Our Origin Story

Hello! I’m Brittani, owner + director of Rising Om Yoga.  We have been passionately serving our community through yoga + wellness classes since 2010.  These studios, and the lives that have been transformed here over the years, are the deepest expression of my heart + soul.

The path from our opening day to where we are now, has been layered with joy, love, connection, pain, tears, trauma, loss, growth + healing.  It’s been a wild ride to say the least and it’s hard to believe it all began with just one yoga class a decade ago.

I was a 24 year old professional dancer.  My body was broken from a lifetime of dance training and my spirit destroyed after years of rejection.

 

I didn't even realize I was miserable though.  I had always had a short temper, inability to process emotions, constant anxiety/insomnia + an overall struggle to simply be Happy.  I didn't know life any other way.  I found myself constantly searching for the next thing to "finally make me content".

Then…Yoga shattered my world in the best way possible.  My soul cracked open after that first Bikram hot yoga class. 

Well, it was actually AWFUL.  Truly, why was it so DANG hot in there and why were they making me hold these poses this long?!  And yet, on the drive home I found myself sobbing my eyes out—barely able to see the road.  I could not understand what was happening to me but I felt a veil lifted off my eyes + heart for the first time in my life. 

 

I felt Light.  Open.  HAPPY. Most obvious was my excruciating back pain that had existed since a dance injury 2 years before.  It was gone.  I felt relief.  That day literally changed my life.

I was hooked.  I willingly signed myself up to scrub the showers + toilets at the yoga studio in return for free yoga—I was a broke artist and needed a way to get myself in those yoga classes .  I fell in love with the practice and everything about being a part of that yoga studio.  It changed the entire wiring in my brain. 

 

I started looking forward to waking up in the morning.  I started feeling happy.  My entire lifestyle evolved, not just the physical movement part.  I absorbed every book there was on mindfulness, energy + personal development. 

 

I learned the value behind choosing joy and the power of taking ownership of my health + happiness.

 

It was a massive tidal wave of transformation and I was having the wildest of rides.

I didn’t know it back then, but I was subtly paying attention to how that studio in Vegas operated.  To the people who walked in the doors.  To what I loved about the check in process, booking clients + daily operations.  Energy was being put into motion that I wasn’t even aware of.

 

I was dreaming up the yoga studio that I would open one day.

In a matter of months I sold all my belongings, shipped my sweet dog, Lily, back to my parents and hopped on a cruise ship around the world to dance in their shows for 9 months so I could save money for my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.

 

I completed my training at the Barkan Method Hot Yoga in Ft. Lauderdale.

I moved back to Tallahassee, FL where I had received my BA in Multinational Business at FSU just a few years prior.  My sister

and brother in law lived here and I knew I wanted to be close to them as I started settling down.

I opened Hot Yoga Tallahassee in 2010 with no plan + zero equity. It was a complete experiment but one that I trusted with my whole heart.  Building any business from the ground up is no small feat.  It was just me in the beginning.  It was grueling, back breaking, tearful work.  Over time I was able to build my team of incredible souls who helped me develop this sacred space. 

Life is SO much more peaceful when you have an amazing team surrounding you!

 

With the support of family, friends, community and what I call Divine Energy....we are now an abundant, beautiful + thriving community of yoga practitioners.

While these studios are my greatest pride + joy— it’s this ancient practice of Yoga that creates the magic.

 

For me, yoga literally saved + transformed my life.  Multiple times.  It has gotten me through injuries, postpartum depression/anxiety, motherhood, grief, multiple traumas and all the way back around to navigating simple every day life. 

 

The ability to roll out my yoga mat and have a space to move my body away from discomfort, to come emotionally undone if needed, or to simply remember to breathe…it’s what has rescued me from some of my darkest moments. 

 

My love affair with yoga runs deep and necessary. And it is my life’s purpose to share yoga with others no matter where they are

on their journey.

Over the years I have come to embrace all different styles of yoga.  While we started out as strictly a ‘Hot Yoga” studio, I slowly began introducing new yoga classes such as Yin Yoga, Mind Body Yoga, Yoga Sculpt, Aerial Yoga and so much more.  If you see it on our schedule, it’s because I believe in it that much and want you to experience it too.  I wanted there to be something for every one here and I sincerely hope we are able to be a part of your journey to health + happiness.

I am so proud + excited for our new season as a community as we move forward as Rising Om Yoga.

 

Thank you to everyone who has shown love, support + an unwavering belief in what we do here. It is an honor to share this life experience with you.  I look forward to many more decades serving our community.

