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.
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.
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: As a kid, I grew up doing many physical activities such as softball, dance, track, volleyball, and basketball. While working at Root to Rise I fell in love with Rose and Melissa’s concept of wellness as well as cycling. Cycling is like no other sport. I am able to exploit myself through different types of music while pushing you to achieve your goals.
What's at the Core: I was born in 2004 in Tiffin, Ohio, and moved to Catawba with my family seven years ago. I grew up with three older brothers that have definitely made me stronger and who I am today. I am currently attending my senior year at Port Clinton High School and looking forward to continuing my academic career at college after 2022.
Personal Mantra: Follow your passion and everything will fall into place.
Good for the Soul: I love being with friends and family, spending time outside in nature as well as the lake. I enjoy fishing, traveling, cycling, and shopping in my free time!