ERICA began practicing yoga with a DVD called Yoga for Stress Relief while working on a certification in graphic design. Going from an active job to long hours at the computer, she developed new aches and pains in her neck, back, arms – everywhere! Yoga helped, and she found herself wanting to both laugh and cry with relief at the magic of putting her body in a certain pose and breathing.
Life circumstances brought her from one coast to the other. There she found her first yoga home at La Jolla Yoga Center. After a year's worth of beginners classes, she took her first teacher training, with a strong focus on optimal alignment and helping students find their own perfect pose with props, adjustments, and modifications. A year later, she joined the Raja Yoga teacher training, focusing on inner practices such as self-healing and meditation and using the familiar elements of postures and breath work to quiet the mind. She has also studied restorative yoga with Roger Cole and yoga for emotional balance with Bo Forbes.
Erica continues to have a passion for teaching beginners and for leading creative gentle Hatha classes arising from her own practice. She is also working to build and maintain her own restorative and meditation practices, which as a new mother, she now knows she needs more than ever. Healing ourselves is the first step toward healing the world.
MORGAN is passionate about creating space where students can cultivate personal power through the challenge of asana. She believes in asana as a physical vehicle for transformation of mind and spirit. Originally drawn to yoga to reduce stress and to get a physical “workout,” she understands the many doors that can open the path to the larger Yoga. From her first class at a gym she sensed there was more to it than just the physical, and her path continues to lead her to what that “more” truly is; towards the essence of both yoga and her Self.
Morgan uses alignment-based classes (both flow and form) to draw attention to habits and tendencies in a self-discovery process. Student empowerment surfaces through the cultivation of this awareness. Each student is invited to challenge his/her own edge in the safety of Morgan’s guidance. In carefully crafted classes, students are guided into challenging physical postures but asked to journey inward to look at their own reactions, tap into their strength, and become present. She believes each class is an offering of her knowledge and experience in an effort to invoke a process of transformation in students.
After 5 years of steady practice, she embarked on the Be Shri Yoga teacher training program (Greenwich, CT) where she received her 200 hr certification. Several years later, in the spring of 2015, she attended a workshop that set her on a path that would change the way she both practices and teaches. After her first weekend workshop with Christina Sell, she became determined to continue to study with her. Morgan credits Christina for her shift to clearer and more targeted teachings, both on and off the mat. She completed the 300hr Alchemy of Flow and Form Advanced Teacher Training Program at the San Marcos School of Yoga with Christina Sell and Gioconda Parker. Morgan is also the lead teacher of the Surya Yoga Teacher Training Program where she shares her passion for teaching with teacher trainees.
Morgan spent 16 years in the northeast but returned to her hometown of El Paso in the fall of 2013 to open Surya Yoga. She holds a BFA in theater arts and a Masters degree in education. She spent several years acting in NYC and seven years teaching fourth grade in Connecticut. Her life has led her to share her voice in many different capacities, and she is grateful to be able to help expand the yoga community in her hometown.
Kandy Aboud (Tattwamayi)
200 Hr Certified
SUSAN, a devoted practitioner and student, is known for her integrated alignment based yoga teachings. Her classes combine elements of the practice including asana, pranayama and meditation. Her enthusiastic instruction is precise, educational and is infused with practical ideas for bringing the yoga practice into everyday living. She encourages students to discover their own unique qualities by becoming more curious and awake in their lives.
Susan is an E-RYT 500 teacher who began her journey in the tradition of Iyengar yoga with Carol Carnes Johnson, the yoga pioneer in El Paso. She then discovered Anusara yoga and became certified as Anusara-Inspired. She is also certified as a Wisdom Warrior teacher—yoga for practitioners over 50 who want to continue a dynamic practice. She has studied extensively with Desiree Rumbaugh and Andrew Rivin. Through the years she has trained with Tiffany Wood, Bea Doyle, Martin Kirk, Ellen Saltonstall, Jill Miller, Sianna Sherman and Elena Brower.
