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Christina Andrini, E-RYT, YACEP, has been teaching yoga formally since 2011. She is the founder of Jai Bhakti Yoga Foundation, creator of JBYF 200hr Adaptive Hatha Yoga School for Accessible Yoga, program pioneer and trainer of Aqua Yoga, field coordinator and trainer for Connected Warriors Yoga for First Responders Veterans and their Families for New Orleans, pioneer for Day of Yoga Fitness and Wellness Festival in New Orleans bringing community wellness partners together to share their services with the public for donation or no cost as a way educating our community of accessible wellness offerings to enrich their lives and is a global yoga teacher leading trainings, classes, workshops, and retreats throughout the globe.
Chanell Gautreaux is an IAFP certified Personal Trainer and Zumba instructor with a lifelong passion for dance and fitness. A native New Orleanian, she rediscovered yoga after hurricane Katrina and began deepening her practice in 2016. In the summer of 2019, she made the transition from student to instructor.
Katelyn Kerner is a 200hr RYT having studied under Balance Wellness and Yoga School in New Orleans, La.
Katelyn leads our all levels Wednesday community class at the Lyons Center.
Chioma Urama is an artist and educator from Virginia. She received her 200 hour yoga teaching certification with Lightrail Yoga in Miami Beach and has taught several community classes across South Florida and in New Orleans. She believes in yoga as a tool to increase contentment, balance, and strength in our everyday lives.
We are excited to have Chioma join the Jai Bhakti Yoga teaching family to continue sharing her passion and light with our diverse, unique, and creative community of yogis. Chioma leads our Thursday evening community class at Bastion.
Lynell is a dedicated yogini and international educator/student who enjoys making the teachings of yoga accessible for students of all ages, on and off the mat. Certified at the child and adults level, she works with students in infancy through adulthood. Much of her time is spent learning and practicing languages, being in nature and developing diverse types of curricula and programming that infuse yogic philosophies and ideals about life. She is also the founder of RootedU.
Dwayne "Dreamer" McKee LMT, 200 RYT, veteran, and body worker and Owner of Dreamer's Touch, Muscular Therapy, father, and husband.
Dreamer comes with over a decade of bodywork experience in both water and land. He is a certified Yoga teacher for adaptive and power hatha yoga as well as Connected Warriors yoga, teaching to first responders and veterans.
Dreamer serves clients from the womb to elderly, disabled to athletes, working with and through trauma, muscle relaxation therapy, and sound vibration with the "soul" purpose of changing the lives he touches.
" When I came into her apartment for my first lesson I was a little nervous, but she made me feel right at home by inquiring about how things were going in my life. After a short conversation I felt totally relaxed and ready to do yoga. It’s good to have a teacher who takes interest in her student’s lives. I think Christina really cares for people and has a genuine love for humanity. We also talked about what I would like to accomplish with my yoga practice and we went over some ideas that she thought would help me out. I drive a truck for a living and need to focus on exercises that offset the negative effects sitting behind a steering wheel all day has on my body. Christina suggested some hip openers and some gentle back bends.
During our sessions she has a way of challenging me to do more than I think I can but also of knowing how much is too much. I love the way she helps out with certain poses like “down dog” where she leans against my legs thus enabling me to get much deeper into the pose and receive maximum benefits. Towards the end of each session she helps me with my favorite pose, which is a twist and a stretch, sorry I don’t know what it’s called, but with her help I can feel the tension leaving my body. She also helps loosen the neck muscles by massaging them a little bit and I also don’t know what you call this but she does this thing where she lifts up my legs and kind of swings them back and forth. This usually helps tremendously with relaxation also.
After a private yoga session with Christina I feel as if I’ve had both a yoga lesson as well as a mini massage. Most importantly I think all of this stems from her genuine concern and love for her fellow beings.
Christina is truly one of the best yoga teachers and loving, caring people I have ever met. Anyone considering taking private yoga lessons from her should definitely do it. Consider it an investment in yourself. " - Joe K.