Abbie came to yoga 10 years ago, and discovered a holistic mind-body approach to exercise and healthy living. She believes yoga is for everyone, and is passionate about brining yoga to a diverse room of students.
Abbie completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training through Flex Yoga in Wooster, Ohio in 2016. Completing the training fulfilled her dream of taking yoga to the next level, both for herself and her students. Abbie’s classes are sequenced to balance both challenge and creativity, inspiring students to approach each pose in a variety of ways.
A Lifelong learner and exercise enthusiast, Abbie also enjoys step aerobics, Zumba, spinning, pilates, weight training and Tabada. Off the mat, you can find Abbie at home with her wonderful husband Jeff and dog, Plato.
Addie-Grace is a 500hr E-RYT with 10 years of teaching experience and a degree in Holistic Health & Wellness. Her love for this practice shines through her teaching as she fluidly weaves together her passion for yoga and wellness in a way that allows the body to thrive from the inside out. Her classes cater to each unique individual as she wholeheartedly creates space for authenticity to shine and a journey through the senses to unfold. Every yoga experience with Addie-Grace incorporates movement that frees the body, music that opens the heart and imagery that speaks to the soul leaving each participant feeling fully refreshed and rejuvenated on every level.
Andy VanDeusen, RYT 200, first came to yoga as a college athlete looking to improve his flexibility, core strength, and stability in both rowing and capoeira. Recognizing the powerful impact that a regular practice made on his body and mind, Andy’s passion for yoga grew. In 2015, his practice expanded from Power Vinyasa Flow to include a regular Ashtanga practice. Inspired by the rhythmic power of the Ashtanga method, Andy traveled to Mysore, India in 2016 for three months to practice with Saraswathi Jois, and plans to return.
Andy’s classes encourage students to explore personal development in mind, body, and spirit, while promoting peace and mindfulness on and off the mat. He enjoys practicing and teaching the art of hand balancing and Acro Yoga in addition to Power Vinyasa Flow and ashtanga.
Most importantly, Andy remains a student first, to help his students find a practice that best fits their lifestyle. His continued study of anatomy, through Biology and both Thai and Therapeutic Massage, enables him to teach each student in a way that is unique to their own body. Andy regularly travels around the U.S., meeting with other yogis in order to learn and expand his personal practice.
Annaliese Fedorchak completed her 200 RYT in November 2019 and Children’s Yoga Training in October 2018 both at Flex Yoga Wooster. A native of Wooster, Annaliese traveled a bit and always found herself back in her hometown roots. Annaliese began her yoga journey as she made some major life changes in 2016. Yoga has been a solace, a refuge, a safe place. Through her practice she began to develop an awareness of mind, body, and soul like never before. Yoga has taught her how to give herself grace and also how to overcome difficult situations and circumstances. It has also helped her to extend forgiveness to others and to be more accepting and celebratory of the many differences each unique person has to offer. With yoga she continues to grow and change as she uncovers her inner strength.
Through her practice and trainings she has found light, love and passion. Her experiences and practice has helped her to discover new excitement and appreciation for life and all the twists and turns it has to offer. She is so thankful that she was drawn to yoga and more specifically drawn to Flex Yoga.
Annaliese has offered Children’s Yoga at school on various occasions and encourages play and creativity in a safe and positive atmosphere. Teaching kids is one of her passions and she loves being able to offer a playful practice for kids that encourages self-awareness and ways to enhance overall development both on and off the mat.
Annaliese’s classes focus on connecting with the breath and moving in a way that is challenging but accessible to everyone. She believes that yoga truly is for everyone, and designs her classes to suit various walks of life. She gives fellow yogis the opportunity to leave something that is not serving them behind while igniting a fire within that allows you to leave the class feeling empowered.
Annaliese is a Title 1 Reading Specialist working with children from kindergarten through 3rd grade. She is active in the community with various groups and committees. In her free time she enjoys reading a good book, hiking, traveling, being with her husband Tommy and daughter Lily.
