CYS Staff

Staff Bios

Tonia White

E-RYT500  |  YACEP  |  Shift Yoga Teacher Training 

Youth Trauma Informed  |  Barre Above Certified  |  Lagree Fitness Pilates Certified

FRCms  |  Kinstretch Instructor |  Thai Bodywork Certified  | First Aid/CPR

Quick background: I've been a part of the Midlothian community since 1998, thanks to my hubs! I've been married for 28 years to Zac - have one child: Ian, he's married to Alyssa, (All 3 of them MHS graduates!) and one grandchild who calls me Nonna. Many of you will iikely meet him: Jack.  I adore my family!

I was overweight just about my entire life, from the tween years on up. After diet/lifestyle changes in 2001 pushed me to lose 86 pounds, I began looking for a new way to maintain my weight loss. I hit the campus gym religiously with a friend, but it was getting dull. I jogged around my neighborhood, but at that time I was miserable running. I found a yoga DVD in 2002 and fell in love. I was always in my living room floor taking up all of the space. I tried my first actual class in 2006 at a major gym franchise and I decided I wanted more live instruction. Due to a series of family tragedies beginning in 2007, I stopped yoga suddenly to spend more time with my dad and the rest of my family. All forms of exercise stopped. It did not take me long to realize that yoga was what I needed back in my life, and not just for a "workout routine". It just happened. I changed through the breathing and concentration and did not even know. A friend invited me to join them at the studio in my town and I have never looked back. I began teacher training in 2014. During that time I lost a cousin suddenly and in the following 2 weeks I lost my father. Looking back I now see that facing those situations put me at a fork in the road. At that time, it did not seem like a hard decision. I knew where I needed to be. From that point on my life has been a slow transition into something completely different than before yoga. I left my career of over 20 years in graphic design and commercial print to be where I feel called, and where I feel incredible joy. Owning YogaFire Midlothian as of December of 2016 has been quite the experience! Never in million years did I see myself teaching yoga, training instructors, or much less running studios. I have grown to appreciate life for what it is and what it can throw at us. Yoga provides you with the tools to handle all situations with the same glow/light - regardless of whether the situation is ideal. It teaches balance. I feel the human body should move, and I am very passionate about that...but I also feel that we should learn to be still - and to be ok with quiet and stillness.

Through these years I've worked with yogis of so many unique lifestyles. Young, old, highschool/college students, 9 to 5ers, athletes from a very young age, all the way to professional. I am honored and feel very blessed to have seemingly stumbled into this wild time. Open to see what is next.  I lead multiple styles/variations of yoga, as well as barre classes, private one on one for yoga and Thai bodywork. 

I feel this practice should be accessible to everyone, and I will do my best to provide that. 

I am also proud to say I will be carrying on the CYS legacy as of November 1, 2022.

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Nancy Daniels

E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP and Certified Ayurveda Counselor.  Nancy discovered yoga in college over 40 years ago, and since that time she has had a long, continuous love affair with the practice. She has had an opportunity to study and practice Hatha, Iyengar and Anusara styles of Yoga and with masters Tias Little, Erich Schiffmann, and John Friend. Nancy originally began teaching Anusara Yoga in 2003. Her teaching style is a composite of the many styles of Yoga she has practiced over the years but is rooted in the traditional Hatha style. Nancy guides Alignment oriented Basic Yoga, Gentle (Yin) and Restorative Yoga as well as Meditation and Yoga Nidra (Yoga of sleep). There is an egoless gentleness when she guides a practice that can be pleasant to both mind and body. Nancy is known for her the depth of knowledge and teaches the Yoga philosophy in many DFW Yoga teacher training programs.

In addition to teaching classes, Nancy also offers Private Sessions for Yoga, Reiki, Ayurveda consults (a traditional health system based on the idea of the balance in bodily systems and uses diet and herbal treatments) as well as Vedic Astrology charting. Book your appointment online or contact us for additional availability.

Nancy is a native of California, but now proudly calls Texas home and lives in Dallas. Nancy speaks several languages and has a love of Sanskrit, the language of Yoga, Nancy previously lived in Japan where she taught Yoga and studied meditation, and has also traveled extensively in India. She is a former competitive transpacific sailboat racer and has faced the 26.2 mile challenge of the marathon a half a dozen times. First and foremost, through the practice of Yoga and Meditation, she is an explorer of her own mind.

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Amanda Simon

RYT200, I started my personal yoga practice at Crescent Yoga Studio in April 2010. Four years later I began branching out and expanding my practice and started flirting with the thought of becoming a yoga teacher to share with people what I have learned from yoga and how it has helped me in all areas of my life. Before I found yoga, I was very insecure and felt lost. My anxiety disorder that I thought was under control sneaked back up on me, which ripped the rug out from underneath my feet. I was about to give up on me. I felt alone and lost in this GREAT BIG WORLD! Finally I found something that would change my life forever. I was able to get off all my prescription medicine and live a full functioning life. Yoga has helped me to overcome fears and live a healthy lifestyle. I did my teacher training at Alpha Omega in White Rock, Texas thankful for my teacher Sheri Cherokee who is defiantly one of a kind. After completing the program I began teaching yoga in May of 2014.

I am married and we have three beautiful girls and one beautiful boy. I was born in Illinois and moved to Texas when I was about 5. I currently live in Venus and have lived here since I was 6. In my early 20's I was massage therapist for a few years. I have my CPR certification which I got when I was working with kids. I really love working with kiddos and my goal is to teach kids yoga one day!!

