Instructors

Gretchen Weber

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Gretchen 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

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“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

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Helen 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

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Mary 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.

Susanna Beirich, 500RYT and Reiki Master

Susanna has worked as an educator for over twenty years to help students achieve their goals, and she holds two master’s degrees in education and counseling. Susanna graduated in 2014 from the 200 hour Hatha Teacher Training at Yoga Yoga Studio in Austin, Texas, training with Sadani, who holds dual certification from Kripalu and Gary Kraftsow’s Viniyoga Foundations. July 2020 Susanna completed her 500RYT My Vinyasa Practice with Michelle Young in Austin and Reiki Master training with Diane Johnson. Susanna has also trained in methods for teaching Yoga for Warriors, including veterans, as well as with Viniyoga Master Teacher Gary Kraftsow in Yoga for Stress Management.  Susanna enjoys incorporating these techniques in her practice of yoga, and she strives to make yoga accessible to all. She has also recently completed certification as a Reiki Holy Fire® Practitioner with ICRT Master Teacher Karen Harrison. Susanna has taught classes for all ages, including Wounded Warriors in Transition, disabled seniors and even ultra marathon athletes. She has two grown children and a husband serving on active duty in the Army. She loves bringing her Viniyoga-inspired style of teaching to the community, and inspiring others.

Kaeli

Kaeli, born in Honolulu, Hawaii grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. First introduced to yoga in 2013 while getting a B.S degree at The University of Texas at Austin in Health and Kinesiology. From then she was hooked on yoga and completed her 200 Hr and 500 Hr Yoga alliance training with Michelle Acebo & Gretchen Weber in December of 2017, and January of 2019. Additionally, she graduated from TAMUCC receiving her Masters in Kinesiology. During this time, Kaeli was introduced to reiki, a form of energy healing, and became a certified practitioner herself through Karen Wilson Healing LLC. Some of her interests are cooking, painting, various forms of holistic healing, and supporting her community. Kaeli’s ultimate passion in life is to work with people of all ages and share with them the tools and knowledge she has learned, to enhance their quality of life. She is a student of life and continuously self-studies Ayurveda, herbalism, and anatomy. Specifically, Kaeli believes we have the ability to heal our own bodies in every aspect, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.

 Salinda Vergara

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More about Salinda Vergara is coming soon.