Meet Our Team

Ali Nohinek

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

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, Ayurvedic Practitioner & 500 CYT Yoga and Meditation Instructor

Coming from Dallas, Texas, James Nohinek is a committed Ayurvedic Practitioner and a seasoned 500 CYT Yoga and Meditation Instructor. His journey into holistic healing began early, with his introduction to meditation at just 11 years old, cultivated through martial arts, specifically Kali—the intricate Filipino discipline.

This grounding in martial arts provided as a domain with profound ties to healing arts, this was what prompted James’ transformational journey into Ayurvedic medicine. Having personally traversed the path from depression, drug addiction, and recurrent illness to vibrant health and vitality, James is a living testament to the power of Ayurveda.

“Embracing Ayurveda revolutionized my existence. From the throes of addiction and ill-health to a vibrant, energetic life, the transformation was profound. My objective is to facilitate a similar transformation in others, guiding them towards optimum health through a unique, intuitive approach to Ayurvedic medicine. This strategy allows change to occur naturally, without a struggle against cravings and willpower, enabling the body to actively pursue healing.”

As a skilled practitioner, James’ ability to truly see and understand his clients’ health challenges empowers them to take control of their wellbeing. Through personalized Ayurvedic counseling, James provides insightful perspectives and practical tools that equip his clients to overcome chronic health conditions and establish healthier patterns.

Testimonial: “James has a gift for truly SEEING. He guided me to reclaim responsibility and power over my health, giving me the tools to overcome a 15-year battle with bladder infections, chronic inflammation, poor gut health, and poor weight management. With James, I felt seen, understood, and simultaneously challenged to confront the behaviors that contributed to my health issues.” – Client


  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Weight Management
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive diseases and disorders
  • Mental health conditions (including PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADHD, ADD)
  • Men’s health, specifically low Testosterone

Relevant Trainings:

  • Graduate of the California College of Ayurveda as an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, 2016
  • 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training within the Sri Vidya Lineage with Shannon Buffington, 2014
  • Introduction to Sanskrit with Dr. Katy Jane, 2015
  • Bhagavad Gita study with Dr. Katy Jane, 2020
  • Yoga Sutras Pada I, II, III with Dr. Katy Jane

Master’s Thesis: “Exploring The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting”

“I am eager to guide you on your journey towards holistic wellness.” —James Nohinek

Stephanie Francis

Director of Radiant Sun Foundation and Owner of Our Sister Studio: Llamaste in Fort Worth, Texas (Previously Radiant Sun Academy) 

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