Cheryl Steinwedel, RYT - 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher, is the founder of the UNOH Yoga Studio and has been teaching yoga since 2005. Cheryl first discovered yoga in 1998 when she signed up for her first yoga class trying to fill her evenings and a void after her only child left for college. She immediately fell in love with yoga and has never stopped practicing or studying. In 2004, she signed up for Yoga Teacher Training at Bhumi's Yoga & Wellness Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and eleven months later obtained her yoga teaching certification.
Throughout the years attending yoga conferences and seminars, Cheryl has trained with Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Yogi Amrit Desai, Seane Corne, Nicki Doane, Rama Berch, Lilias Folan, Mark Whitwell, Paul Grilley, Alan Finger, Ana Forrest, Swami Karunananda, Donna Fahri, David Swenson and more. If she isn't teaching a class or attending a yoga training seminar, she and her dear friend, Linda Beecher, practice together with DVD's by Shiva Rea or Rodney Yee.
Cheryl's hatha yoga classes are infused with many different styles of yoga including Iyengar Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga. She teaches Beginners/Beginner II and Intermediate Yoga Classes.
Cheryl has a passion for yoga, is commitment to practice, has a deep respect for the tradition of yoga, and loves teaching students how to enjoy all aspects of the practice including Pranayama (Breath work), Shavasana (Relaxation), and Meditation.
"I look forward to sharing the incredible gifts that yoga has brought to me in my life. Yoga has brought strength, joy, freedom and peace to my very soul, and my plan is to always continue to learn about and share yoga with others." - Cheryl Steinwedel
Cheryl Steinwedel is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Alliance Certified Instructors. Cheryl Steinwedel, UNOH Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing, graduated from The University of Northwestern Ohio in 1971.
Amy Wildermuth started her yoga practice in 2010 and made the decision to share with others her love of yoga and the benefits of yoga by becoming certified with Yogafit. She received her Level 1 Certification from the Yogafit Training Systems Worldwide, Inc. in 2012, and has since completed Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5. She is also Yogafit Certified in Restorative Yoga, YogaProps and Seniors. She has also trained with Judith Hanson Lasater. Amy received her RYT -200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification in November 2016.
Amy’s desire to learn more about yoga turned in to a desire to share yoga with others. She really enjoys sharing the excitement when students begin to notice the changes to their bodies, such as increased flexibility and strength.
Amy encourages students to apply the seven elements of YogaFit Essence to enhance their experience in the yoga poses: Breathing, feeling and listening to your body, letting go of judgment, expectations and competition, staying in the present moment.
Amy’s hope is that you would leave your mat feeling relaxed, refreshed and balanced.
Sheila Smith's introduction to yoga was a result of being at the right place at the right time. From a friend's passing mention, to an e-mail, to her first class, she immediately resonated with the calm, the focus, and physical discipline that yoga has to offer. The personal transformation that followed inspired her to pursue Yoga Fit Level I training, and has since completed Level 2, 3 and 4, Seniors and Kids. She has been instructing since July of 2013.
Sheila Smith and Amy Wildermuth have also created Yogessential, bringing various workshops to UNOH Yoga Studio blending the benefits of both Yoga and essential oils.
Sheila is passionate about sharing the concept of honoring and listening to our bodies as well as adjusting to what is best suited for each individual during every yoga session. Although her path to the yoga experience began as a random occurrence, it has had a lasting effect on her life and those she has touched through teaching.
Anna Welsh started her yoga journey in 2008 when her mom dragged her to a hot yoga bikram class. It was hot, smelly, and hard. Everyone in the class was confidently in their hot yoga clothes which were equivalent to their underwear. She hated it and it took her a year to go back for her "second free class". The second time around something clicked. She was a little less shocked from the smell, heat, and sweaty bodies, so she was able to focus on her own body and breath. It was a challenge. She felt exhausted, but strong mentally and physically for getting through the 105 degree 90min sweltering class. After a month she was hooked even a little addicted. Her body felt it and was more agitated when she missed a day or two in her rotation. Her body and mind felt clearer, fresher, and more focused. She had always been active, but this was something entirely in its own. She was in love with the changes that yoga was cultivating in her life.
Throughout college, Anna moved around quite a bit, from Colorado, to Missouri, to Oklahoma, and eventually to Thailand! The one thing that stayed constant was her yoga practice. She started branching out, taking classes and workshops with many different teachers and ideologies. She found a new love for vinyasa flow, focusing on breath leading her body from one movement to the next. She felt the same cleansing feeling as she did with her hot practice, but this time it was from the inside-out (and she was super less sweaty). At the end of college she was working for a yoga studio in St. Louis, in which the owners convinced her to take their 200 hr YTT. It was more than she ever imagined. She fell even more in love with the practice and started teaching as soon as she could. After teaching for 3 years and getting a taste of how yoga can heal her own body/mind and others she decided it was time to get her next set of training. In 2015 she made the plunge and received her 500YTT with an emphasis in yoga therapeutics.
This past April, Anna launched Red Banana Yoga, LLC. It is a company to help people live a healthier and happier life through better lifestyle choices, healthy eating, thinking and of course YOGA. Come check her out! She cannot wait to share the gifts that she has learned!
Allison Klausing Dye has been working in the fitness and wellness industry since 2000. She was originally certified through ACE as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer, and has been a licensed physical therapist assistant since 2003 specializing in orthopedics, sports medicine, and post-surgical rehabilitation. She is not a stranger to group fitness, and has taught many different types of classes- low impact, boot camp, strength training, BOSU, stability ball, fusion, kickboxing, as well as Pilates. "I can't get enough of the class concept of fitness, the camaraderie and fun of a bunch of people coming together to develop themselves in mind, body, and spirit."
Allison was introduced to Pilates in her dance training as a young girl. She held her original pilates certification through The Professional Health and Fitness Institute of Bethesda, MD, with an emphasis on classic and therapeutic approach, and taught group matwork for several years. In 2008, she took a nice, long hiatus from teaching to start a family. "I would still do things for fitness, but I was not consistent or disciplined. I felt guilty that I was taking time from my husband and children, or I was just plain exhausted. But deep down I knew better. After my third child, I started going to yoga classes again. It was just what I needed for stress relief, to energize my tired muscles." She re-certified recently through the STOTT method, which is a contemporary approach to the original pilates repertoire, and is now Advanced Matwork Certified through STOTT Pilates. Allison also has a passion for yoga and is Yoga Fit Level V certified. Her classes are thoughtful, accessible, and challenging. And FUN. Expect the unexpected!
"In my classes, I will teach your body to work in a long, lean alignment. I will help you re-educate poor postural habits to create muscles that work efficiently without tension. You will learn to develop proper core strength and stability to protect your joints and spine from strain and injury. And if you are a fellow yogi like me, pilates can help fill in the gaps within your strengthening routine. It is the ultimate cross train!"