Willis Johnston, an Oklahoma native, has made cities such as New York and Las Vegas his home, performing as a dancer at the Metropolitan Opera and Cirque du Soleil. Through the stressful and sometimes painful life as a dancer, Willis found yoga to be the most beneficial compliment, both mentally and physically, to dance. His initial relationship with yoga has deepened throughout his practice. Willis believes wholeheartedly in yoga’s transformative nature and respects the power that yoga possesses to keep one grounded, focused, accountable, and aware of even the smallest moments on and off the mat. He has been practicing seriously for 11 years and became a 200-hour RYT through Davanna Yoga in 2014 under the incomparable teachings of one of his biggest influences, Anna Laurita. In 2016, Willis completed 300-hours of training with the world renowned teacher Noah Mazé, making him and ERYT 500.
Willis’ philosophy is that yoga is life and life is yoga–you can learn a lot about yourself and others by regularly coming to your mat. He believes the practice and teachings of yoga allow us to contribute to the greater good by providing us deeper resources of presence, compassion, and patience. His teaching style is fun and creative with a great focus on the movement/breath connection. To Willis, transitions can be just as important as the postures, so prepare to feel the beauty in the “in-betweens”—for life is about the journey and not the destination. Come flow, feel, and go deeper into your own yoga practice in a supportive, inclusive environment. While Willis is a fan of travel, he considers his home to be in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. You can find him there most of the year leading yoga, getting involved in the community, and walking his dog Luna on the beach. Hootie-Hoo!