About Our Teachers

Phi Truong

Founder, Life Balance Expert

I am a simple human.
I am a gypsy at heart.
I am healing and am a healer.
I want to offer you healing.
I want to heal the world.
All in that order.
Sometimes, I get way too complicated, creating messes that are great lessons. You can nod your head and laugh with me. I like to laugh.
With time and experience, I’ve harmonized the gifts of East and West for a comprehensive system of healing, growth and transformation. In releasing the boundaries of my mixed cultural conditioning, in learning to step into my own freedom, my simple answer is kindness. In kindness, there is forgiveness. There is nothing to prove, just a world to explore. Kindness lets me stop. Kindness reminds me to breathe. Kindness says, “I am sorry.” without guilt, shame or blame. Kindness knows I am enough. Kindness paves the way for “a different kind of happy.”

Kinsey Anderson

Kids and Family, Vinyasa Flow

Kinsey is AOL’s volunteer Operations Manager and owner of Love Move Breathe Yoga. She has been a dancer since the age of 5 and completed her BFA in Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During college, she had a love hate relationship with Yoga. She always felt better after each class, but her body and mind were frustrated by the strength and focus required – something she thought her well-trained body should naturally be good at! It wasn’t until she had a family and began dealing with chronic health problems that Yoga became central to her life and she completed the Yoga Bliss Teacher Training in the fall of 2013. Yoga is an empowering and life changing practice that Kinsey is grateful to be able to share with anyone and everyone! She brings her love for anatomy to her classes with a focus on core strength and alignment, as well as weekly themes to help focus the mind, heart, and spirit toward the unity of all three. In Kinsey’s classes you’ll experience a wide variety of sequences, visualizations, and information that challenge and help you to find an ever-stronger relationship between body, heart, and mind. For questions about the studio and her programs and services, contact:

Anna Laura McKowen

Yin, Yoga Nidra, Vinyasa Flow

Anna Laura is an ambivert. She loves people but learned a long time ago that she needs some quiet reflection time to stay sane. At the heart of her yoga practice is union: union of not only body and mind but also union of spirit and interconnection.

Through yoga, we come to understand that we are all in this life together. Sometimes it’s easy to forget this simple lesson – things get scary and we want to run away. But with practice we keep coming back to the breath and to our mat. We learn that the moment is a sanctuary in which we can live life free from regrets of the past and free from anxieties about the future.

“Rooted in surrender, I let go of any need to be in control. Anchored in the divine, I let go of anything that no longer serves me. I have arrive and I am home.

Michelle Lee

Vinyasa Flow

After practicing yoga for years as a means to exercise, the meditative and therapeutic part of yoga came to light. Now, two years into practice, yoga is every moment; It is breathing, eating, walking. Michelle is thankful to Agame/Ambassadors of Light Community, The Yogistas, Magnolia Grove Monastery, and the many yoga teachers who have shared their practice.

Lori White

Basics, Vinyasa Flow, Yin

Lori is a biologist by profession and works for the State. Prior to moving to Baton Rouge in January, 2016, she lived in Kokomo, Indiana. While living there, she partnered up with her dear mentor and they opened a new location for a yoga studio named Peace of Yoga (POY) in 2012. At POY she taught, helped organize and structure the business, wrote monthly newsletters, participated in local events on behalf of POY, and various other duties. Prior to opening POY, she taught at other places, both in Indiana and in Illinois.

POY was a large part of her life, and the students there were a second family to her. Lori says, “At POY, we emphasized ahimsa (non-violence) greatly. The studio was a place where all students felt love and compassion with no preconceived notions and no judgments of themselves or others. We didn’t want our students to feel they had to all look the same in their posture practice or feel the same things since we are all in a different place – in yoga practice as well as in life.”

She teaches many styles of yoga, including vinyasa, slow flow, yin, chair, heated, beginner, intermediate, partner, basics and private classes. She has worked with a variety of individuals from 8 to 70 years, and ailments including injuries to MS.

Lori loves nature and being outdoors. She and her husband have two dogs that she loves dearly.

Casey Derbes

Vinyasa Flow

Yoga came into my life about 15 years ago. As a competitive swimmer most of my life, I knew the importance of physical activity in regulating physical and emotional stress, but after I went to my first yoga class with the intent to just get stronger and stretch, I learned that fitness could be about so much more. Yoga allowed me to experience my body and spirit with a depth that was previously unknown. I found Savasana, in particular, to be a stillness I never even knew I craved- a time for me to connect with myself and a higher power. Yoga is a beautiful way to heal mind, body, and spirit. It was my academic life, however, that made me realize the importance of passing on the tools of health to the community. In 2012 I graduated with my Masters in public health in New Orleans, focusing on community health and nutrition. Since then I have become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and have started up Theory Health, a Wellness Company providing evidence-based Health Coaching and cutting edge testing in nutrigenomics, food sensitivies, hormone balance, and micronutrient testing. Through my education and work in community health I have developed a passion for bringing holistic health to the people in my life, both personally and professionally. I’m so happy to be part of the Agame community and I can’t wait to learn and grow with each of you! Hope to see you on your mat!

Lo Betik

Kids and Family Yoga

Lauren, also known as “Lo”, is passionate about working with children. She is a 2nd grade school teacher and an elementary art instructor. Yoga and meditation have been a turning point in her life. It has brought awareness, balance, and blissfulness. She encourages children to explore and develop mind, body, and being through yoga poses, breathing exercises, and meditations. Lauren loves to enjoy the small things in life and firmly believes that the inward journey is truly the greatest adventure.

Steve Carleton

Meditation, Yoga Nidra

Steve has been practicing yoga and meditation at Agame for over three years now, along with four Vipassana Meditation retreats. These practices and retreats have helped Steve, a sensitive soul, handle the excessive and negative thinking in his often over active mind, offering him self acceptance and a healthy peace of mind. At his last meditation retreat, Venerable Aggasami (Phi’s Meditation Teacher), suggested Steve start to lead meditation classes, to share the practice with others and also to deepen his own personal practice. Although still learning, the practice and sharing the practice with others help Steve in his daily journey.

Noura Skakri