BRENDA WESTFALL   Brenda's yoga journey began in 2007 as part of her fitness routine, but she quickly found that an embodied yoga practice was so much more than a physical discipline. Brenda believes that asana, breath-work, and meditation free the mind and body to listen, heal, and experience communion with our Creator. It is her heart to bear witness to and encourage her students to find freedom and expression out of their innate desire for alignment and connection. In doing so, experiencing a fully embodied practice, heart, soul, mind and body. Brenda has also completed Masters level training with  Holy Yoga  (500 hr), Holy Yoga Touch Training, Holy Yoga Trauma Sensitive Training and the  Urban Zen Integrative Therapy  Training Program. Brenda offers private sessions that may include Restorative Yoga and Soul-Care as well as Reiki by   appointment .   Brenda lives in the Village of Mariemont with her husband, Brad, and is the mother of three daughters.

BRENDA WESTFALL

Brenda's yoga journey began in 2007 as part of her fitness routine, but she quickly found that an embodied yoga practice was so much more than a physical discipline. Brenda believes that asana, breath-work, and meditation free the mind and body to listen, heal, and experience communion with our Creator. It is her heart to bear witness to and encourage her students to find freedom and expression out of their innate desire for alignment and connection. In doing so, experiencing a fully embodied practice, heart, soul, mind and body. Brenda has also completed Masters level training with Holy Yoga (500 hr), Holy Yoga Touch Training, Holy Yoga Trauma Sensitive Training and the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training Program. Brenda offers private sessions that may include Restorative Yoga and Soul-Care as well as Reiki by appointment.

Brenda lives in the Village of Mariemont with her husband, Brad, and is the mother of three daughters.

  RACHEL BONAR   Rachel began practicing yoga on and off starting in 2007. She discovered that she loved the physical practice and the calming mental benefits, but longed for the full integration of a Christ honoring spiritual practice. Rachel is so thankful for the community and environment that is Worthy Yoga! "The worshipful practice encourages growth in a personal connection to Jesus which stimulates an outward posture of love". By practicing Holy Yoga, Rachel feels that she is growing in what it means to worship, love and serve Jesus with all of her heart, soul, mind and strength, and she hopes to share that with others.  Rachel lives in Reading, Ohio with her wonderful husband James. They are members of New City Presbyterian Church in Norwood, Ohio. Rachel also works as a school based occupational therapy assistant and loves to practice yoga with all of the students she feels honored to work with.

RACHEL BONAR

Rachel began practicing yoga on and off starting in 2007. She discovered that she loved the physical practice and the calming mental benefits, but longed for the full integration of a Christ honoring spiritual practice. Rachel is so thankful for the community and environment that is Worthy Yoga! "The worshipful practice encourages growth in a personal connection to Jesus which stimulates an outward posture of love". By practicing Holy Yoga, Rachel feels that she is growing in what it means to worship, love and serve Jesus with all of her heart, soul, mind and strength, and she hopes to share that with others.

Rachel lives in Reading, Ohio with her wonderful husband James. They are members of New City Presbyterian Church in Norwood, Ohio. Rachel also works as a school based occupational therapy assistant and loves to practice yoga with all of the students she feels honored to work with.

  TODD LONG   Todd took his first yoga class at the suggestion of a spiritual director and was amazed at how quickly the experience became a “bodily prayer.” He began practicing regularly in 2014 after noticing how yoga consistently stilled his heart and mind, paving the way for meditation and prayer. Wanting to learn more, he completed his RYT200 training in 2015 with Living Waters and Yahweh Yoga with an additional 95 hr training with Holy Yoga. “I am just a normal guy who has found in Christian yoga a meaningful way to connect body mind and spirit. I love helping others find that same connection, inviting and encouraging them on their unique journey toward God and themselves.” In addition to teaching Yoga, Todd is active in the Christian ministry, He is an instructor and Director of Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction, while also leading his own spiritual direction practice.  He and his wife Cynthia have been married since 1985, have three children and three grandchildren.

TODD LONG

Todd took his first yoga class at the suggestion of a spiritual director and was amazed at how quickly the experience became a “bodily prayer.” He began practicing regularly in 2014 after noticing how yoga consistently stilled his heart and mind, paving the way for meditation and prayer. Wanting to learn more, he completed his RYT200 training in 2015 with Living Waters and Yahweh Yoga with an additional 95 hr training with Holy Yoga. “I am just a normal guy who has found in Christian yoga a meaningful way to connect body mind and spirit. I love helping others find that same connection, inviting and encouraging them on their unique journey toward God and themselves.” In addition to teaching Yoga, Todd is active in the Christian ministry, He is an instructor and Director of Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction, while also leading his own spiritual direction practice.

He and his wife Cynthia have been married since 1985, have three children and three grandchildren.


