Sarah Cheiky, Owner, LMT, NCTMB
Sarah Cheiky is a formal licensed massage therapist by the Ohio State Medical Board in 2003. She has received her continuing education and teaching apprenticeship for traditional Thai yoga massage by Tao Mountain School of Traditional Thai Massage: now affiliated with The Thai Institute of Sterling, VA. After receiving National Certification from the NCBTMB - National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodyworkers - Sarah now provides continuing education courses to practitioners and Thai yoga massage aspiring teachers. Through this process, Sarah says,“We have the option to make very real changes everyday with life.” She has gained understanding of how to affect change from her experiences with fitness, diet, massage, yoga and meditation. She also believes that, “We benefit most when we are willing to expand our awareness, and understand that absolutely everything put forth or received, effects every universal aspect; be it body, energy, or citta (mind-heart).”
Elizabeth Grepp, CYT, RYT, Reiki
Elizabeth is a native Clevelander who fell passionately in love with yoga while living in Costa Rica in 2006. She decided to deepen her practice by taking the yoga teacher training plunge in 2010 studying Jivasara (a loving combination of Jivamukti and Anusara yoga) under Marni Task, local yoga legend. She focuses on Vinyasa yoga with influences from Ashtanga, Anusara, Baptiste, Jivamukti and a pinch of Kundalini.
She is also a certified practitioner of Reiki, energy healing that helps to relax and purify both the mind and body. She firmly believes in the healing power of yoga, meditation and a vegetarian diet. Bringing the yogic lifestyle to her classes, she encourages students to take the yoga "off the mat" and out into the world!
Jessica Reddick 200hr CYT, Thai Massage Practitioner
Jessica was born and raised in Nebraska and has lived in Ohio for 6 years. She made the decision 2 1/2 years ago to take her career path in the same direction as her yoga path. Prior to that her education and employment were in the human services field. Living and sharing yoga with others is very important to Jessica, which led her to complete a 200 hour yoga teacher training program. She is also a certified Thai massage practicioner and has a strong interest in traditional medicine and home remedies.
Ginny Walters 500hr CYT
I have been guiding people into the practice of yoga since 1997. I love teaching beginners and Ashtanga. In early 2010 I completed the Yoga Alliance 500 hour training with Yoga on High in Columbus. The Ashtanga practice is my home practice. I love the clarity it brings to my life. My practice is the only sure thing; everything else is out of my control. My classes will build strength where you are weak and flexibility where you are tight. I value focusing on the integrity of each posture and my hands-on adjustments help you feel each posture more fully. My passion is watching my students expand their personal vision. I see their surprise in the ability to master a posture step by step. First we must believe in ourselves even through the (seemingly) impossible, then all will fall into place. We can only begin where we are and where we are is just fine for beginning.
In the summer I practice and teach outside. My Thursday 6AM class moves to a local deck on the beach. I hold a bi-monthly kayak and yoga class with Kayak 41 North. We paddle to practice yoga on a hill overlooking Lake Erie. Each winter I lead a yoga retreat/experience in Costa Rica.
Check out these websites for more info: ashtangacostarica.com, elniditoguesthouse.com and kayak41north.com.
Mary Bell, LMT, Thai Practitioner, 200hr YTT
Mary Bell is a huge fan of fun, bliss and love! Being a yoga practitioner for fourteen years, she finally decided to teach it and took Shakthi Parahasivam’s 240 hour YTT in mid 2012. Being a licensed massage therapist for over five years and also a Thai massage practitioner, Mary’s seen first hand how the disconnect between mind and body can manifest itself into pain and tension. Yoga is Union, it requires awareness of what’s happening inside and outside of one’s being. With that awareness healing and the divine journey begin! Mary believes the most important yoga is done outside the classroom. Everything done on the mat is preparation so that everyday problems can be faced with calmness, strength and compassion. “I am honored by everyone that chooses to make my class a stop along their path to enlightenment or on their way home from work! Let’s play, laugh, work hard and sweat a bit together while we make ourselves and the world a little happier.”
Kandi Genis, CYT
Kandi Genis has been practicing yoga since 2007 when she took her first hot power yoga class at Amazing yoga in Pittsburgh PA. Having resisted any kind of exercise for years, she was especially challenged by such an intense physical practice but was so nurtured by her teachers that gradually she was able to progress from spending 90% of a class in child's pose (rest) to only 10%. Through yoga, she discovered the power of a practice that unites the mind, body and breath. In order to deepen her own understanding and share this power with other, she completed her 200hr Hatha yoga teacher training at Leela Mata Peaceful Valley Ashram with Darshanie Radha Sukhu. Her classes are rooted in the classical Hatha yoga of the Sivananda tradition and inspired by the variety of her own yoga experiences and nurturing teachers. In her classes, she offers a mix of flowing movements, held postures and relaxation accompanied by music. Students are encouraged to explore their own physical, mental and emotional needs, taking what they need from each class.
