Ginna's passion for fitness was unveiled when her Aunt gave her the gift of personal training over twenty years ago. After many years of training and mentoring by her Aunt, Ginna wanted to share this gift with others. In 2002 Ginna was recognized by The International Sports Science Association as Certified Fitness Trainer. The passion was further fueled when Ginna was introduced to Bikram Yoga in 2003. As she became more dedicated to her yoga practices and saw the positive attributes Yoga had to offer her life, the more she became interested in teaching and sharing her experience with others. After completing 200 hours of YA recognized Hot Yoga Teacher Training, Bee You Kids Yoga Certification and Barre Works Certification she now shares her passion with her students. In 2011 Ginna gave up a fasted paced career in Fashion and traded it for her peaceful Yoga Studio, Hot & Soul Yoga, Middletown. Ginna lives in Colts Neck with her husband and business partner Alex, their daughter Lucia and their newest addition Hot & Soul Yoga Colts Neck.
Virginia Lennon was an accomplished scholastic basketball player, softball player and runner who has always had a passion for sports. Multiple knee surgeries prohibited her further pursuit of running, but opened up the world of yoga to her several years ago.
She became involved in various yoga methods starting in August, 2008 with her first teacher training based on the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga style. She quickly completed her Level 1 Teacher Trainer, but she didn’t stop there. She expanded her knowledge by completing a 200-Hour YogaWorks Teacher Training in March 2011 and completed her 500-Hour YogaWorks Teacher Training in August 2013. Virginia also received a teacher training for children through Bee You Yoga in April 2017, and leads a fun practice for children of different abilities to help with focusing and an awareness of breath and body.
Virginia continued to explore the various styles of yoga and has expanded her teaching to barre classes. The knowledge of the low-impact isometric workout strengthens and compliments students of all levels. She completed the YogaWorks BarreWorks Teacher Training in 2013, and most recently the Barre Intensity Teacher Training in November 2018.
She is thrilled that she can pursue her physical and mental goals without further discomfort and damage to her knee. Virginia lives in Middletown, NJ with her husband of 28 years and their two daughters who also share a passion for yoga and barre!
From being a little dancer to graduating with a BFA in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, movement has always been my whole life. After starting a family, transitioning to yoga was effortless and filled me up after dancing was put to a close.
My yoga training was with Ann Yocum, of Colts Neck. A 200 hour teacher training that I will always hold close to my heart. I am certified through Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200 teacher. I have continued to teach Bikram style yoga as well as Vinyasa, Beginners yoga and Power Yoga. Since being trained I have felt once again fulfilled with movement.
Barre was something I was thrown into by accident. Well now it has become a huge part of my practice and my teaching life. I have loved crafting it into my own style and it brings me joy to get people moving and grooving. My training was through POE yoga and an additional training with Barre Intensity. I am thrilled to be a certified Barre Intensity Instructor.
Teaching is my passion and I hope to spread that to every one of my students.
Danica; MSW, Pitbull Mama, Yoga Student, Artist
Breathe it all in, love it all out
Seeking your truth and finding your voice is contagious around Danica. Her own yoga journey is what has shaped her desire to share these sacred teachings. Over a decade worth of practice, devotion, training and studies has culminated in a spiritual journey that has offered Danica the opportunity to connect with others, love herself fully and find her voice.
Danica has been humbled and softened by her yoga practice. She follows the path of Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of loving devotion, and has lead yoga (and barre) classes since 2014 with over 1200 teaching experience hours. With her playful yet mindful explorations, Danica holds space for you to just be you, safely and supported. Danica’s most beloved activity is chanting and being a part of Kirtan. Her harmonium, more often than not, accompanies her to class and she encourages others to share their voice.
Danica lives near the water with her fiancé and their two rescues, Moose and Patron. She loves reading, creating art from many different mediums, enjoying the outdoors, and cooking.
The more time I spent on the mat the more I saw my practice progressively evolve into becoming a series of moving meditations. I experienced more life balance, greater focus and self discipline as well as an awakened heart and compassion. Later in my life I went through a period of grief & loss as well as dealing with cancer. Both were catalysts into lifestyle transformations and leading into a path as a YOGA teacher.
I trained with teacher RODNEY YEE at www.yogashanti.com
studio NYC in Vinyasa alignment based yoga and also made my practice to offer Sound Healing Therapies as signature in all my classes and workshops” . I hope I can reflect high positivity and excitement to my students in their daily practice and show yoga as a source of universal connectivity. i offer powerful and carefully crafted experiences to support self-inquiry, cultivate deep relaxation, inspire meaningful connection and allow transformation. NAMASTE
Vanessa Van Noy has been teaching in the NY metro area for nearly 20 years. She has worked with pro and collegiate athletes , people with physical limitations, and everyone in between. She specializes in creating practices that are fluid, functional and fun. She encourages humor&compassion, perseverance & perception , love &laughter. Vanessa is very hands on in her classes, using touch as a way to deepen a posture or just show a little love.
Vanessa is a distinguished yoga teacher known for her compassionate activism, unique self-expression, and intelligent style of teaching. Vanessa has been featured in numerous blogs, sites and magazines across the globe. She has advanced her already extensive trainings with rockstar yogis as Bryan Kest and Ana Forrest.Her style has grown and developed over the years , but her undeviating standard has and will always be.. challenge, compassion , community. Vanessa is the founder of “Headstands for Hunger “a yoga-based non for profit whose mission is to unify local yoga teachers and their communities , to feed hungry people and homeless pets nationwide.
