About

Abilene Yoga House Information

Our mission is to provide a serene, safe, and welcoming space where students can explore their own yoga, develop their very own personal yoga journey, and self -transformation. We work to create peace in our world, communities, and families by first creating peace within ourselves. A consistent yoga practice will leave students feeling rejuvenated and inspired, opening the doors to positive transformation, and ultimately creating a calm and peaceful mind, an open and compassionate heart, and a strong feeling of self-acceptance. At Abilene Yoga House, our skilled teachers are encouraged to bring their own teaching style and voice, allowing for a unique yoga experience every time. Through our own individual growth and with a strong sense of community we open our hearts to the beauty that can be found in every day.

New To Yoga?

I think back to the first class I attended; it took me months to get up the courage! The class that I took was for the advanced yogi so here at Abilene Yoga House, I wanted to create an easy way for you to navigate and determine which class is best for you. The classes that are highlighted in blue and purple are best suited for the beginner. I encourage you to wear movable clothing, shirts that will stay put on your hips and breathable material. We have yoga mats but once you begin to see how wonderful yoga is you will want to purchase your very own personal yoga mat. We have many props, I say often: “If you can’t reach the earth bring it to you.”  It is better to adapt a pose to your body and structure as opposed to compromising your body for a pose. We encourage you to go for how the pose feels and reap the benefits as opposed to how it looks. As you practice more, you will begin to be able to adjust and connect with your body again, it is pretty amazing! Come with a nearly empty stomach, water, curious mind, open heart and soft smile!

Yoga Etiquette

Arrive Early & Stay For Class

This gives your mind and body a chance to wind down a bit before your class begins.  This also gives us a chance to get to know you and serve you better, especially if you are a beginner. At the end of a yoga class, we allow a bit of time called Savasana. It is a time of rest, to redistribute the space, calmness and clarity you created within yourself during the time in your class. Please keep yourself and your peers in this state of deep relaxation by staying until your teacher says Namaste.

Please Speak Softly & Turn Phones To Airplane Mode

Abilene Yoga House offers clients the rare opportunity to relax in a calm, quiet environment with no disruptions or distractions. Please help us maintain this peaceful atmosphere by whispering & turning phones to airplane mode.

Chemical Sensitivities

We recognize that many people suffer from chemical sensitivities. Because of this, we try to reduce the amount of perfumes we use on our own body and prefer clients to also abstain from perfumes. Occasionally we burn incense or emit smells produced from essential oils.  If at any time you feel your are affected by the scents at Abilene Yoga House, please alert your teacher.  We will do our best to remedy the situation if it is in our control.

We LOVE Bare Feet

Please remove your shoes upon entry and place shoes in the provided cubbies.  This keeps the floor as clean as possible and prevents anyone from stepping on things brought in by our shoes. 

Payment is due upon arrival unless you prepaid or purchased a package. Non-refundable and non-transferable.

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

~Be an inspiration to others~

“It is our mission to honor and embrace each student’s search for personal growth, well being and fulfillment by offering yoga classes to people of all ages, sizes, and from all walks of life. I strongly believe that yoga is for anyBODY” – Camie Garvey

Instructors

  • Camie Garvey

    I am Camie Garvey, owner and instructor, and always a student. I am truly passionate about yoga. After many years of struggling with weight and lack of self-worth, I found a place, a home on my mat where at times I go to fall apart and other times I go to be put back together; a space of clarity, connection, and calmness.

    I started yoga to lose weight. And as I started to lose weight, I found myself becoming physically, mentally, and spiritually stronger. I started to believe that I was good enough. My main reason for becoming a yoga instructor is because I want to inspire people to want to feel better about themselves. I was at an emotional and physical rock-bottom, angry, overweight, and disconnected. Today at this very moment, I have lost over 160 pounds in the past 10 years and have shed not just physical weight but also the weight of unhappiness.

    I earned my ERYT 200 (experienced registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance) and YTT 500 at Alpha Omega in Dallas, TX. I have studied under Tias and Surya Little at Pranja Yoga in Santa Fe, NM. I have attended many workshops and will continue to further my education. I worked at Sage Yoga for 3 years and was able to have the privilege of studying under Meghan Gjone. In the early fall of 2015 I started teaching yoga in my home and the growth of the classes went above and beyond my dreams. I wanted to provide a safe, nurturing, beautiful space for people to move their bodies and connect to their breath. The yogis and teacher needed more! Thus leading to Abilene Yoga House. Cultivating a home in a studio where we can come together as a community. My intention is to inspire you. I am driven to teach classes where I can educate my students in alignment, attunement, kindness, compassion for yourself as well as others, safety, and fun.

  • Johanna Weitzin

    I was first introduced to yoga while living in San Diego, CA back in 2009. Stressed from work, I finally stepped into my first yoga class, and instantly felt something much deeper than I had ever experienced; I was hooked! After practicing for two years, I knew I wanted to learn more about why this practice resonated with me in such a positive way, in all areas of my life. I earned my RYT 200 through CorePower Yoga in 2011, and continued an extensions program with them. Shortly thereafter, my husband and I returned to Abilene. I practiced and taught with Safe Yoga while we welcomed our two children Jones and Jane. I have studied under Darren Main, Tias and Surya Little, and became pre-natal certified through Linda Spackman at Pranja Yoga in Santa Fe, NM, while pregnant with my first child. I have attended many workshops and enjoy furthering my education.

    My style is heavily influenced by Vinyasa flow, Power Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. My style combines fluidity of breath and movement with energizing music to create and inspire a powerful class. Through my teaching and engaging practice I hope to inspire my students to enhance their lives one breath and one movement at a time. My classes create a strong sense of balance; encourage students to take their practice to the next level while also maintaining integrity in their bodies. I am passionate about being with family & friends, traveling, eating great food and getting on my mat as a student and teacher as much as possible.

