About Us

Connection is the cornerstone value of our mission.

We aim to unite all those who enter our doors with a deep bond of love and appreciation. Our teachers are the leaders of this community and it is their pleasure to welcome you, share with you, and inspire the experience together. Be sure to meet them all and discover why we love them.

OUR TEACHERS
BETHANEY PILAT CURRICULUM DIRECTOR 2011 LYD AWARD

BETHANEY PILAT

2011 LYD AWARD

Bethaney began practicing yoga after college as a way to stay centered, balanced, and active while working as an elementary school teacher. Her natural affinity toward teaching and sharing the things she is passionate about led her easily into her first certifications in both yoga and Pilates in 2003. She earned her 200 hour Register Yoga Teacher certification in the Samatva Yoga Teacher Training Program with Karen Prior. Her teaching style has been inspired by teachers such as Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig, Dice Iida-Klein & Briohny Smyth as well as countless fellow yogis who have inspired her own practice along the way. “I enjoy being a student just as much as being a teacher. Life is about giving and receiving in the same breath.” Bethaney and her husband came to Flower Mound in 2004 and she has been actively teaching yoga in the area for over nine years. Opening the doors to Inspire Yoga has built a community of all walks of life, where everyone is welcomed, guided, and connected.

MARY NOVAS 200hr LEAD TRAINER 2012 LYD AWARD

MARY NOVAS

2012 LYD AWARD

Seven years ago, Mary followed her heart and left a promising advertising career to devote her energies to yoga. Since then, Mary has immersed herself into the study of this discipline enjoying every moment of life under this new, profound rebirth. "My journey with Inspire has been life changing. I LIVE MY DREAM by getting to do what I love every single day of my life and by sharing this expansive experience with the most supportive yoga community imaginable. They have lifted me up during dark times and shown me that staying the course will bring me back to the light.” Mary is currently one of the lead instructors of the 200 hour Inspire Yoga School Yoga Training program. She also teaches workshops on asana and yoga lifestyles topics. Her teaching style has been inspired by teachers such as Dharma Mittra, Dice Ida-Klein and Briohny Smyth, Kathryn Budig, Tiffany Cruikshank and many other local instructors. In her spare time she enjoys family, traveling, adventure, music and laughter.

TATIANA ROMERO STUDIO DIRECTOR - HIGHLAND VILLAGE 2013 LYD AWARD

TATIANA ROMERO

2013 LYD AWARD

Tatiana began teaching at Inspire since we first opened our doors. Her yoga journey began when a knee injury prevented her from doing all of the high impact activities she loved. She sought out yoga as a way to stay active, heal, and find a balance for her Type A personality. Little did she know that the yogic lifestyle would be her calling. She started to feel the benefits of the practice immediately- both physically and mentally. The stress and pains of life turned into blessings in disguise. She pursued her 200 & 500 hour Yoga Trainings to learn more and deepen her knowledge. Her classes are a reflection of her unique spirit. She creates challenging flows that cause you to look deep within yourself. Her nurturing yet empowering presence inspires inner strength, confidence, and peacefulness in all her students. Tatiana received the Live Your Dream award in 2013 because of her innovative ability to lead others with a positive and authentic attitude. "I LIVE MY DREAM because I get to do what I love surrounded by a community of yogis who accept me exactly as I am. This is my life, my truth, my journey.” Tatiana is currently the studio director at Inspire Yoga and continues to teach on our regular schedule.

NANCY NELSON STUDIO DIRECTOR - DENTON 2014 LYD AWARD

NANCY NELSON

2014 LYD AWARD

Nancy's yoga journey began after the loss of a close friend. She found her time on the mat to be a welcoming place to walk through the healing process. Nancy also found that yoga was a perfect fit for her since it combined well with her passion and appreciation for nutrition, self-love, and personal growth. Nancy graduated from the 200 hour Yoga Training program at Inspire Yoga and immediately began teaching, spreading the love of yoga with joy, compassion and grace. She has also completed the Inspire Yoga 300 hour yoga training program and is continually working to develop an even deeper knowledge base for her teaching. Her strengths are in teaching flow classes, deep stretching such as Yin, and one-on-one lessons. She also leads a 4-week self-love workshop entitled "Thrive Program" annually at the studio. Nancy is married to her best friend Colin and they live in Denton, Texas where they love to spend time with family and friends.

