Meet our yoga instructors
Jennie Pierce-Director of Summit Yoga
I had my first yoga experience in 2005 and hated it! Luckily, I tried again and found so many other styles of yoga in 2011 that I have been in love with yoga ever since. I went through yoga teacher training in 2011 and shortly after, in 2012, began training others to teach yoga. Teaching others in yoga teacher training has been the most fulfilling choice I ever made and I haven't looked back at any of my other jobs or my other lives since then. My favorite styles of yoga to teach are Hatha, Beginner-Friendly Vinyasas, Active Restoring/Resistance Stretching Yoga, Yin Yoga, and especially Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) classes at Summit! My favorite YTT subjects are Communication, Verbal Cueing/Teaching Methodologies, Meditation, Yoga Ethics, and watching the trainees teach in Practicum class.
laura satterfield- lead yoga instructor grapevine
tina ward- ytt faculty
Tina found yoga in 2011 as a way to maintain physical health and fitness. Soon after, she realized how monumental the practice became for her to relieve stress and depression. It wasn't until her practice had spiritually deepened 4 years later that she decided to complete her 200 hour RYT Yoga Alliance certification with Summit Climbing, Yoga & Fitness in Dallas, TX and has been teaching yoga ever since. In an effort to deepen her yoga philosophical knowledge, she further trained in the lineage of Sivananda and completed her additional 300 hour RYT Yoga Alliance certification with Namah Shivaya International School of Yoga in Dallas, TX.
jordan utter- ytt faculty
In addition to the classes I️ teach at Summit, I️ lead classes of other yoga modalities including aerial and kids aerial, goat, pre and post natal, mom and me, kids and private lessons and work at a massage therapist. The classes I teach are designed to help students, discover their innate ability to rewire, realign, refresh and restore. I believe deeply in the law of attraction, the power of the mind to manifest, and true love, so I do not see it as a coincidence that you are reading this bio right now. Each student is my teacher and I look forward to learning about your unique journey. You can find me around town practicing aerial arts and pole fitness, riding my bike with Emerson, rock climbing and reading educational and empowering books.
RYT-500, Pre & Post Natal certified, Licensed Massage Therapist, YogaTales for Kids Instructor
Ariel is a full time yoga teacher specializing in Ashtanga Led Primary, Wall Ropes Yoga, and Vinyasa. Ariel holds dear the privilege of helping students to grow in their practice, to find peace inside themselves they can both keep and give away, and to uncover the best version of themselves through yoga. A dedicated student, Ariel has studied with renowned Ashtanga teachers authorized by Shri K Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois to deepen her knowledge and practice of Ashtanga yoga. She received an additional certification in Wall Ropes in Feb 2017.
Brenton Levi is a yoga teacher, biohacker, and future doctor of chiropractic. His classes focus on functional movement and the facilitation of somatic neuromuscular adaptation. With a teaching style that is fun, light hearted, and engaging, Brenton guides students through a practice designed to train the nervous system, strengthen the muscles, and mobilize the joints and connective tissue. As an avid learner, Brenton is always researching and implementing new modalities for mind-body optimization. You can find him teaching at 5pm on Mondays at Summit Yoga Denton!
I found yoga shortly after starting my PhD program in 2016. I found yoga to be the perfect amount of grounding and movement I needed to counteract the cognitive load of research. I was instantly drawn to vinyasa yoga especially tough, power flows incorporating unique poses and transitions. I finished my teacher training in August 2017, and started teaching at Summit Yoga shortly after that. I practice vinyasa yoga as well as acroyoga, and I occasionally do a little bit of SUP yoga when I need a dose of humility. My classes will give you a work out and make you sweat. They require a little bit of playfulness and the ability to laugh at yourself, but with consistent practice, you'll find yourself growing stronger and more flexible. So come meet me on your mat, and let's do work!
Hi I'm John Burns! I teach yoga at Summit Denton every Friday at noon. I am a pre-physical therapy major at UNT and enjoy biology and chemistry. See you this Friday!
Sarah MCDowell- Manager of Summit yoga, Lead instructor denton/fort worth
Sometimes I'll do something and I'll think to myself, "that is so Raven". Then other times I'll be like, "that was not very Raven."
bailey parrish- YTT Faculty
With Summit Climbing Yoga and Fitness since October 2014, Bailey Parrish is a RYT 500 YA certified yoga instructor, 5.11/V.4 climber, and a proud Summit YTT Faculty member. She is primarily interested in exploring more desirable ways to move and communicate about athletic performance and the body in general. She is grateful for the opportunity to combine her passion for education, yoga, and the climbing community at Summit and hopes to see you in class!
emily schmehl- ytt faculty
Brian's yoga style is keen awareness of alignment and strength in every pose. An important aspect of teaching for him is to get students into poses that counter this forward-flexed world in which we live. His goal is to help others learn how to balance their body and mind through the practice of yoga and breath; giving them tools to counter life's stresses and to play an active part in their own well-being.
