About The Yoga Studio Of Corpus Christi
LET YOUR INNER LIGHT SHINE THROUGH!
The Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi would like to thank everyone for their support. Over the past fifteen years we have developed a family feel in the studio and are always excited about welcoming new faces to the studio (as practitioners and teachers). It is very exciting to be able to share yoga with someone and to watch them go through the process of self discovery. This is the reason the studio exists. With our library, workshops, teacher training, and availability to talk with your teachers on a personal level we are promoting your personal growth!
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
By Marianne Williamson from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
May many miracles come your way. Don’t be afraid to go out and let your light shine. While you are at it help someone else discover theirs. Serve the greater good!
Much Love To You All!
Yoga Studio Of Corpus Christi Teachers
Ajia Fielden received her RYT 200 hr from the Yoga studio of Corpus Christi in May 2018. She had an interest in yoga at a young age and took classes here and there but it wasn’t until college that she discovered Acroyoga. She found a partner and started training two or more times a week. To improve her skills she thought it would be beneficial to become an Acroyoga teacher but knew that it would serve her the most if she did a yoga teacher training first. She was right but not in the ways she anticipated. Mostly focused on traditional yoga now the practice has provided her with a new outlook on life and she is very excited to share that with others.
More attune to Vinyasa style flows, Ajia's classes are challenging yet traditional. The goal of each of her classes is for the practitioner to connect with their inner self through proper alignment and breath.
Amber Merrill is a graduate of a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi.
Join Amber for her intuitive teaching where she specializes in Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga. She enjoys teaching all styles of yoga.
Candice started her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in 2019 at the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi. She quickly realized that this was a path of deep healing and something she was meant to share. When she learned of an opportunity to merge into an Advanced 500 Hour Teacher Training Program even before her 200 Hour Training was complete, she jumped in. She completely immersed herself in all things yoga.
Candice is dedicated to a yogic lifestyle. She is the perfect teacher to walk you through your journey. She is very in tune with those of you who are just beginning your own yoga journey. She will share with you all the ways that you can start your own healing from the inside, out.
Kaeli, born in Honolulu, Hawaii grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. First introduced to yoga in 2013 while getting B.S degree at The University of Texas at Austin in Health and Kinesiology. From then she was hooked on yoga and completed her 200 Hr Yoga alliance training with Michelle Acebo through the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi in December of 2017. Currently, she is continuing her education at TAMUCC for a Masters in Kinesiology. Some of her interests are cooking, painting, holistic healing, and supporting her community. Kaeli’s ultimate passion in life is to work with people of all ages and share with them the tools and knowledge she has learned to enhance their quality of life. Specifically, Kaeli has experienced physical, spiritual, and emotional benefits through yoga, so she chooses to share her practice with others. Kaeli's classes are open to all levels unless specified otherwise.
Renee Gongora was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She's been a certified American Sign Language interpreter since 1993. She served in the U.S. Army from 1996-1999 and traveled coast to coast, border to border, Europe and back. After serving in the military, she began her pursuit in teaching and maintains certifications in all levels of Special Education, Deaf Education, American Sign Language, and English as a Second Language (ESL/ELL). She's been in public education since 2005. She holds an Associate’s degree in Sign Language Interpreting from Renee started her home yoga practice in 2006 in Granbury, Texas. She began studying under the wonderful teachers in Corpus Christi in 2010. She earned certification for Teaching Kids Yoga from Mi Yoga at Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi in summer of 2017 to combine and share her love for yoga with the youth. Renee is in the process of earning her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification under the lineage of the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi and her esteemed teacher Michelle Acebo.
Yoga has taught her how to cope with life challenges and embrace herself and others with love, exuding that zany quirky blend of humor and wisdom to humbly share the light with others. Yoga helps her relieve the multitude of spine and neck issues while honoring the mental and emotional stories within her. Renee wants to share the joy and healing journey of yoga with all whom are willing to learn. Renee continues her study with PTSD management and Stress/Anxiety Disorder management.
