Meet Our Teachers

 

Rebecca teaches both adult and kid yoga. Her primary focus is vinyasa flow, with an emphasis on breath work and injury prevention. Rebecca guides her students through their practice with clear instructions, intelligent sequencing, and hands-on adjustments. She encourages her students to enjoy the physical challenges of yoga, play with personal limits, and find a quiet mind. Rebecca was born and raised in Berkeley, California. She discovered yoga while studying medicine in Manhattan, and has now been practicing for 20 years. In her travels she has been able to study Aryuvedic medicine, as well as yoga at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India. Although Rebecca practices traditional western medicine, she believes that adding alternative therapies can be quite beneficial for some of her patients. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Annie Carpenter's SmartFLOW school. Off the mat, Rebecca is a wife, the mother of two lively children, a dog lover, runner, and an Emergency Medicine physician.
Zoe discovered yoga in the mid-90s at New York City’s Jivamutki (when it was just a little studio on Second Avenue). She appreciates the discipline of the Ashtanga method equally with the flow and acceptance of Vinyasa. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Shanti Yoga Shala (her home away from home). She is also a certified GroovyKids™ Yoga instructor. Zoe is passionate about helping better the lives of children in whatever way she can. She is a former classroom teacher and a current youth mindfulness educator at several public schools and private practices in New Orleans. She teaches valuable skills that promote self-esteem, empathy, emotional regulation, and learning to live happily in the present moment. She also wholeheartedly believes in the GroovyKids™ yoga method (similar to Vinyasa) and philosophy that “every kid is groovy” and there is no pressure to perform in yoga because...to play is to be free!
Erica has been a teacher in the New Orleans charter schools since 2012, and a yoga teacher since 2015. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in the summer of 2015 to deepen her personal practice, but quickly realized she loved teaching as well. She has been teaching all around New Orleans since 2015: at studios, for free, and even at offices around town to get everyone up and moving. She is currently in a 300-hour yoga teacher training to continue to deepen her knowledge. Erica is certified to teach kids’ yoga through the GroovyKids™ program, and is certified as a mindful educator through Mindful Schools.  Erica believes in incorporating yoga and mindfulness into the education of her students throughout the school day.
Jimena is originally from Argentina and has lived most of her life in Chile, where she fell in love with yoga in 2001. Her practice helped calm her mind and find discipline for her studies in school. Since then, she has deepened her practice in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow yoga through various trainings and workshops. Although she has a degree in Economics and worked as an entrepreneur, Jimena began moving towards becoming a yoga teacher in 2007. Teaching allows her to feel whole with the experience, and she is grateful for the opportunity and the energy she shares with her students. Jimena recently moved to New Orleans, where she loves to live. She just finished her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Shanti Yoga Shala. Join her classes to connect deep breathing with movement and find a clear and a calming mind. Off of the mat, Jimena enjoys being a mother of two children, two dogs, and a cat.
Drawing on her own experience of how yoga created meaningful friendships and a strong community for herself, Ann ensures each student leaves her class feeling included, accomplished, and more than satisfied with their time at Live Oak Yoga. Her goals as a teacher are to give students' bodies a challenge and their minds a sense of calm. As an advanced practitioner of Ashtanga yoga, she incorporates many Ashtanga elements into a traditional vinyasa flow. She also enjoys including strengthening exercises to advance an individual's overall practice—after backbends, get ready for a little Pilates. At the end of a practice, Ann relaxes her students' mind, body, and soul with a thorough savasana. In addition to yoga, she enjoys painting, being outdoors, and spending time with friends.
Jeff began running cross country in high school and has always found it therapeutic for both mind and body. He runs with several groups in New Orleans and has achieved competitive NOTC Grand Prix finishes. He has completed the Gulf Coast Half Marathon Series many times, and is a regular Crescent City Classic top 500 finisher. Jeff enjoys a mix of running, mobilities, CrossFit-type movements, and yoga. Like many New Orleanians, he frequents the St. Charles streetcar line and Audubon Park loop. His weekdays are spent working in information technology, but his weekends are for fishing and playing his trumpet. Jeff’s energy and positive attitude will be a great addition to Live Oak Yoga.
Karina is a New Orleans transplant, yogini, and world traveler. She studied business in college and began yoga when the urge for freedom and adventure overtook routine. She began her studies in Bali, Indonesia, and continues with Shiva Rea in Malibu, CA. She teaches Vinyasa, Power, Yin, and Prenatal yoga. She has worked with athletes, movie stars, children, and elders. Karina is ideal if you're looking for a flow, both in practice and in life with a focus on cultivating flexibility both mentally and physically. Her classes are accessible for all levels yet challenging. Karina encourages a positive attitude from within—building strength, growth, and awareness through her yoga practice.
Maryellen has been an avid practitioner for the past five years and completed her 200-hour teacher training in Annie Carpenter's SmartFLOW school, which emphasizes alignment and openness in the body. In addition, she maintains a regular meditation practice. In real life, Maryellen is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with a strong interest in the ways that meditation positively impacts the brain and improves functioning for patients and anyone willing to devote time to the practice. She has lectured on this topic at the local and national level. She is excited to join the Live Oak Yoga family.
Rebecca was drawn to yoga as a musician looking for a ways to strengthen and protect her body from the rigor of playing the violin. As a yoga teacher, professional musician, and music instructor, she wears many hats in New Orleans and deeply believes that all of her passions bleed into and influence each other. She completed her yoga teacher training and Wild Lotus in New Orleans and teaches a Bhakti centered flow for all levels. In her classes, Rebecca pays close attention to the connection between mind and body and leads from the heart. Off the mat, Rebecca performs with several local bands throughout the city.
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