Teachers

Renee Anderson

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Renee has been teaching yoga since 2009 and practicing since 2002.

While watching my son’s baseball game 12 years ago, chatting with the other parents, I asked for a referral for a masseuse. Another Mom immediately said, “You don’t need a masseuse, you need YOGA!” And, that was it! I spent the next four years practicing Iyengar Yoga which focuses strongly on using props and proper alignment. As my yoga practice grew I branched out and tried other yoga styles and teachers, eventually landing in a Power Vinyasa class at Cleveland Yoga. There, I completed my 200-hour RYT training in 2009. I have continued to broaden my yoga training through workshops and independent study on assisting, reiki, inversions, sequencing, meditation, chair-yoga, breath work, restorative yoga, and detox flows to name a few.

Yoga has helped me to quiet (mostly) my crazy mind. It has taught me how to slow down my breath and my life allowing me to focus on this moment and cherish it. I teach because I want to give to others the way my teachers have given to me, a more content life. I started yoga to release tension in my back and neck, I continue to practice because somewhere along the way it became a way of life.  In my class there is only one requirement, to breathe. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga.

Joanie Andrews

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Joanie has been practicing yoga since 2000 and received her 200-hour certification in 2008 from Cleveland Yoga.  Joanie incorporates the many styles and techniques she has learned over the years into her own athletic, Vinyasa-based class.  She also offers specialized classes such as deep stretching, yoga for backs and prenatal yoga.  She loves the physical practice, but is most inspired by the inner peace and strength yoga has given her. Her hope as a yoga teacher is to pass peace, wisdom, and spiritual growth on to her students.

Fitness has always been a part of Joanie’s life. She ran competitively in college, which led to her interest in endurance sports. She has completed many marathons and triathlons over the years. In the late ’90s, Joanie was searching for more flexibility, realizing that her hips and hamstrings were getting tighter with every mile she ran and pound she lifted. Looking to add balance to her regime, she incorporated yoga and discovered its many physical, mental, and emotional benefits. She now LOVES to share the gift through her teaching.  In 2015 Joanie became a Thai Massage Practitioner.   You can enjoy a little Thai Massage during many of her classes or schedule a full massage.

Follow Joanie @yogabyjoanie.

Lauren Bentley

Lauren is a 300 hour Trauma Certified Yoga Teacher and a 200 hour Mindfulness Teacher. She also has certifications in Sound Healing, Breathwork, Reiki Master, Personal Training and Group Fitness Instruction.

Lauren has always loved the therapeutic benefits that movement offers and has used this idea of creating home in the body as her main focus for her work. Lauren offers a wide variety of classes like Hot Vinyasa, All levels, Restorative, Yin, Meditation and Sound Baths. She knows the importance of finding equal parts of pushing the body as well as resting the body. Lauren loves to help her students and clients heal their nervous systems, heal trauma and find safe and sacred space within.

You can access her wide variety of classes in studio along with private sessions where she uses Mindfulness Mentoring along with breath and movement for a more compassionate and gentle approach to healing. Lauren is also available for private reiki sessions, sound baths, breathwork and yoga.

Follow Lauren on Instagram @iamlaurenbentley.

Brian Bowles

Laoshi Brian is a Taoist and has been studying martial arts for over 30 years with a wide range of styles. He has a black sash in Tien Shan Pai Kung Fu and opened his martial arts school, Lost Step Kung Fu, in 2016. With a Taoist background Brian has a deep understanding of the role martial arts plays in longevity, spiritual tranquility, and health.