Annie Yoder, ERYT 500, is a yogi-musician who grew up in the hills of Holmes County. After spending a few years away for school and AmeriCorps, she found her way back to Wooster and intensified her yoga practice which started in 2006 during college. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through Cleveland Yoga in 2014, and her 300 HR Advanced Yoga Teacher Training (to complete her 500 HR training) in 2017 with Bodhi Yoga Academy. She also completed a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Anne Ondrey in 2017 and BalletFit Body Barre Training with Brian Murphy in 2018. She has attended workshops with many amazing instructors including Irene Pappas, Mackenzie Kozlowski, Adrian McCavitt, Marie-Belle Perez-Rivera, Carson Clay Calhoun, Laura Kasperzak, and more. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Bluffton University and enjoys playing out and writing/recording whenever she can. She loves bringing her passions of yoga and music together in collaboration. She enjoys teaching a wide variety of classes from Hot Power Vinyasa Flow to Relaxation Yoga. Her classes blend together creativity of movement with mindful alignment and often many options to amplify or modify the practice. She believes in the power of community, and that everyBODY is unique. Connection and individuality in practice and movement are both important components to be celebrated. In her free time she enjoys hiking, trying new foods, and hanging out with her boyfriend, Jade, their two dogs Oscar and Luna, their one-eyed cat, Moxie, and their rescue Kitty-Key.
Ashley Repp, is a lover of all things movement and strength. Ashley is a certified personal trainer, and over the past 20 years has competed in Powerlifting, Crossfit, cycling and running events. All the while, trying without success to add yoga to her “fitness” routine. Ashley finally found a yoga practice that stuck in January of 2016, after walking into Flex Yoga Studios Community Class. She is fond of saying she came to yoga for the “fitness”, but has stayed for “everything but”. Ashley believes yoga has been the key to settling her constantly active mind and body, and that every human could benefit from adding some portion of the practice of yoga to their life. By day, Ashley is a Vocational Special Education Coordinator. If Ashley isn’t at Flex or in the gym, you can find her somewhere outside with her partner Jim.
Bri Potts completed her 200 RYT at Flex Yoga Wooster in November 2019 and completed her Barre Yoga training in August 2019. She is a native of Apple Creek and is currently attending the University of Mount Union majoring in Special Education. Her yoga journey began as an athlete seeking relief from injuries, but her mat quickly blossomed into a refuge for her mind, body, and soul.
Through yoga, Bri found a safe space while discovering how to extend peace towards others. She believes that yoga is for everyone, and is committed to serving diverse rooms of students. Eventually, she would like to bring yoga to her students and their families. Bri has taught yoga at school for almost a year, and it is excited to continue subbing at Flex!
Off the mat, you can find Bri on a golf course, studying, or at a Yoga class.
Caitlin came to yoga in 2010, as a former college athlete looking for new ways to challenge her body. What she found in yoga, was a practice that went beyond the physical. Yoga has provided Caitlin a space to freely explore all aspects of herself; mind, body, and spirit. As a teacher, Caitlin empowers students to find their own space for self-discovery through invigorating, light-hearted flows that balance energizing movement with intentional restoration.
She completed her 200-hour teacher training through Flex Yoga Wooster in 2016. Off the mat, you can find Caitlin outside hiking, riding her bike, or enjoying downtown Wooster with her husband, James.
Casey, RYT 200, has been practicing yoga for 7 years off and on between earning degrees. After receiving her Masters abroad in Scotland in Peace and Conflict Studies, she made her way to India to complete her 200-hour training at Rishikul Yogshala. While there, she followed a strict yogi lifestyle and studied yoga philosophy. Her time there was filled with learning Hatha and Ashatanga style yoga, mantras, meditation, yoga alignment, and chasing monkeys out of her room. As a teacher, Casey believes yoga is best paired with meditation and mindfulness. She incorporates unique pranayama practices with a flow that helps to align the body and mind. She believes yoga is not simply an exercise but overall lifestyle that can help people meet their physical, mental, and spiritual goals. Casey currently lives in Wooster working as a Data Analyst and an Active Threat Mitigation Trainer. She is highly involved in humanitarian organizations and loves traveling. When she is not practicing yoga, she can be found hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her boyfriend, Will, and their ever trouble-making cat, Aslan.
A lifelong dancer and athlete, Cathy Roche was drawn to yoga, meditation, the healing arts, and body work from a young age. A long time teacher of dance, Cathy has instructed students of all ages and all walks of life in ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, gymnastics, and even break dancing. She has practiced yoga, meditation, and bodywork for most of her life and began her yoga teacher training in 2017. She is enthusiastically devoted to using her knowledge and experience to help others achieve a balanced and healthy lifestyle where the body, mind, and spirit are in harmony.
