As owner of GranvilleYoga, Christy believes leading others on the path of yoga is truly a blessing. She joins her deep appreciation of the history and tradition of yoga with a contemporary understanding of how yoga can benefit practitioners of this time and place.
Yoga entered Christy’s life in 1993, but it wasn’t until 10 years later that yoga bloomed into both a spiritual and physical passion for her, and she dove into the study of yoga philosophy. In 2008, she dedicated both her career and lifestyle to the study and practice of yoga. Since then, Christy has achieved yoga teacher certifications including:
200 Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance, YogaFit Systems Worldwide
200 ERYT (upon completing over 1000 hours of teaching as a registered 200RYT)
500 RYT through Yoga Alliance, YogaFit Systems Worldwide
Christy has led yoga classes and teacher trainings throughout the United States and internationally. Christy has had the privilege to study with several wonderful teachers who have influenced her practice including:
- Sri Ravi Shankar (Student of TKV Desikachar) - Swami Omkarananda - Stephanie Adams - Beth Shaw - Adi Vadra - Sheela Shankar (Student of TKV Desikachar)
Christy’s yoga teaching is centered on the breath. She uses postures as a way to understand the relationship between the breath, the body and the mind.
Kim Downs, Owner
Kim Downs brings with her a blend of creativity and business experience to GranvilleYoga. Throughout her career in small business, Kim has brought an artistic flair to her endeavors. In 1982 she founded Village Flower Basket, she spent time with the Nordstrom Visual Team where she merchandised on a larger scale, she worked with ZenGenius on event decor and planning, and she cultivated a thriving gardening business with a lifelong friend. Still freelancing as a floral designer, Kim also works at Real Deals and makes one-of-a-kind jewelry.
Kim has practiced yoga for many years. She believes strongly in the power of yoga to restore and refresh both body and spirit. Her interest in yoga, coupled with her business acumen and creativity, made her partnership as co-owner of GranvilleYoga ideal opportunity.
Kelli Biehle, Registered Yoga Teacher
Kelli has been practicing yoga since 2004, began teaching in 2011, and received her 200 RYT from YogaFit. Since that time, her yoga studies have been focused on alignment, body awareness and breath. Along this path, her continued education has included studies with Loren Fishman MD, Jason Crandell, and Leslie Kaminoff. The training with Dr. Fishman focused on his work with yoga for osteoporosis. She is very much inspired by Jason Crandell and his teaching of alignment based vinyasa. Kelli primarily teaches a vinyasa (flow) yoga class with emphasis on overall body balance.
Kelli first came to yoga when she was pregnant, and found that her usual physical activity just didn’t feel “right”. Her initial practice was at home with DVDs. But as she wanted to learn more, she broke from the basement videos, and began to practice anywhere she could. After the birth of her third child, she sought a teacher training. Having spent many years in health care, working as an Occupational Therapist with a specialty Certification in Hand Therapy she knows the importance of body awareness. In an outpatient therapy setting, working with patients following acute or chronic injury to the upper body, she learned just how detached we can be from our bodies and that the path to healing often involves reconnecting.
She hopes to help participants improve posture, overall body awareness and functional movement. She often incorporates body balancing exercises into practice. In a typical class, students can expect pose variations, an opportunity for physical challenge, as well as yoga insight to practice both on and off the mat. As a yoga teacher, she enjoys the chance to engage with students, one on one, to help them grow in understanding their own bodies
Katie Gilbert, Registered Yoga Teacher
A true believer in the need to take care of yourself before you can take care of others, Katie completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2011 at CorePower Yoga in Chicago and continues to spread the love of yoga in a friendly, nonjudgmental environment. As a Licensed Independent Social Worker, she observed the uplifting and soothing changes in her mood and body through yoga and encourages her students to focus on themselves both physically and mentally.
