Our priority is to build an ongoing relationship with you. We know that starts the very first time you walk through the door to Hot Yoga Experience. Our team is focused on your specific needs and your various goals. We are committed to delivering a wonderful and consistent experience every time you come to our hot yoga studio.
I am a Montana native who moved to Sammamish in 2011. Growing up in The Big Sky Country, I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity of enjoy Mother Nature at her finest. My family and I have quite the soft spot for animals and rescue every furry critter in need. I learned at a young age to respect my surroundings and those animals in it. Most of my time was spent outdoors, lavishing in every moment of it. From trail running and white water rafting to cliff jumping and exploring ‘Where the Buffalos Roam’, Montana has made me who I am.
After years of rigorous trail runs and all my adventures, I found hot yoga to help heal an old back injury. I was amazed at the healing effects it had on me physically and mentally. It was this new and exciting butt-kicking workout that somehow relaxed and restored me at the same time. It wasn’t until I completed my RYT Hatha Teacher Training with Piper Sandifer in 2013 that I was really starting to understand what yoga truly was. It wasn’t about the workout or the postures, but rather something bigger and more enthralling. Piper and Hot Yoga Experience have helped open doors I never thought about opening and I am so happy to be apart of the HYE family.
Chelsea was first introduced to yoga through a class in high school. She practiced off and on for a few years before she found HYE and began a more regular practice. After going through her 200 hour certification, Chelsea fell in love with the philosophy and lifestyle of yoga. As someone who suffered from anxiety, depression, Tourette syndrome and OCD, she found life changing results by bringing yoga into her life. Since obtaining her certification, Chelsea has attended workshops with many different teachers including Seane Corn, and Eoin Finn of Blissology Yoga. She was fortunate enough to have been featured in Mantra magazine, and won an award in the category of “Best Fitness Instructor” from King 5’s Best of Western Washington. Chelsea is also HYE’s Teacher Training Director. Her mission is to help others find happiness while becoming the best versions of themselves through an integrated yoga practice that combines not just the benefits of a physical practice, but the more deeply rooted authenticity of a yogic way of life.
I am a business owner, mommy, coach and athlete. I am inspired to create change.
After years of beating up my body through competitive sports, I needed a change. I was searching for something to help heal my injuries without becoming bored. I found it in Hot Yoga. I could challenge myself every class and saw improvements in my first week. I loved learning how to internally focus, which correlated in my daily work. As a mom of a toddler, I needed my Hot Yoga time to re energize and get myself in the right frame of mind to start and end my day. I decided to become an instructor to share with others all the good things Hot Yoga brought to my life. When I leave a Hot Yoga class I am refreshed, energized, and very sweaty. I would recommend Hot Yoga for everyone regardless of age, gender, ability, or background. Everyone has daily challenges and Hot Yoga can be the thing to help you overcome them.
I live in Fall City with my daughter and dogs. I played rugby on the USA Women’s National Team and now I coach the Eastside Lions Girls Program. I visit my family in Iowa every summer and participate in RAGBRAI (bike ride across Iowa). I love hot yoga, hiking, learning, reading, and traveling. I naturally have horrible fashion sense, but am very open to help at all times. I love to help a cause and am inspired by passionate people. My favorite quote is: Abundance is represented by an uninterrupted circle of giving and receiving.
I am from the Bay Area, California and just recently moved to Washington. I have the cutest kitty on the planet named Frodo (I’m a huge Lord of The Rings fan). And I love being in the great outdoors. I’m very passionate about the earth and the all the living creatures living in it.
My journey with Yoga began 8 years ago at my old community college. I took a class and fell deeply in love with it. Not for just the physical benefits that go along with it but for the mental and spiritual growth that yoga provides. I’ve had a few injuries since then but that never stopped me from going back to the mat. Instead, it has aided me and helped me heal my body, mind, and spirit. Becoming in tune with ones self and others that walk this earth. Yoga is a way of life that can be applied to everyone.
I am a huge book worm. I love reading and getting lost in the pages. Whether it be traveling to Middle Earth and fighting along side hobbits, elves and warriors, written by the amazing J.R.R Tolkien or diving deep into my soul and learning how to become a better human with The Warrior Goddess Way written by the loving HeatherAsh Amara. I enjoy it all! I love the smell of a good book and the way it feels in my hands.
I love to smile and help others achieve their dreams. Laughing is a necessity in my life. If you can’t laugh at yourself, then you can’t laugh at life and all it’s wachy ways. Life is a beautiful gift. Living each day with a grateful heart. Loving others and never taking for granted this earth we walk on, are the foundations I stand on.
HYE is an amazing and inspiring place to be. It is such a warm (no pun intended), loving, accepting, and welcoming community, I am honored to be part of the HYE family! Journey on Yogis! Namaste!
Over four years ago I walked into HYE to use the saunas under the advice of my doctors. It didn’t take long for me to make new fun friends with the CSR (front desk girls). They told me I just had to try the hot yoga! Well, it didn’t take much convincing for me to have a reason to wear one of my flower-clips I got in Hawaii or to bust out my summertime toe rings in the dead of winter
My first class I arrived with my new yoga gear, and fresh pedicure, it was Tia or Chelsea that guided me to the instructor and told her I literally had no idea what this was. Just before the door closed my new friend whispered I was NOT TO TALK the entire class. Before I could turn and run, class was starting. I amused myself trying all the poses, and felt encouraged by the smiles of a few people. They could have been laughing at the site of a neon dressed blonde with a flower in her hair, but this was the no talking room. My instructor had told me to try and stay in the room, but if it became overwhelming, I could leave. Looking around the room and seeing 30+ new friends to meet, there was no way I was going leave early and not get the chance to chat.
Yoga for me is emotional…I go to see my friends and be with a group of people that enjoy yoga. The friendships, routine, and smiles is what brought me back time and time again.
