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25 Pine Cone Drive, Ste 3B/4, Palm Coast, FL 32164 || © 2014 - 2018  Hot Yoga Lounge, Inc. Yoga Palm Coast.

 

OUR INSTRUCTORS

Instructors

Heather

Owner, ERYT-200, RYT-500

Hello, My name is Heather and I am the very proud owner of Hot Yoga Lounge (HYL), located in Palm Coast, FL. I am a certified ERYT-200 and RYT-500. I have been practicing yoga since 2007 and created Hot Yoga Lounge, in 2012. My passion for teaching is what inspired me to want to practice, teach and share yoga. My yoga practice began purely as a physical journey; however, the mental focus and stress reduction completely changed and deepened my understanding of what yoga could/would do for me. Even my husband noticed the shifts within me and I remember the day he said, “Babe you NEED to go to yoga.” That sealed the deal for us both that yoga was and would always be a pivotal part of us!

 

From the moment I unrolled my mat, I completely let yoga into my heart. I completed my RYT-200 hour in Ormond Beach, FL. Teaching, sharing and learning are my passions inside the yoga studio and as an elementary school teacher/dean. Teaching is an integral part of my world, so what better place to continue my passion but to combine two things I love to do, yoga and teaching. I believe that yoga is a continual experience of growth and development that positively impacts the lives of people who accept yoga into their world. I completed my RYT-500 hour training with Alexis Martin and am so proud of what she taught and shared during her training. Wow, what an amazing journey!!

 

My classes will challenge you to your deepest edges (maybe even some you didn’t know you had), allow you to be playful in your journey and keep you wanting to do and know more. 


Education-
200 ERYT Yoga Alliance Certified

500 RYT Yoga Alliance Certified
Masters Degree in Administration
Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education

Amanda

RYT-200

I was introduced to hot yoga in 2012 when a friend invited me along. I walked into my first class not knowing what to expect. I had been a competitive gymnast my whole childhood and into my mid-teens. My body was physically strong; and I was used to twisting and stretching. My thoughts going into class were,” it’s just a little yoga in some heat.” About 20 minutes into class I was completely soaked and feeling as if I were about to pass out. Reluctantly I came down onto my mat. I had been humbled, and laid there for the remainder of class. Yoga just kicked my butt; and yet I immediately knew I would be back. This is where my yoga journey began. As with many things in life we all strive to be the best. For me my practice was no different. After doing yoga for a few months I noticed a deeper connection when stepping onto my mat. I had become rooted in my practice. I felt not only physically stronger, but mentally as well. I found truth in myself through my practice. As I matured in yoga I no longer strived to be the best; instead I strived to honor my body. Appreciation for what I can do is now balanced with patience for what I cannot yet accomplish. Yoga has flowed into, and benefited, many areas of my daily life. Yoga has helped me through many differing seasons of my life. My decision to become a certified instructor has a lot to do with my passion for, and personal experience with, yoga. In teaching I have an amazing opportunity to help others while sharing my passion. I love being part of time which someone has allotted just for themselves. As an instructor I thrive on assisting others in their quest by helping them find their connection and stability. I strive to expand my knowledge of new postures and methods in a way that is both fun and challenging. My eagerness and wiliness to invest in myself and my students drives me to continue to grow. I enjoy walking with fellow yogis at all levels regardless of their background or experience.
Education-
RYT-200
Yoga Alliance Certified

Christine

RYT-200

Not until a few years after starting yoga did I truly fall in love with the practice. One day, it just hit me – situations that typically would have caused a stressful or impulsive reaction didn’t bother me like they used to. I had begun to center myself and flow with life, rather than allow life to push me around. I attribute my change of heart, not only to pretzel poses and cool party tricks, but more so to the breath control, focus and ‘letting go’ essential to any yoga practice. After finishing college, I decided to study at the Sivananda Ashram in the Catskill Mountains. I learned about asanas or postures, but also other traditions associated with living wholesome, yogic life (proper exercise, breathing, relaxation, diet, and thinking/meditation). Yoga teaches us that we are not our emotions and that we don’t always need to act on them. I’ve found strength, discipline and balance through the practice. I love the ever-changing aspects of yoga; each person has their own definition of what yoga is and the body is completely different each day than it was the day before. I believe yoga can teach us to accept ourselves and embrace change. As a teacher, I make every effort to allow everyone to feel at ease and to be inspired to become their own teacher.
Education-
RYT-200 Hour Sivananda Yoga

