Safe &
Welcoming
Space

At your neighborhood yoga studio, SoulSpace Yoga Community, you can expect to be taken care of from the moment you walk in the door. We know how much the practice of yoga means to our experienced students. We also know how intimidating it can be to take your very first yoga class! Everyone will be welcomed with friendliness and support. Our studio is modern and clean, safe and loving, and accessible to practitioners of all levels. Our class offerings include SoulFlow (all-levels flow), SoulPower (challenging and sweaty), RockYourSoul (energetic and fun), SoulSlow (slow-moving and meditative), and SoulZen (restorative and yin yoga).


Kindness &
support

The SoulSpace teaching team is diverse, experienced and passionate. Each teacher is trained to help you explore your edges, teach modifications for each pose, and accommodate injuries and specific needs. Our teachers have many years of self-practice, teaching and life experience to share with you. By continuing to study under other teachers across the globe, they embody the “always a student” principal and provide our community with consistent and high-quality yoga.


Beyond
Yoga

SoulSpace is an inviting place that offers more than just yoga. We invite you to stay after class to enjoy tea and a chat with a friend in our bright and comfortable tea lounge. Explore our retail boutique, which offers unique lines of jewelry and clothing. Enjoy the healing, detoxifying benefits of infrared heat in one of our Clearlight Infrared Saunas. Shower off your class in our beautiful, spa-like bathrooms complete with high-end amenities.

 

We strive to consider every detail to make your yoga experience
as rich and satisfying as possible. We can’t wait to see you!

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lauren| Owner

When Lauren steps on her yoga mat, she finds a safe haven where she can undo, heal, strengthen and mend. As a yoga student for twenty years and a teacher for five, she aims to bring vital energy to her students. She completed her 200-hour training with Aledo Yoga, where she was encouraged to pull from past experience and current teachings to create her own eclectic style of yoga class. Aledo Yoga’s training has an intense focus on anatomy and healing through asana and breath. Because of this unique training, combined with her experience at Ana Forrest’s Advanced Teacher Training, Lauren’s classes are fun and fresh, yet challenging and always safe. The list of continued education trainings Lauren has attended is long and will continue to grow. She is also a pre and postnatal yoga teacher.

Lauren’s intention for teaching is to lovingly challenge and liberate both body and mind. Her goal with her students is to ensure each person leaves class with an open heart, a calm mind and a healed body — all key elements in taking their yoga “off the mat” and into their daily lives.

Lauren’s mom, her guiding spirit, introduced Lauren to this life-saving practice when she was a teenager. Lauren’s children, who continue to be her most important teachers, and her beautiful husband remind her to live her yoga every single day.

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shannon | Owner & Life Coach

Shannon was first drawn to yoga in 2000, initially as a way to stay in shape.  As the years progressed and challenges were placed in front of her, she began to find solace and healing through yoga.  After more than a decade of consistent practice, both on and off her mat, Shannon completed her RYT-200 in 2013 so she could share the healing powers of yoga with others.

Service to her fellow human beings is what makes Shannon’s spirit come alive. She has taught school, served her community in various capacities, and completed a vigorous training program through New Ventures West coaching school, to become a certified Integral Coach. She feels it is her life’s calling to help others live in a manner in which they feel most alive and connected with their own humanity.

Because Shannon is passionate about the practice of yoga, she makes it a priority to expand her knowledge through attending trainings and workshops all over the country.  She feels immense gratitude for having trained with Baron Baptiste, Ashley Turner, Noah Maze, and most recently, one of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ first Western students, Clifford Sweatte.

Currently, Shannon focuses her energy on sharing the duties of owning SoulSpace Yoga Community with her business partner, Lauren Wessinger, as well as answering her life’s calling by coaching others to step into the best version of themselves possible. 

When Shannon is not with her tribe at SoulSpace Yoga Community, she is enjoying time with her three children, her fabulously supportive husband and their four dogs.  She loves to read, travel, eat good food, rescue animals and go to the mountains any chance she gets.

amber | teacher

Amber Shumake shines a light in the Fort Worth community and beyond. A decade ago, a psychiatrist recommended Amber try yoga to alleviate anxiety. Numb to life, she buffered herself with Xanax just to get out of bed in the morning. She credits yoga with breathing her back to life and helping her heal everything from back pain to a broken heart, divorce to depression, anorexia to alcoholism and other ailments in between. She revels at every opportunity to share the practice that helps her continue to improve herself.

Having studied Forrest Yoga, Anusara Yoga and Restorative Yoga, Amber’s teaching style is as eclectic as she is. As a trained counselor and former public school teacher, she tailors her classes to meet the unique needs of her students. It’s not uncommon for Amber to teach a handstand tutorial in one private session and chair yoga in the next.

She believes that we’ve each been given a spark of the same phenomenon that causes our hair to grow and our hearts to beat; yoga teaches us to live from that sacred space. Our yoga practice is a microcosm of our life practice, and the way to bring lasting change to our world is to begin within. Seasoned with poignant anecdotes and childlike laughter, her classes blend methodical sequencing with spiritual nuggets that everybody can digest. When you roll up your mat following her class, you feel both empowered with strength and inspired with humility.

