Kim Matsko, E-RYT 500
Owner of Yoga Bliss
Founder of Yoga Bliss, The Big Squeezy, and Matsko Music. Kim began her practice of yoga in NYC during the late 90’s, studying under David Life of Jivamukti Yoga. Her first certificates are credited to the great teachings of Maureen Bosker of Yoga In The Woods and Kathy McNames of Yoga Vermont.
Kim has been teaching yoga since 2000 in Louisiana, Michigan, Florida, Mexico and India. As an E-RYT 500, she trains others to become Yoga Alliance certified teachers. She continues to study, travel and teach with master teacher Siddhi Ellinghoven (siddhisyoga.com) and had the opportunity to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, founder of Ashtanga Yoga. In addition, Kim has been and is training with Dr. Joe Dispenza the author of the New York Times bestseller You Are the Placebo, as well as Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and Evolve Your Brain.
Michelle Boullion, E-RYT 200
In addition to her 200 Hour Experienced Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher certification Michelle is also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a PhysicalMind Institute Certified Mat Pilates Instructor, an AFAA Group Fitness Bootcamp Instructor, a YogaFit certified Restorative and Yin Yoga Instructor, a Certified Gold Level PiYo Instructor, and an alumni Lululemon Fitness Ambassador. Michelle views yoga as a science that allows us to connect with ourselves, with life and with others. Her desire for her class participants is to find the balance between strength and flexibility and to experience the beautiful union between mental peace, self awareness and the physical movement and health benefits that yoga offers. In her professional life Michelle serves as a faculty member at Louisiana State University, as the Director of LSU Executive Education, as the Director of LSU’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Military Veterans, as the Director of LSU’s Certified Financial Planning and Analyst Programs and as the Director of the LSU100.
Joanna Bryant, RYT 200
Joanna has been practicing Yoga since 2002 and has been a Registered Yoga Teacher since May 2012. Having received her Bachelor’s degree from LSU in Religious Studies in 2008, her ares of expertise include spiritual philosophy and the ancient wisdom of the Divine Feminine. While she regularly leads classes in standard Hatha yoga, her specialty and passion are in Prenatal Yoga instruction. She received the designation of E-RYT 200 in 2017 and currently assists in the Teacher Training curriculum at Yoga Bliss. She feels honored and blessed for the opportunity to work with the vibrant Baton Rouge yoga community.
Charles began practicing yoga as a means of exercise and stress relief, but it quickly became a way of life. He has found that yoga is above all a healing practice for body, mind, and spirit. After several years of consistent practice, Charles completed yoga teacher training at Yoga Bliss in 2013 as a way to deepen his practice and to bring healing to others. Charles also completed Yoga Warriors International teacher training, an evidence-based program for treating PTSD, with the founder, Lucy Cimini. Charles brings yogic teachings and philosophy, meditation and deep relaxation to his classes, and always challenges each student to be his or her best on and off the mat.
Shannon Davis, RYT 200
Shannon Davis is a 200 RYT yoga instructor and is certified to teach Mat Pilates as well as the Reformer. She has been practicing various styles of yoga since 2000 and has trained under many yogis including: David Swenson, Rodney Yee and Baron Baptist. Shannon enjoys spending lots of time compiling the perfect playlist to accompany her lighthearted, ever-changing classes. She hopes to share with you the healing, balance and peace that yoga can bring to your life.
John Eeds, RYT 200
John started teaching yoga after retiring from a career as a mechanical engineer. He is a certified yoga teacher and has studied primarily in vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga styles.
“I enjoy teaching a challenging class and helping others to become aware of the inner strength and transforming power that a regular yoga practice develops and nurtures. Finding one’s focus and awareness on the yoga mat helps us to recognize what is important in life and enables us to live fuller, richer lives.”
I’ve been teaching yoga since 2015 and I’ve been practicing since I was a teenager with my mother. I completed my teacher training through Yoga Bliss with Kim Matsko. Yoga, for me, has unearthed many beautiful, transitional times in my life. My favorite thing about yoga is that there is no competition with yourself or with those around you. You never leave your mat unhappy or dissatisfied or feeling like something is missing. I like to create an environment in my classes that is full of fun, happiness, acceptance, and self exploration. What I like most about teaching is making people happy. Each person made a choice to give back to themselves that day for 60+ minutes and I try my hardest to make sure that through my music, my words, my energy, and my class, something was lifted off of their shoulders, no matter what it might be, and that they leave the studio feeling lighter and brighter. You can most often find me in the evenings teaching my first love, Hot Yoga. If you see me around the studio I’m always up for a hello and a hug! Om shanti shanti!
