Angie Hardison, HYB Founder

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After many years in the corporate world as a Leadership, Organizational Development and Operations Executive Angie is thrilled to bring her expertise in the business world to the Yoga and Barre industry. Named one of Charlotte, NC's "Top 25 Women Business Executives" she has a deep interest in coaching and mentoring others to achieve results. She believes in the transformational power of people working together and wants to expand yoga and barre to as many people as possible. After growing up in VA and attending college and graduate school in Richmond she is excited to return to her home state to open the first Hot Yoga Barre. Her biggest passions are yoga, travel, and animals. You'll likely find her constant companion, Lulu, who was rescued a few years ago sitting behind the reception desk of The Hot Yoga Barre from time to time. Angie was classically trained in ballet and started teaching group fitness classes when she was 16. Finding yoga was initially an extension of her athletic pursuits, but it wasn't long before she realized the amazing benefits not only for the body but for the soul as well. Angie completed her RYT200 at a Baptiste studio in Asheville NC and her Barre training through The International Ballet Barre Fitness Association. She has a wandering spirit and loves to travel and explore every chance she gets!

Abbey, BURN

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Abbey never thought she'd be a group fitness instructor. Even though she was raised a competitive dancer and soccer player, she never enjoyed the gym or anything that felt like a workout. After graduating from the College of William and Mary, Abbey started trying fitness classes around her hometown of Montclair, Virginia and fell in love with weight training. She moved to Richmond shortly after and became a BodyPump instructor. After three years of teaching, she tried a Power Yoga class at the Hot Yoga Barre and fell in love. Love led to joining the Karma Krew. 


Abbey now teaches BURN where she gets to share her stellar taste in music with her ability to motivate. She believes workouts should be fun and challenging and that a little laughter never hurt anyone. When she's not teaching or working at Richmond-based startup Health Warrior Superfoods, you can find Abbey throwing the stick for her two rescue dogs. 

Alex, Barre

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Alex was born in Western Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky graduating with a biotechnology degree. From there she moved to Virginia to obtain her Juris Doctor. After working in the legal field for a few years, she recently transitioned in Sales Logistics with one of Richmond largest employers. Alex has always had a love for fitness, including running, weight lifting and barre. Alex has a Core Barre and Piloxing certification. She is excited to bring her knowledge of barre to the beautiful Hot Yoga Barre Studio!

Alli, Yoga

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Alli is a home-grown Wisconsinite with a stereotypical love for cheese, pontoon boats, and football. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison (go Badgers!) with a BS in Human Development & Family Studies and received her J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law. In her professional life, Alli focuses on how the law affects family and children and hopes to one day work as an Education Law attorney. 

Alli found herself at the Hot Yoga Barre initially as the first Karma Krew member in January 2016. After falling in love with the practice and the studio, Alli completed HYB’s inaugural Yoga Teacher Training in fall 2016. Alli loves to bring her [very] sarcastic sense of humor and [self-described] kick-ass taste in music to her classes and remind people that it’s just yoga - no need to take yourself so seriously! As someone who first found yoga after scouring the internet for a down-dog-less class (because it was way too hard), Alli appreciates how far one can come in their practice and looks forward to helping you find your strength, flexibility, laughter, and breath.

Bethany, Barre & BURN

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Bethany was born on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and was trained in classical ballet for over 18 years. After graduating from Randolph-Macon College, Bethany married her college sweetheart and settled in Richmond. Bethany is a Registered Dietitian and founder of Happy Body Wellness. In addition to Barre, Bethany also holds certifications in free cycle, RPM, Sprint, Core training and Zumba. When not counseling clients, presenting group nutrition classes or in the studio, Bethany spends her time training for triathlons and other endurance races. Bethany enthusiastically looks forward to sharing her health, wellness, nutrition and fitness knowledge as she motivates and inspires you through her class to be the best you can be.

