Our Team Members
Beth Beary - Owner/Instructor
Studio owner, Beth Beary, has always been active in many sports, but it seemed that just when she would begin to progress, an injury would plague her. “I always seemed to be recuperating from injury or another.” She was initially drawn to Bikram Yoga because of its physical challenge, but soon discovered there was more to yoga. “It increased my awareness my mind body awareness, and all of the injuries disappeared!” Yoga has helped Beth relax, lose weight and manage stress more effectively. The years of practicing have made subtle changes in her attitude, physical appearance and demeanor Beth directly attributes these changes to the hot yoga. Beth has taught yoga for more than 15 years, earning her Bikram Certification in 1999. She teaches with energy and uses her personal experience together with a friendly approach that welcomes and encourages all levels to participate. Beth believes everyone benefits differently from a regular yoga practice as it is an individually centered but feels the group class environment provides a positively energetic aura for everyone.
Christina’s yoga journey began with flooid in January 2013. She started taking yoga classes to offset her other workouts that included, CrossFit, hiking, spin classes and running. “I eventually experienced a sense of mental peace and clarity – it was at this moment I became hooked on yoga.” Christina received her 200 Hour RYT certification at flooid in 2015 because she wanted to share her experience of strength and healing from yoga with others, the same way the flooid instructors influenced her. Her favorite posture is camel, “once I find proper alignment and marry breath with motion the posture takes me to a euphoric state.” Her most challenging posture is Standing Bow as it requires focus, balance, core strength, patience and is graceful and beautiful. The advice she gives to students is to remember to breathe! “Yoga is a lifelong journey, focus on yourself and be present in the moment, and most importantly – it’s a community not a competition.” Christina encourages her students to embrace the other yogis in the room.
First introduced to Kundalini yoga, (often referred to as the “yoga of awareness”), in 1984, Danielle has been teaching a broad range of styles since 2001. Each class provides every student with the opportunity for a unique yogic experience that will change him or her on and off the mat. Insightful and uplifting, Danielle offers new perspectives on relieving the stressors of modern life through a fusion of mindful healing practices. She provides a safe growing environment in which each practitioner feels valued. Her expertise in verbal and hands on adjustments ensures that every student finds ease throughout their practice of yoga. Danielle is also an E-RYT 500.
Elizabeth graduated from floo-id YOGA’s 200 Hour Teacher Training. Having been active with various styles of yoga, martial arts and fitness throughout her life, she found that the hot yoga practice brought her spirit a sense of balance and was a perfect compliment to her physical activities. Elizabeth was invited to her first hot yoga class by a friend and immediately realized that the practice would be a part of her life forever. The many elements of challenge and serenity that the yoga practice brought her contributed to growth throughout many aspects of her life. She views teaching yoga an honor; mindfully guiding students and sharing the gift of yoga with others.
Early in his 20’s, Jacob needed to make some life changes. What he sought most was peace of mind and stress relief, both of which he discovered through his hot yoga practice. Initially, finding yoga as a method to cleanse the mind and body, Jacob immediately knew it was a positive force in his life that must be continued. Within one year, Jacob had incorporated yoga into his daily life and the more he practiced, the better his life became! “I was less stressed, had a more positive outlook on life and improved my physical wellbeing!” In 2014, Jacob began his 200 hour teacher training at floo-id YOGA to deepen his own practice and more importantly, to bring hot yoga to countless others and share the benefits that had helped him so much.
Jeanette has been a licensed Massage Therapist since 1997 and a certified yoga instructor since 2004. Her education background from Toronto, Canada consists of a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology and Psychology and a 3000 Hour Diploma in Massage Therapy that allowed her move in 2000 to sunny Arizona to teach Massage courses at a private school in Scottsdale. Having taught Massage Therapy for 7 years and taking a 200 Hour Anusara based Yoga Teacher Training course, she decided to incorporate the two modalities into her own private practice, The Little Bohemian, located in Scottsdale. Jeanette, a vegetarian for over 10 years and reaping the benefits of a clean diet decided to actively pursue a Masters in Clinical Nutrition and added an 100 Hours of Ashtanga Yoga Training. In her free time, Jeanette enjoys hiking and rock climbing and believes that the key to a long happy life is finding a balance between meaningful work, healthy relationships, an active lifestyle, clean diet and a positive attitude.
