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 focuses much of her practice to the teachings of yoga beyond the physical practice, always learning and finding that there is more to learn. As the founder of Orange Moon Yoga, Dixie aspires to provide a space where both students and teachers can share, learn, and grow. Away from the studio, Dixie is a busy mom, wife, and attorney, putting all of the skills she learns on her yoga mat to work.
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.
Kelly Branco, also known as Nidhan Shanti, has been practicing Kundalini Yoga since 2006 for the balancing, strengthening, and coping mechanisms that it teaches. Nidhan is also a doula at Lotus Mama in Wimberley and a volunteer doula with GALS (Giving Austin Labor Support). Each class with Nidhan includes breath work, movement, meditation, relaxation and crystal bowl sound healing.
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.
Deborah Charnes is a holistic coach, working with people’s bodies, minds and spirits. She strives to lead her clients to lifestyle changes which will positively impact their physical and emotional wellbeing. Beyond her traditional certified yoga teacher coursework, she was trained in Ayurvedic massage therapy, Ayurvedic nutrition and cooking, and personalized Ayurvedic treatment plans at Sivananda Ashram in India. In addition to the Ayurveda certification, she holds certification in Yin Therapy, Restorative Yoga Therapy and Yoga Nidra Therapy, Acupressure and Reiki. She completed her 800 hour certification in accordance with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
Michelle DeCastro has taught Iyengar style yoga for 12 years. Michelle studied for six years with Eric Small of Southern California, Iyengar Advanced Senior Master Level III, who studied directly with B.K.S. Iyengar in Pune, India. She is certified 200 RYT Vinyasa Yoga and as well MS Yoga.
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.
Maggie Keller started practicing yoga while pursuing singing and modern dance and teaching Pilates in NYC. She immediately recognized how much of the Pilates System is based in yoga, and how a regular yoga practice reaps the benefits of improved physical coordination, mental clarity, and the ability to be present in the moment. If anything can get you through Times Square rush hour traffic with a remnant of sanity, it’s yoga! Maggie now lives in Austin, Texas where the yoga community is amazing, and the traffic is not quite as bad. She completed her 200-hour teacher training through YogaYoga and loves sharing the yogic experience with her students.
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 E-RYT and RPYT) Integral Yoga® teacher, doula and childbirth educator. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has been a certified teacher since 2006, serving New York City and Los Angeles and everywhere in between. She specializes in prenatal yoga, Yoga for Arthritis and all levels of Integral hatha yoga. Oona finds joy in her practice and in sharing it with others. As a trained doula and childbirth educator, Oona draws daily guidance and inspiration, from her young daughter and loves being a teacher and birth partner for pregnant women who are growing their own families. She is proud to be a volunteer doula for GALS (Giving Austin Labor Support), a non-profit organization that offers labor support to mothers in need in the Austin area.
Sophia Sutherlun began her yoga practice in 2006, and over the years, yoga has been for her a medium for strength training, stress reduction, pain relief, and emotional wellness. Sophia is a licensed social worker, and while she is taking time off from full-time work to raise her two-year-old, she is exploring yoga as a means to bolster mental health by helping us feel at home in our bodies, teaching us to practice presence with the joys and pains around us, and giving us space to extend kindness to ourselves. Sophia began her yoga journey in her home state of California, continued it in Washington, D.C., and after relocating to Texas, completed her 200-hour teacher training with the Red Dawg Yoga School in San Marcos. Her goal in teaching is to hold a safe space for students to be still, get a great workout, and feel good in their bodies!
Annie Ward attended her first yoga class while she was living in Hungary in 2011 and absolutely loved it. After coming home, she settled in Wimberley. She started 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 wanted to continue learning about yoga. Yoga teacher training felt like a natural next step for Annie. She completed her 200 hour yoga training in 2014 here in Wimberley. Immediately after completion she taught a prenatal/postnatal class in the area. For the last two academic years she has been teaching yoga at the Blanco River Academy in Wimberley. Annie’s yoga teaching philosophy is that yoga can be beneficial for everyone, flexibility comes from strength, and a mind at rest creates a body at rest.