Teachers

Cathy Picozzi, DirectorCathy

Cathy is a 300 RYT, Reiki Master and a Certified Health Coach.  Accepting that my resume did not define who I am as a person was difficult, after all, it took my lifetime to create that story. It is that very story that brought with it many benefits but there was also a downside. I was drained, unsatisfied and felt lost. Illness and fate led me down a path that changed my life.  Over time I learned to accept and take responsibility  in my healing. It is that healing experience that led me to teach Yoga and to become a Health Coach. There is so much reward in evaluating what is nurturing you and your life. Food and lifestyle create your health; it is worth the effort to create the healthiest way of living.  Being part of this OneTree community has been such a blessing to my practice, my journey and my life.  I look forward to practicing alongside each and every one of you.

 Sue Kamensky

Sue Kamensky

Sue is a 300 hour Certified Yoga Instructor.  Her training includes the History of Yoga, the Chakra System, Sanskrit, Anatomy, and the Therapeutic and Healing aspects of Yoga. Her focus and passion is on the traditional teachings of Hatha Yoga. Sue has found Yoga to bring her many joys in her life, such as peace, balance and confidence in her mind, body and spirit. She has a passion to inspire and pass these benefits onto her students. “When you guide someone through a yoga class and they appreciate and accept it, both the teacher and the student will feel the true depth of this amazing practice.” Peace and Namaste.

Lisa Fleming

Lisa is a 300 RYT, ERYT, Reiki Master.  She began her yoga practice in 2008, looking for peace during a painful divorce and Systemic Lupus flare. Within months of having a regular, gentle yoga practice, she went into remission. She decided then that it was her responsibility to share this healing with others and started teacher training in 2009. One year later Lisa bought OneTree Yoga in Euclid, and in 2012 she opened her second studio.
In 2015 Lisa sold both yoga studios to live out her life’s dream of travel and total freedom, backpacking and exploring for a year, teaching yoga in different countries, and learning through experiences!
In 2016 she answered another dream of moving to North Carolina, but after 7 years in remission, Lisa entered another serious Lupus flare. Moving back to Ohio to be with family, this time she was prepared. Using what she’s learned on her yogic journey, she’s recovering with more knowledge and peace than she’s ever had before. Lisa feels that she’s been blessed with this ancient practice so that she can share it with others, and knowing that there is no “cure all”, she approaches her classes and students with empathy and compassion, and offers modifications for all. Lisa’s yoga home is OneTree Yoga, and she couldn’t be happier to be back home!

Carissa Moon

Carissa Moon is a 200hr certified Yoga instructor. She has been teaching Slow Flow and Beginners Vinyasa Yoga since June of 2010. Carissa has maintained a consistent yoga practice for over 16 years. She now shares her love for yoga with her husband and three young children. The opportunity to teach other willing students outside of her family and friends is both humbling and a thrill! Carissa offers insight into both the spiritual and physical aspects of this practice and provides breathing cues with asana modifications throughout her classes. All are welcome with open hearts and all will leave with, at the very least a deeper appreciation for the self and themselves. With all sincerity, Namaste!

Kate Ely
katie ely

Kate Ely received her B.A. in Dance from Western Michigan University and then moved to New York City. Years of competitive dance finally led to the non-competitive world of yoga. In 2008, Kate received her 200hour Yoga Alliance Recognized certification from the first completely donation-based studio, Yoga To The People.  Continuing her studies, Kate practiced with the Integral Yoga Institute, Jivamukti Yoga, and Bikram Yoga. Kate has now moved back to the Midwest to focus on teaching and studying the practice of Yoga, while working on receiving  her 500hour certification through Awaken Yoga.

