Teachers

The teachers at Yoga from the Heart are one of a kind. Each one has a unique passion for yoga, and a personalized teaching style. Interested in becoming a teacher? We offer teacher training!



 

Jan Guinn, Studio Owner, E-RYT500

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I’ve been a dedicated yoga practitioner for many years and since my first yoga class, I knew that yoga would change my life….and so it has. In 2004, I left my career as a home health care executive to become a yoga teacher.
— jan

I began my training with YogaFit and knew I wanted more!! I completed my 200 hour teacher training with NamasteUSA in the Scaravelli style of yoga and my 500 hour training with DeAnna Shires' Breathe into Awareness Advanced Studies Program.  I am registered as an E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance.

I was drawn to teaching yoga because I wanted to feel as though I was making a difference in people’s lives.  I had no idea what a difference people would make in my life!  When I look out into a class and see the faces of students, I can’t help but be inspired by their tenacity, their courage to try something new and their ability to bounce back from all the set-backs they’ve experienced in their lives.  I can only hope to reflect those same qualities back to them!

My classes are paced in a way that allows each individual student to feel successful. All students are welcome – from beginners to advanced – and are encouraged to work at the level that best suits their needs. We don’t move quickly from one pose to the next, providing time to breathe and establish a nice, firm foundation in each pose. My intention is to provide a safe, friendly, non-competitive environment.


Jackie Romero, E-RYT200

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My passion is to help students realize increased self-awareness by letting go of negativity & become more balanced in their lives; enhancing the unity of mind, body and spirit through the experience of yoga.
— jackie

Jackie began practicing yoga over 30 years ago as a teenager, and has been involved with yoga ever since.  She has spent the better part of her life in the practice and teaching of physical fitness and overall wellness.  Initially, she taught fitness and aerobics, and later became a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), and has worked in that area for over twenty years.  She also earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage-Family Therapy(MFT) and has worked with several doctors in their practices.  

The pursuit and attainment of her Registered Yoga Teacher Certification through Yoga Island was both a logical progression and culmination of a lifelong interest that has blossomed into a passion for yoga.  Jackie has studied with a variety of teachers, including Rod Stryker, Seanne Corn, Baron Baptiste, Ana Forest , Judith Lasater,  Dharma Mittra, Desiree Rumbaugh and Suzie Aldous.  She is also certified to teach Pre-Natal Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga for MS.  


Michelle Silva, RYT

 
Yoga changed my life for the better, and allows my body and mind to connect and reach my full potential.
— michelle
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Michelle took her first yoga class in 2001 at Baylor University, and has been practicing yoga ever since. Yoga has been both a compliment and a necessity to her other passion as an equestrian.

Finally, in 2008 she was able to pursue her dream of becoming a 200 Registered Yoga Teacher. Her passion for yoga only grew as she began her teaching career, and is ever evolving.  Now, Michelle is continuing her yogic education by studying with world-renowned teachers and pursuing a certification in Therapeutic Yoga.

Yoga has been adopted into her life not only as a physical practice, but also as a lifestyle. She hopes to inspire students to do the same, or at least help them to feel freedom in their bodies.


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Linda Peoples, RYT

My yoga journey began in 2006 when my daughter asked me to try a yoga class with her. After my first week of classes, I found not only was my physical fatigue gone but so was my mental fatigue (instead of sports or the gym, this was a practice that I could do!).
— linda

Yoga has become a very important part of my life especially since I have discovered so many tools to help with physical,emotional and stress related ailments. In 2010 I decided to deepen my yoga journey and completed a 200 RYT certification course.  I believe that the possibilities that yoga can bring to a person are limitless. I like to teach yoga to others for the joy of sharing and the enlightenment it brings them and me. 


 Claudia Zinser, RYT

 
After many years as a yoga student, obtaining my RYT was a logical step to provide the skills and knowledge to share Yoga and its abundant health benefits.
— claudia
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Claudia attained her 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification in 2009 through Surya Center for Yoga, a Yoga Alliance endorsed teacher training program. 

In 2010 Claudia completed 50hrs of Anusara Teacher Training with world renowned instructor, Ross Rayburn and 36hrs, part one, of the Anusara Immersion course with Becky Klett and Ross.  She recently completed the 9 month Ayurveda Living Course with Ayurvedic practitioner and Anusara certified, Cate Stillman.  Other noted Anusara teachers with whom Claudia has studied are Andrew Rivin, Christina Sell, Jaye Martin, Julieta Clair and Neesha Zollinger.  

During her professional career, Claudia was surrounded by numbers, with over 20 years in Public Accounting, providing solutions & improvements to accounting & tax processes.


corinne markham, RYT

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My intention as a yoga teacher is to demystify yoga and make it accessible to everyone.
— corinne

Originally from the Washington, DC area, I graduated from Potomac Massage Training Institute in 2009. For almost 5 years I worked in a professional massage practice in NW DC. As of 2018 I am a licensed massage therapist in the state of Texas.

Having a background in anatomy and kinesiology has proven helpful in the study of yoga. I’ve been practicing yoga since 2005 including attending retreats at two ashrams. I moved to Texas in 2015 and started attending classes at Yoga From the Heart, which is also where I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training. In 2018 I took a 15 hour training through Connection Coalition to become trauma informed. I am passionate about a practice of mindful movement being a recovery tool for those who have experienced trauma. There is clinical data supporting mindfulness and meditation bringing people overall improved mental health. This a growing field I’m excited to be a part of.

It is my belief that in our yoga practice we can increase self-awareness and our ability for self-reflection. Practicing the poses takes courage and brings a feeling of empowerment. There also must be some room for humor and humility. My hope is that as we’re able to cultivate these things on the mat, we can bring them with us to other areas of our lives.


