Nanani is the Co-Owner of Hip2Hip Dance & Fitness Center, Co-founder of BellyRok Dance and Fitness, Yoga Alliance E-RYT, ACE certified, and a Licensed Massage Therapist. She has been enthralled by the movement of the human body from a young age, and that fascination is what has led her to a career in health and fitness.
Kelly Gardner, LPC MHSP, AYS
E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Kelly has a B.S. degree in Sport Psychology from The University of Memphis and has had a lifelong desire to not only live optimally, but to help others do so as well. Kelly earned her M.Ed. in Counseling from The University of West Georgia and she is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Tennessee and Mississippi. Kelly works in a Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program as a therapist and yoga instructor for the patients. She sees firsthand the benefits of yoga in helping to heal symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma related issues. Kelly is certified as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute, as a 500 RYT, 200 E-RYT with Yoga Alliance, and as a Personal Trainer through ACE. Kelly attended her first Level 1 training with YogaFit in 2003 and immediately knew she was where she was supposed to be. Kelly feels honored to be able to support others as they learn how to help themselves feel and live better both physically and psychologically.
Suzanne describes teaching group fitness and yoga as "...the only job I've ever dreamed of." She has worked in the fitness industry consistently for over 25 years teaching various formats in addition to yoga and she holds several different fitness certifications. Suzanne first began her journey with YogaFit in 2001 and has enjoyed sharing it with others ever since. She has continued her training with YogaFit, earning her RYT 500. In addition to working as a YogaFit trainer, she teaches regularly at several clubs and studios in the Los Angeles area.
Patti Bain, RRT-NPS in addition to being a Master Trainer with YogaFit, is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and is a certified group fitness instructor by ACE. Patti maintains her medical license as a Registered Respiratory Therapist, Neonatal Pediatric Specialist and is the owner of Kids Fit Club, a company providing after school fitness programs for children. Further, Patti is completing her Bachelors degree in Health Care Management and is currently teaching multiple group fitness classes in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jenny has a BA in Elementary and Special Education from Furman University in Greenville, SC. She was an Elementary & Middle School Special Education teacher for several years before she left that industry to raise her children. She began teaching group fitness in 1994, and segued into Yoga in 1999. Jenny chose YogaFit for her yoga training because it was so in tune with the fitness background and training that she had. After her initial Level One training, she immediately began to pursue a future and career with YogaFit, and continued her training by earning her ERYT-500. She finds that her background in education helps her tremendously in teaching others about YogaFit. Jenny also serves as the Apprentice Program Coordinator and Mind Body Fitness Conference Coordinator for YogaFit.
Nicolle became passionate about teaching yoga after experiencing a total mind body shift through her personal practice. Her first experience in teaching began on the snow as a PSIA certified ski instructor. Nicolle holds a Yoga Alliance RYT and ACE certification. As a Master Trainer for YogaFit, Nicolle feels she has found her heart song.
Nicolle Bangerter, E-RYT is Yoga Alliance Certified. She has studied with Judith Lassiter and is trained in Pre/Post-natal, Kids, Seniors, Restorative, and Vinyasa. In addition to teaching yoga, Nicolle offers private sessions, as well as meditation and stress management coaching to individuals and corporations. Her favorite time is spent at home in the Utah Mountains with her husband and three sons.
Brett's fitness journey began when he joined the Marine Corps (USMC). After four years of honorable service he started a fitness regimen, which included weight training and running. A few years later he decided it was time to share his knowledge and became an ISSA certified personal trainer. After taking a few yoga classes from a friend, he found a peaceful balance within himself. He found an instant connection, both physically and spiritually, that made him want to continue studying this ancient practice.
Brett began educating himself on meditation and different styles of yoga. After finishing the 200 hour RYT training with YogaFit, he found myself wanting to show others about the YogaFit program. Practicing yoga has greatly improved his strength and flexibility. He enjoys sharing his passion for yoga with others by guiding them through their practice. <
Brett is currently pursuing a degree in exercise science. He currently holds a personal trainer certification through the ISSA, a group fitness certification through ACE, and RYT with the Yoga Alliance.
Jill Belongia earned a BME from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She was a music educator for 11 years before taking a break to start a family and raise her children. Jill came to the fitness industry in 2003. Her personal yoga practice and love of teaching brought her to her first YogaFit training in 2004. Jill was inspired by her Level 1 experience and has been hooked ever since. She was accepted into the YogaFit Apprentice Program soon after and has been leading YF trainings since 2005. Jill has taught group fitness and yoga classes at universities and fitness centers in Miami, Florida, East Lansing, Michigan, and Bloomington/Normal, IL, where she currently resides. With her music education background, three successful pregnancies and deliveries, and now three healthy and active children, Jill's specialties include Prenatal, Post-partum, Mommy and Baby, and Kids yoga classes. Jill hopes to be able to help and inspire others through her YogaFit trainings and by teaching using the YogaFit style. Jill is currently a Senior Trainer with YogaFit, holds a Group Fitness Certification with ACE, and is an E-RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance, working toward her 500 hour certification.
