Meet the Teachers at Hot Salutations Community Yoga Center
To learn more about Rachel, see our "About Us" page.
Rachel is dedicated to helping her students reach their own fitness goals through her unique style of Hot Vinyasa Flow yoga, and the high standard she sets for instruction at her studio. Nowhere else is that standard of excellence more evident than in the lineup of instructors who call Hot Salutations home.
Rachel is the owner and driving force behind Hot Salutations.
She is a lifelong fitness, health and wellness advocate, an avid marathon runner, distance swimmer and certified spinning instructor. She is known for her boundless energy and genuine desire to help others find their best self through fitness and Yoga.
Amanda Palermo is a hot vinyasa teacher. She loves spending quality time with her son and husband. This includes football on Sunday while her husband makes meatballs and other Italian eats.
She also enjoys reading and loves to practice yoga during her free time. Amanda loves all types of music especially reggae and dance. Amanda loves her Rottweiler and often refers to her 4 year old dog as her second child.
Leah Brinkman is a true yogini at heart!! She loves to dabble in different fitness activities but nothing keeps her grounded like yoga.
Leah loves the combination of sunshine, music, and wine..I guess we call that a festival in south Florida.
Kim has been practicing yoga since 1998. As well as being a Yoga Alliance RYT 200 instructor she is also a professional belly dancer and certified instructor.
She spends her free time reading, biking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and 3 kids. Kim is known for her joyful personality and lively classes.
She has a straight forward way of teaching that is easy and fun, always encouraging her students to honor themselves by making their practice their own and to be grateful in each and everything because life is a gift.
I grew up in Philadelphia. I have always loved sports. I was very active growing up and played baseball up through the collegiate level. After college, I began working in the legal industry and stopped paying attention to my health. By the end of 2010, I knew that I needed to make some changes and to take better care of myself. I decided that I would incorporate yoga into my regular fitness routine.
Very quickly I started to see the benefits that my teachers talked about during class becoming realities in my life. As a lifelong asthma sufferer, I had used inhalers for more than twenty years to regulate my breathing. After only nine months of consistent practice I was able to discontinue using my inhalers completely. I also lost about thirty pounds during my first year of practice. With a lot of encouragement from my teachers, I went to Los Angeles and was certified to teach Bikram Yoga in the fall of 2012. Since then, I have continued to expand my knowledge of Ghosh Lineage Hatha Yoga through various workshops and seminars, and have completed additional Hatha Yoga training with Tony Sanchez in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
I believe strongly that yoga can have tremendous health benefits for anyone willing to practice consistently and with precision.
Vanessa Munaretto is a hot vinyasa teacher. Her favorite place to relax is anywhere that is silent. For example the mountains with a quiet stream or the beach at sunrise when the water is nice and peaceful.
She loves authentic Italian food as her father is originally from Italy. Vanessa's favorite song is Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye. She also loves spending time with her dog Romo.
Brandon has always been athletic and values the benefits of yoga. He teaches with joy and passion, hoping to translate the love he feels for yoga to those he leads through their respective practices.
He loves music and his classes reflect that as well.
What Our Students are Saying:
When I moved to South Florida 5 years ago, I was fortunate to find Rachel after trying several different studios to continue my Yoga practice. I've been practicing with her ever since. Great teacher, great studio. Couldn't be happier. DC-Coral Springs
Thanks for the personal attention you always show in class. I appreciate the help you've given me to improve my yoga. You're the best! FG-Coconut Creek
I have been a student of hot yoga for over 5 years, about 3 years ago I discovered your classes and I've been adjusting my schedule ever since to make it the nights that you are teaching! TE -Coral Springs
...I highly recommend her teaching to anyone who would like to be inspired to live a healthier and more active lifestyle! - EK
...I am willing to challenge myself thanks to her ability to create a safe, fun environment. Taking her classes is now an integral part of my life. I feel lucky to have found such a talented and generous teacher. BJ, Coral Springs
Visit our Testimonials page to see more student comments!
Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night inspired to tackle a challenging posture in a new way. Typically an inversion, I always fall. This is a practice I should discontinue.
A happy life is a balanced life and I strive to achieve balance daily. Whether it's music, literature or yoga, my desire is to fully immerse myself in these passions to the point of losing myself, all while maintaining a healthy sense of humor. At times, this can be a challenge.
Yoga has been the determining factor in motivating me to take better care of myself. Once weighing just about 400 lbs, a former smoker and major depressive, this practice has helped me to reclaim my life and dream again. This gift I've received is something I hope to give others.