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Heather Furtney

Heather Furtney

Teacher, Manager

Original Hot Yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates, Hot Hatha Flow, Traditional 84 – Advanced

Witnessing the inquiring minds and “ah-ha” moments of fellow students is what keeps Heather inspired as a teacher. She has experienced first hand the transformative benefits of using a yoga practice to facilitate healing. Heather took her first yoga class in 2008 in an effort to “try anything” to reduce a lifetime of chronic back pain. A few months later the pain was gone – and the healing didn’t stop there. In 2015 Heather underwent a pelvic reconstruction surgery to rebuild her hip socket after debilitating pain developed from hip dysplasia. She went from wheelchair to Standing Bow Pose again through yoga postures in a chair and a deep sense of calm determination that had been fostered from many years of a consistent yoga practice. She is no stranger to a recovery process.

She claims of her beginning years in yoga, “my practice shifted from a very physically-oriented class to an overall sense of well-being – I slept better, ate better, built self-confidence, and came out of my shell.” Heather certified to teach Original Hot Yoga in 2012 and has been eager to continue learning ever since. This led her to attend Inferno Hot Pilates Teacher Training in 2017. She can’t get enough! It is a constant growth of knowledge and experience through time on her mat, teacher development trainings, Experiential Anatomy Movement Literacy for Yoga Teachers Certification, seeking mentors, asking questions, and keeping her nose to the books!

Heather loves to spend time connecting outside – deep in the mountains rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and snowboarding. She becomes even more grounded and aware in her yoga practice through a connection to nature. She also uses yoga as an incredible active recovery method from big efforts in the mountains.

Heather is approachable to all levels of students. Although very serious about the yoga, she will bring a youthful life and exuberance to the class…and maybe even a joke or two. She says, “I am constantly humbled by this gift of yoga and love how fantastically individual a yoga practice is – but at the same time uniting us all as one.”

Wendy Schmitt

Wendy Schmitt

Teacher

Original Hot Yoga, Kundalini, Qoya Movement, Instinctive Meditation

Wendy has been practicing Original Hot Yoga since 2002 and completed her teacher training in spring of 2004. She gracefully meets every moment with potential for connection and uses her unique ability to bridge health, discipline, community and passion to inspire you to become more of YOU! She believes growth and transformation in the spirit allows living a life that is full of possibilities.

In addition to teaching yoga, she discovers more wisdom through courses and programs. Currently she is studying Astrology to further embody the mysteries of the universe. Her spare time is spent outside with her daughter, friends, family, and dogs. Rock climbing, hiking, camping, and being on the water teaches her more ways to commune with the sun, moon, and the cycles of nature.

She is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Qoya Movement Teacher, leads rituals, sound healing, Women’s circles, workshops, retreats, manages personal business endeavors, and is a Labor Doula. Her class will support your individual goals and support the collective group energy. Wendy invites all students to feel into and create the opportunities of each moment physically, emotionally, and energetically. She looks forward to meeting you and supporting you on your yogic journey soon!

Marlene Covey

Marlene Covey

Teacher

Inferno Hot Pilates, Power Vinyasa, Original Hot Yoga

Marlene’s interest in yoga began as a journey to heal. Working long hours for decades as a physician was a natural part of her exacting and physically demanding career. After moving to Bend in 2007, she unearthed a passion for yoga which lent itself to healing, self-discovery and ultimately self-fulfillment. As a result of her transformation, Marlene was inspired to share her passion and guide others on a path toward healing through their own rewarding yogic experiences. She completed her 200 and 300 hour YTT at The Yoga Lab in Bend. In June 2017 she completed a 120 hour teaching intensive gaining certification to teach Next Level 90 Intermediate Class at Bend Hot Yoga. She has also attended Bikram Choudhury’s and Esak Garcia’s advanced yoga posture clinics, Jedi Training back bending clinic also with Esak Garcia, completed the Masters’ Core Workshop with Tony Sanchez and hot yoga intensive with Gianna Purcell. Her goal is to challenge students to lay the groundwork for physical growth so they can realize their full potential. Come take a class and allow her to motivate you on your personal journey toward good health and healing.

Susie Jones

Susie Jones

Teacher

  Inferno Hot Pilates

Susie is a Licensed Physical Therapist with experience working in outpatient orthopedics, inpatient acute care and rehab settings. She has extensive training in manual therapy, and strength & exercise progression.