When Amber is not teaching, she is working on her yoga memoir, chasing a sunset with a willing soul and her camera, or snuggling on the couch with dark chocolate (her drug of choice) and her even sweeter partner and pup.

gabrielle | teacher

Gabrielle (Gabby) has been practicing yoga and meditation for 18 years and teaching both for 8 years. She studied ballet as a child and teen, and when she found yoga, it felt like a natural transition from the fluidity and movement of dance. Due to chronic pain in her body from the repetitive movements required of her in her 17-year hairstyling career, she realized she had to make a positive change for herself and chose to teach yoga full time. She obtained her 200-hour certification in Vajra Yoga and Meditation with Jill Satterfield in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and in New York City. 

Through accumulating many hours of study with various teachers and styles of yoga, and also through teaching group and private classes, workshops, and retreats, she has developed a well rounded style of her own. Gabby has mostly studied Hatha, Iyengar, Vajra, Anusara and Restorative Yoga. Her education focused on alignment within each asana/pose, and how to mindfully unite body and breath. She feels most comfortable teaching classes at a slower pace, saying “in this way we can find our alignment and mindful breath and fulfill each pose before moving on to the next.” Her classes have been described as grounding, strengthening, challenging, meditative and relaxing.

In addition to having a ballet, yoga and meditation background, Gabrielle has also been a songwriter and musician for 23 years. She has toured throughout the United States and many parts of Europe with the band she plays in with her husband, The Cush. She is very passionate about playing, writing and recording music, and loves to help people experience positive energy through the power of music.

Yoga keeps Gabrielle grounded and tuned in to both herself and life around her. Practicing yoga helps her feel more peaceful with life, and she enjoys helping others find their inner peace as well. She dedicates much of her time to helping people learn the benefits of yoga, and the experience gives back to her in so many incredible ways. She feels driven to share this knowledge with anyone who wants to learn! 

A note from Gabby: "Yoga always brings me back to an abundance of love, compassion and gratitude, and I experience more clarity and strength in my body and mind. I feel gratitude to have the opportunity to teach yoga. I'm inspired by other people's practice everyday. It is a blessing!”

mckenzie | teacher

McKenzie was originally drawn to the physical aspect of yoga for a good, enjoyable workout. The more often she made it to her mat, the more she received benefits that spanned far beyond physical changes, including increased strength and flexibility. She experienced positive mental and emotional effects to her well-being, including learning how to deal with anxiety in a way she had never before accessed.

McKenzie is grateful for all of yoga’s life lessons and the numerous teachers who have guided and continue to inspire her. Most importantly, yoga taught McKenzie how to use breath as a powerful tool to become more present in daily life and help align things into perspective. After a decade of exploring different yoga styles, like Heated, Hatha, Restorative and Vinyasa, McKenzie completed a month-long teacher training immersion in November 2012 in her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona.

Her love for yoga is contagious. Her aim in teaching is to help others find joy through their practice, which she believes should be accessible, challenging and most of all, fun! When the Texas weather abides, she loves practicing outdoors, especially on paddleboards at the lake. Her other passions include travel, animals, food and wellness.

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KATY | teacher

Katy Hobbs, M.Ed., yoga therapist and Nia black belt, began her practice of yoga and dance in 2001 in pursuit of something to help her rejuvenate and stay centered while teaching elementary school. With the birth of her first child in 2007, she made the transition from teaching yoga and Nia as a hobby to teaching as a career. Katy is an intuitive and inventive teacher who strives to help her students connect with their bodies' way of moving in this sacred practice. She teaches Nia and yoga to adults, children, pregnant women and people with disabilities.

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AMY | teacher

Amy started her workout life when her children were very young.  Weight training and endurance activities had always been her passion.  In 2000, she received her Personal Training Certification and currently works as a Personal Trainer.  

Amy would occasionally dabble in yoga but was never committed. However, that all changed when she stepped on her mat in the spring of 2011, and she hasn't stepped off since!   Amy completed her 200 hour Advanced Yoga Certification in the Spring 2016.  She loves to teach a flow class as well as  introduce beginners to this beautiful practice.  Amy brings a passion for the physical practice and an enthusiasm to constantly learn more.  She recently helped develop "SoulSculpt" for SoulSpace, which is a beautiful blend of Yoga and weight training. 

"I love everything that yoga gives me; the mind- body connection coupled with the strength and flexibility. I am doing things in my yoga practice I would never imagine I could do! Connecting with people in yoga both on and off my mat gives me so much joy and satisfaction". 

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nadia | teacher

Nadia discovered yoga in the Summer of 2003. Her history of competitive sports and vigorous training never allowed her body to slow down enough to hear the subtleties of discomfort. Once introduced to the mat, the connection between breath and movement and the balance between ease and effort proved a powerful elixir. Yoga and the Yogic Philosophy have evolved to be a true constant in her life both on and off the mat.  

