Co-Owner, E-RYT-200, Barre Certified
I love to weave music and playfulness into a breath-based practice for a happy, healthy mind & body. Looking to strike a balance of movement, stillness, fun and meditation with a shared experience that leaves everyone feeling happy and relaxed. I believe yoga is truly for everyone and feel overwhelming gratitude to be able to share yoga with others- especially with this amazing Yoga Lounge community! We are all made of light and love. We are all in this together - let's share it! Namaste!
Eric's goal is always to help you keep your mind in check. Regardless of the style or difficulty level of the class, he wants to keep your focus on your breath, the alignment of the pose, and your gaze, in order to help quiet the “chitta vritti” (mind chatter). Eric was first introduced to yoga as a new way to stay in shape, after several years in the weight room, but soon found that yoga had so much more to offer than the physical benefits. As he began to practice more regularly, Eric found that his way of dealing with the world shifted, and he felt a calling to share this path to happiness with others!
Michelle's interest in the human body and natural health began in 2005 with the teachings of Dr. Andrew Weil. Amidst a career and lifestyle change from advertising to natural health, yoga was a natural progression. Michelle attained her 200-hr yoga teaching certificate in 2009 through CorePower Yoga Minneapolis and will complete her 500-hr certification in 2018 with Margot and Bill Milcetich of Brahmrishi Yoga. In her classes she likes to balance freedom of expression with healthy alignment. Michelle highly values the aspect of choice as a tool for stepping out of reactivity in order to fully utilize free will. She hopes this allows students to open to that place within them where they reside as their own best teacher.
Andrea's teaching style embodies a delicate balance between building fire and generating peace within. Focus and mental awareness are at the heart of her teaching. She often uses analogies, metaphors and similes in her classes and drops in many Sanskrit names names of poses (don't worry, she uses the English names too!). Andrea's teaching allows space and respect for personal creativity or modifications. She encourages personal practice and embrace community-based yoga experiences as well. Her favorite poses include baddha virabhadrasana, anjaneyasana, and ardha chandrasana.
Katie is an energetic, light-hearted teacher that loves helping people discover the fun and freedom that a regular yoga practice can bring. She started practicing yoga in 2007 as a way to improve her running but ended up falling in love with so much more than just the physical practice. While she loves the rigor of a strong power class, the quieter benefits of having a regular meditation and taking time out of every day to connect to herself has completely shifted her perspective, opening her eyes to a slower and simpler approach to life. She appreciates the way that trying a new challenging pose can force you to laugh at yourself and become present in the joy of the building process. She loves to laugh and thinks laughing during a yoga practice can do wonders for the soul. Katie completed her 200 hour training here at YLB in 2016 and is excited for the opportunity to share the benefits of this practice with this community. Outside of the studio, Katie works in the field of conservation education and holds a master's degree in zoology. She calls northeast Ohio home but loves to travel. Whether it's a good road trip or an international excursion, she's always up for the next adventure.
Amy loves to teach a hot and sweaty, fun loving power vinyasa class. She likes to make everyone feel welcome, and help them to do their best regardless of their level of experience. It’s not about how they do the pose, but about letting go of how they look in the pose. Amy completed her teacher training at Try4Life with Jan Hauenstein, and has also completed Baron Baptiste’s level I and II training.
Ann’s athletically inspired background adds a touch of enthusiasm and excitement to her style of teaching. Students will discover Ann’s approach to Yoga honors the Eastern heritage of the practice with an infusion of modern music that creates both a relevant and relaxed atmosphere. As an avid runner, Ann has completed over 30 marathons including 6 Boston Marathons. A running injury brought her to yoga and The Yoga Lounge. Ann has practiced yoga for over 10 years and has earned her 200-hour teacher training certification at the Yoga Lounge and Barre. Ann enjoys teaching yoga to all levels of students guiding them through a practice that builds not only physical strength but mental clarity and focus.
Jen creates a “no pressure” atmosphere in her classes where students of all levels can feel free to check their egos at the door, try something new, and explore yoga at their own pace. She believes that yoga asana has transforming capabilities, but that there is much more to yoga than the physical exercise. Jen reminds her students to take yoga off the mat into their daily lives to experience true transformation. Experience your own “personal retreat” during one of Jen's relaxed, yet energizing classes. Jen is Reiki Level I and Level II attuned and completed 40 hour prenatal yoga training in 2013.
Becca took her first yoga class about 15 years ago, but it wasn't until she found Yoga Lounge that she developed a daily practice. She recently completed her 200-hour teacher training at YLB and is incredibly honored to be teaching in our community. Becca's classes welcome students wherever they are on their journey. She aims to hold space for students to reconnect with Self and natural ways of knowing & being. This always means more love: for self, community, and nature. When she's not on her mat, she's either in the woods with her family or working on a spontaneous DIY home project.