With a lifelong passion for physical fitness, including indoor and outdoor volleyball, and running she found her way into Bend Hot Yoga in 2015. Susie claims “I instinctively knew for several years before I entered the studio that I would love hot yoga, but was intimidated and never considered myself a “yoga person,” which is evident by my tight hamstrings from all the running!” However, she was hooked after her first class! Susie loves the heat, sweat, and to workout – claiming it as the perfect trifecta.

When Inferno Hot Pilates was brought to BHY, Susie jumped on the opportunity to bridge her Physical Therapy knowledge with group exercise. Her love for IHP seamlessly translates in the way she teaches students to connect with their bodies in order to gain strength, body confidence, and fitness. Her approach to teaching is enthusiastic and genuine!

Susie’s favorite time of year is summer time with the long hours of daylight to get outside and run by the river, or to get up in the High Lakes on a trail.
One of Susie’s favorite quotes: “No One Cares How Much You Know, Until They Know How Much You Care” –D. Keith Kleven.

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones

Teacher

Inferno Hot Pilates, Yin, Vinyasa 

Jessica is a former 12 year Military Veteran turned Yogi/Personal Trainer. Being in the Army was hands down one of the greatest physical and mental challenges in Jessica’s years around the sun. It, along with yoga, has transformed her life in ways she would have never thought.

Following Jessica’s time in the military she began exploring the gentler more “Yin” side of fitness. Jessica says, “Being rather new to the world of yoga I had a first-hand experience of an eye opening transformational moment during a yoga retreat. At the time I had no idea that this was just the beginning of my current journey into personal training, teaching and all things fitness related. Finally finding the mind-body balance I had been seeking.”

Always having been an avid fan of anything fitness related, and seeking new challenges in order to grow she decided to dive in head first to what felt like her calling. She received her 200 hour YTT in Costa Rica in 2018 then expanded from there to receive an additional 150 hours combined Yin Yoga intensive training through Tula Movement Arts in Bend OR and Asheville NC Yoga Center. She then went on to receive her Personal Training certificate through IFPA along with XGT certification and Inferno Hot Pilates training, all providing even further extensive knowledge into HIIT, Boot Camp, circuit style workouts and more. Jessica offers knowledge through real life experience, practice and trainings/certifications.

Jessica says, “I am a believer in practicing a variety of fitness modalities keeping the body young and vital. Exercise truly can be fun, it just depends upon the ‘lens’ you choose to look out of. Mindset to mastery. I find passion and joy from helping others grow and heal through breath & movement as I once did. Being witness to that transformation of students becoming their next higher self through work and determination is hands down one the biggest rewards I have found as a coach, trainer, teacher and guide.”

“Shine Bright. Stay Strong. Love Big”
Namaste

Kathy Durham

Kathy Durham

Teacher, Teacher-Trainer

Original Hot Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Hot Hatha Flow, Traditional 84 – Advanced

Deeply connected and rooted to the earth, Kathy continues to step into her wisdom every day! Her appreciation for order and integrity are evident in all that she does. Her class is precise and intentional, her workshops methodical and memorable, her meditations mystical and magical.

Kathy’s first introduction to yoga was an Anusara based practice in 1999. Struggling through college with depression and anxiety, she found safety and strength in her body on her mat. Her weekly practice planted a seed deep in her heart that revealed its essence years later in the hot room where confidence, comfort, and connection ignited powerful transformation. Becoming an Original Hot Yoga Teacher in 2005, she harnessed a unique perception of teaching techniques that allow all levels of practitioners to trust her guidance to their next step in the process. Shy, reserved, and observant on the outside, her passion shines through her deliberate cues, intentional movement, and creative themes, concepts, and sequencing.

Her yogic journey has woven an amazing path for her to fully embrace self-study. She has done it all: teach a ba-zillion classes of all levels and styles, compete regionally & nationally, help manage studios, develop teachers, train competitors, host feminine embodiment circles, host retreats, and lead teacher trainings. Her focus on alignment in physical poses directed her interest into Ayurvedic studies in search of a deep understanding of the concept of balance in all areas of her life. This moved her to more meditation based practices such as Kundalini, Qyoa, Yin, and Yoga Nidra. Diving into the emotional and spiritual side of meditative practices has awakened her creativity and inspired deeper connection with the forces of nature that combine within each and every one of us.

