren Andrade

Bio & pic coming soon!