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Instructors

Gretchen Weber

Gretchen photo 2013 copyGretchen has been practicing yoga since 1994 and teaching since 1996. Her teaching style is a blend of alignment, humor, compassion and hard work. She believes that a yoga practice can help anyone physically and mentally. Gretchen has been inspired by many teachers in Iyengar yoga, Anusara yoga and most recently in Pilates. She has a  diverse background in yoga therapy including 50 hours of Trauma Sensitive Yoga training. Gretchen Weber maintains an active teaching schedule in Yoga and Pilates. She is a devoted student of Manorama and the teachings of
Luminous Shabdha.  She continues to be profoundly inspired by Western Baul master, Lee Lozowick. Gretchen is currently studying Sanskrit, mantra, meditation, and Ayurveda.
Gretchen Weber lives in Corpus Christi with her husband and two children. She enjoys practicing Yoga, Pilates, vegetable gardening, cooking, reading, knitting and swimming and race walking.

Paula Spradlin Edwards

Paula 2a“Advanced” Relax and Renew® trainer certification from Judith Hanson Laster in 2004 and studies with Judith on her advanced courses. In 2015 she received her 500RYT from Bekir Algan at Austin Yoga. She also received a teacher’s training certification with local yoga instructor Camille Thomasson. It has been an honor for her to have studied with renowned instructors, Judith Hanson Lasater, Peggy Kelley, Bekir Algan, Camille Thomasson, Erich Schiffman, Donna Farhi and many others. Since becoming a certified teacher she has been introducing different styles of yoga to Corpus Christi yogis by organizing workshops and hosting the guest instructor. Paula believes yoga is a continuous learning process. By practicing yoga she has been able to balance her life in good and tough times. She combines her love of travel and yoga by attending workshops and teacher trainings around the country. Paula is always eager to expand her horizons in the wonderful world of yoga.

Helen Warren

image of helen warren of crossroads yogaHelen becameinterested in yoga during the seventies, even before she became an aerobic instructor. Yoga influenced her own unique style of aerobic exercise, which she named Aeroga. She started teaching yoga in 1982, and then in 1997 decided to teach yoga only. She has studied with many Iyengar teachers, including Peggy Kelley, Bekir Algan, Ruth Lain, George Purvis, Manuso Manos, Robert Bustiany, Patricia Walden and Judith Lasater.  Many of Helen’s students have gone on to become some of Corpus Christi’s finest teachers.  Her first official Iyengar class was the “forever” hook. She loves the precision and physicality of the style, as well as the meditation in motion aspect. She brings to the yoga mat, a “strange” sense of humor, and her classes are very interactive.  Her favorite yoga motto is: Yoga is much too important to be taken seriously!

Mary Carpenter

carpenterMary delights in teaching yoga. She is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Basics Teacher with more than 500 hours of training in Svaroopa® Yoga. She has trained under Vidyadevi Stillman and Karobi Sachs both leading teachers under the tutelage of Swami Nirmalananda, the founder of Svaroopa® Yoga. Mary finds great joy in helping her students experience the wonderful benefits from yoga that she experiences in her daily practice – more flexibility; a peaceful and calmer mind; and more vitality, strength and stamina. “Svaroopa® Yoga will put a smile on your face. I see it in every class.” – Mary C.

Si (Saskia) Murray, 500RYT, Yoga Instructor, Trainer

Si-150x150I retired from a demanding and busy corporate job in December, 2004.  I have been practicing yoga since early 2003 and began my training the same year with Yoga Fit. Today, I am a full time instructor, trainer, teaching a variety of yoga styles, such as: Vinyasa Yoga, Power Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga, Heated Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, and a Fusion of Pilates * Yoga.

I practice and teach my classes with focus on the breath and mindfulness of movement. I am passionate to pass the message of yoga on to my students and to those who are interested in learning. I have continually furthered my education in many areas related to the yoga way of life. I am a graduate of Alpha Omega Yoga School, Dallas and I am a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. I hold certifications in Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, Yoga for Kids, Strength Yoga, Yin/Yang Yoga, Yoga for Addictions and Mat Pilates.

Practicing yoga has placed me on a path of Non-Excess, Non-Possessiveness, Contentment, Surrender, and Living in the ‘NOW’.

When I am not teaching yoga, I am spending time with friends, learning how to surf, and to practice yoga on the board, cooking my favorite curry dishes, indoor cycling, and spending quality time with my family, and loving chihuahua, Chui.

Lacey Lawrence

Lacey completed her first 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 with international teacher Amy Ippoliti in Boulder, CO. After dealing with serious low back and neck pain for years, Lacey completed a second 200 hr YTT with physical therapist and yoga teacher Lara Heimann in 2018.  Lara’s perspective taught Lacey to use functional movement and anatomy as inspiration for her classes. Her experience with chronic neck and back pain has taught her so much about the practice of yoga and her greatest desire is to share that gift, especially with those in pain.

Lacey is currently enrolled in Judith Lasater’s online Experiential Anatomy course to further her knowledge and satisfy her curiosity about the human body. She has attended workshops with inspiring teachers like Rachel Brathen, Judith Lasater, Manorama, Kathryn Budig, Tiffany Cruikshank, Kino MacGregor, and Maty Ezraty.

Lacey grew up in Corpus Christi, TX  and luckily has a yogi mother who took her to her first class on her 13th birthday. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. Her love for the environment (and birds!) is one of the reasons she moved home in 2014. Follow her at @harknessyoga

Gwynne Villegas-Bussell

A Corpus Christi local with a background in athletics and music, Gwynne discovered Yoga in June of 2010 and after one class, felt immediately drawn to the physical, mental, and spiritual-awakening benefits it offered. With her passion ignited, she completed her first Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Hour Teacher Training in November 2011 from Christina Sell through the Anusara Yoga Immersion and Teacher Development Program at The Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi. In 2012, Gwynne met the love of her life and was whisked away overseas by the whims of the Navy. After a few years of world travel and adventure, the Navy brought her back to Corpus to share her Light, love, and the gift of Yoga with others.

Gwynne is currently undergoing her second Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Hour Teacher Training at The Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi from Michelle Acebo and Gretchen Weber. She honors the lineage of many teachers before her, especially her mentor Giselle Mari. When she’s not teaching Yoga, you can find Gwynne performing music with the local orchestra, dabbling in culinary delights, and spending time with her family and fur-babies.

Keren-Or Costanzo

Keren is a Registered Yoga Teacher with 500 hours of training. She is a certified Basics and Level 1 TriYoga teacher and has been teaching since 2009. She joined a teacher training program to simply deepen her personal practice, which led her to discover the pure joy of teaching and experiencing her students’ bliss. Keren is also trained in Yoga Therapy as well as Prenatal Yoga. Her TriYoga classes unite breath and mind with the precise natural alignments of flowing and sustained postures.  Keren’s teaching aims to guide students towards a state of relaxation-in-action that extends beyond the studio. She continues her teacher training program in Level 2 TriYoga flows with senior TriYoga teacher, Kamala Paul.

Off the mat, Keren enjoys exploring the amazing natural beauty Corpus Christi has to offer. She is an equestrian and enjoys how her yoga practice enhances her experience in the saddle.  Keren also follows a vegetarian diet and loves to grow her own food.

 Salinda Vergara

image of salinda vergara of crossroad yoga More about Salinda Vergara is coming soon.