Originally from Nevada, Jen and her family moved to the Valley in 2001. Jen started practicing after a friend dragged her to a yoga class and has been hooked on hot yoga ever since. Over the years, Jen has found that any time in her life that things have been uncertain or in transition that coming back to her mat reminds her to carry certainty and balance with her regardless of what is happening in the world around her. Jen wanted to be able to help other people find that same space and place with their practice. Jen completed a 200 Hour Hot Yoga certification and began teaching. Jen says that it was “one of the best things I’ve ever done both for my practice and for my own growth…plus I love that I get to pick the play list now!” Jen’s favorite pose is triangle. “I have a love/less love relationship with triangle. It works every part of my body and I’m continually challenged to find the alignment and stability… which doesn’t always happen… but when it does, I can feel the energy flow from my fingertips to my toes. But it is SO hard!” Jen has found while she is always challenged with flexibility the silver-lining is using what we hear every day in the room “honor where you are on any given day and know that it’s exactly where you’re supposed to be”. Overall, Jen loves the Hot Yoga series because no matter where she practices, who is teaching or how her body is feeling, she can feel confident in being able to find her way into the “balance” of the postures. Jen’s advice, smile and breathe…you’re doing something so wonderful for yourself and everyone around you!
Karli first started her yoga practice as a sophomore in high school. “I started to stay in shape and found that it helped my emotional health as well. I kept doing yoga because I truly benefitted from it both emotionally and physically. I decided to get certified to bring others to the lifestyle and share the love!” Karli holds a 200 Hour RYT that she received in 2014. She loves to practice Burning Logs or Pigeon pose because of the hip opening and finds backbends to be her greatest challenge. “It has just been recently that I am opening up my back flexibility.” Her advice to new students is to relax, not every pose will be perfect. “You will definitely fall out at least once or twice and that’s ok – instead of disappointment be grateful for what your body is capable of at that moment.” Karli is from Gilbert, Arizona and is her because “this is where she is meant to be at this time.”
Kåthe began her yoga practice in December 2011 while going through her divorce and needed to heal. “I thought yoga would be be a perfect opportunity to spend time on my wellness.” Her experience in the hot room served as her therapy – she was able to release her painful experiences while feeling safe. Kåthe felt compelled to share what hot yoga means to her so she enrolled in the 200 Hour YTT at floo-id YOGA and became a certified instructor in November 2015. “I am thrilled to be able to bring joy to yoga to every class I teach.” Her favorite posture is Standing Forehead to Knee and feels she still has a lot of work to do on the posture and loves that there is no end goal in yoga. Her most challenging posture is Standing Bow Pulling because of the conscious effort of keeping her hips on the mat every time. “I think an important lesson for every level of student is to confront your ego by resisting the urge to be competitive and to compare yourself to anyone else in the room.” Yoga is the practice of finding acceptance and joy in the person you are right now, and the realization that each day your “now” is completely different!
Kevin has been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2005 and became a certified Bikram Instructor in 2006. “A friend of mine had been raving about how great hot yoga was, but I wasn’t convinced until I tried it myself. After my first class, I found myself sweating incessantly throughout the remainder of the evening and well into the following morning. What a wake-up call! I couldn’t believe how toxic I had become and decided it was time for a departure from my sedentary lifestyle.” After attending classes regularly for a year and walking away from corporate America and his 18 year role as the Director of Corporate Operations for a small software company, Kevin decided to put himself to the true test and become an instructor. “Even as a kid I always thought I’d make a good teacher, but never knew what subject I’d be best suited for. I graduated from college with a AA degree in Cinematography followed by a BA degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in HR. I graduated with honors, the top 10% in my class but still hadn’t heard my “true calling.” Kevin still didn’t know what he wanted to do when he “grew up”. Fast forward 18 years and Kevin made the decision to take the plunge, step out of his comfort zone and trust the process. “Now I can hardly wipe the smile off my face! Hot yoga has done wonders for me, my body, health, outlook and disposition and I wanted to impart this knowledge upon others. So here I am!”
Mark discovered yoga the same way many other men have – through their girlfriend. His girlfriend, now wife, convinced him to take his first class in 1998. He was hooked! “I was drawn to both the strength and calm I saw in the students.” Mark began his yoga journey with Ashtanga yoga and then moved on to a variety of Vinyasa practices. In 2003, Mark discovered Floo-id YOGA and once again was hooked on the challenges presented by the hot yoga practice. “I love the breath work, focus and discipline the the Hot Yoga series requires.” Mark received his RYT 200-Hour certification at Flooid YOGA, which he considers one of his “better” decisions. Join Mark for 60 minutes of Hot Yoga and prepare to receive enthusiasm, challenge and good vibes. Mark is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada.
Michelle was born in Brazil to missionary parents and eventually ended up back in the US in Washington State where she lived till she was 30. In 2003, Michelle and her daughter moved to Arizona where she began practicing yoga after going through a difficult time and fell in love with it quickly! She found, as a soccer player and runner, that she always suffered from some sort of neck and back pain, but after practicing yoga regularly she was no longer in pain. She is immensely grateful for the mental clarity, peace and physical strength yoga has brought her so in October 2016 got certified at floo-id YOGA. “I feel it is my duty to give some of my knowledge and experience back to the yoga community.” Michelle’s favorite pose is child’s pose where she can center and clear her mind setting her intention for a good day and practice. Her most challenging pose is Dancer’s pose as it is one requiring balance, strength, flexibility and focus. Michelle’s advice for students: “Always be open to the experience every time you come to the mat. When you stop having expectations for what you need to achieve or expectations around comparing yourself to others, this is when yoga brings you the most fulfillment. And practice! The more you practice the more you get addicted to yoga’s sweat beauty!”
