Yoga & Thai Chi
Yoga Nation Ennis
Bruce, RYT200 grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The beach was his local hang-out which provided peace and tranquility...what a way to grow up!
He has been married to Debbie Shoemaker for 32 years. They have two children: Daughter, Brittany (31)and son, Jordan (29). His family has been and continues to be his inspiration and joy. He and his wife live in Waxahachie on 13 acres of land. They enjoy long walks...losing themselves in time... soaking up the sights and sounds and embracing the uplifting spirit-cleansing that only Mother Nature can provide.
Bruce's first yoga class was one of the most challenging experiences of his life he made an instant connection. In June, 2010, he completed a 200 hour teacher training certification through Texas Power Yoga Teacher Training School. He was honored to be part of the first graduating class. He has been teaching for 10 years. Teaching softly without the attachment of ego, his practice is breath-based, is infused with intuition, and embraces a free flow approach. He encourages his students to trust themselves and to push through expectations and fears. He considers himself blessed on many levels and feels grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow with his students.
Nicki first began her yoga journey with the Bikram style of hot yoga in 2003 while living in Colorado. With an innate desire to help others she quickly became interested in teaching as well. It wasn't until several years later and a move to Texas which eventually brought her to meet her mentor, Bruce Shoemaker, and the realization of her long held dream of teaching.
After a break from yoga for several years Nicki's return to her mat was a challenging one at first. Not only was she carrying 50 extra pounds after having her two children, Maddie (10) and Quincy (7), but she also had chronic knee and low back pain which begun affecting her quality of life. At first, her practice at Yoga Nation Ennis was inconsistent and slow to progress. Once she resolved an unhealthy diet and made conscious decisions toward healthy living she began to notice how much her energy level increased along with her motivation for her practice. The more she "showed up" on her mat the better she felt and the more weight started dropping off. At the same time, her chronic pain all but disappeared.
Nicki knows first-hand the healing and life changing qualities of yoga. Knowing many people struggle, just like she did, her desire to help others and become a teacher was fiercely renewed. Nicki completed her 200 hour teacher training through Live Love Teach in Fort Worth in February 2015.
Diem is a proud graduate of Ennis High School (Class of ‘89). She attended Texas A&M University in College Station, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Spanish. She has taught 1st through 3rd grades at Travis Elementary for 25 years. God has blessed her with a wonderful husband and best friend for 24 years. Their home is in Ennis, and they have two beautiful daughters, one in college and another in high school. She and her husband are both blessed to be actively involved at Baylor Baptist Church of Ennis.
Her sister introduced Diem to yoga a few years after the birth of her second child. Through yoga videos, she was able to regain strength in parts of her body that she had lost during pregnancy. When Yoga Nation opened in 2013, yoga became her primary means of exercise because of the way it made her body feel. She found that yoga gave her renewed energy that she had not felt in a long time due to caring for a family and working full time.
Under Bruce’s mentorship, Diem began teacher training and started teaching her first yoga class in 2017. She desires to continue learning and sharing her passion for yoga in the years to come. Diem believes that all people can find beneficial aspects to yoga not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well.
Alesha has been practicing yoga since 2009 and has been an athlete since she was a child. She has a passionate joy for life and adventure and she loves how Yoga is always teaching her something about herself and the world around her. She encourages her students to learn, discover, play, and question new things about their body, mind, and life.
Her teaching style is influenced by her mentor ,Bruce Shoemaker, who has been teaching intuitive style yoga for 13 years. Alesha was first drawn to yoga after attending one of his yoga classes at a local gym. The challenge of breathing, balance, and thoughts being connected intrigued her and began her yoga journey.
My mission statement:
“Yoga is a way for me to encourage myself and others to live life in an adventurous and overcoming perspective. Yoga empowers us to conquer our fears and to believe in ourselves. My mission is to inspire others to live a healthy and balanced life not only physically but mentally as well.”