Our Instructors

Our instructors are all highly-trained and compassionate individuals
Yolanda Nash
Owner/Senior Instructor

Native New Yorker, Yogini, Reiki Master, Entrepreneur, and Mama of 2, Yolanda Nash is thrilled to open her third hot yoga studio. Yolanda began her yoga journey as a student in 2000. After two years studying, she made the leap to instruct, and has taught across the country in highly developed and competitive yoga cultures such as NY, California, Oregon, and internationally in the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada. She opened her first studio on Long Island in 2002. Her second studio was opened in Queens, NY in 2008, pioneering the hot yoga movement in the outer boroughs of New York.

As a wife and mother of 2 young children, Yolanda expanded her interests in wellness to include certifications in Pre/Post Natal Yoga, as well as being trained in the methods of teaching yoga to kids. As a teacher trainer, her guidance and instruction has helped launch the careers of many NY based yoga teachers. Relocating her family to a warmer climate, Yolanda welcomes a new community of wellness warriors to her newest hot yoga studio. Guiding as many people as possible to their individual health and healing goals is her passion. Nearly 16 years after her first yoga experience, her commitment and focus to share the gifts of yoga practice remain as strong as ever.

Melissa Schildkraut
Instructor
Melissa Schildkraut has been working in the health and fitness field for 25 years.  She began practicing hot yoga 6 years ago and fell in love with the heat, the postures and the yoga lifestyle.  Melissa was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to become a hot yoga instructor 4 years ago.  A mom of 3, Melissa is passionate about her kids, eating healthy, her rescue dog and of course Hot Yoga!
Mary Tamez
Instructor
I took my first hot yoga class about 12 years ago. Like most people, I had no idea what to expect. It was a cold Chicago winter and I showed up to class wearing sweatpants and a sweatshirt! Even with this obviously awful choice of clothing, I ended up falling in love after my first class! Hot yoga has transformed my relationship to myself, people, and life in ways I never even imagined. It has also helped me become more comfortable in my own skin and grateful for the gift of having a strong body. I love the rigor, challenge, and mental stamina that hot yoga offers. I always feel mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually stronger after taking a class. I have been practicing as a licensed massage therapist and energy healing practitioner for the past 6 years. Being a holistic practitioner has made me very aware of the emotions we store in our bodies that can lead to illness and disease. From my perspective, doing a hot yoga class literally and figuratively releases unhealthy toxic thoughts, stressors, and feelings we may sometimes have. Hot yoga is a recipe for health, vitality and happiness in body, mind and spirit.
Stephanie Szuts
Instructor
In 2006, I began practicing hot yoga in Chicago, where I fell in love with the sequence and heat, because I was able to quiet my mind, so to feel how different my body was each and every time I showed up on the mat. Hot yoga helped me get through difficult times, improved my health, and most importantly allowed me to get to know me. Six years later, I studied to teach and share the yoga practices. In November 2015, my heart and soul brought me to the gulf coast to put down roots, where I stumbled upon the studio as a hot yoga student. Yolanda quickly scooped me up under her wings and encouraged me to study to teach again. I feel truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful family and community, and I’m looking forward to leading you through a class where you can reestablish a new relationship with your body!
Alice Nelson
Instructor
Kripalu and Bikram certified in yoga and Mad Dogg certified in spinning. Has been teaching fitness since the early 1990’s, starting with step aerobics, weight classes and pool aerobics. Moved into spinning and yoga and still teaches and practices both. Owner of Bikram Yoga Rumson in New Jersey for five years from 2000 until 2005. Is an avid cyclist, crossing the USA by bicycle in 2006 for the American Lung Association. Is very grateful for finding yoga to enhance all of life’s experiences and uses yoga tools to enhance all life has to offer.
Tommy Luckert
Guest Instructor
I took my first Hot Yoga class in May of 2011. Like most people I fell in love instantly. Coming from a life as a Bartender and Musician its safe to say that I wasn’t living the healthiest of lifestyles. The practice forced me to look at myself in the mirror and come face to face with what I was doing to my body by living such a lifestyle. I commited to the practice. Practicing five days a week. Knowing that I wanted to continue learning and experiencing all the benefits of this beautiful practice I asked to become a Workstudy. Over the next few years I deepened my practice through countless hrs in the room, working with other teachers, and being mentored under the guidance of Yolanda Nash I finally was able to become a teacher in Oct of 2013. Which I am tremendously grateful for. I have felt the true healing power of Yoga. I continue to work and deepen my connection to the practice. Continue my education of the asanas. Most importantly I continue to be humbled by the practice. Which helps me not only become a better teacher but reminds me that I am forever a student. Yoga may not be for everyone, but I believe everyone should try it. At least once. You just never Know!
Noelle Segal
Instructor

Noelle began her journey with yoga 7 years ago. She is trained through YogaFit. Discovering all the joys and benefits of yoga, she felt should share her passion of yoga with others by teaching. Meditation is a huge part of her daily practice, which you will discover she incorporates in her classes. With a busy life with her loving husband, daughter and fur baby, she turns to her practice to be more centered, calmer and a stronger person emotionally and physically. Noelle has a passion to travel and when she does she loves to find different yoga studios to practice at. You will find she is playful on her mat and she will make you smile from your soul.

“Be the Change you want to see in the World.” ~Ghandi

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