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Uptown + Old Metairie + Downtown Teaching Teams

Janae Holmes

co-founder, co-owner + teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? Travel overseas with my husband and children, deliver a TED Talk, and take singing lessons!

What makes you laugh? The one liners that come out of my 4 year-old son's mouth. Where does he learn this stuff?!

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I see nothing in the way of making a far-fetched dream a reality.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "Be the person for others that they need you to be, not that you would want them to be for you." -a yoga teacher

What do you inspire in others? Continuous growth and to work hard and not give up when things get in the way or get challenging.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Baptiste Yoga Levels 1, 2 and 3, FIT To Lead, Art of Assisting and Advanced Art of Assisting, Certified Teachers Summit, Apprenticeship, Being of Power, Power Yoga Teacher Course and the Baptiste Kids Certification.  The Landmark Forum. Lululemon Ambassador Summit. Co-Creator/Facilitator of Free To Be Power Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Training.

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Kelly Boudreaux

co-founder, co-owner + teacher

What lights you up in your life right now? My kids. From the chaos to the laughter to the temper tantrums to the snuggles.  All of it. Every moment is worth it.

When you become famous, what will it be for? Developing a fortune 500 company.  Free To Be, Inc.

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Tough. Like really kick my ass tough.  Playful, and authentic.  And it's like they're talking to me like we're having a cup of coffee.

What do you inspire in others? Action.

What is the best advice you've ever received? There is no such thing as balance. To me it's nothing is ever perfect but it's completely beautiful even if its a mess.

What yoga training(s) have you attended? Core Power Yoga 200 Hour Training, Core Power Yoga 150 Hour Training. Baptiste Yoga Level 1 and 2, FIT To Lead, Art of Assisting, Foundations in Action, Advanced Art of Assisting, All Day Immersion, and Power Yoga Teacher Course. Marie Forleo's B-School, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Co-Creator/Facilitator of Free To Be Power Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Training.

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Krista Casale

manager of operations + teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? Continue to grow in my faith. Learn to be a great mom to my baby coming in October! Combine my love of yoga, all things business, and creativity to engage in a career I love! Bonus: adopt a French Bulldog and name him Chestnut!

What makes you laugh? Watching my dog Danny (or DB for short) do literally anything. I love that little guy!

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I have evolved so much since living in North Carolina (my favorite state) and moving to New Orleans! It has been one of the greatest blessings in my life.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "Have a little more confidence in yourself and don't think so much." - My Dad. (My dad is always to the point. These words are so often what I need to hear.)

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? My favorite teachers are totally themselves! I love teachers that embrace both the beautiful and messy parts of life in their teaching and create space for students to do the same. I also love a teacher that pushes me beyond my limits and reminds me what is possible over and over again.

What do you inspire in others? This is hard! I just asked a few of my friends and they said I inspire them to: remember their greatness, do anything that makes them uncomfortable (in order to grow of course), and ground themselves in faith.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training, YOD Level 1 and Baptiste Yoga Level 1.

Zoë thibeault-stone

new orleans studio manager + teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? Lead a yoga retreat, buy land (& baby goats) with my husband, and start a wellness blog.

What makes you laugh? Dad jokes, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and sarcasm.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? That I'm as loud & outgoing as I seem, and that I always try to make everything a fun competition. (Hey! I grew up with an older brother!)

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "Remember that your purpose in life is always to give and leave the world a better place than how you found it." -My mom.

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? I love when teachers' personalities shine through, when they have both humor and humility, and when they empower me to discover something new in my own practice.

What do you inspire in others? I inspire in others their ability to laugh at themselves and not take life so seriously. I also hope to inspire others to find balance in their lives through health and wellness.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training, Baptiste Yoga Being of Power and the Baptiste Power Yoga Teacher Course.

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Cindy Beerworth

old metairie studio manager, director of kids yoga + teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? 1. Teach kids and adult yoga at FTB. 2. Get certified in Prenatal Yoga. 3. Take Level One Baptiste Yoga Training.

What makes you laugh? Puns...I love puns :).

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I am very quirky.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? The best advice I've ever received is to show kindness to all, even when it can be hard. (Mom)

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? My favorite characteristics and qualities of my favorite teachers are supportive, kind, trusting, always pushing me to do my best and always finding and bringing out the gifts within me.

