Amanda Dellow, E-RYT
First fell in love with yoga more than a decade ago. What was initially inspired by a desire to be in better shape has evolved over the years into a way of living fully. Amanda has a deep understanding of the traditional yoga practices and modern yoga science. She has a passion for helping others enrich their lives through practice, and brings a well-rounded and playful approach to her classes that will leave you relaxed and at ease. Visit her website for more info www.amandadellow.com
Health has been a passion of mine for years! I started out as a runner and completed my first half marathon in 2013. I decided to focus on my love for dance that same year and became a professional cheerleader in Allen, where I learned about self-discipline and hard work more than any other time in my life. After retiring in 2016 I still wanted to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle and decided to combine my love for fitness with a career. I became certified in Piyo, and then shortly after, trampoline and spin. I love working hard and pushing myself and sweating, but above all, I love making people smile and feel good about themselves!
Starting with being a competitive gymnast for 9 years, Jenna’s life has centered around fitness. After gymnastics she began weight training and bodybuilding, until she injured her shoulder. She had done Yoga off and on for years, but this time it was doctor’s orders. Jenna was told to stop weight lifting and only focus on Yoga at least until she healed completely. She took the doctor’s advice and found a studio to begin practicing seriously again. She took a Power Vinyassa class and immediately fell in love. Jenna remembers smiling from ear to ear after the class ended and was full of energy. That blissful feeling was something she wanted to feel all the time! After some time practicing, one of her Yoga instructors came up to Jenna after class and began talking about her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. After thinking it over, Jenna decided it was time to take a leap of faith and listen to her gut. She attended Grow Yoga located in McKinney, TX. Yoga has helped shape Jenna into the person she is today. She has a calm demeanor and swears by Yoga for stress management and energy production! Although she never went back to heavy weight lifting, she loves incorporating weights with Yoga in classes like Yoga Sculpt!
Mary House, B.A.E.
I have a passion for fitness and health. I was a competitive figure skater, dancer and gymnast from the age of 7 through college. After I graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, I moved to Plano Texas to teach 4th grade. During this time I also coached figure skating and was the skating director at the Galleria in Dallas, TX.
Recently my family moved back to Texas from Minnesota. Up until we moved, I was a personal trainer and fitness instructor as well as coached competitive figure skaters. For many years, I also was a Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard. Being an athlete and working with them has taught me discipline and the importance of an active lifestyle.
I have been in Group Fitness for over 10 years. Currently, the formats I teach are Barre, Boot Camp, Circuit Training, Interval Training for Muscular Endurance & Strength, Yoga SPINNING, Pilates, Silver Sneakers MSROM & Cardio Circuit classes, Senior Fitness & Youth Fitness. I am certified through accreditited programs: NETA & Healthways, PSA and USFS. I also have a Bachelor of Arts in Education. I look forward to sharing my love of fitness, training again and sharing the joy of an active lifestyle.
Parisa Kennedy, RYT
Parisa is a native Texan, where she currently resides with her husband of 9 years and their two brilliant little daughters (who are both already practicing yoga!). Parisa’s first exposure to yoga was through her grandfather, who practiced Suryanamaskar and seated meditations every morning. Parisa found her own practice in 2011 during her first pregnancy. Her preferred styles include Vinyasa and Hatha Restorative yoga, although Kundalini and Nidra are quickly becoming new favorites.
After 10 years in a demanding corporate job, Parisa decided to pursue her dream of practicing yoga as a career. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training certification program at Blue Anjou Yoga and Meditation Center, and graduated with her RYT 200 in June 2017.
In her free time, Parisa enjoys reading, running, being outdoors, and binge-watching Judge Judy.
Join Tricia on Monday nights for SloFit and Thursday mornings for Gentle yoga.
I found yoga in 2007 after the birth of daughter. I had gained over 40 lbs. during my pregnancy, and tried everything to lose the weight. Nothing seemed to work. It wasn’t until I started practicing yoga that the pounds began to melt away.
What started as an intense physical workout, eventually evolved into something so much deeper.
A teacher once told me that yoga is about strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility. She said, “Whatever you struggle with in life, you will also struggle with on the mat”. Those words truly resonated with me. Here I was, a new mother with a corporate career that had me traveling 4 days a week. I was competitive. I was strong and flexible. I could remain in a warrior pose for as long as necessary, but ask me to stand on one foot? Forget about it. I had no balance in my life or on my mat. It was during that realization that I decided to make yoga an integral part of my life.
Yoga helps me to focus on how my body and life are showing up at any given moment, and it’s different every day. Trust me when I say, whatever it is you are looking for, yoga will help you find it.