Years after my first class I learned about a part-time job opening. After talking with the managers, I found this was a perfect match. I’m a single super hero mom to my daughter, Megan, enjoying her third year at WSU.
I currently own and operate my own business for over 21 years as a freelance full service hairstylist. Being an empty nester I was happy to find HYE had the same values I share for my own business. My managers here have encouraged me to continue to share my business and life motto *passion*compassion*friendship*service.
I look forward to welcoming you to our studio!
I am one who likes to have a full life. I teach middle school math which is a mixture of incredible fun, high stress, and a lot of planning. I am an aspiring yoga teacher, which has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I’m thrilled to finally be making moves to make that a reality. I am the mom of a fabulous young woman with the focus, drive, and a set of goals that make me incredibly proud. I am a member of the HYE family and am happy and at home amongst my fellow employees, the members we get to encounter daily, and all the details that make this place the positive environment it is. I love to backpack and hike as much as I possibly can, I am truly passionate about it. The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is like my second home. Get me talking about hiking and you might regret it. I am a runner and have utilized this exercise to bring great change into my life. It is the backbone and fuel of my busy life.
I am also one who like to have balance. I cherish any time I get to spend on the mat, doing yoga. I get to slow down and focus on just being in that space. Yoga renews my body and my mind and recharges me. I believe that the practice that I have allows me to lead the life that I live and keep a smile on my face and an overall positive and relaxed view on life.
“As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all beings.” -Dalai Lama
My name is Ashley! I am a Washington Native I’ve lived in Seattle, Woodinville, Sammamish and Ellensburg and have loved all that this beautiful state has to offer! I currently live back in Woodinville with my boyfriend Jeremy, we’ve been together for 7 Years and have one grouchy cat that has been in my family since I was 9!
My Yoga journey began over 6 years ago when my dad urged me to go to a Bikram yoga class with him. My dad had been doing Yoga for about a year when I got started and it took me a while to find my own path. I Practiced Bikram Yoga for about a year before I found my Yoga family at HYE. Each and every instructor was so kind and welcoming it quickly became my home base for my yoga journey. I received my 200 Hour Teaching Certificate from Global Soul Yoga with Piper Sandifer and my life hasn’t been the same since! I love teaching Hatha Yoga, I fell in love with it at HYE after doing Bikram and when I finally took the leap to discover my Dharma as a yoga instructor I knew right away that I wanted to instruct others in the style that helped me in my life so much! A consistent Hatha Practice is what helped me alleviate chronic Migraines, back problems and ease Joint issues from a genetic condition that I have struggled with my whole life. The power of Yoga is real people!
I’m passionate about making Yoga accessible to everyone. As someone who has tried to break the mold in many aspects of my life I want to make sure that when I teach it’s in a way that everyone can embrace and relate to. My personal journey into this beautiful yoga community has taught me that beyond the physical benefits of yoga what everyone can take away is the mental and spiritual benefits of a consistent practice. And if you can breathe you are doing yoga, so staying consistent is easy! I focus on providing a safe space of non-judgment, yoga is for everyone and no matter where your personal practice is today is perfect! I’m not a perfect “yogi” I drink milkshakes and don’t quite rock a six-pack, I’ve got a lot of Tattoos and still can’t do Sugar Cane pose, so let’s laugh together in the Hot room and see where our practice is together! It is always my honor to guide students and make them feel strong and confident no matter where they are in their personal journey!
I’ll see you in the Hot Room! Namaste~
Elaine was first introduced to yoga in 1999 and instantly fell in love with it’s ability to calm the mind as well as increase physical fitness. While living in Southern California, she practiced Iyengar yoga for 2 years and admired it’s attention to detail and alignment, which she brings to her teaching today. Upon moving to Washington State, she found a new love with Baptiste yoga which was her preferred practice for 10 years.
Elaine’s main focus is on proper alignment, breath control and mindfulness – on and off the mat.
When she’s not in a hot yoga studio, Elaine has fun with her husband and two kids, enjoys leather crafting, hiking, cooking, baking, and has a passion for nutrition.
My love for yoga started in my early 20’s. Since then yoga has been the one thing that helps me stay balanced, healthy and flexible. I believe that y-o-g-a is truly about You, being Open, Grateful and Aware. I like to guide people who say they are not flexible and can’t bend. Yoga is a journey not a destination. The practice of yoga creates an environment of no competition, no judgement and no expectations especially with yourself.
It has been said that sitting is the new smoking and I want to motivate as many people as I can to start moving on a journey to better health – Namaste.
I have been teaching cycle, boot camp, trx and personal training for years. That combined with running races and competing in triathlon made for a really hard core lifestyle. Although I’ve been practicing yoga for the past 14 years, it wasn’t until recently that I realized that teaching yoga helped balance my life and made me a better wife, mom of 3, co-worker and all around human. I believe that yoga is a practice that we can do until we’re 102 because of its vast health benefits both physically and mentally. My zeal for life is something I love to share in when teaching and I want my students to leave feeling much better than when they arrived on their mat. You can be assured to leave class hearing “go get em” because everyday is truly a gift.
Truthfully the first hot yoga class I took, I despised and was miserable. It was years before I was willing to give it another try. When I was ready to try yoga again I started participating in power vinyasa yoga classes with the intention of getting a good stretch and workout. With regular attendance, I could feel the difference yoga was making in my body. Many times, I would head off to yoga dreading it, but knowing if I didn’t go my body wouldn’t be happy with me. Then one day after class I realized something else shifted. I felt light, happy, energized and for the life of me I couldn’t remember why I was irritated before class. That was when I discovered the “mind” part of yoga and truly became hooked. On the mat was the first place that I learned to truly be present. From that point, I started to find It is extremely freeing to connect the breath with movement through yoga’s flowing meditation. Yoga is now an important part of my lifestyle that I look forward to and need to keep me grounded and focused on what is truly important. Through yoga I feel more centered and am reminded to see the world and myself with a greater kindness and appreciation.
