Founder Hot Spot Power Yoga, RYT-500, Certified Baptiste Teacherleah@hotspotpoweryoga.com
Leah Hansen has been a regular practitioner of Baptiste Yoga since 2005. She finds that the physicality of the practice gives her access to her emotional and mental wellbeing. She lives her practice on and off the mat knowing that the tools of the practice creates integrity not only in her physical body but in her relationships. Leah is invested in Baptiste Yoga as she loves the rigor, the intensity, the fun, and the compassion that the practice packs into one class. It is the most transformative style of yoga that she has ever studied and it is a proven practice that works. She and Jon opened Hot Spot Power Yoga together as a place to share Baptiste Yoga with as many people that would listen. Leah is up to inspiring powerful transformation in the Jacksonville Community. She is up to holding space for the best and most highly trained Baptiste Yoga Instructors to teach. She is up to holding space for people to destress, release, and have breakthroughs physically, emotionally and mentally. She is up to creating the studio as a platform to give back to the community through donation based events which raise thousands of dollars for charity each year. She is up to being her biggest best self in this life and inspiring others to do the same.
Founder Hot Spot Power Yoga, ERYT-200, Certified Baptiste Teacherjon@hotspotpoweryoga.com
Jon Hansen has been practicing Baptiste Yoga since 2010. He is passionate about owing a business that gives back to the community in a powerful way. He is inspired by Baptiste Yoga specifically as he knows that this practice gives real physical results while also being an outlet to destress mentally and tap in emotionally. As a man he knows the importance of emotional intelligence and he is at cause to continue to expand himself through this practice while inspiring others to do the same. Jon is up to creating a space for transformation in the Jacksonville community. While studio ownership can be stressful, Jon is reminded over and over again the importance of providing a space for people to practice Baptiste Yoga. Jon is passionate about supporting the Jacksonville Community while investing in teachers to share their teaching as well as further their teaching experience. Jon is up to creating Hot Spot Power Yoga as an organization that has a powerful impact across the board whether it is reaching new students and teachers, or expanding current students and teachers. He knows that Baptiste Methodology works and he knows that Hot Spot Power Yoga is a platform to inspire others through Baptiste Yoga and the Baptiste Methodology.
Founding Partner Hot Spot Power Yoga - Baymeadows, ERYT-200, Certified Baptiste Teacherwhitney@hotspotpoweryoga.com
Whitney discovered yoga in 2010 when she asked a friend to recommend a local yoga studio. She had heard yoga was a great workout and had the added benefit of quieting the mind. In search of a little peace of mind, Whitney attended a class and was immediately hooked. Having benefited so greatly from the sense of centeredness, peace and good health this style of yoga provided for her, Whitney embarked on becoming a certified yoga teacher the spring of 2012 so she could share this wonderful practice with others. Her intention as an instructor and studio owner is to inspire and empower individuals and communities to live their biggest, boldest and healthiest lives through the practice of Baptiste inspired yoga and programs.
Outside the studio, Whitney works in the finance, accounting and risk management field for a Wellness company. She holds a Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, both from the University of North Florida. Outside of work and the yoga room, Whitney enjoys spending time with her friends and family, attempting to train her 80lb perfectly unruly Golden Retriever, outdoors and traveling.
Studio Manager, ERYT-200, Certified Baptiste Teacherkarina@hotspotpoweryoga.com
Karina discovered Baptiste power yoga when she moved to Jacksonville, FL in 2006 and instantly fell in love with the strength, love and joy that she felt. Through the practice she discovered that she could do things she never thought possible, like crow, and through that she knows that anything is POSSIBLE when you get fear out of the way. She left her corporate job at Merrill Lynch and became a full-time yoga instructor which lead to managing the studios. In addition to teaching and managing Karina also creates and leads workshops and facilitates teacher training programs. Through her teaching Karina hopes to inspire others to discover what IS possible when you let go of the fear.
Outside of the yoga studio Karina loves to spend time with her family, going on riding bikes to the beach and is passionate about gardening and cooking!
