Yoga Illumined

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Yoga Illumined Studio hosts a variety of Yoga Illumined styles of practice suitable for the bodies, hearts and minds of all: from new beginners to the most advanced practitioners. Yoga Illumined teaches the 8-limb system of Yoga as described by the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Classes range from athletic Hatha and Vinyasa classes to soothing and therapeutic breath-work, healing and restorative asana classes. See class styles and class schedule for more information. Click here for information on membership and class prices.

Nanette Labastida

Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined Studio

Nanette has studied yoga for many years.  She has explored many different styles, as she knew yoga was the key to inner bliss. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 however, she rediscovered yoga and saw the practice in a new light.  With the physical & mental challenges of a cancer diagnosis, yoga paved the way for a new-found love and deeper connection to her mind and body. Nanette’s goal is to spread the yoga love to all cancer survivors and survivors of any kind of life challenge as she believes the foundations of the practice give us the strength to thrive in the face of adversity. Nanette also loves rock n roll, vegan cooking, road trips and unicorns!

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Nanette Labastida, rockin realtor, mom of two, and Yoga teacher teaches Inspired Hatha Yoga and Thriver Yoga at Yoga Illumined Studio.

Inspired Hatha Yoga sources its inspiration from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the 8-limbs of Yoga, Iyengar’s Light on Yoga, Fundamentals of Yoga and other classic Yoga philosophy texts. This class is alignment-based hatha yoga, infused with inspiration, breathwork, and deliberate meditation, mantra and yin poses – practice at slower pace, enjoy your time on the mat, and leave feeling inspired.

Thriver Yoga is Gentle yoga for women at any stage of cancer survival. Sign up for Nanette’s classes NOW.

  • Location: Austin
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    Camille Philips

    Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined Studio

    Camille’s journey with yoga began as purely a means of exercise and flexibility, but quickly became about the mental and more subtle bodies. She is very passionate about alignment the physical benefits of asana, yet her studies of the yoga sutras and the eight limbs of yoga with Yoga Illumined have allowed her practice and way of teaching to develop into a spiritual practice. Her classes are active yet grounded in intention. Camille is a firm believer that the movement and physical excursion used in an asana practice serve as ways to find stillness and peace within ourselves.

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    Yoga Illumined teacher, Vet Tech extraordinaire, Camille Philips teaches Shakti Vinyasa at Yoga Illumined Studio.

    Sign up for her classes now – and increase your energy, flexibility, and grace here.

    • Location: Austin

    Jen Hitt

    Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined Studio

    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 brings a unique awareness of sound and music to her classes.

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    Catch Jen Hitt’s inspired Hatha Yoga classes at Yoga Illumined Studio. Jen is an amazing singer-songwriter and Yoga teacher. If you are lucky, she’ll sing and play guitar for you in class and in Savasana – music from the Heart.

    Sign up for Jen’s classes HERE!

    Kate Smallwood

    Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined Studio

    Kate Smallwood, a Yoga Illumined graduate, began her yoga practice ten years ago after years of ballet training. She quickly fell in love with its rejuvenating effects. She believes that yoga is for everyone and finds joy in sharing it with people at all stages of their practice, and especially those new to or hesitant about yoga. A practitioner of many styles, Kate is particularly focused on Restorative Yoga as a means of preventive therapy, self-care, stress reduction and greater well being, pain management and increased mobility. Kate’s teaching style is patient, playful and tailored to help people find their way back to the feel-goods!

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    Join the amazing Kate Smallwood for “Sunset Slowdown Restorative” on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30pm. Sign up for her classes HERE.

    Myra Simmons

    Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined Studio

    Myra started her yoga journey in 2002 to manage stress and tension from juggling college, a corporate job and her desire for volunteer work in the Austin area and abroad.  As a life-long athlete, she discovered that yoga was both a challenge and an opportunity to explore spirituality and meditation.  

    In her practice she combines asana, core exercises and Yoga postures to help with anyone who sits in front of the computer all day, is a hard-working mom or dad and wants to emphasize postural alignment and stability.  As a hard-working mother herself, Myra teaches Family Yoga for both kids and parents, Kids Yoga, just for kids and YogaHike – a way to bridge Yoga with nature.

    She has 3 highlighted skills:

    Consistency – Myra loves to lead strong, consistent Hatha Yoga classes  and takes great pride in being responsible for her student’s time in the studio.

    Personal Attention – All students are treated with respect and personal attention if and when needed. She teaches individuals and group classes and spends time before and after class working with students, talking about poses, injuries and generally supporting everyone’s growth.

    Community – Students come to yoga class not just to “perform” a pose. They are looking for community, friendship and support. Myra encourages and energizes each of her students to turn inward and do their very best at that given moment.  She also organizes special events such as “yoga in the park” and endorses positivity workshops and retreats for students to grow personally and within their communities and families.

    In 2012, Myra received her 200-hour level yoga certification from Yoga Illumined and has attended numerous workshops to ensure her continuing education with Yoga Alliance.

    Myra teaches public group classes at studios in Austin and private sessions.  She also has information regarding yoga desk stretches for Wellness Programs and Employee Wellness initiatives. She offers Hatha Yoga classes to all experience levels, ages and background.  All those that are eager to learn and explore their Self with love and honesty are welcome.  Classes include exploration of mind and body through use of body movements and postures, observation and manipulation of the breath, repetition of sacred sounds, and resting in stillness.  

    Contact Myra for pricing, updates to her schedule, private yoga sessions and Wellness Programs.