Cathy received her yoga teacher training and aerial yoga teacher training at Flex Yoga in Wooster, Ohio. She was awarded her 200-hour RYT from Yoga Alliance in 2017. She is also trained in Thai Yoga Massage, receiving her Level Two certification from One Love in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica and is also a certified Reiki Practitioner.
Cathy is looking forward to helping others learn and practice the healing arts.
Please contact Flex Yoga to schedule a private consultation with Cathy.
Chrissy, RYT 200, has been practicing yoga for nearly 10 years. She credits her practice with helping to maintain a healthy first pregnancy with twins and throughout a second pregnancy a year later. She believes that her yoga practice was instrumental in helping her body heal postpartum and has continued to provide an outlet for dealing with the many emotional and physical demands of motherhood and pregnancy.
While she is passionate about leading expectant mothers in prenatal yoga classes, she also enjoys teaching beginner and vinyasa flow classes. In all of her classes, students can expect playful sequences of postures, emphasis on the breath and meditation and mindfulness techniques woven together to create a true mind, body experience.
When she is not teaching or practicing yoga, Chrissy is a full time special education teacher with an area school district. She enjoys cooking, taking walks with her family, spending time outdoors and reading.
Christine is a 500hr RYT and also a Usui & Holy Fire III Reiki Master. She found her way to her mat after having her second child. She was in need of some Mind & Body connection but discovered so much more. She discovered a Soul connection to the energy brought forth from yoga, from breath awareness and movement; she found healing in another form.
She enjoys offering classes that will allow students to find a space within them where they can just be who they are in that moment.; without expectations or judgements; to breathe, to move, to connect back to their essence of themselves. To be able to share parts of her journey to help students feel embodied and empowered in themselves, to give them the tools, the intentions to continue to reach their highest potential on and off their mat is why she is passionate about helping others find their practice.
After treatment for breast cancer Deb set out on a quest to live each day to the fullest. That quest has included mini triathlons, 5K’s and half marathons, things she would never had considered attempting before cancer. She began a home yoga practice in 2015 to prepare for a family surf lesson on an upcoming family vacation and was hooked. Yoga, along with a major diet overhaul, helped her to make the most of each day despite multiple medical issues following her battle with cancer. She is continually amazed at how yoga can open up and loosen a sore weary body and feels that thanks to yoga she is the strongest she has ever been. She loves to share this gift with others and has been working with her children’s sports teams. She works as a registered nurse at The Cleveland Clinic in Wooster in the cancer department. She lives in Marshallville with her husband and 2 kids counting each day a gift and doing her best to find the blessings in life’s challenges.
Dee Black, RYT 200, started yoga in 2016, when her friend sent her a link to the Flex Yoga schedule and said, “Let’s go!” By the end of her first class, she experienced a calmness that she hadn’t felt in a long time due to struggles with anxiety. Dee started regularly attending a variety of yoga classes and was hooked. She completed yoga teacher training at Flex in 2018.
Dee’s classes focus on breath and movement, and making the practice of yoga accessible and welcoming for everyone. She believes that you never need to change your body to fit a yoga pose – you change the shape of the pose to fit your body.
Dee lives in Wooster with her husband, Zach, dog-child Scampers, and four cats. She is a high school teacher and a member of several local service groups. In her free time, you can find her in her garden, visiting family, or curling up with a good book.
My addiction with yoga started December of 2016 when a friend brought me to a beginners basic yoga class at Flex Yoga taught by Annie Yoder. From then on I went almost daily! When I gathered the courage to go to an aerial class (around February 2017) I fell in love! After that I went to every aerial class I could! I became certified to teach aerial later that year in December of 2017. The class was taught by the Emily Mariola. I love teaching aerial, it’s been a great blessing in my life! 2017 was a big year for me not only because of my aerial yoga practice but also because I married my high school sweetheart, became an administrator of The Learning Academy (where I teach one and two year olds), and my husband and I adopted our first fur baby Loki a Golden Retriever.
