Owner & Teacher
Studio owner & teacher, Meredith Hogan, is a yogini, singer, dancer and healer. A humble and constant student of life, Meredith was born with an understanding that at the core of human existence, we are all sound and light. She was dancing and singing from the first moment and has been practicing yoga for over 16 years. Her yogic life began when a physical injury met emotional heart break.The longing to heal and to thrive gave her the humility and thirst for the spiritual medicine that is the quenching nectar of practice. After an Afro-Brazilian dance immersion in Salvador Brazil, she recognized that the most joyous culture she had ever tasted had once been the most repressed and abused. A place where slavery and violence reigned for more than 200 years had become a place of constant drumming, dancing and play.The inextinguishable flame of the spirit had introduced itself to her. Meredith has studied intensively with world renowned yogini Ana Forest and continues to study with Yogarupa Rod Stryker, Guru Singh, Lucia Horan and also many more than can be named here. She has been and continues to be highly influenced by the dancing path including Gabrielle Roth's 5 Rhythms, the Sri Vidya lineage of Tantra, and the sacred practices of the medicine men and women of this earth. Meredith currently lives and teaches in Cincinnati and leads retreats locally and internationally. She recently released her debut album Saturn Returns with her band GOODBYE GEMINI, a sacred healing record that weaves elements of ancient mantras, modern beats and contemporary electronic based musings. Meredith is light keeper and a living expression of Sri Devi Shakti.
Studio Manager & Yoga Teacher
Suzie was drawn to natural healing from an early age; but before finding her calling as a yoga teacher, she was an academic enthusiast who never wanted to leave college. She spent several years at the University of Cincinnati studying and earning degrees and certificates in everything from Marketing and International Business, to Deaf Studies, Philosophy, and International Human Rights. A yoga practice has been an integral part of her life, bringing mental calm and clarity, helping her overcome chronic anxiety, and relieving chronic pain from a connective tissue disorder. Letting go and quieting the ego can be the most challenging things people encounter when they first start their yoga practices. Suzie encourages students to practice toward progress rather than perfection. To that end, she works to create a safe and supportive space where students can tune into their bodies and emotions, fully embrace their vulnerability, and let the mindfulness of practice radiate into daily life. Suzie is also a True Body Project Leader in area schools where she teaches classes on mind-body connection to young women and girls. Her RYT 200-hour training at Bija School of Yoga focused on Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga. She is continuously doing everything she can to keep learning and fill her "yoga tool kit" by attending workshops to enrich private and group yoga classes and make her classes accessible to every age, ability level, and body type. Some of these intensives have been with Saraswathi Jois, Kino MacGregor, and Taylor Hunt. She has a passion for world travel and likes to tour different studios and yoga teachers while on her trips. Starting in August of 2015, she will be advancing her yoga education as she trains to be an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist through Yoga on High. UZIT's 5 modalities include: yoga therapy, reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition, and contemplative care.
Emily Marie Cannon
Emily Marie is a Professional Belly Dancer originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She has performed and lived in Vancouver, Canada and in Israel. Now she is currently back in Cincinnati, Ohio, belly dancing and teaching. Her dance is a modern blend of classical Egyptian style with influences of American Cabaret. She is a hired working professional belly dancer for many events, in the area. She has studied with many professional teachers in belly dance, and shares her knowledge to her students that she teaches. For more information about Emily Marie go to her website at www.emilybellydance.com.
Dance Baby Dance Teacher
Lauren grew up with a love for dance and music. One of her first memories was being three years old and dancing to "Uptown Girl" with her father in the living room. Growing up she would choreograph routines for her and her friends, and put on performances at the school dances with friends. Though this love led her to pursue dance and theatre in college, she found that after a year, her passion for freedom in movement felt stifled by rules. She only wanted to dance freely with no guidelines and no judges. After moving to Oregon, she discovered esctatic dance and fell in love. This is what she had been dancing all along! She felt at home. When Lauren made the plans to move back to Cincinnati, esctatic dance was the first thing she looked for. And there she found The Shakti Factory. She loves holding the space for parents and their children to connect, dance, let go, and discover with music and free movement.