Dara

RYT-500

My love of movement began when I was a child. Growing up, I spent the majority of my time from age 3 to 18 at the dance studio my Grandmother owned in Bainbridge, Georgia. Upon graduating high school I went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and have worked in a variety of medical settings. I moved to the Palm Coast area in 2011 after my boyfriend and now husband, David, was transferred with his job. I missed my friends, family and home tremendously. I found myself getting depressed, gaining weight and overall feeling more stressed and anxious. I learned of a “25 days of yoga for $25″ deal and decided to just give it a shot. After the first class I was in love and captivated not only by the physical challenges of yoga but also the mental impact it had. I believe yoga came into my life when I needed it most. Yoga has transformed my life and I love that yoga is a life long journey, not a destination. Stepping onto my mat brings me positive challenges, physical and mental strength, acceptance, and so much happiness. When the opportunity to do teacher training arrived I felt it was the right time for me to deepen my understanding of yoga and its philosophy. As a teacher, I hope to provide classes where students feel they can honor their individual limits as well as find and explore their ever-changing edge.

Education-

Associate Arts degree Licensed Practical Nurse

RYT-500 Hour Hot Vinyasa Flow

Karen

RYT-200

I never realized how many ways yoga would positively impact my life. My daughter took me to my first hot yoga class, and as I entered the room and felt the heat I thought, “Oh no this is not going to work for me.” As my thoughts continued my daughter, who was teaching the class, shoved me in the room and whispered, “You can do this, breath through your nose and just enjoy the class.” So from that point on, I fell in love with yoga.  When I moved to Palm Coast, Fl. I started practicing hot vinyasa style yoga just about everyday and decided to come out of my comfort zone and take the 200 RYT teacher training, at Hot Yoga Lounge.  I teach a class that is for all levels and I bring a humorous  and true approach to my classes.I am a 64-year-old woman, and if I could give one piece of advice it would be to try and keep trying. Even if you can’t do all the postures, modify and stay on your mat. Yoga has given me a new outlook on life and I try to share that with all my yogi friends.  

Education-

RYT-200 Yoga Alliance Certified

April

RYT-200

I started my yoga journey in 2011 with a Jillian Michaels yoga DVD.  I was immediately drawn to the many physical variations and challenges that each posture presented.  I have worked out my entire adult life, primarily as a runner, but also with at home workouts.  Many of the moves were already familiar to me, I just didn’t realize the depth of them.  I had never been a member of a gym or studio, so when HYL opened just a few months into my at home yoga practice, I was extremely hesitant to give it a try. 

Once I went, I became hooked.  I can recall the changes I experienced in my practice, very early on and was surprised with my own strength.  When I consistently showed up on my mat, my practice and my physical strength continued to grow to levels I never thought possible.  What I never expected was the peace of mind and mental break from life that my practice gave me.  What started for me as a purely physical experience became much more, the time on my mat became a time of solitude and peace, a break from the everyday chaos and mental clutter, a chance to breathe and let it all go.  Somedays I found myself showing up on my mat for more than one class.  I realized I wanted to share this transformation I had experienced with others.   

My daughter started practicing with me early on, it has been so rewarding to watch and experience her yoga journey alongside of her, as she became an instructor as well. 

I truly feel we are all capable of so much more than we allow ourselves to believe or envision.  My practice has enabled me to see many of those visions come to fruition, I would love to help you attain yours. 

