All of our teachers are certified, registered yoga teachers (RYT) with Yoga Alliance.
Kate has always been a fitness enthusiast and a consistent runner since her teens but a piriformis injury after a half marathon left her hobbling. She found herself in this hot yoga studio in search of relief. That started the journey quite a few years and hundreds of classes ago. “My whole life changed,” she says. “Not only did I experience all the usual benefits — better breathing, focus, discipline, less stress and more — but my perspective changed. I can find peace in the midst of a tornado now. I’m more aware of energy shifts in myself, my students and nature; which yogis refer to as being present. I’m a better, healthier person.” In 2006, Kate began studying Ayurveda, literally translated “the science of life” and the sister science of yoga. Much like traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda is an ancient, holistic approach to health. Ayurveda treats dis-ease by incorporating lifestyle, food choices, and herbs to balance each unique indvidual. As a consultant, Kate makes these recommendations. As a yoga teacher, she infuses each class with seasonal postures to achieve balance according to Ayurvedic principles; yoga therapy. Kate’s mission is to help people of all backgrounds discover their best self believing it’s never too late to change or improve the course you’re on. Her classes both challenge and heal nudging you to find the guru within.
Jennifer Harrington, 500 HR, 200 RYT, took her first yoga class years ago at Hot Yoga Studio. Little did she know how much yoga would change and heal her life. What began as an excellent workout became so much more. Jennifer received her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) from Jimmy Barkan in Florida and her 500 RYT through Rolf Gates. Her classes — hot yoga and hot vinyasa — inspire and challenge her students to be the best person they can be both on and off the mat. Her love of yoga extends to teaching courses at Tidewater Community College and she is honored to be an ambassador for Manduka mats and products as well as a guest model for Yoga Bela innerwear. Jennifer is grateful everyday to be able to guide students through their practices and considers teaching yoga a privilege. “For me, the most beautiful thing about my yoga practice is that no matter what is going on in my life, externally or internally, I always feel better when I step on my mat. I always leave my mat a better person. Yoga is the best medicine”.
Dee has been practicing yoga for years; long before it became mainstream. While raising two daughter and maintaining a full-time job, yoga kept her grounded and healthy. For as long as she can remember, she’s been interested in natural health, staying green, and organics but the necessities of life kept her from pursuing a career or even a deeper exploration of holistic therapies or alternative medicine. Now that her girls are graduated from college and making lives of their own, Dee has recommitted herself to living the life she always envisioned. She has her 500 RYT from Master Adam and continues to train with him believing that there is always something new waiting to be uncovered through practice. In the classroom, she exudes such an abundance of joy for this art that it makes you want whatever she has to share. She brings fun, play and passion to her teaching. Her classes are a slow flow where poses are held long enough to allow a deepening of the posture, the development of strength and balance, an exploration of the body, awareness of the breath, and focus and concentration of the mind. Putting these practices together gives students an opportunity to find that point of peace and stillness in the pose. “The body will gently and slowly unravel if you give it the time and space it needs to open and heal. Just come to the mat and listen. And by finding peace, joy, and freedom in your own body, you will find it in your mind and Spirit and take it with you as you go about living your daily life.”
Tiffany first experienced yoga in 2002 while a student at Virginia Wesleyan College. Six years, marriage, and a child later, she rediscovered yoga while attempting to “get in shape’ and nurture herself. She fell in love with the practice. That first hot yoga class led to a daily practice and then to teacher training in 2009. As Tiffany describes it, teacher training was a challenging, intense journey that made her dive deep into many areas of her life. She blossomed, discovering the profound connection – that we all have! – of body, mind, and spirit within and with each other. As with all fabulous teachers, she continues to train, take classes, and spend as much time on the mat as possible. Tiffany’s classes challenge while instilling peace in and out. In the words of one of her favorite teachers, Rolf Gates, “Our practice is a shelter we build for our spiritual selves. It is the work we do to safeguard and support the possibility of spiritual growth. The winds of life constantly wear away at this shelter, but if we stick to our tools, the shelter will hold.”
While completing TWO undergraduate degrees AND planning her wedding in 2009, Liz took her first yoga class at Old Dominion University (ODU) to relieve the accompanying stress and anxiety. She felt an immediate connection to the practice. Wanting more, she followed her ODU teacher to Hot Yoga Studio where, after three-years of steady practice, she made the decision to turn her love of yoga into a career completing her 200-hour teacher training here at Hot Yoga Studio in 2012. She’s never looked back. Her love and passion for yoga pushes her to bring that same light and energy to her students on a daily basis. Her enthusiasm for all fitness — including weight lifting and the circus performing arts — provides such a great feeling of gratitude and appreciation for her own body and mind after a workout that she just has to share. Liz’s philosophy: ““Always be a first rate version of yourself, rather than a second rate version of someone else.” (Judy Garland quote) She’ll help you get there!
Kara started the journey into the world of yoga with one mission in mind: “to get bendy again!” She walked into Hot Yoga Studio and never looked back, having found her home away from home. Kara participated in the first 200 hour teacher raining program at Hot Yoga Studio and has happily stayed on as an instructor. She has experienced firsthand the benefits that a consistent yoga practice can provide enhancing other forms of physical activity. Having always been athletic, Kara’s latest sports interests include running and paddle boarding. She combined her interests in yoga and running into a “Yoga for Runners” class to help runners avoid injuries.
For Kara, yoga is no longer a great workout, but has become a life-changing routine. It enables her to balance her physical and mental well-being with the patience and tenacity required manage a toddler and work a high-tempo, full time job with Virginia International Terminals.