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.
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 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.
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 â€śscope of practiceâ€ť 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.
Kelli began teaching group fitness in 1998. After many years of high impact aerobics and multiple overuse injuries she sought yoga to heal her body. Not only did yoga help her touch her toes again she also enjoyed how yoga calmed her. Upon deciding to teach yoga to bring its benefits to others, she took her first YogaFit level 1 training in 2001. She fell in love so much with the program she began her path to be a trainer for the company. The journey has been a true joy. When not training, Kelli teaches yoga in Birmingham, AL and preschool movement and Spanish at her children's school. She is an ACE certified personal trainer and a 200hr E-RYT with Yoga Alliance.
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.
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.
Mary Comfort, E-RYT 200
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.
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.
Alison began her journey in the fitness and yoga world in 2003. Her first YogaFit training in 2004 opened her eyes to the freedom of movement and the availability for awareness and acceptance through Yoga. After graduating from UW-Madison in 2007 with a BA in South Asian Religions, Alison moved to Chicago and created I.A.M. Wellness, Inc. I.A.M. has since been her vessel to inspire, motivate, and empower every body to become aware of their true selves through movement and to journey toward their optimal wellness state.
Alison is a Yoga Alliance 200-RYT and an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. She feels grateful to have found a platform to share the joy and peace of yoga in a seemingly overwhelming world. The freedom of movement in Yoga has opened Alison's eyes to the great lessons of authenticity, balance, acceptance, and transformation.
Kathy DeKramer, ERYT 500
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 took her first YogaFit training in Jan. 1999 and fell in love with not only the style of movement, but its application to education, transformation and safety. She received her 200 hour RYT from Gentle Strength Yoga School in 2000. Also in 2000 she began leading YogaFit trainings. She went on to become a Senior Master trainer currently leading all levels and Specialty Programs for YogaFit. Kathy created the YogaFit for the Change-From PMS to Menopause program and co-authored the YogaFit for Healing Touch (formerly Thai Energy Work), currently leading both Specialties.
Kathy is a member of YogaFit's Education Board and has contributed to various manual revisions, assists with website inquiries, and appears on various YogaFit Video/DVDs.
Heidi has been involved in the health and wellness industry for over 15 years. She has her BA in Kinesiology and Sports Medicine and Masters in Education from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. As a Licensed Athletic Trainer, Heidi has served as a clinical athletic trainer at various hospitals and colleges. While working as an athletic trainer in the collegiate setting- she also was a lecturer for Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, First Aid/ CPR and Bio-Medical Aspects of Athletic Training. From 2007-2013 Heidi served as an Outreach Wellness/ therapeutic yoga specialist at a medical hospital in Wisconsin Rapids. She is also a group exercise instructor with the American Council on Exercise and maintains her E-RTY-500 with Yoga Alliance. Yoga has provided Heidi with a sense of peace and balance to her own life, and given her the opportunity to share yoga with others so that they too can experience personal transformation. She firmly believes that whether you are an elite athlete, senior or child - yoga empowers all people in all walks of life to optimize their own health and well-being.
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.
Amanda started her journey with YogaFit in 1999 when she began teaching yoga in Augusta, GA. She began her journey as a trainer in 2011 and loves to share yoga with the masses! She is an ACE certified group fitness instructor and a 200 E-RYT through Yoga Alliance. As a doctoral candidate, at Georgia Regents University (formerly The Medical College of GA) set to graduate in May 2014, her research focuses on holistic self-care and education of heart failure patients. Amanda has prior published research titled Cardio-metabolic Risks in Hispanic Farm Workers: A Health Fair Model Study in the Southeastern Region. This ongoing research seeks to answer why Hispanic women have the lowest risk of breast cancer but are the most likely to die from this disease. When she is not teaching yoga she works as a Registered Nurse in cardiac intensive care. Yoga has provided Amanda with a solid base for her personal and professional life. She looks forward to her medical practice as a Nurse Practitioner in the near future and plans to offer yoga therapy in addition to allopathic medicine! One of her favorite quotes and life lessons is, "How you do anything is how you do everything."~ LR
Marchond has been a certified yoga teacher since 2003. With over twenty years of experience in teaching many formats of group exercise, she is also a certified personal trainer and has completed her Stott Pilates training in both comprehensive mat and reformer. She received her 500 hour level RYT (Yoga Alliance) through studying Asthanga yoga with Jayakumar Swamysree at the Pranava Yogadhama Trust in Mysore India and with YogaFit , completing it's current programming in yoga therapy and restorative yoga. She is currently a presenting trainer for YogaFit Training Systems.
