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Jerry Smith-Guidry
“A teacher must do more than be of service to the students who come to them. A great teacher finds joy and personal inspiration in every opportunity that the practice offers. Jerry is one such great teacher.”

Sharon Gannon
Co-Founder, Jivamukti Yoga School
Author, Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul

“Jerry is an excellent teacher who embodies /teaches/conveys a wholistic understanding of what’s really meant by the word ‘yoga’.”

Erich Schiffmann,Yoga Master, Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness


Jerry’s interest in the connection between the mind and the body began while she was an undergraduate student at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. While there, she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Jerry went on to receive a Master of Science in Psychology and Applied Physiology from Meridian University.

 

Jerry also received a Master of Metaphysical Science degree from the University of Metaphysics.

Invested in the power of touch, Jerry is a state licensed and nationally certified Massage Therapist. She received additional certifications in Prenatal and Infant Massage, as well as, Neuromuscular Therapy.

 She obtained certification to teach from Jivamukti Yoga School and the White Lotus Yoga Foundation, as well as being an inspired Anusara Yoga instructor. She is also an Experienced Registered Yoga Instructor at the 500 hour level (E-RYT500) with the Yoga Alliance, which means that she is able to train other yoga teachers. Her Pilates training is from the Physical Mind Institute, where she received certification as a Pilates Mat Instructor and a Pilates Equipment Instructor.

In all things, Jerry looks to combine the spiritual with the physical. She is an ordained minister of World Congregational Fellowship Church and affiliated with the International Metaphysical Ministry. Her goal is to teach people to come into conscious realization of the divinity within, and the unity of God and man.

 

 

Lacey Gothreaux
At the age of 13, I walked into my first yoga class and finally felt at home.
I fell in love with the way breathing and moving would quiet the mind, and bring me back to my True Self. Since then, the practice of yoga continues to evolve and expand into all areas of my life. Yoga teaches me how to live mindfully and peacefully in harmony with all beings.
In 2011, I answered the calling to serve and received my 200 hour yoga teacher certification with Jerry Smith Guidry. In September of 2013, I received my prenatal yoga teacher certification with Siddhi Ellinghoven. I have had great privileges to teach people with all body types, from all backgrounds- including children, pregnant women, and special needs children. It is such a gift to walk this journey with fellow Truth seekers.. All coming home together.  Namasté : )
Shannon Sonnier
Shannon Sonnier, a native of Acadiana , is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher. After experiencing yoga’s powerful healing effects she knew it was part of her life’s journey to share this ancient practice with others. Wanting to broaden her understanding, Shannon attended a teacher training course at Yoga Island in Flower Mound, Texas.

In June, 2007, shortly after completing her teacher training, she decided to leap into teaching yoga full time. Shannon is grateful and excited to share her knowledge and experience with anyone who is interested. She is constantly adding to her knowledge through self study and attending workshops. For Shannon, yoga is a practice that is to be lived not something that we just do in a classroom. She also practices reiki, another healing art form, and holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Heather Dimonde
Instructor, BS, RYT-200

Heather is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) through Yoga Alliance and also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science. Heather is a wife and a mother of four vibrant, energetic boys.

She brings her patience and soothing voice to every class fostering a nurturing environment for students to feel completely at home. During her class, her focus is on each moment as she encourages students to learn and explore themselves through the practice of postures and breath, and toning using a singing bowl and Tingsha cymbals.
Heather has always had a love of physical expression and that was expressed by dancing in high school and studying dance in college which awakened her interest in yoga.
After her first group yoga class, she fell in love. Yoga has brought peace, balance and connectedness to her life and she feels it is her calling to share yoga with others so that they too can experience this peace.
Denise Meriwether
I have been practicing yoga since 2010. I am a certified yoga teacher and received my 200-hour yoga teacher training from Jerry Smith-Guidry at Acadiana Yoga and Wellness. I also completed the Pilates Mat 101 Certification there.

I have had wonderful yoga teachers; a few of them are Pamela Reed Gagen, Shannon Sonnier, Bindu Patel, Anna Beggs and Neil Gresham.
I love meeting new people & want to share my knowledge. I like to teach classes that anyone could join. These include Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Tapping, and Chi Gong.