Our Teachers & Staff

To assure your optimal in-studio experience, Some Like it Hot Yoga and Fitness has gone above and beyond to locate, and provide the highest-caliber of teaching staff.  Consequently, our instructors and are not only skillful, friendly, accommodating, and approachable - but also meet the standards of excellence that we expect of all staff.

We look forward to meeting you!

Deborah Bracken

Deborah earned her RYT-200 certification from the Yoga Institute under Lex Gillan. Registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level, Deborah is also certified with the National Association of Certified Yoga Teachers, and a certified World Paddle Association (WPA) Class Level 1 Instructor in Paddle Board Yoga.  

Deborah is dedicated to the concept of sharing the peace and tranquility that yoga evokes to everyone that she can.

To find out more about Deborah's journey that led her to yoga, please see her bio at brackenyoga.com/about/

Jamie Ricketts

When she isn’t teaching yoga, Jamie is a certified science classroom teacher and currently works as a curriculum and instruction specialist in the Cy-Fair School District. She is passionate about animals and holds a degree in animal science.

At the age of seven, Jamie began horseback riding – she competed all the way up to the collegiate level in equestrian sports. Jamie enjoys being active especially in events where her dog, Buddy, can also participate! She's competitively run many distances including 5K, 10K, half- even a FULL marathon (26.2 miles). Subsequently, a running injury back in 2013 is how Jamie was introduced to yoga! 

Ever since, yoga has become a daily practice for Jamie whether on the mat; or simply conscious breathing. Yoga has truly transformed her outlook on life sparking the desire to become a yoga teacher.

Jamie earned her yoga certification as of March, 2016 from Larry Thraen's "Yoga of You" Yoga Teacher Training, and is a certified 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance.


Jayne Sieverding

Jayne’s yoga journey began in 1997 and she has been actively practicing for almost 19 years. She completed her teacher training 2012 and is qualified at the 200-Hr level. Her passion to teach is driven by her desire to see yoga improving her students’ health, mobility and longevity.

Classes are designed to safely lead students of all levels towards increased flexibility, joint opening and strength building.  She encourages her students to become aware of their breath as combined with body position and movement and to find their own personal edge.


Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith is a native Houstonian.  She has a 14-year old daughter, and is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor - and her favorite class to teach is Muscle Conditioning. Jennifer has a passion for health and fitness and enjoys helping others to live a long, strong, healthy life.

Jennifer is a two-time cancer survivor.  Her health and fitness journey through each phase of cancer has her stronger each time - physically and mentally.  Jennfier's motto? Life is short...love more, laugh a lot, and smile BIG. 


Jezabel (Jesi) Lujan

Jesi is from Argentina. She studied early education, and worked as a kindergarten teacher for more than five-years. She always likes to interact with children through music, stories, art, and corporal expression. She started her yoga and tai-chi practices in her country more than 15-years ago.

Due to her husband's work they moved to Brenham, Texas in 2006. Arriving to this beautiful little town she did what she knew best, which is integrate and communicate with the new culture through education and children. She continued her work as a teacher; and she keep practicing Yoga with wonderful teachers. When they moved to Cypress in 2010, she started her Yoga trainings.  Since then she is commitment to share Yoga to children and adults in the area.

Jezabel is a Registered Yoga Teacher as well as a Children's Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance.  She earned her INTEGRATIVE YOGA THERAPY 200-hours. TEACHER TRAINING 2 years ago through NURTURE SOUL THERAPEUTICS CENTER. She earned her 95-hours. Kids yoga training with Elizabeth Reese of YOGINOS: YOGA FOR YOUTH, and did trainings in KIDDING AROUND YOGA, RAINBOW KIDS, EVERY KID’S YOGA a program for teach yoga to children with special needs (written and taught by Craig Hanauer).

"I fell in love with these beautiful programs, because of the relationship between yoga-art, music, and my love for children and education. Yoga is a tool for life…”.


Kathy Melloy

Kathy started her fitness quest back in 1990 when she joined her first gym after high school.  For years she attended the gym and took all the classes they had to offer and lifted with the guys in the free weight room.  Although she I was stronger and healthier; she didn’t see her body changing. 

In 2002 Kathy’s brother passed away forcing her to take inventory of her life. She focused more on eating and changed my workout regimen.  What an incredible change she experienced!!!  She did it the right way - no magic pills, just portion control and hard work gave her the results she had been striving for.   That’s when Kathy decided that she wanted to help others achieve their own fitness goals, so she became a Certified Group Fitness Instructor in 2005.  In 2011 she completed my goal to become a Fitness Trainer.

Kathy has a passion for fitness and would like to bring that passion to you.   She invites you to come workout with her – working together your fitness goals will be achieved!


Kristen Mueller

Kristen is an energetic and motivated person who is excited about sharing her love and passion for yoga. She graduated from Texas A&M University with BBA in Finance, and then life lead her to the oil and gas industry negotiating contracts. After years in a fast paced and stressful corporate role, Kristen discovered yoga. Yoga helped ground her, gave her clarity, and constant peace she needed in life. When she is on her mat she feels freedom, flexibility and focused.

