Ally teaches from a place of fostering connection to the heart. She has received her RYT 200 Hour, Foundations in Action Training, and a mentorship program with Mary Beth LaRue. Yoga has been Ally’s greatest teacher, and she carries that sense of rootedness and humility with her in her teaching. Ally’s classes offer inspiration beyond just physical poses; they create a safe space for students to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Amberlie first found yoga as an army wife stationed in Hawaii, far from her family, during her husband’s first deployment to Iraq in 2009. Yoga helped her find calm and balance in her life during a time of chaos and she immediately knew she had found her passion. Amberlie completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2010 and her 500-hour teacher training in 2013. As a yoga teacher Amberlie is dedicated to helping students discover the benefits that yoga can have in their lives, both on and off the mat, by cultivating inner peace, strength, and self-empowerment. You will find an arm balance or two (or three) sprinkled into her classes along with safe, nurturing, alignment-based instruction.
Bridgette discovered yoga in 1999. Her initial thought was, “What is this—some kind of cult?!” After a couple of practices, she was sold not only on the physical rewards of this ancient art, but also on the self-awareness that began to show up in her life and the connections that she made with the people around her. This “Cult of Love” was certainly something she could get behind. Twenty years later, Bridgette is a certified RYT-200, and continues to learn and grow not only in her teaching, but also in her practice. Her favorite moments in class are when her students deepen their expression of a pose that they have been working on, or have an ah-ha moment that takes them deeper into their practice.
Christie found her yoga mat in 2003 and never looked back. In 2009 she left the traditional classroom setting and pursued teaching yoga full time. She uses her teaching experience and background in school psychology to foster a safe learning environment for students. Christie instructs with an emphasis on alignment and breath – with the intent of physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual shifts occuring in each class. Her classes are challenging and will push you to your limits, but they are also rewarding and awakening.
Danielle was introduced to yoga while getting her masters in school counseling. It was initially a classroom project to commit to learning something new for 6 weeks, but she was immediately hooked. Three years later she decided to go through teacher training to deepen her understanding of the practice and be able to share her love of yoga with others. Students can expect a playful class that’s rooted in building a strong foundation of the basics while still finding the challenge in pushing themselves out of their comfort zone.
Eme first found yoga through her mom in 2012. While she first started practicing for the physical benefits, she quickly started to notice the mental and emotional benefits as well. She loved the way yoga became an important part of her life and the way her life changed around it. Eme finished a 200hr RYT in Spring of 2017 because she realized she wanted to share this magic of yoga with anyone she can. When Eme learned about Citizen Yoga it immediately struck a chord. It was exactly what she had been looking for – community, philosophy, and alignment. Eme’s classes can challenge you while still keeping in tune with alignment and encouraging you to find your edge.
Jennifer ended up in a yoga class with her mom during her teenage years and fell in love with it. It started as another place for Jennifer to sweat, test her limits and always have something to push toward. The physical challenge of the practice developed a connection to her body and mind that had been lacking for years. Fast forward life through several great teachers, two pregnancies, two daughters and a new body that definetly did not work like the old one. A new drive to love her body as an example for her children was born. She received her 200 hr RYT, as well trauma sensitive training to take her former classroom teaching skills to a new space. Jennifer’s classes will invite you to love your present self and explore your practice from a place of acceptance. Her classes are a blend of strength, release and a deeper exploration of yoga.
Like many of us, Kat struggled with depression and anxiety for most of her life; always searching for happiness outside of herself. The universe led her into an Ashram in 2007. There, the practice of yoga helped her realize that what she had been looking for in people, places, and things, had existed within her. Kat completed her RYT 200 hour the following year, and enjoys teaching many styles of yoga including vinyasa, basics, yin, resorative, and meditation. In class, she hopes to effect positive change in those hurt by addiction and suicide. Kat’s classes are honest, relatable and challenging. Come prepared to dive deeper into yourself, find the courage to let go, and find the happiness that lies within.
Pacific Northwest roots, with feet now firmly planted in Cleveland, Kate has had anything but an ordinary journey. The moment Kate found yoga, it was the first time in her life where her soul felt like it was connecting to what is everlasting. Kate has found that her soul purpose and her life’s work is to hold space for others to evolve, heal, and realize their own purpose & light in this world, through the practice of the yoga & the healing arts.
Certified 200+ hours in yoga, and a Usui Reiki Master, her biggest joy when working with the community is seeing firsthand how the intelligence of the physical & energy body has the ability to release trauma, emotional pain, and eliminate blocks which restrict our freedom and divine truth.
