Our Yoga Teachers
Valerie Flynn-Wintz is a yoga teacher, certified for restorative yoga. She finds that gentle poses increase circulation and flexibility and renew vitality. Valerie is a cancer survivor who was teaching gentle yoga six weeks after major surgery, while still undergoing radiation therapy. Valerie has been a health practitioner for more than twenty years, and has found her life's purpose in facilitating health for others.
Tina Ufford is a multi-talented yoga teacher who has been guiding us through restorative, meditative, and strength building practice for seven years. Tina has found her niche here with a gentle
yet challenging take on basic yoga poses, called asana.
Tina says, "I like to run the class like more of a workshop, helping people with what they are troubled by that day, in the mind/body in that moment."
Tina's second career is massage therapy. She has held a Louisiana license for 10 years and is an instructor at the Moore Career College. In class you may receive a little foot massage while in Shivasana (lying down at the end of class for a 3-5 minute meditation), or be guided in some self massage, and maybe learn some new anatomy vocabulary!
Amanda Mays strives to present yoga as a lifestyle and an informed approach to
living. She's a lighthearted, compassionate teacher whose classes are completely accessible yet encourage you to challenge yourself and get a little feisty with your perceived limitations. Amanda
reminds us to laugh often, to let go of excessive self-judgment, and to never take ourselves too seriously. Her lighthearted approach is balanced by her creative, grounding, and intelligently
sequenced classes with a focus on cultivating flexibility and strength. She adores that we will always be students of yoga and never masters.
Sallie is excited be a part of this community and to share her love of yoga. She has enjoyed her time in our "warm and welcoming space" and looks forward to spending more here.
Sallie has completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Louisiana Yoga School and has been practicing yoga for the past ten years. She is the mother of two young boys and strives to be an active member in our local community.
As a licensed massage therapist, Trish realized one of the best ways to stay healthy and pain free was through mindful-movement. Building on her personal Yoga practice, Trish became a Registered Yoga Teacher under the guidance of Elan Adams at Spiral Branch Yoga and is registered with Yoga Alliance.
Taking her training a bit further, she is also a Curvy Yoga Certified teacher to help empower Yogis of all abilities, sizes and ages in a supportive and inclusive atmosphere. Trish has completed the Yoga For All certification and Accessible Yoga training to promote inclusiveness and to help each student have a great Yoga experience, regardless of their level of physical ability.
When Trish is not doing massage therapy or teaching a yoga class, she enjoys practicing yoga, photography, hanging with her family and pets and road trips.