What do you inspire in others? I inspire others to not take life so seriously and how to have fun!

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training Program, Baptiste Yoga's Being of Power, Level 1 Baptiste, Transform NOLA's 200 Hour Teacher Training, 40 Hour Yoga for Differently Abled with Radiant Child, 95 Hour Kids Yoga Certification with Yoga Ed., Wild Lotus Level 1 Restorative Training, Wild Lotus Level 2 Restorative Training, Master's Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education.

Jessica Pyle

old metairie studio manager + energy exchange team lead

What are your top three 5-year goals? To take a BIG trip somewhere (I don't care where), become the master of all inversions (or maybe just a headstand), and to pay off all our debt.

What makes you laugh? The Office. I could watch it over and over. And silly inside jokes with my husband, especially during yoga class when Janae catches us doing them.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? That I love buffalo sauce, cats, Disney, herbal tea, sour beers, sleeping, HOT yoga (like cry and walk out of the room HOT) with no talking other than poses/cues, all things wine, and that I could spend all day every day on the beach. Oh and that I give very thoughtful gifts.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? This too shall pass (my mom).

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? The ability to create space in class. I listen to people talk all day and when I get on my mat I just want to do yoga. This also pushes me to work harder and not get lost in the words.

What do you inspire in others? Friendship, calmness, and recycling.

What yoga training(s) have you attended? FTB 200 HR Teacher Training, Baptiste Power Yoga Teacher Course

​Jeff Supak

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? 1. Mediterranean Biking/Camping Trip. 2. Attend an advanced yoga training. 3. Launch (more) community based programming to battle climate change in the Gulf South.

What makes you laugh? Life...it doesn't have to be so serious.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? My friends would say that I am really chill and love to bask in the sun and that my concept of time is really off.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "Perfection is not real" - my therapist

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)?Unapologetically authentic and empowering.

What do you inspire in others? To be themselves & to create a practice of self love.

What teacher training(s) have you attended?  Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training.

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Kandice Doley

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? Start a family, be my own boss, attend Level One Baptiste Teacher training.

What makes you laugh? Authentic, unfiltered silliness.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I am a loyal, playful, adventure-loving New Orleans girl who doesn't take herself too seriously.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? My family and friends always encourage me to think positively and trust myself.

What does it mean to you to be Free To Be? To drop any and everything that is holding me back from living my truth passionately, powerfully and with purpose.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be 200 Hour Teacher Training and Baptiste Art of Assisting.

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Mermaid (Lauren) McCabe

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?
I start the first Lake Pontchartrain surf club (hang ten, y'all). I revamp my blog, mermaidchronicles.com, to explore how classical wisdom applies to modern life (hello plato, aristotle, wollenstcraft and all my fave philosophers). I do a split.

What makes you laugh? The beautiful, wonderful, musical, delightful, dazzling city that is my hometown, New Orleans.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? She's a mer dat, a cross between a mermaid and who dat.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "Sometimes you don't know your path until you're on it." - the merman, my husband.

What does it mean to you to be Free To Be? Dropping what I think I should be, how I think I should act, so I can just be who I am in this moment. Pure authenticity.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200-hour Teacher Training. Baptiste Yoga's Art of Assisting and Power Yoga Teacher Course. Apprenticed to teach Ashtanga Yoga, Mysore Style.

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Michelle LaCaze

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?
Learn how to dive, learn how to sail , travel to Northern Europe and Bali, and live a simple life. 

What makes you laugh? My husbands laugh .... it’s infectious. 

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? That I am fiercely loyal and passionate about my health and wellness. 

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? My father said, “Don’t let anyone ever dim your big bright light“ ... I never knew how much this would mean to me.

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? That they can make you laugh and cry all in one minute.

What do you inspire in others? Passion about yoga and mindfulness.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be Teacher Training, Baptiste Yoga Level 1 and 2, Baptiste Yoga Art of Assisting.

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Maggie Conley

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? 1. Become a Baptiste Certified Teacher. 2. Travel to South East Asia. 3. Live in a different city.

