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!
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.
My love with yoga began 4 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!
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
Michelle Leon is a mom and stepmom to a 12, 6 and 3 year old. She started teaching yoga 5 years ago after falling in love with her personal practice only 6 months before. She saw yoga as a creative outlet to relieve stress as well as play with her kids and animals. Michelle noticed she started to feel happier as her mind and body felt more open, which is why she loves to teach simple lessons that can be practiced on and off the mat. She loves the idea of a family yoga practice and out of the box ideas. Michelle was the first to bring goat yoga and baby wearing yoga to Sarasota. Her yoga mission is to introduce new people to yoga all over the world and help them realize that it is not intimidating, and can open your world to new possibilities.
Jennifer is an upstate NY native whose roots and values are deep-seated in the world of dance and nutrition. For 22 years, she spent her days in the studio losing herself to the various rhythms of ballet, hip-hop, tap, and pointe.
Taking her love for movement with her to undergrad and grad school in Boston, she initiated her schools dance and other fitness programs including cardio kickboxing and core ball, teaching when not in the class room.
In 2008 she graduated with her Masters in Physician Assistant studies and re-located to Florida with her now husband, Colin.
For the last 10+ years, Jennifer has spent the majority of her days in Orthopaedic trauma surgery. She developed a passion for nutrition when cancer hit too close to home, and she realized how little she knew about prevention in comparison to how much she knew about prescriptions.
For the past five years she has made it her mission to not only help her own family incorporate better nutritional habits, but also share the power of prevention through produce and plants with others.
She became a student at HotYoga4You two years ago and fell in love with the practice. Hot Yoga combined with whole food nutrition, has left her feeling younger, more energized, and overall healthier as a 34 year old mother of 2, than she felt at 24.
When Buti Yoga was introduced to her earlier in 2018, it spoke to her soul. It brought the movement of dance back into her life but with a deeper meaning than she could ever imagine, so much so, that she went on to become Buti certified and is now is a proud Butisattva who gets to share these gifts with the world. “It’s empowering really, what happens to a woman when she lets her guard and her hair down. When she is surrounded by other women, a sisterhood, where there is no judgement, only self discovery. The first time the beat drops, you come alive in a skin that you’re proud to wear”.
Gonzalo has been practicing yoga since 2010, starting with Iyengar. His mother and father, after a trip to Colombia, suggested that he begin Yoga, for his well-being and tranquility. Since that year, he did not stop and did his first training with Bikram in 2011. Passionate about hot practice, he decided to open his head to the world. Gonzalo taught his first class in English at The City of Moscow. From that moment on, the crossing of oceans began to spread yoga in hidden places, such as: Bali, Beijing, Mongolia, Jakarta, India, cities of the interior of Russia, Spain, France, Italy, Austria; South America and also the United States. In 2014, he taught in India, and learned about the origin of yoga; and doing the first-series Ashtanga training with Vinyasa. Courses and seminars in Rome, Moscow, Milan, Argentina, Spain about yoga and pranayama. Loves to fly; and for this reason he completed his first Acro Yoga training in Malaga, Spain. He is a personal trainer, 2nd. Dan of Full contact, and lover of all sports in tune with nature.
As a Bachelor in Director and television Producer, journalist loves communication and in conjunction with his passion in yoga; He teaches his classes from his heart and with the technique learned from the beginning.
Christina is a Sarasota, Fl native who was first drawn to practice yoga at age 16 at the local YMCA. Growing up she always craved movement, as a creative outlet: especially dance at that age. Later in college Christina re-discovered yoga in a studio, and was hooked! Joyful yoga located in Bonita Springs, FL is where she first became inspired to share the practice. After graduating college, Christina signed up for the RYT-200 Hour Hatha Yoga Training, at Joyful Yoga. Since her training completed in 2015, Christina joined Yoga Alliance, and took every opportunity she had to gain teaching experience. First and foremost, Christina will always be a student of yoga, and finds CEU workshops, and trainings invaluable. There is so much to learn in the space of yoga. Christina’s favorite styles of yoga to practice and share include: Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, and Buti Yoga. Christina feels honored to share the practice with the lovely yogis of Hot Yoga 4 You! See you on your mat.
Sema Gondogdu is a Sound Healer, as well as a dancer, singer-songwriter and a world traveler. Originally from Turkey, she embarked on a journey to self/life discovery after attending University of Vienna in Austria for Language, Literature and Translation.
Over the course of several years she’s lived in various corners of the globe studying Crystal Healing, Sacred Geometry, Mindfulness, Herbalism and oils, Energy Healing, Meditation and Breathwork, Tantra, Qi-Gong, Thai Massage and Dreamwork to name a few.
She moved here a year and a half ago from Thailand, where she pursued her fascination with vibration and trained to be a Sound Healer. She has been pursuing her passion for Sound ever since.
Having been a dancer all her life, she found her calling for self expression when she was introduced to Conscious Dance in a supportive spiritual community at the Yoga Tree in Chiang Mai, where she trained to be a SheDance facilitator, which changed her life forever by showing her how to reconnect with what it truly is to be a woman.
Since then she has been based in Florida and truly grateful for having found herself a most loving community here, if not a family.
Here in Sarasota she completed her RYT-200 Yoga Teacher Training at Heartwood Yoga Institute. And has been offering Sound Meditations, Ecstatic Dance, Yoga and Women’s circles at Wild Ginger Apothecary for the past year as well as doing private healing work combining Sound with several other holistic modalities as her true passion and service lies in inspiring and helping people to be their highest Self.
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