Edla is a co-owner of Blooming Yoga. Edla’s yoga journey began while living in Boston and seeking an outlet for the long hours and demands of her first “corporate” job. The gym workouts provided occasional relief, but something was missing. She yearned for a form of exercise that would help create balance and engage her soul…and then she discovered yoga. In 1991, Edla graduated as a massage therapist from DoveStar Institute in New Hampshire. She also completed the Reiki Master program with DeeDee Poullard in October 2015.
Under the expert guidance of Marifer Manns, Edla graduated from the RY-200 Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program in December 2016 at Blooming Yoga in Prairieville. Her favorite quote while studying remains with her today…” I have never once regretted a practice, but I have regretted not practicing” (David Swenson). For Edla, yoga is life. Her mission is to welcome everyone and anyone to the mat – to the transformational world of yoga and to your own journey for personal growth and wellness. Come, find yourself, find your life, find your peace on and off the mat.
Cindy is a co-owner of Blooming Yoga. Cindy began practicing yoga in the Fall of 2015. She quickly learned that yoga can be both rigorous and relaxing, and it became her exercise of choice. She became a certified and registered yoga instructor in December 2016 after completing a 200-hour teacher training program with Marifer Manns, founder and former owner of Blooming Yoga. The studio is Cindy’s yoga home. Maintaining and growing its presence in our community is an act of service, an effort to ensure that the studio’s students and the community have access to an ancient practice that nourishes the body, mind and spirit. Cindy is also a practicing attorney. As with any career, stress is inevitable. Cindy manages stress and her health through her yoga practice. She finds that being in the moment on a yoga mat, focusing solely on posture and breath, brings peace of mind and a deep connection to herself and others. Cindy’s goal is create a space where each person finds a home—a safe place of respect, openness, gratitude, positivity, peace, and no judgment. Her favorite mantra: Come home to yourself.
Erica Del Mastro received her 200 hour training at Yoga Path through Kate Suchanek, E-RYT 500. Her training is in the lineage of Krishnamacharya, T.K.V. Deskachar, Leslie Kaminoff, and Amy Matthews. In this lineage, Erica learned to honor the individual needs of each student within a class setting and use that present knowledge to transform the prepared class as needed. She was able to use those words be here now as a teacher. It was through this training that she gave herself permission to look on the inside with a genuine, open heart.
She found her breakthrough as a teacher when she first truly opened her eyes to her body and used that new awareness to strengthen her practice that is rooted in a concrete educational understanding of the anatomy she had learned. One of her many goals and roles as a teacher is to teach from her heart and from her personal experience with yoga. She invites students to take an honest look at their own boundaries and limitations. This, in turn, will allow them to meet themselves where they are in the moment and to accept everything as it is.
Dana Guillory is a seasoned yoga instructor. In addition to teaching at Blooming Yoga, Dana is the yogi behind DEFINE-YOUR-YOGA website. She also teaches at several locations around Baton Rouge. She has been involved in many different fitness activities but truly loves yoga, especially Buti Yoga. Her classes are challenging yet for EVERYBODY, energetic, fun, and set to a great music. She holds a RYT200 certification through Yoga Alliance and is certified in all BUTI Yoga Levels and class formats. She is currently working on her RYT300 certification. She completed a Prana Mandala Vinyasa Flow immersion with the ever-inspiring Shiva Rea. Dana is a Louisiana State unversity graduate. When she is not teaching yoga, cooking healthy meals, and posting about it on Instagram, she serves as a Financial Director at Taylor Porter Law Firm. Her hope is to empower men and women to love and accept themselves right here in this moment. Her goal is to empower you to be the best you and define yourself inside and out. Let go of fears and be free to move, love, and bond!
Courtney grew up in Gonzales, Louisiana and is excited to share her love for yoga with the community she calls home. Courntney has always been very active and can remember showing off her “wheel pose” as a young child, but she did not start practicing yoga regularly until 2014. Although an active gym member for years, Courtney recognizes that yoga provides something that no other form of fitness has ever shown her: accepting where you are now and being present in the moment.
Courtney graduated from Nicholls State University and is a registered Dietitian. She believes that nutrition and yoga go hand-in-hand in creating a mindful lifestyle. Courtney graduated from the RY-200 Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program in December 2016 at Blooming Yoga with Marifer Manns.
One of Courtney’s favorite quotes is from Marifer: “Everyday is a great day full of opportunities for us to practice patience, simplicity and compassion.” Patience has not previously been one of Courtney’s virtues,but through yoga she has learned to just breathe and be. Courtney’s mission is to create as much happiness and playfulness as possible in class and to help every student reach their edge in a safe way.
I grew up in Destehan, LA, and when I was twenty years old, I moved from home and traveled the world as a military spouse and became a mother of three boys. When I lived in North Carolina, I found a passion for yoga. It brought a spiritual reconnection and a way to focus my mind and energy. All I needed to conquer the world was at my yoga mat. I was introduced to yoga by a friend. When I moved to Prairieville, LA, I knew I wanted to become a yoga teacher. I researched and found Blooming Yoga Studio and I knew this was home. I signed up for the yoga teacher training and I have completed my 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher from Yoga Alliance last December through Blooming Yoga.
Jennifer Bourgeois is excited to teach and explore yoga with the little yogis and yoginis at Blooming Yoga! Her journey working with kids began ten years ago at a Montessori school. She fell in love with Maria Montessori’s philosophy of “educating the whole child” and has been teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten ever since. Jennifer has been practicing yoga almost as long as she has been teaching. As a former dancer, she was initially drawn to the physical movement of yoga. But like many others, after creating a consistent practice, she realized there were many other aspects of yoga that brought health and happiness to her life. Deciding to deepen her studies, she completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Yoga Alliance-registered Louisiana Yoga School. She has also completed her Prenatal Yoga Certification with Swan River Yoga and her Kids Yoga Certification with Kidding Around Yoga. She looks forward to working with the kids, expecting mothers, and eventually becoming certified as a postpartum doula.