INSTRUCTORS

Instructors

Lori DeBlieux - Owner/Instructor

Certified Baptiste Instructor

Yoga Alliance Certified

Baptiste Power Yoga Institute trainings include Level 1 - Journey Into Power, Level 2 - The Sannyasin's Journey, Expand Your Power-Facilitator in Training Program, Art of Assisting, Advanced Art of Assisting, Art of True North Alignment, and 40 Days to Personal Revolution. Lori has also trained with the Give Back Yoga Foundation, Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans, Yoga Nidra Training, and Next Generation Yoga for Kids.

The road to this place in my life has been full of empowering work and true growth. Nothing rushed, everything happening in due time. I practice the things that make my life better and without an ounce of force, great things happen. Practice doesn’t make perfect, practice IS perfect. I am, and will always be a beginner and a student.

Lori is committed to the teachers, staff, and students of Yoga Ya Ya.  Through her teaching she is a leader creating other leaders.  Her personal mission for Yoga Ya Ya is to disrupt business as usual and grow the community in ways beyond imagination.

Lori graduated with a degree in Public Relations from UL Lafayette. Most importantly she is grateful for the unwavering support of her husband Richard. Lori and Richard have a darling daughter Lola who practices yoga!

Christal Workman

Christal's relationship with yoga began in her college years at Louisiana Tech University, where she earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree. She has work in the design industry in both Mississippi and Louisiana, practicing yoga along the way. Christal has 11 years experience in gymnastics, including 4 years as a gymnastics coach. In 2012, Christal attended a kids yoga teacher training with Jodi Komitor of Next Generation Yoga. She enjoys sharing her love of yoga with children and has a special interest in prenatal and restorative yoga, offering private and group classes.

When Christal is not flying solo on her yoga mat, her four little ones are at her feet "playing yoga" as well. Christal and her husband, Stephen, enjoy living and raising their family in Cenla, close to family. In her time away from the studio she is an active member of the Junior League of Alexandria and Our Lady of Prompt Succor church, volunteers as a docent for the Alexandria Zoo, and also serves as president of the Cenla Kappa Delta alumnae chapter.

Beth Hebert

Beth is a Certified 200 hour RYT with the Baptiste Institute program Expand Your Power.

My journey into yoga began when I started practicing gymnastics at eight years old. Gymnastics taught me how to control my body and how to mentally practice. After years of personal yoga practice I began to train with Mark Giubarelli and Ashley Cummings in Los Angeles. Both teachers made a huge impact on my physical and mental yoga. When I moved to Louisiana in September of 2016, my sister Lori helped me to transition what I have learned into communication through teaching.

I am at the beginning my teaching journey, im thankful to share what I have learned so far and for the welcoming community at Yoga Ya Ya.

I am looking forward to continue training and developing my own practice in order to better serve those already in yoga and bring in others who can benefit from the practice.

McKenzy Fontenot

McKenzy has trained with Bryan Kest of Santa Monica Power Yoga (originator of the term “power yoga”), Baron Baptiste of the Baptiste Institute (founder of Baptiste Yoga), and Mitchell Molloy of Minnesota Power Yoga (birth place of YOD yoga).

Working 20 years in information systems and software support behind a computer took its toll on my posture and my neck/shoulders. I was in pain and fighting headaches every week. I had to do something and I didn’t want to take pills to mask the real problem. I was intrigued by the possibilities that yoga offered. I was looking for physical and emotional healing and thought ‘What do I have to lose?’ I’ve never been into playing sports or working out at the gym. I needed an environment that would motivate me without competition or intimidation. I FOUND IT! Physically and mentally there is nothing that makes me feel more alive and more aware than a hot, sweaty power vinyasa flow yoga class. At the end of a work day when my shoulders are burning and my energy is drained, yoga is my way of unwinding and finding appreciation for what I have been given TODAY! It doesn’t matter how much or how little I am able to do in yoga class, I always walk out relaxed with more energy, awareness, and a greater peace of mind and body.

