Kathy, also known as KATICA, began her yoga journey in the fall of 2000 at the Dharma Yoga Center in New York City after being diagnosed with hyperthyroid. While working full-time as a Fashion Designer, she started practicing yoga twice a week in order to counteract the symptoms of her thyroid condition.
In January 2004, Kathy’s love for yoga led her to enroll in a teacher-training course in Miami, Florida. Kathy taught at local studios and spas in Miami, while also implementing “Yoga for Lunch” into the corporate world. In addition, she taught private clients at their homes and businesses.
In November 2005, Kathy moved to Columbus, Ohio. The first thing she did upon arriving was to take a tour of the city to find all the local yoga studios. She has been teaching at McConnell Heart Health Center since 2006 and has also taught at local studios, country clubs and her home studio.
Kathy has trained with Sarah Powers, Gary Kraftsow, Rodney Yee, Paul Grilley, Cyndi Lee, and many others. Her fluid yoga style is sometimes referred to as a “dance”, as she links one pose to the next with each breath. Kathy’s continuing studies and personal health experiences with Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, have led her to teach in a way that blends both these practices.
Ayurveda Health Educator
260-Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training with Rossella Rossi
300-Hour Teacher Training with Yoga On High
100-Hour Insight Yoga Teacher Training with Sarah Powers
Abby Dorn has been teaching yoga fulltime for the past 14 years, and is also a musician, actress, and mother. She began practicing yoga while training as an actor – as way to stretch and strengthen her body and to improve focus and concentration. After years of pursuing theatre as a career, struggling with judgment from within and without, she realized that the greatest benefit of yoga practice was the self love and respect that come from recognizing the wisdom of the universe within ourselves. Abby grew passionate about helping others connect to their bodies, breath and inner wisdom and she completed 500 hour certification with BeYoga/Ishta Yoga in New York City in 2002. In 2003, she completed a prenatal yoga training with Carrie Parker Gastelu, and in 2004 she became certified to teach Itsy Bitsy Yoga TM for babies and toddlers. Over the years, she has been influenced by many teachers including Mark Whitwell, Alan Finger, Leslie Kaminoff, Erich Schiffman, Ana Forrest, Lois Nesbitt, and Krishna Das. She is eternally grateful to all of her teachers (especially her children and her yoga students!) who share their yoga and help to guide her on the journey.
Abby believes there is a yoga practice for everyone, and she specializes in adapting the practice to the needs of the student(s). She loves working with all ages, levels of experience and physical abilities, and regularly teaches prenatal, yoga for babies, toddlers and kids, beginners, yoga for cancer, chair yoga, and slow flow. Abby’s slow flow class is a blend of hatha and vinyasa yoga and is inspired by the needs of each unique class. She simultaneously nurtures and challenges her students with a steady, mindful, breath led practice that incorporates detailed alignment instruction, flowing sequences and many options for personal adaptation. Abby sees yoga as a practice of active gratitude for the life we are given; as full body, mind, spirit participation in the movement of the life force through us; and ultimately as an experience of the divinity within ourselves. Abby also leads kirtans with Holly Moretti as the Bhakti Mamas, and sings professionally around central Ohio.
Colleen Leonardi is an artist who teaches Hatha yoga to children and adults. Her teachings are calming and integrative, inspiring people of all ages to embrace and nurture the beauty of their body, mind and spirit. She is a 200-RYT on her way to becoming a 500-RYT, Reiki master and Level 1 iRest instructor. When she is not on the mat doing yoga she is the editor and managing editor of Edible Columbus. She holds a B.A. in Dance and Creative Writing from Bennington College and an M.F.A. in Dance and Dance Writing from the Ohio State University.
Joanna was first introduced to yoga and meditation in 2006 as a way to find healing after the loss of a loved one. This early experience sparked passion and energy for the physical practice and an ongoing desire to create a more peaceful and centered life.
At heart, Joanna is a yoga medicine ambassador, calling upon varied modalities that bring a culmination of healing to the mind, body and spirit. In her yoga teaching, she enjoys challenging students to find physical strength while also protecting space to develop compassion toward one self. Her current class offering ranges from Vinyasa to Deep Release and Meditation.
