Born in Jamaica, W.I., Deverell emigrated to the US at two years old. Early on in his young-adulthood he experienced seemingly unrelated health traumas, including a tumor, loss of hearing in one ear, heart attacks and Bell’s Palsy, all of which helped to instill in him a deep appreciation for healing & wellness. At 25, while working as a project manager in corporate America, he was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune-arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). After learning that there is no cure and limited traditional treatments that aren’t costly or have unpleasant side-effects, he began exploring alternative therapies. He discovered and fell in love with yoga, became an instructor in 2012 and immersed himself in holistic living experiences and learned to manage the painful, debilitating symptoms of his condition. He recognizes yoga as a pathway to wellness and is passionate about supporting people discover their yogic way.
I first walked into a hot yoga class in February 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska. I like to say I was cold and was looking for a way to get warm. 105 degrees sounded like a great relief from the sub-zero temperatures. My wife, Erin, introduced me to the practice. I was attempting to quit a heavy smoking habit, once again. I could not come close to touching my toes. I don’t know how I made it through that first class, but I did and I went back for more. I began my practice focused on the physical benefits and quickly began to see that yoga offered more than that. I loved going after work and all the stress, worries, and weariness of the day would be burned away in the hot room. I would emerge reenergized and revitalized from the head to the toe, bone to the skin. My favorite yoga quote is that this practice is not about comparing my body to someone else’s posture. It isn’t even primarily about reaching that final posture. Flexibility, strength, focus and depth are relative to each moment I step back onto the mat. It is that moment I pursue through my practice; that moment being now.
I completed my teacher training in June 2017 in Buffalo, NY with Evolation Yoga. I look forward to serving the Harrisonburg community in bringing my passion and joy for this practice to others.
Jake has been practicing Hot Yoga since 2013. He was initially attracted to yoga for its physical benefit but it soon transformed him both physically and spiritually. Aside from being a father, he enjoys skiing, riding his motorcycle, hiking, running, surfing, gardening, carpentry, and cooking. He fuels his busy life with plenty of yoga and a vegan diet. Jake married his wife Jen in 2008. Together they enjoy looking after their chickens and pigs in Crozet, Virginia. His boys, Jameson and Johnny, keep him on his toes, they love the outdoors and they love skiing.
Jake completed a 250 hour hot yoga teacher training through Evolation Yoga in May of 2016. He loves teaching this amazing series that helped him lose over 50 pounds.
Discovering strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance through the practice of yoga has been a passion of mine since I came across a book about it 40 years ago. Yoga was not widely available at that time where I lived, except for reading books and experiencing an occasional class. Later on, I studied and practiced many traditions, including Ashtanga as taught by Beryl Bender Birch, Integral Yoga of Swami Satchitananda, and Kundalini yoga by Gurmukh.
I have practiced hot yoga, specifically Bikram Yoga for on my own for many years. Instruction in various meditation schools developed in me an appreciation for the practice of Hatha yoga (physical postures) and raja yoga (mental focus).
My dream of offering the healing and centering benefits of a yoga studio in my own community started to materialize after I was certified to teach. I completed the nine-week certification training in Spring, 2006 in Los Angeles at The Yoga College of India, taught by Bikram Choudhury.
Hot Yoga Harrisonburg is a beautiful and friendly studio with an inviting atmosphere. Walking into HYH 3 years ago was the beginning of a journey that I am so grateful to be on. This practice brings me not only better fitness, flexibility, and strength, but also a healthier mind. Stress and negativity seem to melt away and I leave the hot room with a peaceful, patient attitude. 26 postures, 2 breathing exercises, and a whole lot of learning about myself as I become a person who can sweat, balance, stretch, focus, and smile. Because of yoga, I am more thoughtful about how I fuel my body with food, more mindful of the present, and better able to handle stressful situations with a calm and controlled response. The hot room at HYH is a special place for so many because yoga changes people, inside and out. The yogis and yoginis at HYH make up a wonderful community that is passionate about growing and learning and practicing this incredible yoga. A truly magical place.
