Alicia’s yoga practice began as young adult. Throughout her life she has turned to her yoga practice for stress relief, to compliment physical training (she is a Spartan Beast Finisher), to rehabilitate after illness, and the list goes on. She introduced yoga to her children even before their birth and found it to be a useful form of therapy for her son with autism.
Alicia completed the Toledo Yoga 200 Hour teacher training in February 2019 and is excited to have joined the Toledo Yoga assisting program. When you attend class assisted by Alicia you can expect to find her fully engaged in helping you to create more ease in your practice, to expand your realm of possibility, and help you to achieve a deeper sense of connection in your yoga practice.
Alicia is blessed to be a wife to a motorcycle rider, adventurer spirit, and fellow yogi. She is a grateful mom of four, bonus mom to two, fur baby mom to one, and so much more. Alicia’s personal interests beyond yoga extend to running, obstacle course training/racing, art, gardening, nature, hiking, camping, road-tripping, and the joyful pursuit of koselig.
Ashley has been hooked on yoga ever since she discovered that the practice allows her to be fully present when she’s on her mat, surrounded by community. She loved that whatever problem of the day she was experiencing at the time melted away, even for just 60 minutes, and she could truly soak in the moment. Week after week, she found herself coming back to her mat to feel that experience again, and found herself stepping off of her mat a bit lighter than when she stepped on. Ashley knew she wanted what she was experiencing to grow even deeper, as well as share it with others, so she enrolled in teacher training in 2016.
As a recovering perfectionist (as she lovingly puts it), Ashley approaches each class with space for grace for all, and a bit of levity. While participating in one of Ashley’s classes, students can expect a welcoming environment where their only requirement is just to “be.” Her classes will encourage students to use the tools of breath, focus and physicality to anchor themselves to the moment. Ashley strives to leave her students feeling confident, accomplished and lighter than when they came in.
Ashley received her RYT-200 from Yoga For All Beings in Chicago. In addition to teaching at Toledo Yoga, she also leads the studio’s Teacher Empowerment and Mentorship Program. Ashley has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida with a background in health communications and social media. When she’s not at Toledo Yoga, Ashley enjoys cooking with her husband (she’s a great sous-chef), playing with her puppy, discovering new music and exploring, both near and far.
David first began practicing yoga in 2011 as a way to combat stress and heal injuries from his years of participating in competitive sports. As he continued to practice, David realized that yoga could be so much more than just a way for him to de-stress. Yoga has become an opportunity to find balance and peace in his everyday life. The practice provides a space for reflection that encourages him to be a healthier and more productive person. This in turn leads to David being a more empowered version of himself for his family and community.
During David’s classes you can expect to be physically challenged as he guides you through a variety of flowing sequences that focus on core strength and proper alignment to avoid injury. His classes can be adapted to all experience levels and are designed to give students access to all styles of yoga.
In 2013 David completed a 200-HR teacher training in Power Yoga. From there he has participated in a variety of trainings to further his skill set. David is passionate about working with athletes and has finished a Yogalete training that specifically trains teachers to lead a yoga class for athletes. Since 2014, David had 2,200 teaching hours and counting!
Jodi first tried yoga in the early 90’s, as a means, to lower her blood pressure naturally. She fell in love with her home practice but felt something was missing. Once she started practicing at Toledo Yoga she discovered it was community that was missing for her.
In Jodi’s classes there are always opportunities for you to get to know your body. Jodi’s hope is for you to experience the true magic of letting go and just being present in each moment.
Jodi received her 200 hr. teacher certification through Toledo Yoga in 2018. She is also certified in Yin yoga, and is constantly adding new yoga books to her library. Along with her daily meditation, you will find her practicing at the studio, next to you, as often as she possibly can.
When it comes to Kaitlin, she likes to keep it to the extremes. Extremely hot and challenging or extremely relaxed and peaceful! She has found this keeps a set intention in her practice and creates balance off the mat. She practices to become a leader and an inspiration to others. Her yoga practice keeps her away from limiting beliefs and into what creates positive change!
When taking Kaitlin’s classes except to be held accountable for being ALL IN. With asanas designed to put you at your edge, you will strengthen your body and mind. Focus, breathe, and put the work in to put your best efforts forward and to create yourself powerfully.
