Little Creek’s yoga instructors collectively have decades of experience teach yoga to students of all levels and spiritual yoga practices.
Sally has been practicing yoga for 40 years and has taught for more than 20. Her primary influence has been through the Iyengar tradition which stresses the importance of alignment through the use of props. “I believe in focusing on what our bodies can do, not on what they can’t do. I love yoga” – Sally
Having spent an entire lifetime in physical practice as an athlete and dancer, Sharon Leahy turned to Ashtanga Yoga 15 years ago as a moving meditation and a way to use her body as a door to spiritual progress. In 2010, she spent a season studying in Goa, India with Rolf and Marci Naujokat, who recognized her abilities as a teacher and encouraged her to return to her community to help others in their practice. Having completed two yoga teacher trainings and participated in hundreds of classes and workshops, Sharon synthesizes the wisdom of many generous teachers to provide each individual student with the opportunity to find their own yogic path and to practice in a manner that is helpful and healing.
James Hebert has been established in Lafayette as a yoga instructor at several venues and yoga studios since 1999. James’ spiritual yoga practice draws from both personal experience and teacher trainings, with an emphasis on the exploration of meditative breath-work as the basis for the physical practice of traditional yoga. James offers yoga practitioners the opportunity to safely challenge their body and mind through mental and physical discipline techniques, allowing them to transcend resistance without struggle. James’ yoga practice remains committed to an intention of well-being for all living beings.
James and his wife Marie live in Lafayette, and enjoy hanging out with friends, experiencing the outdoors, creating art and building projects, and spending time with their three children and extended family. James has been the Operations Manager at KRVS, Public Radio at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette since 2001.
For Neil, teaching yoga is about holding space for the practitioner. In each of his classes, cultivating a sanctuary for a person to move safely and connect with feeling is the foundation. His emphasis on breath and posture creates a meditation of the senses. Along with hands-on adjustments and verbal cues, students are offered a way to deeply and mindfully experience each pose. Neil’s intention behind teaching is to offer students a way to feel connection; in mind, body and spirit. He believes that from that integration and practice, a person can live a happier, more fulfilled life. Neil’s teaching is mainly based on Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, which is the “mother” of many styles of yoga. Neil uses yoga as a vessel for helping people to calm the ongoing chatter of the mind, reduce stress, and make a deeper connection to themselves.
Neil has been practicing since 2004, and teaching since 2009. Integration of body, mind, and spirit is one of the many benefits that yoga has brought him. To him, it is an honor to share what he has learned along the way. Neil’s interests include: Community, Cooking, Travel, Music, Mystery, Motorcycles and Romance.
Missy Dupreast is an ambitious, lifelong learner with a strong work ethic. When she explores something new, she wants to know as much as possible. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing, with minors in music theory and performance; certificates in Recording Engineering and Audio Production; and a Master of Music degree in music theory and composition. In February 2011, she made yoga her focus.
By practicing yoga, Missy found relief from the stresses of working her way through graduate school. Yoga helped her to gain an awareness of the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. She began to experience less stress and worry, and over time, she became stronger and more flexible.
Missy quickly evolved from yoga student to teacher. She completed a six-week, 200-hour training course at Lafayette Center for Yoga, and has been a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance since January 2012. She teaches a variety of yoga styles, including Ashtanga, slow flow, yin, restorative, vinyasa, and aerial.
In addition to teaching yoga, Missy works as a freelance audio engineer and part-time music educator.
Xiu Ling Fu was a manager of Maersk Container Co. Ltd in China. She felt tied, so she quit her job to devote more time to practicing Tai Chi. Now she is a full time Tai Chi instructor here in Lafayette and we are greatly pleased to have her knowledge available to us at the Camelia House. Xiu is also available for private lessons and would like to start a children’s Tai Chi class soon.
Born in Lafayette, LA, Nina is an artist who enjoys riding her bike, hiking, and attending live music shows. She developed her love of yoga receiving the softening and strengthening effects of asana, both on and off the matt. The physical postures of yoga sparked an inner exploration that led her to the Nosara Yoga Institute on the pacific coast of Costa Rica. There she studied Vinyasa and Self – Awakening Yoga with Don and Amba Stapleton. Nina spent one month living purified life in the jungle chanting, practicing pranayama, asana, and meditation in a 21st century ashram experience.
Yeon is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher. She began practicing yoga in 2009 to help her reduce muscular pain. Through the asana practice, breathing, and meditation, she experienced powerful healing benefits of yoga—not only physically but also emotionally. Wanting to share this ancient healing art of yoga by offering yoga classes, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training course in 2015.
Since she believes healing occurs with fun and happiness, her classes are light-hearted and fun that are accessible to yogis of all levels, shapes, ages, and interests. Lokah samastah sukhinobhavantu — May all the worlds be happy.
Meredith first explored yoga for a “work out” but soon discovered it’s so much more. Yoga is a “work in”. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification in Austin, TX. She is excited to bring her knowledge to the Lafayette area. Pairing breath with creative movement, she believes there is no right or wrong way yoga should look in one’s body. Leave the judgement behind as you feel the flow and breath in your body, leaving rejuvenated and eager to take what you receive on the mat, off into your everyday life.
Dennis is a certified pilates instructor and has been teaching for 20 years. He also offers Qi Gong classes as well as Qi Nei Tsang sessions.