Carl Adams, RYT 200
I started meditation in high school, learning and practicing many styles over many years before discovering yoga. After realizing that yoga was so much more than a physical practice, I felt a connection that just seemed natural. I see yoga as a moving meditation, and as a way to help the body stay healthy and young.
After my teacher training with Elan I began teaching yoga as a way to share this great discovery which continues to enlighten sustain me. I enjoy watching those at our studio grow in their practice, as I grow in mine.
Thank you for your interest in Spiral Branch Yoga Studio. Because yoga is a broad term that encompasses many styles and methods, we are proud to be the first and only studio in Denham Springs and Livingston Parish dedicated solely to teaching yoga. Whether you are new to yoga or have an established practice, we offer a variety of classes each day to meet you where you are. Just grab your mat and head in for a class! We warmly welcome you to our community and believe you find a fit for your yoga goals.
We are here to to teach yoga...NOT RELIGION. There are no deities or images from any religion in our studio.
We teach yoga as a sytematic method, that has been tested through thousands of years, to bring about a greater state of health and wellbeing to our bodies, minds and spirits. We find these teachings universal to the human experience outside of religion, race or creed. We strive to create an environment that is welcoming and peaceful to people from any path.
Cle'lie Aubin, RYT 200
Growing up in Saint Francisville Louisiana, Cle’lie (Clay-lee) spent most of her childhood connecting with nature through various landscapes as the daughter of a traveling artist. During her first physical yoga class (at age sixteen) she found the combination of Pranayama (Breath control) and Asana (Posture) positively life altering in that they provided serenity and a method of coping with anxiety! She went on to participate in leadership programs/self -discovery retreats in Colorado, which eventually lead her back to a yoga path. After traveling, she studied Art at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Business and Computer Technology at South Louisiana Community College in New Iberia. She then opened her business Imagine More and settled in Denham Springs.
In her free time Cle’lie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, listening and playing music, doing outdoor activities, traveling, adventuring and listening to philosophical lectures on the Cosmos, Quantum Theory and the nature of spirituality. She also engages in a variety of artistic endeavors including: Wood carving, oil painting, drawing, face painting, picture framing and canvas/wood/wall commissions.
“As a Yoga teacher I aim to help relieve the chaos others feel; to help others get to the center of their own personal truth and embrace their whole self. Through the practice of Yoga we are allowed to still our minds constant movement and focus our intentions; providing us the physical, mental and emotional guidance to find balance.”
Taylor Blanchard, RYT 200
I first discovered yoga as a teenager, starting with Youtube videos in my bedroom and later attending my first yoga class at LSU. I introduced yoga and meditation into my lifestyle as a daily practice, and I gradually began to experience relief from chronic anxiety. Today, my practice serves to help me gain awareness of an overactive mind, and to live more from a calm and heart-centered place, rather than from a habitual place of fear and worry.
I received my 200-hour yoga certification from Phi Nguyen in 2017. In my classes, I hope to spread self-love and awareness, as I believe that these are yoga’s most valuable tools. Furthermore, I hope to convey that the yoga practice serves much more than just achieving the perfect asana or a perfectly quieted mind. I believe that our practice should teach us to love and trust our precious minds and bodies at every imperfect step along our journey.
Kaylin Sibley, RYT 200
Kaylin found yoga for the first time while looking for an extra class in college. After practicing sporadically for years, she took a community yoga class at the local library led by Elan Adams. After this class she became a dedicated student of yoga under Elan's guidance. Through her practice, Kaylin found the peace in her personal life, clarity in her mind and the courage to make professional career changes. During a career change to education, she also decided that it was time to delve deeper into her practice and become a certified yoga instructor, under the guidance of her teacher through the training program at Spiral Branch. Kaylin offers a light-hearted vinyasa flow and encourages her students to balance being at peace with where they are in their practice with embracing the courage to try for something new.
Amelia (Billie) Parr, RYT 200
I took various yoga classes in Baton Rouge for the past 15 years yet never commited to the practice until January 2015 when I came to Spiral Branch Yoga. After trying the new client promotion for one month I found a practice I could dedicate myself too. Yoga became a central part of my life and well being and I found myself drawn towards becoming a teacher and even changing my career path to include yoga! I completed my RYT 200 at Spiral Branch with Elan.
My favorite style of yoga is the traditional Ashtanga, and it heavily influences the way I structure my Vinyasa flow classes. I value yoga as an effective approach to building both strength and stamina in my body and mind and it is my goal to pass along those same benefits to my students. I truly believe there is a yoga to benefit everyone at whatever stage of life they find themselves.
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Elan Adams, E-RYT 200/YACEP, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor
Founder, Owner, Instructor, RYS Trainer
My Yoga journey began in 2002, progressing from video tapes in the living-room to classes at a gym before I finally got the courage to step into a yoga studio! I began to practice Ashtanga-Vinyasa under the guidance of the late Sara Devi, who was the first to encourage me to become a yoga teacher. After ten years of a personal practice which has helped me through several physical illnesses and countless emotional trials, I decided to become a certified Yoga Teacher. I am grateful for the many teachers who have inspired me along the way. I am driven forward by the belief that yoga is for anyone who wants it and strive to deliver the message in each class that yoga is a tool to strengthen their bodies, sharpen their minds and connect within. I take great joy in getting to know my students and as my student I will strive to meet you where you are!