Kelli began her fitness career in 1999 after graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in Arts and Humanities. Shortly after, she was introduced to yoga, which was a much needed balance to all the high impact exercising. In 2001, she took YogaFit level 1, and fell in love with the cuing and teaching format. In 2003, she became a master trainer for the company. Currently, she is a 200 hr E-RYT, and an ACE certified personal trainer. She leads yoga, barre, and PilatesFit classes, along with YogaFit trainings in Alabama. She is married to a wonderful husband, has an adorable step daughter, two beautiful children, and takes in foster children from the Birmingham area.
Sandi has been in fitness since 1985 and ACE certified since 1986. Her love for the industry has brought many opportunities. She has been a Fitness manager for several health clubs. She has her own business providing Wellness programs for companies in the Salt Lake area. She provides services like health fairs, ergonomic reviews, fitness center management, group fitness classes and personal training. Sandi has taught group fitness for all of the 20 plus years she has been in the business. She teaches step, aerobics, group strength training, cycle, pilates and of course YogaFit.
Her first YogaFit training was in 1998 with Beth Shaw in California in the old YogaFit Studio in Hermosa. This began a move to bring YogaFit and all ins benefits to Salt Lake City. I was a candidate to become a trainer because I took level 1 about 6 times, because I loved it so much. Since then she has been in nearly every state in the union teaching the YogaFit style. I have learned more in my association with YogaFit and in my travels and meeting all the wonderful people who come to trainings than I could ever teach anyone.
Mary is a Senior Trainer and has her E-RYT and RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance through YogaFit. She also holds certifications with ACE, Silver Sneakers, and the Arthritis Foundation. Her has substantial background in studio and group fitness management has opened endless doors to business consulting, and presenting at yoga conferences country-wide. With extensive knowledge in older adult programming, Mary has created programs for assisted living facilities and has published a guide to keeping seniors and other populations "moving". As a owner of a trauma sensitive yoga studio in the Pittsburgh area, Mary believes we can offer help on the forefront and a safe and nurturing place to heal. Her sense of humor, enthusiasm, and ability to connect with students to deliver inclusive yet personalized instruction, make her classes and private yoga therapy sessions, refreshingly unique and fun. If that isn't enough, her other passions are her two amazing children, Camille and Trent, wine tasting, experiencing yoga everywhere and anywhere, traveling, and reading.
Kathy DeKramer is a Senior Trainer for YogaFit and has been teaching in the Fitness Industry for over 30 years. She received her BA in Physical Education and Recreation Therapy from Whittier College (CA) in 1981 and is an ACE Certified Instructor (Group Exercise and Yoga). Kathy has been teaching yoga for over 14 years and is currently an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance. In addition, Kathy received her certification in Thai Yoga Massage from the White Lotus Foundation, Sept. 2001. Kathy fell in love with the YogaFit style in January 1999 and began leading trainings in 2000. She travels around the world leading Yogafit Teacher Trainings in hopes of bringing this user-friendly style of yoga to the masses and is committed to its program of education, transformation, and safety. Kathy is currently leading all levels and Specialty Programs for YogaFit. She created the Yogafit for Menopause and co-authored the Yogafit Thai Energy Work trainings and has contributed to various manuals and DVDS.
Heidi has been in the Health and Wellness Industry for 25 years. She is the CEO of her own health and wellness business-Mindful Motions. Mindful Motions helps to educate, encourage, excite and empower people to live their best life! Heidi has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Sports Medicine and a Master’s in Education. Heidi has served as a member of the sports medicine staff and lecturer at within the University of Wisconsin System. Her passions and education have led her into a multifaceted career still implementing her education through congruent fields of yoga, healthy aging and holistic nutrition. Heidi is an ERYT500 and serves as a Master Trainer for YogaFit. She has taken a therapeutic approach to yoga and has spent over 10 years working as a yoga therapist with medical professionals and within hospitals and clinics to incorporate yoga into the patients healing protocol. Heidi is passionate about educating people and giving them the tools to own their own health, have a positive relationship with their body, live energetically and be free.
Amanda Frame, DNP
RYT 500 E-RYT 200
Dr. Frame started her journey with YogaFit in 1999 when she began teaching yoga in Augusta, GA and became a Master Trainer in 2011. She is an ACE certified group fitness instructor, 200 E-RYT, and 500 RYT through Yoga Alliance. Amanda is the author of Yoga Fit for the Heart; a training in the new Yoga Therapy program at YogaFit. She is a graduate of Georgia Regents University (formerly Medical College of GA). Her research focuses on holistic self-care and education of heart failure patients and she has published research titled Cardio-metabolic Risks in Hispanic Farm Workers: A Health Fair Model Study in the Southeastern Region. When she is not teaching yoga she works as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Yoga has provided Amanda with a solid base for her personal and professional life. Her favorite quotes and life lessons is "How you do anything is how you do everything."
Gina Domme has been active in the fitness industry for over 20 years, working in health clubs, college fitness centers, yoga and pilates studios. She has taught group exercise, one on one personal training, pre-natal fitness, and she currently conducts yoga and pilates classes at her own studio. She has always enjoyed helping people reach their personal fitness goals and seeing them realize that living a healthy lifestyle can change their lives.