Studio Manager, RYT-500, Certified Baptiste Teacherlori@hotspotpoweryoga.com
Lori began her yoga practice in 2003 at a Bikram studio while living in Orlando, Florida. Upon moving to Jacksonville in 2005 she found a practice in the Baptiste Journey into Power series. Looking to deepen her practice she then enrolled in the Hot Spot Power Yoga’s 200 hour Life Transformation Program 2014. By June of 2014 she was on schedule at HSPY teaching the MS Yoga and Power classes and has been teaching consistently since.
Through the practice of Baptiste Yoga, Lori has felt stronger in body and mind on the mat and felt a shift in her connection to loved ones and in the community. She has felt pushed beyond her comfort zone and as a result has purposefully sought out opportunities that she might have shied away from before ranging from leading a fundraising team to simply being alone at a concert.
It is through these shifts in her own life that she teaches to inspire, flow, personal growth and connection in her classes. Not just connection to the community, but connection to oneself.
RYT-500, Certified Baptiste Teacher
Kintu started practicing Baptiste Power Yoga in 2007 and teaching in 2008. She was surprised at the challenge and intensity of her first power yoga class, but it was through this challenge that the resistance in her body and mind melted. She practices and teaches Baptiste yoga to gain greater depth, connection and alignment. Kintu has completed Baptiste levels 1,2 and 3 and is currently pursuing her Fit to Lead training. Her passion is to practice daily and pursue trainings that lead to greater levels of vitality and freedom. Kintu’s goal is to deliver an empowering class that inspires practitioners to pursue that which brings them joy and fulfillment.
Beth’s world changed after an accident fractured her back, lower lumbar and herniated a disc. Finding herself crippled with pain and stripped of her freedom to move, Beth sought out exercise and nutrition as her path to freedom and a full life. Through small basic movements, stretching, strength training and embracing an anti-inflammatory nutrition plan Beth fully recovered. In this process Beth fell in love with the empowering mind-body benefits of exercise and their impact on others. Beth become certified through the American Council on Exercise teaching classes in everything from kickboxing and cycling to senior fitness and ultimately managing a 17,000-square foot fitness facility.
Following years of unique program design and after receiving additional specialty certifications in Orthopedic Exercise and Fitness Nutrition, Beth was appointed as a Subject-Matter-Expert and Spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. Beth is relied on for expert analysis in the areas of women’s health and children’s fitness in publications such as SHAPE, Men’s Journal & SELF.
After Beth attended an immersion weekend with Baron Baptiste, founder of Baptiste Power Yoga, she became inspired to learn more about how yoga can be used to ignite what is unique in everyone. Beth set out to find a Baptiste studio where she could study and become a RYT, but more importantly, find a yoga community of individuals aligned with her mission of helping others realize their full potential not only on their mat but in life. Beth believes in the whole person and recognizes the importance of practicing yoga from a physiological, psychological and communal state. Beth found Hot Spot Yoga and a community of people committed to cultivating a life of possibility, in themselves and others. Beth wants to meet you and is passionate about exploring and uncovering what is possible.
Beth has a B.S. from Radford University and spent her time prior to entering the fitness field working for the FBI. Beth starts her day M-F at 6:15 am leading her women only outdoor group fitness class, Beth’s Boot Camp in Jax Beach.
Bryanna started her yoga journey in 2011 after moving to Florida. She practices to stay grounded and strong both physically and mentally. As a proponent to the idea that yoga can move mountains, her love of practicing lead her into the world of teaching so she can share all it has to offer with others. Through her teaching she wants to create the opportunity for students to commit to growth while staying true to themselves.
Bryanna started teaching yoga in 2018 after earning her RYT 200 hour certification. She loves being a part of the Hot Spot Power Yoga community and is excited for the chance that each day brings to work towards being intentional. Outside the studio she enjoys working within the world of international education and showering her family with hugs and kisses.
