Jami Monahan ERYT-500
sweet disposition will quickly dissipate any fears students have about yoga, and will motivate students to find their own inner teacher. She teaches with understanding that yoga is about self-realization and that the journey constitutes peeling back the layers created by past experiences and finding ones true self. Jami says being a yoga teacher is like lighting the lamp on a dark path.
It is ultimately up to the student to take the steps to self-realization and proceeding down the path on their own inward journey. She understands that being a yoga teacher is a huge responsibility and wants students to be empowered and know they can make a difference. Jami’s knowledge of modifications and props will allow each student to feel successful in his or her yoga practice. Her genuine care for the students shows in her encouraging, playful teaching style. Her classes flow with inspiration and motivation as well as an emphasis on alignment and breath. It is Jami’s positive, upbeat personality that is sure to leave a smile on your face!
Erin Bassett RYT 500
Erin Bassett is a RYT-500 specializing in vinyasa, hot yoga, aerial yoga, and boot camp style classes. On first impression Erin may seem like a gentle tree huger but her class is guaranteed to get you moving, create fire and get you excited about your transformation not only on your mat but in your day to day life.
Sharing knowledge about living a healthy lifestyle and finding what works best for your own body, Erin’s classes are suitable for any yogi. She loves helping beginners find their inner teacher, athletes find space in their bodies and offers everyone a place to understand their emotions. The time spent in the yoga room symbolizes a place to have fun and grow.
Erin offers a well rounded natural approach to finding the way to the center of your being. Having experience working one on one with students the have disabilities, extensive injuries, fused/broken bones, tragic life experiences and those who are just ready to take their practice to the next level, try new things and have yoga sweep them off their feet!
Keeping an open heart and a beginners mind Erin is a full time student of life, yoga and biology. She is following her dream and passion to protect and conserve our oceans and wildlife by working toward a B.A in biology with focus on coastal environmental sciences at the University of North Florida.
Fascinated by our environment and intrigued by the nature of our internal world Erin finds yoga to be the glue that brings life to a whole. Combining logic with faith, science with spirituality, healing thru exploration and power thru challenge.
Erin opens your eyes to self liberation that unifies our heads and our hearts. When not teaching yoga you may find her doing arm balances and backbends on the beach, soaking up the Florida sunshine, jogging thru winding nature trails, laughing with friends and family, driving a food truck, traveling and finding inspiration wherever she goes. Striving to always enjoy life and spreading the most beautiful gifts, love and yoga.
Anilda Carrasquillo RYT 500
Anilda Ward is a certified teacher, RYT500 hours in compliance with the Yoga Alliance standards. She has also received a certificate of completion from the Duke Institute of Integrative Medicine in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors.
Anilda passion for yoga began in 2008 after attending her first yoga class in search of a relieve to chronic back pain. She quickly felt challenged to improve her own breathing capacity, physical strength and her ability to be still and concentrate. Anilda’s experience with a regular yoga practice has had a tremendous impact in her ability to manage and relieve chronic pain and its side effects and she desires to share her experience with the fast-growing senior population, cancer patients and those suffering with health challenges that limit their abilities.
Anilda offers a practice that is precise, detailed, compassionate and sensitive to the complexi-ties and vulnerabilities of the older adult population who is not quite as mobile as they used to be. She specializes in therapeutic applications of yoga to stay functional, release tension, stretch and strengthen the body, relax the mind and lift the spirit. She appropriately modifies the postures to safely and effectively work with the senior population who in her opinion is a group that copes with getting older and doesn’t always have the support that is needed. She recognizes that a typical class for these groups is likely to represent the most diverse mix of abilities of any age group.
Anilda incorporates Pranayama (breathing techniques) as part of her classes. She believes that our breath is like a diamond, that you carry with you at all times and can be used to cut through all of the stress and external pressures the world brings. If you are able to use your own breath to relax, to stop anxiety and develop a one point focus mind, you will have more energy and a better sense of yourself.
Anilda currently teaches yoga to breast cancer patients and survivors at Florida Hospital Cancer Institute in Ormond Beach. She offers private classes and will work with your individual needs to get you comfortable with the techniques.
Bernadette Christaldi RYT200
Bernadette Christaldi is a RYT200 certified instructor and currently achieving her RYT500. Berni started her yogic journey over a decade ago as a student at Hot House Yoga. Her passion for life makes her a strong and supportive teacher that will have her students laughing while they sweat.
As a business owner, Berni has gained the experience to gracefully lead a room through everything from a simple beginner’s flow to the more complex, advanced vinyasa. Her jokes and encouraging words puts her students at ease and invites mindful exploration of their limits. She believes that all people are capable of accomplishing the spiritual peace and physical connection with their own body that comes with the regular practice of yoga.
Berni’s exuberance is apparent in the fire that comes out during her flows. One can’t help but feel motivated when her infectious, positive energy enters the room. Though she enjoys the complexity of arm balances and more demanding poses, she thoroughly understands the importance of a strong foundation. Having an active practice for over ten years has given her the insight to know when a simple modification necessary and the benefits that come with it.