She has been married for 20 years and has 3 great children. Her certifications include: Yoga Alliance 200RYT, Peak Pilates Professional Certification, Cooper Institute Group Cycling, AFAA Personal Training and Group Exercise. She also holds an Associate Degree in Respiratory Therapy and is the owner of Flow Yoga and Pilates Studio in Amarillo, TX.
Brandi Bernard, DPT
Brandi's educational and athletic experiences began as a team member of both the cross country and track and field team at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) located in Michigan. At GVSU she completed her Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Exercise Science and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Brandi has continued her education and has earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University located in Arizona. She has also earned her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist status with her desire to improve athlete's ability to compete at collegiate and professional levels. It has been through her personal athletic injuries and resulting surgeries which has driven her to a more holistic centered lifestyle. As Brandi entered into the eastern medical studies she completed her yoga teacher training and continues to attend continuing education courses and symposiums in the field. Knowing we can all be teachers and students simultaneously she likes to think of her teacher trainings as an opportunity for all to expand their knowledge in the eastern practices. Continuing to broaden her scope of practice, Brandi continues expand into the eastern medical treatment styles and philosophies to help maintain a holistic lifestyle and one which she can provide to her patients daily. Brandi continues to work daily in a clinic which enables her to use a combination of eastern and western therapeutic interventions with her clients.
Karen Marie Fagan
Karen has worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years and has found that inspiring others to stay healthy and fit her life's passion. She is a certified group fitness instructor with ACE and NETA. She also carries certifications for Personal Training and is a life time certified member of Spinning. Karen has obtained her 200 hours R.Y.T. from the Yoga Alliance through Yogafit. Along with working at a local sports center for the past 8 years, 2 years ago, Karen began operating her own fitness and yoga business in Upstate New York, where she raises her three boys with her husband. Karen states that when she found Yogafit in 2007 it was a match made in heaven; merging her love and passion for fitness and Yoga into one amazing gift.
With over 25 years of experience within the wellness and fitness community, and a tendency to geek out on anatomy and physiology; Marchond has been teaching yoga since 2003.
Her approach to yoga embraces and emphasizes the adaptive nature of modern yoga. This facilitates the capacity to celebrate natural abilities and nurture aspects that are more challenging, the goal being, to create a balanced and resilient body, as well as a clear and relaxed state of mind.
She is currently in the last year of a doctoral program for occupational therapy and will bring yoga to the clinical setting, using techniques for relaxation and healing. She believes in a holistic approach to healing whether for body, spirit or mind which will guides her yoga practice and will continue into her clinical practice.
RYT 500 E-RYT 200
Branden is a United States Army Military Police veteran that served in combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom. While serving, he took special interest in the Army Physical Fitness Program and received multiple awards for Physical Fitness Excellence. After completing his service obligation, Branden continued teaching group fitness and yoga in civilian health clubs while studying Anatomy & Kinesiology in college. He is a dedicated student of yoga and enjoys the journey as it presents itself each day. Branden is a faculty member of the YogaFit Therapy Program providing extensive first-hand knowledge of the military lifestyle. He is a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, LMI Bodycombat, Bodypump, Cxworx Instructor, has completed multiple Yoga Alliance Approved 200-hr programs, and is a YogaFit International Presenter with the designation E-RYT 200, RYT 500.
RYT 500 E-RYT 200
Kim became committed to being fit following a painful back injury. Despite her chiropractor telling her she would be in pain the rest of her life, deep down Kim knew she could heal her body through exercise. She was right, and that prompted her to want to share the gift of healing with others. Her journey as a fitness professional began as a group fitness instructor and ACE personal trainer. But after years of teaching step aerobics, kickboxing, boot camp and body sculpt, Kim realized the need for an alternative discipline, both physically and mentally, to the fast-paced, body-pounding classes she was teaching, so she turned to yoga, and eventually decided to become a yoga teacher. She found YogaFit, being grounded in exercise science, to be a perfect choice for her yoga education. She has completed her 200 and 500 hour certifications and continues to pursue a yoga therapy certification. Now the majority of the classes Kim teaches are yoga-based. She uses humor and her positive attitude when teaching, encouraging her students to smile and enjoy the journey! Kim offers a variety of yoga classes, group trainings and private sessions from her home studio. A foodie at heart, someday Kim plans to combine her love for cooking with her love for yoga. She shares her home with her husband, son, and 7 fur babies- 3 dogs and 4 cats- all adopted or rescued.
