“200-Hour Yoga Illumined Yoga Teacher Training: For those who wish to teach and embody the practices of Yoga.”

Yoga Illumined

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Bios

Sumukhi (Kristina Lanuza) and Zoe Mantarakis guide you into a deeper understanding of Yoga and its practices for enlightening and freeing the mind and the heart through their Yoga Illumined 200-Hour Teacher Training program. In it, you learn the 8-limb system (Ashtanga) as taught by Patanjali – which includes guidelines for strengthening the spiritual, mental, psychic, pranic and physical body through Asana, Pranayama and Meditation to help you embody the most expanded state of enlightenment (Samadhi). You also learn how to speak from your true Voice in every aspect of your life and as a Yoga Teacher.

Rebecca Harris

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined 2014

Rebecca started practicing yoga over ten years ago. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, and trained in Hatha Yoga with Yoga Illumined in Austin, TX and Therapeutic Yoga with the Prison Yoga Project.  Her passion is to get those who don’t think they can yoga to get on the mat and try.  She loves working with beginners who are interested in yoga but are afraid to enter their local yoga studio.

An avid boxer, cyclist, and runner her passion is to help other athletes enhance performance through yoga.  “Over the years I noticed how my yoga improved my strength, endurance and overall performance at the sports I’m most passionate about and I love helping athletes learn these same skills.” she says.

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Rebecca Harris, Yoga Illumined 2014

Susannah Raulino

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined 2013

Susannah Raulino has taught and practiced yoga and meditation since 1987, and specializes in helping beginners find their practice, leading deep meditations, and for more advanced students leading active spiritual flows. She has also studied shamanic journeying and energy healing practices, like Pranic Healing and Reiki, with many master teachers. Combining these experiences, Susannah brings fun vivid guided journeys to her students and clients, leading them to their sources of creativity and well-being, while helping them find new ways to create themselves and expand their inspiration.

Susannah loves leading people to their joy through classes, workshops and private sessions. Please find more information at: www.createagogo.com

Susannah Raulino, Yoga Teacher Training 2013

Susannah Raulino, Yoga Teacher Training 2013

Elizabeth Jurewicz

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined 2014

*Elizabeth Jurewicz* is a recent graduate of* Yoga Illumined* 200 hour certification. Her yoga journey began simply, in 2008 with the community classes offered in her neighborhood. However it was the benefits yoga brought to her life off the mat that kept her coming back. She currently teaches Hatha Flow Tuesday evenings, 6PM, at Yoga Black Lagoon and loves exploring the principles of alignment, focus, and flow with you as you deepen your hatha practice.

Liz – YI Black Lagoon – rocks the assist – Yoga Illumined 2014 at Castle Hill Yoga.

  • Location: Austin, Texas

Kristin Sundberg

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined 2011

Kristin is fascinated by transformation and the Infinite nature of Yoga. She views Yoga as a guide and container for our divine work in personal transformation.  She enjoys keeping a strong grasp on the essence of Yoga while stretching the boundaries of what it is sometimes perceived to be.  Kristin especially enjoys yoga philosophy, archetypal stories of the dieties and devotional chanting of Sanskrit Mantra.  With a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine, from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Vedanta style Yoga Illumined training with Kristina Lanuza and Zoe Mantarakis, and a background in acrobatics, qigong and dance, she brings a unique blend of these elements to her classes. 

Kristin Sundberg, Yoga Teacher Training 2011

Kristin Sundberg, Yoga Teacher Training 2011

Yoga Instructor/Guide at Mind Body Yoga,Owner, Wellness Practitioner, Reminder of Truth at Lila Healing Arts and Co-creator, Wellness community member at Sol Healing & Wellness Center

Graciela Valverde Lee

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined 2013

Graciela Valverde Lee is a 500 hour Certified Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance.

A native of Costa Rica, she has completed several teacher trainings. Her first love was Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Patabhi Jois with its emphasis on vigorous flow.

Upon completing Yoga Illumined 200 hour training, she now enjoys practicing and teaching a wide range of Yoga Styles, from Gentle to Vinyasa up to more Alignment-based Hatha Yoga. She completed a 300 hour program at Yoga Mandir Costa Rica.

She started teaching in 2007 in San Ramon Costa Rica at the Yoga Buda Estudio with Quiropractica America Central.

She encourages students to play in their yoga postures and to embody their asanas. She finds it important to bring fun in to yoga.

Graciela Valverde Lee, Youga Teacher Training 2013

Graciela Valverde Lee, Yoga Teacher Training 2013

She is currently teaching at:

  • Mondays – YMCA Town Lake – Restorative Yoga Flow – 5:30pm 
  • Tuesdays – Golds Gym Ben White (South-Central) – 7:15pm 
  • Wednesdays – YMCA South West – Gentle Yoga – 11:15am 
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Website: Link

Ally Rhatigan

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined 2011

Ally’s recent years have been of deep heart unfolding and massive transformation.