What makes you laugh? Funny looking dogs.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I am a great listener, independent and a dedicated friend.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "Rather than saying you are tired - say you are abundant! I often have so many great things going on and I am so busy that I feel tired. It is all good things so rather than resorting to tired, turn it to a positive by saying "I am so abundant!"" - Janae Holmes (c/o Kelly Boudreaux)

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? She's all in, she truly cares about her students, and she can laugh at herself.

What do you inspire in others? I inspire others to make the choice in how they want to live their life. Happiness is a choice, how you show up is a choice and it is up to each individual person to make that choice.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training Program, Baptiste Yoga Art of Assisting and the Baptiste Yoga Power Yoga Teacher Course.

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Patrick Somers

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?
1. Live financially free. 2. Supple Leopard certification 3. Complete Baptiste Level 3 and FIT to Lead.

What makes you laugh? Rick and Morty.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "This too shall pass."

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Simple, authentic, humility, humor, empowering.

What do you inspire in others? Truth.

What does it mean to you to be Free To Be? It means acknowledging my fears and finding the courage to walk through them.  In so doing, being and becoming a more authentic person.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training,  Baptiste Level 1 & 2, Art of Assisting, Advanced Art of Assisting,   Baptiste Kids Training, Being of Power and the Baptiste Power Yoga Teacher's Course.

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Jen Meinen

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?
Worry less, laugh more, and appreciate every single moment I have with my growing family.

What makes you laugh? Irony, the unexpected, spending time with my best friends (who are all hilarious), and the contagious belly laughs from others.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? She is fierce, she is loyal, she is funny. Go big or go home is the essence of Jen Meinen.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)?Be life-giving to your marriage.” - a volunteer during our marriage retreat). It means, give your spouse more life by doing things that you don’t necessarily want to do, in order to make their lives easier.

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Teachers who inspire through presence, personality and intention are my favorites. I especially like those who challenge my practice, both physically and spiritually, and inspire and empower me to seek and discover more about myself through yoga.

What do you inspire in others? Whatever the obstacle, it can be done. Nobody needs permission to be a badass.

What does it mean to you to be Free To Be? It means I can exist in my life and in my practice exactly how I show up. I don’t have to change who I am, what I look like, or what I think about to practice yoga, or really to do anything in my life. I am free to just fucking be who I want to be, in that moment, and in every moment. It lifts a lot of weight off of me when I think about it.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training, Level 1 YOD Certification, Baptiste Yoga's Art of Assisting.

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Danielle Hein

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?
1. Become a full time artist and open up an art studio! 2. Invent one of my three inventions. Sorry, can't tell you what they are...it's classified. 3. Attend Level 1 through 3 and Fit to Lead training with Baptiste Yoga.

What makes you laugh? That I used to think 30 year olds were adults.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I think they would say...I prefer to be in costume, my dog is insane (insert dog is like owner joke,) and I want to give everyone I love the world.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? My Grandfather always told me, "Imagine what we could accomplish if we didn’t care who got the credit.” Basically do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do – not because you want the praise, recognition or money.

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? My favorite teachers hold me accountable, speak their truths and inspire me to push past my comfort zone both on and off the mat.

What do you inspire in others? By continuing to do my work. As an artist, there are no rules. I just have to make art. My hope is that I inspire people to start or continue whatever makes their souls light on fire. The world needs more raw creativity and color. DO WHAT YOU LOVE.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be’s 200 Hour Teacher Training, Baptiste Kids Yoga and the Baptiste Power Yoga Teacher's Course

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Lauren Ferrand

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?
Love. Play. Travel.

What makes you laugh? Boxer puppies.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I’m always there when you need me.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "Live in the present” -so many people.

What does it mean to you to be Free To Be? Connected to my true self.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be’s 200-Hour Teacher Training.

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Ashley Hoover

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?
Run a marathon, Skydive, Learn to sail.

What makes you laugh? When my dog goes crazy when she's happy or excited. She spins around like a tornado and it just makes me crack up!

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I love Olive (my dog)...and I hate cilantro!

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)?

"Ubuntu" (I am because you are) is a phrase that always stays with me and guides everything I do. I have it tattooed on my wrist and it's a daily reminder that we're all in this life together, experiencing, feeling, being together and we must honor that. That phrase is central to how I live my life.