Barb Gibson

Barb Gibson is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) through the American Viniyoga
Institute and a yoga researcher using yoga to improve chronic pain, depression, anxiety,
care partner dynamics, and for healthy aging. She has studied and practiced yoga for 33
years with a variety of lineages and teachers, taught yoga for 23 years, and is passionate
about helping others reach their greatest potential in all parts of themselves to live
more functional, meaningful, and joyful lives.
Barb offers specialized yoga classes and workshops to help you achieve optimal
wellness, recover from and manage health conditions, and harmonize the different
dimensions of what makes us human to reveal our natural wholeness, health, and
wisdom. Barb strongly believes that yoga is for everyone and helps her students and
clients incorporate yoga into their lives in the ways that best fit them. Her teaching
reflects how yoga is a personal journey that we create from our interests and goals.
Barb’s relationship to her practice fuels her passion for helping others learn that yoga
can be a great support and healer in all circumstances of life, and through yoga, we
become our own stewards. Her work continues to merge the Eastern and Western
mind-body philosophies through classical yoga techniques, modern yoga therapy,
and contemplative and reflective practices. You can learn more about Barb and her
work at barbgibsonyogatherapy.com

Purandev Kaur

Purandev Kaur is a bestselling author, a speaker, and a thought leader who
helps people answer life’s biggest questions. She is an attuned Spiritual
Channel who brings through the energy of Gaia (the spirit of Mother
Earth), as well as other Ascended Masters and Archangels. Having 5 years
of experience channeling publicly, Purandev now teaches others to open up
to their own intuition, gifts, and abilities through her one-of-a-kind Art of
Channeling Program.
Purandev weaves together her experiences from multiple modalities to
support people in embodying their highest self. She is a credentialed Art
Therapist, a Kundalini Yoga teacher, a Reiki Master, an Akashic Records
Consultant, and a Sophia Circle facilitator. She has led numerous healing
retreats, workshops, and classes.
Some of Purandev’s greatest passions include supporting people in opening
up to their intuitive gifts, as well as bridging the gap between spirituality
and mental health. With her background in art therapy and counseling,
coupled with the wisdom of her lived experiences, Purandev creates a safe
and sacred container in which everyone is welcomed, honored, and held in
a space of unconditional love.

Jamie Kemp

Jamie started her yoga journey in 2007 while living in London. From the very first class, she felt an immediate connection and homecoming in the practice! As a native of NJ, Jamie has practiced throughout the northeast and anywhere she travels! Jamie received her 200-hour certificate in 2019 from Roots Yoga in Wadsworth, OH. She also has a restorative teacher training specialty from Anne Ondrey; Level I Reiki certification through SHINE Akron; and trained in Yin Yoga with Tracy Reinhart.

“To me, yoga is… a daily practice of intention, balance, and serenity.

My goal when I am teaching is… to empower and equip others to live a healthy, mindful life.

My favorite thing about yoga is… the beautiful harmony and positivity fostered within the yoga community. I love learning more about different traditions and collaborating with like-minded people.

When I’m not on my mat, you can find me… spending time with my husband and three children, ideally in nature.”

Follow Jamie @jamiedangelokemp.

Matthew Litvin

My name is Matthew, I have been educating myself over the past five years on many interesting and evolving avenue’s of longevity. My worldly day to day keeps me outside myself as I’m sure most of us can relate. Three years ago(2019) I was recommended by a great friend to introduce a yoga practice to heighten conscious mind and body connectivity. I walked into Half Moon Yoga in Medina Ohio, the first class I ever stepped into was Hot Power. I jumped in head first, it broke me down but taught me so many lessons in ways that opened my eyes and what was learned about my ability to move in space and time with confidence. From there the interest,dedication, and vitality grew exponentially. 2022 I completed my 200hr Teacher Training from Flex Yoga in Wooster, special thanks to them for refining my direction to lead my own practice. Im grateful to start my teaching experience at Half Moon Yoga where my dedication was established and was led by many great teachers there. Yoga is a movement practice with many limbs, there is no limit and no endgame. Its design is to retain value and create powerful investment with oneself with every practice. “The only worthy object of all our efforts is a flourishing life”-Epictetus. 

