OUR CREW

START TODAY

"I truly enjoy the QCYF community and have never felt this great in my own skin before. I love every class I’ve taken and the best part is the instructors- each and every one of them are simply amazing people." Sara Edwards, member

Our highly-trained teachers will guide you through our powerful & transformative hot fitness classes so you can begin to heal your body from head to toe and feel better. Come find out why everyone is talking about Queen City Yoga & Fitness!

MARLA Thomas

STUDIO OWNER

Marla found Hot Yoga in 2001 after a diagnosis of PTSD. She immediately felt relief from chronic depression, self-loathing & body dysmorphia and began to heal. Through the study of Weight Training, Postural Restoration & Functional Range Conditioning, Marla has brought her community life changing yoga, mobility and strength classes. She prides herself on being a thoughtful leader, coach and trainer who has the natural ability to bring out the best in people. Marla believes she can help make the world a better place.

500 HOUR CERTIFICATION      JUNE 2002
INFERNO HOT PILATES 1 & 2      JULY 2018/19
FUNCTIONAL RANGE CONDITIONING      MARCH 2020
KINSTRETCH CERTIFICATION      OCTOBER 2020
PRI PELVIS RESTORATION      MARCH 2021
PRI MYOKINEMATIC      OCToBER 2021
FUNCTIONAL RANGE ASSESSMENT       APRIL 2022
INTERNAL STRENGTH MODEL      APRIL 2022

Deshawn Thomas

STUDIO OWNER

Hailing from the Big Apple, Deshawn began his fitness journey at the age of 8 when he found his first dumbbell. By 15 he had cured his asthma by studying and incorporating various breathing techniques. A semi-pro athlete, speed reader and math expert, Deshawn's talents have made him a valuable CFO and teacher. His teaching perspective is fueled by his ability to overcome his own trauma and use it to inspire people to change by finding their full potential and inner strength. Get ready to find your edge and conquer it!

FUNCTIONAL RANGE CONDITIONING     MARCH 2020
INFERNO HOT PILATES      AUGUST 2020

Jess Ripley

Studio Manager

Jess fell in love with Hot Yoga in 2008.  Yoga was the tool she used to survive completing her BA in International Business & two grueling years of office life. Jess knew that life wasn't for her & started working at QCYF before the doors officially opened. Jess's can-do attitude soon landed her the Studio Manager position. She takes pride in all she does and loves sharing the joy of the Hot Room.

500 HOUR CERTIFICATION      DECEMBER 2015
INFERNO HOT PILATES      JULY 2019
INFERNO HOT PILATES LEVEL 2      APRIL 2020

FRONT DESK STAFF

Text:  802-560-4296 or Email: hello@queencityogavt.com

Meet our amazing front desk staff! You will find them at the front desk or sweating next to you in class. They are here to help you sign in, register, find your way and get you what you need. If they don't know the answer to your questions they will find someone who does.

Mindy Elmergreen

Instructor

Mindy is always up for a physical challenge; pulling her kids across town on her bike, exploring the Green Mountains or standing on one leg in Bikram Yoga. She was hooked on the yoga and its instant therapeutic benefits after her first class in college in 2001. With two knee surgeries,TMJ induced migraines and birthing three children, Bikram Yoga continues to be a constant source of healing and light in her life - bringing mental clarity, physical strength, self compassion and stress relief. Mindy will encourage you to be the best version of yourself through her passionate teaching!

500 Hour Certification      November 2002
Inferno Hot Pilates     July 2019

Alex Sturges

INSTRUCTOR/QUEEN CITY YOGA SPORTS CLUB COACH

After a childhood filled with allergies and a bout of severe pneumonia, Alex's doctor prescribed Hot Yoga.  Since she couldn't breathe, she couldn't run, so she took the prescription and it healed her condition.  Helping her make it through college, yoga became a vital tool in navigating her life. Alex strengthened her yoga practice with HIIT training and used her combined knowledge to create the Queen City Yoga Sports Club. A natural self-motivator, Alex worked as a paralegal and Read for the Bar. She is currently the Deputy State's Attorney for Chittenden County.

500 Hours Certification      October 2016
Inferno Hot Pilates      July 2019

Autumn Spencer

Instructor/Marketing Officer

A writer, stand-up comic, and social media manager, Autumn "Autsie" Spencer found yoga when her mom entered hospice care. Having also lost her father tragically, through her yoga practice, Autsie found healing, love, and family. Autumn's compassion, intelligence, and sense of humor combine for an inspirational and motivating class. She'll have you laughing while your abs burn in Inferno HIIT and feeling loved and supported during yoga.

500 Hours Certification      June 2018
INFERNO HOT PILATES      JULY 2018
Inferno Hot Pilates Level 2      September 2019

Eoana Sturges, MPH

Instructor

What to do after retiring from flying planes and public health? Go back to doing what brought you the most joy. Eoana brings a lifetime of physical activity and 12 years experience as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. She used the Bikram method to heal her back and knee injuries and the low impact IHP classes to increase her strength and stamina. “Maintaining strength and flexibility are key to healthy aging, and the opportunity to have fun doing both is priceless.” Pronounced like Tijuana without the T and yes, she's Alex's mom!

