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, cooking and drinking wine
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: Thanks to yoga and meditation Anita continues to learn how to get out of her own way! Plagued with ‘negative-self talk’ for most of her life, yoga and meditation free her from the ‘negative untruths’ and have created space for ‘positivity and peace’. Anita will always be grateful to her sweet friend in Canada for getting her stubborn butt to a yoga class at the incredible Shanti Yoga in Hamilton where the journey to healing and wellness began in 2010.
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: 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 received my 200 hour training and certification from Marni Task in 2012 and am currently pursing my 500 certification from Yoga on High in Columbus with additional certifications in SEKOIA, Meditation & Pranayama
What's at the Core: Encouraging everyone to share their unique divine light
Balancing Act off the Mat: When I'm not teaching, I'm a vocalist, HR manager for Bella Capelli, part time bookkeeper for Kane Podiatry (my husband's practice) and mother to 3 amazing daughters.
Good for the Soul: singing, cooking, time with my husband, meandering philosophical discussions and red wine (not necessarily in that order!)
Follow The Yogi: You can also practice with Colleen at Krysia Energy Yoga in Westlake and Three Sisters Yoga in Avon
Deirdre is a registered yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200). She first practiced yoga as a college student in the 1980s and although savasana was greatly appreciated, the practice didn't initially stick. Following career #1 and a couple of babies, she rediscovered yoga and has had a dedicated personal practice since 1999, and has been teaching since 2010. Deirdre teaches vinyasa yoga to all levels of students. Her classes are relaxed and inviting with a creative flow, set to an eclectic mix of music. Bits of anatomy, alignment, breath practices, yoga history & philosophy are integrated throughout her teaching.
She enjoys practicing with all levels of yogis, offering options to keep it accessible for new yogis and challenging for the more experienced. Pranayama, chair yoga, restorative yoga, and yoga nidra are also styles of yoga that she is excited to teach.
Deirdre received her 200 hour teaching certification with Mitchel Bleier in 2010 and will complete her 300 hour certification through Yoga on High in Columbus, Ohio in the fall of 2017.
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: I feel in love with yoga more than 9 years ago. It changed my life in so many amazing ways and put me on the path to loving myself. I received my 200 hour Yoga Teaching Certification at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in the NY Catskills, June 2010. Currently I am working towards my 500 hour Yoga Teaching Certification with Sadie Nardini in the style of Core Strength Vinyasa.
What's at the Core: Sharing yoga with EVERYONE. It was really intimidating when I went to my first yoga class, so I want to and try to create an open, inspiring, motivating, laid back experience, especially for new students. I want to show people that yoga isn't just what you think it is, it is such an amazing tool for you to learn about yourself. More than anything I feel like my purpose is to share my experiences and help people realize how amazing they are.
Personal Mantra: Everyday is a new day <3
Good for the Soul: Spending time with loved ones, cuddling with my two cats (Sugar and Divya), having conversations with strangers, laughing until you cry, going to the beach, feeling the sun on your skin, learning new things about myself, sharing my love of yoga with people, singing/chanting, driving with the windows down, walking through the MetroParks, getting a massage.
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: I received my 200 hr in 2014 through Inner Bliss and did a Children's Yoga teacher training at the Omega Institute through Little Flower Yoga, based in NY.
What's at the Core: I am incredibly grateful for the huge amount of support I have from my family and friends.
Personal Mantra: Practice :)
Favorite Fellow Warriors: MY DAD!!!!!
Balancing Act Off the Mat: Running is my other form of yoga :) Putting one foot in front of the other through life.
Good for the Soul: My wonderful and amazing nephews!!! Porch Coffee, New York City, running, breathing, teaching.
Called to Service: Jill enrolled in Joy & Service Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hours in January of 2011 and became certified through Prana Yoga in November of the same year.
What's at the Core: Yoga changed Jill's life so much by helping ease her severe and debilitating anxiety and panic attacks, she wants to bring that experience into other people's lives as well.
Personal Gurus: Jill had the honor of learning from and studying with some amazing teachers in the Cleveland area, including Kathleen Kossman, Rowan Silverberg, and Holly Clemens.
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.
Called to Service: Completed my 200hr training in 2016 at Bhumi's Yoga and Wellness Center.
What's at the Core: I am so excited to enjoy yoga with others because it has changed my life, both physically and more importantly, mentally and emotionally. Being 'tightly wound', yoga has helped me to slow down, enjoy the present moment and seek perspective in all situations. It is very empowering to feel strong in all areas of your life. I look forward to encouraging others to explore all of the MANY benefits of practicing yoga.
My mantra: THIS is now
Off the mat: Life is full! I am mama to 4 great kiddos and married to 1 great man. I just recently started selling the jewelry that I create!!!!
Good for the Soul: I really enjoy music of all kinds, it makes me feel connected to my emotions. I love to vacation, make jewelry, paddle board and enjoy great food and wine.
Called to Service: I received my 200 hour RYT from Krysia Energy Yoga in 2013.
What's at the Core: Gratitude is attitude. I have an innate passion for family, friends, animals, making a difference in someone's life, working hard, dancing, music, yoga, and overall wellness. Teaching yoga is one of the ways to share these energies and help others.
Balancing Act off the Mat: Volunteering, working for an international company, traveling, making dinner, yoga, fitness, enjoying quality time with my furry friends, not so furry friends and family.
Good for the Soul: listening to music, playing the drums, getting lost in dance, confidence, laughter, acceptance, having an open mind and heart, entertaining, wine, helping others and yoga, of course!
Called to Service: I received my 200 hour training and certification from Inner Bliss Studio in May, 2014
What's at the Core: I feel like yoga is a secret treasure. It has the power to heal a broken heart, to reconnect you to your true self, to improve relationships and to make you an over-all kinder person
Personal Guru: Kim Payne
Just Breathe: My classes are a dance of breath and movement, strength and grace.
Good for the Soul: Being with my husband, kids and crazy dogs.