In 2015, Joanna traveled to India to study meditation under the guidance of Dandapani and received her 200 hour registered yoga certification through Yoga on High advancing her studies and personal practice in Vinyasa and Ashtanga.
To complement her teaching, Joanna has received her Komyo Reiki Kai Shoden certification as a hands-on modality to offer energy and healing to her students.
She is a certified Ayurveda Health Educator (A.H.E.) and enjoys weaving Ayurveda’s principles into her teaching. Her dedication to Ayurveda medicine brings clarity and understanding to treat the whole person, physically, emotionally and spiritually in an effort to help establish balance and support individuals on their journey toward optimal health. Her studies now continue in the area of herbalism with anticipated certification through Rosemary Gladstar in 2017.
In Joanna’s career she has held several management roles from strategic marketing and business development in the professional services industry to development and fundraising in the nonprofit arena. Her passion and engagement in this work has inspired her to teach and connect with others, having a felt-sense for how yoga can provide stress relief, compassion and a better understanding of one’s own innate wisdom, which is the root of creativity and inspiration.
Joanna has lived in the Short North for over 15 years and enjoys supporting her local community and small business owners. She is married, a mother to two boys and enjoys fostering a yogic lifestyle in her home.
Kari met her first yoga teacher Diane Wilson in 1999 when she was living in Portland, OR. Diane’s brilliant presence as a yogi, and her passionate teaching of yoga as a lifestyle inspired Kari to restructure her life, bringing yoga and yoga philosophy to the center. After a few years of intensive study with Diane, Kari began teaching yoga and has been committed to sharing yoga with others for 15 years now.
Kari’s journey as a yogi has taken her to many wonderful places including France, where she completed a month-long residential teacher training at the Sivananda ashram in Neuville Aux Bois(2008), and studied with master Vinyasa teacher Gerard Arnaud for 6 months when she and her husband lived briefly in Paris (2009). Arnaud’s fluid sequencing paired with precise breath technique greatly influenced Kari’s approach to teaching. Most recently, Kari had the opportunity to study with longtime teachers Kathy Hallen and Fran Slavich at their beautiful yoga shala in Durham, NC while her family was on a 10-month sabbatical. Kari is immensely grateful for the lessons that Kathy and Fran taught her about Ashtanga yoga, the subtle magic of a yogic breathing system, and the importance of developing a meditator’s mind and maintaining a heart-centered practice.
Kari has a background in Psychology and Fine arts and loves to find new ways of seeing things, whether in her paintings or in her yoga practice. Her creative, challenging, playful classes reflect her love for yoga and the diverse perspectives of all the wonderful teachers that have helped her along the road of her yogic journey.
Kelli picked up an Erich Schiffmann/Ali McGraw yoga video in 1996 and was hooked. In 1999 when she moved to New York City, she explored different styles of yoga to add to her fitness regimen and found that yoga helped heal and enrich so many areas in her life that she wanted to share that experience with other people. In 2004 she earned her 300 hour teacher training certificate. She has had the honor to be taught by some famous Yogis and Yoginis and many not so famous who have inspired her to continue to deepen her knowledge and practice. Kelli acknowledges that by far her most inspirational teachers have been the students who share their practice.
Kelli believes that yoga is a lifelong physical, spiritual and mental practice that is ever-evolving and encourages her students to honor the unique experience each time they step on the mat. Kelli’s classes offer physical alignment, but more importantly she encourages the opportunity to discover your unique, individual practice with a sense of humor and always with gratitude.
Laura Lampe discovered yoga relatively late in life, and quickly fell in love with how it teaches us to find the middle ground between effort and ease — both on the mat and in life. To her, it’s a beautiful “dance” that fuses physicality, mindfulness, breath and meditation to create a transformational experience in both body and mind. Laura received her 200-hour teaching certification in 2015 through Josie Schweitzer of Thank Yoga in Columbus, Ohio. She encourages others to celebrate their body for what it can do — and to have fun discovering new ways to move through life with grace and ease. When she’s not on her mat she’s a website copywriter and holds a degree in journalism from The Ohio State University.