In 2011, I discovered the power of yoga while attending my first vinyasa flow class. I went to yoga for the workout; I wanted to get fit and lose a few pounds. But I kept coming back to the practice because I quickly learned that yoga is not just a work out, it's a "work in." Slowly, the negative soundtracks of unworthiness in my head were replaced with feelings of self-love. As I discovered this new pathway to peace, I recognized it as a means of healing and I wanted to share it with others. I received my 200 yoga teacher training certification from Inner Bliss Yoga (in Cleveland) in May of 2014.
After sharing my passion for yoga over the last seven years, it is now time for me to introduce to our community my OTHER passion - indoor cycling! I starting my cycling journey back in 2016 with Bob Nemo, at Psycle Therapy in Westlake. Through Bob's amazing and inspirational instruction, I was able to accomplish much on the bike, both physically and mentally.Where yoga offered me hope and healing, cycling offered me the strength and perseverance I needed to overcome my battle with breast cancer in 2017-2018.My enthusiasm and devotion to indoor cycling lead me to become a certified spinning instructor with Mad Dogg Athletics in February, 2020.Today, I am on a mission to be of service to others while doing the things I love most. I am very proud of the two yoga studios we launched (Westlake in 2016 and Catawba in 2018) as well as the budding yoga community we have built. Now, I am blessed and honored to be able to bring Soul Stretch Cycle Spin & Fitness Studio to the community of Port Clinton, as well.
What's at the Core: As a breast cancer survivor and the wife of a recovering alcoholic, I am grateful for everything God has given to me, taken from me, and left me with. I believe how you do one thing is how you do everything, so give everything 110%.
Personal Mantra: Do What You Love
Favorite Fellow Warriors: my husband, Mother Teresa, Oprah Winfrey.
Good for the Soul: When I'm not teaching yoga or spin classes at one of our studios, I live for quiet walks in the woods, lazy summer afternoons afloat on our pontoon boat, trips to Maui, travels through Italy, a good book by the fire, an entire winter's day spent cooking, afternoon coffee with my husband and lots of warm, fuzzy moments with my mutts.
What’s at the Core: I grew up playing sports and had a very active lifestyle. Once I became a mom, my new little one took all of my attention and my health got put on the back burner. I finally took a hard look at my lifestyle and decided I wanted to be healthy…for me and for my family. I ended up losing over 50 pounds and gained so much energy. Three kids later, I have grown in my love for health and wellness. I am passionate about moving my body daily and eating foods that fuel my family and myself.
Good for the Soul: I am passionate about yoga and enjoy teaching classes all throughout the area, including at Soul Stretch Yoga! My absolute favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. We enjoy going to the beach, exploring in the woods, paddle boarding, movie nights, playing at the park, singing at the top of our lungs, blasting music and dancing our hearts out. In my free time, I enjoy running, singing, playing guitar and piano, eating locally sourced food, date nights and laughter. Lots and lots of laughter.
Personal Mantra: “You have enough. You do enough. You are enough.”
Balancing Act off the Bike: I am married to my best friend and the momma of 3 amazing kids who keep me very busy! We are embarking on a new journey of foster care and looking forward to opening our home to children in need. No matter how crazy and busy life gets, making time for fitness always keeps my soul filled right up. They say you can’t pour from an empty cup. One of my favorite places to fill up my cup is at Soul Stretch!
Family gives my life meaning and purpose. I grew up with six siblings, have two children of my own and later added three step children. I discovered the importance of fitness as a teenager, when my mom and I joined a gym together. Throughout life, there were few interruptions, I’ve always made time to be active and committed to a healthy lifestyle. Surrounding myself with family and friends brings happiness, balance and contentment-I seek these elements in all aspects of life, including my yoga practice and spinning classes.
In 2018, many wonderful, life changing events altered my life. First a beautiful, private wedding to my amazing husband Shaun; second I retired from a 37 social work career at Job and Family Services; finally we moved to the beautiful and peaceful Catawba Island. In a nutshell, 2018 resulted marriage, retirement and moving to a brand new place- a lot of changes!
Although I’ve been an avid spinning enthusiast since 1999, my move to Catawba Island created limited access to spin classes. I joined a local gym attempting to replace spinning with rowing and other fitness routines. Still missing spinning, I eventually added a home spin bike. While maintaining cardiovascular health (and the rush of endorphins!), I lacked a sense of community. Needless to say, I was overjoyed when I learned of the opening of Soul Stretch Spinning. The upbeat energy, music and being a part of the spinning community offer the ultimate workout satisfaction. I look forward to working with you!
