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Our Yoga Teachers

Our Yoga School Teachers

   

Evelyn Van Antwerp, Dallas Yoga School Teacher & Owner of Satya Yoga

Evelyn Van Antwerp

(M.S. Ed, E-RYT 500, YACEP)
Director/Owner Dallas Teacher Training Lead Instructor

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Evelyn started practicing yoga many years ago because of its benefits for the back and neck difficulties she was experiencing, and soon discovered that the benefits were far greater than just addressing her physical well-being. For Evelyn, yoga has become an avenue for self-knowledge, self-love, awareness and physical well-being. Evelyn has a Masters in Curriculum, with sixteen years in education teaching students and adults, becoming a certified yoga instructor was the perfect choice for her. Evelyn has studied with Yoga Acharya Tej Monga, Judith Laseter, Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews.She received her 200-hour and 500-hour Yoga Alliance Certification through Namah Shivaya Yoga. Since yoga is very much a personal experience and one based on levels of ability, her endeavor is to teach to the needs of individual students by modifying poses. Her classes are designed for both newcomers and seasoned practitioners. Each class focuses on proper alignment and breathing techniques, with an emphasis on core body strength. Her goal as an instructor is for all of her students to experience the full benefits of yoga.

Yoga Acharya Tej, International School Director

Yoga Acharya Tej

(E-RYT 500)
International School Director

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Yoga Acharya Tej was born and raised in India and has compiled the authentic teachings of yoga as practiced in India. He serves on the Advisory Committee of Yoga Alliance for Best Practices of Schools. Acharya Tej formed the Namah Shivaya Yoga Teacher Training in 2008 and the School has Graduated more than 500 students in the US and Mexico. Tej has been studying and practicing yoga for more than 25 years and received his training with the Sivananda Yoga tradition in Rishikesh and Uttarkashi in the Himalayas in India

    

Scott Murphy, Yoga Teacher Training Lead Instructor at Satya Yoga

Scott Murphy

(E-RYT 500)
Teacher Training Lead Instructor

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Scott’s yoga studies began in September 1991, when he was seeking a more holistic approach to ending medical issues. His early years were spent under the study of Myna Moon, a long-time follower of Swami Sivananda and Mahavatar Babaji. As his practice increased over the decades, his medical symptoms diminished. He earned his 200 hour yoga teacher training and later both a 500 hour and a 1,000 Master Teacher Training from Namah Shivaya in Dallas and recognized as a Yoga Acharya.Of the three paths to realization, Karma Yoga has been a central part of Scott’s life for more than two decades, as he has served in varying roles and responsibilities for several North Texas animal, health and religious organizations, including 14 years as a religious education instructor. He continues to bring accessible and affordable yoga to the Mesquite and Terrell communities and also teaches for the City of Mesquite, Texas, weaving into his classes the philosophical, scientific and spiritual aspects of a yoga practice. Scott continues his yoga studies, and has making a 3 ½-year commitment to the study of Kriya Yoga with Pramahansa Yogananda’s Self Realization Fellowship. When he’s not teaching yoga, Scott fights heart disease and stroke for the American Heart Association.

Erin Brandao, Yoga Teacher Training Lead Instructor at Satya Yoga

Erin Brandao

(E-RYT 500)
Teacher Training Lead Instructor

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I took my first yoga class in college in the early 2000’s and all I can remember about it is that I always fell asleep in savasana, the resting post at the end of every class. An workout that ended with a nap sounded pretty good to me! Over the next few years I flirted off and on with yoga until it became an integral part of my life and recovery after the death of my mother. The first time someone suggested I could be a teacher myself, I laughed and said no way. Good thing the Divine has a sense of humor too, because in 2011 I became certified through Namah Shivaya’s teacher training program and now I serve as the lead trainer for our weekday program. What I love most about yoga is its diversity. There is a yoga style, class, or teacher for everyone. I teach active physically challenging classes like ashtanga and all levels flow, relaxing and accessible options like restorative and gentle, as well as a weekly yoga class just for kids! Yoga has given me so many gifts, from physical health to mental peace to spiritual awakening, and I would love to share the gifts of yoga with you as well. Sign up for a group class or contact the studio to book a private lesson with me and begin your own journey today!

