Our Teachers

Nathalie Croix

Creative Director and founder of Shanti Yoga Shala.

She is consistently finding ways to deepen her practice and teachings of yoga, movement and shakti prana energy  through frequent investigation and inspiration from her mentors, her students, the community, animals and nature.

Nathalie Croix is a E-RYT 500 Hour certified yoga teacher and trainer, has a bachelor’s degree in dance and kinesiology, is a long time yoga practitioner having spent significant time in India during four extensive trips during a period of ten years,  training at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute., where she studied under the guidance of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Jois.  Nathalie holds a Reiki certification at the first and second level with the International Center for Reiki Training as well as Rainbow Reiki. She has been practicing yoga for over twenty years and spent a decade on several trips to India to deepen her knowledge of yoga and it’s birth place.

While in India she learned transcendental meditation In Mysore, with her teacher Professor Narasima, who is a direct disciple of Maharishi Mahesh.

She later lived and taught for many years in Los Angeles, where she learned and apprenticed from today’s cutting edge yoga masters such as Annie Carpenter, Seane Corn, Lisa Walford, Maty Ezraty, Shiva Rea, Jasmine Lieb, Ganga White among many.

In Los Angeles Nathalie taught and trained at Yogaworks where she received her 500 Hour level certification. She is one of Annie Carpenter‘s first teachers to be certified in SmartFLOW Yoga.

She been a presenter for Wanderlust Festival and Rasa Lila Yoga Festival.

Today she leads yoga retreats world wide and has led a successful Yoga Alliance Registered  Teacher Training School at Shanti Yoga Shala at the 200 and 300 Hour level with over one hundred graduate students.

She also teaches yoga teachers continuing education with YACEP.

Nathalie is a student of A Course In Miracles and has spent countless hours learning from her teacher Marianne Williamson, who she continues to study with on a regular basis, from wherever she is in the Globe on Marianne’s weekly live stream. 

Today Nathalie provides her community Life Coaching sessions and Energy Healing.

She is a host of her Podcast Life On Earth and the designer of her crystal reiki infused jewelry line Aghora Crystals.

Nathalie is an avid animal lover, a member of PETA and has contributed and worked together with many rescue animal organizations on various projects.

She and her fellow teachers at Shanti, teach weekly classes from meditation to yoga nidra to restoratives yoga – and vinyasa flow yoga, with a focus on alignment, safety, strength, and flexibility; as well as the practice of yoga not only on the mat but also off the mat, encouraging students to part take in many out- reach community projects.

The practice of yoga cultivates awareness: Body, Mind, And Spirit.

The studio welcomes students of all levels.

Students will learn how to adapt the practice to suit their individual needs.

Nathalie’s Philosophy :

Teaching yoga is a blessing and it gives us the possibility of realizing our full potential.

Yoga Is A Life Long Practice.

Yoga Is A Practice Of Radical Acceptance.

Yoga Is Love. 

Happy Yoga Practice! 

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We invite you to join our 200 and 300 Hours Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training Program at Shanti Yoga Shala.


Virginia R. Williams

Virginia R. Williams began practicing yoga at Shanti Yoga Shala in 2012. Her journey since that time has been transformational.  Practicing yoga has given her the strength to face whatever challenges the Universe throws her way.  After practicing yoga for several years Virginia decided to become certified as a yoga teacher.  After successfully completing Shanti’s teacher training, she became certified by the Yoga Alliance at the RYT-200 hour level.  When not teaching yoga, she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering with animal rescue groups.

Tina Tiernan

Like many, Tina began practicing yoga to counterbalance the stresses of her job. She counts herself incredibly fortunate as her introduction to the practice came in the form of Annie Carpenter, well known in the yoga community as a “teacher’s teacher.” As her interest in yoga grew, Tina became certified at the 200 hour level through the Yoga Works Teacher Training program in Los Angeles. And, 10 years after her first class, she returned to practice with Annie Carpenter, completing the 300 hour level of Annie’s Smart Flow program. During this training, Tina met Nathalie Croix, and the two of them knew that if Tina ever made New Orleans her full time home, that Shanti would be part of her new life. Now, as an instructor at Shanti, Tina teaches level one, beginner classes. She strives to create an environment of balance—where practitioners can focus on the fundamentals and grow their practice, learn to balance strength with relaxation, and to enjoy the effort of it all through laughter.

Sthira Sukham Asanam

A yoga posture is steady and comfortable

Brooke Baudot

Brooke first fell in love with yoga in 2010. She felt the urge to deepen her practice and share the love of yoga as a teacher, so she took her first 200 hour Teacher Training here at Shanti in September 2014. Immediately after, she started an apprenticeship studying under Nathalie, assisting her in public classes and her Teacher Training’s earning her 300 hour certification. Brooke is 500 Hour certified teacher. She often assists Nathalie in the Shanti Yoga Teacher Trainings. Brooke also shares a love for meditation and finds it to be an essential tool for finding peace in your heart and life. She incorporates short meditations in her classes, leaving you feeling relaxed and at ease. Brooke’s other passion is animals. When she isn’t practicing or studying yoga, she is spending her time spoiling her dog, cat and bearded dragon.

Edie Cagnolatti

Edie began her Vinyasa yoga practice right here at Shanti Yoga Shala almost three years ago.  After going on a yoga retreat with Nathalie to Tulum, Mexico in May of 2014, she was completely hooked and decided that she wanted to deepen her yoga practice.  Edie enrolled in yoga teacher training at Shanti in September of 2014.  She began teaching classes at Shanti in December of 2014, completing her 200 RYT in January of 2015.  Besides teaching yoga, Edie is an attorney by day. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from LSU and her Juris Doctorate from LSU Law School.  She practices corporate litigation at Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, where she has been for over 13 years.  In her spare time she travels as much as she can and enjoys all things NOLA with her friends and family, including great food, festivals and being outdoors.  When she isn’t practicing yoga or meditating, she likes to run in Audubon Park and hang out with her two dogs, Gracie and Annabelle.