Debbie discovered Yoga’s benefits while working at a high stress corporate job when a co-worker asked her to go to a yoga class. She immediately felt a difference in her ability to handle stress and noticed how her body felt. Practicing regularly for the next 10 years, she became interested in enhancing and deepening her practice. She began to study benefits of body alignment and going beyond the physical practice of asana. She began learning about yoga philosophy and tradition.
Debbie retired from corporate life and moved to the Corpus Christi area in 2017. She was fortunate to find the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi where under Michelle Acebo’s guidance and encouragement she entered the 500 hour yoga teacher training in May of 2018. Not being athletic herself, Debbie’s goal in teaching yoga is to bring the practice to all levels of physical ability knowing that anyone can do Yoga and that it can bring better health and peace of mind to all.
Kirk completed his Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Training in 2016 through the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi. He has continued to study with many teachers throughout the country. He has attended several workshops with Kino MacGregor. He has a special interest in Ashtanga Yoga. Kirk can lead you through intense core yoga work and will be able to guide you through understanding and accessing your own personal power. Come check out one of his classes. It is likely you will see Kirk attending other yoga classes at the studio. He has always continued to be a student himself which therefore empowers him to be an excellent yoga teacher.
Michelle has been doing yoga since 2001. In October of 2002 she obtained her Primary Teaching Certificate through A.F.A.A. Most of the yoga she practiced between 2002 and 2004 was done in her home with videos. In 2004 she became a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level with the Yoga Alliance through a program in Corpus Christi. In February of 2004 she attended a personal Revolutionary Weekend with Baron Baptiste which was truly a life changing event! As her practice deepened it became harder to practice in the gym setting. There was such limited yoga in Corpus Christi in 2004 so she decided to open a yoga studio. It was the first yoga studio in South Texas dedicated completely to yoga. Hungry for more information, a Teacher Training Intensive given by Camille Thomasson was done 1/3/2005-2/26/2005 at the studio. It began the first day the studio opened! She attended the following workshops and/or trainings: Several workshops with Bekir Algan, Peggy Kelly, Joan White Level III Iyengar, Cathy Rogers Evans, Anne Nowell from The Astanga Yoga Centers of San Diego, Jo Zucovitch from San Diego Yoga Studios, Private Instruction by Camille Thomasson, Healthy Back Specialists Class 5/13/2005, Seane Corn 9/09/2005-9/11/2005 Beyond Vinyasa , 3 Realms of consciousness and attended a special Master's Class, Turbo Kick Teaching Certificate 1/21/2006, PiYo Gold Teaching Certificate 1/22/2006, Fitour Pilates I Teaching Certificate 5/22/2006, 30 hour Immersion with Srivatsa Ramaswami (Srivatsa Ramaswami studied directly under Krishnamacharya for 30 years) in Vinyasa Krama Yoga on 09/19/2006, The Inner I.D.E.A. and I.D.E.A. workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada which is one week of full day workshps devoted to fitness, It was the first year for Inner I.D.E.A. Michelle studied with Sherri Baptiste, Stacy Mc Carthy, and Marla Ericksen who studies Chakra balancing extensively. She has attended several workshops on Ayurveda with Bekir Algan and the most recent one with Dr. Robert Svoboda on Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers. Michelle completed an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher's Training Intensive (40 hours) with David Swenson on 5/12/2007- 5/18/2007. She re-did a 200 hour level teacher's training through Yoga Yoga in Austin, Texas, completed an Anusara Immersion with Christina Sell. Michelle has attended a weekend workshop with Carlos Pomeda in San Marcos on Yoga History and Philosophy in October of 2007. She attended a weekend with Gary Kraftsow in Austin, Texas November of 2007. The concepts of Viniyoga were explored during a three day workshop. Gary Kraftsow is the founder of The National Viniyoga Institute. Michelle completed a 300 hour Jivamukti Teacher's Training Course in Rhinebeck, New York with Sharon Gannon and David Life on May 23rd, 2008. Michelle assisted Sharon Gannon and David Life at the Southwest Yoga Conference held in Austin, October 2008. She continues to study in the Jivamukti method. She completed a 200 hourTeacher Training Program with Shri Dharma Mittra in NYC in June of 2010. Michelle has also completed a Yogic Arts™ 100 hour Teacher Training