Teachers

The teachers at Yoga from the Heart are one of a kind. Each one has a unique passion for yoga, and a personalized teaching style. Interested in becoming a teacher? We offer teacher training!



 

Jan Guinn, Studio Owner, E-RYT500

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I’ve been a dedicated yoga practitioner for many years and since my first yoga class, I knew that yoga would change my life….and so it has. In 2004, I left my career as a home health care executive to become a yoga teacher.
— jan

I began my training with YogaFit and knew I wanted more!! I completed my 200 hour teacher training with NamasteUSA in the Scaravelli style of yoga and my 500 hour training with DeAnna Shires' Breathe into Awareness Advanced Studies Program.  I am registered as an E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance.

I was drawn to teaching yoga because I wanted to feel as though I was making a difference in people’s lives.  I had no idea what a difference people would make in my life!  When I look out into a class and see the faces of students, I can’t help but be inspired by their tenacity, their courage to try something new and their ability to bounce back from all the set-backs they’ve experienced in their lives.  I can only hope to reflect those same qualities back to them!

My classes are paced in a way that allows each individual student to feel successful. All students are welcome – from beginners to advanced – and are encouraged to work at the level that best suits their needs. We don’t move quickly from one pose to the next, providing time to breathe and establish a nice, firm foundation in each pose. My intention is to provide a safe, friendly, non-competitive environment.


Jackie Romero, E-RYT200

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My passion is to help students realize increased self-awareness by letting go of negativity & become more balanced in their lives; enhancing the unity of mind, body and spirit through the experience of yoga.
— jackie

Jackie began practicing yoga over 30 years ago as a teenager, and has been involved with yoga ever since.  She has spent the better part of her life in the practice and teaching of physical fitness and overall wellness.  Initially, she taught fitness and aerobics, and later became a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), and has worked in that area for over twenty years.  She also earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage-Family Therapy(MFT) and has worked with several doctors in their practices.  

The pursuit and attainment of her Registered Yoga Teacher Certification through Yoga Island was both a logical progression and culmination of a lifelong interest that has blossomed into a passion for yoga.  Jackie has studied with a variety of teachers, including Rod Stryker, Seanne Corn, Baron Baptiste, Ana Forest , Judith Lasater,  Dharma Mittra, Desiree Rumbaugh and Suzie Aldous.  She is also certified to teach Pre-Natal Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga for MS.  


Michelle Silva, RYT

 
Yoga changed my life for the better, and allows my body and mind to connect and reach my full potential.
— michelle
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Michelle took her first yoga class in 2001 at Baylor University, and has been practicing yoga ever since. Yoga has been both a compliment and a necessity to her other passion as an equestrian.

Finally, in 2008 she was able to pursue her dream of becoming a 200 Registered Yoga Teacher. Her passion for yoga only grew as she began her teaching career, and is ever evolving.  Now, Michelle is continuing her yogic education by studying with world-renowned teachers and pursuing a certification in Therapeutic Yoga.

Yoga has been adopted into her life not only as a physical practice, but also as a lifestyle. She hopes to inspire students to do the same, or at least help them to feel freedom in their bodies.


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Linda Peoples, RYT

My yoga journey began in 2006 when my daughter asked me to try a yoga class with her. After my first week of classes, I found not only was my physical fatigue gone but so was my mental fatigue (instead of sports or the gym, this was a practice that I could do!).
— linda

Yoga has become a very important part of my life especially since I have discovered so many tools to help with physical,emotional and stress related ailments. In 2010 I decided to deepen my yoga journey and completed a 200 RYT certification course.  I believe that the possibilities that yoga can bring to a person are limitless. I like to teach yoga to others for the joy of sharing and the enlightenment it brings them and me. 


 Claudia Zinser, RYT

 
After many years as a yoga student, obtaining my RYT was a logical step to provide the skills and knowledge to share Yoga and its abundant health benefits.
— claudia
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Claudia attained her 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification in 2009 through Surya Center for Yoga, a Yoga Alliance endorsed teacher training program. 

