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Meet Our Yoga Instructors

JoAnne Aboussouan
Yoga Instructor
JoAnne Aboussouan
Yoga Instructor

Education & Certifications:
• Registered nurse since 1977
• Trained with Margot and William Milcetich from
Brahmrishi Yoga in 2000
• 500 level Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification

What inspired you to become an instructor?
After years of a personal “power yoga” practice, an injury which did not heal with physical therapy prompted me to study and teach yoga. My awareness of yoga’s transformative and therapeutic benefits inspired me to develop and implement my “Slow Flow” classes at Cleveland Yoga.

How Long Have You Been an Instructor?
Teaching yoga since 2008. Additionally, I am a Reiki Master since 2004, having studied with Sister Ann Winters at the Ursuline Sophia Center. 

What’s your fitness philosophy?
My teaching and fitness philosophy is grounded in the belief that every student should benefit from a teacher who understands the cause of suffering and provides the needed support to begin an individual healing process. While my classes have a therapeutic orientation, I still believe that strength is an integral part of the healing process, so at times they can be challenging.

What advice do you have for people new to Yoga?
Listen to your body, modify postures, and a slow steady growth is what is most effective in achieving results.

Amanda Ackroyd
Yoga Instructor
Amanda Ackroyd
Yoga Instructor

Education & Certifications
BS in Business Administration from Rider University

ACE Personal Trainer
Power Yoga Instructor (RYT 200)

What inspired you to become an instructor?
Fitness and health has been a part of my life since I was a kid. As I got older I was trying all different ways to stay active and really became amazed at all the fun and crazy things we could do with our bodies, including yoga. After college, as I started my professional career in marketing, I realized how much health was missing from a lot of people’s lives and I wanted to help change that.

How do you motivate people to workout and how do you keep them engaged?
I emphasize to my clients and students to focus on how they feel; bringing attention to the relationship they have with their bodies. This relationship makes working out more than just physical activity and they become more engaged; taking ownership of the exercises and outcomes.

Michelle Brown
Yoga Instructor
Michelle Brown
Yoga Instructor

Education and Certfication
Cycle Revolution Cycle Instructor and RYT225 Yoga Teacher

What inspired you to become an instructor?
I love to inspire and motivate people

How long have you been an instructor?

Approximately 5 years

What fitness activities do you like to do?

Walking, Spinning and Yoga

What do you like to do in your free time?
Read, Walk, Garden, Spend time outdoors

How do you motivate people to workout and how do you keep them engaged?
Motivation comes from within. I try to encourage students to work to their maximum potential every time they step
on their mat or bike.

What's your fitness philosophy?

Do what you enjoy the most. Make time for fitness in every day - even if it is just a 20 minute walk.

What advice do you have for people new to Yoga?
Stick with it! Be patient with yourself and your body - there is no such thing as a “perfect pose.”

Katarina Cerny
Yoga Instructor
Katarina Cerny
Yoga Instructor

Education & Certifications
Registered Yoga Teacher certified by the Yoga Alliance

Member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists
Certificates in Yoga Nidra, Yogic Studies
Teacher Training: Yoga Academy of North America &  Namaste Yoga

What inspired you to become an instructor?
I have experienced the physical & emotional healing power of yoga and I want to share it with my students.

How long have you been an instructor?
I have been a yoga teacher for 17 years. I believe it is hurts, it's not Yoga. Enjoy the practice.

How do you motivate people to workout and how do you keep them engaged?
I love my students and I hope that yoga can enrich their lives, so they can live more mindfully and joyfully.

Yael Davis
Pilates & Yoga Instructor
Yael Davis
Pilates & Yoga Instructor

Education & Certifications
Balanced Body Pilates Instructor

Yoga Instructor RYT 200

What inspired you to become an instructor?
Yoga & Pilates have been an integral part of my life for the last two decades. It has helped to enhance my body and mind.

I hope I can help other people have a similar experience.

How long have you been an instructor?
Since 2014

Ilene Friedman
Yoga Instructor
Ilene Friedman
Yoga Instructor

Education & Certifications:
• 200 hour certification at Cleveland Yoga
• Teacher Trainings through Baron Baptiste, Johnny Kest, Brian Kest, Seane Corn, Tiffany Cruikshank, & Jason Crandell 

What inspired you to become an instructor?
I’m supported and inspired by family and friends. I am motivated and inspired by my children and their strength and determination as they stand out as leaders in our community and country. My students empower, motivate and challenge me to grow!

How Long Have You Been an Instructor?
I began my Yoga experience 18 years ago here, at The J!

What fitness activities do you like to do?
I practice yoga every day. I also enjoy cycle classes, walking and light weight training.

How do you motivate people to workout and how do keep them engaged?
I attempt to offer an inviting and welcoming atmosphere. As I continue to learn through various trainings, I am able to share the knowledge I gain.

What’s your fitness philosophy?
You need to do something everyday – create a healthy addiction! “Yoga is the fountain of youth”.

What advice do you have for people new to Yoga?
Listen to the teacher within your own self. The practice is challenging, take your time; the outcome is worth every moment you commit to being present on your mat!
“The Prize is in the Process” – Baron Baptiste

Lisa Miller
Lisa Miller

Education & Certifications:
• 200 hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)
• 500 hour E-RYT 
• Certifications: Yoga Therapist, Body Sculpting,
Spin and Personal Training (AFAA)
• Reiki master

What inspired you to become an instructor?
I have always been active and I enjoy motivating others.

How Long Have You Been an Instructor?
I have been teaching many types of classes as well as  personal training for over 28 years. I teach mostly yoga now.

How do you motivate people to workout and how do keep them engaged?
I think the passion I feel for yoga comes through, I try to encourage all levels to participate, and not feel intimidated or afraid.

What’s your fitness philosophy?
Use it or lose it!

What advice do you have for people new to Yoga?
Try and find something that gets you moving!

TJ Murphy
Yoga Instructor
TJ Murphy
Yoga Instructor

Education & Certifications:
• Cleveland Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training, 2011

What inspired you to become an instructor?
The passion I feel for the practice of yoga and it’s positive influence in my life has and continues to inspire me as a teacher. 

How Long Have You Been an Instructor?
Since 2011

What fitness activities do you like to do?
I love yoga, long walks, and long bike rides. I also enjoy running, lifting, and taking my dog on walks!

How do you motivate people to workout and how do keep them engaged?
I enjoy sharing with others the positive influences yoga has had in my life such as feeling physically fit, reducing stress and anxiety, and deepening my understanding of the world around me. I believe expressing these types of ideas openly through out the community will promote a very safe, engaging,  and motivational environment.

What advice do you have for people new to Yoga?
Enjoy the experience. Try your best and be proud.



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