Susan is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist with a master’s degree in that field. She and her family can be found cooking, hiking and traveling together.
200 Hr Certified
CASANDRA and the yogic lifestyle go naturally together. Her yoga practice began in 2001 and has evolved throughout the years. With a passion for learning the various styles of the art form, she completed her teacher training at Radiantly Alive in Bali Indonesia, studying under the tutelage of Daniel Aaron. She also holds a certification in Kids Yoga Teacher Training from Jodi Komitor of Next Generation Yoga and a Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Sebastian Pucelle & Murielle Burellier. Her classes are Vinyasa Flow based, often infused with a smidge from other styles and techniques that include Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Iyengar, Bhakti, Tripsichore, Anusara and Restorative. Also, Pranayama, Meditation, Ayurveda and Chanting are a part of her life.
Although always focused on alignment of the Asana practice, her greatest love of Yoga comes from experiencing the internal aspect of it, the spiritual and transformational effect it has on oneself. Expect to sweat, laugh, learn and start to see things differently as you walk out from one of her classes. Feel the Yoga high!
Additionally, she continues to travel extensively in order to expand her knowledge by training with other world class teachers including Edward Clark, Damien De Bastier, Alanna Kaivalya, Deborah Williamson and Tias & Surya Little.
She holds a B.A. of Communication Advertising, a Master in Brand Management from Polimoda in Florence Italy and speaks four fluent languages.
“Yoga has helped me achieve a healthy balance and quality of life by aligning my goals to my purpose, seeking congruence in everything I do. I am grateful to be able to share my experience with the world. Yoga has enriched my life, I could not do without it.”
Other things she couldn’t live without: Music, traveling, friends & family, animals, and raw dark organic chocolate. Casandra is a person who’s an old soul, she’s young at heart, rebellious and a free spirit. You’ll feel and see that reflected in her classes. Shine on!
BRIDGETTE Bridgette found yoga 10 years ago at a studio in Phoenix and loved that yoga could be more than a physical practice. After moving to El Paso and starting a family she rediscovered it. She started practicing again in 2015 and was intrigued to learn more about yoga as a whole. In the Spring of 2016 she studied under Morgan Mazza at Surya Yoga studio in El Paso to receive her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification.
Bridgette enjoys a challenge and encourages her students to explore their own practices further. She offers alignment-based classes in which students can become more aware of their bodies while staying safe in their practice. While some connections between poses offered, each posture will be held long enough to properly align the body physically and develop strength and stamina. Bridgette especially enjoys that yoga can show you what your own body is truly capable of.
Miranda Valencia DeLlano
200 Hr Certified
NICOLE was born and raised in El Paso and took her first yoga class at a local studio several years ago. After practicing and working at Surya Yoga for some time, she decided to complete her 200hr YTT with Morgan Mazza.
Nicole has also studied various science subjects with a particular interest in environmental health and nutrition. She hopes to share her knowledge of yoga, healthful cooking, and passion for nature with her community.
Nicole cares about her students well-being and hopes to guide them in class as they become more aware of themselves along the path. She practices yoga off the mat, whether she's hiking, horseback riding, or gardening...asana, pranayama, and meditation are valuable tools in her life.
200 Hr Certified
ANGELA has been teaching yoga since 2013 . Her style is hatha vinyasa. She offers gentle and rhythmic classes so students experience movement and breath connection. Her teaching style is authentic and whole hearted, and her soothing voice creates a zen-like atmosphere. She also loves taking her teaching off the mat facilitating experiences for students during worldwide retreats & activities. With deep understanding that yoga is a practice of many facets and fond of bhakti yoga, she encourages her students to connect Self to nature and spirit.
