Flow Basics


This class is taught by:

Jill Cortez

Jill’s classes are all about strengthening on levels of the human being: spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. Her classes are often challenging but not tiring. She delivers a powerful class to create self-awareness and self-love that speaks directly to the soul through the transitions and movements of the asanas. Students step away from their comfort and walk away cleansed internally and empowered.

Jill began yoga as a result of injuries from running. Another runner advised her to take a Bikram Yoga class, the only form of yoga she practiced for two years. Ultimately, it lead her to learn she had been missing an important element of the practice: listening to the heart. Jill attended yoga teacher training with YogaOne March 2012.

Her journey has been enlightening every step of the way through the discoveries from her practice, the connections that are created and her personal growth.

Grace Kubecka

Grace teaches a lively, sweaty, and FUN class emphasizing living your life fully and not taking yourself too seriously. Her classes will challenge you and yet release stuff inside... you'll see that yoga goes beyond the poses - there's more - the stuff underneath - that's where the real yoga is.
 
Grace's yoga journey began in 2000 by attending a yoga class on a whim thinking it would be a boring hour of breathing and stretching. Instead she found herself challenged - body, mind and soul. Instantly addicted, she has been practicing ever since. In 2006, Grace started teaching and spreading the yoga joy! Grace spent her childhood in Houston and has been living in Sugar Land since 2004. She is a wife to a super-tolerant husband and a mother to two energetic boys. Her original career path was climbing the corporate ladder in the field of human resources for over 15 years, and after having two of the cutest boys you'll ever meet, Grace decided to take her passion to the next level and opened Awakened Yoga Studio in Sugar Land in early 2010. It's been a passionate whirlwind ever since!
 
Grace has completed trainings with a variety of teachers including Baron Baptiste and Ana Forest. Her primary style of teaching is power vinyasa flow but she's been known to teach anything from restorative to Ashtanga! She has also been leading teacher trainings since 2011.
 
"Believe in something big. Your life is worth a noble motive." - Walter Anderson

Camille McLeod

Camille began her practice in college in a simple quest to find something after dance. Since then she has fallen for the practice and studies whenever possible. She teaches a playful practice that encourages the accessibility of postures through props, practice, and laughter.
 
She completed her 200 RYT with Gioconda Parker.

Heather Hutson

Growing up in small town Needville, Tx Heather was introduced to yoga by a Denise Austin Dvd. After purchasing a few more DVDs, She was astonished to hear instruction for "free form" yogis choice. Heather, being a self proclaimed doer, found that the space to just be, feel and create shapes on her own was foreign and intimidating. She started her practice at Awakened Yoga in 2014. After about a month of feeling awkward, she settled into this beautiful love story with herself. Fine tuned focus, tension and pain relief, easier breathing, blossoming self love, and most of all space to create her best self all came into the picture. She intends to finish yoga teacher training in 2017 at AY studio and give back the goodness she has received through this divine practice. She encourages staying in tune with your inner drum, letting yoga meet you on your mat and together form a harmonious song.

Chinelo Ikejimba

Chinelo began her yoga journey in 2011 to balance her rigorous training in dance. When she felt mind and body connection in yoga, there was no going back. Chinelo received her RYT200 Yoga Alliance certification through Awakened Yoga Studio’s Spring 2015 Teacher Training. Her favorite yoga style is vinyasa with yin and Forrest tied as runners-up. Ever since she cultivated a dedicated yoga practice, she’s become more mindful, centered, and adventurous. She loves guiding students to become more rooted in themselves while having a laugh. When she’s not teaching, you can find her cracking jokes at the front desk, learning new Afro-pop dance moves, or swimming in Spirit’s pool.

Aline Houston

Aline is a spirited teacher who was initially drawn to yoga to find her breath and found it to be completely transforming! She feels deeply that changing the way we breath can be life changing and life altering. Aline has specialized yoga certifications in Vinyasa yoga, Yin Yoga, Stand Up Paddle board Yoga, Advanced Ana Forrest training, and Functional Yoga Anatomy. Having discovered an intense passion for healing touch, she is also certified in Thai yoga Bodywork and is an Advanced Reiki III practitioner. She loves teaching Vinyasa flow and incorporates multiple lineages of yoga in designing a creative and inspiring class. You can expect sankalpa (intention) with a little bit of playfulness mixed in. She has studied with and has been inspired by many teachers and considers us all teachers. Aline is proud to serve the Houston community monthly as an Ambassador to the Breakfast Yoga Club.

