Our Instructors

Meet Our Dedicated Teachers
Our Team is Knowledgeable and Committed

Our instructor team is committed to living out the 8-limbed yogic path, both in our personal lives as well as in the time that we spend with you on the mat! We believe that yoga is so much more than “just asana”, and we commit that as you trust us with your practice, we will help you discover so much more than just the physical benefits of yoga.

Kelli Norgaard

Kelli Norgaard

Owner and founder of The Bridge Yoga

I hold an E-RYT-500 with Yoga Alliance & a Doctorate in Education from The University of Louisiana at Monroe. I worked 28 years in public education & over the last several years, have had the incredible opportunity to merge my educator & yogi paths together. I believe that social-emotional health & intelligence are the greatest things that a person can have in their toolbox & my life’s work is to provide pathways for both children & adults to develop those tools.

I have been a practicing yogi for over 16 years, but only in the last few years have I truly begun to understand what it means to take my practice “off my mat & into my world”, especially through living out the Yamas & Niyamas.

My goal in opening The Bridge Yoga is to provide a place where ANYone in our community can find a place where they BELONG. My mission is to help others see that yoga & the tools it provides are truly for ALL people, so I am committed to providing a studio space that is financially, geographically, & culturally accessible to everyone. The Bridge Yoga is an INCLUSIVE environment where EVERYONE is welcomed.

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CARLA BAZEMORE

Multiple Styles

I have an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance & an 800hr certification on the Philosophy, Theory and Practices of Yoga by the Traditional Yoga Studies created by Georg Feuerstein.

I have been practicing since 1989 & started to teach yoga in 1998. From 2001-2011 I owned a yoga studio in Houston, TX called Yoga Lotus, and I am the co-author of The Nuts and Bolts of Teaching a Yoga Class.

Teaching yoga & other mind-body activities is my life’s passion. Yoga has especially helped me grow stronger & more flexible physically, emotionally, & spiritually.  I enjoy the practices so much that  I want to share, inspire, & motivate others to become healthier and happier using the tools yoga has to offer. carlabazemore@gmail.com

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GINA CANTU

Yin, Restorative, Nidra

I have a 200 RYT with Yoga Alliance and graduated from my YTT in 2019. 

I started practicing yoga over 9 years ago and initially wanted to deepen my practice through a yoga teacher training, I quickly discovered that I loved sharing my knowledge and the power of yoga with others. Teaching yoga has had a profound impact in my personal life. Yoking my mind and body has been a transformational journey–mentally, spiritually and physically.

Connecting with my students and cultivating deep relationships is where I’m the happiest! I also love facilitating guided meditations and know the positive impact meditation has on my daily routine. 
gina011876@yahoo.com

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do things that make your soul smile.

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sidney Coker

Vinyasa, Family (Kids’) Yoga

I am a certified 200-hr RYT with Yoga Alliance and have been practicing yoga for 6 years! Yoga has been a tool for me in my early adulthood to manage my mental and physical health. I noticed my body tightening up a year after high school, so I took a yoga class. I left that first-class feeling detoxified of built-up stress and tension. I have returned to the practice of yoga time and time again over the years and feel so grateful for all the practice has done for me.

As a yoga teacher, I hope to cultivate a space that is inclusive of ALL people and meets their needs. sidney.coker@gmail.com

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Marnie krajicek

Prenatal, Baby & Me

I hold a 200-hr yoga certification and B.S. in Education, and am Level II Radiant Child Yoga trained. I am working toward my 500-hr certification. My path to the present began in the late 90s when I turned to yoga for help with chronic pain, anxiety, and addiction. I found mental and spiritual peace on my yoga mat during my recovery. I had to share what I was learning with others, and especially with my first love, children. I started teaching kid’s yoga in 2006 and it’s one of my favorite groups to teach. I will welcome everyone into my classes with open arms and guide them toward the peace they are seeking.
 
When I’m not practicing yoga, you can find me hiking, swimming, listening to podcasts, and traveling with my family. 
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Like a tree, you have to find your roots and then you can learn to bend when the wind begins to blow.

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SAM MATUSH

Hatha, Yoga Sculpt

I have a 200-RYT and have been teaching for the last three years and practicing for the last  11 years. I have a long athletic background that started with growing up as a kid involved in softball and swimming all through middle school and high school.

