Kiovanna has been teaching yoga for 18 years and is the founder of Corazón Yoga Studio. Kiovanna offers group/private/corporate Yoga, as well Reiki Transmissions, Tantric Bodywork & Sacred Sex Coaching.
Kiovanna graduated from McAllen Memorial High School in 1992 and received her BA in Psychology from Stanford University in California. In 1996, Kiovanna attended her first yoga class and experienced a profound natural high. She was hooked for life. In 1999 she taught yoga to the students & faculty of Columbia University while she earned her Law Degree in New York.
At 27, Kiovanna left a high paying yet unfulfilling career as an attorney to follow her heart. She moved to India for a three year apprenticeship (2001-2004), where she rose in love with the 7,000 year-old science of Yoga, thriving in its miraculous health & spiritual benefits. While in India, Kiovanna was initiated in the ancient Tantra Yoga lineage of Vama Marga by Swami Vivekananda of Agama Yoga. In 2006 Kiovanna completed her Yoga Teacher Training with Laughing Lotus College of Yoga in New York City, and her Prenatal Yoga Certification with Janice Clarfield in 2009 while pregnant with the first of her two boys, Taor & Shiva.
Kiovanna is a practicing Reiki Master and has facilitated chakra clearing & activation for 16 years. Kiovanna brings a refreshing holistic approach to yoga & meditation without compromising its spiritual lineage or foundational techniques. Kiovanna creates a safe nurturing space where students feel empowered to take charge of their physical and emotional wellness. She teaches in a way that humans of any physical size, shape, gender, flexibility, and age can access and enjoy for life!
The Birth of Corazón
Kiovanna’s 2015 Interview with Daytime @ Nine
Matthew started his yoga journey many lifetimes ago, but in this current life he took his first class in 2007. He started yoga to progress his ability as a dancer. He received his Bachelor’s and Masters in Musical Theater from The University of Central Oklahoma. It wasn’t until a year ago that Matthew decided to dedicate himself to a consistent yoga practice in order to grow the depth of himself. While traveling the world in 2016 Matthew met yoga teachers from various places including the U.S., India, and Australia and every one of them inspired him to facilitate the beauty of yoga. He recently completed his 200-hour teacher training with Hamsa School of Yoga and Ayurveda in San Antonio,Texas. Matthew is a teacher who not only incorporates the Asana (movement) portion of a yoga class but also likes to include Pranayama (breath work) and Dhyana (meditation) to take this practice deeper for each of his students. He is truly honored and humbled to be able to hold space for each individual that walks into his class and looks forward to sharing this gift of yoga with as many people as he can.
Mayela is from Reynosa, Mexico and has lived in McAllen for 10 years. She has a Marketing degree and has taught dance such as lyrical, ballet, and jazz for 20 years. Her yoga journey started 8 years ago when a health issue made her ill, and in yoga and in meditation she found a very great help for her recovery and health.
Since then, she started learning different types of yoga like Kundalini, Hatha, Restorative, and Ashtanga. She got her 200 hour yoga training in Ashtanga modified. Her holistic adventure didn’t stop with yoga, she is also a holistic coach specialized in essential oils, Jaapi instructor (that she also teaches at Corazón), Yogiminds instructor (yoga for kids), and considers herself "a student for life" more than a teacher.
For her, the real practice starts off the mat. "Being a mother of 2 beautiful teenage girls, a wife, a daughter, a friend, and an entrepreneur managed all with love, keeping my center, and staying connected with God, for me, that is the real practice." And that is exactly what Mayela wants to share with all Corazón students.
From his first time stepping on a mat, Issac felt a major law of attraction. Tantra Yoga has brought him to the grand realization of his purpose on this planet, which is to share the ancient science of enlightenment, uniting people and souls, and taking this evolving mindful knowledge into the every day life. He shares traditional lineage Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga as well as fun Acro Yoga.
Issac grew up in South Texas. Three years ago, he left the cowboy and ranching lifestyle, as well his safe and secure environmental engineer and project manager position. He traveled to Asia to experience the Eastern way of life. It was a deep dive into the unknown that took him through a vast transformation. His powerful intuition brought him to shores of Central Vietnam where he served as a Bhakti Yogi and received his yoga teacher training at Nomad Yoga in Hoi An, Vietnam.
Immersed in Eastern culture Issac shed off all that society, family, friends had laid over him so that he could reach the center of his Being as a student, teacher, leader, and giver.
Issac couldn’t be any more grateful for sharing his experience and wisdom through yoga, to his home, and to Corazon Yoga Studio.
Kamla has been an active Bhakti Yogi since the day she was born. She was raised with a Hindu upbringing and has been familiar with the practice of Yoga her whole life. In 2013, she was granted an amazing opportunity to attend the Sivananda Yoga Ashram (the first Yoga school in America) in Grass Valley, CA for her Teacher’s Training course. She has been a private instructor since then and has continued her practice by training and learning from Kiovanna at Corazon. Kamla’s classes are very traditional, focusing on the most basic Asanas and incorporating Pranayama (breathing exercises) to bring a little piece of pure Indian Hatha to the West.
Tiffany grew up in the small town of San Isidro, where she graduated high school and then moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas. After receiving a B.A. in Psychology from UT, she moved back to the RGV and now lives in McAllen.
Tiffany first decided to try yoga to get a good workout, and later found that the mental benefits of the practice were as great as the physical. As someone with a tendency to worry and harbor negative thoughts, she began using yoga to keep a clear, equanimous mind and therefore a more balanced life. She was certified as an instructor in March of 2015 and has been sharing her love for yoga with others since then. It is her intention that everyone who attends one of her classes leaves with a greater sense of gratitude and can live a more peaceful life.