Her passion is to help others find their own passions in life by spreading love and inspiration. It is her deepest desire that you are challenged and leave class or a session changed, and that change brings you more joy. Whether you are looking for a physically challenging yoga class or a real opportunity to go within yourself and heal your soul through other modalities, Aline provides the environment to accomplish whatever it is you seek. She continues to study and learn by attending various trainings to develop her skills in healing modalities.
 

Trish Jacquet

Trish is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance after having completed the 200 hour training in Spring of 2015 here at Awakened Yoga. After completing multiple marathons, long distance bike rides and brutal sessions in the gym, she decided to give yoga a go for some “gentle stretching”. It was an instant love affair, resulting in the most challenging physical and mental activity she had ever done. After developing a deeper yoga practice, she learned that growth does not come from forcing her mind/body into things it was not ready for, but with patience and breath. Her goal as a teacher is make yoga fun and accessible to everyone without worry or judgement. When she is not on the mat, her other happy places are hanging at home with her hubs and 3 kiddos, anything around the water (but not IN the water!), blue sky, music, and travelling – okay, so the latter is (gratefully) limited for now because of said 3 kids, but still a passion!! Trish gets your flow on and heart rate up in Fitness yoga, the kids moving and smiling in Kids Yoga and is also trained in Power yoga.

Jeffrey Wedelich

Jeffrey believes that yoga has the power to reduce stress and promote physical healing. He teaches a class that focuses on breath and well-being, while still providing opportunities for improvements in strength and flexibility. He offers a simple approach to make progress accessible to the intermediate student. Jeffrey hopes to make it as easy as possible for people to discover the benefits of yoga. Jeffrey took his first yoga class in 2006, not realizing that vinyasa would soon become an integral part of his life. He received his 200-hour RYT certification from Awakened Yoga in 2014. He has experience working as a personal trainer, is a proficient kick-boxer, and is learning gymnastics. Jeffrey received a BS in Engineering Science from Trinity University in 2007. His passions for athleticism and longevity have made him an ongoing student of nutrition.

Jamie Pilloff

Jamie started working at the studio in August 2011 after being a stay-at-home mom for 15 years. She began her practice at Awakened Yoga in January 2011 and decided to join the team after Grace posed the question: “Do you want to work barefoot?” Upon hearing that question, Jamie jumped at the chance to discover her love of people, yoga and retail. She has lived in the Sugar Land/Missouri City area for over 20 years and is married with two kids in college. (An almost empty nester!)  Jamie serves as a Yogi Concierge and instructor.   She loves sharing her love of yoga and chatting with clients.
A vinyasa practice taught at a slower pace, with more explanation on correct alignment and modifi- cations. Basic postures are explored including standing poses, standing balancing poses, core work and back- bends. This class is appropriate for absolute beginners or experienced students wanting to take it down a notch.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Jun 26 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Jill Cortez
  • Mon Jun 26 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Grace Kubecka
  • Tue Jun 27 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Camille McLeod
  • Wed Jun 28 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Heather Hutson
  • Wed Jun 28 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Chinelo Ikejimba
  • Thu Jun 29 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Aline Houston
  • Fri Jun 30 10:45 am - 11:45 am with Trish Jacquet
  • Sat Jul 01 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Jeffrey Wedelich
  • Mon Jul 03 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Jill Cortez
  • Mon Jul 03 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Heather Hutson
  • Wed Jul 05 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Heather Hutson
  • Wed Jul 05 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Chinelo Ikejimba
  • Thu Jul 06 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Aline Houston
  • Fri Jul 07 10:45 am - 11:45 am with Trish Jacquet
  • Sat Jul 08 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Jeffrey Wedelich
  • Mon Jul 10 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Jill Cortez
  • Mon Jul 10 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm with Jamie Pilloff
  • Tue Jul 11 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Camille McLeod
  • Wed Jul 12 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Jamie Pilloff