Brittany is our fearless leader!  Co-creator of Leela Yoga, Lead Teacher and Yoga Alliance-Yoga Teacher Training Facilitator.  Well known in the local community and internationally as a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher and E-RYT, Brittany has studied with some of the yoga world’s masters: David Life, Sharon Gannon, Manju Jois, Ruth Lauer-Manenti, Petros Haffenrichter, David Keil, Robin Aurora, Kathryn Budig, Andrea Boyd, Jeffrey Cohen, and Bryan Kest to name a few. Brittany holds certifications for the Jivamukti Yoga Method, Ashtanga Yoga Method (primary series), and Hatha Yoga (vinyasa krama).  In addition to her elite training, Brittany has participated as a mentor in the Savannah Yoga Center’s Yoga Teacher Training, Lead Teacher and Facilitator at Yoga Bliss Yoga Teacher Training in Baton Rouge, and the creator of Louisiana’s newest yoga school and training program, Leela: Yoga Lifestyle.

Brittany is a personable and passionate Yoga Teacher, dedicated to sharing the yoga tradition and lifestyle with eager students. Recognized for the ability to empathize and develop relationships with people of different abilities and from varying backgrounds. With years of teaching under her belt, she is recognized for her extensive knowledge in yoga philosophy, the science of meditation, rigorous and creative asana sequencing, and amazing hands on assists. Ultimately, inspiring students through the practice of yoga to connect with their own personal wisdom, healing abilities, and expansive potential.  Offering and leading group classes, workshops, private lessons, yoga teacher training, meditation and mindfulness courses… something for everyone, wherever you are on your path.

When asked why she became a yoga teacher, Brittany answered: “Yoga changed my life and brought me an inner happiness that I had forgotten was possible. I want to share that with others so that they too can find joy; after all, joy is what we are all searching for.”


Allie is a yoga teacher and Co-creator of  Leela Yoga.  Allie started practicing yoga in 2011 and became certified  under Brittany Roberts in 2018. Yoga philosophy is what
motivates and inspires Allie and being a yoga teacher gives her the opportunity to share this passion with others.

When you come to Allie’s class you can expect an energetic flow with upbeat music. “I love feeling connected and part of the community! We’re so grateful to be able to provide a space for people to come as they are and feel at home.” 


I started my yoga practice in 2009 in Tucson, AZ. Over the years, I found myself drawn to all aspects yoga including the philosophy and the physical asanas. Yoga became a way for me to really get to know my body and my mat became a place where I could move freely with intention. I eventually completed my 200 hour teacher training in 2013 at Yoga Bliss and have been teaching multiple classes a week since. You can expect to move through playful, sweaty sequences in my classes with fun, upbeat music. I like to challenge my students so when they leave they feel a sense of accomplishment and peace of mind. Off of the mat, I am a graduate student at LSU obtaining my MSW & I am a dog mom to my energetic rescue pup, Indiana Bones.


Stephanie graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology during the Fall of 2017 from Southeastern Louisiana University. During the beginning of her college journey she found the beautiful practice of meditation, which jumpstarted her curiosity with the mind. Within her last semester of college she found yoga and instantly fell in love with its psychotherapeutic benefits.
Stephanie has always had a love for teaching and public speaking. Once she found her love for yoga it was obvious that she needed to combine her passions. She earned her certificate from the Yoga Bliss Teacher Training in the Spring of 2019.
Stephanie enjoys teaching in the studio as well as in the community. Her classes can range between a soft spoken gentle flow to a powerful energizing flow depending on the energy of her students. She is always conscious of adapting to her environment and understands that her students are her greatest teachers.


Kelly Connelly Spires is a 200-HR Registered Yoga Teacher and a longtime student. She started doing yoga as a tool to improve mental health and discovered spirituality along the way. She’s interested in learning more about the overlap between recovery philosophies and yoga practices. Kelly believes that when we do yoga together with a high intention, we make the world a better place.



Natalie LNatalie at first didn’t know how to describe her teaching, wanting to say ‘I just teach yoga,’ while envisioning the shrugging girl emoji. She quickly revised that thought, though and said, “No, I guide yogis.” Natalie’s mission is to focus on people, and not a set of pre-sequenced postures. She believes that how you do anything is how you do everything: In her yoga practice, she gently challenges herself on the days it feels right, and likewise challenges students in her classes when it feels right. In her yoga practice, she embraces the expansion and mobility of not only the physical body, but especially the mind. Her classes are meant to provide the care, safety, and space for her students to do the same. She has been a yoga instructor since 2013 and in her ‘day job’ she is the chair of biology at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

Natalie L

During the day I am a College Professor teaching Mathematics. During the afternoon/evening, I practice yoga (the physical asanas). I started doing yoga not only to add some exercise back into my life but also to help manage a pinched nerve in my lower back. Practicing yoga became more than just a time to stretch and sweat for me, as it helped to strengthen both my body and mind and made me an overall better human being. I also met some amazing new friends!

