About Us

Radiant Sun Academy is a boutique yoga studio and healing arts center located in the exquisite Historical Handley Shopping Center of Fort Worth, Texas. We host a welcoming environment centered around healing, growth, strength, community and transformation.

Additionally, we provide avenues for better stress management, lasting health and clarity of mind. Through sharing India’s great gifts of Yoga and Ayurveda, and Thailand’s gift of Thai Body Work, we seek to provide the means for personal healing and enhancement of body and mind.

Scroll down to read more about our team and their commitments to your best health.

Ali Nohinek

BS, E-500 RYT
Women’s Health Advocate Biomechanist Yoga therapist Thai therapist Reiki Master Womb Shaman

Growing up, I was diagnosed with ADHD, manic depression and bi-polar disorder. I was on medicine for the majority of my teenage years. None of which helped, by the way. One day, after I had developed a steady exercise practice, I got myself off meds cold turkey and decided that I didn’t need these labels to define me.

Now, as I have come to learn Traditional Thai Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine, I understand what created the behavior from my teen-age years. Learning element theory has helped me to understand that we are a product of our environment. We are what we eat, how we move, and what we think. We are limited or nurtured by all of these factors. Yoga is the process of becoming more aware and I am a humble and forever a student of this practice for those reasons. After over a decade of practice, I am only scratching the surface of this ancient lineage.

We are living in a world of increasing technology that is pulling us farther and farther away from nature. The amount of movements that we are making is decreasing and it is decreasing rapidly. These technologies might seem convenient but they come at a large price tag to our psychological, cognitive health along with our physical and mental health.

It is my passion and life work to bring people back to nature, back to themselves and ultimately back to God, as these things are not separate. This is the practice of yoga. I am passionate about the start of Radiant Sun Foundation, our 501c3 Non Profit that is dedicated to creating a more sustainable future for the coming generations.

I am also passionate about working with women one one one to mentor them to reach their fullest potential. I do business coaching, shamanic practices, energy clearings, Shakti healing sessions and mentoring with individual women. I lead monthly women’s circles, and practice traditional thai medicine, along with do private yoga therapy sessions.

When I am not teaching or working on creative endeavors, I am with my husband and kids. I also enjoy making jewelry and play a variety of musical instruments when I get the hair.

I have over 20,000 hours of teaching yoga experience. I have worked with a variety of individuals in my career teaching yoga. One group that I have had the pleasure of working with for years has been young athletes. For several years I owned Yoga Warrior, my yoga for athletes business. I started out teaching to Duncanville High School girls and boy’s basketball teams. I then started to teach to all of UTA’s athletes, along with South Lake Carroll’s football team, basketball teams. Since then I have taught all over the metroplex teaching every type of athlete excluding hockey!

I have worked privately with several individuals using yoga therapy and thai medicine with spinal cord injury, paralysis, neuropathy, MS, along with other neurodegenerative disorders. I am passionate, qualified and great at helping individuals find their way back to mobility, strength and freedom in their bodies and minds.


  • Bachelor of Science from University of Texas at Arlington in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Live Love Teach in 2012
  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Shanon Buffington with Sri Vidya Lineage 2014
  • Yoga and The Internal Organs with Srivatsa Ramaswama 2013
  • 300 Hour Yoga Therapy Training with Tantra Vaya with Shy Sayar, Kimmana Nichols and Physical Therapist Christina Reach
  • Complete Course of Thai Massage with Shama Kern in 2013
  • Thai Massage Specialist Training – 250 Hour Live Course in the practice of traditional Thai bodywork from the Naga Center: School of Traditional Thai Medicine with Nephyr Jacobsen
    Bhagavad Gita with Manorama 2016
    Yoga Sutras Pada 1 and 2 with Dr. Katy Jane in 2013
  • Introduction to Sanskrit with Dr. Katy Jane in 2013
  • Reiki Level I and II with Sandra Vanatko, Jennifer Rylinski and John Stockenberge
  • Down There For Women with Katy Bowman, A course all about how to repair the pelvic floor disorder and prolapse
  • Reiki Master with Sandra Vanatko and Jennifer Rylinsky
Ali Nohinek

James Nohinek

Ayurveda Medicine Practitioner
500 CYT Yoga and Meditation Instructor

James Nohinek is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, born and raised in Dallas, Texas. As a young child, James Nohinek was inquiring deeply into life. James began meditating at 11 years old through the lens of martial arts. He is an advanced practitioner of Kali, filipino martial arts. 

Ali introduced James to yoga in 2013 and shortly after that James began his studies in Ayurvedic Medicine. 

“Ayurveda has changed my life. I went from depression, drug addiction and regular sickness to a radically higher expression of health. Addiction and sickness are gone and there is an abundance of energy. 

My goal is to bring people into this alignment through a unique implementation of Ayurveda medicine. Through this unique approach change becomes easy for my clients. There is no fighting with craving and will power and the body runs toward healing on its own.

“I look forward to working with you.”  —James Nohinek


  • Auto immune disease
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Infertility 
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive diseases and disorders
  • Mental health including  PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADHD, ADD
  • Men’s health- Low Testosterone

Stephanie Francis

Ten years ago yoga found me, seven years ago it changed my life. Over the course of these past seven years of teaching yoga, I have found a deep love and passion for the world of healing arts. Through several teacher trainings I have attended and many I have helped facilitate, to learning traditional thai massage, reiki and energy work so much has unfolded before me.

It is my desire to be a hollow bone for healing. It is not me but the Spirit that moves in and through me.

