Teachers

All our teachers are 200- or 500-hour certified with Yoga Alliance, so they know exactly how to progress your practice and keep you safe. Even though they all teach power vinyasa, no two teachers are alike here—Our teachers let their personalities shine through their teaching so you can shine on your mat.

We are constantly improving our skills to become better teachers for our students. Just because you become a teacher does not mean that the learning stops. At The Yoga Factory, we pride ourselves on continuing our education and our own personal practices. We all come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a sense of uniqueness to every class we teach. Join us today!

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Stacy Shepherd

Stacy is the owner of The Yoga Factory. Since beginning her yoga journey over 30 years ago, she has completed two 200-hour trainings, led seven Teacher Trainings of her own (and counting!), achieved Tier 2 Baptiste Certification status, and logged thousands of teaching hours in various venues, including gyms, corporate campuses, studios, and public events. She is currently in Fit to Lead Training with Baron Baptiste and working on her Tier 3 certification. Come to Stacy's class if you want someone to lead you who is dedicated to you and YOUR greatness!

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Max Richie

Max is a jack of all trades: He is our studio co-owner, co-leader of Teacher Training, workshop curator, team trainer, and licensed forklift operator. He can also grow a mean mustache. As a graduate of TYF's Teacher Training in 2014, Max quickly jumped into teaching (he has logged over 1,000 training hours, achieving E-RYT status) and is a Tier 1 Certified Baptiste Instructor. Take Max's class to access your true power! Crow. Headstand. Handstands. All those poses that you don't believe you can do are within your grasp.

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Aubrey Klein

Aubrey is our Team Resources Captain. She graduated from Teacher Training in 2015 and started working on her Baptiste Certification shortly thereafter. Her most-loved work is helping others through off-the-mat transformation. She leads 40 Days, Mentorship, a Mindful Acceptance course, and serves as an assistant in our Teacher Training program. A former corporate worker bee, Aubrey is well-acquainted with stress and the importance of yoga as a lifestyle. Her classes give you space to quiet your thoughts and uncover a lighter body, mind, and spirit!

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Tiffany Kalous

Tiffany graduated from TYF's Teacher Training in spring 2017. An avid student, she has completed numerous trainings, including Baptiste's Art of Assisting and Level One. Tiffany is passionate about developing beginners into lifelong yogis: She leads our Beginner's Workshop and served as our Ambassadors and Membership Team Captain. Between her roles at the studio and her 5 rescue dogs, it is safe to say she is an expert at taking care of others! Tiffany's classes will empower you to discover what is best (and what's next) for your body and practice.

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Susan Meymand

Susan earned her teaching certification in August 2013 and began teaching right away. Even though she teaches power vinyasa with us, she has a wide range of yogic skills: She is a former Montessori teacher, a Level 2 Reiki master, a Yin yoga teacher, and she has worked extensively as a private lessons instructor with people who have physical challenges and disabilities. One of Susan's super powers is knowing every student's name! She wants people to not only feel acknowledged, but to feel part of the studio family.

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Sarah Oates

Sarah is one of our longest-tenured teachers at The Yoga Factory! She has been a certified instructor since 2012 and is currently working on her Baptiste Certification, having completed Levels One & Two, Art of Assisting, and more. She first got hooked on yoga through P90X. Take Sarah's class to transform your workouts from an exhausting chore to an exhilarating way of life. Strengthen your body and your resolve. Soften your brow and shift what's possible on and off your mat.

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Thom Allen

Thom Allen, psychotherapist and yoga teacher, has been sharing his passion for wellness for over 30 years. With both counseling and yoga teaching expertise (LPC, E-RYT 500 and YACEP) combined with years of experience ranging from restorative therapeutics and meditation to power vinyasa, he brings mindfulness and sustainable wellness to students from all walks of life. Thom’s unique teaching style is mentally stimulating, physically exhilarating and spiritually inspiring—his class is sure to transform you from the inside out. Get ready for a deeper connection to your community and yourself!

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Keith bautista

Keith graduated from our first Teacher Training program in the fall of 2014, completing Advanced Art of Assisting and Baptiste Level One soon after. With a background in dance, he understands movement and has a natural knack for reading energy—All this experience has helped him foster an Assisting Leadership role at The Yoga Factory. Keith's ultimate goal is to help you remove limits that don't really exist, allowing you to express YOU. Keith's classes will challenge you to take chances, jump out of your comfort zone, and be up to something bigger.

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Jennifer Jenkins

Jennifer received her Teacher Training certification in Fall 2015 and has been attending Baptiste trainings ever since. She is an athlete and daughter of a school teacher, so her teaching style is encouraging and motivational. Jennifer is accustomed to teaching in gym environments and enjoys bringing yoga to those who believe it's not accessible to them—She changes the "I can't" to "I can." In Jennifer's classes, laughter is welcome and possibilities are endless. You can also find her working as Office Manager of Shepherd Chiropractic.

