Simple Yoga Fitness is an entirely new wellness immersion experience. When you walk in the door, you’ll immediately notice this doesn’t look or feel like a gym. From the reception area, you’ll walk through a corridor into a tranquil respite from the rest of the world.
Simple Yoga Fitness provides a unique and transformative wellness experience for people of all body types and any fitness level. Our specialized instructors provide an adaptive wellness opportunity through carefully themed courses designed to speak life into your dreams while assisting you in safely accessing a transformative yoga experience. Our luxurious lounge is available for you to relax and connect with your community before and after classes. Our studio incorporates a cinematic immersive experience that allows you to see yourself practicing mindful movement in exotic locations throughout the globe. From the time you walk in, you will be transported to a place where you can be your favorite self.
Pat R.Yoga Instructor IIIPat has 55 Years of Dance/Yoga Teaching Experience with students and teachers alike. CEO of STARS National Dance Program 40 Years. She built the program to 35 Franchises in 8 states. Pat has been teaching Yoga for 10 years and has acquired many hours of Teaching Certificates including all kinds of Yoga and Pilates. Pat’s Main focus in Dance business was to not only teach great dance technique but to teach life skills and build self esteem in children with an emphasis on good sportsmanship.
Pat’s Main focus in Yoga is to make the Yoga class simple, safe and accessible to everyone. And to not only teach the fitness part (Strength, Flexibility and Balance) safely but recognizing there is a mental influence of positive thoughts through words fused into a classroom setting, that can have lasting benefits no matter the age, ethnicity, shape or religion. Yoga never discriminates. Pat is an avid Golfer as well, you will find her on the golf course during golf season on Tuesday Mornings (Ladies Day). Pat has 10 grandchildren that she adores.
Jacob N.Yoga Instructor IIIBorn in Honolulu Hawaii, of Indian heritage from The Fiji Islands, Jacob Narayan grew up around Aspen and Boulder in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He also spent two years in London in his early twenties and took a 100-day trip around the world before settling in Los Angeles, where he studied and practiced yoga one-on-one under the traditional student/guru discipleship with Larry Payne, Ph.D.
Jacob gravitated to yoga for both physical, mental, and spiritual reasons. As a semi-pro Beach Volleyball player, Jacob suffered from back and shoulder pain, but during his first yoga class that pain went away and has not returned. Jacob has worked with renowned yoga masters including Deepak Chopra's yoga advisor Bija Bennett and master teacher Gary Kraftsow to develop yoga programs for Hyatt International that are used at resorts worldwide. Jacob’s yoga teaching and practice focuses on simple, stable and comfortable postures with an emphasis on breathing and meditation.
Victoria R.Yoga Instructor IIIVictoria is a 500hr registered yoga teacher in Ogden, Utah. Through yoga, she aims to help others unlock the powerful tools we all have within to bring forth self-healing and liberation. She began her yoga journey very early in life attending classes with her mother before grade school. As an adult, she eventually decided to deepen her practice and dive into her passion by taking her 200hr teaching certification in Denver, Colorado, and later completed her 300hr certification in the Sacred Valley of Peru.
Victoria is currently pursuing her certification as a Yoga Therapist with the intention of connecting as many people as possible to the healing power of yoga. She also grew up as a competitive dancer and enjoys incorporating that creativity she learned into her sequencing. Her humble yet energetic teaching style keeps yoga approachable while staying true to the ancient principles of the practice. She understands that the most important yoga is done off the mat, and also works to incorporate yogic philosophy that can be brought home to help bring grounding and balance to individual’s everyday lives. When Victoria isn’t teaching yoga you can find her breakin’ it down on a dance floor, hiking the local trails, or lounging with her kitty, Dazey.
Kate K.Yoga Instructor IIIHi I’m Kate Keate-Thompson. I grew up here in Bountiful in a fun, active family skiing, riding horses, and boating. I still love hiking these mountains and my new sport of Pickleball. When I was in college at Utah State, I majored in Social Work with a minor in dance. I wanted to become a Dance Therapist, but then I blew out my knee inner tubing and skiing. After two surgeries the Dr told me I’d never ski again! I thought … no way! And my cute mom said.. “ maybe you should try yoga”. So 35 years ago I had to give up teaching aerobics and dancing and we found a class in Salt Lake where we learned the discipline of Iyengar yoga. It was the only thing that worked to get me back skiing. I knew I needed lots of yoga so 20 years ago I became a certified yoga instructor through YogaMotion in Montana. I was teaching in many gyms and clubs. I decided it would be a great addition to go back to school to learn massage therapy. I knew anatomy would be a great tool for teaching yoga and I fell in love with the healing arts. I’ve taught children to adults and love teaching and working with teens.