I hope you will be a part of our mission to keep Rising Above.

Our Teachers

 
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Megan G

I found yoga in a book on my mother’s bookshelf when I was a little girl. I saw the pictures and tried making the shapes with my body and had so much fun! My favorite was going upside down. I took my first in-person yoga class at my college gym, and I immediately knew it would be an important part of my life. Not only did it help me pay attention to my body in a kind and connected way (not the norm for an eighteen-year-old girl!) but I always left class with a sense of calm, ready to be the best version of me that day.

Since then, yoga has brought me to some of my favorite places and people. I have practiced all sorts of different styles, including Baptiste, Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Flow, but my favorite is Strala Yoga, a movement-based lighthearted flow where the focus is on moving naturally and following your intuition.
I've been teaching yoga for 5+ years, and recently started my own business as a life and wellness coach.

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Shen T

Sheneh is passionate about healing, advocating self-care and self-love and incorporates these in her classes~

She is a Registered Nurse since 2006 and is currently a cardiac medical-surgical RN at TMH. She is also a Reiki Master and has been treating clients holistically since 2015.

She loves nature, travel, dancing, meditation, tai chi, yoga retreats and all things glittery and beautiful~ She's one sweet, happy soul♡

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Alice V

After years of practicing yoga (and lots of other movement) with some phenomenal instructors, I followed in the footsteps of my daughter and completed my 200YTT with Laughing Lotus NYC at their New Orleans "Church of Yoga." Excited to have studied with Lotus founder Dana Trixie Flynn, and others. I enjoy interesting music and creative flows, but I am also very much into alignment and injury prevention. Look forward to meeting you on the mat!

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Amanda C

Hello my fellow yogis! I am from Panama City, Fl. I moved to Tallahassee in 2012 and was married October 2014. I have been working as an Aesthetician since March 2007. I am currently working at a dermatology office during the day and by the nights and weekends I'm am one happy yoga mama! I became a mother to my sweet firecracker baby girl July 4, 2017 and we love mommy and me yoga!

My love for yoga began in 2013 when I started my practice at HYT. I had been having neck and back pain from my day job for so many years and needed to find some type of relief. Yoga has been the only thing to help relieve these issues. Staring down for most of the day and at a computer definitely takes a toll on ones body. Since beginning my yoga journey, my mind, body and soul have been hooked ever since. In March 2016 at HYT I received my 200 hour certification thru Yoga Den in Jacksonville, FL. I am now a certified Registered Yoga Teacher, through Yoga Alliance. My specialty is Yoga Sculpt which uses 2-3 pound weights incorporated with basic yoga postures. I look forward to sharing my love for yoga with you all!

Peace and Love

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Jen M

Hello all! My name is Jen Miller, and I am originally from Arkansas. I moved to Tallahassee in 1999 to go to college, and I graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a Bachelor's in Social Work. I played roller derby with the Tallahassee Rollergirls for 8 years. I got to travel the country, compete with my friends, and be a part of an amazing and supportive community. I started my yoga journey at Hot Yoga Tallahassee during my derby years, looking for strength and pain relief for my injuries. What I found was a wonderful sense of peace and belonging, a sense of home. I gained so much internally and externally from yoga, and I wanted to share it. I graduated from the 200 hour teacher training program at the studio in February, and I am excited to share everything I learned with all of you! See you all on the mat!

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Alyssa

Alyssa is a southern California native, who discovered her passion for yoga in college. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. She enjoys combining her passion for yoga both on the mat and in the air with her love of science and math. Yoga has allowed her to find a sense of peace in her day to day life and she cannot wait to share that sense of peace and bliss with you!

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Jill H

I fell in love with Pilates and yoga over twelve years. I am grateful to get to share my passion for these methods of movement with everyone at Rising Om Yoga! It continues to amaze me how Pilates and yoga can transform your body and provide an excellent dose of positive energy.

I earned my Pilates Matwork and Reformer certifications through June Kahn’s Bodyworks, LLC in 2008. I also completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training program with Halfmoon Yoga in 2013. A few years later in 2016, I completed my Aerial Yoga training.  

I’ve had so much fun providing challenging and uplifting classes to everyone in our community. I incorporate core work into all my classes in an approachable and friendly way.

Shortly after earning my degree in public relations at Penn State, I moved south and now happily call Tallahassee home. When I’m not in a Pilates or yoga class you might find me gardening or teaching my energetic blue heeler new tricks. 