  DARLENE KENDRICK   Darlene started practicing Yoga in 2007 in Austin, Texas. Her passion for Yoga grew even more when she moved to Cincinnati in 2013. Darlene acquired her 200 hour RYT, and Barre Yoga certification training at Yoga Alive Dec. 2013 and a 95 hour certification from Holy Yoga Nov. 2014. She teaches Hot Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Barre, and Restorative Yoga. Her students are of all ages including High School Football, and Basketball players.  Through teaching Yoga Darlene is inspired to live simply and compassionately, bringing the Love of God and the Light of Jesus Christ to the Yoga Studio. Her goal in teaching yoga is for her students to learn how to live in harmony with their own lives by uniting their Mind, Body, and Spirits with the Holy Trinity. "I desire to teach my students how simple it is to affect others by how you live in harmony with ones own self. As you learn and experience, you will grow and inspire those around you to come along on the journey."

DARLENE KENDRICK

Darlene started practicing Yoga in 2007 in Austin, Texas. Her passion for Yoga grew even more when she moved to Cincinnati in 2013. Darlene acquired her 200 hour RYT, and Barre Yoga certification training at Yoga Alive Dec. 2013 and a 95 hour certification from Holy Yoga Nov. 2014. She teaches Hot Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Barre, and Restorative Yoga. Her students are of all ages including High School Football, and Basketball players.

Through teaching Yoga Darlene is inspired to live simply and compassionately, bringing the Love of God and the Light of Jesus Christ to the Yoga Studio. Her goal in teaching yoga is for her students to learn how to live in harmony with their own lives by uniting their Mind, Body, and Spirits with the Holy Trinity. "I desire to teach my students how simple it is to affect others by how you live in harmony with ones own self. As you learn and experience, you will grow and inspire those around you to come along on the journey."

  TAMI WHITE   Tami began her yoga journey in 2003. She was running marathons and was looking for a way to recover and stretch. After first practicing with Lillias Folan she discovered the many benefits of yoga for her overall health. And so, she completed her teacher training in 2014. Tami loves using props to improve alignment and deepen the pose. Outside of Worthy, Tami is a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and enjoys incorporating her yoga practice in caring for her patients. Tami has a keen understanding of how Yoga can help people with anxiety, breathing issues, constipation, and pain. She especially enjoys leading yoga at area senior centers, and in her spare time she rescues and fosters dogs.

TAMI WHITE

Tami began her yoga journey in 2003. She was running marathons and was looking for a way to recover and stretch. After first practicing with Lillias Folan she discovered the many benefits of yoga for her overall health. And so, she completed her teacher training in 2014. Tami loves using props to improve alignment and deepen the pose. Outside of Worthy, Tami is a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and enjoys incorporating her yoga practice in caring for her patients. Tami has a keen understanding of how Yoga can help people with anxiety, breathing issues, constipation, and pain. She especially enjoys leading yoga at area senior centers, and in her spare time she rescues and fosters dogs.

  LAUREN PAX   Lauren began her yoga journey in 2007 with a busy mind and imbalanced flow. While she always enjoyed the mobility and strengthening benefit, she struggled to find inner peace as she worked through each pose. It wasn’t until 2016 that she discovered her love for yoga by adding meditation, mantra and prayer to her practice.  A former dancer and family member of Missionaries, Franciscan Friars and Priests, Lauren fell in love with Christ-centered yoga and its balance of beautiful, fluid movement and spirituality. She is so honored to join the Worthy Yoga team, in which she hopes to create peace for all.  Lauren lives in Hyde Park where she runs her Creative Consulting business, Pax Consulting. In addition to Yoga, Lauren instructs Barre, Bootcamp, Pilates Reformer and Mini Trampoline classes, and coaches Integrative Nutrition and Personal Training.

LAUREN PAX

Lauren began her yoga journey in 2007 with a busy mind and imbalanced flow. While she always enjoyed the mobility and strengthening benefit, she struggled to find inner peace as she worked through each pose. It wasn’t until 2016 that she discovered her love for yoga by adding meditation, mantra and prayer to her practice.

A former dancer and family member of Missionaries, Franciscan Friars and Priests, Lauren fell in love with Christ-centered yoga and its balance of beautiful, fluid movement and spirituality. She is so honored to join the Worthy Yoga team, in which she hopes to create peace for all.

Lauren lives in Hyde Park where she runs her Creative Consulting business, Pax Consulting. In addition to Yoga, Lauren instructs Barre, Bootcamp, Pilates Reformer and Mini Trampoline classes, and coaches Integrative Nutrition and Personal Training.


