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Meet Our Crew
Kathleen Van Haute

Kathleen Van Haute

Co-Owner/Teacher

Kathleen grew up in a military family, living in more places than she could keep track to include nearby North Wales, PA.  Kathleen ran Track and Field and Cross Country in high school and ended up with a partial division one running scholarship to Campbell University in North Carolina.  Running was a passion of hers, and she really enjoyed the “runner’s high” as well as getting “in the zone.”  Running was a place where she could clear her head and deal with stress.  Unfortunately after years of running her knees hurt a lot and eventually running more than a couple of miles was too much on her body.  It was difficult to find another activity that helped her feel like she did after a good run.

After college Kathleen moved to St. Augustine, Fl where she learned to surf, went rollerblading, and enjoyed the awesome sunshine.  She waited tables in the evenings and got a job working at Flagler Hospital in the Psychiatric Unit.  It was stressful working two jobs and her friend, Whitney, suggested that she come take a Hot Yoga class.  At first she was skeptical and unsure if she would like yoga.  But once she took the class and felt her heart-rate increase and the sweat running down her body she knew she had found her new way to get “in the zone.”  She loved the class at first because of the physical demand, but realized quickly that it helped her stress levels tremendously.

Whitney and Kathleen did a 30 day challenge together after her first week of practice, and then she continued to have a regular practice for about a year.  Amazingly, the residual pain in her knees from her running career disappeared.  During this time she was trying to decide whether to pursue further education or perhaps become a yoga teacher.  She decided to go to the Hot Yoga Teacher Training in Spring 2010 in Las Vegas.

Kathleen ended up meeting Patrick at teacher training and he moved to Florida with her afterwards!  They taught for about one year at the five hot yoga studios in the north Florida area.  Then they decided to take over Hot Yoga Maple Shade in the spring of 2011. Now they’re married and still teaching and running the yoga studio.  What a great path this yoga can put you on!

Kathleen has received additional training on the pregnancy series within the traditional hot yoga class.  If you have a regular practice and are interested in continuing your practice during your pregnancy, track her down at the studio or email her at kathleen@hotyogamapleshade.com for more information.

Patrick Van Haute

Patrick Van Haute

Co-Owner/Teacher

A Philadelphia area native, Patrick graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2002 and served as an officer in the Marine Corps for the next five years.  It was during this time, while living in the San Diego area, that he took his first Hot Yoga class.  He was hooked right from the start.  He recalls, “All of my other physical exercise at the time was beating up my body and didn’t seem sustainable over the long term.  Hot Yoga was both extremely physically challenging and clearly very good for me.”  He also enjoyed the meditative aspect of the practice.

Disillusioned by his time spent in Iraq and Afghanistan, Patrick found peace in a spirituality born of his study of native American wilderness survival/primitive living skills, the writings of Eckhart Tolle, and his yoga practice.  He applied to be discharged from the Marine Corps as a conscientious objector and in 2007 his request was granted.  He explains, “If you can peel away all of your egoic identities and examine a situation objectively, trying to solve problems with violence and killing is exposed as pretty much insane.  I got to a point where I couldn’t be a part of it anymore.”

After bouncing around for a few years playing poker full time in Atlantic City and then later online, Patrick decided to attend Hot Yoga Teacher training in 2010.  It was there that he met his future wife and fellow studio owner Kathleen.  He recalls, “We weren’t supposed to get romantically involved with the other trainees… we kinda broke that rule.”  Following teacher training he moved to Saint Augustine, FL to live with Kathleen, and after teaching in Florida for a year they moved to New Jersey to take over Hot Yoga Maple Shade.  The studio grew and he and Kathleen were married in 2013.  It’s now been more than ten years since Patrick took that first Hot Yoga class in California and he hasn’t looked back!

Joel Pier

Joel Pier

Senior Teacher

Joel founded Hot Yoga Philadelphia in center city almost twenty years ago, bringing Hot Yoga to the city of brotherly love for the first time.  He has been teaching non-stop since then and has earned a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable hot yoga teachers today.  Most of the hot yoga teachers in the Philadelphia area look to Joel as a mentor.  Even before learning and teaching the traditional hot yoga method Joel lived in India for many years studying and practicing yoga.  We’re incredible lucky to have him on our schedule (every Tuesday at 6PM) as he brings such a wealth of knowledge and experience to each class he teaches.

