by admin | Feb 17, 2019
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
It is difficult to put into words the gifts that yoga has given me. My practice has spanned over two decades and in those two decades my life has changed dramatically; yoga has been there supporting me each step of the way. I first came to yoga through sports and the need to heal physical injury, but I have found that yoga has been instrumental in healing all aspects of my life. There is nothing I find more rewarding than sharing the great gifts of yoga with others and facilitating their journey.
I have had the great honor and opportunity to take advanced training with some of the most accomplished ashtangis, all having studied personally with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, including: David Swenson (author of Ashtanga Yoga: the Practice Manual), Annie Carpenter (creator of SMART Flow®), meditation with Richard Freeman (author of The Mirror of Yoga and co-author of The Art of Vinyasa), and hands-on assisting with both Maty Ezraty and Troy Lucero. I have also had the opportunity to attend many more workshops on anatomy, meditation, yoga philosophy, and asana. I completed my advanced training with Carmen Aguilar. Additionally, I have taught many workshops on alignment, arm balancing, and handstands.
When I’m not on the mat, I’m working as a Certified Personal Trainer and as a functional strength trainer for Henschell Chiropractic. My favorite thing in the world is spending time with my husband, Wayne, our two sons, Zach and Cole, and our dog, Cinnamon.
I rarely say anything in Sanskrit but the word ‘Yoga” derives from there (Yuj), meaning to yoke or to unite. This practice in any form has always been that for me. I can appreciate and respect it’s heritage and maintain my own opinion.
My personal journey on the mat has been my council through divorce and raising three kids alone. My Doctor through being diagnosed with AID and aging :).As well as a quiet safe haven when connecting to GOD.
“I am grateful to get to be a part of your practice,”we all say that don’t we? Only because it holds truth. You being courageous and trusting enough to take your journey with me means a lot.
Usually the journey begins because of something physical. “I’m tight, can’t touch my toes, can’t see past my belly…..” Once you hit the mat you learn it’s emotional. Internal dialogue begins and we see what type of relationship we are going to have.
I’ve been teaching near 14years. I LOVE watching someones” light turn on!” It’s the moment they realize the pose (asana) was never the goal. It was the journey it took you through…..I look forward to a journey with you.
My name is Justin Kollmann. Yoga has changed my life into waking up everyday with a purpose and an excitement to do what I love. More importantly, yoga made me feel again, to detach from my everyday routine and cycle and go inward, and find self acceptance and discovery. Yoga gave me the comfort and sensations sports gave me, that getaway and vacation or that tuning out, that time out to dance freely. I’ve been fortunate to find yoga and practice for 7 years and teaching for just under 2 years. It’s my love, my passion and hobby. I teach full time, 20 plus classes a week and have taught at studios, gyms, apartments, private clients, online, coffee shops, inside, outside, heat, no heat and all ages. (I’ve taught kids 5-12, teens 13-17, adults all ages) I teach 45, 60, 75, 90 minute classes and have been certified in Vinyasa, Yin, 26 and Kids/Teens. I’ve taught classes in 26, Vinyasa, Yin, Fusion, Hatha, Gentle Hatha, posture workshops and guided meditations. I have earned my 500 hour certification and have been teaching with the Roger’s High School kids, as it’s a P.E. credit. I have also been a karma cleaner and or have done work trade to make sure I could experience all angles of a studio, as well as been a manager for a studio to gain experience in this environment. I’m so honored to be a part of this GHY community and family and looking forward to meeting each and everyone of you! Keep up your yoga practice, as it’s a prescription and medicine for everyone! Namaste!
Inspired by my love for people, I spent many years instructing and participating in various types of activity classes (swimming, step class, weights, etc.) which have all contributed to my health and well-being. However, I found myself yearning for something more.
In 2014 I became enlightened with yoga, which impacted my life in such a positive way. This special form of exercise united my mental and physical well-being, in a way that I felt harmony in my body’s natural physical state. After being asked numerous times to become an instructor, finally I decided to take this passion I had for practicing yoga to the next level and become a certified yoga instructor. This desire to help, guide and transform students is a wonderful blessing.
My goal as a yoga instructor is to teach, expand and enrich other individuals with their own yoga practices and find that strength, stillness and peace within them. I look forward each day to take this yoga journey together.
