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Colorado Instructors

Mike took his first Hot Yoga class in Seattle, WA in 2000 at the invitation of his brother. During the 90 minute hot class he was convinced everyone in the room must be nuts. About a half hour after finishing that class, when the endorphins kicked in and he felt like a million bucks, he decided to take the Hot Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles, then and opened-up one of the very first Hot Yoga studios in Colorado Springs. He began his journey to yoga teacher training in the fall of 2001, where he met his future wife, Brooke. Mike is now one of the proud owners of Hot On Yoga, a real estate guru with Remax Properties, and dad to two beautiful daughters ages 18 and 4. One of Mike’s favorite parts about teaching yoga is when new students experience the same “a-ha” moment that he did as a beginner. His favorite yoga posture is Awkward Pose.

 

 

“There’s a watershed moment in my life… the time before I found yoga, and the time after,” claims Brooke. She took her first Hot Yoga class in February 2001 after reading about it in a local newspaper. After practicing Hot Yoga on a regular basis, Brooke chose to take her experience one step further. In the fall of that same year, she drove to southern California to complete a nine-week teaching training program. “It was truly the most transformative experience of my life.” After graduating from the program she returned to Colorado Springs to begin her career teaching yoga full time. That’s how she met her life partner, Mike Gumucio. Brooke now has her Master’s Degree in Education and teaches Visual Arts full time at a local elementary school. She continues to teach Hot Yoga on a substitute basis. “Yoga has given me so much in my life: health and wellness, confidence, balance, and especially patience… something I use every day teaching my students. In many ways, it has opened up a whole new world of self-discovery and my ability to relate to others. It is truly a gift that keeps on giving.”

Julie was first introduced to yoga nearly 12 years ago taking Bikram classes (from Mike and Brooke!) here in Colorado Springs. Always active in fitness and sports – a former collegiate swimmer, triathlete, runner and professional swim coach – she immediately fell in love with yoga and the benefits of the practice, especially the focus and calming influence. Julie began teaching Hot Yoga in 2011. Off the mat, Julie enjoys swimming, running, biking, skiing, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She currently works for the U.S. Olympic Committee as the Team Leader for Paralympic Sport Performance, and has been with the USOC since 2003. Julie and her fiancée John live in Colorado Springs.

Amber started taking yoga classes in college to avoid homework and to de-stress. While working at a YMCA, she had the opportunity to learn to teach cardio, strength, and cycle classes. Amber continued to enjoy taking yoga classes at the Y and eventually started trying out local yoga studios. Seeing how much more the world of yoga had to offer, she plunged into her first 200 hours of Vinyasa Teacher Training in 2015. It didn’t take long to realize what an incredible difference the practice of yoga was making in people’s lives. After being a small part of this process, Amber couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Becoming immersed in the yoga community, she completed an additional 300 hours of training in 2017. Amber then had the opportunity to teach teachers in 2018- coordinating Hot On Yoga’s first Hot Yoga Teacher Training Program. When Amber’s not teaching Vinyasa, Hot Yoga, and Inferno Hot Pilates classes, she can be found following her Shiba Inu dog Kili (Kilimanjaro) up Colorado 14ers. Her favorite pose is Eagle.

Hello my name is Rita Ann Leasure native of Colorado Springs, I have enjoyed yoga for many years always feeling like it was a part of my life in the area of health and wellbeing, so I have been practicing yoga since the 1980’s mostly then Hatha yoga. I have been teaching yoga since 2002 the styles I teach are Hot yoga, Restorative Yin, Hot Power Fusion, I love teaching and I get such satisfaction in connecting with each student and making a difference in helping them feel they can accomplish anything,spiritually, physically, and emotionally, and let them find there focus, discipline and self in each class they participate in. My favorite pose is DANDAYAMANA BIBHAKTAPADA JANUSHIRASANA ( Standing Separate Leg Stretching Forehead to Knee) I have taught at Hot on Yoga since 2015 and very grateful to be a part of the studio. 

Sonja was born and raised in a small medieval town called Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Germany). Sonja moved to the USA at the age of 18. She is an American by choice. The first time Sonja came to the mat she was looking for nothing more than a great workout. Being friends with the Hot on Yoga owners, she agreed to a 30 day yoga challenge. This challenge turned into a 90 day challenge. Sonja was hooked and found a new passion. She has always been physically active and even competed in body building. She took 3rdplace in the Novice class in the Rocky Mountain Body Building Competition. She is a lab technician at Pickle’s  Prosthodontics office and her hobbies include Boot Camp, Hot Yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates, cooking, baking, and hiking… just to name a few. She is happily married with 3 beautiful girls. Sonja enjoys a challenge and loves to motivate students to help them achieve their personal goals. Sonja is the Terminators sister and she is here to pump YOU up…lol!

