Our Teachers

Maria Canela
Director / Hot 26&2 Yoga / HIIT Pilates / Yin Yoga Teacher

I became a hot yoga teacher in the fall of 2007. Yoga can help you heal mentally, spiritually and physically if you practice consistently and listen mindfully. Yoga is the relationship that is built between the body, the mind and the breath. Though I am a certified instructor, each day I teach is a learning experience for me. This process is never ending and I look forward to sharing this growing experience with you.

Carole Beard
Manager /Hot 26&2 Yoga / Yin Yoga / HIIT PIlates Teacher

Yoga has been a part of my life for over 10 years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully. I completed my yoga teacher training in 2013. I will always be a student of the practice. I seek to help others thrive in live by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga, and my hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.

Lynne Lombardo
Hot 26&2 Yoga Teacher

I went to Bikram training in the spring of 2003 in LA, California. I started my yoga in St Augustine, FL. So after the first class I was hooked!! After 8 months of practice I went to training and it was the hardest thing I ever did. It changed my life for the better in so many ways. But what it has changed the most for me is compassion. It feels so good to help people transform after doing the yoga, it is so gratifying! I’ve met so many awesome people and feel blessed to have a job I love! I’ve been teaching yoga for almost 20 years and hope to go on teaching 20 more!

Catalina Aleman
Hot 26&2 Yoga Teacher
I fell in love with Hot Yoga and in less than a year went to Teacher Training 2011 in LA.
I have a herniated disk and was ready to have a surgery, after suffering for quite some time from so much pain and not able to do many things (even driving was painful and sleeping was a challenge).  But little by little the practice allowed me to clear the chronic pain.
Being a teacher allows me to share this practice with others and see how they improve and benefit from this yoga. It's like magic going on in the body and mind! 
Chris Monetti
Hot 26&2 Yoga / Yin Yoga Teacher

I began practicing yoga in DATE and received my teacher training in DATE in PLACE. I was drawn to the practice of yoga because of how this physical practice goes beyond the studio and fills your life in every way - mind, body and spirit…that’s why I love it so much!  I want to help others to feel more ease and fullness in the yoga postures so that they feel the benefits, have longevity in the practice and are inspired to share yoga with their friends and loved ones.

Ali Essofi
Hot 26&2 Yoga Teacher

 I attended teacher training back in the fall of 2017. I wanted to test myself and see how much I could push myself outside of my comfort zone. It turned out to be a phenomenal experience and one that I would remember for the rest of my life. As a matter of fact that's how I feel about Hot 26&2 Yoga practice. As challenging as it is for the 90/60 minutes, the rest of the day is spent on a high because of all the energy derived from the practice.  I love seeing the progress students experience through their frequent practice.

Brigid Carpanzano
Hot 26&2 Yoga Teacher

I began practicing yoga in 20.., I got my certification in 20.. in (place). Not only did I become happier and healthier after the teacher training, but my life became much more fun and exciting. With a regular yoga practice, I hope that my family, friends, and students continue to learn and grow and find new and exciting things about themselves to love. One of the measures of success for me is getting students committed to and excited about their health, their well-being and their practice. 

Xavier Baez
Hot HIIT Pilates Teacher

I hold a background in Athletic Training and I'm currently pursuing a degree in Strength and Conditioning at a graduate level. I do my best to implement my knowledge in exercise and rehabilitation by designing well structured motivating workouts that target each individuals fitness and health goals. I'm a true believer that exercise is medicine, so the aspect of combining the Pilates method with high intensity intervals welcomes clients to master basic functional movements to improve their strength, resolve physical limitations and to build a foundation for further gains in health, mind and fitness.

Eliza Ashby
Hot HIIT Pilates Teacher
I started dancing when I was 3 and proved to be a natural. I danced through grade school and after, accepting scholarships to programs such as the California State School for the Arts, and The Edge Performing Arts Center.  After a devastating injury, where I was told I would lose most of the range of motion in her arm, my dancing career was over. I lost my identity and everything I had worked so hard for. It wasn't until I was introduced to Hot 26&2 Yoga in 2007 that I began to feel like myself again. I am now a Registered Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance; A Master Level 3 Pilates Instructor, trained in Pilates Method and Equipment through UNLV; I have certifications in Barre+, TRX group fitness, and have trained in kettlebells, battle ropes and Spin. In 2009 I was one of the main contributors in the development of "Hot Pilates" in Las Vegas, NV.  I am looking forward to seeing you all in class. Not only are my classes challenging and true to form, but it's pretty much a party in there.  My passion is to motivate and help anyone and everyone to achieve their fitness goals.  All you gotta do is show up.
Christi Daft

 After a few years of steady practice I first went through yin yoga teacher training in 2013 and then Hot HIIT Pilates in 20.... I loved how physically challenging Hot HIIT Pilates was and discovered how peaceful the world became around me through Yin Yoga. I love to inspire students through their yoga practice to connect with their own physical and spiritual potential and strengths. I am so grateful to be a part of the Orlando Hot Yoga & PIlates team and to share my love of yoga and Pilates with all of you!