The staff at Orange Moon is experienced and dedicated. Their diverse backgrounds enhance their students’ practices by providing varied instruction and experiences.
Dixie Newnam started practicing yoga to improve her health, and what started as a fitness goal for her quickly became an essential part of her life. While she enjoys the increased balance and flexibility that a regular yoga practice provides, the mental release she experiences on her mat keeps her practicing. She is now sharing that same experience with others. A busy mom and attorney off the mat, she is excited to be part of Orange Moon.
Ellen Berman is a painter who has found, in her yoga practice, that the two disciplines are complementary in that both ask that you be mindful, that you look within yourself, and that you move at your own pace, not someone else’s. As a teacher her goal is that at the end of each yoga class, her students feel stretched, refreshed, and relaxed in the their bodies, and alert and focused in their minds; and that they find, each time, an opening in their hearts and a brightness and a clarity in how they see the world. Ellen has been privileged to study with Becky Jordan, Raye Lynn Rath, John Friend, Seane Corn, Doug Keller, and Desiree Rumbaugh, among other gifted and generous teachers. She has lived in Wimberley for 20 years and is a Certified Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) who has been teaching for over a dozen years.
Andrea “Andie” Brown is passionate about inspiring others to live their most vibrant, authentic lives. Many in the community may know Andrea through her success in the wedding and hospitality industry where her calm, compassionate demeanor was known for bringing peace and harmony in an often chaotic, high-stress environment. Andrea attributes the sense of calm and focus that her long-time asana practice cultivated to lighting a spark that led her down the path of teaching yoga and facilitating transformation. Andrea’s classes offer uplifting themes that build strength and increase flexibility while drawing awareness to the present moment. Her heart-centered, form-based Hatha practice with elements of flow is imbued with tenacious grace evoking both strength and surrender.
Becky Jordan. Many of you know Becky Jordan from her years of teaching yoga in Wimberley. She opened the first full time yoga studio in Wimberley; Heart of Texas Yoga, in 2008. When she closed her studio in 2014, Becky happily became a full time yoga student to pursue her love of yoga therapy and Ayurveda. Now she returns to teach in Wimberley as a Professional Yoga Therapist 1,000 Hour, and a Certified Ayurveda Yoga Therapist. She has been teaching yoga since 1995, is the founder of Heart of Texas Yoga, and co-owns Sacred Art Yoga 200/500 Hour Teacher Training Program. Becky is committed to helping others live a healthier life; naturally, by using the tools of Yoga, Ayurveda and essential oils. She offers wellness assessments, private therapeutic yoga sessions, essential oils and yoga classes, workshops and retreats. Becky has loved living in Wimberley since 2001 with her husband Greg and their furry animal family. You can read more about Becky on her website, www.heartoftexasyoga.com.
Jeanne Lamb has used yoga techniques since she was a child, when she learned that breathing techniques and stillness could calm her asthma and anxiety. As an adult, Jeanne decided that she wanted to learn more, took a teacher training, and started teaching. She continues to learn and grow her practice each day is excited to share her experiences with you. Jeanne will guide you through practices that are available to all bodies, regardless of experience or ability, building strength and balance while finding calmness in the mind.
Jan McGowan (500 R.Y.T.) began practicing her personal “YOGA-MAT-OF-LIFE” 47 years ago during an illness. With continued daily practice and study her strength and health returned quickly. Her passion has been to share with others techniques that work to restore, renew and create strength and balance in body/mind. In her classes she uses Quartz Crystal Bowl sound therapy with Hatha movements to bring balance, clarity and feelings of wellbeing. Off the mat Jan works at RightStep Treatment Center here in Wimberley teaching stress-management, yoga stretches and breathing skills.
Oona Mekas is an internationally recognized certified Integral Yoga teacher. A member of the Integral Yoga Teacher’s Association, she has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching since 2006 in New York City and Los Angeles and everywhere in between. She finds joy in her practice and in teaching it to others.
Cristina Nicastro was first introduced to Yoga while living in Denver, Colorado back in 2003. She fell in love with the way Yoga made her feel, more relaxed and in-tune with not only herself but the world around her. She moved to Alexandria, Virginia in 2009 then to Texas in 2015. During that time her love for Yoga deepened and in 2011 she began her journey to find the right place to become a Yoga Teacher. Cristina knew right away after going to an info session that Yoga Yoga in Austin would be where she would take her 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training. Now she in an esteemed Yoga Teacher known for her passion, unique approach, and inspirational instructing style that embodies physical, spiritual, and mental strength.
Annie Ward attended her first yoga class while living in Hungary in 2011 and absolutely loved it. After eloping with her husband in Gibraltar, she came home and settled in Wimberley. It was here that she began to explore yoga and how to incorporate it into her life. During her first pregnancy, she experienced major advantages to having a consistent yoga practice. In 2014, she completed her 200 hour yoga training and immediately began teaching a prenatal/postnatal class. For the last two academic years, she has been teaching yoga at the Blanco River Academy in Wimberley, along with history, English and music. Her yoga teaching philosophy is that yoga can be beneficial for everyone, and each class should reflect that. Expect to come to her classes ready for a yummy work out, as well as an opportunity move more into “that pose” you have been working on, regardless if you are at the beginning of your yoga journey or many years into it.