206 East 4th Street Austin, TX 78701
Gioconda Parker • Modules 1, 3, 4
Gioconda combines alignment and flow to empower students to grow in their practice, inviting challenge in a nurturing environment. She encourages playfulness and enjoyment while exploring the science and art that is yoga, and believes passionately in yoga’s ability to bring unity at an individual, community and global level. Yoga is a doorway to the greatest teacher, the wisdom that lies within and is reflected without. She seeks to study and learn from the natural world, and to inspire students to journey into their own deep wisdom. She has nurtured many students on the path from student to teacher through her trainings, and her Pay It Forward scholarships provide yoga outreach to a wide range of populations, from the homeless to troubled youth.
In 2008, she initiated and co-founded the Austin based community movement “One OM,” a seva project designed to unite yoga communities in practice and service. One Om events continue to bring people together locally to love, honor and share the practice. A continual student, Gioconda recently completed her Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology and is enrolled in ongoing studies in Ayurveda and Somatics. She leads workshops, teacher trainings, personal development programs and retreats across the globe but makes her home in Austin.
Kate is a proud mama of three boys and lives with her husband and kiddos in her hometown of Austin, Texas. After living in New York and San Francisco for 12 years combined, Kate is thrilled to call Austin her home (again) where she teaches yoga, writes and, most importantly, does the mama thing.
Kate’s own mom introduced her to yoga almost 18 years ago. After moving to New York City in 2000, she started a regular asana practice to supplement her passion for running and quell the anxieties inherent to a life in Manhattan, but the benefits she experienced were much greater than she ever imagined. Having worked in the fast-paced world of publishing for two years followed by six years in publicity, yoga became a gift of grace in Kate’s life serving as a means to quiet the mind and turn inward, which continues to provide new perspectives on her life mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Kate completed 500 hours of teacher training with YogaWorks New York. She is also a certified prenatal yoga teacher. She taught in New York and San Francisco for six years (combined) and was part of the teaching team for YogaWorks’ San Francisco teacher training programs. Kate is forever grateful for all of the teachers who have taught, guided and inspired her including Jenny Aurthur, Jeanmarie Paolillo, Nikki Estrada, Erika Trice, Mynx Inatsugu, Elise Miller, Rod Stryker and Tias Little.
Kate teaches with the hope that yoga will touch her student’s lives the way it has her own. Her classes focus strongly on connecting the breath with precise alignment and mindful movement while encouraging playful exploration and a lighthearted approach to the practice. Incorporating breath work, personal intention, music, mantras and lessons from the Yoga Sutras into her classes, Kate teaches with the hope that the ideas and inspirations that her students uncover for themselves on the mat may be translated into their everyday lives with balance and ease.
Collette discovered yoga as a compliment to her breath and body work while majoring in acting at Bennington College in Vermont. After working as a teacher for a few years and receiving a Masters in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership, she moved to Austin and decided to take her yoga practice to the next level and became an RYT. Collette strives to practice with intention — both on the mat and off! For her, this means moving with an open mind, a happy heart, and compassion for herself and others. Through teaching, she hopes to inspire a sense of community and to encourage her students to push past self-imposed physical and mental limits.
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