Colleen O’Rourke

Rameshbir (Colleen ORourke) has been a practitioner of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation for over 15 years.  She received her teacher training through the Kundalini Research Institute in 2008.  She enjoys sharing this profound practice with others, as she has experienced the practical, transformative qualities of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation first hand.  The modern world is stressful.  We are currently under quite a bit of pressure.  There sometimes just doesn’t seem to be a lot of time for people to practice yoga and meditation.  The practice of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation provides a way to quickly destress and feel better so we can move through our lives with increased grace and ease.  It is a technology that just about anyone can use to transform their lives.  It is a practice that people can come to wherever they are at and have an experience that will benefit them.  This technology meets the practitioner where she is at and then provides a path to move forward.

Danielle LeoneDanielle

When I first began practicing yoga nearly 5 years ago, I could never have imagined that I would one day become a teacher. I was uncoordinated and inflexible, both in body and mind. I felt bored with even the idea of practicing anything consistently. I had meditated once, for 3 whole seconds. I wanted to be the perfect yogi, now. But, there was something about yoga. Somehow, in between the sweaty and shaky downward dogs, the million minute adjustments in mountain pose (how can “just standing” be so difficult?!), and the amazing neck rubs in savasana (yes, sometimes I went to class just for the neck rubs), I began to change. As my body laid still, sometimes my mind would too. The more I practiced, the more I found myself wanting to practice. As my shoulders relaxed down away from my ears, my burdens felt lighter and life felt a little easier. This didn’t happen immediately, and it still doesn’t happen all the time, but sometimes, it happens. And that’s enough to keep me coming back.  Now, having completed my 200 hr teacher training, I’m excited for the opportunity to continue my journey with you at OneTree as we laugh, learn, and grow together!

Lindsay RiederLindsay

Lindsay is a certified 300 Hour yoga teacher. She is also certified in prenatal yoga, Body Wisdom, Reiki and Raindrop therapy.  Lindsay came to yoga to find healing. She was suffering from anxiety, low self–esteem and depression. She constantly felt sick all the time and had daily pains and tension in her body.  Yoga has improved her overall well- being and has given her the tools to let go of old emotional wounds and anger. Yoga has also helped her feel stronger, take her power back and find healing in her heart.   Lindsay’s intention when she teaches is to help guide students to release and find their own sense of strength and healing in their practice. I am very excited to join the One Tree yoga family!!

 

Melissa Klimo-Major

Melissa Klimo-Major, E-RYT 200, is a Cleveland based vinyasa yoga teacher on a mission to make the practice of yoga accessible to anyone.

Her desire to live freely inspires those around her to cultivate ownership of their own lives.  She is drawn to and attracts those who go their own way and believe in anything they can dream up; she evolves on her own path staying humble, grateful, and inspired.

In 2012, Melissa completed a 300 hour yoga certification with Awaken Yoga School in Mentor, Ohio, and is currently continuing her education through a 500 hour Yoga Medicine certification.  Initially trained in vinyasa flow, her evolving studies and personal growth have added strong elements of pranayama and a focused awareness on alignment, while maintaining the freedom of flow in her teaching style.

In 2014, she took her instruction out of the studio by incorporating two of her passions– yoga and beer– into popular event brand Balance & Brews®, after a series of successful studio-based yoga and beer workshops in 2013. Balance & Brews continues to be an industry-leader in event yoga, now hosting events at breweries, coffee roasteries, wineries, and distilleries around the country under the name Balance & Brews®/Balance & Barrels™.

Travel is another of MKM’s passions, and along with frequent international travel and remote living adventures with her husband, Sean, she creates opportunities to take her yoga on the road. She co-hosted her first yoga retreat in Costa Rica in 2013, her first yoga and beer retreat in southern Ohio in 2014, and her first cross country yoga and beer tour in 2016, as a co-founder of The Beer Yogis.

From studio to brewery to seaside outdoor yoga deck, Melissa creates a safe, grounded space in which to grow a strong breath and intention for every practice.  Her creative flow sequences offer variations and freedom to explore in a practice that is welcome to brand new practitioners, seasoned yogis, and everyone in between.  She acknowledges the elements, moods, and emotions in any space and introduces themes to translate these surroundings and feelings into sources of power.  Melissa’s intention in teaching is for each person to feel empowered: to claim their freedom, balance, strength, and peace.