Eventually I found myself wanting to share this freedom and experience with others and got my 200 hour certification for Hatha and Power. My classes move a little slower, but still work up a sweat, while focusing on alignment and calming the mind. Yoga has firmed my belief that when you are truly ready and open amazing things will happen.
Julie’s love for yoga began in a prenatal yoga class when she was pregnant with her second child in 2001. Being an avid athlete and having a passion for fitness, she loved the idea that yoga could not only challenge and strengthen the body but also, through the moving meditation and breath, connect the mind, body and soul. Working in the social services field for the past 20 years and also having a desire to serve and help others, she decided to take her yoga practice to another level and become a yoga instructor in order to share with others the amazing therapeutic benefits that yoga has to offer. Julie earned her RYT 200 from Piper Sandifer at Global Soul Yoga in the fall of 2016 and was fortunate enough to travel to India for a few weeks after her graduation to expand her knowledge of yoga and the Hindu culture.
Julie believes that yoga is for everyone regardless of age, fitness level or physical and mental ability. It is her goal to share the gift of yoga to as many people as possible. She aims to inspire and motivate yoga students to meet their health and wellness goals while providing a fun, safe, energetic, and rejuvenating class.
When Julie is not practicing yoga, she can be found spending time with her husband and 2 teenage sons, enjoying the great outdoors in the Pacific NW, and traveling to as many new places as she can around the world.
I was born and raised here in Seattle. I grew up in a large family and always enjoyed being outside— hiking, biking, running, or riding horses are some of my favorite things to be doing!
I took my first yoga class about 8 years ago— I instantly fell in love. Yoga quickly became an addiction for me – my daily or even bi-daily fix. Fitness has always been a large part of my life. But yoga gave me something that running or going to the gym never had—It gave me this inner calmness and inner strength that I didn’t know I had or needed. It did not take me long to realize that I needed more than just daily classes! So I signed up to for teacher training at HYE with Piper. Signing up was probably one of the best decisions I have made. I have learned so much more than just the yoga asanas. I have learned to slow down..and enjoy the present moment. To me, yoga is not just a physical exercise but also a spiritual practice that helps me stay in tune emotionally and mentally.
I fell in love with yoga because it is not a competition. It does not matter who did the asana better but it is about the self-journey getting there. One of my favorite quotes – “The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” (T.K.V. Desikachar)
I love teaching and growing along with students. It has been a wonderful journey becoming a teacher and I love knowing that it will always be a constant journey of learning and experiencing.
I accidentally discovered yoga during what I thought was a Pilates class. After 13 years of personal practice, my husband surprised me with the best gift, yoga teacher training as a Christmas present. Now, I have the honor and privilege to share my passion of yoga with others. My yoga philosophy for class starts with a theme and the class is mixed with inspiring music, asanas, and vinyasas. I thoughtfully create a flow to connect breath to movement, hoping my students leave feeling refreshed to deal with whatever life has to offer next. My intention is that during those 60 minutes, something speaks to them, learning about themselves on their mat, and gives them something to help them off the mat and throughout their day. I believe yoga is not only a good work out, but provides mind, body and spiritual connection that lures us back to our mat time and time again.
Mistilyn loves movement! She has been athletic her whole life; gymnastics, water sports, running, and dance always gave her a sense of balance.
Unfortunately her ankle could not keep up with her zest for impact sports. An unsuccessful surgery and extensive physical therapy did not seem to be the answer to her immobility. Searching for some way to regain her need for physical expression, she limped into a yoga studio for the first time. After that class, Mistilyn knew yoga was the answer to reclaiming her body. Keeping up with her commitment (even sometimes going twice a day) she found the way for her mind, body, and spirit to move freely!
Having spent over 25 years coaching in the gymnastics community, Mistilyn brings a unique perspective to her classes. Her passion for movement with body alignment, shaping, and a love for teaching continues through yoga.
Apryl and her husband moved to Washington 8 years ago and coming from the desert, she needed a way to help adapt to the cold and wet winters. As a gift from her husband she found herself in the warmth of a hot yoga studio on an introductory offer. What started out as a shelter from the cold turned into so much more than was ever thought possible. Yoga relieved stress, calmed the mind and strengthened the body (just to name a few perks). With all of these wonderful beneficial treasures discovered, the natural next step for her was to share with others.
Now that it has been established there will be no melting in all the PNW rain, Apryl and her husband are typically found outside if not in the studio. Hiking, trail running, golfing, walking their dogs or just exploring new neighborhoods; fill up any spare minutes that can be found. Life is an adventure and this one is partially captured at apryltolstoy on Instagram. Cheers!
I have always had a fascination with artwork and the human form, mythology and ancient philosophy, and creating/releasing energy through physical exercise, sweat and breath. While at first they all seemed to be completely separate interests, hobbies and talents, in the Yoga class they become one. Naturally I was overjoyed to have found Yoga as a practice, and following that path I became a teacher.
Finding much of my inspiration from Chakra theory, Yoga philosophy and spiritual myths from many ancient cultures. Not only do I want to engage students with a physically vigorous class, but expand and explore the mental and spiritual depths of Yoga as well.
My Vinyasa class is meant to adhere to fundamental Yoga postures, breathing and meditation techniques while providing an energetic flow and active challenge to students of all levels to awaken their inner warrior.
My Hatha Class is based around opening up the nerve plexus around the body and along the spine known as the Chakras, a focus on breath and meditation is used to calm the mind and relax through the nervous system. Does not follow the traditional 26 postures.