What does it mean to you to be Free To Be? For a long time I didn't think who I am was good enough to the world. But through my yoga practice, meditation and self-discovery, I've realized I've always been enough. Sure it's a practice and finding those bits of self-love are not always easy, but being my most authentic self brings so much freedom, love and power into my life. It's taken me years to work it out, but I'm finally free to be ME...and I love it!!

What teacher training(s) have you attended?  200 Hour Teacher Training at Dancing Mind Yoga. Level 1 YOD Teacher Training at Free to Be Power Yoga.

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Natalie Illg

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?
 1. Become a Baptiste Certified Teacher. 2. Open my own studio. 3. Start my own family.

What makes you laugh? Corny jokes.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? Kind and giving to a fault... AND I think it’s my strength ;)

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "People can only give what they can give" -My friend's mother.

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? They teach from the heart and connect with their students!!!

What do you inspire in others? Follow your dreams. Be ok with who you are - you are not like everyone else!

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training, Level 1 and 2 Baptiste Yoga Trainings. 

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Maisie O'Quinn

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?
 1. Be a doctor! 2. Backpack in Patagonia. 3. Move out of uptown.

What makes you laugh? Almost anything - kittens, cake, and the Royal Tenenbaums.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? Not to get me started on obscure foods and that you could find me dancing somewhere late Saturday night.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "Take what is given to you, including the free time" - My older sister

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Flow and vitality.

What do you inspire in others? Mindful movement from a strong foundation <3.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training Program.

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Mark Berger

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? Build my corporate wellness business, travel to do philanthropic work in 3rd world countries, and find some one to love forever.

What makes you laugh? My own stupid jokes and humor.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I would put everything personal aside to help someone in need.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? The platinum rule: "Stay away from miserable people" -Lester Love

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Unique, creative, and loving.

What do you inspire in others? I make people cognitive of their movement, thoughts, and actions.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? 100 Hour Iyengar/Vinyasa Training Tara Engeran, 100 Hour Training with Amazing Yoga, Lotus Flow Super Sequencing with Laughing Lotus.

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Lauren Holt

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? 1. Complete Baptiste Level One in 2018. 2. Complete Baptiste Level Two. 3.  Vacation to Denmark, Thailand and Indonesia

What makes you laugh? My three year old niece (who is really into yoga with me). She’s my entertainment muse. Kids say crazy things.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? That I’m loyal to the end. Good and bad.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "Everything happens for a reason." - My mom every time I’ve ever struggled.

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Energy, enthusiasm, warmth, power and humility.

What do you inspire in others? Open communication and enthusiasm.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training, Baptiste Yoga's Being of Power. 

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Talia Livneh

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? Travel to new countries, read more books, make a lasting impact for young people in New Orleans, and do a handstand without the wall!

What makes you laugh? My students (I'm a school teacher) and the TV show Broad City.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? After asking many of them, they said that I like "to stretch my toes using toe stretchers"! So there it is!

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "Everything in moderation, except for love". - My amazing mother says this and it never fails me

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? My favorite teachers are authentic, vivacious, fun and completely unafraid to get messy!

What do you inspire in others? I inspire others to realize their own capabilities and strengths, and then fully embrace them.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training, Baptiste Yoga's Being of Power.

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Julia Hollings

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? 1. Get my Pilates certification. 2. Travel more. 3. Love more!

What makes you laugh? My cat Rose, she's my little furry pig.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I do handstands everywhere and I love sushi :)

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Always do your best. - Don Miguel Ruiz from The Four Agreements

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Challenging and REAL - they push me to my edge and make me smile through the hard parts. They're not afraid to be themselves and know how to serve the juicy flows!

What do you inspire in others? To show up, be a bad ass and do the work #HUSTLE

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training, Baptiste Yoga's Being of Power. 

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Aimee Johnson

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? 1. Travel (specifically, for a yoga retreat abroad!) 2. Get an advanced yoga certification (RYT-500) 3. Stay sane, centered, and grounded while getting my kids through their high school years... which means a lot more yoga!

What makes you laugh? My kids- they're all 3 hilarious. And my husband, that's where my kids get their sense of humor from!

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? That they love this girl!

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? My mom always said "Don't forget who you are." I didn't get it at the time, but now I know she meant for me to be myself (and probably to be on my best behavior, but like I said, I didn't get it at the time!).

