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Owner/Founder VIDA Hot Yoga
Teacher Trainer, VIDA Hot Yoga School
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, Texas Wesleyan
Master of Science, Nursing Anesthesia (2007), Women’s Health (1999)
Personal Yoga Goals: I would like to advance my yoga practice and teaching skills with more exposure to ashtanga yoga. Since completing yoga teacher training, I have become more and more interested in taking ashtanga yoga classes with teacher Johnna Smith. I also would like to study meditation in-depth.
Yoga Career Goals: Ongoing exposure to varied yoga trainings. Increasing my knowledge about the integration of yoga with business and intricately weaving the two together in a way that is authentic, safe and valued.
Best Decision Ever Made: Saying, ‘yes’ to my soulmate and life partner, the true love of my life.
What Can You Do To Become A Better Version Of Yourself? Obtaining self-acceptance of my limitations and flaws. Using yoga and meditation to become less reactive. Learning to say no more often.
How Has Yoga Changed You? Physically it has helped me identify strength deficits associated with muscular imbalances. It has also helped to lessen the deficits by increasing my strength, balance flexibility. Although I have been an exercise devotee my entire life, yoga has helped me achieve the best state of emotional and physical health yet. Mentally, among other things, it has helped me to live a more present life.
200-RYT VIDA Hot Yoga
Lead Teacher, Kids Yoga Programs
Master’s in Education, Milligan College
Although relatively new to yoga, Aubryn has quickly become one of VIDA’s greatest assets both as a yoga instructor and as VIDA’s Director of Operations. Aubryn was instrumental in the creation of VIDA Kids Yoga, utilizing her education and experience as an elementary school educator to bring yoga to children in the region. She teaches all formats of yoga at VIDA and is the lead teacher of the barre program. Aubryn is enrolled in the RADroller training (October 2019) and plans to incorporate myofascial release into her yoga classes.
What Might Others Be Surprised To Know About You? I ran a full marathon at Disney World in 2012.
Favorite Book/Movie: Wonder
What are 3 good things and 3 not-so-good things the person who knows you best might say about you?
Good: organized, kind and fun to be around.
Not-so-good: OCD, confrontational, always working-never taking time to rest.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Hopefully doing everything I do now…Maybe with another VIDA or 2 in the picture.
What Motivates You? A good playlist.
What Are Your Career Goals In Regard To Yoga? Operating multiple VIDA locations, teaching barre and yoga, and becoming a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT).
Any Additional Fun, Quirky, or Surprising Information You Can Tell Us: When I was young, Ashley was my swimming lessons teacher.
Attended California State University, Fullerton
Christine was trained in Baptiste methodology (Mark White, Mbody) but enjoys teaching various forms of yoga including power, yin, flow/yin and Bikram-style classes. At VIDA you will find her on the schedule teaching Hot Slow Power Flow, Hot Power and Restore and Deep Stretch. Don’t let her laid-back personality and sweet spirit fool you, she can deliver a powerful vinyasa class then relax you with her soothing voice and soulful play list.
Yoga Career Goals: 300 Hour yoga teacher training.
Favorite Vacation Spot: So hard to choose…but I love the ocean and the beach. Many of my vacations include water of some kind-Maui, Costa Rica, Mexico, Greece, California….
Best Advice You’ve Ever Gotten: From my mother, ‘Focus on the things in life that bring you joy.’
Favorite Thing To Do (Other Than Teaching Or Taking Classes At VIDA): Horseback riding with friends and Jake (my dog) running beside me painting or making jewelry and reading.
What Do You Enjoy Most About Teaching Yoga? Watching a person accomplished a pose that they found challenging.
Who/What Inspires You Most? People who are always upbeat and happy even through tough moments.
