Our Owners

 

Elizabeth and Stephanie are friends as well as business partners. Both ladies share a passion for the practice of yoga and want 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.

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Elizabeth Pattillo

Co-Owner and Teacher

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.

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Stephanie Meyer Chapman

Co-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.

Our Teachers

Everyone of our teachers and classes creates their own unique community allowing you to engage in your practice on and off the mat.  We are appreciative of the opportunity to be involved in your practice, whether it's your first or 500th yoga class.  

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James Osborne

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.

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Angelica Sarullo

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.

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Jamie Day

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.

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Monica Fayad

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.

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Dina Atkinson

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.

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Braelynn Simms

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.

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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.

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Abigail Pomeroy

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.

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Elizabeth Winkler

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.

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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.

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Judy Straub

Judy began a dedicated yoga practice in 2014, and was pulled to yoga by the peace she experienced as she finished her practice. She immediately recognized and appreciated the “safe space” that was created during yoga and knew she wanted to help others experience the same feelings. In Judy’s opinion, yoga is all about balance; the balance of breath and body, strength and flexibility, focus and acceptance. Through yoga, she found a way to create balance in her life.

Judy completed her Balanced Living Yoga Teacher Training in 2022. She is a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.

In her teaching, Judy focuses on establishing a strong foundation for her students and encouraging a consistent practice on and off the mat. Yoga has been a grounding and transformational force in Judy’s life and that shines through in her classes. When she is not on her mat, Judy is out exploring and traveling as much of the world as possible.