“In this place of love, all things are possible”

− Baron Baptiste

The Roots of Half Moon Power Yoga

In the middle of our studio floor stands a tall and strong tree. Pinned to this tree are notes known as intentions, left by students and instructors who have found peace and strength during their yoga practice. Sharing these intentions helps our students and instructors define who they want to become in this world and how they will realize this desire.

OUR CORE VALUES

LOVE

LOVE

We define love as a powerful combination of compassion, support, respect and relationship – all in their most genuine forms. In this place of love, all things are possible.

CONNECTION

CONNECTION

Through connection and physical touch, we strengthen the vital connections that impact one’s physical, spiritual, and emotional experiences. We will always encourage connections between clients, teachers, management, and our community.

COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY

We want our community to grow and experience the compassion, acceptance and friendship that we foster in our studio. We also believe in the power of community outreach. We are passionate about helping our community through acts of service and different volunteer opportunities.

TRANSFORMATION

TRANSFORMATION

Each transformation is personal and it is our responsibility to create an atmosphere that fosters these unique experiences. It is also our responsibility to offer engaging, challenging and emotional opportunities that result in revolutionary transformations.

Baptiste Yoga

Baptiste Yoga™ was founded in the 1940′s by Walt Baptiste and remains accessible to anyone today who is looking for personal transformation. Much of the physical aspects of the Baptiste Yoga™ style are inspired by the Hatha Yoga teachings of Krishnamacharya and his students Iyengar and Desikachar, whom Baron Baptiste studied with personally from a young age.

The Baptiste Yoga™ practice is designed to empower you with the focus, training and insight you need to achieve consistent profound results in the most important areas of your life. A potent physical yoga practice, meditation practice and active self inquiry are used as tools of transformation and possibility. The Baptiste Yoga™ practice supports you to raise your vitality and physical power, and will empower you to create accelerated results in your overall body strength and confidence. 

Baptiste Yoga™ is practiced by people across the world and from all walks of life; from professional athletes; parents, teachers, Fortune 500 executives, and community leaders. Living the practice and using the tools of Baptiste Yoga™ you can truly experience the powerful momentum that comes from living life at the peak.

The Baptiste Methodology™ allows for real results in an astonishingly short amount of time. People often notice and comment that they are amazed that such potent and concrete results can be produced so quickly. In addition to its down to earth and “non-guru-like” teachers, Baptiste Yoga™ is known for the quality of its self-assured, proactive students, the illustriousness and significant contributions to society and community of its program alumni.

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OUR TEAM

  • MICHELLE HAMILTON
    MICHELLE HAMILTON ERYT-500, YACEP, TIER 2 CERTIFIED BAPTISTE POWER YOGA EDUCATOR

    Michelle, an RYT-200 and owner of Half Moon Power Yoga, leads a breath-focused class that strengthens the body and balances the mind. In her classes, students learn to practice with grace on the mat and to live by grace off of the mat. Michelle embodies Half Moon Power Yoga’s passion for continuing one’s yoga education. As a ERYT, she has taught over 1000 hours, Michelle is a Baptiste Certified instructor and has completed a Baptiste Kid’s yoga certification. She is also a Reiki Master and provides training opportunities for those wanting to deepen their yoga practice and experience growth.

  • Sumerlin Larsen-Lesperance
    Sumerlin Larsen-Lesperance ERYT-200, YACEP, TIER 2 CERTIFIED BAPTISTE POWER YOGA EDUCATOR

    Sumerlin leads a fiery class, with loads of encouragement. Sumerlin’s goal is to help each student realize their full potential, knowing what we practice on the mat, follows us into life. Sumerlin believes community is instrumental to growth in one’s yoga practice, and meeting one’s goals, and therefore fosters connection in every class.

  • Patrick Mills
    Patrick Mills ERYT-500, TIER 3 CERTIFIED BAPTISTE POWER YOGA INFLUENCER, NASM CPT

    Patrick is a Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher, veteran, father and husband of 17 years.  He lives with a philosophy of never stop growing, Patrick brings to the community a zest for life and as a powerful teacher, he challenges his students to drop what they think they know and reach beyond into a life of possibility.