Ginny graduated from East Tennessee State with a degree in dental hygiene and has been in-practice since 2001. Ten years ago, she decided to go part-time in order to pursue her passion in the fitness industry. She is an AFAA certified group exercise instructor and a personal trainer. Ginny feels that physical fitness is life changing and loves being able to help people realize that. When not training, teaching, and practicing dental hygiene, she enjoys watching her daughter play sports and, in general, enjoys her daughter in each-and-every stage of life. Ginny loves traveling with her family and exploring the beautiful world in which she lives! She enjoys running, swimming, paddleboarding, and being involved in any and all social activities that time allows. Ginny surrounds herself with fun, positive people and emphasizes that, “life is short, live everyday like it is your last.”
Barre | Core and Deep Stretch
Hope completed her Barre Instructor certification under the BarreAmped method at VIDA, she also teaches Core & Deep Stretch and is enrolled in VIDA’s Fall 2019 200-Hour RYT Training.
She loves teaching Barre because it takes her back to her childhood dance classes. She loves being able to empower and support clients as they embark on the journey to living a healthier lifestyle.
One long-term career goal for Hope is to incorporate her love for fitness and the mind-body connection into her current role as a mental health professional for youth.
Currently enrolled in a Registered Prenatal Yoga Training (RPYT)
PharmD, Gatton college of Pharmacy
MPS-H, New York School of Interior Design
Lauren is a pharmacist, interior designer, and teaches hot power yoga at VIDA. Lauren recently started a blog, Well By Design where she shares design inspiration, natural alternatives and yoga, www.wellbydesign.com. Her yoga classes are intense, and she always has a motivating playlist.
Best Advice You’ve Ever Gotten: To stop caring what other people think and letting other’s opinions define you.
Favorite and Least Favorite Yoga Pose:
Favorite: Chin Stand
Least Favorite: Extended Side Angle.
Three Things You Can’t Live Without: My phone, the weather forecast and paper towels.
Cats or Dogs? Dogs! Aka, Bernie and Wilson.
What are your personal goals in regard to yoga? I am currently enrolled in a RPYT (prenatal yoga training). We will see where it takes me!
What Are Your Personal Goals In Regard To Yoga? To continue advancing my practice and using it as a tool to manage my OCD. There is always room for more personal growth.
Leona started her yoga journey at VIDA as a work exchange participant. Management and staff at VIDA quickly realized that Leona’s vast life experience and work ethic made her a valuable resource. Leona enrolled in VIDA’s first teacher training in the fall of 2018 and credits the influence and teachings of Jen Eddins (Lead Teacher Trainer at VIDA) as a great inspiration in her life.
Hometown: Alleghany Highlands of Virginia
Favorite Class To Take: Hot Slow Power or Hot Power
Favorite Vacation Spot: Holden Beach
Best Advice You’ve Ever Gotten: Today is tomorrow’s yesterday, make it count!
Favorite Book: The Four Agreements
What Might We Be Surprised To Know About You? I had my first child at 16 years of age!
What Are You Currently Doing To Become The Best Version Of Yourself? Um…yoga, removing toxic people from my life, (trying to) eat better, mediate.
What Are Your Goals In Regard To Yoga? I cannot imagine not sharing yoga for the remainder of my life. I would like to eventually achieve a 500 RYT designation.
And, In Regard To Your Practice? To improve daily my mindset and strength.
What motivates you the most? Love
Favorite Yoga Pose: Bound Half Moon
Least Favorite: Warrior 2
Bachelor of Science, Dental Hygiene,
Leslie has been active her whole life, running track, playing tennis and lifting weights. In high school, Leslie became a personal trainer and then later taught group exercise. In her recent past she started doing yoga after two years of CrossFit.
Awards and Accomplishments: First District Most Distinguished Student 2016, What kind of accomplishments? I built a 6-foot privacy fence with (husband) Ethan!
Best Advice Ever Received: Forgive and move on, life is too short to carry grudges.
What Might We Be Surprised To Know About You? I am the second generation born in the United States. My mom’s side of the family is from Colombia, South America.
