Shelly, a Yoga Alliance certified E-RYT500, YACEP with over 15,000 hours of teaching under her belt, and is the founder of Hot House Yoga in Ormond Beach, FL. Over the last 15 years, this fiery soulful studio has been her venue for which she teaches anatomy, alignment, detox and meditation workshops, beginners hot flow 200 RYT, advanced urban flow 300 RYT teachers pieces of training. Shelly is authentic, fresh, intuitive, occasionally inappropriate and educated. She is an animal lover on a mission to make a difference. If your seeking truth, growth, connectivity, strength, unity, and challenge, Shelly is who you’ve been looking for. She is a catalyst for creating an awakened, mindful, and courageous life.
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Sapna is a dedicated, hard- working and humble yoga practitioner. Growing up in India, she was introduced to yoga by her mother as a teenager. After years of high intensity training, she found solace in yoga, after developing multiple injuries from her prior training. Through yoga, she is able to build relationships between the mind, body, and breath- an ability that she finds truly eye- opening.
Sapna has completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training from Hot House Yoga, under the guidance of Jamie Monahan. Initially, partaking in the 200 Hr. program was solely for personal growth; however, as each session progressed, the art of a yoga flow, truly transformed the way she sees her body, mind, and spirit. Through yoga, Sapna developed an extreme appreciation for the immeasurable strength and capabilities of the human body. Intrigued by the depth of opportunity that yoga offers, Sapna went on to study under Shelly Kwiatkouski completing her 300-hour training at HHYoga in Ormond Beach.
Sapna is known for her authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and compassion-centered philosophy. Availing herself to continuous philosophical education from various spiritual disciplines, Sapna weaves thought-provoking meditations throughout her classes, applying ancient wisdom to our contemporary western world in a useful and understandable way. She encourages growth of the physical and spiritual self, citing the interconnectedness to each other, to the world and to the universe at large.
The main premise of her teachings is to highlight the complexity, yet simplicity, of a truly beauty art form. When Sapna is on her mat, one can feel the spiritual energy that resonates from her and all who have had the opportunity to practice with her, or learn from her, walk away with a truly pure experience that touch the heart.
Cate just has an energy to her. She lights up her yoga classes with her bright spirit. She believes in the limitless potential of all of her students, and teaches in a way that brings them to new heights in both the physical and spiritual aspects of the practice. Back in 2012, Cate randomly walked into a yoga class at the gym, and her life changed forever. Yoga transformed her view of physical exercise from a punishment to be “toughed out” to a celebration of gratitude for the human body.
Yoga taught Cate to begin to love herself. After a few years of consistent practice, she knew she had to become a yoga teacher to what she had learned with others. Above all, Cate’s message to her students is one of self love. It is not how you look in the yoga pose that is important, but how you feel. She weaves her classes like a tapestry, leaving her students feeling empowered, refreshed, and energized. An avid runner, Cate loves to train for half marathons and marathons.
There is no distance too far, as long as there is a promise of brunch at the end. While she has been described as a bit of a powerhouse, Cate believes that all movement can and should occur gently. Whether it be a marathon or a sweaty vinyasa class, Cate incorporates gratitude and compassion into her practice, and encourages her students to do the same. She is highly attuned to listening to the body’s subtle cues, and understands that true strength is achieved with gentleness. Best of all, Yoga should be fun!
Cate earned her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification in 2015, and has been blessed with the opportunity to learn from many amazing teachers. She is inspired by the teachings of Bryan Kest and Ram Das, as well as the writings of Henry David Thoreau. Currently, Cate is training for her 300 hour certification under Shelly Kwiatkouski. When not on her yoga mat, Cate can be found paddling around in the ocean, riding her bicycle, running to her favorite pub, or traveling the world. She is usually surrounded by her two beloved rescue dogs, Izzy and Archie.
Jami’s sweet disposition will quickly dissipate any fears students have about yoga, and will motivate students to find their own inner teacher. She teaches with understanding that yoga is about self-realization and that the journey constitutes peeling back the layers created by past experiences and finding ones true self. Jami says being a yoga teacher is like lighting the lamp on a dark path. It is ultimately up to the student to take the steps to self-realization and proceeding down the path on their own inward journey. She understands that being a yoga teacher is a huge responsibility and wants students to be empowered and know they can make a difference.
Jami’s knowledge of modifications and props will allow each student to feel successful in his or her yoga practice. Her genuine care for the students shows in her encouraging, playful teaching style. Her classes flow with inspiration and motivation as well as an emphasis on alignment and breath. It is Jami’s positive, upbeat personality that is sure to leave a smile on your face!
Yoga took root in Jami’s life when she realized the positive impact it made on the quality of her life with the creation of strength and balance in her body, mind, and spirit. Her passion for yoga was quickly paired with her teaching background, and is now a RYT 500, a graduate of Hot House Yoga’s teacher’s training program. Jami incorporates yoga into her life by living the Eight Limb Path of Yoga as it is written in the Yoga Sutras by Pantajali.
