A lead faculty member of Yoga Yoga’s Teacher Training Program since 2007, Ana Pilar has led over 17 teacher trainings at Yoga Yoga (Austin, TX, USA), and taught as adjunct faculty in 40+ teacher trainings in both the 200hr and 500hr levels of teacher training at Yoga Yoga, Global Yoga Shala, and Zingara Yoga.
Although her name sounds almost as exotic as you’d expect from some yoga teachers, Ana Pilar’s name is actually Spanish for “pillar of grace”. Ana Pilar Cruz is half Puerto Rican and half Scottish. Her extensive travels and living abroad have given her an open-minded outlook on life that has been invaluable to both her teaching and personal yoga practice. Bilingual, she has a special way of sharing her talent in teaching and exploration of yoga with both English and Spanish-speaking students.
Ana Pilar first discovered yoga as many of the younger generation does now, in college, while studying Film and Art History at Emerson College in Boston. It wasn’t until she moved to Austin in 2000, however, that she discovered her dharma. Yoga has been and continues to play an important role in Ana Pilar’s life during periods of growth and change. Her unique relationship with regular, private, and teacher training students, as well as the countless members of the yoga teacher community, inspire her to evolve and further define her own practice today.
Ana Pilar holds an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher/ERYT-500 Certification through Yoga Alliance. You’ll find her teaching Hatha Beginners Series classes at Yoga Yoga in Austin and teaching teachers in Yoga Yoga’s Teacher Training program. Inspired by the Viniyoga method, Ana Pilar helps her students to connect the breath with movement and use postures that protect and strengthen the lower back, a vulnerable part of the body that often needs attention. Before coming into poses and holding them, she first has students open up their bodies with dynamic motion. Her classes end with a pranayama, or breath control exercise, so that students leave with calm, focused energy.
Jamie Michelle Waggoner (Akal Dhyan Kaur) offers classes, workshops and retreats rooted in her work with energetics, the Western Hermetic tradition, kundalini and tantric yoga, and Goddess spirituality. She is a featured presenter and ritual facilitator at many annual festivals and events.
Jamie unabashedly loves the Divine Mystery: the inexplicable Presence that pervades all corners of our lush and chaotic universe, the Grace found in the stillness between inhale and exhale. Bhakti, intense love and devotion for the Goddess, is Jamie’s heartsong.
Born a storyteller, Jamie began her career as copywriter and creative director in the corporate marketing arena. A cross-country move to Austin, Texas at the close of 2011 made way for a courageous transition from marketing maven to modern mystic.
Jamie now uses her talents to create unique experiences that invoke deep spiritual connection, captivate the imagination and inspire personal transformation. Her retellings of ancient myths bridge the gap between then and now, breathing life into the legacies of our ancestors. Jamie skillfully weaves enchantments of story and guided meditation to illuminate how these themes remain relevant, and indeed vital, to contemporary life. Dive with her into the cauldron of story and emerge transformed!
In addition to her IKYTA kundalini teaching certification, Jamie holds a B.A. in Philosophy with emphasis in Feminist Studies. She has been an active priestess in the Sisterhood of Avalon, a Celtic women’s mystery tradition, since 2005. Jamie co-facilitates Red Tent Austin and is a Level III Reiki Master practitioner.
Ever a student, Jamie is currently studying the Druidic tradition with the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, as well as growing her understanding of Sri Vidya tantra.