Emily found her way to her first yoga class in 2008, looking to gain flexibility and strength. She also experienced a positive impact on mind, body, and spirit, and has been hooked ever since. Emily completed her 20hr Children’s Yoga Teacher Training in 2018. She loves to help young children begin their yoga journey, as well as introduce the benefits of breath, movement, and mindfulness at every age, through the spirit of playfulness. Emily works in the finance and risk management industry and has a true passion for the outdoors. When not at work or in the studio you can find, her playing outside with her 2 young children and husband, working in her garden, or hiking.
Emily Moorefield Mariola
Emily Moorefield Mariola is the founder of Flex Yoga Wooster and is a certified Yoga Instructor through Amazing Yoga Studios of Pittsburg Pennsylvania, and a certified Aerial Yoga Instructor through the Destin Pilates Center in Florida. Emily also completed additional aerial training at the Boulder Circus Center with Aircat Aerial Arts. Emily took her first yoga class in 2004 and has been hooked ever since. Originally a competitive runner, Emily uses her understanding of competitive athletics and awareness of physical capabilities to enhance her yoga practice as well as her teaching.
Emily teaches a Power Vinyasa Flow style of yoga that integrates the physical poses (or asanas) with the breath (or pranayama) in a fluid and powerful way. Although many find a yoga practice to fulfill their exercise regime, Emily believes it is also the best supplement for the competitive athlete, those looking for “the edge”, and for those interested in restoring balance and flexibility in a more gentle practice. The emotional benefits of a consistent yoga practice can equal (and often exceed) the physical benefits of yoga, and the instructors at Flex Yoga are committed to carefully guide all students to work within their limits. Emily’s goal is that Flex Yoga can be a space where all people can find and experience the emotional and physical benefits of yoga. Very young to very old, very fit to not fit at all, yoga can bring softness, flexibility, balance and strength to the body and the mind.
With a strong commitment to continue and enhance her yoga education Emily has taken additional teacher trainings and workshops from some of the best yoga instructors in the country, including: Karen and Sean Conley, Kathryn Budig, Bryan Kest, and Doug Swenson.
A potter by trade, Emily has found yoga creeping into her art more and more these days. Emily and her husband Mike live on a farm just south of Wooster with their four free-range children: Ian, Vincy, Annie and Mia.
Heather found yoga nearly 10 years ago when she took classes while on vacation. However, she didn’t make yoga a regular practice until 5 years ago as a way to manage a particularly stressful time. Beginning with an online practice, it was a nice compliment to the other activities she enjoyed: running, race walking, biking, hiking,etc. As Heather began running marathons, injuries started to show up and that’s when she knew it was time to deepen her yoga practice. Heather began practicing at Flex in 2015 and became a certified instructor, through Flex Yoga School, in November 2018. When Heather isn’t running or practicing yoga she is playing music, creating playlists, or shuttling her children. As an ongoing learning Heather is enrolled in the Music Therapy program at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. Heather and her husband live in Wayne County and have 4 children.
Heather Higgins Scrimo
When Heather began her Barre journey, she quickly fell in love with the physical and mental challenge it brought to her life! She completed her first round of certification in December of 2016. She completed the BarreFlex teacher training certification course at Flex Yoga in 2017, and is looking forward to digging deeper into the Barre Fitness method here at Flex Yoga Wooster. Heather loves the family feel the barre classes at FlexYoga Wooster provides! When she isn’t teaching barre classes at the studio, she teaches third grade at Cornerstone Elementary school, and enjoys spending time with her husband, Seth. Keep up to date on Heather’s class schedule by following the Flex Yoga studio on the MindBodyApp! See you at at Barre! 🙂
Jennifer Lynn Hernandez is an entrepreneur at heart. She has successfully owned and operated multiple businesses in Mobile, Alabama for the past 20 years. Her latest venture was The Fit Nest, Mobile’s first Aerial Yoga Studio. She is a certified Yoga Instructor through Amazing Yoga Studios of Pittsburgh, PA, Flex Yoga Wooster, OH, a certified Aerial Yoga Instructor through Destin Pilates Center in Destin, FL, a certified Barre Fitness Instructor, and is currently in the process of working on her Pilates certification. Jennifer was a ballerina and danced competitively for many years before beginning her career as a dance instructor and eventually a studio owner. She has a passion for fitness, an acute awareness of proper body alignment & technique from her years spent at the ballet barre, a desire to inspire and assist others in reaching their full potential in life, and has a moto “if it’s not fun, I’m not interested!”
