Ashira began practicing in 2009. The warm welcome and encouragement she found within the yoga community inspired her to begin teaching. In 2014, she became a 200 hour RYT. Ashira regularly attends Baptiste workshops including Being of Power and True North Alignment. "The confidence and motivation I have discovered through yoga benefits me on and off my mat." Ashira completed her Level 1 Baptiste Certification in 2016 and has continued to grow her teaching and practice; offering unique workshops that include Black Light Yoga, Kids Yoga and Restorative classes. Yoga has proven the be physically and mentally healing for Ashira, an experience she inspires to share through teaching.


mix that with my passion for yoga and became certified in prenatal yoga in December 2018. I’m currently working on my required teaching hours for the RPYT designation through Yoga Alliance. I want to help empower couples on their journey through pregnancy and the postnatal period through yoga!

Nikki Glick, RYT 200

Hot Yoga Instructor

Nikki Glick, 200 hr RYT It was a Friday night after one of Hot on Bank’s infamous Community Classes when owner Meghan Smith approached Nikki asking if she was still interested in doing the Yoga Teacher Training. Nikki needed a little time to think it over but when Meghan said training started tomorrow she knew in her heart that this was the push she needed. So, she decided to dive deep and began her journey to become a 200 hr RYT! She was trained under Kristin Vaughn 500 hr Baptiste Instructor and Meghan Smith 200 hr RYT Instructor. It was a spur of the moment decision that has brought her on an inward journey. Deepening her own yoga practice; physically, spiritually and emotionally she is excited to begin guiding others on their own unique yoga paths. Nikki was drawn to the strength and ease that is interwoven into each pose of Baptiste Yoga. Strength and do we find a healthy balance between the two? She believes yoga “grants us the space to be better for ourselves and in turn we are able to be better for others.”

Ashira Mazzio

Baptiste Instructor

“I teach from the heart, bringing my love of playful curiosity and love of structure together for each practice. Every time I step on my mat it’s a new, exciting, and challenging experience. My advice for fellow yogis set an intention for your practice and allow yourself to smile and play.”  

​​In 2002 Kristin bought a book about Buddhism for reasons she cannot recall. As a result, she started meditating with no knowledge and no experience and an unwillingness to ask for help. Nevertheless, she has been sitting ever since and in 2014 earned a teaching certification through the Mindfulness Institute in the UK. In addition to group classes and private clients, she teaches in the MA prison system to men and women through the Prison Mindfulness Institute and in CT through... Recovery Yoga.
Kristin started yoga a bazillion years ago and went to like two classes a year until she found Baptiste Yoga. Having played Hooker for the Radcliffe Rugby team, and having been a member of the Harvard Boxing Club, Baptiste Yoga was right up her alley; “I clearly needed to get my

Katie Young

Vinyasa Instructor

Kristen Vaughn

500 hr Baptiste Instructor

Katie is a new 200 hr YTT graduate and humbled to begin her teaching journey at Hot on Bank. Katie has practiced yoga for over 3 years and is trained in all level vinyasa with Ashtanga and Kripalu influences. You can expect to build heat, feel strong and get playful during her flow classes linked to breath, mind and body. She prides herself on giving many modifications for the postures so that every student can feel both safe and challenged whether a beginner or seasoned yogi. Her mission is to create community and inspire those who have always wanted to try yoga to get on the mat and find what feels good. When Katie is not teaching or doing her own practice, she enjoys being outdoors, cooking and traveling.

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Meghan Smith


Meghan has been practicing various forms of yoga since 2006. After practicing under a few different teachers/styles of yoga, she developed a strong home practice that grew over a daily 3 year solitary practice. During this time, it was Baptiste that she fell in love with.

In 2012, she found High Street yoga, where she  became a 200 hour RYT teacher, under Tamsy Markam - 500 RYT hour Baptiste instructor and Kristin Vaughn - RYT 500 hour Baptiste Instructor. 

Meghan is a passionate teacher, who always knew that she would one day own her own studio
Her dreams have come true at Hot on Bank

Vanessa Taborda Cronin

Spanish and English Hot Yoga Instructor

Yoga, for Kelly, began with little excitement back in the 80s. A passion for Power Vinyasa Yoga and a 200hr Teacher certification developed from the Mystic Yoga Shala. Kelly teaches at several Studios in CT where her classes follow a Baptist inspired flow interwoven with influences from other Yoga styles. 
 "Ive watched amazing transformations in students through the practice of Yoga. I encourage you to smile at the fact that you are unique; not "perfect". Please join me on your mat.  Namaste 

Kelly Harper

Vinyasa Instructor

Michelle Little, RPYT 200

Hot Yoga Instructor

I have been practicing yoga since 2008 when a shoulder injuries restricted my flexibility and caused significant pain. Yoga as rehabilitation was just the start as I tried various styles, studios, and teachers. I even take my practice with me when I’m on business travel. I always knew I would become an instructor and in 2017 committed to becoming a certified instructor through Hot on Bank.  That experience has been life changing as I get to help students find their edge. One of my passions throughout life has been with Girl Scouts, teaching girls how to be confident leaders in their own life. I decided to 

 ass kicked before I would listen, and Baptiste Yoga did that for me,” she has been known to say. That being said, her classes fit the needs of all the students in the room and are accessible to all.
She became a certified Baptiste teacher in 2011 and has been teaching at a variety of studios in RI, CT, NH, and sometimes even CA (Go SFBY!). She is a 200RYT with Yoga Alliance.
When not attending to her day job as an architect, Kristin spends an inordinate amount of time deepening her practice on a variety of fronts. In addition to teaching yoga and meditation, she is an avid Bhakti Yoga practitioner and is constantly leaving town to chant with Krishna Das wherever he is. She is currently in training at UMass Medical School to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and is in professional training with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.
“These practices are life altering, from the inside out. Over time, you will get way more out of them than you expect or maybe even dream is possible.”