Maria is an RYT and is a CKTT (certified Kineso Tapping Technician). She has recently completed her 50hr training in Trauma Informed Teacher Training. Yoga for her is space where she feels safe to allow herself to be vulnerable, to connect herself on a mental and emotional level. It has helped in her own recovery as a addict and coping with her mental illness. She doesn’t see herself as a teacher but as a guide to the students in the room to find their own connection to their own practice..on their own terms. Creating a “safe” space and practice through her knowledge of the anatomy. Deeply rooted in “Bhakt Yoga” also called Bhakti marga, is a spiritual path or spiritual practice, loving devotion towards a personal god/self. To see the divine in everything. The practice of devotion and self-less service .Maria is also an accomplished Hairstylist at Thompson Hair Salon in Shrewsbury
Eileen has been teaching locally since 2011. She has completed her 500 Yoga Teaching Certification at Yogaworks locally and in NYC. Eileen teaches Hot 26, Vinyasa (beginner and power) and enjoys teaching Yoga Massage with Therapy Balls. Eileen has lived and worked locally most of her life and is also a technologist focusing on Cybersecurity. Eileen enjoys spending time with her grown children and her pets. You may also find her in Red Bank helping her daughter at Pearl St. Consignment.
After finding yoga myself in 2004 and having my own life changing realization I
continued to practice daily gaining more strength obviously, but also confidence to move
forward. I completed my 200 Hr Teacher Training in 2010, I completed the Barkan
Method Level ll Hot Yoga Training in 2011, and continued to educate myself by taking
varies Posture, Trauma Informed Yoga Trainings and Aromatherapy .workshops. My
practice is constantly evolving as I continue to grow and learn from all my fellow
teachers and yogi’s that inspire me daily. I look forward to our paths hopefully crossing
one day as we travel on our own journeys seeking truth, light, patience and wellness. I
hope to see you soon on the mat, until then just do you and have fun on that journey!
Jill’s passion for yoga began over twenty years ago when she cultivated her own practice as a way to reduce stress and anxiety from college life and other life stressors. After, becoming a Licensed Social Worker in 2006 she decided to expand her practice into teaching yoga and mindfulness to the children she worked with in the public school system and private practice. Now a 200hr RYT, a certified children’s yoga instructor through Grounded Kids Yoga, and a certified Holistic Health Coach through the Integrative Institute of Nutrition; Jill’s hope is to continue to guide those she encounters in both her yoga teaching practice and social work career, to cultivate their own tool box of mind body practices to help create harmony and peace in their lives. Jill’s teaching style is diverse, intentional and from her soul. She attempts to find a niche for everyone whether it is a slower paced mindful meditative vinyasa practice focusing on linking the breath with asanas to help release the mind as she does in her Warm Basic classes, or one of the heart pumping, strengthening and empowering flows she creates for her Yoga Burn classes. Whatever calls to you in the spectrum of Yoga practices, Jill always encourages students to be present, to tap into their intuition, and use their breath and movement to find their own inner light. And coming soon, Jill will be adding a certification in Barre Intensity and Trauma Informed Yoga to her rooster as well. She hopes to see you on the mat soon!!
Amy Crowe, hailing from Brooklyn, New York, started her teaching career in Dance Education at age 17 at the prestigious, Horizons In Dance. After moving to New Jersey in 1996 she continued to teach recreational and competitive dance at a local dance studio. Unfortunately spending so much time inside to deal studio did not allow her to take class for herself and her body felt limited. In 2007 Amy took her first hot yoga class and the void was filled. It was exactly what she was missing but did not stay consistent with her practice. In 2009 Amy suffered a back injury that completely sidelined her from teaching dance. Chiropractic and physical therapy did not help in any way. With much hope Amy registered for a 10 day package at the local hot yoga studio with high hopes of feeling better. She went religiously every day. By the fifth day the pain was gone. She was yoga’s biggest advocate. In 2014 Amy received her 200 RYT Certificate through Colts Neck Hot Yoga. Amy’s love for both dance and yoga continues to grow. The greatest gift she can pass down to her students is to learn to slow down, learn to breathe deeply, play. Everything else is just stuff.
Tanya teaches Dharma as well as H26. Come join her..
As an elementary teacher, Kristen has brought her love for teaching to the studio! She has been been apart of the Hot and Soul Yoga community since 2015 - first as a student and now as a barre instructor. In 2019, Kristen completed her Barre Intensity Training and Certification. She enjoys creating challenging and upbeat classes that focus on sculpting every part of the body. Kristen’s fun and energizing classes will have you coming back for more!
Mackensie found her passion for barre and all things fitness during college when looking for an outlet to reduce stress. Throughout college, she competed on the University of Tampa Cheerleading team while pursuing a bachelor's degree in Public Relations. Shortly after graduating, she completed the Barre Intensity course and received her teaching certification in 2019. She combines attributes of pilates, dance and functional fitness training in her cardio-intense classes, resulting in a total body workout. Mackensie utilizes her upbeat and outgoing personality to motivate students to use breath work in order to create a deeper mind-body connection. Mackensie believes we all have the ability to become stronger - mentally and physically, and challenges her students to leave each class feeling better than before they walked in.
David Davidson has a 6 degree black belt in Goju Ryu Karate. He has trained in many styles of mixed Martial art and is a trainer & coach that provides strength conditioning and core workouts. Dave is our is Hot & Soul Yoga's leader of Hot Abs! Everybody wants better abs! But more than just looks, strong abs help contribute to overall core strength.
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