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Our teachers have very diverse strengths, specialties, and backgrounds yet, all share a core philosophy of teaching traditional yoga with a focus on a holistic and safe practice.

our teachers

Lisa Nicholson

E-RYT 500, YACEP

I have always been physically active with running and at the gym, but it was when I committed to my daily yoga practice in 2007 that I discovered a transformation in my body and mind and I found my calling to teach. I completed my 200HR and 500HR yoga teacher training at Blue Anjou and purchased the studio. It has been an honor to be a part of our unique, talented and caring community of teachers and students. I am rewarded daily with the tremendous gift and blessing in witnessing the continued growth of our wonderful Blue community. I enjoy teaching Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Meditation, Yoga for Beginners, and Yoga for Athletes. I am also certified in Prenatal, Yoga for Kids, and Reiki and continuing studies in Yoga Therapy. I welcome you to join me for class!

Anna Trimm

E-RYT 200, RYT 500, CYC, LMT/LMTI (ret)., YACEP

After nearly 20 years as a bodyworker and massage therapy instructor, I retired from massage work to fully dedicate myself to teaching Yoga. My classes are a mix of breath work and meditation with a focus on posture and anatomy. It’s important to me to educate my students on why the body does what it does and why we Yoga the way we do! I teach Therapeutics and Adaptive, All Levels Hatha, Yoga Nidra, and Curvy Yoga with an emphasis on modification, and in an honest and *sometimes* irreverent manner. I want my students to feel like they’ve attained something from each class and I’m so honored to be a part of their practice. I'm also very proud to be one of the instructors for Blue Anjou's teacher training program and will soon finish my own certification as a yoga therapist. 
 
I’ve lived in the renaissance fair, got expelled from religious school, been to every state in America, and was trained by a Karadji in the Koori tribe of Australia. I’ve got a piece of quartz under my tongue and I’m supposed to be able to time travel, but I haven't mastered that yet. I’m so happy to be the Chairwoman of Team Science at Blue Anjou! I can’t wait to see you in class.

Debbie Simon

E-RYT 500, YACEP, Yoga Therapist

I came to yoga out of a need for balance, in my life and fitness.  Intrigued by the depth of the practice, I began a teacher training. I am certified through Blue Anjou’s Teacher Training and Yoga Bridge Yoga for Cancer Training and am currently fulfilling my hours to become a yoga therapist. My husband and I are recent empty nesters of two college boys and though I miss them, I am enjoying new found freedom to travel and have adventures…and a lower grocery bill! I teach restorative, gentle, hatha, yin, Kundalini and believes meditation is the cornerstone of yoga and incorporates meditation in every class I teach. I have found through self-study and a personal practice that yoga is exactly for me, and that yoga is for everybody. 

Beth Pickett

200 RYT

I discovered yoga and Blue Anjou in 2015. My first yoga experience was the Beginner’s Series with Lisa and I’ve been hooked ever since then!
I completed my 200 Hour teacher training at Blue and I am currently pursuing my 300 Hour, Asana for All Bodies and Curvy Yoga certifications.
I am retired from a long career teaching elementary students. I’m so happy to have rekindled a passion for teaching and sharing the joy of yoga.
I truly believe that yoga is for “every body” and that everyone may benefit from the unique union of mind, body, breath and spirit offered through yoga.
Please join me in class for Gentle Hatha-I’d love to see you!

 

Jenny Powell

E-RYT 200

My name is Jenny Powell. I am a retired elementary school teacher.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Learning Disabilities.  I taught for 35 years in Tucson, Arizona and Lewisville, Texas before retiring from LISD.  Eight of my years were in Special Education classrooms. I have been practicing yoga on a regular basis for the last fifteen years.  I am currently an RYT-E.  I have also completed 95 hours training in Radiant Child Yoga. I am currently teaching adult yoga classes for Senior Adults, Restorative Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. My work with yoga for children includes Saturday Storybook Yoga classes and after school yoga classes in LISD.

My most recent project is in planning and promoting a Yoga program for special populations that will help at risk children maintain their natural wisdom and radiance.  Using Yoga with a therapeutic approach, and targeting autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders and other special populations I hope to help these children release anxiety and control their emotions. Increasing their feeling of well-being is an important goal for these children. I believe in the power of the Mind, Body and Spirit and Yoga, in my opinion, is one of the best ways to connect these powerful concepts and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Tom Macaskill

E-RYT 200

I first found yoga years ago as an alternative to riding my bicycle outside and attending spin class in the gym. Early on I had a spin teacher that also taught yoga. We would use yoga as a method to stretch out after spin. Soon, I was in the yoga studio more than on my bike or in spin class. I have a degree in education that did not get a lot of use initially. I guess I knew I had to teach, just not what. My B.S. degree was Art Education: I like to try to find the art in everything. Now its the art in Yoga that draws me. The physical alignment of the body, the mindfulness of breath control, all help us to be present in the moment. I offer classes that are simple and easy to understand, hopefully everyone can take something away to use in their own practice. Restorative yoga allows us to take time to quiet our minds, focus on our breath and slow down from the hectic daily schedule. Join me for a quiet restful class. Looking forward to seeing you at Blue. 