Our Studio Yoga Teachers

     

Nick Heffelfinger, Yoga Teacher at Satya Yoga in Dallas, TX

Nick Heffelfinger

RYT 200

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Nick Heffelfinger is originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania where he first fell in love with Yoga. After being admitted into a performing arts high school, The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, he took regular yoga classes at school and soon found a deep love for not only the physical benefits, but also the mental clarity he couldn't quiet understand. He then started his professional career at age sixteen performing for four years at his local amusement park, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom. From Pennsylvania, Nick moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend The Boston Conservatory with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in contemporary dance performance. At school, Nick found a deeper appreciation for yoga while immersing himself in intense yoga classes as well as a weekly restorative practice to combat the physical strain from performing regularly. Since graduation in May of 2017, Mr. Heffelfinger quickly moved to Dallas, TX to perform with Dark Circles Contemporary Dance as well as joining the new Netflix reality series Dancing Queen, featuring famous drag queen Alyssa Edwards. He decided to take a leap of faith and further his yogic studies by joining Namah Sivaya's teacher training program. He received his Yoga Alliance Certificate in January of 2018 and immediately decided to deepen his practice by joining the 500-hour teacher training program (anticipated March 2019). Nick's practice challenges the physical in a body positive manor. He is interested in the connection between the body and mind and how a yoga practice can influence daily life.

Katharine Lombardo, Yoga Teacher at Satya Yoga in Dallas, TX

Katharine Lombardo

RYT 200

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My name is Katharine Lombardo, and in 2015 I completed my 200 hour Yoga training at Namah Shivaya to advance my personal practice. Part of my path is also as a Karuna Reiki Master, and I find it complements my Yoga practice immensely. It has helped cultivate a special interest in meditation and a deep understanding of the Chakras. For me, Yoga has been instrumental as a powerful self-discovery tool. It has inspired me to unify my mind, body, and spirit, and I lead each class with this focus - to help others connect with the innate wisdom and healing power of the body.

Caroline Dakil, Yoga Teacher at Satya Yoga in Dallas, TX

Caroline Dakil

RYT 200

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I'm Caroline! I tasted the sweetness of yoga for the first time about 5 years ago and now I couldn't imagine my life without the practice. I believe through the physical movements of yoga you begin to become more aware of your spiritual and mental state of mind while harmonizing them. My intention for students in class is to create space for themselves to let of expectations and make room for new fluid movements and energies to flow. Join me on your mat sometime soon!

Jo-Jo Steine, Yoga Teacher at Satya Yoga in Dallas, TX

Jo-Jo Steine

RYT 200

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Jo-Jo did her RYT 200 teacher training at Corepower Yoga back in 2015 while she was still in school at Southern Methodist University. She then taught yoga at the SMU Dedman Recreation Center weekly for a year and a half. When she graduated, Jo-Jo began her search for a new yoga home; she found that at Namah Shivaya. She took classes regularly at Namah Shivaya for a year before becoming a teacher there. Jo-Jo is a professional actress, so she loves that yoga gives her a space to hone skills essential to her craft, like her control of her body and her awareness of the present moment. It can be easy when you're young and busy to think of "me-time" as a time to stay up late and eat junk food. Yoga is a form of "me-time" that focuses on self-improvement with long term results - self care rather than self indulgence. Jo-Jo teaches classes with very focused themes and intentions. Moving your body through space with a specific intention connects the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of yoga all together.

