Kiovanna has been teaching yoga & meditation for 22 years and is the founder of Corazón Yoga Studio. She graduated McAllen Memorial HS then received her BA in Psychology from Stanford University ‘96 where she practiced Yoga for the first time.
At 27 Kiovanna danced away from a ‘career’ as an attorney and moved to India. During her three year apprenticeship in Southeast Asia (2001-2004) she was initiated in the Tantra Yoga lineage of Vama Marga. In 2006 she completed her teaching certification with Jasmine Tarkashi and Dana Flynn at Laughing Lotus College of Yoga in New York, and her Prenatal Yoga Certification with Janice Clarfield while pregnant with her first child. Today Kiovanna's teachers are Nevine Michaan and Abbie Galvin of Katonah Yoga.
Kiovanna believes sharing yoga is a vocation of selfless service. As a Reiki Master for 18 years, she educates professionals on consent-based touch and supports healing for sexual trauma. Kiovanna is passionate about creating safe, nurturing spaces where students may harmonize mind & body with technique and spiritual wisdom ~ where humans of any size, ability, age, or background are welcome and flourish.
Julissa has been working with Corazon as different roles throughout the years. She began practicing yoga in her home with guidance from a book bought on sale a year before finding our studio. She is honored to be serving a humble, authentic not-for-profit in the RGV. Julissa’s passion is fueled by nature, animals, and dance. Her connection with the environment has influenced her eco-feminist ideas, activism, and expressions of dance. In the future, Julissa plans to get her 200HR training and serve her community where ever she goes.
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Lydia originally hails form Portland, Oregon. She moved to San Diego for college where she swam for the university swim team. During the 4 years she lived in California, she experienced many benefits practicing yoga and became a certified yoga instructor. Lydia feels blessed to have had the chance to travel to different countries teaching what she loves! She now lives in McAllen where she is finishing her degree in Integrative Health.
Leslie has been practicing yoga at home for over 10 years. It wasn’t until she was in search of emotional healing that she magically found Corazón Yoga, right when she needed it. A decade into working as a veterinarian assistant, her desire for spiritual support became more and more apparent.
She completed her 200 hour instructor training through Corazón in June of 2018 and teaches Hatha, Restorative, and Hot Yoga here with us. Leslie lights up with joy when she shares with others what yoga has taught her. Continuing on her healing journey, Leslie is studying to be a certified Reiki practitioner and only hopes to expand on the love and space that she holds for the community.
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.
Jacqueline’s yoga journey began at the age of 18 in San Antonio, Texas. She first tried yoga as a way to get an effective workout and discovered the emotional, mental and physical healing that yoga offers the body. After practicing yoga for 7 years, She decided it was time to share her passion, knowledge and healing practice with the community. Upon completion of a B. S. in Biology in 2012 from the University of Texas at San Antonio, she decided to take the first step and train with the LifeTime yoga teachers program in the comprehensive practice of vinyasa, hatha and yin yoga. By 2016, Jacqueline was introduced to Corazon yoga studio where she began to learn and cultivate the art of restorative yoga.
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Bianca turned to Yoga in 2012 to heal from scoliosis. She persevered and developed a strong home practice. While working as a legal assistant for the District Attorney, Bianca found Corazón Yoga & Meditation and immersed herself in the studio’s six month education program. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in June of 2018.
As an instructor, Bianca holds loving space for others to receive the emotional & physical benefits of Yoga which have transformed her life. She is currently the studio supervisor, supporting our trauma-sensitive yoga program and studying be a certified Reiki healer.
Kamla is currently teaching yoga in San Antonio and continues to support Corazón Yoga studio as social media director.