This deep appreciation for the practice compelled her to share her passion with others by receiving her training in 2012 at CorePower Yoga in Denver, Colorado. She spent over two years in Dublin, Ireland where she taught people from all over the world and attended countless workshops and functions within a thriving yoga community.  South Carolina served as a soft landing spot upon her return to the states at 5 months pregnant. She was certified to teach Prenatal/Postnatal yoga in Asheville, NC. 

She loves teaching, regards every class as a learning opportunity and is inspired by her students’ ability to tap into their own healing potential.  Rooted in various traditions, she guides with supportive enthusiasm, offering modifications for all levels.

Embracing the seasons of life has conjured a deep well of gratitude and purpose in her life. When not teaching, you can find Nadia and her husband playing peek-a-boo with their toddler, painting furniture or sipping tea from her impressive tea collection.

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keitha | teacher

Keitha has practiced many different styles of yoga off and on for about a decade. In 2011, plagued with injuries attributed to marathon training, she turned whole-heartedly to yoga in a desperate attempt to quickly heal her bodily aches and pains. However, after a quiet instructor named Gigi ended a stunningly beautiful Candlelight Flow class with a short meditation and a reading of “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver, she knew that yoga was intended for more than just her body.

With an intense curiosity as to what yoga could offer beyond the physical body, she began looking into teacher training programs. In 2015, the stars aligned and in September of that year she completed a nine month long 200 Hour Teaching Training with Shannon Buffington, E-RYT RYS. Her training focused on anatomy and physiology, vinyasa krama, pranayama, mantra and the science of sound, meditation (theory and practice), yoga philosophy/history and special populations.

For Keitha, yoga allowed for a much needed shift in living and an awareness that has truly been life changing. She works to bring thoughtful and intentional sequencing and a focus on energetics and breath to all of her classes. Keitha draws energy from spending time in nature, loving on her two rescue dogs and adventuring around the world with her husband. 

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kayla | teacher

Kayla has been a proud yogi for over a decade. She was introduced at the ripe age of 14 while attending a fancy yoga institute in Houston that a friend dragged her to. After her first class she was hooked; she loved the calming energy, twisting herself into crazy poses and the flexibility she gained through the practice. Throughout the last 12 years she has dabbled with various types of yoga, but has found her love through vinyasa flow. 

Kayla’s passion for yoga is evident in her daily life, demeanor and the way she takes care of her body. She has learned through yoga how utilizing her breath can calm her worry prone and anxious mind, and, she has  gained a greater understanding of who she is. After struggling with numerous eating disorders, Kayla gives the credit of her recovery to the practice of yoga. By giving her such a tremendous appreciation for her body, yoga helped ease her soul and healed her mentally and physically. Kayla has referred to yoga as her favorite companion and better half. Without it she would be incomplete. 

Kayla completed her 200 hour teacher training in February of 2016 at YogaLinda, a small studio in Barcelona, Spain. It was a soul searching experience in which she quit her job and left for Spain to pursue a dream that was placed on her heart. She has a desire to lead others through their practice, and her goal is to inspire those she teaches with her contagious energy and fun, yet challenging classes. When she’s not on her yoga mat you can find her in her kitchen cooking up something healthy and delicious, spending time with family and friends or snuggling with her fur son, Moosey Goosey Cockapoosey (aka Moose). 

sydney | teacher

Sydney found yoga in her late teens. She started at an Iyengar based studio in Atlanta. From there, she practiced off and on throughout college, but really came back to the practice full-time as an adult. Her use of meditation and making time for a consistent home practice has helped her stay grounded while raising 2 beautiful young children with her loving and supportive husband. 

Sydney is extremely passionate about pranayama, meditation and making yoga accessible to ALL people. She believes the purpose of yoga is not to perfect the pose, but to move energy throughout the body. She loves using pranayama, asana and meditation as a way to heal, and absolutely loves sharing this knowledge with other people. She loves teaching and knows that this is what she was created to do. 

She is currently working on receiving her 300 hour certification. 

KASEY | teacher

Kasey’s yoga practice began in 2004. What started out as an exercise regimen soon became a way of life.  After taking her first few yoga classes her body felt energized and relaxed, her mind was clear and peaceful. She soon learned that yoga is truly an exercise for the body, mind and soul. Discovering the gift of yoga has inspired her to share this peace with others. Kasey became a certified yoga instructor in 2013 after attending Dharma Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training in Austin, TX. 

After the birth of her first child in 2015, Kasey went from teaching a couple classes a week to teaching yoga full time. Teaching and practicing yoga keeps Kasey grounded while balancing life with 2 young children and a husband in medical school. 

Kasey’s classes weave mindful alignment, creative expression and guided meditation with a heavy dose of love, sweat and laughter. Kasey is a reiki level 2 practitioner and often incorporates healing reiki techniques into class. She has spent an extensive amount of time studying the chakras and often brings her knowledge of the chakra system into class. In Kasey's classes yogis are invited to dive in and explore that which lives within, connect with their neighbors and find their personal truth. You will leave feeling reset and cleansed, in mind, body and soul.

Aside from yoga, Kasey’s other passions include studying energy work, crystals, cooking and enjoying good food, fashion and art.