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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

Crossroad Yoga instructorPaula, 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.

Jan Freeman

image of jan freeman crossroads yogaJan 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.

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.

Erin Riepe

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.

Keren-Or Costanzo

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.

Anne Fontenot

image of anne fontenot of crossroads yogaHi, I’m Anne. I’ve been practicing yoga for over 30 years, beginning in the 70′s watching Lilias Folan on PBS (BV–before video). Since then, I have been blessed to study and practice with many wonderful teachers, including Bekir Algan, Judith Lasater, Peggy Kelley, and our own Gretchen and Paula. In my yoga practice, I like to explore dualities: not just mind/ body; but also strength/vulnerability; stability/flexibility; holding/releasing; etc. within the mind and body. I am also a certified Comprehensive Pilates Instructor (through Balanced Body), and I incorporate many principles of Pilates in my yoga practice. I am thankful and grateful to be a part of the Crossroads Yoga family.

Leah Murray

image of yoga instructor leah murrayLeah Murray was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. She came to Corpus Christi in 2005 for her Bachelor’s Degree in Media Communication. After Graduating in 2009, she was accepted to a Master’s Program in London, England. Due to Leah moving from the sunny city of Corpus Christi to the big rainy city of London, England she realized she was dealing with depression and anxiety. It was then, that she seriously began practicing yoga specifically for depression and anxiety. After completing her graduate degree Leah moved back to Corpus Christi, Texas and created her business InGreenPeace.com. In April of 2011, she received her 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Certification from Yoga Yoga out of Austin, Texas. In the last two years she has been holding Yoga & Surf retreats in the remote beach location of Oaxaca, Mexico during the summer months. She occasionally mixes her personal hatha yoga practice in with her teachings along with theory and self-help.

David Nuss

image of David NussDavid Nuss has been practicing yoga in NYC since 2003, learning the Ashtanga style under the guidance of Dr. John Campbell, who was certified in Mysore, India by Sri. Pattabhi Jois and is currently developing a graduate program in Yogic Studies at U.Va. David is a certified Ayurvedic Chef with training from the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts. David Nuss is currently a Culinary Instructor and Nutrition Educator for the Food Bank of Corpus Christi. David was born and raised in Corpus Christi TX, graduating W.B. Ray High School in 1989.

Diane Kay

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Salinda Vergara

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