Staff List

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Meg O'Connell
Meg is one of the founders of Austin Kula Yoga. She has a 20 year background in movement and dance. When she turned to yoga to help recuperate from a back injury, she discovered a new love. She became certified over 8 years ago in Hatha Yoga through Living Yoga and continues to learn from her teachers and students. Meg is also certified in Children's Yoga and Prenatal Yoga. Meg flows through the postures and looks to her students in class to direct her to their needs, so each class creates a relevant experience for each student. As a result, her classes are warmhearted, fun and often times spontaneous! Meg loves teaching yoga and is grateful to all of her students and teachers for their kindness, inspiration and wisdom. Meg also has a deep interest in pregnancy and loves to share how yoga can help women through the transitions of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Come check out her Core Yoga, Hip Hop Yoga or Prenatal at Austin Kula Yoga.
Joanna Williamson
Joanna Williamson, MS, RYT is a Registered Yoga teacher, American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Specialist and triathlon age-grouper. Joanna has been teaching yoga since 2002 and is a former fitness director. She has taught athletes of all ages and fitness levels (from Cardiac Rehab to NCAA athletes) since 1992. Joanna blends yogic practice and philosophy into challenging sports-specific sequences that assist in injury prevention and recovery. Her inspirations are David Swenson, Shiva Rea, Sharon Moonand Bella Lajuzan, Baron Baptiste, Sri Pattabhi Jois, Manju Jois, MarkVerstegen, and Jim and Phil Wharton.
Leigh Anderson Fisher
Leigh Fisher is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level with yoga alliance. Leigh has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2004. She leads fun, high-energy classes that strike a balance between fast paced vinyasa flow and strong posture alignment. Although her classes are physically challenging, she invites any student with a sense of humor and an awareness of his or her own limitations to come play with her. Leigh strives to create a joyful and safe atmosphere, offering modifications to suit many levels of practice. Leigh teaches yoga because she hopes to share the peace and bliss that she has found through her personal practice with as many people as she can. Leigh also teaches children's yoga and is an inter-disciplinary theatre artist and vocalist.
Leslie Botts
Leslie is Registered Yoga Teacher who graduated from the Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program at Yoga Yoga. She began her practice in 1975 and has seen it change as she moves through the sixth decade of her life. Her studies followed a strong interest in restorative yoga and working with those with physical/health issues. She hopes to provide a supportive environment where students can learn to nurture themselves and reduce the stress in their lives.Leslie holds a BS and MEd in Special Education; she has devoted nearly three decades to teaching Special Education students in the public school system. She is a parent as well as an avid swimmer, watercolorist, and usher for the UT Performing Arts Center.
Quen White
Quen is certified through Yoga Alliance for both children and adults. She taught pre kindergarten for seven years before making the very happy decision to teach children's yoga full time. In addition to teaching at Kula she has an in home children's yoga studio called "Om on the Range".Her classes focus on developing a healthy body and mind through hatha yoga. Children will learn yoga postures, relaxation and how to focus on their breath. Quen focuses on safety, fun and loving compassion. She believes that yoga is a wonderful way for childrento learn how to control their bodies and emotions through fun and challenging physical postures. Yoga is a gift they will be able to carry with them for their entire lives!
Dido Nydick
Dido is a 500RYT certified yoga teacher. She has been practicing for 8 years and completed her training in ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantric and Ayurveda) in New York City in 2003 under the direction of Alan Finger. She was also certified as a "Relax and Renew" Restorative instructor by Judith Lasater in 2005. Dido continues to study with teachers that emphasize the connection between mind, body and spirit. Her classes include physical postures, breathwork, meditation and philosophy to create a state of well-being.
Amy Younkman
Amy has practiced yoga most of her adult life; mainly as a compliment to sports. As a lifetime runner, cyclist, swimmer and competitive triathlete she came to realize that yoga is a perfect compliment to repetitive motion sports. She considers herself a "reformed type A", mainly due to the balance and awareness yoga has brought to her life. Amy became certified through The Living Yoga Program in 2006 and went on to earn her 500 hour yoga certification through Castle Hill Fitness. She also received a Pilates Mat certification through Balanced Body in 2012. Amy loves combining yoga with pilates and she often weaves both into her creative, playful classes. Amy guides her students to explore, be adventurous, and discover their own inner teacher. Her vinyasa flow style classes are designed to warm up the body, calm the mind and ignite the spirit!
