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Meghan has been practicing various forms of yoga yoga for twelve years. 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
right up her alley; “I clearly needed to get my 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.”
Erin Gallagher, RYT 200
Hot Yoga Instructor
Erin Gallagher is a CYT 200hr yoga instructor humbly certified and trained through Hot On Bank by Meghan Smith (HOB Owner, Instructor), and Kristin Vaughn (500hr Baptiste Instructor). First finding yoga in 2003, Erin was amazed to find what yoga could do on and off the mat – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In 2010 Erin was taken to her first 6am Baptiste Yoga class by her best friend and she never looked back - realizing her love for Baptiste Yoga and that she’s actually a morning person. Erin believes anyone can yoga and every benefits from it. She teaches a Baptiste inspired yoga class that is perfect for anyone from beginners to advanced yogis, promising a class in a relaxed, easy-going atmosphere, that will still
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.
Vanessa Taborda Cronin
Spanish and English Hot Yoga 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.
Michelle Little, RYT 200
Hot Yoga Instructor
Michelle has been practicing yoga since 2008 when shoulder injuries halted everything. Yoga as rehabilitation was just the start as she tried various styles, studios, and teachers. She practiced at numerous local studios, and studios along her travels, connecting to little bits along the way. There was a coming home feeling when she first started practicing at Hot on Bank. She always knew her path would lead to becoming a yoga instructor and in 2017 committed to becoming a certified instructor through Hot on Bank.
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
Ashley is so excited to be part of the Hot On Bank family! She holds a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy and currently works as pediatric physical therapist for children with physical challenges. Fitness has always been a huge part of Ashley's life, even as a young girl. She grew up dancing, hiking, jogging, and playing tennis. Now at 40, she's a runner, does pole fitness and other aerials like Lyra and hammock, dances/choreographs, and flys trapeze regularly. Ashley is a mom of two beautiful girls and married to her amazing husband Joel for 14 years.
750 hour Baptiste Instructor
Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga meets you where you are at... In this moment; whether it be your first class or your thousandth, class to class, pose to pose, breath to breath it brings you back to yourself.
For the last seven years, Certified Baptiste Teacher, Patty Serraro, has taught Baptiste Yoga w...ith a focus on making it accessible and empowering for each and every body. In her challenging, free flowing, heated classes, Patty offers the tools and modifications needed to craft each posture in a way that deeply nourishes and supports you - in whatever you are up to - on your mat, or in your life, so that you can compassionately create each moment as the deepest expression of your strength; and also, of your freedom!
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 ease...how 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.”
“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
provide you with a challenging workout. Off the mat you can find Erin spending time with her son; mostly on the sidelines of a baseball field, taking hikes in the woods with their dogs, or playing card games while eating pastries at their favorite local bakeries. She lives by the philosophy, “Life is all about balance – eat the donuts, be happy, just sweat it out on your mat later.”
500 hr Baptiste Instructor