Lisa is the Director of YogaFit Canada, Senior Master Trainer & Presenter. Discovering Yoga was like uncovering her life's mission. Through YogaFit she has been able to help class participants, new and fellow instructors as well as her closest friends and family learn the amazing benefits and life balance that a regular practice can bring to our lives. She also has learned how Yoga can hone creativity and discipline in her own busy life as well. Lisa has been teaching group fitness classes for GoodLife Fitness in Toronto Canada since 2001, and is a certified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer through canfitpro and holds her E-RYT 500 with YogaFit
Renee began her journey with YogaFit in 2009, drawn to the trainings for both growing her personal practice as well as enhancing her knowledge of pose alignment and other aspects to incorporate into her yoga classes. With an immense passion and love for everything health- and fitness-related, Renee completed an M.S. in Exercise Science and holds Yoga Alliance 200-hr RYT status. She has a number of additional certifications including Les Mills programs, Stott Pilates, Peak Pilates, BTS programs, NASM, Silver Sneakers, TRX, willPower, Mad Dogg Athletics and others, allowing her to teach a wide variety of group fitness formats. Renee is inspired by the immense physical and mental benefits of yoga. As can be said, "go into the world and do well; but more importantly, go into the world and do good." Renee finds happiness knowing that when sharing the gift of yoga with others, she is doing just that.
RYT 500 E-RYT 200
After years in the corporate marketing world, she realized that bringing health and fitness her true calling. In 2008 she opened Iron Belle Fitness, L.L.C., a company that provides in-home and corporate fitness training, holistic health coaching and yoga instruction. Leslie holds her bachelors degree from Arizona State University, is an ACE certified personal trainer, a certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach along with having several certifications in yoga, pilates and kickboxing. She received her RYT-500 with an emphasis in therapy with YogaFit and has studied with Sadie Nardini to receive her certification in Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga. She enjoys helping people find the true beauty of yoga and what it can do to add to their lives.
A detail-oriented leader with 20 years of experience and proven results in management, teaching, personal training and public speaking. Taj is a E-RYT 200 that has been working with Yogafit for 8 years, teaching many levels of Yogafit trainings to include Level 1-4, Anatomy 1&2, all the One Day's and Specialities including the YogaLean 2day. Outside of her YogaFit life, Taj has been spotted on TV appearances for her expertise with ABC, CW11, FOX and CBS. She in an International Presenter, has written fitness articles for magazines such as Shape and Health. She has also been quoted and featured in the NY Times, Wall St Journal, Reuters and Self Magazine to name a few. Taj holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Minor in Biology from GA State University. Certifications include: Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA); National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM); American Council of Exercise (ACE); Spinning; Antigravity Yoga; and TRX.
RYT 500 E-RYT 200
Cathy realized the amazing healing benefits of yoga after her first class. She still considers herself a perpetual student as well as honored to be able to bring yoga to others as a teacher. She enjoys teaching a variety of different yoga classes in the Pacific Northwest, including vinyasa, beginner and gentle/restorative classes; she also enjoys seeing clients for private sessions. Cathy always feels a renewed energy and love of yoga after leading a Yogfit training. In addition to earning her E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 through YogaFit, she has also expanded her knowledge of yoga from teachers outside of YogaFit including, Suzie Hatley Aldous and Julie Gudmestad. Cathy is also often humbled by what her students have to teach her as well. She is also an ACE certified personal trainer and trained through Stott Pilates in both reformer and mat Pilates.
Michelle Hutchins comes to YogaFit with a background in many disciplines, including years of training in classical ballet and competing in Tae Kwon Doe martial arts, as well as years of experience teaching a variety of group exercise classes.
Yoga, Michelle discovered, allows her to incorporate all her skills and interests, while giving back in a profound way. While Michelle continues to teach a variety of fitness, pilates and yoga classes, as well as lead YogaFit teacher trainings throughout the Pacific Northwest, she has a particular passion for teaching the "first-time" yoga student and those with physical limitations.
Michelle is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance's 200-hour teacher-training program, an ACE-certified Group Exercise Instructor, a Zumba-certified instructor and AFAA-certified Primary Group Exercise Instructor.
Tracy ventured into her yoga practice over 8 years ago as she was retiring from the US Air Force after serving over 20 years. While on active duty, an injury caused the physical challenge of sciatica to arise, so as a way to help maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle she began dabbling in different disciplines of yoga, discovering the YogaFit style, finding her home. As she grew to understand the value of the mind/body connection, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a fitness professional, embodying all aspects of the profession, instead of using her BS in Human Resource Management.
Subsequently, she attended her first YogaFit Level 1 training in 2001. Since then she completed her 200 E RYT, and her RYT 500 in 2010. She has been group fitness instructor for over 14 years, where she now focuses on indoor cycling, dance, and preprogrammed muscle strength and endurance training. She also is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and has managed group fitness programs at several fitness facilities throughout the United States. Tracy became a trainer in March 2007; attaining Senior Trainer status and is now the International Hosting and Tradeshow Manager.
Shannon graduated from Indiana University in 2000 with a major in Human Development & Family Studies, with minors in Public Health and Non-Profit Management. She has worked as an Adoption Caseworker and has helped run a family business with her husband. Shannon has two sons and a dog that lights up her life. She was introduced to YogaFit in 2006 and now holds and E-RYT 500. She has an ACE Personal Trainer's certification and much of Shannon's free time is spent bee-keeping, and volunteering. Highlights on her Yoga journey have been trips to India with Yogafit in 2010 and 2013. Shannon's Yoga journey has brought her a sense of grounding, joy, gratitude and ever expanding knowledge and compassion.