Kaitlin is especially passionate about conserving ocean ecosystems. She aspires to educate and grow a community all based on reducing ocean pollutants. In her efforts to continue to lead and inspire, she will become a certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor in the near future. Baptiste gives her access to power, freedom, and vitality everywhere she goes.
Laurie Schoonmaker has been teaching group fitness classes since she was 16 years old (does anyone remember Elaine Powers?) She first stumbled into a yoga class back in 1997 just because it was made available at her gym. She was immediately hooked as it was the first time in a group class that she was not glancing at a clock to determine how much time was left. Her first yoga training was scheduled a week after her law school graduation with David Swenson for Ashtanga yoga.
In her classes, Laurie creates a space where students can come as they are and expect to be treated to a thoughtful experience that integrates body, mind, and spirit. Laurie enjoys teaching many modalities of yoga, including Yin Yoga and Yoga for Athletes. Laurie enjoys sharing these yoga experiences with athletes at the University of Toledo (her alma matter).
Laurie completed 200 hour yoga trainings with Yoga Lab Naples (2016) and with YogaFit in 2008. She has also taken trainings in Yoga for Athletes, Yin Yoga with Danielle Mercer, Nancy Nelson, and Bernie Clark. In addition to her yoga training, Laurie is a certified CrossFit (Levels 1 & 2) coach and sports nutrition specialist through Eat to Perform and Precision Nutrition.
Melany completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with It’s Yoga International in 2014. Since then, she has been working on achieving her 500 hour certification. Melany is also trained in kids yoga and earned an AA degree in early childhood education. Melany is the director of Kids Yoga Toledo and combined her training in yoga and college education to lead kids yoga teacher trainings. She has been leading a variety of classes at Toledo Yoga since it opened in 2014 including Rocket®, ashtanga yoga, yoga flow, and yoga for kids.
Melany loves guiding all levels of practitioners together. Her classes focus on mindful breath and movement to create a balanced, strong, and graceful state of being. Some of her classes include handstands and some include guided yoga nidra (yogic sleep). She will go with the flow in relation to the energy of the room for that day. Her classes are relaxed and she encourages everyone to come as they are, inspire, and be inspired by the amazing Toledo Yoga community.
“In my class you can expect to receive whatever it is you wish for. Come in and rest in child’s pose for an hour or bust out a handstand in a sun salutation. I’ll encourage you to breathe and discover your inner wisdom as I guide you through a vinyasa flow. Sometimes I tell funny jokes. At least I think I’m funny.”
Olivia’s favorite mantra is, “bloom where you are planted” because she believes in the power of being grateful for the present situation and taking advantage of the opportunities that surround us. Olivia has found that practicing yoga helps her feel balanced, grounded, and grateful. She thinks that everybody can benefit from the practice of yoga and deserves time on their mat.
Olivia is a graduate student at The University of Toledo and will be completing Toledo Yoga’s 200-HR Teacher Training! You can find Olivia at the front desk of the studio to make you feel welcome and at home in our community. She would love to answer your questions or concerns and support you on whatever journey you’re on.
Taylor has been doing some form of yoga her entire life, before she even knew what yoga was! As a young girl she stretched daily with her sister and took ballet. In her teenage years she discovered yoga and recognized it would always be part of her life. Currently, she practices with her two young children, teaches private yoga sessions, and practices at Toledo Yoga!
When Taylor was 15 she became very ill. For many years her body was weak and unable to do the things it once could. This was when Taylor recognized the need for practicing yoga in every phase of life- not just when you’re healthy and energetic. As her health increased, so did her yoga practice. She understands that each body is different, and often each phase of life allows different levels of practice. Because of her personal experience, she wants to share the power you can find in your own body, regardless of health or fitness.
She completed the Toledo Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training and Kid’s Yoga Training in 2018. She has enhanced her techniques with many workshops, Thai massage, and anatomy training. Taylor is passionate about supporting others in their journey to greatness. In her classes you will be offered progressions, challenged, encouraged to listen to your body, and reminded of the importance of caring for yourself.
Allison was first introduced to yoga while studying at The Ohio State University. O-H! (this is where you say “I-O!”) Always active and working out in various gyms, she practiced yoga off and on for several years before finding a home at Toledo Yoga. She knew from the first class she took at Toledo Yoga that she wanted to gain the skills to be able to share with others what yoga has brought to her. A dedicated practice has provided her with the opportunity to appreciate and live in the present.
