Every one of our teachers embodies a passion for the practice of yoga and wants to share it with you in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Whatever you desire from your yoga practice, we want to help you center, connect, and cultivate.
Stephanie Meyer Chapman
Owner and Teacher
Stephanie was drawn to the practice of yoga in 2012. Experiencing the advantages of mindfulness, breath, and flexibility on the mat, encouraged her to focus on incorporating all aspects of yoga into her daily life and career as a high school teacher. The physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits motivated Stephanie to share her passion for yoga with others. She became a Yoga Alliance, RYT-200 in March of 2015 through Ally Ford. She is drawn to teaching beginners and enjoys focusing on strength and balance in her daily practice. Currently Stephanie is certified to teach children's yoga through Yogees Yoga 4 Kids and she is working towards her Yoga Alliance 95-hr RYCT. Stephanie is dedicated and always seeking new ways to become a better yoga student and teacher. She has attended workshops with Melanie Fawer, Kino MacGregor, and Doug Swenson.
Dina first came to yoga because of the health benefits and her desire to learn and grow. She is drawn to a spiritual way of living and mind body connection. She has practiced Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga. The fluidity, beauty and meditative qualities of the practice speak to her heart. While immersing herself into yoga teacher training to deepen her own practice, she found a desire to teach. She received her Yoga Alliance RYT-200 in 2022 through Balanced Living. She has studied under Jen Rault and Jessica Sledge.
Dina strives to bring yoga into everyday life by doing, evolving, and truly living it; allowing peace and joy to flourish within and spread to others. Her goal is to foster awareness, healing and balance in the body and mind. With an understanding that yoga is not a “one size fits all” practice, she offers her students the opportunity to practice at their own pace, modify when needed and honor how they feel at all times. When Dina is not on her mat, you can find her traveling, fishing, gardening, or on her farm enjoying the natural beauties life has to offer.
Owner and Teacher
James Osborne is trying to find some answers to the complexities of our world and yoga has become a comrade on this quest. He finally has learned how to breathe, move so he won't hurt himself, and discovered a community of friends who want to celebrate this connection. Every day that he practices yoga he learns something. It's humbling, exciting, motivating, and he can't wait to share this experience with you. He is approaching his fourth year of teaching and wants to infuse the energy, creativity, and patience that his teachers have shared with him. Yoga, the Arts, and his loved ones are the transformative powers that guide him.
Angelica hold’s a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from ULM and has had a passion for dance since childhood. She first discovered yoga in 2011 while living in Los Angeles. She fell in love with yoga, because it reminded her of lyrical dance and it corrected everything that dance physically damaged. Angelica received her RTY 200 hours from Yoga Works in Santa Monica in 2015. Angelica loves the healing power of yoga and hopes to play a role in revealing that power to her students.
Born in Japan, Jamie, along with her family, relocated to Illinois early in her life. As her family continued to move for her father’s work in the Air Force, it sparked her innate curiosity about people and life. She was first introduced to yoga and meditation at age 22, when she had an undeniable urge to attend yoga classes while at LSUS. After finishing her degree and starting a family, she continued to make yoga more and more a larger part of her life. Practicing Ashtanga and meditation daily, she began teaching yoga to students of all ages in 2016. Jamie has made yoga and meditation her life and continues to expand upon that: teaching mindfulness and meditation to teens studying for their SAT, as well as teaching mindfulness and breathwork to children during learning. She believes sensitivity, intuition, and insight can be found through connection with the world around us and that no teacher is greater than the one within. Jamie has been teaching yoga for the past 6 years. She is excited, humbled, and honored by the opportunity to spread her love of yoga and is grateful for all her teachers and students.
