the awesome awakened yoga studio team


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Meet your team of talented yoga teachers and Awakened Yoga Studio employees. 


Our certified yoga teachers have the knowledge and the experience to enhance your time on the mat. Interested in joining our team?  We love yogis who want to work here! Contact Jamie at jamie@awakenedyogastudio.com or Grace at grace@awakenedyogastudio.com.

Our Awesome teachers at awaken yoga studio are certified in.......


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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
Growing up in the small town of Needville, Tx, Heather was first introduced to yoga by a Denise Austin DVD. She didn't know what chatarunga meant, but knew it was fun to say. Being an athlete most of her life, she found the space to be, breath, feel and create shapes with the body a nice change from the performance based activities. She started her practice at Awakened Yoga in 2014. After about a month of feeling awkward, she settled into this beautiful love story with her body, mind, and soul. 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.
After about a year of practicing here, Heather enjoyed the atmosphere and students so much, she started working the front desk on the side. She then went on to finish her 200 HR R-YTT in early 2017 at Awakened Yoga Studio, where she enjoys giving back the goodness that has been received through this Divine practice. Now Heather is the happy manager of the studio.
She encourages staying in tune with your inner drum, your breath, letting yoga meet you where you are at, and together forming a harmonious song.
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.
 
Amanda finished her yoga instructor training earlier this year and is also certified to teach SUP yoga. Off the mat, she is a Montessori teacher, working with children (18-36 months ) for the last 9 years. "Bringing yoga into my classroom was my research project and I was amazed at how the children took to it, they wanted to do it, they asked to do it. I truly believe the breath of life and how to use it should be taught very early in life. I teach breathing techniques in my class everyday."
Amanda has been practicing yoga for the last ten years. Going through the training was such an amazing and badass experience for her. "Not only did I deepen my practice but my spirituality deepened too. I gained a lot of confidence in myself and was able to let go of the baggage and create space for new positive things in my life."

Yoga has taught her self love and to be OK with her authentic self even if someone doesn't like it. "I've learned that I'm in competition with no one. I have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone. I am simply trying to be better than the person I was yesterday. I'm stoked to be at Awakened Yoga Studio. See you on the mat."
Amber Callahan is a mom to two boys, yogi, practices Jiu Jitsu, weight lifter, certified personal trainer and nutrition coach, Arbonne consultant, and plant based diet enthusiast. She began practicing yoga just over a year ago after battling chronic physical conditions from years of heavy weight training and running and training for marathons. What she found when she started practicing consistently was that her body healed physically from injuries and stayed strong. In addition to the physical benefits, Amber has also found that yoga has helped her on an emotional and spiritual level as she has learned to carry yoga principles off the mat, as well. She received her 200 hour yoga certification through Awakened Yoga and also holds a certification as a personal trainer and nutrition coach.
Amy spent the first 18 years of her life dreaming of becoming a prima ballerina. It was when she realized that wasn’t practical, that she found yoga. She began practicing Hatha Yoga in college, and in 2000, fell in love with Bikram Yoga. She graduated her 9 week intensive training in Los Angeles in 2002, and opened her own studio in Sugar Land in 2006, which she maintained until 2013, when she decided that her time was better served taking care of her six little munchkins at home. These days, Amy is thrilled to bring Hot Yoga to AY, and when she’s not chasing after her husband and kids, or sticking her nose in a book, you can find her working on her newest yoga love, vinyasa flow!
Beth is delighted to be a part of the Awakened Yoga community! She began a sporadic yoga practice ten years ago, but has recently committed herself to make it part of her everyday lifestyle.

Prior to joining AY, Beth worked as a television/radio broadcaster in her native Amarillo. Upon moving to Sugar Land, she taught school. When not behind the AY desk, Beth serves as an area college representative for FIDM, an art, design, and business college based in Los Angeles. An avid vintage clothing and accessory collector, she's occasionally called upon to conduct 'out of the box' style seminars. She's overly enthusiastic about colors, textures, and anything off the beaten path.