ADRI KYSER 300HR LEAD TRAINER

ADRI KYSER

Adri is an International Vinyasa Yoga teacher, and Power Pilates instructor with many years of experience. Thanks to her extensive studies and continuous trainings, she has created a unique approach on how she teaches yoga. Adri’s mission is to help you awaken and reconnect with your Inner Beauty helping you live your life to your fullest potential. Her welcoming and caring approach will inspire you on and off the mat. During her classes she will make you feel empowered and connected to your breath while guiding you through an amazing practice infused with great music. Adri has been able to travel the world sharing her creative flows and uplifting practices. She also enjoys sharing her love for the yogic lifestyle by writing articles for various online blogs and forums. Whether you are beginning your yoga journey or you are a seasoned practitioner, Adri's unique multi-level approach is inviting to students at every level. She will encourage you to go to your edge and deepen your practice to find that place where transformation begins to happen on and off the mat.

LEILA CRANFORD 300HR LEAD TRAINER

LEILA CRANFORD

Leila’s own practice began with something as simple as a new year’s commitment to just try something new – the same kind of quiet inspiration that provokes change in all of us. Her first experiences with yoga inspired her to earn a 200 & 500 hour Yoga Training certifications in 2008 & 2010. The driving forces behind Leila’s teaching are simple: to cultivate mindfulness, discipline and a light heart. She has an affinity for working with beginners and those managing illness or injury. Her teaching is also informed by her studies of the philosophy, literature and history of yoga and other Eastern traditions. You will find the influences of countless teachers in her practice – including that of Dr. Georg Feuerstein, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Judith Lasater and Paula Weithman; as well as “anyone who has ever rolled out a mat or sat on a cushion alongside my own.” Leila is a primary instructor for the IYS 300 hour advanced teacher training program and conducts workshops in Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Working with Beginners and more.

DENA WAGNER INSPIRE YOGA GRADUATE 2016 LYD AWARD

DENA WAGNER

2016 LYD AWARD

Dena started her physical practice in 2008 at the gym when she challenged herself to try all the classes on the schedule. This was when she fell in love with the physical practice of yoga. It was the first time she felt not only strong but also graceful. This experience showed her that it was okay to let go of the idea that she was competing and never quite good enough. As she continued to practice Dena became curious about the other aspects of yoga besides just the physical so she began studying the eight limbs of yoga on her own. Through a dear friend, Dena tried a few classes at Inspire and found what she needed. She knew that she had found a place that would be very special to her life. After a few years, she was led to teacher training through a meditation on the throat chakra. The Inspire Yoga Teacher Training gave her the space, support and confidence to heal deeply held, limiting beliefs and in turn, to find her voice. She loves to weave yoga principles, philosophy and mythology into her classes as well as offer physically challenging vinyasa classes.

TARA MUNRO 300HR LEAD TRAINER

TARA MUNRO

Ever since Tara walked into her first yoga class in 2000, she cannot help but share this amazing practice with as many people as she can. “After my first class it became very clear to me how vastly rich the practice of yoga is in its ability to integrate the body, mind and spirit.” Tara has since completed a 200 hour Yoga Training program, 500 hour training in Yoga Therapy, and is certified to teach Adaptive Yoga to students with MS. She has a disciplined teaching style that is both therapeutic and challenging inspiring students with her playful spirit and wacky sense of humor. Her yoga journey spills into the community where she works for a non-profit organization that helps raise money for people with chronic disease, cancer, and AIDS. Tara has been an avid student of yoga and developed an eclectic mix of yoga methods from numerous teachers such as Seane Corn, Beryl Bender Birch, Rod Stryker, Baron Baptiste, Doug Swenson, Dharma Mittra, Shiva Rea and many others.

RACHEL MERRIMAN INSPIRE YOGA GRADUATE

RACHEL MERRIMAN

Rachel began her yoga journey in 1999, after taking her first class she knew that this practice would always be a part of her life. Rachel recently graduated from Inspire Yoga School 300 hour training program and her desire to share yoga with others radiates in her teaching style. She encourages students to be true to who they are both on and off the mat- these words spoken by her teacher have resonated in her soul. When teaching, she takes herself back to her first yoga experiences and tries to inspire each student to follow their heart. Rachel’s classes leave you feeling renewed and recharged. In 2003, she opened a yoga studio in Denton, Texas, operated it for 3 years, and decided to take some time away to raise her family. She loves taking pictures of her kids, spending time with her husband, and listening to great music.

