Gretchen K. Weber, co-founder of Crossroads Yoga, has been instructing Yoga students in the Iyengar tradition for 12 years. From July 2002 to May 2006 she was one of the primary Yoga instructors at the Dallas Yoga Center where she had the privilege to work with Dean Learner, Felicity Green, Kofia Busia. A 200-hour certified Yoga instructor through the Austin Yoga School, Gretchen has helped organize and assist with many Yoga workshops for well-known Yoga instructors such as Peggy Kelley, Bekir Algan, and Judith Hanson Lasater. Gretchen’s personal Yoga quest started in 1996 while studying massage therapy at the Austin School of Massage. Her love for Yoga quickly grew as she sought out instruction from Peggy Kelley, Bekir Algan, Ph.D., Ramanand Patel, and John Friend. During a visit to Mount Madonna Center in California she studied Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy®. Her other interests include the study of Ayurveda and a love for raw food preparation.
Paula, co-founder of Crossroads Yoga, has been a yoga practitioner since 1999 and an instructor since 2004. Her yoga practice is influence mostly by the Iyengar tradition. She has studied with Ganga White and Tracy Rich, founders of The White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara California, where she completed her 200 hour teacher’s certification. She received her “Advanced” Relax and Renew® trainer certification from Judith Hanson Lasater and 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 this wonderful world of yoga.
Mary is a yoga instructor and registered massage therapist. She has studied yoga since 1997 when health problems sent her searching for creative solutions to living her life. Yoga has been a part of her life ever since. In 1999 she began teaching yoga classes. She now devotes her practice and teaching to the Svaroopa® style of yoga and in February 2008 completed the Svaroopa® Foundations instruction which focuses on spinal openings. She teaches with compassion and understanding.
Helen became interested 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!
Erin Riepe grew up in northeastern Illinois and has lived and loved a high-energy, athletic life since her youth playing basketball, field hockey, softball, rugby, and participating in snowboarding, hiking, and triathlons. She first began to incorporate yoga as a complementary activity to these sports in 1999, beginning simply with Rodney Yee videos and her living room carpet. Since then, she discovered the transformational powers of yoga in her body and being. Erin began to recognize that that way she felt after practicing yoga trumped the feeling of completing any other physical activity. The true strength and flexibility she gained, accompanied by the balance and calm that sweeps through the muscles and mind, captivated and led her to a more devote practice. In addition, alleviating pain and soreness of uneven muscle strength due to years of athletic training proved invaluable. Sharing these revelations with others and feeling the excitement when they too realized the same transformation in their bodies helped her realize her calling to teach. In 2009, Erin completed her 200 hour (RYT200) training with Certified Anusara instructor Christina Sell in Corpus Christi and continued practicing closely for two years with Certified Anusara instructor Gina Minyard in Atlanta, Georgia. In class Erin wishes to empower her students to build strong, stable foundations and optimal alignment. With that, she encourages creative and personal exploration to celebrate the heart.
Jan has been practicing Yoga off and on since the 1970’s. Her love of Yoga grew from moving across the country, and attending different classes and learning from a wide variety of teachers. Her desire to teach came after moving to Tennesse in 2002. There she started practicing regularly and attended her first Intensive Teacher Training with Todd Norian at the Ashville Yoga Center. In 2005, after moving to Virginia, she became certified and started teaching Body Flow, Yoga and Pilates.
While Living in Corpus Christi, Jan received her first FitTour Certification in Pilates, an AFFA Group Exercise Instructor Certification and completed her 200 hour Anusara RYT training and certification from Christina Sell. She also had the opportunity to study with many renowned teachers, such as; Peggy Kelly, Bakir Algan, Judith Hanson Lasater, Duncan Wong, Giselle Mari and others. Most recently Jan received her training in “Yoga for Breast Cancer Recovery & Beyond” with Camille Kitrell.
Jan has just moved back to Corpus after eighteen months in Kansas City. Relocating there afforded her the opportunity to become a student again. While teaching Yoga Basics, Restorative Yoga, and Chair Yoga, Jan also had many other yoga learning opportunities. Such as studying with Desiree Rumbaugh, Traditional Yoga expert A.L.V. Kumar, Max Strom, chanting and Sanskrit scholar, Rama Jyoti Vernon, and Jan’s primary teacher, from San Marcos, Christina Sell. Plus,while subbing at Darling Yoga in Overland Park, and practicing with Emily Darling, Jan enjoyed an amazing Kirtan weekend with the musical visionary Girish.