Owner/Kavi (Director of Operations) – “Wise & Skillful Keeper” – Amy Tarter
Amy is a Registered Yoga Alliance Instructor and AFAA registered exercise professional as well as a wife and mother of four children. As an accomplished leader, Amy has been an adjunct professor at Baylor University, served as Ridgewood Country Club’s Fitness Director, and has shared her knowledge of group and personal training through the YMCA. Her list of credentials includes: Yoga Alliance 200 Hours, AFAA Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, AFAA Pilates Instructor, AFAA Yoga Instructor, SEVA Teach the Teacher, and she is certified in Zumba, Kid’s Zumba, LIVESTRONG (for cancer survivors), and Titleist Golf Fitness. WACOAN’s magazine featured Amy in their “Best of Waco” 2013 issue.
Amy and her entire family enjoy traveling and relating to people in a cross-cultural setting, and have lived in Germany and Sri Lanka. While living in Berlin at a particularly difficult time in life, Amy became hooked on how good exercise made her feel. After moving to Waco, she discovered a love for fitness as a profession and began sharing that love with others as an instructor and personal trainer.
Amy has designed client-specific programs for hundreds of Wacoans, closely monitoring their progress and drawing on her variety of experiences to cater to the clientele’s goals. Amy chose to open the Yoga Pod Waco to share her love of yoga with Central Texas. For Amy, it is important for this community to enjoy the benefits of yoga in a beautiful and loving space.
Seva Lead Teacher – Emily Pauly
Emily Pauly brings her passion for anatomy and healthy living into her classes where she strives to help others feel better through movement. Emily’s experience as a fitness instructor was preceded by coaching and teaching middle school students in Kansas. After moving to Texas, Emily was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and her focus on fitness changed as a result. Practicing yoga benefitted her so much in coping with her disease that she began to focus on helping others learn more about the many positive results yoga can offer. Emily has led a wide range of group exercise classes and private sessions throughout the Waco area – from seniors developing strength for daily activities, to college students taking her Relaxation and Fitness courses on the Baylor campus.
Emily is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has AFAA group exercise certification, as well as training in Pilates and Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga. She is thrilled that Yoga Pod Waco offers a true yoga studio setting for her to work with other instructors in honing their skills to provide top-notch yoga classes in Waco.
When she is not teaching classes, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and son, being active in her church, and taking care of her dogs.
Yoga Pod Franchise Founders – Nicole & Gerry Wienholt
We’re excited that you’re getting to know a little bit about the Yoga Pod through our website. Our hope is that, through the pages of this site, you may glean at least a small sense of what we’re all about.
Our beautiful studios are designed to create an environment where excellent instruction and a transformational yoga experience will entice you to visit often, lingering before and after class to interact with our wonderful community of students and teachers.
The serenity of our silent rooms cultivate an attitude of peace and tranquility, and we strive to create an atmosphere that celebrates diversity, promotes friendship, and builds a strong community. We offer classes to suit all levels – for beginning students and intermediate to advanced practitioners. Everyone is welcome!
We truly feel that our yoga rooms are the canvas and our students and teachers are the color and the art that completes the masterpiece.
So please come by and say “hi” and stay for a class or two! We’d love to see you!
Nicole & Gerry
Simply the Best!
I love the expert teachers, and array of classes available throughout the day. I can always find a class that fits into my schedule, which is so nice. The studio itself is also clean, comfortable, and enlivening. So glad to be a Pod member!