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? I like it when a teacher is truly present in a class. And I love it when they bring in their personality and maybe crack a few jokes. Yoga can be so serious; a little humor or lightheartedness from a teacher reminds me to find ease in my own practice.

What do you inspire in others? To have an open heart, open mind, and compassion for others!

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training, Baptiste Being of Power.

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Michele Tilyou

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?  1. Travel to new a new place (or 2) every year 2. Learn French 3. Volunteer with an animal rescue group.

What makes you laugh? My dogs...and this guy named Mike (my husband).

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? That I've got my ish together (even though really I don't LOL).

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "Don't worry. Be happy." - Bob Marley

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? That they're tough, but out of love. They want me (us) to be stronger/better!

What do you inspire in others? 
That anything is possible, as long as you practice, have patience, and believe.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training.

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Maddie DeGrange

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?  1. To remain and come out of medical school balanced and grounded. 2. Plan ahead to travel more. 3. Press up handstands.

What makes you laugh? Honest, real, warm, authentic, unrestrained moments with human beings who are not ashamed to make fun of themselves and make light of the things that others might be hesitant to.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I can be a pusher with myself and others.They can count on me to always listen and hear them out, but I never allow them to underestimate their own power and ability to accomplish anything. I laugh easily but have a low tolerance for bs. I don't sit still for long and exercise for fun, which some think is strange. And I could live a lifetime of just eating bread and grapes and be totally content with that.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)?  "You get yours." - My mom

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Tough love. I like teachers who unapologetically challenge me and push me to my edge. I also love to learn new postures so my favorite teachers are ones who are a little unorthodox and introduce their students to poses that we don't always get to do.

What do you inspire in others? Confidence. I like to think I inspire others to trust their instincts and believe in their abilities.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be Power Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training,  200 Hour Shanti Yoga Training School

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Kristin Shoffner

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?  1. Adopt a second dog 2. Complete Baptiste Levels One and Two 3. Create an artist's wellness retreat space in Maine.

What makes you laugh? When my dog runs head first into the sliding glass door to chase a squirrel and then sits and waits patiently for me to open it for her. And my friends - I have some really funny friends.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? If I go into something I go ALL IN.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? A college professor always encouraged his students to "follow your bliss". That simple mantra stuck with me and guides me through a lot of life's decisions. The full quote is from Joseph Campbell.

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? A blend of compassion and kick-assery. I love teachers who can make me pour sweat and keep a smile on my face . And humor- I love to be reminded not to take myself or the practice too seriously.

What do you inspire in others? 
I like to think I inspire confidence and trust in others. I tend to forge deep connections to people quickly.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training.

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Travis Kelly

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?  1. Buy a house 2. Travel to Australia 3. Join a krewe and ride in a Mardi Gras parade

What makes you laugh? Reminiscing with old friends about things we did when we were kids

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? That I'm wise. I'm not saying it's true, but that's what they would say!

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "The sun will still come up tomorrow." - my grandmother

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? My favorite teachers are ones that can make me laugh while pushing me to my edge at the same time.

What do you inspire in others? 
Change.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training, Baptiste Power Yoga Assisting Course.

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Christina Carlisle

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?  1. Annually orchestrate an epic road trip with my family to, eventually, visit all of the national parks. 2. Get all my kids into a good public school. 3. Pursue my creative interests.

What makes you laugh? When things don't go the way I've planned. So I laugh a lot.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I don't like doing things I'm not good at.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "Nothing worth doing is easy." - Tom Cook, the director of my husband's residency program

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? An authentic voice. Those who empower students to move out of their comfort zone, both on the mat and in life!

What do you inspire in others? 
Calm amid chaos.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training.

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Emmy German

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?  1. Write a book. 2. Raise over $100,000 for Alzheimer's Foundation. 3. Be my own boss.

What makes you laugh? My dog's eyebrows

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? That I am 25 going on 85

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "There's not much you can do to steer certain events- you have to deal with what you get, and make the best of it." - My Mom pre- Alzheimers diagnoses

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Energetic, playful, genuine, challenging!

What do you inspire in others? 
I inspire positivity in others, and encourage them to eat their veggies.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training.

