1100 Brown St. - Dayton, OH - 45409 - email@example.com - 937-829-5947
Devon Schmidt - 200-ERYT
A Cincinnati native, Devon first discovered her love for yoga ten years ago while studying photography at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Through Hatha yoga classes at the YMCA in downtown Columbus, Ohio, she came to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of the asanas and how wonderful she felt after a afterwards. Devon began to learn about more than just the physical practice, becoming interested in the spiritual aspects of yoga. It was this search that inspired her to be a yoga teacher.
In Spring 2010, Devon completed a year long, 300-hr teacher training program. She is currently undergoing her 500hr. teacher training at Yoga on High in Columbus and has studied with Rodney Yee, David Swenson, Richard Freeman, Doug Keller and many more inspiring teachers.
Devon teaches various yoga styles including Restorative, Hot, Gentle and Yin. She loves to incorporate the more spiritual aspects of yoga into the classes she teaches, encouraging her students to delve into self-inquiry and staying present with pranayama (breathwork).
In 2011, she completed a 40hr. Shanti Mom Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Program, a Color Me Yoga Kids Yoga Foundational Training, and Yoga Therapy trainings with Doug Keller and Marcia Miller, She also completed Level I Yoga Nidra training through I Rest as well as a Reiki training to become a Master Reiki practitioner. In 2012 she undertook an Ayurvedic Massage certification with Kelly Lewis, LMT.
In 2011 Devon opened Day Yoga Studio in Dayton, Ohio to provide yoga and wellness services to the community. She currently teaches public yoga classes, facilitates workshops, conducts private individual yoga sessions, co-directs a 200hr. RYS teacher training program at Day Yoga, and offers Ayurvedic Massage and Reiki sessions. Although she is constantly adding to her 1000 plus hours of teaching experience, Devon still finds time for her other job; being a mom to three small children.
Bronwen is an award winning professional belly dancer, instructor and choreographer from Dayton, Ohio who holds a Fine Arts degree in Acting & Theatre performance. Locally, she has danced at Therapy Cafe, Taste of the Mediterranean, Kohinoor Palace, Pasha Grill, and many festivals such as Urban Nights, the Lebanese Festival and Lady Fest. She also has performed at Wright State and Ohio Northern University events. In 2007, she won 1st Place in the Personal Best Middle Eastern Dance Competition Headliner category, and in 2010, she took first place in the Personal Best Troupe Competition with "Banat Alexandria", the professional Middle Eastern dance company she created and directs. Bronwen has also studied ballet & modern dance and served as choreographer on Kettering Children's Theatre and Sinclair Theatre productions. She has also appeared on stage in many local theatre productions and television commercials. Performing and teaching are her passions and she loves to share and connect with audiences and her students.
Melissa has dedicated her life to the health of others- specifically holistic self-care and healing. Informed by over 7 years as a student of classical Yoga and Ayurveda, Melissa is deeply passionate about spreading love and light through her life calling as a Healer.
She holds a license to practice Massage Therapy through the Ohio State Medical Board, specializing in Deep Tissue, Prenatal, Relaxation, and Hot Stone Massages.
She holds multiple Yoga Trainings and Certificates teaching primarily Hatha Yoga influenced by the Para Yoga tradition and the lineage of Sri Vidya. She teaches weekly Hatha Yoga classes, workshops and study programs, Yoga Teacher Trainings, and teaches Yoga therapeutically with students one-on-one to help them heal from injuries, health problems, or work with limitations. She specializes in surgery recovery, scoliosis, back injuries, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and digestive issues.
Melissa holds a Certificate through the Himalayan Institute and NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Board) as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, specializing in the synergy of Yogic and Ayurvedic Sciences. She offers consultations helping people heal and balance, using diet, lifestyle changes, herbs, and more.
In 2012, she stopped managing a full time yoga studio (Sri Yoga Center) in order to more deeply pursue her life calling, and currently devotes her time to striving to live more in harmony with the world around her, helping others to do the same.
Matt Cline is an RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance and graduated in 2011 from the 200 Hour Hatha Teacher Training program of "Yoga On High" in Columbus. Matt has been a practitioner of yoga for 5 years and has devoted much of his personal and teaching development of the yoga arts to spiritual, mental and physical healing. Not a very flexible person himself, Matt primarily teaches simple but effective flow-based practices that utilize and cultivate breathing in any student's physical abilities. Matt is also a level one certified Reiki practitioner and incorporates this healing art as well as elements of Thai Yoga into his classes and practices.
Brandy has been practicing yoga for the past five years. Her journey began by chance when a friend invited her to try a yoga class. The class proved to be a life changing experience. Yoga has provided a grounding force in her life, shining a light in areas that once seemed too challenging to face. Through continued practice her journey led her to teach. In 2010, while raising a family of seven, navigating through the challenges of being a military spouse, and pursuing a degree in education, an opportunity to become certified as a yoga instructor became available. She currently holds a 200 hr as well as a 500 hr certificate from the International Yoga Institute in Virginia Beach. She has had the honor to practice with Patricia Lovitt, Grand Master Adam Nguyen, Sri Dharma Mittra, and Lilias Folan. Sharing her love of the practice has been and continues to be a sincere blessing.
My Yoga journey began in late 2007 when I discovered a 30 minute on-demand yoga class. I practiced the same video every day for a few months! I began noticing how good it made my body and mood feel (inside and out) and wanted to know more! I started attending various classes with different teachers, learning and practicing as much as I could.
