Instructors

Jessica and Jonathan Imburgia
Owners of Body Synergie

Jessica has completed 200 and  300 hour trainings as well as many smaller teacher intensives from a multitude of teachers and styles. She believes that each kind of Yoga offers something positive and has combined these things to form her own teaching style. She has practiced yoga since she was 16 years old and because of her daily practice she advanced quickly. She began teaching at the age of 18 in 2001 and hasn't dreamed of doing anything else since. It is her belief that while yoga, as with anything in life, is serious and requires focus and discipline, you must learn to be lighthearted and have fun with it.

In 2002, as her interest grew in alternative therapies she attended massage school. Focusing on the therapeutic aspects of massage she continued her studies in deep tissue, trigger point and aromatherapy. Jessica is also a level 2 Reiki practitioner.

 

In 2010, she received her training to practice Health Coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

 

Jonathan Imburgia
Jonathan Began his Tai Chi training in 1997. After taking his first class his passion and love grew for the beautiful, soft, and flowing movements of the traditional Wu style Tai Chi form. As he was learning the sublte movements of the Tai Chi form, he felt as if he was becoming more aware of how to move, let go, and listen to how his mind and body connected. At that moment he felt peaceful and alive flowing with his movements almost as if time stood still. This was a powerful experience that inspired him to practice more and develop his skills.

In 2001 he started teaching the Wu style Tai Chi and other forms of Qi Gong for health and martial arts defense. What interests him the most about teaching Tai Chi are the health benefits his students receive from regular practice. Seeing students recover from their health conditions and be able to live a happier more peaceful life is what his classes are focused on - bringing the body back to a balanced homeostasis, where you can enjoy the benefits of health and longevity through any stage of life.

In 1998, to further his understanding of alternative health he bacame a Registered Massage Therapist. After becoming a massage therapist he continued to study other forms of massage, such as Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Polarity Therapy. In 2000 he started his training in Cranio Sacral Therapy (CST) under the Upledger Institute, and since then has completed Advanced Craniosacral Therapy and Somato Emotional Release One and Two. In 2003 he attended the Rolf Institute in Boulder, Colorado. In 2004 he graduated from the Rolf Institute and is now in private practice as a Certified Rolfer of Structural Integration. He has also taken various Rolfing movement trainings and is working on becoming a Certified Rolfing Movement Practitioner. To read more about Jonathan, please click here.,

Twyla Larman

My background is primarily in dance:   Tap, jazz, lyrical jazz and ballet.  I was a dance major at Brigham Young University and danced with American Ballet until the birth of my first child in 1987.  I knew being a mom was the most important job I could do and I dedicated the next 17 years to that profession.  At the birth of my 8th child in 2004, I was diagnosed with mild depression and anxiety.  To avoid the medicines my doctor wanted to give me, I joined a health club and began working out.  I began to feel better but still was still struggling with anxiety.  A friend urged me to try a yoga class.  I resisted but finally attended so she would leave me alone; I was hooked! I attended class at least once a day and found myself answering questions of other students after class.   At the urging of one of my instructors,  I attended YogaFit level 1 and 2 trainings and began teaching in May of 2006.  I love the positive energy that comes from teaching yoga classes.  At the end of each class, as we bow and say, "Namaste", I feel I am the one who has been blessed.
Selva Bailey
 
I began attending yoga classes in 2013 to improve my flexibility and strength. Instead of taking my time and accepting myself as who I am, my practice was rather aggressive. I've come to realize that in yoga what matters more than these outer manifestations is the quality of our breath and the way we feel in the postures.
 
In 2015, I moved from China to the US, and have since then become a registered yoga teacher. My 200-hour teacher training was through Dallas Yoga Center.
 
In order to heal, I believe we, first, need to feel. I provide fun and knowledgeable classes, which focus on building body awareness, quieting our mind and learning the art of relaxation. I teach Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative yoga, and I tailor my classes to fit all levels of students.
Anne Saylor
 
Anne has been a lifelong student of yoga, starting as a child in her mom’s classes, then finding her own practice during college and in her career. She has also maintained a regular meditation practice since 2003. Anne believes in making yoga fun and accessible for all students and in fostering a non-competitive environment. Yoga and meditation have been transformative for her, and she enjoys sharing these tools with anyone interested. She earned her 200 hour yoga teaching certification with Laura King (E-RYT 500, founder of North Texas Yoga), and is currently pursuing her 500 hour certification. When not practicing yoga, Anne administers the enterprise digital analytics platform for a major company.

Kelly Haltom

Kelly brings to yoga her passion for self exploration through movement which began with dance at age four and continued on through the years in gymnastics as well as karate.  The love for yoga was born in 2003 during recovery from dislocated scapula which led to teaching Vinyasa Flow starting in 2007.  Kelly focuses on an eclectic style of yoga blending the various repertoires of movement to help students discover and explore in a nurturing environment.  She completed her 200 hour RYT certification under supervision of Tracy Carruth at Yoga Balance in McKinney, TX and participated in Ashtanga Yoga workshop with David Williams.  Some of her inspirations are Donna Farhi, Judith Lasater, Cameron Shayne, Duncan Wong, Rod Stryker, Shiva Rea and Kathryn Budig.  She is also a full time financial analyst with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing, member of Yoga Alliance, volunteers with the Sjogren’s Foundation and is an advocate for rescue and adoption of domestic rabbits.



Stephanie Phalen
The month I retired from 23 years teaching public school , I began training to become a yoga teacher, something I had considered since falling in love with yoga at the age of 53.

 

 When my daughter encouraged me to take my first class at Body Synergie, I was apprehensive. Was I too old? After a week of taking classes, I was hooked. 
Yoga has transformed my life in countless ways, well beyond keeping me fit and energetic. I strive to bring to my classes the passion of my instructors at Body Synergie, certain that yoga is for a lifetime. 

Stephanie completed her 200 hour certification under supervision of Laura King at North Texas Yoga in McKinney, Texas.

Tanya Embree

Tanya is an RYT 200 Yoga Alliance instructor as well as a National Board Certified massage therapist.  She has a Bachelors of Science in Equine Sciences and is passionate about creating a healthy, happy life for all humans and furry four legged friends.

 

Her yoga classes combine a spirit of playfulness, a dose of inspiration, and an environment free of judgement.  She believes in the power of positivity and hopes to create a practice for herself and her students that they can embody in their daily lives off the mat.