Melinda Nag - Owner
Melinda and her husband, Jayson, are the founders of Soul Sweat Hot Yoga. Melinda is passionate about yoga and her community, which is evident in her teaching as you can always find her with a smile. Working a high stress job and training for several Ironman races led Melinda to hot yoga. A consistent practice helped her build strength and flexibility as well as learning to find stillness and contentment in the present moment.
Melinda is a 500 hour RYT. She received her 200 hour cetification with Sumits Hot Yoga creator, Sumit Banjeree. She later became certifed in aerial yoga and went on to complete her 300 hour advanced yoga certification with Wanderlust Austin under the guidance of teachers Leah Cullis and Kate Waitzkin.
When not at the studio, Melinda can be found with her other loves - her husband and her two kitties, Smeagol and Kitty. Melinda hopes Soul Sweat becomes your second home where you can find a safe place to just be you and be in the present. A place where yoga is family, where sweat is happiness and where you will always find a friendly face. A place that will set your soul on fire!
I am an E-RYT 200 and have been teaching since 2012. It is my true heart's calling. I am a self professed "yoga nerd" and truly enjoy diving deep into yoga and related subjects such as the study of Sanskrit, the history of yoga and anything else that someone will teach me about! I love being a student first and foremost. I trained formally in Arizona with Sumit Banerjee to receive a 200 hour certification focused in Sumits Hot Yoga and I'm currently working on my 500 hour certification with teacher Lisa Ware, focused on Vinyasa Yoga. Over the course of my teaching, I've had wonderful opportunities to teach countless studio classes, workshops, community events and even had the chance to train new generations of teachers. I feel so much gratitude that I'm able to walk my yogic path daily. On top of getting to live out my dream job each day, I also feel so blessed for the students, teachers and friends that I have met along the way. Outside of the studio, I have a very supportive husband, Justin, who allows me the luxury of doing what I love, and two beautiful kids, Seth and Emily. I am a busy mom and love every second of it!
I started taking yoga classes here and there in 2004, when my sweet mom introduced me to the practice. Then in the fall of 2012 I wanted to try something different from my bootcamp/gym workouts and started taking hot yoga on a regular basis. I fell in love with it instantly, not only for the physical benefits, but also for how it enhanced my personal growth as a human being. When I am on my mat I am challenging myself physically, as well as emotionally, and mentally, which allows me to interact with the world as the best version of myself. I wanted to learn more about this beautiful practice and signed up for teacher training in 2014. I could not soak enough knowledge up. I knew teaching would be an amazing opportunity to share something that is so healing to me, with others. As a teacher, I strive to hold space for students allowing them the ability to experience: a more honest and authentic version of themselves, learn something new on the mat that they can take and apply in their daily lives, and to become their best version. When I’m not on my mat, I am an Intervention Counselor for a local school district, working primarily with adolescents, coming from all walks of life. My favorite title though, by far, is Mom…to 2 year old twin girls (the best teachers ever) and a 13 year old mini-daschund. I look forward to seeing you on your mat!
Yoga has been a part of my life for over five years; my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Practicing yoga demonstrates your willingness to commit to an uncertain outcome with an open heart and mind. Every class is an essential compact adventure. My students enter not knowing the exact poses, or the sequence with the outcome of the practice being the ultimate unknown. I challenge my students to enter their practice with both an open heart and mind, so they may uncover the ability to take the leap into the unknown. I completed my two-hundred hour training with Sumits Hot Yoga in Fort Worth, Texas. I will always be a life-long student of the practice, I am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me. During my classes, I love combining Sumits sequence with a spirit of playfulness and a dose of relaxation to help deepen my students practice. I seek to help others thrive by nurturing their body, mind, and soul with yoga. My goal is for all my students to leave their mats feeling refreshed, nourished, and balanced.
Let me start by stating unequivocally, that I love yoga. I, literally, cannot get enough of it. Yoga found it's way in to my life about ten years ago and I practice many styles including breath work and meditation. Like most people who are addicted to yoga, it has had a profound effect upon my life. Yoga has strengthened my body, unearthed hidden mental endurance, dissolved anxiety, lifted and lightened my spirit and helped me connect with the amazing things that are happening all around me. Yoga is truly the key to living joyously in the present moment. In so many ways, we are often the biggest obstacles to our own happiness; yoga has shown me where I am struggling unnecessarily and how to stop. I aim to take my yoga off my mat and to share it with all of those around me. Although I may not make it to a yoga studio everyday, I work on a daily (even brief!) home yoga practice in order to stay connected to the peace inside. You never know how strong you are until you stop giving up, even when it's hard. I will never forget the first class I had with Sumit Banerjee where I fell out of a Standing Bow pose and began to cry out of frustration and wanted to quit; he simply and calmly said, "Breaking down is a choice." Boom! Wow! I had a Oprah-lightbulb moment while drenched in sweat on my mat right then and there. It's a choice to fall out, to break down, to quit. It's all a choice. Everything we do is a choice and I choose love. Because I practice yoga, I am a more calm and loving mother, a more compassionate and competent nurse, a more giving and loving wife, sister, daughter and a slower driver. I would love to meet you on your mat and live joyously in the present moment with you. May we all be happy and free.
Rachael Danger Parker
Rachael Danger Parker graduated from TCU and has spent 16 years as a massage therapist. I have a passion for helping others as well as a passion ( ok, maybe an obsession) for animals. I love the physical and mental benefits of yoga and I am excited to get to share my joy for yoga with you. Let's grow our practice together! See you on your mat!
My name is Cindy Brown. I’m a wife, mother, and grandmother. I‘ve been a speech therapist for over 30 years. I enjoy long distance running, cycling and paddling. Heat had never been my friend, so it took me a few years to get up my nerve to try hot yoga. I’ve been practicing for several years and I can’t imagine my life without it. I tell everyone that if I had to choose only one activity to do, it would defiantly be hot yoga. It has been great cross-training for my other activities. I have several body aches and pains, but with consistent yoga practice, they are kept in check. My teachers have been so supportive and create an atmosphere of nonjudgmental acceptance, so I want to pay it forward. Teaching has been an unexpected joy in my life. I am honored to guide students in their practice and share my love of yoga with them.
Christine was first drawn to yoga in college as a fun way to stay active. After sporadic participation for several years, she was fortunate to encounter Soul Sweat through groupon (plug, lol) and began a daily practice in 2012. While working 9-5 in engineering, she participated in the ambassador program for one year. The joy of sharing this new energy to students led to her completing 200 hour RYT in 2014 with Sumit Banerjee at Sumit’s Hot Yoga in Fort Worth, TX. Christine strives to teach classes that are fun, HOT, and always challenging. Her passion for music is weaved throughout her uplifting classes where she loves to see yogis sweaty and smiling. Off the mat you can find this foodie at local hot spots and coffee shops.
Hi! I'm Kelly. I'm married and have two children, Hayden (7) and Harper (4). I love the practice of yoga not only for the physical benefits, but also because I love the time it gives to de-stress. I love teaching early morning yoga, and I'm always going to sneak in some Justin Timberlake on my playlist...because a playlist isn't a playlist without JT.