In 2010 Claudia completed 50hrs of Anusara Teacher Training with world renowned instructor, Ross Rayburn and 36hrs, part one, of the Anusara Immersion course with Becky Klett and Ross.  She recently completed the 9 month Ayurveda Living Course with Ayurvedic practitioner and Anusara certified, Cate Stillman.  Other noted Anusara teachers with whom Claudia has studied are Andrew Rivin, Christina Sell, Jaye Martin, Julieta Clair and Neesha Zollinger.  

During her professional career, Claudia was surrounded by numbers, with over 20 years in Public Accounting, providing solutions & improvements to accounting & tax processes.


Jessica Craft, RYT

 
I love helping others make their life better with yoga and have become obsessed with holistic nutrition! I can’t live without my coconut oil, my Ayurvedic herbs and my essential oils!
— jessica

Jessica took her first yoga class at Surya Yoga in 2005, in hopes that it would help with back pain and arthritis in her hips.  After one class she was hooked and kept on going. She loves how yoga has helped her build up strength and stamina, and given her energy to do things she never thought she could.

"I thought I would just get more flexible. I never thought I'd be doing arm balances and inversions but after a few years they just started happening. I'm in better shape now than when I was younger and it's all because of yoga!"

In 2010 she earned her 200 hour teaching certification at Surya, also training with great Anusara teachers like Ross Rayburn and Desiree Rumbaugh.  She received her 500 hour certification at Yoga From The Heart through the Breathe Into Awareness program.

Jessica enjoys teaching yoga in several different venues, including Hiking Yoga on the Dallas Katy Trail and Restorative/Yoga Nidra at Salt Escape, a salt therapy room in Plano.

Jessica also loves spending time with her husband and dog, volunteering at church and maintaining a "second life" working as an on-camera actor and spokesperson in the Dallas area. She is represented by The Mary Collins Talent Agency.


Cindy Wallace, RYT

 
In my journey I discovered that asanas are just a part of yoga!  Yoga goes to literally the “heart”.   The lessons learned on the mat totally transfer into real life.
— cindy

Yoga is an integral part of my life.  I started my practice about 8 years ago totally focused on the asanas (poses).  Pilates and yoga had become my “exercise routine”.  Due to my level of practice I started to sub classes occasionally.  I quickly found that I loved teaching and had a desire to do more. 

In February of 2014 I enrolled in the Breathe Into Awareness 200 hour teachers training course.  Initially, my thought process was that if I was going to teach I wanted to be certified.  Little did I know that this 10 month course would change everything I thought about Yoga.  I came into training with very limited views and Jan totally allowed me to find my own way!    In November of 2014 I received my 200 hr. certification. 

In December of 2014 I enrolled in the 500 hr. program!  My journey has brought me to the realization that I want to teach not only asanas (poses) but Yoga!  I hope that you will join me on the mat as we explore all that we can be.


Umashree Kumaresh, RYT

 
Yoga is a way of life and practicing yoga can form deeper connections both internally and externally.
— umashree

In 2012, I decided to enroll in teacher training with the idea that I can be more disciplined in my fitness regimen if I became a teacher.  Little did I know that it would be life changing!.  Yoga is now an important part of my life and I enjoy teaching yoga.

The basis of my teaching philosophy is that yoga can benefit all body types; if you can breath, you can benefit from yoga.


voon cheah, ryt

 
Yoga is not just about stretching and relaxation.  Yoga is union of body, mind and breath. We are not only practice yoga in a class but in life.
— voon

In 2001, Voon took her first yoga class at the YMCA in Orlando. At that time, to her yoga was just about stretching and relaxation. She felt great after every class and she fell in love with yoga. After she went back to Malaysia in 2003, she continued her practice and explored yoga in different studios. Voon found she began to look forward to learning more about yoga. In 2010, she completed her RYT 200 at Prabu Yoga and has taught part time since then and attended a workshop hosted by James Wong

As a yogi and runner, Voon likes to stay active, from cycling, hiking, swimming to SUP. She is always using her direct experience to explore how yoga can help to improve performance for these sports. Voon is now living in Irving with her husband Casey and their dog Ginger.


