Sara Nadia Syed
OWNER at the studio cleveland
Sara started her yoga practice during high school in, 2008, during the peak of her adolescence while struggling with drug & alcohol addiction, anxiety, eating-disorders and depression. After a few years of consistent meditation and yoga, she discovered the transformative and healing benefits of yoga and meditation.
Sara attended her first yoga teacher training in Cahuita, Costa Rica, in 2014. Since then, Sara has traveled the world practicing, learning, and teaching the fine art and ancient science of yoga and meditation. Sara has spent a lot of time teaching yoga and meditation at elementary schools, universities, fitness centers, local festivals, and at yoga studios. Her most meaningful experience has been teaching under-served populations such as in juvenile detention centers, treatment centers, and at mental health facilities.
Sara completed her 300-hour teaching training program in India in 2016, where she attended Yogadarshanam Ashtanga/Hatha yoga school and the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute under Saraswathi Jois.
Sara completed the 10-day Vipassana Silent Meditation Retreat in October, 2017, where she studied the laws of nature through silent sitting and observation.
Sara's classes are accessible to students of all experience levels. Her classes focus on synchronizing the breath and body movement to balance the nervous system and the mind. Sara enjoys teaching powerful classes and restorative classes. Students leave her class feeling renewed, refreshed, empowered, and with love.
Kasimira Vogel, is one of the Co-founders of Pathways to Wholeness and is very passionate in aiding each person to find their individual pathway to being a whole, healthy and integrated person. "Kassy" started her own quest when at age 13 it was discovered she had scoliosis. There started the introduction into alternative medicine and the benefits of proper diet. Today, Kassy is a licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Energy/Light Worker and Intuitive Healer who likes to use everything in her "tool box" from crystals, aromatherapy and herbs to vocal sounds and rattles to effect positive healing changes in the human body, mind and spirit.
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 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.”
Alice began her yoga journey in 2008, when she took a class in college. Appealing to her athletic background and beginning to notice positive changes physically and mentally, Alice knew she had to pass on the benefits of yoga through teaching. Graduating from Ananda Bhakti in 2016, Alice has been able to follow her passion for teaching yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations. Taking one of her classes will also usually include music of all sorts as she sees music as a way to connect and deepen the experience.
After taking a course in Traditional Thai Massage at The Studio Cleveland in 2013, Jeremy was inspired to pursue massage therapy training at ASIS (Arizona School of Integrative Studies) later that year. There, he was instructed in Swedish Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Connective Tissue Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Polarity, Sports Massage, and Injury Rehab. Returning to Ohio, he received additional training at Harmony Path.
Jeremy is a natural health enthusiast and enjoys all things outdoors including kayaking, rock climbing, learning about natural history, and just being out there.Jeremy offers Traditional Thai Massage which is performed on a mat on the ground and encompasses a wide range of techniques. Some of the techniques look similar to acupressure, while others look like partner yoga. He also offers Craniosacral Therapy which is practiced as a form of energy work. Jeremy is also available for Deep Tissue and Relaxation Massage.
David Turner trained at the Cleveland Institute of Medical Massage and has been a licensed massage therapist since 2012. David is also certified in basic Traditional Thai Massage and Reiki. David spends his days working in development at Playhouse Square and as if he couldn't get enough theater he is very active in the local community theater scene. Since starting massage his mind has been opened to the many levels of holistic healing and is excited to begin this journey with The Studio.
David Dissell Jr.
B.S. Electrical Engineering Technology
David served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and Iraq. His service in the U.S. Army eventually lead him down the path of healing. David has attended three, 10-day Vipassana silent meditation retreats and is a Project Welcome Home Troops Certified Meditation Teacher through the Art of Living. He recently completed his B.S. in Engineering Technology at Cleveland State University. David's passion and enthusiasm for meditation is contagious and he offers his meditation practice here at the Studio.
thai massage CONTINuing education provider
Sarah Cheiky opened The Studio Cleveland on September 7, 2010, earning license as a massage therapist from the Ohio State Medical Board in 2003, after studying at the Harmony Path School of Massage in Rocky River, Ohio. She completed continuing education courses and teaching apprenticeship in Traditional Thai Massage from Dr. C. Pierce Salguero at his Tao Mountain School of Traditional Thai Massage with additional research and certifications at The Thai Institute of Arlington, Virginia.
