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CO-OWNERS

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Lisa Ingle

CO-OWNER, CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 TRAINER (CF-L1), HOT YOGA TEACHER, INFERNO HOT PILATES TEACHER

Lisa Ingle-Stevens has been practicing yoga for 18 years and teaching for 16. Her passion for people and learning are evident from the moment you meet her. She believes that hard work, consistency and fun are the keys to continuing to grow as a person. Her goal is to help spread the practice of yoga and movement and inspire others to become their best in all aspects of their lives.

Lisa is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas with a degree in Business Administration. Lisa took her first Bikram Yoga class in 2000, and immediately following her first class she knew than she wanted to teach yoga and help as many people as possible find this incredible life-changing practice. In the fall of 2002, Lisa completed the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training Certification program in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the The Union, Yoga and Strength where her first yoga studio opened in the spring of 2004. Since than she has co-opened an additional two yoga studio locations in the area to help spread and expand the healing benefits of this yoga to the community along with serving as a mentoring teacher and studio owner. She also currently co-owns 3 CrossFit studios, Bust A Move CrossFit, and has a Level 1 CrossFit certification along with a Level 1 Power Yoga certification. She currently teaches Bikram Yoga, YOLK, Power Yoga, Inferno Pilates and CrossFit. She is also runs workshops in Leadership Development, Teaching and Feedback skills and co-founded The Open Hand Institute which is a education learning platform company dedicated to creating life-long learners.

Lisa loves spending time with her husband Kyle, daughter Olivia and dogs Abby and JoJo. She enjoys nothing more than being with her friends and family and making the most out of life. Besides teaching yoga Lisa loves to dance, eat and challenge herself constantly to try and learn new things.

Your vibe attracts your tribe.

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Steve Falk

CO-OWNER, CROSSFIT LEVEL 2 (CF-L2), CROSSFIT FOOTBALL COACH (POWER ATHLETE), USAW SPORTS PERFORMANCE COACH, HOT YOGA TEACHER

Steve was born in San Antonio, TX and graduated with his bachelor's in Business Administration from Trinity University in 1998 and Master's in Accounting from Trinity University in 1999. While at Trinity, he lettered in Varsity Basketball for four years.

After graduation, Steve went on to work in the audit department for the international accounting firm, Ernst & Young LLP, and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas. During his time at E&Y, he also taught accounting at UTSA, and later on taught strength and conditioning theory at Trinity. Steve also served as the Strength & Conditioning coach for the Trinity Basketball teams.

Steve graduated from Bikram Yoga College of India's Teacher Training in May of 2003. He was certified as a CSCS with the National Strength & Conditioning Association in 2001 and gained his Crossfit Level 1 in 2013.

Steve and his wife Kelli spend most of their time trying to keep up with their son Trajan and daughter Carolyn.

MANAGERS

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Mark Banasau

MANAGER, HOT YOGA TEACHER

Mark loves to share his smile and passions with the Union family. He loves music and plays the piano and directs the choir at Church on Sundays. He brings his love of music into the yoga room, and you can sometimes catch him “conducting” the class as he would his choir.

Mark began his yoga practice in 2003, and went to teacher training in 2006. The journey of practicing and teaching yoga has come with so many unexpected gifts – especially the friendships and community found at BYSA (the Co-op… The Union?). One of his favorite things about the yoga is that no matter how much you practice, every time you come away with a slightly different understanding and appreciation of your body, mind, and spirit.

You can bribe Mark with chocolate (the darker the better), or any homemade baked good. Really. Chocolate and baked goods.

Mark’s gentle wit and big smile always welcomes you to BYSA…wait…the Co-op… no…The Union.

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Liz Peters

CROSSFIT MANAGER, CROSSFIT LEVEL 2 TRAINER (CF-L2), KIDS TRAINER, MOBILITY TRAINER, USAW SPORTS PERFORMANCE COACH, HOT YOGA TEACHER, INFERNO HOT PILATES TEACHER

SHERIFF PEACHES

Liz, also known as Peaches, loves the energy and peace that Bikram yoga brings into her life. Before becoming the Iron Maiden of the hot room, Liz was a coach and PE teacher. She is also our head coach at our CrossFit gym, Bust A Move CrossFit. Liz brings 12 years of coaching experience to our venture in the CrossFit world. She also has a background in criminal justice.

In her free time, you can find her working out, watching Vanderpump Rules and listening to rap music. Liz absolutely loves pizza, burgers and CocaCola (which she claims is an addiction) and recommends that everyone read Simple Truths by Kent Nerburn.

Liz is a true pillar of strength at The Union, and her dynamic energy and willpower inspires us all!