Her approach to yoga embraces and emphasizes the adaptive nature of modern yoga. This adaptive approach facilitates the ability to change class with ease, so students can modify postures, learn the subtleties within their bodies and gain greater kinesthetic awareness. Marchond has tremendous respect for the differences in her students' skeletal structures, muscular flexibility and strength. 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.
Besides her love of an athletic asana practice, her current passion is yoga therapy and it's ability to improve and heal our bodies and minds. Marchond is a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists).
"I like to bring levity to class. I love what I do and want my students to have fun."
Kelly Gardner, E-RYT 200
Kelly has a B.S. degree in Sport Psychology from The University of Memphis and has always been intrigued by not only of the physiological benefits, but also the psychological benefits of movement. Kelly earned her M.Ed. in Counseling from The University of West Georgia and she is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in Tennessee. 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 an ACE certified personal trainer and a 200 E-RYT with Yoga Alliance. Kelly attended her first Level 1 training with YogaFit in 2003 and immediately knew she was where she was supposed to be. As a yoga instructor, Kelly feels honored to be able to share in the journey of teaching others how to help themselves feel better both physically and psychologically. Kelly leads levels 1-3, Warriors, Balancing Mood, and 1-day Specialty trainings
Branden began his career as a fitness professional while serving in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. While serving he trained soldiers deployed in combat operations receiving awards for physical fitness excellence. After completing his service obligation, Branden began teaching group fitness and yoga in health clubs and found that yoga helped him mentally and physically find peace. He is a dedicated student of yoga and enjoys the journey as it presents itself each day. Branden is a Senior Trainer for YogaFit and faculty member of the Therapy Program, providing extensive first-hand knowledge of the military lifestyle. Branden is a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, LMI Bodycombat, Bodypump, Cxworx Instructor, and YogaFit International Presenter with the designation E-RYT 200, RYT 500.
Lisa is the Canadian Relationship Manager for YogaFit as well as Canadian Master Trainer and 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. She is a certified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer through CanFitPro, RYT 200 with YogaFit, LMI BodyFlow and BodyJam, and EFI Gravity Training Systems.
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.
A detail-oriented leader with over 10 years of proven results in management, teaching, personal training and public speaking. Taj has been spotted on TV appearances for her expertise with ABC, CW11, FOX and CBS. She has presented at both Domestic and International Fitness Conventions as well as written fitness articles for magazines such as Shape and Health. 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)
YogaFit - 200 Hour RYT
Antigravity Yoga Wings
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.
Cathy teaches a variety of yoga classes including vinyasa, restorative, gentle/therapeutic and beginner yoga in the Pacific Northwest. She feels that yoga can be practiced by anyone, no matter what their physical condition and enjoys guiding people to find the expression of the poses that works best for their bodies and gives them the most benefit. She is an E-RYT 200 as well as holds certifications in personal training, Pilates and silver and fit.
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.
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 200 and 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 Yoga fit 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.
Joy has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years .
Many of those years were spent coaching top level athletes across Canada.
Joy discovered Yogafit in 2007 and found a practice that created strength in the mind & body that also aligned with her fitness background. Her passion for yoga grew as she explored the parallels of yoga on and off the mat . In pursuit of sharing that passion she completed her 200 RYT Yoga teacher training through Yogafit and is E-RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance. She holds a group exercise certification and is also certified in Pilates, PiYo and the Silver Sneakers fitness program. Joy is the owner of Enjoy Yoga Studio.
Giving people a place to challenge their own personal growth is her purpose as a teacher and playing a role in the process is incredibly fulfilling. Joy's desire is to create an atmosphere that is safe and nurturing where everyone can feel empowered, mind,body and spirit through alignment,strength and flexibility. Yoga is about changing habits,self-discovery and love, all with child like curiosity.
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.
Kristy Manuel, E-RYT 500
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!
Aimee has a B.S. in Organizational Management from Ashford University. 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 has completed her ERYT 200 and RYT 500 hour Certifications through YogaFit, and is working toward her masters in health and sports sciences.
When not training, Aimee teaches various fitness classes in the Berkshires, Massachusetts, and the Group Exercise Director at the Berkshire West Athletic Club and an Adjunct Teacher at Berkshire Community College teaching Mind, Body and Theory and Preventative care for Exercise Injuries. She also enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nephew, Nicholas, and her four legged children (all 9 of them!)
Claudia Micco has joined YogaFit's Training Staff. She holds an RYT and EYRT and she will be adding a lot of cutting edge Mind Body Programming to our growing list of offerings.
