Edie Fischer was first introduced to Hot Yoga in the late 90’s during a business trip to San Francisco. She fell in love with the physical and spiritual benefits of the practice, within a few years Edie felt the calling to teach. In the summer of 2006, Edie attended Jimmy Barkan’s Yoga teacher training program in Fort Lauderdale and received her Hot Yoga certification. Edie has had the amazing opportunity to teach under the Yax brothers and Becky Crigger who supported her on her journey, for which she is truly grateful. After working 20 years as a Senior Corporate Manager she decided to pursue her passion as a yoga teacher and in 2007 opened Hot Yoga & Massage Studio, in Newport News, VA.
Edie has continued her training by studying with world renowned yoga teachers; Rolf Gates, Judith Lassiter, and Beryl Bender Birch. She has also had the opportunity to study yogic philosophy with Dr. Graham Schweig, PhD, author and comparative religion professor.
Edie brings her knowledge, compassion, and love of yoga to her community. Her love of yoga and years and years of experience is evident in the way she nurtures her students and the enthusiastic manner in which she conducts each class. Her focus is in technique, alignments, and modifications allowing each practitioner to experience yoga with success. Edie’s gift to her students and teachers alike is the ability to tailor specific needs of each student allowing the individual to find their yogic path. She has truly found her life’s calling and is thankful for those who have supported her. Edie’s passion for yoga is evident in the way she lives her life, teaches, and inspires others.
I have been practicing yoga regularly since 2015. Hot yoga is my preferred style because I feel more of a muscle lengthening, detoxifying effect than with other types I have tried. In 2016 I decided to become certified to teach due to of all of the changes I personally experienced after just a few months of attending classes at Hot or Not Yoga & Massage. I have always been active – doing exercise videos before school every morning at 10 years old, cheerleading for a decade, running marathons, and teaching Pilates – but as a result of hot yoga I am in the best shape of my life. My style of instruction is energetic and challenging, while still accessible to beginners. This journey has shown me what brings us to yoga and what we end up finding are fantastically different and continue to evolve beautifully over time. I aspire to help others on a path of their own – focusing on alignment and the breath to gradually increase flexibility and a better sense of wellbeing.
I am originally from the Midwest, where I earned my master’s degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. My time during the week is split between my HR career and my family, including two young, spirited yogis.
Michelle is an Air Force veteran of 11.5 years, has two Master’s degrees, a Health Coach certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in December 2013, and a recent graduate as an Ayurveda Health Practitioner at the Ayurveda College of Wellbeing in Puerto Rico with Dr. Light Miller. As an Ayurveda Health Practitioner Michelle intends to incorporate holistic approaches to well-being and compliment her yoga practice.
She began yoga in 2010 and fell in love with the practice and its benefits and has been committed ever since. After a year of practice, Michelle wanted to share these gifts and become a yoga teacher. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as a 500 RYT. In November 2011, she began her journey to become a yoga teacher at the Hot Yoga Massage Studio in Newport News, and expanded her knowledge in November 2014, as a graduate from Yax Yoga Concepts (Hot House Yoga), Virginia Beach, VA. To expound on yoga and Ayurveda teachings, Michelle studied under Mas Vidal and completed his 200 Hour Ayur-Yoga training which incorporates healing of the body, mind, and soul through the eight-limb path of yoga while balancing the doshas of Ayurveda and its practices.
Kimi Pelchat is originally from California! After joining the United State Air Force in 2010, she was stationed in Texas, New Mexico and then at Langley AFB in 2012. She found her path to yoga in early 2014 to help over come nagging running injuries. Her new ‘yoga hobby’ helped her succeed through challenging parts of life and yoga soon became a passion and a necessity of her regular life.
In November 2015, Kimi accomplished her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through HYM and Edie Fischer. She has been teaching at Hot Yoga and Massage since November 2015 and has started sharing yoga and its benefits with weekly sessions for her Air Force coworkers.
She is currently completing training through ‘Warriors At Ease’ to be able to work with veterans who have experienced trauma and PTSD. She plans on deepening her yoga teachings and making yoga and meditation more accessible to the military, veterans, and first responders.
Jeff started practicing yoga in 2009 as a way to add stretching and balancing once or twice a week to his weekly workouts. He quickly found out there was so much more and became drawn to the physical challenge. As his practice went from twice to five times a week Jeff became more interested in the mental and philosophical foundations of yoga. Jeff entered teacher training at Hot Yoga and Massage in 2011 to expand his knowledge and deepen his practice and quickly found that by working with students he was just as likely to gain as to impart knowledge. He continues to work on his asanas and to incorporate yoga into his lifestyle.
Jeff works as an engineer and brings an analytical approach to his practice. In his spare time, he enjoys doing any activity that will bring him outdoors. He can be found at the studio nearly every day and is always willing to spend time helping a client.
After many years as a group fitness instructor, Heather found herself turning to yoga to help deal with stress and injury. She has been teaching and practicing yoga since 1999, and She has studied Bikram, Anusara and Iyengar yoga, yoga anatomy, muscle testing/myofascial release, restorative and yin styles. She is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.
Heather aims to help her students balance strength and flexibility, integrate breath work, and approach poses in different ways. She is also a mom of two and partner in a cyber security company, specializing in risk management.
