Elise Seidel 

I am currently living and working in beautiful San Marcos, Texas. I am a full time yoga instructor and seasonal club volleyball coach. I am originally from San Antonio, however, I came up to San Marcos for school in Jan. 2005. I graduated from Texas State University in 2008, with a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies, and a minor of Sociology. I have worked as a restaurant hostess, server, trainer, office assistant, and worked in banks and the corporate world before I found yoga and decided to teach. 

 

I first found yoga at San Antonio College, taking a basic class there for a PE credit, were I learned many of the poses.  I loved that semester, it was when I took a break without taking a break.  I took Yoga, then swimming, acting, ending the day with voice class, 3 times a week. I also had a friend that would often ask me to go to yoga classes with him in San Antonio, and before long I thought to myself, “I could teach yoga!  I’m athletic, and I’ve always been spiritual and connected to nature, and I want to help people.”  These all seemed like good reasons to become a teacher to me.  I planted that thought and it sat there for a while.  I didn’t come back to it until I saw a flyer hanging at the old Coffee Pot on the Square in San Marcos. It was for yoga training, close by in Wimberley, on the weekends.  It was perfect, I could work at the bank and train to be a yoga teacher on the weekends.  Yes.  

 

I did my training with Camp Utopia in Wimberley, receiving my 200hr RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) training certificate from Helen Stutchbury in 2012.  Everything about that time was perfect for me.  It had been a year since a really rough break up, and I had been having all sorts of stomach issues.  I went into training with a broken heart, esophagitis, a hiatal hernia, and gastritis, and came out feeling free and with no symptoms or stresses.  Yoga heals.  It most definitely helps, a lot!  

 

I have since studied with a handful of wonderful teachers in the area with expertise in Vinyasa, Yin, and Alignment based teachings.  I also attended a Yoga Journal Conference in 2016, learning more about Pranayama with Gary Kraftsow, more about Awakening Shakti with Sally Kempton, and Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater. I have since attended another meditation workshop with Sally Kempton, and a week long Restorative Yoga training, attending Judith Hanson Lasater’s Level 1 in San Francisco, in Summer, 2017.  I have also added hours toward my 500hr certification by teaching teachers and doing continued education with Camp Utopia. 

 

This is a short, breathy summary of my yoga journey.  However, yoga is so much more to me, and as a teacher, I want to help you embrace what yoga is for you, on a personal level.  We are always teaching and learning something, and my hope is that yoga can help you in your everyday life.  I continue to learn so I can share the gift of yoga.  Once you know it and feel it in your heart, the rest is up to you.  Live the life of Yoga.  Love every moment.  Many blessings to you.  Namaste.