Students in Allison’s classes can expect a genuine instructor who delivers the opportunity for students to experience what their physical and emotional edge can be. Allison invites you to step out of your head and to connect mind, body and breath as one. One of the most powerful realizations Allison has had since joining Toledo Yoga is that she is not alone, she is a member of a powerful community of practitioners and instructors. She invites you to step onto your mat and be a member of that same sincere community.
Allison is blessed to be a wife and mother of three children. She is passionate about her family, her friends, yoga, and continued self-discovery through the art of yoga and meditation. She relishes the moments when she sees her practice come to life off of the mat as well as on the mat. Allison signed up for and graduated from the Kids Yoga training and the 200-HR teacher training at Toledo Yoga.
Cindy began practicing yoga because it brought her a sense of peace and calm away from the busyness of life. Over the years her passion for yoga grew. When she read the description of the teacher training program at Toledo Yoga she knew that she was meant to complete the program.
When participating in one of Cindy’s yoga classes you can expect that the poses will be broken down to make yoga possible for all bodies. Her classes will challenge you physically and open your mind to try new things both on and off the mat.
Cindy has spent over 25 years working as an Occupational Therapist in rehabilitation settings. In addition to the Toledo Yoga 200-Hour Training, she has completed training in Yin and essential oils. Outside of yoga she is married, has three adult children and enjoys traveling with her family.
Ever since Dhawi came to Toledo nearly 20 years ago from Jakarta, Indonesia, her personal yoga practice has been the foundation of her life. She finds the practice gives her stability, strength, confidence, and compassion. Off her mat, you can find Dhawi holding the space for those who want to discover their own transformation, as well as happily spending some quality time with her family.
In Dhawi’s classes you will notice the traditional setting of Ashtanga practice where there is no music in class and the room temperature is kept between 78-82 degrees. Dhawi will emphasize breath as you move through the sequence. Her simple direction on each pose delivered in Sanskrit will give you a unique opportunity to go deep into your own practice and connect with your own space in each class.
Dhawi met her Ashtanga teacher and mentor, Taylor Hunt, shortly after she finished her RYT 200 hour in 2014 and her 100 hour in 2015. In January 2019, she went to Mysore, India, to study and practice with Sharath Jois, grandson of the founder of Ashtanga Yoga, Pattabhi Jois, at KPJAYI. Dhawi gets up at 3:00 AM six days a week for her own daily practice prior to teaching her other classes. She believes that through Dedication, Discipline, Determination, and Devotion in yoga practice, one will slowly and inevitably experience self-transformation from within.
Heaven is a consummate truth seeker and verifiable free spirit. Throughout her life’s journey, Heaven has been drawn to the practice of yoga and sharing the experience with others. As a Toledo native, she is passionate about her home town and building a strong community in our corner of the world that makes big waves into the universe.
Stop by the front desk to chat with Heaven about yoga classes and this crazy roller coaster we call life. She is always eager to assist and foster connection with every yogi that steps through our doors. Come July 2019, Heaven will be participating in Toledo Yoga’s 200-HR Teacher Training to continue her understanding and relationship to yoga and leadership.
Jordan is a Toledo area native, who discovered her love for yoga in college at Bowling Green State University. After jumping into teaching yoga classes through the recreation center, she knew she had to learn more. Jordan enjoyed every second of yoga teacher training as she learned more about the philosophy and history of yoga. This inspired her to examine her own belief system and has opened her up to a new way of life. Yoga has given Jordan an open mind and a desire to see how all being are connected.
While in any of Jordan’s yoga classes, you can expect to connect to your breath. While aligning the breath, mental body, and physical body, Jordan will invite you to unite all aspects of yourself. Jordan will encourage you to practice yoga in a way that is safe and respectful of your body. Through the practice of asana, possibilities are created.
Jordan’s yoga journey started at a workshop and grew through her training at Shine Yoga in Cincinnati. She enjoys learning about and practicing yoga, continuing her education through books and workshops. Jordan’s training had a focus on creating balanced action in the body to encourage both strength and mobility.