Like many people, I started practicing yoga as a way to bring flexibility into my fitness regimen, which at the time included a lot of running. My first class was a 90-minute hot Hatha style and after a few classes I was totally hooked to the point that yoga became my favorite form of physical conditioning and everything else took a backseat. That was in 2007 and while lots of other changes have transpired in my life since then, yoga has remained a constant. With time my practice evolved to include other styles of yoga and gradually my focus on the mat became as much about the mental and spiritual benefits as the physical. I was especially drawn to the sense of empowerment I gained from the control yoga gave me over my constantly spinning thoughts and the sense of calm I could achieve through conscious breathing. In 2017, I completed my first 200+ hour teacher training — a truly life-changing experience that ignited a passion to learn as much as possible about yoga theory/philosophy and a love for teaching that I never expected to discover. I’ve since completed several more trainings and I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be able to share my love of yoga as an instructor in Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Pre-Natal styles in studio, corporate and private class environments. Connecting with other yogis and participating in my students’ yoga journeys is a deeply rewarding privilege that humbles and inspires me every day!
I discovered hot yoga after facing a major health crisis back in 2012. Yoga gave me a space to tune out all my fears and worries and begin to see the strength and grace I truly had inside of me. Now, as a teacher, I hope to provide a space where the students can tune out ‘the noise’ for themselves and begin to see their truest self.
Linda Holden Givens (Linda HG) is a Seattle native, the granddaughter of Oscar William Holden, Seattle’s Patriarch of Jazz, author of ‘Holden On To Family Roots, and screenwriter, script to play ‘Holden On To Family Roots – Unexpected Guests – Reminiscing’. An avid historian, she writes for HistoryLink.org essays on subjects ranging from bios to city/towns. She ran for Miss Black American for Washington 1975, and featured in the magazine Women of Distinction in 2016. She began practicing Hot Yoga in 2011. She would later complete her RYT-200 hour in Hatha and RYT-200 hour in Power teacher training. Her acupuncturist recommended that she slowdown from all the exercising and activities she was involved in at the time. She is a true tomboy! She told herself ‘Self, slow down’. A hard thing to do right after running the Rock N Roll half marathon that year. She began seeking out various studios in the area where she lived. When she found a studio, she still did not know it was a hot yoga studio. First day, she survived 3 postures. Came back the next day and was hooked. She practiced for 2 months non-stop and was addicted, literally until she burnt herself out and had to take a break. One month later, she has not stopped. ‘I love everything about yoga! As a lifelong fitness nut, yoga has brought me immense peace, joy and happiness that is hard to explain. Yoga has transformed my life in so many countless ways. Yoga has been so good to me I want to share my enthusiasm with students. I am passionate about the practice, connection, compassion and awareness that it brings to me and others every day. I am a yogi for life, join the journey, let’s rock ‘n’ roll!!
I have a passion for horses. I was born with it. It is a never stop learning, never underestimate, never take for granted, never ending true love story.
I also have a passion for human movement, which brought me to working in rehabilitation medicine and in spine and brain surgery at Harborview Medical center. I LOVE anatomy. I LOVE movement.
My yoga path started in early 2009, with a friend inviting me to “hot yoga”. I adored it. The mindful movements of the vinyasa flows, the breathing rhythm, the attention to the details of the human body and the poses, I was hooked. I was already committed to working out, lifting weights, jogging, cross fit, group exercise classes, etc. Along the fitness journey, another friend introduced me to “barre” workouts, again love at first sight. It was another mind body connection, with thoughtful strength movements; focus on alignment, and breath. Within two months of trying my first barre workout, I was getting certified to teach it. I love to learn and I love to share what I learn! My yoga practice was still there, off and on, and I was literally waiting outside Get Hot Yoga’s doors in 2010. Off and on for a few more years, but always being drawn back to the “Yoga Call” I finally decided to get certified to teach in 2016. Again, I love to learn.
I enjoy moving our body into positions, using our strength, balance and breath. I always try to meet folks where they are, as they are, and go have fun from there. My foremost goal in my classes is to design them to be accessible to everyone and focus on the exploration, rather than the destination; encouraging clients to explore their own personal practice through mindful movements at their own pace, within their own unique range of motion. Having my left hamstring completely severed and surgically re-attached in 2017, I truly had to “practice what I preach” on the long road to recovery; listen to what your body says; push where you can, take it easy when you need.
