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Josie was dragged kicking and screaming to her fist yoga class in 2003.  AS a lifelong dancer, choreographer and teacher, she naively did not see any need for "more stretching" in her life.  Within her first hour of yoga practice, Josie knew that she had been bit by the yoga bug.  It combined flexibility, strength, strong mental focus and clarity of motion - all of the key elements that a dancer needs to build a successful dance career.

After 4 years of practicing herself, Josie nervously brought her love of yoga to her students beginning in 2007, as a form of conditioning at dance camps throughout the western United States.  The students were immediately receptive and enthusiastic.  Josie began her formal teacher training with Yogafit in 2009.  She completed her Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 trainings in Minnesota with Yogafit Master Trainer Katie Schuver.  Upon completing the trainings, she moved to Texas where she was hired to teach Vinyasa Yoga at Lifetime Fitness.  Josie completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with LifePower Yoga under National Director Jonny Kest and Regional Trainer Sheryl Braun.  Josie currently serves as an Ambassador for Lululemon Athletica at their store in The Woodlands, TX.  She is beyond grateful for the opportunity to foster community outreach and the honor of representing such an inspiring health and fitness focused company. 

Shelly "J"
Shelly is a Yoga Alliance 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500).  She received her teaching certificate in 2010 from Houston Medical Center's Institute of Spirituality & Health.  Her passion for yoga began when she experienced the peacefulness of the mind, body and breath connection fostered in class.  Her appreciation for the improvement of her own well being, and the deep respect she developed for the healing art of the practice, turned her from student to teacher in four transformational years.  

As an instructor, her objective is to tune you in to the soft signals of your own mind and body through focused awareness to breath and sustained muscle movement.  She primarily considers herself a guide, inviting you to consciously breathe as together you cultivate strength and flexibility while you joyfully unite to your internal body rhythms. 

From Shelly:  "I wholeheartedly believe Yoga is practical medicine for the mind, body and soul, and will be a healing addition to anyone's life.  Yoga doesn't need to be achieved or attained, just explored and enjoyed."


Randi's love for yoga started while pregnant with her second son.  Initially, the mental benefits drew her in, but seeing progress in her strength and balance kept her coming back to her mat day after day.  Randi quickly realized that her life calling was to share her joy of yoga with others. 

Randi aims to help students deepen their personal yoga growth by becoming confident from the inside out.  Achieving a personal yoga practice is something she strives for with each student.  Her classes are a blend of longer holding postures and creative flows that link strength, balance and breath.  

Off the mat, you will find her seeking adventure with her husband and two amazing kids.


Julie is a certified 200 hour RYT who has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and is grateful for the opportunity to share her love for yoga with others.  Yoga has helped her be present and reduce stress while creating a strong body and calm mind.  Her style is nurturing and joyful.  She encourages students to challenge themselves to improve their strength and flexibility while honoring their bodies.  Her passions include travel, organizing yoga retreats and helping others heal through yoga and guided meditations.  Visit her webpage here for details about events and yoga retreats throughout Texas:


Gina turned to yoga for self-healing and rejuvenation after suffering numerous physical maladies, including chronic pain, exhaustion, and emotional depletion resultant of a high-stress career.  Learning tools through yoga to reduce stress, find peace, and restore her body, Gina seeks to pass those tools on to others.  She meets students wherever they are in their lives and compassionately guides them in bringing relief and self-healing to their bodies, minds, and spirits through gentle and restorative practices.   

Gina, a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level (RYT-500), has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching compassionate forms of yoga since March 2014.  She received her 200-hour training in the Ashtanga style from Cherry Blossom Yoga co-owner, Sara Turk.  Gina is certified in Prime of Life Yoga (POLY), a gentle style, developed by Larry Payne.  She, also, is certified in Phoenix Rising Therapeutic Yoga (PRTY), a gentle, client-centered, present-focused, body-based, self-inquiry style of yoga developed by Michael Lee.  

Gina’s continuing education focuses on yoga for self-healing emotional wounds and traumas (anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, cancer, chronic pain, et al.) and has studied with world-renowned teachers Bo Forbes (Yoga for Emotional Balance), Michael Lee (Phoenix Rising Therapeutic Yoga - A Bridge from Body to Soul), Amy Weintraub (Yoga for Depression), and Seane Corn (The Body and Beyond workshop).


Valerie is a certified yoga and aerial yoga instructor in the Houston area. The juxtapositions of her three passions: photography, dance and yoga has allowed her to capture moving images of people in their most genuine moments. She currently teaches at Kahanu, Expansion Wellness Center, Aerial Yoga Houston and Artisan School of Dance.



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