Denys Morgan, Yoga Director
Denys Morgan has been working professionally with movement and fitness since 1986. She has an extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy and brings great enthusiasm, creativity, and a deep dedication to her work. As a healer, bodyworker, spiritual mentor and teacher, Denys relies deeply on her intuition and inspiration from her many gurus and teachers. Denys began her yoga journey in 1992 and has completed over 800-hours of formal training from various schools of yoga. She has developed an eclectic blend of several styles of yoga including: Hatha, Ashtanga, Raja, Bhakti, Kundalini Yoga, Osho’s Dynamic Meditations and Sound Therapy. Denys has spent a great deal of time in ashrams all over India and has lead several retreats to Costa Rica and India. In 2015, Denys co-founded the Ananda Bhakti Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program. In 2017, Denys created a program she calls "Stay Sane," which incorporates Kundalini Yoga to help those struggling with mental health issues. Denys considers herself a global citizen and has lived in England, Italy, Costa Rica and India and is always planning her next trip abroad!
Jaimee "Satyavati" Bruening (RYT-200) is certified to teach yoga through the Cleveland-based Ananda Bhakti Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program under the guidance of Julie Brown and Denys Morgan. She has also studied therapeutic yoga techniques with Freia Ramsey, restorative yoga with Anne Ondrey, and Usui Reiki with Jennifer Shope. Very grateful for the teachers who have guided her, Jaimee tries to pay it forward by offering classes that are accessible, grounding, and empowering. Jaimee's passion lies in helping others to find freedom and joy in the movement of their body, helping you to relax and bring awareness and awe to your mind-body connection. Fun fact: Jaimee once hitchhiked in Germany to escape some charging cows.
Vonita Carol Burke
Vonita Carol Burke is a RYT 200, and CKYT 200 (Kemetic Yoga). She was introduced to yoga by her friend over 5 years ago when she took her first yoga class. At that time, she wasn’t sure she would return the following week. Since that first step on her yoga path she has found strength and she has recognized where she is weak. She has found balance and she has fallen. She has found flexibility while in a constant battle with control issues. In her classes you will empower each other. You will fall then get up. It is Vonita’s hope that you find contentment even as you challenge yourself. Vonita is passionate about reading and journaling.
Orva is a Power Vinyasa teacher. Since high school, yoga has helped Orva face life both mentally and physically. Bringing humility and humor to class, Orva seeks ways for students to learn proper form, strength and flexibility. An RYT 200 Hour Sivananda graduate, Orva trained in Adapting Yoga for Disabilities at Mind Body Solutions.
Orva loves running and cooking. Her grandmother was Manager at the original Swenson's (and fired future Indians owner Dick Jacobs). Orva worked in Critical Care and later owned an upscale bar. Orva has never tasted ice cream that equals the homemade ice cream her family churned at Sunday dinners.
Rob Hawkins is a 200 hour certified vinyasa teacher in the Jivasara style who still studies and practices with his teacher Marni Task. His Jivasara classes are inspired by Jivamukti Yoga and Anusara Yoga. Rob's classes are challenging but always sprinkled with options and perhaps more importantly humor. Rob is a recovering alcoholic with 22 years of sobriety and will be leading a Yoga 12 Step Recovery class. Rob transitioned to a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle 3 years ago, lost 50 pounds and eliminated a pre-diabetic diagnosis in the process. He is currently the President of Plant-Based CLE, a 501C3 educating and promoting the benefits of transitioning to a whole food, plant-based diet. An interesting fact about Rob is he lived in Japan for 18 years and can speak, read, and write Japanese fluently.
Mark Mazanec, "Mahadeva", served 4 years in the Marines, being honorably discharged in '99. He is a sound, reiki, and crystal healer. All of his classes are super laid back. The whole point of his classes is to help everyone relax, connect with themselves, and to help uplift and raise the vibration of the students. This is a way of life for him, and he feels his purpose in life is to share that with others. He teaches Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga. He graduated the Ananda Bhakti Ytt program in 2015 and has been teaching since. An interesting fact about Mark is that he is currently working on starting a business making organic beeswax candles that are energized with Reiki, sound, crystals, and a mantra.
Christine McIntosh is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. She is inspired by yoga philosophy, energy work, our collective consciousness and how humankind connects to nature and self. Uniting breath and movement, Christine leads an integrative yoga practice that combines meditation, pranayama and asana to open energy pathways leaving one feeling steady and eased. Christine has a special interest in Bhakti (devotion) yoga and often incorporates Hindu mythology and tales into her class themes. She is civically active within near eastside neighborhoods and strives to connect neighbors to each other and their passions for the betterment of their communities. An interesting fact about Christine is that she enjoys the smell of scotch tape.
Jack Mueller (Jodha Nam) is an artist, designer, Kundalini Yoga teacher, and founder of Pop Life. He completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training with Gurmukh at Golden Gate Bridge Yoga in Santa Monica, California. The practice of Kundalini Yoga has had a profound impact on his life, and it brings him great joy to be able to share these teachings with others. Jack has traveled extensively and has visited every continent except Australia and Antarctica. His favorite place he has been are the pyramids at Giza in Egypt.
Colleen O'Rourke (Rameshbir) received her teacher training through The Kundalini Research Institute in 2009 and has been a practitioner of Kundalini Yoga since the '90's. She continues to study with her teacher, Guru Jagat, through intensive seven month programs devoted to the transformative Kundalini teachings for women. As a yogi, Rameshbir aspires to create greater compassion within herself and greater peace in the world. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to practice Kundalini and to share this practice with others. What an amazing gift! Rameshbir is a founding member of the Aquarian Women's Leadership Society and enjoys geeking out on Star Trek.
Kerianne Sidoti is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. She believes that everyone can benefit from yoga, but having the open mind to try something new often takes more time and guts than we think. Her classes tend to be open and informal and focus on breath initiated movement, breath expansion, slow and controlled movements, safe and healthy alignment, mindfulness and letting go. She enjoys teaching several different types of class styles, including Yin, Restorative and a Viniyoga inspired class called “Inside Out Yoga.” When not teaching or practicing yoga, Kerianne can often be found wearing a helmet and driving at auto sporting events.
Becky Verner CYT-200 found yoga in the rolling hills of Athens, while attending Ohio University. She earned her 200-hour certification from Cleveland's Ananda Bhakti Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 and completed Baptiste Level 1 training in 2017. She encourages fun, creativity and ownership in the practice of each student in her classes. You'll often hear her say that "yoga is a practice with ourselves together." Class begins with awareness and appreciation of where we are at the moment—mentally and physically. Throughout the practice we'll strengthen and lengthen our bodies by breathing, twisting and filling the space created with loving kindness and gratitude. "I encourage my students to let go of any sense of judgment or competition in order to truly look inward, finding beauty and acceptance in their practice and themselves.," she says. An interesting fact about Becky is that she was a karma yogi at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas May–June 2017. Also, she can whistle really loud.
Jennifer Young is a certified Vinyasa yoga teacher through Awaken Yoga. She designs classes with thoughtful sequencing and mindful intention. Her focus is on the beginner’s mind to allow any level of practitioner to find connection and healing through Vinyasa. She specializes in Astrology, the phases of the Moon and the Chakras. An interesting fact about Jennifer is she is a printmaker.