Chris started practicing yoga in 2011. He began with Ashtanga and dabbled in Bikram for a few years. In 2015 he was introduced to the Baptiste practice through Hot Spot Power Yoga. Chris instantly fell in love with the intensity of the practice, the empowerment provided by the instructors, and the support from the community of students in the class. Before discovering Baptiste Power Yoga, Chris lived a very limiting lifestyle. He was limited by what he believed about himself and what he believed was possible in his life. His favorite quote by Baron Baptiste, the founder of Baptiste Power Yoga, is “Anything is possible when your way of being is, anything is possible”. After several months of experiencing what was possible in his life with the tools he gained through this amazing practice, he decided to enroll in HSPY’s Life Transformation Program. It was in this program when Chris discovered his true passion, empowering others.
By July 2016 Chris was on the teaching team at HSPY. Since then, He has transitioned out of his career as a massage therapist and has become the manager of our Baymeadows location. Chris is committed to helping others become present to their own limiting beliefs and providing support that will allow them to explore what they are capable of. His classes are all about creating a fun and challenging place where you will be inspired and empowered to discover what is truly possible in your life, on and off your mat.
ERYT-200, Certified Baptiste Teacher
Denise discovered yoga back when she was in rehab from a debilitating car accident. She was a gymnast through high school and a dancer most of her life. Yoga brought her freedom! She felt alive again when she flowed on her mat, sometimes gracefully and sometimes not so gracefully! She found her mat to be a no judgement zone where she gives herself permission to accept herself right where she is with compassion and forgiveness. Progress not perfection and by all means permission to "Get messy!"
Denise wants to share the shine in her teaching! She wants to facilitate others to be open & willing for what is possible. Anything is possible! It is a matter of taking action and being up to whatever it is that you would like to create on your mat and in your life! Believe. What you believe you become.
Denise presents a strong vinyasa flow practice in a calm, compassionate, fun, joyful environment where every student is invited to find his/her edge while always honoring one's body.
Hailey has been practicing yoga for the last five years. She practices to relieve daily stress, to honor my body in a healthy way, to come back to the present moment, and to be a part of a loving community. Hailey enjoys empowering people through power and restorative practices. Hailey's teaching journey began when a practitioner came up to her after class and said, "yoga has literally changed my life." She then started to think about how much it has changed her life for the better, how much the Baptiste community has supported her. Hailey feels that teaching yoga is a blessing and being able to help others find their truth is an honor. She is up to creating fire, peace, and excitement for the moment in others. Hailey is a new mama to a beautiful little girl and a giant lab.
Hayley began practicing yoga at a Bikram studio in her hometown of Daytona Beach, FL at the age of 16. What started as a friendly sibling rivalry to gauge physical fitness soon turned into a passion of connecting mind and body. Growing up as a competitive dancer, she finds yoga to be as physically challenging as what her body once knew but also allows for the freedom of movement and expression with every practice. Moving to Jacksonville to attend college put a damper on her dedication to her mat and she could never find the right studio to call “home,” but she calls finding Hot Spot Power Yoga a sign from the yoga Gods. Her first class was a 6:00 am YOD class with Whitney Heflin and from the first ohm she knew she found the right place. Discovering Baptiste yoga lit a fire in her soul to share this practice with whomever she can, which encouraged her to complete the 200-Hour teacher training program through HSPY, as well as YOD Level 1 & 2 Training. She is empowered by the lightness and strength that this practice radiates, both physically and mentally, and challenges her students to discover their most authentic selves on their mats.
RYT-200, Certified Baptiste Teacher
Ilsa Marie Gehman has been teaching Baptiste Yoga for the past 5 years. She discovered this empowering style in Fort Worth, Texas at Indigo Yoga where she decided she wanted to start teaching. “The fact that Baptiste Yoga allows for practice not perfection gave me the greatest sense of possibility” Coming from a rigorous ballet background since the age of 4, Ilsa fell in love with the Baptiste practice for the healing she found through breath and movement. However, Baptiste Yoga was not her first entry to Yoga. She began Yoga at the age of 8 when her mother enrolled her in a Yoga kids camp in Arizona. Since then she’s practiced various styles, but after experiencing Baptiste she felt sure this is what she wanted to lead. Ilsa stands for creating empowerment, compassion and possibility through her classes.
