For Amelia, yoga has been the sole constant in her life. Her journey began at the age of 12, when she tuned into the FitTV cable channel and practiced with her sister. While she didn’t know exactly why, she noticed she felt so much better afterwards. Since then, her practice has evolved and she has recognized yoga is never just about the physical practice. Amelia believes the mat is a mirror of life, where lessons are learned through asana. Yoga offers her a medium to strengthen her body and mind, enhance coping skills and provides moments of silence to feed her soul. She remains grounded in her life-long practice and enjoys sharing the gift of yoga with her students.
Over 30 years of teaching, Charles has developed a creative approach to integrating the ancient wisdom and traditions of yoga with the latest scientific advances in understanding the mind/body connection. His classes are based on a solid foundation of alignment principles while allowing for a playful, organic exploration of the pose and the breath.
Charles is also a certified yoga therapist and the founder of the Texas Yoga Retreat and
Austin’s Free Day of Yoga. He writes and posts yoga videos for his website: YogaTeacher.com, and has published a book on Dharana as well as contributing articles to the Yoga Journal and numerous other magazines.
Connie Hausman, director and founder of CAN DO YOGA™ in Austin, Texas, is a Yoga teacher with over 30 years teaching experience. She is also a certified massage and Reiki therapist and life coach and holds a BA in Psychology and English from the University of Texas.
Connie began her yoga journey in San Francisco and studied with the Iyengar family in India. These experiences influenced Connie’s desire to create a safe, structured environment that encourages students to break through preconceived limitations. Her ultimate objective is to impart how Yoga creates choice--a choice for greater physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being. Connie lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Satoshi, and is the mother of three children, Gabe, Akira and Saffron.
Devon holds a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in geography from the University of New Mexico, and is nationally certified to teach in the Iyengar tradition. Devon began formal practice of Iyengar Yoga in 1978, and since then has studied with senior-level Iyengar teachers both here and abroad, as well as with Mr.Iyengar, his son Prashant and his daughter Geeta in Pune. She has taught since 1980 in New Mexico, Africa, and Texas.
Devon has also worked with Peggy Kelley and other teachers on Iyengar teacher training projects for over twenty years. She also enjoys art and craftwork.
Dustin is a gifted Yoga Therapist that has been teaching and working with groups and individuals for well over a decade. His focus is to integrate the wisdom, philosophy, science and art of yoga into action and guidance for our modern lives.
Dustin brings yogic precision and a loving heart to all his classes. You are sure to discover parts of your body you never knew existed. He is deeply rooted in the Yoga tradition of BKS Iyengar having studied in depth with Judith Hansen Lasiter and for many years with his primary teacher Gabriel Hepburn.
If you are looking for deeper insight into your own personal healing, consider scheduling a private Yoga Therapy session with Dustin.
Jen is a student and teacher of alignment based Yoga asana, rooted within the traditions of the Iyengar practice. As a teacher, she wants her students to feel enriched and empowered; supported and cared for; with the aim for them to experience and explore the balance between the rigorous strength and precision of the alignment-based practice and the expansive freedom found within it.
Jen believes wholeheartedly that yoga is a transformational healing modality with enormous potential for everyone, and it is her goal to share this love, passion and understanding with all her students.
Jill has always been drawn to health and wellness and began a career working as a Registered Nurse in Austin in 2001. In 2005, after years of working in healthcare had taken a toll on her physical and mental health, she decided to take a deep dive into yoga as a means of support and healing. This set her on a path and passion to deepen her knowledge of holistic healthcare. Jill is certified in prenatal/postnatal yoga, yoga with weights and advanced yoga psychology training.
She believes healthcare begins with self care. Considering yoga to be the most comprehensive means to selfcare as well as a missing element in our modern healthcare. She arranges her classes with these intentions. Offering a depth of knowledge and support to wellbeing, while allowing space for each individual to discover and tend the needs of themself in mind, body and spirit.
Jonathan is co-founder of Austin Yoga Tree. He is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist. His belief is that yoga can be made accessible to every human being on the planet. He brings a light-hearted nature to his classes, along with a dedication to drive you deeper to the center of your core, where your true self resides.
When asked if his classes were easy or hard, one student replied, "They are kind."
Jonathan is also a Life Mastery Coach, and creator of The Self Love Revolution. His mission is to teach people how to practice kindness with themselves, with the understanding that when you are kind to yourself, everything you want and the miracles of life all appear at your doorstep. He will remind you that you still need to open the door.
Laura found yoga nearly 15 years ago–and, in finding yoga, found herself. Not only did yoga help her physical body, it also relieved her feelings of anxiety and depression. She quickly realized that yoga is more than asanas. It’s a way of living and connecting with your true Self. And she brings these many aspects of yoga to her teaching.
She designs her classes for her students, with the flexibility to adapt and provide the perfect class no matter how flexible you are. Expect lots of props to provide support, and a focus on anatomy cues and proper alignment.
Laura lives in Austin, TX, with her husband, toddler, and two blue heelers. Off the mat, she likes to garden, cook, and hike around the Hill Country.
Liberty is a Vinyasa and Rocket Instructor. Liberty is a strong believer that you don’t adapt to yoga, yoga is adapted to you. She has been practicing yoga for 10 years, and for the last 4 years, Liberty has deepened her practice under the guidance of her mentor, who trained her on body anatomy and functional movement.
One of Liberty’s goals is to help students step out of their comfort zone, either mentally or physically. She loves when challenge meets flow, and she aims to create that sensational experience in all of her classes.
Expect flowy challenging classes with some strengthening and goal-oriented drills that will help you build the foundation for deeper asana practice.
Melissa is currently a certified Level 2 Iyengar Yoga Teacher. She loves the precision and philosophy of Iyengar Yoga. Her classes thoughtfully explore a variety of ways to safely approach challenging poses with the support and feedback of props. She recognizes that the individual needs of each student vary and offers options along the way to accommodate those working with injuries.
Outside of yoga she is passionate about gardening and propagating tropical and heirloom vegetables at the plant nursery where she works. She also enjoys leading Social Cycling Austin’s Yoga Bike Ride and has hosted this free event for 10 years now.
Terri is a Certified Meditation Coach with a passion for encouraging and empowering people to listen to their own soul wisdom and speak their truth. Prior to working as a meditation coach, she spent decades leading a digital marketing agency.
She aims to dispel the myth that meditation is difficult or requires immense discipline or huge amounts of time. Anyone can learn meditation and begin to feel the benefits from it right away.
Vicky is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher who has been studying Iyengar yoga since 2000. Her practice and teaching draw on Mr. Iyengar’s insight that the physical practice—the asana—is much more than physical. He wrote, “Even in simple asanas, one is experiencing the three levels of the quest: the external quest, which brings firmness of the body; the internal quest, which brings steadiness of intelligence; and the innermost quest, which brings benevolence of spirit."
Vicky also offers tips and thoughts on asana and the yogic path via the Instagram account austin_iyengar_yoga, which she launched in 2018. In her off-the-mat life, she has a Ph.D. in American Studies, taught at the university level for two decades, and has two delightful adult children.