Yoga Heart Studio Houston

Selise Stewart, Owner

Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Selise Stewart, Owner : Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Yoga Heart Studio founder, Selise Stewart, is a native Houstonian and a graduate of the University of Texas - Austin. She has been practicing, studying, and teaching Yoga in Houston for over 20 years. As one of Houston's premiere Iyengar Yoga Instructors, Selise brings her great sense of humor, keen eye, unwavering passion, and a holistic approach to help students improve the connection to their mind, body and spirit. Click here for information on Selise.

Stephen Pare

Stephen Pare :

Stephen Paré became a massage therapist in 1984. In 1999 he was certified as a Rolfer ® and established a practice in Houston. Rolfing ® uses techniques that lengthen shortened muscles
and connective tissues - not unlike Yoga, which is a recurring touchstone for Stephen’s bodywork. Rolfing brings an experience of ease, balance, and energy to the body, deepening
and amplifying one’s existing practice. Breath is fuller. The low back is freed from the hips, and the shoulders are freed from the ribs.

Stephen is also an educator of bodyworkers, teaching new students as well as experienced therapists. He is a licensed Continuing Education Provider for massage therapists.
He has edited articles for several prominent people in the bodywork community, including Tom Myers, Tyl Luchau, Eric Dalton, Dr. Robert Schleip, Dr. Serge Gracovetsky, Judith Aston, and Dr. Hans Flury.

Nina Patel

Meditation Teacher

Nina Patel : Meditation Teacher
Nina Patel has been meditating since she was 19 years old. As life got hectic with a rising career, marriage, and kids, Nina found it challenging to incorporate a daily meditation practice and sought out creative ways. With two meditation cds on iTunes, E courses and wkshops, Nina offers meditation tools for busy people in a casual, approachable setting. Her ability to simplify & relate ancient wisdom of the East to present-day use is what makes Nina's teachings so effective. Nina is a Reiki Master, Children's Yoga Instructor, and manages  her record label, Kumari Records LLC. She practices mantra meditation, chi-gong, yoga & loves to dance on a regular basis. Nina attributes her dedicated meditation practice to bringing her joy & abundance always and in all ways. OM.

Rajashree Tupe

Guest Senior Iyengar Instructor

Rajashree Tupe : Guest Senior Iyengar Instructor

Rajashree is the founder of Shriyog Institute in Pune and one of the senior disciples of Guruji BKS Iyengar. She trained with Iyengar at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI), since 1993. She was privileged to work and train with guruji's son Prashant Iyengar and daughter Dr. Geeta Iyengar. Her mission is share the subject of Yoga through asana and pranayama as taught by Guruji BKS Iyengar. In her classes, Rajeshree follows the principles of constitution, seasonal conduct, and daily conduct as stated by Ayurveda and spirituality.

Click here to learn more about Rajashree.

Michelle Gregovic

Guest Yamuna & Yoga Instructor

Michelle Gregovic : Guest Yamuna & Yoga Instructor

Michelle Gregovic, ERYT500, YACEP, has been studying and teaching yoga throughout the Houston area for over 23 years. Guided by her love of teaching and her insatiable curiosity for healing the body, she sought out additional certification in holistic health consulting, Thai Yoga, and the Yamuna® Method, including Yamuna® Body Rolling and Foot Fitness. With an ever-present focus on the breath, she hopes to educate and empower each person to take their healing into their own hands. Michelle offers a teaching style that is lighthearted and infused with detailed and practical instruction to help students find a safe practice that is suited to their individual needs.

Michelle graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in Speech Communications. She is grateful for the loving support of her husband and three kids, two cats and a dog. She currently lives in Katy and teaches classes, workshops and individual sessionsthroughout the greater Houston area.

Margaret Taylor

Ayurveda Instructor

Margaret Taylor : Ayurveda Instructor

Margaret is a certified Isha Yoga Teacher. The Isha certification process is 1750 hours of intensive yoga practice and teachings in India. A yoga teacher before this undertaking she deepened her understanding of Classical Hatha Yoga.

"Classical Hatha Yoga is a complete path by itself. If you give yourself totally to this process, you can make yourself the way you want." - Sadhguru

Margaret is also a certified health coach. She believes we are our habits and do not need to suffer as we age. Awareness and habit changes can elevate you to love life and use your body as a stepping stone rather than a hurdle.