After informally practicing yoga at home for years, Jessica McMillan first came to Flex Yoga with a friend for an all levels class. After 15 minutes of a heated flow, she knew she had found her happy place. The community and the challenge kept Jessica coming back. She completed Flex Yoga’s first YTT program in 2016 and has taught hot power vinyasa flow twice weekly since then. Jessica also loves leading movement practices such as Yoga Sculpt and Slow Burn. Out of the studio, Jessica spends her time with her family, reading, and working as a speech therapist.
Jessica‘s classes are based on mindful movement and aim to incorporate balance, heat, conditioning, and flow. Traditional yoga postures are presented with strength building modifications to allow you to build confidence in the shapes as well as in your own body. Jessica’s years of experience as a group fitness instructor have allowed her to develop a sense of clear cues and class structure. Her classes offer many opportunities to amplify/modify shapes and transitions. Expect a creative flow that takes you all over your mat, plenty of heat, and a smile!
Joy started taking Barre and any other class she could fit into her schedule at Flex Yoga Fall of 2014. She fell in love with barre for its fun cardio and strengthening. This combined with the other yoga classes brought back much needed flexibility and was a natural stress reliever. This is one of the reasons Joy decided to take the Barre teacher training in 2015 so she could share this with others. When she is not teaching barre or taking another awesome class that Flex offers, Joy works as an RN analyst at Wooster Community Hospital, raises three kids and is very involved in all of their activities. She is also an avid baker, cook, and maker of delicious homemade jams!
Karen has always loved fitness and finding new ways to stay active. She was introduced to Flex Yoga in the fall of 2014 and immediately fell in love with the beautiful studio, welcoming atmosphere, and friendly faces. Karen enjoys all of the yoga classes Flex offers, but remains partial to the Barre classes, so much so, she completed her Barre teacher training in 2015. She enjoys the challenge of this total body workout using light weights to sculpt, repetitive moves to tone, while increasing flexibility, and engaging the core throughout the entire class.
Karen is a life-long athlete and long-time fitness instructor who came to yoga hesitantly after years of being swept up in the “no pain, no gain” mentality of much of the fitness world. Looking for a place of grounding and authenticity, she gave yoga a try and was hooked after her first class. She studied under Marianne Wells, completed her 200hr teacher training in Costa Rica, and is registered with Yoga Alliance.
Kate came to yoga more than 20 years ago, initially seeking to gain strength and flexibility. As her journey progressed, she found it positively impacting all areas of her life, both on and off the mat. Her regular practice helped her battle anxiety and stress, shaping her into a more mindful person.
As a teacher, Kate’s passion is to guide others in discovering how yoga can positively change their life. In her classes, she links breath with movement through creative sequencing, while encouraging students to find their personal edge. Students will leave her classes feeling physically and mentally refreshed, centered, and open.
Off the mat, Kate loves traveling to adventurous places and creating in the kitchen. On the weekends, you can find Kate with her husband Josh, cheering on their children, Chloe and Jack at the soccer field.
Kate completed the 200 hour RYT training at Flex Yoga Wooster in 2016. She also completed a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Anne Ondrey in 2017, and the BalletFit Body Barre Teacher Training with Brian Murphy in 2018. She is extremely grateful to the other instructors at the studio for the wisdom they continuously impart into her practice.
Kate is a dynamic instructor who has a passion for fitness and helping others reach their fitness goals. Kate became a PiYo certified instructor in 2015, she continued her fitness training in 2018 by obtaining the ACE group fitness instructor license. She has been teaching various fitness classes since 2015. Kate enjoys various types of workouts, but has found her all time favorite to be PiYo. Outside of teaching high school and fitness classes, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Grab a mat and come to class with Kate!
Kendall is a yogini hailing from Jacksonville, Florida. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in nursing though Kent State University. Her yoga journey began 8 years ago when she stumbled across a dusty ‘Yoga for Beginners’ book while shelving books her senior year of high school.
Kendall received her 200 and 500 hr RYT in Hatha style yoga, focusing in yoga therapy. She completed her teacher trainings consecutively through a yoga school that has since been absorbed by the Cleveland Clinic. She has experience with Chakra work, essential oils, reflexology and her master level Reiki attainment.
She hopes to bring the bliss of yoga to everyone she practices with. She wishes to continue to promote yoga’s myriad benefits of health, psychological balance and overall wellbeing.
