YogaHome Teachers ~ Sharing the Divine Light
S. Ashley Hunt -Owner of YogaHome, Director of Teacher Training @ YogaHome E-RYT-500, Urban Zen Integrative Therapist.
Ashley has her Bachelors of Arts in Hinduism and Buddhism from Trinity College, CT. She continues her graduate studies at The Goddard College in the Individualized Masters of Arts program with a concentration in Consciousness Studies and Transpersonal Psychology. In 2010 Ashley taught her own Yoga Philosophy curriculum to Trinity College undergraduates. A class formatted to the setting of a liberal arts New England college where the academic study of yogic ideology is coupled with the practice of yogic techniques. Ashley is also an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist and has contributed to UZIT programs over seas. Urban Zen is a movement founded by Donna Karen headed by Rodney and Colleen Yee that brings therapeutic healing modalities into medical spheres. In 2009 Ashley completed a 1,500 hour Yoga Development Course, immersed in the teachings of Swami Sivanada Radha at Yashodhara Ashram. Ashley has also studied yoga therapy at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram while studying with Erica Kaufman, in Chennai, India. Ashley is a Reiki practitioner and continues to deepen her own understanding through her work with essential oils. She deeply respects the authenticity and clarity of Rodney Yee, Colleen Yee, Roshi Joan Halifax, Richard Freeman and Richard Rosen’s teachings through her work with Urban Zen Integrative Therapy, and is eternally grateful to her teacher Felix Lopez. Blessings and love to Turner Hunt, Tracy Hunt and Ducky Hunt, Ashley’s family will forever be in her heart.
“Bringing about radical change in the human being, brings about radical change in the structure of humanity, and the world.”- J. Krishnamurti
Recognized as the “First Lady of Yoga” since her ground breaking 1972 PBS television series, Lilias! Yoga and You, Lilias Folan is regarded as one of America’s most knowledgeable and beloved Master Yoga teachers. Time magazine called Lilias the “Julia Child of Yoga.” Steeped in many different yoga traditions, in recent years Lilias relies strongly on her own personal experience and intuition to influence her teaching.
Lilias was featured in a recent article in Origin Magazine and in an article in the Winter 2012-2013 issue of Yoga International Magazine Lilias was described as one of “four fearless women who changed Yoga’s destiny.” She has spent over forty years inspiring students and teachers throughout the USA, Canada and Europe with the benefits of yoga to body, mind and spirit. Folan’s audience includes housewives, athletes, executives, seniors, Olympians, artists, members of Congress and a former President of the US. She had a small but memorable part in the Peter Seller’s movie Being There. Lilias recently took part in the prestigious New York Times Speaker Series. Lilias was featured in Fit Yoga Magazine, Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine In 2009, Yoga Journal Magazine in 2010. She continues to teach classes at Yoga hOMe in Cincinnati and at workshops and Yoga Journal conferences. Teacher training is a special passion.
Lilias is the author of three books on Yoga, including the highly acclaimed Lilias! Yoga – Your Guide to Enhancing Body, Mind, and Spirit in Midlife and Beyond.
Lilias Folan is a Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher with ERYT 500 / RYT 500 hours. She is a long time founding member of International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Yoga Alliance credits are available for Lilias’ programs.
Kaitlin Bolt RYT-200 Vinyasa
After 12 years of synchronized swimming, Kaitlin found herself taking a different life path leading her into a a more individual direction. Many years of focusing on the outer body, left for some room for inner exploration. Shortly after moving to Chicago, she happened upon a yoga teacher who introduced the idea of a mind/body yoga practice. This laid the ground work for a connection to yoga with its open arms of love and kindness. After moving to New York 2 years later and starting a job in the busy restaurant scene, the pull for grounding and inner peace brought her back to a small studio on the West Side of Manhattan. She received her 200 hour Vinyasa TT from Sonic Yoga in the midst of beautiful souls learning how to hear the sounds of “Ohm” in every siren. Kaitlin has since then landed back in her home town of Cincinnati letting her heart lead the way as it continues to grow. Walking into YogaHome’s doors brought a welcomed sense of acceptance and nourishment. She is know in the midst of her 500 TT at YogaHome and managing both studios and has immense gratitude to be a part of this life changing YogaHome Community.
