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YOGA CHANGES LIVES
HOT BODY YOGA is fortunate and grateful to have attracted an amazing array of teachers to guide you. We are dedicated to helping you explore your relationship with your body, mind and spirit with the goal of optimal health and wellness. The yoga teacher is a GUIDE to the true teacher WITHIN you.
FOUNDER & TEACHER
Back in the 90’s, when the management at the large health club I was working at offered to pay to send me to yoga training I quickly assured them that it wasn’t for me. I was sure yoga didn’t fit my personality. I was a cardio and weightlifting junky living in Colorado hitting the mountains every opportunity I could for mega doses of cardio and plyometrics. I had been personal training small groups in cardio, strength and boot camp and figured yoga was for flexible folks who liked to chant. Eventually I reluctantly agreed and the challenging physical practice hooked me instantly. Very soon after I figured out that yoga has an impact on every aspect of our being. My mission is to help yogi’s bridge the gap between the ancient teachings and modern fitness and life! I love learning about yoga, health, nutrition and wellness and sharing what I learn. When you stop learning, you stop growing!
I started my career as a Special Education teacher but after having children decided to stay home and raise my family. Yoga has changed not only my body but my mind and I love it! Hot Power Vinyasa is my passion and my goal is to share all the positive benefits of what yoga can offer. It is a phenomenal cardio workout that will burn calories, strengthen and tone as well as sculpt your muscles. It is also great for athletes as a part of their training program to counteract the painful effects of intense sports. You will love how yoga makes you look and feel! I aim to learn something new every day on my mat and off my mat!
Over the years of practicing yoga, it has never ceased to amaze me on how different every practice is. Some days I feel so strong and vital with endless energy while other days it takes every ounce of me to just roll out my mat! Very much like my life off the mat. I've also come to realize that it's not about the perfect posture, perfect breath, perfect sequence or perfect yoga outfit (although I do love a good yoga pant!). It's about digging deep from within to find that authentic self that's screaming to come out. It's about discovering ALL of you...the light and the dark sides of you while embracing BOTH with unconditional LOVE. Never once regretting a practice, I find myself smiling and quietly thanking this sacred space for restoring peace and balance within me because in the end, LOVE is always the answer.....and in that love you will find peace.
I took my first yoga class in 2007 and have been empowered by the practice ever since. Yoga has given me the strength to release fear and create space for grace and gratitude. As a former athlete and runner, I thought I had it all, however, only in my twenties I found myself in chronic neck pain, weight that I couldn’t run off and just an overall bleak outlook on life. Yoga awakened a strength in me I never imagined for my self on and off my mat. Fear and insecurities began to melt away allowing room to give grace to my self and more importantly to others. My goal as a yoga teacher is to empower students in the way I was empowered. I hope to help them discover their own amazing strength and grace on and off the mat.
MANAGER & TEACHER
I didn’t instantly fall in love with yoga as I resisted its charm for the first handful of classes. However, after an intense power vinyasa class where I let it all go and left everything on my mat, I had a new-found respect for yoga. Yoga has given and taught me so much. I am more balanced, have a deeper connection to my body and it has given me not only physical strength but also a new level of peace within my soul. The great thing about yoga is that you can take from it what you need and tailor your practice to focus on what is best for you. Yoga helped me accept myself and it allows me to be me where I am in that moment without judgment every single day.
When Yoga and I met we instantly fell in love! I grew up playing sports and having an active lifestyle. My husband was a professional athlete so naturally when we had kids we shared our love of sports and fitness with our children and they love it all. After giving birth to our 4 children I continued my usual journey of weights and some cardio. I did not feel like something was missing in my active life, but boy was I wrong. Yoga TRANSFORMED ME!! I was like a new woman physically and mentally. After starting yoga I was in the best shape of my life! It gave me a different type of physical strength and flexibility that I never imagined having. I was working muscles I had never worked. It gave me a self awareness about my total body. It gave me discipline in my eating and a calm in my soul. I would come home after every class and say, "Did I tell you how much I love yoga." Yoga and living a healthy lifestyle is my passion and I am honored to share that with each of you.
