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RHY Knoxville



8023 Kingston Pike Suite 5

Knoxville, TN 37919

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Mon & Wed
5:30am -12:00pm & 4:00pm - 8:30pm

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5:30am - 1:15 & 4:00pm - 8:30pm


5:30am -12:00pm & 4:00pm - 7:15pm

8:30am - 2:15pm

12:30pm - 5:15pm

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Knoxville Instructors

Meet the real hot yoga team of certified yoga instructors at our Knoxville studio.

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Stephanie found yoga in search for a new workout routine. After practicing for about a month, she learned yoga was challenging in so many more
ways than expected and fell in love with how it challenged her balance, strength, breath, patience, and ability to stay present in the moment.
For a while the fitness kept her coming back to her mat. But after moving away from the community and being faced with challenges of being alone in a new place and unbalanced in her life, she learned that a regular yoga practice was the way to maintain balance.
Going back to the fundamentals on her mat taught her of living presently, breathing through life's challenges,
finding inner strength, being patient with what she's been given
at this moment, gratitude for what her body and mind are capable of are
just a few benefits.
The practice of yoga is exactly what you make of it... If you want to find strength, that's what the mat will give you. If you want to find balance - the mat will give you balance. If you
want to find your true self, that's exactly what the mat will give
you... This is what Stephanie wants to foster and inspire both in her own practice and through leading others in theirs.
Her teacher training at Asheville
Yoga Center has led her on a journey of self growth and provided the
fundamentals and philosophy of yoga to inspire others.
As a lifelong runner, Brandie had always used yoga as a means of counteracting the stress running put on her body. It was also a way of dealing with the demands of being a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. It wasn't until she discovered the Baptiste methodology that she really fell in love with yoga and kissed her running shoes goodbye.
Baptiste yoga not only met the physical intensity that Brandie loved from running, but it also helped her to create space, awareness, peace, and confidence in her life on and off the mat. She has since had the privilege of training with Baron Baptiste, Paige Elenson of the Africa Yoga project, and Bethany Lyons Murray, and will very shortly be the only certified Baptiste yoga instructor in Knoxville.
Brandie is beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to share this style of yoga that she loves so much with the Real Hot Yoga community.
Katie started coaching over 20 years ago. She instructs fitness classes, bootcamps, and spin classes. She runs her own business as a Reiki Master Teacher doing intuitive energy healing sessions, teaching & guiding meditation, and offers lots of other magical good-for-the soul classes.
She recently finished her 200-hour yoga certification at The Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC. Katie loves how yoga is a beautiful bridge between fitness/physical health and the Spiritual connection/expansion and the energy body.
Katie hopes to create an authentic, safe space to allow people to open a doorway to their personal yoga experience and to allow their brilliant light to shine forth.
Karen started on her fitness journey 30 years ago; Body Building, Aerobics, Tennis, Personal Training, Spin, Pilates, and finally YOGA. She accidently fell into teaching, started training in all the above disciplines, and became a certified instructor.
For yoga specifically, she completed two 200 RYT sessions, with a strong emphasis on Hatha, Karma, Jnana, and Bhakti Yoga. Her desire to watch and teach and help people break through and become strong and confident are her motivation behind teaching and seeing the amazing. She also enjoys witnessing the physical, mental and emotional shifts that people make through exercise.
Everything she trained for before yoga, was her preparation for yoga. Yoga finds us when we are ready. Those who are inflexible, need yoga to become more flexible. Those who are weak, need yoga to become strong. Those who are stressed, need yoga to become relaxed. She hopes to see you on the mat soon!
Joanna is one of our top graduates from our 2015 Real Hot Yoga 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training. She is also working towards her mastery, 500-hour, certification. We are excited to welcome her to our team of exceptional instructors.

Joanna, in turn, is excited to share her knowledge and passion of yoga with all of you.

Keaton is one of our top graduates from our 2015 Real Hot Yoga 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training. We are excited to welcome him to our team of exceptional instructors.
Keaton, in turn, is excited to share his knowledge and passion of yoga with all of you. 
Gary is one of our top graduates from our 2015 Real Hot Yoga 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training. We are excited to welcome him to our team of exceptional instructors.

Gary, in turn, is excited to share his knowledge and passion of yoga with all of you.