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Melissa garrett

With a background in soccer coaching, Melissa understands the importance of practice and a positive attitude! She graduated from our Teacher Training program in 2016 and has experience in training athletes and yogis of all ages and experience levels. Melissa's classes are a free play zone, a non-judgmental environment built for individuals to fully express themselves. Come enjoy a vinyasa flow designed for you to build strength, find balance, and simply unwind.

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Anisa Siam

Anisa graduated teacher training in August 2016. An avid rock climber, Anisa loves to connect yoga and climbing; the combination has taught her about body awareness, facing fears, and breath control. Having sustained frequent and recurring injuries, she often takes what she has learned from her own injuries and shares with others. She loves teaching athletes who want to push their limits—Take Anisa's class if you want to push yours! She invites you to work hard while laughing and letting go of your everyday worries.

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Purnima bhardwaj

Purnima graduated from The Yoga Factory's Teacher Training in October 2015. She has experience teaching yoga for kids and adults, and her assisting is powerful, too: She has participated in Baptiste Yoga's Art of Assisting and has been an active member of our Beginner's Workshop team. Purnima's greatest passion is teaching yoga to beginners and children. She believes that yoga integrates mind, body and soul! Come to her classes to deepen your practice and create space for something new.

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Ally Williams

In spring of 2016, Ally graduated from our Teacher Training program. With her yoga certification (plus her years of experience in sports and dance), she shares her knowledge of mindful movement to yogis of all levels at gyms and martial arts studios. She currently leads Deep Stretch and Yoga Nidra at The Refinery, as well as our 40 Days program. Empower your life, grow, and laugh together in Ally's class—She will guide you through a physical challenge steeped in self-love, self-exploration, and self-acceptance.

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Josefhine Olsson-Forsström

Josefhine graduated Teacher Training in Spring 2017 and started teaching adults and kids yoga shortly after. She is a certified Art Teacher and has worked with kids of all ages! She has Baptiste's Art of Assisting program and Level One on her list of certifications, too. Josefhine says, "If you take your life seriously, you make yoga funzies!" Take her class and leave the studio having created more space for yourself than you came in with.

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Milena Espinosa

In less than one year, Milena went from a newbie yogi, to Ambassador, to assistant, to yoga teacher! She completed her certification in spring 2017 and has not slowed down since. As a busy student and part-time worker, she has experienced yoga as an amazing tool for self-care. Take Milena's class to sweat, laugh, breathe, and show your body some love! She will inspire you to let go of your worries, explore your playful side, and let the real you shine through.

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Joseph Muñiz

Joseph has been certified since 2017, with Teacher Training and two Art of Assisting programs on his credentials list. To him, yoga is about creating space in body AND mind (which is important in the hustle of day-to-day life). If you are thinking, "Yoga isn’t for me," Joe's class will debunk that myth and help you find the true, unedited, most powerful version of yourself. Attend his all-levels class to build strength, awareness, and mindfulness in yoga and in the real world.

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Varun Hulikeremath

Varun graduated from TYF's Teacher Training in Fall 2017. He began yoga to find calmness in mind and body from a stressful everyday life. He sees the same in his students, so he intends for everyone to leave with fresh energy and a calm attitude to face what's coming in life. Varun will encourage you to explore the barriers you put on yourself (on the mat and in life), give you the freedom to be yourself, AND inspire you grow into something bigger than before. Take Varun's class to experience a powerful flow filled with freedom, sweat, humor, and self-exploration.

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Di shepherd

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Courtney Sauceda

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Ajay Patel

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Kathrynn Cavanaugh

 

Kids Yoga Teachers

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Maggie joachim

Maggie first began her personal practice in 2009 as a way to increase strength and flexibility. Shortly after, she realized that yoga is so much more than poses and flows—It became a daily staple for her to find mental clarity, peace, and take a break from her busy lifestyle. After completing her RYT 200hr training, she was inspired to share her passion for helping children through yoga and obtained her 100hr Children's Yoga certification. Maggie loves teaching yoga for all ages and aims to integrate yoga into the lives of children by hosting kids yoga classes and camps around DFW.

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Liz Lehman

Liz is an E-RYT 200, RCYT, and YACEP, with experience teaching adults, children, and everything in between! As a yoga teacher and mother, she was constantly trying to incorporate her child into her practice, and found herself wondering how to make yoga more approachable to tots. This encouraged her to attain her 95-hour kids certification. For Liz, children’s yoga can only be described as magical—She believes it is a privilege to witness patience, success, peace, calm, fun, balance and silliness in children of all ages. Yoga encourages confidence and courage, youthfulness and joy, and she truly believes that yoga can belong in the toolbox of every child.

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Spoorthi Hiremath

Spoorthi completed The Yoga Factory's kids yoga teacher training in 2017. She has experience in Austin and Plano in children's ministry, and through that, she has developed a deeper understanding of the minds of children and how they interact with the world. Spoorthi enjoys teaching kids yoga to bring curiosity, calmness, and concentration in young minds. Her classes are filled with fun games with yoga sequences, stories, and meditation. Be ready to unwind for new challenges, open your heart for love and bring good thoughts back home!