My name is Rachel Cole and I teach vinyasa style yoga and hip and shoulder opening yoga here at Summit. I started practicing yoga five years ago to reduce stress while serving in the Marine Corps, and it has been a part of my life ever since. I earned my 200 hr RYT with Blue Fire Yoga in February 2016. I started out teaching yoga for members of the military community and currently teach for Summit. I like working with rock climbers because I truly enjoy the energy, enthusiasm, and dedication they bring to class.
After being a ballet dancer for many years, I turned to yoga for exercise because it felt like a natural fit. Little did I know that yoga would be so much more than exercise. After practicing yoga for 5+ years, I decided to take yoga teacher training with the sole intention of deepening my practice. I ended up loving the teaching part of it so much that I immediately started teaching upon earning my RYT 200 certification in 2016 from Karmany Yoga Dallas. I teach alignment-based vinyasa in public and private class settings. My classes are fun and light, and we never take ourselves too seriously. As a student of yoga myself, I know how important it is to continue learning from not only my own teachers but also from my students. Off the mat, I still enjoy the occasional ballet class as well as being a wife and the puppy-mom of two adorable Siberian Huskies.
I got into yoga through a family friend at the age of 12, I loved the way it made me feel and knew that I had found a passion I wanted to share with others! I did my teacher training at age 19 and now at age 24 I still adore every aspect of the practice
Paula recently retired from the Military, after serving 24 years as a Combat Medic. After multiple combat tours, Paula began practicing yoga to heal her broken mind, body, and spirit, and became a Registered Yoga Teacher to share the transformative power of yoga with others. Paula’s classes are a unique mind-body integrative experience, challenging her students physically, while nourishing them emotionally and spiritually.
E-RYT, YACEP, ACE Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
Leigha mccathren- lead instructor dallas/carrollton
Growing up in the dance world, I’ve always used movement as a creative outlet. I first found Yoga when I was battling depression during my freshman year of college. I wandered into my first class not knowing what to expect, but I immediately fell in love with the practice. I loved that it gave me the tools I needed to heal myself from the inside out - what an empowering feeling! I quickly realized that I had a deep desire to help others do the same thing. So, I went through my 200hr teacher training (shout out Summit Yoga YTT) and graduated with my RYT 200 certification in April 2017. I’ve been teaching ever since and I love every minute of it!
Stephanie cabezza- ytt faculty
megan presley- ytt faculty
Megan Presley started her yoga practice at the age of sixteen in an attempt to relieve herself from chronic pain after many ineffective doctor's visits. She found much relief from a restorative yin practice and immensely benefited from a meditation practice. She began practicing Vipassana mediation in the summer of 2016 and has become very active in the community since. By combining meditation, yoga, nutrition and physical therapy, Megan is now free from her chronic pain. Currently, Megan is a pre-medical student majoring in Nutrition at Texas Woman's University. She aspires to become physician who focuses on holistic care.
I graduated from Summit's 200 hour YTT in the winter of 2016 and have been teaching at the Grapevine location ever since. I teach Core Fusion Vinyasa and Slow Flow Vinyasa every Thursday evening, and Vinyasa on Saturday mornings. When I'm not teaching yoga, you can find me building things at the various gyms. Come say hello!
RYT-200, Licensed Massage Therapist
My name is Becca and I’m a 500 hour registered yoga instructor with over four years of teaching experience. I am also a graphic designer, artist, nature-lover, and a general weirdo, but yoga instructor is my most honorable and fulfilling title. I started practicing yoga over five years ago and I would have never guessed that I was beginning such an epic journey. It grows more profound with every class I teach. I am extremely passionate and dedicated to my practice. Teaching yoga brings me immeasurable joy that I get to share that with others! I strongly believe that yoga has so much to offer in mind, body, and spirit, and I intend is to emphasize all of those benefits in my classes.
Welcoming, knowledgeable, and creative, with a deep appreciation for the healing and transformative power of yoga, I aim to utilize the knowledge earned from over 18 years of personal yoga practice with my background in art and design — and a touch of humor -- to guide people of all ages and abilities to living their fullest, happiest life. My classes aim to be dynamic, fun, thoughtfully-sequenced, and set to a great soundtrack. My goal for each class is to engage and challenge, build strength while preventing injury, deepen awareness, and always to make people smile. In my spare time, I’m a professional fashion designer, volunteer in the arts, play on a trivia team, and enjoy solo road trips.
RYT-200 Yoga Alliance