Gina Stropko, LMT

Gina teaches Tai Chi with an emphasis on Health and Balance.  She began studying Tai Chi Ch’uan with Master Tom Huang of Coventry Rd. in Cleveland Heights in 1995 to aid in recovering after surgery.  Gina has continued to practice the Wu style form consisting of 118 flowing movements and Tai Chi warm-ups including the 8 Best Movements for Health.  Tai Chi is one of the oldest Martial Arts, it is a slow moving, flowing dance that helps improve balance and has many health benefits including it is also a form of self defense.  Tai Chi helps prevent arthritis, promotes longevity and is good for the mind.  A recent study showed that Tai Chi can actually increase the size of the brain.  Philosophically, Tai Chi encompasses the original principle, the theory of opposites:  the Yin and the Yang.  Thus Tai Chi helps us move toward balancing the Yin and Yang forces.

 Ali Piotrkowski

Ali is a 200 hour certified Therapeutic Hatha yoga instructor. She completed her training in June of 2016 and since then has been teaching various places around Cleveland’s Eastside. Ali was even fortunate enough to land a beach club yoga class in the summer time. The class was designed so students could practice yoga while taking in the beautiful view of Lake Erie. She has also taught at the Willowick community center. She is excited to be joining the One TreeYoga Staff on the Saturday rotation as well as substituting for teachers who may be out. While working full time for PNC Bank she makes yoga and the practice of yoga a priority. She hopes students who share their practice with her find peace of mind, clarity of their thoughts, and the will to continue to be the best person they can be. Namaste!

 

Kerianne Sidoti

I believe that everyone can benefit from yoga, but having the open mind to try something new often takes more time, and guts, than we think.  After thinking about trying yoga for many years, a stressful job brought me to a mat for the first time.  Since then I have learned that the physical aspect of yoga is just the tip of the iceberg.  I’ve been able to skip my doctor recommended orthotics. I no longer “throw my back out”. I no longer “ache”. I’ve learned to actually use my core and I’ve improved my posture. My entire life is better, I’m healthier, I’m happier, I’m leaner and I feel amazing.

Yoga shouldn’t be scary. I often struggle with asanas (poses), there are many that I love, there are many that I don’t, there are many that have changed drastically for me over the years of my practice.  The most common things I hear for reasons that people don’t try yoga are “I’ll try that when I lose weight” or “I’m not flexible enough”.  The only obstacle in your path is you! I’ve learned a few things about which asanas are beneficial to me as a larger woman…and which ones are just plain frustrating and don’t serve me well.  I like to share what I’ve learned about individual asanas, modifications and the power of breath.

I’ve learned….

  • To honor my body
  • To embrace mindfulness
  • Strength
  • How to relax
  • How to move
  • How to breathe
  • How to observe
  • How to listen
  • That crazy looking poses are just that
  • That a minor adjustment or breath adaptation can completely change the difficulty of a pose
  • Some things can be extremely hard, and more than worth their efforts

My classes are open and informal and focus on breath centered movement, safe and healthy alignment, mindfulness and letting go.  I enjoy teaching beginner classes in several different styles, including Gentle Hatha, Yin, Restorative and Kundalini.

I began studying with Certified Viniyoga Therapist, Dawn Miller, C-IAYT in 2013.  In the summer of 2017, I completed my 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at Sewall House Yoga Retreat in Island Falls, Maine with Donna (Amrita) Davidge (500 Hr E-RYT).  Donna shared her very diverse knowledge from teaching yoga in New York City and northern Maine for over 30 years, learning from many teachers, including Yogi Bhajan, Dharma Mittra, Eddie Stern, Genny Kapuler and Judith Lasater.

Christine McIntosh

Christine McIntosh is a Euclid resident and 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, all levels yoga practice that combines meditation, breathwork and asana to open energy pathways leaving one steady and eased.

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