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.


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Jackie Romero, E-RYT200

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
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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 and endorsed by Yoga Alliance, 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.  Jackie lives in Coppell with her husband Jess, and their two children, Danielle and Gabe.


Michelle Silva, RYT

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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.

Yoga changed my life for the better, and allows my body and mind to connect and reach my full potential.
— michelle

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

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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. 

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

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. 

Ask her about juicing, oiling, and spice water.  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

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 is currently working on her 500 hour certification at Yoga From The Heart.

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.

"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 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

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 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.   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.

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

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 difference 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

"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. "

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

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. 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. 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.


Priscilla DaSilva, RYT

I first discovered yoga when I went to college in 2013 and I instantly fell in love!   I loved the idea of taking time to relax, let go, and just breath, nothing else, no distractions. I actually started by watching YouTube videos and practicing in my dorm room. I completed my teacher training with Shanon Buffington in September 2015. 
To me, yoga is a lifestyle and everyone can benefit from it.  The most rewarding and humbling part of my experience is being able to pass the knowledge along to others.
Currently I’m a junior at the University of Texas at Arlington, studying film as my major, and will be graduating May 2018.