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Sheila Cloonen

RYT200, Sheila Cloonen began her yoga practice shortly after her son was born in the early 90's. Being a stay at home home she found that yoga and meditation was a great way to stay in shape and soothe her mind. After a trip to California in 2013 for a yoga and meditation retreat she was hooked on the yogic way of life. Intrigued with the ancient teachings of yoga she went on to receive her certification in meditation, Ayurveda and Hatha yoga from the Chopra Center in California. After receiving her yoga certification, she began teaching family and friends in her small home studio. She recently received her Reiki 2 attunement and is also enjoying working with this ancient practice of healing. "Yoga and meditation have completely changed my life. I'm excited to get out and teach these practices of health and wellbeing".

Sheila provides Private Yoga, Thai Yoga Bodywork & Reiki Healing Sessions at Crescent Yoga Studio - Book your appointment online or contact us for additional availability.

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Jenny Howes

I started my personal yoga practice in June of 2015 at Crescent Yoga Studio. I completed my 200hr yoga teacher training from Summit Climbing, Yoga and Fitness in Dallas in December 2017.

I work in healthcare and I am BLS (basic life support) certified. I have a love for all living things and foster various animals when I can for a 501c3 rescue based in Fort Worth. My family & I live in Midlothian, but I’ve lived in Germany and visited a few other countries as well as traveled around the United States.

It is my hope that I offer fellow yogis a positive impact in their yoga journey on and off the mat. Teaching the power of your breath and that some days that’s all you need to do, is breathe. I want to guide you through the physical practice of yoga so you can feel the benefits even after you leave the studio. And last, but not least, I hope to spread compassion; compassion for others and compassion for yourself.

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Rich Ware

Rich is an ex-airborne ranger in the US Army with over 139 jumps under his belt who also loves to be outside. He has owned The Fish Physician since 1996, which deals with maintenance, design and installation of aquariums. You can find him practicing hot yoga or enjoying quiet time on his property in Ovilla. He enjoys working with bees and taking care of 5 dogs, 2 cats, 26 chickens, 2 horses, and he's incredibly proud to be the dad of 2 great human children as well.

Rich completed his 200hr. Yoga Teacher Training in April 2018 and then got his Master Herbalist Certification in November 2019. He also provides Private Yoga Sessions at CYS by appointment.

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Mary Ellen Humphreys

Mary Ellen Humphreys - I began practicing yoga in 2012 after a very serious foot injury while teaching high impact aerobics that required 

Mary Ellen

6 months of non-weight bearing. My orthopedic surgeon told me to stop jumping around! I became a Certified Yoga Teacher in 2020.

My trainings & experience include:
Silver Sneakers: Foundations, Yoga, Splash, Group Fitness, Nutrition as We Age.
CPR, Texas Select Facilitator and Balance in Motion (Texas Department of Aging).
Aerobics & Fitness Association of America: Group Fitness, American Council on Exercise: Personal Training, Midlothian Fitness Ambassador
First United Methodist Church Midlothian, Health and Wellness Program, Live Well Midlothian Fitness Challenge, Methodist Health System Wellness Facilitator, Developed and implemented the FitZone at Methodist Charlton Medical Center.

I started my professional career in the field of Radiologic Technology. I worked 40 years in the medical field and corporate fitness. Methodist Health System moved us to Dallas from Michigan where I worked as the Director of Imaging Services, the Midlothian Imaging Center, Cardiology Services, and FitZone Manager.

I have been married to my husband Brooks for 50 years. We have two adult children and 5 very active grandsons!! I am a die-hard sports fan and love watching my grandsons play almost every sport! Brooks and I have lived in WV, Ohio, Houston, Michigan and Dallas.

My passions in life are health and wellness, watercolor painting and reading.

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Liz Willis

RYT200, In 2010 Liz stepped into her very first yoga practice and immediately noticed a change within herself. Through mindfulness and power of breath she found ease from stress and anxiety; a personal struggle in which no other source provided relief. Yoga has been a constant support and a balm of healing in her life.

Liz completed her therapeutic yoga teacher training through the Guiding Wellness Institute at Life Moves Yoga in Killeen, Tx. She also holds a Warriors at Ease certification, Levels I and II, and is trained in trauma sensitive, therapeutic, and adaptive yoga. Liz is very active with the veteran community and volunteers much of her time as an ambassador for Warrior Spirit Project.

She has an incredible love for the outdoors and from here she draws much of her inspiration as she believes that nature holds a parallel to all of life's journeys. Her personal vision is to help others pursue a path of healing. By offering the powerful tools of yoga, she hopes that others may find restoration and wholeness in their lives.

Liz is also certified in Thai Yoga Bodywork offering Private Yoga Sessions at Crescent Yoga Studio, book your Private Appointments online.

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Crescent Yoga Studio

306 W Ave F (downtown Midlothian)

Office Hours

Open 7 days a week - see schedule for class times.

Crescent Yoga Studio & Eco-Boutique


8:30 am-1:00 pm

5:30 pm-7:00 pm


8:30 am-1:00 pm

5:30 pm-7:15 pm


8:30 am-1:00 pm

5:30 pm-7:15 pm


8:30 am-1:00 pm

5:30 pm-7:30 pm


8:30 am-1:00 pm


8:30 am-11:30 am


4:30 pm-7:30 pm

Client Testimonial

  • "I loved class today! I felt comfortable and didn't feel the slightest bit intimidated. People of every size and color there and I felt amazing after. Definitely plan on coming back to class."
    Zina M - Midlothian, TX