Patty Williamson has practiced yoga and meditation for over 30 years, weight trained and exercised for even longer, and enjoys sharing the numerous benefits of a healthy, centered life. She is a Certified Yoga Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Meditation Teacher, Certified TRX Suspension Training Specialist, and Certified Healthy Back Specialist. She specializes in the therapeutic applications of movement, breath and focus, particularly for those who suffer from trauma. She is a Certified Leader for Y12SR, the Yoga of 12 Step Recovery, and has also received training at the Integrative Medicine Conference at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is passionate about teaching people tools to alleviate suffering, whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. Having the functional strength and abundant energy to pursue her passions is what drives her to help others do the same. Though exercise and yoga benefit the body by increasing strength, balance and flexibility, and reducing stress, it is the clarity and peace of mind that are the true rewards of consistent practice. Patty was featured in the September 2005 issue of Yoga Journal magazine for her work in small communities, and on the front page of the Kerrville Daily Times in July 2006. Her sunrise sun salutation events at the top of Enchanted Rock State Natural Area garnered her a large article in the Austin American Statesman newspaper in April 2015. She appeared in an article in Texas Outdoor Women, and American Fitness and The Sun magazine have both published articles written by her. She has given presentations on yoga and meditation at the local branch of Texas Tech University in 2016 and 2017. Patty is also a certified raw foods chef and raw nutrition lifestyle coach. She is fully committed to her local community, and is also involved in innovative fitness and mind-body retreats around the world. Patty believes in the individuality of each person's practice and experience. Her motto? "Outer Strength, Inner Bliss."
For over 10 years, Carla was a certified yoga teacher but felt there was something missing from her understanding of how the body moves & functions. This thirst for knowledge led her to Katy Bowman and Restorative Exercise. She first became a Healthy Foot Practitioner in 2012 then earned certification as a Restorative Exercise Specialist in 2014 through Nutritious Movement™, a science-based education facility dedicated to optimizing the long term health of the human machine through proper understanding of how postural habits and alignment affect organ and system function. Under the tutelage of Katy Bowman, M.S., along with a generously supportive group of fellow students, she continues to expand her education studying biomechanics. Carla is also a Licensed Massage Therapist, Lamaze® Certified Childbirth Educator, owner of Sanctum in Fredericksburg, and single mother of four beautiful children.
Blair Kott began practicing yoga as a sophomore in college when she joined her roommate in participating in a power vinyasa yoga class. Since, she has become a consistent practitioner and continues to reap the amazing benefits yoga has to offer, both physically and mentally. This past fall, she decided to delve deeper into her practice and recently received her teaching certification from CorePower Yoga in Austin, Texas. Her style is Power Vinyasa, appropriate for both beginners as well as experienced yogis. In December, Blair graduated from The University of Texas at Austin earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition. She will continue her studies through the Utah State University Dietetic Internship based in San Antonio, Texas, pursuing a career as a Registered Dietitian.
Annie Blakely recently returned to her hometown of Fredericksburg and is excited to join the team at Lizard Dreaming Yoga! She lives in the country with her husband and a menagerie of animals. Annie earned a degree in journalism before working as a newspaper reporter for several years in Virginia and Arizona. She then turned to massage therapy and made her way back to Texas. As an LMT at Sana Vida, a wellness spa in Marble Falls, Annie had a chance to attend the yoga teacher training course offered there in 2012. It was a dream come true for Annie to become a yoga teacher. She loves helping people feel better and find peace and comfort in their body, mind and spirit. Annie can occasionally be seen singing harmony with her husband, Mike Blakely (http://mikeblakely.com/shows), who is a singer/songwriter. She also writes a blog, "From Annie, With Love," at https://annieblakely.wordpress.com/
Tamara started attending yoga classes in 2010 after her doctor recommended it. She quickly fell in love as time on her mat brought healing, both mentally and physically. Wanting to deepen her personal practice as well as share the restorative capabilities of yoga with others, she became a certified yoga instructor through Black Swan Yoga in 2012. Over the past few years, she has taught small, personal classes as well as impromptu classes taught across language barriers to fellow travelers in France. These classes have affirmed her understanding that each class should be met with a sense of humor and playfulness while also honoring the power of the practice. Becoming the mother to a beautiful baby girl has taught her even more about herself and about the disciplines of yoga, both on and off the mat. She believes that our individual experiences shape who we are coming into a class, and what happens in a class can in turn shape how we approach our life’s experiences. Her hope is that each person who attends her classes is met where they are, encouraged to tap into their inner strength and power, and leaves equipped with the light and energy that they need.
Chelsea Harden brings a bright, fresh energy to her yoga classes! After receiving her B.A. in Psychology, she felt a calling to take her yoga practice to a new level. She chose Black Swan Yoga in Austin, TX to increase her knowledge and to expand her awareness in this ever growing field. Now that she's a part of The Yoga Alliance, she has returned to her roots in the hill country to share with you her love for the nourishment of our bodies and souls~ sprinkled with a dash of whimsy! This community and her family are of the utmost importance to her. She credits her love for nature and movement to her mother and father who have shown her the meaning of hard work, a kind heart and to appreciate the gifts of this beautiful earth. It is clear these influences have helped to create a special and unique yoga experience. This fearless girl will inspire you to reach new limits while breaking through old barriers. While she brings refreshment through a mixed level flow, focusing on alignment and breath, she will leave you with a smile that embodies her true spirit of light, love and laughter! Every day is an adventure for this country girl, and she hopes you will join her in opening the doors of yoga. Meet Chelsea on your mat to release parts of your body, mind and soul that are screaming to be unleashed! Condition your mind and body through exercise and the mantra of love with Chelsea Harden's numerous classes offered here at Lizard Dreaming Yoga!
Mitchell has had a lifelong love of sports and athletics. He started boxing at the age of six and went on to be a Golden Gloves Boxer. He played both basketball and football in high school, and did two tours in Desert Storm as a Special Forces Medic. In 1988 he earned a Master of Fitness designation. He is currently retired from the Army and specializes in fitness and boxing training.