I took my first Hot Yoga Harrisonburg class the day before Thanksgiving in 2014. I couldn't touch my toes and also couldn't remember the last time that I could. My second class was on Thanksgiving morning and I was quickly consumed into a community of love and gratitude. There were so many sweaty bodies packed into a room where the focus, positivity, and compassion was vibrating off of the mirrors. That experience left such an impression on me that I remember that morning almost every time I walk into that hot room.
I have always been an athlete, never been flexible, and have suffered multiple injuries from sports. Now that I have been practicing, I have so much more mobility in my knees and ankles than I ever have. Every time I practice, I feel the blood flushing out areas that have been stiff for many years. I can feel a difference in my physical health when I don't get to practice and I am so thankful that the doors to the studio have opened back up.
Hot Yoga Harrisonburg has impacted my mental health more than anything, though. I have struggled with depression since early college and I have seen a significant improvement in my day to day outlook on life since I started practicing. Things that I learn in class have translated into daily life. I have learned to be forgiving of myself. If you fall out of a posture, forgive yourself and try again. Sometimes even waking up in the morning and getting out of bed is hard. I get out of bed with bulldog determination and bengal tiger strength. I have never felt so confident in my own skin.
In class, I am forced to focus on myself and I've grown to like that. There was one class that I caught a weird angle glance in the mirror of a girl during standing separate head to knee pose and thought, "wow, she is beautiful." It was me. It took my breath away because I had never, ever thought that before. This practice has changed my outlook on life and let compassion in for myself and others around me. I have so much gratitude for the opportunity to practice and be motivated by so many amazing people in our community.
When I first tried hot yoga two years ago I had never done yoga before even though I had always been very into fitness. I would typically run 5 to ten miles every day. Everything hurt, my knees, my hamstrings, my shins, my feet. I thought that running was the most efficient way for me to stay fit.
I couldn't believe how challenging my first class was. I thought I was so fit! It felt so good to stretch and strengthen every part of my body after pounding it into the ground by running for all those years.
After a few weeks I found my aches slowly fading and at the same time I was feeling fitter and stronger than ever. I remember crouching down in the isle at the grocery store and feeling so strong, like I could hold that position effortlessly forever. I also noticed my mood was so much more relaxed and happy. I was addicted!
Even though with three kids, husband, and job I have to juggle to fit this yoga into my schedule I make it work. My old methods of staying fit now seem barbaric to me- all the pounding and wearing out of tissues and joints. With hot yoga I finally feel like I've found something truly healing and strengthening for my body and mind. Instead of my workouts punishing my body, this yoga celebrates my body and nurtures every amazing joint, ligament, and muscle.
I started skateboarding when I was thirteen, and as a 28 year old I am more passionate about it than ever. Last October I suffered a severe ankle sprain while skating, and despite many hours of physical therapy and even more hours (months actually) of not skateboarding, I felt like the healing process in my ankle had hit a plateau. Eventually when I could skate again, there was a residual pain and weakness in the ankle that made skating to my full ability impossible. Someone recommended hot yoga, telling me how it had helped her overcome injury, and I decided to try it.
At this point I have completed around 20 classes and it has already done wonders not only for my injured ankle, my entire body and mind as well. My ankle is no longer stiff and painful when I flip my skateboard. I can feel the muscles around my spine growing stronger. When I take a deep breath, I can even feel my ribs being stretched wider by the muscles in between them so that I can take more air into my lungs. After class I feel relaxed, accomplished, and want to treat my body to healthy food and a lot of water.
I am not in any way an expert on yoga, but as far as I can tell from my own experience, hot yoga seems to focus more on strength and stamina along with flexibility versus other styles of yoga I have tried. I appreciate the repetition of 26 specific postures because it allows me to notice subtle improvements and changes in my body from class to class. I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of where practicing hot yoga might take me, but I highly recommend it to anyone who values their health and wants to make yoga a part of their life.