Asana, astrology, rituals, yoga philosophy, cooking and backpacking fuel her fire. Once you meet her you’ll understand why we all tell her she is ‘older than the sun and moon’…she knows things… and is a great resource to steer you in the best direction to begin your own personal path of yoga study.

 

Whitney Bennett

Whitney Bennett

Teacher

Power Yoga, Yin, Vinyasa Flow, Nia

Whitney’s first sip of yoga came when she was pulled into a class over 22 years ago – the yoga buzz hit and she’s been going back for more ever since. In 2005, she stepped into the practice of the Nia Technique and soon began to blend the sacred athlete practice of Nia movement with the deep inner practice of yoga. Whitney completed her Nia Technique Certification in 2007, her 200 hour YTT in 2009, and her E-RYT 500 by 2011.

Adventure seeking landed Whitney on the beach in Ecuador, where she opened a yoga retreat center. To diversify her classes, she started working with small group training and became a certified personal trainer with specialization in wellness coaching in 2016. This allowed the yoga to stay focused on that exploration of self, while providing an outlet to elevate fitness levels and create a sustainable movement practice for life. As a dedicated surfer and outdoor adventurer, Whitney understands the drive to want to optimize energy on all levels.

Whitney is happy to now be in Bend with her husband and son, enjoying all that the mountains and rivers have to offer. She is trained in Power Yoga, Yin, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, and meditation practices. All of which she integrates into her classes based on what the students need. Her class time is a journey of discovery, deep but accessible, sweaty but playful, all the while shedding a bit more light inside. “I have found the practice of receptivity with my students, the body, and our breath together has been the most fluid tool in orchestrating the dance of a class. My journey with this practice has really just begun, but sharing it helps to propel me through these waters of inquiry, those moments where peace seems just a bit out of reach, and those sacred moments of pure joy.”

Beth Lyons

Beth Lyons

Teacher

Original Hot Yoga 

 Beth’s kindness and wisdom show in every class she leads. Beth personally witnessed the healing power of The Original Hot Yoga for New York-based survivors of the 9/11 attacks. Wanting to help in that healing process, she completed her teaching training in Los Angeles in 2002. Beth also became certified in many other yoga styles – including therapeutic yoga, prenatal, postnatal, vinyasa, kids and restorative.

In addition, Beth is a NAMA Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master. Beth practices ashiatsu, hot stone, Lomilomi, ortho bionomy, orthopedic, prenatal, Shiatsu, Swedish and Thai. Yes, she really knows how the body moves!

A native of Ohio trained in India, Hawai’i, Thailand and New York City, Beth offers a unique blend of expertise and passion for healing. Beth resides in Bend and works as a provider at Weeks Family Medicine. She lives with her husband Paul and their children Lucia and Jack.

Michael Harris

Michael Harris

Teacher

 

Original Hot Yoga

From the moment you enter Michael’s class you know you are in good hands.  His deep insight, knowledge and experience as a long time practitioner and teacher will help encourage you to explore your yoga practice in the most expansive way for you.

Michael started his practice in 1987 after vascular surgery and not expecting to survive. Through dedicated practice he was able to reverse his condition (and other lingering injuries) to not only survive, but to thrive. He studied multiple traditions of yoga, and initially started leading Ashtanga classes in the early 90’s. Michael received teaching certifications from Erich Schiffmann and later being certified by Nischala Joy Devi in Integral Yoga for in depth medical conditions.

In 1998, Michael attended the fourth Original Hot Yoga Teacher Training for 11 weeks with Bikram & Rajashree Choudhury. He quickly started his first studio in Portland (1999) and later opened the Bend studio (2004). Michael also ran or led 30 Original Hot Yoga Teacher Trainings. In 2012, Michael wrote a #1 bestselling book about his yoga healing experience, “Falling Down Getting UP.”

Today, Michael continues to practice and teach yoga whenever possible. In addition, he works closely with authors and thought leaders on the development of marketing strategies. Every chance he gets, Michael is off exploring the great outdoors discovering new remote places to hike.

 

Prospective Teachers: We are hiring for all types of yoga classes. Please reach out to yoga@bendhotyoga.com and tell us a bit about yourself