Sheila is one of our top graduates from our 2015 Real Hot Yoga 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training. We are excited to welcome her to our team of exceptional instructors. 
Sheila loves yoga because of how it makes her feel mentally and physically. It is a fabulous work out, meditative, and allows her to be present and in the moment. She is a committed to her own practice and share her passion with you as she teaches.
Kristi first discovered yoga in Boulder, CO but committed to a steady practice when she moved to Nashville in 2008.  With a committed practice she became stronger, had more energy and started to eat and sleep better. On days she practiced her mind was more centered, she was more accepting and patient with those around her.
In 2012 she decided to take teacher training, completed her RYT200, and immediately started teaching Hot Hatha and Power Yoga in Nashville.
Her goal is to create a space, where students are challenged mentally and physically in a safe, supportive environment. Likewise she continues to seek out opportunities to challenge herself through workshops, new teachers, and a committed practice.
Kristin looks forward to getting to know a new community of yogis in Knoxville! 
Shannon Menestrina (RYT) began an investigation into the transformative influences of yoga when she was 19 years old, which led her to complete the 2015 Real Hot Yoga 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training.
Through incessant curiosity and a dedicated practice, she fell in love with how the act of practicing can further progress into the art of practicing - to create a more comprehensive approach into accessing the deeper potentials of the yoga practice.
Influenced by many local and international instructors, Shannon’s teaching offers the ability to utilize movement while freeing the limitations and expectations of the mind.
Currently studying Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Tennessee, she plans to pursue her 500-hour training soon after graduation in conjunction with obtaining her Registered Dietitian licensure.
With experience in a variety of styles including Ashtanga, Power Vinyasa, Baptiste, and Yin yoga, Shannon is eager to share her passion of yoga with you!
Emily completed her 230-hour yoga teacher training at The Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, North Carolina. As a long-time yoga practitioner she loves the empowering, nurturing, calming, soothing, balancing, and joyful gifts it offers every time she steps on her mat. As an instructor she loves to share this with you!
Emily loves to teach, travel, hike, play with her dogs, hang out with her friends and meet new people, and she loves how yoga helps her do all of these things. She also loves that yoga can become a common language and bring people together, and she is passionate about creating a safe space for people to move and breathe.
Emily is a natural born teacher. In addition to teaching yoga, she is also a French professor.
Georgia earned her 200 hour certification with Mark White and Shelly Lowther in a Power Yoga, Baptiste Inspired Program located in Beaufort, South Carolina. Though a recent graduate, she is infatuated with teaching and devoted to sharing the benefits of the practice and the lifestyle.

Diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis as a child, Georgia turned to yoga for an alternative medicine at the ripe age of nine and has never looked back. Originally using yoga to heal the body, she has only more recently turned to Power Yoga for strengthening as well.

Dedicated to sharing this practice with others, Georgia teaches an energetic practice that combines power with self-healing and presence.
In 2011Emily graduated from Yoga Teacher Training. Since receiving her RYT 200 hour, Emily has taught yoga at CrossFit Knoxville, D1, and Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center, as well as home-based private sessions. Now, we're happy to welcome her to Real Hot Yoga!
She believes that all people can benefit from yoga, from the athletes to wheelchair bound, and everyone in between.

Emily was a student of classical ballet for over twelve years and continued her journey into instructing and teaching in health and fitness through leading bootcamps, becoming a certified personal training, and a spinning instructor. Fitness and balance from the inside out is a philosophy that she adheres to.

Emily enjoys many different styles of yoga, including, intense power, gentle restorative flow, yin, and Tantric vinyasa. All walks of life can find their place in yoga!

Micole started practicing yoga at 16 years old as mere means to stay fit. As her practice progressed, she began to see the benefits of yoga extend beyond her mat, alleviating anxiety and fear, and reconnecting Micole with her creative spirit. It wasn't long before she knew that sharing yoga with others was her life's calling.

Micole is trained in Sanga or community yoga, a hot power Vinyasa that focuses on service to others and reuniting each person with their one True Self. She completed her 200 RYT training through the Yoga Shelter, founded by Erik Paskel, in her hometown of Detroit, MI. She plans to continue her training to further specialize in teaching athletes and children.
Amy first stepped into a yoga studio in 2002 as a compliment to her running. She was hooked from that point on and began teaching in 2005.
Being a runner & all too familiar with ITBS, along with tight hammies and hip flexors, Amy tends to focus on poses for runners. Whether it be strength or flexibility.
Amy’s classes are not your typical yoga class; no Om’ing here. She teaches a blend of Vinyasa and Power Yoga, combining sequences with pauses and a few chaturangas along the way. Her classes offer both easier and more difficult versions of poses, along with some great tunes and creative sequences.
Amy teaches a multi-leveled class that provides a balance of strength, flexibility and endurance, while uniquely challenging each participant in a playful way!
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