I am a long time teacher and a perpetual student, I am so thrilled to share my love of yoga at The Studio. I am currently a RYT500 + E-RYT 200 yoga teacher and have extended my knowledge with Yin Yoga training and continuing education in the healing arts. I am dedicated to sharing the healing aspects of yoga with my students and strive to be of service to the Reno community. I am so proud to lead students to find their foundation and voice in the Sacred Roots Teacher Training program. When I'm not teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband Nico, puppy Jovi and traveling the world.
Dustin tried yoga for the first time in 2005 after experiencing horrible back pain. His father had experienced similar back pain and was told by a doctor to try yoga in lieu of surgery. The holistic nature of this approach resonated deeply with Dustin and furthered his interest in the practice of yoga. During his teacher training program he became much more aware of the mental and spiritual facets of yoga and now heavily incorporates them into his classes. Like many of us, Dustin has been through some dark and challenging moments in his life and his yoga practice has played an instrumental role along his spiritual path to enlightenment. He was trained in a Vinyasa flow style but also loves to go upside down, so you’ll often experience options for arm balances and other inversion in his classes. Dustin’s teaching philosophy is one of inclusion and acceptance, and he encourages people of all experience and ability levels to come practice with him.An enthusiastic student of life, he understands the epic vastness of the yoga world and is committed to continually furthering his practice. Yoga is a lifelong journey and Dustin welcomes you to explore it with him further.
Mekala first encountered yoga when her sister dragged her to her first vinyasa class in 2009. Knowing that her body needed yoga purely for the flexibility aspect she continue taking classes as much as possible. After a few short years of asana practice she started to seek out the other aspects of yoga. With the thirst to dive deeper into yoga she attended her first 200 hours of yoga teacher training in 2014. For Mekala the true connection of yoga happens when she meditates, allowing her the space to connect to her inner essence and further discover the energy that lives within us all. She is excited to share her passion of yoga with you and hopes to see you in class soon.
I have been practicing yoga for many years, meaning going to classes. Bit by bit, I have experienced little openings to something bigger. This led me to complete my 200 hour Registered Teacher Training with We Are One Teacher Training in Reno. Since then my practice and curiosity have grown into something I never imagined, and now I can't help but love to share. This practice has been helping me all along to realize the truth behind all the illusion in the world. This practice meets me where I am at every day and gently guides me back to my center, and the truth. The classes I offer intend to create a space for students to get whatever it is they are looking for from the practice. To me, the beauty of the practice is when one gets on that mat and experiences a connection to themselves through the mind, body, and breath. From there, a jar opens to infinite possibilities.
I’m so grateful for this opportunity to teach, learn, shed layers, and open up. Om Namah Shivaya
Even though my main line of work has varied, I have been in the fitness industry for over 26 years. I have worked as an activities director for athletic clubs, lead aerobic classes, been a physical therapy assistant, operated my own personal training business, participated in fitness competitions, and trained clients for triathlons. Now, I am a certified yoga instructor and I LOVE teaching yoga.
I consider yoga to be the biggest blessing of my life. I started practicing when I was 17 years old as a senior in high school. I came to yoga as a broken person, unsure of who I was with no sense of self confidence or self love in sight. I was angry with the world, angry with my body, angry at myself. Through staring at myself in the mirror every day, trembling, shaking, sweating unbelievable amounts, I began to love myself. I began to see this world in a different light. My life shifted from hating everything to finding beauty and happiness in the mundane. You would have asked me when I was 17 what I would be doing in 5 years, teaching yoga wouldn't have even been a possibility I could fathom. I used to get stomach ulcers as a kid before giving presentations at school because I was so anxious about speaking in front of people. When I first started teaching yoga, no one could understand me because I spoke too fast and compacted my words together. I use to go home at night and read books out loud to my dog to learn how to how to slow down my speech. I did improve classes to get comfortable being in front of people. That was my yoga. Learning how to connect my mind to my mouth, my tongue, my jaw. Learning how to breathe in an uncomfortable situation. Learning that its ok to take a pause. One of my first yoga guru's said that yoga is everywhere and everything. I didn't see it when he first told me, but I see it now. Yoga is the tool that teaches us how to be unbound from our flesh and our thoughts and allows us to do more than what we think we're capable of doing.