  LISA LOCHER   Lisa began practicing yoga on a regular basis in February of 2014. She was looking for something to reduce the daily stress of being a stay at home wife and mother to three active teens. In yoga, Lisa found so much more than she could have ever expected. The moment she walked into a studio for the first time she felt like a missing piece to her life had been found. Throughout her teacher training Lisa longed for the "Mind, Body and Spirit" connection but did not achieve it until she took her first class at Worthy Yoga. "I will never forget the words I spoke to my husband as I left that first class, "I get it now." I finally felt the presence of God and the peace of the Holy Spirit in my practice." It is Lisa's deepest hope to enrich the lives of others by sharing her faith and journey in this Christian yoga community.

LISA LOCHER

Lisa began practicing yoga on a regular basis in February of 2014. She was looking for something to reduce the daily stress of being a stay at home wife and mother to three active teens. In yoga, Lisa found so much more than she could have ever expected. The moment she walked into a studio for the first time she felt like a missing piece to her life had been found. Throughout her teacher training Lisa longed for the "Mind, Body and Spirit" connection but did not achieve it until she took her first class at Worthy Yoga. "I will never forget the words I spoke to my husband as I left that first class, "I get it now." I finally felt the presence of God and the peace of the Holy Spirit in my practice." It is Lisa's deepest hope to enrich the lives of others by sharing her faith and journey in this Christian yoga community.

  AMY ERICKSON   Amy began her yoga practice in 2003. While she loved the flexibility and strength that developed through her practice, she longed to be part of a yoga community that honored Christ. Her prayer was answered when a small blurb in a community newspaper lead her to the Worthy Yoga studio. At Worthy she found a welcoming community that abounds in love, grace and authenticity.  Amy is passionate about encouraging others on their lifelong journey of spiritual formation, the process by which God forms the very character of Jesus in His followers. She has experienced a deepening of her relationship with God through Christian meditation and enjoys sharing opportunities to practice this listening side of prayer with others.

AMY ERICKSON

Amy began her yoga practice in 2003. While she loved the flexibility and strength that developed through her practice, she longed to be part of a yoga community that honored Christ. Her prayer was answered when a small blurb in a community newspaper lead her to the Worthy Yoga studio. At Worthy she found a welcoming community that abounds in love, grace and authenticity.

Amy is passionate about encouraging others on their lifelong journey of spiritual formation, the process by which God forms the very character of Jesus in His followers. She has experienced a deepening of her relationship with God through Christian meditation and enjoys sharing opportunities to practice this listening side of prayer with others.

  LESLIE PENNELL   Leslie began integrating yoga into her workouts after being diagnosed with asthma in 2005. It wasn't long before she became a regular practitioner as well as an enthusiastic proponent of the physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga. After participating in just one class at Worthy Yoga, she felt called to pursue Holy Yoga training. Leslie completed her 225 HY training in May, 2015. She feels incredibly blessed to be on this journey and to be part of the Worthy family.  Leslie and her husband, Mark live in Mariemont and are the parents of two daughters and a son.

LESLIE PENNELL

Leslie began integrating yoga into her workouts after being diagnosed with asthma in 2005. It wasn't long before she became a regular practitioner as well as an enthusiastic proponent of the physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga. After participating in just one class at Worthy Yoga, she felt called to pursue Holy Yoga training. Leslie completed her 225 HY training in May, 2015. She feels incredibly blessed to be on this journey and to be part of the Worthy family.

Leslie and her husband, Mark live in Mariemont and are the parents of two daughters and a son.

 
  MARYANNE NEWMAN (SUB)   Mary Anne started practicing yoga regularly about 5 years ago. Shortly after that she learned about Holy Yoga through her college roommate and a seed was planted. Then Brenda went through Holy Yoga training and opened her beautiful studio. Mary Anne completed her 225 hour Holy Yoga Instructor training (R-HYI) in Nov 2015. Her practice and passion for yoga grew she decided that her gift may serve the senior population. She was certified through Holy Yoga in Chair and Senior Yoga and started to teach to that population at Worthy.  She has a passion serve the senior population and keep seniors moving and learning about their health. She also loves to introduce yoga to those who have never experienced it and can be found teaching Gentle classes to all ages. She volunteers to teach yoga to the homeless through the InterFaith Hospitality Network. She loves sharing her knowledge of yoga and love of Christ in her classes. She believes in Wesley's Three Simple Rules for living a full and happy life; Do No Harm, Do Good and Love God.

MARYANNE NEWMAN (SUB)

Mary Anne started practicing yoga regularly about 5 years ago. Shortly after that she learned about Holy Yoga through her college roommate and a seed was planted. Then Brenda went through Holy Yoga training and opened her beautiful studio. Mary Anne completed her 225 hour Holy Yoga Instructor training (R-HYI) in Nov 2015. Her practice and passion for yoga grew she decided that her gift may serve the senior population. She was certified through Holy Yoga in Chair and Senior Yoga and started to teach to that population at Worthy.

