MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
Amissa started her yoga journey as a dancer trying to find balance. After her first child, she discovered yoga not only as a physical practice, but as a lifestyle that she was passionate about, and completed a 200 hour teacher training with Samatva Yoga in Dallas, Texas in 2003, during her second pregnancy. She completed Mamaste Yoga for Prenatal and Postnatal, Let’s Play! Yoga for Kids, Yoga For Women, Ashtanga, Yoga Therapy and Yoga for Beginners as part of her certification. Amissa has trained with Judith Lasater for the Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga program, attended Laughter Yoga training and during her third pregnancy completed her 500 hour teacher certification with Samatva Yoga in 2097. She has apprenticed in Ayurveda and Holistic Nutrition and offers consulting in those areas, as well as working as a Birth and Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator since 2005. Amissa has taught workshops throughout the country and is the creator of Red Tent Yoga for Women 8-80, Girl Power Yoga for girls 12-17, Devotional Yoga- using yoga as a spiritual practice and the ReBalance Cleanse. She created and directs the Yoga Alliance approved Yoga Teacher Training for Casa de Yoga. Amissa believes in laughter and that each class forms a community- a place of love, acceptance and breathe.
I used to be a bit of a gym rat. Any and every kind of physical activity I could do was my thing. I came across yoga about 8 years ago and decided to give it a try. After traveling across the country and trying different kinds of yoga in all the places I lived, I decided I needed to have a more consistent practice. I realized that yoga is not competitive, and it is not something that can be mastered completely. “Practice all is coming”.
I received my 200hr YTT Casa de Yoga =) (But im still finishing homework lol). I am also trained in Trim Barre and most recently BUTI. People who come to my classes can always expect a powerful work in that will leave everyone sweaty and coming back for more!
Outside of yoga I hardly have much time to myself between working full time and going to school full time. I do like to watch anime and read my favorite manga series.
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside while still alive. Never surrender.” -Tupac Shakur
I remember starting yoga while living in Dallas. I was just curious at first, already having a very active lifestyle; that led to me practicing for a few years, off and on, very novice. Moving back to El Paso, a teacher of mine said I should be a teacher, meanwhile there was no training in EP just yet. About 2 years later, and letting that simmer, I thought why not…and that was in September of 2013. Casa de Yoga was referred to me by a friend, and the rest is history-YTT started in October and I graduated in January 2014. I’ve been practicing for 11 years now, teaching for 3, and just shy of 1000 classes to date. My personal growth with yoga is ever-evolving; I’ve found my voice, I’m finding my flavor.
I would say my class has a very welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Depending on the class determines the vibe, however with every class you’re guaranteed a great escape from your life, a challenge, and an overall good time---all accompanied by killer music. From my Hang, to Buti, Barre, Vinyasa Flow—all very different classes, but equally fulfilling. Yoga is like ice-cream, there’s different flavors for everyone. Find your flavor. My background is Interior Design. In my spare time I am a carpenter, furniture designer, refinisher, artist, designer, welding apprentice; Jessika of all trades. I enjoy working with my hands, creating things, staying active any which way I can throughout my day. I always have a project, or 5, around the house. I also have a passion for travel….gypsy Wanderlust. Any opportunity to explore and experience a new place, culture, people, food; it’s the most fulfilling gift anyone could give themselves. So much to see, so little time.
Your life is your message to the world. Make sure its inspiring.
Joel was introduced to yoga in September of 2014 and immeadiately immersed himself in the practice. Joel sought out a variety of practices, but Ashtanga Yoga resonated the most with him. Ashtanga is much more than just a physically challenging practice, but was a means of living a more peaceful life. Joel wanted to share this ancient practice of living with others and received his RYT 200 through Casa de Yoga in May 2016. Joel has attended workshops hosted by: Tim Feldman, Kino MacGregor, John Bultman, and Amythas Franco. Joel strongly believes in the importance of continuing to grow in his own practice, so he travels quarterly to Austin to study with his teacher, KPJAYI Authorized Teacher, Priya Jhawar.
Ashtanga Yoga is a disciplined practice, but is accessible to ALL regardless of gender, age, physical ability, or way of life. Ashtanga Yoga is a vinyasa based practice where practitioners coordinate their movement and breath. The practice is designed to build strength, increase flexibility, and calm the mind. A typical practice begins with Sun Salutations to heat the body, folllowed by standing then seated postures and concludes with backbends and finishing sequence. Just as Rome wasn't built in a day, Ashtanga Yoga isn't a practice to be mastered in one practice.
As the founder of Ashtanga Yoga, Pattabhi Jois used to say, "Do your practice, and all is coming."