What I have found over this journey is that yoga and working with horses are EXTREMELY SIMILAR.
It is a never stop learning, never underestimate, never take for granted, never ending true love story.
There is no room for ego, form and alignment have to come first, then strength, flexibility and the ease of the movement follow, practice and patience are key, and NEVER demand (cannot demand a 1300 pound animal to do anything), ask for movement, do not force the body into a pose, make the pose fit within your body, and above all –
ENJOY THE RIDE!!!
Happy Trails! See you at the barre or on the mat!!!
Yoga translates to union which reminds me that everything is connected – if we are present enough to see it. My practice started when I was a young athlete trying to incorporate some sort of flexibility routine. Little did I know, it would be so much more than a physical practice. I practiced on & off for years, until something shifted within me in 2017. I wanted to deepen my practice and connect with myself, and bring a true understanding as to what my path is here. So, I practiced, mostly at home, but nonetheless was finding what felt good for me in my body. Which for me, is the whole point. Every body is different & unique, and we must honor and surrender to that if we want to accept ourselves wholly. In 2019 I travelled to southern India to complete my first 200 hour training in traditional Hatha yoga. This trip not only blossomed my love for yoga and the tools I was taught, but also opened my heart to the love I was running from. Yoga is the path back home, to return to yourself. My intention for all my students is to develop a deep sense of knowing that you are the divinity that you seek. I am a teacher, but always a student first.
My love for movement has brought me to try many things: snowboarding, skiing, running, triathlons, wakeboarding, kayaking and hiking to name a few. I realized the need to complement life’s activities with a balance for optimum performance and longevity. I was honored to complete my 200-hour teacher training through Three Trees Yoga.
I believe yoga is often the best medicine. My background and study of Public Health was led by a strong belief in the power of preventative medicine. I obtained a Master’s in Public Health and have enjoyed a career in the area of Emergency Medical Services and healthcare technology. I’m grateful that my path has taken me onto the mat and into the community in an effort to help people feel better in body, mind, and spirit; with the strong belief that today this connection found in yoga is more crucially needed than ever.
I practice and teach various styles of yoga to complement life – with the belief that yoga is for every person, every day, every season.
I attended my first yoga class in 2005 and immediately fell in love with it. I’ve been practicing for 14 years, teaching for 13 with over 10,000 hours of teaching classes, workshops, 200hr training, and continuing education.
I found something precious that took me on a journey of yoga training: 200-hour RYT at the 8 limbs of yoga in Seattle and 200-hours and 300 RYT in India, Ayurveda with Melina Meza, Methodology, Meditation, and advanced training yoga retreats with great yogi masters.
After a couple of years of teaching and continuing education, I decided to go on a journey to India for intensive Vipasana, Hatha, and Ashtanga training with Swammi G, and other amazing yogi masters from the heart of yoga in India “Rishikesk”
Becoming a Certified Yoga RYT, 200 E-RYT teaching yoga to others has been one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences of my life. I teach a traditional style of Hatha Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Restorative, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Yin yoga with an emphasis on breathing, helping students to not only improve their strength, flexibility, and balance but also to help people de-stress and find their inner peace in this fast-paced demanding world. I love teaching and inspiring students to blossom into their greatest selves, not only teaching but also learning along the way with them.
Outside my mat and when I’m not teaching I spend time with my husband, children, & grandchildren, fishing, camping, & hiking. I love traveling and enjoying the beauty of this planet. I guess I enjoy everything, like Mother Teresa, said- “Life is a beauty, enjoy it!”
“Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully. Deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers and masters of yoga have shared with me”
Certified Yoga RYS 200-500 E-RYT200
Certifications Vipasana, Hatha, and Ashtanga
Beth began her personal practice in the hot room 13 years ago. Invited by a close friend to try a local studio, she went along for the ride. The first class was grueling, challenging, and the teacher “tough”. One thing was certain, a feeling deep inside Beth knew that she had found her home and refuge. Though it was difficult, her body began to heal from the years of marathon running, soccer playing, cycling, hiking, and pack backing. Overtime the hot room was her 90-minute vacation from life, career, and being a human on the planet. It was the one space that the mindfulness of being still, and accepting was experienced mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Above anything else, the ability to guide students in their own practice and build community with one another as we gather in the yoga room; is what inspires Beth. Careers, stress, political or religious ideologies, physical or emotional barriers, all can melt away as we practice the simple gesture of genuine acceptance, guidance of the body through breath while practicing, and connectivity to the present moment whatever it brings are guiding principles. The ability to experience this, and carry it into the world is a new level of powerful, and life changing.
I’ve been a yoga instructor for the past 10 years and teaching Qigong for the past 4 years. I’ve always wanted to coach those who had challenges similar to my own. Teaching yoga was my opportunity to help many others, like myself, overcome physical challenges and even aid them in their spiritual evolution. Not only do I want to support my clients on their path towards self-realization I want to coach them in becoming focused, centered and confident so they can discover their own innate ability to become a more empowered human being. My journey as a yogi has taught me how to develop a greater connection to my body and life force, as well as, how to conquer the self-imposed restrictions and barriers that keep me from actualizing my dreams.
Yoga has been a part of my life since 2015. What started as a way to find rehabilitation for my overuse injuries quickly transformed into something much more. As a mom of three girls, wife and an ICU/ER Nurse, yoga has not only helped me grow strength and flexibility but also taught me to live more mindfully on and off the mat.
I completed my 200hr in June of 2019 along side my husband. I was trained with an emphasis in Ashtanga but enjoy and appreciate many different styles of yoga. In my classes I love to create a fun flowing vinyasa where you can challenge and explore physically and mentally. I seek to teach a practice that will leave students feeling refreshed and balanced on and off the mat!
Pain and injuries acquired from years of sports and high intensity training led me to yoga in 2016. Immediately, yoga gave me the physical relief I was looking for so I could get back to throwing weights around. After a year of practicing yoga, solely to get back into the gym, I challenged myself to do 1 year of just yoga, nothing more nothing less. What I found was much more than just physical asana, something so impactful that it changed not just who I was physically but who I am as a being. The transformation to becoming no one had begun. In 2019 I took a 200YTT (yoga teacher training) to deepen my practice and share this transformative lifestyle with others. Along with 200YTT I have additional training in FRCms (functional range conditioning mobility specialists). My goal is to provide others with not just yoga, but functional, attainable yoga for all levels.
Off the mat I’m married to my best friend who’s also a yoga teacher and together we have 3 children. When I’m not practicing yoga with my partner or transporting kids to some event, i work for King County Medic One as an MICP(mobile intensive care paramedic).
I challenge you to be your best self.
“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
Kalie’s love of yoga began over a decade ago when she took her first class at the Baptiste Studios in Boston, MA. What started out as a great workout and a way to relieve stress, soon became a way of life. With a career in the performing arts, she has had the opportunity to travel the world and has recently made the PNW her home. After moving across the country in 2018, Kalie quickly became a member of Get Hot Yoga, leading to completing her 200-HR Training in the fall of 2019. She is so grateful and excited for the opportunity to share her passion with others. Yoga has been a great tool of healing in her life both physically and mentally. She strives to build confidence and self esteem in all of her students and believes that yoga is a great healer of the mind and body.
I took my first yoga class before I was old enough to drive. That’s not to say my yoga journey has been linear because it has been the exact opposite. I’d fall in love, then out, then be annoyed. Yoga was always there to support me regardless of my resistance. Eventually I found myself sneaking out of work early to take classes and using all my savings to pay for my first teacher training.
I’m a social worker by day and a yoga teacher at heart. Yoga informs all the work I do and how I move through my life journey. I’m trained in Power Vinyasa, Vini Yoga and prenatal yoga.
If you can breathe you can do yoga. That’s the only requirement. The goal of my classes are to invite you to explore yourself, connect with your breathe and find release while you build both strength and flexibility.
After years of practicing And teaching Bikram Yoga, I decided to enrich my practice by learning from Bikram’s teacher. I was certified in the Bishnu Ghosh lineage of yoga, where the 26+2 postures from Bikram’s extraordinary series originated.