Carolyn Martinez

RYT 200

"Yoga is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self"- The Bhagavad Gita My name is Carolyn Martinez and I teach Vinyasa Yoga on Sunday mornings.  When I discovered Blue Anjou's welcoming, inclusive, and caring community I knew this is where I wanted my journey to lie.  That journey led me into Blue Anjou's teacher training program where I earned my 200RYT certification. I have a background in elementary education as well as children's gymnastics/yoga/dance instruction.  In addition,  I am a certified Water Fitness instructor.  Join me on Sunday mornings as we share our journeys and  honor our bodies, minds, and spirits. 

Karon Sartore-Frantz

RYT 500

Please call me K. I recently graduated from Breathe Into Awareness with my 200 hour certification in 2016. I am strengthening my knowledge of yoga by continuing my journey through the 300 hour certification training program here at Blue Anjou! I enjoy the connection of mindfulness, heightened spiritual awareness and a sense of peaceful oneness that yoga brings to my life. It is because of these that I decided to become a yoga teacher.  My soul smiles when I can offer acceptance, encouragement and peace to others in life and on the mat. I have held many hats over the years including a stay at home mother of 3, have my own catering business, part time nanny, as well as teaching yoga.  All of which have brought much happiness to my life. I adore most styles of yoga, however, I love Rope Wall and Kundalini.  My favorite type is Rope Wall simply for the opportunity to demonstrate to yogis the ability to grow their relationship of trust with themselves.  Please join me for class…we have fun “hanging” around. 
 

Beatrix Inauen 

ERYT-200

In my late thirties, my family and I decided to move from Switzerland to Dallas for a 2-year adventure. At that time, we never would have guessed we would still be living here many years later. My husband, our two daughters, and I are Swiss citizens. Overall these years, we’ve had the privilege of going back and forth between the two countries every summer. This gave our children the opportunity to get to know their culture.


In my leisure time, I enjoy being both physically and mentally active. In my earlier years, I was a passionate runner. Unfortunately, it took a toll on my knees, so now I enjoy things like cycling, swimming, hiking, and skiing. In the Summer of 2008, while staying in Switzerland, I went to a book store where I came across a book about Yoga. The same night I started reading it, I realized that this would be my new path. As soon as I got back to Dallas, I started taking my first yoga classes and I’ve loved it ever since.


While practicing Yoga, I soon realized that my mind stops thinking about the past or worrying about the future. That was the first time I experienced mindfulness. In 2015, I became a Certified Yoga Instructor RYT 200 at Blue Anjou. A year later I started the300-hour certification training program.
My goal is to help students to let their mind be in the ‘now’, which is an important step in becoming more mindful in daily life. With this practice, the mind is more at peace and we are able to enjoy every given moment. I am honored to be part of the Blue Anjou community and very excited to be given the opportunity to share my knowledge. 

Farasha Azad

RYT 200

In 2013 , Farasha became a Certified Yoga Instructor, RYT 200, with Yoga Alliance and studied Tantric Hatha Yoga with Shanon Buffington, E- RYT, RYS. She currently continues her Yoga studies with Lisa Nicholson, RYT 500 and the faculty at Blue Anjou. Farasha also teaches Classical Ballet, and Belly Dance Fusion at Dancer’s Workshops. Farasha and her company, Zaara Belly Dance Fusion, perform regularly throughout the year.

Trish Kinder

RYT 200

One of my primary goals in life is to remain active & to grow old gracefully, avoiding pharmaceutical medications as much as possible.  I personally believe that practicing Yoga along with a good diet and exercise are the best prescription for good health and longevity.

I’ve been a practitioner of Yoga for over 30 years but I always had the desire to share this amazing gift with others.  I was lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom for 18 years. Once my children left the nest I made the wonderful decision to study and earn my 200 RYT and now I enjoy leading others in this path to finding inner peace.  

I enjoy teaching both Yin & Yang style classes; believing we all need both to find that balance in our practice and in life.
 

Elaine Spaulding 

RYT 200

As a Yoga Teacher and Personal Trainer, I help people create and maintain a healthy lifestyle.   Through both group classes and private sessions, I have successfully helped class participants and clients improve their health, train for events, increase their strength, increase their endurance, and increase their flexibility.  I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of wonderful individuals, including, but not limited to:  teens, active older adults, those with Down Syndrome, those who are vision impaired, and stroke victims.

I am also a Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Indoor Cycling Instructor.  I have experience teaching the following classes: Boot Camp, Cardio Kickboxing, Core Conditioning, Cycle, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), High-Low Aerobics, Strength Training, Step, Active Older Adult Low Impact Aerobics, and Active Older Adult Strength Training.

I enjoy teaching Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yin Yoga.  Practicing Yoga makes me happy!  I hope that you find joy in your practice, too!

Dawn Maynor

Dawn is an E-RYT 200 hour Yoga Teacher, Reiki II, and a the guide of Dream Board Workshops. She is passionate about helping others use yoga tools to help alleviate the struggles of stress, anxiety, and depression. She's learned that yoga is a healing journey that is great for the mind and body. In her classes, you can expect to not only move your body but to use your breath, affirmations, and visualizations to connect the mind and body. 

ERYT 200