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Jake Snyder

Owner of Rocktown Hot Yoga
Jake first discovered Hot Yoga in Charlottesville in 2013. He was initially attracted to Hot Yoga for its physical benefits, he discovered quickly that it was also changing him in a physical, mental, and spiritual way. Jake immediately was hooked and began to practice daily. He decided to emerge himself into more yoga and signed up to do a Hot Yoga teacher training in 2016 and has loved teaching and sharing the amazing benefits of Hot Yoga ever since. What Jake loves about Hot Yoga is that it keeps him feeling young and full of life. Aside from loving everything about Hot Yoga Jake also enjoys being with his family. Aside from being a father, he enjoys skiing, riding his motorcycle, hiking, running, surfing, gardening, carpentry, and cooking. He fuels his busy life with plenty of yoga and a plant-based diet. Jake married his wife Jen in 2008. Together they enjoy looking after their chickens and pigs in Crozet, Virginia. His boys keep him on his toes, they love the outdoors and they love skiing. Jake completed a 250 hour Hot Yoga teacher training through Evolation Yoga in May of 2016. Level One: Journey Into Power and Art of Assisting in 2017, and Level Two: The Sannyasin’s Journey in 2018 with the Baptiste Yoga Institute. He loves teaching Vinyasa Flow because of its playfulness and endless variations and the traditional 26-2 Bikram method. Jake has used Hot Yoga as an access to vitality, power, and freedom.


Amy B.

Amy first discovered yoga at JMU in 1986. Her first Bikram Hot Yoga class was in 2010. She was immediately hooked and since then there has been no looking back. For Amy, Hot Yoga is the relationship between breath, mind, and body. She believes that through a regular practice, Hot Yoga can help you find equilibrium, quite the mind, and lets you step away from the ego.

Amy’s goal while teaching is to help you find your edge so you feel comfortable and competent in the body you have today. Amy loves yoga because it allows her to eat more pie. Her favorite place to practice is anywhere yogis are gathered to sweat, breathe, and break boundaries.


Cathleen Meyerhoeffer

Cathleen is a Harrisonburg yogi. When she started practicing yoga in 2013, she found yoga as a lifestyle. It is a living practice of compassion that offers contentment with less. In 2018, she completed her 200 hour teacher training with Yandara Yoga Institute in Bali, Indonesia.

Cathleen likes to balance her strength-building vinyasa practice with the vulnerability and endurance of hot yoga classes. As an instructor, she welcomes all levels to her classes, as yoga offers different forms of wellness to everyone. She enjoys traveling to new places and cooking healthy food.


Jen Coluzzi

Jen Coluzzi is a Philadelphia native who recently found her way down to Lexington. She has been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2003 to keep up both her physical and mental well being. She went to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in the fall of 2010 in San Diego after working for many years as a personal assistant and in restaurants. Shortly after training, she began teaching full time and managing studios.

Jen has taught at lots of studios in the PA/NJ area, as well as other studios along the east coast. With the addition of Yin Yoga training in 2018, she teaches multiple styles of classes. She brings compassion and levity to her classes, being able to help the newest student feel comfortable while advancing the practice of a more experienced one.


Michelle Monk

Michelle was inspired to try yoga in her quest to invite a sense of calm and peace in her life during graduate school in 2006. Her first experience was at an Indian Temple that offered community yoga on the weekends. The Hatha practice was held in a basic, no frills environment. She took her first hot class in 2008.

Michelle’s gratitude for her yogi and life mentors is far reaching and everlasting. Her teaching journey began in 2011 after taking her first YogaFit training sessions. In January 2017, Hot Yoga Charlottesville guided her through a 200 RYT where she learned the Baron Baptiste Power sequence. Michelle loves yoga, Bikram, Power Vinyasa and Yin invite Sthira and Sukha, the ultimate balance of stability, strength and steadiness with gentleness, relaxation and joy, into her life.

Yoga keeps her grounded and is an integral component of her emotional and mental wellbeing. Seeing people feel successful and experience joy brings her joy and that’s why she feels called to teach and share some of the best medicine available today.


Nicole Marie

Nicole is a practitioner of several styles of yoga and meditation techniques. She was trained in the Hatha tradition with emphasis on philosophy, physiology, restorative technique, and trauma informed practices. She was drawn to yoga recognizing that its practice has immense spiritual, emotional, and physical benefits. In addition to yoga, Nicole enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her partner and their two dogs. Nicole completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at The Center in downtown Harrisonburg.


Guest Teachers

Deverell Austin

Born in Jamaica, W.I., Deverell emigrated to the US at two years old. Early on in young-adulthood he experienced seemingly unrelated health traumas, including a tumor, loss of hearing in one ear, heart attacks and Bell’s Palsy, all of which helped to instill in him a deep appreciation for healing & wellness. At 25, while working as a project manager in corporate America, he was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune-arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).

After learning that there is no cure and limited traditional treatments that aren’t costly or have unpleasant side-effects, he began exploring alternative therapies. He discovered and fell in love with yoga, became an instructor in 2012 and immersed himself in holistic living experiences and learned to manage the painful, debilitating symptoms of his condition.

Deve recognizes yoga as a pathway to wellness and is passionate about supporting people discover their yogic way.


Fatimah Darab

Born and raised in Virginia, Fatimah took her first Bikram Yoga class in January 2014. She immediately became hooked. The repetition of the same 26 postures in each class gave her a sense of stability in her life that she desperately needed. As she attended more often every week, she learned that Bikram Yoga not only provides a healthy lifestyle, but a loving family as well.

Through encouragement from her Bikram Yoga Tysons family, she went to Teacher Training Spring 2015 in Thailand. Fatimah would like to spread Bikram Yoga to as many people as she can reach, as she truly believes it is healing both physically and mentally.