Ed Ciolek, CYT
Our pipe-fitter gone yoga, Ed has taken his initial 200 hour CYT with Karma Yoga and currently in additional 500hour Try For Life Therapy, Reiki and Yoga Training with Judy Barr at Heartlight Yoga in Rocky River and will complete in early 2012. He is super passionate about his practice and a great example to our real men who need yoga. "I never knew this stuff would be so great!" we have heard Ed say over the years. Regularly provides yoga to the elderly in nursing homes. He also provides seated chair yoga and privates for beginners as well as those wanting a real powerful workout. He too will be a Thai Student in the latter of the summer.
Wendy Faber, LMT
I am a believer of balance & lover of living. I have a love, appreciation & respect for nature & am grateful for the peace that it brings me every day. I love massage & the opportunity it gives me to empower others and assist them in their healing process. I have a strong belief in really living, no matter what the circumstances, enjoying the little things & never losing yourself, because you gave to everyone else & forgot to give to yourself. I hope that through education, inspiration & massage I can help guide people to a better way of living.
Leslie Friend, Aerial Silks
Leslie Friend started training in Aerial Silks in 2007 at Aerial Revolution in San Diego, CA, and began teaching at the Czech Cultural Center of Sokol Greater Cleveland in the summer of 2010. She brings a varied movement background to her work, including gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, contemporary dance, yoga, lindy hop, and rock climbing. Aerial Silks, an athletic art form most often associated with Cirque du Soleil, cultivates strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. It involves paired lengths of hanging fabric that are climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied, to create dramatic drops, poses and movement above the ground. Leslie is delighted to help build an aerial community here in the Cleveland area.
Meg Witt, CYT
meg witt found yoga over three years ago during a very difficult time in her life. yoga provided a safe space for getting grounded and learning to love what is. in 2009, she went through cleveland yoga's teacher training program and received her 200 hour certification. her teaching style is basic and powerful with great music and strong assists. she believes yoga is for anyone who's interested in opening their hearts to true inner peace. meg lives in cleveland heights with her best friend, kristen and her border collie/lab mix, thea. she is a store manager for lululemon athletica where she's surrounded by amazing yogis who love cleveland and are committed to elevating their communities through active, passionate, goal-setting lives. in her free time she likes to read, drink wine with her friends, thrift/antique shop and explore the city. her teachers in life and love are her dearest friends and fellow yogis, mat nelson, kristen shick and jennette zimmerman as well as those who caused her to fall in love with the beautiful practice of yoga - eric tabora, tami schneider, parker bean and shakthi.
Lyz Bly, Ph.D., RYT
Lyz Bly has been practicing yoga for ten years and is certified (at the 200 hour level), studying at Inner Bliss Yoga Studio in Rocky River, Ohio under internationally renowned yoga teacher Mitchel Bleier of Norwalk, Connecticut and Inner Bliss studio owner Tammy Lyons. Lyz teaches vinyasa flow yoga, infusing her classes with insights on the history and theory of the practice. Tapping into her academic experience as a historian and gender/race studies scholar, Lyz helps students use yoga as a tool for navigating the complexities of contemporary American life.
Lyz also teaches students of all levels at the staff fitness center at Progressive Insurance’s corporate headquarters in Mayfield Heights, and Inner Bliss Yoga Studio in Rocky River. Vinyasa flow is a yoga style in which poses and movements are synchronized with the breath. The teacher instructs students to move from one pose to another on an exhale or inhale. It is called “flow” because of the smooth way that poses are linked together. Vinyasa flow is both aerobic and strength building and, because of the synchronized breathing, it is calming for the mind and nervous system. It is a style that can be easily adapted for students of all fitness levels, ages, and abilities.
Beth Gatchell, CYT, Musician, Traditional Thai Practitioner
Beth is a certified yoga teacher at the 200-hour level. Her training focuses on feeling the effects of each posture in the body, mind and spirit. Her current practice and teaching focuses on the vinyasa style of yoga. She is also a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner (a style of massage from Thailand involving yoga-like stretching, acupressure and energy line activation) who has taken basic through advanced coursework and continues her study in an apprenticeships with Sararut Roylance, a master of Thai Massage from Thailand with 30 years experience. Beth also practices energy work in the shamanic Dakota Sioux tradition offering Rain Bath and Healing Hands. Yogic chanting, known as kirtan, is an important part of her practice and she often chants with her guitar at the end of a class. She can also be found singing in the three-piece kirtan band, Vandanam, or sitting in with local Cleveland kirtan band Enchanted Hearts. She has sung with international and national kirtan singers Narada, Brenda McMorrow, Sri Kirtan, Kristin Luna Ray, and Mike Cohen. She encourages students to use all aspects of their yoga practice (asana, breathwork, chanting, etc.) to explore their inner selves.
Kevin Lynch,LMT, Certified Thai Practitioner
Kevin R. Lynch has been licensed in massage therapy by the state medical board of Ohio for the last 9 years. Kevin has CEU's in trigger point therapy, reflexology, myofacial release, and Traditional Thai massage.
He has also worked with many professional athletes and is currently involved with the physical maintenance of MLB umpires. Kevin is a certified Traditional Thai Massage practitioner and instructor with Sarah offering workshops at The Studio Cleveland. He is an avid student of yoga. He also enjoys golfing,traveling, laughing, and spending time with his loved ones.
Caressa Mathews, High Touch Jin Shin, Reiki, CYT,