As an adult, I moved into running and triathlons and then from there, into Crossfit and now Orange Theory. I enjoy pushing my body and my limits, but yoga has offered a way for me to be more still in my body and mind and to pay attention in ways that I did not realize were possible until I gave the mat a true chance. I enjoy teaching all levels of classes, but gentle classes have a true place in my heart.  sam.matush@gmail.com

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LINDSEY KILLINGSWORTH

Vin Yin

I was certified through Breathe for Change in 2022. I took my first restorative yoga class in 2018, and less than 12 hours later, my first vinyasa class – I was hooked! My favorite types of yoga to practice are vinyasa, yin, and hot. I am an active person and love how yoga complements my other fitness activities. I decided to pursue my yoga teacher certification to not only deepen my own practice, but I saw the overwhelming need for improved wellness for both adults and students at my school. As a physical education teacher with Bryan ISD, my goal is to empower and encourage kids to develop a passion for wellness for a lifetime. I am excited to continue to bring tools from yoga to not only my colleagues and students, but also to the B/CS community at The Bridge. Off the mat I love reading, watching baseball, traveling, and gardening!

Ashley Konderla

Yoga Nidra, Vinyasa

I became a yoga instructor in August 2021. I believe yoga has the potential to give people the tools to transform their lives. I started a consistent practice of yoga a few years ago to stay active and gain headspace after a series of traumatic life events. When I was 19, I was in a car crash that fractured my left hip, my two bottom vertebrae, broke my collar bone, and collapsed my lungs. I used yoga as a tool to heal myself physically and mentally. I became a yoga teacher after questioning what I wanted to do with my life. On the list of career choices that were fulfilling to my heart, creatively engaging, and beneficial to humanity was written “yoga instructor”.

The practice of yoga has gifted me with the tools to gain more mobility in my hips, flexibility in my spine, a deeper awareness of my breath, and a stronger connection to my inner peace. As a yoga instructor, I encourage others to look beyond what we may consider certain in our lives, and trust in the infinite possibilities of our own potential.

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Karen Yates

Hatha, Body Tune Up Yoga

Karen uses safe alignment techniques and tools to help her students of all fitness levels and ages to enjoy balanced, functional and vibrant lives. She particulately focuses on using active stretch techniques supplemented by specialized fitness skill training to allow practitioners of all ages improve in their activities. 

Karen has taught classes and trained one-on-one for over 20 years at premier clubs, professional fitness environments, and research universities.

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Shari heftel

Tai Chi, Sound Healing

Shari Heftel is a passionate wellness advocate, specializing in many healing modalities. She is a certified Rolf Structural Integration Practitioner and is fluent in many bodywork modalities, including Ashiatsu massage.   She self created a blend called Structural Thai Fusion, which brings alignment and greater flexibility. 
 
Shari conducts RTT and QHHT sessions using hypnotherapy and the powerful subconscious mind to help her clients transcend limiting beliefs and blocks which enables them to lead more productive, purposeful, joy filled lives.
 
She is a sound healer, using her voice, gong, drums, and crystal bowls and leads soundbaths and wellness retreats.  She also leads classes in Aerial, Kundalini, and Yin Yoga, Tai Chi and Natural Movement.
Laura Simmons

Laura Simmons

Yoga for Mental Health

I am a certified 200-RYT with Yoga Alliance and have been practicing yoga for 5 years!

I have struggled with anxiety and depression for most of my life and I truly believe that yoga has played a key role in helping me to better understand and manage my emotions. Mental health is something I am deeply passionate about, and I strive to create an open and welcoming space for all yogis, regardless of the season of their life. 

Outside of yoga my hobbies include reading, writing poetry, gaming, and spending time with my partner and my dogs.  simmonss.laura@gmail.com

Sam Bourne

SAM BOURNE

Gentle, Hot Yoga, Yoga for ALL Bodies

I hold my 200-RYT certification with Yoga Alliance and work as an in-class support aide for Bryan ISD. I also teach swim lessons for people of all ages. 

I began my yoga journey about 6 years ago in a 90 minute hot class with my sister. I loved every minute of it. For the next few years I continued to take classes at a gym, but then life got busy and I stoped. A few years later I was talking with a friend who was looking to gain some flexibility, so we looked around and joined a yoga studio that week! Within a week or two of joining, I knew this is what I needed in my life and everything began to change.  samlynn800@yahoo.com

 

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Yoga is the dance of every soul with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity & harmony.

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