Your Instructors

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 2003 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

Instructor
Michelle possesses a Ph.D. in Human Resource Education and Workforce Development from Louisiana State University, a Masters of Business Administration from Louisiana Tech University and a Bachelor’s in Speech Communication from Louisiana State University. Michelle is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and has over 15 years of professional work experience in the field of Human Resources. Michelle’s research work on disaster management of human resources and workplace implications resulting from disaster was published in 2007. Michelle has taught Leadership, Employment Law, Diversity, Human Resource Management, Needs Assessment and, Principles of Management courses at Louisiana State University and Southeastern Louisiana University. In addition to her professional work and teaching in Human Resources, Michelle is also an ERYT-Experienced Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, a PhysicalMind Institute Certified Mat Pilates Instructor, an AFAA Group Fitness Bootcamp Instructor, a Certified Gold Level PiYo Instructor, a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and a former Lululemon Fitness Ambassador. Through her fitness and wellness consulting Michelle has taught in national fitness and wellness events and has trained athletes in preparation for events such as the NFL Combine, Pro Day and qualifying golf tournaments. Michelle has experience as an entrepreneur through owning and operating her own human resources consulting firm as well as through the ownership and operation of a fitness and yoga studio. Michelle currently serves as the Associate Director for Executive Education within the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute in the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University.

Joanna Bryant, RYT 200

Instructor
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 Folk-Cruthirds

Instructor
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

Instructor
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

Instructor
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.”

Annie Grizzaffi-Jones, RYT 200

Instructor
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

Instructor
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 Jones

Instructor
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

Instructor
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

Instructor,
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 Kouzmitcheva

Instructor

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

Instructor
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

Instructor

Alison has had a blast leading vinyasa yoga classes since 2008! ” I still pinch myself… I have the greatest job in the world!” She earned her yoga certification through Yoga Steps Centre for Advanced Yoga Studies and is also certified to teach pre-natal yoga. She is a Reiki Shodun and has experience with Thai yoga but will never be done learning and seeking! She has three amazing children, a Dachsund and a bad-ass black cat.
Alison is grateful for the opportunity to be able to share her “yoga-geekiness” with her students and for all that she learns from what they share with her.
She aims to help cultivate strength, awareness, and a connection to “something greater”  in her students by leading a light-hearted, meaningful class that feels accessible to everyone.

Alan Rada

Instructor
*Alan Rada* was first introduced to yoga in 2013 through group fitness courses at LSU. He was initially drawn to yoga as a way to improve flexibility but after a bout of severe depression he came to the conclusion that the greatest benefit of practicing yoga lies in its emotional and psychological effects. His experience fighting depression inspired Alan to complete his 200 RYT through Yoga Bliss. Since 2015 he has been faithfully sharing yoga classes of varying styles and difficulties to the local Baton
Rouge community.

Alan sees yoga as a method to achieve positive transformations by supporting the relationship between our inner and outer selves. Alan is known for his original, down to earth teaching style and his engaging yet goofy personality.

A free spirit, core junky, acroyoga monkey, and music enthusiast. Alan enjoys spending his spare time cooking, reading, working up a sweat, and drinking rye whiskey at the local bar.

Mary Claire Delony Salvaggio

Instructor

During her two years of graduate school in NYC, Mary Claire kept a cheap yoga mat rolled up in her basement studio and said everyday “Today, I am going to a yoga class.” Two years and an untouched yoga mat rolled by before she finally took that first class – the love was immediate and ten years later yoga is still the fuel to her passion.  She has been fortunate enough to practice anywhere she and her husband can find a studio and has studied every style she can get her hands on.  A consistent and open yoga practice has taught her that happiness and health are a choice and that making shapes in space with our bodies through asana magically tunes the mind and spirit.  She hopes to blend this sense of self-care into her classes through challenges, a good bit of laughter, and the encouragement to do something bold and often unexpected.

Lexi Sevario, RYT 200

Instructor
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

Instructor

Inspired by her mother’s yoga practice, Pam began practicing yoga in 2005. Since then, a third generation of yogis has been added, as two of Pam’s four children now regularly practice yoga. For Pam, the mat is a haven from a busy, modern life, and a place for self-care, healing, and transformation. In 2014, Pam completed teacher training with Kim Matsko at Yoga Bliss. She has been happily teaching ever since and loves sharing yoga with others. Pam hopes that her classes are a place where students feel welcome, where they can be comfortable with exactly where they are in their practice, and where they can find peace through breath and movement. When she’s not doing yoga, Pam is often busy working on her Master’s degree in Financial Engineering, and she enjoys spending time with her family.

Joshua Wartelle

Instructor
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

Instructor
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

Instructor
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