Teachers

At our studio we try to cater all different types of yoga and practitioners . Therefore, we have a talented bunch of experienced teachers offering variety of classes. We aim to help people achieve what they want by making yoga fun, creative, relaxing, empowering, healing and challenging. To each his own.


Ying Yang
I was a model in China for more than a decade. High fashion, glamor, and fitness have been a part of my life since I started modeling as a teenager. I enjoyed the life of a model, but I disliked the stereotyped labels that came with being a model. In order to escape I turned to yoga. Yoga is what became my savior. It gave me the peace of mind I was craving and brought about a conscious transformation in my life. The more I practiced yoga, the more I fell in love with it.

I opened Ying Yoga studio to share my love of yoga with other people and help them see how yoga can be their savior in some way. The highlight of Ying Yoga studio is our non fussy atmosphere and facility that feels like your at home. Our diverse and excellent teachers add ease, humor, and delight to the classes with stories and unique personalities. My vision for Ying Yoga is to create a community about love, yoga, art, and music. Come practice with us! Learn to breathe and move through yoga asanas properly! My goal is for you to leave class super sweaty and feeling like you released a good bit.

Thank you so much to our entire little yoga community! Without each one of you the studio would not exist! So much gratitude in my heart to be able to practice yoga together!

Grace Park
After realizing her passion for Yoga, Grace jumped on a plane to India to go straight to the heart and soul of where yoga originated to begin training with the Yoga Gurus. Since receiving her instructor certification through Yoga Alliance, Grace relocated to Seoul, Korea where she not only continued gaining mastery of yoga instruction, but also pursued her newfound passion of aerial yoga by founding her own aerial yoga class. Further combined with Grace’s experiences teaching different styles of yoga such as Vinyasa, Hatha, Gentle, Ashtanga, and kids aerial yoga, Grace has developed a practice that provides exceptional yoga instruction to individuals of all levels and backgrounds. Although each aspiring yoga student will receive personalized instruction during group class sessions, Grace also loves accommodating yoga instruction for targeted feedback and improvement through one-one-one sessions. Now, as a newlywed, Grace finds herself ready to share her love and passion for yoga with the Greater Austin community.

Jackie Ey
Jackie Ey began her yoga practice in 2001 while attending Texas Tech University as a collegiate golfer to help strengthen her body and increase her flexibility. Later on, she worked as a personal trainer specializing in corrective/functional exercise realizing how much yoga truly benefits all movement patterns. In early 2013, she completed Jonny Kest’s LifePower RYT 200-hour certification and smoothly transitioned herself into the teaching community. She is currently working on her RYT 500 and hopeful to get an additional degree in nursing.  On the mat, she brings her passion for mind-body awareness, guiding students to discover themselves in a new light, encouraging them that anything can be done with practice and patience. Knowing the importance of proper engagement, she focuses her attention on a strong foundation and core but keeps her practice light and fun.

David Daigle
I am a spiritual, electrical, unlimited being and a seeker of truth. I love yoga and I love connecting. Teaching yoga is a way to have both. Some one once told me the path to enlightenment is through breath and posture. This resonates with me. Yoga has so many opportunities to breath deep and sit up straight. Outside of yoga I work for Travis County as a Firefighter/EMT. It is an honor to serve my community. Yoga and Firefighting do not feel like work. They are something I love.

Amber Fowler
My name is Amber and I thankfully found yoga a little over 10 years ago. I completed my 200 hour teacher training at Black Swan Yoga 6 years ago. When I first began to practice yoga, I only did it for the physical aspect. I was in one or two car accidents growing up that really messed my head and back up. I developed minor scoliosis, my back was in an S shape, I had 3 or 4 vertebrae that stuck out in the middle of my back to the point where I couldn’t lie comfortably on my back, I had constant car sickness and headaches, I had insomnia, I developed a short term memory problem, and consequently depression. I tried going to chiropractors and specials for years to help, but they would only temporarily relieve the pain. After one full year of constantly practicing yoga, my spine was COMPLETELY straight, I had no abnormal pains, no headaches, I could sleep, and best of all I WAS HAPPY AGAIN. By this point, I knew there was a much deeper meaning to yoga than just the physical. I began to have a real connection with the world, myself, and reconnected with God through yoga/mediation. Since then I’ve studied Reiki (level 1) as well as practice massage techniques during yoga to deepen the intensity (depending if you want more spiritual or physical). I know my purpose on this earth is to be a healer and to help others. I am not here for myself. I am merely an empty vessel that He so graciously fills me up SO full that I can’t help but spill onto others. Yoga and meditation can change your life if you let it and I am so honored to be apart of your journey. I love how powerful and moving music can be and I enjoy using that as a tool to spark something on the inside, maybe open something up. I haven’t studied chakras too thoroughly but I have experienced mine opening up and others. It is a very intense and amazing emotional release. And It is totally OKAY (actually encouraged) to cry in my class, I WILL cry with you. I became empathic after I had my baby 4 years ago. It’s a beautiful gift that helps guide me to those in need. So please, if you do not want to be touched/adjusted during class let me know beforehand.