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Kimberly Doley

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?
1) Continue to learn and take additional trainings 2) Travel more to share the work I’m doing 3) Write more and publish my work.

What makes you laugh? Witty blatant truth communicated from a loving, light hearted spirit. Children are so aware, pure, and untainted by life that they unintentional masters at communicating in this way.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I’m much funnier and much less serious than I seem. I’m a calming, yet energizing presence.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "The unexamined life is not worth living." -Socrates

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)?  My favorite teachers are present and grounded, connected to their bodies, continuously learning and growing and integrate that into their teaching, clear and succinct communicators, humble yet confident, compassionate, and light hearted.

What do you inspire in others?Higher awareness, a more expansive perspective, taking a leap, inner peace. 

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be 200 Hour Teacher Training, Baptiste Level 1 training, 35 hour Yoga Therapy training, 28 hour Restorative training, Bridge to Lotus training, Reiki Level 1 training, Reconnective energy healing training, Advanced training in Zen Buddhist meditation.

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Jen Oswald

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?
 
1. Become board certified in emergency medicine. 2. Ski down a mountain and hike/bike up one. 3. Plan less, do more.

What makes you laugh?
Myself on no sleep. 

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? 
I like ice cream and hate being late.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? 
"Practice, practice, practice." - My childhood ballet teacher

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? 
My favorite teachers let breath dictate the pace of a vinyasa and are as powerful silent as when speaking.

What do you inspire in others?
Kindness. 

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training.

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Chelsea Hylton

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?
 1. Create access to yoga and mindfulness for all teachers and students in New Orleans. 2. Return to graduate school and complete my dual masters degree in Social Work and Public Health. 3. Travel internationally to educate and advocate for mental health services for students and teachers.

What makes you laugh? Most things. And I love to laugh. I also snort when I laugh. I will laugh the hardest at my sister.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? Don't expect a text response after 9pm. I also prefer to be on a beach or on a mountain as much as possible.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "The only way out is through" - Sarah Frick, owner of Charleston Power Yoga

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? My favorite teachers keep it real, tell life how it is, they look past the surface and dive deep into the nitty gritty to live life big, they keep things creative and aren't afraid to get a little bit messy.

What do you inspire in others? Self empowerment.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? 200 Hour Teacher Training with Charleston Power Yoga and Marianne Wells Yoga School.

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Emily Johns

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? Mountain climb, start a business, and raise a hell of a strong 10 year old girl.

What makes you laugh? My 20 year old self.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? “I feel like I’ve known you for years!”

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "Treat everyone in the same way you would want to be treated." -The Golden Rule shared by my mom.

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Tough, bold, and enriching.

What do you inspire in others? Strength.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Baptiste Level 1 & 2. Advanced Art of Assisting. Being of Power and Teacher's Course.

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Valerie McMillen

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, complete my PhD in public health, take a journey to India

What makes you laugh? My daughter, Marley.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I work best after I have a green tea soy latte

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "You are enough!"

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Makes me feel supported and seen in class. Acknowledges that we don't know everything, and inspires me to push past or towards a new edge.

What do you inspire in others? To realize their greatness and to tap into their limitless potential.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be Power Yoga's 200 Hour Teacher Training, Thai Yoga Massage workshops, Restorative Training workshops, Prenatal Workshops, Seniors Yoga Workshops.

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Jen Keyte

 teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? 1 - Become an LCSW and open a private practice as a psychotherapist. 2 - Integrate yoga and psychotherapy as part of my professional work. 3 - Be present.

What makes you laugh? Irony. And people talking in their sleep!

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? That I know how to throw a great dinner party.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? In my twenties, I used to think there was something "wrong with me" because I couldn't find the right partner. My best friend told me, "The only thing wrong with you is that you think there is something wrong with you."

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Authenticity + Responsiveness

What do you inspire in others?Community, Playfulness, and Fun

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be Power Yoga's 200 Hour Teacher Training

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Julia Keller

 teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? - be present - be kind - trust

What makes you laugh? When I feel free!

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I am determined.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? You will never regret time you spend doing your best and being kind.

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Clear, consistent, high expectation.

What do you inspire in others?Reflection, questioning.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? 200 hr FTB Empowered Teacher Training.

