MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – Meredith Jones

Name: Meredith Jones

Nickname: None! My mom was adamant when I was younger that I would NOT have a nickname, particularly, “Mere” because I am not a female horse.

Day Job: Senior Director of Clinics and Community Pet Services for the SPCA of Texas

How long have you have been practicing at YS? A little over 6 months (started in July 2018)

What is your favorite YS workshop or class? All of them! Each class and teacher challenges me in a different way.

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Holiday decorating! My granddad and aunt owned their own interior decorating company so it’s in my blood 🙂

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? This is really boring but… I love chair pose!

Why did you start practicing yoga? Initially, it was to supplement my Crossfit training. But now, I am spending equal time with both because I love the community at YogaSport and the lasting effects that yoga gives me outside the studio. I always walk out of YogaSport feeling more confident about myself and ability to take on anything!

Who inspires you the most and why? My granddad. He forged his own path in life and did so gracefully, courageously, and humbly. He grew up in an impoverished farming family in the 1930’s/40’s, met my grandmother when he was stationed at Pearl Harbor during WW2, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma (go Sooners!) on the GI Bill, majoring in home economics (the only male in his class!). Then he opened his own interior decorating business that grew to a storefront on the main street of Norman, OK!

What do you just love about YogaSport? The community is amazing! I always feel so empowered from the second I walk in the door to after I leave. The confidence that each teacher has in me makes me feel more confident about myself.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Really terrible horror movies. I can quote the entire Tremors movie.

Favorite Local Restaurant(s): Origin

Favorite Vacation Spot: Hawaii!

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I was a Muay Thai fighter for 5 years when I lived in Ohio. I regularly traveled around the East coast fighting (sanctioned fights, of course)!

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – Zach Bennett

 

Name:  Zach!

Day Job:  Graduate Student at UT Southwestern

How long have you have been practicing at YS? April 2018

What is your favorite YS workshop or class? Inversion workshop

 

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Understanding and deciphering science

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? I spontaneously practice chair pose throughout the day

Why did you start practicing yoga? Find another practice in addition to my gymnastics training and to meet like-minded people

Who inspires you the most and why? Barack Obama: He’s a truly analytical and measured person, and he has overcome so much while always maintaining a positive demeanor

What do you just love about YogaSport?  The flows are consistently challenging and rewarding

What’s your guilty pleasure? Beer lol

Favorite Local Restaurant(s): Sabaidee has great take-out Pad Thai

Favorite Vacation Spot: Colorado

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I was born with 9 toes!

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – Brittany Reinhart

 

Name: Brittany Reinhart

Nickname: Britt

Day Job: Trauma Research Coordinator at Methodist Hospital

How long have you have been practicing at YS? 2 years

 

What is your favorite YS workshop or class? Favorite class is 9am Empower Flow on Saturdays, especially when the oils are involved

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Cooking

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? Half moon

Why did you start practicing yoga? When I was 22 my friend found a Groupon for yoga so I got one too!

 

Who inspires you the most and why? Someone that I really admire is J.K Rowling. She is not only an incredible author but she has been through so much and chooses to use her platform to try to make the world a better place. And she’s hilarious on Twitter.

What do you just love about YogaSport? The community feeling and no-judgment zone

What’s your guilty pleasure? Homemade chocolate chip cookies. Mine are the best.

Favorite Local Restaurant(s): Tacos Mariachi and Knife

Favorite Vacation Spot: New Orleans is my favorite city in America

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I was a painfully shy and quiet child- then I started cheerleading when I was 9 and haven’t shut up since!

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – Mike Mask

 

Name:  Michael Mask

Nickname:  Mike/Mick/Birdie

Day Job:  Senior Analyst at Verizon

How long have you have been practicing at YS?  4 months

 

What is your favorite YS workshop or class?  Beginners Series

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at:  Writing

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice?  Crow pose (Because I can finally do it….sometimes)

Why did you start practicing yoga?  Increase flexibility and overall health

Who inspires you the most and why?  Cher. I admire people who stay young at heart!

What do you just love about YogaSport?  The positive environment and friendliness of all the staff

What’s your guilty pleasure?  Pizza

Favorite Local Restaurant:  Sachet

Favorite Vacation Spot:  New York City

 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – Octavio Reyes

 

Name:  Octavio Cesar Reyes

Day Job: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

How long have you been practicing at YS?: 7 months

What is your favorite YS workshop or class?: Empower Flow and Power Flow

 

One thing you consider yourself to be very good at:  Financial Modeling & Valuation

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice?  Wheel

Why did you start practicing yoga?  To work on my flexibility and enjoy relaxation, among other things.

Who inspires you the most and why?  Frederic Chopin. I find perfection and greatness in his music. Very few can ignite the “Fire” to play Chopin.

What do you just love about YogaSport?  I love the sense of community of YogaSport and the mission it serves in the community.

