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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
"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.