Favorite Quote: "We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." -E.M. Forster

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DOROTHY CAPANAS

MANAGER, HOT YOGA TEACHER, INFERNO HOT PILATES TEACHER, YOLK YOGA TEACHER

Dorothy began her yoga practice in San Antonio on a Tuesday morning in February of 2008, with a special Lil Yogi. She quickly became part of The Diva’s at Hollywood Park, a group of awesome ladies who practiced everyday at 9:30am. Her yoga buddies were some of the first to know that Dorothy and husband Ferd were soon to be parents. Being able to practice this yoga during her pregnancy was truly a gift. On New Years Eve of that same year, their son Micah was born.

Over the next several years, she developed a passion for this yoga and had her sights set on becoming a teacher. She became part of The Union Crew in 2010 and completed her 1000th class a few months before attending Teacher Training in Spring 2014.

Dorothy was born in San Antonio, but spent most of her life on Oahu. After attending the University of Hawaii, she was a Flight Attendant with Continental Airlines for 12 years. She loves to travel and would love to start putting check marks next to her list of new destinations.

Favorite Quote: "Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined."

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Latoya Adams

MANAGER, BIKRAM YOGA TEACHER, 200-hour (Registered Yoga Teacher) RYT, Inferno Hot Pilates 1 & 2, Mat Pilates

Hi, I’m Latoya. I teach yoga and Pilates. I was born and raised in an Army family and lived in Germany until I was a teenager. My family moved to Texas in 2001.

After college, I became increasingly interested in health, fitness and wellbeing. I stumbled upon yoga looking for an easy way to tone up and trim down. I was hooked from the beginning. I went to Bikram Yoga Teacher training in the spring of 2012, later I studied Power Yoga in the Open Hand Institute. I jumped into Inferno Hot Pilates, and recently I became certified to teach Mat Pilates. I’m motivated by impacting people’s lives and I believe life’s toughest challenges help you transform into your best self. When I’m not teaching, some of my favorite things to do are working out, reading, snuggling with my dog, and enjoying the outdoors.

Favorite Quote: “It's never too late to be who you might have been,” -George Elliot

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Kathi Rocha

ASSISTANT MANAGER, HOT YOGA TEACHER

Hi, I am Kathi. I am a Bikram Yoga Teacher and graduated from Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Fall 2017. I studied Human Relations, and received a MBA from Baker University. Growing up in California, Texas, Costa Rica, and lived in Kansas City for many years, I finally moved back to San Antonio and happlily call it home. I am very passionate about Yoga and enjoy helping people find healing through their practice. I believe that the most important thing in your life, Is your life and through Yoga you can achieve a healthier & happier YOU. I proudly work here at the Union, giving back & helping our wonderful community in any way that I can, as a FDP, Ambassador, and as a Yoga Teacher.

Favorite Quotes: "Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself" - Paramahansa Yogananda

"You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can flow and it can crash. Become like water my friend."- Bruce Lee

INSTRUCTORS

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Michael Duggan

YOGA TEACHER

I’m Mike: yoga teacher, actor, and life-long learner. I’m in a phase of my life where I can do what I want to, it’s called being (semi-)retired. I have personally experienced many benefits from the practice of yoga, and now share that practice with others through teaching. Little do people know when they begin the practice how profoundly it can change their lives for the better. I (along with my wife and co-worker, Rita) am a graduate of both the Open Hand Institute and OHM School yoga training programs. I currently teach U-90 and U-75 classes at The Union. After a career in information technology supporting the military, both in active duty and as a contractor, and raising eight children, I am ready to keep growing, and to help those around me to grow too.

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Katy Esparza

HOT YOGA TEACHER, POWER YOGA TEACHER

I have been a massage therapist for 9 years. Helping others and learning the functions of the human body amazes me. I’ve studied sports therapy and ortho-massage. Being a person who always loves to try new things, I decided to try yoga. I started Bikram yoga in 2006 and fell in love with the hot room. This practice has taught me how to balance my mind and body through emotional and physical challenges.

I live life to the fullest. When I'm not in the hot room, I spend all of my spare time with family and friends. We love hiking, camping and traveling together.

Favorite Quote: "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in people; for beautiful lips speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are not alone."-Audrey Hepburn

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LAURA PEREZ

HOT YOGA TEACHER, INFERNO HOT PILATES TEACHER

Hi, I'm Laura. I teach hot yoga. I graduated Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 and got certified to teach CrossFit in 2015. I'm originally from Houston, but I moved to San Antonio as quick as I could. I got my bachelors of arts at Trinity University in 2006, and I have a Master of Social Work from The University of Denver. I'm a social worker currently working for a Hospice agency in San Antonio.