RYT-200, Certified Baptiste Teacher
Jamey found yoga after a running injury and at first she was pretty skeptical. She was a self-proclaimed cardio bunny and thought nothing was as good as running… Boy, was she wrong! Jamey fell in love with power yoga because it challenged her physically and mentally, and at the same time rewarded her.
After practicing for a couple years and then finding Hot Spot she knew that she wanted to teach this amazing practice to others. The Baptiste Methodology is not only a yoga practice, but a life practice. It taught Jamey patience and compassion, effort and ease, as well as grace and gratitude. It became much more than just a workout. Through teaching Jamey shares what she has learned during her journey. If one person walks off their mat feeling lighter, empowered and ready for their day, then she knows that she did her job! Jamey loves creating a strong, athletic yoga practice that is challenging yet empowering for ALL levels!
Jayme Hillyer is a Jacksonville Native and has been teaching yoga since 2013. She is 200 RYT certified, has attended Level 1 in Sedona, Arizona with Baron Baptiste and completed Art of Assisting. Jayme has also completed Trauma informed yoga trainings with James Fox and through the nonprofit organization Yoga4Change. Jayme loves to teach both power yoga and Restorative yoga classes and believes in the importance of both types of practices to balance the body. She believes Baptiste Yoga is a great for empowering the self and having fun while you do it. Jayme loves the connection to the community through Yoga, particularly at Hot Spot where there is a strong sense of community and support. Jayme believes in the power of Yoga to heal and hopes to create connection with students in Yoga studios and in facilities that serve populations that do not have access to Yoga.
Katie discovered yoga after recovering from a running injury. She was so humbled but the strength, love and community in the room she was instantly hooked to Baptiste yoga. After less than a year of taking classes, she signed up for the next teacher training offered at her studio. She teaches because she wants to share the love and strength she found in that first yoga class, with everyone around her.
Kirsten took her first yoga class in 2005 at a Bikram studio in Neptune Beach. She instantly fell in love with the physicality of the practice. She practiced off and on for several years playing around with Bikram as well as other styles of yoga. It wasn't until March of 2016 that she found Hot Spot Power Yoga. She happened upon a restorative class during Spring Break. Her step-father had passed away that previous January and she needed an activity to get back into things. The love, kindness, and support she felt from the Hot Spot Community was exactly what she needed. She fell so in love with the sense of possibility and empowerment she felt from taking classes that she took the next step and became a certified yoga instructor in the spring of 2017. She hopes to bring that sense of empowerment and possibility to her students. In addition to being certified as an RYT-200 instructor, Kirsten is level 1 certified in YOD. She hopes to complete level 2 YOD training as well as Baptiste level 1 this year- never stop growing!!!
Initially, Laura began practicing yoga as a way to lose weight, but over the years, her practice has developed into so much more. Laura has gained love and appreciation for what her body can do instead of basing my self worth off of a number on a scale. Her mat became a place to unwind her body and mind from the physical tension and mental stress that builds up as life occurs. The Baptiste practice challenges Laura to allow herself to be imperfect and to let go of control.
Laura's life took a drastic shift after becoming a yoga teacher. The process made her look at her life, thoughts, and actions from an observer’s point of view. After dropping self judgement, she is able to live more mindfully in her thoughts, actions, and words to create my authentic life. Through teaching, Laura aims to help students become more aware and mindful of their bodies during their practice. She likes the practice to be challenging not only physically but mentally as well by encouraging students to be the observer of their own thoughts so they can become aware of any thought patterns. With yoga, we create space in the body and mind for new ways of thinking and growth.
Maria began her yoga practice in high school with her best friend whose father was a yoga teacher. Throughout college and her five years living in Southeast Asia, Maria continued to practice many different styles of yoga and found the introspection and reflection through the movement of body and breath to be incredibly healing. Maria was introduced to Baptiste yoga class shortly after she moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in 2007. Immediately, she was completely enthralled with the rhythm and flow of the class. She also found that the heated practice increased her flexibility, as well as physically rinsed her body out. Maria knew she was at home with the sweat, spirit and energy of the Baptiste practice and became a regular practitioner.