Claudia has been in the Integrated Health and Fitness field for over 25 years. She travels worldwide teaching for Team YogaFit.
Former Director of Strong, Stretched & Centered Mind/Body Fitness Institute of Maui, she been studying and teaching Yoga, Mind/Body Exercise and wellness, teaching at hospitals, gyms, resorts, spas, cruise ships and retreat centers all over the world. She teaches YogaFit, Pilates and Bioenergetics exercise for stress reduction Ritz Carlton Hotels.
Currently, She is co- owner of Zensations Spa Maui, www.zensationsspa.com. Claudia is also the creator HypnoFit, a method blending hypnotherapy, personal wellness training, yoga, Pilates and massage. Claudia also specializes in Hawaiian Healing techniques and is a licensed, Massage Therapist, and Hypnotherapist. She is an instructor trainer for YogaFit Training Systems worldwide.
Shaye, an avid runner, started practicing Yoga in 1998 after her IT band pulled completely out from her knee during a long run and immediately stopped her in her tracks. Devastated, she stumbled across a Yoga DVD and found the next best thing to the runner's high she was so used to. Within weeks of practicing she knew she would someday teach Yoga but didn't know how until she was exposed to Yogafit in 2003 and found her yoga home". Shaye, an officer in the US Air Force, went on to complete her 200 hr RYT in 2006 and has since been honored to teach to mostly a military population. The Yoga path continues for Shaye with the completion of her Masters in Counseling and her recent joining of the Yogafit family of Trainers. She is thrilled to be afforded the opportunity to spread the good news of Yogafit to future teachers and students alike. Shaye believes the peaceful future of our world lies with children and brings the message of Yoga weekly to children in her kid's school. She feels strongly that through Yogafit's message of Yoga is for everybody and every BODY'" that it can become as common-place in people's daily lives as brushing their teeth!
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, 200RYT 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.
Christy Plaugher is a veteran fitness professional with a passion for incorporating the continually developing science and spirit of the profession to promote wellness among people she has the privilege to coach/train/instruct. She is a 1993 graduate of the University of Cinncinnati where she earned a degree in Health Education with an emphasis in community health and cardiovascular fitness. During her fitness career, Christy has fulfilled many rolls including group fitness instructor, instructor staff manager, personal trainer, fitness center manager and fitness studio owner/operator.
Christy's interest in Yoga began in 1995. She has since enjoyed growing her own personal practice using many different styles of Yoga. Upon being exposed to YogaFit in 2008, Christy decided to pursue becoming an instructor and completed her two hundred hour RYT training in July, 2008. In addition to Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 certification, Christy holds certifications through American Council on Exercise, Mad Dog Athletics Spinning and Stott Pilates. Christy lives in Granville, Ohio with her husband Kevin and daughters, Kate and Lily.
Skila began practicing yoga in 2002 as a healthy alternative to prescription drugs for pain management stemming from a car accident. After practicing with many respected yoga instructors and attending several clinics, she became a certified yoga teacher. Now a 500E-RYT, she teaches and lectures independently for several studios and schools nationwide, and is sought after for technical writing, curriculum consultations, and training development by yoga schools. Skila's in depth studies of special populations and diverse training methods makes each yoga class unique to an individual's needs. Her teachings are based on a simple truth, anyone can do yoga.
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.
After several years in the corporate marketing world, she realized that bring health and fitness to others is her true passion. So she opened Iron Belle Fitness, L.L.C., a company that provides in-home personal training, holistic nutritional guidance 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. Just after receiving her RYT-200 with YogaFit she studied with Sadie Nardini to receive her certification in Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and is currently finishing her 500 hours with YogaFit's Therapy track. She enjoys helping people find the true beauty of yoga and what it can do to add to their lives.
Katie Schuver, ERYT 500
Katie has been a Hatha Yoga Teacher for over 12 years. She holds certifications in personal training and group fitness instruction and designation of E-RYT 500. She has done extensive training in using Yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation in promoting positive affect and is a Level 1 LifeForce Yoga Practitioner, a mindfulness-based Yoga program that focuses on the intentional design of Yoga classes to manage mood. She is also a Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit Teacher Training Systems and the creator of YogaFit for Balancing Mood teacher training. Katie has studied Ayurveda, Tibetan Medicine, and Hatha Yoga at the University of Minnesota and has spent 4 months in Northern India studying these traditions.
Katie earned her MA at Gonzaga University. As part of her PhD study in Kinesiology, she is minoring in Prevention Science, as well as in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices through the Center for Spirituality and Healing. Her PhD research project examines the efficacy of mindfulness-based Yoga in reducing depressive symptoms in currently 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 teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in Hatha Yoga history, asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics as well as research methods in Kinesiology.
