Elena Barton -
Elena began her yoga journey 10 years ago and instantly noticed the benefits the practice had not only on her body, but also on her mind and heart. Eventually her love for yoga brought her to Yoga Teacher Training in 2016. She got her 200-hour certification from Spirit House Yoga in OKC and her Prenatal Yoga teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA.
Her passion in teaching yoga is to make yoga safe and accessible for everybody, create space for students to experience mind-body connection on the mat and to invite them on the journey to deeper peace and self-discovery. A Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator, Elena brings seven years of experience in the birth field into her Prenatal yoga classes, offering mothers practical tools they can use to have a more satisfying pregnancy, labor and birth.
In her spare time, Elena is usually cooking for her friends, hosting a party, exploring the world or playing with her backyard chickens.
Gail Holland -
Gail began yoga primarily for the physical benefits, primarily stress reduction, but over the years has come to appreciate the other benefits especially the relationship between the mind and the body. She has studied under several excellent teachers in Stillwater and has attended workshops in Oklahoma, Texas, Washington D.C. and Oregon with teachers including Todd McLaughlin, Tim Feldman and Kino McGregor. She attends classes in different locations when on vacation and enjoys the different teaching styles she encounters. She is particularly appreciative of the encouragement and yoga instruction from Waleah Norton.
To deepen her practice, she attended teacher training at Ashtanga Yoga Center in Norman Oklahoma which included not only the study of asana but yoga philosophy, meditation and thai massage. She received her 200 hr RYT certification in May 2014.
Gail is employed as the County Executive Director for Payne and Lincoln Counties as the USDA/Farm Service Agency and has two adult children, Andrew and Mary Lugg.
Julie Schweitzer -
Julie has been practicing yoga since 2012 and received her 200 hour certification in Native Yoga in May 2017 from Red Earth Yoga Center. Her yogi heart belongs to Ashtanga, but she also likes dynamic, hot, challenging yoga classes with inversions and arm balances. Julie is committed to promote empowerment and happiness through her yoga classes. She likes to plan fun, inspiring classes for everyone to breathe and move through. Julie is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at Oklahoma State University and she likes teaching sociology as much she likes teaching yoga.
Melissa Cox -I began my interest in yoga three decades ago with meditation and breath. These two concepts are the foundation of my practice. Early on I started a Bikram practice in a hot old warehouse and my interest in yoga grew from there! I love Ashtanga and I am always seeking to improve myself within it. I am a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and my yoga practice has enhanced my strength and flexibility. I have a degree in nutrition from OSU but in the last 15 years I have focused on ayurvedic and herbal healing to strengthen my body. In 2017 I decided to take my yoga practice to the next level by enrolling and completing the 200-hour Red Earth Yoga Center Teacher Training certification and I am registered with Yoga Alliance.
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Tessa Burris -
I began my journey of yoga in 2013 when I mostly identified myself as a runner and experienced a running injury. Yoga became an outlet for my emotions and a way for me to improve my understanding of my body, but I never fully developed a consistent practice. I was thirsting for more when, in August 2017, I made a decision that changed my life forever – I enrolled in the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Red Earth Yoga Center. For me, yoga is an experience about connecting mind, body and soul, which is what I strive to incorporate into my classes. Becoming an instructor has allowed me a different way to assist others in finding their potential, even when they say "I am not flexible enough to do yoga."
Waleah Norton -
Waleah Walker-Norton is a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance and owns Red Earth Yoga Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She is trained in the study of Ashtanga Vinyasa in Mysore India under the direction of Saraswathi Jois at the K PATTABHI JOIS ASHTANGA YOGA INSTITUTE. In addition she has completed 200+ hours with Native Yoga Center in Juno Beach, Florida and completed teacher training with Tim Miller in Encinitas, California. Waleah and her amazing staff at Red Earth Yoga Center teach over 25 class a week. Prior to opening her Vocational School, Red Earth Yoga Teacher Training Institute, Waleah taught the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Cowboy Golf Team, Cowgirl Golf Team, Cowgirl Soccer Team, Cowgirl Softball Team, Cowboy Basketball Team, & Cowboy Tennis Team. She looks forward to a return to India in the Summer of 2019.