Charlotte, Anatomy, Yoga Teacher Training 

Charlotte is HYB’s Anatomy Instructor for Yoga Teacher Training. Combining her background in the health and medical field with her extensive yoga experience she is able to offer our community an amazing learning experience about the anatomical structure of the human body. Charlotte’s training is a great blend of classical alignment principles with the movement of a powerful flow. 
 
Charlotte began her yoga practice with a private Iyengar teacher in 2008 and practiced Iyengar for several years before finding a passion for Vinyasa flow. She chose to become certified in the latter, but incorporates the Iyengar alignment training into her Vinyasa style classes. She likes to practice yoga that makes her sweat! She likes to flow, but also likes to pause and hold poses for longer periods of time. Her focus is on building a balance of strength and flexibility while changing things up and keeping things new and exciting. When she sweats through sun salutations or breathes in savasana, all she can think about it the present. Yoga gives her a sense of purpose without a sense of urgency, and makes her feel both calm and energized. It reminds her to be grateful for the body she lives inside every day. Yoga is the gift she gives herself – and it costs her nothing except a little commitment. Her greatest purpose is to give that gift to others. 

Dudley, Yoga, Barre, & BURN

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Dudley is a native of Lynchburg, VA but has lived in Richmond ever since graduating from Bridgewater College. She is a lover of all things RVA and enjoys exploring the city and especially the local eateries and breweries near her home in Northside! She also loves to cook, travel and love on her rescue pup, Hank!

Dudley began her fitness journey in college after quitting smoking and deciding to take back her health. She loves to run and has completed two full marathons and more than a dozen half-marathons. Dudley started her practice with HYB over a year ago and fell in love with the heat and the feeling that comes from such a positive atmosphere and a great workout!

Dudley is excited to bring her love of fitness and passion for life to all of her BURN classes, and can't wait to see you on the mat!

Gillian, Yoga

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Gillian received her BA in Sociology from Western Illinois University and works for a top 10 bank by day. She loves her busy life and career, but was at a place in her life where she needed to find balance. She decided to take a Yugala class at The Hot Yoga Barre, and after the first class, Gillian was instantly hooked. After a few more classes (Power and Yugala), she loved how she felt and noticed that her yoga practice was transforming her life mentally, physically and spiritually. Yoga quickly became a passion of Gillian's. 

 

Gillian completed her RYT 200 training at The Hot Yoga Barre and is excited to join The Hot Yoga Barre team. She can't wait to share the amazing benefits yoga has to offer with others! 

Heather, Yoga

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Heather Chumley-Jones is a native of the Richmond area. She loves fitness and spends her weekends hiking, biking, and camping with her family. She is an animal advocate and has more rescue animals than she would like to admit. She is a Physical Therapist, Yoga Teacher, and Certified Professional Yoga Therapist. She was introduced to yoga as a student at VCU in and immediately fell in love with the practice.

After her daughter was born self care became even more important and Heather enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training in 2009. This was the beginning of a career change and a new path of study. The practice was so transformative to her life that she had to share it in both her professional career and in the studio. Her knowledge of Anatomy and movement make alignment an important focus of each class. Her 20 year yoga journey has taken her many places. She has had the opportunity to learn from some the best teachers of Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Power Yoga. Her journey has now brought her back to Richmond and back to her roots in Power Yoga. She is very excited to share her experiences at the Hot Yoga Barre.

Jane, Yoga

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Born in Calgary, AB Canada, Jane grew up skiing, snowboarding, and figure skating. When her family uprooted her South to El Dorado, Arkansas, Jane's wintery fitness journey heated up playing tennis, dancing, cheerleading, and taking her first yoga class in ninth grade. 12 years since stepping on her mat for the first time, Jane joins Hot Yoga Barre as a Baptiste style certified yoga instructor. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 and received her 200 HR RYT through Down Dog Yoga in Washington, DC.