Kendall currently lives tucked in the hills of Amish Country with her plants, her felines and a rather small, mouthy dog.
Margaret is a vibrant instructor who currently teaches Barre and Yogalates classes at Flex Yoga. She has been teaching fitness classes since 2015. She was certified in Barre in 2015 and Power Vinyasa Yoga in 2016. Margaret began dancing when she was in 6th grade and continued until the end of college in 2013. She began taking classes at Flex Yoga in 2014 and fell in love with the studio. She loves using her dance background and love of yoga to create challenging classes to help her students gain strength and flexibility. During the day she is a full time math teacher at West Holmes High School.
Having been mildly depressed for 10 years in my previous life, my wife, Beth, had been steadily recommending that I start yoga. Even my father, Harold, who passed away at the age of 92, had been practicing simple yoga moves, but it never transferred to me … until my friend, Ron, a Marine Corps veteran and a yogi himself, lent me a beginners yoga DVD by Elena Brower. It was hard for me to even follow the DVD for 10 minutes, not only because of the physical effort, but also because taking time out for myself seemed impossible, and… breathing didn’t even yet come into play!
I began taking classes with Tracy Heck, Jaimie McDaniel, Joie Schmitz and Travis Reimer at The Studio on Liberty. With them, I came to realize the centrality of breathing to the practice of yoga. I learned to evenly breathe through my nose, and let it flow throughout each pose. (Easier said than done, of course! At the beginning, I had to breathe through my mouth often.) At the same time, I used the breathing technique to meditate. A few times a day, when I feel things are getting a little crazy, I take a few ujaii breaths (it’s like whispering, the air resonating at the level of the Adam’s apple), and think of my mantra in French: “(inhale) On fait (exhale) ce que l’on peut.” = “(inhale) One does (exhale) what one can.” If a thought pops up in my mind, I acknowledge it, and then let it go, and concentrate again on the air passing through my throat chakra, like music or waves… I do not feel depressed anymore!
I am very happy that I took the 200-hour Flex Yoga Teacher Training class with Annie Yoder, Andy VanDeusen, and Emily Moorefield. I was not expecting to teach, but, for my practice teaching, I gathered a group of men (and some women) into a class I called “Beer Belly Yoga.” These were folks who listened attentively to my passion for yoga, and were curious, but were slightly intimidated. Their excitement about the class inspired me to continue!
The love and light in me honors the love and light in you! Namasté.
Michael started practicing yoga in 2016 when his daughter Erin, at home between College semesters, invited him to attend a Vinyasa Flow class at a local studio. Although skeptical he went and was immediately hooked. After Erin went back to school, Michael continued attending classes and made them a regular part of his exercise routine. As an ultra-distance cyclist, he suffered from many of the muscle and back issues that plague bikers who spend countless hours in the saddle and was amazed at the flexibility and strength his yoga practice gave him. In addition to the physical benefits of yoga he found his practice also brought a level of relaxation and stress relief he had not experienced before. In 2018 Michael decided (with some prompting and hesitation) to enroll in teacher training and in October 2018 became an RYT200 through Flex Yoga of Wooster.
Although Michaels personal practice is more aligned with Hot Power Vinyasa he teaches a Vinyasa Flow class that is focused on mindful breathing linked to poses that will invigorate and challenge both beginning and advanced yogis.
Outside of class Michael is busy as the CEO of an Electrical Contracting company with offices in Wooster and Columbus. When not running his business or practicing yoga Michael spends time with his wife Robyn, often visiting their three adult children and spouses/significant others and three grandchildren. In his “spare” time you will find Michael on either his road or mountain bike cranking out some miles and enjoying the outdoors.
Rachel David is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Health Education Specialist. She has been practicing yoga since 2003, and specializes in teaching yoga and mindfulness practices to beginner students.
Before becoming a yoga teacher, Rachel worked as a therapist in the mental health field for 4 years, and was able to use several therapeutic yoga practices while treating clients for anxiety and depression. Seeing and experiencing the beneficial effects of yoga on overall health inspired Rachel to pursue a different career path, and she now works as the health education coordinator at the College of Wooster. This position allows her to develop population health initiatives and teach yoga and mindfulness to students as they navigate college life.