Brittany is an avid enthusiast and devoted student to all aspects of yoga. From participating in numerous sports and practicing classical dance for a majority of her life, Brittany has always been a valued a healthy and active lifestyle. In college, Brittany studied psychology and learned about the importance of a holistic wellness approach to healing. Her interest in the study of the mind, and care of the body, resulted in yoga being a natural choice of study. Under the careful instruction of Ali Valdez, Brittany continues to challenge herself and develop her body and mind.
Brittany enjoys teaching about the benefits of yoga and hopes to ignite your curiosity about the numerous ways that yoga can benefit the mind, body and spirit.
Christina recently moved to the Seattle area from New Jersey. She began to study Yoga as a method of stress reduction due to a demanding job as a Scientist.
Ten years later, she is a registered teacher and has continued her journey while guiding other on theirs. Yoga became a way to understand herself and she began to realize it’s impact was much broader than she had ever envisioned, and wanted to share the amazing benefits to others.
She earned her 500 hour teaching certification in 2007 with Yoga Sutra for Life in NJ and has been teaching since then. Her teacher, Ranjii Sandeep is still her guiding light and she has also studied with Dharma Mittra in New York City.
A favorite quote from the Dhammapada is “Mindful among the mindless, awake while others dream.”
Christina likes to infuse her Power Vinyasa classes with lightness and loves to see her students smile.
She lives in Sammamish with her husband and two daughters.
I learned at a young age to follow whatever adventure called to my heart. It was this philosophy that led me to study classical piano from the age of 7, travel through Asia when I was 16, get my degree in commercial photography, participate in a 10-day silent meditation retreat, and begin my yoga practice in 2009. Yoga has a magical way of helping us gain clarity by pushing away the mental fog to discover our purpose, and for me that purpose was sharing with students the joy yoga has brought me. I am Icelandic, and I find so much inspiration from my time there, my family, and the beauty of the country and its people. On any given day you can find me teaching or practicing yoga, hanging out with my cats, or dancing
After many years of practicing yoga, I devoted myself to becoming a yoga instructor so I could share my knowledge, passion and love of the practice with others. I was introduced to the Hot Hatha and Vinyasa style of yoga ten years ago. I immediately fell in love with this style of yoga and found myself sometimes practicing twice a day. Having a yoga practice of many years has made me keenly aware of its physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits. My connection with yoga has ignited my passion for sharing this knowledge with others so that you may also realize the many benefits of a consistent practice.
I received my 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification through Core Power. Their program concentrates on a full-body integrated workout style, focusing on strength and balance while linking breath awareness to the mind, body, and spirit. Believing that our journey is a constant learning experience, I continue to study through some of the country’s best teachers such as Ana Forest, Baron Baptiste, and Shiva Rea. My local teachers and influences have also played a tremendous role and include Lisa Black, Michel Spruance, Carina Terra, and many more that I am so grateful to.
When I am not on my mat, I enjoy cooking, gardening, hiking and even some impromptu travel. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my two girls (also yoga teachers) and my husband.
I am an Argentinian native and I have lived in the Greater Seattle area since 2003. My husband Bill and I are proud parents of two beautiful girls and a dog. I am passionate about healthy living and nutrition. I believe that human bodies were made to move, and that is what I do all the time! I am an enthusiastic yogini, gymnast, skier, paddle boarder and hiker!
I discovered yoga after having my second baby and I truly believe in the physical and spiritual benefits of a consistent yoga practice. In 2014 I had a skiing accident and I needed reconstructive knee surgery; a daily and consistent yoga practice in the hot room at HYE was a critical factor in my complete rehabilitation. From the first day, I fell in love with the HYE caring and welcoming teachers and staff. I decided to retire from a successful corporate finance career to pursue my passion and true dharma in life: to be a yoga teacher. I feel honored and privileged to guide other people to experience the benefits of this amazing ancient discipline, achieve their fitness goals and ultimately, live a more peaceful and soulful life.
My mission as a yoga teacher is to share yoga with the world! I love to teach hatha, power vinyasa and Yin Yoga. I believe that everybody, regardless of age, physical abilities and body type can find immense inner peace, health and fitness in a consistent yoga practice. I like to make my students feel welcome and safe on their mat and have fun while in class. I design yoga classes that incorporate the ancient philosophical and spiritual elements of yoga, a lot of Argentinian music as well as a space for meditation. I love to see the world upside down so I create sequences that incorporate arm balances and yoga poses that provide an opportunity for my students to test their athletic capabilities, always making sure to provide modifications to accommodate to all fitness levels and abilities. Yoga is for everybody. If you can breathe, you can do yoga!
Jeff first tried yoga when he lived in Thailand in the ‘90s, and he was a sporadic practitioner when he came back to live in the States. Yoga became a part of his overall workout which included martial arts, outdoor fitness, and general gym conditioning. When Jeff and his wife moved to Issaquah, they discovered Hot Yoga Experience, and it soon became the favorite part of his fitness routine.
“I started yoga mainly for the fitness benefits, and I loved the hot room and just felt so good after my ‘hour of power’ that I started coming all the time. Then I wanted to deepen my practice, so I completed a teacher training course and was amazed at how much more there is to yoga. I find I get a lot from the breathing techniques, meditation, and philosophies. Yoga has now become part of my life, not just part of my workout.”
Jeff travels most of the week for his corporate job, so you can find him teaching in our studios on weekends.
Practicing the warrior stances for over 37 years in traditional Japanese karate, Jess began to incorporate a formalized system of yoga to help with flexibility and to aid in the relief of lower back pain. After the first class, he knew he had found the perfect compliment. Always in pursuit of self-realization arts, Jess understood that Power Vinyasa Yoga offers everything one needs. Classes that work mind and body, a practice that incorporates balance, focus and strength, and an art with an open invitation to make it as spiritual as one wishes, all providing for the perfect ‘work-out.’ Having completed teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste and Jonathan Bowra, and an extensive hands-on assisting program with Lisa Black (TAP), Jess continues to train daily and absolutely loves the community Yoga provides. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to share his passion with others and provides classes that are challenging, fun and filled with joy!