Davidia is a teacher, healer and she promotes health, wellness and self-healing through natural therapies. She believes the deepest and most profound work that we can do is to heal ourselves through constant mindful practices that can increase our connection to our spirits. Then we can begin to extend the compassion, gratitude, and love we cultivate for ourselves to all those around us. Her mission is to help others connect their mind, body, and spirit and live whole-hearted lives. Through the conscious and practical application of Yoga, Thai Yoga Therapy, and Tarot we can learn to reconnect with ourselves and use the information obtained to facilitate deep healing.
Carmen Morgan Jones
After many years of dance and various other types of physical conditioning Carmen decided to teach group fitness classes when she was just 18 years old. She continued teaching various classes through college until she found her passion for yoga. Carmen traveled to India for her yoga teacher training and then decided to quit her job as a flight attendant to teach full time. She instructs Pilates and Yoga classes during the week, while the weekends keep her busy doing makeup for weddings or photo shoots. In her free time she loves to travel and cook with her husband and friends. Carmen’s classes will challenge your body and teach you to flow with your breath, while maintaining a strong focus on alignment.
Both a dancer and yogi, Trisha has been a mover her whole life. She believes yoga is an infinitely healing practice that all types and stripes can benefit from. Trisha has a specific interest in widening the circles of access, fostering diversity, and engaging those not often encountered in the yoga studio. In 2014 Trisha Founded Cincinnati Queer Yoga after experiencing the lack of diversity and safe space within the yoga community. Trisha holds both a Bachelor and Masters degree in International Affairs and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati.
Kylie was a dedicated student of BarreAmped before becoming an instructor in Nashville. She values the intense mind body connection of BarreAmped and sees every class as an opportunity to improve strength, balance, and flexibility. Barre has transformed her body and left her feeling healthy, lean, de-stressed, and strong. Kylie is excited to bring BarreAmped to Cincinnati and help clients of all skill levels achieve their health and fitness goals.
Kim is a native Nashville, Tennessean, mother of four, yogini, and an internationally featured Radiant Child Yoga teacher, whom is compassionate about facilitating the growth of love in the mind, body and spirit of all living things. She was called to Yoga in 1999, and has since followed her path leading her to found OM DOME and RELAZENSHIPS (www.RELAZENSHIPS.com). She is dedicated in the practices of Vinyasa, Hatha, and Kundalini Yoga, as well as a teacher and workshop presenter. Kim is certified as a Virtues Project Facilitator (Betsy Lydle Smyth and Heather Acres, Canada); 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (yogahOMe, USA); 95 hour Radiant Child Yoga Teacher (Shakta Khalsa, USA) - plus specializes in teaching yoga to children with ADHD, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy; 20 hour Karma Yoga (Lila Lolling, USA); Women’s Healing Arts Teacher (Kara Maria Ananda, USA); 200 hour Pilates instructor (Pendleton Pilates, USA); Vedanta Teacher (Swami Kashi, India); and Reiki attuned (Jeff Emerson, USA). She has continued her studies with many leading instructors from around the world in the fields of Yoga, Pilates, Shamanism, Religion, Occupational Therapy, Healing, Vedanta, and Virtues. Kim guides her students with a unique blend of mindfulness, strength, and guidance drawn from her training, her practice, and from her life’s experiences to help one become aware of his/her True Self.
