Co- Owner & Sister to Leigh
I am very thankful I had the opportunity to study under Sumit Banerjee and receive my 200 RYT certification from his school. I continue to evolve and grow in my yoga practice. I learn almost daily something new about myself and my body. Hot yoga started out as a great cardio, strength workout for me, then the flexibility and balance component became more of a focus. I will never do "pretty" yoga---but it keeps getting a little better and I have a little more flexibility. As I deepen my practice, I finally understand the mind, breath and body connection. This is yoga that I love, that I am so excited to introduce to those who have never tried yoga, and those that already have a love.
Co- Owner & Sister to Beth
I have never been an athletic person. I took an occasional step class when my kids were young, but nothing ever stuck with me for long. Then, about 10 years ago, my sister dragged me into running with her, then lifting weights, this time it stuck. However stretching was still not something I took time to do.
Eventually I found yoga, I practiced yoga off and on for a long time, even teaching it for a couple of years. But when Beth brought me to a Hot Yoga class, I became seriously hooked! I loved the warmth of the room and the incredible stretching. I felt completely relaxed after the class. My favorite part of the yoga is the flow sequences, I'm excited every time we get to that part!
I received my 200 hour RYT in 2012 in California with Sumit Banjaree. Since then I have expanded my training, earning my 300 RYT in 2020 I have taught over 2500 classes earning the certification of 500 E-RYT and am still excited to to introduce and/or help you along your yoga journey.
Sending Love, Peace and Light!
My training includes certifications through American Council on Exercise (ACE) as Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist. I have had pilates mat and reformer training through Polestar Education, Yoga for a New Day training through an ACE continuing education course and Yoga/Fusion training through Safax. I also have a master's degree through Kansas State University in elementary education.
In July of 2015, I completed and was RYT certified.
Whether you are new to yoga or an experienced "yogi", I encourage you to try Lava Yoga. Not only will you discover a yoga practice you'll love but you will also become part of a yoga community who cares about you personally.
Ten years later, in the summer of 2014, my daughter took a class at Lava Yoga and she absolutely loved it. She asked if I wanted to go with her. I hesitated, but my other daughters and my husband thought I should give yoga another chance, so I did. That first class I took was amazing! Difficult and challenging, but amazing! I have never felt so welcomed, accomplished, and connected to a community as I did after that first class. That time I vowed to go back, many times, and I did.
I began to transition from running to weight lifting and found that yoga, especially in a heated room, was the key to reducing muscle soreness, increasing flexibility, and keeping me from sustaining serious injuries. I also found the mental and emotional release of yoga was imperative to staying sane with the everyday stresses that affect us all.
As I grew to love yoga, I began to look at training courses. As I sought out courses, I found there were yoga training paths to learn how to teach children the beautiful art of yoga. That was the moment I knew I wanted to teach yoga! I thought if I could get just one child to appreciate (and maybe even love) yoga, that would be a success!
In 2018 I completed my personal training certification and I am currently working on completing my 200 hour RYT certification training to teach yoga, with additional classes to focus on teaching children. Lava Yoga has given me the opportunity to work with children and be a part of a yoga community. I can’t think of anything more wonderful than that!
In 2012 I had a personal trainer suggest incorporating yoga to my workout routine. I was running and cross training 5-6 days a week. Yoga was a great complement to all the other work.
I have been practicing ever since. But it was a year ago in May 2021 when I found Hot Yoga and fell in love. It has helped me with confidence, patience with myself, and processing grief. I was honored to have the opportunity to deepen my practice through teacher training in Fall 2021. I am grateful for all the loving fabulous people I have met through yoga and what yoga has done for me. I want to share with everyone how awesome yoga is for physical, mental and spiritual health.
Teaching is icing on the cake.
So grateful and blessed,
Diedre Lemon 200 Hour RYT
I began with Lava in 2017, looking for a lower impact workout that would help maintain my flexibility, balance and core strength. I found that I really enjoyed the classes along with the music. I love the community at the studio and have met many wonderful students and instructors. After practicing for several years, yoga has become more than workout. The classes leave me refreshed and relaxed.
I completed the 200 hour RYT certification from Lava Yoga Teacher Training. I look forward to sharing my passion for yoga.
I’ve been coming religiously since February 2021. I find a steady practice helps me maintain focus throughout the day and I feel lighter and at peace. I encourage everyone to come try it for yourself. Who doesn’t need a good savasana?
I have never been athletic. I like to joke that my siblings got all the athletic genes, so when a friend of mine asked if I would want to try out Lava Yoga, I assumed I would not be a fan. As it turns out, I fell in love at first sweat and never turned back.
I wound up in Topeka entirely by accident. My Peace Corps journey was cut short from Covid-19, and Topeka was where I landed out of that hectic moment in my life. Yoga has brought so much joy, peace, and steadiness to my life in many ways, but I think beyond that, Lava has given me a community to call home here in Topeka.
I hope to see you in the studio soon, and hey... stay warm out there.
Like everyone else living this life, I’ve been through things that should have broken me. As a child, I found strength somehow and kept on keepin’ on. In 2017, I endured something that, in that moment, I thought would be the thing that succeeded in breaking me.
I knew I had to find a way out, and remembered my childhood friend and sweetest boy I’ve ever known, David-Leigh’s son. I knew from David that his mom owned her own Yoga studio, and I pleaded for her to let me clean the studio in exchange for yoga classes. This was the beginning.
As time went on, I understood why I had all of this anger and weakness, and it was my own mind telling me things should be one way, even though they never would be, which helped me to realize that I am the only one suffering from wanting things to be other than exactly what they are.
Not only did yoga help my body heal from years of trauma, yoga helped heal my mind from a lifetime of emptiness I didn’t know could be so easily filled with self-love. Yoga saved me. I have never stopped insisting to anybody who will listen, that yoga will solve any and all problems. Lava yoga can save you too. Try it out and see what you’ve been needing to release!