After 10 years in radio advertising, Macy Kalb decided to turn a part-time fitness hobby into a full time career. Beginning as a part-time step aerobics instructor at a YMCA, Macy returned to Indiana State University for her Masters in Exercise Science, and has obtained her ACE Personal Training certification. Macy is also certified in Spinning and TRX Suspension Training. She has been teaching fitness and yoga in gym, home, and corporate settings since then and is part owner of Aire Wellness, a fitness center and spa
Early in her exercise career, Macy fell in love with yoga. She started taking yoga at the YMCA where she was instructing and became a regular in class. In 2003, more yoga instructors were needed at the Y and Macy jumped at the chance to take a training . She fell in love with YogaFit and began working her way to her 200RYT certification. Macy was impressed with the professionalism and knowledge of the YogaFit staff during her journey to her certification and since 2011 has been thrilled to be part of the YogaFit team! She loves sharing the joy of teaching yoga with others.
Jeanne began training with YogaFit in 2008 and earned her 200-hour RYT designation in 2010. She is also certified as a Health Coach and Group Fitness Instructor through the American Council on Exercise. She holds a master's degree in counseling and practices psychotherapy at her private practice, Insight Counseling & Wellness, in Madison, WI. She has experience working with people of all ages and abilities, including anyone affected by cancer, lifestyle diseases, eating disorders, emotional trauma, anxiety, and depression. In addition to teaching yoga and offering client-centered counseling, Jeanne is a journalist with more than 16 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She finds that her careers of storytelling and counseling serve to enhance her yoga teaching, and she is continually humbled by the lessons to be gained as she shares the gift of YogaFit with others.
Janet started teaching group fitness in 1979. Certifications include ACE and AFAA group fitness instructor, Pilates instructor in mat work including advanced and standing Pilates through Pilates Physicalmind Institute. She is a Yoga Alliance 200HR E-RYT and Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit, and current presenter for I.T.A. and W.S.S.C.
Kristin has enjoyed group fitness since wearing leotards and leg warmers in her pre-teen years. She began studying yoga in 2000, but kept her yoga practice separate from her love of fitness. YogaFit has shown Kristin how to keep all the beauty of a yoga practice while making it safe, accessible, and enjoyable for everyone.
Her love of yoga, sharing knowledge, travel, and meeting other altruistic souls makes Kristin's role as Senior Master Trainer a successful one. She hopes to share YogaFit with as many people as possible, in addition to helping preserve natural resources in her Alaskan environment. Kristin is an E-RYT/RYT, holds ACE group fitness and personal trainer certifications, and has a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. Kristin teaches: Levels 1, 2, and 3, YogaButt, YogaStrength, Seniors, Prenatal, and Kids.
Aimee has a B.S. in Organizational Management and a Masters in Health and Sports Sciences. She has been teaching all modalities of group exercise and has been a personal trainer for over 28 years. Aimee began her Fitness journey, especially Yoga, in 1987 after being injured as a college runner. Her passion for all types of group exercise took off to bring her where she is today. Aimee began her YogaFit journey in 2000 and knew instantly this was home. Aimee holds certifications from ACE, AFAA, Pilates Mat and Apparatus, Spinning, Resist-A-Ball and Zumba. She completed her 200 and 500 hour Yoga Alliance Certification through YogaFit, and is currently a Senior Trainer for YogaFit. When not training, Aimee teaches various fitness classes in the Berkshires, Massachusetts, at the Berkshire Nautilus and an Adjunct Teacher at Berkshire Community College teaching Mind, Body and Theory, Introduction to Nutrition and Preventative care for Exercise Injuries. She also enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nephew, Nicholas, and her four – legged children (all 5 of them!)
Debra was first introduced to yoga in 1998. After graduating college, getting married to a military man, leaving her job as a flight attendant to raise three wonderful kids, Debra realized she needed to find something to balance her multifarious life. She found yoga provided movement and breath centered awareness which created a sense of calm which she was craving. Debra has trained with Dr. Indu Arora, Janet Stone, Gabriel Halpern, Paul Grilley, and various other masterful teachers. She combines her love of anatomy and bio mechanics with the practice of yoga. Her ongoing process of learning is what provides fresh insights that inspire her trainings. She believes our individual journeys are as unique as our individual yoga practices. Debra says, “Be less concerned with what you “get” from yoga and focus more on what the yoga journey allows you to release!”
A pioneer in the mind/body fitness movement for 30 years, Claudia Micco had been involved with YogaFit since 2000. She has contributed content for the YogaFit Level 2, 3 and 5 Training Manuals. She is currently the YogaFit trainer for the Hawaiian Islands and the Wellness Coordinator at the Ritz Carlton Spa in Kapalua Maui, where she teaches and trains clients from all over the world. Claudia is former director of the Strong, Stretched & Centered Mind Body Institute of Maui, and traveled extensively through Europe training instructors in mind/body fitness. She is also the creator of the HypnoFit method, combining self-hypnosis, exercise and “Aloha” to create life long healthy habits. She holds her ERYT 500 thru the Yoga Alliance, is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance, ACE and is a licensed Hypnotherapist and Massage Therapist.
