December 9, 2013 | Comment

Shirley Newton RN, E-RYT

Founder, Essence of Yoga Studio

“May the experience you gain at Essence of Yoga open your heart and lead you to peace.” -Shirley

As a registered nurse by trade I have always been connected to helping people reach their optimal health–for me yoga is a holistic extension of my professional career. I fell in love with yoga over a decade ago due to an injury that could have stopped me from continuing my daily fitness routine.  The healing effects of yoga not only healed my injury it enhanced my fitness ability.  Seven years ago I opened Essence of Yoga Studio to help people  relieve stress through the healing practice of yoga.  I want to share this practice with my students so the awareness, flexibility and openness they gain from class can benefit every aspect of their lives as well as touch the people they interact with on a daily basis. I am also certified in pre-natal yoga and Reiki.


Jeanne Monaghan, RYT

“Yoga is a journey…so enjoy the time and have fun!” -Jeanne

Jeanne’s style is eclectic with influences from Ashtanga, Hatha, Anusura and Iygenar yoga. Her goal is to guide students through a mindful, meditative, breath-centered practice that encourages the student to find balance, between effort and grace in each pose, purifying the body, and bringing clarity to the mind. She began practicing yoga 15 years ago and received her 200hr teacher certification through the Healing Movement School of Yoga.


Lesia Wilk, RYT

“The [yoga] journey is amazing! -Lesia

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? -Dr. Seuss

Lesia started practicing yoga in 2000, received her 200 hr. yoga teacher certification under the teachings of Lorijean Gentzlinger who directs the Healing Movements Yoga Training, and she is currently pursuing her 500hr certification. Yoga is so much more than a physical exercise for Lesia, it’s a way of life.


Sumati Johnson, RYT

“It is my soul purpose to convey a deep understanding of the mind, body, and spiritual connection with each of my students.  Yoga is a powerful vehicle for change.  As you build strength, you start to believe in your own potential; allowing others to see your greatness.” -Sumati

Sumati is a Certified Yoga Instructor, with a Masters in counseling. She’s been practicing yoga since 1999, and teaching since 2003. At Essence of Yoga Studio, she teaches beginner and all level classes. She is also trained in teaching Yoga for the Special Needs Child, Prenatal/Postpartum/Labor & Delivery Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, and Reiki.


“Each person has a practice that is individual and I will honor this.   My goal is for your mind, body, and spirit to feel better when you leave, than when you came” -Diane

I have been practicing yoga for about 20 years.  I decided to take my practice to the next level in 2012 when I received my 200 hour teaching title with the Yoga Institute.  I am a registered member of the yoga alliance.  In addition to yoga I am an Advanced Reiki Practitioner under the Usui lineage.  I am an ordained minister in the order of Melchizedik and I have done training in breath work and the chakra energy system.


“Practice and all is coming.” -Pattabhi Jois

Lindsay Babulak RYT is a certified yoga instructor.  She received her teacher certification through A Jewel in the Lotus Yoga School under the direction of Angela Strynkowski.  Lindsay is registered with Yoga Alliance, and teaches beginner and all levels classes focusing on proper alignment.


Jessica Pisano, RYTjessica_teacher

“When fully embraced, yoga has the power to reshape the body as well as the mind, helping you uncover a renewed love, clarity, strength and courage. I am grateful for the opportunity to share this journey with you.” – Jessica

Jessica has believed in the healing benefits of exercise since she was a young girl, witnessing several family members battle diabetes, heart disease and/or cancer. As an adult, she was drawn to yoga because of its incredible ability to strengthen and heal the body while focusing and empowering the mind. Jessica received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification from the Healing Movements Yoga Training through the teachings of Lorijean Gentzlinger and is certified by the Yoga Alliance. Jessica considers yoga a gift and is excited to share this gift with all who attend her classes.

Cody Drasser, RYTEssence photo

“Welcome to your life, there’s no turning back” – Cody

Cody teaches with  an emphasis on pranayama and raising energy, his teaching style could be referred to as an
intensive study in energy ecology.  He is a professional yoga therapist, and has completed 500+ hours  in the Prana Kriya yoga tradition. Cody taught  asana and meditation workshops for over three years at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts before moving to Austin, Texas to teach at several well-known yoga studios.