COVID-19 Update, January, 2021
Dearest Students and Friends of the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi,
We announce to you that Monday, January 4, 2021 will be our last full day of public yoga classes. The Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi has been sold. It breaks our hearts to shut our doors to a business and lifestyle that has been a pillar in the community for 16 years. We have had many of you, teachers and students, come through the studio for many different reasons. The center has been a space for healing physical and emotional injuries. We also hope that it has been helpful to you in connecting to deeper to your spiritually. We WILL CONTINUE to offer Yoga Classes and Yoga Alliance 200- and 500-Hour Teacher Training Programs through Alternate facilities.
We will still support our teachers who have selflessly offered their services through some of the scariest times. We had a real team of teachers who truly loved what they did. They taught with so much heart. The owner of the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi will continue to offer social media and advertise links to each teacher’s own website to direct you to where your favorite teacher’s new location(s). We realized early into the COVID-19 virus pandemic that much more space would be necessary to keep our teachers and students safe. You can expect to see a future offering of a much larger venue where we will be able to safely distance you between others. Our wonderful outdoor deck was a life saver! Many thanks to Steven Rex Gabriel for quickly adding shade, lighting and a misting system. Unfortunately, the weather was much too volatile to have any consistency with the outdoor classes.
We hope that you will stay tuned to our website to see what is happening. We will keep you updated on the teachers and offerings until we can be together again. It has been a pleasure opening up the studio on January 2, 2005. It is a bittersweet and sad moment to close the doors exactly 16 years later. We are happy for the community that has grown so much since the early days. We are grateful that were able to hold the space and get so many of these teachers trained. Now, the community has much to offer in the yoga world! We are so grateful to all of the students who continued to support us through these trying times.
There are so many people that we would like to thank. I would never be able to list each of you. Please know that from the bottom of our hearts that we are grateful beyond words, for you. I would also like to thank my teachers, Manorama D’Alvia, Sharon Gannon, David Life, and many others for their love and support. It has been the greatest honor sharing the teachings of our lineage.
LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU
May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all.
Much Love and Light,
Michelle Acebo, E-RYT 500, Registered Jivamukti Teacher, Director of Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi’s School of Yoga, and Founder/Director of the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi
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
Teacher: Michelle Acebo (Umā Devī)
About Michelle: Michelle has been doing yoga since 2001. She opened the first yoga studio in South Texas, Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi, January, 2005. Michelle has studied many styles of yoga with teachers around the world. She pulls from a rich lineage of Jivamukti, Baptiste, Dharma, Astanga (with David Swenson), and Restorative Yoga Styles into all of her classes. She is a trauma sensitive yoga teacher. She is continues her education with Christina Sell and is currently enrolled in Clinical Yoga Institute Trauma Sensitive Program. She has a warm and welcoming demeanor. She teaches a well put together practice with love and compassion. She will take you to your edge while respecting your boundaries. If you are ready to grow, come to one of her classes. Michelle is currently an E-RYT 500 Hour Teacher and Director of the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi's Yoga Alliance 200 and 500 Hour level Teacher Trainings/School. Michelle is also available for private individual or group yoga instruction. Contact her at 361-779-0183.
Website/ Media: https://www.facebook.com/ysocc/
Payment Methods: Venmo: Michelle Acebo: @Michelle-Acebo PayPal: PayPal.Me/ysocc ,Cash at the door . Classes are $20/class ($15 cash only) Private Yoga Sessions $85/hour. Private sessions only sold by purchasing at least 3 sessions.
Additional Information From Michelle: Michelle will have group classes, private yoga, private groups, and continue to offer Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certification at the 200 and 500 hour levels. She is the founder of the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi which offers a format for new and established teachers to shine and share their knowledge. She is grateful to have this opportunity to provide a space for quality yoga and wellness to the Coastal Bend.
Maria Theresa Dominguez Mears
Teacher: Maria Teresa Dominguez (Mears)
About Maria Teresa: 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!!! Maria Teresa was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and moved to Corpus christi in 2007. Combining her love for yoga and children She started teaching Yoga to children and Holds the following related certifications: 2009 Radiant Child by Shakta Kaur 2010 Yoginos yoga for Youth by Beth Reese 2011 Rainbow Kids Yoga with Amanda Mcfadyen In 2011 Maria completed a 200 hrs. level training program and is currently a certified registered instructor with Yoga Alliance, Training with Christina Sell in 2012. In November 2012 She completed a vinyasa flow teacher training with Sean Corn in Dallas, Tx. Also in 2017 She completed Level 1 training Power Baptiste Yoga in Sedona, Arizona. She has continued her education by attending various training and Workshops with: Giselle Mari, Manorama, Dhama Mittra, Duncan Wong, Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Amy Ippoliti, Marco Mandrino, ecc.