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    Don’t miss Family Yoga with the incredibly talented Myra Simmons at Yoga Illumined Studio. Adult and one child attend for the price of one.

    Sign up now for Family Yoga with Myra HERE.

    Robin Linsky Chapman

    Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined Studio

    Robin has led an active life for as long as she can remember. She began snow skiing at age 4, took dance throughout her youth, and really became involved in fitness and exercise during and after college at Emory University. After moving to Austin in 1998 and living in this physically fit town, she became hooked on running, triathlons, and Yoga. After over 12 years practicing Yoga with Zoe Mantarakis, she completed the Yoga Illumined 200-hour teacher certification program in December 2012. Her Yoga class is a powerful flow which engages and strengthens every muscle in the body as well as the mind. Robin focuses her classes on alignment and creates a relaxed environment welcoming all levels and abilities. As a mother of 2 young boys, a wife to an Ironman, and a fitness enthusiast, Robin is passionate about exercise and helping others challenge themselves physically and enjoy their active lifestyle.

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    The fabulous Robin Chapman teaches Yoga for Athletes at Yoga Illumined Studio. Yoga for Athletes is a “tune-up” for the over-worked and under-stretched muscles that athletes use in all sports. This class focuses on alignment in each posture and will touch those hard to reach areas of your entire body.Sign up for Robin’s classes NOW!

      Stacey Gilmore

      Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined Studio

      “Your body is a physical record of your life as you have lived it until today.” Deepak Chopra, M.D.

      Stacey Gilmore has been dedicated to health and fitness since childhood.  Spreading love, compassion, wellness, strength and balance is her passion!  In college, she realized that helping others improve their health and fitness was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She graduated from Physical Therapy school and has focused her continuing education on Postural Restoration.  Having practiced yoga since 2008, she fell in love with its power to transform the spirit and the physical form.  Stacey became a certified Yoga Instructor through Yoga Illumined in 2013, and has seen the practice of Yoga transform her own life as well as others into one of love, compassion and strength. She fell in love with Yoga for many reasons but especially because it starts everyone from a place of wholeness and helps all of us delve in to our truest Self.  Stacey is inspired by Yoga to teach the pose/counter-pose of life, knowing what it really is to sit with ourselves, and to love ourselves while loving all beings.

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      Power up your life with Stacey at Yoga Illumined and sign up for her classes NOW!

      • Location: Austin
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      Michelle Widmer

      Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined Studio

      Michelle Widmer, a 200 hour graduate of Yoga Illumined has been practicing yoga for over 10 years including trainings at Kripalu and Ananda Ashram.  She loves a moment when a pose can make the heart sing and the mind focus.  Michelle recently moved back to Austin after living in Brooklyn for seven years.  When not on the mat Michelle can often be found in the garden as a farmer in her local neighborhood CSA.

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      Michelle Widmer teaches Inspired Hatha Yoga classes at Yoga Illumined. Sign up now and make sure to get your mat space locked down HERE.

      • Location: Austin

      Ixchel Melinger

      Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined Studio

      Ixchel has been doing Yoga for the majority of her life. Her practice blossomed in childhood through her mother’s Yoga classes and her love for the art continued to grow as she studied Yoga philosophy. She loves the dual nature of Yoga; using her practice as a tool for creating community while also building self reliance. She has taught hatha flow, vinyasa, and acrobatic Yoga/partner balancing classes. Ixchel’s Yoga style often incorporates visual meditations with breath work, and she never shies away from finding a spot of humor in each session. Outside of the studio she is a dedicated student and circus art fanatic, dabbling in everything from burlesque to trapeze!

       Sign up now and make sure to get your mat space locked down HERE.

      • Location: Austin
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      Susannah Raulino

      Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined Studio

      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

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      Yoga Instructor, Susannah Raulino, has over 25 years of experience practicing and teaching Yoga and meditation.

      “Susannah teaches Inspired Hatha, Community and Restorative Yoga classes at Yoga Illumined.” Sign up now and make sure to get your mat space locked down HERE.

      Heather Oswalt

      Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined Studio

      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 throughout 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. She craves in this lifetime 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 benefits that permeate your life, on and off the mat, to all levels and all bodies.

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      Heather Oswalt, Yoga Teacher, Luminary, Massage Therapist teaches Shakti Vinyasa at Yoga Illumined Studio. Shakti Vinyasa is a moving, flowing vinyasa-style format. Expect to sweat and enjoy a workout while you move on your mat. You will leave class with a glow. Sign up for Heather’s classes now!

      • Location: Austin

      Ashlyn Zamora

      Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined Studio

      “Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

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      Ashlyn Zamora initially started yoga in order to build a meditation practice, but soon after realized that her body was too weak to sit in a comfortable place. She found the asana/pranayama practice to be very rewarding, and was pleased to feel relaxed after a good practice. Soon after discovering the 8 limbs of yoga, she began to incorporate the wisdom of the ancient teachings into her practice. Ashlyn’s classes are a safe place to wind down from the fast pace of life, with its many demands, and a space to help you focus on your own personal needs. Ashlyn is also a substitute teacher at a Montessori school in south Austin and studies at a local university.

      • Location: Austin

      Anna Swanson

      Yoga Teacher - Yoga Illumined Studio

      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. She has practiced many different styles of yoga for over 12 years and now teaches Hatha & Vinyasa flow for the 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 take ourselves too seriously). Anna loves teaching children and family yoga and is currently a teacher at a small private school. She also teaches private yoga classes for adults. Anna is 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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