RYT 500, E-RYT 200, Yoga Therapist, MA Counseling
Shaye is a 23 year veteran in the US Air Force as well as a proud military spouse and a mother of 2 military children. She has been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2003. Today, Shaye is the Director of the Yogafit for Warriors program helping those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and all forms of trauma. She is also a Yoga Therapist who sits on the Yogafit Therapy Educational board creating unique workshops for Yogafit that combine the latest in scientific understanding from physics, neuroscience and biogenetics with the eternal power of breath, movement and mindfulness.
Emily Morris has been in the fitness industry since 1996. What first began as a hobby has now led to countless hours inspiring others to a world of fitness and yoga. She currently holds several national certifications, including Yoga Alliance RYT-200 and E-RYT, ACE certified personal trainer, AFAA certified group exercise instructor, Arthritis Foundation trained land and water, and a trained CPR instructor. She has a bachelor's degree from Missouri State University and manages full-time a continuing care retirement community's fitness center. On the side, she teaches a broad spectrum of fitness classes at local Y's, for corporations, in private studios, and also does in-home personal training. She feels her background in broadcast journalism helps her easily communicate and connect on an intimate level with all of her participants. As part of the YogaFit team, Emily knows she is blessed to work alongside an amazing group of knowledgeable individuals.
Donna Mosca was called to begin her yoga journey as an injured athlete. Coming from a very competitive past, she began her first yoga practice with the same mindset. When she found her first YogaFit teacher, her body felt nourished and cared for every time she stepped on her mat. It has been said that "people who come to yoga already know" ..... perhaps not right away, but they know that there is something more than what we see on the surface. We are vast and hold infinite possibilities. For the first time, she enjoyed the feeling of REALLY being in her life instead of merely in her life situation. This led her to the discovery of many other mind-body practices and philosophies that she enjoys today such as Meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Buddhist studies. Cultivating the ability to let yoga and life move through you instead of working against it is a message she embraces and shares. Practicing to let go of judgment, expectations, and competition was something that created freedom and a much better way of experiencing life (thank you YogaFit!).
With a degree in Biology and a Teaching certification Donna worked as a Wisconsin State Park Naturalist for nearly 20 years, teaching yoga part-time along the way. Practicing for 16 years and teaching for 8, Donna created Peace Tree Yoga (Burlington, WI) and serves as a Yoga Educator at Carthage College (Kenosha, WI). She has specialty training in Partner yoga, Meditation, and Adaptive Yoga. Becoming a part of the YogaFit family has been the best growth experience for her on a personal and professional level. She is honored to be able to share the joy of this wonderful living philosophy that we call Yoga.
Mark was a fitness instructor for a number of years before wandering into his first yoga class. Knowing there was a teaching opportunity, he completed his Level 1 and had no idea how much he would love the YogaFit program. Nearing the end of his RYT journey, YogaFit brought him into the fold and he has been a trainer since 2007. Now an E-RYT, he leads virtually all trainings and his home base is in North Carolina.
Lindsey Sutton, PhD
After a few years of personal practice, Lindsey attended her first YogaFit training in 2003 with the hope of one day teaching yoga. By the next year, she had the opportunity to teach at local fitness clubs and volunteer teach at a retirement community in Washington D.C. Since then, she has enjoyed bringing yoga with her on her journey around the country and overseas as a volunteer teacher as well as teaching for-profit yoga classes. This includes volunteer teaching at women's shelters, military installations, elementary schools, blended community schools and community facilities as well as integrating charitable work and donations with her yoga for-profit classes. She teaches in both English and Spanish and currently resides in San Diego, CA where she offers classes for adults and children. Lindsey joined the YogaFit team as a Master Trainer in 2012.
RYT 500 E-RYT 200
Christy is a 1993 graduate of the University of Cinncinnati where she earned a degree in Health Education with an emphasis in community health and fitness. She has enjoyed teaching group exercise for over 25 years. Christy took her first Yoga Class shortly after graduating from college. After trying several styles of Yoga, she was introduced to YogaFit in 2007 and soon felt the desire to teach Yoga. Christy decided to pursue YogaFit's 200 RYT program, completing the training in July, 2008. She has also earned Yoga Alliance RYT 500 and E-RYT 200 designations through YogaFit, and holds certifications through American Council on Exercise. Christy has also received intensive instruction with Sri Ravi Shankar on the breath centric tradition of TKV Desikachar, and Vedic Chanting instruction with Sheela Shankar. Both Sri Ravi Shankar and Sheela Shankar are Students of TKV Desikachar. Christy has been a Master Trainer with YogaFit since 2010 and has a passion for teaching the YogaFit style. Christy lives in Granville, Ohio with her husband Kevin and daughters, Kate and Lily and their dog Oliver.
Alison Presley started practicing yoga in college before rehearsals for a theatre production. After the show was over she continued practicing yoga and learning all she could. She took her first Level 1 training in 2003 in Ames, Iowa and has shouted YogaFit's praises from the rooftops ever since. Alison has seen the way YogaFit's style of teaching has transformed her own practice, her teaching of yoga, dance, and kickboxing, and the way she relates to the world with a positive attitude and loads of love. Alison received her master's degree in dance performance and choreography in 2009 and became a YogaFit master trainer in 2012. She currently lives in North Carolina and - in addition to teaching yoga - manages a dance studio and choreographs and directs theatre productions all over the state.