 

Bella Cusumano

Bella Cusumano

Teacher

Bella took her first Hot Yoga class in December of 2012.  For about two and a half years her mom had been raving about how incredible her hot yoga practice was, and Bella finally decided to see for herself. She was fifteen years old at the time and she had been dancing since she was three, resulting in lower back pain.  She was interested to see if hot yoga could help.  She fell in love with it immediately, and learned quickly that it wasn’t just the physical benefits that drove her to keep coming back.  Her anxiety levels were improving dramatically.  Hot yoga became a part of her daily routine: sleep, school, yoga, repeat.  She and her mom were lucky enough to be able to go to teacher training together in the spring of 2014.  She feels so lucky to have the opportunity to share her love for this yoga.  “I always like to remind students that it’s not about how pretty your postures are, it’s about getting the benefits and feeling better when you leave the room.”

Jessica Rowe

Jessica Rowe

Teacher

Jess had never done any kind of yoga when her friend convinced her to try a hot yoga class. “I thought I would do some breathing and stretching and that would be it, but this class challenged me in ways I couldn’t have imagined!”  When she left her first class she felt AMAZING and was hooked.  Jess had struggled with scoliosis from a young age as well as put a lot of stress on her body playing rugby throughout college.  As a result at the young age of 22 she was already seeing a chiropractor four times a week. After adopting a regular yoga practice she hasn’t seen a chiropractor in years.  As she continued to practice almost everyday she realized she wasn’t just getting a physical workout anymore.  Her body was healing and feeling better, and her mental clarity and calmness outside the room improved.

As Jess realized the tremendous daily benefits of her yoga practice she knew there was nothing else she wanted to do more than share this gift of yoga with as many people as possible. After her college graduation she went to Hot Yoga teacher training in Los Angeles in the spring of 2013 (with the same friend who brought her to her first class!).  Once certified she returned to Massachusetts where she had started her yoga journey, continuing to teach and learn. Originally from New Jersey, she recently moved to nearby Morrisville, PA and has become even more inspired as a teacher, being able to see from class to class the changes and improvements in her students. “I started out thinking yoga was a little silly and now can’t imagine what my life would be like without it!  I feel so lucky to be able to share this practice and help others improve theirs minds and bodies through Hot Yoga.”

Nicole Cusumano

Nicole Cusumano

Teacher

Nicole’s yoga journey started almost 5 years ago. She loved the practice almost instantly. At first she thought it would only be a tool to heal her sciatica and some other injuries, and she would soon be back to lifting and running.  She soon realized that there was so much more to yoga than merely fixing some injuries.  She says, “Yoga quickly became a special space, a place for strengthening not only my body but my mind and spirit.”

Nicole was fortunate to be able to experience teacher training with her daughter Bella in the spring of 2014. She is happy to be able to say that she gets to teach this yoga and share its healing with her students.

Angeles Santiago

Angeles Santiago

Teacher

Angeles emigrated from Mexico when she was 19.  She struggled with learning the language and trying to fit into a world that was foreign to her. Leaving everything behind was heart breaking, but she did it in order to have a better life, to follow the American dream.  Angeles loves to spend time with her four children Chris (17), Britt (14), Addison (11) and Jeff (8) and to cook healthy meals.

In 2007 Angeles was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease. She was devastated and in so much pain.  She grew tired of visiting  doctors and not feeling any better.  One day her sister Karina told her about hot yoga and paid for her her first class so she wouldn’t have an excuse not to go!  After finishing the class Angeles realized it was the first time in so long that she had no pain and felt great. That’s when her journey on the path of healing and teaching began.  She decided to go to Teaching Training in Spring 2014 in Los Angeles.  Angeles hopes to expand this amazing yoga practice to the Latin community and teach beginners classes in both languages, English and Spanish.

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