Alyson Giuffreda, Founder & Owner.
Alyson is a powerful leader, creator and community builder. Alyson received a Power Yoga certification in 2014 and has since continued her studies with Baron Baptiste and the Baptiste community. Alyson is a 500-hour Certified Baptiste Teacher, E-RYT with Yoga Alliance and is on the path to 1000-hour certification. She is a member of the FIT to Lead program with The Baptiste Institute and is committed to expanding her role within the Baptiste community. Alyson is a senior Baptiste Teacher featured on the My Baptiste Practice Website.
Alyson has co-facilitated trainings with Master Baptiste Teacher, Leah Cullis. She leads the Oui 200 Hour Teacher Training program and the 40 days to Personal Revolution Program.
In founding Oui Power Yoga, Alyson seeks to showcase the limitless possibilities available in life and to show up in a big way for her students and her community.
Lexie grew up in Lafayette, LA. She moved to Baton Rouge and graduated from Southern Law School. After having two boys, Lexie began hot power yoga to get into a workout routine. She then discovered Baptiste Hot Power Yoga and after practicing for only a few short weeks, she noticed differences not only in her body, but also in her emotional well-being. Wanting to deepen her own practice and knowledge of the asanas, she enrolled in the 200-hour Expand Your Power program with Master Baptiste teacher, Leach Cullis. She has completed the Art of Assisting and loves helping students deepen their practice through hands-on assists. She appreciates the opportunity to be of service to her students by delivering a powerful practice and creating connection through breath and acceptance. She loves helping her students get out of their comfort zones and find their edge, as well as some fun, in every pose.
After realizing an increase in strength and flexibility, and a decrease in stress and anxiety through her own yoga practice, Jenny only wished that she had been introduced to yoga sooner! Jenny knew that children would benefit from learning breathing techniques, body awareness, and stillness. Jenny encourages children to explore mindfulness and to challenge themselves in trying out new yoga poses. Jenny is committed to helping children tune in to their innate power and creativity.
Jenny is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. She completed the Baptiste Institute’s 200-hour teacher training program at Oui Power Yoga, led by Master Baptiste teacher Leah Cullis. Jenny is also a licensed Next Generation Yoga® instructor.
Victoria Thomas was born and raised in Lafayette, LA where she attended Saint Thomas More Catholic High School and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She received a Marketing Degree upon graduation in 2014. While attending ULL she was a three year member of the nationally ranked Ragin’ Jazz Dance Team serving as Co-Captain her junior year. Victoria has been a NFL Cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints for the 2016 season while teaching fitness classes here in Lafayette. She is a certified Yoga, Cycle, and Barre Instructor. Yoga has taught Victoria that magic can happen when you link your body, soul, and mind on and off of your mat. Helping and guiding people to recognize their worth through their own mental and physical strength is Victoria’s passion in life.
Shari Blem has been into health and wellness all her life, starting with the love of sports at a young age. She has a passion for running and tennis, and has been practicing yoga for over a decade.
Shari fell so much in love with yoga and feels "as an adult, yoga has brought a healing balance and calm to her life unlike any other sports or exercise”.
She completed her 200 hour Teacher Training in 2013 at the Lafayette Center For Yoga and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Shari recently completed Baptiste Level One Training with Paige Elenson and is scheduled to attend Level Two in July.
Shari then furthered her yoga training, specializing in Children’s Yoga with children’s yoga expert Shana Meyerson’s and completed her "mini yogis" program.
Shari continues her studies in workshops and seminars in child’s and adult yoga to this day. She teaches to kids and teens at local schools and to adults at homeless shelters.
She practices and teaches Yin and Vinyasa Yoga but believes that any yoga is good yoga and that yoga is a “gift to your body”.
Cailyn is currently an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, CycleBar Instructor, Orangetheory Coach, certified YogaFit instructor, and the owner of Pump and Crunch, her health and fitness brand. She’s developed her own recipe for all-natural, healthy protein bars that she makes and sells to people all over Lafayette. She also loves to cook, so when she’s not teaching exercise classes, Cailyn is meal prepping for clients weekly. She also has an Instagram and FaceBook page through Pump and Crunch where she often shares healthy recipes and fitness tips. She absolutely loves her job(s)! Motivating others to achieve their goals through healthy eating and exercise is the most rewarding occupation and she gets to make great friends along the way! Her goal in 2018 is to write her own cook book and start an online fitness blog/website. Be on the lookout, yogis!
Alison is a native of Lafayette having graduated from USL in Interior Design. Alison has always had a flair for all things health and fitness. Alison has owns Savoring Presence, a wellness and food blog, and continues to be an avid tennis player and Pilates student. Alison’s passion for yoga began over 10 years ago; however, it wasn’t until she regularly attended yoga classes at Oui Power Yoga in November of 2016 that she made the mind body connection wanting to deepen her practice and was inspired to lead a class herself. Alison continues to be an active yoga student and she recently completed Level 1 – Yoga Teacher Training with the Baptiste Institute. Alison is continuing her education in physical asana, meditation and inquiry with a commitment to the Baptiste Institute’s Expand Your Power program in the Spring of 2018 and Level 2 later that year. Alison is excited and energized to lead and share the benefits of practicing with her students.
Jade Abbott completed her Yoga training with Bindu Patel and is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. According to Jade, the first time she stepped foot on a Yoga mat she felt a deep sense of connection that she had not even realized was missing. She was enamored with the practice and immersed herself in the wisdom that the yogic texts have to offer. She applied the teachings to her life and she witnessed her life shifting in a powerfully positive way. She finally understood why she felt so called to Yoga; it is her dharma (her path) to share this practice with the world. Jade finds a way to weave in the deeper teachings of Yoga as she guides her students through the asanas. If pressed to pick a favorite yogic teaching it would be: sthiram sukham asanam which means to find the balance between effort and ease. She encourages her students to apply effort by challenging themselves, but also to honor their bodies and create ease within each posture. She believes that the mat offers a safe place to practice svadyaya (self-study) and to absorb lessons that can be applied to daily life.