Best Yoga Instructors

DFW'S BEST YOGA INSTRUCTORS

YOUR INSPIRATION

Inspire Yoga® leads an exceptional Yoga Teacher Training program to cultivate a unique and talented instructor network.  This group of amazing teachers ensure that every yoga class you take is a consistent and high quality experience. It only takes one class to notice the difference.

Inspire certified instructors guide you through unique and thoughtful flows with purpose and compassion.  With this crew, you can trust that every yoga class style and each yoga class will be a great new experience.  

Thanks to this group of dedicated professionals Inspire Yoga earned critical acclaim for the Best Yoga Instructors and Best Yoga Studios every year since 2011.  Come to class today and find your inspiration!

Bethaney Pilat

Co-Founder
Teacher Training Director

Tatiana Romero

Inspire Yoga Certified
Treasured Icon

Nancy Nelson

Inspire Yoga Graduate
Lead Trainer

April Borge

Inspire Yoga Graduate
Owner - GV & CV

Tara Munro

Inspire Yoga Certified
Lead Trainer

Mary Novas

Inspire Yoga Certified
Lead Trainer

Adri Kyser

Inspire Yoga Certified
Lead Trainer

Leila Cranford

Inspire Yoga Certified
Lead Trainer

Rachel Merriman

Inspire Yoga Certified
Lead Trainer

Jennifer Wilford

Inspire Yoga Graduate
Lead Trainer

Dena Wagner

Inspire Yoga Graduate

Christian Stovall

Inspire Yoga Graduate

Alana Speed

Inspire Yoga Graduate

Brenton Levi

Inspire Yoga Graduate

Jennifer McElroy

Inspire Yoga Certified

Rachel Swan

Inspire Yoga Graduate

Eileen Zimmerer

Inspire Yoga Graduate

Angela Hendry-Wabel

Inspire Yoga Graduate

Phillip Bossant

Inspire Yoga Certified

Diane Pintar

Inspire Yoga Certified

Jamie Breese

Inspire Yoga Certified

Lisa Grimes

Inspire Yoga Certified

Adam Pilat

Co-Founder
Adjunct Trainer

Bethany Pilat

Bethaney began practicing yoga 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 lead her easily into her first certifications in both yoga and Pilates. She earned her 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification in the Samatva Yoga Teacher Training Program with Karen Prior. Her teaching style has since been inspired by teachers such as Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig, Tiffany Cruikshank, 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, her husband, and two sons enjoy living and owning a small business here in the community they love. Since opening the first doors to Inspire Yoga in 2010, a thriving community has grown where everyone is welcomed, guided, and connected.

Favorite Quote

“Without inspiration, the best powers of the mind remain dormant; there is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.”
– Johann Gottfried Von Herder

Tatiana Romero

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 Highland Village and continues to teach on our regular schedule.

Favorite Quote

“Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.”
– Buddha

Nancy nelson

Nancy is a 500 hour Yoga Alliance certified instructor and lives a quiet and joy-filled life with her husband and cuddly hound dog in Denton, Texas – her hometown. 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 and to reconnect with what ultimately matters in this life. Nancy graduated from both the 200 and 300 hour training programs at Inspire Yoga in 2012 and 2013. Nancy has a passion for the introspective and nurturing practice of yin yoga and has completed the 50 hour intensive yin yoga teacher training with Bernie Clark and Diana Batts. In her classes, she works to create a safe space for her students to tune into their truest needs, practicing yoga from the inside out. Her goal is to leave practitioners feeling encouraged and reconnected at the end of each class experience.

Favorite Quote

“Wear love everywhere you go.”
– Colossians 3:14

April borge

April began her yoga journey about thirteen years ago as a way to cope with being a full time mom and foster parent. She loved the empowerment of the movements mixed with the relaxation of the mind. After being curious about teacher training for a couple of years, she took the leap in the Spring of 2017. She now hopes to share her love of the practice with her community in Grapevine and foster a broader understanding of yogic principles. When not doing yoga, April can be found serving her community by volunteering for the Boy Scout of America which gives her the opportunity to explore the outdoors and work with youth; passions she shares with her husband and two sons. Additionally, she deeply loves her faith, a good book, and a great meal.

Favorite Quote

“But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people.”
– Robert Baden-Powell

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. 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.

Favorite Quote

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.”
– Bob Marley

mary novas

Ten years ago, Mary pressed pause on a promising advertising career to create a new one with her passion for yoga instead. Since then, she has immersed herself into learning everything she can about this practice and discipline so that she could help others in some way. “I believe that our ultimate purpose in life is to help others expand, learn, grow, heal and connect; yoga is a powerful modality for that”. Mary’s style of teaching melds levity and anatomy to deliver a challenging and fun practice. She currently teaches group classes in our Highland Village location, as well as private lessons and workshops on topics like meditation, asana and yoga lifestyle at all three Inspire locations. She’s been inspired by teachers such as Dharma Mittra, Dice Ida-Klein and Briohny Smyth, Kathryn Budig, Taylor Harkness, Tiffany Cruikshank and many local instructors in the DFW area. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, learning, exploring, music, art and most importantly, laughter.