Kay Westcott

Hatha Yoga Instructor

Kay Westcott : Hatha Yoga Instructor

Kay Westcott has been teaching yoga for 23 years at various studios and fitness centers in the greater Houston area. She has mentored her yoga teaching with the legendary Billie Gollnick (formerly of Houston) and has taken yoga training and workshops from Erich Schiffmann of Santa Monica, Ca. Winner of Houston Press Best of Award: Best Yoga Instructor 2006. Winner of the Indian Consulate Yoga Service Award 2015.

Anne Bendixen, E-RYT, RCYT

Guest Yoga Teacher

Anne Bendixen, E-RYT, RCYT : Guest Yoga Teacher

Anne was introduced to Yoga in 2005 after working in the Fitness Industry for years. When experiencing not only the physical, but also the emotional and spiritual effects of Yoga, her whole perspective on how we can keep ourselves and each other healthy in every way was forever changed.

Anne's lighthearted teaching style has it's roots in her initial Anusara-inspired yoga teacher training, always keeping the Universal Principles of Alignment and the heart quality in mind. Anne combines elements from her continued and  varied yoga teacher trainings with her intuitive sense for adding music and meditative themes, offering the students....

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Melanie Comegys

Guest Yoga Instructor

Melanie Comegys : Guest Yoga Instructor

Melanie Comegys is an experienced yoga teacher, 500 E-RYT. She has a Level II Reiki Certification in the Usui Shiki Ryoho tradition and has been working in adult education since 1993 as a Head Trainer Corporate Trainer, teaching others how to be leaders.

After a 17-year career in Orthopedic Surgery as a leader in academics and education, Melanie is currently teaching and training others yoga in Houston. She has used her corporate training skills in designing and creating curriculums and training materials for yoga trainings. Through an intelligent and structured approach, she brings adult education in yoga to a new level of training.

Practicing yoga since 1999, she continues her yoga education. She completed five years of intensive yoga studies and has received two certifications in yoga. She continues teaching regular yoga classes along with yoga teacher training and workshops.

Melanie’s teaching is mostly focused on alignment-based yoga. She continually approaches the form-based physicality of the postures in yoga and loves the structure that it brings. Melanie’s classes are inclusive, as she helps everyone in understanding the poses. She gives detailed cues in how to move deeper into the poses, and she helps all students create a foundation that they can build upon. To learn more

Shanthi Nadesalingam

Viniyoga & Medical Qigong Instructor

Shanthi Nadesalingam : Viniyoga & Medical Qigong Instructor

“Natural forces within us are true healers of disease” - Hippocrates

My own transformation began three years ago after I learned how to cultivate my body’s healing energy through simple Tai Chi movements combined with therapeutic yoga poses. I have come to understand that some of the deepest and most effective healing is not found at a doctor’s office or a hospital, but rather from inside ourselves. As a certified Viniyoga (500HR), Medical Qigong (200HR) instructor, I now find great pleasure in teaching others, empowering participants to stay well by taking attentive care of all aspects of their live. I have taught in a variety of community centers, corporate, private and group settings.

As a WomanSpeak Circle Leader, I am passionate in empowering women to become authentic confident public speakers by providing a safe and supportive environment where they can turn their fear into power to clearly articulate their thoughts, ideas, opinion, and suggestions regardless of their audience or circumstances.

Richard Jones

Fitness Coach

Richard Jones : Fitness Coach

Who I am

I am a 61-year-old fitness specialist with over 35 years of experience in the wellness industry. I am a former Army sergeant who has focused on boot camp type exercises, cycling and flexibility. I have been training, teaching and lecturing since 1981 about all types of fitness regimens.

Why I do this

The reason I love to train, is to watch the progress of my clients. It gives me great joy to see them go from only being able to do a few pushups or run a couple of steps, to entering a fitness competition. I thrive on the excitement of my clients when they realize what they can actually achieve. It all starts with their belief in themselves. I am the instrument that pushes them.

What I can do for you

If you allow me to work with you, if you are truly invested in what you want to achieve, there are no limits. There is no place that you and I together, cannot get to. I will show you proper form and technique, and things you haven’t seen before. My training methods are not always conventional, but they are extremely effective.

Austin Kayser

YHS Massage Therapist

Austin Kayser : YHS Massage Therapist

Austin was born and raised in Houston and graduated from Bellaire High School in 2006. Austin graduated from the Avalon School of Massage in 2010 and since then has been in private practice. Austin has attended workshops throughout the United States and in Costa Rica and has nearly completed the requirements as a certified practitioner in Myofascial Release. In addition to Myofascial Release, Austin incorporates Swedish and deep tissue massage.