Maria completed her 200 hour teacher certification program at a Baptiste affiliated studio in October 2010 and has since been dedicated to her yoga practice, self-growth and development as a teacher and as a healthy balanced individual with a desire to give back to her community. Maria works in the field of early childhood development and social work. Maria has created a community connection between yoga, bringing the healing qualities of the practice to a diverse variety of individuals; self-empowerment is something yoga offers and all communities need. The Baptiste practice has inspired Maria to be a leader in her community. Maria recently completed her Masters in Social Work, and has a passion for art, music, food, and international travel.
Namie found Yoga at the college gym her junior year, when she injured herself training for a marathon. Ever since then, she has practiced a variety of yoga styles. In 2017, the studio she practiced at had to temporarily close down. Her passion to find another hot yoga place in the interim, led her to Hot Spot Power Yoga. After four months of practicing there, she signed up for teacher training.
What Namie loves about this practice is it not only challenges her physically, but also mentally. Additionally, she loves the sense of community at the studio. In her classes, she wants to inspire empowerment and possibilities off and on the mat.
Nancy loves the Baptiste style of yoga because it has lit up her life! Through consistent practice, she has and continues to achieve goals she never imagined, on and off of her mat. The empowering and supportive Baptiste community instills in her the belief that anything is possible. She holds a 200-hour RYT certificate and is also certified in YOD. She loves to share the Baptiste style yoga with other people on her community. Whether doing a community class or teaching in the studio, she enjoys sharing the healing powers of yoga through the empowering methodology of Baptiste yoga.
Nicole has been teaching a variety of yoga styles for 3 years. To Nicole, yoga is more than physical, it is a method of tuning into the self, observing and processing the thoughts, sensations, emotions, and memories that arise as we bring in the light of intentional awareness.
Always a student, Nicole's hope is to share the physical and emotional healing she has gained from her study and practice. Yoga is a lifelong journey and Nicole's teaching approach emphasizes therapeutic, mindful movement and breath to keep the body and mind healthy and safe for years to come.
Savannah discovered yoga for the first time in college in 2005. She used her yoga practice to alleviate her stress & help with her focus. After graduating from college in 2009, Savannah moved back to Jacksonville, FL and discovered a Baptiste-inspired studio where she fell in love. The connection with her growing community and the reflection on her mat for what was going on in her life was nothing she had ever experienced before. Not only did a Baptiste-inspired vinyasa flow help her feel amazing physically, it brought a whole new life perspective. She felt her patience come at ease, thoughts were clearer and calmer, and her compassion grew for the ones she loved. It was shortly after that she decided to get her 200-hour teacher certification here in Jacksonville.
After completing her 200-hour and advance teacher training programs, Savannah moved to Asheville, NC to manage a yoga studio and fell deeply in love with her new life in the Smoky Mountains. After spending 6 years in Western North Carolina, Savannah has returned home to be closer to family and to continue sharing her passion and love for yoga with each and every one of you!
In Savannah’s class you will have the opportunity to experience a Baptiste-inspired flow with lots of fire! Her classes are for all levels and she will give you the support you need to work your edge safely. Her classes will give you the tools to get out of your head, the opportunity to focus on breath and be present to movement so you can create all the new space you need to be the best version of you!
Tiffany started yoga in search of all the benefits she heard it had to offer. After her first class, she was sore, frustrated and thought she would never come back. But a few days later she was back at the studio practicing, she wasn’t sure what, but something kept her coming back. After practicing on and off for a while she wanted a steadier practice and decided to sign up for teacher training to learn more. On the recommendation of a friend she signed up for Baptiste training, the yoga was challenging but fun and left her feeling empowered and inspired; not only on her mat but in her life as well.
While it wasn’t love at first sight her passion for yoga and its beautiful community has grown exceptionally over the last few years and she hopes to share this love with everyone around her. She strives to create an environment that is fun, challenging and welcoming for all.
Tiffany is a Jacksonville native and enjoys running, baking and exploring new places.
Tracey Moore Lukkarila
Tracey came to Baptiste yoga in 2014. She had never taken a hot yoga class before, and that first class was tough! She didn’t think she would ever go back. But over the following week, Tracey felt called to return and has been practicing Baptiste yoga ever since. She fell in love with the practice so much that she signed up for yoga teacher training at Hot Spot and earned her RYT-200 certification in 2015.
