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Member Spotlight: Kelsey Karcher

kelsey-karcher-spotlight-2Name: Kelsey Karcher

Nickname: Kiki

Day Job:  Manager of Advanced Academic Services for Dallas ISD

How long have you have been practicing at YS? I took my first class in July.

What is your favorite YS workshop or class? I don’t think I can pick just one.  I really love taking from Christopher, Angela, and Nicole.  All three teachers challenge me and remind me to laugh.  kelsey-karcher-spotlight-3When the days get stressful, I can forget to smile, so my practice at YS is physical, mental, and emotional exercise.

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: I know my way around the kitchen pretty well.  Few things make me happier than cooking for someone and having them tell me the food reminds them of their mother’s or grandmother’s cooking.

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? I love, love, love crow!

Why did you start practicing yoga? I grew up dancing competitively and yoga is a way for me to tap into the technical and cerebral elements I really miss from those days.

Who  inspires you the most and why? I am constantly inspired by Alyce Layden, who was my dance teacher from the age of six years old.  She is also a classroom teacher.  Alyce taught me to search for and celebrate each person’s unique gifts and to treat every one I meet with unconditional love and kindness.  When I became a teacher, I tried to be like Alyce every single day.  

What do you just love about YogaSport? I love how, no matter what happened outside the yoga room that day, YS is a safe and welcoming space where I only have to worry about breathing and doing the practice my mind and body need for that day.

What’s your guilty pleasure?  Chocolate, bourbon, and cheesy romantic comedies.

Furthest city traveled: Rome, Italykelsey-karcher-spotlight-1

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I secretly long to be a D list celebrity so I can be on “Dancing With the Stars.”


Reset. Restart. Reboot. Fall Detox by Morgan

Written by Morgan Martindale

Hello Yogis,


It’s that time of year again, fall detox time.  Summer is such a care-free time where we eat lots of BBQ, drink margaritas and travel a lot.  The heavy foods we eat accumulate in our body and start to weigh us down both physically and mentally.

Many people often ask me, Why do I cleanse?  Here are my reasons.

  • Three words. Reset. Restart. Reboot.
  • I loooooooooove slowing down, to become aware of where I am in my day, my life, me relationship with myself, with food and with others.
  • I like starting over in all ways possible to better myself and what I want in my body and life.
  • I enjoy the discipline, to know that ‘I can do it’ & ‘I am worth it’.
  • We have one body, our temple to worship and praise. What we put inside should help us feel good on the inside and out.
  • We should nourish our body, mind to the the happiest and healthiest version of who you are, so it’s important to treat it right!

So you might be wondering, Do I need to cleanse? If you answer yes to any of these, then I highly recommend it!


  • Do you feel bloated, congested, restless?
  • Have you gained unwanted pounds even though you might not be eating more food?
  • Are you tired and low in energy?
  • Do you feel cloudy or out of sorts?
  • Do you want to clear the cobwebs & dust from around your brain & body?

What are the benefits?

  • Eliminate stored wastes and for some this is weight loss
  • Improved vitality, energy levels, better sleep, glowing skin & bright eyes
  • Enhanced mental clarity
  • Improved circulation
  • Curbed cravings
  • Boosted immune system

Here’s the bottom line, it will help you turn your relationship with food, yourself & others into a healthier one. Remember, it’s only 10 days and you can do anything for 10 days. I invite you to join me in this challenge to take care of YOU!  I love doing it every fall with The YSC because we support each other through the process. Purchase the cleanse here for in studio pickup or purchase here to have it shipped to your door.

Team Spotlight : Monika Shepherd


Nickname: None, outside of a couple goofy family nicknames which I won’t repeat for fear they’d “catch on”.

Hometown: My dad served in the army when I was little so this answer has always required a bit of explanation. I was born in Germany but I typically claim Farmington, NM as home since that’s where I spent most of my school days.

Day Job: Photographer

140726_Monika_Shepherd_How long have you have been practicing at YS? Since late June 2014.

What days/times do you work at YS? Wednesday and Thursday from 7-9pm.

Family/Pets: I don’t have any family in Texas but luckily I love to travel. I do have two sibling cats… most days they act surprisingly human.

Furthest city traveled to: Osaka, Japan (my little brother and his family lived there for 9 years)

Spill – What’s your guilty pleasure? Chocolate-Covered Gummi Bears

Favorite ice cream flavor: Cookies-and-Cream I suppose. That said, I’d rather have Chocolate-Covered Gummi Bears.

