Adelle Brownlee Brewer
Owner, The Synergy Studio, Nia Somatic Educator + Trainer, Transformational Breath® Certified Coach + Trainer, JourneyDance™ Facilitator and Mentor, Reiki Sensei

Adelle Brownlee Brewer is a Nia 1st Degree Black Belt Certified Instructor + Trainer, Certified Transformational Breath® Coach + Trainer, JourneyDance™ Facilitator, Reiki Sensei, and Professional Fiber Artist. She has been dancing and teaching in the field of art for over 35 years.

Adelle teaches classic Nia, as well as Nia 5 Stages, an integrative movement class based on the five stages of human development: Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking. Practiced with awareness, these stages have the power to facilitate optimal alignment, improved function and increased comfort in the body. She leads Nia White Belt Intensives, designed for those who want to dive deeper in the practice, as well as for those who wish to teach.

Adelle is a Transformational Breath® Coach and Trainer, leading and coaching people in individual and group settings, as well as training in workshop and weekend events.  

Adelle is also a JourneyDance™ Facilitator, teaching classes, workshops, and supporting trainings of Toni Bergins, the creator of Journey Dance.

She offers workshops and presentations throughout the US and Mexico, as well as demonstrations for companies and special groups. Adelle also works with patients in pain management, women dealing with sexual trauma and eating disorders, as well as offering private instruction for those who want a more individualized experience.

The Synergy Studio offers over 50 classes a week in Nia, Yoga, Pilates, Journey Dance, HoopDance, Trainsformational Breath®, Tai Chi, Zumba, QiGong... the list goes on. The studio is home to Yoga Yoga Teacher Training, a hatha-based Yoga-Alliance certified school, and also serves as an educational center for Nia Technique and Transformational Breath® trainings. 

Adelle says... Get ready to shimmy, kick, sway, punch, laugh, breathe, and sing your way to health! Something for everyBody!

Adelle can be reached at

Christi Messer
Yoga and Pilates Instructor
RYT 200

Christi began her yoga practice in 1998 after years of searching for a way to be connected with authenticity and the desire to be naturally healthy. Since this time, not only has she seen her body respond positively to yoga asana and meditation when encountered with injury and pain, she has also seen many others improve their quality of life through its healing properties in both the studio and clinical settings. Yoga has become an essential discipline in her life that continuously humbles.

Christi is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) who has dedicated her undergraduate and graduate studies to exercise science, anatomy, teaching and therapeutic recreation. After some time spent in this academic journey she gained the understanding that with a consistent Iyengar and Ashtanga practice, yoga is the path for recovery, power and flow.

In addition to teaching various styles of yoga that stretch, strengthen and align the body, she offers a private office/studio within Synergy that specializes in personalized yoga therapy for increased mobility, pain, peace of mind, and maintenance of strength. This custom training is for athletes, sedentary individuals and partners wishing to advance their practice and health.

You can contact Christi directly through her email:

Joanie Brooks
Nia Trainer, Certified JourneyDance™ Facilitator

Joanie Brooks is  a nationally certified 1st Degree Nia Black-Belt teacher and Nia Trainer, and Nia 5 Stages of Healing facilitator, offering Nia classes, Nia White Belt trainings, and Nia workshops. She has 20 years of Nia Technique experience and bring creativity, laughter, compassion and enthusiasm to her Nia work. Joanie's mission is to share the joy of Nia with everyBody and to help others reclaim their body's natural way of moving and live a life of pleasure. As a teacher of Nia, joy of movement and truly caring for people are her motivations and she believes we are as young as our spirit allows us to be. It is through an open mind and a true connection to joy that we can free, strengthen and heal our body, mind and spirit. Nia has awakened her inner child, and has made her feel timeless, ageless and weightless. Joanie now stays fit by dancing, laughing, skipping and playing on the floor. "I want everyBody to feel love, joy and pleasure in their body, and live into their potential!"

Joanie also offers Nia 5 stages classes, personalized Nia 1 on 1 conditioning sessions on the principles and practice of Nia for students and Nia teachers, and has used Nia in therapy groups, with cancer rehab patients and in corporate settings.   She is a Journey Dance Guide, Board Certified Mindful Change Coach and a Laughter Yoga Leader.