KATRINA RODIONOVA Inspire Yoga Graduate

KATRINA RODIONOVA

Katrina is a graduate of the Inspire Yoga Training program and is also a certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist from the Himalayan Institute. Katrina was a professional competitor in rhythmic gymnastics in Saint-Petersburg, Russia before coming to the United States in 2002. In America, she worked in several different fields related to health, alternative healing, and physical and mental well-being. In 2011, Katrina found Inspire Yoga and all of the pieces of her previous work began to fall into place as her true passion was revealed. From her first yoga class to her journey through teacher training, she has strengthened her conviction in the healing powers of body, mind, and spirit working together. "I have a deep respect for the yoga traditions and the power it has to improve people's life on all levels. My goal is to help students become more happy and free through yoga, meditation, and a healthy lifestyle." Her expansive knowledge in astrology, chakras, and transcendental meditation allows her to guide her students on their own discovery of true physical and spiritual healing through the practices of yoga and meditation.

JENNIFER WILFORD Inspire Yoga Graduate

JENNIFER WILFORD

Jennifer initially pursued yoga as a way to stay injury free while training for marathons, but eventually was hooked by the physical strength, enhanced flexibility and mental balance she found from the practice. “While flexibility and core strength are great benefits, yoga hooked me once I figured out how to carry it off the mat. I embrace life more fully and completely. It’s been a game-changer.” Having run the Boston Marathon the last seven consecutive years, she is aware first-hand of the hamstrung hamstrings and tight hips that are problematic in distance runners. While running stokes her competitive side, her love of yoga is rooted in its ability to merge physical movement with mindfulness. Jen is a graduate of the Inspire Yoga School Training program and is a certified distance running coach. She coaches runners and walkers of all abilities, and teaches a complimentary all-levels flow class at Luke’s Locker in the Shops at Highland Village.

MARY DUNKLIN Inspire Yoga Graduate

MARY DUNKLIN

Mary has an affinity for teaching those who think that yoga isn't for them. She works with a diverse mix of clients -- from athletes to seniors to cancer patients -- and weaves the healing benefits of yoga and meditation into all of her classes. Regardless of age or experience, students find Mary's teaching style welcoming and inclusive. She is a Yoga Bridge Yoga for Cancer teacher and a Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer. Mary is pursuing her 500 hour certification through Inspire Yoga's 300 hour training. Outside the yoga room, Mary is a lifelong journalist and is currently the editor of The Dallas Morning News' Home section. Mary lives in Highland Village with her husband and preschool yogini, Lily, who reminds her daily to find joy in everything.

RACHAEL COLUNGA INSPIRE YOGA GRADUATE

RACHAEL COLUNGA

Rachael instantly fell in love with the yoga practice from the first time she unrolled her mat. Connecting the body’s movement with expansive breathing and beautiful poses had her hooked. Upon graduating from Texas A&M and moving back home to start her Masters program, her mom and sister introduced her to a new studio – Inspire Yoga. After about six months of consistent practice, Rachael’s daily outlook became more positive, her body became stronger, and her passion for the practice grew. Curiosity for learning more about yoga and the desire to share this passion with others led her to start the Inspire Yoga School training in the fall of 2013. She soon graduated with the confidence to start teaching immediately. The magic of this practice is in how uniquely different it is for everybody. Yoga gives us the opportunity to slow down, take a breath, and express gratitude.

BRENTON LEVI INSPIRE YOGA GRADUATE

BRENTON LEVI

Brenton has been interested in the fundamental mystery of reality for as long as he can remember. After exploring seated meditation in his youth, Brent had his first experience with yoga asana at Inspire Yoga's flagship studio. In order to deepen his practice, Brenton enrolled in the Inspire Yoga Foundational 200 hour training. Soon after completion of his training, Brent participated in six months of a residential volunteer program at Kripalu Center where he experienced the traditional practices of hatha yoga. Brent's classes strive to engage students in mindful movement while dissolving self-imposed boundaries. In addition to yoga, Brenton enjoys preparing ancestrally inspired meals, spending time in wild nature, optimizing his health and wellness, and communing with loved ones.

