Ft. Worth Studio


Alexis Ackel
I have always been drawn to contemplative traditions and originally studied martial arts at a meditation-centric dojo. Unable to find a similarly minded place to train after moving for college, I began taking yoga. Two years later, I entered Michelle Andre's Priya Yoga teacher training program in Dallas and received my Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification. That was over 15 years ago and yoga has remained one of the driving forces of my life. I teach because I sincerely believe in the transformational capacity of a contemplative practice. My style is an amalgam of traditions and heavily influenced by my science background but perhaps best described as alignment centered vinyasana--flow with an influence on safe and effective form. I see the physical practice of yoga as a potent tool, capable of building strength and fluidity in the body and, more importantly, the mind so that we may weather life's storms and chart a painstaking course to our authentic Selves.

Beth Bolton
I started practicing yoga in 2014 after completing my Master’s program and in preparation for my wedding. I have practiced yoga on and off since high school, but it didn’t really stick until I noticed how it helped with my anxiety, depression, and overall wellness. I work part time as a mental health therapist and quickly saw the connection between yoga and mental health. It was then that I knew I was destined to teach yoga in some capacity. I completed my yoga teacher training in 2016 with Rebecca Butler at The Sanctuary Yoga Room right here in Fort Worth. I love the yoga community in this city and I am so grateful to share this gift that has been so beneficial to me with you all! My classes are welcome to all levels. I love the traditions behind yoga but also love to challenge my body with fun asanas. My goal is to incorporate pranayama, meditation, and physical movement to bring my students greater clarity and an overall sense of bliss.

Alex Breland

Istarted practicing yoga in 2013 when when I was 6 months pregnant with my daughter, Rose. I was stricken with anxiety and depression and addictive personality traits. After a few classes I felt a change within me. My spirit had awakened and I understood the meaning of gratitude, self compassion and mindfulness. I wanted to help people in the way that I was helped.

I got my 200hr YTC in Goa, India and my experience in there was INCREDIBLE to say the least. It's hard to describe how much I am changed for the better in a few sentences. The program I graduated from, Himalaya Yoga Valley Center was a complete immersion in the Ashtanga and BKS Iyengar method. We studied yogic philosophy, chanting and meditation, ayurveda, business, ethics, classroom management, asana sequencing, mudras and chakras, kriyas, and anatomy. Many of these hours my classmates and I spent in silence, reflecting and journaling. It was completely humbling and fascinating to learn from such a traditional approach.

The thing I realized the most was that there is no possible way I could learn it ALL in a lifetime! I realized that yoga is a process of self inquiry and for me, it is the way through which I deepen my awareness of my body, mind, and spirit and a way to positively affect my community through teaching. I am reminded daily that I am forever a student of yoga and am so grateful for this path!

Elyse Calhoun
Elyse received her teaching certification in Costa Rica through Frog Lotus Yoga in 2010, and she has been teaching ever since. She teaches a vinyasa flow class and sequences in a way that the poses flow naturally from one to the next. She emphasizes safe alignment, mindful breath, and longer holds in poses to create strength and flexibility. She sprinkles in yogic philosophy and wisdom, but also allows time for quiet reflection. She enjoys teaching because it continually inspires her to grow in her own practice and knowledge. Yoga, both in its physical practice and philosophy, has deeply impacted Elyse’s life, and it is an honor for her to share this practice with others. Her hope is that students feel grounded, strong, and centered when they attend her classes and leave with a deeper connection to themselves and because of that, an ability to live with more awareness in their day-to-day lives.