In addition to her job working with college students, Rachel enjoys teaching classes at Flex Yoga in downtown Wooster, OH. Working at Flex has allowed her to introduce yoga to numerous people from the community, and work with several organizations including Ohio State ATI, Girl Scouts, the Semper Fi Fund, and Alzheimer’s support group participants. Seeing new students get excited about yoga after initially being very hesitant to try a class is Rachel’s favorite part about teaching. She is grateful for the privilege to show others how to incorporate yoga and mindfulness into their everyday lives.
Rachel holds master’s degrees in clinical counseling and public health from Ashland University and The Ohio State University. She completed her yoga teacher training at Balanced Yoga Studio in Columbus, OH, and has completed additional trainings on yoga mindfulness for anxiety and depression, yin yoga, and insight meditation.
Rhiannon started yoga in 2014 while training for a half marathon. She began to intensify her practice in January of 2015 and was hooked. She is an Art/Gym teacher who has a passion for making pottery. She loves her handsome, bmx riding husband and together they rule the world. People call her Rhino after, in 7th grade, her name was input to a microsoft word document and was autocorrected to “rhinoceros”. If it isn’t already evident from her bio, she is fun, bubbly, and her classes are exciting and engaging as you discover new things on your mat!
Rosanna has a background in massage therapy and is a mother of 2. After practicing yoga at home for 3 years she decided to deepen her practice at Flex Yoga in 2014 and hasn’t looked back. She completed her Aerial Yoga teacher training in 2016 and first 100 hour Yoga Teacher Training the same year. Her passion for kids yoga led her to enroll in a Children’s Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training from Radiant Child, a Kundalini based training, in 2017 & 2018. She teaches Kids Aerial and Children’s Yoga at Flex and in the area. She volunteers on a regular basis for her daughter’s school hoping to reach as many kids as possible, giving them the tools that yoga has to offer to manage stress and live in balance.
Ruth first came to yoga as a marathon runner looking to increase her physical agility and personal edge. Ruth’s regular yoga practice began to foster mindfulness and body awareness that deepened her self-love and love for others.
Ruth is trained in Power Vinyasa Flow and received her RYT 200 hour Yoga Teaching Certificate from Flex Yoga Wooster in 2016. Her classes are structured around the specific needs of athletes, incorporating both challenging and restorative flows linked with breath. Ruth encourages her students to find inner peace and self-love, both on and off their mat.
As a lifelong learner, she is currently a student at the University of Akron, working towards her degree in exercise science. When she is not practicing yoga or training for a marathon, you can find Ruth with her husband Gary and 10 year old daughter, Catarina. Ruth lives with her family just outside Wooster, Ohio.
Shelby, RYT 200, walked into her first yoga class over ten years ago to find a sense of community and grounding after relocating to the Pacific Northwest. Soon after, her affection for yoga grew, recognizing the immense benefits of the inward journey and becoming both mentally and physically stronger.
Inspired to develop her practice and learn how to share it with others, Shelby completed her 200-hour teacher training at Flex Yoga in 2018. As a teacher, she aims to create a space where students are comfortable, connected, challenged, and most importantly are able to calm their minds. Her classes include a balancing blend of movement and stillness.
Shelby, a relatively new Ohioan, lives in Wooster with her husband Jason, C-Bus the Chihuahua, and Billie Jean the Kitty. She is a leadership development consultant and designer which keeps her in front of a computer screen most of the day. (Insert Yoga, please!) Outside of yoga, you may find Shelby creating plant-based recipes, traveling, hiking, listening to live music and adding to her record collection.
Stephanie grew up in Holmes County but has lived in the Wooster area for almost 10 years. She started doing yoga in 2009. She first came to Flex in 2015 and fell in love with the variety of classes, the instructors and the community. She became certified as a Barre instructor in 2017 through Flex Yoga and is excited to be a part of the Flex team as a Barre teacher! Stephanie is the proud mother of a doggie named Bridgette and a kitty named Ivy. In her spare time she loves to travel, cook, garden and have outdoor adventures like skiing or backpacking.
Terri is an Xray Technician at the Cleveland Clinic here in Wooster OH. She began her yoga practice 12 years ago by diving into Baron Baptiste’s “Yoga at Home”. With the help of a friend she began attending classes and has been hooked ever since. She completed her teacher training at The Yoga Place in Canton in July 2015.