I completed my 200-hour teacher immersion at Practice Yoga on fifth. I learned so much more about myself and my practice (than I bargained for! :) Practicing. living and learning is continuous with Yoga. I've met some some pretty awesome peeps along the way and look forward to meeting you!
Some of my favs are: walking my two fur babies (Macho and Lacey), traveling with my boyfriend, the Sun, the Ocean, football (Go Steelers!), nutrition and laughing with good friends and family!
I hope to have the opportunity to share this journey with you...maybe we will both learn something!
Elizabeth has practiced yoga for seven years. She was born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio and later moved to the Dayton area after meeting her beloved Todd. Before embracing motherhood she worked in Healthcare as an STNA for eight years and was an Activity Coordinator on an Alzheimer's unit for five years. Elizabeth began practicing yoga as a way to maintain weight control but it wasn't until she became pregnant with her first child [and preparing for childbirth] that she saw a glimpse of the other benefits of yoga. After the birth of her first son she lost touch with it and became immersed in new motherhood. During her second pregnancy yoga found her once again, and this time she was more aware of the true benefits that yoga has to offer its students. Elizabeth fell in love with yoga and decided that she wanted to become a yoga teacher to deepen her spiritual and physical journey.
In May 2010, Elizabeth completed Level I and Level II Reiki training. In May 2011, she completed the Master level training and is currently working to become a Master Teacher. In April 2011, Elizabeth completed a 16 hour Color Me Yoga Workshop and received a Color Me Yoga for Children Foundations Instructor Certification. Elizabeth will complete her 200 hour yoga teacher training course at LeeLaa Yoga in September of 2011.
"Practicing Yoga and Reiki are changing and growing every aspect of my being in a positive manner. I find myself becoming more balanced and loving as I nourish and explore the connection between my inner self and God, The Great Spirit of Us All."
Elizabeth lives in Middletown, Ohio with her husband, Todd, their two boys, and their two dogs. Her poetry book, In The Waking World I See Through My Dreams, is available at Amazon.com. She is available for private yoga sessions and private Reiki sessions, for more information go to www.shantihealers.com
Eva Makstutis is a Nia Technique White Belt Instructor. She teaches Nia at Sinclair Community College , Sri Yoga Center and Day Yoga Studio in Dayton, Ohio. She is also a certified Yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner. She has studied and employs other healing tools for stress reduction such as meditation, creative visualization and affirmations.
A mindful and compassionate yoga instructor, Lee trusts her instincts and follows her heart as she shares the teachings that have come from a life lived fully, openly and consciously.
Always a seeker of balance and meaning, Lee has explored numerous styles of yoga, meditation, and other spiritual practices for over 25 years.
Lee is grounded in a deep wisdom that allows her to integrate many influences from her own yogic and spiritual experiences into unique teachings and insights that can be applied on and off the yoga mat. Always open to discovery, Lee's yoga and meditation classes provide a safe haven for self-inquiry and exploration.
Alyssa started practicing yoga while in high school. She began teaching while studying chemistry at Miami University, and obtained her RYT-200 from Ananda Ashram of Monroe, New York shortly after graduating. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and now lives with her adorable cat, GuiGui.
Robyn has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and earned her RYT 200 in 2009 while pregnant with her second child. She is finishing RPYT Prenatal Certification through the Shanti Mom Prenatal Yoga Program. Her passion is working with women and mothers and feels yoga was more than influential in her own experiences with pregnancy and birth. Robyn tries to incorporate gratitude into her personal practice and teaching style and believes the breath is our greatest tool in overcoming adversity.
Jeanine has been practicing yoga on and off for over 10 years, but it wasn't until 2007 that she revisited it and really learned the unlimited benefits that yoga provided for her. Yoga has helped her become a better person physically mentally, and spiritually. She has been teaching a vinyasa style yoga since 2008. For 4 years she has been volunteering at a local church once a week teaching a vinyasa style made for everyone's body, and instucting at a fitness club. As a mother of two while continuing her journey on completing her 200 RYT through YogaFit she went to a training for kids. She remembers thinking how great yoga could benefit her girls and other children. Previously being an elementary teacher before motherhood, she thought this could go hand and hand. In 2009, she began teaching kid yoga through her home and eventually in school. In 2010 she also had the opportunity guide school teachers through out the year. She has taught a wide range of ages from 3 to 80 and wouldn't have it any other way. "I love what I do. I have gotten more out of it than imaginable and I am still eager to learn more."
Lori finished her 200 hour teacher training in 2009. Her certification is multi-style, but she favors Vinyasa; for its flowing dance-like transitions, and Ashtanga for its challenging and strength building qualities. Her focus in teaching yoga is to awaken the mind/body connection in her students. She emphasizes proper body alignment, the purpose of the pose, and always honoring the body's limits. She invites her students to challenge themselves, and encourages them to mold their yoga practice to fit their needs. She loves yoga for its versatility, for it can be used to improve strength, flexibility and balance; and also relieves stress, pain and lowers blood pressure. Lori is also a licensed massage therapist and holds a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology, the study of human movement.
Paige began doing yoga in 2008 as a freshman in college. She turned to yoga to help her transition into college and deal with all of the stress of change. She’s been committed ever since and first began teaching yoga her senior year of college at the Kenyon College Athletic Center. She received her 200 hour RYT from Yoga Ah in Cincinnati during the summer of 2012.
Paige received her BA in Anthropology from Kenyon College in 2012. During the day, she spends her time working with kids and runs the Community and Service Learning program at the Miami Valley School. Paige loves yoga because of its ability to blend both the physical and spiritual, helping us all to achieve more balance in our lives.