Destiny Kunefke

Born and raised in Texas, Destiny moved to Louisiana in 2011 with her husband Josh, who is a US Army veteran, and their son Justus. Practicing yoga since the age of seventeen, she has explored several different disciplines, eventually focusing her studies on traditional Vinyasa flow and the more restorative practice of Yin yoga. In December of 2014 she completed her 200 hour Vinyasa Krama training with Lex Gillan at the Yoga Institute in Houston, TX, and is registered with the National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers and Yoga Alliance.

Destiny believes that the mind-body-spirit connection is sacred, and that practices should consist of both strength and softness, creative movement and structure - honoring your body's unique needs in each moment. She loves working with military families and veterans, and is an ambassador for ‘Give Power’, a non-profit organization committed to empowering our military community through yoga, meditation, and transformation. She studies sound therapy and holistic health, and has a passion for sharing with others the strength, balance, and inner peace that she has experienced through her asana, pranayama, and meditation practices.

Andrea Rojas

Andrea has always embraced movement in her life. She grew up playing soccer and spent her 20s in competitive soccer leagues, surfing, mountain biking, and participating in races and Triathlons. In 2007, her husband suggested that they try yoga to prepare for a surf trip to Costa Rica. That simple introduction led to an exploration that hasn’t let up. In the summer of 2015, she completed her 200H TT in Vinyasa Krama at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with Srivasta Ramaswami, the longest standing student of the legendary Shri T. Krishnamacharya outside of Krishnamacharya’s immediate family.

“I’ve discovered that you can find patience, love, and peace on a yoga mat and that with practice, you can take those treasures off the mat with you. Nothing has taught me to be more gentle with myself than my practice and the reminder that breathing lets you reach deeper physically, mentally & spiritually.”

Andrea grew up in New York where she worked in advertising for 10 years. In 2014, she and her husband Brian moved to Alexandria. She loves spending time outdoors and is grateful to live close to the beautiful Kisatchie National Forest.

Tala Wagner

Tala completed Level 1 teacher training through Little Flower Kids Yoga. She has
trained with Yoga Ya Ya at several Teacher Training workshops and teaches
Power Yoga, Kids Yoga, and Gentle Yoga at Yoga Ya Ya.

For me yoga is about fostering an inner stillness. My draw to yoga is both
an influence and a result of my career as a Montessori teacher. In the
classroom we speak of "peace education". Intrinsic in my responsibility to
my students is a duty to calm their minds and nurture their spirits. Like
Montessori, yoga creates peace from the inside out. Yoga is a way to share
peace with and foster it within others.

Tala is at the heart and soul of Yoga Ya Ya. The work she does behind the
scenes is so important in the seemingly smooth running of the studio. We
are lucky to have Tala bring her special gifts working with kids to our
studio and the CENLA community. 

Fiona Mulligan


Fiona is a Berkeley, California native. She truly fell in love with yoga
after moving to Louisiana and finding Yoga Yaya. Fiona is a Certified 200
RYT through the Baptiste Institute Expand Your Power training. She spent
over a decade working for non-profit organizations in Washington D.C.,
traveling extensively throughout Central and South America monitoring the
harvest and trade of illegal timber from the Amazon rainforest.

“I believe in the restorative powers of yoga for both the mind and body. I
am committed to creating a practice for my students that is both
challenging and fulfilling; merging breath and motion to generate holistic
wellness.”

Fiona and her husband Pedro moved to Alexandria in 2016, along with their
two dogs Charlie and Keelia. She holds a master’s in Environmental
Sciences from Duke University and splits her time between Louisiana Puerto
Rico, where she is learning to teach yoga in Spanish.

Lauren Taylor

Lauren is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance, certified through Baptiste Yoga, and has been practicing yoga for 10 years. She is also a social worker, working toward licensure as a clinical mental health counselor.

I believe yoga is not only an effective tool for improving our physical health, but also a powerful, evidence-based, therapeutic tool for improving our emotional and psychological well-being. As a yoga instructor, I am committed to helping others achieve overall health and wellness through an integrated yoga practice.

Lauren brings a sense of community and connection to her classes, rigorous yoga instruction, compassionate yogic principles, and practical mindfulness tools for daily living on and off the mat.