Laurie Hanson Roberts
Laurie Hanson Roberts has literally sung all over the world. From being featured at the International Church Music Festival in Coventry, England, to churches in Germany and France, to providing the music for the international gathering for Al-Anon in Salt Lake City, Laurie’s music moves and inspires all who hear. Her training is classical, but her style is contemporary and deeply spiritual.
Laurie is a native of the Dallas area and grew up singing in local churches. Laurie holds music degrees from Baylor University and graduate degrees from SMU. While pursuing her studies, Laurie became a much sought after studio musician. Her versatility and ability to sing most any style landed her in some of Dallas’ most prestigious recording studios.
Laurie has had an active meditation practice for over 12 years. It is from this practice that she was introduced to yoga. She has practiced yoga in the North Texas area for almost 5 years, and received her 200 hour YTT yoga certification in October of 2018. Laurie teaches in studios around the Frisco area and is excited to become a part of the Planting Seeds family!
Laurie has always felt a strong connection to the local church. She serves as minister of music and worship for Grace Avenue United Methodist Church in the growing area of Frisco, Texas. Laurie resides in Frisco with her husband, Bill, also a musician and manager of Roy’s Restaurant in Plano, Texas, and their son, Jacob, who is a senior at The University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
Michelle Lewis Sirianni – E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP
Michelle has been sharing her journey and experiences with many on and off the mat for over twenty years. She continues to be an active health enthusiast and competitor. In 2003, she fell in love with pilates, which transcended into becoming a Certified Level Two Power Pilates Trainer. Yoga shortly followed and became a staple in her routine. She completed the 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification through Purple Lotus in 2008. In 2017-2018, the aspiration to do the 300-hour training began completed the 300-hour training with Grow Yoga.
Michelle is inspired by many people and strives to continue her Yoga education through various workshops and her own practice. She enjoys helping students achieve a new awareness and believes that guiding them on their journey will help her to further enrich her own! Michelle continues to spread her love of yoga through learning, teaching, and those with whom she surrounds herself.
Patty has been inspired by fitness her entire life, yet only walked into a yoga studio after her doctor recommended it to gain back balance and flexibility after a complete rupture of her Achilles’ tendon. When it helped her recover that balance and so much more, her passion for yoga just grew! She since went on to complete her yoga teacher training (200 hr RYT) as well as Chair & Gentle Yoga certifications. Her goal is to empower everyone, including the mobility impaired and seniors, to discover their inner strength, balance and grace on and off the mat.
Patty and her husband have two college-age sons. When not teaching yoga, she is volunteering with the youth at church or at work as a food scientist.
An interest in health and fitness began at an early age. I joined my first gym at 14, where I soon got a job helping new members find their way around the weight room. I have done it all- running, cycling, step aerobics, weight lifting, dance, Pilates, barre, etc., but I never thought yoga was for me. After some coaxing and repeated invitations from a friend, I walked into my first yoga class back in 2013. I was HOOKED! The music, the powerful movement, the sweat and the feeling of peace and well-being that followed was exactly what I needed! As an elementary teacher for the past 17 years, I decided to combine my love of teaching kids, along with my passion for yoga, and I received my 200 hour certification in 2017. I love how yoga allows the body and mind to connect in a way that leads to a deeper self understanding and self acceptance that opens one up to receive all that life has to offer. Through yoga, I have learned to accept and have compassion for myself and others. It’s ok to be exactly where I am today. I showed up on my mat, and that is good enough! I can’t wait to share this beautiful practice with your children! Namaste.
In 2013, Julie and her family moved to Frisco, Texas from Illinois. Leaving behind a 17 year career in education, she found herself a teacher without a classroom. That’s when she discovered the benefits and joys of yoga. Eager to learn more, she decided to further her knowledge and start a new journey.
Julie earned her RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certification through Purple Lotus. She completed a 15 hour Restorative Yoga program from Yoga Tree in Plano. Currently, Julie is working on her 500 hour RYT and Breathe Into Recovery Certification from Urban Vybe in Flower Mound.
Julie’s classes offer yogis a safe place to: strengthen their bodies, honor their spirit, and find space between their thoughts. Her goal is to empower participants to find the mind/body connection using their own intuitive intelligence.
Ava found yoga in 1999 to balance stressful corporate life at a desk and high-impact fitness classes that ravaged her knees. As her yoga practice grew, she saw her life transform by shedding 80 pounds, falling in love, and training with yogis throughout Thailand, Bali, and China.
She received her 200 and 300 hour yoga certifications with Jo Stokes and DeAnna Shires, including Breathe Into Recovery training. Ava loves to travel and she teaches nationally about essential oils and natural healthcare. She has written several yoga and essential oil guidebooks and loves sharing her passion for God and leading a non-harming life.
When Ava isn’t on the mat, you will find her building something or breaking something, dancing with her little daughter, and snuggling with her gorgeous husband. You are invited to roll out your mat and experience this Aggie Engineer’s custom class soundtracks that creates mindful awareness through guided breath/body connection.