MEET YOUR TEACHERS

The foundation of GWY is Vinyasa Yoga: a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. Vinyasa classes offer a variety of postures and no two classes are ever identical.

GWY aspires to give our teachers the freedom to be unique and embrace what makes them different. Most yoga studies require teachers to go through a specific training and teach a specific way. All of our teachers at GWY come from different training backgrounds and have specialties in various areas. But the best part is they all love teaching vinyasa yoga and this is what makes us common and a family. We encourage you to try all of our teachers as they all have something unique to offer.

 
 
 
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Christy Stransky

200 RYT - Owner

I want to start by saying how honored I am to have you visit our site. I would love for each of you reading this to come see and experience the new studio and the family we’ve created on the journey to getting started. I’m a true gypsy at heart.... My love for traveling, the desire to learn about other cultures and ways of life, and my zest for life and personal growth is what lead me to building the foundation and the journey towards the meaning behind the studio. 

My dear friend introduced me to yoga while living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She knew my soul needed this practice more than I did, at the time. I joined her for a class and instantly fell in love! For me, meditation is the one thing I was missing during that particular season of my life, and how I found it saved as well as changed me in a positive way. The atmosphere of the studio grounded me for an hour with no fear, struggles, anxieties, or questions on my mind about the past, present or future. The studio was my safe place. A place for me to reconnect with myself, allow for self recognition, and confidence. The POWER of breathing and way I was taught gave a unique form of concentration. 

Through personal experience, travel, the art of being mindful, practicing at studios all around the world, and through skills I’ve learned in my journey to becoming a professional in Yoga instruction helped me come to the threshold of making the decision to never regret not doing something because of fear. I love meeting new people and visiting new places. In my travels the last few years, I’ve learned a ton about culture and will always continue to research and study different walks of life, and behaviors or patterns leading to a healthier and peaceful state. I find helping others, and finding ways to reach each unique individual extremely interesting! I read once that travel is a way to experience serendipity and synchronicity with perfect timing. This, my friends, is exactly what happened in my situation. One thing led to another on my road to self discovery, without a terribly strategic plan, sometimes fighting the current and other times paddling too fast, which has all led me to this point, five years later, having the desire to share this exhilarating zeal for life I feel with everyone, and in planing developing Gypsy Waltz. 

What remains constant, despite all the changing and travel, is the value system instilled in me at a young age. We were raised with a commitment to family, compassion towards pursuing needs of others, and learning that risks are often necessary, remaining humble through failure. As we all know, we have to go out on a limb to find the fruit at times! Through the mountains and valleys in my life, it’s pertinent to continue the “waltz” with grace. 

My goal for my studio is that this is a place where everyone feels at home and safe, can reconnect or develop a deeper understanding of themselves, and truly connect with this amazing community to love ourselves and others fiercely, regardless of the path or chapter that they are in. 

I enjoy working with other yogis and individuals towards goals for their practice. Yoga is a neurosymatic therapy and when used as an integrative piece in life, it can and will be life changing for each of you! Surrender to your passions and let you inner self, faith, and heart lead you to accomplishing things far greater than any you had ever dreamed of! God Bless!

 
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AJ Kublie

200 RYT - Instructor

Greetings beautiful people! My name is AJ, I grew up an Air Force brat moving around the country and the constant in my life has always been dance and a passion for movement. I am an avid backpacker, kayaker, improvisation dancer, tree climber, and seeker of human connection. My yoga journey began during a nasty bout of depression after experiencing a physical and mental trauma, I was living in a cycle of darkness and suicidal thoughts. I had heard from a dance teacher that meditation could form new neural pathways, so I began streaming YouTube meditations in my bedroom. After a few intense, strange months of consistently meditating, I was in absolute awe of the healing power of meditation and began to steadily change and grow in ways I had never conceived possible, delving inward and unearthing my own boundless reservoir of strength, compassion and peace. Eventually, I was able to quell my anxiety enough to attend yoga classes and would quietly roll my mat out in the back corner of the room, unsure yet open minded. With each class I found myself falling more and more in love with the seamless integration of movement and meditation and how my practice began to irrevocably affect my life. Yoga quickly became my safe haven and therapy, a place where I could explore myself whilst being in a loving and safe environment. I felt freer than ever and I was hooked. After four years of committing to my mental health and my practice both in studio and at home, I decided to sign up for yoga teacher training because I felt I was at a point where I was ready to share my testimony and love for yoga, hoping to pass on some of the peace I have found. Since completing my deeply empowering 200 hour training, I have had the honor of leading yoga hikes, vinyasa classes, meditation classes, and hot flows, utilizing the knowledge and experiences I hold so dear to me. Each opportunity to connect and share the beauty of the mind/body connection is singular and profound, I have found that my life passion is to create a space for people to be able to come and heal themselves; to encourage them to be radically free and break down the barriers between us put up by society, fear or otherwise.