While thriving in the Yoga-rich community of Austin, Texas from 2008-2012, Ally completed Dharma Yoga Teacher Training and was blessed with the teachings of Shri Brahmananda Saraswati through the angelic voice of her devoted teacher, Sumukhi. In the Yoga Illumined Teacher Training of 2011, Ally explored the vibrations of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and witnessed unlocking of her Heart, illumination of the Mind and transformation of her Body.  Ally’s evolution led her to immerse herself in the ancient teachings of the Science of Life, Ayurveda, under the guidance of Dr. Vasant Lad at The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Yoga illumined 2011 with Ally Rhatigan

Yoga illumined 2011 with Ally Rhatigan.

Under the wide-open desert skies, Ally observes Life’s lessons through relationships with community, environment and loved ones.  Her greatest teachers are Mother Nature, family and her beloved dog, Baden.  Ally is currently dedicated to her Ayurvedic studies, and her heart’s intention for the future is to offer a unique healing service to the Universe, combining the ancient oral traditions of Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedanta and Sankhya Shantih.

  • Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Shelli Lopes-Barnes

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined 2011

Shelli began her journey into bodywork at the Clare Maxwell Hudson School of Massage in London in 1993. She had previously studied holistic health and anatomy and physiology as a part of bachelors degree at San Francisco State University. One of her earliest and most profound experiences in massage was volunteering at the London Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital. The sharing and transfer of energy in those exchanges greatly influenced her and guided her quest for a practice that is built on a philosophy of balancing, nourishing and restoring.

She continues her journey studying many different massage modalities and Yoga, a practice for self – harmonizing the mind, body and spirit.

Shelli is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. As a life student of Yoga. My offerings have been inspired by my diverse and wonderful teachers including Kristina Lanuza (Sumukhi), Zoe Mantarakis and Bekir Algan as well as the Yoga Sutras.

Shelli Lopes-barnes, Yoga Teacher Training 2011

Shelli Lopes-Barnes, Yoga Teacher Training 2011

You can learn more about Shelli and book bodywork by visiting her web site: http://www.shelli.massagetherapy.com

Terra Volz

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined 2011

Terra is yoga instructor, bodyworker, ocean dweller and sun saluter who began living a life in Yoga by surfing the ocean. Early in her life, her parents expressed the idea of finding spirituality, a connection with her soul, in nature. Surfing, for her, is an expression and form of Yoga as it keeps her in the present moment, listening to the sound of the breath, allowing the soul to shine and guide her into an experience of harmony of the mind, body and spirit.  The healing art of Yoga, as well as massage and bodywork are foundations and expressions of art in Terra’s life and teaching.  For her continued Yoga studies, she deeply honors the teachings of Ram Dass and Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati (Ramamurti S. Mishra, M.D.). Through the Yoga Illumined series, classes,and kirtan with Kristina Lanuza (Sumukhi), she continues to open her heart with more music and yoga.  “We sing the song of Yoga and we keep singing and practicing. I enjoy teaching Hatha Yoga, dancing with Vinyasa Flow, and endlessly expressing the gifts of a meditation practice. Return and retreat to a place that is quiet and full of love. That place is within you,” Namaste. ~Terra. 

Terra Volz, Yoga Teacher Training 2011

Terra Volz, Yoga Teacher Training 2011

For more information on Terra’s offerings in South Padre Island, Texas and throughout the world, e-mail her at terravolz@gmail.com.

  • Location: Port Isabel, Texas
  • Website: Link

Talitha Wallick

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined 2012

Talitha Wallick M.Ed, AMI, RYT, is a born and raised Austinite. She is a long time Montessori teacher, consultant, and director/owner of Helping Hands Montessori Services. She incorporates Yoga into her daily life with children and adults alike. View her website for class times and details on new and upcoming yoga projects at www.hhmontessori.com.

Talitha Wallick, Yoga Illumined, Montessori, Yoga Teacher Training, Austin, Texas

Talitha Wallick, Yoga Teacher Training 2012

Brian Henderson

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined 2012

Brian came to yoga in his late teens, as a way to channel his energy and explore the body’s limits. It immediately called to him as something very sacred, yet very real and exciting. He kept up his practice during the following ten years of a competitive collegiate and professional baseball career. Brian loves how yoga promotes a space of peace and calm, even when the outside whirlwind is all around. One of his favorite teachers used a phrase: “Let your day be the yoga.”  He credits his teachers Tolo Perry, Osho, Iyengar, and Sumukhi for shaping his style and philosophy. Expect a calm, peaceful, yet challenging and focused hatha and/or vinyasa flow.  

