Lauren is a 300 hour Trauma Certified Yoga Teacher, a 200 hour Mindfulness Teacher and a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. 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 Power Yoga and HIIT to 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 Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 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.
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.
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 Championships.
In addition to the physical asana practice, the self-love, confidence, and peace I have come to through yoga have 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 a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with a degree in Exercise Science with additional focuses in Health Promotion and Nutrition.
Together, my degree and yoga certifications combined create classes that are alignment-based, providing you with a good, solid foundation of strength, stability, and beautiful geometric angles. You will find strength and challenge by fine-tuning your physical practice and centering the mind.
My classes are slow and gentle enough for practitioners of all levels, ages, and walks of life. My wish for all my students is that they find strength and comfort in their own home- their body- and a lightness and ease of the mind. My wish is that they will carry this lightness off their mat and spread truth, kindness, and freedom with every being they encounter.
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.
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 two children, ideally in nature.”
I began practicing yoga in 2014 while training for my second half marathon, always seeking out hot power yoga classes. I quickly fell in love with the “workout” of power yoga, but also fell in love with the way I “felt” when I left my practice. Often times I found myself lying in savasana with tears streaming down my cheeks, reflecting on a theme or message that was presented in class, feeling as if I was being wrapped in self-love. I continued practicing yoga once a week for many years, always as supplementation for other workouts like cross fitting or running.
Then, in 2018, at the age of 45, I was diagnosed with BRCA positive, triple negative breast cancer. I underwent a double mastectomy, immediate reconstruction, 4 rounds of chemotherapy and a prophylactic hysterectomy and removal of my ovaries and my Fallopian tubes. I could no longer keep up with the rigors of Crossfit training while healing and found myself seeking solace on my yoga mat. It was on my yoga mat that I found the ability to stay in the present moment and find my breath. Without a doubt, yoga saved my life! I knew immediately I needed to share yoga with everyone and anyone who was willing to practice with me! I received my 200 hour yoga teacher certification at Roots Yoga in Wadsworth from Tristana Foutz in March of 2021 and began a journey of self-discovery and self-love.
My teaching style is athletic, yet slow enough to find each pose with awareness and curiosity. I want to serve all levels and all ages with the knowledge that life is a journey of breath, mindfulness, transformation, peace and strength. My goal is to always leave my students with a nugget of wisdom, a hug of self-love and a deeper understanding of their truest Self.