Melissa Mayo, Yoga Teacher at Satya Yoga in Dallas, TX

Melissa Mayo

RYT 200

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After graduating college and beginning to work as an HR professional in the corporate world, I first tried yoga as a way to get in shape after spending countless hours sitting at a desk and staring at a computer. For the first year of having a daily yoga practice, I’ll admit that the physically challenging asanas, or poses, are what kept me enthralled. I would push myself to be able to do all of the cool arm balances and inversions...I didn’t meditate, or study and practice any of the other, non-physical limbs of yoga. After some time, I began to find more fulfillment in my yoga practice than in my corporate job. I began to broaden my practice, no longer just focusing on the poses, but instead doing my best to incorporate yogic concepts into my daily life, and to read and study history and philosophy of yoga. I was hooked. In August 2017, I finally acted on a decision I had been contemplating for up to a year, and quit my corporate job, so that I could become certified to teach yoga. A few months afterwards, I received my 200 hour certification from Namah Shivaya, a wonderful school and studio that does an excellent job of teaching and practicing each limb of yoga. I am currently continuing my studies of yoga, by working towards my 500 hour certification. I teach all-levels classes, as well as gentle classes. In my classes, I do my best to encourage mindfulness and body.

Kristi FitzGerald, Yoga Teacher at Satya Yoga in Dallas, TX

Kristi FitzGerald

RYT 200, KRI 200

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Howdy! I want you in my class. Yoga immeasurably enhanced my life and I have a passion for sharing everything I’ve learned. The first time I took a yoga class (back in 1995), I hated it. I didn’t try a yoga class again until 2010. What motivated me? Vanity. My face broke out in what I’d later learn was a severe allergic reaction. It was so intense, my skin had the appearance of a scathing burn. I didn’t want to be seen, so I almost entirely quit leaving the privacy of my home. I needed to stay active, so I started taking yoga because the room had dim lighting. The benefits to my body were astonishing and my mind was positively transformed. I was hooked! I was compelled to start teaching so I could help others with their journey to realizing their highest potential. Amongst many other things, I’ve learned that external beauty is only skin deep, but the light that shines within all of us is truly breathtaking. I’ll see you on the mat.

Erin Acosta, Yoga Teacher at Satya Yoga in Dallas, TX

Erin Acosta

E-RYT 200, RYT 500

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I am a 500 RYT, Dallas based Yoga teacher that believes compassionate service helps to alleviate the pain of those who are suffering but its greater value lies in purifying the minds & hearts of those who render it. I like to focus on asanas (postures) and pranayama (breath control) specific to each client’s needs to help with the physical and/or mental ailments he or she may be challenging in their day to day lives. I first came to Yoga for the fitness benefits and was hoping that it would help with my ongoing health concerns but then after a few years of practicing, realized that the exercise involved in Yoga was just a nice side effect of the practice. Through asana, pranayama and meditation I have been able to steer my health into another direction and see positive changes in every part of my life since then. Yoga is not just a job for me. It is my hobby, my passion and my practice for life!

Denae Richards, Certified Sound Practitioner at Satya Yoga in Dallas, TX

Denae Richards

Certified Sound Practitioner

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As a Certified Sound Practitioner, Denae has been studying & practicing sound meditation for many years. Sound has been a part of her life since early childhood, playing the piano, singing in the choir, playing saxophone in high school & college. After experiencing gongs and singing bowls for the first time, she was immediately drawn to sound in a way she had never before experienced. She continues to explore different ways in which sound & frequency has an innate connection with healing the body on many levels: emotional, spiritual & physical. In August 2017, Denae became a graduate with honors from The Globe Sound Healing Institute.

Gargi Sukhatankar, Yoga Teacher at Satya Yoga in Dallas, TX

Gargi Sukhatankar

RYT 200

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Graduate of Namah Shivaya. Passionate about yoga. Jeevanvidya Mind management student. Bharatnatyam ( Indian classical dance) student. Loves to cook healthy food.

Rachel Reynolds, Yoga Teacher at Satya Yoga in Dallas, TX

Rachel Reynolds

RYT 200

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Rachel has an extensive background in educating students of all ages. Her experience in teaching mainly focused on the arts until she discovered yoga after a job layoff. She was initially drawn to yoga for stress relief however she soon found the benefits of practicing yoga were far reaching in her life. Rachel received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification in March of 2014 from Namah Shivaya. She brings her passion for yoga along with benefits such as increased flexibility, muscle strength, toning, and peace of mind to the classes she teaches. In addition to yoga, Rachel enjoys volunteering, pursuing her master’s degree, museum work, and spending time with her family.

