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

Nancy Meisenberg

“She believed she could, so she did” is Nancy’s favorite inspirational quote packing a punch in every aspect of her life. Making huge strides on her healing journey, this quote became her mantra. Nancy came to yoga only 2 years ago at the age of 56 with the intention of using the practice to add to her exercise regime, but discovered that yoga spoke to her soul. 

Nancy is a single mother of 5, taking pride in her resilience of raising her children alone and nurturing them into adulthood. Her healing journey including losing over 100 pounds of emotional weight. Being morbidly obese most of her adult life, Nancy discovered that the practice of yoga introduced her to her body, and its healing capabilities. 

Building a relationship with the body she never knew, drew her to realize that there are so many others out there, using weight to hide their pain. Nancy enrolled in the 200-hour Teacher Training program at Hot House Yoga under the direction of Jamie Monahan. Continuing on to the 300 Hour advanced program, gave her the opportunity to heal even more, and learn to incorporate the yogic teaching in her everyday life.

The biggest shift for Nancy was understanding that helping others heal is quickly becoming a must for her as it feeds her soul. Studying under Shelly Kwiatkouski at HHYoga in Ormond Beach, Florida has helped her to learn to bridge her skill set rom her background in the corporate world, with her passion of watching others transform before her eyes. 



Erin Bassett

She’s soulful, compassionate, kind, knowledgeable, funny, and adventurous. Erin Bassett, the Environmental Yogi, uses yoga as her compass in navigating life. She is deeply connected to yoga and the earth and is extremely passionate about protecting its diversity and beauty. She travels often to explore and connect with it, the wonderful people, plants, and animals that inhabit it. Erin is an FL native, an RYT 500, a Defi certified aerial yoga instructor and so much more.

She has also studied and earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology through UNF. She knows yoga is a science of the internal world and biology is the study of the external world. She has unified the two and has found solace in the combination. This is her steadfast and origin of integrity from which she teaches. Her unique method is to utilize yoga as a tool to realize and create a loving relationship with our highest potential, God, the Universe, each other, and our environment. She believes this is the way to create a more meaningful, authentic, evolving, and joyful life. Erin is a natural teacher who resides in her heart space. She encourages, supports, and nurtures her students, community, friends, and family. She feels honored to share this sacred practice and is deeply grateful for students who allows her to do so. Erin’s classes are infused with creativity, intentional breath work, humor, balanced yet challenging and purposeful sequencing.

Erin is skilled in acute body mechanics and focuses very much on anatomical alignment that is unique to each body. This attention to detail is intended to bring students back into balance, safety, and sustainability. She is also known for generous assists, a myriad of modifications, and a sweet calming voice that is a joy to follow. She calls upon the intelligence and teachings of the elements and the natural world to fuel her gift of grounding others. Erin truly teaches a wide array of classes. Depending on the class expect to create shapes with your body in all directions, including inverted. She has been teaching yoga for 8 years and finds fulfillment in teaching/leading private lessons, weekly public classes, workshops, retreats, and environmental stewarding events. She has combined her passions for yoga and the outdoors and had created Environmental Yogi. These events include an outdoor yoga class, environmental education, swimming, hiking, networking, and activism. When not teaching or practicing yoga Erin may be exploring, spring hunting, free and scuba diving, running a forest trail, getting salty in the ocean, drinking coffee and wine, nannying, serving up food truck nomz, laughing and making others laugh, writing, practicing photography, spending time with friends and family, and cherishing everything. 


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.

 

Anilda Carrasquillo Ward

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. 

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

Caroline Braman

Carolyn Braman began her practice of yoga in 2010. She completed a 200 hour yoga teacher certification in 2017 under the guidance Jami Monahan. In addition to her Yoga Practice Carolyn began teacher the Beginners Flow, her passion for teach and guiding her students is where she needed and wants to be.

Carolyn’s live for yoga has grown so much and her practice evolves with ever class she takes. Her goal is to always be a strong and positive teacher and to guide her students to make the most of their practice. One thing she has learned over the years is that No matter how many years you practice you are still a beginner and there is always room to grow.

Carolyn is strong and very out going, loves the outdoors, the ocean, the salt, the heat of the sand on he feet, and the way the sun kisses her skin. Her greatest joy in life is being a mother of 2 amazing kids who has made her world the best place to be.

Rebecca Provost

Rebecca is playful, energetic and fun, as is her teaching style. She started her yoga journey to find grounding and calm her anxiety. Through years of studying and meditation, Rebecca has found her roots and learned that her high energy translates well to encouraging (and often boisterous) classes.

Her goal in teaching is to help students gain the confidence needed to try that challenging transition on their mat and in their regular life. Open and accepting is the energy she fosters in each flow she leads, be it a full class or a private lesson. Rebecca has also studied Tarot for roughly 13 years and often teaches workshops and is available for readings at the studio.  


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.

Brandon Stewart

"Curiosity without judgement"

We all have or at one point had an image of what yoga is or is not. Within the essence of traditional yoga, through practice, we begin to dissolve our conditioning and uncovering the vibrant light that is within us all. If we can breathe we can practice, for breath is life. Personally, yoga has helped me through some dark times and the genuine gift of this practice has giving me such great joy. 

 The words in which you will read next are form the wonderful spirits of our yoga teacher class. With great reverence and all the love in my heart, I say thank you.