Kristina was originally drawn to yoga in 2006 for the physical benefits and as a means to generate quiet in an otherwise noisy life. Then in 2017, after taking her first class at Toledo Yoga, something shifted.
Filled with clarity, inspiration, and the desire to share with others what is possible through yoga, she made the declaration “I am going to become a yoga instructor!” Yoga has evolved to become an integral
part of Kristina’s life bringing to light a deeper sense of self and creating harmony in mind, body and spirit.
Kristina embodies the quote “Know what sparks light in you, so you can illuminate the world.” When you arrive on your mat, you can expect this quote weaved into class as Kristina invites you to calm the mind, open the heart and discover the greatness within. Her class is crafted as a blended balance of flow and stillness, leaving you with a peace-filled sense to take off the mat.
In 2019, Kristina completed the 200-Hour Teacher Training through Toledo Yoga, a Yin Yoga training, and registered with The Yoga Alliance. As a Certified Jazzercise Instructor for over 15 years and a mom, teaching is central to Kristina’s way of being. She considers it a gift to be able to connect with students and support them in their wellness journey.
Leslie is the owner of Toledo Yoga. She is an E-RYT 500 certified through Bala Vinyasa in Naples, Florida and a Certified Baptiste Teacher. Leslie has been a mentor for Africa Yoga Project since 2014 working to support the growth and development of yoga programs in Rwanda. In addition to leading students to teach, through the Toledo Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training Program, Leslie is dedicated to her own path of learning. Leslie has completed trainings in restorative yoga, yin yoga, therapeutics, Ashtanga yoga, body mechanics and more. In 2018, Leslie’s is enrolled in intensive trainings with a focus is both on leadership development and the musculoskeletal biomechanics.
Leslie’s passion for community extends off the mat where she serves as a Trustee for Promedica, The Toledo Zoo and is a member of the Board of Lambie’s Legacy Foundation.
Leslie’s mission is to inspire others to live playfully, learn creatively and live life joyfully on and off the mat.
Mikayla started practicing yoga in 2015. Through yoga, she has learned to be more comfortable in her own skin and be herself. Mikayla is about living in a way that leaves people feeling better than they did when they first met her and improving the lives of those that she serves. She strives to build long-term, trusted relationships wherever she goes. As a Maumee native, she is highly involved in her community and feels that is important to give back to the city that helped her get to where she is today.
When attending one of Mikayla’s classes you can expect a light and fun flow that gives you room to explore in your practice. She sets the class to an upbeat and playful playlist. On occasion, you may even get to experience her dancing during class. She always encourages her students to listen to their bodies and move in a way that allows them to feel free.
Mikayla graduated from the 200 hour teacher training program through Green Monkey in April of 2017. She plans to further her education through various other trainings in the future. Mikayla is also a University of Toledo alumna, where she got her Bachelor of Business Administration.
Sandy started practicing yoga 20 years ago when she started rowing because she felt that she needed something to balance out the strenuous activity with stretching and lengthening the muscles. Little did she know that yoga would become much bigger than the physical aspect that she perceived. Through her 200 Hour Teacher training, Sandy discovered that the true gift of yoga is developing the connection to self.
When students attend Sandy’s therapeutic Self Myofascial Release class they can expect to walk away with the tools and information about ways to integrate what they’ve been exposed to in class as a way to “live their yoga”. Sandy is also a Certified Professional Life Coach and combines the philosophy of the coach training and yoga allowing her students to tune into their feelings, and to develop the confidence and ability to trust their intuition to find the next right step on their life path.
Sandy enjoys interacting with students discovering how they are choosing to live their yoga on a daily basis, recognizing that when they take action that equals the core values that are important to them, the end result is more satisfaction and a greater sense of overall well-being.
Brent was a wrestler progressing into a cage fighter who turned into a yogi. Sound like a logical progression? In Brent’s mind it was. All three of these platforms allows one to physically discover what is changeable and what isn’t yoga’s path has far less injuries and that is progress.
Brent’s classes typically start with a short meditation then transitions into 3 different flow sequences and ends in a long rewarded savasana. The heat is high, the tunes are cool, and the vibe is euphoric. As you move through class your breath will become steadier, your body will become stronger and your mind will become free.
Out of the room you can usually find Brent playing obscure musical instruments, feeding chickens, and occasionally couch surfing somewhere here on Earth.