Yoga has transformed my life. It has given me greater love and respect for my body, it has given me the practice of finding stillness- even in chaos, and it has given me a community of people who are uplifting, empowering, & supportive. My yoga practice has made me a better wife & mother, it has lifted me out of darkness (on more than one occasion), and taught me to quiet the voice in my head that tells me, “I can’t.”
Yoga is not a destination. It is a journey of the mind, body, and soul. So far, this journey has been magical.
Initially I found yoga through a Groupon add! I thought I’d give it a whirl to compliment lifting weights. I had no clue what I had gotten myself into. After my first class I contemplated puking, crying or eating. After my second class I cried my eyes out in final savasana. I was already pouring out sweat, so I figured who cares if tears fell out. I quickly realized that yoga, for me, wasn’t just physical. It was so much more. It was emotional. It was spiritual. It was the art of letting go. Letting go of old energies, old ways of thinking, old emotions-that no longer served me. It was a level of healing that I had never found before. I was hooked mind, body and soul.
In 2017, I became a Reiki Master in an effort to help heal others. In 2018, I made the decision to become a yoga instructor, to share the love.
The best advice I can give others is to invest in your passion. Find mentors along the way. Always give back. And always be the energy, love and light you wish to seek in others….
Kenny’s journey into yoga has been a series of happen chances starting from his first yoga class in a group fitness class at his gym many years ago. His journey has always paralleled between his success in the traditional corporate environment and his passion for the study of yoga and the interplay they have in our modern culture of the “more is more” mentality. Throughout his time as both a student and teacher of yoga, Kenny has had the great opportunity to study with many of yoga’s contemporary wisdom keepers and yoga luminaries.
After many years on the mat, he stumbled yet again onto the idea of bringing some of his most influential teachers and wish-list teachers to his home community in the pacific northwest. In 2014, he co-founded YogaLab NorthWest, the leading yoga training & workshop-based production company attracting international teachers from around the globe to the Seattle & Portland area.
In 2016 Kenny became the Director of Logistics & Communication as well as serves as a teacher training faculty member for 90 Monkeys, an international alignment based yoga teacher training school, where he brings his business acumen and experience in training & development to support the expansion of global and domestic programs.
Kenny holds a high regard for the lineage of yoga, the nuances of modern interpretation of the discipline and the importance of having fun while learning the depths of the yoga practice. This attention to detail affords Kenny the opportunity to serve on the Quality Control team for Gaia Oniline, the largest online collection of online yoga streaming programming.
He brings his keen eye into every class he teaches where he threads insights not only from posture to posture, but from class to class. You can expect to see physical challenges and philosophical themes carried across multiple weeks in order to provide the space for you to be a student of the practice and explore not only your physical possibilities but ultimately your mental landscape while on the yoga mat.
Kenny views yoga as a practice of introspection and personal growth built on the foundation, we lay for ourselves daily. He is enthralled with the endless journey that combines the calming of your mind, tuning into every fiber of your body, and the pure athleticism of dynamic asana and their ability to transform our lives!
InstructorIn 1999 Linda and her family moved to Washington from Sunny Southern California, with this move and our grey skies she fell into depression. In 2004 a friend invited Linda to try Hot Yoga after 6 months of practicing she got off of her medication for anxiety and depression. She had no idea that Yoga not only would benefit her physically but also mentally. Linda wanted to learn more and share what helped her get through a very difficult time in her life. 2008 she took Bikrams Teacher Training, 2013 Yoga to the people Hatha Teacher Training, 2015 200RYT Vinyasa/Yin/Sculpt Teacher Training. “The learning never stops on our mat and off our mat. My students are my teachers they inspire me everyday. I am honored I get to teach what I love and witness transformations and healing.”
InstructorI took my first hot yoga class about 8 years ago not knowing a love for this practice would blossom into what it is now. At first yoga for me was a great physical workout and way to increase flexibility. Now it is so much more and ever changing each day, thats what makes this practice so beautiful. Over the last several years I have had the pleasure of practicing in many studios but eventually found my home at Get Hot Yoga. Its here I discovered my passion for Barre and began to bring my practice home because I just cant get enough! With all the love and support from the yoga community and loved ones I decided that I was ready to teach. I am so honored to be able guide my fellow yogis through there their own yoga and fitness journey.