Mary Sue Hayward, Yoga Teacher at Satya Yoga in Dallas, TX

Mary Sue Hayward

E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP

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I am a yoga teacher who works with students seeking a gentle approach to movement and yoga postures. I discovered yoga in mid-life and understand what it is like to be a beginner. With a Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from SMU, 200-hour and 500-hour registered yoga teacher certifications, and a HeavyWeight Yoga certification, I work with new or returning students, students with physical limitations, overweight students, and even experienced yoga practitioners. My classes focus on making yoga accessible no matter what challenge you experience. I emphasize safe alignment and gentle transitions between poses. In addition to yoga, I’m an enthusiastic walker. You might see me at White Rock Lake walking and doing yoga to support walking fitness. In my career ‘past life’ I was a geologist, a training and development specialist for scientists, and a learning disabilities diagnostician for children.

Robin Korevaar, Yoga Teacher at Satya Yoga in Dallas, TX

Robin Korevaar

RYT 200

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Robin currently teaches all levels Vinyasa Flow and gentle yoga in the Hatha tradition at Namah Shivaya studio and has a small private studio of adult students ages 25-60 years. She enjoys working with students of all ages, and teaches yoga for youth ages 3-17 at Namah Shivaya Studio, Dallas Academy for Music & Performing Arts (DAMPA), and Northpark Mall. Robin’s brings to the studio her rich experience as an endurance athlete, social worker, and student of the Alexander Technique (a practice used by many performers and athletes to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in movement). Her wellness class for emerging performers at DAMPA makes use of her full range of skills. Connection with breath and flow are central to her instruction style, as is efficient use of one’s musculoskeletal system: Robin delights in helping yoga students find greater line, ease, and balance in their practice. Her classes offer creative sequences that encourage freedom, exploration, flexibility, and strength in mind, body, and spirit. Ms. Korevaar completed her RYT 200 training at Namah Shivaya studio in Dallas (October 2017) and her RCYT through Yogees Yoga for Kids (May 2018). She is registered with the Yoga Alliance (with CPR certification and liability insurance), and is available for group, private, and semi-private lessons.

Wendy Loven, Yoga Teacher at Satya Yoga in Dallas, TX

Wendy Loven

E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP

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I started practicing yoga in 2003 in order to help my body recover from a back injury. I soon discovered that yoga was good for so much more than healing back pain, it helped in all areas of my life, from reducing stress to building strength. In 2013, I completed the 200 hour training at Namah Shivaya and in 2015, I completed the 300 hour training. I love introducing new students to the benefits of yoga and showing them the myriad of ways that yoga can be used to improve every aspect of your life!

Mitch Lazorko, Yoga Teacher at Satya Yoga in Dallas, TX

Mitch Lazorko

E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP

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While I have considered myself a somewhat active person for most of my life, it wasn't until 2013 that I started to take my health more seriously. I was newly married to my wonderful wife Jen, and life was great. But I had gained weight and I was on a bad path that is all too common for most people these days. I didn't like how I felt or how I looked. Since 2008, I had been working in an orthopedic physical therapy clinic and seen firsthand just how important taking care of myself would be. I realized that I needed to take responsibility for my own wellness and longevity. Since then, I have trained for and completed a half marathon. I have developed strength through learning the principles of powerlifting and olympic weightlifting. I have brought focus to my diet by learning as much as I can about nutrition. And all along the way, Yoga has played a big role. My main point of focus as an instructor is making Yoga accessible to everyone. I have a lot of experience working with people that are dealing with injuries or have had surgery. I enjoy helping students find the right modification for a pose. My background as a musician has allowed me to produce all of the music that I play during my classes. That has a been a fun outlet and inspiration to my practice. I play guitar and bass at a church in Dallas regularly. My life has benefited so much from Yoga and a mindfulness centered lifestyle. I want to share it with everyone!