Who We Are

Community Yoga Austin was founded by Jyl Kutsche and Alyson Fox. Jyl was inspired to start Community Yoga Austin after her experience teaching in NYC with Bent on Learning, a nonprofit organization that brings yoga to NYC public schools. Since its founding in 2010, Community Yoga Austin has introduced the practice of yoga to kids of all ages, seniors, prisoners, veterans, people in recovery, people in shelters, and those just wanting to find a bit more stillness in their lives.

We elevate communities by providing tools to create transformation in the lives of its volunteers and others through leadership facilitation trainings, community activism, yoga and mindfulness. Together we hope to create a shift in the world through compassionate education, deep practice of listening, and connecting with others.

Our mission is to nurture leadership, build community and inspire wellness.

Our hope is personal well being will translate to social well being.

Community Yoga Austin Board of Directors
Leya Samiloglu – President
Elizabeth Harvey – Vice-President
Daniel Goldstein – Secretary
Jazmine Leon-Wing – Treasurer
Karen Gross – Outreach Liaison

Staff Members
Shawn Kent – Clinical Director
Jacquelyn Ardeneaux – Program and Community Innovator
Janet Farnsworth – Prison Director
Joanne Carreon Reyes – Elementary Director

Community Yoga Austin Ambassadors
Ben Heath
Denise Deniger
Erinn Lewis
Genevieve Yellin
Gioconda Parker
Jenn Wooten
Kiely Rutledge
Leeah Taylor
Leigh Fisher
Lilyana Frescas
Richie Flores
Shanti Kelley