Monica learned how influential movement is on wellness at a young age. Encouraged by her parents’ dedication to health and influenced by their interest in spiritual development, she was taken to the gym to work out her depression beginning in middle school. From that point she found a love for dance and in college her quest for wellbeing was quenched with the
combination of modern dance, yoga and meditation. She has completed over 1000 hours of training in vinyasa yoga, Ashtanga yoga, mindfulness, yin yoga, perinatal yoga and Ayurveda for bodywork and yoga. Deeply rooted in her practice and dedicated to continual self-discovery, she has brought her passion for the power of movement by bringing yoga to the community since 2003. Monica strives to approach each client and student with compassion, a keen eye
and an understanding of universal patterns as well as inherent individualism. Monica teaches Ashtanga with the blessing of her teacher, Melanie Fawer, trained in the lineage of and certified by Sri. K Patabhi Jois, and loves teaching all styles of yoga as they each create a path toward mindful awareness, personal growth and self-compassion.
The first time Abigail practiced yoga, she knew she had stumbled onto something magnificent. After having more experiences with yoga, she knew she wanted to continue growing as a student and also as a teacher. In 2016, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and has been deepening her knowledge ever since.
Braelyn began her yoga journey in 2019 in an ashtanga class, and immediately experienced the depths and wonders of this practice. Braelyn developed a genuine sense of understanding, compassion, and connection towards herself and others with daily practice. Over time she felt she needed to share the beauty of yoga, and in 2022 she completed the Balanced Living 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program. Braelyn’s teaching style stems from traditional ashtanga-based yoga. However, she aims to also modify the practice for the modern body and mind with her commitment to making the practice safe and accessible for all who come. Braelyn is committed to healing through yoga, and she aims to help her students find compassion and uncover their peace that so naturally reveals itself with this practice. Braelyn is passionate about yoga philosophy, and she lives out this practice in her daily life with a sense of curiosity and compassion.
Adrienne Brecheen Davis
Adrienne Brecheen Davis E-RYT was first introduced to yoga in 2002 in a Bikram Class in San Francisco. This experience planted a seed that blossomed into a fervent desire to learn more about the practice. After falling in love with the Ashtanga tradition, Adrienne decided to further her knowledge by attending a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Ally Ford, ERYT in Clearwater, Florida. Adrienne continues her dedication with a regular Ashtanga practice and has attended workshops with several advanced teachers. She completed her second 200 hour training and 500 hour certificate with Senior Certified Ashtanga Guru, Melanie Fawer. Adrienne truly believes in the transformative and healing power of a regular yoga practice and hopes to share her passion with individuals of all fitness levels.
Harriet Stone Evans
Harriet was introduced to yoga by her ballet teacher, Paul Coates ,in 1979. She has studied many disciplines of hatha yoga- among them Ashtanga, Anusara and Kundalini. Her perception of yoga was completely changed when she began the practice of Iyengar Yoga with the late Karin O’Bannon. Karin was her teacher and mentor for six years. Harriet completed two years of Iyengar teacher training and apprenticeship with Karin and is committed to continuing the Iyengar tradition in Shreveport. She believes that Iyengar is to yoga as ballet is to dance- its firm and sound foundation.
Elizabeth began participating in group fitness in college in 2002, including yoga. She has always loved the camaraderie and encouragement that group fitness provides and wanted to share that with others. In 2012, she finally pursued her desire to teach fitness, beginning with her YogaFit Level 1 teacher training and has been teaching yoga ever since then. She loves the physical, mental, and emotional benefits that yoga provides and wants everyone to experience them. She teaches a straightforward, active, vinyasa-style yoga with a focus on linking movement with breath. Since 2012, Elizabeth has completed additional levels of YogaFit training including: Foundations, Communication, Introspection and Anatomy & Alignment, Seniors, her Schwinn Indoor Cycling certification, and SCW Group Fitness and Barre certifications. She teaches a variety of classes, but yoga is her favorite.
Elizabeth began her yoga journey unexpectedly. A misprinted time for another fitness class at a gym in Shreveport was all it took for her to become a lifelong student. Through other twists and turns, she has discovered her passion; teaching others to love their bodies through movement. Her background in Certified Personal Training benefits her practice, as well as her instruction. The peace and stillness of mind that can be found when you take yoga off the mat are what keep her striving. Living into her mantra of "Love Through Action", her gentle instruction strives to help students create a practice that doesn't just stay on the mat.