  • DIANE BENVENUTO
    DIANE BENVENUTO ERYT-200, YACEP, Baptiste Power Yoga Instructor Credential

    Diane Benvenuto challenges her classes to approach their yoga practice mindfully, to listen to their inner teacher and taking it one breathe at a time to reach their personal edge. Diane’s classes are encouraging, playful and upbeat offering different options to asanas to meet the needs of different bodies.

  • Colleen Carey
    Colleen Carey ERYT-200, YACEP

    For Colleen, yoga is about finding peace within chaos. It’s about learning how to face the challenges and discomforts you encounter on your mat with ease, so you can meet life off your mat with a smile.

    She fell in love with yoga because of all the different elements one faces in a class — challenges, doubt, love, laughter, tears, peace, clarity, and release. You will encounter these elements and more in her classes. Like she always says, “Remember it’s  a yoga practice, not a yoga perfect. So just show up on your mat, show up in your life, and be the best you can be.”

  • Josh Wilson
    Josh Wilson RYT-200, Baptiste Power Yoga Instructor Credential

    Josh is a passionate practitioner and powerful teacher. As a former college athlete, he enjoys a hot, rigorous practice, the benefits of mindfulness and the Baptiste Methodology. Josh shares these gifts/tools through his teaching.

    A kid at heart, Josh also enjoys sharing yoga with children in addition to adults.

  • Lauren Scott
    Lauren Scott RYT-200, Baptiste Power Yoga Instructor Credential

    An attorney by day, Lauren uses yoga to get out of her head and get on her mat.  She believes practicing yoga cultivates an essential mind-body connection.  She leads a Baptiste inspired class that focuses on being present and connecting to the power within each of us.

  • Molly Oczkowski
    Molly Oczkowski RYT-200

    After discovering yoga several years ago in the San Francisco bay area, Molly fell in love with the practice as a challenging and mindful activity with benefits that spill off the mat into our entire lives. She decided to deepen her practice and gain the ability to share it with others by going through Corepower’s yoga teacher training while living in Washington, DC, and has since been fulfilling her passion to help people discover their full potential mentally and physically through yoga. You’ll leave her classes sweaty, energized, and ready to take on the world.

  • Marijke Vela
    Marijke Vela RYT-200

    Originally from Switzerland, Marijke came to Texas via New York City. Marijke has taught various fitness group exercise classes since 1999. After experiencing Baptiste yoga, she fell in love with the practice and became a RYT instructor in 2015, She has taught Baptiste Power Yoga since. Marijke enjoys leading a rigorous class with a focus on “why” and “how” you move your body through the sequence of poses and will  leave you feeling restored, refreshed and alive.

    Marijke has attended the Baptiste Institute programs of Art of Assisting, Advanced Art Of Assisting, Art Of True North Alignment, All Day Immersion, and Perfectly Imperfect.

  • Susan Ogden
    Susan Ogden RYT-200

    Susan began taking yoga classes over 20 years ago in an attempt to heal shoulder injuries and plantar fasciitis.  Years of teaching weight training, spinning and swim lessons created an imbalance in muscles and joints that caused daily pain.  “Yoga made all the difference in bringing back balance to my body, mind and spirit.”  Susan completed yoga training with the American Council on Exercise,  Beryl Bender Birch,  and  David Williams.  In addition to studio classes, Susan taught yoga as part of a 3 year research study for cancer survivors.  Her Restoring Power class is adaptable to all body shapes, sizes and physical limitations.  Susan is a Physician Assistant, by day, working in family medicine.  She loves the opportunity to share yoga postures and mindfulness with her patients, also.

  • Shivani Barto
    Shivani Barto RYT-200

    Shivani is a dentist, but her true identity is more deeply rooted in yoga. She is passionate about all things wellness including nutrition, fitness, and sustainability. Since completing her 200 hour training in 2012, she has taught in various studio settings and has developed a unique teaching style. Join Shivani for a class and experience creative flows, involving a marriage of mobility and strength. She practices by the foundation that ‘motion creates emotion’ and moving your body with intentional breath is a powerful way to foster positivity. She hopes that her students leave every class with a refreshed sense of presence, gratitude, and growth.

