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Instructors

Welcome new instructors: Brooke and Sarah!

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.

Bryony Pullin, LMT, RYT

bryony copyBryony was introduced to yoga in 1985 & immediately felt like she had found “home.” She began teaching in 1998, and has now been practicing for over 30 years. Her passion for yoga continues to deepen, and she finds it to be a never-ending journey of discovery and inner awakening. Her yoga practice has been influenced predominantly by the Iyengar and Anusara styles of hatha yoga, as well as studies in meditation, metaphysics, chakras, Ayurveda, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. In addition to teaching yoga, Bryony is a licensed massage therapist specializing in Ortho-Bionomy, and a Reiki level 3 Practitioner. Her interests in anatomy and biomechanics, holistic health, nutrition, and the mind-body connection, have laid the foundation for her very fulfilling career, and she delights in sharing with others and assisting them in their own path of personal growth & well-being. For more information on Bryony’s work, visit her website: www.moving-into-balance.com.

“When you devote yourself to your own awakening, everything in your life benefits.” ~Paul Linn

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.

Salinda Vergara

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brooke

Brooke has been practicing yoga for 10 years and absolutely loves the physical strengthening and mental benefits from the practice.  She trained in Koh Lanta, Thailand, where she received her RTY-200 hour certification with the Ashtak Yoga School.  The program consisted of a one-month full immersion course, developed by Dr. Gaurav Malik.  Dr. Malik has taught for 10+ years and studied at one of the world’s oldest Yoga Ashram Universities in India. The school’s philosophy focused on the experience of yoga.  The school trained in an authentic, traditional Hatha yoga, that has been practiced for thousands of years in India.  Her training consisted of a deep understanding of not only asanas, but pranayama, philosophy, and the anatomy of the body.  She is so excited to start sharing this lifestyle and practice with other people through her teaching of yoga.

Sarah Prowitt

Sarah has been teaching yoga for the past seven years, and completed her 200hr yoga teacher training in 2014 at a jivamukti studio in Washington DC. As a college student she began teaching yoga and continued to instruct while earning a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in physical activity at George Washington University. Her classes challenge students to build a strong mind-body connection by focusing on breath as they move through an intuitive sequence of yoga poses. She has experience teaching to a wide range of students from brand new beginners to seasoned practitioners. Sarah believes everyone can reap the many health benefits of a consistent yoga practice including stress reduction & a deeper mind-body connection. She seeks to challenge, inspire, and share loving kindness with her students.

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 the 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.