Favorite Quote

“Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”
– BKS Iyengar

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.

Favorite Quote

“Let the beauty we love be what we do”
– Rumi

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.

Favorite Quote

“Could you relax and touch the limitless space of the human heart? The next time you get a chance, experiment with this.”
– Pema Chödrön

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.

Favorite Quote

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
– Joseph Campbell

Jen 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.

Favorite Quote

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”
– J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

dena wagner

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.

Favorite Quote

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

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 water sports, his classes focus on strength and flexibility 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 ten 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. He is a self-described ‘foodie’ that enjoys cooking and baking and torturing his family and friends with all things chocolate. When not practicing or teaching yoga, you will find him planning his next travel adventure along with his partner from their home base in Flower Mound.

Favorite Quote

“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

alana speed

Alana Speed is a 200-hour graduate from the Inspire Yoga teacher training program and has also received a certification in “Understanding and Teaching Yin Yoga” through Nancy Nelson Yoga. Alana landed on Inspire Yoga’s doorstep after battling anxiety her sophomore year in college at the University of North Texas. Soon after beginning her practice at Inspire, she decided to become an Inspire Yoga certified yoga teacher. Alana recently graduated from UNT with her Bachelor’s in Public Relations and Marketing as her minor. She currently lives in Denton with her beloved chihuahua and tail-less kitty. When she’s not teaching, you can find her reading, eating breakfast for dinner, wakesurfing or partaking in lots of self-care. She currently teaches each class style that Inspire Yoga offers at both the Denton and Grapevine locations. In her classes, you can expect fluidity, a smooth playlist, creative sequences and a compassion-centered philosophy.

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.

jenn mcelroy

Jennifer encountered yoga in 2013 while teaching and living in Thailand as a way to stay active and deal with feelings of homesickness and restlessness. What started off as learning about the practice through YouTube yoga tutorials turned into a deep love with the intricacies of the breath and the body as a way to deepen her own relationship with her inner spirit. Jennifer completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Saudi Arabia through YogaMaze in 2014 and began teaching just a week upon her completion. Being able to see the practice of yoga as a universal language across all cultures and individuals was a powerful sentiment for her. In 2015, Jennifer completed her 300 hour YTT and Reiki certificates with Meghan Currie in Nicaragua where she gained more confidence in her physical practice as well as her ability to use her voice and knowledge to teach others with authenticity. Jennifer loves using and teaching pranayama breath work to help calm the spirit and mind. Her favorite style of yoga is a continual vinyasa flow sprinkled in with bits of yogic philosophy as a way to tie in the tradition of the practice with the movements of the body. You can usually find Jennifer in the Denton area, whether it be scoping out live music, getting out on the water, or simply surrounding herself with her friends and adorable kitten.

Favorite Quote

“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”
– Brené Brown

rachel swan

Rachel is a born and raised Texan. Yoga was an immediate fit for her because she finds the mat to be a place to slow down and tune inward in the midst of a busy life. She believes yoga gives us permission to slow our pace but also provides a physical and mental challenge for the practitioner. It’s a discipline that meets us wherever we are in life. In 2016, she graduated from Inspire Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training program. Rachel’s classes are for you – no matter your age, stage, size or level of ability. Just show up! Rachel is a wife and mother to three wonderful young men who inspire her to be a better person daily. Rachel Strives to live up to their view of her. She loves spending time with her family in any way she can manage to get everyone in the same place at the same time. Outside of yoga, she enjoys most any outdoor activity such as gardening, swimming, walks, hikes, and running. She also loves traveling and live music. Basically – she gravitates toward being on the move!

Favorite Quote

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.”
– Lao Tzu

eileen zimmerer

Eileen is a Texas transplant, moving down here from northern Illinois long ago enough to say “y’all” but not long enough to stop saying “pop”. Her path to yoga began in Ohio where she took her first yoga class to fulfill her PE requirement in college. Growing up, she was a ballet and tap dancer and was instantly drawn to yoga with the mindful connection to movement. After moving to Denton in 2015, she started practicing at Inspire Yoga and knew she found her community. Her practice evolved and deepened and she decided to do her 200 hour training with Inspire Yoga School. In her classes, she aims to cultivate mindfulness and confidence in all of her students. Understanding that we should strive for progress, not perfection, her goal is to challenge the body in order to quiet the mind.

