Called to Service: I received my 200 hour yoga teacher training certification from Inner Bliss Yoga, May of 2014
What's at the Core: Service to others, gratitude for my amazing life and giving back as often as possible. I believe how you do one thing is how you do everything, so give EVERYTHING 110%
Personal Mantra: Do What You Love
Favorite Fellow Warriors: my husband, Mother Teresa, Oprah Winfrey.
Balancing Act off the Mat: running two small businesses while still finding time to walk the dogs and make dinner!
Good for the Soul: walks in the woods, summers at the lake, trips to Maui, travels through Italy, a good book by the fire, a Sunday afternoon spent cooking, a kick ass yoga or spin class, and lots of warm/fuzzy moments with my mutts
Called to Service: RYT 200 Hr, Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas, 2008
What's at the Core: Like many people, I struggled with depression and anxiety for most of my life, always searching for happiness in other people, places and things. Yoga gave me a glimpse of what true happiness was, and realized I hadn't been looking in the right place; happiness was inside of myself, and yoga was the tool I needed to reach it
Practice Makes Patient: Yoga has taught me patience, self-love, and perseverance; it has showed me how to be tough and soft all at the same time. My classes are honest, relatable, challenging, and will help you grow physically and mentally stronger. Come prepared to dive deep into yourself; to find the courage to let go; to find the happiness that lies within.
Balancing Act off the Mat: I'm the proud momma of Olive, a beautiful, lively little girl. Together we spend a lot of time with our dog at parks and doing outdoor activities. I am also in school full time, pursuing a degree in Urban Studies at CSU.
Good for the Soul: I enjoy art in all forms (especially photography), LIVE music, spending time with my amazing friends and cooking.
Called to Service: I completed my 200-hr training with Marni Task in May 2014. I also have my second degree in Reiki attunements and am certified in Thai Massage.
What's at the Core: While I love teaching yoga, I am first and foremost a student. I found yoga after being introduced by a friend who knew it was exactly what I needed at that time in my life. Yoga has helped me to heal physically and emotionally and taught me to love myself and know my worth more than I ever had before. I am excited to see how far my practice will continue to take me.
Balancing Act of the Mat: I work full time as a wellness coordinator, empowering and educating people to make choices towards a healthy lifestyle.
Habit of the Heart: Music is my drug of choice and I will never turn down the opportunity to attend a live show and dance or to play my fiddle.
Good for the Soul: I LOVE cooking healthy whole, fresh foods, hanging with my best friend (4 legged of course) Sadie Jane. I also love camping and communing in nature as much as possible. I would love to travel one day.
What’s at the core: A consistent yoga practice can reveal ways to help us create more positivity and peace both on and off the mat. Cultivating inner strength to deal with uncertainty helps build a personal sense of resiliency. We can do our best while also remembering to play in our yoga practice as well as in our day to day lives. Thanks to yoga I continue to learn how to get out of my own way!
Supportive Power: Finding inner strength to battle self doubt and uncertainty help build a personal sense of resiliency, but we are not meant to journey through this life alone. Anita's purpose is to provide a supportive environment for her students to feel their own personal power and strength while having some fun, sharing some smiles and most of all remembering to ‘play’ in their yoga practice while exploring their edge.
Called to Service: Anita studied under Kimberly Payne and received her 200HR Yoga Teacher Training in the fall of 2016 from Gathering Tree Yoga.
Called to Service: I received my 200-hr certification from Bhumi's Yoga and Wellness in 2003.
What's at the Core: Tools for being my best self. I have struggled with the perfectionism, anxiety, and self-doubt that come from early childhood sexual assault, being stalked, chronic illness (Lyme, mold, parasites, PTSD) and loss from suicide. The breath, the meditation, the physical postures, the chanting and the community are all tools for bringing my awareness back to center and back to love. Yoga helps me more skillfully navigate the uncomfortable parts of life. It's not that I don't fall into a hole anymore; its that I fall in less often and get out more quickly. I intend for my teaching to bring inspiration, inclusivity, strength, humor, creativity and self-awareness to each participant.
