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Alisha Merrick
Owner

When I was a child growing up in the 80s, I remember thinking that becoming an adult meant that I would inevitably be overweight and worn out. I did not know any adults who were healthy and fit. But then I made a new friend who invited me over to her house. Her parents were very thin and active; it was the first time I had met adults who were physically fit. I saw an old family picture in their home, and asked my friend who the people in the picture were. She said they were her parents, but the man in the picture weighed about 150 pounds more than the man I had just met! I asked her how that was possible--they looked like two different people. She said that her dad had decided to change his eating habits and start exercising.

It was a breakthrough for me. For the first time, I realized that being overweight and unhealthy could be reversed. It was the first time I realized that I could be in control of what happened to my body and it was very empowering. I decided right then and there that I never wanted to be unhealthy.

During this same time period, my mother created a beautiful work of calligraphy which contained a long quote from Leonardo da Vinci. I read the quote often, as I could see it from our dining table. A line from that quote represents some of my favorite words ...to live by:

“The height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment.”

When I finally internalized that truth, I started desiring greater self-mastery. I come from a family where various addictions have caused a lot of destruction and misery. I never wanted to allow any substance to have that sort of control over my body. Instead, I became a personal trainer in my early 20s. During this time, while I was so focused on exercise for my body, my mother became focused on nutrition as she worked hard to heal herself from life-threatening cancer. Her struggle was eye-opening for me and started my own journey of self-discovery and research that led to Yoganics. I realized that it didn’t matter if I exercised 2 hours a day for the rest of my life--I could still be unhealthy if my diet didn’t provide the nutrition my body needed.

I truly believe that what we offer at Yoganics, if utilized and internalized, has the power to change lives. Pure nutrition and fitness combined are incredibly powerful tools of wellness, which is why we provide this combination at Yoganics.

Life is wonderful and miraculous, though sometimes incredibly difficult. Some moments and trials in life are hard enough without being exacerbated by self-inflicted health problems. I am not saying, nor do I believe, that all health concerns are self-inflicted; I know I inherited many just by being born. But an excess of our society’s illnesses are preventable. Embracing all that we have to offer at Yoganics is one of the best methods of prevention I know.

Health and happiness is truly what I desire for all. I hope you’ll join me on my wellness journey at Yoganics!

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Instructors
Miranda Hale
Yoga Instructor
April Flory
Yoga Instructor

My yoga journey began in the Fall of 2009 when I started training for a marathon. I was looking for a way to stay limber and recover from long run days. I started attending yoga classes at a local gym. A year later, I began practicing at a yoga studio called Gaia Flow Yoga. Then June 2011, I attended teacher training hoping to learn more. What I found was that yoga began to transform more than just my body. I began to discover the mental and spiritual awareness that comes from intentional breathing.

My classes’ emphasize using the breath to connect the mind and body. As an instructor, I hope to introduce others to the benefits of connecting the breath to movement through practicing yoga.

From my heart to yours, Namaste.

Dee Dee Burrington
Yoga Instructor

Dee Dee has a accomplished background of gymnastics, dance, group fitness, musical theater and more. She started teaching Yoga in 2006 and is a 200RYT. She loves helping others balance their lives and believes that through yoga everyone can become more flexible to withstand the winds of impermanence. Through pranayama (breath), asana (poses) and dhyana (meditation) every individual can learn to stay and breathe through challenging situations that provoke the fight or flight response.

Dee Dee enjoys being a witness of the wonderfully rewarding breakthroughs this practice offers within her students. “It is Bliss”. Which ever class of hers you take she will surely amaze you with her charm and skill level. She delights in the following forms of Yoga: Hot Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Hatha, Meditation/Pranayama, and Vinyasa Flow.

Patti Bradley
Yoga Instructor

Patti has been involved in fitness as long as she can remember. In high school, she was a cheerleader and ballet dancer. In her 20's she trained at the Cooper Institute and obtained a Physical Fitness Specialist certification. After the birth of her third child, Patti discovered the practice of yoga and began to realize that exercise did not have to be performed to exhaustion, in a loud room, with someone yelling at you – to be beneficial.