Joanie can be reached at

Kristi Soch
Yoga Instructor, EYT 200

Kristi began her personal yoga practice while studying at New York University in 2005. A ballet dancer since the age of 3, yoga was recommended as a complement to her dance training. After practicing at Dharma Yoga Center, Yoga to The People, and Laughing Lotus in New York City, Kristi was hooked on both the physical aspect of the practice as well as the mental and spiritual challenges. After moving to Washington, DC to pursue her Master's of Public Health at George Washington University, Kristi became immersed in the Ashtanga yoga tradition and dedicated herself to classical training in the lineage.

In 2013 Kristi moved to San Antonio, and the timing was finally right to pursue her 200 hour Hatha Flow certification through Yoga Yoga at The Synergy Studio. Kristi has also completed intensives in yoga history, philosophy, and Sanskrit with Jessica Silverman Hesprich, advanced asana practice with Tiffany Cruikshank, and teaching the Ashtanga method with Kino MacGregor.  

Kristi looks to guide her students through a total transformation, using classical asana and pranayama techniques to open the heart and mind. 

Kristi can be reached at

Devon Scheuer
Pilates Instructor

Devon Scheuer received her M.F.A. from The University of Utah in Ballet Teaching and Choreography. She additionally holds a B.S. in Marketing and a B.F.A. in Ballet Performance. Devon danced with Utah Ballet until knee surgeries encouraged her to become a teacher and share her love of movement with others.

Devon taught Ballet at Saint Marys Hall, a private preparatory school in San Antonio, Texas, from 2004 to 2008. While teaching Middle and Upper School students, she was the Artistic Director and Choreographer for The Nutcracker, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadere.

Following knee surgeries Devon was introduced to Pilates as a part of Physical Therapy. Devoted to the study of Pilates since 2001, she has been a Qualified Fletcher Pilates Teacher since 2008.

Devon can be reached at

Robin Bruce
Kundalini Yoga Instructor
KRI 200, RYT 200

Robin Bruce is known for her musical Kundalini yoga classes and yin-inspired Hatha classes.  She infuses her teachings with meditative techniques, harmonium & guitar music, and mantra.  With many years of experience, she is able to share a depth of knowledge with the seasoned yoga practitioner as well as those just beginning their paths.  She holds a B.S. in Nutrition from the University of the Incarnate Word, and lives in between Austin & San Antonio in the happy little town of San Marcos.

Contact Robin at

Jan Jarboe Russell
Nia Instructor, JourneyDance™ Guide

Jan Jarboe Russell is a 1st Degree Black Belt Nia instructor. Jan uses Nia in her own work as a writer and journalist to encourage free self-expression. Her Nia classes focus on healing the body - and the creative mind - through physical movement. Jan teaches regular classes at Synergy Studio. She has also led Writing From the Body Nia workshops at Gemini Ink, San Antonio's literary organization.

Jan can be reached at

Jennifer Ortega
Nia Instructor

Jennifer Ortega is a Certified Nia Blue Belt Instructor who has been teaching since January 2008. She found Nia 3 years ago when she discovered the joy and freedom Nia offers to everybody. From that first class, Jennifer knew she needed to share her joy and passion of Nia to the world. Jenn teaches with athleticism, creativity, an active imagination and a whole lot of enthusiasm. When she is not teaching Nia, Jennifer is a full time model and actress and has found that the principles of Nia have brought her into a deeper understanding of herself and her body which she is able to weave into her profession.

Contact Jenn at

Mark Bennett
Pilates Instructor

Mark developed an appreciation for body movement at an early age from various athletic endeavors. After completing degrees in Psychology and Anthropology at The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2007, Mark reconnected with his love of fitness in the gym and soon moved into personal training.

Finding a passion in helping people improve their lives through health and fitness, Mark went on to establish a successful training business in San Antonio, Texas. Mark began to explore other forms of body movement within the fitness world. Recognizing the value of the principles offered by Pilates, he went on to become a licensed provider of Fletcher Pilates.

Delving deeper into the mind-body connection, Mark began exploring yoga and the balance it brought into his life. He went on to complete 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Yoga in Austin and Level 1&2 AcroYoga Teacher Training with AcroYoga Montreal. 

