Keith Kachtick is founder and director of Dharma Yoga and has taught meditation and yoga nationally and internationally for twenty-two years. A University of Texas Plan II graduate, he was from 1998-2005 senior instructor for the Lineage Project, a Buddhist nonprofit that offers meditation and yoga asana in New York City prisons. Keith's yoga classes, which combine elements of the Jivamukti and Anusara traditions, are infused with warmth and humor, his training in Tibetan Buddhism and the martial arts, and a love of music and world literature. He has written for Yoga Journal, Newsweek, Esquire, Texas Monthly, and the New York Times Magazine, and is author of two books on Buddhism: Hungry Ghost (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), and You Are Not Here & Other Works of Buddhist Fiction.
Camilla Figueroa is Dharma Yoga’s co-director and the founder of Dharma Yoga Therapy. Earning a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work in 1999, Camilla began integrating the somatic aspects of yoga and meditation as a therapist with survivors of trauma in Austin’s Safe Place. Her experiences as a first-generation American, mother, Peace Corps volunteer, and somatic therapist deeply infuse her yoga classes with the empowering and healing aspects of Buddhist meditation, neuroscience, and yoga asana. She has been practicing yoga for twenty-two years, teaching for thirteen, and holds over a thousand hours of certification in Dharma Yoga, Thai Massage, and Yoga Therapy. Find out more at: www.dharmayogatherapy.com.
Kelly Lindsey is a yoga and meditation teacher, mind-body therapist, and co-founder of Dakini Meditative. Kelly’s yogic journey began more than twenty years ago and has included many different styles of practice and paths of study. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and has completed the Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies, Buddhist Sutrayana Seminary, a six-year advanced Buddhist studies program at Diamond Mountain University, and extensive yoga teacher training through the Yoga Studies Institute. Her spiritual practice is inextricably connected to her daily life, as she brings together her roles of mother, meditation teacher, mind-body therapist, and entrepreneur. Find out more about Kelly at: www.dakinimeditative.com.
Shawn Kent has a Masters degree in Counseling, is a registered massage therapist, and is a certified Dharma Yoga instructor. Shawn works as a director for Community Yoga and as a counselor at Austin Child Guidance Center where he runs mind-body therapy groups for adolescents in juvenile detention. He also works part time as a massage therapist, specializing in Thai Yoga massage therapy. Shawn brings a gentle, practical, and therapeutic approach to the healing art of yoga.
Sheila Singh hopes to offer spaces that allow students to slow down, restore and return. She encourages compassionate self-exploration and curiosity, while guiding practitioners to uncover the wholeness and wisdom that lies within. Weaving together movement, relaxation and iRest yoga nidra meditation, Sheila teaches foremost from a place of intuition and from the heart of her own experience. It brings her great joy to create a feeling of community and a lightness through which to explore life. Her own practice unfolds both on the cushion and especially in the midst of life moments and motherhood. Find out more at www.sheilasingh.com.
Bekkah Schear holds a Master’s Degree in international affairs and is a certified Dharma Yoga instructor. Her experiences working in communities around the globe have deeply informed her yoga practice. For Bekkah, the mat provides a sacred space for cultivating spirituality and connecting with our shared humanity. She finds nourishment in empowering fellow yogis to explore the true Self. Bekkah is humbled to have trained with Keith and Camilla, and is filled with gratitude for the guidance offered by her mentor Kate Bero.
Carisa Leal was moved to teach yoga after studying cultural arts at Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry, India. She deeply believes in the healing power of Dharma Yoga to create space in the body, mind, and heart through moving meditation, and invites her students to embrace their unique expression while encouraging gratitude, playful introspection, and strength. Carisa is also a member of A’lante Flamenco Dance Ensemble and brings her background in world dances to her classes to cultivate a sense of oneness, beauty and compassion.
Dana Wyss is a longtime licensed massage therapist, Reiki Master and Personal Trainer. She's accrued over 500 hours of yoga teacher training and is certified through both Dharma Yoga and The Living Yoga Program at the 200-hour level. Dana's classes blend her deep knowledge of the physical and subtle body with heart-opening hatha yoga, Buddhist philosophy and a strong meditation component designed to bring you home. Find out more at www.danawyss.com.
Bobbie Jennings's desire to teach yoga began after becoming a mom. The support and friendships she received in prenatal yoga classes greatly impacted the birth of her two children. After moving to Austin from the Midwest, she fell in love with the beautiful mix of Buddhism and yoga taught at Dharma Yoga. Honored to have trained with Keith and Camilla, Bobbie believes that through yoga, meditation, and the healing power of touch, we can achieve a greater spiritual connection with ourselves and others both on and off the mat. Find out more at KhantiYoga.com.
Brooke Binstock is a Holistic Health coach, licensed social worker, writer, massage therapist, and certified Kripalu and Dharma Yoga teacher dedicated to cultivating a nonjudgmental approach to being human. Her teaching style is warm, grounded, compassionate, intuitive and body-centered. She encourages her clients and students to come home to themselves in a gentle, spacious and loving way. Find out more at www.brookebinstock.com
Zoe Mantarakis Wenger has nearly two decades of Yoga teaching experience and was voted Austin's best Yoga Teacher of 2014. Zoe is known for her uniquely sequenced Hatha Flow classes, which skillfully blend the precise art of Yoga alignment with philosophy and relaxation techniques that guide students of all levels toward self-knowledge, peace and a blissful abidance in the present moment. Find out more at www.welovezoeyoga.com.
Karin Giardino is a CrossFit Trainer and certified teacher of Dharma Yoga, passionate about sharing with her students the transformative, often spiritual power of yoga, mindful movement, opening our hearts, and embracing our vulnerabilities. You will leave Karin’s classes feeling stronger and connected to a deeper sense of your true self. Find out more at www.karinyoga.com.
Gabi Tuschak is a certified Dharma Yoga teacher and Pilates instructor. As a Pranic Healer and Chakra Institute apprentice, she invites the exploration of the subtle energy body as a way to tune into the guidance of our inner teacher on and off the mat. Gabi is passionate about sharing the practice of Yoga and hopes to bring others the health, happiness, and healing it has brought her. Find out more at www.belightbebright.com.
Mali Bowers comes to Dharma Yoga by way of England and Los Angeles. She is a longtime student of yoga and the dharma, a fitness instructor, prenatal yoga teacher, and certified birth doula. Mali’s teaching uses anatomical touch-points and precise language to guide practitioners into a more intimate, felt experience of their own bodies. Come share with Mali the joy of moving your heart and mind through space.