 

Yoga provides Jane a place of mental stillness through physical movement. She took her first hot yoga class interested in the physical benefits, but returned day after day for the mental stillness. A daredevil in life, Jane loves to get upside down—inversions are her jam. Jane is excited to grow as a teacher at HYB.

Jen, Barre

Jen grew up dancing in her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania where she studied various styles of dance including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary and Tap. Jen is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she earned her BFA in Modern dance performance under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. upon graduation, Jen moved to Richmond, VA and began her teaching career with Stavna Ballet in 2013. 

Once settled in Richmond she took her first Barre class and instantly fell in love and quickly added teaching Barre to her repertoire. In addition to teaching Ballet and barre Jen is an adjunct professor at John Tyler Community College teaching various styles of dance including Modern, Jazz and Ballet. She began taking classes at the Hot Yoga Barre in 2015 and was immediately hooked, she is excited to be a part of the HYB team! 

Jordan, Barre & yoga

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Jordan, a Richmond, VA native, found her love of movement and teaching through dance. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern and lyrical, and began her teaching career in 2003. She discovered barre when she moved back to RVA, and was immediately hooked. After three years of tucking and shaking, she trained to get her barre certification. Soon after, she took the plunge into The Hot Yoga Barre's 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training program. On the side, you can find her using her BS in Public Relations from VCU and her MS in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University at Faceted Consulting. She is so excited to teach at and manage The Hot Yoga Barre!  She aims to build confidence and body awareness in her students with lots of laughs along the way.

Kailey, Barre & BURN

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Kailey was born and raised in RVA where she fell in love with dancing at a young age, trying out every style of dance she could: hip hop, ballet, modern, jazz, pointe, and even aerial silks. After joining a gym, she realized that teaching group exercise was the perfect combination of her favorite things: being active and helping others. She became certified in Zumba, and began teaching at the age of 18. Her love of group exercise grew and she soon discovered that Barre was that extra dance-related exercise she had been looking for. So, she added it to her resume along with an AFAA Group Exercise certification. She loves that no matter how many times you have done a Barre class; you can still get your muscles shaking! When not teaching exercise, you can find Kailey exploring downtown RVA, teaching art to children, volunteering at her church, and finishing up her last year of her bachelor’s degree from Liberty University in psychology and crisis counseling. She is so excited to be a part of the Hot Yoga Barre team and is ready to encourage others to raise the Bar(re) and exceed their expectations of themselves! 

Kathryn, Yoga & bURN

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Kathryn moved to RVA from St. Louis, MO for work. She moved to Richmond not knowing anyone, but knew she could find a place of comfort through yoga. Within her first month of living in RVA she found The Hot Yoga Barre and was immediately drawn to the positive energy and quickly found a new home away from home. 

Kathryn has been practicing hot yoga since 2010. At first yoga served as an intense workout and challenge, but soon it became a way of living. As her practice deepened so did the meaning of yoga. Kathryn's practice picked up in college as it served as a source of healing mentally and physically. Her life was changed by yoga and the wonderful instructors that guided her towards self-awareness and mindfulness. To say the least she found a passion that set her soul on fire (not just from the heated studio)! After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Movement Science and minor in Biomedical Sciences she pursued her dream of becoming a yoga teacher. She completed her 200-hr RYT with Sumits Hot Yoga. 

Kathryn believes listening to what your mind, body, and soul need on your mat will only transpire into kindness and compassion off of your mat. She is thrilled to be a part of the HYB team, and looks forward to sharing all of the goodness that yoga has to offer! 