My approach to teaching is one of enthusiasm, curiosity, and encouragement, I believe each class is an opportunity to cultivate inner tranquility and self love which carries through long after we’ve left the mat, allowing yoga to become a life practice and one that you feel proud to own and explore for yourself. I feel incredibly honored to be a part of a studio that recognizes, appreciates and uplifts each human on their own journey, I’m excited to breathe, flow, meditate, sweat, laugh, cry, grow and transform in practice with you. Peace and love.

 
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Morgan Krawczynski

Cycle Instructor

Hi! I’m Morgan :) I’m a loving emotional nurturer aka a Cancer! Health and wellness makes me feel good on the inside and the out which inspires me to help others feel the same. I’ve been a cycle coach for 2 years and a personal trainer for 4. I love to laugh and be silly, spend time with my fur baby Coco and experience new adventures! I can’t wait to vibe, have fun and motivate each other in class! See ya there! 

 
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Lori Linn

200 RYT - Instructor

My name is Lori and I first discovered yoga some years ago during my pregnancy with my son. Having multiple health struggles through my pregnancy, my amazing doctor recommended what she called “maternal yoga”. At first I thought, she IS crazy—I cannot do all that! You can imagine the rest of the story…after following her advice, some months later I birthed an extremely healthy almost ten-pound baby boy! I practiced inconsistently over the next several years, slowly realizing that I was a better version of myself the more time I spent on my mat. I recommitted myself back to a regular practice, wanting to learn more; then becoming an instructor and am now extremely blessed to be able to share my love of yogic practice with others who are on the path to improved well-being. I am an accomplished mother of three and a Mimi, who also has one spoiled fur baby! I’ve been working in Human Services in multiple capacities for the past eighteen years, the last seven as a full time professional counselor serving multiple populations in the Central Texas area. I love connecting positively with others and feel I’ve been blessed with a heart to serve. The life we’ve been given is a beautiful gift and I am extremely grateful to be a part of sharing our gifts together at GW!

 
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Kristin Harris

200 RYT-Instructor

Yoga came into my life in 2017, and truly changed my life for the better.
It took me awhile to build a consistent practice and maintaining that connection, but over time - I kept coming back to the mat and it eventually grew into the practice that I have today.

Yoga has helped me immensely in developing a true loving relationship with myself. It helped bring alive my connection with love, with spirit, and with God. It inspires me everyday to live a life full of compassion, kindness, and gratitude.

In my classes, I love to combine a healthy balance of playfulness and stillness throughout my sequences to help you leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
But most importantly, in these practices that I teach, I hope to help you blossom in the connection and relationship you have with your breath, your mind, your body, and your spirit.

 
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Katti Henderson

225 RYT - Instructor

HEY HEY! Words cannot express how excited I am to be a part of the GW Fam. I love the mission of WHOLE wellness! {Mind, Body, and Spirit} I believe that we are an interconnected whole made of the aforementioned components, and when we yolk the three together with heart, breath, and movement...that’s where the transformative work begins! It. is. SO. my JAM!

I have been practicing yoga for around twelve years. I found this practice after decades of struggling with endometriosis pain. I finally found physical relief from the symptoms after developing a regular practice on the mat. It wasn’t until around six years ago, after my father’s suicide just before Christmas in 2012, that I really dove deeply into the idea of Mind-Body wellness and the difference yoga can make for those working through and with mental health challenges. It is my profound desire to create a safe space where people can just BE! To allow themselves to enter in and exist in the present moment as simply as they can manage. No prerequisites but breath and a beating heart. I want to honor my dad’s life by loving on people and sharing the important message that we are ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

I often remind my students during class to smile, check our egos at the door, and enter into the practice with a sense of curiosity rather than striving. I am all about creating a sense of community and cultivating authentic relationships with vulnerability and bravery.

I received my instructor training from Holy Yoga in 2015, and did an immersion retreat in Williams, Arizona in the spring of that year. I love to teach Power Vinyasa with my music jammin’ loud! I spend a ton of time on my playlists to curate JUST the right vibe!

