Darlene Clark, RYT 200 Darlene Clark began practicing yoga in 2001, became a certified yoga teacher through Sacred Art Yoga in June, 2008, and taught her first class two days later! She enjoys teaching all levels of classes, and likes to challenge her students to try poses that may be new to them. Darlene combines intensity and serenity in her classes. She enjoys taking workshops and sharing this new knowledge with her students. She volunteers at the Houston Symphony, takes weekly piano lessons (and therefore has to practice, practice, practice!), plays flute and piccolo with the Gulf Coast Concert Band, enjoys photography, and is a wine enthusiast with her husband and fellow wine friends.
A yoga practitioner and perpetual traveller for more than 13 years, Donna completed her teacher training with Yama Yoga in Doha, Qatar in 2010 and has been teaching in the Middle East and in Houston since then.
Donna is originally from Australia, but has lived in 5 countries since leaving her homeland in 1998. Having trained in Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar, Anusara and Vinyasa, Donna brings many influences to her classes.
Donna offers her students a safe, supportive and encouraging environment in which to explore yoga, together with the inspiration to take it “off the mat” and into their daily lives.
Donna's yoga practice has brought her an abundance of health and wellness together with happiness and peace in her ever changing and challenging life. Donna finds great joy in sharing what she has discovered through yoga and she is thankful to all of the wonderful teachers who have helped her on this journey.
Molly Donovan, CYT, RYT, LMT Molly Donovan has been practicing yoga for over 30 years and began teaching in 1997. Working in the Alternative Health Care industry since 1987 she is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Facialist, Clinical Aromatherapist and Vodder Lymph Therapist. She received her Yoga Teacher Certification through Sacred Art Yoga with Raye Lynn Rath and Becky Jordan in 2008. Molly is a founding member of A Healing Collective; a group of healing professionals and teachers who create the space where healing happens. Molly’s teaching style uses her knowledge of therapeutics and gentle yoga for students with health and mobility challenges. In class she incorporates props, modifications and specific body adjustments assisting students to experience greater alignment and freedom within each pose. Her classes are developed to facilitate ease of movement and strength building for all who have restrictions due to injury, age and or weight and to enhance the sense of harmony, balance and wellbeing for each individual student.
Peter Eversley – Instructor Peter began practicing yoga in 2000 and began teaching in 2004. Peter’s classes are a blend of concepts, focusing on strength, core, and finding peace within. Classes have a strong solid foundation from which students are able to grow upon. Peter emphasizes the breath and allowing oneself to “be in the present.” Being challenged and exploring boundaries from simple poses to more complex are practiced. Variations are discussed or demonstrated to allow all students with different abilities to participate and expand their practice.
Ronnie Lake, Instructor Ronnie Lake began his study of yoga in 1997 with Raye Lynn Rath. Ronnie’s initial motivation for exploring yoga was to enhance flexibility in his body, realizing that greater body flexibility would not only support physical wellness but also create greater openness, clarity and ease mentally, emotionally and spiritually. With diligence, patience and an open heart, Ronnie’s chronic low back pain diminished and a new openness within his body and expanded ease in his life was cultivated. Although Ronnie has practiced several styles of yoga, most of his training has been in Anusara Yoga, a heart-oriented style of hatha yoga grounded in solid biomechanical principles of alignment. Ronnie is especially interested yoga’s therapeutic applications. Ronnie began teaching at the Yoga Institute in 2003. As a teacher, Ronnie’s intention is to inspire students to open their hearts, bodies and minds to greater freedom, love, peace and contentment, and to facilitate students in knowing who they truly are beneath the many roles played and titles asserted. Ronnie believes all creation is imbued with innate goodness and this goodness flows from divine essence. Join Ronnie in the practice of yoga as a celebration of life and exploration of your beautiful uniqueness.