"Tranquil, loving, and strength. These are the words I'd use to describe Brandon. He brings such a genuine sense of wonder and joy to the practice of yoga. He reminds me of looking at a stained glass window. When I'm in his presence I feel better about myself. His relaxing, spiritual manner subtly changes the energy of the whole studio. Brandon naturally connects deeply with the light in every human being. As a yoga teacher he is, at once, encouraging, challenging, comforting, and empowering. Brandon finds his bliss in supporting others in discovering  the extent of their own inner confidence, power, grace and beauty. Being with Brandon while practicing yoga makes me smile."
"With a spirit as deep as the ocean and the graceful fluidity of the rolling waves he enjoys to ride, Brandon's insightful instruction will leave you wanting more.  His soulful presence is surpassed only by the wisdom he carries in his heart and invokes in his students.  Brandon is a beacon to those who seek to develop their yoga practice."
Now take everything that was just said and let it go, for we will see each other with clear eyes. Let us embark on this yoga journey together. 
Thank you :-)


Lee Sorensen

Happy-go-lucky Lee is an energetic and enthusiastic yoga teacher who aims to facilitate the connection between mind, body, and soul for all yoga practitioners. She strives to create a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere in which students can discover their full potentials while simultaneously maintaining upbeat and cheerful attitudes. Her classes can be described as light-hearted and free-thinking since she provides the tools for students to create their own unique and personalized practices. By offering a plethora of potential modifications and variations, students can expect to find the challenge suited for their individual needs. Lee has always been an active person deeply concerned with both physical and mental well-being. Intrigued by the complexities of human consciousness, she pursued an education in psychology at Stetson University. 

However, she plans to utilize her knowledge of both mind and body in the field of occupational therapy. Prior to her introduction to yoga five years ago, Lee was an avid competitive gymnast, diver, and cheerleader. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Prana Yoga in Miami, FL in 2017. Since then, she has received certifications in both yin and kids yoga. Always working toward improvement, Lee is an advocate for stepping outside of comfort zones and pushing physical boundaries within the realms of one’s own practice. Her goal is to assist students develop an integration of yoga into all aspects of their daily lives in order to slow the fluctuations of the mind. Lee is constantly seeking out alternative teaching techniques, insightful inspiration, helpful adjustments, uncommon poses, funky music, and fresh flows. Hopefully you will learn something new in each of her classes!

 


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. 

Thomas Allman

NEWSFLASH ~ Yoga is for everyone. Thomas believes yoga should be fun and accessible to all people. No one should feel alienated from the yoga practice because they think yoga is too hard or about doing crazy poses. Yoga is not about the poses and it’s completely unnecessary to do those crazy contortioned poses. Creating a safe and sustainable practice is the foundation for Thomas’ classes. All students should be respectful for where they are today, and treat each pose more like an exploration than a destination.

Thomas provides clear foundational cues, along with down-level and up-level variations, so students at all levels can participate in class to their own degree. Students should attend a yoga class and be able to tune into their own personal uniqueness and walk out feeling amazing. It’s as simple as that. Do your yoga, take your rest and leave class more prepared for whatever comes your way.

 

Amelia Kegle

Through yoga and meditation, Amelia has learned to observe herself inside and out. By simply observing where she is in her thoughts and on her mat, she is empowered to view herself free of judgment. In doing so, she accepts the realities of where she’s at in the present moment. She surrenders to this truth and uses the power of breath to naturally allow the body and the mind to stretch further. Through the use of breath, we allow our bodies and minds to be set free. When you take Amelia’s class, you are encouraged to combine breath with movement.

Amelia takes the lessons learned on her yoga mat and applies them to her life. By accepting herself she is reminded that she is enough. She is unique and she follows the beat of her own heart. Through accepting herself, she has learned to forgive. She forgives others and she forgives herself. This has been one the most powerful lessons because we are only human and we all just want to be happy. When she acknowledged the pain that existed in her life, she opened up her heart to forgive. Feeling forgiveness was the breakthrough moment for Amelia. From this point, Amelia began to foster a great sense of gratitude for her life. Feeling grateful is one of the most uplifting exercises that she has experienced. When she recognizes all of the little things that she is grateful for, she feels better and is reminded that everything is going to be all right. This applies to her personal life, work life, and her yoga practice.

Feeling grateful has changed Amelia’s life. There are many things that can get us down, but only if we give them the power to do so. By focusing on the positive aspects, Amelia has transformed her mindset. This mindset has permeated all parts of her life. Improving her outlook at work, which can be very demanding at times. Amelia has a Bachelor’s degree from Stetson University, where she majored in Family Enterprise. This is where she began her self-study, as students were required to take an in depth look at themselves using the Myers-Briggs Typology Indicator. This helped Amelia to understand herself, and how she interacts with others. Amelia is an ENTP – Extrovert, iNtuitive, Thinker, Perceiver. Character development was a key topic of the Family Enterprise major. As a co-teacher with Dr. McCann (founder of the major and a leader in Family Business Consultation), Amelia was challenged to set higher standards for herself. They taught a freshman seminar studying his book, Who Do You Think You Are? Aligning Your Character & Reputation.

Today, Amelia works at S.R. Perrott, Inc., where she is the Marketing & Special Events Supervisor. She admits that it can be overwhelming during the busy event seasons, and it’s very demanding at times. However, she enjoys collaborating with community leaders on special events, and the countless opportunities to use her creativity in marketing. Amelia acknowledges that working in the alcohol industry can take a toll on the mind, body, and spirit. Consequently, she has taken it upon herself to learn about nutrition and finding balance in life, and she is forever grateful for these lessons. Ultimately, Amelia has learned to love herself. When she generates this feeling within herself, she is able to share it with others. She is said to have an uplifting spirit that is contagious when you’re around her. Come to her class, so that she can share her yoga practice with you!