I have been married *almost* eleven years to my high school sweetheart, Adam (AWW, I know, right?!?) He’s truly my best friend and favorite person to do life with! We entered into the rollercoaster world of adoption when we adopted our son, Isaac in 2013. Isaac became big bro to our second son, Declan, whom we adopted a few years later in 2016. We always say that LOVE is what binds us together, and  DNA is the least of what qualifies family, Amen? Amen! Aside from yoga, I love to run, sing loud, dance, pray, and be around the ones I love....which is most everyone!

I am SO SO SO excited to welcome you all into my classes. I love what I do and truly consider it a gift from God. I am honored to serve with enthusiasm and joy. I remind my classes often that the stillness, peace, and presence we cultivate on our mats can be tucked away in our hearts once we step out of class to utilize with every breath we take, no matter what life brings our way. It’s like a precious secret that is meant to be shared! Let’s do this!

Much Love!

 
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Lili Brooks

Cycle Instructor

My name is Lili Brooks, and I am a mother of 2 beautiful young ladies. As a single mother, I know how important it is to keep ourselves healthy to be there, for the ones we love. I have always participated in many sports, starting from playing basketball, to running, and lifting weights. I was introduced to indoor cycling about 20 years ago, and I absolutely loved it. My passion for sports, and the challenges that I have been facing through life, has made me who I am now. I want to motivate people to know that anything is possible, if we work hard for it. I want to help everyone become successful with their exercise goals, regardless of their age, starting fitness condition or limitations. I hold a 2 Certifications on indoor Cycling and Group personal Training. Certifications: Schwinn Cycling indoor and Kaiser Cycling indoor. I specialize in power cycling, endurance rides, strength training, group, and TRX.

 
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James Ratliff

200 RYT-Instructor

James is known for his authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and compassion-centered philosophy. Availing himself to continuous philosophical education from various spiritual disciplines, James weaves thought-provoking meditations throughout his classes, applying ancient wisdom to our contemporary western world in a useful and understandable way. He encourages growth of the physical and spiritual self, citing the interconnectedness to each other, to the world and to the universe at large. His goal is to be a helpful guide to finding the inner light that resides in all of us and to help people realize their highest frequency which is LOVE.

 
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Savanah Aguilar

200 RYT - Instructor

Born and raised in New Braunfels, I was so excited to have discovered GWHY. I started off as a member and fell in love with this tribe. So much that I took the teacher training they hosted earlier this year and was hired on after graduation. GWHY is my home away from home being a safe space for me and anyone else who walks into the studio. Having knee surgery as a teenager and not completing my rehabilitation I was limited to any impact and exercise. The infrared heating system alone helps visualize the act of shedding old layers while building strength and confidence. Yoga gives me an escape, brings peace of mind, and clarity. Yoga makes me not just hear but listen to my body. It pushes my limits and helps me regain control over what my body can do and to love the things it can’t do. Yoga helps connect my heart, mind, and soul one breath at a time. If you can breathe you can do yoga...if you can breathe, you need to do yoga 🌿🧘🏽‍♀️📿✨

 
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Ana McIntosh

200 RYT - Instructor

I’m a Brazilian Yogi, married to an Air Force warrior with whom I had our precious daughter.

Even though I went to a Business Administration College and got my Masters in Logistic, both in Brazil, after working in a closed office for a couple years, I decided to explore the World. In 2014 I went to Indonesia and that was the first place that brought Yoga deeply into my life. Not just the asanas (the poses), but their culture taught me everything about Karma, Dharma and Devotion of the Divine, and our inner selves. I used to take classes before, but after that trip Yoga became part of my life in all the ways.

I continued my journey in Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Hawaii. Life goes on and we moved to Virginia, where I got the call from the Divine and started to work hard to get my certificates to be a Yoga Teacher and share my journey with others. In October 2018 I got my KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) certification to be able to work with children from 3-12 years of age. A couple of months after I finally got my 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate and started to teach right away. 

I’m so happy and fulfilled with the path I choose to follow. I’m ready to share it with you! Namaste