Education-

RYT200 Yoga Alliance Certified

Stephaney

ERYT-200, RYT-500

Hi! I'm Stephaney and I am a certified ERYT-200 and RYT-500.  I began my yoga journey with p90x yoga and a home practice in 2010.  My previous background was in martial arts as part of a demonstration team, and, for me, the best parts of that experience were the forms and how the body flowed with the breath. Vinyasa yoga brings me back to these early roots.  I expanded my home practice to a studio setting, Hot Yoga Lounge, in 2013.  There I found guidance that took my practice to another level: an inner journey that coincided with the physical challenge of the asanas. 

 

I started noticing small positive changes in my daily attitude and a yearning for the peace and inspiration I would find on my mat.  Yoga has since become a daily work-in for me to be a better person, to breathe and let go, to non-attach and be set free.  I felt compelled to share this  process of growth and exploration, to inspire others and reach out to them through my own experience.  I completed my RYT-200 in 2016 and have since completed my RYT-500.  I have studied and learned from many great yogis including Heather Doutrick, Missy White, MyLinda Morales, Kino MacGregor, Philip Askew, Alexis Martin, and Raghunath Cappo. 

 

I love teaching Hot Vinyasa yoga in which energy, arm balances, and inversions are incorporated.  My classes encourage a playful spirit, an open heart, and a beginner's mind; meeting yourself on your mat where you are at each moment, accepting, yet always challenging you to find your own path to your highest self.

"Yoga is the martial art of the soul, and the opponent is the strongest you've ever faced: your ego."

- Unknown

Education -

200 ERYT Yoga Alliance Certified

500 RYT Yoga Alliance Certified

Restorative Yoga Certification

Melissa

RYT-500

My yoga practice began as a home practice when I was pregnant with my children. I found the poses physically beneficial, but I gained more from the spiritual aspect of yoga. The words of encouragement, the perspective, the balance that comes into one’s life when practicing. I attended the first class at Hot Yoga Lounge on a Sunday in 2012, which transitioned my practice from home/television guided practices into a studio. I love the studio atmosphere. I find that I challenge myself more in a class than I do in my home practice. Much of this is derived from the energy, inspiration, and encouragement of the teachers. During my travels, I try to attend classes at other studios and have participated in a retreat in Costa Rica. I subscribe to the eight limbs of yoga, finding the greatest connection with the concept of non-attachment. I truly enjoy sharing my practice with others, and my desire to teach comes from a deep desire to share my practice and to inspire others to expand their practice. Namaste

Education-

RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Certified

Restorative Yoga Certification

Amber

RYT-500

I have been teaching Vinyasa, Yin, Yoga Nidra and meditation since 2017. I began my practicing in 2016.  I have been inspired by yogi masters such as Rodney Yee, Rod Stryker, and Briohny Smyth. I have studied with various yoga teachers within and outside the community such as Philip and Ivy Askew, Missy White, and Raghunath,  but have drawn the most inspiration from Heather Doutrick and Alexis Martin. I graduated from 200-hour teacher training in 2017 and 300-hour teacher training in November 2019. I thoroughly enjoy teaching Vinyasa-style classes where I can sprinkle in a little Kundalini, meditation, and other spiritual aspects of the practice.  When taking one of my classes, you may experience groundedness, strength, humor, spirit and love all within a singular class.

I teach yoga to serve my students in all three holy trinities: body, mind, and spirit.

Education-

200 RYT Yoga Alliance Certified

500 RYT Yoga Alliance Certified

Degree in Elementary Education

Chris

RYT-200

I first discovered yoga as a student at Flagler College. At the time, all I knew about yoga was that it satisfied my personal fitness requirement and the course description said something about relaxation.  A few years later, two friends introduced me to two very different yoga classes: a free form beach class and a more structured hot yoga class, and I fell in love with both.  Around the same time, I became an avid runner, and credit yoga with keeping me free from injuries.  Upon completing my yoga teacher training, I began teaching meditation and founded our kids’ yoga class. During my summer vacations as an elementary teacher, I co-teach at Camp Flow, our yoga summer camp.  Whether I am showing a child his or her first posture or introducing someone to the calming effects of meditation, I am honored to be part of the journey!

Education

RYT200-Yoga Alliance Certified

Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher, Kidding Around Yoga

Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, Minor in Psychology

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