Stacie Dahlbeck
I began practicing yoga 10 years ago when my mom took me to my very first yoga class. Even at a young age, I fell in love with the beauty and serenity of the practice. I knew that I loved being able to move my body in this way, and that it made me feel like a brand new person after every class. In April of 2017, I received my 200 hour registered yoga teacher certification in hot power vinyasa yoga from The Yoga Stand in Lubbock, TX. Since then, I have been teaching yoga in the forms of private lessons, family oriented yoga, group yoga sessions, and the Texas Tech University men’s basketball team. I come to my mat for self-expression and the desire to learn the capabilities of my mind and body. Growing up, I had problems breathing due to asthma. Doctors could not figure out what triggered the asthma attacks, but a consistent yoga practice proved to be the only thing that made it disappear. Now, inhaler free, yoga has given me an outlet in which I find my breath, de-stress, and come back to who I am. My goal as a teacher is to share the many healing benefits that yoga has to offer both for the physical and mental body and to bring people to a state of feeling grounded, centered, and to a place of self-love. This practice has moved me deeply in many ways and I wish to connect with and share this awakening and beautiful practice with as many people as I can.

Susie Fergus
Susie Fergus teaches yoga in the Fort Worth area. She began her yoga journey at Karmany in 2013, where she developed a love for vinyasa and alignment-based yoga.  A practicing soprano, conductor, and music educator by day, she has a quirky interest in how yoga can impact the practices of singers and other musicians.  Susie completed the 200-hour yoga teacher certification course with Dr. Tiffany Denny of 3Tree Yoga in Fort Worth. She is also a facilitator for Embody Love Movement, which seeks to empower girls and women to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and contribute to meaningful change in the world.

Chris Garrison
I believe we all need a little less struggle and more ease in our lives, so I use yoga as a tool to teach and learn to do this better everyday. I came to yoga in 2001 after spinal fusion, to heal. It was hard, uncomfortable and > discouraging at times but somehow made my body feel less pain! Over the years as my confidence and healing grew I studied Hatha, Ashtanga, Power, Yin, Thai and Prenatal yoga.

In each practice awareness of breath seemed to be the most important part. So I teach from a place of healing, using the breath as a tool to learn how to struggle less. I was told by doctors I would never backbend and for years believed it, until I found yoga. I now backbend, invert & arm balance with ease, all with 12 fused vertebrae and two 16inch titanium rods supporting my spine. Now I believe any body can move with ease, if we first learn to just breathe. Namaste

Dana Hill
My very first yoga class was at Karmany in Fort Worth, and while I have visited numerous other studios, I came back to this studio for the mental and spiritual teaching. I decided after a few years that I too want to spread the love.

For me yoga is fulfillment, spirituality, mental health, and a purposeful life. Four years ago I began this practice and I still watch life become more authentic each time I step on my mat. Yoga showed me that breath is the bridge to consciousness. It teaches me to let go of things that no longer serve me, to honor my body, and to receive the gifts of the present moment. This practice has given me so much that I devote my life to sharing it with others. Its lessons are endless and its gifts are bountiful.

“When the breath wanders, the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still and the yogi achieves long life.” – Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Yesenia Ibarra

Ilearned about yoga when searching for an alternative to the Denise Austin VHS yoga video after a tendon tear in my right ankle. I needed more than that VHS could give me. I went into my first studio class experience convinced that this was the “in the mean time” workout while I recovered and later on I would do my “real” workouts. So… how did it go? I couldn’t keep up. How was this “stretching” beating me! I was intrigued!

Yoga became my restorative friend, my kick my butt friend, and my time out I needed when I didn’t know I needed it. Power Yoga created for me the most productive workout by strengthening, cardio, and mind clearing—if I didn’t focus I was going to fall over! I was officially in love! My yoga practice continued to grow and while I touched with a variety of styles, Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram, Baptise, and synchronized vinyasa flow—power yoga was my first love. The satisfaction I received after every yoga practice was fabulous and the health benefits, both physiological and psychological, were quickly revealed.

With 15 years of healthcare experience, anatomy and physiological understanding, 10 years of yoga practice—becoming a yoga instructor was my next step. Allowing me to experience and teach yoga with focus on breath and body movement.

My mission: Provide a mindfulness experience that creates a zestful and powerful tension and release, balance and twist, and clearing of the rollercoaster-todo-list-mind—preparation to master your passionate lives!