In 2000 I volunteered for yoga in many of the schools. As the PTA President at Bountiful High, I saw how many stress related problems we have in our state and talked to our School board about having yoga as curriculum. I’m so grateful to the High Schools. I helped many elementary teachers add some yoga and mindfulness in their classes. I was able to raise four really incredible children, here in Bountiful and love teaching my 12 grandkids how to do headstands at the park or challenge them to waterski on one leg. I understand the importance of adding the philosophies of connecting our mind, body and spirit into our lives, on and off the mat. I am very excited to be a part of a beautiful studio and so many gifted teachers and our brilliant owner. The motto that I’ve incorporated into my life, from my 96 year old Mom.. “ You’ve gotta move it or lose it”!
Sue DawnYoga Instructor IIII attended my first yoga class in the fall of 2009. My eldest daughter took me to a hot yoga class, and I was hooked. At the time, I was an avid runner; but I used my yoga practice to help in training. After I tore the meniscus in both knees, yoga became my main source of physical exercise. After I retired in 2013, I decided that I could expand my exposure and knowledge of yoga.
I went through the yoga teacher training at Salt Lake Community College, earning a Yoga Alliance certificate. I have trained in several different styles of yoga and Pilates, but I prefer to teach Yin Yoga. Yoga has helped me keep my inner peace, as well as my physical outlet. I want to give back to the yoga community, and teaching helps me do this.
Darryl B.Yoga Instructor IIHi! I’m Darryl, and I’ve been practicing Yoga since 2011. At the time, I was riding a bicycle for exercise during the summer, and not doing much activity all winter long. I was feeling a bit ill all of the time while taking medications that my doctor recommended that were appropriate for my age. I had visited India for several weeks a few years earlier on a business trip and had an amazing time, including the week I spent there in the hospital with Malaria. I came back obsessed with the food, music and movies. Yoga was one thing I hadn’t tried until one day that I talked my daughter into going to a class with me. I was hooked from the start and went to at least one class per week after that.
I sometimes dreamed about being up in front of the class leading everyone else in all of the wonderful movements and feelings I was discovering. One day I got that chance when the teacher didn’t show up. I went up to the front and led the class-- "Try this! How does that feel? Do that!" It was exhilarating, but difficult trying to constantly think about what comes next. It wasn’t long until I was able to get off the medications that were causing me issues, and have honestly never felt better in my life! I also have found that there is no shock any more putting on skis on in the Winter or a Wakeboard in the summer, because all of the muscles involved in those activities are getting some love and attention continuously. Not long after my first “teaching” experience, I was able to arrange my schedule to take Teacher Training. It was an amazing experience, and it was surprising to me how much self-introspection was involved. Since then, I’ve been teaching for about 6 years. Much of that teaching has involved working with people who have little experience with Yoga, and watching the magic that happens when they start seeing the results. I’m looking forward to supporting Simple Yoga Fitness in its mission to make Yoga accessible for everyone, and I’m impressed with the great attitude of all of the staff here.
Sapienta Rossa F.Yoga Instructor IIBorn and raised in the Philippines, a transplant to Utah for 15 years now, I have been practicing yoga for 7 years and recently started teaching. I feel like my experience in management and training, enhanced my skills and prepped me for this new journey I am embarking on. I love to create experiences for people and I hope that I leave a good one for every student I interact with. I scuba dive and was in a live aboard boat for a week in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Whitney W.Yoga Instructor IIHi! I have been teaching yoga for 5+ years in the high school setting, and have been practicing yoga since my first yoga class in high school 18 years ago. As a dancer, movement, the mind-body connection, and the importance of breath have been driving forces in my life. Since high school I have danced collegiately and professionally, choreographed for a number of schools and studios in and outside of the state of Utah, taught dance in the studio setting for 10 years, and have taught dance in the public school setting for the last 11 years. Teaching dance and yoga in the public school setting has provided me the opportunity to study and train in the practice of mindfulness, which I integrate into each of my yoga classes.
I recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Dance Education, in which the focus of my thesis was integrating a mindfulness curriculum into the dance classroom, combining my passions of both dance and yoga. Prior to entering my Master’s program I completed my 200 Hr. YTT at the University of Utah, and plan to complete my 300 Hr. YTT in the near future. My yoga teaching philosophy is that the yoga pose is not the goal, the goal of yoga is to intimately know, listen to, and learn to trust yourself-mind, body and soul-it is the union of self to make ourselves more fully and authentically whole. Namaste
Kara K.Yoga Instructor IIKara Komarnitsky grew up in the Salt Lake Valley and recently graduated from Ohio State University with a BFA in Dance and minors in Business and Environmental Science. She has been teaching dance for the past five years and received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification in 2020, with a specialization in adaptive Yoga. Throughout her teaching, Kara seen how movement practice can be a pathway towards self-inquiry, creativity, confidence, and relaxation, and she fell in love with the way Yoga could address all aspects of physical, mental, and emotional wellness. She strives to create a space in her classes where each person can choose what they need in each moment and connect to a sense of community. Outside of class, you can catch her hiking in the mountains, gardening with her mom, or reading a good book.
