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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!
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….
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.