Lauren Lewkowicz
Lauren began practicing yoga as a teenager in Southern California. Her mat always provided her with consistency and a place to connect deeply to herself in a world that changed rapidly; where stressors were abundant. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with CorePower Yoga in 2016 under Catrina Reeder. From there, she continued her education with 50 Hour extended training on presence as a teacher and has also completed training for Restore, Hot Power Fusion, Yoga Sculpt and Bootcamp classes. A dynamic teacher that integrates philosophy, coaching and physicality to her classes, Lauren will push you through your edge and encourage your presence while you ebb and flow. She is here to support your growth as an individual and a yogi and has a decade long background as a behaviorist; guiding others toward goals. Get on your mat and out of your head!

Heather Marie
I have been a practicing yogi consistently for 4 years now. I recently got my 200 RYT yoga certificate through Karmany Yoga and absolutely loved the training! I thought to myself "why didn't I do this sooner?". Ever since I was 16 years old I wanted to be an instructor. I had taken a pilates course at a community college where they incorporated a lot of yoga. I soon fell in love with the yoga portion of the class, as we worked on balancing the body, mind and soul, and it was at that point that I knew in my heart and vowed to myself that I would be a yoga instructor one day! That day is finally here and I couldn't be happier! I have a heart for those looking to yoga as a means of restoring what once was, injury prevention, pre/post natal mamas, as well as those soul seekers out there! I know yoga can heal, relax, and strengthen when we are open to it. I have chronic back issues as well as a an ankle issue that had kept me from a lot, but I have overcome and now have more mobility than ever before! As a testament to that, I was able to run in the 2017 Tough Mudder Half in September and finished with more energy and a positive mindset than when I first started! Yoga heals. Join me in this beautiful practice.

Lorelei St. James

Lorelei is a certified yoga instructor, focusing on mindful alignment, anatomy, and breath—classical tenants of yoga. Several years ago she sought out yoga to ease lower back pain and found the postures and breathing practices not only helped with back pain, but also lowered her stress level and increased her overall well-being. Lorelei brings the joy of yoga to her students by being able to modify yoga poses to meet the levels and abilities of her students. Her classes are balanced with a gentle warmup and whole body stretching, followed by strength and balance building poses, ending with restorative postures. She has studied various types of yoga such as Hatha, Vajra and Kundalini, and has studied Insight Meditation (used by mental health professionals worldwide) and Kundalini meditation techniques--recently completing a 50 hour Yoga Alliance certification on the facets of the mind and mediation. Lorelei uses sound therapy in her yoga classes based on her certifications in Crystal Bowl healing and Gong Therapy healing. In February 2017, Lorelei will complete a second 200-hour teaching certificate and will continue to work towards a 500 hour Yoga Alliance certification to increase her knowledge of anatomy and advanced teaching techniques. Also, in February, she will receive her certification in Restorative Yoga from Judith Laster, and in April, she will advance her knowledge of yoga anatomy by studying with Leslie Kaminoff, a nationally known expert in yoga anatomy. Lorelei enjoys teaching Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, and a Gentle flow Yoga. She is also certified to teach yoga to older adults, focusing on safety and alignment. Lorelei enjoys boating, swimming, and walking her rescue dog, Blossum, through her Mistletoe Heights neighborhood.

Katrina Walker

Kat started with a curiosity for yoga that quickly became a fascination! She has been practicing yoga for five years and finally took the plunge into teaching yoga in 2015. Kat has a firm belief that yoga is for “every body”. She completed 200-hour teacher training with CorePower Yoga in 2015 and is registered with the Yoga Alliance.

Forever the student of the practice, she is deeply grateful for the wisdom her fellow yogis have shared. Her students ‘will get clear instructions on how to safely get into each posture and should expect some playfulness and a dose of inspiration! Helping others to live a healthier life by nurturing mind, body and soul with yoga is a lifelong passion for Kat!