Kim Matsko, E-RYT 500
Owner of Yoga Bliss
Founder of Yoga Bliss, THE BIG SQUEEZY, Matsko Music and l i g h t, 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.
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.
Michelle Boullion, E-RYT 200
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
My Yoga journey began 2 years ago in pursuit of a treatment for 2 herniated discs in my low back. In Yoga I’ve found not only near-complete pain relief, but also an exciting way to challenge the physical body through arm balances and vinyasa flow. I enjoy helping people improve their physical and mental well-being and push themselves beyond their pre-conceived limits. God has blessed me with an incredible wife, a wonderful little boy and too many other things to count.
*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
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.
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.
Beth Zagurski, RYT 350
Hi! I am Beth and I hate writing bios. I feel disingenuous as I tick off the certificates, training and experience I have acquired. What I am about to share, however, comes from my heart. I teach from the perspective of evolution. I want to challenge you. I want to challenge you physically, emotionally, spiritually. Why? Because our community, our world, needs the best version of who you are. My role as a teacher is to provide the space to explore how to evolve into your highest self. Yoga provides the context and tools; you bring your courage. I am here to witness, to guide and to champion you on your journey. That’s it. It’s not me, it is all you, baby. And I can’t wait to see the magic that happens on the mat!
Here’s the data if you’re interested:
Fitness professional of 25+ years with past and present certifications in many disciplines from senior fitness to kickboxing. My current focuses are holistic fitness training, nutrition coaching, and teaching yoga. I am a 2010 graduate of Swan River Yoga School in New Orleans, La with 350 hours.
Since then I have taken many workshops on assists, Thai Yoga, pranayama and more. I am a proud graduate of the 200 hour teacher training with Yoga Path in 2017. I couldn’t be happier to be part of the Yoga Path sangha!
Susan Giglio, RYT 200
Susan Giglio has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She has spent the last 20 years of her career working with women and men with chronic back and pelvic pain as well as incontinence, prenatal and postpartum issues. She strongly feels that yoga offers people the missing link between brokenness and wholeness in both the physical and spiritual body. By utilizing her knowledge of the physical body, she empowers students to work on both postural alignment and breath control while reaching inside to find a deeper meaning to their lives.
Also, Susan has recently become certified in prenatal yoga which blends naturally with her physical therapy practice.
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.
Alison McGehee, RYT 200
Alison has been a yoga instructor for two years and earned her certification through Yoga Steps Centre for Advanced Yoga Studies. She is also certified to teach pre-natal yoga.
Alison aims to lead a light-hearted, intuitive, meaningful class that feels accessible to her students. She is honored and humbled to have the opportunity to empower her students by strengthening their physical bodies and cultivating their inner awareness… one breath at a time. She is married and has three children, a dachshund, and a tabby cat. She wholeheartedly agrees with the yogic wisdom that we should “sweat and smile every day!”