Connie Hausman
Connie Hausman-Nishimura, director and founder of CAN DO YOGA� ( in Redwood City , California , has studied and taught Iyengar Yoga for over fifteen years. She began her teacher-training in the two-year Advanced Studies Program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. Thereafter, Connie apprenticed for five years under internationally acclaimed Iyengar instructor Yelena Fedotova. In the spring of 2001, she had the honor of working with Geeta Iyengar, BKS Iyengar's daughter, and in 2003, Connie traveled to Pune , India to study with the Iyengar family. For the last ten years she has apprenticed and studied with world-renowned senior Iyengar instructor Manouso Manos.Connie teaches orthodox Iyengar Yoga in a systematic, professional manner. Her classes build a strong foundation in the poses. Like constructing building blocks, the poses become more refined as methodically new details are added. Her enthusiasm and love of Iyengar Yoga is obvious in all her classes. Connie's ultimate objective is to impart how Yoga creates choice--a choice for greater physical, mental, and spiritual health and well-being.Connie is a certified Iyengar teacher and holds a BA in psychology and English from the University of Texas . She has practiced massage therapy for over fifteen years, and is the mother of three beautiful children.
Open Practice
This is to be used for Connie's Advanced Iyengar classes for Fall 2007...on the one week a month which is open practice for the teachers.
Malia Scott
Being dedicated to yoga for almost six years now has opened Malia�s eyes and ears to the flow of life, on and off the mat. Malia first discovered Bikram yoga, while seeking her BFA in Design at the University of Texas. What she thought was just a physical practice became a much deeper, mind, body, and spiritual practice. A dear teacher, friend, and mentor, Vanessa Fiola, introduced Malia to Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga in 2004. Thus, she attended one of Baron Baptiste�s Power Revolution Weekends. Baron�s teaches you to live from authentic truth and thus, she decided it was time to do just that. Malia has attended Baptiste Power Yoga Institiute�s Level 1 and 2 trainings, along with various trainings and workshops with Shiva Rae and Ana Forrest. She enjoys teaching various styles of vinyasa flow, along with pre/post-natal, kids, and corporate yoga.Malia is currently working on her 500 hour registered yoga certification through Yoga Alliance and teaches group classes at various studios and private lessons in Austin, Texas. Visit for more information.
Paula Harnish
Paula has been studying yoga since 1997 and teaching for the past 8 years in Austin. She is certified through Healing In Yoga and studied and practiced with her good friend Murti. Paula has also studied with Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, Angela Farmer, John Friend, David Swenson, Ramanda Patel, Anna Forest, Gary Craftstow, and Jason, from Acro Yoga. Her style of yoga flows from one asana to the next using the breath, and strikes a perfect blend between nurturing and challenging, in a non-competitive atmosphere. Paula incorporates many different styles together to create a unique and eclectic flow which is always new and fun. The music in the class is a mix of fast beat for flowing to inspiring meditative music to take you deeper into that sacred heart-space of love and compassion, to find that intelligent edge within. Students who take Paula's class feel happy and relaxed and at peace with themselves when they leave.
Brandy Arena
Brandy Arena, RYT experience includes fifteen years in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sector expressing her passion of helping others achieve wellness and discover the many gifts the ancient art of yoga still offers modern practitioners. Brandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her students that includes dance,yoga, meditation, movement therapy and the wisdom of esteemed teachers in these fields. Brandy is registered with the Yoga Alliance, is an ongoing student of eastern philosophy and of Waldorf School Teacher Training. Explore
Dana Wills
In Dana's class, you'll receive an inspiration by which to set your intention, a gentle warm up, and traditional ashtanga sun salutations to build heat. You'll keep moving with standing and challenging poses linked with an optional vinyasa flow, then have ample time to unwind and relax, as you reflect on taking your yoga and your intention off your mat and into your life.When Dana Wills, RYT500, took her first yoga class in 2000, it felt like coming home. In yoga, she found something to challenge her athleticism, but more importantly something deep and spiritual to call upon. Her goal is to share yoga that can ground, energize and soothe her students, especially if they can learn something to safely repeat on their own in their daily lives. Dana incorporates yoga into her life wherever she is: here she is striking a pose on her boat in the Grand Canyon. Dana is a mom of two teens, and has volunteered her time teaching yoga to about 250 teens, primarily in public school. Dana was a Champions Academy gymnastics coach for 10 years, and thrives in the outdoors. You may even find her in the neighborhood doing yoga in her treehouse!