Family, Friends, Faith, Fitness and Fun are five words to describe what is important to Kristen. When Kristen isn’t practicing or teaching yoga, she is spending time with her daughter and husband, cooking, traveling, laughing, and deepening her yoga teaching. Kristen also has competed in countless 5/10k’s, a marathon, as well as a triathlon.

Kristen is receiving her RYT-200 Certification through Yoga Alliance from The Yoga of You under Larry Thraen, and is a Les Mills GRIT Instructor. Yoga and fitness changed her life, let her help change yours.

"If you want to know where your heart is, look where your mind goes when it wanders."


Rhonda Coe

Rhonda began her fitness career coaching competitive swimming while still in high school and attending the University of Texas in San Antonio. Her husbands military career led her to North Carolina, where she began teaching group fitness and personal training. Military life moved her to Florida, where she continued to teach classes and manage a fitness club. This position allowed her to expand her education to include certifications in: Spinning, water aerobics, sports conditioning and classes geared toward young adults. After the birth of her third child the military moved the family back to North Carolina, where she worked as the group fitness coordinator for Gold’s Gym. This move expanded her list of accreditations to include: Les Mills BodyAttack, BodyCombat, BodyFlow, BodyPump, BodyStep, BodyVive and RPM certifications. After her husbands retirement from the USMC, they moved back to Texas where she has added Peak Pilates comprehensive level 1, TRX, P90X, Booty Barre, Silver and Fit certifications to her resume.

Rhonda enjoys working with all ages and fitness levels from kids to seniors, athletes and those with metabolic disorders. No matter your fitness goal, she believes that with education, creativity and hard work anything is possible.


Sage Braddock

Sage is originally from Louisiana, and has been weight training alongside her mother since high school. She has always been taught the importance of nutrition and staying active, she quickly grew a love for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.  After moving to Texas in 2007, the first place she always looked for was the closest fitness center.

Sage is excited to share her passion with students at Some Like it Hot Yoga and Fitness - and we are just as excited to have her as part of the family!


Sheila Attayi

Sheila had an on and off again relationship with yoga for about 10 years, only practicing using books, or at schools or gyms. After she graduated from Texas A&M in 2012, her original plans for law school fell through and she felt utterly lost. She started practicing yoga again, but this time at a studio and hasn’t stopped practicing since then. Through yoga she has learned to cope with the hardships of life and become a better person while improving both her physical health and overall well-being. In April 2015, she received her 200 Hour Vinyasa Certification at Cherry Blossom Yoga under Sara Turk in the hopes of becoming a yoga teacher and sharing the joy and healing of yoga with others.

Sheila enjoys many different styles of yoga, but her favorites are Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. As such, her classes usually have an eclectic flow, but are still based heavily on Ashtanga, having drawn influences from her training at Cherry Blossom as well as workshops attended from notable Ashtangis such as Doug Swenson, Andrew Eppler, and David Williams.

When Sheila isn’t practicing or teaching yoga, she works as a substitute teacher at elementary and middle schools in the Cy Fair district and as a reading tutor. In her spare time she enjoys Zumba, working out at the gym, and spending time with her friends and adorable dog, Max!


Sydney Taylor

Sydney is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) through Yoga Alliance. When living in Dallas, Texas she was introduced and began regularly practicing Bikram Yoga in 2000 and at Sunstone Yoga in 2005 which led to her part time job as a receptionist for Sunstone Yoga. She loved the physical effects and mental clarity that resulted from the practice. She has since found a strong passion for other styles of yoga such as Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin, and Hatha Yoga.

Sydney became certified through a 200 Hour Intensive Training with YogaWorks in 2014 with Maty Ezraty and James Brown in New York and has attended workshops with David Williams, Rod Stryker, Doug Swenson, Andrew Eppler, and George Purvis.

She lives in Houston with her husband Allen, border collie Molly, and Mr. Simon, the cat. When not practicing or teaching yoga she enjoys cooking, travel, gardening, and movies.


Ynske Joppe

Ynske started her yoga journey in Dubai in 2008. She needed something to express and calm herself. Moving across half of the world with two little kids was a little overwhelming. She found what she was looking for in Vinyasa Yoga. She loves the flow and freedom of moving through poses. It reminds her of dancing, which was a very important part of her life growing up in the Netherlands.

When an opportunity for a Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training came up in 2011 Ynske jumped in with both feet. She fells that was the best choice ever as she gets to share her love for helping people, challenging and teaching them another way of looking at their body and creating an awareness of how to find relieve for stress and pain.

In 2014 Ynske and her family moved back to Houston and she missed teaching….so she found places to teach and share what she loves to do.

In 2016 Ynske wanted to widen her horizon - so she decided to take Stott Pilates Training. She has completed the mat Pilates and is doing Reformer training now. Ynske feels that it’s fun to change your point of view and to look a little differently to moving the body and how it works muscle and joint wise. It helps sharpen your teaching skills too. TRX Sports medicine Suspension training is another avenue tha Ynske has completed.

Ynske looks forward to sharing the love for taking care of yourself and finding ways to get to a better YOU who is more relaxed, more toned, happier and healthier!!!