Melissa Davis, Registered Yoga Teacher
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Jen Lifer, Registered Yoga Teacher
Jen is a 200-RYT certified yoga instructor with an additional 100 hour Warriors (Trauma and PTSD) certification through Yoga Fit Training systems. Jen began exploring yoga in college and came back to the practice 7 years ago as a way to relieve stress and reconnect with the body. As a full time mom and part time Interventional Radiology technologist at a busy medical center, Jen understands the importance of taking time for your mind and body, as well as integrating yoga into our every day lives to help cope with any stressful situations. Jen has a special interest in helping bring peace to our veterans, active military and their families as well as those dealing with traumatic events, through the practice of yoga.
Marsha Otterstedt, Registered Yoga Teacher
Marsha received her teacher training in 2014 with Janice George from Samyoga in Columbus, Ohio. Her desire to share this physically healing practice with others (particularly those suffering from scoliosis and osteopenia) stems from her own healing and is matched by her genuine appreciation of the practice in its entirety.
Heidi Saunders, Registered Yoga Teacher
As a manager of a corporate fitness program, it was my hope to send one of our trainers to school to become a registered yoga teacher. Corporate informed me that I should be the one to “broaden my horizons.” My life was shaken in a profound, beautiful way as I learned all about yoga postures, breathing, meditation and yogic philosophy; especially "metta', loving kindness for myself and others. My journey with yoga began. Over the years, I have studied with many renowned master yoga teachers such as: Ana Forrest, Richard Rosen, Gary Kraftsow and Todd Norian. To increase my depth of practice and knowledge, I earned my 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification at Balanced Yoga in Clintonville, Ohio. As a busy mom and business owner, Feel Good Bodyworks Therapeutic Massage and Wellness, I love the opportunity yoga provides me to slow down, clear my mind and balance my desire for strength and length. Whether it is a slow, gentle practice or challenging vinyasa practice, I savor each and every moment.
Karen Scott, Registered Yoga Teacher
A student of yoga since 2003, Karen has achieved her 200 RYT through Yoga Alliance, YogaFit Systems Worldwide as well as her ERYT-200 upon completion of 1000 hours teaching Yoga as a RYT-200. She is currently working toward certification as a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher through ChildLight Yoga, as well as being certified in ChildLight Yoga’s Teen Yoga and Children’s Yoga Level 1 and 2.She loves sharing yoga with everyone, especially teens and has developed and instructs Yoga for Fitness and Wellness at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, where she has been teaching Physics since 1990.
Sam Sharkey, Registered Yoga Teacher
Sam first discovered yoga as a means to relieve running and cycling injuries, but her practice has become internal over the last three years, radically altering her perceptions of both the world at large and her own self worth. As she has journeyed from the outside inward, her experiences have brought her the knowledge that a little external work can lead to big internal changes. She explored this idea via a trek through Australia and India in 2015-2016 that culminated in a teacher-training course at Samyak Yoga in Mysore, India, where she was certified as a 200hr RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) through Yoga Alliance. She’s delighted to return to her hometown and share with others the opportunity to do their own work at their own pace, just as she does in her own practice. Her focus is on anatomical alignment, responding to the individual needs of the body (particularly for athletes), and breath as a tool for meditative concentration.
Jen Winchester, Registered Yoga Teacher
Earning her 200-hour RYT at Balanced Yoga University in Columbus, Ohio, Jen’s teaching style emphasizes self-acceptance and honoring the body. Over the last 15 years, Jen has found yoga to be the one constant in her life. Amidst a successful career in marketing and the devastating loss of her mother to cancer, Jen realized her passion of sharing yoga with others. Jen continues to study the therapeutic science behind the practice and focuses on the healing powers of yoga for trauma and illness – with a particular desire to work with cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.
