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Bend and Zen Hot Yoga in Louisville, KY

Yoga Core

This class is taught by:

Meredith Conroy

Bend and Zen Partner
Instructor - All Level Flow, Yoga Core, Power Vinyasa, Hot Fusion, Hot 26, Advanced Vinyasa
500 hr RYT
200 hr E-RYT

Meredith still remembers her first time in a hot yoga studio and it was love at first sweat! Although she found yoga later in life, her background as a gymnast and University of Florida cheerleader prepared her for the physical challenges of hot yoga. Early into her time in the hot room Meredith knew she had found her passion and was quickly discovering her desire to teach and share with students the amazing benefits of hot yoga.  Meredith took a leave of absence from her corporate job to travel to Brazil for a five-week, 300-hour intensive training in the Moksha Yoga tradition. Upon her return to Kentucky she began teaching part-time developing her skills until she exited the nine-to-five world to do the work she truly loved – teaching yoga!  Meredith earned a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville and this aspect of her background influences her teaching style and how she leads class. She knows that many students begin hot yoga for the physical results and stress relief, but a good class provides the opportunity to go deeper. Her goal is to support students who are ready and willing to shift out of an everyday state of mind and into one that enables internal exploration, learning and growth.  Her teaching style is relaxed and joyful and her goal is to tailor each class to the individual and ensure every student leaves her class feeling better than they did when they came!  Her philosophy is that yoga should be accessible to all levels of ability, from beginners to advanced practitioners and it is her intention to meet all students’ levels of ability in each and every class.

Brittany Swan

Instructor - Yoga Core
200 hr RYT

Brittany was an avid barre class practitioner when she stumbled across her first hot yoga class in 2011 thinking it would be a breeze.  She was immediately humbled by the extensive practice and quickly fell in love with the heat and the practice.  Brittany soon discovered yoga was so more than just a workout and was actually a place for peace and acceptance.  Brittany admired the “messiness” of yoga and the ability to add your own flare to any flow and to any class, which kept her coming back!  She saw how the yogic philosophy could be applied to all aspects of life and decided to enroll in the Bend and Zen teacher training in January 2017 and has never looked back. She received her RYT-200 certification in March 2017.  She deeply values the responsibility of being a yoga teacher and carries that respect towards all on and off the mat. Brittany's teaching style matches her approach to life - energetic, playful and fun!  She recognizes how important it is to create a sacred space for all practitioners and the same acceptance that she found when she began her yoga journey.  When Brittany is not on her mat, she can be found watching way too much food network, listening to any NPR podcast, and managing a loving home with her husband Landon and their kids Wyatt, Watson and Luna.


Jessie Schook

Instructor - Yoga HIIT
200 hr RYT

Jessie is a Louisville native who first found yoga while living in Spain. She completed her teacher training in 2015 at Corepower Yoga in Chicago. When she is not on her mat you can find her working at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, spending time with her cats and fiancé and surveying pizzas and beers with dedication and commitment!  Jessie’s yoga philosophy is that yoga should be fun. It should make you smile and you should always leave feeling empowered. Her personal catch phrase for life is “Shoulda gone to yoga!” -to the tune of “Shoulda had a V8.” She enjoys making her students smile and laugh. Most of her regulars know when she has been watching Instagram again. Jessie is committed to keeping her classes fresh and unique. Expect to experiment and explore funky transitions and interesting variations of poses.  Jessie always strives to make sure there is something for everyone, whether today is a ‘child’s pose every other posture’ kind of day, or a ‘handstand in between every posture’ kind of day you will leave feeling strong and powerful!

A fun and challenging class that combines a powerful flow with core strengthening. You will move and feel from the center of your body learning to engage the core more deeply and intentionally in all postures. A rigorous class with time spent holding poses while building strength, focus, self awareness and confidence. All levels welcome!

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Oct 23 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Meredith Conroy
  • Wed Oct 24 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Brittany Swan
  • Tue Oct 30 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Meredith Conroy
  • Wed Oct 31 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Brittany Swan
  • Tue Nov 06 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Jessie Schook
  • Wed Nov 07 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Brittany Swan
  • Tue Nov 13 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Jessie Schook
  • Wed Nov 14 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Brittany Swan
  • Tue Nov 20 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Meredith Conroy
  • Wed Nov 21 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Brittany Swan
  • Tue Nov 27 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Meredith Conroy
  • Wed Nov 28 8:30 am - 9:30 am with Brittany Swan
  • Tue Dec 04 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Meredith Conroy