Donna Lavelle Donna Lavelle has been practicing yoga since 1995 and teaching since 2001. She teaches primarily an adaptive yoga for people who didn’t think they could do yoga. She was inspired by Peggy Cappy who is well-known for her PBS programs entitled “Yoga for the Rest of Us.” She is an E-RYT at the 200 level with Yoga Alliance. She was trained by Raye Lynn Rath, owner of the Yoga Institute, and studied with John Friend, Douglas Brooks, Doug Keller, and Karen Morris, and Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers. She has studied Integrative Restoration with Dr. Richard Miller, Yoga Nidra with Kamini Desai and Fred Alsup and meditation with Sally Kempton. Her classes bring gentle, studied movement, as well as meditation and breath work. MISSION STATEMENT Donna Lavelle is dedicated to helping people of all ages and physical abilities to experience the joys of yoga and the difference it can make in their health and happiness.
Kathleen Lemon 200 RYT I began doing yoga many years ago. My sister and I got a book, put on Grand Funk Railroad's "I'm Your Captain", and read instructions to each other while we did Plough, Bridge, Lotus, and various asanas. I fell in love with doing asanas back then but headed down my life's journey and dabbled in it from time to time...but never forgot about it. I would watch my cats and dogs do downdog, cobra and think "that looks like that feels soooo good!" So back in 2007 I "got my calling" and dived back in full force. Yoga has become a way of life for me...transformative both physically and spiritually...I love it... and I wanted an opportunity to share that experience. I received my 200 hour CYT at Sacred Art Teacher Training with Raye Lynn Rath and Becky Jordan in August, 2011 and am currently working on the 500 hour CYT through Sacred Art Teacher Training.
Mark Lockhart, CYT Mark became interested in eastern philosophy in the early 70’s, began practicing yoga in the early 80’s and started teaching in 1994. Mark has now studied yoga extensively and has an in-depth knowledge and background in yoga asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), meditation and yogic philosophy. Recently, Mark has immersed himself in trainings involving yoga as applied to the healing arts including Yoga Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage Therapy and overall therapeutics. Mark applies all that he has learned in his teaching. He is especially adept at teaching proper alignment and technique to ensure the wellbeing of his students as well as to tap into the beauty of yoga to bring about healing to the body, mind and heart. His classes are always full of humor, fun, personalized attention and an honest caring and warmth.
Robin Mack, Certified RYT 200 Practicing since 2004, Robin Mack is a certified RYT 200 yoga instructor and massage therapist who has studied with Raye Lynn Rath at The Yoga Institute in Houston. Robin completed her training at Sacred Art Yoga with Becky Jordan and Raye Lynn Rath, two powerhouse instructors who hold multiple certifications and are ERYT 500 educators with years of experience. Robin also enjoys the challenge and community engagement of AcroYoga classes and has conducted partner balance workshops. Robin is someone who loves to teach from the fundamentals up! She has a wide range of experience teaching to lots of different groups, including 12-step recovery, LGBTQ communities, veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, and (her favorite) beginners! No matter what walk you are on, you will find a renewed sense of relaxation, connection, and joy as you practice in community.
Margaret McPhail CYT, RYT-200 Margaret began practicing yoga in 2001 and completed Sacred Art Yoga Teacher Training in 2008. Her interest in partner yoga led Margaret to attend the Introductory Principle-Based Partner Yoga (PBPY) Teacher Training course in 2009 and to further her studies in 2010 with PBPY founder Elysabeth Williamson. In her classes, Margaret stresses the importance of working from a firm foundation with a playful heart. Margaret encourages her students to find the joy in the practice and to honor their own abilities. As she tells her students, yoga is a journey, not a destination – enjoy the adventure.
