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.

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.

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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.

Pia Das

Yoga Instructor & Essentials Oils Therapist

Pia Das : Yoga Instructor & Essentials Oils Therapist

Pia is a career coach, yoga teacher, and writer. She discovered yoga in 2007 around the same time she began her career as a lawyer. She quickly realized that yoga not only offered numerous health benefits, but it also brought her a profound sense of peace in an often hectic environment. Pia is also an aromatherapy enthusiast and presents community workshops on using essential oils to live naturally. She frequently travels to India to dive deeper into her practice of yoga and healthy living. To learn more about Pia, please visit her blog at

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.

Joyce Yost Ulrich

Guest Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor

Joyce Yost Ulrich : Guest Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor

Joyce Yost Ulrich was originally a professional dancer, spending ten years performing with the Houston Ballet. She was introduced to Pilates at Houston Ballet in 1985, and took advantage of the amazing technique to rehabilitate from injury, returning to dance strong and balanced and prepared.
Jo is also a level 3 practitioner of Yamuna® Body Rolling, a myofascial release technique practiced with a series of small balls. She has used YBR® to complement her Pilates work since 2001. Jo also uses Yamuna®'s Face work to alleviate headaches, TMJ, and sinus pain. A combination of Pilates and Yamuna® footwork through Jo's guidance has been successful in alleviating foot issues.

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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Margaret Taylor

Ayurveda Instructor

Margaret Taylor : Ayurveda Instructor

Margaret Taylor discovered Ayurveda and Pranayama in 2012 at the midpoint of her life. When her husband received a cancer diagnosis, she turned to Ayurveda to achieve a balance in her life and gained spiritual peace and balance. With the hectic nature of caring for her husband and her two children, while working a full time job, she used the breathing exercises of Pranayama to create a calm throughout her soul and life that she could transfer out into the world around her. From her perspective of somebody that was herself new to the whole experience of Eastern philosophy and living, she has learned how to share her learnings with those wholly unfamiliar with such teachings. She has never felt so free, fit, and connected to the world around her, and hopes to share her wisdom with her community.