Staff

Meredith

Having grown up playing a variety of sports, Meredith joined a local gym as a natural continuation of her pursuit for physical activity and wellness while living and working in New York City.  However, after years of running on a treadmill she sought a more dynamic form of exercise and tried yoga.  Although initially allured by the physical asanas, after only a few classes, she immediately noticed a difference in her battle with insomnia.  Adding heated yoga classes into the mix, Meredith continued to build on her practice and eventually began to feel a new sense of clarity and positive energy that friends and family noticed as well.  She pursued the 200-hour Yoga Alliance recognized certification from YogaWorks and founded Flex Hot Yoga in order to share the yogic experience with others.

When she’s not on the mat stretching her self-proclaimed tightest hamstrings in the Northeast,  Meredith enjoys skiing, tennis (ping-pong in the off-season), listening to a variety of music, traveling and eating just about anything with cheese.

Laura

Laura is a 500-hour E-RYT experienced yoga teacher. She is fascinated by the mixture of science and spirit that intertwine effortlessly with the natural rhythms of the mind and body. Besides her dedication to yoga she has also studied Thai Yoga Massage, Prenatal Yoga, and various energy healing modalities. Laura does not believe in beginner or advanced practitioners, but rather a collective gathering where we can all be inspired by the practice, encouraged to explore the unfamiliar with joyful curiosity, and celebrate obstacles overcome with gratitude and humor.  Yoga is a practice, a lifestyle and a community!

Effie 

Effie received her 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Certification from The Yoga Room in January of 2012 after having practiced yoga for over 3 years. She began yoga practice during law school and realized it was more than simply a means of escape, but a fulfilling, strengthening and healing practice that refined her mental and emotional focus, clarity and stillness. Her classes are dynamic, yet focused, as they explore challenging power vinyasa standing sequences and end with a calming yin-yoga type floor sequence that allows for a well-rounded, balanced practice. Bringing her energy to the mat, she hopes to inspire others to make yoga practice their very own experience, while having fun and breathing through whatever challenges they may face.

Summer 

Summer was first introduced to Yoga while working as an executive corporate trainer in Los Angeles. She was immediately inspired by the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual transformation she experienced as a practitioner and in her life. With a strong desire to deepen her own practice and share the benefits of yoga with others, she received her 200-hour certification through Three Sisters Yoga in New York City, which led her to leaving the corporate job to pursue yoga full hearted.  And,soon after she received her 300-hour advanced certification through YogaWorks NYC.  Summer has taught in both Chinese and English to practitioners of all levels and ages, from beginner to very experienced yogi.  She is excited to share this amazing experience with the community and to encourage everyone to open themselves up to the practice and in turn the possibility of finding change in their lives through their own path of transformation.

Marion

Several years ago, Marion was looking for an activity that would challenge her physically in the same fashion as sports had when she was growing up.  Her 2010 New Year’s resolution led her to a Bikram yoga studio that changed her life, and she’s been happy and sweaty ever since!  She has practiced all over the world from Italy and Hawaii to Spain and Brazil.  And, after completing her MBA in Italy to then immersing herself in an unfulfilling and stressful job, she decided to take the journey to evolve her practice and to complete her 250-hour hot yoga teacher certification with Evolation Yoga.  Marion’s goal is to serve her students by sharing the benefits and love that yoga has brought to her life.  Off the mat she’s a traveler, marketing nerd, and wannabe foodie.

Claudia

Claudia was dragged to her first yoga class by her mother more than 10 years ago. That first 100+ degree, 90 minute practice transformed her life and she has been an avid yoga practitioner ever since. A self-proclaimed “gym rat”, yoga offered her a transcendent experience; a way to round out her other fitness regimes and a sanctuary from everyday chaos. She began teaching in 2006, initially the 26 posture hot series, and then drawn to the more demanding flow, concentrating on heated vinyasa. She has grown to incorporate yin elements into her challenging flow, as well as spirituality and yoga theory, knowing that yoga is so much more than the postures; it’s most essential elements being breath and presence. And, it’s that presence or awareness and breath that she encourages students to take off their mat and into their lives.

John

Born and raised in New York, John teaches to create an experience for students through movement and a heightened level of consciousness. He encourages students to develop a genuine and consistent practice to identify and pursue passions in life. Asana, pranayama, meditation, and music are all incorporated in his classes. Off the mat, John is a Life Coach with passions for travel, sports, and astronomy.

Jeana

Jeana conducts her classes with the intent of building healthy habits on the mat that become part of a lifestyle off the mat. She is keen on teaching proper technique to develop the right balance of strength and flexibility that is part of a rounded practice, as well as creating sequences which incorporate functional anatomy as well as deeper elements of the asana including energy channels in the body. She strongly believes that it is her job to guide students to the teacher within themselves by helping them develop a sense of self-awareness that they can take with them throughout their lives.

Jasmine

After finding a consistent practice at Flex Hot Yoga, Jasmine enrolled in and completed a 200-hour vinyasa teacher training through Yoga Medicine with an emphasis on anatomy and alignment. As a teacher she hopes to evoke a fun and exploratory playfulness while having a sense of flow and mindfulness. “We limit ourselves enough as it is, sometimes we need an external nudge out off our comfort zone in order to explore the outer limits of our body and mind.”

Elena

Elena found her first love for movement through various dance styles, both performing & competing for 15 years. And, she took her first class at Flex Hot Yoga in 2009, finding a sense of comfort and home on her mat from the very beginning. After suffering through the experience of a serious car accident, she found that along with other holistic alternatives, yoga truly helped with the mental, physical and emotional healing. In 2017, she delved further into her yogic journey and completed her 200-hour training abroad in Thailand. Whether teaching vinyasa, hatha, yin or restorative style classes, Elena focuses on providing an accessible approach for students of all levels and encourages all students to join her on the mat with an open mind.

Joey

Retired from the FDNY and having served New York City as a Paramedic for 30 years, Joey believes that serving his community has not ended and remains steadfast in his continued endeavors. He discovered yoga nine years ago and found that it was truly the hardest thing that he had ever done while standing still. The overall health benefits of yoga, including flexibility, strength training and its meditative attributes, initially captured his interest and then eventually became a lifestyle for him. His love for yoga led him to become certified as a teacher through The Giving Tree Yoga Studio where he completed his 200-hours in Chakra Yoga™ under founder Anne-Margaret Redding. He went on to complete a teacher training in Level One Reiki as well as 30 hours of AromaYin™ certification. Joey looks forward to continuing to deepen his practice and sharing in his yogic journey with like-minded individuals who want to pursue the harmonization of body, mind and spirit.