Our Instructors

Meet the Yoga and Meditation Instructors from The Alchemy Yoga! We have some of the best in all of DFW.

Javon Mbala

ABOUT JAVON MBALA: I am passionate about personal growth and development through the practice of Asana and pranayama connections. I obtained my 200 RYT in 2016. I've been a practitioner for about as long as I’ve been a teacher. For me yoga is more than a practice but...

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Tanya Michel

ABOUT TANYA MICHEL: Yoga has been a true gift that I am grateful to have received and continue to grow through, and most importantly, share with you. A little about me… My first yoga class in was in 1998 in the basement gym of a company in which I worked. At that time...

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Jennifer Love

ABOUT JENNIFER LOVE: I began my yoga practice in January 2011. After going through a divorce in 2010 and finding myself a single mom raising two small kids, I was lost. I didn’t know what I was looking for nor did I know how much yoga would give.  I took my first 200...

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Julia Lee

 ABOUT JULIA LEE: I teach yoga because yoga is a gift and a gift is meant to be shared. The gift includes nurturing physical agility and mental confidence in my students and I am there to help them to reach their highest potential.  Without caring, any asana means...

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Kathleen Alling

ABOUT KATHLEEN ALLINGMovement is an integral part of my life. At my insistence and whining, I started taking dance lessons when I was about four years old. Those continued through young adulthood, and as dance started to conflict with my schedule, I added gym...

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Krystle Sangillo

ABOUT KRYSTLE SANGILLO Her yoga journey began in 2011 when she was in search of something to keep her grounded while dealing with heavy challenges in her personal life. From the moment she stepped onto her first mat, she was hooked. And over time, she became stronger...

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Sireesha Chirala

ABOUT SIREESHA CHIRALA I was brought to yoga by the amazing, influential people in my life, who encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and try something different. After my first class, I was hooked. One of the many definitions of the word yoga is “union.” For...

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James Stringfellow

ABOUT JAMES STRINGFELLOW I came to yoga when I was looking for something to help with injuries I had acquired through different activities. I had been lifting mainly, playing different sports occasionally , and sometimes a yoga class. I found an unlimited weekly...

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Evonne Brazell

ABOUT EVONNE BRAZELL The first time I took a yoga class I was in college looking for a new workout routine. It was, quite frankly, boring and I did not go back.  In truth, I probably wasn’t ready for concepts like “going inward” or “breaking down your ego.”  “No pain,...

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Peyton Baker

ABOUT PEYTON BAKER Peyton Quinn Baker is a ceremonial sound healer and transformational guide creating musical medicine to support the upliftment and evolution of the human collective. In her service to groups and individuals on their healing journey, she holds the...

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Leah Knippel

ABOUT LEAH KNIPPEL I am so grateful to have found my new teaching home at The Alchemy Yoga Studio.  I have loved being a student here since Ayako opened, and have grown so much in my meditation practice from spending time with Ayako and attending her sound healing...

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Keisha Henderson

ABOUT KEISHA HENDERSON: My yoga journey and practice began in 2007. I was searching for something… anything… to distract me from my truth. Although I have a family that pours love and acceptance into me, I chose to listen to the world chatter that communicated you are...

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MEGAN FLYNN

 ABOUT MEGAN FLYNN In 2014, I earned my 200 hr yoga certification. The weekend before I started, I knew I was in the right place. The yoga teacher finished the class with a crystal bowl meditation. I found a feeling of deep peace in regards to losing my mother years...

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CHRIS GRAJEDA

ABOUT CHRIS GRAJEDA After noticing those changes in my health and happiness, the meditation aspect of the practice kicked in. Yoga shed new light on my path, allowing me to slow down and be conscious of how I interact with others and most importantly, with myself. It...

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CARLA PINTO

ABOUT CARLA PINTO: My introduction to Yoga happened at a young age in collaboration with my extensive dance training. As a Yoga instructor, dance artist, and educator, I share my acquired body intelligence with students by bringing mindfulness into practice. Following...

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HAYLEY WHITED

ABOUT HAYLEY WHITED: Hello, my name is Hayley. I began practicing yoga at the beginning of 2017 as a way to reduce stress. I quickly realized that the physical and mental benefits I was experiencing as a result of consistent practice were things I wanted to share with...

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DALTON PRESSON

ABOUT DALTON PRESSON: My friend had to drag me to my first yoga class back in 2012. The main reason I was resistant was because it was out of my comfort zone. Finally, and reluctantly, I went to a class with him and by the end thought to myself, that was awesome. I...

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POORNIMA SONNI

ABOUT POORNIMA SONNI Yoga has been a part of my life ever since I remember. My mother was an Olympian and represented India at multiple Veteran Olympic Games. Yoga was a part of her training and recovery regime I was at a very impressionable age at the time. Imitating...

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YOUKA SCHUPP

ABOUT YOUKA SCHUPP: I stumbled upon my first yoga practice in 2006 while I was recovering from a running injury, never imagining that the yogic way would become an inseparable part of my life journey. With a degree in Art, I started my career as a Fashion Designer and...

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TANYA PEALE

ABOUT TANYA PEALE: I found yoga back in 2004/2005, a time in my life where I had failed at marriage and relationships, and didn’t have a “real” job or career path, just making it day by day. My life had no direction, no purpose. The movement initially drew me to yoga....

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SARAH SHIPLETT

I began practicing yoga in 2010 as a step on the path to self-love. I’m both humbled and honored to share this light with others. I have a MA from SMU where I spent time studying in India, received my initial 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2012 through Gaia Flow...

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AYAKO MAHTANI

More about Ayako Mahtani: "Prior to my practice of Yoga & Meditation, I was often companioned by Anxiety, Insecurity and Fear. I would use all sorts of substances to give me a false sense of confidence, easy to blame people and situations for emotional...

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