Hot Box Yoga is proud to have a staff of teachers that are passionate about making a difference in students’ lives through tireless dedication to education. Get to know each of our team members below.
Stephanie practiced yoga for over seven years before becoming a teacher in 2009. After an impasse in her career and life itself, yoga became a saving grace that propelled her through a difficult time. Stephanie became the recipient of mind, body and spirit benefits With this new found feeling of peaceful mind/spirit and strong/flexible body, Stephanie knew she wanted to share this euphoric and life changing experience with others. She received her 200-hour Ashtanga yoga at It's Yoga SF, Prenatal yoga, Forrest yoga (with Ana Forrest), Yoga Trance dance state-side and in India with Shiva Rea.
A childhood interest in exercise lead me to personal training. I first attended yoga classes to “work out” and attended on occasion. Over time ignoring body signals lead to various injures and eventually back to yoga late 2014. I found freedom to quietly explore movement and heal more than my body. I completed a 200-Hours Yoga Teacher Training and continue to learn “I am enough” and hope to pass this truth about themselves to practitioners. Classes are eclectic, balancing structure with freedom while offering guidance for safety and space to play and grow.
Isabella’s classes are inspired by the dynamic energy found in her Ashtanga beginnings. From her Flow Vinyasa 200 hr Yoga Alliance training, she integrates fluidity, creativity, harmony of breath, and gives special attention to the needs of the body, mind and most importantly heart. She uses encouraging and knowledgeable language and themes to nourish the spirit with the wisdom of yoga. Beyond teaching flow and Asthanga principles, she also loves to manifest all aspects of the practice.
Christine began doing yoga in 2011 drawn by the mind-body connection yoga cultivates while coming to understand ourselves from the inside out. She is a 500 Hour Vinyasa Registered Yoga Teacher with an emphasis on therapeutic yoga, focusing on customizing classes and strengthening the body in specific ways to improve function. She loves the rhythm of vinyasa flow and, with a background in neurology and chiropractic, is intrigued by yoga’s ability to affect and balance the body while enhancing its natural capacity for healing. Dharma and mindfulness are gently incorporated into her classes focusing on yoga as a personal practice both on and off the mat.
Casey is a gypsy soul with a lust for life and a huge heart for humanity. Mother, artist, survivor & seeker, her path led to Vinyasa Yoga in 2001. The practice showed her space- body, mind and soul- and taught her how to breathe through the ups and downs of life. Casey began teaching in 2008, completing her first teacher training in 2009, at Downtown Yoga. She continues to study many limbs on the tree of yoga, and finds so much purpose & joy in sharing her passion with others.
In 2013 Martha walked into Hot Box Yoga studio, looking for a way back into life. She instinctively knew yoga would be a new beginning. A journey towards an awakening to bring balance to mind, body & spirit. Learning yoga, she was amazed how the breath would ignite her soul. She began to feel alive, to feel empowered again. With the beginning to a clearer mind, the magic of yoga took over and she fell in love. Starting this adventure, of learning yoga has given her a new passion, a passion to teach this art and share yoga with others. She hopes you will come experience it for yourself, for your life, and fall in love with yoga eternally.
I have an experience in helping people and caring for people. I believe that my desire to help people and my love of yoga brought me to teach yoga. Help them relax, breathe, relieve their stress and be positive about the life. I`m highly motivated teacher of yoga. My gentle guidance and intuitive assists allow students to feel comfortable and find their own path in the practice.
Yoga came through curiosity, it sounded so mystical and unknown to me. I dared one day to try it out and loved it from the very first class. I felt happier, more alive, and more in tune with myself. Through a regular practice I started seeing results in my life not only on the mat. I became more grounded, less affected by the stress of life, and more at peace. As a former gymnast I had a good awareness of my body, but yoga connected my mind, body, and breath in a profound way.
Growing up dancing Emily fell in love with body movement and the powerful effect it has to release emotions. She found yoga in college to work out but gratefully it was a gateway to partaking in many different kinds of meditations that connect the physical body with the spiritual self. When she is not on a mat, you’ll likely find her outdoors or in the kitchen. She is excited for each opportunity to build the passion for meditation together~
I found yoga eight years ago, been practicing frequently four years, and now teaching after getting my certification at HBY in 2018. I find more inner peace with yoga, and when I don’t practice I tend to be more anxious and stressed. My goal is to help others become more comfortable in their own body, to help spread the knowledge that I have so fortunately stumbled into along my path.