All have been trained by the Yax family to ensure consistency in your practice.
Jimmy began practicing yoga in 2003; however, his first yoga teacher was his father who taught all his children the principles of meditation growing up. Jimmy also has a passion for Jiu Jitsu which he received a black belt for in 2011. Teaching & studying yoga and Jiu Jitsu has given Jimmy many opportunities to help himself and others. For this, he is forever grateful. “In life, we are always students.”
Kristen’s yoga practice began in 1999 via VHS tapes, however it wasn’t until 2011 that she began teaching yoga to others. Kristen has a wonderful grasp on the therapeutic approach to teaching. Her genuine nature carries over into her classes. It is evident in, as well as out of class, that she cares about the well-being of everybody. Besides yoga, Kristen’s other passions include cooking, reading and traveling.
Andre has practiced yoga on and off since 2012, and began building a consistent yoga practice upon finding Hot House in 2016. When teaching, his goal is to create a space where practitioners can find a release from their daily lives. His favorite part of teaching is becoming a part of their journey as the yoga philosophy makes waves in their lives. Andre studied physics and engineering in school, and has applied his skills to mastering the art of rolling the perfect towels behind the front desk. When practicing, he is notorious for his mid-class “meditations” (aka naps).
Yoga has been the only constant in my life since starting. Initially, I went into it for the fitness aspect but it has evolved into a way of life for me. I started practicing in 2006 and I’ve never looked back. My favorite thing about teaching is seeing the gratitude as practitioners leave class and knowing I assisted in their yoga smile. Fun fact about me is that I have a very healthy obsession with fitness and a not so healthy obsession with lipstick and all things glitter 💜
Su has been teaching at Hot House Yoga since receiving her 200 hour certification in March 2015 and recently earned an additional 300 hour certification in August 2017. One of her favorite parts about teaching are the personal connections that she makes with her students, whether it’s simply through eye contact, a smile, or a laugh. She just wants people to know that they matter, that they’re enough. In her free time, Su enjoys sleeping, eating, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, and Maddox (her bossy but lovable Pembroke Welsh Corgi).
I began practicing in 2008. The main reason I love teaching is that I want to make the world a healthier, happier, safer and more peaceful place. Each time I teach, I have an opportunity to help each student feel better, have a better relationship with themselves and thus better their relationships in and with the world. A fun fact about me is that I’m addicted to Tetris. I can pack a suitcase, a trunk or a truck bed better than anyone you know – and I owe it all to Tetris.
My favorite part of teaching is seeing other people go on the same journey I’ve been on since I began my consistent practice 5 years ago. The journey from frustration to empowerment, self-judgment to self-acceptance, chaos to peace. It’s a daily journey of realization that yoga is not something you master; instead yoga is a powerful tool that allows and creates space for understanding and mastery of self. Being able to walk alongside others on that path is truly incredible.
I believe we are energetic beings. Our thoughts, feelings, & behaviors are all energy & in order to be our best we need tools that help us manage this energy & create balance in our mind-body-spirit. I’ve been practicing yoga since 1999 because it helps manage & balance this energy, facilitating nurturing, healing, & growth of the whole person, mind-body-spirit.
My favorite thing about teaching is witnessing the positive changes in mind-body-spirit that yoga inspires in people is my favorite thing about teaching.
I started practicing yoga about 4 years ago, initially for an alternative physical activity after my 2nd knee surgery. After a few sessions, I was hooked! I now practice 4-5x/week & it is “my time” to care for myself inside & out; being thankful for what my body & mind can do. My favorite thing about teaching is helping others become present in the moment, letting go of whatever happened before they walked in the room & letting go of the endless “to do list”. Teaching them to love themselves just as they are & gratitude that their body can do what it does. Fun fact about me – I love the water! I love the sounds, smells, feel, everything about the water. I grew up on a lake, met my husband while surrounded by water, live on a lake and travel wherever I can that has a lake, ocean, stream, pond or river. I guess I’m a Pisces for a reason 😉
I’ve been practicing yoga for 3+ years! Through yoga and meditation, I’ve learned to connect to stillness and silence, to find peace and freedom within myself. I continue to step on my mat to disconnect from the world, to connect to my body and mind, to be healthy and free. My favorite thing about teaching is being able to offer others a space of love and acceptance. Fun fact about myself is that I am from Brazil 🇧🇷. I have a beautiful large family, with 6 kids between my wife and I.
My yoga journey began in 2013 in the suburbs of Chicago and started as a social event to fit in with colleagues. Once I moved to Richmond, it became such a passion that I needed to teach! Yoga has created space in my life to unplug and be mindful, not just in the yoga studio but throughout each day. It has helped me love myself first and foremost! I love teaching to see everyone’s energy change. They could be running late to the studio from a stressful day at work, and they will come out of class totally different! I work in the field of Special Education, all my kids have fur (2 dogs and 2 cats,) I am a foodie, I LOVE spontaneous trips, my hair is always a different color and I’m a sucker for a cheesy comedy!
I found yoga in 2011 when I was 19 at the local YMCA, it was an instant love connection and I’ve practiced regularly since my first class. Completing a 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2016 was a dream come true for me, and I am honored to guide students through their own practice. I love when students share stories about how their yoga practice came through in another area of their life, making that connection that yoga isn’t just about the physical asana we engage in on our mats! Along with yoga, I enjoy anything with the outdoors, especially hiking, camping, or just laying down a blanket in the park and diving into a good book.
My physical fitness journey started with running. After signing up for a half-marathon, a friend mentioned that yoga might help me with the aches and pains associated with frequent workouts. This was enough to get me onto the yoga mat and it didn’t take long for me to realize yoga could be as fun and challenging as a ten mile run.
When Hot House Yoga opened in Richmond, I knew after attending a class in their unique space I’d found the right place for me. It because such a passion that I hadto share the feeling and teach others. I completed the Yax Yoga Concepts teacher training in December 2012 and am very proud to be a part of the Hot House family.
I loved Hot House Yoga from the moment I stepped into the door in January of 2015. I always enjoyed all types of workouts – spin, yoga, barre, HIIT, but when I discovered hot Yoga it seemed like the perfect match for me. Hot Yoga not only offered me increased strength, flexibility, and endurance, it was a huge stress releaser and a place to find peace in my crazy world. I signed up for teacher training in the fall that same year and began teaching in August 2016.
I love seeing how yoga changes our students’ minds, bodies, and spirits. Students may walk in the door a little unsure of what to expect, but soon they develop and embrace their practice realizing that we are all just a work in progress.
I am a native Richmonder and attended Freeman High School and JMU. When I’m not in the studio you can find me spending time with my husband hopefully on a beach somewhere.
I’ve been practicing yoga on and off the mat since 2011, but after discovering Hot House in 2012 I felt and still feel like I’m “home”. This is also why I practice; moving mindfully on my mat continuously grows by ability to live intentionally when I step off. More than anything, yoga to me is a way of being. This cycles into my favorite thing about teaching, that is, empowering others; to help them see they are perfect exactly as they are; to understand that every moment is a choice; to know that every moment is another opportunity to begin again, truly. Fun fact: I’m kind of obsessed with college football…which is one of the many reasons why fall is my favorite season.