Naomi Rose

Naomi is a firm believer in the healing power of yoga.  While living and working in Washington,DC, she turned to a local yoga studio to help relieve tension in her spirit and body. What she found was more than just a way to cure stress and aches, but a warm community and a way to practice joy and persistence. 

When Naomi realized she couldn’t shut up about the benefits of yoga, she decided to pursue a 200-hour certification.  She loves sharing the practice with skeptics and regulars, and looks forward to seeing her students try something new. She aims to incorporate the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of yoga in every flow. Her yoga  practice includes teaching and sharing in any and all spaces: churches, bars, schools, on the road, and and in teeny apartments. Asana is for all, and can be done almost anywhere. 

Naomi recently moved to Raleigh with her husband and their tailless cat, Bobbie. 

Kristen Rae

Kristen’s love for yoga and what the practice has done for her over the years keeps her on her mat today! She became serious about yoga in 2007. She spent many years living in the beautiful Southwest part of the country (LA, Vegas and Scottsdale to name a few amazing places!) When she was a kid, she seriously injured her spine while figure skating, so exercise wasn’t really an option growing up. When Kristen found something physically, mentally and spiritually challenging AND a practice that made her feel better, she was hooked – it was YOGA! So - she had the opportunity to take a 200 HRTT program during her first year as a full time yogi. Teaching yoga was never on her radar until someone said to her one day “you should teach!”  She can remember her eyes widening and thinking – “you’re crazy” – and second – “maybe I should!” Her 200 HRTT was a game changer – a life changer – and she’s so glad it’s led her down a path of a healthy, grateful and happy lifestyle. 

Now, many years later, Kristen has furthered her education and is a Yoga Therapist, ERYT500+ through Sumits Yoga and Yax Yoga Concepts, in addition to various workshops and self study. She’s a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Certified Educational Provider) and offers many formats of classes and workshops and provides continuing education regularly. Kristen is so grateful to everyone that has supported her through her ever-continuing yoga journey! She looks forward to being one of your supporters in YOUR journey! Find her on instagram @kristen.rae

Shannon Woods

Shannon, a former Spanish teacher, was drawn to yoga after the birth of her third daughter.  She quickly realized that her practice made her shine brighter in all areas of her life.  The mind, body connection had a profound effect on managing daily stress while creating a beautiful awareness of life on and off the mat.  Shannon knew she could not live without her practice and was inspired to share the gift of yoga with others.  With the encouragement of her family, she immersed herself in teacher training at the Wilmington Yoga Center.  

Shannon is currently a certified 220 hour yoga teacher and also teaches children's yoga.  

As a teacher her intention is to offer a fun class that will inspire personal empowerment and guide students to grow in their practice. Shannon has so much gratitude for her teachers and students whom she continuously learns from on this lifelong journey.


Sarah started her yoga journey in a basic college class in 2003. She fell in love with yoga when she realized days and weeks with a solid yoga practice in her life where better than times without yoga. 

Sarah completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in the fall of 2016. She loves connecting with students & sharing her passion of asanas, strength and music with others. 

Sarah graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007 and works full time as a nurse locally in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Sarah also has a small photography business as a traveling newborn photographer. 

Sarah loves eating healthy, traveling, cooking, doing anything active or outdoors and spending time with her husband & dog!

Kimmy Profitko

Understanding yoga as a modality to help fix the body is Kimmy's main focus. She wants all of her students to both practice smiling and leave class smiling. She started doing yoga when she was a freshman in high school, at the request of her percussion band instructor to help their bodies during the marching band season. In college, her practice became more developed and progressed to new levels. However, during college, Kimmy severely injured her arm and shoulder and doctors told her she may never do yoga again. She worked hard to regain her strength and flexibilty, both physically and emotionally. She knows what it is like to start from the bare minimum in yoga and progress toward goals. As a result, Kimmy always welcomes questions about form, how to modify due to injury, or questions about overall alignment. She is currently in graduate school at NC State for GIS and has a BS in Geology and a BA in biology. She earned her 200 hour RYT certification in Santa Rosa, California and is currently completing her NASM personal training certification as well.

Erica Lagarde

Erica has been a competitive athlete since she was very young, having trained in gymnastics, dance, endurance running, and obstacle racing throughout her life. While training for her first marathon and competing with her international hip hop team in 2014, Erica noticed her workout regime was missing something.  Since Erica loves music and dynamic movement, vinyasa yoga seemed like the perfect choice. “Unlike running and dancing, yoga is not about getting faster or performing better than the person next to you. It’s about listening to your body and honoring how it feels today. The more you try to force it, the further it gets away from you.” The practice of yoga has given her more than just physical strength; she has experienced mental and emotional stability and renewed perspective through her practice as well. She believes the self awareness, patience, and respect she has learned through her yoga practice has actually made her a better athlete and a better person. She brings creative challenges and love for music to each class, and she is so excited to continue her yoga journey at Element Hot Yoga!

Daniel Veenkamp

Daniel was first introduced to yoga through his sister as a senior in college, back in 2014. He loved the hot vinyasa practice so much that he immediately started practicing 4-5 times per week. Around 3 months later, after noticing how much lighter and calmer his life felt, he decided to dedicate himself to the practice and sharing it with others. 

Receiving his 200 RYT through the Baptiste Institute, Daniel tends to teach Baptiste-inspired power flow classes. His personal practice is a healthy mix of play, power, and ease; and he brings each element into his teaching. Just don't be terribly surprised if you catch him singing in one of his classes


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Jennifer discovered the benefits of a consistent yoga practice just a few years ago. Yoga provided a sense of calm to balance her role as a medical sales and marketing manager. She continues to feel the life-changing effects--better sleep, less anxiety, a clearer lens to handle any challenge that life throws her way. She feels stronger both inside and out. Yoga has also rekindled her love of movement, one that developed at an early age. In her teens, Jennifer stayed active through competitive dance, cheerleading, acrobatics, softball, and in college as a member of the University of North Carolina dance team. Her first part-time job was actually as a dance instructor. Though she enjoys getting the body moving through the physical practice of yoga (asana), yoga is not a sport. She values the grounding effects of pranayama and meditation, the ability for physical postures to be modified and made-accessible to everyone, and the healing power to move scar tissue throughout (be it from physical injury or emotional scars). 

Jennifer earned her RYT-200 hour certification May 2017.  She is excited to share this practice and join the Element Hot Yoga community!


Jill found her way to the mat seeking balance in the midst of raising a family and a busy real estate career. As the yoga began, there was a gradual reorganizing of heart, mind and body as the desire to understand the science of yoga grew. With a passion for yoga, community and deeper connection to self and others it was clear that North Raleigh was in need of place to move, breath and connect.  After years of faithful commuting to area studios and jokes with fellow yogis about the long and stressful drive to yoga,  it was clearly time to build a yoga community closer to home. 

An athletic lifestyle that invariable included injuries fueled Jill's desire to move more consciously.  Jill loves that regardless of age or athletic ability, yoga and infrared heat have healing properties. Many students with injuries and past surgeries find that heat can be an importatn part of their rehabilitation. 

and facilitate greater mobility, reduction of pain and a general feeling of physical ease.  Creating a safe space to feel better in your body, cultivate physical awareness and make meaningful connections is what Element is all about.  Jill believes that yoga is for every body and encourages all students move at their own pace and pay attention to their bodies.