Jennifer Plessner 200-Hour Certified Yoga Instructor Jenn is a vivacious lover of life who finds herself sentimentally passionate about everything. An eternal wanderlust, believer in infinite possibilities and continual truth seeker, she is inspired to find gratitude and moments of joy in every single day. Jenn discovered yoga in 1998, but it was a moment of awakening in 2010 that transformed and shaped the development of her practice and turned her into a lifetime card carrying member of yoga. She received her 200-RYT from Sacred Art Yoga in 2011 and is currently studying for her 500-RYT. Jenn balances her life by working in renewable wind energy, teaching classes at the Yoga Institute as an ambassador for the Breakfast Yoga Cluband organizing retreats and trainings for Elm Flats Ranch. She has deep reverence for seva and tikkun olam and desires to continually share the LOVE, free hugs and benefits of the beautiful practice of yoga. Jenn is ever so grateful for the teachers who have helped shape the artistry of this one precious life including, Raye Lynn Rath, Becky Jordan, Janie Wright and Melissa Smith. To contact, Jenn, email her or check out her musings on life.
Glenna Rashall Glenna Rashall has been practicing yoga since 1999, and teaching since 2001. She has studied with Raye Lynn Rath since 1999 and John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga, since 2000. She is an Anusara Inspired teacher and has attended workshops, therapy trainings, and retreats with Raye Lynn Rath and also with John Friend. She has also studied with Douglas Brooks in the area of Tantric philosophy. Glenna teaches a morning flow mixed level class that consists of a variety of poses, meditation, pranyama, and Savasana. She inspires, encourages, challenges and generally revives you mid week, with a class that lets you celebrate who you are in this moment, with a playful attitude. She’ll encourage you to open to the call of your heart with acceptance.
Raye Lynn Rath CYT, ERYT-500 Raye Lynn is the owner and director of The Yoga Institute with studios in Houston and Clear Lake. She also co-owns Sacred Art Yoga with Becky Jordan, offering In-depth Yoga Studies, Workshops and Retreats. Raye Lynn began practicing yoga in the early 1970’s and teaching in 1993. In addition to teaching at The Yoga Institute, Raye Lynn has taught, co-taught and assisted at workshops, conferences, retreats, and teacher trainings throughout the country. In her teaching, Raye Lynn works with students to connect to their source - the greatness of their own heart and being. Her classes are insightful, inspiring, empowering, sweet, strong and playful. Her precise teaching style combines knowledge and discernment, the openness of inquiry, and the afﬁrmation and celebration of life.
Maxie Richard, Instructor Maxie Richard began studying yoga with Raye Lynn Rath in 1994. She initially started practicing yoga even though she had been skeptical that it would offer the many benefits she had been told. She wanted to experience the benefits for herself – and she did. Maxie started teaching at The Yoga Institute in 1996. She specializes in teaching beginners and she is passionate about providing her students with the tools that enable them to take their yoga out of the studio and into their everyday lives. Maxie's classes are simple, inspirational and lots of fun. She offers her students a safe, supportive and encouraging environment that allows them to experience a heighten sense of consciousness. Her students have said that she has a “natural sweetness” and that she is “extremely calm”. Originally from a small town in rural North Louisiana, Maxie moved to Houston over 30 years ago. She is an avid reader and a huge movie buff. She also loves music and it is not unusual for her to quote music lyrics during her classes.
Elizabeth "Beth" Reese Ph.D., E-RYT, RCYT Beth is the founder and executive director of Yogiños: Yoga for Youth®. Beth is a teacher with more than 20 years of experience with preK-12 grades in art, windsurfing, skiing, and yoga. She is also a researcher and published writer. Beth has a PhD in art museum education and has taught art history, art museum education and museum studies at the University-level. A yoga practitioner for more than 13 years, Reese explores Iyengar, Hatha, Hot, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, power yoga, Jivamukti and Yin Yoga. Beth completed her RYT 200 in Anusara with Christina Sell, and an Immersion training in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley. She has taken classes and workshops with "Richard from Texas," David Belz, Sharon Gannon, Jules Febre, John Friend, Manorama, Judith Hanson Lasater, David Life, Sarah Powers, Saul David Raye, Desiree Rumbaugh, Sianna Sherman and Doug Swenson. Beth is the mother of three OHMazing® yogis under the age of 13.