With many clients asking for advice in nutrition, lifestyle coaching and general health & wellness, Mark recognized the need for a more holistic approach to health and fitness within the personal training industry. Mark began to offer a full wellness service to his clients through the concept and company of Organic Movement (OM).

Mark can be reached at

Ashley Ludwick
Yoga Instructor, RYT 200

I started my yoga journey in January 2000 and became certified to teach in 2002.  It wasn’t until I moved to San Antonio in 2010 that I realized my connection as teacher to student.  I try to integrate yoga into my every day living as a compass for guidance and growth.

I believe practicing yoga is an organic state that is always expanding and evolving in the practitioner.  I enjoy teaching in the style of Hatha for the freedom it lends to revealing the authentic self.  In the years since my first class, I have nurtured a relationship with yoga that has given back more than I could have dreamed possible:  physically, emotionally and spiritually.  I became an instructor to share exactly that.

I like to sequence my classes in such a way that ensures each muscle group is addressed and the spirit is nourished.  I focus on breathing in tandem with moving, creating a place of quiet in the body to relieve tension and focus to relax the mind .  As a person becomes more open and aware on the mat, she/he will inevitably carry it off the mat to share with others.

Ashley can be reached at

Sarita Rodriguez
Nia Instructor

Sarita Rodriguez discovered the inspirational power of Nia in 1999 but has known the joy of dance as long as she can remember.

I see photographs of myself as a three year-old child swaying the lacy skirts of La Pollera (the national dress of Panama) and cant help but move to the drum beats of my heart.

In 2006, after seven years of dancing and experiencing Nia in Austin,Texas, Sarita trained and studied with nationally renowned Nia Black Belt Trainer, Holly Curtis in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she completed her White Belt training. Sarita has since studied and received her Green, Blue and Brown Belt certifications.

Sarita draws from her Caribbean roots (both Panamanian and Puerto Rican) to guide the rhythm, energy and grace of her expressive dance that thrives in the joy of Nia.

I love Nia because it provides a dynamic and disciplined framework for exploring natural movement and self-discovery. The Nia elements of form and freedom enrich my soul. Nia continues to increase my body-knowledge and encourages me to lovingly build my mind, body and spirit. I aspire to share that knowledge and experience with students in class.

Sarita can be reached at

Angie Braswell
Nia Instructor; JourneyDance™ Facilitator

Angie was introduced to Nia in January 2009. She knew after her first class that Nia was what she had been looking for and it would become an important part of her life. Angie is a Brown Belt certified teacher.

Nia enriches my soul and fills my body with joy! Nia has transformed and healed my body. I now love and accept my body. I am excited to share the healing, body conditioning, passion, spirit and fun of Nia in my classes.

Angie can be reached at

Dr. Tara Moorman
Yoga Instructor, LPC
RYT 200

Tara is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hours).  She not only offers professional therapeutic counseling to women living with depression, anxiety, body image and eating disorders, and those in addiction recovery, she also offers mindfulness based life coaching to women who simply long for greater direction, focus, commitment and authenticity in their lives. 

As a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 hours), Tara offers private yoga and mindfulness meditation instruction to women living with mood and anxiety issues, body image and eating related problems, those in addiction recovery, and others wishing to discover the magic of yoga and mindfulness in a more private setting.  She combines her formal training and 10 year-experience as a professional counselor/therapist with her training and understanding of Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation to develop individualized education and practice experiences for her clients. 

Tara can be contacted at

Elizabeth Rodriguez
Pilates Instructor

Elizabeth received her certifications through Polestar and through DK Body Balancing. She was a classical ballet dancer, performing alongside the company of Ballet Austin, and then when she discovered Flamenco, she followed her dream to live, work and perform in Seville, Spain for seven years. There she discovered Pilates and was certified in Mat in 2005. When she returned to Texas she completed the DK Body Balancing certification through her mentor Ann Arnoult in Austin.

In addition to her group mat classes, she offers one-to-one training sessions in the Pilates Room located within the Synergy Studio. These personal training sessions are designed to strengthen the entire body with the Reformer, Trapeze Table, and Wunda Chair. Pilates is not only the exercise of choice for movie stars in Hollywood, but it is also used for rehabilitation from an injury including herniated discs. Rehabilitation is what Pilates was designed to do! Elizabeth truly believes in the healing power of Pilates and just like Joseph Pilates once said: You can feel the results in ten sessions, you can see the results in twenty, and in thirty sessions, you will have a whole new body.

