We love our instructors and our instructors love our students.
Autumn Edrington was born into a military family and moved around through the U.S. in her early years. After graduating from Arizona State University with a business degree she began work in Phoenix, AZ for a larger corporation. She knew something was missing from her life but she hadn’t yet figured out what it was.
It was during this time Autumn was introduced to yoga. After her first class she immediately knew she had found something absolutely life changing. The spiritual connection to her soul was immediate and unwavering. She wanted more. As her practice continued to blossom the roots she had been looking to put down were discovered within herself and her personal practice. Yoga was her home.
Soon after her first class she began her studies to become a yoga instructor finishing her 500 HOUR RYT Certification with Dave and Cheryl Oliver. Under the guidance of Cheryl Oliver and Lisa Schrempp she continues her studies at Daves Astanga Yoga today.
In 2009 Autumn left her corporate job to continue her passion and open up a yoga studio in Gilbert, AZ. She is honored to pass along the amazing effects a yoga practice can bring to anyone willing to come to their mat.
Her spiritual journey is ever growing. From her experiences, Autumn has created her own Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training Program (Aim Free Teacher Training) and Retreat Company (Aim Free Retreats) to continue to inspire like-minded individuals and help them along their personal inward journey.
Today Autumn is an E-RYT 500 hour Master Level Yoga instructor who is known for making yoga accessible to new students and experienced teachers alike. Autumn is able to meet students where they are at in their practice and assist in cultivating the yogic path they wish to take.
Autumn has found yoga to be life changing but the biggest role of her life will be guiding her children, Brady and Shay to become compassionate and caring human begins during their short time on Earth.
Deanna was born and raised in San Diego, CA. After 30 years there and several years working in collections, accounting, and administrative duties with sales teams, she found herself looking towards a different path. After meeting her now husband, the couple decided to move to Arizona to be closer to her sister and pursue a career in health and wellness.
In October 2012, Deanna received her Personal Training Certification from ACE Fitness. During the course of her studies she discovered hot yoga and fell in love. After completing studies for personal training, Deanna decided her ultimate goal was to be a yoga instructor and give back to a community that has given so much to her.
Yoga brought Deanna a new found peace and love internally and externally. It has shown not only on the mat but also within her daily life. Yoga brought her to the understanding of acceptance, confidence, letting go, release of judgement and ego, and most importantly self love.
Giving back and sharing the energy, the love and the passion of the yoga community with others has been rewarding and humbling for her. The journey has allowed her to fully embrace life, happiness and love.
I walked into my first yoga class in 1999 and it happened to be HOT!!!! It was love at first asana. I wasn’t much for working out with weights and running, at all. It took me quite a few classes to realize that Yoga was more than just exercise and movements. I was learning how to breathe in a way that brought health, happiness and healing in my life. Let’s call it for what it is, life is full of expectations and I had plenty of them. Who would have thought breathing healed the soul, not me.
Having a husband and three small children made practicing difficult, fitting in time between all the stuff my kids were doing with sports and homework, left little time for myself. I started to figure out that my hour a week, turned into 2 hours a week and then 3, before I knew it – I had figured out how to fit in 5. Let’s face it with a husband and 3 kids, my sanity was at stake and it didn’t take long for me to realize, sanity for me was found on a mat in a hot, muggy room.
All of this time I bounced around from studio to studio never really finding a fit. In February 2013 a coworker suggested I try Sumits Yoga Gilbert. I showed up with my mat, walked through the door and it was as if I was supposed to walk in here long ago, right in that moment I knew I found my fit. I was greeted with a smile and a few giggles, everyone just seemed so friendly, like a village of happy people. I loved all the instructors and the students, I felt like I had inherited a bunch of new friends – well I did. I was home!
It is said that your “home” is where your “heart” is. My home and my students are at YogaSpot AZ. I completed my initial 200 hour (RYT200) instructor training from Autumn in 2014 and more recently completed another 300 hours (RYT500) of instructor training. I will never stop learning, it’s by learning that we can share our experiences, strengths and hopes with our students and soon to be friends.