Mary took her first yoga class in 2001, and in 2013 made the transition from student to teacher. However, as anyone who practices yoga can tell you, regardless of time spent, number of classes taken, or certificates earned, we are all forever students of this mysterious and beautiful tradition. Yoga has become a huge part of her life and she loves sharing her passion with others. Small victories on the mat lead us to be more daring and confident off the mat. Releasing judgement and shame through yoga can lead us to a more authentic view of our world. The classes she teaches are about breath and strong movement, but they are also about connecting the two. She works with students to connect their bodies with their breath and see what can happen. She would like for them to be able to be present and IN each moment. She works to create a space for students to find joy, strength, and a sense of belonging. This desire is what ultimately led her to Citizen Yoga and she is so excited to be a part of building this community.
A teacher at heart, Nikki Lang has been teaching yoga and language arts as a way to provide unwavering support for people from all walks of life. Passionate about teaching yoga from a poetic and therapeutic approach, she completed her second 200 hr. RYT with an emphasis on injury recovery & emotional wellness through YogaMedics in 2018. Her classes offer a high level of support providing students the tools and space required to experience personal transformation. She will be completing her 500hr. RYT with a continued emphasis on therapeutics in 2019 and looks forward to supporting the Citizen #Kula in all ways!
Yoga has become a way of life for Sindy. She has been an enthusiastic student of the practice since 2003 and a dedicated teacher since 2015 (E-RYT 200 and 500 hour). She is passionate about sharing the wisdom and beauty of the practice with others. While initially drawn to the practice for the physical benefits, she returns to her mat – day after day and year after year – because the practice brings growth, acceptance, and joy to all areas of life. She is passionate about sharing the practice with her students so they may live their best lives, on and off the mat. Her classes combine this love of the yoga practice with a strong, playful, and nurturing physical flow. If you are looking to find joy in your practice and growth both on and off the mat, her classes will speak to you.
In late Spring of 2016; Zak felt physically & emotionally drained. He had just completed his first marathon and come to the conclusion of another school year as a classroom teacher. At the same time, he attended a beginners yoga workshop and right away felt this sense of awareness from the practice that he had never experienced before. His devotion to the practice has continued to grow ever since. In 2017, Zak completed his 200-hr teacher training. With the tools he develops through his practice, he can go inward with a sense of kindness toward himself. Zak is passionate about holding space for students to go inward and cultivate kindness from the inside out.
STUDIO EXPERIENCE MANAGERS
Leslie has been practicing yoga for two years. She started with a strong home practice and found Citizen Yoga through the free community classes on the green at Pinecrest. As soon as she met some of the kula, she knew she had to be involved. Leslie enjoys meeting all the students that come through the front doors and offering a chance for human connection and a warm smile. Leslie is currently working on her Master’s degree in Counseling and Art Therapy at Ursuline College. Come SAY HELLO!
Yoga found Trisha in January 2014 during a time in her life when she was starving for meaningful human connection. The moment she laid in her first savasana, she knew this was IT. Once she caught the “yoga bug,” her practice became integral to her well-being and her ability to show up in life with integrity and grace (an ongoing lesson if you ask her). She completed her 200hr teacher training in December 2015 and has been teaching yoga as her main job ever since! Trisha’s goal as both a teacher and an Experience Manager is for all who walk into Citizen Yoga to feel seen, heard, and cared for!
Candace has earned a certificate as a practitioner of Ayurveda from the California College of Ayurveda. She is also a licensed massage therapist, reflexologist, registered yoga teacher and reiki master. Candace first started practicing yoga in 2004, when she found out she was pregnant with her first child. That was just beginning of her journey into herself. It was in her first teacher training that she was first introduced to Ayurveda and immediately felt drawn to it’s ancient healing practices. It wasn’t until 2014, after getting into a car accident that she dove deeper into Ayurveda to heal herself. Candace studied at the California College of Ayurveda and has earned a practitioner’s certificate in Ayurveda. During her studies she healed herself with the support of Ayurveda, coming off all medications from her car accident. She is managing her PTSD and migraines with the practices of Ayurveda and Yoga, forever humbled and grateful for their teachings. She is dedicated to supporting others on their journeys into themselves.
After Energy healing helped Lauren through a particularly difficult time in her life, she immediately felt it’s calling and went to Sedona, Arizona to become a Certified Reiki Practitioner. Since 2015 Reiki has been a strong force of healing in her life and it is Lauren’s mission to create physical health, emotional balance and mental clarity for others through relaxation and restoration of the body, mind, and spirit. She helps clients identify and release energy blocks, raise their vibration and consciousness, infuse their lives with positivity, and become an energetic match for their desires. It is Lauren’s greatest joy to help individuals align with their divine purpose and call more spiritual freedom into their lives.