with Duncan Wong on March 6, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Michelle completed Baron Baptiste Level 1 training in October, 2011 in Austin, Texas. She completed her Level II Baptiste training in March of 2012 in Austin, Texas. Michelle integrates many of the Baptiste principals into her teaching on a daily basis. Michelle began an Apprenticeship at Jivamukti Yoga NYC with Tamar in 2012. The apprenticeship requires her to spend a minimum of 3 months in NYC at the Jivamukti Yoga Center. She completed one month of the program with intentions to continue at a later date. Michelle studies with Manorama, Director of Sanskrit Studies in NYC. She continues to study privately with Manorama on a bi-weekly basis. Manorama also comes to the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi as often as possible. Be sure to check the schedule to see which method is being taught. If it does not specify you can expect to have a little of each method in one class. Michelle facilitates Yoga Alliance 200 and 500 hour Teacher Training Programs through the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi. Michelle is a Certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher and has completed Advanced Yoga Therapy Training as of February, 2013. This was completed through Sundara Yoga Therapy in Austin, Texas. She donates free classes to all active military and to veterans who are referred by medical specialists. The focus of these particular classes are for PTSD, Anxiety and to give tools which may decrease the incidence of PTSD from military duties.
Michelle is currently an E-RYT 500 Hour Teacher who is also the Creator and Director of the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi's Yoga Alliance 200 and 500 Hour level Teacher Trainings.
Michelle is available for small group or private yoga instruction. Contact her at 361-779-0183.
Armando Ramirez started yoga classes in high school at the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi. He quickly found his life's passion. Armando has completed Teacher Training Programs with Srivatsa Ramaswami, Yoga Yoga, Austin 200 Hour, and Christina Sell 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program through the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi.
Armando enjoys taking the students to new possibilities. If you would like to be challenged in a safe environment, while strengthening your core, join him for a flow yoga class. He also excels in Restorative Yoga. Either extreme and all that is in between, Armando can guide you there!
Gwynne Villegas Bussell
A Corpus Christi local with a background in athletics and music, Gwynne discovered Yoga in
June of 2010 and after one class, felt immediately drawn to the physical, mental, and spiritual-awakening benefits it offered. With her passion ignited, she completed her first Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Hour Teacher Training in November 2011 from Christina Sell through the Anusara Yoga Immersion and Teacher Development Program at The Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi. In 2012, Gwynne met the love of her life and was whisked away overseas by the whims of the Navy. After a few years of world travel and adventure, the Navy brought
her back to Corpus to share her Light, love, and the gift of Yoga with others.In June of 2019, Gwynne received her second Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Hour Certification
through the Teacher Training at The Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi from Michelle Acebo and
Gretchen Weber. She honors the lineage of many teachers before her, especially her mentor Giselle Mari. When she’s not teaching Yoga, you can find Gwynne performing music with the local orchestra, dabbling in culinary delights, and spending time with her family and fur-
Maria Theresa Dominguez Mears
Maria Teresa was one of the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi's original students in 2007! She attended at least 4 classes per week, every week! She has been instrumental in every way with the success of the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi.
She completed her first Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program with Christina Sell through the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi. Maria Teresa has completed many other teacher training programs. She has studied with Manorama D'Alvia.
Maria Teresa has studied and developed her own Yoga Teacher Training Program for Kids. She is incredibly talented in many areas of yoga. She is a steady practitioner herself.
She has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Baptiste Yoga Teacher Training. She can challenge everyone, at every level. Look for trainings through MI Yoga!!!
Yoga Studio Of Corpus Christi
509 Clifford St, Corpus Christi, TX 78404