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.
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.
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.”
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.
Angee has always had a fitness background being a NASM personal trainer for 6 years but it never felt like home. She was introduced to yoga after some emotional life events and fell in love with the practice.
After the passing of her father she felt like she needed a change in her mental health but wanted to continue to help others. She got her RYT 200 Certification at Zen Yoga Studio in 2017. This felt more like her passion and her home. She loved working with new clients and seeing them grow with their practice.
She has always loved power yoga and a friend told her about Buti yoga. She instantly fell in love with this practice. Buti is a combo of power yoga, hip hop yoga, tribal movement dance, HIIT , plyometrics, and so much more. Buti is all about women empowerment and lifting each other up which is a huge thing Angee strives for!
Yoga and Buti yoga have helped her grow mentally physically and emotionally. It helps balance out her stresses in everyday life as well as learning to love herself internally and externally for the 1st time in this journey.
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.