About Queen City Yoga

Our highly-trained teachers will guide you through postures to reshape and heal your body from head to toe. Come find out why everyone is talking about
Queen City Yoga.

MARLA Thomas

STUDIO OWNER

Marla found yoga after a diagnosis of PTSD and Eating Disorder NOS. She immediately felt relief from chronic depression and self loathing and began to save her own life.  She is dedicated to helping all students on their journey to health and happiness with this yoga prescription.  She is happy to make you laugh and smile while you sweat it all out.

500 HOUR CERTIFICATION    June 2002

Inferno Hot Pilates      July 2018

Denise Smith

Senior Instructor

Hailing from St. Albans, Denise found yoga in 2002. She soon opened a studio in her home town which she operated for 7 years. Denise ran her business through all of the ups and downs in her life; an engagement in Paris, wedding on Mt. Philo, 3 child births, the loss of her parents, managing 2nd jobs and moving. After selling her studio, QCBY is thrilled to welcome Denise. Her knowledge, humor and great understanding of yoga and life will have you at Pranyama. 

500 Hour Certification    June 2003

JESSICA KIM

Senior Instructor

Jessica began Bikram Yoga in December of 2001 as another way to "get in shape." Little did she know, this yoga would be the foundation for becoming the best person version of herself beyond the amazing physical benefits it provided. She credits the yoga for introducing her to the unconditionally loving and supportive yoga community, who has been there with her for all the laughter, tears, joy and pain, of the last 14 years.

500 HOUR CERTIFICATION    NOVEMBER 2007

Heidi Dessert

INSTRUCTOR

Yes, like the after dinner meal. Heidi came to us from Massachusetts to study nursing. A dedicated yogi and a lover of nature, she has taught across the country and in Europe. Raised with her twin and younger brother, a survivor of a life changing TBI, by a single mom, Heidi brings genuineness, compassion and perseverance to her classes. She will lead you through class with her steady understanding and if you listen carefully, you'll hear a little Mass accent.

500 HOUR CERTIFICATION    June 2009

Jess Ripley

Instructor

Facing many adversities, Jess walked in to her first Bikram Yoga class in 2008 and felt immediately assisted with clearing her head and organizing her thoughts. She was able to prioritize her goals and reconnect with her family.  Jess was restored to her happy self and became a teacher to give back to her supportive community. Rip will be on sabbatical April 2019. Catch her when she returns!

500 HOUR CERTIFICATION   December 2015

Alex Sturges

INSTRUCTOR

After a childhood filled with allergies and a bout of severe pneumonia, Alex's doctor prescribed Bikram Yoga.  Since she couldn't breathe, she couldn't run, so she took the prescription and it changed her life.  Helping her make it through college, the yoga became her way of life.  Alex does everything with 100% dedication and compassion.  If you look closely you'll see a tiny key by her knee cap.  Yes, lock your knee.

500 Hours Certification      October 2016

DEBRA NIEMASZ, MSW, LICSW

Instructor

A Clinical Social Worker and single mom of 2, Debra found this yoga method in 2001. She is a ‘helper’ by trade and as a Trauma Informed therapist, she was drawn to becoming an instructor in order to share this incredible therapeutic modality, proven to reduce anxiety and depression, something she has been helping people deal with for over 30 years. Debra's authentic care and concern is part of her recipe for an encouraging class.  

500 Hours Certification      June 2018

Autumn Spencer

Instructor/Social Media Manager

A stand-up comic, writer and nanny extraordinaire, Autumn "Autsie" Spencer found yoga when her mom entered hospice care. Having lost her father tragically, too Autsie found healing, love and most importantly, family. Autumn's intelligence and sense of humor are a recipe for an inspirational and motivating class. She'll have you cheering with your abs burning in IHP and reminding yourself how much you are loved at QCY during yoga.

500 Hours Certification      June 2018
INFERNO HOT PILATES      JULY 2018

Guest Teachers

Zoe Miller

INSTRUCTOR

Queen City is lucky to have Zoe, the owner of Bikram Yoga Stowe, on the weekly schedule.  A lifelong Vermonter with a teaching stint in NYC, the yoga has allowed Zoe to continue her love of running without injury.  Her accuracy coupled with her calmness make her weekly appearance a class you can't miss! Visit her at Bikram Yoga Stowe. Zoe is 37 weeks pregnant in this picture. See her again after maternity leave.

500 HOUR CERTIFICATION    June 2009

Mary Chudzik

Guest Senior Instructor

A ballerina for most of her life, Mary found Bikram yoga in 2001. Not only did the yoga help her heal her curled up ballerina toes, she has used it for over a decade to rehab from hip surgery, knee surgery, and pregnancy. Mary's Physical Therapy and Ballet Instructor professions make her classes informative and fun.

500 HOUR CERTIFICATION     June 2002