Cindy Wallace, RYT500

 
In my journey I discovered that asanas are just a part of yoga!  Yoga goes to literally the “heart”.   The lessons learned on the mat totally transfer into real life.
— cindy

Yoga is an integral part of my life.  I started my practice about 8 years ago totally focused on the asanas (poses).  Pilates and yoga had become my “exercise routine”.  Due to my level of practice I started to sub classes occasionally.  I quickly found that I loved teaching and had a desire to do more. 

In February of 2014 I enrolled in the Breathe Into Awareness 200 hour teachers training course.  Initially, my thought process was that if I was going to teach I wanted to be certified.  Little did I know that this 10 month course would change everything I thought about Yoga.  I came into training with very limited views and Jan totally allowed me to find my own way!    In November of 2014 I received my 200 hr. certification. 

In December of 2014 I enrolled in the 500 hr. program!  My journey has brought me to the realization that I want to teach not only asanas (poses) but Yoga!  I hope that you will join me on the mat as we explore all that we can be.


Suzy Swafford, RYT

 
Yoga is a beautiful way to develop the relationship between your mind, body, and spirit. It’s a journey anyone can take and everyone who does grows in unexpected ways!
— suzy
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My deepest learning from yoga so far has been to accept and celebrate.  Celebrate my body for the poses it can do, accept that there is more work to be done on the ones that it can't.  Accept that some days, I can quiet my mind during savasana endlessly, while other days I find that I've created a full to-do list while trying to lie still for as little as 45 seconds. and celebrate both of those days because I honored myself enough to go to my mat. Above all, I celebrate and honor every breath, because within each breath, there is peace .

I came to yoga in 1997 through a magazine.  At the time, I was living out of the country and in an area where there wasn't any opportunity for any type of studio practice. In the magazine there was an article for an easy 20 minute yoga practice.  I looked and thought to myself, I can do 20 minutes a day!  After about  a  month of practicing that routine, I purchased a book on yoga, and diligently read it and practiced each of the postures in the book over and over and over again.  I couldn't get enough, and still use that book to this day.  

I eventually moved to the Dallas area where studios were easy to find and began my practice here.  I read so much on the topic and as my practice grew, I felt my inner peace improve.  The decision to become a RYT-200 Teacher at the time was only to deepen my practice.  The training so transformed me that I now want to share what I've learned and assist others in finding their inner peace. 


tricia hunt, r-hyi

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As a recovering type A personality, yoga has helped me learn what true soul rest feels like and that slowing down, finding stillness and breathing deep IS doing something.
— tricia

I took my first yoga class at Surya (before it became YFTH) years ago. I was in a stressful job, running on and coaching half-marathon teams and needed to add something different to my workouts so I wouldn’t burn out. What started as something to do on cross-train days turned into a life changing journey that continues today.

I have been teaching for over four years, getting my 200 hour training in 2014 through Holy Yoga. I am also certified in Holy Yoga Touch and Chair/Senior Yoga and volunteer on the Holy Yoga Foundation’s Leadership team.

My passion is making sure you are safe in class and that you are comfortable in knowing that this is your practice and you are free to do what your body allows and needs - even if that means staying in child’s pose or savasana the whole class.

In addition to teaching yoga, I am a certified health coach and am passionate about getting toxins out and getting high quality nutrition in to people’s lives. Click here to learn more about me and the work I do.


lisa schrakamp, RYT

 
In yoga, I found the mind/body/spirit connection to be the best form of self care I could practice.
— lisa

In 2009, I had a six week break from ballet classes and was looking for a way to fill that void and stay in shape, so I decided to try yoga.  I never expected to stick with it after those six weeks, but I was hooked!

In yoga, I found the mind/body/spirit connection to be the best form of self care I could practice. It fit perfectly into my world of wife, mom, school counselor and dancer. On more than one occasion, my kids or husband would "suggest" I go take a yoga class and I couldn't agree more.  Obviously, my yoga practice benefited the whole family.

I am a consummate learner. I work in education, have two masters degrees and love learning, so pursuing yoga teacher training was a natural progression of my yoga practice. I completed the 200 hour teacher training program with Jan at Yoga From the Heart in 2017 and am growing so much as a yogi and a person.

I teach a class focused on core strength with a fun flow.  I am excited to be able to share my yoga experience with you and look forward to seeing you on the mat soon!


carol hill, ryt

 
I am blessed.
— carol

Carol started yoga classes about six years ago - taking classes from a friend who was in yoga teacher training.  When her friend moved out of state she wanted to continue with her yoga practice and walked into her first studio class scared to death!  For several classes she used a chair to get up from the floor, to press up into downward dog and for support during balance poses.  But she persevered and found herself growing stronger and more confident with each class.

She enrolled in yoga teacher training at Yoga From the Heart in 2014 and completed her 200 hour certification and is the process of finishing her 500 hour certification.  Carol loves teaching beginner yoga, chair and chair-assisted yoga, restorative yoga and meditation and yoga nidra.


Michi Poindexter, RYT

 
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My goal as a teacher is to support those on the journey of healing in each individual’s unique way and accept what my students teach me to further my own journey of healing.
— michi

Michi started their yoga journey with community classes in 2015. Michi quickly discovered that yoga was a great tool for healing personal traumas and mental disorders which transformed into a daily practice that still stands today. Michi fell in love with the yoga community and wanted to give back by teaching, leading them to complete their 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yoga From the Heart. With their trauma training and energy work background they emphasize trauma healing by sharing techniques to take yoga off the mat and learn to practice yoga in life.