Favorite Quote

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher

angela hendry-wabel

A Swiss native, Angela gave up her career as a HR manager and coach four years ago to move across the globe with her husband’s company to Texas. Finding balance on and off the mat is her mantra. Juggling life with two toddlers so far from family is not always easy and her daily yoga-aromatherapy practice is what keeps her rooted and balanced. Her yoga journey started when she was a teenager while taking a yoga class with her mom. Angela became a yoga teacher because she wanted to inspire people just as she had been inspired — to help people find a sense of peace and contentment. Angela’s whole heart goes into the yoga classes she creates. Her goal is to go above and beyond and design classes that incorporate all the human senses. As a certified aromatherapist, Angela likes to incorporate essential oils into her yoga classes. Life is all about balance for Angela. You can find her teaching challenging and creative Inspire Vinyasa flows and in turn countering the yang with her grounding and balancing Yin classes.

Favorite Quote

“Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.”
– Patañjali

phillip bossant

“Bo” is from the San Francisco Bay Area where he became totally fascinated with yoga and continued on to become a certified instructor. He is very interested in cross discipline practice and how yoga can enhance and enrich our wellness by unlocking potential. Yoga is in his heart and spirit and he’s been immersed in it ever since being hooked from his very first experience. It’s a magnificent practice, from its mental and physically liberating aspects, to its spirit of joy. He enjoys flow and has a deep passion for Yin in particular with strong influences from Bernie Clark and Paul and Suzee Grilley. His classes offer significant balance and enhancement to Yang Yoga, as well as other practices and activities. Whatever your level or need there is something for you here. He welcomes the opportunity to share an environment for you to practice, heal, or explore your own needs.

Favorite Quote

“You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings.”
– Elizabeth Gilbert

DIANE PINTAR

Diane began practicing yoga to be in better shape to keep up with her son. She started out doing Rodney Yee videos at home, and then found a studio she loved. It was there that she completed her first 200HR yoga teacher training in the small, private studio in Northville, Michigan in 2005. As her practice and teaching developed, she’s learned to really appreciate and embrace the slower, more gentle aspects of my practice, but loves a good themed vinyasa class! From the quotes to start and finish the class, to the the music and the postures, she loves delving deeper into what yoga can bring to people. Probably her favorite thing to teach is Yoga Nidra, a deeply relaxing and healing practice. It’s a wonderful accompaniment to a peaceful Yin practice. When she’s not teaching, she can be found creating candles and other good smelling self care items for my business Feisty Mouse. She also enjoys spending quality time with her husband and her 2 sons drinking coffee and watching movies!
Favorite Quote
““Be soft for the sake of every hard heart; show them with every movement of your body that gentle does not mean weak.”

Jamie Breese

Jamie started yoga in 2010 when a friend invited her to a class. Laying there in savasana at the end of class, she felt her mind quieting down for the first time in her life. She was instantly hooked. In 2018, after relocating from Chicago to Texas, she checked an available teacher training and it felt like all the stars were aligning. For the first time in years she wasn’t working and her children’s schedules allowed her to participate. She completed her 200 RYT training in 2018. She is currently working towards her 500 hr in advanced functional yoga teaching. Jaime learned there is no “perfect pose” and believes we should be questioning what we are taught in yoga and truly tune in to how we feel in our own unique bodies. Functional movement is key to creating a body we can move pain-free in for many years to come. And yoga has helped her truly let go, to trust and breathe. This is what Jaime hopes to give to her students.
Favorite Quote
“Everything happens for a reason.”

Lisa grimes

Lisa found yoga quite by accident. When she happened upon a mat 7 years ago, she was already committed to over 30 years of health, fitness, and nutrition, but she found herself restless, with a sense that something was missing. She initially sought out yoga as a work out, but instead found yoga to be a life changing journey in itself. She dedicated herself to trying on many styles and varieties to really explore and find a good fit. Trained by many – she considers everyone she has ever practiced with to be her teacher – she has developed a sense of curiosity and exploration in her own practice, fusing strength, gentility, surrender, peace and perseverance. She has formal training through Inspire Yoga Highland Village. Lisa says, “Yoga is the art of finding peace. Yoga has allowed me to be the sassy, strong-willed chica that I am with a fusion of humility, grace, empathy, and forgiveness. Yoga connects me to other people and reminds me that we are all a work in progress and at the same time, we are each a masterpiece. “ Lisa has 3 grown children and works as a teacher and an instructional coach.
Favorite Quote
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
-Alvin Toffler

adam pilat

Adam enjoys being the steady support behind an exceptional instructor community at Inspire Yoga.

Favorite Quote

“The minute you begin to do what you really want to do, its really a different kind of life.”
– Buckminster Fuller

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