Alex Ryberg RYT-200-Thai Yoga Practitioner SomaVeda
Alex fell into the path of yoga by a fortunate series of events initially disguised as challenges offered by life. Having been very drawn to Eastern belief systems and philosophy at the ripe years of teenage life, her thought patterns were already driven towards conscious self-observation and unified love. The discovery of yoga only enhanced the process of connection with herself and others, becoming an integral and vital aspect of her everyday life. In 2012, she received her 200 Hr. certification in the style of Yin and Taoist yoga as part of Paul Grilley’s lineage through YouDoYoga in Cincinnati. Since, Alex has not stopped hopping onto the continual train of study. Not only is she embarking on the 500 Hr. Teacher Certification journey with YogaHome starting in June, in the past year she has received her 400 Hr. certification as a SomaVeda Thai Yoga Practitioner with Aachan Dr. Anthony B. James through the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine and is currently enrolled in the school’s Doctor of Natural Medicine program. Alex weaves a nurturing understanding of the body into her classes offering perspectives from paralleling systems of study encouraging her students to choose which they may identify with most for their individual practice. She full-heartedly trusts in the concept that our bodies are mendable (and certainly bendable!) with our minds and is delightful to integrate her life and practice with the Sangha of YogahOMe. Tejas Vinaavaditam Astu – May the Light of Understanding spread between Us
Bren Harper RYT 200 – Dance Instructor – Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Instructor
“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” – Rumi
Bren fell head-over-heels in love with the art of bellydance in 2011 after a chance encounter with a performance by local dancers left her breathless. Captivated and intrigued, she immediately began studying tribal-fusion bellydance under the meticulous and gentle guidance of Rebecca Hale while simultaneously working toward her 300-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification from the Yoga Alliance. Watching Bren dance offers you a small glimpse into the most intimate parts of her soul. She has taken master classes from Zoe Jakes of Beats Antique and Ariella Aflalo and has performed throughout the city with the professional fire and bellydance troupe Dante’s Gypsy Circus while occasionally moonlighting as a featured dancer for local musicians such as Mayan Ruins. Ever the curious student, Bren is also an avid hula-hoop dancer, fire flow art enthusiast and, as of next winter, will be a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a minor in Spanish. Her classes are mean to energize and stir you while evoking passion for each person’s unique and beautiful dance.
Christy Dorger RYT-200 YogaHome
Christy Dorger started her yoga journey 9 years ago when she began taking Ashtanga classes. It was love at first class, connecting to the mind-body-spirit philosophy. When yogahOMe-Mariemont opened, Christy began practicing there and found new inspiration in Vinyasa Flow. Christy was certified through yogahOMe’s 1st Teacher Training program in 2007. She currently teaches at yogahOMe’s Oakley and Mariemont studios, and teaches Corporate classes at Dunhumby USA.
Christopher Cox RYT 200-Thai Yoga Practitioner SomeVeda
It was a dvd that first schooled me, at 17, with the introduction of yoga. Sure, it was fitness-based, emphasizing the building of strength with posture holds, and stretching all areas of the body. The importance of stretching had its place in all the various sports in my life. Even the holding of postures, sequences, and the idea of vinyasa were familiar from the martial arts I have kept close since very young. However, the talking TV instigated curiosity. A few years passed, and some of those heavier questions started seeping in. For me, they seemed to come during my preference to the~oppose all authority, cling to identity, adopt-an-ethic~ mentality. The 5Ws hit hard. The relevance of previous answers faded. As I followed my curiosities, I soon was pointed to….wait, yoga again… But this time, a little more of the picture was visible. Instead of a dvd, classes and books were the tools. My first consistently-visited teacher, Anna Ferguson, eventually led me through a 300-hour teacher training program at World Peace Yoga. This experience proved a potent guide and catalyst for my explorations of other branches of practice. For the past two years, Nuad Boran, or Thai yoga therapy, has become a primary focus, allowing me to further delve in to the intricacies of the human body/mind. Applying this form of bodywork and other Ayurvedic methods on an individual client basis has only furthered the intent to understand the healing and growth process. My work and study of Thai yoga with Aachan Dr. Anthony James at the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine still continues. With everyday life, my perceptions continue to morph like clouds, making it so clear as to how much there is to learn about existence, our planet, our community, and certainly ourselves. All One, One Love
Diane Faul RYT-200
Diane began her studies of yoga in 1972. In her early years she was inspired by, and fortunate to study under, renowned yoga instructors Indra Devi, Lilias Folan, and Amrit Desi. Lilias continues to be a guiding light for her yogic journey. Diane is a CYTA certified yoga instructor receiving her training and 200-hour certification through yogahOMe and certification with the YogaFit organization. Through her yoga practice, Diane became aware of and interested in energy work, which led her to her certification in Healing Touch in 1999. Diane’s passionate teaching style reflects her eclectic background drawn from many teachers throughout her years of practice. She is deeply grateful for their support, guidance and wisdom. Diane believes that practicing yoga practice on a regular basis creates a holistic balance between the physical, mental and spiritual self. In the classroom, Diane brings a gentle approach to teaching. Her classes are heart-centered and she focuses on the success of each individual student. Diane strives to touch the hearts of others in a positive way, and her motto is, “Do everything for the joy of doing it.”