Rebekah Shafer, Yoga Instructor
When I first started yoga I thought, ‘I’m so inflexible and can’t quiet my mind and have terrible balance-I’ll be terrible at it.’ Well, guess what?! I fall, my mind wanders and I can’t rest my chest on my legs in a forward fold! But I feel my feet on the floor supporting me and feel my breath flowing in and out of my body. And in this wild world where we rush from place to place, taking the time to slow down and feel is so necessary. There are days now when I can quiet my mind and days I can’t--that’s life. What I’ve learned is that Yoga is a magical tool for dealing with the crap of life. Through yoga and watching my breath, I’ve found the union between my body, mind and spirit. It helps me become more aware of my thought patterns and reactions and helps me to make choices instead of going down the same rabbit hole. Yoga has the power to elevate me to move past my perceived barriers and find flow with the universe, peace, release and joy in my daily life. Both on and off my mat. Yoga will keep me moving and able to do the things that I love (gardening, running, taking care of the critters on our farm) for the rest of my days.
As a yoga teacher I want to help others be more present in each moment and embrace the perfectly imperfect human that is in the mirror. My goal in each class is that each student be challenged, empowered in their existence and to step off the mat feeling alive, at peace and balanced.
Receiving her RYT 200 hour certification this past January under the teaching of Christy Plaugher, Addie looks forward to continuing to deepen her own practice as well as to be a part of the Granville Yoga community, helping others find their own unique style of yoga. Addie originally came to the practice of yoga as a type -A perfectionist looking for a way to slow down her crazy, mile-a-minute brain. Instead of just finding a way to relax, Addie has found a true passion in both the physical and philosophical practice of yoga, and loves being able to share that with others through teaching. Addie enjoys teaching classes that offer options for all students, cultivating a more individualized and independent style of class, while also providing plenty of moments to challenge, flow, and rest.
Kate White, Registered Yoga Teacher
Kate has always been enamored by health and wellness. As a child you could find her playing in the woods or participating in competitive sports, primarily gymnastics. She received a B.S. from Ohio University majoring in Exercise Physiology, is a a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and an Herbalist. She loves all forms of movement, nature, cooking, being sustainable, making things and learning new skills (especially in the are of self-reliance). She is currently doing the hardest thing she has ever done: mothering three amazing children.
Kate dabbled in yoga during and after college, but it wasn’t until she had children that yoga truly found her. Yoga has been something that gets her out of her head and into her body. Having spent the better part of a decade being needed by someone around the clock; yoga has given Kate what she needs both physically and emotionally. Yoga allows her body to move, work, and stretch while simultaneously teaching her to quiet her mind, live in the present moment, to be patient and to let go.
Kate is drawn to helping others. Seeing her clients learn to trust their bodies, become confident in their abilities, and empowered to take ownership of their health; is the real reason she teaches. Her classes are creatively unusual; with a focus on organic movements, mobility, balance, alignment and modifications for everybody. You’ll also find breathing techniques, meditation, intention and some quirky humor.
I was first drawn to yoga for the mind-body connection that it brings. With a long time tendency to over-analyze and 'over-think' (I have degrees in both Philosophy and Psychology), I can really appreciate the importance of quieting the 'thinking' mind and tuning into simply feeling into sensations in the body. Over my years of practicing yoga, I've developed a greater awareness of breath, body and mind, as well as the powerful healing effects of yoga. Wanting to learn more about healing from a holistic perspective, my practice led me to study and practice Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga. I became certified as an Ayurveda Health Educator through the California College of Ayurveda and am currently continuing my studies through the Belly Mind Institute, while working with clients one-on-one as an Ayurveda Health Practitioner. While yoga quiets and heals the mind, Ayurveda heals the body, from a holistic-based approach. Coming to the realization that my passion and path is to help others heal themselves, coupled with the enjoyment I get from teaching yoga to friends, family, and co-workers, I decided to make it official and become certified to teach yoga through the 200 hour program at Yoga on High in Columbus!! My practice and teaching focus on continually educating myself and others about safe and proper alignment, balancing flexibility with strength, breath awareness, and creativity and fluidity in motion. A former florist, philosopher, and mixologist, I crave creative outlets -- designing vinyasa flow sequences is one of my newest creative passions. I love how fluid movement through yoga asana practice can really connect us with our creative energy. I feel extremely lucky that I've found what I love and am able to share it to help others tap into greater self-awareness and healing.