Robbi began practicing yoga in college and practiced on and off in her twenties. She took her first Bikram Yoga class in 2008. “I felt an instant connection in the hot yoga room. The heat combined with the words and movement changed me and I will never forget that first class.” Hot yoga is the only thing that helps her clear her mind and work her body simultaneously. Right away Robbi knew that she wanted to teach hot yoga but had to make a few changes in her life in order to be ready for training. She did a lot of work on herself and was able to take part in flooid YOGA’S teacher training in 2013. Postures change the same way life changes, at some point every posture is challenging and by doing the same 26 postures helps you go deeper and deeper. “My advice to new students is to stand up and look at yourself in the mirror, focus your eyes forward and breathe in and out. Wandering eyes, standing up then sitting down etc. makes you feel overwhelmed and you lose focus, so stop, stand and breathe.” She is born and raised in Phoenix but has lived in California and Spain. She is now back in Arizona where her whole family lives and feels lucky to be close with all of them.
Stephani has been practicing yoga for fifteen years, however, it wasn’t until many years later, at 26, that she finally began a committed hot practice which enabled her to win a lifelong battle with severe obesity. I have maintained a healthy weight for over six years now due entirely to my commitment to yoga as an exercise of both the body and mind. Yoga saved her from a lifetime of pain and suffering, and her gratitude for the practice created a deep desire to share this knowledge with others. She decided to become a teacher on July 4th, 2014 and finally achieved my goal in the summer of 2015 when I received my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Certification from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, specializing in Vinyasa flow. Stephani’s favorite posture is Savasana (corpse pose) because she believes that it is the ultimate reason we practice all of the other postures. She believes that our asana practice can teach us how to have control over our mind, and this is the essential step if we are to move deeper into our practice of yoga as a life science. The most challenging posture for her is Locust, because she doesn’t quite have the upper body strength to support the weight of my lower body. She used to skip it entirely, because she had decided it just wasn’t possible for my body, but now she tries anyway – even if her legs only come an inch or two off the mat – and it is a wonderful exercise in humility and perseverance. She thinks that the most important thing to remember in our practice is that it is ours and ours alone. Practicing in a class setting can motivate us to go deeper and try harder, but it also has the potential to discourage us if we compare ourselves to others and feel inadequate as a result. She thinks it’s vitally important to only ever allow others to serve as motivation, never discouragement. Some people are naturally athletic and/or flexible, or they may have been practicing for decades – if we simply admire and appreciate their commitment, then we will ignite and fuel our own commitment. Stephani is originally from Seattle, WA but the cold, wet weather just wasn’t for her. She moved to the valley almost eight years ago and is one of those crazies that actually loves the summer heat!
Terri began her yoga practice at floo-id YOGA in 2012. She had always been physically active in dance, gymnastics and jazzercise but longed for an alternative activity to help with the stress and tension that her hectic, fast-paced life caused her. Terri discovered flooid through Groupon and has been a student ever since. “Through yoga I developed a better rounded and balanced lifestyle that not only provided my body with an outlet to release stress but which also re-energizes my soul.” Terri decided to get certified in 2015 to deepen her own practice and to support the journey of other practitioners as other floo-id instructors had done for her. Her favorite posture is Tree Pose because of the combination of grace, balance and strength and the feeling of being grounded to the earth while expanding up toward the sky. Camel is her most challenging posture because for her it takes the most intent and concentration to get into, stay in and come out of correctly. “Yoga is a uniting of the mind, body and soul. It is a continuous journey and individual experience which develops over time and practice so grant yourself grace as you move along your path.” Terri is originally from Los Angeles but came to visit family in Arizona and never left.
Tiana Hill - Teacher Manager/Instructor
Tiana started practicing yoga on and off about 10 years ago and it was 5 years ago that her practice became more consistent. “I was looking to deepen my understanding and grow personally.” Tiana believes that yoga is a spiritual practice that keeps her balanced and emotionally at peace and has become a major part of her life! This is exactly why Tiana decided to get certified, and to share the practice with those open to the experience. She received her Yoga Alliance 200-Hour Certification in 2011. Her favorite pose is Anjaneyasana (crescent pose) because it is such a strong posture and the only posture named after a woman. “Although I am a teacher, I will be a forever student, I don’t know everything and I learn from my students everyday!” Tiana believes that when a student it is on their mat, wherever they may be that day is perfect. Each person knows what they need day to day and she encourages acceptance of that moment. Tiana is a native Phoenician.