Each and every one of our Yoga Instructors is dedicated and has a passion to help teach their particular method of Yoga. You can click on an instructor below to view their personal biography and learn a little more about them.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved bodies in motion. As a young girl it manifested itself in ballet, studying under two exceptional teachers, Marguerite Duncan and Nancy Arcury of the North Coast Ballet Company (formerly known as The Cleveland Civic Ballet Company, Cleveland’s first professional ballet company). Yoga found me years after dancing had ended. I knew I had an inner calling, but was unaware as to what was calling me. Yoga finds most of us when we are in need of change and transformation and I was no different. When I stepped into my first yoga class with Jane Ruddy, I knew life had set a new path in motion. I studied with Jane for a few years building the foundation of my yoga practice. But it was a move to Medina and finding Joanie Andrews of Half Moon Yoga that elevated my practice to new depths of awareness, philosophy and brought new challenges to my physical practice. On and off the mat my practice has flourished over the last several years. As a born seeker, I constantly strive to expand my knowledge and learn. The Russian Ballet technique ingrained as a dancer carries over into my individual yoga practice and teaching. I aspire to bring awareness to alignment, breath, musicality and sequencing in each class. As an avid astrologer and student of astrology, my classes mirror the energy of the cosmos. Yoga and Astrology is a celestial dance of wellness and transformation.
A long time ago in the faraway suburbs of Chicago, a certain grandmother with a curious mind exposed her interested grandchildren to the fun and inspiration that can be found in Hatha yoga practice. That grandmother was Olga (a brave Norwegian immigrant to the United States) and one of her “students” was Diane. Listening and watching, the cousins would sit and settle, rise and bloom into salutations and postures and chuckle with delight. While Olga’s yoga lessons were not deep, they were profound for Diane. Over subsequent years, she would find yoga knowledge and inspiration in books and the sporadic instruction that could find at YMCAs and “gyms,” but it wasn’t until 2008 that she found Lifesource Yoga and the gift of studio culture and the many inspired teachers that practiced and shared within the Lifesource community.
Lifesource has been Diane’s home studio since her first visit in 2008 and the desire to advance her knowledge and study led her to become part of the first Lifesource Yoga Teacher Training class of 2012 -2013 (thanks Debbie & Margot!). Diane has been the owner/manager of Lifesource Yoga & Bodyworks since 2014 and she can be found at the manager’s desk, practicing in one of the beautiful LSY studio rooms, at Office Max or near the coffee pot almost daily.
Diane brings a firm commitment to the idea that yoga practice and study provides a pathway to improve & enhance every aspect of life and that the practice can fit into anyone’s life – regardless of ideology, religion, faith, race, gender, status, physical ability or circumstance. It is a practice of life, for life.
Maria began practicing yoga when she was living in Athens, Ohio as an undergraduate in 2008. After a few years of hard living she discovered through yoga and rock climbing that cultivating strength–mind and body–were the keys toward building a healthy life for herself and exporting that positivism into the world.
From Athens, Maria journeyed to Akron for graduate school and continued with her practice at various studios around the city, practicing daily and with far more attention than before. She found through breath and movement and commitment, the many ways yoga can give you back the control that daily living can pull you away from. The welcoming sense of camaraderie she found within the yoga community only strengthened her gratitude for yoga and its transformative capabilities. This admiration, coupled with her internal, nurturing qualities (she is Greek on both sides), led her to Lifesource Yoga’s first class of Yoga Teacher Training in 2013.
A huge proponent of massage, music,and meditation in her classes, Maria teaches morning power vinyasa on Tuesdays and will occasionally appear as a “pop-up” or substitute leader for a variety of classes. Maria brings a unique combination of intelligence, intuition, creativity and joy to the Lifesource studio.
Stacy has been in the holistic health field for almost 10 years. She holds a doctorate degree in clinical nutrition. Yoga has been shown to have many health benefits for auto-immune disorders, anxiety, sleep to name a few. Stacy has found that Yoga has been a great addition to her natural approach to wellness. She not only brings her broad range of knowledge to the studio but a personality that glows with intelligence, awareness and a sincere desire to teach and serve.
I first fell in love with the practice of yoga in England while attending university in 2001. Just as it is for many, it was love at first feel! I had a lot of bodily injuries at the time and I constantly wanted to feel better. I continued to practice devotedly and when I moved back the USA, I yearned to teach. I wanted to give to everyone what I was able to receive from the many amazing teachers I encountered.
I decided to go to India to explore the roots of yoga if this was really going to be my career; I also wanted to dig deep into my soul to ground myself as an individual. My pilgrimage lasted for 6 weeks and upon my return I decided to pursue my 500-hour teacher training with Shiva Rea – my core inspiration and River Guide! Currently I have over 500 hours of certified teacher training; I also just completed a further 200-hour teacher training at Cleveland Yoga.
I recently spend three years in California where I continued my life’s lessons and furthered my education in yoga with Shiva and others. We decided to move back home to be with family and to raise our little boy Troy who is now two. My family is a teaching to me everyday of this human existence, and I will be forever grateful for this.
Yoga has helped me understand that it is not about the money you make or what you have but how you can be happy to your fullest ability simply by being You- to be okay in your own skin and to love that. My goal is to help people in life, to enrich people’s lives the way I want to enrich mine everyday. We live on this earth to be as good as we can be and to learn our true self and how to be that in greatness everyday in everyway. I want to give that to myself and to others.
Debora is an Italian actress with many years of experience in performance, research, and movement. She started her study of Pilates under the diligent guidance of Matthew Gregor. In 2006, she started working as a Pilates instructor. Debora has studied with Marlys Martter, Nancy Meyers, and Dennis Gibbons. In 2008, Debora received a certification in Functional Movement with Pilates Machines. She is the proud mother of Viola, age 9, and Miranda, age 2; Debora is married to Terence Cranendonk, Lifesource’s Feldenkrais instructor.
Melissa began studying yoga at age 16 and took her first formal yoga class during college. In 1999 she received her teacher’s certification at Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Centre, in Canada. Melissa continues her studies with various senior-level teachers and her peers. She also practices massage and is a certified herbalist. Having studied yoga both through books and with teachers, she is a great believer in the idea that a student can advance much further with a qualified instructor. Join Melissa at Lifesource Yoga and allow her knowledge and experience to advance your yoga practice. Schedule a massage, too.
Kim Butash began her yoga practice in 2009, immediately after her second week of yoga. She was put under Yoga’s spell! As she advanced her practice, Kim began to see the real effects of yoga and felt the need to share what she felt with others. As a result, she trained for six months with Porsche Fischer at Lifesource Yoga and attended workshops on Ashtanga Yoga, backbends, and inversions. Kim is a certified E-RYT 200, obtaining her wonderful training at the Yoga Place through Mike Curtis, Margot Milcetich, and other teacher trainers. She is currently working toward her 500 RYT.