Amy Tarter
Amy Tarter | Owner/Kavi

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.
Emily Pauly
Emily Pauly | Lead Instructor

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 has personally benefitted from yoga practice in managing her life with multiple sclerosis, and is grateful for the opportunity to share yoga's positive potential at Yoga Pod. She enjoys challenging her classes to learn more about the body's potential, while respecting the wisdom within to guide yogis through creative flows and thoughtful progressions. Emily is also honored to be the lead instructor for Yoga Pod Waco's Seva Teacher Training program. 
Alex Sanchez
Alex Sanchez

Alex Sanchez

Alex Sanchez holds a certification as a 200 HR Registered Yoga Teacher under Yoga Alliance. He began taking yoga in 2012 as a way to build endurance and add flexibility to his personal physical and martial arts training, which he has been practicing for the past thirty years. Alex has studied for eight years and currently holds two third degree black belts in Hop-Kido and Ju-Jitsu. He continues to train in Kung Fu (Jeet Kune Do) and Kali/Escrima. Perhaps the most amazing benefit from practicing yoga was providing him a path to a speedy recovery from a back surgery to repair a herniated disc. He enjoys teaching students of all experience levels.
Amanda McKelvain
Amanda McKelvain

Amanda McKelvain

Amanda McKelvain is a lover of movement in the mind and body. An athlete most of her life, she is passionate about maintaining and spreading the knowledge of a healthy lifestyle through food, physical activity, and mental stimulation as well as relaxation. Amanda has been a part of and trained in a variety of exercise arenas. Sampling everything from softball to weight lifting to running, she discovered her particular niche in Yoga and DanceFit. She has found that the love of these two exercise mediums have not only furthered her personal fitness goals, but ignited the desire to bring her own exuberance of healthy living into the lives of others.
As of October 2014, Amanda obtained her Yoga Alliance 200 hour RYT certification through Camp Utopia.
Angela Rankin
Angela Rankin

Angela Rankin

Angela believes a lifestyle of fitness, health and strength is not something we are born with, but rather a gift we cultivate and nurture. Angela has a deep desire to help others live to the fullest and learn to use the tool of exercise as a foundational aspect for overall wellness. Her motivation is rooted in her own experience involving a health and emotional breakdown after contracting a tropical bacteria while living in Asia. Along with her illness, which went undiagnosed for some time, Angela suffered from severe depression and anxiety. Because medication had adverse side-affects, Angela had to learn the path of holistic healing. Through prayer and consistency, Angela gained a deep appreciation for the way exercise and fitness affects the mind, body and soul connection.
Over the years Angela has trained in many disciplines of strength building with an emphasis on body weight training, cardio/HIIT, running, and other forms of exercise, and has more recently discovered the joy of a yoga practice. She looks forward to sharing her passion for health and fitness and building community with other lifelong learners through the classes she will lead at Yoga Pod Waco.
Ann Sims
Ann Sims

Ann Sims

Ann Sims is a semi-retired health care professional who began practicing yoga four years ago. She has led a yoga group at her church for the past three years. She completed 200 hour SEVA Teacher Training in September and is certified by the Yoga Alliance. Although the physical practice of yoga has been a therapeutic part of Ann's recovery from knee replacement, the meditative elements are the most important part of her practice and are incorporated strongly in her teaching. She especially enjoys creating a comfortable yoga environment for those who might otherwise be hesitant to practice in a group.
Ann Skeen
Ann Skeen

Ann Skeen

Ashley Steele
Ashley Steele

Ashley Steele

Born in Vietnam, Ashley has always been surrounded by a dichotomy of Eastern and Western cultures. After years of competitively figure-skating and martial arts, Ashley was ready for something that didn't involve comparing herself to others. Her first experience with yoga left her feeling more at peace than ever before, and she was eager to continue her practice in pursuit of letting go of ego. Ashley received a BS in Biology at Baylor University with a minor in French in 2016. In addition, Ashley has also received her Yoga Alliance 200 hour RYT certification in Vinyasa Yoga through YogaPod's SEVA Training. Ashley wants to give to others what others have given to her; an open heart, an open mind, and a way to bring yoga from on the mat to the world outside out it.
Beth Porter
Beth Porter