John Molacek
I started doing yoga as a way to connect with my wife, Every day since, I believe I have increased my connection with my wife, myself and to many others around me. Yoga start off as a physical activity to gain strength and endurance and has evolved into a way of life that has given me balance and perspective. Every stage of life has its own unique challenges and I believe that my journey with yoga has increased my enjoyment of each moment. I will be forever thankful for the opportunity that has been given to me. Completion of my Yoga training with Ying in the summer of 2020 has been a culmination of joy and gratitude.

Katie Defalco
Hi my name is Katie, I was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. After high school I moved to New York, NY to study musical theater at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. I started doing yoga in 2013 after the birth of my first child. I had just moved from Chicago, IL to Raleigh, NC and I was looking for a new routine and way to get back in shape. I had friends that recommend I try yoga. I went into it thinking it would be a great workout with a lot of stretching, which it was, but what I hadn’t expected was the calming euphoric feeling I had at the end of class. In 2015 we moved to Austin and it wasn’t until I found Ying Yoga, and the studios amazing community of Yogi’s in the Fall of 2017, that I knew I needed to integrate yoga into my life as much as possible.

After about two and a half years of steady practice as a student I was excited to be apart of Ying Yoga’s first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. I’m excited to share my passion and love of yoga with you! My goal is to guide my classes in a way that allows everyone to walk out of class feeling proud of what they accomplished on their mat and feeling gratitude for their body, mind, and spirit! Namaste.

Simon Apunte
“The path is calling, we need no destination. Love is the path, it has no destination.” – Nomi

Hello :)! My name is Simon! I’m here to spread love and light in this world. My path to Yoga truly started as I opened myself up to the need and want of healing energy. The practice and the work, through all the infinite sources of Yoga, has completely changed my life in the best way possible.

As an Army Veteran, I’ve found a calling to help other Veterans and First responders– by sharing these Yoga practices at no cost.  If I could give one gift to my brothers and sisters in arms, to help save a life, that gift would be Yoga.

Smile Owen
Yoga is important part of Smile’s life. Every time she steps on the mat she feels safe, joyful and grounding. After years practice she able to transition asana cultivates awareness, concentration into realistic life. With this knowledge she completed 200hrs Teacher Training in 2015 and Within the life calling to serve others she completed the 500 hours advanced teacher training with Mark Stephen in 2020 as continue education.

As yoga instructor her passion and life calling are to share the practice with others. Lead them to discover more on the mat than just physical exercise and take those benefits to apply it to their daily life so they can find their own inner peace, happiness and also learn how to enjoy life in more meaningful way

Shirley Barrick

Shirley S Barrick, RN, BSN, RPYT
I am a retired nurse who worked a long career in different aspects of woman’s health care. When I decided to become a yoga teacher I knew I also wanted to keep working with women so I completed an additional training in prenatal yoga. I have now had the pleasure of working with many expectant moms and have learned the real value of prenatal classes. It is not just a physical practice, it is so much more. The women support one another, feel free to express feelings and concerns and often form friendships that continue after their baby is born. It is my pleasure to provide the class format that supports both the physical and emotional needs of the clients.

Ami Stewart

Ami Stewart
“Yoga” means “connection.” As we all emerge from a year of change, we are all craving more connections. A yoga community like Ying Yoga is a blessing. A welcoming smile, an instructive touch, a heartfelt hug constantly confirm that we are where we are supposed to be.

In 2000, I sat at the feet of my first teacher to become a registered yoga teacher. My practice has always been heavily influenced by the respected lineage of Ashtanga. My strongest connection is to my teacher Jonny Kest. I recertified my 200 Hours in his style, became a yoga teacher trainer faculty, and then received my 500 hour designation with him in Michigan in 2015. As per his request (and by his strong example) I have attended Vipassana Meditation course several times.

In 2017, I moved to central Mexico for fun and adventure. When I found an amazing studio, I repeated another 200 hour certification (in Spanish!) While the vocabulary is different, the meaning is still clear- connection. My dog and I decided to return back to Austi for COVID and now I am happy to connect with you here.