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.
I’ve been practicing Yoga off and on for almost 5 years now mainly just at different gyms. I’ve always loved it and loved the way it made me feel after taking a class physically and mentally. I’ve always known that I wanted to teach yoga at some point in my lifetime and am so thankful I’ve gotten the opportunity to do it earlier than later!! The first time I did Sumit’s Hot Yoga sequence I fell in love. I was so nervous about the heat and that I wouldn’t be able to get through the whole class but I came out completely invigorated and addicted! What Sumit’s yoga has done for me in the last two months is amazing. I feel renewed like I’ve finally found what I’ve been missing in my life. After a class I come home a better mother, wife, and a better me. Doing yoga makes me feel healthier, happier and I’m a much more centered person now and I am so excited to guide students through a practice that will make them feel the same way.
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.
Jamie was born in Chicago, Illinois but has been in Arizona since 1978. She graduated with a B.S, in Business Management from Northern Arizona University and University of Phoenix. She pursued a career in Human Resources, but then decided to put her career on hold to have a family. Jamie was married in 2000 to her wonderful and supportive husband Erik. Together they have 2 awesome kids, Sophia and Carter and a fluffy cute pup named George.
Jamie started practicing yoga in 1999 and ever since it has been a staple in her life. In 2010, she started working at Sumits Yoga and she’s been there ever since. Jamie enjoys teaching and managing the best hot yoga studio in Gilbert!
Her mentor for the Sumits practice is Autumn Edrington, and she is very grateful for all Autumn has done for her. Jamie has also received her 500hr in Hatha Yoga as well as an Associates degree in Yoga Instruction from Scottsdale Community College with emphasis in Iyengar. Jamie is extremely thankful for all the teachings and wisdom of her teacher Carlyn Sikes.
Currently, Jamie holds a 500RYT & 200E-RYT certification and is registered with Yoga Alliance.
Jamie enjoys sharing the many health benefits of yoga with students and feels it brings peace and joy into her student’s lives.
PEACE~it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work; it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart… this is yoga~NAMASTE!
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 Sumits Yoga Gilbert. 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.
Kary has dedicated the last 25 years to health, wellness and education, and has been teaching and practicing yoga for 20 years. Kary encourages her students and has the ability to work with a variety of levels in a variety of classes. She truly cares and it shows in her ability to help people feel comfortable in their practice while being challenged at the same time. Kary is thorough with her instruction, always making sure students are safe while keeping the classes fun and challenging! Kary spent 20 years in Public Education, she has retired to follow her passion of sharing health and wellness full time as a yoga and pilates instructor throughout the East Valley.
Kelly began her yoga journey in 2011 when a friend purchased a groupon to a hot yoga studio. She was hesitant to try it but had always been an active person and enjoyed running and being in shape. She fell in love with hot yoga immediately and started to search for a studio closer to home. That’s when she found Sumits in Gilbert.
Kelly loved the atmosphere and community of the studio staff and began to deepen her practice, attending regularly. Her background is in Social Work and she loved working with people, but was often finding herself burnt out on the job. Yoga provided a sense of peace and serenity that she wasn’t able to find anywhere else. She began working for the studio in August of 2012 and received her 200 hour teaching certificate a few years later.
After teaching for about a year, Kelly wanted to deepen her practice, understanding and teaching by getting a 500 hour teaching certificate through Authentic Yoga Teacher Training in Scottsdale, AZ.
Kelly continues to deepen her understanding of yoga by attending trainings, workshops and seminars. She is involved in teaching around the valley in yoga teacher trainings and workshops as well as being involved in hosting retreats with Aim Free Retreats.
Yoga has helped Kelly become a more aware mother, friend and human being in general. She enjoys working one on one with students to share her passion and love for a practice that has literally changed her life for the better.
I have always been an active person. I enjoy running, hiking, biking and have “donated” to several gyms. A good friend of mine asked me to go to Sumit’s one day and the rest is history. When I first started, I loved the heat, poses, music and the physical benefits. I felt stronger and more toned. It didn’t take long before I realized all the other benefits yoga offers. I couldn’t wait to get “on my mat” to focus on my breath and learn how to release thoughts and stress. As an educator, it was a natural fit for me to take Sumit’s yoga training. I had the privilege of Sumit as one of my yoga instructors. He helped me to discover that “yoga was a road map to live your life fully.” The encouragement he gave me to share yoga’s benefits is what I want to bring to each and every class. Yoga has helped me to live in the present moment and be awake to all of life’s possibilities. My intention is to help others do the same. The yoga community is full of inspiring and caring students and teachers. When I am here, I feel at home whether I’m practicing or teaching.
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
Being a native of Arizona, I am drawn to the heat and have a passion for hot yoga! Training with different teachers has helped me enhance my practice and learn what yoga is all about. In return I hope I can help others create their own experience and leave class feeling the benefits of finding that mind/body connection while taking deep, cleansing breaths. Having to take a year off due to physical setbacks, I appreciate the calmness and clarity that being on my mat brings, even more. When I’m not practicing yoga I enjoy spending time with my loving family and friends.