Andrea’s unwavering desire to inspire, teach, and heal combined with her connection to the study of Mindfulness innately brought her to the divine practice of Yoga. Upon sensing her first yearnings to heal and teach, Andrea acquired a B.S. in Psychology from Miami University and a Masters in Montessori Education from Xavier University. While both areas of study provided her with invaluable knowledge and skills, she sensed that her calling still remained elsewhere. It was then that Andrea fell deeply in love with the practice of Yoga and felt a compelling pull in it’s direction. Andrea completed her 200 RYT with the Bija School of Yoga in 2013 with a focus in Ashtanga/Vinyasa. She knew instantly that this was it, this was her dharma, her intrinsic calling, a means to combine Mindfulness, teaching, and healing, and she dove right into teaching. Andrea’s wanderlust heart + passion for sharing the gifts of yoga has led her to assist on several yoga retreats, locally and across the world in Bali, Indonesia. Andrea led her first Yoga + Mindfulness Retreat this past summer and plans to continue fulfilling this dream by leading retreats all over the world. She also had the opportunity to serve as a Mentor for the 2015 graduates of the Bija School of Yoga. Andrea recently completed Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Teacher Training through Stoked Yogi and Paddle Fit which she plans to incorporate in her retreats. She has deepened her studies under the instruction of such renowned teachers as Kino Macgregor, Taylor Hunt, Richard Freeman, and Mary Taylor and plans to continue her studies locally + internationally.
Thomi has preferred dance and yoga for fitness her whole life. After college and a newborn son, she received her barre certification and completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Cincinnati Yoga School. She is interested in using movement to heal and tone the body. Since barre has made her feel stronger and in the best shape of her life, she wants to share it with the world! Thomi is honored to be a part of The Shakti Factory and brings a fusion of ballet, pilates, and yoga.
The Practice of Yoga helps Julia see through the darkest clouds, feeling refreshed, cheerful & sunny. Stumbling into her first Yoga class as a high school student is where the spark of Yoga was ignited. It wasn’t until she began her Yoga Teacher Training at Cincinnati Yoga School (CYS) at the age of 19, where she became aware of the deep, inner healing of the practice of Meditation and Yoga. The CYS Community provided an accepting, safe environment for her to let go, release and surrender her fears, find courage within her heart and build a strong foundation to begin her adult life. During her training she found her passion of Yoga and love of life. CYS also opened her up to many natural therapies such as Thai Yoga Message, Ayurveda, Reiki, and Elemental Yoga Therapy. Julia uses Yoga and Meditation to rise above life’s challenges and to conquer her inner battle of anxiety. Julia believes that she will always be a student of life and that Yoga is for every body. She encourages students to listen within, while using their bodies as an instrument of understanding.
With a focus on mindfulness and remaining present through the breath, Randy's classes bring a peaceful sense of balance to your life. His teaching is geared towards students looking to move beyond the physical asanas and explore all eight limbs of yoga, and ultimately those interested in gaining a deeper sense of how to integrate the practice fully into their life.
“Coming to my mat and sharing my practice with others helps me to express my devotion for the inner divine sense that dwells within each of us. I feel so deeply in love with the practice, and want to share it with others in the hopes of them cultivating their own love for it.”
Randy has been actively practicing yoga for over 3 years and completed his RYT 200-hour training through The Yoga Bar's Bija Yoga School, with a focus on Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow yoga.
Matt began his adventures into yoga only by accepting an invitation of what could be called Divine Intervention, Synchronicity, and Universal Conspiracy. Speaking up one evening at a 12 step Recovery meeting, sharing about his physical trauma , multiple back surgeries and seemingly relentless chronic pain, only to be heard by his now good friend and teacher, Jeff Emerson, was invited to try something different, something that might help him accept and heal the pain, Reiki and Yoga. Being intrigued and attention caught he began attending classes and healing sessions. It wasn’t easy; the pain persisted, as did He, many nights only able to lay on his mat and breath. Seeing and feeling his hard work beginning to pay out, he began to increase the regularity and frequency of his practice. No longer needing the use of a walking cane he found himself playing again with his children, enjoying the smell and texture of dirt between his fingers in the garden, he began experiencing serenity, the peace of the present moment. Moving forward with almost five years in Recovery, Matt has recently completed his 200 RYS yoga training at True Freedom Recovery Yoga School, has been attuned in Shinpiden Level III Reiki, continuing to study this healing modality from teacher Jeff Emerson. Matt has also completed 16 hours of Thai Yoga, Thai Traditional Massage as well as attending and practicing yoga workshops locally and abroad. Matt has three insanely wonderful children, married for over twenty years to an extraordinary woman, one dog and some cats. He enjoys digging in the gardens, cooking meals, hanging with family and friends, traveling, being silly and loud belly laughs. He believes in living a life full of raw beauty and passion on purpose, cultivating integrity, invoking spirited emotions, staying vulnerable and humble, digging deep and living in our assets, our own treasure boxes, and sharing them generously with the world, in compassionate forgiveness, in experiencing the power of Grace, and above all LOVE!