RYT-200, Reiki Level 2
After spending 10 years in the banking industry, Lauren left the corporate world behind to pursue enriching lives using fitness, positivity and wellness as a full time career. Lauren received her 200 hour certification in Rishikesh, India from Rishikesh Yog Peeth Yoga School. Feeling inspired by the small villages and deep spiritual connection the people had with yoga, she wanted to bring this exact feeling back home. Lauren is excited and honored to share space with such inspiring people. She loves helping beginner level yogis discover their unlocked potential and challenging all practitioners to bring their practice to the next level!
Power Barre Certified
Jen's focus for her clients is on alignment and protecting from injury while being able to build true strength through ballet-inspired movement. She presents a welcoming environment where she listens to her client's wants and needs and is able to pull from her dance education to give her clients a different perspective to conditioning their bodies. Jen has been dancing since the age of three and has a BA in Dance from The University of Akron. She is currently a part-time faculty member in the dance program at The University of Akron. She also teaches many styles of dance at multiple studios in the Northeast Ohio area as well being a teaching artist, master teacher, and adjudicator for pre-professional programs and competitions. In addition to her degree, Jen has trained with Broadway Dance Center's Teacher Workshops in New York City, taken numerous masters classes with such companies as Joffrey Ballet, and performed and assisted in many different works in Ohio and beyond. Jen completed her Barre training in March 2013.
Tiffany's classes are fun, flowing, and compassionate with a little bit of a challenge. She loves making playlists for my classes- expect to hear Florence and the Machine, The Civil Wars, Lady Gaga, Jack Johnson, Mirah, Radiohead, and many others. Tiffany completed her yoga teacher training at Yoga Lounge and Barre in October 2012, and began teaching at that time. She has studied with renowned teachers Tiffany Cruikshank, Kathryn Budig, Jason Crandell, Yiannis Andritsos, Sid McNairy, and Peter Sterios.
Lori teaches from the heart, compassionate, with emphasis on movement with breath and strength. Lori has been practicing yoga regularly since 2002. She completed her teacher training at YLB in Dec 2013 and began teaching at YLB in January, 2014. Additionally, she has been certified to teach various classes through LMI training systems, and have attended workshops with Jason Crandell, Sid McNairy and Doug Keller.
Linda's style is challenging, uplifting and welcoming with lots of opportunities to invert and play with arm balances. She encourages students to observe and accept where they are in their yoga journey and grow from there. She's fascinated by how the tiniest adjustments you make can create big changes! Linda has been teaching yoga for 5 years. She received her 200 Hour Certification from Kripalu Yoga and Wellness Institute in Massachusetts. Linda is also a Certified Personal Trainer, and holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.
Jacquie first discovered yoga in the 1970's, and got the teaching bug in the late 90's. She received her 200 hour certification in Kripalu Yoga as a resident of the Kripalu Institute in Massachusetts in 2008.
Since then she has obtained her E-RYT form Yoga Alliance and been back to Kripalu for a certification in Restorative Yoga and additional training in Yoga Therapy and Yin Yoga.
"Yoga truly is for everybody, at any age. If I have a philosophy for teaching it is to encourage all students to be more aware of how they feel and less concerned with how they look - on the mat and off.
If I have a philosophy for life, it is borrowed from the Mahatma; Be the change you wish to see in the world."
A Hudson native, Mo is “over the moon” to be teaching at the Yoga Lounge and sharing her passion for yoga with her community. Always athletic, Mo sustained a foot injury while training for a marathon and found yoga via doctors orders. Mo started her practice when Amy opened her studio doors and found the stretch and strength her body needed. She is forever grateful to her teachers Kevin O’Brien, Patty Jackson, Melissa Sebes and Shane Ortega. As well as Amy Cook and Charry Morris - her certification instructors. You’ll find a judgement-free class environment that emphasizes yoga as “a practice” woven with Mo’s love of music!
When Cara first stepped into a yoga studio in 2013 she saw that there was more to yoga than just making your body feel great. She began to discover that not only does yoga renew the outside, but also the inside, which is where the real treasure lies. Cara is forever grateful to her teachers Charry Morris, Barrie Rosencrans and the influence of Sri Dharma Mittra, Deborah Adele, and Baron Baptiste who have helped to shape her knowledge of yoga and helped cultivate a deeper understanding of the yogic tradition and philosophy. She believes that yoga can be a benefit to all people and that it is a method for helping us to become the best versions of ourselves.