Personal Mantra: Ok, I have two: 1. Choose Love 2. Seek Clarity
Balancing Act Off the Mat: Active treatment for Lyme and the copious self-care required to heal. A Thai Massage practice. A long-distance relationship with the love of my life, Kurt. Writing a book, working as a musician, and recording my first singer-songwriter album.
Good for the Soul: Family, friends, making mandalas, developing delicious recipes for people with food sensitivities, Gung Fu and Tai Chi, walks in nature with my boyfriend, watching hilarious animal videos, playing with my cat, drumming, dancing, writing poetry and music
Gurus: Brene Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Pema Chodron
Called to Service: RYT200 Open Way Yoga – Huron, Ohio, 2016
What's at the Core: In 2007, just looking to get in shape, I began doing yoga videos thinking, very incorrectly, that I needed to be perfect before ever daring to step foot into a yoga studio. Yoga helped me to realize that my ego was once again controlling my life and that the little voice in my head that said I’m not good enough was very wrong. Yoga taught me to recognize that the thoughts in my head are not who I am and I would like to help others learn that as well.
Personal Mantra: What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am – Eckhart Tolle
Balancing Act Off the Mat: Mom to three amazing daughters and trying to instill in them what took me over 30 years to realize – see Personal Mantra above! Supporting my wonderful hubby and snuggling my dog, Lou.
Good for the Soul: FAMILY! Walks with friends and talks in the dark (sometimes at 3:00am) with my girls.
Follow the Yogi: You can also practice with me at Threads of Wellness in Amherst and Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood
Called to Service: I started practicing yoga in February of 2014. In May of 2017, I received my 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate from 3 Sisters.
What's at the Core: I started this practice for the physical benefits, and after my first class I absolutely fell in love with the spiritual benefits. I am now seeing and accepting who I truly am and connecting with myself on a much deeper level. The practice of yoga has weaved itself throughout my life on and off the mat and I have never been happier.
Personal Mantra: Get out of your head and into your breath.
Good for the Soul: Spending quality time with my amazing husband, sweet doggie, and 2 adorable cats. I love to cook, bake, read, run, spend time outdoors, go to the beach and camping road trips.
Called to Service: I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher certification at the Cleveland Clinic School of Yoga under Judi Bar in 2017.
What's at the Core: I was strolling through my days, wandering through the motions, always needing to focus my excitement on an event or trip that was coming up to pass the time of all my “uneventful days.” Then a few months after my YTT and all the personal lessons sank in, I realized that EVERY day is an eventful day! At that moment, I opened my eyes to all the greatness that is in this world that all of us have access to. I asked myself, why isn’t this all yours AND mine? There is enough to go around. There are PLENTLY of people that have come to this heart-wrenching realization before me that are now rockin’ at life! They're living well everyday. When did I make the decision that what I have is enough? When did I stop myself from craving more life? And more importantly, WHY did I stop myself from striving? That was the moment I committed to do everything in my power to make greatness mine. To strive for all that I desire: mentally, physically and externally. Yoga and my YTT ignited a spiritual fire and curiosity within that continues to feed my soul.
Personal Mantra: To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” -Thich Nhat Hanh.
Good for the Soul: I enjoy days with my family, boyfriend, and Kitty. I love traveling around this beautiful world, reading, sitting in nature, bird watching, meditating, re-watching Nora Ephron movies, gardening, and cheering for the Indians
Follow The Yogi: You can also practice with me at the Cleveland Clinic.
Called to Service: RYT 200 Hr, Prana Vinyasa training with Shiva Rea, 2004.
What's at the Core: In 1985, my deep love for connecting rhythm and physical movement with fluidity and grace began with dance aerobics.
Practice Makes Patient: I practice and teach a wide variety of movement based classes from HIIT, to Zumba, to many types of yoga, to SUP (stand up paddle-boarding)- just to name a few!
Balancing Act Off the Mat: Each year during harvest season I go home to our family orchard in Iowa where I am the "Director of Fun"! It is literally the most FUN job ever- I take care of the farm animals, I life guard at our the corn "pool" which includes acro-yoga sessions in the corn and I make the most delicious apple cider donuts you have ever tasted!
Good for the Soul: "The Blue Mind Experience"- the belief that being in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected and better at what you do. This is the reason I love teaching SUP!
