STEPHANIE MARTINEZ

Stephanie Danielle Martinez discovered yoga in 2005 flipping TV channels at 5 in the morning, decided to try it and was completely out of breath after five minutes! Her passion was ignited by the challenge, and she’s been an avid yogi ever since. Now her goal is to inspire others to pursue their own practice with love and encouragement. Her flows can be intense, but always lighthearted and fun. Favorite Pose: Pigeon!

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CHARLIE NICHOLSEN

Born and raised in Southern California, I had the good fortune to be exposed to many different physical and spiritual disciplines.

From playing different sports to taking numerous dance classes and eventually performing professionally as a singer and dancer and actor, I was searching for that something.

The “prize” was elusive.

Eventually, I certified as a TRX trainer and that opened the way to the one thing that would tie it all together. Yoga.

I had tried yoga before but never really “got” it.

In early 2019, I took my first yoga class in earnest. Everything shifted. I continued at a local studio and when I told my friend, Scott that I had begun practicing, he applauded my efforts.

Scott Pitts and I have been good friends for well over a decade. Occasionally, he would mention that I consider Registered Yoga Teacher Training or something about yoga never promoting or proselytizing. Just dropping hints here and there……

In early 2020, Scott casually mentioned that I might benefit from the Spring module of his Registered Yoga Teacher Training.

That proved to be the understatement of the century. The structure I have learned and incorporated into my life has been a tectonic shift in how I view the world both internally and externally. The Yoga Beginner’s Creed has become the mantra of my life.

Start where you are Use what you have Do what you can
It will be enough. Namaste, Bitches!

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KELLY KELLEY

I was introduced to studio yoga when a couple of coworkers wanted to try a class. We looked up places to try and stumbled across NWA Hot yoga, so we decided to try it out. This was at a time in my life that I needed yoga the most, I just didn’t know that yet.

I had just had surgery removing a ruptured fallopian tube after an ectopic pregnancy. This was after a succession of losses. With previous losses, I had tried therapy, antidepressants, and even went to a fertility specialist.

When I came to class, it struck something with in me and in a way, became my therapy. First, I learned the power of my breath, the one thing in this world that I could control. Secondly, I learned the benefits of meditation, and that through meditating, I could accept and process my emotions opposed to compartmentalizing them away like I had done previously. Lastly, I learned how to be in the present moment, to not focus on the past or stress about the future. To simply be in the here and now!

After attending class regularly for almost a year, I thought about how cool it would be to help other people overcome their struggles by becoming part of their journey.

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KATE DUNNING

Hello!!  I’m Katie Dunning and I have been practicing yoga for 5 years.  I have always been very physically active and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. I am a mother of 3 grown children and I am blessed to have 3 grandchildren.

I have owned an exercise franchise in the past, however, I have found that the benefit of yoga in all aspects of my life is something I cannot do without! I look forward to enriching others lives with what fuels my soul.

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OTIS CAMPBELL

Official Studio Greeter & Adviser + All American Yoga Dog

A frequent helper at the studio (the owner’s only child), this 120 pound black lab is full of friendly smiles and licks.

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JOE MARCH

Joe March has been practicing yoga for over 7 years. He started practicing yoga as a low impact form of exercise but stayed with the practice for the improved mind/body benefits it brought to his life off the mat. His favorite class is what he started with, hot power flow. He also loves and appreciates the balance brought by including yin as part of his practice. Joe’s goal as a teacher is to help make yoga accessible for people of all ages and abilities and to share with students the physical and mental benefits of yoga.

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TONY HATCH

Tony joins just from the CrossFit world and has had a deep and moving transformation story. He has recently found yoga and is passionate to share with others-shedding over eighty (80) pounds, is now a local Health & Wellness advocate.

He is the owner of Evolve Juicery & Kitchen in Lowell, AR where he is passionate about helping people live better through proper nutrition and diet. Tony is also certified CrossFit Level 1 trainer and a licensed personal trainer.

When Tony is not helping others achieve their goals, you can find him enjoying the Northwest Arkansas outdoor life with his family through yoga, camping, hiking, mountain biking, and many more outdoor activities.

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SUSIE SIMMONS

Hey all! I’m Susie Simmons. I’ve been doing yoga and meditation for nearly 20 years. I’ve only recently started practicing in public at NWA Hot Yoga where I instantly felt at home. I mostly practiced at home with Youtube or on my own. I read as much as I could and then did what felt good. Following my intuition.

I wish I had not waited until I “was thin enough” to start practicing in public because all bodies are yoga bodies! I thought that I would not be accepted because I was larger bodied. But that could not have been further from the truth. It was within my first three classes that I knew this is where I belonged. Not only were there larger bodied people teaching but there were so many types people taking the classes. Also, no one is thinking about my grubby shirt because they are focused on their breathing and how many times we are going to have to do Utkatasana (chair pose) or how many Chaturangas there are.

With having been at NWA Hot Yoga for nearly a year I’ve continued to lose weight and get a good hold on my anxiety. Between my personal practice of yoga and meditation I have a better understanding of my emotions and thought processes. Thus I can better manage my emotions and my actions.
With all that being said, if you are reading this and debating if you should try yoga and/or meditation- the answer is YES! There is always a practice that you can do!

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TERESA CAVES

100 RYT

“Discovering Yoga in middle age was just what I needed. I take my stresses of the day and leave them on the mat” said Teresa Caves owner of Sallisaw Yoga House & teacher at NWA Hot Yoga.

During her yoga teacher training at NWA Yoga School she discovered the 8 limbs of yoga. And enjoys helping others discover connecting the breath to the movement.

Teresa takes the everyday stresses from life and uses the practice of yoga to help keep her grounded and somewhat sane. Yoga has taught Teresa to discover her conscious breathe for the first time in her life! Teresa knows that all people can benefit from a regular yoga practice. She bringing yoga to Sallisaw previously known as “The White House” located directly behind the current library (old train depot) in the middle of town.

With the hustle and bustle of work and life, Yoga is what keeps me grounded and sane. I take my stresses of the day and leave them on the mat. I found that I could get stronger mentally and physically at the same time and I’m here to help others do the same.

An introvert my nature, Teresa has a very unique way of putting her students at ease in a new experience called yoga. Experience her class & studio today. Newcomers welcome!

Teresa is a Sallisaw native- an avid-bicyclist & movement expert, NY Marathon Finisher, a “grandmother”, and executive by day at the Furniture Factory Outlet (FFO) Corporate Headquarters in Ft. Smith.

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BHARATHI TEKI

200 RYT

I am Bharathi Teki born and raised in India. I’m married to an amazing and committed person and mom of 6 yrs old beautiful curious daughter. I am a Graduate in Instrumentation Engineering and Aeronautical Engineer by profession.

Yoga is a tool of transformation of life and it is the journey of the self to the self ,through the self as beautifully said in Bhagavad Gita. I feel lucky to be introduced to yoga at the Early age of 7 as it was a part of the curriculum in our school and later took the initiation from my grand father who is ocean of knowledge is 86 yrs – A Yogi for more than 50 + yrs ( Bihar school of yoga ) in this life transforming journey that is yoga . I feel lucky and blessed to be grown up in an atmosphere and around people who followed and believed the philosophy of yoga.

For me teaching yoga means when one teaches two learn and as a kid my parents always taught whenever you are in a position to help someone , just do it and be glad , because God is answering prayers through you.

As a yoga teacher i would say YOUR BODY WILL BE AROUND A LOT LONGER THAN THAT EXPENSIVE HANDBAG. INVEST IN YOURSELF.”

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