Beth Porter

Caitlin Giddens
Caitlin Giddens
The first time Caitlin stepped into a barre class, she was hooked. The sequences blended her 15-year dance background with her newfound yoga practice. As an instructor, Caitlin hopes to instill her love for barre - even the shaking legs and burn from isometric movements - in her students. In addition to the holistic benefits of fitness, Caitlin is interested in the relationship between exercise and creative potential. When she's not at the barre or on the mat, Caitlin is reading novels and hiking in Cameron Park.
Cecelia Feazell
Cecelia Feazell

Cecelia Feazell

Cecelia began her journey in movement as a ballet dancer where she studied at New York's Eliot Feld Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Houston Ballet. She earned a BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance from TCU. Her yoga journey started when she moved to Austin in 1996 where she worked closely with Wendy LeBlanc Arbuckle, founder of the Pilates Center of Austin. She is also certified in Pilates and Aston Movement. Drawing on a lifetime of movement experience and education, Cecelia uses her skills to help yogis understand the body's natural intelligence and beauty. Her goal is for students to become so in tune with their bodies they become their own teachers.
Cindy McAtee
Cindy McAtee

Cindy McAtee

Cindy McAtee attended her first Hatha yoga class in the 1970s. Discovering that classes in the mountains of New Mexico were virtually nonexistent, Cindy was prompted to develop her own personal practice. As yoga’s popularity increased and classes became more prevalent, Cindy knew this was the best physical practice for the health of her body but also quickly realized that yoga was much more. Consequently, her spiritual search began and her daily meditation practice evolved. Cindy’s return to Texas enabled her to become certified, after which she taught chair, beginning, and intermediate classes. Recognizing the need for classes accessible to all levels and ages, she now teaches gentle yoga that focuses on moving the body in slow, healthful ways to lengthen, strengthen, and relax the muscles while replacing dysfunctional movement patterns with functional; breathing deeply and completely allowing the central nervous system to move from the flight/flight response to rest/digest; and cultivating awareness, attention, and focus. Cindy’s intention is to encourage practitioners to take yoga off the mat and integrate every aspect into daily life, achieving both physical and mental well being.
Dollyn Tusa
Dollyn Tusa

Dollyn Tusa

Marie Burks
Marie Burks

Marie Burks

Marie Burks began her yoga journey in 2002, seeking improved physical and mental health and well-being. She completed her 200 hour YogaAlliance-approved teacher training in Vinyasa yoga at Flow Yoga Center in Washington, DC in 2008. Marie loves exploring a wide variety of yogatraditions and incorporates elements of Ashtanga, Jivamukti, and other Hatha yoga styles into challenging flow classes. Students in Marie's classes can expect a balanced focus on strengthening and flexibility, hands-on assists and an emphasis on proper alignment, all accompanied by uplifting music. Marie continues to discover the varied and far-reaching benefits that regular yoga practice provides, and seeks to help others discover these benefits through her teaching.
Risse Miller
Risse Miller

Risse Miller

Sheridan Aspy
Sheridan Aspy

Sheridan Aspy

"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self." - Bhagavad Gita 

Sheridan began practicing yoga at age 16, hoping to improve her mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. She began teaching two years later, with the intention to share her compassion and skills with others. For Sheridan, yoga has become less of an exercise practice and more of a journey of life. She plans to continue teaching and practicing for many years to come, and hopes that she can share her passion with others! 
Stephanie Province
Stephanie Province

Stephanie Province

Stephanie Province has been in the health and wellness industry for over 11 years, and has worked with clients of all ages and ability levels in a variety of different class formats. She has been teaching Barre for almost two years and shares her love for it in an environment that is safe, motivating, fun, and challenging. Get ready for your muscles to shake and burn! Outside the studio, Stephanie continues her work in the worksite wellness industry. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, golfing, and just about any activity that will get her moving!
Tara Beattie
Tara Beattie

Tara Beattie

Tara’s journey to discovering yoga comes by way of the soccer field and rowing shell. She began exploring alternative methods of training after years of injuries, resulting in three hip surgeries. Shortly after relocating from New York to sunny Austin, TX, she discovered Bikram. This practice provided physical and mental strength as well as healing. Tara was hooked! In addition to completing her 200 HR Vinyasa Teacher Training, Tara has also earned a BA in Psychology and Studio Arts at SUNY University at Buffalo. Incorporating both Eastern and Western modalities of physical and mental health enables her to guide yogis of all backgrounds through a well rounded practice. Tara’s goal is not only to deepen her own practice, but more importantly, to assist others on their journey.