My Yogic journey began over 10 years ago, however I felt it begin to change my life when I lived in NYC. As so many humans all over the world, I have always struggled with finding compassion and love for myself. To be successful at the career paths I have chosen, empathy, compassion and removal of judgement is required for others at all times. This has never been a challenge for me. Finding it for myself? That seemed impossible.
When I lived in NYC in 2013, I was feeling extremely bogged down by the grind of life. I was broke, working 50 hour weeks, commuting an extra 5 or so hours a day on top of that. I was beginning to drown, and wanted to take care of myself. This is when I found Yoga for The People, a non-profit, donation based studio. I started practicing as often as I could. I was addicted to something healthy for the first time in my life, and I couldn’t figure out why. Why was this different then everything else I have ever tried to help me lose weight, or feel better? Then after a really strenuous class one morning, I was in child’s pose, and it hits me! I thought to myself,
“ This is home, this is where I can love myself.”
A waterfall of tears followed. That was the first time I had felt true love and compassion for myself. I knew then that I wanted to be able to give that space to other people.
I found Source Yoga Studio when I moved back from NYC to Lakewood. My friend bought me a month pass for watching her dog for her. It was the best gift. I completed my 200 hr YTT April 2017.
I took some time off after I graduated, and I still am not sure why. What I do know, is I came back to my practice a few months ago, reminding myself to let go of the critique, the expectation and to just breathe. And there it was again. Home. I remembered why yoga changed my life, and why I was on a path to give back to the world what Yoga for The People gave to me.
Nicole has been a massage practitioner for 16 years.
In the world of yoga, her passion is for all different styles to be used in combination with massage. This helps fulfill her passion of making people feel good inside and out.
She's completed a 200 hour teacher training and Unnata Aerial Yoga teacher training. She's most recently attended Buti Yoga trainging and is working toward that certification.
She loves yoga and really enjoys helping people with whatever she can. It has been said when you love what you do you can't call it work and that is definitely true in Nicoles case!
"Yoga is the secret to growing older gracefully both within your body and within your soul”.
This has been Cyndi's mantra throughout her years of practicing yoga. As a nurse she always
knew the importance of maintaining good health. Even though she enjoyed several sports such as biking, swimming, hiking and even competitive figure skating, she was always drawn back to her mat because it treated both body and mind equally. After a severe accident left her with the
inability to walk for three months, it was yoga that healed her leg and anxiety. Linking breath and movement allowed her to strengthen the muscles, calm doubts, and move forward to a
place of calmness and peace. Always a competitor, she also learned to listen to her body and work towards her own goals in a healthy way.
Her decision to become a yoga instructor was influenced by wanting to share this peace and tranquility she finally found with other individuals . She knew that yoga could be an answer for so many people dealing with medical issues such as stress, high blood pressure, arthritis, and
previous injuries. For those people wanting to maintain their strength, balance, and agility, yoga is the perfect answer for maintaining wellness.
Through Nirvana Yoga Studio in Richfield, Ohio, she completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance training
under the kind and thoughtful leadership of Melissa Cugini and Maria Varonis. It is with great
appreciation and an open heart that she grew her practice with their support, guidance, and gentle teaching techniques. Additional accolades to Dunya Khaleq for her encouragement and sharing of her own unique teaching methods.
On the mat, Cyndi's favorite asana is Locus. To her it represents a way to float above the mat in a beautiful and powerful way.
Off the mat, she shares life with four wonderful children, an encouraging husband Ken and a pet Dove. Listening to music, enjoying fires in the backyard, hikes and bikes in the Metro
parks put a smile on her face.
Jill started practicing yoga with the suggestion of her doctor who she was seeing for anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. She had been suffering from anxiety since she was a teenager. She also was an athlete growing up; skating, gymnastics, and cheerleading. In her Junior year of high school she tore her ACL, PCL, and MCL while cheerleading…basically her leg wasn’t attached! She had complete knee reconstruction surgery in 1994 with a lot of rehab and physical therapy through the years. Jill signed up for her first yoga class in 2007 and was instantly hooked. The peace that she felt within her after that first practice was indescribable. It was healing. Since that day, she knew that this magnificent thing that she had discovered would be a part of her life forever. It was love at first savasana! Jill has been anxiety free since 2009 and has found full flexibility in her knee with no signs of arthritis thanks to her yoga practice!
Since yoga changed her life so much, She wanted to bring that experience into other people's lives as well. She wanted to do yoga everyday, with everyone, for the rest of her life. She enrolled in Joy & Service Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hours in January of 2011 and became a Certified Yoga Teacher through Prana Yoga and Dance Studio and a Registered Yoga Teacher through The Yoga Alliance in November 2011. She is also a Certified Herbalist, certified through Parma Hospital Learning Center. Jill teaches Vinyasa style yoga in many forms; Chair Yoga, Beginners, Restorative, Meditation, Yin, Vinyasa Flow, Power, Hot Power, Children's Yoga, and Prenatal. She works passionately with children, pregnant and postnatal women, anxiety and depression sufferers, bariatric surgery patients, MS sufferers, amputees, athletes, eating disorder recovery patients, seniors, beginners and intermediates.
Jill also volunteers her time with non-profit organizations such as Fostering Hope's Hope in Balance Yoga Program for children in the foster care system, and is a Wish Granter for The Make-A-Wish Foundation, always living her yoga.
She loves her practice, loves how it makes her feel, the way it makes her feel about others, and how it continues to change her life every time she steps onto her mat
Jill’s classes are strengthening & creative, and relaxing & soul opening! You will be moving with purpose to the beat of passionately created playlists. She encourages her students to be themselves, to honor their bodies, to be vulnerable, to let go of ego, to let go of fear, to find their true selves, and most of all, to have FUN! Count on sweating, smiling, and maybe even singing when you attend one of her classes!
Yoga has changed Laura's life is so many ways. Being that anger driven manic runner, Yoga has given her that reason to let go and just be. She loves the way it provides so much positive healing energy in her life. She loves sharing that with her students.
Everyone is unique. We all come from different ways of life, we are in all different places and have different bodies. Laura wants each and every student to feel as if they are at home, comfortable with their practice, loving themselves and just be happy. She conveys that with each class, sharing the love and gratitude for all of her students as well as her fellow teachers.
Laura's practice is just as yin and yang. While her yin side feels every fold, stretch and twist; restoring every piece back together. She also loves the yang side of things. A good powerful class providing the daily detox.
Yoga made an appearance in Laura's life just 3 short years ago. She is an avid runner. Laura heard yoga could play a huge part in a runners form, mental control, breathing, flexibility and balance. Over these last few years she discovered that it's all much more than that. While her practice has helped her grow stronger and more flexible, it has taught her a lesson of mindfulness and gratitude. Yoga inspires her to shine from the heart and open her soul, to be her most authentic self. Practicing yoga on a regular basis, has given every race a new perspective with a clearer mind.
Sara started her yogic journey in 2008, when she took her first yoga class at Cuyahoga Community College. She cultivated a growing interest in not only the ancient practice of yoga, but also in the science of meditation, holistic health, mindfulness, and living a life full of service, knowledge, and purpose. She completed her first 200-hour yoga teacher training in Costa Rica, 2014, and she completed her 300-hour yoga teacher training in India, 2016. Sara has practiced at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, under Saraswathi Jois and also with Kino MacGregor. Sara has taught at local yoga studios, universities, festivals, fundraising benefits, private events and lessons, Cleveland’s Juvenile Detention Center, local mental health and addiction treatment centers, schools, daycares and more in the Cleveland/Akron area since 2014. Sara holds her M.S. in Education and B.S. in Psychology.