Carol Shankland lives in southern CA and has been a trainer for YogaFit since 2003. She has been teaching group fitness since 1980. Her degree in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology has given her the opportunity to teach in schools, colleges, health clubs, corporations and Air Force bases all over the country. She likes to collect certifications including: ACE and AFAA Primary, STEP, Kickboxing, ESA Personal Trainer, Mat Science 1 & 2, and PiYo 1-5. Carol is a Yoga Alliance E RYT 200/RYT 500 and is a Senior Trainer for YogaFit.
Traci has a Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy and a Masters of Arts in Education in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She currently works as clinic director for Champion Sports Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama and includes yoga in her treatment interventions. She has been teaching group fitness since 1989 and yoga since 1998. She was drawn to the YogaFit school not only because of the attention to alignment, biomechanics, and safety in all asanas, but also because of the inclusion of the philosophy of yoga and histories of the art. After finishing her ERYT-200 she began studying in the 500 level program and hopes to complete the therapy specialty in the years ahead.
Felicia Marie Tomasko RN, E-RYT 500, 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.
Yoga found Jenn at a time in her life filled with challenges and changes. After initially coming to class in hopes of a great cross-training option from hours spent running, Jenn found that yoga offered a safe haven from the pushes and pulls of life. Yoga quickly became a place of peace in the middle of the daily demands of life. Now, Jenn embodies a life of joy by living and enjoying each moment. It is Jenn's desire to create experiences within yoga class where others can also find peace, presence and joy.
Jenn began her journey with YogaFit in 2007. At the end of her first Level 1 Training, she was inspired to not only complete her 200 Hour training, but to also become a Lead Trainer someday. Each training confirmed and strengthened this desire until she joined the Team of YogaFit Trainers in early 2010. While teaching yoga brings joy every day, having the opportunity to teach other yoga teachers is like icing on the cake. Empowering others to bring the gift of yoga into their own communities makes her heart soar. Jenn is currently certified as an ERYT 200.
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.
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 15 years and holds a Masters of Science degree in Exercise Science and Sports Psychology. She teaches classes and works with private clients in San Diego and has her own studio in La Jolla, California.
Along with continuing her yoga journey, Jennifer enjoys traveling the world and has visited almost forty countries. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese and dabbles in other languages. She 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.
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.
Jacy Jensen Williams
Jacy discovered yoga as a PE credit for her undergraduate degree in special education. Her first class was a YogaFit class and she's been 'hooked' ever since. As a special education teacher, she was drawn to YogaFit's emphasis on creating inclusive classes where everyone was welcome. She also appreciates YogaFit's value on safety while teaching to a variety of students. Jacy has been teaching yoga and Pilates since 2005. Jacy has earned her 200 RTY from YogaFit, her Special Education teaching certificate, as well as a Masters of Education in early childhood. She is currently working on her 500 RYT. She loves to teach Level 1 classes and YogaFit kids classes.
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! In 2009, Lindsey completed her Ph.D. in Geography and Human Development, and knew that she wanted to somehow integrate both her passion for researching people and places and her love for teaching yoga. She has since volunteered at women's shelters teaching yoga and integrated charitable work and donations with her yoga practice and classes. In 2011, Lindsey finished her 200 Hour RYT training and joined the YogaFit team of trainers in 2013. She teaches in both English and Spanish and currently resides in Stuttgart Germany, where she offers classes for adults and children.
Debra has been teaching fitness classes for over twenty years. She began teaching at a studio while in college earning a BS in Education. After college, Debra spent nearly ten years as a Flight Attendant, never losing her passion for fitness or education. Debra took time off from her career to raise her three children and hold down the fort while her husband served in the military. During this time Debra found yoga, or maybe yoga found her. Either way, she could not deny the need for this wonderful gift in her life. After many years of a personal practice the desire to educate others using her background in education became apparent. Her search for a yoga school led her to YogaFit. The style and philosophy of YogaFit allowed this military wife and mother of three to fulfill her dream. The dream of deepening her personal practice while learning to share yoga with others.
Debra is an E-RYT, ACE certified fitness instructor. She has certifications/training in YogaFit Pilates, Postural Analysis, Myofascial Release, Diet and Exercise Over 50, to name a few. Her hobbies are anything fitness (classes, articles, workshops) you name it! She enjoys traveling and spending time on the water paddling her kayak. Most of all she enjoys spending time with her family.
Debra lives near Chicago with her husband and three children.