Patti obtained yoga certification through Yoga Fit and has been teaching since 2009. She enjoys teaching a wide variety of formats that all levels can enjoy and benefit from including hatha, vinyasa, beginner, hot, yin, gentle, family and prenatal yoga.

Certifications:
  • Yoga Alliance 200 RYT – in progress
  • Yoga Fit Certified Instructor
  • Cooper Institute Physical Fitness Specialist
  • Fitour Personal Trainer Master Practitioner
  • Fitour Pilates Instructor
  • Certified Indoor Cycle Instructor
Other:
  • Recreational Triathlete
  • Mother of three WISD students
  • That Wylie Band Booster
Sandi Tindal
Yoga Instructor

I first came to yoga during a very difficult time in my life. In 2008, I began with very small steps. The first few months of practice consisted of very few poses as I was trying to learn simply how to breathe. Gradually as I was able to reconnect with my breath, I discovered a new found joy and was able to ground and balance my body in postures as well as stabilize my mind.

Being engaged in the discipline of yoga allows me to overcome depression and anxiety. A desire to share the transformative and empowering practice led me to complete my 200 hour yoga teacher certification through North Texas Yoga. I am registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT200 and I am also a member of the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) as healing from trauma whether physical or mental is very dear to my heart.

We can say at Yoganics that Sandi has been described as warm and caring in her teaching and she encourages an open dialogue and interactive class environment so that students can get the most out of their class experience.

"From a previous career in electrical engineering I find that being more integrated with my community and helping students find joy and balance through the practice of yoga to be tremendously fulfilling."

Heather Ward
Yoga Instructor

Overall health and wellness has been part of Heather Ward’s focus for many years and yoga seemed to be a natural fit. She has practiced yoga on and off for the past 17 years and has been teaching her passion for the last three. Her understanding of the body and nutrition flows through her life and practice.

Heather strongly feels that yoga should be fun, challenging, and thought provoking while offering students the opportunity to focus on their body, breath and mind. She is uniquely capable of incorporating multiple aspects of yoga and injects them into her teaching. Her class emanates a distinct energy, bringing balance to your day and leaves you excited to return to your mat.

Janet Hennard
Yoga Instructor

I fell in love with yoga as a young woman taking classes at a local YMCA. But family and career took precedence over a regular practice and, after too many years of not taking care of me, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Not wanting to slow down, I refused to accept the diagnosis until it came from three different physicians!

Finally, I returned to my yoga practice, and immediately felt at home again — with me. I retired from corporate life to teach yoga, receiving my RYT200 from Sunstone Yoga in 2007 and RYT500 from Atha School of Yoga Therapy in 2010. In 2013, I trained under Bernie Clark to earn a certificate in teaching Yin Yoga, and I enjoy incorporating some of the wonderfully still and meditative Yin in most of my classes.

I teach a gentle flow style that focuses on the wisdom of the breath and considers the capabilities and limitations of individual students. I have a passion for the healing power of yoga!

Rebekah Brown
Yoga Instructor

Growing tired of traditional forms of exercise, yoga stumbled into Rebekah's life in January 2011. After months of struggling through a repetitious and mundane large gym routine, she happened into a group fitness class and was formally introduced to the world of yoga. Instantly she fell in love with a practice that fulfilled her need to move and "workout" yet left her feeling happier and more at peace than when she began.

Inspired by this feeling of peace, she sought out a means not only to further her practice, but also to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to share this path with others. That fall she enrolled in a teacher training program and never looked back.

Rebekah is very approachable and teaches a class where everyone feels welcome. Whether you are new to yoga or have many miles acquired on your mat, you will always feel successful in her class. From her eclectic music collection to her use of yoga props, you will leave her class feeling like you were able to stretch not only your body but also your mind.

Rebekah completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification with Yoga Alliance in July 2012. She is also certified to teach Restorative and Beginner's Yoga.