Jessica grew up with a love for sports and fitness, playing organized sports throughout her life. She found her path to yoga while serving her country in the U.S. Air Force abroad in Turkey. The first class she took was pilates; she loved it so much she began recruiting co-workers to take classes. When she returned to the U.S., she began Ashtanga classes in a studio near Washington, D.C. She fell in love with the asana, the physical movement of yoga, and decided to take her journey further by enrolling in the 600-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona, ultimately graduating in 2015. Through her journey, she discovered yoga is much more than physical movement; yoga is a way of living, thinking and cleansing of the mind. It is a journey of the self, through the self, to the self. Jessica’s life has been transformed through yoga and she wishes to aid others in their path to yoga and self-healing.
This Eagle wrap heart open backbend makes me feel all that I want … love ❤️grounding. I started my yoga journey September 3, 2010. I was a runner who couldn’t run anymore due to planter fasciitis pain. I walked in the studio doors at Sumits Yoga Gilbert with physical pain , digestive problems from stress and a huge need to please everyone and live a life of expectations I set in myself and others. Little did I know how much these amazing gifts yoga would bring to my life! I went in to teacher training in the spring of 2013 Sumits 200 hour teacher certification then my 500 certification in Yoga Therapy through Innervision yoga. My life has radically changed for the better. I received certification through Prison Yoga Project under James Fox in July 2014. I share the gift of yoga in 12 steps recovery treatment centers , private students working through the grips of anxiety , depression , grief, and food addictions. I love the dance like movement , the breath , the flow! The moving meditation makes me feel inspired , alive, empowered , and beautiful from the inside out! This is my way to look at my life through the lens of love instead of fear and see my students do the same ❤️?❤️ LM
I was born and raised near Oslo, Norway, where all my family still resides.
Having moved around quite a bit in both Norway and the USA; the love of yoga began when moving from Oregon to Arizona in 2K, and I tried it at a local gym.
I got my YTT 200 at Hot Lotus, Mesa, AZ in 2015 (under the direction of Autumn Edrington). It was a wonderful journey that both deepened my own practice and gave me a broader perspective as a teacher. Having taken yoga classes in several different states and countries, and with several different teachers and styles, the love I have for yoga only grows deeper with each practice. Something wonderful happens when I get on my own mat or when I guide fellow yogis on theirs. Time stands still somehow.
Like Maya Angelou so beautifully put it: “At times, each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” – Our mat is the perfect place to do this, regardless of age, gender, or any other label we might give ourselves. It frees us from daily demands, and helps us find some measure of peace and equanimity.
As the knowledge of body, mind and spirit continue to evolve, let’s learn and grow together, through both trials and victories, so we can continue to learn how to flow with what life offers up, even when it’s not what we planned for or wanted… Perhaps - ESPECIALLY THEN – when life gets tough and we have to discover - one breath at a time, that we are tougher than anything life offers up… 💕🙏🏼ॐ
Mellie began her yoga journey after the birth of her daughter. As a full-time new mom, yoga helped her work through severe postpartum depression and anxiety. She found a sense of peace and self-worth through the healing nature of the practice. She credits yoga for being the catalyst for major transformations in her mind, body, and consciousness.
Mellie strives to create a safe space where students can dive into their exploration of self-study. Blending playfulness and conscious movement, she encourages students to cultivate a powerful sense of presence, steadiness, and ease to take with them on and off the mat.
She is honored and humbled to share the wisdom of yoga with others. She has a steadfast belief in the healing power of yoga, and considers it a gift to share her passion for the practice. She has the deepest respect and reverence to her incredible teachers, students, family, and friends who continue to inspire her and light her path.
Mellie completed her 200-hour yoga teaching certification under John Salisbury through Modern Yoga in Scottsdale, AZ. She continuously attends workshops and studies yoga scripture to expand her knowledge as a student and teacher.
Paige began practicing yoga in 2012. She used her practice as a tool to relieve personal stresses and anxieties. She believed in what yoga had to offer and was drawn to become a yoga instructor herself. In 2018, She received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification through Modern Yoga. She is currently a full-time yoga teacher, teaching a variety of classes across the valley. Through her teaching, she aims to provide a safe and sacred space for her students to grow, both individually and as a community. She believes that when there's authenticity, a passion for learning, and space for humility, one's growth potential is infinite.