Karma Yoga Denton is made up of a team of dedicated instructors and volunteers, meet the people behind the mission.
We celebrate 2 years this Spring and couldn't be more excited for what Denton holds for it's yoga community. Our instructors are certified under Yoga Alliance and our volunteer team is made up of individuals, who like our instructors, give their time tirelessly to see this vision through.
Jessica McReynolds - Austin born and Syracuse NY raised. She moved back to Texas as soon as she heard it calling her name. Animal lover and single Mom of two. Yoga has been an unbelievable journey for her. Through the loss of her husband and father of her kiddos, yoga gave her the confidence to face the world and be proud of everything she was, is and growing to be. She got her CYT 200 training through Inspire Yoga Studio and is so excited to be able to teach and learn from other yogis or yogis to be. She believes that laughter and no filters in yoga is the best medicine for all ailments. She wants to see yogis smile and not take life so seriously, there's just too much of that already. Laugh at ourselves, it's one of the hardest things to do. You can find her on her mat, one of the little skate parks on her board or on the many creeks around Denton Co. canoeing and teaching her kids to enjoy all that is around us.
Tiffany Johnson - Mystic, mini zookeeper, UNT graduate, and yogi - began to refocus on her practice 5 1/2 years ago when losing the battle with her depression and anxiety disorders. Yoga helped calm her heart, mind, and soul and allowed her to feel whole and connected again. She decided she wanted to share the many benefits she found in her practice with others, and does what she can to connect people in the community to yoga and each other. Jack of all trades, her passion for people, creating connections, and writing keeps her actively involved in the community. Food Editor for The Dentonite, Project Manager with Blue Steele Solutions, Events Coordinator at Backyard on Bell, 7Feathers Non-Profit Board, Band Together Denton Coordinator, PR Team for Thin Line Fest, she loves to be civically engaged and active in Denton.
Jessica LuForte - Jessica, or 'Little Jess' to the KYD family, is a native Dentonite who has been passionate about teaching ever since she can remember. She began to develop a growing interest in preventative health and health education into adulthood, and went on to major in Health Education at the University of North Texas. She is a certified Health educator through the state of Texas and has since earned her 200 hour Yoga teacher certification. Her main goal in education is to help others develop the skills and knowledge to become their own health advocates, and to take charge of their own well-being. She began yoga as a way to calm her busy mind, and in effect has aided her to help overcome her own battle with anxiety. Her hope is to inspire others to do the same through control of the breath, meditation, and asana. Jessica is a proud dog-mom to a fluffy little Pomeranian named Newo Ikkin, and amateur chef who will try anything that looks like a challenge.
Savanna Hickfang - Recently engaged, born and raised in Texas, Savanna is a student at University of North Texas and is studying to become an elementary school teacher. Savanna began practicing yoga with her mom when she was very young. In high school she became an active yogi, and during her first year as a college student, Savanna turned to yoga to calm her mind and free herself of stress overload. As she developed a more consistent practice, she quickly found how much yoga can teach us about patience, acceptance and the amazing relief we feel after a practice. At the beginning of her yoga training, savanna was just expecting to learn how to teach the poses of yoga. But quickly found out there is so much more to yoga than just poses. While in her training, savanna discovered meditation as a way to deal with the crazy stress of being a college student, and realizing how much better you can feel after taking a short amount of time to just breath and relax. Savanna couldn’t wait to share with everyone that not only is yoga beneficial for your physical body, but also your mental and spiritual body. Yoga can transform you in so many positive ways.
Tara Hughes - grew up in Denton and just moved back after a few years on the east coast teaching yoga. She discovered yoga at age 12 when a family friend invited her to a class and it was true love ever since! She got her 200 RYT at age 19 through LifePower yoga and is now at TWU studying nutrition. In the future she wants to incorporate nutrition with yoga and assisting births. When she's not on the mat she is probably watching a nutrition documentary, hula hooping, or cooking some rad vegan food!
Kelbi Callaway - started practicing with Karma in the summer of 2015 and immediately fell in love with the mission and spirit of KYD. She is working towards her Master’s in counseling at UNT and she has a wide array of interests under the umbrella of holistic healing, such as using healing crystals and stones, yoga and meditation, mindfulness, and utilizing therapeutic aspect of nature. She is dabbles in tarot reading and would love one day to be trained in reiki and other alternative healing methods. Yoga, cooking, coffee, tea, wine and quotes could arguably be proven to have magical effects on her well being. She is finishing her 200 hr. yoga teacher training at Summit in Denton so she can further share her love of the yoga practice (and karma yoga’s wonderful mission) with the world.