Meet our instructors.
After leaving a career in engineering, relocating from Ohio to Massachusetts and having my third child in 1999, there was a little something missing in my life. To help with the transition a former co-worker recommended that I try yoga. Not knowing anything about it I blindly signed up for a class and quickly fell in love. The science behind Hatha and Restorative Yoga made perfect sense to me. I trained for many years under Lucy Cimini, founder of Central Mass Yoga and Wellness, who became a role model and friend, on and off the mat. Her insight and guidance led me to pursue my own certification in yoga. I graduated from the Himalayan Institute in 2001 and then completed an additional certification in Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga in 2004. In 2005 I became a Hypno Birthing Chidlbirth Educator. During this time I also gave birth to two beautiful baby girls.
My path brought me, my husband and five children to Columbus, Ohio, in 2007, and not long after that into the world of cancer when my son was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Suddenly, my background in yoga, hypnotherapy and essential oils took on new meaning. It provided me, my son and family with some resources that I would never want to be without. Learning to take things just “one breath at a time” was invaluable. About one year into his treatment he developed depression as a result of the side effects of his medication. My experience caring for him brought forth in me a yearning to teach yoga and mindfulness to other people living with cancer, anxiety and depression. And to help them learn that in the midst of such a troubling illness there is a sense of peace and control.
I am excited to welcome you to beYoga and Wellness where you can be centered, be relaxed and be energized. A place to Just be….
Johnny’s yoga journey began four years ago and immediately shifted his perspective on life. He was drawn to the incredible mental and physical benefits of the practice, and through yoga he found a vehicle for pure expression. In his classes, Johnny strives to provide a calm and empowering voice to grant each student space to move intelligently and confidently. Johnny is 200 hr Yoga Teacher who has trained with Katie Brauer and Alece Demaray. He is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and is Reiki II. He is a voracious music lover and is probably drinking coffee somewhere right now.
Jodi practiced yoga off and on in the eighties while busy with a marketing career. In 1994, her stressful business led her back to a more serious path of yoga, which she says has had a profound effect in her life and continues to create a heart broken wide open in love and peace. She is a certified yoga instructor and registered by the international association, Yoga Alliance. Over the years, Jodi has enjoyed instructing yoga for groups and individuals where she has had the pleasure of teaching in yoga studios, athletic & fitness clubs, corporations, schools, girl scout troops, and churches. She appreciates teaching an array of students – those new to yoga, intermediate and advanced practitioners, aspiring yoga teachers, cancer patients, the very young and seniors.
An earnest student of meditation since the mid-eighties and a Reiki Master teacher/practitioner, Jodi brings to yoga a blend of mindfulness and energy practice. As steward, she served in the start-up and ongoing development of the Institute for Visionary Leadership, a personal and spiritual healing retreat center located in the Green Mountains in Vermont. She is also one of the founding facilitators of a non-denominational labyrinth meditation walk at First Community Church where she assists in facilitator training.
Jodi feels honored teaching various yoga, meditation and Reiki workshops on a regular basis in addition to serving as adjunct faculty teaching philosophy and asana courses in Yoga on High’s teacher training program. In addition to teaching which has truly been the best training in many respects, Jodi has had the blessed opportunity to study with a number of the “yoga greats” including Rodney Yee, Marcia Miller, Erich Schiffmann, Tim Miller, Angela Farmer, Victor VanKooten, Jean Couch, Judith Lasater, Cyndi Lee and David Nichtern to name a few. She earned her yoga teaching certificate from Yoga on High’s teacher training program and is a 500-hour registrant of Yoga Alliance’s national accreditation program.
Jodi lives in Upper Arlington, Ohio with her children, John and Jessica. “To experience and to be grateful for the Truth of what I am, expressing this in each moment,” is a life-long commitment for Jodi and one she encourages others to explore as well.
I have been a fitness professional for over eighteen years. Wow that still amazes me! From time to time I am asked what do you do? My answer to that is. I inspire hope and change in others through fitness! You could say that is my mission, but it didn't start that way. I have always led a physically active lifestyle. I started out informally helping my friends and making suggestions to how they could get the most out of their workout and making sure they had proper form when working out. This led me to teaching Body Pump at Cal Fit, then kickboxing and spinning. Fast forward to two years later, and I am in Ft. Lauderdale completing my personal training certification with ISCA.
My clients have ranged from athletic teams, firefighters, corp executives, retiree's and stay at home moms. I am in my fifth season as a track and field coach at New Albany High School. About seven years ago I was introduced to yoga which let me to Thai Yoga Massage. I have been studying and practicing Thai Yoga Massage for five plus years now. I went to Montreal to Lotus Palm to complete my essential certification after starting my studies here in Columbus. I have either led or assisted in 10 Thai Yoga Massage partner workshop in the past two years. The workshops allow me to share this form of body work with the masses. I have completed three levels of a six level program. During down time I enjoy traveling with my wife, dancing and laughing with friends and family.
I began my yoga practice in 2006 and I was quickly hooked. Yoga helped me to find ease in my body and mind. A couple years later, after giving birth to my daughter my yoga practice became a much-needed outlet for me to understand not only my new body, but also my new life as a Mom. Again, in 2015 when I had a mysterious pain in my back, Yoga helped me through and post surgery.
Yoga has given me a community that a truly cherish and feel a part of no matter where I am in the world, physically or mentally. My journey into teaching began when I wanted to learn all there was to know about Yoga. Now that I am a teacher, I see the learning is infinite as well as the possibilities. I believe that Yoga can be whatever you need it to be – a relaxing stress-reliever, a workout, a journey in self-study and the list goes on.
I completed my 200 CYT in July of 2017 and am thrilled to be teaching at beYoga and wellness! I am looking forward to sharing my own experiences on and off the mat with students and continuing to practice and learn with them.
Steven J. Rendina, (MTS, LICDC-CS, LMT, ADS) practices tuina Chinese medical massage and teaches qigong and tai chi . He is a Certified Masters-level QiGong Teacher and is also a licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor and holds a Masters Degree in Theological Studies.