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Meet Sarah Zedler, our newest teacher

Sarah Zedler is a longtime friend of ours and she is working to complete her YogaFit certification.  Below, she shares some photos and thoughts about her certification class, along with her personal yoga story. Come welcome her at the studio!

Pam Rosenthal-Assistant Instructor, Sarah Zedler-Trainee, Dr. Linda

YogaFit brought Master Trainer Dr. Linda Rowe to Fort Worth for an 18 -hour training seminar September 10th and 11th. Dr. Rowe is a YogaFit  RYT 500 Senior Master Trainer and licensed chiropractic physician. She is the creator of YogaFit’s 300 Hour Therapy Program, star and author  of YogaFit’s YogaBack(tm) DVD and has been with the company since 1998. Almost thirty instructors/trainees participated. YogaFit vinyasa  yoga is part of the hatha tradition and emphasizes doing yoga safely and creating an experience free of judgment and competition. The training overed principles of spinal alignment, creating a compassionate atmosphere in the classroom, and a detailed explanation of foundational poses in yoga.

My name is Sarah Zedler, and after practicing yoga around Fort Worth for ten years, participating in a training that emphasizes the biomechanics of yoga was perfect for me! Dr. Rowe was able to explain why injuries occur as well as teach us how to keep our students safe. I am so excited to ring this knowledge and the YogaFit method to the mat!

Here’s my yoga story. After getting married in 2000, moving Fort Worth (a large city to me), getting a new job, and dealing with my husband’s passive-aggressive dog, running on the treadmill just wasn’t providing enough stress relief anymore. I signed up for a lunchtime yoga class at the downtown YMCA and have been practicing yoga ever since. Now that I’m a mom, I’ve become passionate about core strength and ways to engage and strengthen the muscles so we can lift our kids, our grocery sacks, or our CrossFit weights while protecting our lower backs. Fitness has always been so much a part of my life that I’m not myself without it. I’ve been a college basketball player, martial artist, kickboxer, barre student, and yogi. My passion is to help my students feel empowered and joyful when they practice yoga.


Headstand tutorial

Antother great mini-tutorial by Brandt yoga instructor Cherie Schooley! This one is a step-by-step guide to getting up into headstand. Enjoy!

Welcome to a new teacher!

Come and welcome our new teacher, Tara Galindo! She will teach our Monday evening 6:15 class. Tera believes that yoga will bring you strength, focus, flexibility, and healing to body, mind & spirit.  She began teaching in 2001 at the Ryan Family YMCA and volunteer teaches at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church to support the local missions.  Tera received training from YogaFit and is mid way through her 200-hour yoga instructor certification from the Living Yoga Program in Austin.  She teaches a restorative Vinyasa flow class. She has experience as a social worker, school teacher, fitness instructor for Silver Sneakers, Pilates, KidFit, Muscle Mix & Cardio- Step classes.

Free Day of Yoga pictures

Our D/FW Free Day of Yoga event at the Magnolia Green was fantastic! Five Brandt instructors (Cherie Schooley, Ashleigh Burns, Tripp Miller, Jamie Merritt and Sarah McClellan-Brandt) led and assisted a class of 56 people at 9 a.m. in 70-degree weather. Thanks to our photographer Paul Marsello for shooting these great photos!

Recovery yoga after overhead squats and burpees

Check out Brandt yoga instructor and avid crossfitter Cherie Schooley in this short session designed to help crossfitters recover from a tough overhead squat and burpee workout. This is also appropriate for anyone in need of a quick shoulder/hip opener.

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Prison Yoga Project

The other teachers who came to Carswell with me that day (they are all Kundalini instructors, hence the white) and Janie (in blue).

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the Prison Yoga Project at the Carswell women’s prison (otherwise known as the Federal Medical Center Carswell).  When project organizer Janie Portele first approached me about the project, I’ll admit I was a little apprehensive. I had no idea what to expect, but as I thought about it I realized I couldn’t think of a place more in need of yoga. We had to do a four-hour volunteer orientation weeks before actually doing any teaching, which was really interesting.  Once we got to the prison, we were separated into groups. Two instructors went to the camp area (which I believe is a lower-security portion of the prison), two went to the hospital area and I went to the admin area, which is the high-security portion. After signing a form, going through a metal detector, getting a visitors badge, and making my way through five or six heavily locked doors with an armed guard (who was present during the full hour), I was finally with my class. Three women attended. After an hour of slow flow and a long savasana, they thanked me profusely. I felt a little sad as I left… I didn’t know what was in store for the rest of their evening, but I was glad that I was able to help them get their minds off of their situations, even if for just an hour. When I teach my regular classes I part ways with my students as they go home to families and nice dinners, so leaving students to an evening in a cell felt different.  As I drove home that night, their extreme gratefulness for one hour of yoga really stuck with me…and made me realize that I take my studio classes, fun events like Wanderlust and at-home DVDs and online yoga sessions a little bit for granted. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have access to any sort of yoga instruction at my disposal.

I’m only scheduled for one more month this year, but hope that the project keeps going and we can get more instructors interested. We are only allowed to go in one Thursday of each month, but hopefully someday that can be expanded. If you are a yoga instructor and are interested in participating, please contact Janie at


New Schedule!

As of Monday, May 9, our schedule will change! Check out the new classes!

Monday: 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm:  Hatha/Vinyasa Flow with Ashleigh Burns.

Tuesday: 12:15 pm to 1 pm Flow/Yin with Cherie Schooley, 5:45 pm to 6:45 p.m. Hatha/Vinyasa Flow with Jamie Merritt

Wednesday: 5:15 to 6:15 Hatha/Vinyasa Flow with Tripp Miller, 6:15 to 7:15 Hatha/Vinyasa Flow with Sarah McClellan-Brandt

Thursday: 12:15 pm to 1 pm Flow/Yin with Cherie Shooley and 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm  Hatha/Vinyasa Flow with  Josh Santiago or Cherie Schooley

Friday: no classes scheduled

Saturday: 9 am to 10 am Hatha/Vinyasa Flow with Sarah McClellan-Brandt and 11:15 am Recovery Yoga with Sarah McClellan-Brandt or Tripp Miller