OUR INSTRUCTORS

HEATHER

Owner, E-RYT 200, E-RYT 500, YACEP

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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-
E-RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certified

E-RYT 500 Alliance Certified

YACEP Yoga Alliance
Masters Degree in Administration
Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education

AMANDA

E-RYT 200, RYT 500

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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-
E-RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certified

RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Certified

CHRISTINE

E-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-
E-RYT 200 Sivananda Yoga

DARA

E-RYT 200, E-RYT 500

My love for movement began very early in life. Growing up I spent most of my time in my Grandmother’s dance studio in Georgia. In 2011 I moved to Palm Coast and began my journey into a dedicated yoga practice.  I believe yoga came into my life when I  needed it most. I was captivated not only by the physical challenges of yoga but also the mental impact it had. I quickly came to understand the transformative nature of the practice and have been on my mat ever since. I am indebted and humbled by my teachers who have so graciously shared their knowledge and love. I thank and honor each of them for their wisdom and generosity.  My teaching style reflects my passion and playfulness as well as my dedication to the science and discipline of yoga. My classes are an engaging blend of hard work and play with generous servings of sweat and laughter.  I anchor my teaching in the core principles of yoga, with the aim of making them accessible to everyone. I will encourage you to get curious about your breath as the source of power in your practice and integrate the meditative qualities of self-study to become aware of the subtle energies into the asana. My love for teaching is second only to my passion for learning.  I believe that being a student of yoga has and continues to transform the capacity and potential of my mind, body and heart. My personal practice continues to grow into one that is heavily centered on intention and purpose. I hope you will come to practice with kindness to yourself and hold space for growth and exploration.

Education-

E-RYT 200 Hot Vinyasa
E-RYT 500 Hot Vinyasa

KAREN

E-RYT 200

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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-

E-RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certified

STEPHANEY

E-RYT 200, E-RYT 500, YACEP

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, and 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 have completed both my RYT-200 & RYT-500.  I have studied and learned from many great yogis throughout my journey. 

 

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 -

E-RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certified

E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Certified

Restorative Yoga Certification

YACEP Yoga Alliance

MELISSA

E-RYT 200, RYT 500

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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-
E-RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certified

RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Certified
Restorative Yoga Certification

APRIL

E-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-
E-RYT 200 Hot Vinyasa

AMBER

E-RYT 200, RYT 500

I have been teaching Vinyasa, Yin, Yoga Nidra and meditation since 2017. I began my practice 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 grounded-ness, 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-
E-RYT 200 Hot Vinyasa
RYT 500 Hot Vinyasa
Degree in Elementary Education

TIM

RYT 200, RYT 500

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The practice of yoga did not come to me early in life. I started practicing when I was 35. I always enjoyed physical activity, exercise, running, biking, and hiking. The practice of yoga was a whole new thing. For so many reasons it has changed my life. At this point, there is not much more I enjoy more than sharing, growing, and building on this practice. When I moved back to Palm Coast a few years ago, and after I got settled back in, one of the first places I went to was Hot Yoga Lounge. All the instructors here are amazing. I started taking my yoga practice much more in depth. Naturally, and over time, I felt myself becoming part of this amazing yoga community. I’m very proud to be here. I have completed my 200 and 300 hour teacher training in order to be able to better share the things I’ve learned and experienced with others. This practice has so much to offer no matter what it is you're looking for. When you take a class with me, I’m definitely going to encourage you to meet your edge, whatever that may mean to you on any given day. I like to tell stories and interweave thought provoking themes. I hope to be able to share the powers of the asana, as well as breathing, meditation, and mantra with as many people as possible. I love teaching and practicing with all kinds of yogis from beginners to  the experienced. Come take a journey with me; I hope to see you on your mat at Hot Yoga Lounge!

Education-

RYT 200 Hot Vinyasa

RYT 500 Hot Vinyasa

KIAH

RYT 200, RYT 500

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I've always been passionate about moving my body and staying physically active.  I grew up dancing and I was involved with competitive dance.  I loved it but into my older teen years, I started to grow tired of the toxic environment that came with it, so I decided to quit.  The decision left me feeling empty, uninspired, and completely lost.  I was no longer doing anything that I was passionate about and I didn't have anything going for me until I decided to give hot yoga a try.  

I started yoga just to stay in shape and workout but after experiencing my first class I quickly realized that this was more than exercising. People came to yoga for peace, healing, and community.  I was instantly hooked on the exuberant feeling you get after a class and the way you're left feeling uplifted and encouraged.

As my journey continued, I decided to take the next step and participate in RTY 200 teacher training at Hot Yoga Lounge.  I had no idea what to expect but I have always had a strong desire to lead people.  I was never sure what that looked like until I started training.  This ended up being one of the best decisions I ever made.  It pushed me in all the best ways to not only be a good instructor, but a good human.

Around the same time that I was becoming a yoga instructor, I also became a licensed esthetician specializing in skin care and beauty which works hand in hand with my love for serving others and boosting their confidence.

For me, my mat is my safe place where I am free to move my body unapologetically, free to rid myself of all the false judgment built up in my head, and also a place to find peace and be my authentic self.  That's the kind of space that I aspire to create when teaching all of my classes.

Education-

RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certified

RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Certified