Rowena M. Brown,
Studio Owner

So, this story begins in 2003. I like to think of it as my new beginning. I had suffered from Fibromyalgia for years. I suffered severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrom in both hands and wrists. Severe joint pain made sleeping for more than a few hours at a time impossible. My declining health lead me into the arms of a deep long term depression. After 15 years of gradual encroaching health issues I was finally diagnosed as ” disabled ” After spending tens of thousands of dollars , hoping for a “miracle”, I was devastated to hear the diagnoses, “disabled”. It seemed so hollow, so absolute, so unfair. It seemed that the message was, there is nothing more that can be done for you. Stop spending your money on doctors and tests. Just go home and accept your fate. Surrender. Stop enjoying life. I felt like I had come to an abrupt and unprepared stop. I had no idea what to do next. Then, my new beginning. At the suggestion of my good, dear friend, Carol Atkins, I decided to try Bikram Yoga. Read More

Lisa Moore-Markland,
Office Manager


My name is Lisa Markland and I am from Kernersville. I graduated from East Forsyth High School and attended St. Andrews Presbyterian College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been working for Hot Yoga Therapy since August of 2011 as Office Manager. I take care of signing people in and making sure the studio is nice and clean. I truly love it!

I enjoy taking hot yoga and I have also encouraged some of my family members to try it.

Christina Pardue,

My passion for practicing Hot Yoga began in 1995 while living in California. I had survived a terrible car accident in college and was enduring restricted movement and severe pain. I had been very active my entire life and did not want to surrender to a new life of confinement and pain. So, my journey for optimum health and wellness began. I am extremely grateful and owe my replenished health to the wonders of my Lord, hot yoga, upper cervical chiropractic care, nutrition and the love and support of my family. I completed my fellowship training through Hot Yoga Therapy in early 2011 and I now strive to share my passion for health and wellness to others by teaching at HYT and working with Dr. McIntyre at the Triad Upper Cervical Clinic in Kernersville.

I can now enjoy all types of exercise including weight lifting, running, and tennis. However, I have found that no other exercise restores my mind and body like Hot Yoga. This practice provides each student with the opportunity to strengthen and cleanse the body and the mind alike. I believe that in order to create the life that you want, one must first honor the life they have been given and hot yoga provides 90 min where you can do just that. I encourage everyone to come and practice and discover a new you.

In addition to working out, I enjoy reading, gardening, cooking, art, and spending time with my husband and three wonderful children. Hope to see you in the studio!

Carol Atkins,

I began practicing Hot Yoga in 2003. After 2 classes I knew my life would never be the same. I had suffered with tendonitis for 10 years prior to my yoga experience. I had to wear a brace on my arm everyday for those 10 years. Then suddenly after the classes I no longer needed the brace…. the pain was gone! So I continued to practice and to heal my body.

I joined Hot Yoga Therapy when it opened in 2009. After completion of the fellowship training @ HYT under the direction of Rowena Brown… I started teaching. My greatest joy in teaching is seeing others heal their bodies as I have healed mine. I look forward to each class and to each new student….as we work or way to a more healthy body!

Kristin Hardesty,

Hello everyone! My name is Kristen Hardesty. I have a natural will and a passionate drive for hot yoga, in my practice and instruction. Through intense practice and cognizant reflection I am starting to understand the meaning of my practice, my breath, my focus, and the benefits of the postures. The only way learning is effective is if meaning is established and understood. I have an excited desire to share the process of attaining these long-term benefits with everyone! Hot Yoga Doctor and Bikram postures have transformed all areas of my life and my body. I am blessed to have found this truly healing practice. I feel more blessed to be able to engage in the pathway of this mindful journey with you all. I have been practicing since November 2010 and in this short amount of time I have begun to experience the many inherent benefits of learning how to surrender, change, and persist. I have allowed this transformation to apply to all areas if my life. Anything truly good comes through time, awareness and the optimal use of ourselves. Give the doctor who is in each of you a chance to work, life resides in the power of your breath, the benefits are continuously endless…

Mandi Davis,

My name is Mandi Davis and I began practicing at Hot Yoga Therapy in Winter, 2010. I was amazed at how much my body, mind, and spirit changed in just a short period of time. Hot Yoga Therapy has taught me what it means to truly let go and connect with my inner self.  Each practice brings me a step closer to a journey of self discovery and healing.

In Spring, 2012 I successfully completed my fellowship training under the direction of Rowena Brown. I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to teach and watch others experience the many gifts of hot yoga.

Outside of the studio, I work full time as the Director of Marketing for Winston-Salem Federal Credit Union. I enjoy being outdoors, staying active, cooking, dancing, and spending time with loved ones.

Alysia McGinnis,

My name is Alysia McGinnis and I graduated from Salem College in May 2012 with a BA in communication. I now work at McNeill Communications as a social media/web and events manager. I am also pursuing a certification as a personal trainer and nutritionist. I completed my hot yoga training with Rowena Brown through a teaching fellowship in May 2012.
I started practicing hot yoga in the spring of 2010 to prepare for the Miss North Carolina USA pageant, in which I represented High Point as Miss High Point USA. I have danced for about twelve years with a concentration in ballet training. I was also (and still am for the most part) an avid runner through high school, and I did cross country and track while in college. A few years back, I dislocated my left knee twice because it was misdiagnosed. I was a very lucky to have no tears, and with a year of physical therapy, I was back at dance and running.
Initially, I started practicing hot yoga as another form of exercise. But it turned out to be so much more than I expected. I didn’t realize how much pain I was in from years of dancing and running. It’s amazing how self-aware yoga forces you to be. I truly believe that hot yoga has changed me from the inside out. True health starts with your mind; it’s not just about how you look on the outside, but how you feel as well. Yoga is a rare form of exercise that massages all of your internal organs, glands, and muscles. Not only will you find your body firmer and leaner, but you will also feel better. That is worth everything!
My true love and inspiration for yoga come from seeing the changes my students have undergone since I began teaching in May 2012. Yes, in this short time span, I have watched and helped introduce people to a new and healthier lifestyle, transforming the way they look, feel, and think about themselves. It is this reason that I have decided to pursue a certification in nutrition and personal training.  Nothing makes me happier than to know I am helping people integrate healthier lifestyle choices into their daily routines, and I will continue to look for ways to help and nurture my students.
Let your body and mind be open and receptive to the great and beautiful changes yoga can bring you.

Nadia Meyers


Nadia Meyers,

Nadia Meyer’s love of yoga comes from her joy in helping others grow spiritually, and find their peace.

With a background in both metaphysics and dance Nadia has a lot to offer the yoga community. She is grateful to have found an outlet in yoga that allows her classes to be both challenging and inspiring.

She has been teaching yoga since 2011, and is certified in both Bikram Hot Yoga and RYT 200 hrs.