Tracie is a Yoga Medicine Therapist, Registered Yoga Teacher, Life Coach & Reiki Master. She draws upon her anatomy and alignment education to create safe, nurturing and healing experiences for her clients. By inviting her clients to rethink what their bodies are capable of and encourage a healthy dialogue with self, her classes offer challenge on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. All of her trainings and programs are built around healing and gaining a stronger connection with self. Through that connection she believes that every BODY can find a place of empowerment, strength and healing. You can learn more about Tracie and see what she's up to by visiting her website!
Lindsay graduated from Yoga Strong, LLC's RYT 200-hour program in January 2015. In addition to teaching for Akron Yoga and Wellness, Lindsay enjoys teaching friends and family yoga in her apartment. She enjoys taking yoga classes with different teachers, at different studios and in different spaces - the variety supports her growth as a teacher and a student. She encourages her students do the same. One of Lindsay's favorite quotes is Eleanor Roosevelt's "Do one thing every day that scares you" because challenging and surprising herself has helped Lindsay grow into a happier, more confident woman. She hopes her students discover new challenges in her classes and grow their practice as a result of trying something new to benefit the mind, body and soul.
Michaela was first introduced to the wonderful world of yoga in 2004 and immediately felt a connection to its teachings. Soon she began to move beyond the physical benefits and discovered the wholeness yoga provided to the mind, body, and consciousness.
Michaela went on to receive a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Kent State University. This is where she discovered how multilayered true health is. The need for more knowledge led her to take her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Halfmoon Yoga in Medina. From there she was inspired to begin her journey to become a Yoga Therapist and is currently in training at the Himalayan Institute in Pennsylvania.
Michaela's classes are always a nonjudgmental atmosphere where students are encouraged to explore their practice at any level. She reminds students to turn off the ego and listen to what their bodies need. Proper alignment and breath to movement are emphasized to help students stay present in each asana.
Allison is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. She completed her power yoga training program in 2015 from Yoga Strong in Canton, Ohio. She is also certified in Strala Yoga where she trained with Tara Stiles in NYC.
Allison began practicing yoga in 2011 as a means to relieve ongoing anxiety issues. She found that yoga not only helped ease her fears, but that yoga truly changed her outlook on life. If you attend one of Allison's classes, expect to move with ease through a flow that will leave you feeling stronger both mentally and physically from the inside out. Expect a welcoming and fun environment that accepts anyone looking to further their yoga journey, no matter your age, body type or athletic ability.
When she's not teaching yoga, Allison can be found taking wedding & lifestyle photos, spending time with her husband and running her own photography business.
Sigrid is a Registered Nurse whose course of yoga study and practice has consistently taken a therapeutic, evidence based path. She chose to receive her RYT 200 in 2015 from Margot Milcetich, founder of Brahmrishi Yoga Teacher Training in Kent, OH for its strong emphasis on anatomy, physiology and creation of sequences/breathing practices for all yoga students. Sigrid has observed first hand, the beneficial effects of yoga on individuals regardless of age, ability and health status.
As an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist she addresses common symptoms of illness such as pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia and exhaustion in hospitals, outpatient settings and in the workplace. Urban Zen offers calm in the midst of chaos. It uses a combination of tools that may include mindful movements (derived from traditional yoga), essential oils, Reiki, breath awareness, body awareness meditation and restorative positions to lessen symptoms and calm the nervous system. Observing a central principal of the Urban Zen movement, Sigrid conducts community self care sessions for those who are exhausted from caregiving, stressful work and challenging life events.
Sigrid is a certified YogaReach Adaptive Mindful Movement Yoga Instructor with a specialty in Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.
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Jen Griest Hayes
Jen Griest Hayes, BS, MA, RYT, RCYT, spent 17 years in the classroom as an Intervention Specialist and team teacher, spanning grades K-12. As a yoga practitioner, she intuitively integrated yoga-based tools and techniques to help her students increase movement while learning self-regulation skills. Noticing the tremendous benefit her students were experiencing, Jen went on to obtain yoga teacher certifications for all ages and abilities, from birth through teens and into adulthood, including those with autism/special needs. She completed the 95 hour Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher certification through the ChildLight Yoga program (RCYS) and her RYT-200 through Nirvana Yoga. Jen is the owner of Afterlight Fitness and Educational Consulting and Director of Programs and Teacher Development for ZENworks Yoga. As a trainer for Yoga 4 Classrooms, she inspires school professionals to integrate yoga and mindfulness throughout the school day to support self-regulation, learning and positive climate. Jen lives in the Akron/Cleveland area with her husband and son.
After years of striving in her technical, male-dominated career, Shannon Whalen was called to Glastonbury, England. It was there that she had an unexpected initiation on the path to self-discovery. Since that trip in 2014, she has been studying northern shamanic traditions and the Elder Futhark Runes with Jeremy RJ White, crystals with Lori Madzelonka, and Reiki with Tracie Zamiska. She believes a regular Yoga practice is the key to keeping the human body and energy system in top working order. She holds an M.S. in Systems Engineering and a Reiki II certification. She loves finding the root of what creates feelings of powerlessness and develop systems to overcome it.
Colleen received her yoga teacher training in Asheville, NC at the Asheville Yoga Center under the direction of Stephanie Keach.. She is a RYT 200 hour instructor trained in all types and levels of yoga from chair to Vinyasa Flow to Bikram (hot yoga). She enjoys introducing people to the basics and benefits of yoga and the need for a consistent practice. You can enjoy the benefits at any age. The benefits of balancing, from our bodies to our minds. She has been practicing yoga since 2001, teaching since February 2016. She enjoys the benefits of a Yin yoga (a long stretchy class) along with Vinyasa Flow. She completed a 45 hour training in Yin Yoga, October of 2015.
Yoga changes your perspective on your mind, body and spirit and in today's society the need to look inward and nurture ourselves helps us to deal with every other aspect of life. She is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Psychology.
No matter what your age, shape or size, you can find a yoga practice that is right for you! You just have to try.