E-RYT 500, Yoga Therapist
Skila’s in depth studies of special populations over the years has been used in the development of yoga school curriculum's and therapy programs across the nation. Skila has studied many styles of yoga and types of energy work and is able to customize individual wellness plans through the integration of various modalities of healing. Her therapeutic approach with the application of yoga’s physical and energetic concepts is recognized and used in hospitals and cancer treatment centers in the Dallas and Ft. Worth metropolis. Her endorsements include Women’s Special Services Division of Medical Center of Plano, Wellness Guide & Yoga Therapist for Methodist Health Systems, Prenatal Yoga Specialist for Medical City Dallas, City of Plano Parks & Recreation Senior Center Specialty Instructor, and Pranaa Ayurveda Spa & Yoga Studio – Yoga Therapist, Recovery Yoga (PTSD) & Prenatal advisor. Her specialties include the use of yoga’s physical, philosophical, and energetic philosophies for pain and stress management. She’s actively studied yoga since 2002, and after practicing for several years and studying with many reputable leaders in the field, she decided to become a certified yoga teacher in 2005. Since then, she’s focused on sharing the practical application and integration of yoga into a Western lifestyle for those who would like to lead a healthier and more holistic life.
Felicia Tomasko, RN
Felicia Marie Tomasko RN, inspires people to follow the path to personal freedom and vibrant health through Yoga and Ayurveda. Her practice includes teaching Yoga in studios, teacher trainings and conferences as well as a private practice in the healing tradition of Ayurveda, a system of holistic and integrative medicine native to India. Ayurveda shares the same philosophy and ways of approaching the body, mind and spirit as Yoga and emphasizes our connection with nature. She is currently the editor in chief of LA YOGA Ayurveda and Health magazine (where she has been on staff for more than seven years), serves on the editorial board of the Light on Ayurveda Journal and serves on the board of directors of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care and is the current President of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. Felicia and lives her environmental commitment by serving on the Leadership Council of the Green Yoga Association.
Katie Schuver, PhD, RPYT
Katie, Senior Master Trainer, has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years and teaching yoga for 12 years. She holds certifications in personal training and group fitness instruction and has done extensive training in using yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation in promoting positive affect. She carries the designation of Level 1 LifeForce Yoga Practitioner, a mindfulness-based Yoga program that focuses on the intentional design of yoga classes to manage mood. Katie has studied Ayurveda, Tibetan Medicine, and Hatha Yoga at the University of Minnesota and has spent several months in Northern India studying these traditions.
As part of her PhD study in Kinesiology at The University of Minnesota, she minored in Prevention Science, as well as in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices through the Center for Spirituality and Healing. Her research at the University of Minnesota focuses on the healing effect of mindfulness-based yoga on reducing depressive symptoms in mild to moderately depressed women. In addition, she serves as project coordinator for a large NIH-funded randomized trial that examines the efficacy of a physical activity intervention for the prevention of postpartum depression. Katie serves as Graduate Faculty at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota and currently develops curriculum and teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in Hatha Yoga history, asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics.
Heather has a BS in Sports Medicine from The University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, Pennsylvania. She has been working in the fitness industry for 12 years. Her focus began primarily in strength and conditioning of sport specific activities. After college, Heather began to teach group fitness classes expanding her experience to private health clubs, YMCA's and spa settings. In 2002, she was introduced to YogaFit as a continuing education course offered through her employer at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ. At the time, Heather did not realize the impact it would have on her life opportunities it would lead to.
Since her first YogaFit training, she has completed her 200-RYT with Yoga Alliance and now has the pleasure of sharing her experience and knowledge with others.
E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Carol Shankland has been instructing group exercise classes since 1980 where she started as a Fitness Specialist stretching out the Colorado University Football team. This Health and Wellness interest lead her to earn a degree in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology. As a military spouse, she taught Physical Education classes in high schools, Southwest Texas Junior College, Yuba College, on Air Force Bases and managed health clubs all across the country. Corporate Fitness Centers became her focus and she created Personal Training programs for employees, while teaching many classes. Boot Camps, Cycling and weight lifting made her realize she needed yoga. Discovering YogaFit was the most amazing experience of her wellness journey. The trainees were an extended family, growing together and caring about each other. In 2003 she joined the YogaFit team and is now a Senior Master Trainer leading many formats. She brings awareness, compassion and harmony to the trainings, staying true to the YogaFit Essence. She runs her own business leading Women’s Wellness retreats, instructing at yoga studios, health clubs, community centers and corporations. She has earned many National Fitness Certifications, including ACE, AFAA Cycling, STEP, Kickboxing, Mat Science, BOSU, ESA Personal Trainer, Yoga Alliance, Zumba, and is an Indo-Board Ambassador.