I completed a 200-hour training course online with YogaRenew, but then when the quarantine of 2020 happened due to the COVID-19 virus, I found an opportunity to take another 200-hour training online with Yoga & Ayurveda Center. I enjoyed both training courses and learned so much in doing them! I was always fascinated by the strength component of yoga (arm balances and inversions), which is why I chose to start working on handstands. I began to learn that yoga is more than an exercise and that the strength part of the practice is accomplished a lot more easily when paired with breathing and mindfulness.

I like to have energy when I flow through yoga poses and always stick with my first love of strength poses and getting a workout; however, through my practice, I have learned that it is okay to slow down, try to find stillness in the poses, especially the ones you don’t like, and really breathe. Sometimes that is where the true strength comes from. I have a lot more to learn about life, and about yoga, but I’m excited for the journey.


AnnieI started my yoga journey in graduate school back in 1999, with simple yoga  “DVDs”to see what yoga hype was all about! Following that, while finishing nursing school, yoga  became a way for me to let out all that stress out from the demands of being a nurse.  I moved to LA as a travel nurse and was able to actually take classes daily with well renowned   teachers, Bryan Kest, Rudy Mettia, and Shiva Rea.  I began to take more and more yoga around the LA area and fell in love with power yoga and vinyasa practice. After moving to Baton Rouge and life changing events, such as  having two beautiful daughters and being a full time mom and nurse I knew YOGA would remain not just a “workout” for me but a necessary therapy!  It’s in my life daily, and simply just WHAT I DO. I received my 200 hr RYT teaching certification in April 2012.
My goal is  to blend different asana movements and transitions that may not be typical in a traditional yoga class with the breath. I do love exploring new movements and challenging students with fun arm balances, inversions and try to blend in stabilizing movement with a flow.
My ultimate intention when your come to my class is to sweat out the stress, the crazy and all that weighs you down, and leave class with feeling a lighter, more spacious and ready to take on anything -version of YOU!


Allyson has practiced yoga for her entire life. After completing her yoga teacher training, she delved into researching the spiritual aspects of yoga. She founded Bethel Yogi, a blog dedicated to the intersection of yogic philosophy and Christian theology. Yoga has allowed her to be open to continuous growth intellectually, physically, and emotionally. She experiences playfulness of mind and acceptance of her body’s capabilities. Allyson loves being able to extend the benefits of yoga to empower students of all ages to help them recognize their full potential.  She is a registered yoga teacher, a registered children’s yoga teacher, a registered Christian Yoga Association teacher, and a certified aerial yoga teacher. She plans on furthering her studies by attending graduate school to research Christians who practice yoga for spiritual benefits in the United States.


Kristen Guarisco is a local resident of downtown Baton Rouge. She recieved her bachelor’s in dietetics/nutrition studies from LSU in 2017 and continued on to study habit change and yoga in 2019. Kristen helps students become more confident in their health choices. From services like yoga classes, nutrition workshops, meal prep challenges, and one-on-one nutrition coaching, students can learn more about the relationship to their body and mind. 



Eric LaCour’s mind is excessively occupied with light. Not only is he infatuated with the light reflecting off of his portrait subjects but also the light within. Seeking balance he chose to take up yoga as the yin to his jiu jitsu yang. Through his breath-work and pranayama practices he hopes to help his students peel back the layers of their being so they may find the light within.

“Let’s get lit!”


Lydia went to her first yoga class in 2017 and was absolutely hooked! Wanting to deepen her personal practice, she completed her 200 Hour RYT certification at Yoga Garden in San Francisco, CA in 2018. While teaching in Baton Rouge and Mandeville, she completed her trauma-conscious yoga training in 2019. She loves teaching challenging vinyasa classes that leave students sweaty! In her classes, she seeks to give students the opportunity for self-exploration while guiding them through flows inspired by her 14 years of ballet and contemporary dance training. Students can also expect music to shape their experience, as she loves to make upbeat playlists for her classes. When not teaching, Lydia is finishing her Bachelor’s in Biochemistry at LSU. She loves being outdoors, gardening, and cooking for her friends! 


Ayurvedic Wellness Coaching

Charla Hughes offers 1-on-1 Ayurvedic Wellness Coaching. With Charla, you’ll explore your unique doshic constitution and your current energetic state. You’ll talk about possibilities to transform your routines and diet to be your most radiant self. Sessions also feature personalized meditations and/or movement practices.

 The term “Ayurveda” comes from the Sanskirt “ayur” meaning “life” and “veda” meaning “science.” Often referred to as the sister of Yoga, Ayurveda is “the science of life.” Ayurveda is a natural healing modality that encourages balance based on the universal principles of nature, made specific to your individual life experience.