Kathy began her yoga practice to bring peace to her busy schedule. She fell in love with both the physical workout and the meditative aspects of yoga. Since completing her teacher training through Sattva yoga in 2012, she has been happily teaching and sharing her passion for yoga. Kathy’s nurturing style will warm your heart and her dedication to support your practice bring you back for more!
My journey into the world of yoga began later in life. After graduating from Western Washington University, I started a career as a CPA with the public accounting firm of KPMG. After nine years in fast paced, high intensity work environments, I decided to pause and take a different turn in life, which led to three children and all of the great experiences that accompany a family. What was planned to be a short break from work rapidly turned into 15 years of managing the daily lives, needs, and emotions of my family and our home.
Then about three years ago my yoga journey began. Based on a recommendation to try yoga for stress relief, my husband and I attended our first yoga class. I have been athletic my entire life, but I had never tried yoga. At the beginning I didn’t know the poses and I felt awkward, but the more classes I attended the more confident and comfortable I became in my practice. I found a yoga studio (Hot Yoga Experience) that further boosted my confidence and introduced a sense of community into my practice, and I became stronger, lost weight, and improved my overall health. That led to a 60-day challenge where I attended at least one class (frequently two) each day for over 60 consecutive days. My passion for yoga blossomed and my desire to share the benefits of yoga with others directed me to the teacher training program at Hot Yoga Experience, where I earned my RYT 200 hour certification for Vinyasa style yoga. In my classes I try to integrate the core poses of Power Vinyasa with an exhilarating work-out style that refreshes but challenges all levels of fitness.
Hi friends! I’m Rachel. I am a passionate yogi, dog mom, and plant-based foodie. You can find me on the mat, hiking with my husband and fur-children, or making a mess in my kitchen. My husband and I share our delicious, creative recipes on our blog!
My passion for health and fitness lead me to my first yoga class as I was determined to get in shape, lose weight, and start making healthy habits. What I found was that yoga is so much more than just a physical exercise. I give credit to yoga for many obstacles that I have overcome in my life for it’s ability to connect each of us with our inner guidance.
I have been practicing yoga for many years and I love being a student. You will probably see me in lots of classes alongside with you. But why did I become a yoga teacher? Yoga practice inspires me to be the best version of myself, love myself, and accept my flaws on and off the mat and I want to share that power with others. Yoga allows us to get out of our heads and into our bodies and that is my goal for my students to achieve in class. I design my classes to be challenging and fun with a side of arm balances! I hope to see you on the mat soon!
Stephanie’s yoga journey began when a running injury forced her to search for a more targeted recovery. It only took a few classes to notice that the stretches, the heat and the meditative repetition of the practice were therapeutic and healing for her body and mind. But she didn’t fully commit to the practice until 2013, when she was recovering from hip surgery and searching for that perfect low impact workout, that she got hooked on hot yoga! After a few short months, Stephanie felt stronger, more energetic, and in control of her body, all thanks to a regular practice. The natural next step was to get her certification. Hot Yoga has helped her get back into an active outdoor lifestyle with her family, and she knew she wanted to help others feel the same sense of empowerment over their bodies.
Currently, Stephanie has her 200hr RYT certification, and enjoys teaching both Hatha and Vinyassa classes and encouraging students to find their edge. “I am not the best at clearing my mind of everyday stresses in life, but on the mat I am able to focus on my breathing and postures, and that is my meditation.” You can join Stephanie on the mat to get a great workout, let her help you with your own healing from an injury or stress, and feel that sense of control of your mind and body.
I moved from the UK to Sammamish on 30th October 2011. Having been here for a couple of weeks I decided one day to explore the local area. I pulled into Issaquah Commons and found HYE. Having never heard of hot yoga before I went in for some information and never looked back! I had only taken a handful of yoga classes back in England so decided to try Hot Yoga and I loved it.
I called HYE my little haven of me time! I love the atmosphere and all the friendly smiley people. So when I heard that there was a job vacancy I applied and am so glad I got the job I love it here.
I now call Sammamish home, I live here with my Husband, one of our boys (We have 3) and Bilbo the dog. I miss bits of the UK, my mum, my boys, the pub and a good cup of English tea, but I’m excited to have started this part of my life.
It’s a pleasure to work here and a pleasure to meet all the lovely people. Thank you for welcoming me. Namaste.
Diane has always had a passion for working out, especially running. After completing two half marathons and a full one, she decided she needed another form of exercise that would help complement the running. She began practicing Bikram yoga in 2004 and has been hooked ever since. Diane decided recently to quit her sales career and get certified as a yoga instructor through Hot Yoga Experience. She was seeking a work/life balance that she was not getting from her corporate career. Having struggled with some health issues, yoga became the one thing that healed her. Diane has a strong belief in listening to the body and understanding what your body needs. She believes that yoga helps you tune into your body and helps you figure out how to heal what needs healing. She believes in balancing the body, mind and soul through daily practice and is so excited to share in the journey with each and every student.
Some fun facts about Diane: She graduated from WSU in 2000, Go Cougs! She has been married to the love of her life for nine years. She has two fat cats: Bishop and Mouse.
I experienced my first yoga class at a community center in 2002 and innately understood and welcomed the mind/body connection that I had seemed to be searching for; the quest into a life long journey of discovery had begun. After years of practice I completed my 200 hour teacher training program in 2012 as a way to pass along my passion of yoga and to introduce others to the wide range of benefits a committed yoga practice can offer. Guiding students along the path of Yoga is an incredible experience and it’s a delight to witness the growth of new and experienced students. Hot Hatha is my first choice of practice, as the meditative aspect of the practice ignites the energy that fuels my daily life. I believe Yoga can be experienced in many places and in various forms by encompassing and practicing yogic principles in everyday life. In addition to a love of Yoga, I enjoy travelling to experience the sights and sounds of different places and cultures, the challenge of golf, hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, and cooking delightful meals.