The Nose Knows Ayurveda Brian Henderson

Brian Henderson, Yoga Teacher Training 2012

Currently, Brian teaches at Your Yoga on Fridays at noon and Total Wellness Austin  every other Saturday at 10:30.  He is also available for private classes and sessions. You can contact him at bhendu@gmail.com.

Ginger Averitt

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined 2012

Ginger started her yoga journey in 2006 to manage stress and tension from a high-stress job. Needless to say, yoga helped with all of that…and more! Every retreat, intensive, workshop, and class sheds more light on the tremendous value of yoga. It allows her to turn inward, to focus, to be calm, to realize what in life is important and to feel gratitude.  Ginger completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2012, and she holds the deepest appreciation and respect for her teachers. She is very interested in the ancient science of Ayurveda and is passionate about nutrition.  In her free time, she loves to read, cook and enjoy good wine!  

Yoga Illumined 2012 with Ginger Averitt.

Yoga Illumined 2012 with Ginger Averitt.

Beginning in September, Ginger will teach at Say Om Yoga in South Austin on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 a.m. She can be contacted at gingeraveritt@me.com.

  • Location: Austin, Texas

Myra Simmons

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined 2012

Myra is 200-Hour Registered Yoga teacher who loves to introduce all levels  to core-power, increased flexibility, and focus.  She offers Yoga practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15-1:05, 800 Brazos, 2nd Fl Lobby, in Austin Texas.  She is also available to teach Yoga private sessions, loves to teach children’s classes & host kids’ Yoga parties in the greater Austin area.  

Myra Simmons

Myra Simmons, Yoga Teacher Training 2012

To learn more about her offerings, please contact Myra at 512-922-4239 or by email myra_simmons@hotmail.com.

Jen Hitt

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined 2013

Jen Hitt began her practice of yoga over 15 years ago in college at Rice University. Many years of study in the Iyengar and Anusara traditions have helped Jen cultivate an appreciation for alignment and awareness in asana. Jen focuses on bringing all 8-limbs of yoga into her classes, combining ideas, poses, concentration, and meditation to help calm the mind and bring the body into health. A professional musician, Jen also brings a unique awareness of sound and music to her classes.

Jen Hitt, Yoga Illumined 2013

Jen Hitt, Yoga Illumined 2013

“For more information about Jen and her weekly schedule, including free classes, visit hittparade.com.”

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Heather Oswalt

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined 2013

Heather is a native Austinite, devoted Yogi, massage therapist and advocate for compassion. She offers Hatha Yoga with a focus on anatomy and breath to truly listen to what the body needs and is communicating. Her understanding of how the breath creates change, relief and peace within the cellular tissue of the body was honed through years of meditation, yoga, dance and massage. Heather graduated in 2013 from the 200 hour Yoga Illumined Training Program, is a registered Yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance and a 2009 alumnus of the Lauterstein Conway Massage School clinical program. She has studied structural bodywork, sports massage, myofascial release, Swedish, shiatsu, deep tissue massage, reiki and specializes in Thai massage and shiatsu, incorporating deep myofascial release through stretching. Heather’s offerings are designed to palpate the very pulse of creative expression and expansion through mindful movement.

Yoga Teacher

She loves to connect and communicate with people in a healing way, honoring the light and love in others. Knowing our bodies are divinely designed, Heather enthusiastically shares time-honored practices for tuning in, staying on “the vertical” and shining our highest light. She is dedicated to teaching and sharing Yoga’s infinite uplifting benefits, on and off the mat, to all levels and all bodies.

  • Location: Austin

Anna Swanson

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined 2014

Anna became a certified Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 Hour level in 2014 through Yoga Illumined. Anna began her yoga journey at a Bikram yoga class where she was drawn to the energy, heat, and how her body and mind felt serene and blissful after just one session. After practicing many different styles of yoga for over 12 years she got her certification with Yoga Illumined and teaches Hatha & Vinyasa flow for their harmonizing and strengthening effects on the body, mind, and spirit. She leads her students through an alignment-based flow class while teaching mindfulness, the observation of thoughts, and self-acceptance (not takin ourselves too seriously). Anna loves teaching children and family yoga and is currently a teacher at a small private school. She also welcomes teaching private yoga classes for adults. Anna is also an artist who paints and teaches art workshops, writes a blog about art and yoga (www.demiandolive.blogspot.com). You can often find her running around Town Lake with her dog, Scoobie.

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Shakti Vinyasa with Anna every Tuesday @Yoga Illumined, 7:30 pm

  • Location: Austin
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