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Juliana R

Hello! My name is Juliana and obviously, I love yoga. I found yoga in 2010 as a high-school student, practicing in my living room with a set of DVDs (before YouTube yoga was a thing). In 2015, I attended Many Rivers Yoga Teacher Training here in Tallahassee with the sole intention of diving deeper into my practice. Along the way, I found a great love for teaching.

Over the years, my teaching style has evolved, but it has always remained playful. I like to wiggle, shake, laugh, and be silly and I bring this into my classes. I have a firm conviction that while yoga is liberating, cleansing, deep, and healing, it is also absolutely hilarious. I try to instill autonomy in others when it comes to their practice by helping them build body awareness and hone their intuition. My goal in any class is to help others feel good while also teaching them something they can take with them into their personal lives, on or off the mat.

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Vipa D

Born and raised in Thailand, I have also lived in America, India and Malaysia as a trailing expat. Growing up in a Theravada Buddhist culture, yoga was never a foreign concept. Called by a different name, yoga were exercises performed by the monks to enhance health, clear the mind for meditation and to limber the body for those long periods of time dedicated to sitting through temple services.
As I grew closer to mid life, I felt a strong desire to return to the roots of my culture and to do something to strengthen the body and support continuous improvement in my health, this is where my real yoga journey began. In applying the knowledge and wisdom of the elders, I have found a renewed mental clarity, energy and spirit within myself. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to share the many benefits of this ancient art form with you as well.

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Katie B

I came to Tallahassee from Colorado Springs in 2002 to attend FSU, and aside from some temporary work relocations, I am proud to call it my home.

 

After several years had passed since practicing yoga here-and-there with VHS guidance, I came upon a Groupon to try Hot Yoga Tallahassee during a period of unemployment post-campaign work in late 2012. I have been hooked ever since, and have truly found my tribe. After receiving a small windfall from my late Grandma Donna (a retired and enthusiastic high school ESL teacher post-divorce), I decided to pursue yoga teacher training in 2013 as a way to honor Grandma's love of teaching and "staying interesting." 

 

I appreciate that yoga always meets me wherever I am in that moment, day, or even month. It has been one of the very few constants and pleasures in my life the past decade, and I am truly grateful for the balance my yoga practice and teaching provides. To bear witness to the small and big victories our bodies make in healing, strength, and balance is a daily gift I do not take for granted.

 

I believe that yoga is truly for EVERY body, and I look forward to meeting you on the mat!

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Betsy P

Born and raised in Thailand, I have also lived in America, India and Malaysia as a trailing expat. Growing up in a Theravada Buddhist culture, yoga was never a foreign concept. Called by a different name, yoga were exercises performed by the monks to enhance health, clear the mind for meditation and to limber the body for those long periods of time dedicated to sitting through temple services.
As I grew closer to mid life, I felt a strong desire to return to the roots of my culture and to do something to strengthen the body and support continuous improvement in my health, this is where my real yoga journey began. In applying the knowledge and wisdom of the elders, I have found a renewed mental clarity, energy and spirit within myself. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to share the many benefits of this ancient art form with you as well.

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Megan N

From Miami, Florida originally when I moved to TLH @ 13 years old where I fell in love with the town so I stayed. Currently shacked up with my main squeeze and our two fur babies in N FL.  

Experiencing the loss of close family members is where my yoga practice stemmed from. I needed to quiet my mind and gain clarity with how my world had permanently shifted and yoga was just the place where that magic happened. 

I completed my 200 hr yoga teacher training through Hot Yoga Tallahassee and Yoga Den, graduating in 2018. I have since been guiding Mind Body Yoga classes at HYT and continuing to work on my craft. 

I am forever grateful for a practice as powerful as yoga, my therapeutic escape. 

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Ashley A

Ashley’s love for Pilates began at the age of 15, when Pilates became a part of her weekly ballet training. She continued to train and take classes through college (FSU) and during her time as a professional dancer in New York City. She felt that her dance knowledge gave her a special understanding of the mechanics of Pilates, & upon returning to Tallahassee from New York City became an apprentice for Maggie Manning of Pilates by Maggie. Once completing certifications for Pilates Mat and the Pilates reformer, she began to teach for Maggie and eventually opened her own studio, “Firm fitness” when Maggie closed her doors. There, she created her trademark class, “Hot Pilates” which combines the heat of hot yoga with the benefits and exercises of Pilates. Years later, after having her third son, Ashley decided to close her studio doors and hop on over here to her sisters’ studio to share Pilates with the yoga community :) She has loved her time here and feels blessed to be able to share the benefits and healing powers of Pilates.

