Our Staff

Sarah Covey

PIONEER Owner, Instructor

Sarah has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education, MA in Positive Coaching, and is ACSM Certified in Group Fitness, Personal Training, Yoga E500-RYT, Yoga Alliance.

Sarah’s yoga journey began at the age of 17 where she began instructing yoga for a Gold's Gym in Springfield Missouri. Springing from this passion, Sarah has remained an active practitioner in the areas of Ashtanga and Vinyasa-offering extensive training and knowledge in these fields to her students. Sarah has traveled to Tulum, Korea, San Diego,Chicago and more to teach yoga workshops and classes as a lead instructor. Sarah is qualified to host 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings through Yoga Alliance. She is the owner and founder of PIONEER Hot Yoga and PIONEER Yoga Teacher Training Institute in Rolla Missouri.

Sarah's mission is to create, educate and foster a yoga community within Rolla and surrounding areas. "Bringing a yoga community to fruition will benefit the overall well-being and happiness of our community-one individual at at time. It is my hope to establish a safe, loving and peaceful environment open to anyone who's seeking a place to belong. Yoga is for everyone - and so is happiness!"


Chris Covey

PIONEER Owner, Instructor

Chris is a Personal Trainer, IAFF Firefighter, ACE Peer Fitness Trainer-Cooper Institute Peer Fitness Trainer, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, ASFA Certified Personal Trainer.

Competitive tri -sport athlete in high school, and now multi-sports competitor, Chris has pursued athletic adventures all his life. He became heavily involved with weight-lifting at a young age and an avid strength conditioning and nutritional coach throughout his firefighting career.


Nineteen years with the City of Rolla's Fire Department, Chris has been a dedicated member of the HAZMAT Team, Dive & Swift-Water Rescue Teams, and serving as a Peer Trainer for the department's Wellness Program.


Chris' mission is to provide opportunities of physical development and growth in the personal fitness goals to the members of our community. "Personal development comes from personal attention and the creation of a specific plan designed for every individual." 

Melissa Rose PIONEER, Instructor

Melissa Rose

Kyoko Brown, PIONEER Instructor

Kyoko started practicing Hatha Yoga in Hiroshima, Japan in 2008 in an effort to focus on her health. She fell in love straight away and slowly built up her practice exploring different types of yoga in Tokyo, New York, Florida and Las Vegas. She fully immersed herself in yoga and has come to find healing and peace she has expanded her knowledge and gained her RYT-200 certification. Her mission is to share all of the benefits yoga has brought to her life with others.