Annie Grizzaffi-Jones, RYT 200
I began my Health/wellness education in 1997. I am originally from Mandeville, La, and taught yoga at both Pelican Athletic club and Francos Athletic club. By1999 I completed my Masters in Exercise Physiology. After all that studying, I developed a deep need for some balance in my life. I began teaching vinyasa yoga at PAC. I also taught at Francos in New Orleans, Elmwood fitness center, and Premier Athletic club in Metairie. It would be yoga that would define my passion for health and wellness. Wanting to fulfill my yoga dreams, after finishing my nursing degree in 2003, I headed west to Los Angeles to be a traveling nurse and practice yoga with some of the big yogi gurus! I taught at some top LA yoga studios such as YAS yoga and spinning of Venice, and Equinox Fitness in Santa Monica and Century City. While staying in Los Angeles I was able to practice with some incredibly world renown teachers such as Bryan Kest, Shiva Rea, Mark Blanchard, and Rudy Mettia. I came to yoga bliss for class back in 2009 not knowing the life changing events I had set in motion. After many great influential practices with Kim, I completed my training at yoga bliss in 2012. I currently teach classes at both the Highland and Sherwood Forest locations of YOGA BLISS. I have met some incredible friends and yogis that I not only call dear friends, but my family!! Yoga Bliss is in my heart. I have 2 beautiful little girl yogis, Ava and Lucy, who “Namaste” and “OM shanti” all over the house! I also work as a nurse at Woman’s Hospital of Baton Rouge in the ER. Although a nurse and mommy by day… my first passion, yoga, is what helps me find that sweet balance and inner peace that guides me both on and off the mat.
One of my favorite Mantras: I’m not your guru, you are.
Charla Hughes, RYT 200
Charla began practicing yoga in high school, and after over a decade of an on-again/off-again relationship with yoga, she found a daily practice at Yoga Elements Studio while living in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2014, she completed her 200-hour teacher training in Koh Samui with The Yoga People (London) and All Yoga Thailand (Bangkok). Since that initial training, Charla has completed courses in Yin and Yogic Arts in Mexico, Warm Vinyasa Flow in Costa Rica, and Tantra and Ayurveda in Nicaragua. Always a student, Charla loves to learn and explore different styles—in fact, off the mat, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in English at LSU. She looks forward to sharing her creativity, humor, and open heart with you in class!
DeeDee is known for her authentic, non-judgmental teaching style as well as her philosophy anchored in compassion for all. Her teaching style is meditative and deep; both mentally and physically. DeeDee completed her 200 hour Yoga Certification from The Amrit Yoga Institute in Florida where she also studied to become a Yoga Nidra Facilitator. In addition, DeeDee is Certified as an Energy Healer in both Western and Japanese traditions of Reiki. In her classes, DeeDee seeks to empower her students by creating a clear and peaceful atmosphere; enabling conscious exploration of the mind body and breathe. https://www.soul-technologies.com/
Audrey Kafkallides, RYT 200
Audrey earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at LSU.
She had the pleasure of receiving her 200 hr training from Kim Matsko and Maureen Bosker.
A native of Costa Rica, Audrey has great love for the outdoors and nature. She loves to be and to play outside. Nature brings calmness and serenity to her usual hectic life with 4 sons and a husband. When Audrey began practicing yoga, she discovered that aside from the wonderful way her body felt, it also brought her serenity. So in yoga, she discovered a similar attribute of nature. Audrey loves sharing yoga with everyone she encounters; teaching yogis of every age, from infants to seniors and everyone in between.
Aaron Ketterer, RYT 200
B.S. Kinesiology, USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
Aaron is a lover of everything movement based. He can usually be found squatting, hanging from something or rolling around on the floor. His passion is sharing how to move freely and painlessly. Aaron began practicing acro yoga in 2014 with teachers Aaron Lind and Lee Guilbeau. He enjoys sharing all styles of acro and partner therapeutics with students of all levels.
Alexandra has been teaching yoga for over 10 years, and has been an avid life long learner in numerous movement practices, including: Power yoga, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa flow.
The concept of AWAKE is driving force in her life inspired by not wanting to live another second asleep. She has designed her Yoga practices to help people awaken to their moment. She believes that Yoga is the one thing that makes her heart return back to its original state, understanding it’s a process, a returning, and deep love.
