MEET THE TEACHERS
ERICA STEINWEG (E-RYT, YACEP) has been teaching yoga for nearly two decades. She holds a certificate in the Iyengar method of yoga and a BFA in dance from the University of Utah. In addition, she is a dedicated mindfulness practitioner and has attended numerous silent meditation retreats across North America. Erica feels that the best yoga responds to a person’s needs, challenges, and questions, be they physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. This could mean addressing the pain of injury or aging with modifications and/or special sequences to strengthen or ease tension. It could also mean using mindfulness to develop greater awareness of how emotions, like fear, anxiety, and anger, affect our lives and our bodies. Erica is always interested helping each individual learn what is needed to restore balance.
HALEY SCHAFFER has been singing all her life. She has dedicated the last decade to working as a professional musician and her own healing journey. She bas performed for various audiences both locally and regionally, and in doing so, has been able to hone her craft and unique musical style. Haley believes in the method of improvisation and often utilizes it in the classroom. Calling upon the innate connection that we all have with songs, chants, rhythm and movement, Haley helps women to connect to their own creativity and spontaneity, emotional honesty and ultimately authenticity.
HEATHER ANDERSON BOLL has practiced Yoga since 1997, first introduced to it by her Yogini sister, and then again in graduate school as an Actor at Yale School of Drama 2000-2003, where Yoga was an integral component of the Movement and Voice training. She continued her own practice in NY and then in 2008 joined the faculty teaching Acting at Oberlin College with a year at Case Western Reserve University, where she incorporated Yoga into every Acting, Voice, and Movement class she developed over ten years. She earned her Associate Teacher Certification in Fitzmaurice Voicework© in NY 2012, deepening her practice of Tremoring into Yoga-inspired poses, and RE-Structuring muscularity with the newly freed Breath. In 2017-18, Heather returned to Yoga as the ancient origin of all these Mind/Body/Spirit practices, studying with the great Marni Task and earning her Certification as Registered Yoga Teacher in Jivasara Yoga in 2018. Heather offers classes in Vinyasa, Slow Burn, Meditation, Restorative Yoga, Fitzmaurice De/Re-Structuring, and Pranayama (Breath). All classes are Trauma-Sensitive, and special attention is given toward healthy alignment at any level of practice. Heather also offers private sessions for those who wish for a more personalized practice. It is an unbelievable honor to devote herself to this inherently inclusive, joy-affirming and sacred practice.
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JILL DAVIES (CYT, RYT) has been teaching yoga for ten years has studied with many great teachers in both San Francisco and Cleveland. Jill draws inspiration from her experience with Iyengar, Anusara and Jivamukti Yoga to create a nurturing, balanced and alignment oriented class. She strives to help all students find their optimal body and mind practice in each class.
JOANNE RUSSO, E-RYT, an experienced registered Yoga Instructor with Yoga Alliance. Joanne received her Vinyasa yoga teachers training at Sonic Yoga in NYC in 2008. She is also a Reiki Master (2011) and Homeopathic Consultant (2003).
Joanne has taught yoga classes at Studio 11 Tremont, Acenda Yoga, Geauga YMCA, Westside Catholic Center, The Free Clinic, Lutheran Ministries’ Men’s emergency homeless shelter and in small group settings.
Recently, Joanne taught yoga and meditation classes at Park West Montessori school in their preschool enrichment program.
Previously, Joanne has studied with Max Strom, Mitch Bleier, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Tari Prinster of OM Yoga’s Women’s Cancer Survivor training, Meditation and Anatomy with Bill andMargot Milcetich
of Brahmrishi Yoga, Cyndi Lee and David Nichtern of OM Yoga, NYC and with BethNavon at the Lineage Project, a program which teaches yoga to youth in juvenile detention centers.
Passionate about all aspects of yoga and meditation, Joanne infuses her classes with yogic philosophy, spirituality, awareness and proper alignment, creating a purposefulyoga flow. She is interested in the landscape of the inner self and the wellbeing of all people.
Currently, is a co-guide at Cleveland Montessori school where she teaches yoga and meditation to preschool children.
CAREY JAROS (RYT 200) began practicing yoga in 2004, from a book, in her small London flat. In the years since, she has explored many styles (Baptiste, Bikram, Ashtanga, Jivasara) and practiced in studios, apartments and hotel rooms all over the world. Carey is grateful to and inspired by her teachers and their teachers, especially Marni Task, Sharon Gannon, David Life, and Baron Baptiste. Her classes feature a strong Vinyasa flow, alignment cues, and moving music.
LAURA MORELLO (RYT) decided to study and teach yoga because she personally experienced its power to promote insight and healing, especially amidst key difficulties in life. She worked as a social worker for years in the community and wishes to bring the gifts of yoga to others, where others may gain more tools to explore and accept themselves with compassion and connect more fully to their True Self within. Her classes are inspired from movements and meditations in Hatha and Kundalini, but may also include some flow.
MARNI TASK (CYT, E-RYT 1000+, CEP) has been teaching yoga since 1995. An Advanced Certified Jivamukti Teacher & Anusara Inspired instructor was voted Best Yoga Teacher in Scene Magazine. She stepped onto the yoga path in 1987 in New York City and upon meeting her beloved teacher, Sharon Gannon, and through the yoga practice she finally felt at home in her body. Known as a teacher's teacher, Marni leads yoga teacher trainings and still studies with her beloved teachers Sharon Gannon & David Life, co-creators of Jivamukti. Since 1999 she has been inspired by the Anusara method and integrates the Universal Principles of Alignment into her teaching. Her classes offer healthy and creative sequencing that can heal the body and mind and often are rocking with inspirational music and spoken word.
DR. MINJU KIM Dr. Kim is a certafied (ELDOA) (Étirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation OsteoArticulaire; Longitudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation of the Spine) trainer and is passionate about educating musicians about health, body awareness, and injury prevention. Away from music, she enjoys hiking, running, practicing yoga, healthy cooking, museums, movies, being in nature, and being a lifelong learner.
ELDOA is a revolutionary technique created by world renowned osteopath, Guy VOYER DO. It is a semi-private group class that focuses on addressing various physical concerns by working with the spine and fascia. ELDOA stretching postures performed with specific technique and in the correct progressions, essentially help to decompress the spine by creating space between any given articulation on the spine. Many possible benefits include normalizing disc bulges, increasing flexibility, muscle performance and tone, injury prevention and recovery, reduced joint inflammation, increased blood flow, improved posture, and relief of chronic and acute back pain.
SELFSPACE MEDITATION STUDIO Selfspace is an urban meditation studio and art collective originating in Cleveland. The founder, Lindsay Stefans, is a lighting designer, meditation instructor and practicing Zen Buddhist. Raheem Stevenson is a painter and meditation instructor who is a practitioner in the tradition of the Fourth Way which combines and harmonizes the emotions, the body, and the mind. Kimberly Tretiakow is a dancer and artist who leads mindful movement classes and works as a specialist in childhood play therapy for autism. They formed the meditation studio as a way to bring people together and share their knowledge in a secular and open setting. Selfspace also creates unique sound, light and sculptural environments and has been commissioned by art festivals throughout Ohio.
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