KANDY Aboud (Tattwamayi) received her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Integrative Yoga Therapy in 2005 and her 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training through YAMA (Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation Arts) Therapeutics in 2010. She also completed an Ayurvedic Wellness Coaching Certificate in 2011. She has been practicing yoga for 10 years and made her first trip to India to the Sivananda Ashram in Rikhia Peeth with other yoga teachers in October 2010 for a Chakra Sadhana Retreat . She went back to Mother India for the World Yoga Convention in Munger at the Bihar Yoga Bharati and back to Rikhia for a Prana Vidya Retreat. She received Mantra Diksha in 2010 and received her spiritual name of Tattwamayi from Sw. Satyasangananda Saraswati at that time. She received diksha for jignasu sannyasa (spiritual seeker) from Sw. Niranjanananda Saraswati in 2013. She is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner by profession. A member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance, she provides individual yoga therapy as well as restorative yoga, beginner yoga and yoga nidra (yogic sleep) classes and workshops. She brings a spiritual quality to her yoga classes, incorporating pranayama (breathing), mudras (seals), chakras (energy centers) and meditation all in the Satyananda Yogic Tradition of India.
Surya Yoga boasts some of the most experienced and widely trained yoga instructors in the El Paso region. Come experience quality instruction in a safe and supportive environment.
All of our instructors have gone through teacher training programs recognized by the Yoga Alliance.
EDITH decided to try out a yoga studio in 2014 after taking a few classes at gyms while in high school. At the studio she was exposed to a side of yoga she hadn't known. She kept attending classes every so often and finally, as her 2015 New Years resolution, she vowed to keep a consistent practice and quickly fell in love with it. She was amazed at how her body, mind and soul were transforming and coming into unison, creating a person who was finally at peace with herself and the obstacles thrown her way. In September 2016, she completed her 200 hr YTT at Surya Yoga, with the guidance of her teacher Morgan Mazza.
Edith is passionate about teaching fun, challenging, flow (but strictly aligned) classes, while incorporating the spiritual and deeper aspect of yoga into them as well. She hopes her students will take the self awareness gained on the mat, with them once they step off of it, and carry it with them throughout their day.
In addition to being a devoted yogi, Edith is full time Business student at UTEP, who loves to travel and explore new places and cultures whenever she has the opportunity to. With the chaos of handling school, a part time job, and everyday life, Edith finds balance and presence through her yoga practice.
"Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together." - B.K.S. Iyengar
MIRANDA began attending yoga classes at Surya Yoga in El Paso in May of 2015. She found the beginning of her yoga experience to be much different than what she expected, and fell in love with the sense of personal challenge and development her practice led her to, both on and off the mat. She began to make several shifts in her lifestyle to better grow into a healthier and happier self with a great deal of support from the community there at the studio. After a year of advancement, she decided to complete her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Surya Yoga, led by Morgan Mazza, during the spring/summer session of 2016.
Miranda believes in helping her students develop strong foundations in their bodies in order to achieve optimal alignment. Her classes offer a variety of prop, breath, and meditational techniques to achieve precision in whatever her students may be working towards in their own personal practices.
Miranda moved from her hometown of San Antonio, Texas to El Paso, Texas in December of 2014. She is currently working on her associate’s degree in veterinary technology at Penn Foster College, and works full time as a zoo keeper at the El Paso Zoo. She has found that her involvement in animal care and in the yoga community both require such similar love, and is grateful and intrigued that she can provide such passion and care in both very different occupations.
200 Hr Certified
RUBI Orozco Santos is a bilingual, bicultural health educator and yoga instructor who is committed to sharing knowledge, skills, and resources to improve community wellness. She began practicing yoga and meditation at the age of 15. In 2011, she became a certified yoga instructor through the Ananda Marga Yoga Teacher Training. Her Rajadhiraja Yoga practice includes Patanjali’s eight limbs as its basis as well as additional techniques and practices. Her asana classes are accessible for beginner students, while providing a grounding practice for intermediate and advanced practitioners. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance, the international yoga professional organization. She is also a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT), having completed the Beauty Blossom Birth Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in December 2013. A life-long natural living enthusiast, she earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from the University of Texas at El Paso. She writes recipes and shares ancestral health and wellness practices from around the world on her blog, TradicionesSanas.com.