Ashtanga Yoga Certification: Manju Pattabhi Jois (2016) , RYT 500: Sandra Anderson, Shari Friedrichsen, Rolf Sovik (2014-2016), Sattva Yoga Pre-natal certified: Ma Dhyan Siddhi (2013) , RYT-200: Kim Matsko (2012), Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant: David Frawley (2016)
Trish Little, RYT 200, Curvy Yoga, and Yoga For All certified Teacher & Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
Trish attended her first Yoga class with a friend in 1998 and instantly felt a connection. Practicing off and on for the next 15 years she really began to focus on her practice in 2011. Trish is a Licensed Massage Therapist with over 9 years of experience and has been a Certified Personal Trainer for 3 of those years. To further the benefits of Massage Therapy,Trish has been encouraging clients to practice Yoga. For Trish, teaching Yoga was the natural progression to help facilitate stress and pain management. Under the guidance of Elan Adams, Trish recieved her RYT 200. Trish is the only Curvy Yoga and Yoga For All certified Yoga teacher in Louisiana, which has given her additional training in working with creating practices, and offering modifications that make yoga welcoming for all shapes ,sizes and abilities. When Trish is not in the studio or office, she enjoys photography, travel, reading and spending time with her furry family.
Mollie says: I love the exploration of body, breath, and spirituality that the practice of yoga and meditation has integrated into my daily life. There is mystery in everything and everyone and yoga put me more in touch with what a beautiful gift life is, to find that mystery and just appreciate. I have been fortunate to have amazing teachers to foster my practice, both the physical and mental. It is an honor to get to share the experience of yoga with the community and to keep practicing, learning, and breathing every day!
Mollie has been teaching yoga in Baton Rouge for many years and is currently completing her Ashtanga Teacher Training training.
Kris discovered the joys of Yoga in 2011 and has enjoyed the benefits and changes it has brought to her life. After becoming a mom, she was inspired to combine her diverse teaching experiences and follow her heart to begin a Kid Yoga program. She received her Children's Yoga teaching certification through Young Warriors (2014) and Rainbow Kids Yoga (2015)
Kris has always loved working with children since she herself was child. Starting off babysitting and working in childcare centers and camps at a young age propelled her into gaining a Bachelors and Master's degree in special education. From there she became a dedicated public educator for 18 years teaching many beautiful minds in many settings. Yoga helped Kris gain the courage and guidance to shift her career to create a children's Yoga program in Colorado.
Recently Kris returned to her home state of Louisiana and is excited to offer Yoga to children in this community. She aspires to provide classes filled with creativity, warmth, acceptance, awareness, and fun.
Oksana Aston, E-RYT 200 & RYT 500
Oksana was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. She left Belarus and her trade as an architect in 2012, to move to Denham Springs, Louisiana, where her husband took a position as a scientist at the Livingston Observatory.
She was first introduced to yoga through Pranayama and meditation in 1999 while taking a trauma relief program with the “Art of Living” foundation after surviving a stampede in her home country, they helped her recovery through this traumatic experience, bringing immediate benefits and relief from anxiety and depression. Since 2011 Oksana was practicing yoga on and off.
It was in Denham Springs that Oksana dedicated herself to everyday practice of yoga. She has completed her first 200 hours Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training at Spiral Branch Yoga studio in Denham Springs with Elan Adams.
Following her yoga path, and loving her Ashtanga practice, Oksana graduated from both 200 and 300 hours (primary and half of second series of Ashtanga yoga) Teacher Trainings with Melanie Fawer, certified by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, at the Ashtanga Yoga Room in New Orleans.
She also completed Restorative Yoga teacher training at Wild Lotus Yoga, New Orleans with Andra Aitken in the tradition of Judith Lasater.
When Oksana isn’t doing or teaching yoga she’s enjoying long walks in the park, reading, gardening and spending time with her husband and her rescue cat.
“I teach my classes accessible to everyone brining focus to breath, proper alignment and inner awareness, helping to find unity of the mind and body.”
Myra Huma, RYT 200
Myra was born and raised in Pakistan and first introduced to yoga while in high school. In 2011, she migrated to United States with her parents and younger brother for a better standard of living. An Alumni of Southeastern, Myra works as a Financial Analyst during the day.
Like so many Myra joined gyms and tried personal coaches but that "no pain, no gain" mentality didn't resonate with her. After suffering from anxiety, mood swings and lack of focus and clarity Myra searched for local yoga studios and found Spiral Branch. After only one month of dedicated practice she found herself at peace! Myra completed SBY 200 hr. teacher training in 2018 under Elan Adams. She is eager to share her love of yoga with others!
Myra practices Ashtanga yoga, Vinayasa Flow which forms basis of my classes. She truly believes yoga is a physical and spiritual practice involving breathing techniques to sync our mind, body and soul.
"It has taught me self love and to be present in the present moment. It’s not a destination it’s a lifestyle !!!"