A native of Jacksonville Florida, Hillary utilizes her knowledge and experience from her five years with the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders (1998-2003). She was a captain for four years, “ Show Team” member for five years, and represented the Dolphins at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii in 2003. She has sung the National Anthem and has been a featured halftime performer at numerous Miami Dolphins, Hall of Fame, AHL, AFL,AFC championship, Super Bowl, and Pro Bowl games. As a member of the Dolphins “Show Team” Hillary traveled across the world on two USO tours performing for over 15,000 U.S. troops in 8 countries. Her television experience includes Inside Edition, E! Entertainment Cheerleader Special, videos for Monday Night Football, Fox’s Under The Helmet, Direct TV, NBC’s International Laureus World Sports Awards Show, HBO’s Inside The NFL, NFL Films Super Bowl Special, ESPN’s Maxim Beach Bash, and NFL’s Hottest Cheerleaders just to name few. Featured in five Miami Dolphin Swimsuit Calendars, Miss Broward County USA 2003 has been a frequent cover model for Boating, Just for Brides, Cigar Aficionado, and Sporting News. Hillary is a former recording artist of Oak Records based out of Los Angeles California. Hillary has been instructing and involved in fitness and dance for over 25 years. As a former representative of Going Pro Entertainment, Director of the NHL's Nashville Predators Dance Team, and owner of Studio Barre in Haymarket Virginia, Hillary is passionate about helping others reach their personal, health, and fitness goals. She resides in Prosper Texas with her husband, former NFL player alumni, and their five children.
After a lupus diagnosis early in my marriage threatened to impact the quality of life for me and my family, I became vigilant about caring for my body and my mind. I walked into my first yoga class and instantly fell in love with everything about the practice. That was over 16 years ago and my passion for yoga has grown into a desire to lead, guide, inspire, and share the lifestyle that, I believe, saved my life.
I am a wife and mom to six amazing children. My education and my yoga training has always been centered on a desire to help women, men, and families design the lives they WANT to live through mindfulness, balance, and perspective. Where my education gives me book smarts, my life experience has given me some serious street smarts! This focus allows me to guide a class through the strength, relaxation, and mindfulness necessary to navigate life off the mat. My hope is that, together, we will find flexibility in our body, mind, heart, and spirit.
It is important to remember that anybody practicing yoga has a "yoga body.”
I found myself when I found my yoga mat 13 years ago. I had never been athletic or into fitness, so it took a lot of encouragement to get me to my first yoga class. I'm grateful that my sister never gave up on me. I had very little confidence and struggled with my body for years. When I started to practice, I began to explore and grow every time I came to my mat. It didn't take long for me to realize yoga was helping me to improve my physical condition, but it was transforming my thought processes and lifestyle choices at the same time. I truly believe that yoga has given me the tools to transform my life and continues to do so each time I practice. When I practice, I find my feet firmly rooted below me, I breathe and I allow myself to take up space....taking up space is something that I haven't always had the courage to do.
I want others to believe in themselves and take a chance. When you come to your mat, you learn about yourself and you grow. Nothing but good can come from that!
Ava Schneider, RYT
Ava found yoga in 2002 to balance stressful corporate life at a desk and high-impact fitness classes that ravaged her knees. As her yoga practice grew she saw her life transform by shedding 80 pounds, falling in love, and training with yogis throughout Thailand, Bali, and China. Ava is a classically trained ashtanga and vinyasa flow teacher that creates mindful awareness through guided breath/body connection. She loves sharing her passion for finding a purpose-driven life and helping others discover the healing benefits through this ancient practice.
I remember my first Bikram class, it left me breathless. It was the hardest and most challenging workout I'd ever encountered. I thought to myself, this is outrageous-all the boot camp, total conditioning, weight and endurance training did not prepare me for this! My curiosity lead me to try as many different styles of yoga and teachers out there. It became my obsession, in an awesome way-which led me on my yoga journey.
Every minute I spend training and teaching is me at my best. I hope to empower you through yoga to feel confident and find what makes your heart beat. Practicing yoga allows you to connect to your untapped potential, challenging you to be the best version of yourself. Whether it's mastering a handstand or allowing a simple savasana to chill you out at the end of the day, yoga offers unlimited potential to be your best, strong, healthy self. Let's sweat, play hard, have fun, find your edge, turn upside-down and rock it out!!!
Join Corry on Wednesday's at 8:45am Barre
Christina has had a love of dancing and fitness her entire life. From ballet as a child and teen, to dance team officer in high school, and lifeguard in college, Christina has found leading a physically active lifestyle personally rewarding, but even more so when it is combined with an opportunity to serve others and help them achieve their goals. In 2014, Christina received her first Group Fitness Instructor certification in Beachbody's PiYo Live, and since then has completed certifications in Tracey Mallet's BootyBarre and Bbarreless programs, POP Pilates, as well as the popular HIIT format Insanity Live. Christina also holds national Group Exercise Instructor certifications with both ACE and AFAA. A Texas girl her whole life, Christina grew up in Sulphur Springs, attended college at Texas A&M University in College Station, and moved to the North Dallas area after receiving her degree in Genetics. After 11 years in Frisco, she moved to Prosper in 2016 where she currently resides with her husband Ross and two children Zoe and Ryan.
Courtney Yanosik, E-RYT
Join Courtney on Friday mornings!
She received her 500 Hour Prana Shakti Flow certification at Long Island Yoga School in New York. In April 2014 Courtney completed the 16 hour certification in Barre by Balanced Body Barre at Gold Coast Pilates in Setauket, New York.
Aside from being a yoga instructor, Courtney has been dancing all her life and studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In NY, she taught all different styles of dance: ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop to children and adults. When Courtney is not practicing yoga, teaching dance or barre she spends her free time with her beautiful daughters Haedyn and Harper.
Her philosophy is to customize yoga classes to meet the needs of individual students. She encourages students to find their own personal expression as they flow through each posture and to look inside themselves to find what they need while being mindful of the present moment.
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