Laura Grace, Barre

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Laura Grace is a native of Richmond, Va and began her dance training at the age of 6 studying primarily Ballet and Modern. In 2006 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. She has had the honor of dancing for esteemed modern dance companies such as Starr Foster Dance Project and Doniphan Dance Project. After living and studying yoga, dance and pilates in New York Laura Grace moved to DC and began her dedicated Yoga and Pilates Practice and became a Certified Mat Pilates Instructor, Kids Yoga Instructor and Barre Body Instructor. Since returning to Richmond she has become a certified Yoga Teacher and Prenatal Yoga Teacher through Om Yoga Created by esteem international teacher Cyndi Lee and Om Births created by Birth Doula and certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher Bec Conant. She combines this love for movement and body positivity with her career as a Birth Doula trained by ToLabor. Laura Grace's passion for movement, alignment, and creating a positive outlook in others about their bodies drives Laura Grace to teach each week! She is grateful to be back at the Hot Yoga Barre to bring her years of study of anatomy, different movement styles and positive energy to Barre students in the RVA!

Lauren, Barre

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Lauren was born here in beautiful RVA. She's a University of Virginia Wahoo and graduated with a degree in Commerce. After school, she began a career in sales management in the Northern Virginia area. With that same company she also worked in Cleveland, OH and most recently has had the chance to move back to her hometown of Richmond, VA. She's excited to be back in RVA and enjoys traipsing around town with friends, family and her adorable dog, Brick. Lauren has always had a passion for fitness. She enjoys running, dancing, hiking, spinning, and of course barre. She's excited to share her passion for barre and teaching with everyone here at the Hot Yoga Barre!

Lindsey, Barre & BURN

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Lindsey was born and raised in New Jersey where she grew up as a competitive swimmer, dabbling in running, soccer, and yoga for cross training. She graduated from Clemson University with a degree in General Marketing. Following graduation, Lindsey discovered her first barre class and immediately fell in love with the technique, movements, and the shake. After a severe skiing injury left her with a blown knee, she was forced to find other workouts to keep her active. Hot Yoga became a new obsession that helped strengthen her knee and get her back to her regular activities. After relocating to Richmond with her fiancé, Lindsey was ecstatic to find a studio that blends two of her favorite workouts and truly brings the heat! She is excited to join The Hot Yoga Barre and to share her love of fitness and movement with our clients. 

Lulu, Mascot

Lulu has graced us with her elegant presence at the desk since we opened back in May of 2015. A loyal Weimaraner, she is happy to show you how to sign in at the iPad, and will gladly take her seat right outside the studio door to offer you moral support throughout class. She appreciates our hands-on approach and welcomes pets and cuddles (though requests you avoid her sensitive paws). We are thrilled to have her as our studio mascot and look forward to having her lead various YTT modules in the near future, helping teachers-to-be truly master their Downward Facing Dog.

Marissa, Barre

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Marissa was born and raised in Danville, VA where she grew up an avid dancer and cheerleader. She graduated from University of Virginia in 2015 with a double major in Economics and Foreign Affairs. She most recently moved to Richmond to attend graduate school at the VCU Brandcenter to pursue a masters degree in Creative Brand Management. Always having a deep passion for the art of dancing and fitness, Marissa fell in love with the technique of barre and was certified here at The Hot Yoga Barre. Aside from teaching, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and showing her creative side with endless Pinterest projects. She is thrilled to be teaching at The Hot Yoga Barre and to be able to share her love for dance and barre with her clients and push them to achieve their best! 

Meg, Yoga

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Meg is a senior at University of Richmond where she is studying biochemistry and religion on a pre-med track. She has been practicing yoga for as long as she can remember thanks to her grandmother, who has had a daily practice for decades and brought Meg on her first yoga retreat at Kripalu when she was 8! Yoga continued to play a huge role in her life throughout high school when she began to understand the benefits of her practice, both mental and physical. When she moved to Richmond for college, Meg started looking for a yoga studio and found HYB which quickly became her second home. She jumped right into her role as an intern, Karma Krew member, and yoga teacher trainee.

Meg loves to combine her love for yoga with her knowledge and interest in anatomy and physiology, which she hopes to incorporate into her future as a doctor. Meg is so excited to show her students how transformative yoga can be for them, as it has been for her. She can’t wait to flow (and probably giggle, sing, and dance) with you on your mat!