Danielle, 200 RYT, Reiki Level 1, 2 & Pilates Inst.
In 2010, while raising her two children, Danielle took her first yoga class & fell in love at first breath. Yoga proved to be such a life changing & grounding experience that she started her teacher training program immediately. In 2011, Danielle completed her 300-hour yoga teaching certification with World Peace Yoga & in 2014 completed her Pilates certification with Balanced Body.
"The practice has become a huge part of my life. I was drawn to the mat first for the physical challenge the practice holds but over time I've grown to appreciate the mental side just as much." Danielle's favorite thing about teaching is to help students go beyond their edge. With good music & an even better vibe, her go with the flow, positive outlook guides you through dynamic, flowing sequences, igniting you to embrace the moment & find transcendence through the seemingly simple things in everyday life. But don’t let her sweet smile fool you- she knows what you’re capable of & makes it her goal to help you feel like Super (wo)man after every class!
When Danielle isn't "getting bent" in the studio, she also loves skiing, surfing & spending time with family, friends and all of her rescue animals.
Christine, 200 RYT
Christine's love for yoga began in a small studio in San Francisco in 2008 while recovering from a neck/shoulder injury. Immediately following her first Vinyasa class, she noticed less pain and tightness; something that traditional physical therapy hadn't accomplished. Being a physically active mom and occupational therapist, Christine recognized that yoga was not only just about exercise, but a more holistic way of being "intune" with your body. She moved from Sunny California to Ohio in Nov 2014 and received her 200 hr RYT certification in Ashtanga through Yoga Ah in July of 2015. She continued training and completed TRX suspension training in March 2016, her 100 hr Rocket Vinyasa training in Dec 2016, and recently received her Pilates mat certification. Christine believes her strong and vigorous classes are fun and challenging but can also slow things down when needed. She hopes you will see transformation in your life from yoga just as she has experienced.
Mari, 200 RYT
Along with being a yogi, I'm also a mother of 2 boys, a wife, a dog lover, soccer player and a veteran. I began doing yoga in my early 20's. I have practiced many different types of yoga and have now found my heart in a vinyasa flow style. After spending a little less than 4 years in the Army, I was in need of some mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. I found myself on many different therapists' couches but yoga is really what made the difference. I have found peace, love, and happiness within myself again and it all begins with a breath. This very healing is what inspired me to become a yoga teacher; I would like to help others along their journey.
Life is a collection of experiences; some good and some bad. What we make of these trials and tribulations shapes our being. This journey gives us strength, resiliency, and intelligence. We have countless opportunities to rebuild ourselves to live a stronger and happier life; it's never too late and you're never too old.
Kaylie, 200 RYT
I first found yoga several years ago as a form of stretching after a workout. That turned into an appreciation for the beauty of yoga. Shortly after moving to Cincinnati a friend invited me to practice at a new studio she had discovered. I was petrified to practice in a studio setting. What?!? Other people seeing me? No way!! But, I gave it a chance and found out it wasn’t so bad. I surprisingly felt comforted by the fact that a skilled professional was there potentially watching me and was able to correct me if I was doing something horribly wrong. I went just that one time, but found my way back to that studio again about a year later. At that time I was on a journey to heal my body and yoga became my friend. I learned to appreciate my mat and it began to feel like home. I knew that no matter how stressful my day was at work or at home, I could go to my mat and get lost in movement and breath. About a year after finding a regular practice I made the decision to pursue teacher training. I was beyond blessed to experience the opportunity with an absolutely beyond amazing teacher! I don’t know what I would have done without her!!! She taught me so much about love, sharing and kindness, and my fellow teacher trainees were (and remain to be) some of the most supportive group of individuals I could have ever met. I learned so much in my 200 hour YTT experience and I found a love and passion I thought I would never find. I am beyond thrilled and truly blessed to have the opportunity to share my passion with the world.
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Amy, Awesome Pilates Inst.
My passion for helping others live well through safe and effective movement began after a 2001 personal injury and long road to recovery. Pilates and Yoga allowed my spine to recover and I found a pain free life, without surgery. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Education and have been teaching group exercise since 2006. I have trained with Balanced Body® as a Comprehensive Pilates Instructor, and have certificates in Mat I and II, Reformer I, II, and III, Cadillac/Tower, Chair, Arc, Barrels, Anatomy in 3 dimensions, special populations and apparatus workshops. I am also a certified bootybarre® instructor, and have an in-home studio (Studio123, LLC) for Private and Duet equipment-based Pilates sessions.
Pat, 200 RYT
Pat’s journey started over 15 years ago when she walked into her first yoga class in a little town in
Pennsylvania. As a former dancer, she felt quite at home with Iyengar yoga and its focus on alignment
and movement. When she and her husband, George, moved to the Cincinnati area in 2014, she
discovered the joy of flow, ashtanga and hatha yoga. By learning the importance of using breath to
move her through the poses, her practice deepened and she was hooked. Being a college instructor and
corporate trainer with a deep love of dance and movement, it was no surprise to anyone that she
channeled and integrated her passions and became a yoga instructor. Pat brings a gentler, slower
approach to her practice; blending alignment and breath with patience and joy.
Our instructors are here to help inspire both you and your practice. Since our styles are diverse, we encourage you to come try a variety of classes.
Donna, 200 RYT
Yoga is a vital part of my life and has been since I took my first class at a local YMCA in 1987. Over the years I practice at many Cincinnati studios until I found my “yoga home” at Grace Tree. I completed my 200 hour teacher training at Grace Tree in May 2016.
My classes are a combination of pranayama (breath work), asana and meditation that help to integrate your body, mind and soul. My hope is that through yoga, you’ll learn to be fully present in your body in each moment on and off your mat.
When I’m not teaching yoga, I’m a graphic designer and a potter. I’m an avid reader and enjoy hiking and kayaking.
I look forward to meeting you!
Angelina DeMers, 500 E-RFYT & IIN Certified Health Coach
Angelina (Nina) Began her journey with yoga as a young gymnast. After recovering from a back injury she has been practicing yoga for most of her life. She loves to teach and help others discover what she has through meditation and practice. She has been very fortunate to have amazing and loving teachers in her life to give her the ability to share her love of yoga with others. She is also a certified Health Coach. When she is not on the mat she is making delicious meals and teaching about healthy eating styles that will last for a life time. She is also the mother of 4 amazing children, Rae, Dani, Robert & Courtney.