Jami is also passionate about nutrition and currently works at a health food store when she’s not at Hot House Yoga. She is a firm believer of building the body up & not breaking it down while promoting health to all! Being a life-long learner, you are sure to find Jami’s home full of books & magazines covering all sorts of topics such as: yoga, anatomy, vegetarian cooking, astrology, ayurveda, the Yoga Sutras, and all types of inspirational readings.
Jami is very grateful for her teacher Shelly Kwiatkouski, aka Uma for always seeing her potential and for their unwavering love and support. She is also thankful of her experiences with kirtan wallahs Krishna Das, Girish, and Bhagavan Das.“Yoga allows me to shatter perfection, live my dreams, and be successful in my own life.” -Jami Monahan
Every choice you make either enhances your spirit or takes away from it. That is why Katie chooses to practice yoga daily. It is on her mat that she is able to get connected with her spirit while gaining a sense of “centeredness”
Katie took her first yoga class in the 80s in Flagstaff, Arizona. She was amazed by how much time was spent teaching how to stand up (Tadasana). She took the knowledge with her from that day forward as a way to get centered and balanced whether in a grocery line, at a party, or on her mat. She didn’t become a dedicated yogi until a hot yoga studio opened up in Ormond Beach, FL in 2006. Having twin 7 year olds at home and a part time job in Real Estate she found yoga helped her handle her busy lifestyle. A few years later she read about a teacher’s training program in the Yoga Journal. Seeking a way to improve her physical practice she signed up with master instructor Edely Wallace in Orlando, FL. Much to her surprise yoga was more than the asanas and was delighted to learn more about the 2,000 year old philosophical and spiritual aspects of yoga. Over the years, she credits this knowledge to helping her cope with whatever life throws at her and is comforted in knowing she can always turn to her mat for solace at any time.
As an empty nester, Katie works full time as a real estate agent and has found the freedom to pursue different interests including serving on the board of the Port Orange Community Trust, doing field research as a volunteer for the Sea Turtle patrol, and of course furthering her yogic studies under master teacher, Shelly Kwiatkouski of Horizon House Yoga, Ormond Beach, FL.
Katie says, “Getting onto my mat is like coming home to my Spirit”. Yoga for her is prayer in motion. She recognizes that yoga not only strengthens the body, mind and spirit but also finds it as a tool to “still her mind”. She welcomes students of all levels to join her in practicing the asanas and finding out for themselves the many gifts a regular yoga practice will unveil for them both on and off their mats.
Lisa is a positive influence leader with a core value of helping others to be successful. Her encouraging, caring, genuine nature is evident in her compassion and desire to inspire and empower others to be their best selves. Lisa possesses the instinctual ability to understand issues quickly. This leads to creative and innovative, often unconventional, problem-solving solutions for complex issues, yet she communicates complicated matters in easy-to-understand terms. Lisa’s wisdom reveals her vast experience gained in 40 years of public accounting as a competent trusted advisor and consultant.
Sarah is a dedicated practitioner and a thoughtful instructor who recognizes that each student comes to
their mat with unique abilities, experiences, and motivations. She firmly believes yoga to be a vehicle of physical, personal, and spiritual transformation.
Sarah tried yoga a few times before making it part of her lifestyle.
At first, it was a curiosity, then it became an exciting twist to a challenging exercise routine. After undergoing a series of debilitating injuries and an unsuccessful surgery in 2007, Sarah turned to yoga as a healing modality. Within three weeks of dedicated, intensive practice at Horizon House Yoga (formerly HotHouseYogaOB), Sarah noticed clear physical results. Naturally, the physical improvements translated to a positive outlook and advantages across multiple aspects of life. Recognizing the benefits, there was no turning back-Sarah committed to a lifetime practice with Shelly Kwiatkouski as mentor and spiritual guide. Alexis Martin, Missy White, and Phillip and Ivy Askew, have also inspired Sarah’s yoga practice.
As a teacher, Sarah intends to use the knowledge and inspiration she has gained to make yoga fun and accessible to every student. Sarah focuses on key foundation poses, cues, and breathing techniques that help students build strength and confidence in a new or growing practice. Sarah encourages students to connect with their bodies and spirit, find pleasure in movement, and use props for comfort and support. Mostly, Sarah welcomes each student to explore and tap into the possibilities available to their unique abilities.
As a business owner, Berni has gained the experience to gracefully lead a room through everything from a simple beginner’s flow to the more complex, advanced vinyasa. Her jokes and encouraging words puts her students at ease and invites mindful exploration of their limits. She believes that all people are capable of accomplishing the spiritual peace and physical connection with their own body that comes with the regular practice of yoga.
Berni’s exuberance is apparent in the fire that comes out during her flows. One can’t help but feel motivated when her infectious, positive energy enters the room. Though she enjoys the complexity of arm balances and more demanding poses, she thoroughly understands the importance of a strong foundation. Having an active practice for over ten years has given her the insight to know when a simple modification necessary and the benefits that come with it.