Helena G.Yoga Instructor IHi! I'm Helena, and I've been practicing yoga since 2016. I was initially hesitant to try it, as I was used to high-intensity workouts and didn't see how it could fit into my lifestyle. Although it was uncomfortable at first, I found it helped a lot with school-related stress and ultimately played a large role in my eating disorder recovery; from that disorder, I was also left with several chronic issues, and I found yoga helped with those too! The more yoga healed my ailments, the more I was driven to get my teaching certification, so I could share yoga's healing power with others.
I did my 200-hr training through a trauma-informed studio in Burlington, VT, which further reinforced that yoga extends far beyond the mat. My ultimate goal is to use yoga as a therapeutic tool to help others recover from disordered eating and its repercussions. When I'm not practicing yoga, I spend my time at the climbing gym, in the Wasatch summiting peaks and scoping out new crags, skiing, traveling around the West Coast, and spoiling my cat, Morty.
Chloe B.Yoga Instructor IChloe first found yoga several years ago in her freshmen year of college. As she started to see all the benefits yoga had to offer, it soon became a part of her daily life as her passion for it built. Yoga became such a huge part of her life that no matter where she went or what she did, she always had yoga. She later decided she wanted to share and teach yoga to others.
After completing her 200-hour training, Chloe completed additional training in chair, yin, and restorative yoga as she believes in providing a safe and compassionate space with sequences that are accessible for all bodies. Chloe enjoys connecting with nature through astrology-based yoga, chakra balancing, incorporating the elements, breath work, and practicing outside. Outside of a daily yoga practice, she enjoys hiking and camping. She is a huge bookworm, loves music, playing guitar, and experimenting with different arts and crafts.
Emily G.Yoga Instructor IMy name is Emily and started my yoga journey as I was trying to heal some inner trauma. I fell in love with learning the history and origin of Yoga. I am passionate about keeping traditions alive. A fun fact about me is that I am a hip hop artist and have been traveling and doing shows for years.
When you step into our lounge, you’ll feel like you just walked into your best friend’s living room. The combination of elegance and warmth is designed to help you breathe easier and let the stress of your life float away. Come on in, drop your literal and emotional baggage at the door and prepare your mind and heart to receive what this investment of your time has to offer you. Be careful though – you just might be sucked into staying there all day… and that is okay by us. Feel free to take the time you need, and to sit in comfort, to visit, to prepare, or to reflect.Schedule A Class
Our cinematic studio truly transports you to an alternate realm of joy. Our classes take place in a welcoming space with a video wall on the back side of the room and mirrors in the front. This unique design immerses you in all the places you deserve to visit in this life without ever stepping foot on a plane.
When you view yourself in the mirror, you will see your best self practicing yoga in the beach huts of the Maldives, the snow-capped mountains of the Swiss Alps, the shimmering red plateaus of Southern Utah or any number of exotic locations. The creative use of technology in our studios allows you to focus on your own wellness journey as you watch yourself expanding your skills in beautiful locations.
Our classes are a profound, transformative experience designed to help you uncover mental, emotional, and physical wellness within a supportive community that celebrates you every step of the way. They suck you into another reality and when you return, it is with highlighted knowledge of yourself and a more mindful connection with your health. As you exit the studio you will re-enter the lounge where you are invited to sit and reflect on what you learned from your experience and to further connect with your tribe. Our state of the art soundproofing means you can feel free to chat and connect without disturbing the next group of students entering the studio.Schedule A Class
Joining Simple Yoga Fitness is more than joining a yoga studio – it is joining a community of diverse individuals seeking their best selves and supporting you on your journey. To be a part of Simple Yoga Fitness is to be accepted exactly as you are. It’s to be transported to another part of the world, to visit all those places you have always wanted to see, to feel the wonder of a mindful, intuitive yoga practice while expanding your vision for your own life. It’s to find support, community, acceptance. It’s to deepen your connection with yourself and to know that you are enough, and that you will always be enough. It’s to find a welcoming haven to achieve elevated mental, emotional, and physical wellness. Joining Simple Yoga Fitness is an act of self-love and an investment in being your favorite self.Schedule A Class