In 2006, Sarah met the high standards for excellence established by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCTMB); continues to expand her skills and knowledge with domestic and international studies in Vipassana Meditation, Thai and Buddhist Medicine. Formally welcomed into the family and lineages of The Traditional Old Medicine Hospital, and the SVG Thai Massage Training Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2012, has been recognized internationally as a Master Body Worker. Sarah accepts this with great humility and continues to offer great respect to her clients and community, by allowing you to be the greatest teacher.
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Samantha received her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification in Playa Grande, Costa Rica of June 2017 through Sadhana Yoga School. She was first called to yoga in high school where now, her practice has transformed from a sweaty workout to a sacred offering. Sam feels humbled and blessed to be able to share the gift of yoga with her community. Sam Rus is a dynamic & highly compassionate teacher, on and off the mat. In her class, you will be be transported into field of positivity that will allow you to freely and comfortably express yourself, with her supportive assists and angelic voice as a guide. She believes yoga is a lifestyle made for every *body* which can be practiced within every breathing moment. Sam hopes to continue her travels and teachings throughout the world, spreading love, peace, and kindness one heart at a time. When not in the studio, you can find her studying a language (mostly Spanish), reading a book (mainly about consciousness), or talking to strangers (any of them). Sam would like to thank you for being and hopes to meet you soon. ~Shanti Shanti Shanti~
Jessica was born and raised in Nebraska and has lived in Ohio since 2005. She made the decision in 2010 to take her career path in the same direction as her yoga path. Along the way she discovered Thai massage, which led her to complete a traditional Thai massage program, alongside her yoga teacher training program. Since then she has received a second certification in Thai massage and is a Reiki practitioner. Prior to that her education and employment were in the human services field. Jessica also has a strong interest in traditional medicine.
INTEGRATED ENERGY THERAPY (IET) MAster
Tara Durn, is the owner and operator of Universal Connection LLC. She has been doing energy healing for 6 years now a certified Reiki Master, as well a Master Instructor of Integrated Energy Therapy®. She offers attunements for both modalities, angel card readings, guided meditations, animal IET, Steps To Transformation. Classes on wire wrap jewelry, setting up crystal grids, dissolving unwanted cords, and grounding techniques which can connect your energy back to the Earth. Tara has been playing with tarot cards since the age of 13. Now giving others an interesting outlook on what direction to take. Making jewelry has been a fun hobby of hers for many years, and she also is a gem dealer. Her healing journey started when she was in a car accident, the near death experience made her more sensitive to the unseen world. She was inspired to heal others when she came across a Reiki Master teacher back in 2012, which changed her life forever. She has been successfully initiated, and trained through the traditional Reiki modality, started by Usui Shiki Ryoho. In addition to Reiki, her practice expanded when she learned Integrated Energy Therapy®. A modality that can remove trauma from cellular memory working directly with the 9 angels of the energy field and your 12 strand spiritual DNA. Pet Integrated Energy Therapy® helps animals release imprints of guilt, distrust, shame, heart-ache, betrayal, anger, resentment, stress, and fear which we all as human carry as well. Steps To Transformation is a complemented program through Integrated Energy Therapy®, which helps step you into your own personal's soul journey here on Earth. She is emphatic, and holds space in a way to allow her students to become one with their inner self. She can guide you on how to remove blockages, allowing room for new energy to take place. Bringing you to the right people, places, and things that can help your souls growth, and evolution. Her guided meditations can change your perceptive on many levels, living from soul not ego. Bringing you acceptance, inner peace, and joy into the way we perceive our reality. Centering your thoughts, and reconnecting you back to your intuition. Using self-love, and her guidance can allow you to ascend to a higher level of consciousness. She would be honored to show you how to claim the happiness, abundance and joy you deserve.
Lindsey is a Reiki practitioner and is trained in EFT (emotional freedom technique). Currently, Lindsey provides individualized wellness sessions with a focus on partnering with clients to improve their health through alignment of the mind, body, & spirit; new services are on the horizon, stay tuned. Her passion for holistic wellness and self-care began in 2008 during nursing school where she sought much needed stress relief. Her journey started with yoga which taught her how breathing, meditation, and movement promotes a state of calmness and overall health. Since then she has dabbled in various therapeutic modalities. When not in the studio, Lindsey enjoys long walks on the beach, hikes in the forest, catching up with friends, mentors, and colleagues, and is always on a quest for learning and living abundantly. Namaste
Aerial silks instructor
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.
