Nicole was first introduced to hot yoga in May 2009 by a friend who invited her to a class. It was not only her first hot yoga class but her first yoga class in general. Immediately, yoga became a big part of her life and her livelihood. Prior to practicing yoga, Nicole was a pilates student for years and an avid runner. However, she had not yet found her true passion until she found yoga. After attending a workshop by Jimmy Barkan in January 2010, Nicole was inspired to pursue her passion even further by signing up for the Barkan Method Hot Yoga Teacher Training. She completed her level one 200 hour teacher training in July 2010 and her level 2 training in April 2011. Nicole has a background in education and enjoys the teaching aspect just as much as the practice of yoga. She is excited to join the SWEAT family!
Julie decided to try yoga to strengthen weak areas in her body while recovering from a running injury. After practicing yoga for a few short months not only did she experience less pain while running but yoga put a balance in her life off the mat as well. A life-long athlete, Julie was drawn to the intense physical practice but it was the mind body connection that kept her coming back. She sees yoga as a much needed balance to today’s hectic lifestyles. She took her practice to the next level and completed the 200hr Hot Teacher Training at Corepower Yoga in Chicago in 2009. She then continued her journey studying vinyasa, yin and prenatal yoga. Through teaching she enjoys working with others on their journey towards finding their truth through mental, physical, and spiritual health/wellness. Julie returned to New Mexico in 2012 after being in Chicago for 7 years. She is delighted to be back in the warm sunny southwest to enjoy the outdoors and share her love of yoga with you.
Meredith found hot yoga in 2010 with some work out friends and was immediately hooked! The initial rush simmered and the calming effects kicked in and in 2011 Meredith completed her 200 hour RYT training with Sacred Hot Yoga. Since then, Meredith has found her creative side to keep each class different yet accessible to new and experienced yogis. She has been known to say, "I don't want anyone to feel intimidated by a pose or class. Everything can be modified!" The flexibility that comes with teaching yoga is the time that I have to participate in my daughter's life, both school and sports, and the time I have to just run with my dogs. Meredith is excited to join team SWEAT!
Terri began practicing yoga at the age of 50 in 2010. It wasn’t until her first Bikram class in early 2011 that she became totally captivated with hot yoga, practicing consistently for 3 years. In March 2014 Terri took her first flow class at SWEAT Yoga studio and realized the beneficial, yet challenging beauty of practicing both “static” and “flow” hot yoga. She credits hot yoga with helping to heal knee and shoulder injuries and facilitating the ability to “age with grace.” Enrolling in the first SWEAT Yoga School to deepen her practice and yoga knowledge, Terri graduated in July 2015 with a RYT 200 and a passion to help people realize the countless benefits and joy of yoga, regardless of age. She is a mom, grandmother, and artist, and is so grateful to be a part of the SWEAT community (along with her daughter, Jenny Thomas).
Elisa was first introduced to yoga in 2008 as a way to counteract the injuries and physical stresses that had accumulated over her years of distance running. She knew yoga was necessary for future injury prevention and the overall health of her body, but running remained her focus until her first pregnancy when yoga became a daily part of life. She first came to love hot yoga by attending SWEAT in 2014 after her first son, Hendrik, was born. Yoga at SWEAT was paramount in rebuilding Elisa’s physical, mental, and emotional strength after pregnancy and became a necessity in her life. She attended yoga school at SWEAT in 2016 (along with her six-week old son, Willem) and obtained her 200-hour RYT certification. Elisa has a degree in nutrition, her NASM personal training certification with specializations in core strength, flexibility, women’s fitness and experience teaching group fitness in a gym setting. She truly believes yoga is the best physical, mental and emotional exercise and that it can positively impact everyone’s lives.