STACEY RAMSOWER / Co-Founder
Stacey came to yoga asana in 1996 via Patricia Walden’s “Yoga For Beginners” VHS tape. It was the start of a beautiful relationship with yoga and set the tone for deep study and practice. She completed her 200hr training at YogaWorks under the guidance of Annie Carpenter and Lisa Walford, a training that continues to serve as the foundation for her teaching practice. Immersed in the philosophy and practice of the Krishnamacharya lineage, Stacey learned the value of alignment, discipline, practice and beginner’s mind. Over the course of the last decade, Stacey has focused her attention primarily on the physical and subtle body in teaching and practice.
She thanks her teachers for their profound contribution of wisdom along the way: Hala Khouri, for bringing the emotional body out of hiding through Somatic Experiencing; Mira Shani, for revealing the divine as rooted within; Schuyler Grant and Nikki Vilella, for creating clarity and order in the bodymind by teaching with clarity and order on the mat, and Alex Auder, for linking intense practice and dharma to the flow of ordinary life. As a result of receiving such powerful guidance on her own path, Stacey is passionate about the art and practice of teaching.
RHIA ROBINSON / Co-Founder
Motherhood, meditation, travel, writing and deep reflection have been sources of tremendous inspiration for Rhia. She discovered yoga when she was a teenager and has been teaching since 2002. Her classes use the physical practices as access points to the more subtle and spiritual aspects of yoga such as observing mental and emotional patterns, and connecting to Spirit. Her gentle guidance leads students to explore their edges and uncover their own wisdom. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to share the gift of yoga with others.
Rhia teaches public and private yoga classes. In 2012 she co-founded Yoga Collective, a studio in the Garden Oaks neighborhood of Houston. She is certified by 8 Limbs Yoga Centers in Seattle and Santa Barbara Yoga Center, and has her Level I ParaYoga certification with Yogarupa Rod Stryker. Including her current teacher, her greatest teaching influences include Anne Phyfe Palmer, Melina Meza, Erich Schiffmann, Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.
JESSICA BOYD / Director 200-Hour Program
Jessica emphasizes slow, safe, accessible, alignment-based practices with a dose of deep rest, somatics, and connective tissue work for greater range of motion through which students are able to find ease and connection to their breath. She loves that there is more to this practice than just the forms we make with our bodies and work to integrate that greater meaning through finding stillness, meditation and participation in the subtle energetics.
Jessica graduated from Svasta Yoga School and has completed several additional trainings including: Transformational Restful Yoga for “Every” Body & Yoga Therapeutics with Melissa Smith, Yin Yoga with Rhia Robinson, Expedition Balance with Carl Salazar, Reiki Level One and various workshops with the likes of Melina Meza, Kristina Keller, Rod Stryker and Christina Sell. She loves sharing this practice with others, especially being able to welcome new yogis into the fold and help them find their path.
CARIN CUNDEY / Faculty
Since 2004 Carin has worked with hundreds of women, guiding them into health with the tools of yoga, Ayurveda, aromatherapy and bodywork. Carin is a life-long learner who knows she will never stop seeking more knowledge! She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Yoga Teacher, Emotion Code Practitioner and certified Aromatherapist. Carin has also studied Western Astrology for the past 10 years and has earned her Ayurvedic Health Educator Certificate from the CA College of Ayurveda. Carin understands that these modalities are all tools that we may use to understand ourselves more clearly, as she has utilized them for this purpose in her own life. They have empowered her to move forward in this life with less worry, more wonder and a greater ability to find happiness. She shares these with others in order that they too may be empowered to change their lives and live from an authentic place of joy.
HOPE WILLS / Director 300-Hour Program
Hope has been an educator since 1995 – graduated from the University of Houston and completed masters and doctoral level coursework at Texas Tech, College of St. Rose, and Vanderbilt University. Yoga entered Hope’s life in 1999, and in 2004, she began deepening her learning by enrolling in the yoga immersion and instruction offered through ViraYoga in NYC. Hope’s practice remained strong, but she only began teaching yoga to others after traveling to and studying Hatha Yoga and meditation in Upper Bhagsu, India in 2014. Since then she taught at Houston Yoga Collective in Garden Oaks. In August 2016, a colleague asked her to teach yoga to a third grade class and instead of taking on just one class, she piloted a mindfulness program with five classes of students (first, third, and fifth graders).
Hope’s love for yoga – and sharing the practice through teaching children and adults – invigorates her mind and spirit and is her catalyst for growth.