Ellen Abraham – Ellen has trained all over the world with teachers such as Baron Baptiste, Gurmuk Kaur Khalsa, Bikram Choudery, Kathy Van Patten, Debbie Rocker, Shiva Rea and Iyanla Vanzant. She is a Baptiste Level 3 500 hour Power Yoga Instructor and holds several other certifications for Yoga including those with Bikram, Kripalu, and Prenatal Yoga. She is an NASM and ACE certified Personal Trainer, CrossFit L1, Exercise & Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Spinning and Comprehensively trained Power Pilates instructor. She has completed the Gyrotonic Foundation I Teacher Training and is a trained whole foods chef, having studied with AnneMarie Colbin at the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC and is a graduate of Matthew Kenney’s Raw Culinary School in OKC. Ellen is a FIT to Lead Graduate with Baron Baptiste and the Baptiste Institute. She is currently in a comprehensive Pilates Program with Polestar Pilates.
Jennifer Coffin –Fitness has always been important to Jen. As captain of her soccer and softball teams she’s always drawn to coaching and encouraging her teammates. After having her son Ryan, she was looking for a way to get back to where she was physically in college. She quickly found out that spinning was the best transition from almost zero activity to being able to run a full 90 minute soccer game. She moved back to ‘the country’ a couple years ago she was ecstatic to find Burning Heart. It is more challenging mentally and physically than any soccer game she has played. “You won’t find the spirit and love in a class anywhere else like the community at Burning Heart.” Jen’s classes will have you rocking out- she looks forward to seeing you in class! Certifications include:American Barre Technique® MadDog Athletics, Completed Teacher Training with Burning Heart, CPR
Alex Brown– After years of an at home yoga practice, Alex decided to step out of her comfort zone and try a hot yoga class at Burning Heart back in January 2017. After this power vinyasa class she was instantly hooked and kept coming back to more and more classes. After seeing and feeling the positive shift in her life because of a regular yoga practice she gravitated towards Burning Heart’s Yoga Teach Training, to both further her own practice and to learn how to help guide others into theirs. Certifications: Burning Heart 200 Hour Teacher Training, Yoga San Kalpa 50 Hour Yin Yoga and Nidra Teacher Training, CPR.
Erika Houle – I stepped into my first yoga class almost 6 years ago. I was in a pretty rough spot in life and felt very lost and in need of some inspiration. At the urging of a friend, I went to a beginner hot power vinyasa class and was immediately hooked. Well , maybe not immediately, I had to crawl home first ! Although I could barely walk home after, I kept taking class which led me on a path to becoming a teacher. After my first Baptiste training I knew this style of yoga was going to be a big part of my life . I never planned on being a teacher or had confidence that I could lead a class. The skills and tools that I acquired not only helped me to become a teacher, but changed my everyday life as well. I feel so grateful for the wonderful yoga communities I’m part of. Certifications include:200hr training with Shiva Shakti, Brandon Compagnone & Naima Workman. Level one & Level two, Baptiste trainings and immersions, CPR
Meira Wainstein– Meira discovered spinning when Burning Heart first opened in Greenfield, and since then it has taken her on a path she never expected. Always playing on team sports, it had been hard for her to find a fitness routine that brought the team aspect she was looking for, while still fitting it into her work schedule. Spinning not only provided the fitness she was looking for, but a therapy she’d never found in any other workout routine. “The Burning Heart community pushes each other to their fullest limits, making it the ultimate team sport.” What she loves most about spinning is no matter what is happening in your life, for 45 minutes on that bike you can’t think about anything other then how hard you’re killing it! In her classes she hopes to show you that you can do just a little bit more, push just a little bit harder, and hopes you discover what she discovered on that bike, that YOU ARE AMAZING! Certifications include:MadDog Athletics, Burning Heart, Burning HeartRYTT 200 (ongoing), CPR
Terri Phelps– Terri lives in Greenfield with her husband and three children. She has always been interested in the connection between exercise and the mind. When she discovered Burning Heart last September she was excited not only by the workout, but the effect it had on her emotional well being. She looks forward to sharing her love of exercise, namely spinning, in a fun filled, positive, encouraging environment. Certifications include:Maddog Athletics, CPR, Massage Therapy, Reiki II, Burning Heart
Laurel Hootstein– I experienced Baptiste Hot Yoga for the first time in 2013. I basically blacked out that first class but I had this drive to keep returning, a feeling I had never had after prior yoga practices. It felt like a perfect practice to add a little more balance in my life. I was pushing my body and mind in this way I hadn’t pushed since soccer in high school but experimenting with a self directed compassion. I fell in love with the way Baptiste Yoga cultivated self awareness, empowerment and love. I look forward to learning how to share this practice through the Burning Heart Teacher Training. Certifications: CPR, Burning Heart 200hr training
Kristina Mose-Libon It was during my first Baptiste Power Yoga class, where I spent half the time in child’s pose, that I knew I found exactly what I was looking for…and exactly what I needed. The full-body workout, with it’s meditative quality through body awareness, breath and focus, provided me with the physical, spiritual and emotional growth that continues to transform my life. In 2016, I completed a Baptiste-inspired 200-hour teacher certification. I was hooked! When teaching, I love being a part of the conduit that connects the community of practitioners together. In addition to adult studio classes, I teach privately and at special events. I also have the pleasure of teaching yoga and mindfulness to children at studios, schools and libraries. I am honored to be a part of Burning Heart Studios tribe! Certifications: Certified RYT 200 (Shiva Shakti, Northampton, MA) Certified RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher) Tier 1, 300-hour Certified Baptiste Yoga Leader, CPR/First Aid, MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) course work
Naomi Bledsoe – took her first spin class in 2014 when her best friend started instructing at their university. She fell in love with the rhythm and variety of movements you can incorporate into every ride. Naomi believes that 45 minutes in that room is so much more than just a physical workout. She never expected to love riding a stationary bike in a dark room as much as she did but it changed her life and opened up doors for growth. Her hopes are that it will do the same for you. Being able to combine her love for music and movement helps to strengthen the mind, body and soul. Expect to sweat, push outside of your comfort zone and become stronger physically and mentally. Lights dark, music loud, let’s ride. Certifications: MadDog Athletics, Completed Indoor Cycling Teacher Training with Burning Heart, Burning HeartRYTT 200 (ongoing), CPR