Deana Podvin RYT 500 “Kindness is a language which blind people see and deaf people hear.”
Deana appreciates the sense of peace and letting go which she experiences on the mat. Yoga helps her live a simpler, more mindful life in this crazy mixed up world. Her desire is for students to step off their mat feeling rejuvenated and connected more deeply with their bodies. In the physical practice of yoga, Deana teaches the strength and potential of our body. She encourages students to turn inward and explore a greater sense of calmness by weaving breath awareness with stillness, linking mind, body and breath into harmony. Deana most enjoys watching her students grow in their own practice and inspiring others to live a more active and healthy lifestyle. Yoga helps us connect with ourselves, which allows us to connect more deeply with others and the world around us. Discovering yoga has been a transformational experience for her. She feels privileged to be a part of other student’s journey and the yoga community. She would like to give her immense gratitude to all of her teachers as she continues her life long yoga path.
“Water is fluid, soft and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard.” Lao-Tse
Emily Merk RYT-200 It’s Yoga
Emily’s journey into yoga began with a general curiosity about the practice as she dove deeper into philosophical and eastern religious studies in college. Upon discovery, she found resonance with the practice; she found it to be transformative and healing, a path to pure bliss. She embraces each opportunity to teach as an opportunity to redefine and rediscover the ancient truths in the practice. She is grateful to share this gift of ancient knowledge; to guide others to experience their own moment of stillness, and to realize their infinite nature. She believes that the science of yoga contributes to the greater good by teaching people to remain pure and realize our connection to nature and all things; this in turn will help us make healthier life choices. Emily is a 200hr RYT trained in Ashtanga/Vinyasa and Hatha styles of yoga from It’s Yoga Cincinnati and holds a BA in Philosophy and Environmental Studies from Northern Kentucky University.
Heather Poast RYT-200 YogaHome
Heather is an avid barefoot runner, cyclist, swimmer and yogi. She grew up playing soccer, softball and swimming. However, in her high school years Heather slipped away from sports and took more to partying. After losing her father during her freshman year in college, Heather decided to take back her life and started running and doing yoga. Today, Heather is a marathoner, ultramarathoner and triathlete. She has completed numerous Flying Pig Marathons, Grand Island Trail Marathon, Stone Steps 50k, Berryman Trail 50-miler, Ironman Louisville and many other triathlons. She completed the 200-hour yoga teacher training through yogahOMe in 2011 and has been practicing yoga since 1999. Heather has a bachelors degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish from Lake Forest College, a Culinary and Pastry Arts degree from Cincinnati State Midwest Culinary Institute and a Dietetics certificate from The University of Cincinnati. Heather loves working in the Health & Wellness industry as it allows her to share her passion with others. She wants you to experience the joy that is possible by exercising, eating well and making mindful decisions throughout the day. Heather will share the secrets and simplicity of an overall healthy lifestyle with you! With her exercise, nutrition and culinary knowledge she will provide you with a well-rounded approach.
Jenny Griffith- RYT-200 Cincinnati Yoga School
Jenny has her Bachelors in Hotel and Tourism Management from the University of Cincinnati. With a strong curiosity of what the world has to offer she began traveling to countries in South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and finally ended in Costa Rica, where she fell in love with practicing Yoga. With her Father marrying a woman in Thailand she rooted a family that introduced her to Buddhism. Linking her spirituality with yoga she returned to the states and decided to get certified as a Yoga Instructor. She loves helping students believe they can do whatever they put their mind too. Her teaching style is simplistic and light hearted. Jenny is also Level 1 Reiki Certified.
Joan Riemar RYT-200 YogaHome
Joan’s love for yoga began in her early 20’s and developed through a desire for a healthy and holistic lifestyle. She received her 200 hour RYT certification through yogahOMe and has been teaching yoga for 8 years. Joan has been inspired by and studied under Lilias Folan, Rod Stryker, Shiva Rea, and Baron Baptiste. She enjoys teaching all levels of vinyasa yoga, with an emphasis on breath, movement and the integration of Body, Mind and Spirit. As a certified Healing Touch Practitioner, Joan loves to weave the principles of energy and healing into her yoga classes. She is knowledgeable in Aromatherapy and integrates the oils in her classes to enhance the experience of the practice. Her love for Yoga, Healing Touch and Essential Oils keeps her feeling vibrant, energized and connected to life. Joan says “Yes to Life” and to dark chocolate!