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Diana J

I began practicing yoga just after high school and immediately discovered the benefits of regulating the breath simply by paying attention to it. I believe in the power of meditation as a way to transform the body by quieting the mind with a deep focus on the breath. I’ve practiced many forms of yoga but currently hot flow and yin make up my practice. I studied history in graduate school at NYU and critical theory/cultural studies in the ph.d program at the University of Florida. I’m registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200 instructor and have two yin certifications: one with Bernie Clark (British Columbia); the other with Josh Summers (Boston). I’m certified through the Warriors at Ease program to teach trauma-sensitive yoga to veterans and first responders. When I’m not working my day job (program director at a research office), teaching/practicing yoga, or working in my garden, I read widely in the arts, specifically literature, poetry, criticism, and history, and I write reviews of poetry collections and novels. In the wee bit of spare time left, I am an avid runner and vegan cook.

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Kelsey M

Hey yogis! My name is Kelsey and I’m from the Chicagoland area. I graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelors in Spanish and an International Business Certificate in 2013. It was there that I took my first yoga class when one of my roommates convinced me it would help with my running. I quickly fell in love with the movement and the added challenge of the heated room. When I moved back to Chicago in 2013, I lost sight of the practice. I worked full time and was in school part time working on my masters. Then in 2018 when my husband had a chance to pursue his PhD at FSU, we jumped at the opportunity. Moving to Tallahassee allowed me to slow down in a way that didn’t seem possible in a major city. I found Rising Om days after we moved and immediately fell back in love with yoga. It quickly became a focus in my life, so I decided to enroll in the 200 YTT training through Rising Om and Yoga Den. I completed in the training in March 2020 and am excited to get on the mat and flow with you all!
 

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Caulley S

Caulley took her first yoga class in August of 2017 at Hot Yoga Tallahassee.  It didn’t take her long to realize that yoga was a missing piece in her life.  She quickly saw changes in both her body and her mind. From cutting minutes off her mile time to staying calm in challenging situations, the benefits of yoga were both outwardly evident to others and inwardly evident to herself. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center in the fall of 2018.  Her goals in teaching are to bring yoga to everyone so they can experience all of the benefits yoga has to offer. She is passionate about yoga as a way of life and will happily talk to you about any and all aspects of it at any time. Caulley is also a wife, mom of two daughters, and a pediatrician. Yoga brought a balance to her life that she did not even know was missing.  She hopes to help others find the same. 

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Maddie K

Maddie is originally from Westport, CT, and fell in love with yoga and Pilates as an undergraduate student at Colby College. A lifelong dancer, she was craving cross-training options, and it quickly became apparent that both of these practices were critical in her growth as a dancer, longevity of her body, and overall mental health. In 2012, she completed her 200-hour yoga certification (RYT-200) with School Yoga Institute in Fort Collins, CO, and in 2017, while pursuing her MFA in Dance at SUNY Brockport, she completed her Pilates Mat Certification at Pilates Plus in Rochester, NY. In addition to teaching at private studios, Maddie has also taught Pilates as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Dance at FSU. Fun fact: Maddie also travels the country to judge national dance competitions! Maddie is so excited to be back at Rising Om (you might remember her from back in 2014!) and can't wait to flow with you!

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Ansley C

I first practiced yoga right here at Rising Om Yoga in 2016 to connect with friends and my inner strength. This quickly became my safe space to move, heal, grow and connect with those in my community! I have since then worked the Front Desk, continued taking classes and completed my  teaching training and cannot wait to connect with you all on the mat.

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Amina H

Amina is a 200 HR Registered Yoga Instructor from Gainesville, Florida. She completed her 200 HR training with Urban Bliss Yoga in March 2019. Amina began her yoga journey in 2016 when she took her first Ashtanga class. She originally intended to develop a yoga practice as a way to round out her exercise routine but fell in love at first shavasana. Yoga not only has been a way of building physical strength, but also mental and emotional strength and self-compassion. Along with Ashtanga, her background includes Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. She is grateful for the light in her life that this practice has created and hopes to share the beauty of this practice with you. Amina is currently enrolled in her 300 HR Yoga Teacher Training, which she is scheduled to complete February 2021. Outside of yoga, Amina’s interests include music, art, and nature. She will be graduating from Florida State University with her bachelor’s degree in music in December 2020.

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