Melanie Locher

Physical fitness has always been a part of Melanie’s life, from gymnastics and cheerleading, to
jazzercise and pilates, but it wasn’t until 2008, when she began practicing vinyasa yoga, connecting movement with breath that she found her true love.
Melanie is a 500 hour certified yoga instructor, registered with Yoga Alliance. She trained in the style of Baron Baptiste and received her 200 hour RYT certification in Power Vinyasa Yoga from Yoga Lounge & Barre, Hudson Ohio, in 2018. She recently obtained her Advanced Training through
Yoga108: School of Yoga with Tracy Rhinehart, and continues to seek out various trainings to enhance her knowledge as a lifelong student.
Melanie holds a Trauma Informed Yoga Certification, as well as certifications in Yin, Restorative, and Embodied Slow Flow Yoga. She has trained with the Center for Sound Therapy, and is a Reiki Master Practitioner.
Melanie’s classes create a sense of calm, as well as mindful movement connecting with breath. Her intention is to allow you to experience your practice where you are and support your needs as you develop both on and off your mat.

Amber Netherton

Amber is a RYT500, Reiki Master Teacher, Barre and Bounce Instructor, Aerial Yoga Teacher, Sound Practitioner, Energy and Crystal Guide and Wedding Officiant. She has also trained in Yin, Yoga Nidra and Restorative. 

Amber has practiced yoga for several years but truly fell in love after her first hot power class. The incredible energy she felt inside and out has kept her coming back to her mat. Through yoga she’s inspired to live each moment more mindfully. Honoring the mind, body, spirit connection and always coming back to breath. 

Her classes offer a combination of creative sequencing, offering inspiration while encouraging students growth of physical and spiritual self. 

Her passion is to spread all that yoga has to offer while empowering students to be the best version of their authentic selves by nurturing the mind, body, spirit connection.

When she’s not practicing yoga she loves a good adventure, preferably outside exploring somewhere fun with her husband and 3 children. 

Follow Amber @theambernetherton.

Melanie Schwieterman

Melanie is a 200 RYT, and also works locally as a licensed professional clinical counselor. Melanie believes that through combining the mind and body, that holistic healing can be found.  Melanie originally explored yoga as a way to connect with family and friends, and then recognized the physical healing that began to take place in her body after her athletic career. It wasn’t until later that she began to recognize the immense healing that was also occurring in the mind and spirit, allowing her to tap into her femininity and connect to something greater than herself.  Melanie uses yoga now as a way to marry the mind with movement, and to experience the collective energy created with other individuals who are also willing to share in their journey.  Melanie facilitates yoga from a place of intention and integrity, and hopes to bring that to each class. She also believes wholeheartedly in fun & imperfection, and will welcome you wherever you are, as you are.  If not doing yoga, Melanie will likely be wrapped in blankets watching SNL with her husband and dog. 

Follow Melanie @melschwiet.

Lisa Turner

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 at Half Moon. 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 while rocking out to music ranging from: Zen, Classical, Oldies, Disco, Pop, Rock and Alternative Artists.

Follow Lisa @astroyogi_cle.

Angela Tyrpak

I was introduced to yoga a few years ago when visiting my brother in Atlanta. He took me to my first yoga class which also happened to be a Hot Yoga class. But I have been hooked ever since. Upon my return to Ohio I started my journey of submerging myself in this new practice.  As I practiced more and listened to not only the queues from instructors but their messages – that is when I realized that yoga was much more than exercise for my body but even more for my mind.  And within the last year it’s become a part of my soul too.  Yoga has changed my life.  It has given me time to dedicate just myself when going through the daily grind of working full-time, raising teenagers to helping me through some of the toughest days of my life.
 
Having recently graduated in March with my certification, I am so excited to start practicing all that teacher training as taught me.  To help enhance your own practice with flows that will be both challenging and inspiring.  My hopes it to also present you with messages that guide you through your practice, day, week or even situation. 

Follow Angela @angtyrp.