“Practice and all is coming”
-Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
Natalie Lenard, RYT 200
Natalie became interested in yoga when she moved to Baton Rouge in 2005, taking some studio classes and dabbling in developing a personal practice. When she became a college professor of biology, she realized that the things she knows best are the things she shares with others. In 2013, she decided to deepen her practice by enrolling in teacher training with Kim Matsko at Yoga Bliss. After the wonderful experience of teacher training, she welcomed the opportunity to teach classes at Yoga Bliss. In her classes, she enjoys bringing her knowledge of the human body and making connections with the corresponding yogic concepts. She hopes everyone who attends her classes feels better afterwards than they did when they walked in, both mentally and physically. When not teaching college students or yogis, she enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and her Chihuahua.
Alison McGehee, RYT 200
Caitlin Morrison, RYT 200
A busy mom, with a culinary background, years of tennis, running, triathlons, and the gym kept Ginger in shape. Her thirst for a holistic, energetic refuel led her to her first power yoga class in 2012. The practice boosted her strength physically, mentally & spirituality. She visits studios around the country, has completed workshops with Bryan Kest, Baptiste Power Yoga’s Level 1 – 3 and Art of Assisting.
In her dynamic vinyasa style class, Ginger encourages students to explore their edges, work easy, uncover strength, and revitalize spirit. As a teacher, she creates an enjoyable environment for students by building community and bringing something new to every class. With fresh energy, she yokes postures together in a potent and balanced sequence. Ginger strives to help everyone move deeper into their bodies to discover their true potential.
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Lexi Sevario, RYT 200
Lexi began practicing yoga to deepen her meditation practice in 2008. She began her practice in Arizona and after moving to Louisiana, she went through a 200 hour teacher training program with Yoga Bliss. Lexi enjoys challenging her students while also making her classes available for everyone, and focuses on helping her students connect with their inner peace through their practice. She also enjoys anything outdoors and spending time with her cats.
Pam Tate, RYT 200
Joshua completed his teacher training with Kim Matsko in the summer of 2015. Joshua believes in the magic of yoga. In his classes, Joshua offers an accessible, creative flow where students are encouraged to explore and listen to their bodies. Outside of the studio, Joshua teaches yoga to mental health and medical communities, and to those who do not have access to these services. Joshua is currently a graduate student studying to be a licensed clinical social worker.
Rose Webster, RYT 200
The first yoga training Rose received was from her father who is a long time devotee of Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji. As an adolescent, she learned pranayama, meditation and basic yoga postures for the relief of everything from stress and stomach aches to back pain. As a teenager she studied TriYoga from the world renowned Yogini Kali Ray of the Jayalaksmi Datta Avadhoota lineage, and continued her practice until she began teaching during summers home from college. Due to a debilitating arm injury she put her yoga career on hiatus for several years and became an LMT. In 2012 Rose began practicing with her sister at Yoga Bliss, which rekindled a lifelong desire to teach. Shortly thereafter she retired her scrubs to fully embrace high quality spandex. After training with Kim Matsko, founder of Yoga Bliss, she is now finally able to devote herself to learning, practicing and teaching yoga.
Your Guest Instructors
Siddhi Ellinghoven, RYT 500
Master Teacher Siddhi Ellinghoven has been teaching in the health and spiritual world for over twenty years. Her training spans the areas of Leadership, Body Centered Psychotherapy, Sensitivity-Meditation, Bio-Energetics, and several lineages of Yoga. She is certified in Kundalini, Naam, and Khalsa PreNatal Yoga. Out of her extensive training and teaching experience, Siddhi founded the Siddhi’s School of Yoga RYS200, co-founded and developed the Sativa Prenatal Teacher Training, founded The Brain Cleanse, and The Yogic Organ Cleanse. These profound healing programs of diet, asana and deep emotional work create a new awakening on every level of body and spirit. Siddhi’s intuitive wisdom, nurturing strength, and joyful sense of humor make her a transformational teacher and powerful healer. As a Master teacher, students and teachers alike have benefited from her programs offered throughout India, South Africa, Canada, Europe and the United States. Siddhi is in gratitude for the guidance of Masters including Osho and Sadhguru, as well as other spiritual teachers, who have supported her path. She is a mother and grandmother and lives in Santa Barbara, California. siddhisyoga.com