InstructorCourtney is humbled by the beautiful path that yoga has lead her to. She began dabbling in yoga over five years ago and that journey lead her to receive her certification as a registered Yoga Instructor. Spending 200 hours of study was just the beginning for her. She is both excited and humbled by this practice she gets to share with others. Courtney offers space for each student to grow within their own personal practice. She believes that each time we step onto our mat, we tune into ourselves and into our breath, creating a moving meditation that allows for a deeper connection to oneself. Yoga is her guide to both meditation and living a life in alignment. She is both a Teacher and a Student of Yoga, and continues to learn about the ancient traditions and practices of Yoga to share. Courtney is honored to guide you in Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin Yoga.
My yoga practice began in 2012 and started off just as a way to get a good workout in. I never knew that there was more to it than just an hour of movement in a hot room. It wasn’t until after having my first child in 2014 that I found it to be more than just part of my daily routine. As I began a new life in motherhood, I started bringing my practice home with me and incorporating aspects of yoga into every part of my life. It was an outlet for stress, medicine for sore muscles, and physically challenging for the body. It has completely changed my life! My daughters love to be on my mat with me and I include them any chance I get. I began taking barre classes not long ago and I find them so fun and affective! The challenging classes attracted me to keep coming back and ultimately why I chose to teach it. I have found a passion and I choose to share it with others.
My yoga journey started here at Get Hot Yoga in 2015. I came to 19 days of my 20 day trial and I was hooked! This studio has been and always will be home to me. I knew from the first few months of becoming a yogi that I wanted to teach this. But at the time my heart was set on another goal, becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist. So I spent that year going to school, learning SO much about the body and pursuing my dream. I became licensed in August of 2016 and have been actively practicing massage since.
The whole time through my journey to becoming a LMT I’ve had my eye on this 200 hour teacher training course. Timing has finally aligned for me so, in January of 2018 I will be going to Goa India to become certified to teach yoga!
I knew that I just could not wait until next year to start teaching so I decided to take my love for barre and start spreading the light there. I got certified to teach barre by Total Barre in March of 2017. Fitness has always been a passion of mine and I absolutely love being able to help people through their fitness journey.
Instructing at Get Hot Yoga is really a dream come true! I am so blessed to have a career that allows me to help others. For my body massage, exercise & yoga are what keeps me feeling great. I know can share those gifts through my work.
See you at the barre!
Tori comes from a background in Musical Theater and dance. She finds that Yoga is the best way to connect the rhythm of your breathe to the movement of your body and through this connection you find your most authentic self. Yoga is not about self-improvement. It is about self-acceptance. Meet yourself where you are and grow from there. After walking into her first Yoga class at the age of 18, Yoga has been the one constant in keeping her body healthy. Her practice would come and go but her love for the practice never diminished. She then took the leap into Teacher Training through CorePower Yoga in 2015 and since then has continued her training and has watched her passion grow.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Melain Blue grew up in a musical household and began working as a professional singer at a very young age. After starting her family, she shifted away from a performance based career in favor of a fitness focused lifestyle, where her love of music drew her into the world of dance fitness. Having no previous experience with dance, she began training in hip hop, jazz, salsa, and belly dance. Melain used barre classes to help her learn proper dance form and technique. Her growing passion for dance led the the creation of Rizzmic@ All American Dance Fitness. Melain’s format showcases all the most beloved dance styles in American history and is quickly gaining notoriety throughout the country. Her unique experience with dance gives her an ability to share what she has learned with other people that have no dance background but would like to be able to move with the fluidity and power of a trained dancer.
“There is an incredible confidence that comes from learning the art of dance-focused movement,” says Blue. “Whether or not you plan to dance, barre classes will help you take your fitness to a whole new level.”
Laura began practicing yoga with a DVD in her living room 10 years ago, which led her to practice on and off in studios until finding Get Hot Yoga MV. The experience at GHY transformed her yoga practice leaving her hungry to learn more. She did her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2013 and graduated as a physical therapist assistant in 2015. By exploring alignment and muscle activation in asana Laura gets to meld yoga and physical therapy. Laura feels that your yoga practice should be a magical space of play, where you can laugh, learn, and contemplate.