I work out to keep myself healthy, so I'm better prepared to care for others in my life and career. I like to push my mind and body to new limits and goals constantly. I believe in setting a good example for my two boys, Dante and Manu. If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.Trying new things and taking risks is the only way to grow.

Some of my favorite things to do are: run, CrossFit, yoga. I love to eat at new local restaurants, and cook too. I love to search local craft beer and listen to live music. I juggle! In high school I was cast as a clown in my senior musical, "Barnum."

Favorite Book: Born to Run, Christopher McDougall

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Gabrielle Zabriskie

YOLK YOGA TEACHER, POWER YOGA TEACHER

I was born in Quebec City, Canada, where I grew up speaking French. I came to San Antonio in 2011, to work as a professional synchronized swimmer at SeaWorld. Since then, I retired from my athletic career and started a now successful synchro team in SA, The Aquarelles Synchro Club.

Being part of the Union community is one of the reason that kept me in San Antonio. First as a student then part of the staff in 2013 where I mastered the front desk greeting our students. I graduated as a yoga teacher from the Open Hand Institute in October 2016. Teaching yoga has been one of the most empowering experience in my life. I always look forward to it and admire our students being so dedicated to their practice, showing up and working hard every time!

I'm proud to say that becoming a mother has changed my entire perspective on life. It's help me become much more attentive and compassionate to others. I had to slow down, and reorganize my priorities, which brought me to make the commitment to myself to be present, and practice gratitude every day.

Favorite Quote: "I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude." -Brene Brown

Anna Lambrou

Anna Lambrou

HOT YOGA TEACHER, INFERNO HOT PILATES TEACHER

Anna was born in Torreon, Mexico. She has a brother named Vanggelis, who is her best friend ever. As children, their father took them to Greece to visit their family. As a young adult, Anna decided to study a degree as a Montessori teacher. She loves the philosophy of life that involves this way of learning. She stayed in Perugia, Italy where she studied for 4 years, with the intent of later opening a school.

Life changed, however, and she got married. She and her husband Luis moved to Mexico City, where she worked as a Montessori teacher, and later had two children: Alexa and Luis. The family moved many times, because of her husband's work. After a lot of years of this nomadic life she finally came to San Antonio and began this practice by chance. She used to run a lot; all the races and marathons she could! But eventually Anna got injured, and she turned to yoga. She came into the torture chamber at the Huebner Oaks studio for the very first time and got hooked since the first day, from top to bottom, coccyx to the toes.

Her yoga journey has been a long one, and it means a lot to her. She found a place where her mind is at peace and active at the same time. After three years of practice, Anna is certain she will keep this lifestyle forever! She finally found herself and has focused her view of life and how to live it. Tears, laughs, madness, fear... Amazing! The most wonderful experience was Teacher Training Spring 2014. Now, a yoga teacher, she is ready to begin a new life!

Favorite Quote: "Sé paciente. Dale tiempo al tiempo. Que este acomodará las cosas en el momento en que tengan que llegar.--Panayotis Lambrou" -Anna’s dad

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Kat Sargologos

HOT YOGA TEACHER, POWER YOGA TEACHER, INFERNO HOT PILATES

Hi, I’m Kat. I’m a yoga and Pilates teacher. I graduated from the Raja Yoga Academy, hot yoga training and Power Yoga Baptiste Level 1, Journey into Power series. I’m from San Antonio. I went to college in Chicago. I love teaching and motivating people. I believe that everyone has limitless power and potential. I enjoy hiking, walking with my dog, kayaking and anything involving water and friends. I’m super nerdy. I love Harry Potter and anti-establishment music like System of a Down and Pink Floyd. Secretly, I’m a pretty girly. I absolutely love hot pink and glitter.

Favorite Quote: “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you.” -Dr. Seuss

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Stacey Pape

POWER YOGA, YOLK, and RESET TEACHER

Stacey loves the balance, energy, strength and healing that this yoga, CrossFit and community has brought to her life. Within weeks after having her second back surgery in January 2005 she was in extreme pain again, but luckily found this yoga in April 2005, she knew immediately it would change her life. This yoga has been such a huge part of healing in so many areas of her life ever since, but especially in her physical pain. The CrossFit is helping her to feel stronger, happier and more energetic everyday.

Stacey decided that the corporate world wasn’t for her any longer and began pursuing her dreams in life. She started her photography business, Stacey Anne Photography, in May of 2009 and joined The Union family in April of 2010. Working within her two passions, and being in such a great, supportive environment makes her feel very happy and blessed. Next on her list of accomplishments… Teacher Training? … CrossFit Certification? Until then, you can find Stacey taking photos around the studios, keeping up with all of our social media and smiling behind the front desk at all three of our studios, greeting all of the eager students ready to take class!