  • Amanda Alexander

    I began taking yoga classes in 2013 during an emotionally tumultuous time in my life. I was also at my heaviest weight. I was seeking balance and change in my life and I found it on my yoga mat. I started by taking one Tuesday night class a week. Soon that turned to a Tuesday and a Monday night class. The more I practiced yoga the more I needed to practice yoga. It was not long until I was attending a class at least 6 days a week.

    The more I introduced the physical practice of yoga the more I lived it off the mat as well. As balance was brought back into my life my weight decreased. Through yoga I continue to gain balance, strength, and flexibility in my life, and my joy being restored. After a year of wrestling with the call to teach I attended the Marianne Wells Yoga School in Costa Rica where I completed my 200 hour specializing in therapeutic yoga.

  • Heidi Pallister

    I have always been a very active person, constantly seeking out new physical and mental challenges throughout life whether professionally, physically through sports and exercise, or as a student in a classroom. Although I initially chose yoga for the physical practice, I quickly learned that it was much deeper than that and have been hooked since the day I took my first class. I have been doing yoga since the early 2000s, but could not devote the full time I wanted to my practice until a decade later. Finally after having my second child (of three), I realized yoga was required to balance my body, mind, and busy life as a full time Air Force pilot, wife and Mom. I am constantly working to find more balance in my often stressful and busy daily life and Yoga has been the glue to do just that.

    I truly believe that I will be a student of life until the day I die. Although I had a 3 month old baby and it was not the best time, I found Yoga teacher training at the right time for me to continue learning and deepen my practice. I completed my 200 hour YTT in 2017 through Yoga Core and More in Ofallon, IL under Therese Bloomberg and Carolyn Atchley.

    In class, I like to combine creative sequencing, inspiring rhythms and strengthening movements to form fun vinyasa flows. I love people to feel comfortable in their bodies and have fun with their movements, while constantly challenging themselves mentally and physically. My practice has taught me to be more mindful of my body and mind, on and off the mat, and I love sharing my lessons and experiences with everyone willing to try.

  • Leilani Carrasco

    Leilani Carrasco is a 200-hour registered yoga instructor. When she isn't running her housekeeping business, she is cooking, having deep conversations with friends over coffee or exploring the miracles of the body through yoga. Leilani is an avid traveler and has a passion for exploring new lands and cultures.  One day she will walk the Camino de Santiago, one day she will build a small casita in the west with full views of the sunrise and sunset, one day she will invent something genius. In the meantime, she finds that life here is full of joy and blessings abundant--the perfect base for the next frontier.

  • Teresa Jackson

    After years of a personal hatha practice and a strong meditation practice,  I fell in love with Kundalini yoga. Within months of my first class, I had signed up for teacher training. This all came about at a very challenging time in my life. I love having a practice that combines movement,  a strong yoga breath practice, mantra and mudra. Kundalini showed me that I was made of much tougher stuff than I had imagined.  The practice gave me a transformative structure to work through and heal emotions as well as strengthening the physical body.

    I am a KRI certified Kundalini instructor,  a certified Holistic Health Specialist,  Reiki Master Teacher and a Reflexology practitioner. I am committed to helping others realize and facilitate their own emotional and physical healing through connecting with their bodies and spirits to realize their true potential. 

  • Shawna Lee

    When I was young, despite my interest, I always made excuses to not try yoga: I’m too tight, It’s too slow, I won’t fit in. I was scared. I felt like the yoga community was so outside my own, and that I didn’t look or fit the part. I’ve had many running related injuries throughout the years, but none of these were the reason why I sought a yoga class. It took a significant personal setback that made me redefine myself and walk through the doors of a yoga studio.

    I often say, in that first class I faked until I made it, but it really was a powerful turning point in my physical and emotional well-being. I soon realized a regular practice not only made me feel more alive, but enriched my emotional and spiritual life as well. It created a space within me that I didn’t know existed. Eventually, that space drove me to do my instructor training. I did my RYT 200 with Y2 Yoga in Charlotte, NC. Since my own practice is routed in power, flow, and Baptiste yoga, I love teaching vinyasa flows. My ultimate goal as instructor is to give others a space to explore, sweat, and love themselves.

  • Kathy Leonard

    My name is Kathy Leonard. I went to my first yoga class in 1990. I don't remember much about it, except I loved it. Unfortunately it was 2014 before I began practicing yoga and Pilates regularly to help me get more active. In a consistent practice, I found a great deal of pain relief from Chronic low back and hip pain that I had been struggling with for years. I became a yoga junkie, practicing whenever possible.

    Within a year, I began online certification programs for both yoga and mat pilates. Providence decided an opening would become available just around the time I had to re-enter the workforce. I eagerly jumped in, continuing to read and learn about yoga. I began teaching regularly in 2016 and decided to expand my yoga knowledge in 2017 with a 200 hour Teacher Training at Abilene Yoga House.

    I have a passion to bring yoga to the aging and inactive population. I truly believe the benefits of yoga can be experienced by every body.

  • Nicole Bullock

    Nicole grew up doing dance and competitive gymnastics. Gymnastics was her first love. But during her early medical school years, she started taking ballet again. She skipped a week of school to partake in a ballet summer intensive and did her first pointe recital at age 25. This was about the same time she started yoga. First with Rodney Yee videos in her apartment as a newlywed, but quickly started attending studio classes.

    Nicole is drawn to hatha and vinyasa style classes. She loves the combination of strength and flexibility. She believes the more time you spend on your mat practicing your physical strengths and flexibilities, the more you’ll understand how to apply the same principles to your mental and emotional well being. She loves that yoga is physical movement but really reaches the mind and soul even more.