Our Yoga Teachers

Nathalie Croix

Creative Director and founder of Shanti Yoga Shala.  Nathalie is one of a handful of teachers in the country to be certified by Annie Carpenter  (Los Angeles – CA) in SmartFLOW and the only one in New Orleans. Nathalie is ERYT 500 hours Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher.

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.

She 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 the past 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.

She has also extensively studied transcendental meditation (TM), the yoga sutras and philosophy under Dr. M.A. Jayashree and Professor M.A. Narasimha of Mysore, India.

After College Nathalie moved to Los Angeles, where she worked and completed her third teacher training program at YogaWorks with Annie Carpenter,  formerly of the Martha Graham Dance Company  and Lisa Walford, a certified Iyengar instructor.

She is eternally grateful to all her teachers, their wisdom and the countless hours they’ve spent together over the many years.

Nathalie assisted Annie Carpenter’s SmartFLOW teacher trainings in Los Angeles at Exhale Center for Yoga and currently teaches weekly classes at her studio, Shanti Yoga Shala in New Orleans.

In 2013 SmartFLOW Teacher Training will be taught in New Orleans for the first time.

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

Favorite quote :                        “Reality is defined by the mind that is observing it” 


Happy Yoga Practice!

For more on Nathalie please click here.

Pamela Harris

Pamela is an avid yoga practitioner and has been taking classes at Shanti Yoga Shala and studying with Nathalie for the past year.  She completed her 200 hours Teacher Training in San Francisco, California. During her time in San Francisco Pamela began to dedicate herself to a vigorous Ashtanga Vinyasa practice.  Having come from a physical background in Gymnastics and Karate, she was very drawn to the asana practice.  However, over time, her practice started to evolve beyond the physical aspects and became a way of life.   It was soon after that she decided to complete her teacher training in San Francisco through Larry Shultz’s It’s Yoga system.  Pamela is back in New Orleans and eager to share her practice with our yoga community.

As a teacher she uses her education in Physiology and Anatomy to combine wellness and healing by emphasizing strength, alignment, and breathe.  Pamela believes that every body is built differently and therefore everyone’s practice is different and constantly evolving.

“Practice and all is coming.” –Pattabhi Joys


Sam Allouche

Sam was first exposed to yoga as a young child when her mother, an avid yogi, would teach her poses for play. It wasn’t until her college years though that she began to appreciate the practice, noticing its benefits on her mental, physical and spiritual health. Through her years of exploration of different yoga styles, she fell in love with the freedom and creativity that Vinyasa inspired.

Studio owner Nathalie Croix is mostly responsible for Sam’s decision to get certified this past year with Annie Carpenter’s SmartFLOW method, a method that through smart sequencing and specific alignment instruction allows students of all ages and body types to practice yoga safely.

Further, Sam’s classes aim to create a playful space for students to open up to their untapped potential for love and flexibility of mind, body and spirit.

A native of France, Sam also teaches yoga to Kindergarten and 1st graders at the Lycée Français. When she’s not teaching yoga, Sam teaches to 2nd graders at the International School of Louisiana as an ELA remediation specialist. She also handles most of Shanti’s social media.

Jonathan Rothschild

Jonathan has been practicing yoga for over five years. He was originally trained in the ashtanga yoga system in New York City. The past two years Jonathan has been studying vinyasa yoga with Nathalie Croix at Shanti Yoga Shala in New Orleans. To Jonathan practicing yoga comes first and foremost. He loves sharing his love of the practice with his students in a gentle and laid back manner. Jonathan is also a glass work artist at Tulane University and he has exhibited his sculptures during Art for Art’s Sake Annual Festival. Jonathan is a certified and registered yoga teacher at the 200 hours level.

Elena Purero

Elena has been avidly practicing yoga for the past 5 years, and completed her 200 hour Teacher Training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge Massachusetts. The Kripalu tradition deeply emphasizes the spiritual and bodily connection yoga facilitates, and Elena integrates this focus into her Vinyasa classes. She is currently a Psychology student at Tulane University, and hopes to pursue her Ph.D. to combine many types of healing modalities in order to cultivate a holistic approach to clinical therapy.

“Now is the time to know, that all that you do is sacred” –Hafiz, The Gift


Rebecca Hutchings 
Rebecca has been practicing yoga under Nathalie Croix at Shanti Shala for 3 years, and is dedicated to growing this yoga community.  Her primary focus is vinyasa flow, with an emphasis on breathwork and injury prevention.  Rebecca guides her students through their practice with clear instructions, intelligent sequencing, and hands-on adjustments.  She encourages her students to enjoy the physical challenges of yoga, play with personal limits, and find a quiet mind.
Rebecca was born and raised in Berkeley California.  She discovered yoga while studying medicine in Manhattan, and has now been practicing for over 15 years. In her travels she has been able to study yoga at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal India, as well as Aryuvedic medicine.  Although Rebecca practices traditional western medicine, she believes that adding alternative therapies can be quite beneficial for some of her patients.  She recently completed her 200 hours yoga teacher training with Annie Carpenter’s Smartflow school.

Off the mat, Rebecca is the mother of two lively children, a dog lover, runner, and an Emergency Medicine physician.​


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Teacher Training & Deepening Your Practice 

Vinyasa Yoga 200 Hours Yoga Alliance Registered (RYS) Teacher Training with Nathalie Croix
March  - May 2015

This training is perfect for students who wish to deepen their practice and / or teach!

Transform Your Life!

Welcome to this Exciting  Journey!

Yoga gives us the possibility of realizing our true potential and finding true health and happiness.

We are here to give you tools and support you along the way.

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"Shanti has a very intimate vibe, without the rigid tradition that often accompanies yoga studios. The comfortable atmosphere puts you at ease, and the teachers are extremely helpful, without being too in-your-business. A+" - Miles Tamboli

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