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Our Teachers

Texarkana Yoga instructors are diverse in their teaching style, passionate about their practice, and have all been trained under a 200-hr Yoga Alliance compliant teacher training program.  Our instructors seek to create a safe space for exploration, and are able to adapt the practices to suit any individual at any skill level. 

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With over 23 years of experience instructing, yoga has been a passion of mine for more than half of my life.  Yoga is a place where time and space cease to exist for me.  A place of calmness and peace in mind, body and spirit.  A place to connect and practice love.  Most of my classes are Power Yoga sessions heavily influenced by Bryan Kest’s teachings and inspiration.  My mission in life is to bring yoga to everyone who has a pulse. No matter your background, shape, size, or physical condition, there is a form of yoga for everyone. I extend a warm welcome to anyone interested in practicing at Texarkana Yoga! Meet me on the mat! 

Education & Certifications: 200-hr RYT from the Cooper Institute of Wellness, 1995; American College of Sports Medicine Certified (ACSM); ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

Owner/Yoga Instructor

JEN DIERKSEN

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I am a yoga teacher, mother, and meditation enthusiast. I view yoga as a lifestyle and my greatest joys include introducing yoga to beginners and helping to develop a love of yoga in my students. As an instructor, I consider my classes an opportunity to teach mindfulness and awareness of the body and the breath, allowing students to cultivate inner peace for themselves as well as build strength and increase flexibility and endurance. My favorite yoga quote is often attributed to Patanjali: "Yoga takes you into the present moment, the only place where life truly exists."Education & Certifications: 200-hr RYT with Purple Lotus Yoga; Level I Reiki Certified; Kids Yoga certified with YogaFit.

Yoga Instructor

BRITTANY CARDER

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As a mother, educator, and student, I believe yoga is essential to connecting with the mind & body, creating balance, finding inner peace, and building true strength.  It keeps me in the present and sane. I aim to empower my students to feel mentally and physically strong. I believe yoga should be fun, positive, relative, and accessible to everyone.  In my classes, I encourage humor, self-love, and lots of breathing.

 

Originally, I'm from San Diego and moved to Texarkana in 2010. I am passionate about my family, education, and yoga!  I have been practicing yoga for about 10 years and  teaching since 2017. I regularly teach Hot Power Yoga, Kids Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Warm Yoga.  ​Favorite Quote: “When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.”

 

Education & Certifications: Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts & Education; Master’s in Instructional Technology; 200-hr RYT with Purple Lotus Yoga; Kids Yoga Certified with YogaFit.

Yoga Instructor

VENUS LILLIS

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​ I've been practicing yoga for 10 years. At first, it started as a physical practice for me, but I soon discovered that movement through the poses opened the opportunity for growth for my heart and my mind. In 2017, I received my 200-hr Yoga Teacher Certification through Purple Lotus Yoga in 2017 and began teaching in January 2017.
 

My style of teaching involves a vinyasa flow that allows beginner students to feel comfortable on their mat and even experienced students to perhaps feel challenged. I teach a warm class that encourages peace and love, with a side of great music. I'm often encouraging students to develop a relationship with their mat, as I too enjoy stepping on my mat to lose my mind and find my soul.
 

Even when leading my class, I still see myself as always a student. 

I am a 6th generation Texan and was born and raised in East Texas! I am also a mother to my son Luke and have been a registered Dental Hygienist since 1991. 
 

Education & Certifications: Associates in Applied Sciences, Dental Hygiene; Bachelor's in Applied Science, Organizational Leadership; 200-hr RYT with Purple Lotus Yoga.

Yoga Instructor

LESLIE LOONEY

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I found yoga while receiving my Bachelor’s, when I signed up for an Introduction to Meditation Course, I never imagined that a physical practice could encompass such clarity and compassion. I am an animal lover, vegetarian, wife and bilingual teacher. I am so happy and grateful for the loving Texarkana yoga community. Once I received my 200-hr certification I continued to study under guidance of many teachers that led to my playful & creative practice, I hope to hold a space of authenticity and self-expression for others.

My passion for yoga practice dwells in the heart space, spiritual growth, & curiosity for alignment that fuels me to encourage others in a gentle space to reach their highest potential in their yoga practice. I study in holistic nutrition, aromatherapy, and astrology. I am an avid reader, forever a student. I lead several specialized yoga workshops including; Yoga Foundations, Arm Balance & Inversions, Nutrition & Meditation. I teach spiritually aligned hot power flow classes open to all levels.
 

​Education: Bachelors in English Literature, Masters in EC Education.Certified Public School Teacher; E-RYT 200-hr Three Sisters Yoga; Certified Vinyasa Iyengar; Yoga Works Ashtanga & Vipassana Meditation 100-hr; Golden Bridge Kundalini Prenatal & Kundalini Meditation; Children’s Karma Kids Yoga; Yoga Tune Up Ball Therapy & Anatomy; NYC Yoga Journal Intensives; Power Pilates; Barre Training.

Yoga Instructor

DENISE MEANS

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I have been practicing yoga, off and on, since I was in high school during the time when Lilias Folan had her early morning TV shows and introduced her audiences to the wonders of yoga.  At that time there were no yoga studios on every corner or in every gym.  I bought tons of books, read everything I could find on the subject and later bought DVDs. I was always very active, and as the Jane Fonda era rolled in, I began to teach aerobics while sneaking some yoga into the classes. I dreamed of becoming a yoga instructor but with limited finances and five children that seemed an impossible dream. (In fact, I had never taken a formal class until about 20 years ago)  Once I started formal classes I was even more hooked and began to go to yoga retreats around the world.

 

At the age of 71 the opportunity to finally become a certified yoga teacher presented itself with Purple Lotus 200-hour teacher training being offered here in Texarkana. Today I am doing what I love and I find that I get the most pleasure by introducing yoga to those who have never done yoga before and observing their growth with each practice

 

​Certifications: 200-hr RTY Certified with Purple Lotus Yoga

Yoga Instructor

SANDRA MULLINS

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I first searched out Yoga while still employed in the Texas Public School System and looking for the promised physical benefits, and maybe some stress relief. However, it wasn’t long before I discovered and fell in love with the body/mind connection…and all things spiritual that Yoga has to offer! Following retirement from a 38-year career in elementary music education, I attended one-month intensive Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu School of Yoga in Western Massachusetts. Thus began the “encore” career, while re-igniting my passion for teaching. I started a daily meditation practice, devoured all the spiritual books I could find, and took a deeper interest in nutrition and lifestyle. I welcome you to the mat as you are, guiding a safe yet deep practice sprinkled with love, light, and gems of wisdom! I grew up on Long Island in NY, and graduated from SMU. I have been in Texarkana for 40 years in the field of education. I have been teaching yoga and Yoga Nidra for 6 years, typically leading a gentle to moderate traditional yoga class.

 

Favorite Quote: “The highest form of practice is self-observation without judgment.” ~Swami

 

​Kripalu Education and Certifications: Bachelor of Music Degree; 200hr E-RYT from Kripalu
Center for Yoga and Ayurveda; Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider; Certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor. I am currently completing 300hr Yoga Certification along with Prenatal Yoga.

Yoga Instructor

LYNNELL WESTERMAN