Mary Jiminez is a high school teacher with a lifelong passion for health and fitness. Mary competed in triathlons, conquered an Ironman, and continues to cycle competitively while maintining a strong weight lifting regime. She turned to yoga to balance and supplement her active lifestyle with increased awareness of all parts of the body. Mary began practicing and teaching yoga and pilates with a YogaFit certification in 2003. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training with Ally Ford in 2011. Mary has since expanded her yoga education at numerous workshops taught by Aadil Palkhivala, Baron Baptiste, Rodney Yee, Doug Swenson, David Swenson, Kathryn Budig, and Melanie Fawer. Vinyasa classes taught by Mary are a challenging blend of flexibility, strength, and intentional breath work. She strives to focus each pose on anatomy and proper alignment for every body type.
Celeste Stehr is a native of Haughton, LA, with 17 years of work experience in the healthcare field. She was introduced to yoga at a local gym in 2012, attended her first Ashtanga class in late 2013, and has been hooked ever since. Celeste completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training with Ally Ford in 2016. Yoga taught her that “it’s never too late to pursue your life’s passion.” In addition to her yoga practice, Celeste enjoys spending time with her family and three dogs, hiking, and kayaking. She is also passionate about working with women in recovery and volunteering as a children’s ministry leader.
Adrienne Davis was first introduced to yoga in 2002 at a Bikram class in San Francisco. This experience planted a seed of interest that blossomed into a fervent desire to learn more about the ancient practice. Adrienne decided to further her knowledge by completing her first 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training with Ally Ford, ERYT, in Clearwater, FL. She immediately fell in love with the Ashtanga tradition and continues her dedication with a daily Ashtanga practice. Adrienne has studied under several advanced teachers at workshops across the country, including Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann at the Miami Life Center, David Swenson, Richard Freeman at the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, CO, and Tim Miller in Encinitas, CA. Adrienne completed her second 200-hour training and is currently working toward a 500-hour certificate with her Senior Certified Ashtanga Guru, Melanie Fawer. It is a great honor and responsibility for Adrienne to be granted permission from her teacher to teach Ashtanga Led Full Primary and Mysore-style classes. Adrienne hopes to share her devotion to the practice of yoga with people of all fitness levels.
Mathew Davis is a Shreveport native and nationally competitive cyclist boasting 28 first-place finishes in races across the country. He graduated from Clemson University in 2001 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering before realizing his passion for cycling. Matt completed his first road race in 2005, achieved Category 1 Road Racer status in 2008, and has since claimed 6 national titles. Matt continues to train for upcoming events and mentor fellow riders for local cycling team LaS’port Elite. Matt is loving husband to Explore Yoga owner Adrienne Davis and proud father to son Hendrix. Together, Matt and Adrienne developed and trademarked their StrongPose fitness program integrating the balance of traditional yoga practice with the strength of kettlebell weight training. Explore Yoga is excited to intoduce spin classes to its schedule under the well-qualified instruction of Mathew Davis.
Mary Arcement Alexander
Mary A. is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Shreveport and have been in practice since 2008. She also is a recently certified 200-hour RYT. She completed the Ally Ford Yoga training in March 2015. Mary’s yoga practice began April 11, 2011, when Explore-Yoga opened its doors. She has been an active yogi ever since. For Mary, yoga is truly about mind, body, and spirit. She cherishes the time on her mat. It has enhanced her life in many ways, but mainly it has helped to bring a new found passion for living a healthier life mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. When Mary is not practicing yoga, she loves to salsa dance and volunteer within the community. She loves helping others and feels very fortunate to do so both with yoga and counseling.
Ben is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West and director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA.
Ben has studied Buddhism and Contemplative Christianity for the past fifteen years. He has had the opportunity to study and practice in both Christian, and Buddhist monasteries in India and the U.S. Ben lives in Shreveport, LA with his wife and son. He also writes extensively about Buddhism, Christianity, and politics for Elephant Journal.