Meghan first showed up on the mat at Karma Yoga in Cleveland in, 2004, at the urging of two friends. She fell in love with the practice as she started to see how it impacted her life on and off the mat. Meghan took yoga with her as she moved to Washington D.C., New York City, and back home to Cleveland in, 2016. As life gets more complex—with jobs, kids, family, life—Meghan loves that yoga gives us a way to take care of ourselves through breath, movement, and practicing being right where we are. Her move from New York City to Cleveland created more space for her and her family, in all senses of the word, allowing her to complete her 200-hr yoga teacher training with Inner Bliss Yoga Studio in March, 2018. Meghan has been an educator her entire life and is excited about combining two of her passions through teaching yoga. Meghan loves to cheer people on through difficulty to help them grow stronger and re-imagine their limits on and off the mat. Come practice with her.
In 2009 Ashley was living the stressed out lifestyle of restaurant management. This high intensity work life called for some spiritual balance -and having always felt connected to the universal life force and eastern philosophy, Ashley decided to try yoga! On a whim! Never expecting it to become such an important aspect of her life. Patthabi Jois believed that to be a yogi in this life, one must have walked the yogic path in past lives, creating a never ending, soul searching desire for the yogic lifestyle in each and every incarnation. This is certainly the case for Ashley, whos life has never been the same since that first yoga class! After diving into the 8 limbed path, Ashley's life began to change all around her. Saying good bye to restaurant management, Ashley followed her healer's heart and chose a life of health and wellness. Now an Ashtanga yogi, Registered Nurse and wellness enthusiast- Ashley wants nothing more than to help others achieve optimal health and realize their true potential! Her ultimate goals include a master's degree in integrative health, and further blending her knowledge as a yogi and nurse! Ashley believes in yoga as a healing modality as well as a spiritual practice and physical exercise. Yoga has the power to make us strong on the inside and on the outside! "Practice and all is coming" ~ Sri K Patthabi Jois
Lisa attended massage therapy school at The Ohio College of Massotherapy class of 2002. Just after massage school she also obtained her Nail Technicians license. She has spent many years in the spa and in clinical settings as well as offering corporate and onsite services. Lisa received specialized training in Traditional Thai Yoga massage, and is also certified in Pre- and Post- natal massage. She has come up with her own unique style combining therapeutic and relaxation techniques. Lisa has been studying and practicing the art of yoga since 2005. She had the pleasure of studying at The Sophia Center at Ursuline College and at St. Joe's Rivers Edge. Combining yoga and massage Lisa specializes in Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, offers Reiki sessions, as well as Chakra Balancing Aromatherapy massage.
Kaela began her yoga journey after struggling with post partum depression and anxiety. The healing found through the practice catapulted her onto her authentic path of healing others & being healed from the wondrous practice of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Wanting to spread the joy of this practice, she became 200 HR certified at Source Energy Yoga under Jessica Sayre. It became apparent to her that this practice can change lives in so many ways. Kaela set out on a journey to practice yoga on and off the mat, not just the movement of yoga, but all other limbs as well. She decided to dedicate her life’s work to the practice on and off the mat. A firm love & respect for Ashtanga makes her classes based here, but the knowledge and training in Vinyasa yoga creates a space of creativity and freedom in the body. Kaela’s goal is to help you connect with your inner spirit through moving meditation. She hopes to hold space for each person to move intuitively, while often times helping to assist in ways that can deepen a practice on lots of different levels. She wishes to learn from all, and her philosophy is that she is always a student first & foremost, whilst having the ability to spread healing and guidance after that. When she is not on her mat, you can catch her spending time with her husband and two beautiful daughters. This warmth of being a mother transfers into the studio, as she wishes to be non judgemental accepting, welcoming, & providing of a healing touch. Being immersed in the moment & learning how to heal through mindful movement is one of Kaela’s main purposes on this path as a yoga teacher. She would be honored to move in meditation with you and stand by your side for guidance.
Blessings & Namaste.