Austin
6th and Lamar

Ari Witkin

Dane's Body Shop and Lifetime Fitness

Ari Witkin is the Community Affairs Director for Conley Sports and The LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon and Half Marathon where he serves as the primary liaison with neighborhood, religious, business, civic, non-profit, educational, and governmental groups to facilitate and expand community engagement. He is also the Managing Director of 26 Miles for 26 Charities, the philanthropic organization of the marathon that brings together 26 different Austin area non-profits. Having served as an Analyst for the Texas House of Representatives and Senior Associate at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, Ari brings a wealth of public affairs experience to Conley Sports. Additionally, Ari is an experienced yoga teacher, leading vinyasa style classes at Lifetime Fitness and Dane's Body Shop. In... Read the profile >>

Gioconda

Castle Hill Fitness, Dharma Yoga, & Bodhi Yoga

Gioconda began practicing in the Hatha Yoga tradition with Murti of Healing Yoga in Austin, Texas in 1996. Murti began his training with Billy Porter (Urban Yoga), Peggy Kelley and Devon Deitrich (Iyengar Training), and now trains with Rodney Yee, who has the biggest influence on his teaching. In 1997, after her first year of practice, she entered a three-year teacher training and apprenticeship with Murti. During this time she also studied and practiced Pattabhi Jois’s ashtanga yoga, and attended workshops and seminars with Rodney Yee, Angela Farmer, Anna Forrest, John Friend, T.K.V. Desikachar, David Life and Shiva Rea. In 2002, she began studying regularly with Mary Keator. Mary and Murti have both gone on to share yoga with other communities, and since then Gioconda has... Read the profile >>

Jake Saenz

Atomic Athlete

Jake Saenz is a former Army Special Operations Soldier with multiple combat and non-combat deployments overseas. After returning to the United States he got his Bachelor's degree from Texas State University in Business. He started Atomic Athlete, a partner gym of Military Athlete, in the summer of 2009. His gym is a performance-based strength and conditioning program out of Austin, Texas that provides elite level programming and coaching for athletes of all disciplines. At Atomic Athlete they use Fluid Periodization to train all attributes in a cyclic fashion. A huge emphasis is given to core strength, durability, and mental toughness - all extremely transferable to competitive and recreational athletes. Jake has coached athletes of all levels from UFC fighters, Force Recon Marines,... Read the profile >>