Jill French Ellis
In 2000, after graduating from Collins College in Tempe, Arizona, Jill began her career as a graphic designer and moved to Austin, Texas. In Austin, a friend introduced Jill to Hatha Yoga. Since she had studied Tibetan Buddhism since 1999, she was eager to see how she could incorporate her meditation practice with yoga. Once she discovered she could easily make her yoga practice into a moving meditation, she was hooked. Since 2001, Jill has studied many different styles of yoga through the years. Currently her favorite, and love, is for her traditional Ashtanga practice. In 2011, Jill obtained her Registered Yoga Teacher Certification by completing 200 hours of yoga training taught by Ally Ford of Beyond The Pose Yoga. Jill’s goal is to inspire others through yoga, to help them attain happiness and a peace of mind. In April 2021, Jill completed training with Lindsey Nova in a 50-Hour Oracle Yin Yoga Online Teacher Training program. In 2012, on Earth Day Jill and her best friend James Osborne and started Yoga Jai in Shreveport which brought yoga in the park to the community and taught every Sunday till 2016. In the Fall 2022, Jill starts her journey back to school to become a Occupational Therapy Assistant in hopes to help children who may need extra love and attention with everyday lifestyle challenges and she hopes to bring her yoga knowledge to her future clients.
After attending a few yoga classes with a local teacher, Kristy jumped heart first into teacher training with Monica Fayad at Balance + Wellness in 2022. During her RYT 200 hr training, she had the opportunity to learn from professionals in the areas of yoga sutras, chakra energetics, and meditation. While new to yoga, Kristy is not new to teaching. She has taught middle school math to more than 1000 students over 17 years. While no longer in the school setting, she now enjoys teaching students with special needs in their home environment. Kristy loves the peace and stillness yoga brings to her life. She believes the benefits of yoga are accessible to all bodies at every age. She encourages students to become self-aware and to cultivate their own stillness through mindful practice. Furthering her yoga journey, Kristy will begin her 300 hour YTT in 2023.
Briana began her yoga journey in the comfort of her home in 2014 with the help of YouTube. Then, as a Christmas gift the same year, she attended her first in-person yoga class. From that moment on her love for yoga grew and showed in her life.
Fast forward to 2018. With the help and support of her loving husband and family, she signed herself up for a 200hr yoga teacher training. After completing her training, she began teaching at the Barksdale AFB gym, at retreats for airmen, and at the chapel on base. Then, in 2020, with lots of teaching under her belt, Briana signed up for a 300hr yoga teacher training. Briana’s biggest goal as a yoga instructor is to help guide others in connecting with their body, expressing themselves, and using the skills and tools they’ve learned to go out into the world and be loving and kind to not only themselves but also to others. Briana loves teaching slow, grounding classes to help beginners and advanced practitioners grow in their practice and connect to their center. When Briana isn’t teaching a yoga class you can find her creating art, streaming her gameplay online, or hanging out at home with her husband and family.
Erin is an RN and loves caring for people. When she discovered Yoga , she was working nights in the ICU. Her first class showed her the mental and physical strength that comes from Yoga and it quickly became like physical therapy for her. Her yoga practice grew and became a healing experience more and more each time she stepped onto her mat. This beautiful healing is what led her to become passionate about yoga. She wanted to dive deep into the roots of all things yoga, which led her to attending her first 200 hour yoga teacher training through Balanced Living with Monica. She quickly learned that her background as a nurse and deep love for caring and healing people was easily transferred to being on her mat, teaching yoga. She believes we are Wholebody people and taking care of ourselves, physically mentally and spiritually leads us to our best health. You can’t have one without the other, nurturing our hearts and souls through yoga practice each time we step on our mat has become a passion of Erin's. She is thankful to be in the beautiful space that made her a yoga teacher, and she hopes to extend the same peace, healing and empowerment with each of her students.