"Your time is limited, don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other opinions drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
What led me to yoga? I was interested in a new form of workout and came across yoga. I was instantly drawn to the positive vibes and energy around the room and even more in the yoga instructors and wanted to learn more about yoga.
Casa de Yoga has a great certification program and I was told by instructors that I should really consider trying it out and see where it takes me. I received my 200hr, as well as certification in Thai massage and Reiki Master.
My clients can expect a warm, friendly environment with lots of love and patience for new members-that are willing to try something different and fun- like yoga. They will can patience and learn how to move their bodies through breath.
I love and enjoy working out or trying different workouts, staying active, and helping those who I love and are around me find the same love for working out as I do.
"When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others."
While living in Colorado Springs, CO, I had taken time off from teaching dance and I felt drawn to yoga. The asanas and fluidity of movement reminded me of choreography and I quickly fell in love. Not long after becoming a student, I pursued my teaching certification. I received my 200RYT from cambio. studios in Colorado Springs, CO. I am working toward my 500RYT, prenatal certification, and would love to pursue Yoga Therapy. I incorporate the fundamental knowledge of the body with the fluidity of asanas to create a rhythmic flow that both challenges and inspires students to go beyond their limitations.
I love being outdoors- hiking, trial running, mountain biking, snow boarding, wake boarding, and swimming.
"Stay hungry to be the best that you can be. Never be satisfied with the level of artistry you've obtained. You can always be better." -Mia Michaels
Melissa’s life-long love affair with yoga started at the age of 17. She still remembers the feeling she had when she finished her very first practice. It was completely transformative. She was hooked. She knew nothing would or could ever give her the same sense of peace she walked away with when she stepped off her mat. She embarked on her yoga journey not knowing where it would go or where it would take her but she was thrilled for the adventure to come.
Melissa is a 500hr RYT. She received her 200hr training through her home studio in El Paso, TX and completed her advanced 300hr training at Wanderlust Yoga in Austin, TX where she was blessed with the incredible opportunity to study under the teachings and mentorship of Leah Cullis and Kate Waitzkin. After discussing with her mentors what path her yoga journey should take next, she decided and intends on completing two Baptiste Power Yoga trainings next year, Level 1: Journey into Power in March and Level 2: The Sannyasin’s Journey in July.
Melissa’s purpose in life is teaching yoga and learning as much as she can about this 5000-year-old practice. She steps into a classroom and everything transforms. It is no longer just she, on her own mat, asking herself, “What will I do today?” For her, there is a shift in energy, there is no longer the sense of ‘I’ it becomes ‘we’. Before she begins her class she asks herself, “What will WE create today?”
Her Power Vinyasa classes are feisty, sweaty, and light-hearted. She encourages students to tie in true spiritual, mental, and emotional connection to the power of the physical practice in hopes that they will discover those “aha” moments she has experienced and continues to experience on her own yoga journey. She shares her knowledge of yoga with students from a very genuine and compassionate place… from a place of service.
Outside of the classroom, she does more yoga. Trains more. Meditates more. Reads more. Laughs more. She lives a life that is completely authentic to what she feels is true to her, whatever that entails, making no apologies along the way. She believes the universe rewards us for taking risks on its behalf and for her, living life unapologetically is a tremendous risk but a beautiful one.
“I am going to make everything around me beautiful… that will be my life.” – Elsie De Wolfe
I was pregnant with my daughter when I first started practicing yoga.
I received my 200 RYT and Trim Barre through Casa de Yoga ! :). Clients can expect a class that is centered on how to maintain presence and learning solid foundations to ensure safety and stability in practice, while increasing strength, stamina, flexibility, and balance. I teach the importance of finding a spiritual and energetic connection to all living things in order to find a greater, more meaningful perspective in yoga and life. I gently weave opportunities for emotional release into my classes. I emphasize the integration of subtle energy body awareness and unconditional self-love. Outside of yoga I like to make art and pictures.
-"I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my eyes and all is born again."
-Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
I started practicing yoga 20 plus years ago in California at Gold's Gym. It was a different class & though I enjoyed it over the years, it wasn't till I moved to Albuquerque, NM & had quality teachers that paid attention to alignment & did these "weird" chants that I felt this was yoga! There was something different with these teachers, they loved teaching yoga!! When I moved back to El Paso, I began practicing hot yoga & noticed students coming in to take class but the teachers never focused on these newbies! It took all of me to not want to add my two cents but I stayed on my mat! I told myself if I ever became a teacher I'd focus on safety & alignment.