Alyson discovered yoga in 2015 while searching for relief from years of chronic back pain. She quickly fell in love with not only the way yoga made her body feel (no more back pain!), but the way it could quiet her mind. She strongly believes yoga changes lives and loves sharing the practice with those around her.
While teaching her classes, she encourages students to completely let go on the mat and be fully present throughout their practice. You can expect to challenge your body while connecting to your breath and mind.
In addition to the Toledo Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training, Alyson has also completed the Baptiste Power Yoga Teacher Course and Baptiste Institute’s Level One: Journey Into Power with Baron Baptiste. When she’s not in the studio, Alyson is spending time with her future husband, cooking, baking, and finding new ways to connect with her family and friends.
Clara has been a yoga student since she was 14, establishing a personal love of the practice first before discovering how much she loves teaching it, too. In 2011 Clara completed her 200-hour teacher training with Lotus Yoga in Toledo. Beyond the physical aspect, though, Clara likes to apply breath work and self-awareness cultivated from a healthy yoga practice to her other life passions, including running, lifting, cycling, cooking, and writing.
Clara is a huge believer in the importance of a strong core, and you can expect to find plenty of new ways to incorporate core work in her flow classes. One of her favorite things about yoga is finding new ways to connect and flow between poses.
Beyond her 200-hour teacher training, Clara has attended training and seminars focused on core and arm strength and balance. When she travels for work or play, her favorite thing to do – and something she considers an essential part of being a good instructor – is to attend yoga classes from an unfamiliar teacher or studio, which sparks ideas and broadens her teaching horizons – plus, she gets a great stretch, too.
Gi sees Yoga as a way of life, a practice embodied both on and off the mat serving as a pathway to empowerment, transformation, and freedom. Yoga has provided her with clarity, balance, and the courage needed to fearlessly step up and into her purpose. It has inspired Gi to appreciate life more fully, approach herself and others with compassion and acceptance, and cultivate gratitude and joy as a way of being.
Gi’s teaching provides students with the freedom to explore, space to expand, and confidence to step into new possibilities. Whether getting upside down, trying something new, or embracing mindful silence, classes are intentionally themed to support personal growth and discovery while stretching students to their mental and physical edge. Classes are energized, playful, and mindfully infused with music to build a dynamic and invigorating flow leaving students feeling grounded, challenged, and complete with a fresh new perspective.
Gi believes the gift of yoga should be available for everyone, and passionately strives to increase access, opportunity, and inclusivity in classes, studios, trainings, and international yoga standards. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in Power Yoga through Toledo Yoga, a Baptiste Yoga™ Affiliate Studio, where she is also pursuing her advanced 300-hour teacher certification. She has additional certifications in Yogalete and Yin Yoga, and currently serves as a Teacher Mentor with the Africa Yoga Project. She is grateful for the opportunity to inspire, while being inspired by, a powerful community sharing in the practice of yoga.
Jen is a lover of reggae, coffee, books, trips to Florida, caring for the environment and a zillion other things. She fell head over heels for yoga 20 years ago. Showing up on the mat again and again has given her the grace to move through her busy and active life. It provides a much needed balance to help her juggle the challenges of being a mother of twins, a small business owner, and an active member of her community. She has been teaching yoga for 10 years and whole-heartedly believes in the healing powers of this practice. She will remind us all that energy is contagious and strives to collectively uplift others.
You will find Jen’s classes set to a thoughtful playlist and loves to sneak in lots of core work. Jen is passionate about all styles of yoga from a sweaty sculpt session to a grounding yin practice and yoga for kids. She loves to encourage everyone to live the healthiest life with a mind wide open while grounded in gratitude. Students will walk away learning something new about the practice and themselves.
Jen’s background is in Chemical Engineering and Yoga has been the yin to her yang. She also owns Mind Over Lather, a small business focusing on natural and non toxic yoga mat cleaning products. Jen completed her 200 YT with Marni Task in Cleveland which blends Jivamukti with alignment based principles. Jen remains grateful for her many teachers that influence her unique playful style from Jonny Kest, Tammy Lyons, Baron Baptiste, Max Strom, and Danielle Mercer.