Payment Methods: Class Drop in $15.00 per class. No class packs will be sold at this time. Payment can be on Cash, Credit cards, Venmo, Go payment.
Additional Information From Maria Teresa: Hot Yoga For Athletes: General Information about Hot Yoga: Hot Yoga offers classes in Vinyasa Yoga. Vinyasa or flow yoga is one of the emerging forms of yoga in the West arising from Krishnamacharya's lineage of Ashtanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga. Vinyasa yoga is sequenced to bring balance between ease (sukha) and effort (sthira) while synchronizing the movement with the breath. The sequences of the yoga postures are both physically challenging and spiritually rejuvenating. Each posture, also referred to as an asana, is designed to prepare the body for the one that follows. Hot Yoga classes last for 60-80 minutes in a room heated to approximately 97.8 degrees, which is our body temperature. Practicing yoga in a hot environment opens both the chakras and the muscular/skeletal system, it stimulates the glandular system, and helps eliminate toxins to rebuild the body from old injuries. With continued Hot Yoga practice, what once seemed purely physical slowly transforms the practitioner towards a metaphysical state of being. In Hot Yoga, our goal is to empower each student to discover the teacher within. We hope that the classes you take at our studio will help you transform your thoughts, actions and body from the inside out. This particular class description: This yoga sequence was written to reduce injury potential, increase power output, reduce muscle soreness, reduce fatigue, reduce lower back pain, and create a more enjoyable work out. Yoga for athletes addresses areas affected by endurance sports (hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, calf muscles lower back, groin, upper back, forearms, ankles, and wrists). This program is geared toward athletes of all types and will be sure to challenge all levels. This class is not recommended for pregnant women or children under 16. Please hydrate well, bring your own mat and towel.
Teacher: Renee Gongora, M.Ed., Ed.S.
About Renee: Renee has studied Yoga since 2006. She earned her 200 hour YTT certification in 2018 at YSOCC under Michelle Acebo and Gretchen Weber. She is a high school ASL teacher, US Army Veteran, and Yoga teacher. She is currently training for Tai Chi certification. She specializes in Gentle, Restorative, Mindfulness, Trauma and PTSD yoga. She is also certified to teach yoga to children, as she earned her children's yoga certification from Mi Yoga in 2017. This is the only class in the coastal bend with communication accessibility in American Sign Language for Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing clients.
Payment Methods: Paypal Venmo @reneegongora $15 drop in $10 military, veteran, students with ID. Contact:
Additional Information From Renee: Gentle Flow + Restorative Yoga Tuesdays 645-8 pm Gentle Flow + Restorative Yoga focuses on slow movement, each linked with breath. Poses are held for a moderate length of time which helps build strength, increase flexibility, improve alignment and relieves stress. This is an all level class, including prenatal. Please inform the instructor of any injuries, physical concerns, or pregnancy prior to class starting. The teacher has knowledge and experience with various forms of arthritis and different accommodations/modifications for poses (asanas). We bring space and length the ligaments and joints. Please bring your own props and pillow case for the bolster pillows. This is the only class in the coastal bend with communication accessibility in American Sign Language for Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing clients. (361)945-0502
Teacher: Natasha Perez
About Natasha: Natasha Perez is a 200 HR Registered Yoga Teacher and recent graduate of the Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program from the Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi with Michelle Acebo and Gretchen Weber. Originally from Maui, Hawaii, Natasha has been around yoga since the age of four, thanks to her first guru, her yogini mother. Natasha’s personal practice on the mat started in 2016 when a string of unprecedented life events forced her to slow down and reevaluate how she was living. Thereafter, she started down a path of personal healing, igniting her passion for holistic wellness and pursuing a certificate in Meditation and Natural Health & Healing from the University of Hawaii on Maui in 2013. Through her personal practice and experience with yoga, Natasha has come to understand that the healing process does not only occur through the physical practice of asana, or finding stillness in meditation; instead, the truest form of healing, comes from within. As a yoga instructor, Natasha hopes to help clients and students facilitate personal healing experiences through the powerful practice of asana, and other yogic tools, such as pranayama and meditation, that can be easily utilized both on and off the mat. She truly believes that yoga enables healing on all levels: mentally, physically, and spiritually and looks forward to guiding you through your practice, namaste!
Payment Methods: $20.00 card or $15.00 cash BOOK TODAY! Acuity: Facebook:
Additional Information: This class is not recommended for pregnant women or children under 16. Please hydrate well & bring your own mat & towel. (Personal yoga blocks & straps are recommended but not required) Due to limited class space, pre-registration is required. First time students, please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out a liability waiver before class begins. Doors will be locked and classes will begin promptly at scheduled class time. Students who arrive later than the specified class time, or are a "no show," will be charged a fee of $10.00 after class is over.
