The Hot Spot’s Instructors

Stephanie Nystrom

Stephanie Nystrom began practicing yoga in 2000. After experimenting with several styles (mostly Sivananda and Iyengar), she took her first Bikram Yoga class on a sweltering July day in 2003 and fell instantly in love. She deepened her Bikram practice while attending graduate school for Anthropology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Then, one evening while studying, she came to the sudden realization that getting her Ph.D. was not really what she wanted to do with her life, and decided to become a yoga teacher.

She attended the intensive Bikram Yoga teacher training in Los Angeles 2005 and taught extensively in the San Francisco Bay area before moving with her husband to the Hudson Valley in 2006. Since moving to the area, she has taught in local studios as well as the Bikram Yoga studio in Danbury, Connecticut. She is very passionate about Bikram Yoga (which she practiced through two pregnancies) and is excited to be involved in bringing it to the Hudson Valley.


Shulin Chinilson

shulin chinilsonShulin attended Bikram’s teacher training in 2003 in Beverly Hills, CA and taught full-time in the San Francisco Bay Area for three years. She trained and coached for yoga competitions, placing in the Bay Area regional 2004 – 2005 and competing nationally in 2004. Shulin currently teaches Bikram’s basic and advanced classes, and is available for privates. She is also trained in vinyasa and restorative yoga, meditation, and Reiki levels I, II and III. When not in the hot room, Shulin works at the Omega Institute as Community Life Manager, integrating yoga and life coaching to support the staff in their practice of compassionate service. See what she’s up to at or email her at


Erin Fritts

Erin completed her 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Oasis in Woodbury, Long Island. Her training focused on Hot Hatha Yoga: a mixterin frittsure of Bikram, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga. Erin is a passionate artist and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied Art as a Source of Healing. She channels her creative energy into her yoga practice, teaching yoga and teaching art and music classes for children. Erin designs yoga mats, jewelry and children’s books. Erin and her partner created the Chrysalis Gallery, a sanctuary of visionary and intuitive art, which they run out of their apartment in Saugerties. Erin teaches Hot Vinyasa at Saugerties Hot Yoga as well as the Hot Spot in Kingston. For more about Erin please visit:



Kimmer Gifford

Kimmer completed her first teacher training in 2007, the same year she completed her LCSW. She believes yoga is the greatest therapy of all.









Elizabeth Harper

As modern dancer, Elizabeth, turned to yoga after being told she needed to incorporate more stretch into her movement repertoire. She took her first yoga classes in Cambridge Massachusetts with Patricia Walden, now a matriarch of the Iyengar Yoga tradition in the U.S. At the same time, Elizabeth was studying Anatomy & Physiology as a pre-requisite for a graduate program in Exercise Science at the University of Massachusetts. The two classes together were a perfect fit and Elizabeth has been teaching Anatomy and Physiology and yoga, ever since. Once receiving her Master’s in Exercise with a focus on muscle physiology she moved to San Diego to pursue a research career at the U.S.Navy. Yet, teaching was her passion and she gave the Navy work up to teach, initially at the community college, and then for a graduate program in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In San Diego she worked closely with Jo Zukcovich of the San Diego Iyengar Yoga studio. It was Jo that encouraged her to combine her knowledge of anatomy, exercise science and yoga and work with individuals with physical disabilities. The program in Chinese Medicine brought her back East to the NY/NJ area, but it was in NJ that she developed a yoga program for individuals with MS. Working with this population forced Elizabeth to explore other yoga techniques to effectively work with physically challenged populations. Eventually her teachings became an alchemy, of sorts, of many yoga techniques. Yet, she preserves the precision and attention alignment that the Iyengar technique fosters. Eventually her work with yoga and individuals with MS lead her to purse a Doctoral degree at NYU, where she studied the effects of a Pranic healing protocol on a group with MS. Most recently her academic teaching has landed her a faculty position at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh N.Y. where she continues to teach anatomy & physiology but is also developing and therapeutic exercise science and dance track for undergraduates. Currently she is running an aqua yoga study with local seniors in the area. She is so excited to be joining the yoga teacher community in Kingston, and in particular – The Hot Spot!


Susan Grover

Susan Grover has practiced yoga for 25 years and became a trained and certified yoga instructor in 2009.  Since then, she has taught this Gentle Warm Yoga, Yoga for Hikers,  for Cyclists and other specialized groups.