I believe the most beautiful thing about yoga, and perhaps the most frustrating as well, is its sense of limitlessness. No matter how long you've been doing it, it is always a challenge. There is always another posture to master, always an opportunity to go deeper, always something more to learn. There is no end to this practice. Yoga makes me feel limitless. It always finds a way to make me better, happier, more peaceful. I feel most like myself when I'm doing yoga and happiest when I get to share it with other people.
Angie (E-RYT 500) began her yoga practice while pregnant with her first child 15 years ago. Since that time, she has explored as many variations of yoga as possible. After diving into a year long 500 hour Advanced Yoga Studies and multiple other training programs, she began teaching in 2009. Always up for a challenge, Angie looks for ways to help her students bring their attention back to the present moment during class. This yoga tool is used to encourage classroom practice into daily living where an extraordinary life can be made out of ordinary moments. Her love of people fuels her classes to incorporate lively music, a sense of humor, a bit of challenge, and play. Angie also leads and conducts the OM2YOGA 200 hour Teacher Training Program out of The Studio Reno. www.om2yoga.com
Keri (E-RYT 200) started practicing yoga in 2002 after injuring her back in a motorcycle accident. She began taking Iyengar yoga with her mentor, Nelda McGee, and soon moved on to Power and Ashtanga yoga. Keri completed her 200 hour training under Doug Swenson, renowned Ashtangi and creator of Sadhana Yoga Chi. Additionally, she has attended workshops and classes in Acroyoga, The Rocket Series, Core Power, Anusara, and Sivananada. Keri has been teaching since 2005 and enjoys an athletic practice with an emphasis on flow, prana, and maintaining a sense of humor as yoga has brought great joy to her life.
Rachelle has been doing Yoga since 2003 and has been teaching for 5 years. Rachelle enjoys many different types of Yoga and incorporates several of them into her hot vinyasa classes. Typically holding poses and moving slowly, moving through minimal sun salutations to power poses while focusing on the breath and alignment.
When I began attending yoga classes ten years ago my intention was to add some stretching into my regular fitness routine. Posture and flexibility have always been a challenge for me and after years of pounding the pavement while training for and running marathons, slowing down and placing some mindful attention on my body was a novel idea. The physical benefits of yoga were easily noticed, but I became a lifelong student as I realized the deeper aspects of what this practice offers. Life lessons of consciousness, mindfulness and recognition that we are all one, is what it’s all about. I completed my teacher training under Melissa Martinez, a life changing experience for which I am beyond grateful. I am so excited to share the grace and strength of this practice with others. I am also proud to be partnered with my dear friend and fellow yoga teacher, Hannah Bias, on a nonprofit called Urban Lotus Project. Urban Lotus Project takes yoga and meditation to at-risk, underserved youth in the Reno Sparks Community. It has been an amazing experience to say the least, and to be able to give back and support those in need, through this life changing practice, fills my heart. I began practicing yoga at The Studio over five years ago, and am thrilled to now be instructing here! I love the chill vibe and the community support that this space offers. Please come meet me on the mat for a warm morning flow! It’s an awesome way to start the day. I have always called Reno my home. I am so appreciative of the incredible support network of family and friends that surround me in this awesome city. I am sharing this journey with my amazing husband and our four beautiful children….my teachers who remind me daily with their encouraging smiles and love that I know I’m on the right path because I’m uninterested in looking back.
After three ACL reconstructive surgeries from years of playing competitive sports, I started practicing yoga as part of my recovery process. I then became enthusiastic about alignment-based yoga and have been practicing since 2007. I completed my 200 hour teaching training in 2014 and have also recently completed my Reiki I and Yoga Sculpt training. With a love for both yin yoga and yang yoga, I aim to help my students find authenticity on the mat, off the mat and upside down.