LaMor Silas is a Yoga Alliance registered E-RYT 200 instructor and graduate of the YogaFit 200-hour and 100-hour Warrior programs and is a YogaFit Warriors Ambassador. LaMor began her Yoga practice mid-life for health and stress reduction while nursing an injured hip. What began as a personal journey of health quickly grew into an outlet for encouraging others through teaching and with loving mentors has found a wonderful career. And what she loves about the YogaFit approach is its accessibility to all individuals regardless of age and fitness level and how adaptive it is for all the formats she teaches.
LaMor is an iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher in Training who conducts guided meditation and Yoga Nidra sessions in her community. She teaches yoga classes at several yoga studios and the local YMCA, and in the spirit of Karma yoga, gives classes at local high schools and cancer support groups. LaMor is a graduate of the Yoga of Awareness for Cancer program at Duke University and an ACE personal trainer with certifications in PowerPlate and TRX Suspension Training. She is a YMCA Livestrong Coach and teaches a variety of group fitness classes including Les Mills BodyFlow, BodyPump, BodyVive, CXWORX, and SilverSneakers formats. But Yoga is where it all began and what continues to be home base which is why she is so pleased to be part of the YogaFit team helping others along their yogic path.
Traci is a physical therapist for the Baptist Health System in Birmingham, Alabama. Her training includes Masters degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Physical Therapy and Exercise Physiology. She is currently working towards Yoga Therapy certification as well as continuing her skill development as a physical therapist in functional dry needling, medical based yoga interventions, and advanced manual soft tissue treatment. Traci teaches a variety of cardio/strength/ and yoga based fitness classes in gyms and studios in the Birmingham area. In her free time she enjoys studying and performing with the dance troupes "PJ Arabesque" and "Moe O Hakina Hema."
E-RYT 200 RYT 500
Jenn’s greatest joy is seeing transformation in others. She is a YogaFit Senior Master Trainer and also works with individuals and small groups to create opportunities for personal transformation through energy work, meditation, and self-care practices. Jenn’s primary certifications are related to yoga and fitness, while also pursuing further studies in meditation and crystal healing. Over the years, Jenn’s life experiences include high school choir teacher, mentor in youth programs, rock star (loosely speaking), public speaker, world traveler, nonprofit consultant, and relentless pursuer of her own inner transformation. Jenn is certified 200E-RYT and 500 RYT and has accumulated over 3000 hours teaching her favorite discipline, yoga. Jenn brings a conscientious mindfulness to the educational aspects of training and a delightful amount of humor and lightheartedness to keep it fun! Expect to pause at 2:00 pm on any training day for a very yummy meditation with her favorite meditation tool - Dove chocolate (or any chocolate, really)!
Kristy Manuel, MS, Yoga Therapist
Kristy, a 30 year veteran of the fitness industry in management roles, presenter, lecturer and personal trainer, found her passion in yoga 13 years ago after her taking her first YogaFit Vinyasa class. She completed her 500 hour Yoga Alliance RYT in 2006 and has taken 2 trips to India for intensive studies. A Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit with over 4000 teaching hours under her belt, she leads all levels of trainings both in the USA and internationally and is involved in YogaFit's Therapy program as an author and presenter. She developed and wrote YogaFit's Healing Emotional and Physical Trauma and Restorative Therapeutics trainings which are part of the YogaFit for Warriors special training track targeting the healing of our military and families. Kristy holds a Master's Degree in Health & Fitness Management from the University of Oregon, is a Certified Health Fitness Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine and holds an American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer Certification.
Kristy is based in Southern Orange County California and teaches both group yoga classes and private Yoga Therapy sessions guiding people toward balance both on and off the mat. Her background and experience in both exercise science and traditional yoga enables her to design safe and effective yoga programming for all levels of clients. Kristy discovered the mindful aspect of yoga brought her more into balance physically, mentally & spiritually. Kristy is passionate about sharing yoga with as many people as possible and whether it is a powerful flow class or gentle therapeutic restorative class one will find options making it accessible and safe for anybody!
Jennifer began her YogaFit journey in 2003. She was immediately inspired by the philosophy of bringing yoga to every body. After completing her 200 hour training with YogaFit, she also completed 200 teacher training hours at the White Lotus Foundation and an additional 500 hour program with her teacher Shiva Rea. She is now a Senior Master Trainer with YogaFit and continues to study with many inspirational teachers. Jennifer is certified in Thai Yoga Therapy and has studied restorative yoga with Judith Lasater. She has been working in the fitness industry as an instructor and personal trainer for over 16 years and holds a Masters of Science degree in Exercise Science and Sports Psychology. She teaches classes in various fitness and mind-body formats and works with private clients in San Diego and has her own studio in La Jolla, California. In 2014 Jennifer created her first music project, I Have Finally Seen the Light, an album inspired by yoga. Along with continuing her yoga journey, Jennifer enjoys traveling the world and has visited almost forty countries. She has traveled to Kerala, India to study Ayurveda and Kalaripayattu, an ancient Indian martial art and continues to visit India. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese and dabbles in other languages. She also holds a BA in International Studies and an MA in Latin American Studies. Jennifer teaches that through our living yoga we can create change and bring peace and joy to ourselves and others. She believes that through the power of the breath and with the integration of mindful movement, we can create an amazing practice that we can share with the world around us.