The Dragon Team

Our instructors seek the good in all things, especially within themselves and their students. We build and empower each student’s self-esteem, and we encourage laughter and playfulness. 

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Desirae Penton

Founder, Lead Yoga Instructor

Desirae’s yoga journey began when her career as a young athlete led to a series of sports injuries and a shoulder surgery in 1997. At first, she used yoga to prevent future injuries, but quickly fell in love with the practice as it transformed into a life-long journey of mental, physical, and spiritual self-awareness. Becoming a certified yoga instructor was just another part of her journey as Desirae shares her love of yoga with others.

500 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification, Sunstone
200 Hour with Jason Lobo

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Stacey Allen

Yoga Instructor

A dancer in college, a five-day-a-week runner, and mother of three daughters, Stacey got into yoga in early 2006 to alleviate knee pain and find her flexibility again. After that first class in a little bitty studio in Oklahoma City with Tiffany Porte, Stacey discovered her love of the yoga practice. In 2015, she completed her teacher training to become a certified RYT 200-hour teacher. She loves Oklahoma City’s yoga community. Stacey leads her students through vinyasa flows and breath with a smile, and she motivates them with inspirational mantras. She knows that yoga goes beyond the mat: it helps us with whatever life throws at us. But don’t let her smile fool you--this Mama knows how to challenge the body with unique movement, fun flows, and expert cues & adjustments.

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Bethany White

Yoga Instructor

Bethany’s body and mind needed yoga long before she became conscious of it. She knew that she had to clear her head and become comfortable in her own skin, but lacked the tools to get there on her own. From the moment she stepped into the studio, she knew that something important awaited her. This place where she laid down her mat became a home, too. At Dragon, Beth has seen—and experienced for herself—many “firsts,” both for teachers and students. She loves that people here can be both teachers and students, never losing the best parts of each. Beth is honored to hold space for her students so they can come as they are. She knows that the hardest part is often simply finding the strength to show up. If we can choose ourselves, magic will follow.
200-hour certification at Dragon Yoga

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Amy Morris

Senior Yoga Instructor

Having spent years as a massage therapist and professional dancer, Amy found an immediate connection to the physical aspects of asana, but was surprised to discover the mental and spiritual peace she had been seeking as well.  Amy’s passion to share this unity of mind, body, and spirit brought her to Dragon’s teacher training program.  She is honored to teach and practice with her kula.

ERYT 200 – Yoga Alliance – Dragon Yoga YTT

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David Lapidus

Yoga Instructor

After practicing at Dragon for five years, David graduated Dragon’s 300-hour YTT program and became a teacher in 2021. Though he stumbled into yoga by accident, it became a passion, and he’s excited to share it with his students. David learned that yoga functions through the “mind-body connection.” How exactly does that work?  Who knows.  But if we trust the process, we can grow in ways we never expected.  When David isn’t teaching, he’s probably baking cookies or obsessing over classic cars. Most of all, he’s proud to be part of our strong and diverse kula.

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Rositsa Slavova

Senior Yoga Instructor

Rosi was born in Bulgaria, but her free spirit and sense of adventure brought her to her new home in Oklahoma. She started practicing yoga in 2015 to deal with overwhelming emotions and a busy mind. She discovered that the physical practice of yoga grounds us into our body, teaching us to listen to it. Yoga also open our hearts even when life challenges us. It is this simultaneous opening and grounding that she hopes to inspire in her students. With this power, we can connect with our own bodies, develop a relationship of listening, communicating, patience and honor. This gives us the grace to meet our bodies where they are, circulate energy through movement. Ultimately, we can experience ease and flow in our emotions, thoughts, and creativity. Rosi is 200-hour certified through Dragon Yoga’s YTT program.

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Breanna Cobbs

Yoga Instructor

Bre came to yoga looking for a new lease on her health, but she gained far more than that. Bre is eager to implement the teachings of yoga into her life, and she’s excited to immerse herself even more into the philosophy and spirit of yoga practice. Dragon Yoga has become a place to experience the benefits of yoga, both by teaching her friends and by learning from them. 
200-hour YTT certification at Dragon Yoga

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Claire Engelman

Pilates Instructor

Claire shares her light and compassion with all of her students, empowering them to be the most unique, best versions of themselves. She is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer, well versed in a variety of modalities such as Pilates, yoga, group fitness, and dance.  Claire has 25 years of experience in the dance world with a BFA from OU in ballet pedagogy and is in her 5th season as a professional dancer/aerialist with Perpetual Motion Dance. Her students leave her classes feeling uplifted, challenged, and motivated to take on the day with strength, peace, and joy.

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Jen Bodin

Pilates Instructor 

With a passion for fitness and helping others, Jen provides uplifting, challenging, sweaty classes. She fell in love with mat Pilates fifteen years ago and hasn’t looked back since! Jen is certified in Pilates and HIIT and is also a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM. Her goal is to help others thrive. Her positive energy, motivation, and love will leave you feeling strong, sweaty and empowered!