With the nickname of “Joy”, Kaitlin brings excitement and happiness to life on and off the mat. Goofball and humorist encompass how her daily life is spent. Whether it is dancing with her cats who wish to be doing anything but, or switching accents in a conversation, there is always some fun to be had. Kaitlin started practicing yoga a year ago this April. She has fallen in love with the practice and the challenge it brings as each practice allows new learning and growth. Kaitlin is the happy cat mom to her two bundles of joy and weirdness, Quinton and Rylie, and a doting dog mom to her newest edition, Buster Thomas.
Taking a class with Kaitlin assisting, you can expect to deepen your practice in ways you may not have known were possible. Yoga will take you to where your body needs to go and Kaitlin can help you go even further in finding your new edge on the mat each day. Kaitlin invites you to be true to your body and take your practice where your energy flows. In deepening assists, massages, getting props, or simply lending a hand, you will be supported along your journey. Kaitlin is there to add joy and create space for a practice filled with intention, purpose, and fun.
Kaitlin is currently a licensed social worker in the state of Ohio working with the elderly population. Graduate of the 200 hour Toledo Yoga teacher training program and has become a certified 200 RYT. The workshops and programs do not end here as well as Kaitlin continues to strive for more learning and staying in the work of yoga and a fuller life. Kaitlin invites the work to keep her looking as well as pausing and enjoying all aspects of life.
During recovery time from a running injury, Laura Kubiak first found yoga to be the perfect balance to her health and well-being. She views yoga as a lifestyle, not just an hour-long class. Her studies in education and ecology prepared her for several years experience as an environmental educator, where she also ties yoga principles into a traditional classroom. She loves to travel internationally to gain global understanding of the earth, its life and its people. Laura integrates her teaching and travel experiences to practice yoga that connects to the earth- its beautiful places and life, and also to value the present moment.
In Laura’s class, students can expect to experience yoga that is inspired by authentic eastern practice. Practices may include a combination of restorative experience, yoga nidra, meditation, and pranayama (breathing) practices. Her class will also focus on a connection to the earth- its beautiful places and life, and also to value the present moment.
Laura Kubiak earned her yoga teacher certification from Shrimath Yoga in India. She also has been trained by Danielle Mercer Yoga with focus in Yin Yoga.
If one were to describe Lori with a single word, it would be unforgettable. The light she brings to people’s lives, as well as the mat, remains unique in the yoga community. Lori’s mission is to share a life-changing practice of yoga with her students in search of self-discovery as well as personal growth, like she was able to find ten years ago through her own practice.
Lori’s intention when one steps onto their mat, in her class, is to have a different perception of the world around them, from the moment they walked in. Lori says, “I teach what I practice! Leaving my students with the desire to return to their mat and greater develop their understanding of themselves through the connection of the mind,body, and spirit..”
Lori is a 200 Hour RYT through Yoga on High in Columbus. Lori also completed an Integrative Teacher Training with a focus on Yin, and Relax and Restore Yoga. When not practicing on her own mat, Lori can be found teaching Yin and styling athletes as an educator at lululemon Toledo.
Miranda’s love of fitness started with at home programs. While she still enjoys a variety of avenues of fitness, her yoga mat is still her favorite place to be. For Miranda, the practice aids in reconnecting mind, body, and soul, and assists in “burning off the crazy” of every day life. She is a firm believer in the importance of taking time for yourself, so that you can better serve and love those around you.
While participating in Miranda’s class you will get challenged physically and have the space to reconnect with your mind and soul. She finds joy in giving you an opportunity to take your practice to the next level and to “just be”.
Miranda completed the Toledo Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training. When Miranda is not teaching she is busy styling hair and sharing time with her husband and young twins (a boy and a girl)!
Shannon first attended a yoga class at an invitation from a friend. What happened next was the development of a practice which quickly began to transform her life, both mentally and physically. Yoga helped transform her connection to herself – I am strong, beautiful and joy.
Shannon's vinyasa is a challenging, energetic sequence, where students fluidly move from one pose to the next, while connecting their breath to their movements. Strength, flexibility and balance are incorporated into each class.
Shannon completed the Toledo Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training. In addition to yoga, Shannon has run more than 20 half marathons and is certified for BARRE instruction. She is passionate about literacy, serving as a Trustee on the Evergreen Community Library Board.