1330 Orange Ave, #210
Hot + Soul Yoga Center Instructors
Lauren C. Mills, RYT-500, PYT
Lauren began a casual yoga practice in 2005, in order to find stillness while she was living in New York. After later moving to Washington D.C., she discovered hot yoga and completely fell in love with it.
Born on the east coast, she has always been drawn to California. Lauren fell in love with San Diego in 2010 after spending 9 weeks here for Bikram Yoga Teacher Training.
Leaving that training feeling renewed, grateful, and inspired, she returned to Southern California in 2013 to pursue her 500-hour training through YogaWorks. It was then, Lauren was lucky enough to meet Karlie Knight and to be welcomed into the Coronado Hot Yoga community, which instantly felt like home.
She returned to D.C. for a spell and completed an 85-hour prenatal teacher training, only to be pulled back to the golden coast yet again.
Lauren is delighted to be back on the island! She is thrilled to share her passion with the yogis she holds so dearly to her heart.
When off her mat, Lauren enjoys discovering Coronado with her pug, Tippy. Please visit www.laurencmills.com
Katie has been practicing Bikram yoga for the past 10 years and has recently found Hot and Soul Yoga Center Coronado to be home. She enjoys the happy vibes that she feels every time she comes to this studio. Instructing Inferno Hot Pilates has been a great new adventure for her and she loves seeing all the smiling faces after class.
She also is a stunt woman and circus performer and enjoys all the benefits of yoga and hot pilates to keep a healthy body and mind.
Hayden, a certified 200 RYT, is our in-house nomadic yogi. Originally from New York, Hayden has bounced around the country and globe living in New Orleans, Rome, Maui, Florida, & Boston… finally finding her home-base here in sunny San Diego. Hayden began her love affair with yoga as a devout Bikram yoga purist in 2010. After 5 years of strictly practicing Bikram, Hayden decided she wanted to delve deeper into the fundamentals of yoga and commit to doing a teacher training program. The certification process opened Hayden’s eyes, soul and mind to the benefits of yoga beyond the physical and since then she has become smitten with vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga along with chi gong and meditation. Hayden’s passion for yoga & travel gave birth to her most recent venture- starting her own corporate wellness business, Namaste Anywhere(R), which brings yoga/meditation classes on-site to businesses around San Diego. When Hayden is outside the hot room & away from the office, she likes to meditate, play, or lay close to the ocean. Or she’s drooling over her young nephew and niece who live in San Diego as well.
Heidi was originally drawn to yoga as a physical practice, especially as it creates balance in the body. Eventually she came to learn that increasing flexibility in our bodies can be a gateway to gaining flexibility in our minds. For her, yoga is an exercise in transcending the belief that our thoughts and emotions are who we are. She takes inspiration from the idea of “wabi sabi,” the Japanese art of seeing beauty in imperfection, acceptance of transience, and finding profundity in nature. Although we are far from perfect, yoga reminds us that we are all whole.
Heidi’s classes are heavily influenced by the Iyengar, Vinyasa, and Yin traditions. Her style is adaptive, balanced, creative – and sometimes a bit irreverent. When Heidi’s not practicing yoga, you can find her cooking, studying foreign languages, or planning her next trip abroad.
Krissy is a native Californian who moved to San Diego in late 2015. She took her first Bikram yoga class during her freshman year at UCSB and was completely hooked. In 2005 she attended the spring teachers training in Los Angeles, after which she moved to New York City where she taught for 6+ years. She then taught in Italy for over a year until realizing it was time to come home to sunny California.
She was certified as a Qoya teacher and started her embodiment coaching practice in 2013. She loves teaching yoga and Qoya, which is a fusion of yoga, dance and sensual movement for women and leads retreats in Italy and Mexico.
Mira has been teaching the Bikram Method Yoga for 18 years. She has taught in several Hawaiian Islands, Colorado, Wisconsin, and up and down the CA coast. She has also taught internationally, in Turkey and London.
In addition to exploring the world, Mira enjoys exploring several forms of yoga. She recently completed her yin yoga training here in San Diego.
San Diego is her home where she lives with her life partner, West and their ginger tiger kitty, Zoe.
Stefan was born and raised in former Czechoslovakia. He came to the US as a chef and wanted to open his own restaurant. He was also doing some modeling which required lots of time in the gym, and one trainer told him about Bikram Yoga— he was hooked after his first class!
After attending teacher training in 2009, he returned to Vermont as a chef. He realized that people in his restaurant loved him for about 90 minutes while they were enjoying his food and having fun, but then when they left feeling stuffed and guilty, they kind of hated him. In yoga, people hate him for 90 minutes while he’s telling them to do weird stuff with their bodies, but then they love him forever. And cooking people is much more fun 😉
He soon quit his cooking job and became a traveling yoga teacher. He arrived to San Diego and planned to stay for two weeks but never left. Make sure to check out Stefans’ artwork at the studio above the yoga room doors!
Rex Dean Villena
Rex is a San Diego native, he grew up in a town called Rancho Bernardo. He continues to train in a variety of styles and modes. The most recent being Yin Yoga with Joe Barnett, and Yoga of Recovery with Leela Durga. He was trained in Vinyasa under Helen Cloots.
“I remember driving by these boxes that say ‘something… yoga’ on them with no interest. I had no idea, oblivious, only slightly curious, as to the kind of work ‘they’ do in there.’They’ became ‘us’ and ‘us’ quickly became all. All beings. Suddenly I felt connected to people, empathetic, alive. A light was shed on my addictions and separateness thought patterns became illusory. Yoga practice, yoga teaching, and yoga healing for all beings.”
Nellie has been practicing yoga for 12 years and has been a certified yoga teacher for 6 years. When she started practicing yoga it changed her life. She wanted to become a teacher so that she could share this wonderful practice with the world. Nellie believes that yoga is for everyone. She lives in Coronado and loves teaching at the Hot + Soul Yoga studio because it is a delightful yoga community. Nellie looks forward to seeing you in her class.