I have been inspired by fitness my entire life. When yoga entered my world it allowed me to be more present in all aspects of my life. Yoga has helped me release attachments to what might, and help me gain acceptance to what is. It's a constant journey of finding who you are and what you can become. It is a lifestyle and community where people can truly believe in themselves. Yoga has allowed me to find my purpose to inspire and empower others.
The blessings of my life have been so incredible. And I believe strongly that the practice of yoga has helped me in realizing how fortunate I am-actually how lucky we all are. Nearly 7 years ago I walked in to my first yoga class in hopes of finding a different form of exercise to supplement my love for running. I initially wanted something that took no longer than an hour. I did not want the atmosphere of a large gym. I wanted to be able to leave my small children with my husband or a babysitter for no longer than an hour and back in to the swing of my day. Needless to say, I was on fast forward all day-everyday. I bought in to the practice right away. Yes, I drank the cool-aid, immediately. I loved the way it made my body feel. I loved the challenge of the postures. I loved challenging myself to concentrate on my breath even though I didn’t really know what it meant. With the guidance of wonderful teachers I began to understand what turning your focus inwards meant. Linking your breath with movement also began to happen naturally. I was hooked. After practicing for a year off and on I began to see more clearly what the practice was doing for me off the mat. My husband has a job where we move a lot. Our schedules and social lives were very intense and ever changing. It used to bring me anxiety. It was a great form of stress. But as the year propelled forward and in to the following year my days of fast forward began to slow down and make more sense. Our social obligations brought me a sense of joy and gratitude. I found myself embracing my children with a greater awareness. I was certainly a more compassionate wife and friend. I was applying the lessons on my mat to my day to day life-and now I knew it. How magical is that!!? I knew after 5 years of practicing yoga in Frisco and Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada that I wanted to share this joy with others. I constantly spoke of the changes yoga brought me to others. But I knew I wanted to do my best at showing others while practicing on their mat. Teacher training has been an investment that has continually given back to me. My drive is to give back to others and gain even more inspiration and admiration while watching their transformations on and off their mats.
Yoga and I haven’t always gotten along. I am someone who thrives on emotional connection. For at least a year into my yoga practice, I could never understand the obsession with this yoga thing. I didn’t feel connected to yoga or to myself. I was constantly worried about how I looked. I was mad that I wasn’t able to do each pose perfectly. I was irritated that I couldn’t control every little thing I wanted my body to do. That attitude took charge of my life for many years until the day yoga wouldn’t let it anymore. I call it the day we started seeing “eye to mat”. By nature I am a perfectionist, a people pleaser, a control freak, and I've been known to have one heck of a stubborn attitude. Between you and me, those personality traits got me into yoga for the wrong reasons. I came to class one day exhausted – mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, you name it. I was too mentally drained to focus on how I looked or how I wasn’t doing something “right” that I really did let it all go. I just WAS that day. At the end of practice laying in savasana tears rolled down both sides of my cheek and yoga and I had our moment, our emotional connection if you will. I understood. I got it then that it doesn’t matter what you bring to the mat or whether you’re “good” or not, yoga is for you. The reason I began yoga is not the reason I come to yoga today. We have a new relationship. If you give yoga the chance to change your life, it will and I’m proud to say that I am proof of that.
Mila Rae Dutton
"Blessed are the flexible for they shall bend and not break." Numerous times my mother spoke these words over me as a child, and this mantra continues to resonate in my adult life. A flexible mind is a healthy mind... a flexible body is a healthy body... and that is what yoga continues to confirm each time I step on my mat. Yoga encourages flexibility of the whole self... to stretch farther and to expand your being past both external and internal distractions. It is a practice of awareness, acceptance, and refining the self. Yoga reminds me to be grateful in the moment, to explore creative potential, and to always strive to be the healthiest version of me.