CHRISTIAN STOVALL INSPIRE YOGA GRADUATE

CHRISTIAN STOVALL

Christian is a graduate of the Inspire Yoga Teacher Training program and teaches an all-levels flow class. A lifelong athlete of tennis, soccer and all watersports, his classes focus on strength and flexibility while using the breath to bring balance to his student's practice. After finding that balance in his own practice, he strives to bring that awareness to his students thru a creative class and his love of music. Christian's path into yoga started six years ago when his best friend urged him to try a class for the first time. From that first class, he knew he had found that missing element from not only his physical fitness but also from his mental and spiritual journey. He continued his practice at countless studios and gyms in the Dallas area never really finding a 
real community connection. After returning to the 'burbs a few years ago, his practice brought him to Inspire and the rest is history. It was here, in this amazing community that he took the journey to become an instructor. Yoga brings balance to his career in graphic design where he works with magazines, catalogs and journals both in print and web. He is a self-described 'foodie' that enjoys cooking and baking and torturing his family and friends with all things chocolate. When not practicing yoga, you will find him planting something in his yard or keeping up with his teenage son; whom he lives with along with his partner in Highland Village.

ERIKA RECORD Inspire Yoga Graduate

ERIKA RECORD

Erika took her first yoga class in the summer of 2013 and has been practicing ever since. She originally turned to yoga for exercise and stress relief during a grueling graduate school program, but soon realized the extensive benefits of the practice beyond the mat. Yoga physically challenged her while helping her to find peace and serenity within chaos. The empowerment that Erika experienced from the practice motivated her to start teaching in late 2014. She believes that when you move out of your physical comfort zone you can access mental, emotional, and spiritual balance. Erika seeks to provide the same sense of empowerment for her students. Erika completed Inspire Yoga's 200 hour training program and holds an M.F.A. in Dance from Texas Women's University. In addition to teaching yoga, Erika is an Adjunct Professor of Dance at TWU and an Associate Professor of Dance at Collin College. Erika's dance training plays a large part in her movement history and she incorporates elements of grace and strength into her classes. Erika lives in Denton with her cat, Oliver. When she is not on her mat or teaching dance she also enjoys taking long showers, two-stepping, singing along with the radio and binge watching her favorite shows on Netflix.

CRYSTAL HANKEL Inspire Yoga Graduate

CRYSTAL HANKEL

PENNY RACKLEY Certified Life Coach

PENNY RACKLEY

Penny leads the LIFEinspired program at Inspire Yoga - a free, 45 minute, small group life coaching session intended for introspection and inspiration toward confidently leading yourself on your life journey. Penny’s first love has always been helping others see, know and appreciate themselves for their own individual strengths and values. She greatly enjoys guiding clients to define their dreams, set meaningful goals and live with certainty and passion. As a coach, Penny helps clients stay focused on their goals, keeps them accountable to the promises they make to themselves, and perhaps most importantly, ensures that they enjoy the journey of positive change and growth. Based in Flower Mound, Texas, Penny is a graduate of the Gardner Institute’s Core Coaching and Mindset for Success programs, and coaches both locally and long-distance. You can receive more information, set up a private and confidential consultations with Penny, or attend LIFEinspired by contacting Inspire Yoga anytime.

ADAM PILAT 300 HR Adjunct Trainer

ADAM PILAT

Adam Pilat crafted his career in preparation of entrepreneurial leadership. After completing a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1999 with a focus on scale-up processes he used seventeen years of employment to intentionally and sequentially experience cultures and infrastructures first within a $5B company, second a $300M company, and now a $20M company. Having been an asset to employers in functional roles of engineering, operations management, and procurement, he most recently spent ten years as a Sales Manager for REM Surface Engineering. He enjoys the challenge of growing this small organization by negotiating long-term agreements for a unique technology and intellectual property. While his first entrepreneurial adventures began in the third grade loaning clip-on ties to forgetful private school children and selling flavored toothpicks on the playground, his first larger scale commitment was seven years as a residential landlord with a successful exit. This was followed by the current role and exciting adventure of growing Inspire Yoga from the ground up. Adam has lived in Flower Mound, TX since 2005 and has been married to Bethaney Pilat since 2003. He enjoys spending time with his eight-year-old boy, trail running, hiking, chess, and lots of good yoga classes.


Be an Inspire Yoga® ambassador! As a part of our membership team, take part in cultivating a welcoming and uplifting environment for our yogis. As an active participant in this program, you will receive free yoga membership at IY!

Interested in learning more? Email info@inspireyoga.com