Karen Johns RYT -500 Anusara
Karen is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT500. She has been practicing for 14 years, and teaching alignment-based hatha yoga for 9 years at Shine Yoga Center and at corporate locations in Cincinnati. Her yoga is a combination of three passions: hatha yoga (the physical practice), raja yoga (meditation) and bhakti yoga (devotional chanting). Her classes often combine all three, plus a giant helping of humor, a welcoming spirit and the sheer joy of watching her students leave feeling better than they did when they walked in. Karen is also a Oneness Blessing giver, and singer of devotional chants. Her cd Saprema has been downloaded all around the world via iTunes, and is also available through her website www.karenjohnschants.com.
Karen Hooton Grass – RYT 200hr YogaHome
A student and teacher at heart, Karen’s nurturing and thoughtful manner provides a welcoming environment for all levels of students. She considers yoga a daily inspirational foundation of her life and loves to share the magic of yoga with others.
Lauren Lichenstein (Boehm) RYT-200
Lauren, in service, shares the Universal path of yoga in Cincinnati, Ohio. Through her years of both study and teachings, Lauren leads classes with conscious and mindful creativity to awaken the Higher Self in everyone. Together, we learn to clear channels through Asana so we can crystallize the cultivation of vitality, beauty, health, wealth, happiness, and healing. All classes are led with a true heart. All classes are dedicated with love, to all.
Tracy Hunt ~ RYT 200 – Alexander Technique Teacher – Reiki
Tracy received a Masters degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis and was a practicing Marriage and Family therapist for several years, when she began questioning and exploring the middle path. Recognizing the need for integration of the mind, body and spirit, she became a certified Alexander teacher, and practicing crystal therapist. Continuing the mind, body, spirit connection, she became interested in the practice of yoga, essential oils and sound therapy. After obtaining a 200 hour yoga certification through Yogahome, and the teachings of her daughter, Ashley, she is continuing her study and practice of yoga in a 500 hour teacher training. Feeling the calling to teach yoga, Tracy is incorporating the benefits of essential oils, Crystal Tones singing bowls , restorative yoga, counseling, crystal therapy,study of behavior, movement and anatomy, and the Alexander Technique in a unique approach to teaching yoga at Yogahome.
Layla Gilman RYT-200 YogaHome
Layla completed her yogahOMe Teacher Training in 2009 and has been teaching at yogahOMe ever since. For nearly a decade prior she practiced yoga throughout Cincinnati before finally finding her community at yogahOMe. Layla loves creating community and connecting with people and her gentle flow classes reflect her welcoming, inclusive, laid-back style. Striving for balance in her own life, Layla’s yoga practice brings profound peace and grace to an often hectic and sometimes overwhelming life. For Layla a great class means sharing breath and laughter, a little sweat, and sometimes even a few tears. She is passionate about creating an open, non-threatening environment in her classes and welcomes everyone to come to the mat and explore all yoga has to offer.
Sarah Crabtree RYT-200 Bija Yoga School
Sarah is a joyful Mother to her two sons, a yogini and a runner. The frenetic pace of motherhood and the desire to find calm amidst the chaos of raising young children are what drew Sarah to yoga in the first place. It is on her mat, through the moving meditation of asana, that Sarah is able to find the ‘medicine’, the inner peace and calm that she needs to feel recharged and renewed in spirit everyday. It is this feeling, this ‘medicine for the soul’, that Sarah cannot wait to share with others and what drew her to attend the 2012 Bija Yoga School 200-hour training.
Jeff has been doing yoga off and on since 1973 starting with Lilias on channel 48.
He became a certified teacher six years ago. Jeff has taught meditation through the years in such places as Lebanon prison, the Drop in Center, juvenile detention center, and half way houses. Jeff has been a reiki practitioner and teacher of reiki for 10 years. Jeff has recently completed a 300 hour course in elemental yoga therapy and written a book on how to use the chakra system to get a better understanding of ourselves and our life’s journey. Jeff is also certified in Thai yoga bodywork.
Dr. Mehran Attari
Mehran was introduced to yoga when he was a second year medical student in 1988. He thought yoga for a short time then. He has been studying and practicing yoga and meditation on and off throughout years but has had a steady practice for the last 6 years. He has participated in vipassana courses in addition to other techniques that he has learned from his teacher M. Sasani. Integrative medicine and particularly ayurvedic tradition and yoga therapy are some of his interests that he tries to incorporate in his practice at University of Cincinnati. He is an affiliate faculty of UC Center for integrative Medicine.
The depth and breadth of yoga philosophy and the clarity the meditation brings are what fascinate him.
Most importantly, yoga has brought him in contact with many amazing and extraordinary people, most recently at Yoga