Tiffany Jones started her journey into Yoga while attending college at ODU. She jumped at the opportunity to take a Hot Yoga class at a local studio not far from campus. The feeling of complete calmness, peace, and euphoria she recieved after her first hot class set the stage for the future. In 2014, Tiffany began an internship at Hot or Not Yoga and Massage Studio where she expanded on her love for yoga. Today, Tiffany is a registered yoga teacher (200 RYT)and advocates the importance of a mind body connection at the studio.
Leeanne Robinson knows that Yoga can literally save a life! After suffering a series of medical difficulties, a chance meeting with Edie Fischer (who offered a free Hot Yoga class) put Leeanne on the road back to health and mental rejuvenation. Finding her so-called niche with a mat and towel, Leeanne wanted to give back all that she had received through her practice. Attending Body Balance Studio teachers' training, she received her 200 RYT certification with Yoga Alliance along with anatomy and philosophy instruction. She is also working with special needs children in the Newport News school system to offer the coping skills through yoga practice. Leeanne is grateful for the opportunity to enhance others with her yoga classes and continues her education through workshops and seminars.
“I teach yoga because I want to share what I love and I learn something new from the students every time I teach.”
Spencer has been practicing yoga since 2010 and began practicing to enhance his overall physical health and fitness. Early in his journey, he recognized that there were physical, mental, and emotional benefits to a disciplined yoga practice. He enjoys the balance that yoga provides to his desk job. He received his 200 RYT in April 2014 from Hot Yoga and Massage Studio.
Spencer is a Certified Public Accountant and received his Master in Business Administration at Old Dominion University and his undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary. He currently works for Christopher Newport University.
Teresa’s yoga journey began in 2008 when she attended her first class at Hot Yoga & Massage Studio. After just a few classes she found yoga to bring amazing physical and mental benefits to her everyday life. In an effort to further her yoga journey, she completed her 200 RYT with Hot Yoga & Massage Studio in 2011 and began teaching in 2012. Teresa’s passion is to encourage people like herself, who begin as not very flexible and are stressed with everyday life to reap the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga.
I tried my first yoga class at CNU and fell in love from the beginning. I didn’t know how or why it worked but I always felt a sense of peace that came throughout every class. It was a feeling that I didn’t know how to achieve without yoga, and it kept me coming back to the mat again and again.
I came to HYM as a freshman for the heat and tranquility and have been here ever since. After a few years of practicing, I took the 2015 HYM 200 HR Teacher’s Training. For me, hot yoga still feels like a mini vacation on warm beach, setting everything aside for 60 minutes just to slow down and enjoy the moment. It's such a refreshing experience for body and mind, so I try to make my classes as relaxing as possible.
I started practicing hot yoga when I was 48 yrs. old. Like most people I was looking for a good workout. I was very apprehensive about the heat. The idea of sweating was not appealing at all. Oh course that being said, after my first class I was hooked. Turns out the heat was the last thing on my mind. Just following the teacher’s cues was all I could handle. The class was challenging, rewarding, and very calming. Eight years later I still feel the same way about practicing. Becoming a teacher allows me the honor of playing a small role in sharing that same joy I experienced during my first class. What yoga can do for a person physically and spiritually cannot be compared to any other physical modality of movement. In practicing yoga we learn to connect breathe with movement, which allows us to open up our bodies and minds. Yoga is a life long practice. It’s not something you every really finish, because your body changes everyday, therefore your practice changes all the time. Practicing yoga teaches us to be present and mindful of our bodies, of our lives, and of the universe. Namaste :)
My name is Michelle Knopf, but I love to go by Belle. I have been studying yoga for 2 and a half years, and before that I trained as a dancer. I fell in love with yoga when I started practicing to improve my dance technique. Yoga for me was not only a workout, but a place where I found emotional and physical healing. At 15, I received a kidney transplant. Growing up with a chronic illness, life was sometimes very challenging. As a result of doctors visits and medications, I was diagnosed with chronic depression and anxiety and placed on more medications. Once I started practicing yoga daily, my depression and anxiety started to fade away. After about 3 months, I was able to be taken off my depression and anxiety medications. This was a breakthrough for me. It was then that I decided I wanted to help others find that same peace. After some thought, I decided on Hot or Not Yoga and Massage’s Beyond the Asana 200 hour teacher training program. I loved every minute of it and graduated November 2016. Almost immediately I was blessed with the opportunity to teach at Hot or Not Yoga and Massage as well as Body Balance. It has been such an amazing experience teaching so far. My hope is to eventually get my 500HR teaching credentials as well as a certification in personal training. My dream is to bring yoga to a children’s hospital as an alternative form of therapy. Until then, I’m just enjoying the days as they happen and I am finding fulfillment in helping people slow down and breath.
Alisha’s first encounter with yoga was in 2008 when she experimented with it to heal from an injury. After practicing on and off for several years, she had begun to connect with her practice on a deeper level and craved more. She decided to attend teacher training in winter of 2015. After completing her certification, she began teaching and was finally able to say for the first time that she loved her job. It solidified a deep interest in health and wellness and she hopes to add to her education by studying nutrition in the future. She likes every type of yoga, from vigorous ashtanga and vinyasa to very gentle and restorative. She enjoys chatting with students after class and answering questions to help them deepen their practice both physically and mentally. She hopes to keep yoga a part of her life for many many years to come.
When Alisha isn’t teaching she is a stay-at-home mom to her son and two fur-babies. She enjoys being outdoors, travel, reading, cooking and spending time with her big family.