Called to Service: I have been practicing yoga since 2009 after my family was involved in a car accident. My practice of yoga was a major component to my recovery. I received my 200 hour yoga teacher training certification from Cleveland Yoga in April 2018
What's at the Core: I am a pediatric dentist by trade. I love my profession but I found my job was taking a toll on my back and neck and psyche. My practice of yoga has truly saved my practice of dentistry. Through core poses and meditation, I rarely experience the pains in my body and “burn out” that are often associated with dentistry. My goal is to share my knowledge of medicine and yoga with my students.
Personal Mantra: “She believed she could and so she did” with positive thinking and belief in yourself, anything can be achieved. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Balancing Act Off the Mat: My husband, Dr. John Davenport and I serve as medical missionaries to the Mayan Indians of Guatemala. I love to snow ski and to play tennis, particularly with my son, Alex. I’m crazy about my dogs and my travel goal is to visit all the wonders of the world!
Called to Service: I came to yoga in 2013 as a way to add to my fitness routine. I quickly realized that there is so much more to this practice than just the physical part. I was hooked! I had a yearning to dive deeper into the practice. Before I knew it I was in yoga teacher training. I received my 200 hr from Inner Bliss Yoga Studio's Be the Love Teacher Training in February 2018.
What's at the Core: Before yoga, I was extremely critical of myself, and was constantly getting hooked onto the negative thoughts that would come up. I would set crazy expectations and put pressure on myself to be perfect. I would overthink everything and be unsure of myself instead of trusting myself. Since yoga, I know that I am not my thoughts. Letting go of my insecurities and fears has made life incredibly lighter. I have the ability to be unapologetically me! I return to my mat because it is a reminder that I am able to accomplish some pretty amazing things that I never thought were possible before. It helps me to stay out of my head and in the moment!”
Personal Mantra: Grow through what you go through!
Called to Service: I received my 200 hour yoga teacher training certification from Open Way Yoga, April of 2017. I received my Holistic Health Coach certificate the same year. In 2018 I got certified to lead Yoga 12 step recovery.
What's at the Core: Feeling good! I want to help people love themselves again or maybe even for the first time in their life. There was a time when I didn’t. Self love changes your existence. I love my amazing life and I want others to love theirs too.
Personal Mantra: Live out loud! Live with intention!
Favorite Fellow Warriors: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Tony Robbins and Robert Downy Jr. Just to name a few. I love a good underdog story!
Good for the Soul: Date nights with my future husband, girlfriend getaways, hanging out with my son, lifting weights, going for a run, curling up with a good book, laughing my butt off, boating on the river, traveling; I have a wanderlust soul, yoga, pranayama and talks with God.
Balancing Act Off the Mat: Fun vs adulting! Finding the right balance has always been a struggle for me. I’ve been trying to “adult” without killing my zest for life. I think I might be on to something!
Called to Service: I began practicing yoga in 1994 after curiosity about it had me pick up a woman's guide to yoga at a small bookshop. I practiced on my own at home for years before I worked up the courage to go to a yoga studio. Practicing with my teacher Marni Task changed my life. In her classes, I learned that yoga is so much more than just the postures, that I wanted to be a yogi, and that I wanted to learn to teach others this transformative practice. I graduated from Marni's yoga teacher training program in 2009, and I've been teaching ever since.
In My Classes: I encourage students to start where they are and to see how the gifts of a yoga practice can be carried off their mats and into their day-to-day lives. I offer detailed alignment instruction, suggestions for modifications and use of props, and hands-on assists. You'll hear inspirational music, some silence and probably laughter too.
Balancing Act Off the Mat: I'm registered with Yoga Alliance as a CYT/E-RYT 200; I also hold a Master's Degree in English. I'm a "householder" yogi - I have a husband, and a home, and a teenage son who is homeschooled. We also have 4 adopted cats and a goldfish! My son and I both love animals and volunteer weekly at the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Alcohol-free since Independence Day 2016, I've recently started a weekly Refuge Recovery meeting in Lakewood that includes guided meditation, readings, and discussion. You can learn more at www.refugerecovery.org.