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Meg Hebert

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? 1.) Evolve as a local artist & have my work sold in shops around Nola 2.) Visit Portugal or Peru 3.) Start a family!

What makes you laugh? Dry, witty humor. My Grams - Funniest woman I know with no filter!

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? Loyal. Goofy. And I have this weird obsession with Sylvester Stallone.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? If you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth - Rocky Balboa

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Challenging, Authenticity & Lightness. Strong foundation for alignment and proper form.

What do you inspire in others? I hope to inspire others to realize how strong they are & to take risks.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Free To Be Power Yoga's 200 Hour Teacher Training

Alyson Giuffreda

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? 1. To launch a Baptiste Yoga Program for survivors of sexual assault & abuse. 2. To become a Global Ambassador for Lululemon. 3.To fully dive in to my luxury lifestyle coaching business, Moxied Living.

What makes you laugh? Life! It’s all funny.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? Well I asked them, here’s what they have to say: “Resilient. I have never met a person that won’t take “no” for an answer quite like, Alyson. Loyal beyond measure and will no doubt be the person you’d want to get arrested with.” Lol. “She’s the first person I’d go to if I wanted genuine advice because she isn’t afraid to tell me the hard truths. She’s a fierce friend and I know I’d never have to question her loyalty or commitment to my greatest good.”

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? My grandfather always said you have to be able to wake up every morning, look in the mirror and respect the person who’s looking back at you. He was the best man I’ve ever known.

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? My favorite teachers push me to my edge. They are tough! They also make me laugh. Sometimes I get “resting yoga face” and my teachers invite me to lighten the heck up.

What do you inspire in others? Bravery and Courage.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? I’m a 1200 hour Certified Baptiste Teacher. I’ve attended Baptiste Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. I’m a graduate of the institute’s Fit to Lead program. I’ve attended and assisted Art of Assisting, Advanced Art of Assisting, and Being of Power. I attended the Unstoppable Kids Yoga Training with the Baptiste Institute. I’ve apprenticed Level One. I co-facilitated Expand Your Power 200 hour teacher training with Leah Cullis. I am the creator of The True Power 200 Hour Training. I have a Master’s degree in Acupuncture from The Maryland University of Integrative Health.

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Kelly Boudreaux

co-founder, co-owner + teacher

What lights you up in your life right now? My kids. From the chaos to the laughter to the temper tantrums to the snuggles.  All of it. Every moment is worth it.

When you become famous, what will it be for? Developing a fortune 500 company.  Free To Be, Inc.

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Tough. Like really kick my ass tough.  Playful, and authentic.  And it's like they're talking to me like we're having a cup of coffee.

What do you inspire in others? Action.

What is the best advice you've ever received? There is no such thing as balance. To me it's nothing is ever perfect but it's completely beautiful even if its a mess.

What yoga training(s) have you attended? Core Power Yoga 200 Hour Training, Core Power Yoga 150 Hour Training. Baptiste Yoga Level 1 and 2, FIT To Lead, Art of Assisting, Foundations in Action, Advanced Art of Assisting, All Day Immersion, Marie Forleo's B-School, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training Creator/Facilitator.

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Janae Holmes

co-founder, co-owner + teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? Travel overseas with my husband and children, deliver a TED Talk, and take singing lessons!

What makes you laugh? The one liners that come out of my 4 year-old son's mouth. Where does he learn this stuff?!

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I see nothing in the way of making a possibility a reality.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "Be the person for others that they need you to be, not that you would want them to be for you." -a yoga teacher

What do you inspire in others? To work hard and not give up when things get in the way or get challenging.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Baptiste Yoga Levels 1, 2 and 3, FIT To Lead, Art of Assisting and Advanced Art of Assisting, Certified Teachers Summit, Apprenticeship, Being of Power, Baptiste Kids Certification, the Landmark Forum. Free To Be’s 200 Hour Teacher Training Creator/Facilitator.

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Kennidy Adams

morgan city studio manager

What are your top 3 five year goals? 1. Travel more. 2. Laugh more. 3. Love more.

What makes you laugh? Friends, family, and funny videos!

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I'm always looking out for your best interest.

"What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? Don't ever stop being who you are, because there's no one else like you!" - My mom and dad

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Joyful, vibrant genuine.

What do you inspire in others? Happiness and the courage to do what you love!

