About our Yoga Instructors
Deanna Spear, RYT-200, Studio Manager
Deanna started her yoga journey shortly after becoming a new mom. She struggled with anxiety for years and began suffering from anxiety attacks while pregnant with her daughter. Devoting time on her mat allowed her to overcome her attacks and learn different ways to calm the mind and body. She teaches class that physically move the body, promoting strength and confidence, while incorporating self-care skills that are easy to use off the mat. With a background in dance Deanna brings a firm understanding of the body and how too easily modify, allowing yoga to be accessible to all. “I want my yoga students to feel good after class!”
Gail Morales, RYT-200
Gail has been practicing yoga for over ten years and has been teaching for six. She obtained her 200-hour RYT from Reflections Yoga Studio. For the first seven years she focused mainly on asanas and flows. It was later that she decided to delve deeper into yoga to learn more about philosophy and explore the different paths. This past year has been one of transformation. Not only because of Covid, but to work on herself and her mindset. During this time, she became a Reiki Master and took coursework in native American culture (Teaching of the Seven Elders and Shamanism), astrology, and even learned how to play the harmonium. She intends to incorporate the knowledge she gained into her classes and workshops. What has been even more fulfilling is her path and love for Bhakti Yoga. For Gail, life is about living in the present moment and with gratitude for the gifts and lessons learned. Gail is also certified in chair yoga, restorative yoga, sound healing, and meditation.
Carol Martinez, RYT 200
Carol found her love for yoga when she started practicing in 2012. She found that yoga helped her feel better, gave her more flexibility, gained strength and found her chronic hip pain lessened as she practiced. After practicing yoga for about five years, she felt a strong desire to share her knowledge and help others feel better with similar aches and pains of everyday life. She attended SoderWorld Wellness Center & Academy and became a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher at the age of 63. She truly believes it is never too late to find your passion in life. Carol has always been a teacher at heart and she feels she finally found what she wants to be when she grows up…A Yoga Teacher! Carol teaches yoga to cancer survivors and she specializes in gentle Hatha yoga. She eases her students into gentle poses that help them find what works for them. Movement with breath is her ‘Motto’ as she takes her students through a gentle, mindful practice of balance, stability, strength and flexibility.
Beth Carpenter, RYT 200
Beth has been practicing yoga for five years. After the birth of her third child she decided to give it a try and immediately fell in love. When she walked into her first yoga studio she was home. In 2019 Beth received her 200 hour yoga certification and started teaching vinyasa flow at Reflections Yoga Center in Homewood. Her love of yoga is rooted in the belief that the practice is carried far beyond the mat. What she's learned from yoga has intrinsically changed the way she moves outside of the studio.
Veronica Reyes, RYT 500
Veronica started her Yoga journey in 2018 through her group fitness community. Yoga quickly became her favorite part of her exercise routine as it challenged both her body and mind. She has found that moving intentionally, while staying present in the moment, has enriched her life both on and off the mat. Veronica also enjoys mediation and mindfulness practices to help quiet the mind and become more responsive, less reactive. She received her 500-hour yoga certification through My Vinyasa Practice and is a registered member with Yoga Alliance.
Michelle Bauer, RYT 200
Michelle was a special education teacher for 27 years and then had a spiritual awakening. Her experience catapulted her onto a new path of self-discovery and healing. She retired from special education and pursued training as a yoga teacher. Michelle is passionate about using yoga to empower others as they navigate through their spiritual awakening journey and dark night of the soul. Michelle has a Masters Degree in Education and is a Certified Yoga Teacher and Certified Restorative Yoga Teacher.
Megan Schmelter, RYT 200
For Megan, yoga has always been about how you feel and not about how you look. After years of cultivating her own practice and self love, she is thrilled and beyond grateful to be able to share techniques and postures with students that empower and inspire the same feelings in them. With a burning passion for psychology, helping others and universal connectedness, Megan cannot wait to delve into the community and help even one new friend improve their daily functioning and peace. “Namaste and I can’t wait to meet you!”