Gina is engaged in life…always out running, skiing, biking, or hiking, and being an active mom of 2 beautiful young girls. Being introduced to Bikram yoga 10 years ago opened up a whole new world to her, a way to nurture her mind and body. Continuing to seek out the yoga world she explored Hatha and Power Vinyasa throughout the years. The challenging sequences and postures served her athletic appetite, but the moving meditation of connecting the breath with the postures served her mind, body and soul. Gina views yoga as a “gift that keeps on giving” with personal empowerment, confidence and enlightenment! Wanting to share this gift with others is what led her to study with Ali Valdez and Liz Doyle through Sattva Yoga. She received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification in Power Vinyasa in 2013. She also has completed the Teacher Assisting Program (TAP) with Lisa Black. Gina believes that once you walk in the studio, yoga is all about your “inner” self and self study, take it lightly, have fun, and try new things. Have a smile on your face and laugh with yourself! Live life to the fullest and ENJOY!
I was born and raised in South Africa; my husband and I moved to Seattle 10 years ago. We intended to stay for two years but loved the Northwest’s outdoor lifestyle and being surrounded by so much nature that we decided to stay. Before moving to Seattle I was a high school PE and Social Studies teacher. I now have two wonderful and beautiful girls and have been a stay-at-home mom.
Teaching people to be active and healthy is my passion. I have coached high school dance, field hockey and swim teams and mom-&-toddler fitness classes. I used to do many different kinds of exercises and got injured regularly because I was very competitive and would push myself too hard. So I decided to take a few months off and only do yoga. Four years ago, I signed up at Hot Yoga Experience. I went to my first power class and I was addicted. I love how physically challenging and restorative this practice is. I did my 200hr Teacher Training with Shakti Vinyasa (Baron Baptiste Inspired Vinyasa yoga) and I am grateful to be teaching at the studio that introduced me to my passion.
In my yoga class I like to the teach things that I have received from my own yoga journey and that is to sweat, have a challenging workout, to feel empowered, be playful, listen to your body and to be kind to yourself.
Krista began dancing at age 6. Her passion grew as she continued training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, modern, and hip hop. At age 18 she was traveling the world as a professional dancer on board the cruise ships of Holland America Line. Krista’s passion for dance lead her to exploring the mind and body benefits of yoga. She has studied under master teachers Melina Meza, Chiara Guerrieri , Jenny Hayo, and Anne Phyfe Palmer at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers and completed her 200 hour certification recognized by the worldwide Yoga Alliance in April of 2014. Krista hopes to inspire, share and educate others in the practice of yoga. “I believe the practice of yoga and the heat can seem overwhelming to some, so I strive to make each class enjoyable and achievable to all students of all levels”. Students leave Krista’s class feeling relaxed and rejuvenated from her playful sequencing and powerful flow.
Piper swiftly fell in love with yoga after her first class and after only three sessions signed up to earn her first 200-hour teaching certification. Since then she decided to follow her passion of helping people through yoga and shifted from a corporate career to teach yoga and direct yoga teacher training. She believes in always striving for opportunities to grow while appreciating where you are currenty.
Piper’s goals are to lead a happy and healthy life, love, make an impact through yoga and travel to every country in the world
Kevin has a passion for bringing yoga to those that want to improve their health, balance and motivation. His deep rooted love of sports (of all kinds) brought him to the hot room. “I wanted to maintain my soccer skills and abilities but the morning after a match was so painful…I’d have to shuffle around the house for 24 hours…” But soon I recognized movement in a slow deliberate pattern helped awaken the pain… Then 14 years ago another “former jock” encouraged me to try “Hot Yoga”… That first class was excruciating…couldn’t knee down, touch my toes or even get through the first breathing asana without laying down… Come to find, out that was all normal stuff… By my third class a light went on in my mind/body… The night after that third class I slept like a baby… I have coached soccer for 25 years at nearly all levels, played at nearly all levels and YOGA is the one thing that lets me stay connect to “The Beautiful Game” …with no pain killers. MORE IMPORTANTLY… Yoga changed every aspect of my life… Not just the physical but the mental… My other job puts me on an airplane 4 days a week as I manage 15 technical printing specialists in 9 western states. To travel, pack and be on my game 5 days a week… could be grueling, but having HOT YOGA as my centering place, lets me manage all the other stuff with ease… At the end of a day, two flights 6 meetings and three airports later….HOT YOGA is my escape… I wake up refreshed with an uncluttered mind and heart beating, ready to tackle the next day…
5 years ago again, someone convinced me to take my coaching experience/style and get certified to teach yoga… I was blessed to have the guidance of 5 Bikram trainers/instructors guide me through my certification… It was the most challenging..yet rewarding thing I have EVER done… Thank you for letting me guide you… Let’s see what HYE can do for you! My wife Susan is a testament to how hot yoga has helped her and her tennis game…
Favorite quote: “Fill your day, do something…you can rest when you’re dead”!
Renee Meena Fitzgerald
ERYT 200, BS Health Ed
Being a lifelong athlete, Renee loves to run, mountain bike, hike and ski. She came to find herself on a yoga mat to prevent injury, but soon realized yoga empowered her with a mental awareness and clarity that she had never experienced before. After over 15 years of practicing yoga, Renee felt the need to bring this transformative practice to others, so in 2012 she became a yoga teacher.
