Our Teachers


 

Find out more information about each of our highly trained and certified Yoga Instructors at Hot House Yoga. If you have any questions about the Bikram Yoga Cincinnati facility please contact us.

The promise of strength, flexibility, and endurance enticed me to step onto my first yoga mat in 2004. Little did I know that in addition to a great work out, my practice would lead to mental clarity, confidence, and a real sense of community. The positive energy, determination, and passion from fellow yogis inspired me to become RYT certified in the summer of 2016. Since completion, I’ve been teaching, learning, and loving every minute of it.
In the mid 90's, I attended a ten-day vipassana meditation course. During that time, I had a hard time sitting on the floor as my whole body was hurting.  I thought yoga may help.There were no yoga studios in Cincinnati at that time. Around 1998 the first Ashtanga studio opened and I became a regular student, and was certified to teach Ashtanga yoga in 2001.  About four years ago, I was vacationing in Orlando and the only yoga studio close by was Bikram.  I practiced every day during my stay and was totally addicted. I love the way the sequence of postures was organized.   It has a tremendous amount of therapeutic benefits, physical as well as mental. I continued to practice at Bikram Yoga Cincinnati.  After I retired from my job as an Anesthesiologist, I attended Teacher's Training 26x2 directed by Craig Villani of Raja Yoga Academy. I love to share my practice, teach, and spread the philosophy behind this yoga.
Sam began her practice in 2011, by chance while working at a community run bicycle repair shop in Lexington, Kentucky.  The studio where she lived sponsored her shop for the night and ran a class by donation for the non-profit.  
 
She hated it. It was too hot. It was too loud. She was too naked. And what was that big HA-HAAAA sound?
Quickly, she became addicted to its many benefits for both mind and body. After that, she knew this was something she had to do everyday for the rest of her life.

In fall 2013 she attended Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles for 9 weeks and completed 500 hours of training.

Her background is in Journalism and Social Work, she continues to keep a travel blog of her international teaching experiences.


Since graduation she has taught all over the Midwest/ Southern United States as well as South East Asia, Honduras and Mexico.

Kristen's yoga journey began in 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Bikram Yoga in Center City Philadelphia. She has always been on the search for something spiritually and physically uniting which she found in yoga. She began teaching hot yoga in 2012 under the training Molly Cornell of Melt Hot Yoga in Edwardsville, Pennsylvania which lead to more devotional practice and teaching. She obtained her 200 RYT certification through Absolute Hot Yoga in Koh Samui, Thailand in October 2013. She and her family currently reside in Northern Kentucky where she continues to teach. Grateful and humbled by the privilege of teaching, she hopes to excite her students to do their best with what they have and become open to the spiritual, mental and physical transformations of this powerful practice.
It was a Friday, May 19th, 2012, when I stepped into the hot room for my 1st Bikram Yoga class. I had been on my own personal journey through health and wellness after college, eventually earning certifications in Group Exercise and CrossFit. I was learning how to care for my body, however, nothing hit me like the Bikram Yoga series. The sweet heat, dedication to detail within postures and opportunity for complete mind body spirit connection resonated with me immediately! Two classes in and I was hooked.

After practicing for 3.5 years I "jumped off the ledge" and headed to teacher training in September of 2015. I can honestly say this was the best decision I have ever made. This practice of yoga changed and continues to change the course of my life and being. A true reflection of the self - it is whatever you want it to be and/or rather it not be. Yoga is what you need, what you despise, what you love, what you are unsure of – it brings out the real you – the good, bad, ugly and beautiful!

Being able to share this yoga with others through teaching everyday is literally the best "job" in the world. I love seeing students come to realizations in and out of the hot room, working their asses off and their stuff out! It’s raw, genuine and beautiful. I am grateful to be a part of the glorious sweaty change that happens in peoples lives as the yoga opens us up mind, body and spirit.

Michelle grew up Middletown, Ohio before attending college in Virginia, and graduate school in New York City. She took her first Bikram Yoga class in December 2007 to help manage the stress of a demanding career in the banking industry. After her first class, she was hooked and practiced regularly in New York and in London, where she lived for 2 years.
 
Michelle took a break from the banking world and graduated from Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2012. After spending a few years traveling and teaching, she decided to move back to Cincinnati to teach permanently. Michelle became the owner of Bikram Yoga Cincinnati in June of 2015.
I first began practicing yoga about 10 years ago. I was in search of an exercise regimen that would replace my typical routine of running, but without all the wear and tear on my body. A friend suggested that I try Bikram Yoga. It wasn’t even a year after my first class when I decided to go to teacher training. I have been practicing and teaching ever since.

Today, the practice of Bikram Yoga holds value for far more reasons than just the physical benefits I sought before. I still love all the challenges- the heat, the sweat and the endorphins, but over the years I have come to appreciate the modest elements of the practice as well. Intangibles such as a cultivation of inner-awareness and self-reflection, along a greater appreciation for the human body, mind and spirit, are just a few of the benefits I now appreciate through many years of regular practice.

I look forward to sharing this practice with you, both as a teacher and a student, for many years to come.

I started practicing Bikram yoga in 2007 in Pasadena, California where I was working in investment industry for years as a way to improve health and manage stress, until early 2010 when I moved to Arkansas, where there is no Bikram yoga studio in the entire state. I continued to practice Bikram yoga in my own home, and it was at that point when I truly appreciate its healing power, the subtle elements of the practice that improve my health. My passion for this practice led me to become a certified Bikram instructor, and I graduated from Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2010. Today I am still amazed by what Bikram yoga does for my body and mind. I look forward to sharing this and more with you. I’ll see you in class!
Jackie competed in athletics since childhood, traveling the U.S. in women's softball and competing in swimming, tennis, volleyball and cross country.   In 1980, she signed on at Eastern Kentucky University on a full basketball scholarship after scoring over 3000 points in high school before the 3 point shot. Her career was sidelined by a serious injury which crushed her left leg and has since had over 20 surgeries on leg.  Through it all, she earned her BSN in Nursing at EKU and has had worked in several areas of medicine, including dialysis, mental health, pharmaceutical research, paramedical insurance, and is currently working as an occupational nurse for the federal government. Since raising her 3 children she works on her golf game, swims, bikes, teaches group fitness classes, loves music, and is passionate about dogs however, she puts healing her mind and body mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally first by practicing Bikram yoga. " I've been practicing since 2001 & teaching since 2006 attending Training in Los Angeles. Yoga is my mental de-stresser and has no hard impact on my joints. I try to teach every class with kindness, hope, love, and humor. My favorite phrase is ' What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.' Simply put, never give up!"
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