Denise Hopkins has been teaching yoga in New York City and Brooklyn for the past 10 years. She is an assistant to Ana Forrest at teacher trainings and conferences and has recently been named a “Guardian in Training” by Forrest Yoga. This is a select group of senior teachers who have been selected to carry on the legacy of FY.

Through teaching and practicing, Denise learned the skills she needed to let go of old behavior patterns which set her up for being “walked on”. She found an inner strength which birthed new confidence, passion, and lots of feeling. Denise draws from her strong sense of intuition and passion for hands-on healing. She has a knack for reading the energy of students and responding to what they need. Denise’s way of instructing is direct, clear, and inspiring. It is her desire that every student feels seen and understood. She is also a Cranial Sacral Therapist and incorporates this work into her hands-on assists and private sessions. You can take class with her at Bend & Bloom Yoga in Park Slope, Brooklyn.


Get to know denise

What are your goals as a teacher?
To provide a safe and sacred space for students to get in touch with their truth, feel their bodes and emotions, and own their gifts and strengths.
Who/what inspired you to teach yoga?
I went to teacher training with the intention of deepening my practice and taking a month for myself. When I returned I knew I HAD to teach or my spirit would start to die.
What keeps you practicing?
The need to keep my sanity, to gain clarity, and the fact that there is always more to learn. I am a nicer person when I practice!
Tell us about your students.
Open, grateful, humble, strong, eager.
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
Unfulfilled. Teaching feeds my Spirit!
What does organic mean to you?
It means authentic, raw, clean, untouched by the design of man, and having lots of life-force.
What advice would you give to someone who is just beginning yoga?
The poses are nothing without breath! Breathe deeply in order to feel. Feel deeply in order to begin healing.
Tell us something most people don't know about you.
I grew up Cajun and once had an extremely thick accent.
How has yoga changed your life?
Yoga helped me build confidence and has given me strength to make decisions that honor my truth. I used to be terrified of rejection and conflict. I now have the tools I need to hold steady and stand my ground. I am still working on the fear of conflict part but the journey is fascinating!
Besides yoga, what do you do to keep a healthy lifestyle?
Drink lots of water, get into nature as much as possible, eat plenty of fresh veggies, sweat it out at the bath house with my gals, enjoy quality time with my husband.
What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?
You can accomplish whatever you want to as long as you approach it with passion and Spirit.