Our mission is Hot Yoga Santee is simple, to create a teacher-student relationship that helps build the foundation to improve physical fitness. We have created an atmosphere that is nonjudgmental and accepts all religions and beliefs. We firmly believe a community is only a strong as the members that contribute to it. Our plan is simple, build an environment that fosters self-improvement and improving human performance with low-impact high aerobic exercises to complement the methods of yoga.
"I believe and know firsthand that the power of yoga is the best way to combat health issues that arise in this modern world. As an endurance athlete, the practice of Yoga along with proper nutrition and exercise can provide years of competition at any level or just keep you fit for your longevity of life." (John Szczepanowski owner HYS)
What I have learned through my own personal journey is that I've been very blessed to have great mentors guide me along the way. Their passions and experiences sparked my passion for what I do now. My commitment is to pay it forward, to learn from all of those wonderful experiences and share them with my veterans and citizens of my community.
I am also co-founder and public affairs director for 03XX Foundation, a 501c3 that aids and assists Marines Infantrymen (03) and Navy Corpsmen 8404-8412 with real time veteran solutions.
As an ACE-certified personal trainer and licenced Strong by Zumba instructor, I am passionate about helping clients of all abilities achieve higher levels of fitness and athletic performance. Several years ago, I lost over 80 pounds and set out on a mission to single-handedly transform my body from obese to athletic. In this transformation, many have reached out to me to tell me that I have inspired them to change. These recurring inquiries pushed me towards becoming a fitness professional. I knew I had something to offer beyond my education and certifications; I had experienced the struggle first hand and could help others overcome great obstacles. I could teach people to believe that it is possible because I lived it. In my journey to fitness I have consistently implemented 3 main elements: cardio endurance, strength training, and mobility stretching through yoga. As a result, I have maintained a healthy weight and enjoy continued training and long-distance trail running injury free. Join me in one of my CycleFusion, Hot Yoga Fusion, or Strong by Zumba classes and find out what you are capable of!
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Originally from Poland, Darek moved to Chicago then eventually to San Diego in 2013. He started practicing yoga in 2010 and became certified in 2016. Darek is a passionate teacher that always combines the "zen factor" with the "sore tomorrow factor."
And now... a poem written by Darek:
"Strength, balance & stretch combined with binding & twisting Gives you an intense workout that's empowering & uplifting.
I focus on alignment once target muscles are selected And you begin to realize you are stronger than expected.
Developing that core strength could not be any sweeter And all sessions are conducted with the addition of a heater."
Naem is originally from Thailand, moved to the United States her my family in 2006. After a year and a half here she was diagnosed with Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus). It was a big change in her life, "my body was no longer the way it used to be", everyday tasks that once I could do without an effort became a challenge, chronic fatigue and pain were my way of life.
On a Christmas day 2008 I took my first yoga class with my sister-in-law and I have never stopped since then. Yoga became my passion and I found myself practicing it all the time. I maintained my dedication to the practice of yoga even throughout my pregnancy. Yoga has made me stronger physically and mentally, and I love to share my experience with others. I would love to see other people receive the benefits of yoga like I have. In the summer of 2013 I finished 200 hours of yoga teacher training from the La Jolla Yoga Center, so I can pursue my dream of sharing with others.
Yoga tames my life...Namaste
Yoga has been the most enlightening and humbling experience I've taken part in. My personal yoga path has been very disciplined and strict. I am now venturing into a more compassionate aspect of my practice while still maintaining realistic expectations for myself. Every body is different and every practice is unique to the individual, my purpose as an instructor is to guide and support individuals on their yoga path.
Anita is an enthusiastic Yoga Instructor with over 12 years teaching about 14 practicing. Anita brings to her classes a lightness, openness and inspiration based on her own life challenges. She has directly experienced the healing benefits of yoga and translate show skills learned on her yoga mat have dramatically altered her perception of situations.
Anita is passionate about Power Yoga as this is the yoga that has transformed her life and is skilled at providing ways to make this flow accessible to all people of all levels. In addition to Power Yoga Anita is trained and skilled at presenting Restorative, Yinki™ (Yin Yoga and Reiki) and general Hatha and Vinyasa flows.
Anita’s skills are further enhanced by her training as aYoga Therapist and Reiki Master. Anita has been strongly influenced by Baron Baptiste, Alyssa Sullivan, Tom Gillette, Tim Miller, Bryan Kest, Michael Gannonand many other famous yoga teachers. Off the mat Anita enjoys learning other languages and interacting with other cultures. She also enjoys long walks on the beach, reading, photography, travel and interacting with friends and family.
After losing 100 lbs in my early 20’s I found I wanted to help other people avoid the struggle I had to go through and find the healthiest and best version of themselves. I completed my bachelors with a degree in Kinesiology and became a certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Since then I have worked in many areas of wellness, helping people with stress management, weight loss, self-efficacy and more. 6 years ago I found myself going to more and more yoga classes, realizing I would leave feeling renewed and more connected to my body. Regardless of the stresses life would throw at me, I could always go to yoga to feel like myself again. Over time yoga helped me grow stronger, more flexible, patient, and confident, on and off the mat - this is what I want to help guide other students to find.
I teach yoga with a deep passion to help others heal, both physically and mentally. My classes focus on self-love and meeting yourself exactly where you are in each moment. they are a mix of pushing yourself but tuning in a listening to your body. Yoga isn’t just about exercise, it's about connecting to your body and your breath again, finding your inner strength and releasing everything outside of that. And yes, yoga is a great workout and incredible tool to help relax the mind and body but I don’t believe it has to be serious. I am no guru. I make sure my classes are playful, fun, and jokes are cracked; because yoga and life aren’t nearly as enjoyable when taken too seriously.