I'm happy to say that I was the first YTT class at the studio I practiced at! I have 100 hr. from YogaFit, E-200 HR- RYT, 500 HR-RYT, Level 1 & Level 2 Relax & Renewed Restorative trained by Judith Hanson Lasater, Level 1 Aqua Yoga Certified & Level 1 iRest Certified.
Those clients who attend my classes will have fun, know they will be safe & successful in their practice, & feel loved. They will gain the ability to breathe correctly, learn about themselves & how amazing their bodies are, be mindful & start having a relationship with their bodies. I teach Basics, Restorative & Iron Yoga (yoga & weights).
I am an Orientation & Mobility teacher working with Visually Impaired/Blind adults. I teach group yoga classes, I work at a Rehab facility for Traumatic Brain Injured individuals, working 1-1 with patients, meeting them where their bodies & minds are. In March I'll start classes at a mental healthcare facility specific to veterans, active military & families.
I enjoy taking stained glass classes (when I can!), being with friends & family, learning, traveling & exploring.
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace & not evil, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11
I came to yoga at the tender age of 14 through my high school boyfriend. I immediately fell in love with the practice, and realized all that it had to offer in my life. I proceeded to practice and learn continually since then. In 2013, I moved to El Paso, Texas and my practice deepened tremendously as I had this need to heal at that time. As I fell even more in love with the practice, I decided to become an instructor. I became 200 hour certified through Casa de Yoga. I also became TrimBarre certified in 2016 to diversify my teaching range. Everyday, every class I fall even more love with this practice that never stops transforming. Outside of yoga I am a full time student. I love to learn, ride my bike, hike or just spend my time in good company and conversation. I love my work and only hope to be able to spread the love and light that yoga has provided for me to others!
"Learning is a gift. Even when pain is the teacher."
What first brought me to the mat was a breakup in a long term relationship. Yoga allowed me to mentally and emotionally prepare me for the challenges that followed. My practice enabled me to navigate that chaotic time to see a new perspective and chart a new course. I received my 200 RYT at Casa de Yoga Studios. I am certified to teach Basics, Gentle Flow and Restorative. I also went thru the Yoga Wall training with Rosa Rendon from the Yoga Hangout. I wish for my students to honor their path, their journey and who they are. I want them to find the motivation to stay healthy. There is always a way to stay active thru yoga, regardless of physical condition or perception of physical limitations.
I am grateful to enjoy my work as a skin care therapist, helping people with skin issues, spending time with my family, friends, travelling, walking, swimming, cooking, listening to music, reading, wine tasting and photography are a few.
From a book by Shawn Achor called The Happiness Advantage.
"Look around, life is HERE and it is NOW. We can't let it simply slip away. Possibilities for adventure, beauty, contributions and goodness are everywhere AND you really can make time for them. Remember, Happiness is always in your hands."
Vanessa found yoga in 2011 from the desire to lead a happier healthier life and to find a deeper connection with herself physically, mentally , spiritually. She received her first 200 RYT in 2013 where she was deeply introduce to Ashtanga Yoga. Her love for the practice quickly amplified as she began to see the impact it had on her day-to-day living due to the discipline of nurturing the body not only through the physical practice of asana, but also from the more subtle aspects of yoga practice like pranayama- breathing and meditation . A year after her first YTT she decided to pursue her passion and love by taking additional Ashtanga Training GAVY/RYT 200 with worldwide Ashtanga teacher Michael Gannon; Learning traditional Ashtanga method as was taught in Mysore, India by Guruji Sri.K Pattabhi Jois. Vanessa has also taken additional Ashtanga based workshops with Ashtanga Authorized teacher John Bultman, David Swenson, Brian Miller , as well as others from older generation. A student of 6 years and teacher of 4 , she passionately enjoys learning and practicing through this ancient disciplined system and way of living . Grateful for the opportunity to share the transformative practice she continues in seeking education ; furthering her studies as she plans to travels to Mysore, India next year to study at KPJAYI institute under Gurus grandsons Sharath Jois. She hopes to bring inspiration to others to sustain practice, uniting the sangha-community through bakti-devotion, love and breath.
"practice and all is coming"- Guruji Pattabhi Jois
Om shanti shanti shanti
My yoga journey started at home, back in 2014. I was and still am doing yoga challenges online. I was always looking for that "pose". As I started taking yoga at the studio. I learned quickly that it was just more than a "pose".
I realized that it was more about accepting where I am at and growing from there. So on July 2016, I decided to take my yoga further. I will complete the YTT 200hrs this year. Continuening my education at casa was the first step into becoming a better "self". And that is what I want to teach. A self love, a self acceptance at any level. As I grow my students will grow too.
"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without." -Gautama Buddha