For more information on one-to-one training, please send an e-mail to

Ashlee Madani
Yoga Instructor

Ashlee Madani began her journey into the world of yoga in 2008 while searching for a way to naturally cope with severe anxiety and move towards a healthier lifestyle. Since then she has dedicated herself to the infinite learning and exploration of yoga practices and philosophy, and has gone on to receive her 200 hour Flow-Based Hatha certification through Yoga Yoga Austin.

Ashlee believes that yoga can be a vehicle for transformation, and is for absolutely anyone who is open and willing to receive it's gifts. Her mission is to spread love, positivity, peace, and kindness by creating a community where yoga is less intimidating and more easily accessible.

Ashlee can be contacted at

Amanda Gagliano
HoopDance Instructor

Amanda Gagliano, first became inspired to hoop in 2008. She began her self-taught curriculum practicing everyday with her sister's heavyweight hoop. Amanda immersed herself into the hooping community of San Antonio with the help of the HotHooper founder, Shelly McBurnett, and Sasha Zeilig. She also became Hoopnotica certified to teach Hoopdance in April, 2013 at The Synergy Studio with a vision of continuing the opportunity for others to empower themselves through fun, support, exercise, and personal accomplishment.

HoopDance itself is considered a "flow" exercise to enhance beneficial somatization, healthy symbiotic influences between the mind and the body. It is a course in action-reaction exploration with the versatile prop of a choice: a "hula" hoop. Every hooper has a unique style, and with the encouragement of positivity and great music, you are free to put your own "spin" on the art by unleashing your creative action.

Amanda has bachelor's degrees in anthropology and psychology from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and is currently earning a Master's in anthropology, also at UTSA.

Amanda can be reached at

Maray McChesney
Nia for Girls Instructor

Growing up, Maray never considered herself an athlete. She shied away from competitive sports because she didn’t like the competition. She never felt strong or fast or flexible enough, compared to other, more active girls. Maray suffered from low self-esteem, along with depression and anxiety throughout her teen years, and even into her early adulthood.

In the early winter of 2009, Maray stepped into her first Nia class. By the end of the hour, she knew she had found what she had been lacking all along! Ever since that first Nia experience, Maray has devoted herself to the Nia practice over the years at The Synergy Studio. Her self-esteem has improved and she now feels powerful, flexible and athletic! Because of this life-changing transformation, Maray trained for her White Belt teacher certification in 2014 so that she can now share the Nia experience with a younger generation of girls - so that they too can feel powerful, flexible and athletic, not only in their bodies, but in their lives!

To contact Maray: email

Ginger Owczarzak
Nia for Girls Instructor

Ginger discovered Nia in early 2014 while searching for a new, non-competitive way to exercise.  She quickly fell in love with the practice of Nia, the peaceful environment and the incredible community that encouraged her own unique self-expression as a way of life. 

Through her practices of Nia and yoga, Ginger has benefited physically, mentally and emotionally and has found the freedom to express herself on and off the dance floor.   As a Certified Nia White Belt instructor, Ginger is passionate about sharing the joy of movement with others and helping them discover their own true happiness and freedom.   She is especially excited to focus on sharing Nia with the next generation of students.

Ginger can be contacted at

DeLora Fredrickson

Pre-Natal Yoga Lead Instructor- Yoga Yoga

DeLora Frederickson ERYT 500, an PRYT and a certified Birthing from Within Doula has a 35 year history of working with moms and babies. She offers mindfulness and body awareness through her teachings while creating safe space in which women can be vulnerable and explore their inner landscape. When working with prenatal students, she finds pranayama, meditation, and relaxation as well as asana invaluable for the physical and spiritual endurance necessary during the hard work of birthing.

DeLora has trained extensively with renowned birth, child and yoga professionals such as Leslie Howard, Sue Elkind, Leslie Lytle, Judith Lassiter, Kim West, Pam England, Virginia Bobro, Lanelle Coultas, Sean Corn, Sadie Nardini, Leslie Kaminoff, Paul Grilley, and Shakta Kaur.

She currently teaches in the following venues:

  • Yoga Yoga 200 Hour Hatha Certification program and on the drop-in schedule
  • Austin Area Birthing Center
  • Texas Center for Reproductive Acupuncture

In 2012 and 2013 she was voted Best Post-Natal Teacher in the Austin Birth Awards.