She has a passion serve the senior population and keep seniors moving and learning about their health. She also loves to introduce yoga to those who have never experienced it and can be found teaching Gentle classes to all ages. She volunteers to teach yoga to the homeless through the InterFaith Hospitality Network. She loves sharing her knowledge of yoga and love of Christ in her classes. She believes in Wesley's Three Simple Rules for living a full and happy life; Do No Harm, Do Good and Love God.

  JULIE JACKSON (SUB) BIO COMING SOON!   Julie has been taking yoga classes on and off for several years. Yoga provides so many amazing health benefits including increasing flexibility, core strength, promoting good body alignment, and in the end, Julie believes it can improve one’s overall mental health – for example: relieving stress and anxiety. In 2016, Julie decided she wanted to start teaching yoga and share its goodness with others. And in the summer of 2016 (through the grace of God), Julie happened to discover Worthy Yoga Studio on-line. So she signed up for a class and fell in love with this concept of honoring God the Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit through one’s yoga practice. In 2017, Julie officially obtained her Holy Yoga teaching certification, and also went through Touch Training and Yogalates Training through Holy Yoga. Julie feels so blessed to be given the opportunity to share God’s word and Yoga with others.

JULIE JACKSON (SUB) BIO COMING SOON!

Julie has been taking yoga classes on and off for several years. Yoga provides so many amazing health benefits including increasing flexibility, core strength, promoting good body alignment, and in the end, Julie believes it can improve one’s overall mental health – for example: relieving stress and anxiety. In 2016, Julie decided she wanted to start teaching yoga and share its goodness with others. And in the summer of 2016 (through the grace of God), Julie happened to discover Worthy Yoga Studio on-line. So she signed up for a class and fell in love with this concept of honoring God the Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit through one’s yoga practice. In 2017, Julie officially obtained her Holy Yoga teaching certification, and also went through Touch Training and Yogalates Training through Holy Yoga. Julie feels so blessed to be given the opportunity to share God’s word and Yoga with others.

  KATE TURKALY (SUB)   Kate first stepped inside of a yoga studio in 2009 seeking a means to reduce stress while increasing physical strength. She quickly realized that the physical benefits of her yoga practice paled in comparison to the mental clarity and peace experienced after a blissful flow. Working in healthcare, Kate has come to respect the power held within the mind-body connection. She is particularly interested in research exploring breathwork as an instrument to manage mental health diagnoses. She stumbled upon Holy Yoga through a Holy Yoga Experience event in August 2017. Have you ever felt as if you found something you didn’t know you were looking for? Well, that’s the best way she can describe her heart by the end of that HY event - she knew she had found something special. Shortly thereafter, she was welcomed into the Worthy Yoga community and felt immediately at home. Eager to deepen her practice, she dove into training and became certified in April 2018. She is looking forward to continuing to grow in community and provide her expression of this beautiful practice.

KATE TURKALY (SUB)

Kate first stepped inside of a yoga studio in 2009 seeking a means to reduce stress while increasing physical strength. She quickly realized that the physical benefits of her yoga practice paled in comparison to the mental clarity and peace experienced after a blissful flow. Working in healthcare, Kate has come to respect the power held within the mind-body connection. She is particularly interested in research exploring breathwork as an instrument to manage mental health diagnoses. She stumbled upon Holy Yoga through a Holy Yoga Experience event in August 2017. Have you ever felt as if you found something you didn’t know you were looking for? Well, that’s the best way she can describe her heart by the end of that HY event - she knew she had found something special. Shortly thereafter, she was welcomed into the Worthy Yoga community and felt immediately at home. Eager to deepen her practice, she dove into training and became certified in April 2018. She is looking forward to continuing to grow in community and provide her expression of this beautiful practice.

  JAMIE NICOLET (SUB)   Jamie began her yoga journey about 5 years ago when she was experiencing chronic back pain. Within 2 months of practicing yoga she saw such a difference and was hooked! A few years later, she began to experience the spiritual peace of of yoga during a very trying period in her life. Jamie then enrolled in yoga teacher training, which she completed in July of 2016. Jamie feels so blessed to have been invited to be part of the Worthy Yoga community and we are so very grateful for her the way she shares her sweet and gentle spirit as an instructor.

JAMIE NICOLET (SUB)

Jamie began her yoga journey about 5 years ago when she was experiencing chronic back pain. Within 2 months of practicing yoga she saw such a difference and was hooked! A few years later, she began to experience the spiritual peace of of yoga during a very trying period in her life. Jamie then enrolled in yoga teacher training, which she completed in July of 2016. Jamie feels so blessed to have been invited to be part of the Worthy Yoga community and we are so very grateful for her the way she shares her sweet and gentle spirit as an instructor.