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.
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.
Ryan grew up in Louisiana’s deep South, constantly in contact with the succulent natural world of that region. His family and a keen sensitivity bestowed his fundamental relationship to the earth. A shift in his early adult life created a deeper understanding of the intrinsic connection between nature and humans. Ryan’s curiosity and connection to spirit led him to Eastern philosophy, meditation, and the practices of yoga and massage. In this work he began to learn about the uses and healing properties of essential oils. Since then Ryan has become intimate with the wealth of oils and essences, a space he shares with his love and business partner Ashana. Together, they have explored the body, mind and spirit as a conduit for the amazing energy and influences extracted from plants.
Ryan has studied and practiced massage and bodywork for over 19 years. Ryan has studied Thai massage in Montreal at The Lotus Palm school. Shamanism and Energetics in Maui with the one and only Shambu. He has a certifications in yoga and meditation from Ananda Institute in Northern California and Ashtanga Yoga from The Kripalu Center in Western Massachusetts.
Erin grew up in a town with “nothing to do,” so after hearing about a yoga class being offered while listening to the radio one day back in 2007, she jumped on the opportunity to try something new. It wasn’t until a few years later, while in grad school in Lafayette that she became a regular practitioner. Upon seeing a flyer in the window for a new place downtown, she decided to get a two-month pass, hoping it might do something to ease the shoulder pain that came with riding a bike and carrying a heavy book bag. Soon enough, she was feeling great physically, but what really drew her into yoga was the community she had found and the compassion of her teachers. In 2017, Erin completed her 200 hour hatha yoga certification in Rishikesh, India, found in the foothills of the Himalayas and known as the “yoga capital of the world.” Now connected with a community of yogis from every corner of the globe, Erin continues to study yoga philosophy, anatomy and teaching methods, and to practice asana, pranayama and meditation. Her goal is to provide classes that are accessible and diverse, and that inspire mindfulness a deeper connection to oneself.
Known for her uncanny intuition and magnetic personality, Aya is lifelong artist, Bhakti yogini, student of nutrition + Ayurveda + spirit medicine, entrepreneur, mama, and modern day mystic. She has many tools to share, and you will leave her page & classes feeling inspired, well served, and deeply nourished. She teaches a Hatha inspired Yoga: invigorating one-breath-one-movement (Vinyasa) combined with mindful stillness in passive postures which encourage and allow the practitioner to go within and explore the Self (Yin). You find our more about Aya and her yoga journey on her website, or follow her on Facebook, or Instagram.
My teaching has its roots in classical Hatha yoga with other styles such as Kundalini, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Astanga yoga.
The objective of my practice is to be aware of our nearest reality and to generate an inner state of peace and serenity accepting us the way we are and learning to see reality the way it is, calmly.
I was trained in yoga Sadhana, am a member of the European yoga teacher association, have 800h as yoga instructor, 125h in therapeutic yoga, and 320h in Family Constellations therapy. I also practice Thai massage and am a Mindfulness teacher. Since 2002 I give courses and worKshops in all these areas.
Profesor de yoga, yoga terapéutico, meditación, masaje tailandés y terapeuta en constelaciones familiares.
Formado en la escuela de yoga Sadhana, perteneciente a la Unión Europea de yoga y miembro de la FEDEFY, con 800 horas de formación de yoga, 125 horas en yogaterápia y 320 horas en Constelaciones familiares.
Mi enseñanza tiene sus raíces en el Hatha yoga Clásico impregnado de otros estilos, Kundalini, Iyengar, integral, vinyasa y astanga yoga.
La intención de nuestra práctica es la de llevar consciencia a nuestra realidad más cercana y generar un estado de serenidad y paz aceptándonos tal como somos y aprendiendo ver la realidad tal como es, calmadamente.
Desde 2002 imparto cursos y talleres de yoga, masaje tailandés, meditación y constelaciones familiares.
Becky has been practicing yoga on and off since the early 1980’s. It was 4-5 years ago, while living and traveling in Mexico that she experienced her first Kundalini awakening. She has been practicing ever since… attending retreats and classes where she could find them and on YouTube. When she saw an advertisement for a 200 hr Teacher Training in New Orleans, she signed up to develop more of a personal practice but soon realized she had to share this knowledge and practice back home in Lafayette. She is a messenger of these teachings ready to open space to awaken the teacher inside of you!
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.