We are in a time of great stress, fear, deep rooted pains that go far back into our childhood and ancestral lines. Healing happens when we dig through the learned behaviors, survival modes and masks that cover our true nature. We live in a world where ailments are brushed off with pain meds and pharmaceutical but never getting to the roots. With Radiant Sun Foundation I want to help bring people back to their true nature. I believe it is my call and of great importance that we don’t treat only the symptoms but the person on a whole level individually. My path is to to be a channel and a vessel for healing. Whether that be physical pains, emotional, energetic or anything in between. I want to help people break free from their old stories and patterns. I want to help people get deep within and release all that is bound. I see them on a path of growth, freedom, and a new love and healing for themselves. I see them approaching life with new eyes and new perspectives. There’s is more to this life than what we see on the surface. It all goes so much deeper.

Peace and blessings,

Dena Mangrum

Maddie Wildman

200 Hour RYT

My first exposure to yoga was when I attended a free local class with my friends in high school. I was immediately captivated by the structured dance of asana. The way everyone’s breath melded into one felt like pure magic. I moved away after high school and began forming my own personal practice while maintaining my background of strength training and long distance running. Challenging myself has always been the fuel that keeps me feeling truly alive. Yoga has the miraculous ability to unlock the true potential of the body, mind, and soul and after 9 years of practice, I know this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Last year I moved to Fort Worth and Radiant Sun Academy came into my life. After taking my first class with Ali it was clear that being a part of this studio would be the next step on my journey. The 200hr training and lifestyle immersion has changed my life and opened my heart. I am so honored to share these ancient teachings to facilitate growth and healing in all of my students.

My goal as a teacher is to create a safe space for students to fully surrender to the present moment without judgement. I love a vigorous and sweaty class, but I also see the powerful medicine in a gentle therapeutic flow.

When I am not at Radiant Sun, I teach chair yoga for seniors in retirement communities and assisted living homes. This has helped me grow immensely and the elderly are very dear to my heart. I love using my creativity to create classes that help those with limited mobility! I also offer private sessions and yoga therapy for any experience level.

Dena Mangrum

Caroline Hardwick

200 Hour E-RYT

Caroline is a passionate, dynamic and incredibly fun teacher. She began her career teaching yoga with teaching children. Her light, playful and jovial spirit is a joy to be around and is ultimately incredibly healing and cleansing. She has a powerful presence. I highly recommend checking her out every Tuesday night! 

Dena Mangrum

Cristina Franco

200 Hour CYT

I first encountered Yoga 11 years ago during my second pregnancy. Hence, my introduction happened to be prenatal Yoga. I engaged with Yoga immediately and fell in love with the pose sequence and flow of this practice. It is the organic, healthy approach that Yoga provides which keeps me focusing on the connection between my body, mind and soul.

As an uprising student/ teacher, diving deep into the philosophy of Yoga has been truly transformative. Yoga continues shaping my world view in such a way that I will for ever be thankful for. My intention is to give back to the Yogic community by sharing all my wisdom.

I am Cristina Franco, in the flesh along with my higher self I am looking forward to our journey of enlightenment together.

Namaste 🙏🏻

Dena Mangrum

Dakota Cozby

200 Hour YTT

“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” Alan Watts

There is deep, intrinsic wisdom rooted in yoga and grounded in nature. I have felt the call to learn and develop a profound, lifelong relationship with yoga. Through the beautiful, sacred dance of yoga, I have found a deep connection with mind, body and spirit.

I feel immense gratitude for my teachers and all of the guidance and teachings they share with me. With love and light, we are able to transform and grow in beautiful ways.

Yoga is here and now.

I graduated from Radiant Sun Academy with a 200 YTT and lifestyle immersion training. I offer private sessions and therapeutic yoga for anyone ready for healing and growth.

Dena Mangrum

Tiffany Stewart

500 Hour RYT

I remember going to my first yoga class while studying kinesiology in college.  As a person who is a thinker, it felt so good to be present in my body. Later I attended graduate school for elementary education. I loved teaching but it was hard on me physically. I decided to take a break from the classroom and began to practice yoga daily. Yoga helped me to feel grounded even though my life felt uncertain. I decided to make a big life pivot and became a yoga teacher. Best decision ever! 

I received my 200hr yoga teacher training with Shanti Nolen at Keller Yoga and learned that yoga has so much more depth than I had realized. I then studied with Sandra Vanatko at Indra’s Grace for my 300ytt and was again mind blown by the vastness of this practice. I also completed an additional 200ytt in kundalini yoga with Siri Bahadur Khalsa, Mehtab Benton and Laura Benton. Mehtab also taught me the art of sound healing through the gong. My trainings taught me many tools that help guide me deeper into my internal world touching that Divine that is within us all. And then how to operate in this physical world from this centered place. I am so grateful for all of my teachers and the knowledge they have passed on to me. 

I recently completed my shamanic training with The Jaguar Path school which was a profound experience. We learned ancient tools and wisdom of the Q’ero shaman elders of Peru who are the last living descendants of the Incas. So much beautiful wisdom! I am forever a student and love weaving what I learn into my teachings. 

My purpose in this lifetime is to use my wisdom to help others navigate their healing journey. My teaching style is steady, nurturing and joyful. I love sharing this beautiful practice.

At home, I have two sweet girls. I’ve been married seventeen years to my soulmate and have a house full of animals. I love reading, art, traveling and nature.


  • Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hour
  • KRI Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher
  • Shamanic Training with The Jaguar Path
  • M. Ed. Teaching, UTA
  • B.S. Kinesiology, TWU
Dena Mangrum

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Based in Fort Worth, Texas