Inferno Hot Pilates      September 2018
Inferno Hot Pilates Level 2      March 2020
FUNCTIONAL RANGE CONDITIONING      APRIL 2022

Kristen Eddy

Instructor

Born and raised in VT, Kristen is a professional nanny with a degree in education and a minor in nutrition. Her love for exercise and adventure ranges from jumping out of planes to sweating in the Hot Room. Kristen's love and care for humankind is obvious in her presence and actions. She will push you to strive for your best in the hot room and in every day of your life.

200 Hour Certification     2016
Inferno Hot Pilates      January 2019
Inferno Hot Pilates Level 2      March 2020

Hannah Noel

Instructor

Hannah discovered Hot Yoga in March 2019, a few months after her husband died of cancer. In the hot room, she found focus, emotional healing, physical strength, and rediscovered herself. Hot yoga is how Hannah changed her life. Within a few months of beginning her dedicated practice, she knew she wanted to become an instructor and bring the possibility of healing to others. Whether it's Hot Yoga or Inferno HIIT, you'll feel encouraged, loved, and free to be yourself in Hannah's class.

500-HOUR HATHA      2020/2021
INFERNO HOT PILATES      APRIL 2021
INFERNO HIIT+      JULY 2021

Caitlin Balón

Instructor

A 2022 Rice High School graduate, Caitlin is an avid thespian, varsity athlete, and top honors student. She started her journey with QCYF as a member of our Front Desk Staff Team and has apprenticed to become a Yin Yoga and Queen City Yoga teacher. A natural leader and an advocate for marginalized people, Caitlin radiates wisdom, warmth, and safety.

QCYF QCYoga INSTRUCTOR TRAINING      MAY 2022
Functional Range Conditioning      April 2022
YIN YOGA CERTIFICATION      SEPT 2022

Sage Ryan

Instructor

Sage is a former competitive athlete who brings charisma, motivation, and acceptance to every class. Through Hot Yoga and HIIT at QCYF, Sage discovered the power of fitness and community in maintaining her mental well-being. Sage loves bringing people together to recognize their potential as they reach new heights. She is committed to helping you feel your best, reach your max, and get stronger in every way!

QCYF HIIT Instructor Training      March 2022

Brenna Bedard

Instructor

Brenna (aka: Brens, Brenski) became a QCYF member in 2018. Hot Yoga & HIIT have helped Brenna strengthen her physical & mental health, feel connected, and heal from the inside out. By day, Brenna is a social worker, empowering people through authenticity, respect, and compassion. She carries those same qualities into her teaching style, and will always strive to make you feel welcomed, challenged, and seen. You can expect to see her either dancing & smiling while delivering a killer workout.

QCYF HIIT Instructor Training       March 2022

Michele Crowder, PT

Instructor

A former collegiate gymnast, Michele has been a competitive athlete for most of her life. Her passion for kinesthetic movement led her to a career in physical therapy. As a mom to two beautiful girls, finding that perfect work-life balance had been a challenge. Upon discovering the amazing community at Queen City Yoga & Fitness, her passion for movement was re-ignited. With the goal of helping others recognize their full movement potential and maximizing their health and well-being, Michele brings her can-do attitude, her expertise, and her 20 years of experience as a physical therapist to QCYF.

FUNCTIONAL RANGE CONDITIONING     JAN 2022
Kinstretch Certification      March 2022

Ally Bergeron

Instructor

Ally joined QCYF after becoming a new mom in 2020. She was motivated to jumpstart her fitness lifestyle in a new and exciting way. Shortly after joining, Ally officially became a part of our team as a front desk staff member but she yearned for more! Eager to learn, determined, and dedicated to helping people feel as amazing as she did drove Ally to become a QCYF HIIT instructor. You’ll find Ally keeping it fresh and fun in the hot room, motivating you to push your mind and body to new heights and helping you discover your true potential.

QCYF HIIT INSTRUCTOR TRAINING       MARCH 2022

Guest Teachers

Zoe Miller

INSTRUCTOR

Queen City is lucky to have Zoe, the owner of Bikram Yoga Stowe, on the weekly schedule.  A lifelong Vermonter with a teaching stint in NYC, the yoga has allowed Zoe to continue her love of running without injury.  Her accuracy coupled with her calmness make her weekly appearance a class you can't miss! Visit her at Bikram Yoga Stowe. Zoe is 37 weeks pregnant in this picture. See her again after maternity leave.

500 HOUR CERTIFICATION    June 2009

Mary Chudzik

Guest Senior Instructor

A ballerina for most of her life, Mary found Bikram yoga in 2001. Not only did the yoga help her heal her curled up ballerina toes, she has used it for over a decade to rehab from hip surgery, knee surgery, and pregnancy. Mary's Physical Therapy and Ballet Instructor professions make her classes informative and fun.

500 HOUR CERTIFICATION     June 2002