Personal Mantra: Lokah Samastah Sukinoh Bhavantu, or in English - May all beings everywhere be happy and free; may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all. "
Called to Service: I completed my 200 your Vinyasa teacher training in 2012 through Rolf Gates Yoga. I have certifications in both Yin Yoga and Children’s Yoga.
What's at the Core: I found yoga the summer I found freedom from addiction 25 years ago. Yoga has been my partner keeping me settled and grounded throughout 12 step process of recovery and the growth of a new life, clean and sober and healing my body, mind, and spirit.
Favorite Gurus: Rolf Gates, Sean Guinan, Sagel Urlacher, Cindy Berliner and many others.
Balancing Act off the Mat: I am a the Wellness Coordinator and yoga teacher for a local sober living program. I am married to my best friend and together we have a son and a daughter who remind us to adventure, breathe, and notice the moment.
Called to Service: Certified Sivananda Yoga Instructor in 1981, Restorative Yoga Instructor 2016. A Holistic Health Educator / Practioner and BA Natural Health Sciences.
What’s at the Core: Following a Lifetime of Passion.
Lifetime Gurus: Swami Satchidinanda, Swami Vishnudevananda, Yogi Desai and Paramahansa Yogananda
A Path for Life: Yoga has helped me through many Rites of Passages. Practicing Karma yoga for many years, I’ve felt compelled to guide others to understand themselves. Yoga has now brought me to the present moment of delving into my own personal Sadhana. I share that gift with you.
Balancing Act off the Mat: I have studied and worked as a Holistic Educator/ Practitioner most of my adult life. We work seasonally on Lake Erie so I find it important to take time for play and solitude everyday.
Good for the Soul: I describe my life as a living Art. My favorite pastimes are listening to music, snorkeling, gardening, biking and kayaking. I love spending time in nature and walks in the woods or on the beach. Our family loves to travel and I recently became a new “Mimi”, now that tickles my soul.
Called to Service: I received my 200 hour yoga teacher training certification from Pose Cleveland Yoga studio in February of 2017
What's at the Core: In 2010 I began the journey to find myself. I gained the courage and strength to let go of what no longer served me and sought out what lit up my soul. Throughout this past year, I've deepened my understanding of self. I've become more of my passion to serve others on their journey to find this for themselves.
Personal Mantra: Spread your wings and fly
Good for the Soul: Golf, tennis, trail runs, my boyfriend, my family and friends, learning to play guitar, listening to music, cooking, and a nice glass of scotch.
Find Your Peace: We are all in this thing called life together. My hope as an instructor is to create an environment to inspire people to find their peace and to encourage each individual to grow deeper in their practice.
Called to Service: Certified Early Childhood Education Teacher at Glenview Learning Center. Completed YTT through Inner Bliss Yoga Studio's Be The Love Teacher Training in 2017-2018.
What's at the Core: I came to yoga running. While training for a marathon I stumbled upon online yoga videos, and before the race training was complete I was craving my mat more than my runs. Curious about the practice I decided to attend a Yoga 101 Beginners Workshop, when the teacher closed the workshop stating "the divine light in me sees and honors the divine light in you" a space in my heart opened and an ease in my body occurred. After that workshop I committed myself to the practice and have seen the practice and myself grow as one. After practicing for little over a year, I found myself in Yoga Teacher Training. Life before yoga consisted of me pushing myself and striving towards finding happiness, but never standing in my truth long enough to experiencing that joy. Life since finding yoga has provided me with a balance between ease and effort. The practice has provided me with a platform to experience a level of belief & trust; where I can say "Why is this happening for me, rather than why is this happening to me".
On the Mat: I return to my mat; to remember, to learn, to forgive. Most importantly I return to my mat to practice; when I practice I am able to see the light and love within me which in turns makes it my visible to clearly see the light and love that surrounds me and surrounds all of us.
Personal Mantra: Be Brave. Stay Noble.
Called to Service: I received my 200 hour RYT from Krysia Energy Yoga in 2013
What's at the Core: One part science, one part soul. I love to dive deep into yogic philosophy and proper alignment of the body.
Grand stand: Come to my class and share in the laughter and raise your voice if you feel the muse, as my sense of humor is pronounced.
Good for the Soul: turning off my phone and computer, tuning into a science fiction program while feasting on a cheeseburger, fries, and a hearty IPA.