Jordan began his yoga journey right here at Hot On Yoga when we opened in 2014. He began a regular practice of hot and power vinyasa. He dived right in and found that yoga helped him not only get back into fitness creating strength and flexibility, but also helped him destress and create a moving meditation. After a couple months of practicing, a couple of his teachers asked him if he was interested in teaching. He didn’t think much of it having only been practicing for four months, but the question stuck with him until he decided to go for it in October 2014. He traveled out to San Francisco to train at Yoga to the People, and came back his 200-hour Yoga Alliance Training certificate for power vinyasa the November and has been teaching at Hot On Yoga since. When we introduced yin yoga, Jordan found a calling in this new practice and began to teach it as well. When he’s not teaching yoga Jordan also teaches karate at a branch of Universal Kempo Karate right down the street from Hot On Yoga. He also volunteers his time at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

Wendi has a passion for supporting others on their journey to their authentic self.  In 2016, Wendi attended a Yin workshop with a friend and was inspired.  She felt it was the ultimate self-journey of body, mind and spirit.  She found that the Yin practice allows the body to stretch its deep connective tissues, ligaments and fascia.  The postures are held longer, allowing for a brief meditation, which allows the practitioner’s mind to focus inward.  Wendi looks forward to connecting with you at the studio.

Jasminn’s first experience with yoga was in February of 2014 at Hot on Yoga in search of alternative to gym workouts. After a rough 5-6 Hot classes over a span of month, she thought “People who enjoy this must be crazy” and decided it wasn’t for her. More than a year later she decided to give it a second try in April of 2015. Once again the first few classes were tough, but she decided to stick with it and really give it an honest try. Gradually the classes became easier and easier. Her practice grew from 2-3 times a week, to almost every day of the week, to 2-3 times a day every day of the week. In September, she was part of the very first Power Vinyasa teacher training ever offered at HOY. She enjoys guiding students thru a challenging but fun and energetic class while offering encouragement and advice on growing students’ practices. She strives to helps students reach that euphoric feeling of being fully absorbed into the beautiful yogic dance of a vinyasa flow.

A college student studying Health and Wellness Promotion at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Courtney found yoga when she was 17 years old and fell in love with the practice. Yoga has been a part of Courtney’s life for over 5 years now. Graduating in November 2018 from Yoga Teacher Training, she has volunteered in retreats, events, and workshops to boost her teaching skills and currently teaches all forms of Vinyasa classes. She loves to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of lightheartedness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. Courtney seeks to help others thrive in life by nurturing the body, mind and soul through yoga, with the hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.

Kirstin Gumucio has been teaching yoga for a year but has been practicing since she was a young child. From the age of four, Kirstin was curious about the poses in hot yoga and would stand outside the room trying them as her parents taught classes. After a life long practice Kirstin felt compelled to share her love of hot yoga with others. Kirstin enjoys creating a class that balances the calm, and peaceful aspects of yoga with the hard work, focus, and determination that hot yoga requires. Kirstin’s favorite poses are standing bow and floor bow.

David Musante first became interested in movement when he began studying ballet as a child. From there on out David was fascinated with different modalities of body movement and went on to study dance, stage movement, Alexander technique, and eventually yoga and inferno hot pilates. David enjoys helping students attain their fitness goals and creating a feel-good, hardworking environment in his class. When David is not teaching Inferno Hot Pilates he enjoys his career as a professional guitarist and music teacher.

Mary tried yoga for the first time in August 2016. It didn’t stick. More than a year later, a friend asked her to go back, and her hour on the mat was magical! After practicing several times a week for a few months, she took a 30-day challenge and then decided to sign up for HOY’s first-ever Hot Yoga Teacher Training in the summer of 2018. The struggle was real, but the payoffs have been life-changing. She loves sharing the joys of her yoga practice and the benefits of mindfulness. In addition to teaching hot yoga, Mary teaches K-5 students at a local elementary school. Twenty-five years in and she still loves the time she spends with kids! Reading, watching tv and movies, baking, holding babies, and playing with her dog Remmy are favorite pastimes.

Over 20 years ago, Erica —being bohemian at heart and a typical restless teenager— came to her first yoga class in search of something, but it was a something she couldn’t quite define; she just felt drawn to yoga. Despite the fact that, during that first class, she was certain that she’d be stuck in Warrior II for the entirety of her days (and that her arms would likely fall off), she noticed that after class she felt something new, something different… a stillness had come about her. So, she returned the next week. And the week after that. And now, more than 20 years later, yoga continues to bring Erica back to her stillness with each and every class, whether she is teaching or practicing. Yoga, and the stillness it brings, has been her continuous anchor and her healer throughout life’s many milestones. The desire to share this gift fuels her passion for teaching. Erica teaches according to the philosophy that yoga can guide anyone to their innate stillness, regardless of their experience level. When attending Erica’s classes, students can expect an intentional yet creative flow, with emphasis on pacing, breath, and somatic cues. Her classes are guaranteed to be challenging, while remaining a safe place where students can explore the terrain of their body, mind, and soul. In general, Erica offers an authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and compassion-centered philosophy. Her instruction is heavily focused on a blend of anatomical and somatic alignment, an emphasis which is informed by her educational background in anatomy and physiology, in-depth study of the somatic body (e.g., chakra systems), and over 20 years of yoga practice. The result is a unique experience, where one can truly let go and allow the stillness that resides inside of them to come to the surface.