What’s your guilty pleasure?  Drink red wine

Furthest city traveled:  Paris, France.

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? Well, being a Mexican immigrant, I do not drink Tequila.

 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – Ashley Bankes

 

 

Name:  Ashley Bankes  

Nickname:  Ash, but I figure most Ashley’s are called that.  

Day Job:  Accounting  

How long have  you  have  been  practicing at YS?  7 years  

What is your favorite YS workshop or class?  Saturday class at 10:45 

 

Name one thing  you  consider yourself to be very good at:  Anything athletic  

What’s the number one yoga pose  you  just love to practice?  Upward flipping dog. 

Why did  you  start practicing yoga?  I kept hearing people talking about yoga and I was curious about the practice.  

Who  inspires  you  the most and why?  Honestly, myself. When I see self growth, either small or big, it inspires me to continue trying.  

What do  you  just love about YogaSport I love the staff at Yogasport. Everyone is so inviting and warm.  

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?  Candy 

Furthest city traveled:  Greece 

What is one thing we don’t know about  you  that would surprise us? I went to Booker T. Washington for theatre 

 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – RYAN PHILLIPS

Name:  Ryan Phillips

Nickname:  Ry

Day Job:  Sales Director

How long have you have been practicing at YS?  6 months (and counting)

What is your favorite YS workshop or class?  Power Flow

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at:  Staying committed to working out and eating healthy

 

 

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice?  Side angle with arm overhead and other arm extended out.  It’s a great core workout!

Why did you start practicing yoga?  Stronger core work, flexibility, and mental health

Who inspires you the most and why?  The Rock.  Follow him on Instagram and you’ll see why.

What do you just love about YogaSport?  Great teachers, great overall practice and workout, great people, close to home and 6 am classes

What’s your guilty pleasure?  A good juicy burger

Furthest city traveled:  Australia!

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us?  I LOVE music & I play the drums

 

 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – LAURIE PHAN

Name:  Laurie Phan

Day Job: Data Scientist

How long have you have been practicing at YS? Roughly 6 months

What is your favorite YS workshop or class? 4 Week Beginner’s Series

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Predicting movie endings

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? It changes from month to month. Every pose of the month becomes the one I look forward to practicing. I love learning the foundations of each pose and seeing my progress throughout the month.

Why did you start practicing yoga? Improve strength, flexibility, and balance

Who inspires you the most and why? My dad because he is the strongest, wittiest, and kindest person I have ever known.

What do you just love about YogaSport? Everything and everyone! I feel such a strong sense of community at YS!

What’s your guilty pleasure? Dark unsweetened chocolate

Furthest city traveled: Hiroshima, Japan

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? During college, I held two jobs, a bank teller by day and a Captain Morganette by night.

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – MATTHEW MAZUR

Name: Matthew Mazur

Nickname: Matt or Matteo

Day Job: I am an art teacher at a Montessori magnet school for Dallas ISD

How long have you have been practicing at YS? Since November 2017

What is your favorite YS workshop or class? Power Flow with Katie- her style of teaching has pushed me to grow a lot in my practice. I always leave her class feeling relaxed and energized!

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: I’m really good at drawing and making waffles.

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? Crow pose- it’s a great grounding pose and I hope it’s building the strength needed in my core to be able to handstand one day.

Why did you start practicing yoga? I hate the gym! I wanted to focus on a workout that could bring me more than just superficial results. After I started yoga, I was addicted to the focused mental side of the practice and the art of being able to remain still and calm under challenging circumstances.

Who inspires you the most and why? Rupaul- I love his pep talks and how he always says to choose love, stay engaged with the moment, and to never listen to your inner saboteur. Rupaul’s best quote- “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?”

What do you just love about YogaSport? The strong sense of community and that the teachers aren’t afraid to let loose and make the classes fun.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Ice Cream!

Furthest city traveled: Athens, Greece

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I am very lucky! I win things all the time like trips and gift cards. I even won a brand new car last year!

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT – ERICH TOMPKINS

Name: Erich Tompkins

How long have you have been practicing at YS? Six months in January

What is your favorite YS workshop or class? Six a.m. Power Yoga – love practicing in the early morning!

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Software project management, emerging technology

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? I love working on wheel – enjoy the challenge and the process of improvement

Why did you start practicing yoga? Self-improvement, managing stress and anxiety (from the software jobs of course)

Who inspires you the most and why? Shepard Fairey is my hero for mixing art with activism, which I love – he started Obey Giant and notably designed the Obama “hope” poster

What do you just love about YogaSport? This is a warm, friendly welcoming community that is accessible to anyone who wants to come in, and I love the authenticity of the practice as well as the vigorous workout

What’s your guilty pleasure? Belgian Trappist Ale

Furthest city traveled: Basel, Switzerland

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I got my first job at Microsoft in 1997 before I knew how to use a computer. I learned what a mouse was in the job interview! To get the job, I solved a bunch of complex puzzles and they hired me.