Stefany James, RYT

 
This journey continues to evolve. I love sharing yoga with others which is why I teach. I continue to study and learn…it is never ending and always offers new insights.
— stefany

I started my yoga journey about 10 years ago after years in martial arts. I was looking for something a little easier on my body...and I found it with yoga. The holistic approach of yoga is just what I needed then and continue to need now:  mind, body, spirit. 

I wanted a deeper understanding of the yogic heart and I attended teacher training in 2012. I have taught hot and regular yoga, hatha, vinyasa, restorative, chair/chair-assist and yin. I want to study Therapeutic Yoga in the future to focus on the deeper healing benefits of yoga on the mind, body, and spirit.

I am blessed with a wonderful, supportive husband who recently began his own yoga journey. When we aren’t working at our “day jobs” or yoga-ing, we enjoy traveling, riding motorcycles, and everything life has to offer.


billie jo (bj) neubauer, lmt, RYT500

 
 
I believe in a combination of techniques for both yoga practice and massage therapy!
— bj

Billie Jo is a registered Yoga Alliance teacher, a certified LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner and Breathe Into Recovery™ Instructor.  BJ has also studied with Susi Hately and Sarah Powers.

She received her 200 & 500 hour certification with DeAnna Shires and Jan Guinn through the Breathe into Awareness Teacher Training Program. She also holds a  Breathe into Recovery Certification.

BJ’s teachings explore the profound effect yoga has on well-being as it relates to people living with addictions, anxiety & depression, and PTSD. She can be contacted for private therapeutic yoga sessions addressing skeletal issues, chronic pain & mood management.

As a Licensed Massage Therapist, Billie Jo uses a combination of techniques based on her training in orthopedic pain management, Lymphatic Drainage, Polarity Therapy, Reiki, and aromatherapy using doTERRA essential oils. 

For more information, please visit her FaceBook page.


bill o'neill, ryt

 
 
The only thing better than yoga is laughter.
— bill
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Bill originally began his yoga journey for stress relief. He has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. He completed his 200 hour teacher training at Yoga From the Heart to deepen his understanding of the principles behind the poses.

Raised in a balanced hatha yoga tradition he teaches apractice with focus on awareness and breathing; stretching and strengthening; balance and movement; stillness and relaxation.


lisa schrakamp, RYT

 
In yoga, I found the mind/body/spirit connection to be the best form of self care I could practice.
— lisa

In 2009, I had a six week break from ballet classes and was looking for a way to fill that void and stay in shape, so I decided to try yoga.  I never expected to stick with it after those six weeks, but I was hooked!

In yoga, I found the mind/body/spirit connection to be the best form of self care I could practice. It fit perfectly into my world of wife, mom, school counselor and dancer. On more than one occasion, my kids or husband would "suggest" I go take a yoga class and I couldn't agree more.  Obviously, my yoga practice benefited the whole family.

I am a consummate learner. I work in education, have two masters degrees and love learning, so pursuing yoga teacher training was a natural progression of my yoga practice. I completed the 200 hour teacher training program with Jan at Yoga From the Heart in 2017 and am growing so much as a yogi and a person.

I teach a class focused on core strength with a fun flow.  I am excited to be able to share my yoga experience with you and look forward to seeing you on the mat soon!


carol hill, ryt

 
I am blessed.
— carol

Carol started yoga classes about six years ago - taking classes from a friend who was in yoga teacher training.  When her friend moved out of state she wanted to continue with her yoga practice and walked into her first studio class scared to death!  For several classes she used a chair to get up from the floor, to press up into downward dog and for support during balance poses.  But she persevered and found herself growing stronger and more confident with each class.

She enrolled in yoga teacher training at Yoga From the Heart in 2014 and completed her 200 hour certification and is the process of finishing her 500 hour certification.  Carol loves teaching beginner yoga, chair and chair-assisted yoga, restorative yoga and meditation and yoga nidra.