Mindful Movement – Mindful StillnessAwareness of breath and bodyLearning how to be comfortable in your body Moving well and feeling good at any age
These words are very important to me and are what I strive to teach and share with my clients.
I have been teaching yoga in the Maple Valley area since 2011. I received my 200 hour certification through the White Lotus Foundation in 2013. I am a Certified Roll Model Method® Practitioner and completed my 300 hour certification from Twist Yoga in Edmonds, WA in 2018. I am currently going to school to become a Physical Therapist Assistant.
My teaching style infuses many different modalities. My classes are a unique combination of movement, stillness and self-care techniques; merging exercise science and yogic principles to find balance of body and mind. Providing a safe and relaxing environment with a focus on improving strength, stability, mobility, flexibility, balance and overall wellness.
I am inspired by the people that I am fortunate to be able to learn from and those that I get to share and work with.
I love the outdoors, moving, sleeping, reading, my family, dog and dark chocolate!
With Gratitude ~
InstructorI attended my first yoga class about 13 years ago, I felt a positive shift within me and was hooked. I took my first ‘hot’ yoga class about 5 years ago, and once again I was hooked. It has been a journey of mind and soul. Through my practice I have become acutely aware of my balances and imbalances and I am always working towards living in harmony with my body, in tuned with the vital importance of pranayama.
I believe that yoga is for every body and that everyone can reap the health benefits, which there are so many. Yoga has a way of being just what you need. I continue to deepen my knowledge and fuel my passion through workshops, literature, and most importantly through my practice. I am forever a willing student. I have been blessed to share my enthusiasm with other yogis, and be a part of a great yoga community.
Ali Valdez led the 200 hour teacher training that I attended in 2010. I feel lucky and honored to have her as one of my teachers. She gave me a comprehensive foundation from where my deeper yoga knowledge continues to grow from. I believe in living a healthy and happy life, and wish the same for others as well. ~Namaste~
“Yoga is the giver of untold happiness” BHAGAVAD GITA (400-300CE), INDIA.
InstructorStacie’s passion for yoga was awakened at an early age as she was inspired to practice with her Dad, a lifetime yogi. In addition to practicing yoga, she studied dance, was a gymnast, a distance runner, and currently is a student of Taekwondo. Of all her chosen disciplines, it was her yoga practice that transcended all, providing the strength, flexibility and endurance of mind and body needed to be successful in each one. After a 15 year career at Nordstrom and the birth of her son in 2000, Stacie took her yoga practice to a higher level. With a desire to share the balanced, harmonious and injury-free lifestyle she came to know and appreciate with others, she became a certified yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. She currently holds an E-RYT 200 Hour Certification and enjoys practicing with a wide variety of yogis as often as possible. If she is not practicing yoga, she can probably be found at the Taekwondo studio, at a concert watching her son play one of his many guitars, or spending time with her beloved family and friends.
InstructorI began practicing yoga in 2004 and fell in love. I had always been an athlete and used to challenging myself, but yoga took me to a whole new level of working my body and mind in unison. 11 years later, my practice continues to grow and I am constantly challenged to push myself to new limits! I have been teaching for 4 years now and couldn’t be happier sharing my love for yoga with others. My passion in life is to help others become the very best version of themselves and I hope to inspire many along my journey. I gain so much from my students that helps me grow as a teacher, a student and an individual. Sometimes a teacher, always a student.
With a background in traditional yoga it took Stephanie almost 10 months to walk into her first Hot Yoga class and from the very first class it was love! Now, teaching certificate in hand and many hours of training under her belt she is enjoying the ability to teach yoga and bring this amazing approach to life to as many students as she can.
‘With hot yoga you either love it or you hate it, there is no in between’ is a statement you will hear Stephanie make repeatedly.
She loves it and hopes you will too!
See you in class!
Suzanne took her first Hot Yoga class in Manhattan Beach, CA in 2011 at the age of 62. With that first yoga class came the passion and desire to teach. Growing up her background in traditional style Russian ballet led to a scholarship at the San Francisco School of Ballet as a teenager. But, on a completely different level, Yoga heals the spirit, soul and body. Something dance cannot claim as a benefit.