Michelle McWhorter RYT 200
“She’s always smiling!” is what you’ll hear from anyone who knows her. Her vibrant energy fills a room, touching all those she comes into contact with. Having recently completed her 200 Hour Certification with Shelly Kwiatkouski at Hot House Yoga in August 2016, she felt she was only beginning to scratch the surface of understanding the yoga principles and how to integrate them into her daily life on and off the mat. This gift of self discovery is what she brings to the yoga room to share with others...re-discovering your authentic self and sharing that gift with the world is the most rewarding act of service.
Michelle re-discovered yoga two years ago as a way to relieve stress and anxiety from her role as a critical care RN in the ICU. It served as an outlet for release. In addition to the mental and physical benefits, she soon discovered all the personal growth benefits that were accompanying it. It was also noticed by her family, friends and work peers. This led her to delve deeper into self discovery with enrollment in the 200 RYT where she was able to integrate her extensive knowledge of how the body worked with her yoga practice and sharing that with others. Michelle maintains a strong asana practice strengthening her own understanding of yoga.
Michelle has a sincere love for helping people and animals who cannot stand up or speak or themselves. She continues to work at an RN in the medical field specializing in neuroscience: the function of the brain and spine. When not on her mat she can be found enjoying her passion of horses, nature, and her lil’ “heartbeat at her feet,” Roman”. Laughter feels good; especially when experienced with those who share your same passion,weather it be horses, yoga, travel, or good food.”
Andrea Rickett RYT 500
Vision: to serve the yoga community by providing a safe environment for people to realize the physical and spiritual gift already inside them. Inspire people to live a life free of fear and full of love.
A self-described “thinker”, Andrea spent the majority of her life in Northern California before moving to Central Florida in 2015. Her thirst for knowledge has her constantly needing to know more. Her witty humor could be missed if you are not paying close attention. Expect a teacher that is mindful, generous and strong. She enjoys focusing on individual body needs and proper alignment. Teaching students how to make the pose work their body, instead of forcing the body into the pose. Her classes are for all students beginning and intermediate looking for a strong foundation to deepen their practice. Props are welcomed and encouraged. Learn to stop comparing yourself to others and appreciate your body. Andrea also enjoys all things creative (painting, drawing, etc), playing the guitar and animals.
Andrea started taking yoga in 2010 when she moved from California to Maryland. In and effort to create an exercise routine and to meet new people she signed up for a class at the community center. She was very lucky that the teacher was an amazing yogi that taught classes all over the area. The class was amazing and the peace she felt after her first class had her hooked. Andrea had no idea at the time that there was more to yoga than Asana practice. She started to explore yoga for depression and anxiety taught by a yoga therapist, this is when she began to recognized the emotional and spiritual benefits. Since then Andrea has taken countless classes and workshops. Andrea’s teaching style has been inspired by her teachers Satyam Kumar, Pat Simpson, Gary Kraftsow, Krista Masters and Shelly Kwiatkouski. I have completed the RYS 200 Hour YA teacher training program at Hot House Yoga with Shelly Kwiatkouski, 25 Hour YA Viniyoga Institute Heart Mind Retreat with Gary Kraftsow, and the 20 Hour Intensive with Phillip Askew.
Lauren Risinger RYT 500
Lauren Risinger is an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and inspiring yoga teacher who is committed to creating a fun yet transformative class environment, empowering her students to explore and expand within their own body, mind, and spirit. She is a strong and devoted yoga practitioner and her teaching style mirrors her own fiery practice.
A blend of Anusara and Ashtanga styles, her classes integrate unique and challenging sequencing with a vinyasa-base, a strong emphasis on structural alignment, and breath. Delivered in Sanskrit and English, Lauren incorporates hand-selected music, lots of verbal cues, demonstrations as needed, and hands on assists. Whether you are a first timer or an advanced practitioner, she strives to aid ALL of her students in developing and deepen their practice. Through the integration of asana, breath, and meditation her mission is to help her students bring balance to their physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies. Lauren sees yoga as vehicle to transformation: recognizing that the healing qualities of yoga go much further than skin deep. Asana practice can be the catalyst to gaining deeper Self awareness and living the life you want and deserve to live.
Lauren is a 500 RYT yoga teacher has been teaching yoga for over 4 years is also Reiki Master. In addition to teaching yoga Lauren is an avid equestrian - training horses and teaching horse back riding lessons. When not on her mat or in the saddle, she spends most of her time with her young daughter and her husband. She is passionate about healthy living, music, learning, reading, self-study, and all things spiritually flavored.
Connor Wisniewski RYT500
There's only one person that I know that has a passion for teaching, anatomy, philosophy, and, to top it off, that lovably dry sense of humor. Yes, I'm talking about Connor. This young man is a talented and driven student of, well, life! And he brings all of this to his yoga classes. Connor completed his RYT-200 at Blue Moon Yoga and Fitness of Ormond Beach Fl as well as his RYT-500 at Hot House Yoga also of Ormond Beach. He draws his inspirational teaching style from the influences of Shelly Kwiatkouski, Alexis Martin, Dylan Werner, Steve Ross, Rolf Gates, Brian Kest and Leslie Kaminoff. As well as the sacred texts of The Yoga Sutras and The Bhagavad Gita.
