No matter if you’re a 7am or 7pm surfer, true yogi or cardio connoisseur, you’re bound to cross paths with several of our instructors while at the studio. Our crew is trained to push you, make you sweat, and make you smile—even when you don't want to. Of course, we’re a bit biased, but this crew makes us truly believe there are #NoBadDays.

So who are you hanging 10 and paddling it out with? Get ready. We're going beyond the board with our Meet the Crew series. 

Henny Rau

Meet Henny

“I love CSF because of the chill vibes and fun, stress-free environment that it brings.”

Henny, what should the CSF community know about you?

I grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and moved to Fort Worth 4 years ago to attend TCU. I’m studying environmental science and will be graduating in May. I live in a house with 10 girls (yes, it’s always crazy!). I love Thai food, coconut milk ice cream, and ALL tropical fruits. I’m a beach bum at heart and my biggest aspiration is to live in a beach hut somewhere tropical.

Oh, and­—lots of people ask me if my name is short for Hennessy…lol. It’s not.

Not short for Hennessy. Noted!
Are you going to move into that hut after graduation and eat all the tropical fruits or what?

After graduation, I am considering going to grad school for nutrition, but first I want to travel and see the world. I’m hoping to teach English abroad, become a Dive Master, and work at a scuba diving school—preferably somewhere in Southeast Asia or the South Pacific. (yes, diving is one of my passions!)

You’re a beach-loving adventurer. Is this what you like most about City Surf?

I love CSF because of the chill vibes and fun, stress-free environment that it brings. There are always new moves to try on the boards, and the workouts usually include lots of smiles and laughs. I love that new people come to try us out all the time, and there is also a small but special community of members who have been coming to the Fort Worth studio since it opened a year ago.

When you’re not in the studio teaching your Fort Worth community, in a house full of 10 girls, or studying about the environment… where can you be found? 

I am a full time student and a part time nanny. When I’m not teaching, you can find me practicing yoga, cooking new recipes, listening to music somewhere outside, or whenever I can escape - traveling, hiking, surfing, and learning about new cultures.

Big music fan, huh? What have you been listening to lately? What playlists should we check out?

Honestly, I’m all over the place with my music. Here are a few of my top playlists at the moment (they’ll change tomorrow, I’m sure): 

Hop on a board in Fort Worth with Henny by claiming your spot here.

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Meet Aleena

“It’s a pretty cool thing to be a part of someone’s day, and I try not to forget that it’s a privilege.”

Hi, Aleena! One of our longest-tenured instructors. Tell us about #AllThingsAleena:  

I grew up on the West Coast and have been a Dallas resident since 2003. I work at a startup and am obsessed with dogs, music, and eating breakfast foods at all hours of the day. I am not that great at yoga but I KILL it on the playlists. City Surf was my first yoga teaching job and 5 years later, I am still here!

We’re your number one fans. So, so lucky to have had you for 5 great years!
Tell us more about those playlists you’re talkin’ ‘bout…

Here is what I have been bumping this month.

Thanks! Will have to give that a run-through (or five). So Aleena, why City Surf?

I am one of the OG City Surf trainers. It’s been incredible to be a part of this from the moment we opened the doors. Mitch and Lauren have really done an amazing job making this a community rather than just a place to work out. I also am blown away by the fact that people have been coming to my class for YEARS. It’s a pretty cool thing to be a part of someone’s day and I try not to forget that it’s a privilege.

Amen, sista. That’s a wonderful mindset. When you’re not in the studio, what’re you up to?

I work for a tech startup based out of San Francisco. If I am not in the office or teaching yoga, it’s easiest to find me at a show somewhere in Deep Ellum or on my couch looking at Gucci Mane’s Instagram.

After you’re done looking at Gucci Mane’s Insta, check out Aleena’s Tuesday night class and hear her newest playlists by booking your board today.

Priscilla E. | CSF Instructor

Meet Priscilla

“There are many obstacles that get in our way and we all — at some point — need a little help to get to our goal.”

Priscilla, tell us a bit about yourself:

I am a native of Fort Worth, Texas with a passion for fitness, puppies, pizza, donuts and music. I received a full athletic scholarship to Texas Tech University to play soccer (Wreck ‘Em Tech!) and moved to Dallas in 2010. I believe in the power within our own selves: setting goals, being kind to ourselves and working for what we truly desire in life. I am most energized when I can help others on their journey to become their BEST self.

When you’re not in the studio pushing us to be our best, where can we find you?

Off the board you can find me doing other fitness classes, from spin to crossfit. I love supporting my friends that teach at other studios. I also love to spend as much time as I can with my dog Walter, friends & family!

What makes you excited about being a part of the CSF fam?

If it were easy, we would all be walking around with our dream bodies. But it isn’t, there are many obstacles that get in our way and we all — at some point — need a little help to get to our goal. The CSF community has helped me get closer to reaching my goals. Everyone is so encouraging and helpful without any judgements.

You’re making us blush! Because we’re a #NoJudgeZone… let us know, what’ve you been rocking out to recently?

I really look forward to New Music Friday; I’m always trying to keep my playlists fun and upbeat!

Ready to find your best self with Priscilla? Reserve your spot on a board today!

Anna H | CSF Instructor

Meet Anna

"I just followed my deep passion for health and wellness, committed to some bold lifestyle changes, and ended up finding yoga!"

What should we know about you Anna?

I was born and raised in Texas, but I’ve definitely always been confused about the culture here. Since a very young age I’ve questioned everything in regards to the world around me. My parents were young, so I didn’t get the opportunity to do any activities outside of going to school everyday. By the time I got to high school, I had no idea what I had to offer to this world and I just felt so behind when comparing myself to my other classmates. Fast-forward to university, I decided to study nutrition. From there, I just followed my deep passion for health and wellness, committed to some bold lifestyle changes (like transitioning to a full plant-based diet) and ended up finding yoga! Now I’m here :)

Tell us a bit more about your experience finding yoga:

I started to practice yoga consistently only a year ago. I never expected to be an instructor. It was just one of those things that happened organically. When I started practicing, everything felt so familiar and right, like I had rediscovered something.

When you’re not teaching others how to ride the waves of life, how do you spend your time?

Currently, I work a restaurant job 3 days a week. You can also catch me checking out different types of yoga and fitness studios in Dallas, grabbing a snack at JUICELAND or I Love Juice Bar, or maybe randomly rollerblading anywhere where I won’t get run over.

Please stay safe, we need you around. What’s your fav part about being a member of the CSF fam?

I haven’t been with CSF for a full year yet, but it really feels like a family. I love how easy going, yet supportive and passionate everyone is. There’s always an opportunity to grow, explore your self expression, and learn more about what it means to be a part of a community.

We’re lucky to have you! What type of tunes do you enjoy playing right now?

I am actually extremely picky and unpredictable when it comes to music, so I don’t have a favorite playlist. BUT; here’s one of my top playlists that I’ve made, enjoy!

Need a good savasana or ready to try your headstand? No matter how advanced your yoga practice is today, hop on a board with Anna!