Stacey is also…. addicted to her chap stick/lip-gloss (you’ll never see her without it). She LOVES coffee and dark chocolate. She is a movie junkie (and tends to quote them). Stacey always wants to learn as much as she can about health in general and her two biggest passions in life.

Share your smile with people today; someone might really need it to help brighten their day.

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Lisa Preston

POWER YOGA TEACHER, MAT PILATES TEACHER

I started practicing yoga 20 years ago as a travel photographer. My first interest was to find a way to exercise while on the road but little did I know the treasure yoga would give to me. I found that daily practice kept me agile for a physically demanding job but it also changed my soul. It made me feel centered and emotionally grounded. I was hooked! After years of practice, I took a Jivamukti vinyasa teacher training in 2007 and for the last 11 years I have been teaching in both a class setting as well as privately. I enjoy constantly learning about the body. I find deep satisfaction guiding people through breath based and heart-centered classes to feel more freedom in their bodies and release stress. I believe in the human capacity to evolve, to grow and to make the world a better place - even if it’s simply through our own revitalized presence.

On a personal note, I am a recent NY transplant. I have a smart, kind teenager which either means I did something right or hit the jackpot. I love spending time in nature and although I generally eat like a monk I love tacos and margaritas! Life can be hard at times but I am always hopeful that good will prevail, so one of my favorite mantras is short and sweet...

Favorite Quote: "Dum Spiro Spero" ....Latin for While I breathe, I hope.

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Trevor Gagnon

COACH

Hi I’m Trevor, a fitness instructor here at the Union. My fitness journey began at the age of seven in my home town of Edmonton, Canada when I became a competitive gymnast. When I was fifteen I was asked to perform tumbling in the local opera. That began my career as a professional acrobat that would span twenty-three years and take me around the world. While I have retired from full-time performing, I still work as an artistic director, manager and coach in the world of professional circus and occasionally still perform.

When i’m not working or at the gym, I love to ride my road bike, play the guitar or tour breweries, distilleries and Mexican restaurants around the world.

I love to bring a slightly more gymnastic approach to functional fitness while maintaining the technical aspects of weightlifting.

Fitness should be something that you enjoy for the same reasons that you enjoy your hobbies: Because it’s fun, fulfilling and enjoyed with people you care about. I hope to bring those aspect to your classes!

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Valanna Bulner

COACH, INFERNO PILATES TEACHER

Valanna is an instructor with a love and passion for people, health, and fitness. Blown away with the challenge and versatility offered by body resistant training, she has been passionate about TRX since her first class in 2012. Experiencing the quick results and positive changes in core strength first hand within 3-6 classes, she soon became certified in 2013 and achieved two more certifications in 2014; including the RIP Trainer. After suffering from back issues, she gained a new perspective in her teaching style. Her approach is hands on for muscle mind connection while focusing on attention to detail with form, technique and emphasis on modifications.

She has been a hot room enthusiast since her first class in Alamo Heights in 2002. She says “It was definitely love at first sweat!” When she’s not teaching or sweating with you, you’ll find her spending time with family, friends or out by a pool. She has been married to her husband Sam for 24 years and they have two boys together.

I live by this quote “See the light in others and treat them as if that’s all you see” Dr. Wayne Dryer

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Tiffany Peche

COACH, KETTLE BELL QUEEN

Tiffany was born and raised in San Antonio and is happily married to the love of her life. Together they have 4 beautiful kids and 4 adorable fur babies. She loves helping people change their body, mind, and relationship with fitness.

Tiffany didn’t grow up playing sports and didn’t think of herself as athletic or fit. She was introduced to fitness after her last child was born. She found that her body wasn’t able to “bounce back” like before. On top of that, she became very depressed and ashamed of how she both looked and felt. At that point she knew she had to do something. So she decided to join a gym that offered group fitness classes and at that moment her life was forever changed.

After Tiffany’s transformation, she grew a yearning to help others. After a lot of learning, training and several certifications later, she began teaching and coaching fitness and bootcamp classes. Her speciality is in Kettlebell training which is her true passion. What began as a personal goal to look and feel better both inside and out, completely evolved into a passion and mission to support and guide others to do the same. She loves learning and growing as a student of the fit life and helping others grow as well.

Tiffany is also a permanent makeup artist and owns Zalia’s Permanent Makeup. Her focus is to build confidence in both men and women especially those who have lost their brow hair to cancer or other health conditions.

All in all, she loves helping people and she truly believes ‘there is more happiness in giving, than there is in receiving’. -Acts 20:35