What yoga training(s) have you attended? I'm not a teacher yet. I'm a good class taker :)

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Michelle Denning

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?
Go to Level One Baptiste Yoga training, meditate (more), share yoga and meditation with children and educators in my community.

What makes you laugh? Funny mommy memes.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? That I’m generous and always full of some new crazy idea/podcast/vitamin/food I want to share with them.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "Your house is on fire!" -Lauren Darnell

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Powerful, empowering, inspiring.

What do you inspire in others? I inspire compassion and service to others.


What yoga training(s) have you attended? Free To Be’s 200-Hour Teacher Training, Baptiste Yoga's Art of Assisting, Yoga Power Play Kids Yoga Trainings (x2).

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Shannon Hamer

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? 1. XPT Training (breath, movement & recovery). 2. Working on my first Ironman now, I see another within the future. 3. Travel to Australia with my husband and three kiddos.

What makes you laugh? A lot of things make me laugh, but here’s a few...dancing like a fool, posting stuff on snap chat that embarrasses my teenagers, watching my kiddos do silly things and then trying to do the same thing, but make an ass of myself!

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? That I know what I like, I’m competitive, that I make a damn good Caesar salad, and watch out on the dance floor, I might jump on your back.

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)?  “Do not to question God, and accept the things that you cannot change and change the things that you can.” - My Grandmere

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? When they look me in the eyes, like really look at me and hold eye contact for so long that it makes me feel uncomfortable, when they assist me and push me into a posture, again making me feel uncomfortable, I guess you could say I like a challenge.

What do you inspire in others?To laugh at yourself

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Baptiste Level 1 and 2, Baptiste Art of Assisting, Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Trianing

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Lauren Written

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?  Meditate everyday for 20 minutes, establish healthy boundaries between work and home life, open a school for ALL children and travel to Africa with my family. 

What makes you laugh? Children, memes, and farts.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? She is genuine, generous, and redonkulous/funny!

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)?  “Just do you.” -Childhood Friend 
“The truth will set you free.” -Dad

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Compassion, enthusiasm, authenticity, and a sense of humor.

What do you inspire in others? Acceptance, connection and love.

What yoga training(s) have you attended? Free To Be’s 200-Hour Teacher Training and Baptiste Yoga's Unstoppable Program.

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Fallon Chauvin

teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals?
Expand my SUP /SUP Yoga business, Try something new every week , 300 Hour Training in Costa Rica, April 2019.

What makes you laugh? Myself, If you can't make yourself laugh who can....I do it often.

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I have a big imagination and very stubborn. I don't know what they are talking about (lol).

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? To let it go and never take things personally. -My mother, Cindy.

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? When a teacher puts me in a pose and resistance shows up and she/he brings humor to the moment. (It softens the pose), confidence, and is anatomy smart!

What do you inspire in others? I inspire people to try something new and commit to growth all while having fun. Yoga does NOT have to be serious.

What teacher training(s) have you attended? Baptiste Level 1 and 2 (Sedona), Baptiste Art of Assisting, Boga Sup Yoga, Big SUP Yoga,  Yoga Power Play- Kids Yoga.

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Christine Spiese

kids yoga teacher

What are your top 3 five year goals? 1. Level-up in my flexibility on the mat and in life. 2. Become an accomplished, successful yoga teacher who brings yoga not only to adults in my community, but to children and teens who may not have access to it. 3. Become certified in and teach aerial yoga.

What makes you laugh? Laughing babies, animal shenanigans, and shenanigans in general! :-)

What is something your best friends would tell us about you? I am strong, loyal, non-judgmental, creative, energetic and fun-loving!

What is the best advice you've ever received (and by whom)? "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

“Live and let live.” -My Dad

What are the characteristics or qualities of your favorite teacher(s)? Free-spirited, fun in class, and lovingly push me to new levels of practice.

What do you inspire in others? The ability to have fun and to feel safe being themselves, thus creating an atmosphere of acceptance, creativity and being able to freely step out of their comfort zones.


What yoga training(s) have you attended? Baptiste Kids Yoga Teacher Training Certification, Baptiste Art of Assisting, (September 2018), Free To Be's 200 Hour Teacher Training (November 2018)

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Angela Anslum

teacher

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