I am originally from South Austin, but at the age of 18 moved to New York City for school. I started working in Yoga and fell in love. At 21 years old I moved to China and lived there for a year followed by half a year of backpacking through South East Asia. Shortly after that I went to India and completed my 200 hr Yoga Training at Yog Peeth in the foothills of the Himalayas. Since becoming a certified instructor I've taught in 3 different continents with students from all over the world. My love for yoga has complimented my love for travel so well. When I teach I take inspirations from people I've met all over the world. I am inspired by Hindu mythology and yoga philosophy. I feel that being a yoga teacher is so much more than teaching asanas. I love to incorporate the sutras or a little bit of teaching from the Bhagavad Gita in class. My classes are up beat and playful and intention filled. I'm so excited to join the Austin Kula Yoga team and to be back in my hometown of Austin, Texas.
Erin was first introduced to yoga as another form of exercise. Soon after she discovered yoga to not only be a daily physical practice but a way to approach life, with both effort and ease. Naturally after witnessing yoga transform and heal her own life she developed a craving to learn more and share yoga with as many people as she can. Erin believes all people have the capacity to tap into themselves and find divine peace. She earned her 200- hour yoga teacher training with The Living Yoga Program in Austin TX. In her vinyasa classes she will guide you through a light hearted, energetic, adventure of body and breath. Through challenging postures she encourages her students to listen to their bodies with open hearts and minds. In addition to teaching she continues to grow and expand her practice through daily practice, and continuing education.
Abigail's classes are upbeat and challenging, while presenting modifications to adjust the class to the level of each student. She has found great balance and flexibility - both mental and physical - through yoga and is excited to share that with her students. She especially enjoys sharing yoga with new mamas and mamas-to-be. Abigail completed her training with Erinn Lewis in Vinyasa Yoga at the 200 hr level. She also completed a Prenatal Yoga Training with Meg O’Connell and Michelle Ulrich and regularly takes additional trainings as well as continuing with her home study. She spends her days outside of yoga running after her 3 children aged 2, 5, and 7.
Growing up in San Diego, Allie Burnitt began her yoga practice at the age of 11 and has practiced daily ever since. Allie believes that yoga is the key to bringing balance to the mind, body, and spirit. She focuses her classes on the belief that tapping into all five senses creates a centered and simple lifestyle. Allie offers all level classes in her group lessons in addition to her niche yoga classes. She has taught yoga to students at local Austin schools and currently teaches classes to children in local shelters. Allie feels that all children should be taught yoga at a young age in order to conquer the challenges of life. In addition to her kids’ classes, Allie offers prenatal classes. Allie is recognized by Yoga Alliance as a registered prenatal yoga teacher. Come take one of her classes soon!!
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!
A native Texan, Angela Nix first moved to Austin to attend The University of Texas, where she graduated with a BBA in Management and Marketing. She spent many years in the corporate world, in various leadership roles of increasing responsibility, until finally deciding to change her path and seek more balance in life. She has practiced yoga for more than 10 years, and in the last couple of years approached it with her usual passion and commitment. Angela enjoys teaching both kids and adult classes and brings a light hearted demeanor to her students regardless of their age. She is a certified Kids Yoga Instructor with Next Generation Yoga. She loves teaching kids classes and enjoys integrating music and creative movement into each class and summer camp session. She has completed her Teacher Training, studying under Gioconda Parker and focusing her efforts on Vinyasa Flow. She teaches with grace and a casual style, encouraging her students to find their true 'yoga self' and grow their practice through consistency, fun and self awareness. Outside of the studio, she serves on the Board at ZACH Theatre and is passionate about the arts in education. Her free time is spent with family and enjoying wonderful outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and exploring all that Austin has to offer.
Christine’s passion for yoga shines brightly in her classes, as she believes the energetic series of Vinyasa yoga links breath to body, toning the body and disciplining the mind. Christine has been affected by Scoliosis during her life, and her curved spine caused her great pain before she found yoga. She was grateful to discover that with daily yoga practice, applying the universal principles of alignment, her physical suffering was relieved. So began her journey. Yoga has cultivated much strength, flexibility, endurance and focus for Christine. She guides her students so they can dwell in a joyful space, free from the limitations of physical weakness and emotional re-activity that exists in the world around us.
Emily is originally from Plano, TX where she began studying dance at the Hathaway Academy of Ballet. She continued her training on full scholarship in Florida at the HARID Conservatory and received her BFA in 2010 in Ballet Performance from the University of Utah. While attending college, she became a member of the Utah Ballet and performed roles such as Odette from Swan Lake, Act II. She was also honored with the opportunity to tour with the company to Seoul, South Korea as part of an exchange program with Kyung Hee University. During her senior year of college she was hired at Ballet Austin as an apprentice where she spent two years with Ballet Austin/Ballet Austin II. She later moved to Houston to perform with the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. She also enjoys being a guest in Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s The Nutcracker each winter. While performing with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, she started a consistent yoga practice and fell in love with the physical and mental benefits. This inspired her to become an instructor so she completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification from The Yoga Institute in Houston, TX. Shortly after being certified, she was introduced to Dancers Shape, a local barre fitness studio. She was attracted to the strength and stability provided by this method of exercise. Emily was trained to teach barre in the fall of 2012. Emily teaches barre, vinyasa flow, and Kula Strong. She is very excited to join the Austin Kula community and bring all of her backgrounds together to provide a unique experience.