Ginger McGilvray
Ginger McGilvray is a graduate of Living Yoga Program in Austin and studied prenatal yoga teacher training with Whole Birth Resources in California. Her teaching style is informed by the mix of yoga techniques she has learned over the years, from Iyengar to Viniyoga, Vinyasa to Kundalini. By approaching each class with openness and a spirit of exploration, Ginger recognizes her most important teachers are her students, who intuitively know, as we all do, what we need if we will open to it. So yoga is a sharing of sacred space, where all are teachers and students.In 2002, Ginger began regular yoga and Vipassana meditation practice to cope with depression after her dad died and life became confusing. What continues to unfold from this self-care is a greater sense of purpose and compassion, which leads to joy, courage and feeds her inner-explorer. In 2005 she taught a daily yoga class at a men’s detox facility and English to 1st graders in Dharmsala, India. The following year she studied Thai Massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand and stayed at a monastic university in Sagaing Hills, Burma where she taught English and yoga to monks and nuns. At home in Austin, Ginger is also a licensed massage therapist, dancer, tree-hugger, gardener, hiker, volunteer, community member and friend. “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver
Lara Wright
Lara began dancing at 4 years old and started teaching at 13. She spent her teenage years teaching both dance and drama in New Braunfels, TX. After a year as a dance/theater major in college, our small town girl moved to The Big Apple in 1997. She attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where her journey to true self awareness began.It was in New York City where Lara discovered yoga. Present in her body again, following a hiatus from dance, it was a return home. After four years of practicing at a number of studios around the city, she enrolled at The Laughing Lotus College of Yoga in the fall of 2007 and received a 200 hour teaching certificate in vinyasa yoga. Lara approaches yoga as an eternal student with wonder and humility and enjoys sharing it with fellow seekers.
Tracy L Liberman
Tracy, seeking warmth, moved to Austin from Denver and has found a place to call home. She began working in the fitness realm in 1997 as the director of a children�s gymnastics center. In 2001 she moved on to the pilates world as a program director. The pilates studio also offered yoga which inspired her to learn more. Shortly thereafter she completed the Yoga Yoga Teacher Training as a Certified Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level. Tracy taught hatha classes until she began a new role in life as a mom and found it natural to become certified in prenatal yoga with Leslie Lytle. In 2005, Tracy began teaching prenatal as a new mother. Then, in 2006 she was blessed to have been on the same journey as her students, teaching prenatal yoga while pregnant with her second son. Tracy�s fun loving teaching style is that of rhythm and flow. She encourages her students to fluidly move through vinyasa while deepening postures and finding the ease through the effort. Tracy looks to her students for direction, personalizing each class she teaches. Tracy, her husband, two boys, and two dogs all love life in Austin. She credits yoga with giving her the energy, balance, and peace to keep up with all of them.
Chelsea Hover
Chelsea is a native Southern Californian who has been practicing yoga for over 13 years. She brings to her classes an authenticity of love and awareness of living in the moment. Her classes can be fun, fast, and upbeat like the Hip Hop yoga class, set to funky jams...or smooth and rhythmic like the Sunday afternoon Vinyasa flow class (which is meditative, therapeutic, but will make you sweat!) She also teaches children's yoga and says that teaching toddlers sometimes inspires her language for her adult classes! No matter what age her students are, Chelsea loves sharing in the journey of self-discovery that each student experiences in yoga. She is so thankful to be a part of the amazing Austin yoga community, and to get to teach at this special studio.