Favorite book: When I have time to read my choice of reading material is strangely diverse. It’s usually decided by a “hey, have you read…” suggestion by someone I admire. A couple specifics you ask? An all-time favorite… Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. A recent and surprising read… The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer.

Who inspires you the most and why? My parents. I love my mom for her self discipline, selflessness, and her ability to organize anything. She has a beautifully subtle way of teaching me life’s lessons – simply by example. My dad is a brilliant complement. I admire his keen awareness of others and their needs, his ability to see the good in every situation, and his adventurous spirit. Did I say adventurous? I think I meant daredevil.Monika_and_Mom

When did you start practicing yoga and why? My first “consistent practice” was in 2011 but only lasted a few months. It was a small community class in a home studio and I was in need of refuge from work/life stress so it was a great fit. When the instructor moved out-of-state it was tough to imagine finding a new yoga home with the same feel so my newly found practice slipped away from me. That is, until I found Yogasport.

Why do you still practice yoga? To calm my mind and find strength.

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us?
I’m often perceived as quiet and cautious but don’t let it fool you, I love adventure too. I’ve been surfing, skydiving, bungee jumping, and hang gliding.

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Member Spotlight : Rick del Monte

FullSizeRender Name: Rick del Monte

Nickname: Rick

Day Job: I am an architect and the Chief Design Officer at Beck, an architecture and construction firm.

How long have you have been practicing at YS? I have just reached my third anniversary.

What is your favorite YS workshop or class? I do all three 6:00am classes. I enjoy starting the morning off with yoga, and I avoid missing classes because of work commitments. Kelly, Morgan, and Jenny do a great job of packing a full workout into an hour. We just need to get a few more people to join in.

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: I think I’m pretty good at several things, but there is only one thing I’m good enough at that people are willing to pay money to have me do, and that is to design buildings. I love doing it and I am glad I can make a living at it.

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? Side angle is probably my favorite. It looks dramatic and I love the feeling of balance.

Who inspires you the most and why? That would be Betsy, my wife. Always positive and generous. Being around her has made a better person out of me, and she has passed her qualities on to our three kids.  IMG_2091

Why did you start practicing yoga? Shannon Sharkey, a former Yoga Sport instructor started teaching a class for our company. One night a week for ten weeks, and I did not miss a class. After going through all the initial pain to get in shape I did not want to give it up and followed her to Yoga Sport.

Why do you still practice? For two reasons: the fitness and the mental aspect. I have been running for more than 30 years and my knees can only take a couple of days a week, so I have substituted yoga for the other days as a healthier way to stay in shape. The second part is the mental training. I am high strung and yoga has calmed me down and even helped to lower my blood pressure.

What do you just love about YogaSport? The studio is physically demanding but in an encouraging and positive way. Angela has done a great job of selecting instructors who are very consistent in their attitude but each with a unique style. I am fairly shy, but have gotten to know a lot of very nice people.

Spill – What’s your guilty pleasure? I love samurai movies, particularly Zaitoichi the blind Samurai. There are 24 movies in the series and I have seen about 18. Of course Seven Samurai is the greatest film ever made.

Rick Del Monte 1What’s the best dish you can cook? I am not much of a cook, but I can make a mean Cacia and Pepe.

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I am a car nut, love driving cars on the track and have been a driving instructor for the Porsche and BMW clubs for the last 8 years.

Mac or PC? Mac  IMG_2095

Team Member Spotlight – Nicole Esquino

Name: Nicole EsquinoNE

Nickname: Coco

Hometown: Carthage, TX (East Texas)

Day Job: Second grade math teacher for Dallas ISD in Oak Cliff.

How long have you have been practicing at YS? A little over a year.

What days/times do you work at YS? I lead the Energy Exchange team and am at the studio on Mondays 8-10pm. I also work from home helping behind-the-scenes for several hours during the week.

Family/Pets: Phoenix (chihuahua/miniature pinscher).


Furthest city traveled to: Ocho Rios, Jamaica for my sisters wedding.

Spill – What’s your guilty pleasure? Ice cream (see below)

Favorite ice cream flavor: Peanut butter with chocolate and peanut butter fudge drizzled on top with crushed up pieces of Reese’s peanut butter cup mixed in (Yum! Slight addiction…).

Favorite book: Currently… Divergent (this changes frequently)

Who inspires you the most and why? My mom. She’s the most selfless and dedicated person I know. (Also my biggest fan!)

When did you start practicing yoga and why? Several years ago to improve flexibility, but over time it has become a necessity for health and sanity.


Why do you still practice yoga? See above.

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I have a 13 year old stepson.