 
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Arata Young

200 RYT-Instructor

Hello Humans! I’m Arata (A-ra-ta) Young and I found yoga through an interesting journey that has led me to this blessed and awesome opportunity of being here. I was a Navy brat born in Japan who followed my dad around throughout the United States. Once I returned to Texas, I joined the Marines immediately after high school to be the first Marine in my family. I served in Virginia and Hawaii with 3 deployments around the world. I kept wanting to lead Marines, but I knew that I was not feeling well after 5 years (2012-2017) of a very physically active lifestyle that also left me feeling mentally drained. I got out of the Marine Corps and ended up in San Marcos at Austin Community College where I attended classes geared towards business.            I ended up at Texas State studying Psychology, History, and Social Work where I am now a junior. I found yoga within a year of being out of the service to heal my body pains as well as mental pains. Physical practice, meditation, and breathing exercises are why I appreciate the holistic and strengthening aspects of yoga (mind,body,spirit). The discipline and quietness attract me to yoga, and I approach yoga as a healing tool that can heal as well as give confidenceand power to an individual who is ready to surrender themselves. I finished teacher training and earned my 200hr RYT over the summer of 2019; After a year of practicing, I was hooked! I attribute my being here today hugely in part to yoga, music, and family getting me through some very nasty, depressing, and unhealthy habits and behaviors. Lastly, I always ask that if you know a veteran, please send them my way or if you’re reading this post come my way and lets see if we can help each other out.

 

My goal for you is to feel good after every session to the point where you learn how to self heal yourself. Whenever your back hurts or your hips are very tight after a long drive; enough practice with me and you will be able to heal yourself to get back on mission. I focus on the basics with breathing exercisesincorporating safe and smart movements. I also focus on how a pose or exercise feels and not how it looks, if it works who cares what you look like it’s serving a purpose. I care how it works for your body, no one body is the same build or proportion. My approach to healing yoga is yoga that works into your day and gets you thinking proactively.      I want to share these yoga tools for you to be the happiest, healthiest, humblest expression of yourself. I want to guide you to be strong when you have to be and soften when you need to.

 
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Allie Middleton

200 RYT - Instructor

  Hello! My name is Allie and I first discovered yoga during a difficult time trying to disconnect from toxicity and connect more with the universe around me. I then brought this over into my work life, incorporating yoga with kids with Autism. This lead me wanting to know more, and getting my yoga training completed, fueled by my passion to bring a more holistic look at how we care for our kiddos. I love the water, and *attempt* to wakeboard, hike, and spend time with my loved ones! I can't wait to share my practice, learn from each other, and grow with each other here at GW!  

 
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Taylor Carr

200 RYT - Instructor

Hello to all you beautiful souls out there!  My name is Taylor, and I found yoga (or the other way around) through meditation several years ago during a tough period of life. It became a daily practice almost immediately and has taught me so much along the way: such as discipline, confidence, strength, and acceptance amongst many other things. It remains an ongoing journey just as life goes, as we are always growing.  Yoga had become such a passion and major part of my life through the process, I felt called to take it even further with my 200 hour certification so I would be able to share the magic with others.  Hope to see you on the mat!

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Crystal Adams

200 RYT-Instructor

Relatively new to Yoga, I was introduced to Gypsy Waltz almost 1 year ago; and it was love at first class! You could literally feel that GW was a studio wrapped in faith, love, empowerment and acceptance.

I decided to further my practice to allow me to share the benefits- heart, soul, body and mind with family and friends..

It is truly an honor each time I step on to the mat- an honor to share my knowledge of yoga with those around me. ❤️

I believe yoga is for EVERYONE!

A long time resident of New Braunfels, I enjoy spending time with my family, my son, fishing, painting, my church family, and giving back to the community.

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Heather McLaggan

200 RYT-Instructor

Heather first fell in love with yoga when she noticed the balance it brought to her life as a teenager. For years, her mat continued to pull her back to it and she finally came to see that the physical practice had the power to connect her to the qualities and gifts that she most treasures in life – compassion, love and joy. Heather believes each yoga practice has the ability to teach some of life's greatest lessons and transform us into the brightest versions of ourselves. What started out as a physical practice becomes a spiritual journey.

Her mission is to be of service by inspiring people to honor themselves and each other on and off the mat. Deeply rooted in the Hatha lineage, Heather’s dynamic style of teaching challenges you to live boldly, love openly and laugh freely with no judgement. Expressive and energetic, her classes encourage you to go deep within yourself. Helping you realize just like you can find balance in poses like tree pose or even crow pose…. You can find balance in your life off the mat. She loves to foster community in her classes and encourage students to be in inquiry and exploration of their bodies. 

A 200 hr Registered Hatha Yoga Instructor and Reiki Master, Heather’s passion for life cannot be measured and her love for yoga radiates through teaching and her own personal practice in the Ashtanga yoga lineage with her teacher and mentor, Gebhard Ebert. 

When not practicing yoga, Heather can be found spending time with her husband and 3 children, playing in the great outdoors or working out at Burn Bootcamp, writing about or contemplating the universe's biggest questions, and teaching courses such as first aid/CPR/AED for the American Red Cross.