Tribe: Staff


Melinda & Jayson Nag

Melinda and her husband, Jayson Nag, are the founders and current owners of Soul Sweat Hot Yoga (SSHY).

Emily Lary

SSHY "Mom” & Manager

Hometown: “Cowtown” Fort Worth, Texas

3 things you can’t live without. Coffee, coffee, coffee — not really… it is: God, family and then coffee.

Yoga: strength, sequence or restorative? All three – as long as I’m learning.  Every time I think I like one class more than the other I walk into the yoga room and learn something new and it changes my mind entirely.

Why SSHY? The people. Soul Sweat is an inclusive, welcoming community where teachers, staff and students are all willing to help, support and encourage each other.  I am blessed to be a part of such an awesome community.

What impact do you want to leave on the world?  Positivity! I always try to be uplifting and optimistic.  I realized a long time ago that a smile and encouraging word could change not only a person’s whole day but their entire life. I strive every day to see the positive in every situation even in the worst of times -which is not always easy. I am grateful for the life I have and I want to leave a legacy of hope and of course love!

Tell us a joke.  Who ME? –– tell a joke?!

Jennifer Bowman

Operations Manager & Instructor 

Hometown: Mayville, North Dakota

Who are your top 3 musical artists of all time? Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Johnny Cash

3 things you can’t live without. Family, friends and something sweet!

Yoga: strength, sequence or restorative?  Sequence.

Why SSHY? I was looking for a place to practice hot yoga. SSHY was my first stop.  I never made it to the second, third, fourth…

What impact do you want to leave on the world? I would like to leave this world knowing that I may have changed at least one person’s life, that I somehow made a positive difference in the world, no matter how small.

Tell us a joke.  Not much of a joker, but love to laugh.

Director of Marketing- Katherine

Katherine Royar

Director of Marketing

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Who are your top 3 musical artists of all time? India Arie, Sam Smith and Chris Brown.

3 things you can’t live without. My parents, dogs and music.

Yoga: strength, sequence or restorative? Strength.

Why SSHY? My friend of 9 years, Lexy, has worked at SSHY for over a year and introduced me to it. I have been introduced to two new things: hot yoga, which is a great way to workout… as well as some of the sweetest people who work here.

What impact do you want to leave in the world? Never underestimate the power of helping someone.

Tell us a joke. What do you call a pig that knows karate? Pork chop.

Lexy Rudel

Front Desk Staff

Hometown: Benbrook, Texas

Who are your top 3 musical artists of all time? Turnpike Troubadours, George Strait, & koe Wetzel  (Texas country forever!)

3 things you can’t live without. Family, Food, & Friends

Yoga: strength, sequence or restorative? Sequence

Why SSHY? I choose SSHY because of the people and the atmosphere, everyone is so nice and caring. Everyone cares about each other and it’s like one big family, makes me enjoy coming to work.

What impact do you want to leave on the world? To be yourself, don’t let other people rule or dictate your life!

Tell us a joke. What do you call an elephant that doesn’t matter? Irrelephant

Alicia Lary

Front Desk Staff

Hometown:  Fort Worth, TX

Who are your top 3 musical artists of all time? No favorites, I like all music.

3 things you can’t live without. God, family and shopping!

Yoga: strength, sequence or restorative?  Restorative

Why SSHY? I choose it every day!

What impact do you want to leave on the world? Creativity

Tell us a joke. Why don’t birds follow directions?  They like to wing it.

Gabriella “Gabby” Castillion

Front Desk Staff

Hometown: Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Who are your top 3 musical artists of all time? Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, Doris Day, and George Strait

3 things you can’t live without.  God/Family, Animals, and the Outdoors

Yoga: strength, sequence or restorative?  Sequence

Why SSHY? I chose Soul Sweat Hot Yoga because as a newbie to yoga it was a very accepting environment. I feel welcomed each time I step into the studio to practice and better myself.

What impact do you want to leave on the world?  Be Kind. Be the change.

Tell us a joke. What do you call a laughing piano?…A Yamaha…haha

Taylor Griffith

Front Desk Staff

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

Who are your top 3 musical artists of all time? Cardi B, Drake, Luke Combs

3 things you can’t live without. Phone, Chicken nuggets, Family

Yoga: strength, sequence or restorative? Sequence

Why SSHY? All of the staff are so loving and supporting–it’s like having another family. I always love spending time in such a warm, fun, and welcoming environment.

What impact do you want to leave on the world? To enjoy the little things!

Tell us a joke. What did the yoga instructor say when her landlord tried to evict her? Namaste…

Jasmine Lary

Front Desk Staff (Seasonal)

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

Who are your top 3 musical artists of all time? Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and honestly, any DJ!

3 things you can’t live without. 1. Family, including our sour patch kid (dog) Coco… 2. Food (& yes, coffee counts as a food group)… 3. Phone because I actually keep my life on it. I feel as if I would seriously forget my name without it.

Yoga: strength, sequence or restorative? Sequence and Soul Strength

Why SSHY? No matter the day I’m having, I know that I will leave the studio with a smile. Getting to know all of the people is one of my favorite things, next to the Yoga.

What impact do you want to leave on the world? I would love to cure a major disease, but if I don’t reach that goal then I want to leave behind a smile.

Tell us a joke. How do you make a tissue dance? You put a little boogie in it!

Ashlee Brookshire

Front Desk Staff (Seasonal)

Hometown: Aledo, TX

Who are your top 3 musical artists of all time? Halsey, SZA, Post Malone

3 things you can’t live without. My dogs, family, and coffee!

Yoga: strength, sequence or restorative? Sequence (preferably the 60)

Why SSHY? I love getting to meet/know all of the students and seeing how Soul Sweat impacts them each individually. The entire staff is so fun and kind– it makes me enjoy coming in to work.

What impact do you want to leave on the world? The Golden Rule…to treat others the way you want to be treated.

Tell us a joke. What do you call fake spaghetti? An im-pasta

Kaegan Garner

Front Desk Staff 

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Who are your top 3 musical artists of all time? It's hard to pick, because I love a lot of different music.

3 things you can’t live without. Coffee, music, and knowledge! I love learning new things.

Yoga: strength, sequence or restorative? Restorative

Why SSHY?  The inviting, judge free atmosphere and wonderful community!

What impact do you want to leave on the world? Creativity

Tell us a joke.  Why do stadiums get hot after the game? Because all the fans left.

Emma Ferry

Front Desk Staff 

Hometown:  Dallas, Texas

Who are your top 3 musical artists of all time? Tame Impala, Post Malone, Weezer

3 things you can’t live without. 1.  My dog, family, and yoga!

Yoga: strength, sequence or restorative? Sequence 

Why SSHY? Dad started taking yoga at the studio and then introduced me to it and then shortly after started working the front desk.

What impact do you want to leave on the world? I want to eventually become a nurse and help as many people as I can.

Tell us a joke.  What did the yogi say to his dog?
Nama, stay.