While Connor was initially drawn to the practice of yoga for the physical aspect, he soon learned that there was so much more. To him yoga is the process of taking fragmented, impotent energy and focusing it into an indomitable force capable of creating positive change and growth immeasurable if chosen to be used in the proper ways. In his classes, Connor teaches to Svadhyaya, the yogic term for self study. He says that his intention behind teaching is to inspire his students to look inward, to overcome the obstacles they face on their path, and to truly create a connection with themselves. While all that sounds like it would be a daunting class, Connor has never been known as an overly serious person. He keeps the mood light hearted, fun, and humorous with creative and explorative sequencing. He likes to spend time on his hands so you can expect arm balances and inversions all while being encouraged and inspired in a friendly manor.
Connor likes to teach Vinyasa and Yin classes that typically range from intermediate to advanced. Connor also as an extensive knowledge anatomy and has been trained to be able to read bodies and target what you need opened most. No matter what class you choose, you're sure to walk away feeling better than before. Maybe even a little sore.
Joy Hagstrom RYT- 500
Joy fell in love with yoga and has been practicing for over 15 years. She is has 3 teacher certifications in different areas of yoga philosophy and practice. Her teaching journey began in 2008 with a trip to India with her month long study to teach Ashtanga yoga with a senior teacher under Sri K Patthabhi Jois. She was able to immerse herself into the Indian culture, lifestyle, practice and teachings passed down from one of the last living masters where main stream vinyasa yoga descended from. She chose her first experience in India to gain the essence of yoga and be able to share that with her teachings in her local community. This foundation along with her training's in Vinyasa Power Yoga, and Urban Flow Yoga, give Joy a well rounded teaching understanding of principles, practice and philosophy of yoga. Joy is a business owner, massage therapist, esthetician & holistic wellness coach. She has a keen knowledge of the body, body mechanics, muscles and movement and is a hands on teacher. She brings her professional experience into her class room to create a safe space for her students' individual practice. She promotes the use of blocks, straps, bolsters and personally assisting students into a safe space that allows growth by bridging effort and ease. Joy’s fun expressive teaching style will always leave you challenged, renewed and ready for your next adventure. Joy loves to travel, and has traveled all over the world for her many adventures. She made skydiving one of her past times for 13 years, enjoyed paragliding, white water kayaking, rock climbing, wind surfing, and now can be found spending her free time enjoying the outdoors mountain biking, surfing, paddle boarding, cruising and continuing traveling with her partner in life. Joy loves and promotes a healthy life style by working with each persons bio-individuality. She believes we are all different and there is no cookie cutter approach to healing our bodies; and give our body half a chance and it will heal it self. She is passionate about yoga and the immense healing and transformation it brings to ones life. She brings her passion for healing, zest for life, health and wellness to her yoga classes. Look forward to a fun, inspired and heart filled journey on your mat.
Cindy Baldwin RYT-200
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Rebecca Provost RYT-200
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Shelly Kwiatkouski ERYT-500
Eureka, you’ve found her! California native, Shelly Kwiatkouski is a kinetic jewel. She is full of dimension, color, energy, wisdom, humor and sparkle. Shelly teaches yoga classes that embody what it means to be deeply present, creatively challenged, and playfully amused. She has dedicated her life to serve, assist, and guide others to flourish in their own power, passion, and purpose. Thru avid study, faith, practice and integration, Shelly has crafted a one of kind unique teaching style.
Her style has been described as intensely passionate, purposeful, and intended to spark growth and change lives. Her classes are written by her soul and enacted thru her heart. Students have been known to effortlessly loose themselves in their practice, finding what it means to be alive, in the presence of Shelly’s calm and connected energy. What Shelly has to offer the world and every yoga community cannot be duplicated nor imitated.Expect Shelly to keep it real. She is a deep ocean, overflowing with currents of experience, knowledge, true love, unguarded emotions, and pure liberation. Not only is Shelly an expert in asana (vinyasa, yin and core), pranayama, meditation, symbolism, story telling and the yoga sutras, she has been gifted with the ability to intertwine all things together in a simplistic all encompassing fashion that aligns students to their own interpretation of yoga. Her classes are designed to transform yogis spiritually, emotionally, physically and energetically.
Expect Shelly to keep it real. She is a deep ocean, overflowing with currents of experience, knowledge, true love, unguarded emotions, and pure liberation. Not only is Shelly an expert in asana (vinyasa, yin and core), pranayama, meditation, symbolism, story telling and the yoga sutras, she has been gifted with the ability to intertwine all things together in a simplistic all encompassing fashion that aligns students to their own interpretation of yoga. Her classes are designed to transform yogis spiritually, emotionally, physically and energetically. For additional details about Shelly services refer to her webs page ShellyKwiatkouski.com or contact her directly at Uma@ShellyKwiatkouski.com