  • Emily Shupe
    Emily Shupe RYT-200

    Emily believes in empowering others with a strong, creative yoga class.  Emily has her master’s degree in Nutrition and she combines yoga and nutrition to create healthy living practices.  Yoga has changed Emily’s life and she wants to support others on their journey to healthful living.  Emily also loves traveling, hiking, cooking, and being outdoors.  Her favorite food is pizza and her favorite travel destination is anywhere that is wild!

  • Alexia White
    Alexia White RYT-200

    A lover of all things fitness, Alexia stumbled upon her yoga journey at the time she needed it the most. What began as a desire to advance her practice, with HMPY’s  Power to Lead, quickly blossomed into a strong passion to guide students into their bodies and into each present moment with pranayama and mindful movement. Her highest aspiration is to light a fire in her students curiosity for their own abilities of awareness, insight, and strength. From vigorous creative sequencing to energetically animated kid’s yoga, Alexia effectively creates a safe and inclusive space where students of all levels and ages can challenge, empower, love and feel their bodies.

  • Kristel Perry
    Kristel Perry RYT-200, Baptiste Power Yoga Instructor Credential

    Kristel has over 10 years experience in various fitness activities, but has been a steady yogi for over 6 years. In addition to her 200 hour certification, Kristelis a Reiki Level 1 graduate and enjoys bringing the energy to her yoga practice. You can expect to be challenged, grow and definitely have fun in Kristel’s class! She has a zest for life and a positive spirit that is contagious.

  • Lindsay West
    Lindsay West
    A vital part of her own personal journey, is not just about practicing the physical postures or asanas, but a foundation and a way of being. Lindsay believes that what we do on our mat-carries over into everyday life. The yoga mat is a great place to practice those skills.
    Lindsay facilitates a powerful, creatively sequenced, and strong yoga flow—that will awaken her student’s inner spirit.
    As a mother of two inquisitive and beautiful young girls, Lindsay is passionate about mindfulness, movement, and nutrition in her own life and family. She carries those passions over into her yoga instruction.
    The goal and hope of every class, is that Lindsay’s students step off the mat feeling more physically, emotionally, and spiritually balanced, nourished, and relaxed.
  • Tasha Green
    Tasha Green RYT-200

    Tasha has a passion for meeting practitioners exactly where they are in life. She finds purpose in the partnership created to awaken possibility, both on and off the mat. When not teaching yoga, Tasha thrives as a professional makeup artist, a wife, and a mom to two awesome kiddos and two crazy pups.

  • Ashley Dwight
    Ashley Dwight RYT-200

    Ashley fell in love with yoga when she found her first Baptiste Power flow class in Seattle in 2007.  She immediately felt the potential of yoga to transform her life.  She has been committed to her physical, spiritual, and emotional growth through yoga since then.  She loves crafting unique playlists and sequences for her classes.  She aims to create space for her students to embrace and commit to the full healing potential of yoga.  Her hope is that her students realize and experience yoga for more than a workout but as a healing practice and a chance to meet and express their innate wholeness.  

TESTIMONIALS

  • Absolutely love this place! The instructors are fabulous, as is the atmosphere. You have to go check it out- there is a living tree in the studio that crackles and breathes with your flow!! Half Moon classes will give you a great workout and a positive mind!

    Jenna
    Jenna
  • Not only are the instructors excellent at what they do (the yoga), they enjoy it and have fun with it. HMPY has cultivated a family of sorts that invites everyone in. I have been to a lot of different studios, but this is by far my favorite. My practice has excelled, AND I feel at home here. #nomanleftout #communitylove

    Sarah
    Sarah
  • ...Half Moon Power Yoga not only helped me to relax more and work towards being in better overall health but HMPY greatly help to give me a sense of community and belonging that I needed being in a new city…

    Bill
    Bill

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