Vicki Brooks

IMG_1229-200x300Vicki began studying yoga with her teacher Suzi Zobrist over 16 years ago, on Orcas Island in Washington State. In 2009 she took the Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training, traveling to Denver Colorado for the experience. A month long immersion course, filled with heart opening and soul searching. Learning from Ana Forrest, the ways Forrest Yoga is different from other styles of yoga. Strong abdominal work, longer holding in poses, working with relaxing through the head and neck, finding how to live and work authentically in your body, are just some of the gifts that Forrest Yoga has to offer!

Vicki moved to Wichita Falls, back to her husband’s hometown, in 2011. She began teaching at the original Breathe Yoga with Joanna Hirschi. In 2012, she took over the studio, moving it to it’s new home downtown. Where she has enjoyed watching & experiencing the growing yoga community here in Wichita Falls.

Rheagan Ortega

Rheagan OrtegaRheagan was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, and graduated from Rider High school. She played soccer for 2 years and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Public Relations with a minor in Spanish from St. Edwards University in Austin, TX.  She is a certified AAFA Fitness Instructor who has taught Piyo, Yoga & Aquatic Aerobics for the past 3 years at MSU. She enjoys being active, teaching, reading and is passionate about impacting the lives of other people on a daily basis.

Valerie Smith

valsmith-150x150Valerie began practicing Yoga in 2006. From her very first class, there was a mind-body understanding that she would build on in the coming years. After having 2 children, she pursued professional training in an effort to share her passion for Yoga with others. In 2011, she received her 200RYT certification through Yoga Alliance and her CYT certification through Yaweh Yoga in Chandler, Arizona. In 2012, Valerie trained with Sadie Nardini in Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga Immersion. Her classes blend healing and essential oils with personal growth, strength, and flexibility. Teaching is a vehicle for her continued understanding of the mind-body union.

 

 Stevi Arredondo

photo-1-150x150Stevi began her journey with yoga as a student during her time at MSU. She began taking classes and realized that becoming an instructor for various exercise classes helped follow her passion in life. She began instructing in 2006-2007 at MSU where she earned a BS degree in Health Fitness Management. She continued to practice yoga throughout her graduate studies at Texas Tech and once returning to Wichita Falls began teaching again for MSU in 2010-2011. She has a passion for caring for people and believes in caring for the body with a balance of nutrition, exercise, and overall wellness. So welcome yourself to her class and open your heart and mind to the challenges of strengthening, flexibility, balance, and fun. Do something that makes your body happy today.

Heather King

Heather moved to Wichita Falls in 2009 from Layton, Utah and resides here with her husband and their two children. She is working on her Bachelors of Science in Radiologic Technology at MSU. Heather is a Hatha Yoga Level 1 and 2, certified through SCW. She is excited to continue growing her practice and finds joy in the journey. Heather doesn’t believe in taking things too seriously and would like everyone to just own their inner bad ass. No ego, no judgment on the mat and a nice balance of both in life. Yoga gives her a strong foundation physically, a balanced perspective mentally and a way to heal emotionally. She looks forward to taking a trauma sensitive approach to yoga in the future.
SIDE NOTE: Yoga is more fun than anger management!

Megan Pupilis

I found yoga 9 years ago while pregnant with my first child and fell in love. 3 kids later, I not only embrace the practice fully into my busy daily life, but also find happiness in sharing the amazing benefits that yoga has given me, especially during the joys of pregnancy. My goal is to inspire participants of all skill levels to connect with their own personal wisdom, healing abilities, and expansive potential through the practice of yoga. I strive to help students strengthen their bodies and calm their minds, while at the same time, detoxifying and electrifying both at the deepest levels. Each class, I aim to make a comfortable, productive environment where followers feel free to pursue yoga as THEY desire, allowing them to achieve their own personal goals of the session. Whether through laughter and social interaction, focus and meditation, or somewhere in between, I want to show that yoga is for everybody and is limitless in its life enhancing qualities.
I completed my RTY 200 Hour Yoga Alliance training through Dragon Fly Yoga Studio in Fort Walton Beach, FL with the most amazing teachers, Laura Tyree and Ed Daily (who I now owe my love of props to). My Pre/Post Natal Certification was completed in 2011 at Yogani Studio in Tampa, FL with renowned Stephanie Keach, who taught me that pregnancy is not an illness and should not frighten, but instead should be embraced and cherished. I have had the opportunity to work with world-famous mentors, Doug Kellar, on the therapeutics of yoga, and Bryan Kest, who taught me that yoga is powerful and should make you feel just that. While I take great pride in my practice, I do not consider myself a “teacher” or “instructor”.  I say this as I, like all others like me, am always learning and bettering myself and my practice, and feel my students teach me more about myself than I ever could impart to them.