This style of yoga has been magical for Tracey. Her life is full of anxiety and stress, just like many people. This practice is her best coping mechanism. The integration of body, mind, and spirit in this practice has soothed her soul and quieted her mind in a way nothing had before. This has only grown over time as she practices yoga and learns more about the Baptiste methodology. Through the practice and the Hot Spot yoga community, Tracey has become a much better and happier version of herself and she is inspired to constantly grow and be truly authentic. Tracey teaches because she want to share this with others. Her hope is that she is helping others find their own path to peace.
Kelsey began practicing yoga regularly in 2014, although she had taken a few classes here and there throughout high school and college. She started with a home practice and fell in love with the way yoga allowed her to move her body in a way that was not about competition or changing her shape or size. Kelsey continued to practice Hatha and Vinyasa yoga for several years, adding in Yin and Yoga Therapy to help heal depression and anxiety. Kelsey moved to Florida in 2017 and began practicing in studios more. She completed a trauma-informed teacher training through Yoga 4 Change, a nonprofit in Jacksonville, FL, and then completed mentorship with Hot Spot before joining the teaching team. Kelsey practices yoga to move joyfully, respect her body, and deepen her spiritual practice. She teaches because she wants to show others the transformations that yoga can create, both on and off the mat. She is into creating a body-positive, secure space for students to explore their own why’s and step into their power through Baptiste yoga!
RYT-200, Certified Buti Yoga, Kids Yoga
Shellie discovered yoga while seeking natural healing. She felt empowered in the practice and decided to stay with it. She enjoys the detoxifying effects, she feels lighter physically and emotionally through her dedicated practice. Through her yoga practice she has gained an
expanded awareness of what is real and what is not to sharpen and trust her intuition and the truth that lies within her heart and body. Through this expanded awareness she can better trust herself and lead life open hearted. Through this way of being she is of better service to her loved ones and to her community. Shellie feels dedicated to her practice as a way to evolve in her life and way of being and she is especially interested in taking care of her body with a focus
on long term health. Shellie hopes to teach her students connection on a deeper level to themselves and to their heart. She hopes to guide her students towards a place of body and breath awareness, grace and building strength in order to embody patience with the practice. She truly wishes for all to realize and feel the healing power and positive overall health effects that a dedicated yoga practice can have. She’s recently had a deep passion for teaching yoga to high school athletes and hopes to expand to more schools. Shellie holds a Masters degree in accounting and works to build her own firm in Atlantic Beach. She is a proud mother to a beautiful little girl, Maia. Shellie gives back to the community by serving on the executive board
as Treasurer at Maia’s school PTA and also enjoys volunteering there for many events and book club! She loves the beach and being outside, live music, spending time with her daughter, friends, and family.
Kathleen was a marathon runner looking to add yoga a couple days a week to compliment her running, but quickly fell in love with the practice that was so much more than a good stretch. Kathleen loved the grounding and presence yoga brought into her life and the ability to create and live more compassionately and fully. Despite trying a few different styles she chose to practice and study Baptiste for the way it challenged the body physically, the community it provides, as well as the way it challenged her to look into her mind and heart to grow. As an instructor, Kathleen hopes to challenge and guide her students to find their edge and push past doubts to find their breakthroughs and achieve new goals. Kathleen is also a certified SUP yoga instructor.
Ken is a Licensed Therapist, Certified Mediation Teacher, Level 1 Reiki practitioner, Karttikeyan Yogic Method healer, and level RYT-200 Power Yoga teacher. He is deeply committed to creating healing spaces for others. Ken is drawn to the practice of yoga because it consistently delivers on the promise of bringing unity to body, mind, and spirit -- and in turn, deepening peace. He believes it is important for him to share the gift of yoga, therapy, mediation, and lighthearted living with others in a way that is both safe and empowering. Baptiste Yoga allows him to do that and more. He practices and teaches yoga, leaning on the structured methodology and powerful Baptiste community.