Joanie has been practicing yoga since 2000 and received her 200-hour certification in 2008 from Cleveland Yoga. Shortly after graduation, she opened Half Moon Yoga in Medina and later acquired RxYoga, moving the studio to its current location on the Square. 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.
Melissa Ferrato began practicing yoga at age 16 with some books at home. A friend at college took her to her first formal yoga class and in 1999 she took her teacher’s training at the Sivananda Yoga Camp in Val Morin, Canada. The ability to self-nourish her mental, physical, emotional and even spiritual well-being through the practice of yoga is what keeps her coming back for more. She is currently studying with Ashutosh Muniji, a teacher from the Kripalu and Lakulish lineage.
Her classes are open to all levels; emphasis is on connecting to the breath and quieting the mind.
My practice began in 2002, I was drawn to yoga for the benefits of improving my overall well being. I became passionate about the practice, integrating breath with movement. I decided to leave the gym for the transformative physical benefits, mental clarity and calm of a yoga practice. I continued to practice and was encouraged by my yoga teacher to become a yoga teacher. I received my 200RYT at The Yoga Place, 300RYT at Yoga on High. I also received Certification in UZ Integrative Therapy from Yoga on High. I am registered with Yoga Alliance as a 200RYT and 300RYT and UZ Integrative Therapy. I continue to pursue training receiving Educational Credits in Yoga.
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.
I have been practicing at Half Moon since I first began yoga during my sophomore year of high school. Originally I had interest in yoga for the physical practice- thinking it would be a good training technique- but it quickly turned into so much more.
The benefits I have gained from yoga- including strength, stamina, flexibility, and patience- have seamlessly influenced my weekly training in Michigan as a competitive equestrian. Taking weekly classes at Half Moon contributed to my success as an equestrian leading me to win multiple World Titles.
In addition to the physical asana practice, the self-love, confidence, and peace I have come to through yoga changed my life. I feel capable of handling anything that life throws my way, knowing that I can always find comfort and security on my mat and through breathing and meditation.
I studied right here at Half Moon Yoga under my wonderful, knowledgeable teacher Joanie Andrews, completing my certification in February 2017. I am currently a student at Baldwin Wallace University studying Health Promotion and Psychology with a focus in mental health. I hope to incorporate my studies into my classes and vice versa. You will find strength, flexibility, and deep relaxation in any of my classes.
My journey began in 2013 when I was asked to take a Belly Dancing class with a dear friend. While walking into the studio, I took a glance at the schedule and saw ‘Hot Yoga’ listed in big bold letters at 7PM on Thursday nights. I thought to myself, ‘I’ve always wanted to try Hot Yoga’. So, on Thursday at 7PM I did and immediately fell in love. Since that day I’ve continued to go to yoga at least once a week and after 2 years it began to increase to 2-3 times a week. It wasn’t long before I realized yoga was changing my life for the better, in more ways than one and soon enough it became a way of life for me.
After moving to Medina a few months later, I set out to find a studio closer to home and found Half Moon Yoga. Fully inspired by the teachings of Lisa Turner, I decided in 2016 to deepen my practice and enroll in a 200 RYT program and got certified under my beautifully gifted mentor, Kathleen Kossman. After signing up, everything seemed to fall right into place with my schedule and finances and at that moment, I knew the training was exactly where I needed to be for the next nine months. As my training continued, my love for yoga began to deepen as I gained this new-found confidence I never thought I’d find. Through this journey I’ve discovered loving the light within myself was what I needed to forgive and find the compassion I needed to move forward in life. Since becoming certified, I’ve been overflowing the nothing but joy and excitement to share my story and love for yoga. My love for yoga shines through my practice as well as my teaching and I look forward to spreading that love to as many people as possible in hopes that my passion inspires them. My classes challenge students to find the strength and confidence within, as well as their connection to the breath that will lead them through obstacles on and off the mat.
My name is Sherrie Rivett and I teach slow flow, vinyasa yoga. I finished my teacher training at Half Moon Yoga in 2015 and have been teaching locally ever since. Prior to training, I had been practicing for about 2 years when I was diagnosed with cancer. My yoga mat was the one place I could come to and still be me as I healed. From that time I knew yoga would be a big part of my life spiritually, mentally and physically.
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.