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.
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 various 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 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!
Tanya Williams has been teaching yoga and serving her local community for the past twelve years. She is trained in the Bikram Yoga advanced series and achieved both 200 and 500 hour teacher trainings with the highly respected Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City. She is a Certified Dharma Yoga teacher in levels I, II, and III.
Tanya is a student in the comprehensive and meditative path of Yoga (Raja) with Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee, an English mystic and Sufi lineage teacher.
Tanya is committed to the subtle teachings and philosophy of yoga and believes these aspects are of equal importance to the development of a strong asana practice. Contemplative by nature, she is known by her students for continued patience, respect and dedication.
I started practicing yoga in 2001 with Sri Dharma Mittra when my daughter was born. I stayed under his guidance, practicing and taking teacher trainings for 16 years. During that time, I also traveled to Mysore, India several times to study and practice Ashtanga Yoga under the guidance of Pattabhi and Saraswati Jois. Since then, I have been studying exclusively with Mahayogi Gokulacandras Das, who teaches a technical approach to yoga, pranayama, dharana and meditation which has been passed down through discipline succession. I have also studied sanskrit with Professor Edwin Bryant, which i took up in order to directly read and translate scriptures on yoga. When I'm not teaching or practicing yoga, I'm usually running a Vegan restaurant/food truck thingy called The Cinnamon Snail. I also have a book out about Vegan cooking called "Street Vegan."
Malinda is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher. After incorporating yoga into her running routine she soon felt the benefits of yoga in her life. Lower back and knee issues were put at bay and yoga was now her routine. Loves a powerful vinyasa class always with options for modifications and goals. Daily mantra "Stop searching, the answer lies within."
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.
Marvelyn grew up locally as a ballerina and turned to fitness when injuries ended her ballet career. During her path of graduating from Monmouth University with a Health Science Degree BS in 2017 she also received the following certifications; NASM Personal Trainer, NASM Corrective Exercise, MOSSA cycle, Rock Steady Boxing, and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Cert. Marvelyn worked as a strength and conditioning coach of high level athletes during her gap year before starting Kean University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. During this time her love for yoga flourished at hot and soul and she soon became a certified BARRE instructor. Marvelyn became a Doctor of Physical Therapy in May 2021 combining her love for exercise and anatomy to serve Monmouth county. Marvelyn earned her 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training in May 2022 at Coba Yoga expanding her passion and knowledge for Vinyasa Yoga. Her mission is to get the most amount of people to return or continue to do things they love doing in a safe and healthy way! You can find her at Both HSY locations teaching Hot Barre and Vinyasa Yoga.
Miriam began practicing yoga in 2005 in New York City to regain and maintain strength and flexibility after twice sustaining a hip stress fracture. As soon as she bought her first package she was hooked and consistently incorporated yoga practice into her daily life.
After returning to New Jersey and giving birth to her two daughters, she left her corporate job. She knew that she needed to share the benefits of yoga practice with others. In 2016, with the support of her family, she completed 200 hours of training at Colts Neck Yoga and was certified as a Yoga instructor. She went on to complete an additional 300 hours of training from Colts Neck Yoga. She also completed training and received Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness certification from Little Flower Yoga and trained in the practice of Chair Yoga. Miriam is also a Yoga Teachers College certified Gravity Yoga Instructor with Lucas Rockwood.
She continues to learn through workshops and trainings. She has attended workshops with senior yoga instructors including; Jules Mitchell, Leslie Kaminoff, Jenni Rawlings, and Kathryn Bruni-Young, She also completed a workshop with Bernie Clark and back expert, Dr. Stuart McGill. In addition to yoga, Miriam became a Certified Personal Trainer and Human Movement Specialist through the Brookbush Institute, as well as a Functional Range Conditioning Specialist from the Functional Range Systems.
She believes that by continuing her education in yoga and movement, as well as by maintaining her own practice in various modalities, she will be able to support students in their individual practice..
Fitness has always been a big part of June’s life. As a former gymnast, she also enjoyed playing volleyball and soccer. June began practicing Yoga and Hot Barre occasionally, in 2016 it became a big part of her life. The physical and mental benefits have truly made a difference. June completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Tula yoga in January 2021.
After June completed the yoga training a mentor and good friend sent her an email about Barre Intensities training. Teaching Barre was always in the back of her mind as something she’d like to do one day. After quickly signing up June’s journey into learning all about teaching Barre began. June completed her training and certification for Barre in June 2021.
June also offers guided meditation and in November 2021 she completed a Yoga and Sound Practitioner course and looks forward to adding that to her Yoga and Guided Mediation practices.
Teaching is something that she loves and enjoys very much. For thirty years June has been a Dental Hygienist who worked both in private practice and hospital dentistry, and in Education. After teaching Dental Hygiene for many years she now looks forward to teaching Yoga and Barre to help others enjoy all the benefits that each have to offer.
My name is Karen Piekarsky I am new to the area but not new to yoga I’ve been teaching for 8 years now, and I feel blessed to be able to share my passion with others.
Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. Namaste
Janice returns to NJ after living in the Nashville, TN area where she became 200 hour Yoga Certified and Yoga Sculpt certified through CorePower Yoga. While in Tennessee, Janice taught for CorePower as well as other local studios in the Nashville area where she shared her love and energy for yoga and sculpting with her students. Before teaching yoga Janice taught dance for over twenty years including eight as a studio owner in Colts Neck, NJ. She has a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. Janice is looking forward to bringing her experience, energy, and enthusiasm to all her classes. When Janice is not teaching or taking yoga/sculpt classes she is a wife to Paul and mom to four children, Joseph, Jackson, Gabriella, and Jayden.
Lucy started practicing hot yoga in 2014 in an effort to get back in shape post baby. But with family and a new baby there’s not always time to make it to class. As soon as she relocated to colts neck New Jersey, hot and soul became her home studio where her practice was taken to a new and exciting level. With the consistent practice, the mental benefit of yoga quickly outweighs its physical part. With the desire to further her practice, she completed her 200 hour training with Jandee Yoga in Feb 2021. By sharing her practice and teaching at the studio, she found a new way to connect with this community, helping others to find enjoyment in movement. You’ll find Lucy taking Barre/yoga classes when she’s not teaching.
Marilyn has over 30 yrs fitness wellness experience teaching, training, coaching and managing Group X…
Cardio, Strength, Core conditioning
Le Bert Barre
Les Mills -
Body Pump Aim I
Mad dog Spin
(Doing CEC for nutrition coach now)
American Red Cross
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