Peggy Kelley

Peggy is the founder of the Austin Yoga Institute. She began her study of Yoga in the late 60’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts, having since studied with Senior Yoga teachers in Europe, Canada, and the US. In India, Peggy has studied with B.K.S., Geeta, and Prashant Iyengar, and other Yoga masters.

She began teaching yoga in British Columbia over 30 years ago and has taught in Mexico, Europe, and the southwest United States. She was a founding member of the Iyengar Yoga Association of the US and served from 1990-1994.

She is certified to teach and to recommend teachers for certification. In addition to her yoga training, Peggy has studied insight Meditation with Rodney Smith and Ayurveda with Bri. Maya Tiwari, David Frawley and The American Institute of Ayurveda, where she received her certificate in 2003.

Yves Oberlin

Yves’ understanding of yoga is based on 18 years of personal practice and study with senior Iyengar teachers Gabriella Giubilaro and Manouso Manos. He also traveled to India twice to further his studies with the Iyengar family at the RIMYI Institute in Pune. His background comes through in a methodical, dynamic and challenging teaching style. He inspires students to go beyond their perceived limits while remaining sensitive to individual needs and creating a safe and harmonious learning environment. Visit his website to learn more:

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Mary Scott

 Mary is always going to workshops to bring more depth and knowledge to her practice and her teaching. She studies mainly with George Purvis, H. S. Arun, as well as local Iyengar teachers, but has also attended workshops with many well-known teachers including Patrica Walden and Judith Lasater. She believes there is always a way to do a pose, no matter what your age, flexibility, or strength; you just need the right props. Check out her blog!

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Melissa Hagen

Melissa came to Yoga as an avid cyclist, who preferred restorative work to balance the activity and anxiety prevalent in her life. She has spent the last few years studying with teachers Peggy Kelley and Devon Dederich to expand her knowledge and earn her Introductory certification. She now holds her Junior I certification and is currently working towards her Junior II certification. Her classes focus on proper alignment, using props such as blocks, chairs and rope walls, to deepen our understanding of the poses, while modifying for injuries and building strength and flexibility. She spearheads Austin’s Yoga Ride, a Social Cycling Austin bicycle ride every Tuesday night that ends in a free yoga class designed for cyclists. You can find out more about Melissa here:

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Thecla Chomicz

Thecla found her way to yoga following years of teaching aerobics and lecturing on fitness. In 2005, she completed the course of study in Scottsdale Community College’s Yoga Teacher Training Program and received her 200-hour RYT in 2005. After completing the teacher training program at the Austin Iyengar Yoga and relocating from Scottsdale to Austin, Thecla passed both the Iyengar Intro I and Intro II Yoga assessments and became a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 2015. She has since earned her RYT-500. Thecla is also certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Leader. 


Val Rios

As a practitioner, yoga has helped her to grow, recover and rebuild many phases of her life. She believes that yoga has the ability to transform the way you interact with the world both on and off the mat. Shortly after passing the Iyengar Introduction II assessment in 2015 she relocated her family from Amsterdam to Austin.  Since moving to Austin Val has been working towards her Junior I certification. As a teacher, Val strives to create a warm and positive setting which inspires students to connect both body and mind through asana and breath in order to cultivate a deep sense of awareness.

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