Three Things You Can’t Live Without: Pal’s plain tea, Birkenstocks, and chewing gum
Three Good and Three Not-so-good Things The Person Who Knows You Best Might Say About You:
Good: Hard working, Determined, Independent
Bad: Gassy, Bed hog, impatient
Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years? Hopefully a mother, teaching yoga in the school system, and having the ability to do a handstand.
What Are You Doing To Become The Best Version Of Yourself? Practicing yoga and developing my personal spiritual journey.
What Motivates You? Listening to loud music.
What Are Your Career Goals In Regard To Yoga? My goal as a yoga teacher is to be authentic and transparent with each student. I would love to see yoga in the school system and in other corporate sectors.
Favorite and Least Favorite Yoga Pose and Why? Revolved side angle because I like twisting and binding. I also love arm balances because they make me feel so strong. I highly dislike revolved triangle and revolved half moon.
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice, Texas Wesleyan
Master of Science, Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Best Advice: Do not ever stop learning and growing as a person. Get outside your comfort zone and be open to learning and trying new things in an effort to challenge yourself and make life exciting.
Best Decision: Choosing to attend the UT anesthesia program and meeting my wife Ashley in this program. We have always shared so many common interests and goals since we first met. Our support for each other is the reason we continue to have fun with new and interesting life experiences.
Career Goals Related To Yoga: My yoga career goals are to continue to gain experience as a yoga instructor and expand my knowledge through more yoga trainings and workshops in order to continually improve what we offer the members of Vida. I also want to reach more people through Vida by opening more Vida Hot Yoga studios in other markets.
What would we be surprised to know about you? I grew up on an Angus cattle farm in rural NC with my identical twin brother.
Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years? I see myself continuing to own and manage our anesthesia company as well as multiple Vida Hot Yoga studios in more cities.
How has your perception of yoga changed since becoming a yoga teacher? My perception of yoga has shifted from being an intense workout totally focused on what I wanted as a student to what can do for my students that will challenge them and help them enjoy yoga regardless of their skill level.
What can you do to become a better version of yourself? Be more patient.
Favorite yoga pose: Handstand: because I suck at it and it challenges me to work on strength, balance, and body awareness.
Least Favorite Yoga Pose: Warrior 2: I mean come on… boring. Don’t ever leave me in Warrior 2 for more than a breath.
Bachelor of Arts, East Tennessee State University
Mike was trained in Baptiste Methodology and teaches VIDA Hot Power Yoga and Hot Slow Power Flow. Mike is a sweet spirit but can command attention of yogis in his class with his interesting playlists and motivating teaching style. Mike has an active yoga practice himself. His fellow teachers at VIDA think his Warrior 3 is badass.
What 3 things can you not live without? Coffee, my family and yoga.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I’m working on being more open and vulnerable and authentic with the people closest to me. Physically, I want to be stronger.
Who is the person who has had the most influence in your life? My mother
What are you doing to become the best version of yourself? Being more selfish with my time. Not being afraid to say no to things I don’t want and not being afraid to be a “yes” to things I want.
What are your goals in regard to yoga? Short-term: to grow my classes and improve my assists. Long-term: to be the best. To be a guest instructor and travel.
Personal Yoga Goals? Maintain a daily practice. Practice and all will come.
What might we be surprised to know about you? I love to cook and put my own twist on recipes and create my own dishes. I’ve been heavily influenced by the food of Colombia (mother and grandmother) and Puerto Rico (my wife’s family and often incorporate these elements in my food.
Tonya found yoga as a way to improve health and mental wellbeing. She was surprised by the instant effect that yoga had on her life. Practicing yoga has provided an inner strength and stillness that she is ready to share with her students. Working as an orthopedic nurse for years made her realize that yoga was an essential part of her life. Tonya completed RYT 200 training in the summer of 2015 in Knoxville, TN and is currently working towards a RYT 500 designation in Asheville, NC.