Jill A. Schaar, CYT, RYT Jill A. Schaar has received her 200-RYT registration from the national Yoga Alliance by completing her teacher training through the Sacred Art Yoga program offered at The Yoga Institute in Houston. Although her initial intention was merely to deepen her many years of yoga practice, by the time she completed her training, she had discovered a joy in teaching that was meant to be shared. Jill's heart-centered, informative, creative, inspiring, and fun-loving teaching style is an expression of her gratitude to the wonderful teachers with whom she has studied, including John Friend, Raye Lynn Rath, Becky Jordan, Alexis Britton, Lex Gillan, Etan Boritzer, and various faculty at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts. The insights she weaves into her active and synchronous asana sequences come from a lifetime of spiritual studies with teachers such as Mara Ra and Reiki Master Virginia Meyers Bowen, Professor of Tantric philosophy Douglas Brooks, and Swami Enoch Dasa Giri of the Kriya tradition. As a lawyer, musician, and yogini, Jill's intention for her students is to facilitate each person's healthy connection with mind, body, soul, and spirit--and to have a great time in the process!
Kristin Scheel, Instructor Kristin began practicing yoga while studying for the bar exam 10 years ago. To her, yoga is the ongoing discovery of joy and ease. She's turned on by the classical styles of yoga, safe and intentional alignment, and mindfulness mediation (vipassana) practice. Kristin has studied many styles of yoga including anusara, ashtanga, iyengar, forrest, hatha, and vinyasa flow, and began teaching in 2010. Kristin brings thoughtfulness, playfulness, intensity, kindness, and caring attention to her teaching. She first learned about the power and devotion of Hanuman and sweetness of Ganesha at the Yoga Institute, and has always considered it the "yoga home" of her personal practice.
George Sroka CYT, RYT-200 George began his love affair with yoga in 2001 … and the relationship has grown stronger and deeper since then. He started his practice at The Yoga Institute in Houston, discovering for the first time the connections between body, mind and spirit. That discovery began what he hopes will be a lifelong journey. His interest in yoga – and the great teachers he’s been blessed to have -- inspired him to become a yoga teacher himself. He completed his RYT-200 training in 2008 with Sacred Art Yoga. He feels honored to be able to share his passion for yoga through teaching.
Firoozeh was first introduced to yoga in 1989 due to a doctor’s recommendation to alleviate a stress related illness. Her epiphany that there is a mind-body connection led her to a life long journey of exploration and study in the field of psychology, spirituality, meditation, yoga and wellness. She completed her yoga teaching certification program in 2009 with Lex Gillian (The Yoga Institute).
Firoozeh is an avid vipassana meditator and attends silent retreats to deepen her meditation and mindfulness practice. Her daily meditation practice and yoga discipline has transformed her life. It has graced her with joy, a deep sense of gratitude, abundance of health, wellness and peace in the midst of life challenges. It brings her joy to share and teach this art with others. Her teaching style is gentle and loving combined with fun and humor. Constantly inviting the students to be here and present but don’t think she will let you off before you break into a nice cleansing sweat.
Her philosophy of yoga: “It is true that when one practices yoga one looks phenomenal and feels great, but these are in fact minor aspects of yoga. Yoga is a way and an art of living. It integrates, mind, body and spirit resulting in individual wholeness, in mental balance and mindfulness.”
Lee Zacharias 200-Hour Certified Yoga Instructor Lee finds inspiration in the beauty of feeling alive. For her, yoga is that aliveness! At first, her practice was a place for focus and silence, an escape from the stressors of life. But nowadays, yoga is about purely being with all that arises. For her, yoga creates the space for the heart and soul to lead the way. Lee’s intention as a teacher is to share the joy in simply being – to take each moment one breath at a time. Lee completed her certification with Swami Lex of The Yoga Institute in October 2009. Her teaching style is eclectic and challenging, topped with a shot of love. “The joy is in the journey.” She hopes to see you somewhere along the way!