Becky Lloyd is the director of the Audubon Yoga Studio and is an Intermediate Junior III certified Iyengar yoga instructor. She is also a Certified Yoga Therapist through IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists).
Becky is a dedicated Iyengar yoga practitioner. For over 20 years she has been deepening her yoga practice by studying with the Iyengar family at their Institute in Pune, India, as well with Senior Iyengar teachers Rebecca and Dean Lerner, Randy Just and Patricia Walden. Karin O'Bannon was her mentor for six years. Becky has mentored several students who have become certified Iyengar teachers.
Becky playfully balances the precise nature of Iyengar yoga with the wisdom offered in the yoga sutras. She received a BA in music and considers the sequencing of asanas for each class much like a composition in which the body and mind are taken through stages of movement and stability with the goal of connecting with our Divine nature. She calls this approach ‘Divine Play’ and it has continued to be the focus at Audubon Yoga Studio, which she opened in 2000. She is passionate about providing a safe and accessible space for everyone at any stage in their life, regardless of ability or previous experience.
Becky finds joy and inspiration in nature while traveling, camping, and bird watching. New Orleans has been her home since 1987. She lives with her fiancé, her Catahoula and two cats.
Casey Love began her study of Iyengar yoga in 2000. She assisted at the studio early on and began teaching in 2002. She is a dedicated practitioner and easily shares her enthusiasm for Iyengar yoga with her students. When she's not teaching yoga, she is a professor of political science and the director of the Altman Program in International Studies and Business at Tulane University. She has two sons and is a founding member of the fabulous Camel Toe Lady Steppers. Casey received her Junior Intermediate I Iyengar yoga teacher certification in 2013.
Geraldine, originally from Argentina, moved to New Orleans via Los Angeles in 2012. She worked in the film industry for two decades, which took her all over the world. She also began exploring various traditions of yoga in 1995 and became devoted to the Iyengar tradition in 2008. While working on a film in New Orleans in 2012, she met her husband and has deepened her commitment to studying and teaching Iyengar yoga while settling into the New Orleans community. Her primary teachers are Becky Lloyd, Randy Just, Heide Grace, and Gabriella Giubilaro. She has been an active participant in the teacher training program with Randy since 2014. Geraldine works with ceramics in partnership with her husband creating living sculptures (planters) and functional pieces. She finds that the practice of yoga and working with clay helps her to achieve stability, flexibility and contentment within her life. Geraldine is a Certified Iyengar yoga teacher.
Solange da Silva Gonske
Solange da Silva Gonske began her study of Iyengar Yoga after Hurricane Katrina, in 2005. This new practice helped her cope with many changes in her life and in the city of New Orleans. As she became a more dedicated practitioner she started to study with various Senior Iyengar teachers throughout the United States. Solange has participated in teacher trainings with Lois Steinberg, Chris Saudek, Mary Obendorfer and Eddy Marks and is currently our teacher training program with Randy Just at Audubon Yoga Studio. She has a bachelor's degree in Health Promotion and Physical Education, adores teaching elementary students and loves practicing yoga with her son and husband. Solange is a Certified Iyengar yoga teacher.
Priscilla began practicing Iyengar Yoga in 1997. She has been studying with Becky at Audubon Yoga since 2001 and has been in the teacher training with Randy Just since 2015. She has also studied with Dean and Rebecca Lerner and Gabriella Guibilaro for many years. She is drawn to the precision and subtlety of the practice as well as the philosophy which sustains it. In her previous life, Priscilla went to law school and was a merchant on Magazine St. She lives with her husband and is lucky to have her two adult daughters close by. Priscilla is a Certified Iyengar yoga teacher.
Kathy O’Shaughnessy has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 2002. As a young adult, Kathy came to New Orleans from St. Louis, Missouri, in the mid 1960s. For over 30 years, she has been the administrator at a French Quarter art gallery. Before that she had an odd assortment of professions, including Catholic Sister, auto mechanic, school bus driver and house painter. She has five beautiful grandsons, a dynamic daughter and a loving son, all of whom give her great happiness. It is they, as well as yoga, she says, that give her life meaning and purpose. Kathy received her Introductory Iyengar yoga teacher certification in 2013. She is also a Certified Yoga Therapist through IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists).
Sabrina Evans Schmidt began her study of yoga in 2005. While living in Tennessee after Hurricane Katrina, she became a certified RYT. After moving back to St. Bernard Parish/New Orleans area in 2010, she continued an at-home practice and studied at various yoga studios around the city. After attending every yoga studio in the city (she and her husband visited one studio a day for one month!), her mind and body connected with the Iyengar tradition. She knew the Iyengar tradition would become a lifelong practice for the health of her mind and body, especially as they age. She has been an Iyengar student since 2013. Her primary teachers are Heide Grace, Becky Lloyd, Sharon Conroy, Randy Just, and Gabriella Giubilaro. She teaches in St. Bernard Parish and in New Orleans. Sabrina also works as an artist and graphic designer.
Mary Ann Travis
Mary Ann Travis has been teaching Iyengar yoga for more than 25 years. After many years of teaching yoga at Newcomb College, she apprenticed with Becky at Audubon Yoga Studio in 2009-2010. She has been a dedicated participant in the Audubon Yoga teacher-training program which Karin O'Bannon and Becky began in 2009. She has continued in the teacher-training program at Audubon Yoga Studio with Randy Just, completing her seventh year in 2015. She has attended many workshops over the years with senior Iyengar teachers and is dedicated to sharing the joys and challenges of Iyengar yoga with her students. She has a full-time job as writer and editor at Tulane University. She has a wonderful husband, three daughters and three grandchildren with one on the way. Mary Ann received her Introductory Iyengar yoga teacher certification in 2013. Mary Ann will make her first pilgrimage to Pune, India in January 2016!