Beginning yoga practice as a middle age adult was a bit intimidating and completely out of my norm. The physical blitz of the common Western indoctrination of high impact exercising wreaked harm to my body. Since then, I have experienced that Yoga is not simply physical. The transformation I have experienced and witnessed on myself are a reality. I am stronger and more complete thanks to Yoga’s infallible, powerful, and enlightening teachings, always listening to my body, honoring the messages it sends me, and respecting its limitations, while always acknowledging the spiritual unfoldment held within its practice. I have learned to listen to my body’s wisdom.
My yoga practice began over two years ago; instantly becoming a passion, a way of life. As a graduate of the Yoga Teacher Training at Corazón, I learned that Yoga is the art of discovering and creating a relationship with our mind, our body, and our soul. Yoga focuses on honoring the body, accepting our body’s limitations, and working through one’s impediments with respect and reverence, without competitiveness, and without the ego. Yoga has taught me to touch my toes as well as the hearts of those around me.
Whitney grew up in Mission, TX, home of the Ruby Red Grapefruit. After High School, she moved to San Marcos, TX where she attended Texas State University in pursuit of her Bachelor’s in Exercise Sport Science and fell in love with what exercise did to the body. Convinced that exercise is a medicine that prevents health issues our country is facing and can cure chronic pain, Whitney furthered her education pursuing her masters of Physical Education in 2009 where she taught higher learning as a Graduate Assistant at Texas State. She taught Lifetime Fitness and Wellness courses, along with other physical education classes such as Yoga and Aerobic.
Her passion for fitness extended into her teaching, however she was particularly interested in the practice of yoga. She became a mother in 2012 and relocated back to the Rio Grande Valley. In 2013 she pursued her Yoga Certification at Camp Utopia in Whimberly, Texas where she found yoga to be something way more than an exercise, because it bled into every aspect of her life. Yoga gave her a strong connection with mind and body, and taught her to be a more kind, compassionate, and, mindful person which transformed her perspective of life completely. She now lives in Pharr and is a full- time mother of two and co-owner of RGVAquatics.
“Yoga showed me how to love myself, and I am a better partner, mother, friend, and citizen because of that.”
Tamara has been practicing Yoga and Meditation in her personal life since she was just a little girl. The body, mind, spirit, and health connection are a way of life for her. After graduating from high school she went into partnership with a close friend and developed and ran a successful and lucrative catering and food service business for more than 25 years. Realizing this fast paced and demanding business was taking a toll on her health she retired from her food service business. She knew "living in the moment" and focusing on the "here and now" is what she needed to appreciate her life and rediscover the joy of living. She joined a Yoga studio devoting several hours per week to her Yoga practice which included Yoi Balance dance classes. This has played such a huge part in her recovery back to overall health and rediscovery of the joy in her life that she wants to share the Yoi experience with others. After four years of taking Yoi classes on a regular basis she has become certified to teach Yoi Balance so she can share this wonderful class with others. It is fun, liberating, and a truly great way to relieve stress!
Anna believes that yoga can offer a path towards healing and she seeks to incorporate that belief into her teaching and practice. She first came to yoga as a way to ease tension and stress in the body but soon found that practice softened not only her stiff muscles but also her restless mind. Long interested in health and wellness, Anna used yoga to stay grounded throughout her work as a doula and a public health volunteer in East Africa. Hoping to deepen her practice, Anna completed her 200 RYT at Studio 34 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania while studying nursing. Her training emphasized the need to make yoga accessible for all bodies, and all communities and has inspired her to work towards bringing yoga to myriad settings.
Anna moved to the Rio Grande Valley in May of 2017 to begin work as a nurse at Holy Family Birth Center. Yoga offers Anna the opportunity to broaden her understanding of the mind-body-sprit connection and enhances her work to support mothers through pregnancy and birth. She is happy to have found a home at Corazon and is ever grateful for the way that yoga allows her to explore her own body and the world around her.
Kiri was born and raised among the red and blue mountains of Southern Utah. She came to the valley with her husband in August 2016, after traveling the world, and gave birth to her son, Leo, in Weslaco, in November.
Kiri loved the idea of being a bigger part of the yoga community so she attended her teacher training at Be University in Southern Utah, where she learned hatha yoga, and that yoga is more than becoming fit or mastering certain postures and flows – but a way of life which aims for self awareness and conscious living. Since then she has committed to use yoga as an opportunity to share love and inspire acceptance. Her hope is that within each class her students will find what they have been searching for within themselves – and leave feeling understood and loved.
Shanti’s experience in yoga is extensive and covers four decades of practice and 14 years of teaching. As a teen she became interested in yoga and from then on it became her passion. Her journey began in Lima Peru after meeting and taking yoga classes with Sufi Master and author, Amoreca and also with La Gran Faternidad Universal Organization in Miraflores. After returning to the States she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Art and taught Art Education in the Public Schools for 25 years. In 2003, she received her Teacher Training Certification from the Sivananda Yoga Ranch in Upstate New York from senior disciples of Swami Vishnu Devananda. Since then Shanti continues to be active with the Sivananda International Organization Headquarters in Val Morin, Quebec where she attends regularly to refresh her learning and to help promote yoga. Her interest in yoga has also led her explore Ashtanga Yoga and has attended workshops with the late Shri K.Pattabhi Jois, founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute of Mysore India along with his grandson Sharath Jois during their world tour in San Francisco California. "Coming to the valley to assist in nurturing yoga is a dream come true, but most importantly is learning from the Yoga Community here as well."