Teachers



Shelly Kwiatkouski 

Shelly Kwiatkouski is a kinetic jewel. She is full of dimension, color, energy, wisdom, humor. 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 lose 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 or imitated. 


Shelly, a Yoga Alliance certified E-RYT500, YACEP with over 15,000 hours of teaching under her belt, and is the founder of Hot House Yoga in Ormond Beach, FL. Over the last 15 years, this fiery soulful studio has been her venue for which she teaches anatomy, alignment, detox and meditation workshops, beginners hot flow 200 RYT, advanced urban flow 300 RYT teachers pieces of training. Shelly is authentic, fresh, intuitive, occasionally inappropriate and educated. She is an animal lover on a mission to make a difference. If your seeking truth, growth, connectivity, strength, unity, and challenge, Shelly is who you’ve been looking for. She is a catalyst for creating an awakened, mindful, and courageous life.


For additional details about Shelly classes, pieces of training and workshops refer to her webs page ShellyKwiatkouski.com or Follow her on Facebook at @shellykwiatkouskiyoga or contact her directly at Uma@ShellyKwiatkouski.com


Sapna Ramchander
 

Sapna is a dedicated, hard- working and humble yoga practitioner. Growing up in India, she was introduced to yoga by her mother as a teenager. After years of high intensity training, she found solace in yoga, after developing multiple injuries from her prior training. Through yoga, she is able to build relationships between the mind, body, and breath- an ability that she finds truly eye- opening. 

Sapna has completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training from Hot House Yoga, under the guidance of Jamie Monahan. Initially, partaking in the 200 Hr. program was solely for personal growth; however, as each session progressed, the art of a yoga flow, truly transformed the way she sees her body, mind, and spirit. Through yoga, Sapna developed an extreme appreciation for the immeasurable strength and capabilities of the human body. Intrigued by the depth of opportunity that yoga offers, Sapna went on to study under Shelly Kwiatkouski completing her 300-hour training at HHYoga in Ormond Beach. 

Sapna is known for her authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and compassion-centered philosophy. Availing herself to continuous philosophical education from various spiritual disciplines, Sapna weaves thought-provoking meditations throughout her classes, applying ancient wisdom to our contemporary western world in a useful and understandable way. She encourages growth of the physical and spiritual self, citing the interconnectedness to each other, to the world and to the universe at large. 

The main premise of her teachings is to highlight the complexity, yet simplicity, of a truly beauty art form. When Sapna is on her mat, one can feel the spiritual energy that resonates from her and all who have had the opportunity to practice with her, or learn from her, walk away with a truly pure experience that touch the heart.

Cate Bradner

 Cate just has an energy to her. She lights up her yoga classes with her bright spirit. She believes in the limitless potential of all of her students, and teaches in a way that brings them to new heights in both the physical and spiritual aspects of the practice. Back in 2012, Cate randomly walked into a yoga class at the gym, and her life changed forever. Yoga transformed her view of physical exercise from a punishment to be “toughed out” to a celebration of gratitude for the human body. 

Yoga taught Cate to begin to love herself. After a few years of consistent practice, she knew she had to become a yoga teacher to what she had learned with others. Above all, Cate’s message to her students is one of self love. It is not how you look in the yoga pose that is important, but how you feel. She weaves her classes like a tapestry, leaving her students feeling empowered, refreshed, and energized. An avid runner, Cate loves to train for half marathons and marathons.

There is no distance too far, as long as there is a promise of brunch at the end. While she has been described as a bit of a powerhouse, Cate believes that all movement can and should occur gently. Whether it be a marathon or a sweaty vinyasa class, Cate incorporates gratitude and compassion into her practice, and encourages her students to do the same. She is highly attuned to listening to the body’s subtle cues, and understands that true strength is achieved with gentleness. Best of all, Yoga should be fun!

Cate earned her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification in 2015, and has been blessed with the opportunity to learn from many amazing teachers. She is inspired by the teachings of Bryan Kest and Ram Das, as well as the writings of Henry David Thoreau. Currently, Cate is training for her 300 hour certification under teacher of yoga teachers, Shelly Kwiatkouski. When not on her yoga mat, Cate can be found paddling around in the ocean, riding her bicycle, running to her favorite pub, or traveling the world. She is usually surrounded by her two beloved rescue dogs, Izzy and Archie.

