how we came to be…

A wee bit of history


My name is Katy and I’m the founder of Studio South. Once upon a time, I couldn’t touch my toes (the V-Sit was never my friend in grade school), I wasn’t flexy bendy or in particularly great shape. Quite frankly, after taking a few random yoga classes I disregarded it as something those “other people” do. I didn’t think I was good enough.

As fate would have it, I stumbled upon Hot House Yoga Studio in Virginia Beach. I went looking to drop a few pounds and found so much more. I spent the summer of 2010 falling in love with yoga (insert images of Dirty Dancing here … me as “Baby” and yoga as Patrick Swayze). At the time I was wife and mother of 2 babies (2 and under), and now yogi. I discovered that yoga helped me on all levels … what does that mean? For the first time in my life, I became very aware of who I am and how I treat myself (ie what I eat, what I think, what choices I make). Plain and simple, yoga made me aware of the present moment. I’m far from perfect, but yoga helps me to be present with my family, my friends, and myself. Yoga slows time down in this crazy, fast paced world.

At the end of the summer, I decided three things. The first was that I was one of those “people”. Afterall, we are all those people. If you can breathe, you can do yoga! Second, I was going to teacher training, ASAP. The third was that my hometown (“born and raised on the playground is where I spent most of my days”) needed a yoga home like the one Hot House had created in Virginia Beach. We needed a non-judgemental, welcoming space where everyone (big, small, young, experienced, blue, inexperienced, green, you name it) could feel comfortable to experience their yoga.

I spent the next three years planning, learning, and growing. My driving force is that I want to share all the wonderful aspects of yoga that have helped me so much, with the members of my community. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to do so. If you’ve read this far, what are you waiting for??? Hope to see you on your mat 😉

Kelly Harriss

Kelly Harriss

200hr RYT

Carli Schleser-Flint

Carli Schleser-Flint

Barre Philosophy Certified

Melissa Cantrell

Melissa Cantrell

200hr RYT Barre Philosophy Certified

Nonnie Wright

Nonnie Wright

200hr RYT Barre Philosophy Certified

Karen Grainer-Lubore

Karen Grainer-Lubore

200hr RYT

Genevieve Okuma

Genevieve Okuma

200hr RYT

Katy Henderson

Katy Henderson

200hr E-RYT 500hr RYT Yoga for Arthritis certified

Cristen Zanca

Cristen Zanca

200hr RYT

Felix Vlad

Felix Vlad

200hr RYT Barre Philosophy Certified

Libbey York

Libbey York

200hr RYT Booty Barre Certified

Tiffany Reaves

Tiffany Reaves

200hr RYT Barre Philosophy Certified

Jennifer Pinto

Jennifer Pinto

200hr RYT

April Wooten

April Wooten

200hr RYT

Stacy Nelson

Stacy Nelson

200hr RYT Prenatal Certification Breakti Motion certified

Jayce Griffin

Jayce Griffin

200hr RYT Yoga for Arthritis Level One

Paul Reeser

Paul Reeser

200hr RYT

Katie Humber

Katie Humber

Barre Philosophy Certified

Beth Corson

Beth Corson

200hr RYT

Lauren Williams

Lauren Williams

200hr RYT

Renee Cullum

Renee Cullum

Barre Philosophy Certified

Katy Scordo

Katy Scordo

200hr RYT

Donna Christensen

Donna Christensen

200hr Certified RYT Certified Chakra yoga * 17 Yrs. Certified Reiki

Amy Rains

Amy Rains

200hr RYT, Prenatal Yoga Itsy Bitsy Yoga

Patti DeBlass

Patti DeBlass

200hr RYT Certified for Integrative yoga for seniors

Kim Lawlor

Kim Lawlor

200hr RYT

Kelsey Sanders

Kelsey Sanders

Cindy Crace

Cindy Crace

E-RYT 500, CYT Experienced Certified Yoga Instructor Certified Yoga Therapist

Amy Seraydarian

Amy Seraydarian

Lisa Engquist

Lisa Engquist