In 2014 as a first time participant, she placed third in the Senior Division of Washington Regional Asana Championships held by the USA Yoga Federation specializing in the demonstration of yoga asanas. (Participation was playfully on her bucket list) She holds two 200 hour teaching certificates in Hatha Yoga and regularly attends advanced training workshops.
Suzanne is light hearted, exciting, fun and a passionate instructor with a desire to share the many priceless benefits of yoga leading to a healthier lifestyle and a happy life.
Owner/InstructorNicole Kuro, founder of Get Hot Yoga, is a proud second generation graduate from Tahoma High School and resident of Maple Valley. Coming from a long line of Chiropractor’s, Nicole has developed a deep passion for health and holistic living.
Before she decided she wanted to dedicate her life to yoga, She was in a dark state of her life after losing her sister to cancer. The devastating loss took a toll on her family, and it felt as if life was spiraling out of control. It was hard for her to find normalcy in her life…There was always something missing.
Soon she began attending college to complete her prerequisites for law school and began working as a paralegal at a personal injury law firm. Although she loved her team and co-workers, she began practicing yoga more then ever. Not only was it a stress reliever and a way to decompress from a busy, fast-paced day, it was also when she truly and deeply began to heal from the loss of her sister. It wasn’t long before Nicole had her “ah-ha” moment and realized that she wanted to build her life around her most favorite outlet. YOGA!
In early 2009 Nicole took a leap of faith, quit her 9-5 job and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Ali Valdez, founder of Sattva Yoga.
At that time yoga studios were few and far between and she immediately knew she wanted to bring yoga to the place closest to her heart, where she was raised…Her hometown of Maple Valley! She wanted to make this lifestyle accessible to her own community and give the surrounding residents the opportunity to use yoga as their outlet in life too!
In November, 2010 Get Hot Yoga opened it’s doors and has been welcomed with open arms…more then she could have ever dreamed.
Outside the studio, Nicole is passionate about her wonderful, supportive husband. Without him running a business and being a mother would be nearly impossible! And of course her two beautiful daughters who she hopes to guide them to understand health and have a passion for LIFE and living out their true desires.
“happiness is a way of life. I have truly found my calling & in doing so have made my happiness. ~See you on the mat!” Nicole is now a
Lululemon Ambassador and is also sponsored by Propel Water!
Bailey earned her B.S., in Exercise and Sport Science from Western Washington University in 2006. In 2008 she became a CPR Certified NSCA Personal Trainer and began helping people achieve their fitness goals. In 2015 she earned her 200hr Yoga teaching certificate through Core Power Yoga and completed her Barre teacher training through Total Barre.
Brandy went to her first Hot Yoga class over 9 years ago with a friend on a quest for better health. She gained more than she anticipated and found a new passion for life through yoga. Feeling more inspired and energetic than she ever had she started spreading the word and bringing friends with to class with her. Realizing how much she enjoyed sharing yoga with people it was an easy decision to attend the 200 hour Hot Hatha training in 2009 with Yoga to the People. Brandy went directly from hatha training to Baptiste power training and completed another 100 hours. Teaching was the best decision she ever made and has made her life more complete. Brandy fest that being able to practice and teach throughout her pregnancy made the whole experience even more enjoyable and beautiful.
Aimee went to her first hot yoga class in 2008. After falling in love with the way it made her feel, she began practicing regularly. She began to notice all of the amazing people in the yoga community and that the yoga teachers were extremely happy and positive! She knew that she had to bring light to other people by leading them through the postures, which led her to pursue certification in the teacher training program in 2013. Yoga has allowed her to become more physically fit, flexible, ward off stress and anxiety, and find peace within herself. As yoga has so many lessons, she looks forward to learning from her students and inspiring them to become their best self!
What if yoga starts here: Do unto yourself as you would have others do unto you. What if we listened to and honored our needs, respected our minds, and loved our bodies?
Through yoga I am reminded to render myself childlike in fascination and sensitivity to the most subtle sensations in my body and mind. I am inspired to live consciously and vibrantly in the here and now. To savor every taste, every sight, every touch, and every word spoken to me. I am creating space to separate myself from my suffering, my desires, and my fears. I learned to teach. And now I teach to learn, to connect, and to love.