Jennifer Sharp is a teacher and writer who connects to her own truth and inner wisdom through dancing. After graduating from college and the dance club scene, she longed for opportunities to dance completely awake and aware alongside friends. After discovering the Friday night dance class at the Shakti Factory and the Dancing Mindfulness community (based out of northeastern OH), she was amazed at how a regular dance meditation practice opened up new possibilities in her life. Even though she possesses advanced degrees in counselor education, Jennifer believes that embodied movement heals us toward wholeness in ways that what she learned in graduate school cannot. She is deeply committed to supporting others as they integrate mindfulness and contemplative practices into their lives.
Lauren Weinstein fiercely lives her passions of sharing in explorations of natural wellness therapies. Developed connections through mind // body, food as medicine, a daily interest has evolved of fusing spiritual study with physical practice. As a Leukemia and chemotherapy survivor, she is proud to provide safe, restoring and non-invasive holistic modalities to individuals and communities.
Seed projects of innovation and wholeness of life that have blossomed and continue to grow include being synced in the fabrication of The Home Dome Collective, a geodesic structure which contributes to holding sacred space for workshops, meditation, yoga at a mixture of gatherings // Rooted Juicery + Kitchen // The Shakti Factory.
While in the midst of pursuing these directions, joyful energy is found through world travel, flow arts, cliff jumping, forming deep relationships with Mother Nature and matters of our ecosystems through gardens + sustainable living.
Yogini, foodie, book lover and dreamer. Sonya has always been drawn to her Indian heritage and spirituality but after an illness and personal setback Sonya found solace in yoga and meditation to help nurture her spirit on her road to recovery. Yoga has helped her bring more attunement to her body and health and has also brought her more confidence and inspiration. Her RYT 200 training was from the Bija school with a focus on Ashtanga and Vinyasa. She has a background in Reki, mindfullness meditation, and a follower and sadhak of the Advait Sri Vidya lineage. Sonya is currently working on her 300 hour yin yoga training. Her classes are devoted to finding the balance of strength and restoration in a healing capacity allowing one to bring more awareness of being present and compassionate on and off their mat.
Maria is a practicing Reiki master and teacher with over fourteen years of experience, trained in the Japanese traditional style of Usui Reiki as well as Karuna Reiki. She is a Registered Practitioner Teacher with Shibumi International Reiki Association and Graduate Teacher with the International House of Reiki. She continues to study Reiki and expand Insuring the highest quality of standards for Reiki treatments and training. Through the system of Reiki we let go of limitations so that we can unfold to the fullest potential. Inner peace, clarity and presence are developed rom ithin, bringing healing to each ndividual. This new state of being ripples out to our work, families and communities. Creating more vibrant world with mpowered people who are engaged, resilient and ope in ach moment. I hope to meet you and share the joy and happiness of my work.
Flow Barre Teacher
Having a Fine Arts background, Iza Knapp infuses creativity into everything she puts her hands on. Growing up in Cincinnati, she spent her time exploring forms of expression in many art mediums all the way up through college. Painting the human figure became her main focus. After college she took her first Yoga Teacher Training the world seemed to open up in incredible ways. After she also earned her Pilates and Barre certifications. The human body remains her greatest source of inspiration. Movement is a way of life with the body as a medium.