Beth enjoys sewing, knitting, and needlepoint. She has a deranged obsession with old movies and the stars of yesteryear. She is married to singer/songwriter/ musician Kent Newman of the band Rat Ranch. They strive to make their life as cartoonish as possible and are the proud parents of three incredibly spoiled and occasionally obnoxious cats.
 
Brynn Scally received her 200-hour yoga certification in 2012 through Awakened Yoga. Brynn teaches a dynamic, rhythmic flow that emphasizes tapping into individual feelings and sensations and bringing students inward to challenge personal boundaries and limiting beliefs. She has taken workshops from Seane Corn, Bryan Kest, Ana Forest, Christina Sell and finished the Baptiste Art of Assisting program in 2014. She lives in Sugar Land with her husband of almost 20 years, two girls and two dogs.
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.
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.
Donna teaches an energetic, motivating and super FUN Inferno Hot Pilates class. IHP is a training system which combines Pilates principles with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). IHP is a high intensity but LOW impact class which keeps the bones and joints safe. If you want to burn through fat rapidly, develop long lean muscle mass, create a strong core and have a blast IHP is for YOU!
Donna’s yoga journey began in 2007 when she found the 26 and 2 hot yoga series. Donna fell in love with this series immediately because it helped her to control anxiety and panic attacks and alleviated depression. After years of a dedicated 26 and 2 practice she decided it was time to try hot Vinyassa flow and absolutely loved this style too!
Donna received her RYT-200 Yoga Alliance certification through Sterling Hot Yoga Works teacher training in Fall of 2014. She was trained and certified to teach the hot 26 and 2 style. In September of 2016 Donna got certified to teach Inferno Hot Pilates.
Donna loves spreading joy, compassion, enthusiasm and self-acceptance. Donna teaches straight from her heart. She has a big soft spot for those who struggle more than others, and she finds it a privilege to be able to encourage and guide them to discover the same beauty and strength in themselves that she can clearly see in them.
Donna lives in Sugarland with her husband, teenaged daughter, two dogs and one cat. She enjoys preparing vegan meals with her family in the evenings. Donna loves laugher, friends, animals, yoga, IHP and basically any activity that makes her sweat and have fun!
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 25 years and is married with two kids in college. Jamie serves an instructor & front desk guru.   She loves sharing her love of yoga and chatting with clients.
Janette is a native Houstonian. She grew up in Southwest Houston and graduated from Houston Baptist University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing. She moved to Birmingham, Alabama where she worked as a bedside nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Janette’s interest in patient and family-centered care was a natural fit, leading her to become involved in bereavement care. Janette returned to Houston and took a break from nursing in order to start a family. She has two beautiful children, Lucy and Joshua. When her kids entered school, Janette began her journey back into fitness through kickboxing and jiu-jitsu, eventually discovering yoga. Inspired by her fitness instructors, she completed the Yoga Teacher Training at Awakened Yoga Studio in Spring 2017. Janette’s interests outside of yoga and jiu-jitsu are creating vegetable-based smoothies, learning other forms of martial arts (Eskrima and Jeet Kune Do), promoting women’s self defense, and painting with acrylics.
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.
Jessica received her 200 hour certification in the spring of 2012 through Happy Belly Studios and Awakened Yoga Studio in Sugarland. Jessica began her journey that lead her to yoga 13 years ago when she began studying pilates with her teacher Joe Teague. She was amazed at the physical changes and benefits of pilates. She began her yoga practice several years later and grew to love the mindfulness and peace that yoga brought to her life. Always having high stress jobs and the perfect busy personality for them, yoga finally brought her the balance she needed and was always looking for. Jessica has experience in several yoga styles but fell in love with and teaches vinyasa flow. She resides in Sugarland, Texas with her husband and two young sons.
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