Meg Stecher
Yoga Instructor
RYT 200

Meg Stecher began teaching yoga over 10 years ago when the practice was still a relatively new discipline in her life.  Her teacher training began locally with workshops and private instruction, but Meg soon began traveling across the country, taking classes with master yogis from California to Florida to New York and beyond.  Ultimately, she found her most influential teacher in Orlando, Florida, where she earned her 200 hours.  

While the physical practice of yoga is still the framework for Meg's teaching style, she states that her real passion is in the studies of spiritual teachers like Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra, who believe that human beings are conscious souls and not just physical forms.  Within each of Meg's hatha yoga classes you will find the heartbeat of something greater than the physical body.  She carefully weaves into the practice an opportunity to awaken the spirit within.  The instruction in her classes guides her students inward, towards self-reflection and peace of mind and away from any sensation of judgment or hardness.

Meg's inspiration for this unique style of practice resonates in one of her favorite quotes: Our body is, in most people, the battleground for the wars that we wage in our minds.- Deepak Chopra

Meg can be reached at

Lori Johnson
Director of Teacher Training- Yoga Yoga

Lori completed a three year teacher training program through the American Viniyoga Institute under the direction of Gary Kraftsow. Lori also is a graduate of the Mount Madonna residential Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program, where she studied with Baba Hari Das, and is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher at the 200-hour level. Her practice and teachings emphasize adapting the tools of yoga to sustain wellness, promote healing and awaken the heart and mind.

The Synergy Studio welcomes Lori and Yoga Yoga to our community!

Carol Payne
Accredited T’ai Chi Chih® Lead Instructor

Carol took here first T’ai Chi Chih (TCC) class in 2007. She has studied with numerous teachers all over the United States.  She has taught classes for both the staff and mental health patients at the San Antonio Military Medical Center.  Classes have also been conducted at several retirement communities, the University of the Incarnate Word Retreat Center, Del Webb Hill Country Retreat and the city-operated Lion’s Field Senior Center on Broadway.

TCC is not a martial art but a moving meditation that activates, circulates and balances the intrinsic energies that flow within our body.   The practice is easy to do and requires very little space or special equipment. Anyone can participate regardless of age, physical condition or athletic ability.  It can even be done seated.    

Carol looks forward to having you in her classes! She can be reached at

John C. Payne
T’ai Chi Chih® Assistant Instructor

John has practiced T”ai Chi Chih since 2009 and has met the standards for formal teacher accreditation.  Since 2010, he has assisted his wife in conducting numerous classes in diverse venues. 

John says, "Many of the benefits I have received from T’ai Chi Chih include improved balance, gentle relaxation, better sleep, and improved concentration and focus. Because of my interest in public health and holistic medicine, I enjoy sharing these multiple benefits with those who seek these healthful outcomes. 
My employment background and outside interests range from teaching, writing and entrepreneurship. I retired from the Medical Service Corps of the US Army and subsequently operated three small businesses in the past.

I love to write and teach. This includes stints as an adjunct professor in business at several universities and many post-military years in the field of health care administration.  Some refer to me as a health care economist. I have published four books; three fictions and one a sci-fi/fantasy."

Carol and John look forward to having you in class! The classes begin in March. Monday mornings at 9:15am.

Mehtab Benton
Owner and Founder of Yoga Yoga

Mehtab completed his first Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course in 1974 while in residence at the Hargobind Kundalini Yoga Ashram. During the 1970s, he taught yoga in the public school system and in drug rehabilitation programs in California. He studied Kundalini Yoga under Yogi Bhajan and was among the first students to be certified in Kundalini Yoga through the Master's Touch training course in New Mexico. He has been a Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer since 1997, and has taught Level I and Level II teacher training courses. Along with his wife Guru Karam, Mehtab received the International Kundalini Yoga Teacher’s Association “Building Communities in Yoga” award in 2000. He has taught Kundalini Yoga workshops and classes to students and teachers from around the world at the annual Kundalini Yoga Summer Solstice gathering in New Mexico.

The Synergy Studio is thrilled to welcome Mehtab and the excellent teaching faculty of Yoga Yoga to San Antonio!

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