Jami Monahan

Jami’s 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!

Yoga took root in Jami’s life when she realized the positive impact it made on the quality of her life with the creation of strength and balance in her body, mind, and spirit. Her passion for yoga was quickly paired with her teaching background, and is now a RYT 500, a graduate of Hot House Yoga’s teacher’s training program.
Jami incorporates yoga into her life by living the Eight Limb Path of Yoga as it is written in the Yoga Sutras by Pantajali.

Jami is also passionate about nutrition and currently works at a health food store when she’s not at Hot House Yoga. She is a firm believer of building the body up & not breaking it down while promoting health to all! Being a life-long learner, you are sure to find Jami’s home full of books & magazines covering all sorts of topics such as: yoga, anatomy, vegetarian cooking, astrology, ayurveda, the Yoga Sutras, and all types of inspirational readings.

Jami is very grateful for her teachers Shelly Kwiatkouski, aka uma dasi for always seeing her potential and for their unwavering love and support. She is also thankful of her experiences with kirtan wallahs Krishna Das, Girish, and Bhagavan Das.“Yoga allows me to shatter perfection, live my dreams, and be successful in my own life.” -Jami Monahan


Bernadette Christaldi

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.
 


Amanda Reynolds

Amanda has been practicing yoga on and off for 13 years, becoming a serious practitioner 7 years ago. She trained under Shelly Kwiatkouski to certify at the 200hr level, and received her 500hr certification with Shelly Kwiatkouski. She is also a Y12SR instructor having studied under Nikki Meyers. Amanda has also continued her education by taking master classes and workshops with other wise and wonderful teachers like Rolf Gates, Cat McCarthy, and Phillip Askew.

In addition to the knowledge passed down from all of her teachers, some of the best education she has received is through the triumphs and tragedies of life experience. While she uses the word tragedy, it is used with gratitude. It is because of those so called tragedies that she has been able to triumph and become the strong women she is today. Those fluctuations of life continue on and Amanda is always a work in progress. Her journey in yoga has been beautiful, painful, and completely transformational. Having dealt with a number of health complications on this journey, Amanda’s yoga practice has been one of her biggest saviors. It has challenged her to dig deep inside herself, to shine a light on all of those old patterns, false beliefs, and illusions. Yoga has helped to change her life, so she decided to become a yoga teacher to be a vessel for helping others in their transformation.

Amanda’s yoga classes are designed to introduce you to your body, as she believes we live in a world that constantly tells us and encourages us to ignore our bodies, to escape into TV, food, alcohol, and anything else that may temporarily relieve discomfort or suffering, which ironically creates the suffering we are trying to get away from in the first place. When you come into her class you can expect love (sometimes tough), support, encouragement, and authenticity.
Her flows are intuitively created based on what your body needs, and are designed to inspire strength, power, connection, hope, and joy. She strongly believes that transformation and happiness start when we stop letting the monkey mind control us and start listening and paying attention to our bodies. Amanda focuses on breath work to get you grounded into your body and also to create a moving meditation with your practice. Underneath all of the layers of old patterning, false beliefs, and illusion is a beaming bright light that just wants to show its self to the world. Amanda’s classes and indeed herself are here to support you and hold space for you on your journey to that beautiful light.

Teresa Rand

Teresa has embarked on LIFE: Stage Two! Preparing for her retirement from the YMCA after 29 years, Teresa decided to turn her love of yoga and meditation into a post-retirement career. She completed her 200-hour teacher training  in 2018 and is currently participating in the 300-hour training. She is also a mindfulness-based stress reduction meditation guide. Teresa has always been a fitness enthusiast, beginning her Y career as an aerobics instructor and having completed eleven marathons. 

Teresa is the Founder and President of Rand Consulting, where she guides companies and individuals through coaching and trainings to jump start career and business growth. 

Teresa is a graduate of Jacksonville University with a BS in Business Administration. 

She is the mother of five children and grandmother of five.