Renee is a 200 hour ERYT with over 1,000 of teaching and is currently working on her 500 hour RYT. She has completed Shakti’s Vinyasa’s Teacher Mentorship Program and TAP level 1 & 2, forty hour ‘Yoga Sutra Intensive’ teaching certification with Rod Stryker, has studied Mindfulness at UCLA and Leadership with GOOGLE’s SIYLI. She has also trained with some of her favorite international teachers Dharma Mittra, Sarah Powers and Sean Corn who inspire her daily, on and off her mat.
Renee believes yoga is a moving meditation and you will find her classes infused with fun, mindfully sequenced and filled with inspiration to help you come back to your inner power and beauty that is with in us all. To learn more about Renee you can find her on Facebook at ‘Renee Meena Yoga’ or www .ReneeMeena.com. Namaste.
Emily took her 1st Bikram Hot Yoga class in 1999, and she was hooked. She loved the way it made her felt after every class, mentally and physically. She is dedicated to her practice, which includes Power Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, and Sculpt.
She enjoys teaching to all levels of students, and not just hot! She is a motivated yoga instructor with advanced training in proper breathing techniques, modifications and safe alignment. She enjoys encouraging others to improve wellness and fitness for long-term health.
She received her 200-Hour Yoga Alliance certificate through Open Up Yoga Teacher Training, and also completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at The Ashram Yoga. During her training, she expanded her knowledge of the spiritual and meditative aspects of yoga.
Emily has a passion for fitness, so you might find her at the gym in a cardio class when she’s not in a hot yoga studio. She also spends time with her family, taxi’s her daughter to ice skating lessons, and has a real estate license, so she might be helping her clients buy and sell homes.
Kim came to yoga several years ago as an injured runner. Over the last decade she has practiced through pregnancy, while raising four children (ages 15-4) as well as through life’s highest highs, and lowest lows. While balancing and strengthening her body, she has also discovered yoga offers a calm and spaciousness off the mat. She completed her 200 hours of training through 8 Limbs in Seattle in 2016. She teaches Hatha and Vinyasa classes that offer a physical challenge with an emphasis on breath and presence. She spends her time outside the studio with her kids, writing, and running with her Rhodesian Ridgeback in the trees.
I showed up to my first yoga class in 2011 with a heart rate monitor wanting to know how many calories I’d burn. I still love the physical challenge that yoga can provide, but realized quickly that the benefits of yoga extend far beyond exercise. Within a couple weeks of regular practice, I had eliminated chronic migraines and wrist pain that I had been experiencing for years. I began to crave the strong and confident feeling yoga gave me physically and mentally, serving as 60 minutes of sanity in between a demanding work schedule and eventually parenting two little kids.
I attended yoga teacher training with Piper Sandifer initially to deepen my own practice. Fascinated that a sequence of postures done in a specific order could systematically fine tune all major systems, my first love was hatha yoga. During training I fell in love with building creative power vinyasa sequences paired with music that moved my soul, and knew it was my calling to move others too! My hatha classes stay close to my roots, centered around the traditional 26 postures coupled with powerful visualization techniques and dialogue to help my students practice with intension focus their minds.
I look forward to seeing you in class! Namaste.
A million miler by the age of 33, I travel frequently for work and personal purposes and love that yoga can be done anytime, anywhere, including airplanes, hotel rooms, and volcano craters. When I’m not traveling, teaching, or on the mat myself, you’ll find me enjoying the outdoors, playing with my kids or attempting to keep my house clean after playing with said kids. 🙂 I practiced yoga during both of my pregnancies, doing headstands until the day I delivered. I’m passionate about helping other women find appropriate modifications, deepen their mind body connection, and continue their own practice during pregnancy.
Katherine grew up in foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee and was first introduced to yoga in 1997 as a college freshmen at Maryville College. She casually practiced on and off for 19 years until having a vision to open her own studio, which led her to enroll in a teacher training program while living in Overland Park, KS in 2016. Shortly after completing her teacher training, her husband was transferred to Redmond, WA, where they now live with their son. She loves the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga and how her personal practice has helped her cultivate more peace, stillness, and rest in her life. She is passionate about sharing the gift of yoga with others.
Greg was born in New London, Connecticut on May 19, 1973 and since has lived and traveled all over the world, 41 countries in total. He joined the Navy in 1991 after high school and while in service, studied Morse code and newer technologies of signal analysis and interception while completing an associates degree in general studies at the remote University of Maryland colleges in Portugal and Germany. He continued his college education after an honorable discharge from active service and graduated from the University of Toledo in 1997 with a BA degree in Philosophy which is employed constantly in his teaching approach and way of living.
In 2003, Greg began his daily yoga practice in earnest and in late 2005 he sought out talented instruction and education in earnest at Pacific Yoga in Ballard, Washington, attaining a 225 hour Yoga Teachers certification and immediately started teaching in 2006 at Expansions Yoga in Silverdale, Washington. Other education came in the way of body work through Valerie Passionflower and the Thai massage tradition in 2007, and then a six month intensive training course in the Brandon Raynor School of Massage in Makaha, Hi in 2010. In early 2011, Greg spent time practicing and then teaching body work alongside group and private yoga classes in Sydney, Australia.
Following this, Greg embarked on a 500 Hour Experienced Yoga Teacher Training (E-RYT) with Jyothi Kumar Boyidapu, a true master of Ashtanga Yoga, Bhakti karma and Raja Yoga In Dharamsala, India. After this invaluable training and immersion, he taught teacher training courses for nearly a year in Pune and Goa, India. In late 2014, Greg returned to Washington State from his World Chakra Tour, completing 4-1/2 years traveling to and through the earths chakras from the west coast of America, South America, the Islands of Hawaii, Indonesia, Australia, Europe, Asia and India.
In his 10 year teaching tenure and more than a decade of practice, Greg has taught more than 10,000 hours of private yoga and 3,000 group classes. Greg lives purposely through his teaching of others and enjoying each and everyday.