Called to Service: I was led into the yoga family kicking and screaming to make my wife, Diana, happy. Over the years, I watched as her pediatric dental practice left her nearly physically incapacitated. As she began to practice yoga, she kept describing the physical and mental benefits of practicing on a regular basis. I slowly watched her mind and body transform as she grew as a yoga instructor. The turn-around for her was astounding. I am also very physically active, having earned my black belt in mixed martial arts at the age of 57 and as an active, very competitive tennis player. Approaching my 70th year on this beautiful earth, I needed help keeping up with the younger, more active players. I slowly began to understand that those same benefits could be transferred to me as well as I began to take yoga seriously. Yoga has transformed my life. I am mentally more adept at meeting life’s stresses, while improving my tennis game beyond all expectations. I want that same transformation for everyone I meet, whether through yoga, meditation, spinning, or anything that comes with the yoga lifestyle.
What's at the Core: As a retired USAF Command Pilot assigned to some of the most horrendous regions of this planet, I came away with mental trauma that threatened to end my life. My PTSD was aggravated by the death of my 20-year-old daughter, Shannon, who succumbed to leukemia. I know that each and every day is a gift from God.
Personal Mantra: Giving is much better than taking.
Favorite Fellow Warriors: Diana Athena Kyrkos; my mentor, wife, and partner in life. The memory of Shannon Lea Davenport, who fought the toughest battles with humor, graciousness, and strength measured way beyond her very few years.
Balancing Act off the Mat: Forgiveness and acceptance of myself as a good person
Good for the Soul: I devote my spare time to composing and performing original musical compositions. I recently formed a trio that showcases some of the over 190 songs that I have written. Songs are poems put to music. They offer glimpses of the beautiful light shining inside through the ugly cracks that help define our true character.
Love for the Ride: My passion for fitness and competition took off at a very young age as a competitive gymnast. Training 20+ hours a week, I didn’t realize the love for mental and physical fitness that was being fostered in me. After my gymnastics career, I pursued other sports like baseball, volleyball, wrestling (yes, wrestling) and sailing. They all made me feel alive! Years passed and I continued to keep up with workouts, but hit a plateau after having children. It was through group fitness and on the bike that I rediscovered my inner athlete, and the ability to propel myself passed by perceived mental and physical limitations. I, once again feel alive!
What’s at the core: Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia - I followed my love story to Port Clinton a decade ago where I live it out everyday with my husband and 2 daughters. I know those little ones are always watching, and I want to be an example of what a healthy lifestyle looks likes. I want healthy to be their normal!
Whether it’s during a class, or life in general my goal is to bring positive energy, strength and passion and I want to leave you feeling inspired.
Personal Mantra: “Live life on purpose, for a purpose”
Good for the Soul: Sunrises and sunsets. Dance parties in the kitchen with my family. Cooking elaborate dinners for those i love to share life with. Being on the water. Long walks with my people. Music that stirs my soul. A long day at the beach.
Called to service: Everything I have done in my life up to this point has brought me here, to you, to bring you on to the next level of your journey. Physical fitness isn't enough for me anymore, I also need to take care of my mental and spiritual well being. Cycling is one of the many sports i have used in this voyage. As I approach my 50th birthday I believe it's a time for good maintenance. The universe brought me into the lives of Rose and Melissa and I am very excited to be part of their new adventure. Nothing happens by chance. To achieve anything I must work hard but have fun too. Balance is key as is good nutrition.
What's at the Core: Born and raised in a war torn Northern Ireland I first visited the United States in 1986 and fell in love with this great land of opportunity. I landed in Marblehead 15 years ago with my soul mate, Jim. Having lived in New York City and Key West as well as Sint Maarten (5 years), and Mallorca in Spain, I am extremely happy to be joining the team here at Soul Stretch Cycle in Port Clinton.
Personal Mantra: Be the very best person you can be.
Favorite Humans: My Parents, My Husband - their courage transformed me.
Good for the Soul: I love good coffee, sitting with friends laughing and telling silly jokes, traveling, gardening, cycling, rowing, running.
Called to service: I have been active with fitness my entire adult life. The last 6 years I have been doing my annual “cleanse” in January and typically combine that with an annual fitness challenge. This year I’ve continued through the spring and decided my next challenge would be to actually teach a fitness class for the first time when Rose offered me the opportunity after 30 years of taking various fitness classes.
Personal Mantra: One of the mottos I live by in all aspects of my life is “Hard work will always beat talent when talent doesn’t work hard”.