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Teacher: Mickel Yust
Payment Methods:$15 cash or $20 Venmo (venmo payment to @Mickel-Yust)
Additional Information: This class will be a slow vinyasa with emphasis on breathwork, alignment, and postural awareness. Slow does NOT mean easy! We will spend time holding various poses to understand different aspects of the pose as well as our responses to the physical challenge presented! During thi class we will practice 3-part breath, flow slowly through. Contact Info: Text 651-206-0560
Teacher: Kaeli Hernandez
About Kaeli: 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 and 500 Hr Yoga alliance training with Michelle Acebo & Gretchen Weber in December of 2017, and January of 2019. Additionally, she graduated from TAMUCC receiving her Masters in Kinesiology. During this time, Kaeli was introduced to reiki, a form of energy healing, and became a certified practitioner herself through Karen Wilson Healing LLC. Some of her interests are cooking, painting, various forms of 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 believes we have the ability to heal our own bodies in every aspect, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.
Payment Methods: $20/Class or $15 Cash only. Booking on website recommended. Walk ins are welcome however, not guaranteed a spot. Cash and card accepted in person. For private pricing information please connect via email:
Additional Information: First time students please come 10 minutes early allowing time for all paperwork. Classes will start promptly at designated times and door will be locked right away. Additionally, there is a $5 no show cancellation fee for those reserving a spot online and paying cash in person. Walk ins are welcome, however not guaranteed a spot. These are recommended props to own and bring to class: yoga mat, 8 or 10 foot strap with a D ring buckle, blocks of your choice, Yoga blankets, and King size pillow case (to put over public bolsters). This is a good amount of new information, bare with us. Finally, we are very excited to be practicing with all of you again. Namaste. Om Shantih.
Teacher: Mari Gonzalez
About Mari: Her passion for competitive Brazilian jiu jitsu as well as female boxing is what brought Mari Gonzalez to Yoga. It was a need to heal years of physical injuries that enticed her to walk into her very first Yoga Studio, The Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi. It is there that she fell madly in love with this beautiful practice.
Within her first year of practicing, Mari completed her 200 Teacher Training under Michelle Acebo of Corpus Christi TX, earning her a 200 RYT certification. Immediately thereafter she began her journey as a Yoga Instructor, focusing primarily on slow therapeutic yoga classes aimed at providing both physical and emotional healing modalities.
Mari obtained her 500 RYT certification only a year after obtaining her 200 RYT making her one of very few Corpus Christi Yoga instructors to obtain this coveted designation.
As of 2020, Mari has also received her certifications in Trauma Informed Yoga, Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga & Yoga Nidra, a style of yoga primarily focused on internal healing of the body and very commonly prescribed to people who struggle with anxiety, PTSD, depression & insomnia.
Mari teaches primarily to local clients who hire her to provide them with personalized private yoga sessions. Mari also teaches at Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi providing locals with a weekly Hot Yoga Vinyasa practice. She has also participated in events offered by Texas A&M University-CC which provide the students of TAMUCC with Yoga healing modalities. Such events include: TAMU-CC’s yearly WOW event, TAMU-CC’s Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention event and TAMU-CC’s Domestic Violence Abuse Awareness event.
Mari, alongside her fiancé (a certified 200RYT instructor) owns and operates Element Yoga, a Yoga company focused primarily on helping people heal from physical & emotional trauma through the use of Yoga. It is their goal to bring an awareness to this beautiful, healing practice and introduce benefits which reach far beyond weight loss & physical fitness.
Element Yoga offers various styles of Yoga practices including Trauma Informed Yoga, Point Yoga (for therapeutic healing of the body), Hot Yoga, Vinyasa, Restorative & Yoga Nidra. Element Yoga is also well known for being one of very few businesses to offer Acro Yoga (partner Yoga)
Payment Methods: 20.00 Drop in Fee via card. $15 Cash only. Mobile Phone: 361-290-7110/ PYMT Method: VENMO or Cash
This Smokin Hot Style of Yoga is a Corpus Christi favorite! Expect to get CALIENTE as you flow (Vinyasa-style) through Yoga poses in a heated room. This is a great class for anyone looking to burn more calories, strengthen the body and increase flexibility. In this class you will get breathwork, vinyasa movement, flexibility exercises, full body toning & lots of core work! All levels welcomed.
Note: Temperatures can get between 90-100 degrees so it is HIGHLY recommended that you properly hydrate prior to attending this class.
Classes are sold individually. Please contact Mari forinformation. (361) 290-7110
Yoga Studio Of Corpus Christi
509 Clifford St, Corpus Christi, TX 78404