My yoga journey started around 5 years ago when a friend and I decided to visit a yoga studio that recently opened up right below where we worked. I was looking to try something different to rebuild my strength after recovering from radiation and various back injuries. The sign failed to mention that it was hot yoga so we were in for a mental and physical awakening. When I got out something resonated with me and I started to go every day, sometimes even twice a day. I was able to find a connection, release stress, and be genuinely a happier person. After about two years I decided to take the Sumits RYT 200 hour training where I learned the Bikrham sequence along with flow. I was still curious about other types of yoga and branch out to learn more about flow, sculpt, Acro and Ariel. Local events in the area was my favorite to participate in with Lululemon, Lorena Jane, Arizona State University Wellness convention and many others.
I am currently working on getting my M.D through the University of Washington as well as completing a degree in Public Heath and Epidemiology. My end goal is to work in pediatric oncology and infectious disease in the US along with third world countries. Currently I am a trauma medic and like to dabble in a little bit of everything like hiking, paddle boarding with my pups, weight training, indulging in all types of food, along with exploring something new on weekly bases, the more random the better.
I loved HYE the second I stepped into the front office since everyone was so welcoming which made me feel immediately at home. I’m honored to teach and be a student here and to learn more and be challenged each day.
Joelle is a passionate and engaging yoga, Pilates, barre, and kids yoga teacher living in the Sammamish area. Joelle believes that a healthy fitness regimen provides tangible and meaningful benefits in all aspects of her life and feels fortunate to share her love of fitness. Joelle is an avid runner who has completed several marathons and began practicing yoga more than twelve years ago as a means to cross train. As an endurance athlete, she appreciates the centering effect triggered by yoga’s unique and combined focus on breath, movement, strength and balance. Joelle is a Registered Yoga Teacher – 200 hour certified through Yoga Alliance, a kids yoga instructor certified through Next Generation Yoga, Pilates certified, and a NASM certified personal trainer. Joelle’s depth and breadth of training and years of athletic experience provide a strong foundational understanding of both anatomy and proper alignment, which she leverages in all of her classes. When not teaching, Joelle can be seen running through the various trails around Sammamish, taking care of her two sons and daughter, reading, hanging out with friends, and practicing handstands just about anywhere.
I first began yoga during my time as an undergrad in college as a way to workout and relax my mind from studying. After three years of consistent practice, I decided to become a teacher because I imagined that it took a lot of confidence and charisma to lead a group of people through a yoga class, and I wanted to challenge myself. I did my Teacher Training through Global Vinyasa in the spring of 2016 in Thailand. Since then, I have been teaching Hatha and Vinyasa classes. I design my classes to be the type of classes that I would want to take, which are challenging classes with creative flows and fun, powerful music. Outside of yoga, I spend my time in dental school and trying to tire out my crazy dog McGregor.
I grew up in Western Montana but have lived in the beautiful Pacific Northwest for almost 20 years and the PNW has become my home. I am married to Ryan and we have two beautiful children together, Truman & Mona and a dog named Dexter. During the day, I work as the Facility and Operations Coordinator for a mental health facility in Bellevue and teach a yoga class to the patients there each week. Every Tuesday evening, I am in the HYE Sammamish studio to guide you through Power Vinyasa Yoga.
I have practiced yoga on and off for years, but started a more serious and dedicated practice in the fall of 2010. In the fall of 2014, I made the commitment to become a yoga teacher and went through a power vinyasa yoga teacher training program. I began teaching at HYE in June of 2015 and have enjoyed every minute that I have had in the studio (practicing and teaching).
I love everything that yoga and meditation bring to my life! When you take my class, I allow some space to hold the poses so that you can make the subtle adjustments in alignment, but more importantly, so that you can feel the pose from the inside out. How do you feel in the pose? I want you to connect to the feeling both in your body and in your mind in each posture. Connecting your mind, body and spirit is what drew me into the practice of yoga. My hope is that I can offer a piece of that to you when you practice with me. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of this community of amazing yogis at Hot Yoga Experience and look forward to seeing you in class!
Like most things Kimmy sets her mind to do, she goes ALL IN. Bringing yoga into her life was the same. Recommended by a friend, yoga was a healthy way to combat stress from a hectic corporate career. Committing to hot yoga practice, Kimmy experienced a huge transformation within a few short months. Ever since that first session, in 2007, she’s a big time BELIEVER. The movements, the breath, yoga has become an indispensable part of her life. So much so, after completing teachers-training, she felt comfortable hanging up her full-time marketing position to JUMP ALL IN to open up her business, YO!ROW Yoga, to help competitive crew athletes reach their fullest potential.
Kimmy is certified in Power Vinyasa and registered with Yoga Alliance. She has studied under master teachers, Baron Baptiste, Kathryn Budig and Jason Crandell, and has extensive knowledge in Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Restorative yoga. Loving the power of touch, she is a graduate of Shakti’s TAP program, advance training in the art of hands-on adjustments. Attending Kimmy’s classes you’ll find creative ways to challenge yourself, often using props, blocks and/or straps, as tools to support or push the body to go one-step further. “No matter where you are in your practice, I believe every class is a learning opportunity, one to reflect and grow, and ultimately become a better you. Stop by, say hi, I can’t wait to meet you!”
Welcome to HYE- I am Erica Black, yogi, Massage Therapist, and Wellness Coach. I’m married to my Yoga sweetheart Skye Andrade and when not at HYE we can be found teaching wellness classes with doTERRA Essential Oils, traveling the globe or taking our lil fur child Mitzy into nature. I love the PNW and all of the amazing people in our community. Helping to put a healer in every home and equipping people with tools for self care, yoga and JOY are my passion! Come introduce yourself in a class soon!
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