Instructors

Meet Our Instructors

With thousands of hours of training and years of experience in diverse areas of yoga, health, and wellness, shine yoga teachers are ready to meet you wherever you are in your practice.

Sally Kruse

Yoga Instructor

Aly Nunez

Yoga Instructor

Holly Holland

Yoga Instructor

Cassidy Poe

Yoga Instructor

Ginger Calem

Being open to new adventures and trusting her heart has ultimately lead Ginger to her life’s true path. Ginger started working in water ski shows at the age of 12. After 11 years of performing in shows around the world she married and started a family.

In 2008 Ginger found her way back into the professional world of athletics and fitness when she and her husband opened CrossFit Georgetown, a strength and conditioning gym. While Ginger had practiced yoga sporadically throughout her life, she fully dedicated herself to her practice of yoga and meditation when she found it to be a perfect yin balance to CrossFit’s yang energy.

In 2014, Ginger completed her 200-hr yoga teacher training through School Yoga Institute, with a focus on meditative healing and holistic cleansing in Troncones, Mexico. Then in the summer of 2016, she furthered her training by completing a 300-hr YTT in Peru through Kula Collective, during which she deepened her experience and education in anatomy, Ayurveda and the world of energy healing.

Ginger is a certified E-200 / 500 RYT with Yoga Alliance, level 3 Reiki practitioner, Thai Bodywork practitioner, and loves to incorporate strong breathwork, creative sequencing, and personal empowerment into her yoga classes and workshops. She believes in creating a sacred space for class, making her students feel valued through heartfelt connections, mindful, hands-on adjustments, and teaching through the lens of love and respect.

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Kristi Cushman

Kristi was born and raised in Central Texas. She discovered yoga while in college and used it to relax/get exercise. After receiving her BBA in Accounting and Finance from Texas A&M University in May of 2002, she went to work for Deloitte & Touche as an Audit Senior. In September of 2002, the stress of the job lead her to Bikram yoga and her journey began. She stayed with Deloitte for her two-year contract, but she attended yoga once or even twice a day as she studied under the owner of the studio. At the end of her contract, she left for 31 days to study under Jimmy Barkan in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After obtaining her Level 1 Barkan yoga certification, she moved to Austin to live with her fiancé. During the past 12 years, Kristi has obtained her Level II, Level III and pre/post-natal yoga certifications from Jimmy. She has also taught a Hot Vinyasa flow at 24 hour fitness and Lifetime Fitness. She currently resides in Georgetown and is married with 3 sweet kids: Colton – 10, Blaine – 8 and Payton – 4.

Cassie Knoedl

Yoga Instructor

Cassie believes that practicing yoga is a joyfully transformative experience and she loves being a guide for yogis on their journeys. She began practicing in 2014 and was blessed to learn from knowledgeable and compassionate teachers, who lead classes that challenged her mind and body and restored her spirit. Inspired by these mentors, Cassie became an RYT 200 with a certification in Hatha Flow so that she could share her knowledge and passion for yoga with others. She is drawn to powerful flow practices, but deeply values the balance of yin and yang. Cassie loves holding space for yogis of all experience levels to play, flow, and grow.

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Annette Robert Thomas

Annette Thomas, founder of Gym Kidsport in Georgetown, Texas, began her gymnastics career at age 14 when she was inspired by Olga Corbit. She was employed at Capital Gymnastics, serving as Manager of five Capital facilities until 2003. Annette was the founding Director for the original Gymnastics Association of Texas Instructor Training Program covering preschool and recreational gymnastics topics in 1997. Her efforts led to the establishment of multiple Gymnastics Association of Texas Instructor Training Programs, two of which she co-authored: Instructor Training Program Preschool and Instructor Training Program Recreational. She has presented at the Gymnastics Association of Texas Conventions for over 20 years. Additionally, She is the Co-Author for USA GYMNASTICS Hands-on Training Program (R103) for recreational gymnastics (HOTSA). Annette has served as a National Instructor for USA Gymnastics, presenting at state, regional and national congresses covering preschool, recreational and business topics. She served as one of the National Instructors for USA Gymnastics Kinder Accreditation for Teachers (KAT,) USA Gymnastics Movement Development and Lesson Plan Development (MELPD,) and currently serves as a National Instructor for the USA Gymnastics Preschool Fundamentals, Hands-on Training and the USA Gymnastics Hands-on Training for School-Aged (HOTSA) courses for preschool and recreational gymnastics. Annette was among the first group of coaches certified under the USA Gymnastics Kinder Accreditation for Teachers (KAT) program in 1996. She also holds certification in the Movement Education and Lesson Plan Development (MELPD) program and she has published multiple articles in Technique Magazine. She is a previous recipient of the Gymnastics Association of Texas Distinguished Service Award, and she was honored by USA Gymnastics as the 2015 National Instructor of the year. She attended the University of Texas and Texas Women’s University with emphasis in Physical Therapy. Annette began her love for Yoga in 2012 by practicing Bikram yoga for more than 8 years and then found Core Power Yoga where she was certified as a Yoga Instructor and at the Little Yoga House in Austin for her specialty in Kids Yoga. Annette sold her gymnastics business to follow her love for Yoga and opened Shine Yoga in January 2016.

Jamie Webster

Jamie believes that living a healthy, positive and active life will bring internal happiness. Through Barre she gets to encourage this, having an upbeat, positive place for her students to grow stronger. Jamie has always had a passion for fitness and health. Jamie has a strong background in dance, cheer, fitness and health coaching. Her specialities include classical ballet, cheerleading, boot camp-style coaching and barre classes. She is a military veteran, having served her country as a member of the Army.

She has a heartfelt mission to help everyone become successful with their exercise goals regardless of their age, starting fitness condition or limitations. She truly cares and does so with enormous enthusiasm and warmth. She loves helping people achieve fitness goals on their journey to a healthier way of living.

Jamie keeps busy and grounded with 5 beautiful children, two dogs, and a great husband. It’s busy and full of laughs.