Our instructors are all highly-trained and compassionate individuals
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 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!
My love with yoga began 5 years ago when I stepped into Yolanda’s studio. Discovering what I always knew deep down, the modality of yoga brought me into an inner world that connected movement in my body with peace and stillness in my mind and spirit. I knew almost immediately I wanted to teach and spent the next year and a half practicing at the studio as I was able and almost always at home, as a mom to two young daughters. I am now a RYT 200 and spent the spring of 2018 studying in a masters program to bring me to 500 hrs of training in yoga. I have studied deeper the history and styles of yoga, yoga for grief, trauma and mental illness, and the physiology of breath, meditation and movement. I have loved being under Yolanda’s guidance and feel so honored to teach in a space that has given me just that — space — to know myself, let go of negativity, and heal in so many ways, body, mind and spirit. I hope to always honor every student with those same principles, giving the space needed to connect, move, restore, and heal.
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.
Amy is a Virginia native who recently moved to the warmer climates of Sarasota with her husband and two adorable dogs. She had her first interaction with hot yoga in 2015 after suffering a low back injury at work. The immobility became a mental and physical barrier she had to overcome. After a few months of performing hot yoga, her mobility improved and her pain subsided and needless to say, she was hooked! After only 1 year of practicing hot yoga series and progressing into hot vinyasa flow, Amy took the leap to become a 200 RYT instructor. During her training she dealt with another unexpected speed bump as she became very ill for several months and was finally diagnosed with Celiacs Disease. The diagnosis was surprising and affected her energy levels and tested her mental will to continue her normal activities. Through the help of her fellow students and the lessons yoga taught her, she was able to overcome and make the changes necessary in her diet and lifestyle to return to her old self again.
Amy is a full time Physical Therapist by day, giving her an in depth understanding of the human anatomy and mechanics of how her students move and flow through the different asanas in their own individual ways. Amy feels honored to share all that yoga brings; mentally, physically, and emotionally, by challenging and encouraging students on and off the mat. When not on her mat, she loves to spend time with family and friends, play with her dogs, and stay active and healthy in the gym and on the water!
Amanda is originally from western Massachusetts and has been living in Sarasota since 2018.
After graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College in New London, CT, Amanda spent three years living in Milan, Italy teaching English to both adults and children and doing translation work for various companies. She is fluent in Italian.
Amanda emits a passion for social/emotional wellness as well, as she is a board member of The Social Black Belt program for children. This program teaches ten psychological truths that help children navigate their way through the challenges of life.
Amanda has been practicing hot yoga for over 10 years and it his her favorite form of exercise and stress reduction. She has just completed her RYT-200 teacher training in July of 2020. Amanda is honored and excited to join the instructors at HotYoga4You!
Addie’s yoga journey began in 2016 when Kundalini yoga and mediation unveiled the art of slowing down and turning inward. During that time, she was a new mama to her third child and really struggling with the question “what is my purpose?” A friend introduced her to Buti Yoga and at first class she knew she would one day have to teach. She loved the release, bliss and connection to herself and others Buti brought. In 2018, she went to Buti Certification while simultaneously taking her 200hr YTT. Since then she fully immersed herself in the yoga and fitness industry receiving her certifications in ACE Personal Training, Barre, TRX, Buti DEEP and Trauma Informed Yoga. Her classes are upbeat with heart and hip openers to release stress and connect with LOVE.
Amy discovered her passion for yoga about three years ago the first time she attended class at Hot Yoga 4 You. She loves it so much that she now practices almost twice a day everyday. Practicing in the heat has been particularly healing for her body. The mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of yoga have truly changed Amy’s life. She is a RYT 200 certified yoga instructor and teaches vinyasa flow and yoga hiit classes. She is excited to begin teaching the Hot 26 class & Vinyasa classes.
Sara is originally from England, a mother of 3, and married to a U.S. Air Force pilot. They moved to Sarasota a year ago, where they plan to put down roots.
Sara fell in love with Yoga while they were stationed in Okinawa, Japan, where she became a RYT 200 hour certified yoga teacher and a Yoga Alliance Certified SUP yoga teacher. Her journey as a yoga teacher began teaching heated Power Yoga, Glow Flow and SUP yoga classes. However, during her training she felt extremely passionate about supporting the health and healing of service members, veterans, and their families through yoga. This passion led her to become a certified Warriors at Ease level 1 and 2 yoga teacher, with a focus in adaptive and trauma based yoga.
Sara has taught online classes for Warriors at Ease as part of their Operation Remote Resilience, and plans to continue to contribute to this amazing non-profit organization in the future. This same passion to support military families like her own led her to become certified in Children’s yoga.
During the pandemic Sara taught predominantly online and in order to heighten her skills in an online environment she earned a certification in teaching Yoga online from The Institute of Yoga Sports Science.
Sara teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, SUP, Adaptive and Trauma based, as well as children’s yoga. She is excited to return to a heated yoga studio, where it all began. Sara truly believes that yoga is for everyone. Her goal as a teacher is to provide an environment where everyone is welcome. No matter where a person is on their journey, her classes provide a place for continued health, healing and growth.
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