(William Brashear / E-RYT 500) is the president of Cincinnati Yoga School. He has studied yoga since 1987 and has traveled regularly throughout India since 2003 to deepen his practice. He has been trained at the Advanced (500hr) level 3 times in India . Once through the Swara yoga school in Elemental Yoga Therapy and before that in Astanga by Masterji Vishwanath (nephew and former assistant to “Guruji” Patabhi Jois). His 200 level training was in America in the Kripalu Yoga tradition by Martha Abbot, as well as Advanced training in Thai Yoga Massage thru the Lotus Palm school with Rishi Dion in "Yogavilles" Satchitananda Ashram in Virginia.
In 2004 Will assembled a crew of yoga teachers from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and other yogic lineages throughout India to create a model Graduate Degree program for Antioch University McGregor (AUM) in Integral Yoga Psychology. He is also the only student to be certified by Joe Williams to teach the Delsarte System of Expression (See Joe Williams bio below)
Will has served on the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i's of Cincinnati and other communities for many years and was asked by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i's of India to create materials to help Baha'i communities connect and correlate with Hindu and Buddhist communities through the teachings of yoga.
As a long time student of comparative/complementary religion, Will is the author of The Yoga of Religion (Inland Press, 2004) and was the host of YOGA: The Other 98%, on 1530 WCKY –The Revolution of Talk Radio.
Will has been the Director of Yoga Teacher Trainings for CYS, CYTA (Cincinnati Yoga Teachers Association), Frankfort Yoga Studio, Vishwa Yoga and the Vishwa Yoga Journey. There are also plans to team up with the Swara yoga school based in Portugal to help in creating a 1000 hour Elemental Yoga Therapy program.
However, Will considers his greatest accomplishment as starting an elementary school that serves around 100 impoverished children in Chandigarh, India; and funded by the (501c3) non-profit organization known as Virtues First, International; of which he co-founded and serves as president. Most of the profits from this training go to this organization to help and empower India's needy: www.virtuesfirstprojects.com
Jeff Emerson, RYT fulfilling a lifelong dream, Jeff completed his 200 hour yoga training a few years ago and is now perusing the 500 hour teaching certificate. Jeff has studied meditation for a number of years and teaches meditation at Lebanon prison and the drop in center downtown. Jeff is also a Reiki Master and trainer as well as a Thai Yoga Bodyworker, enabling him to combine the two art forms into a uniquely powerful healing experience.
Janet Osmond, RYT is a certified Kripalu instructor. Her classes have a strong focus on body awareness alignment and modifications. For Janet Yoga is a haven which creates health and well-being for the body, mind and spirit.
Master Roy Bushman, 8th dan black belt with I K Kim Ja Be Ryu Tae Kwon Do, teaches the Sun Do classes and began Tae Kwon Do under Grand Master Kim in 1972. Roy Bushman is the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Sun Do Instructor for the International Sun Do Association www.sundo.org and Lotus Yoga Temple has one of the few Midwest locations to teach this art. Mr. Bushman met Be Kyung during his stay in the U S during the 1970’s and uses Sun Do to keep his martial arts abilities sharp though over 50 years of age. He attends at least 3 Sun Do retreats each year (California, Vermont and British Columbia) under Master Hyun Moon Kim, who leads Sun Do in the United States.
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Mary Kemper, RYT was introduced to yoga by her mother, and later became a Kali Ray (Kaliji) TriYoga teacher (Basics through Level 3), past vice-president of the Cincinnati Yoga Teachers Association (CYTA), and an American Council on Exercise group fitness instructor. She is inspired to share the teachings of master yogini Kaliji, founder of TriYoga, to students of all ages and fitness levels in classes and workshops. TriYoga incorporates postures, breath, and meditation to bring health and balance to body, mind, and spirit. It is the science of health, happiness, and wisdom.
Ellen Zipperstein, RYT is a Kripalu Yoga certified teacher. She has been practicing yoga for over twelve years and teaching it for the past four. Ellen had previously been on the faculty of Northern Kentucky University's Theatre Department, teaching Ballet, Modern Dance and Choreography. She uses her knowledge of moving from the center, alignment, and self inquiry to guide students to discover their own yoga path. Ellen believes if you open your heart and mind to your breath your body will follow.
Monique Klasmeier, RYT has been teaching yoga in the Cincinnati area since 2000. She is a graduate of the Cincinnati Yoga Teachers Association teacher/apprenticeship program and a certified yoga instructor through Atma Yoga with Christopher Ken Baxter. Monique focuses her classes on awareness from within, finding a place of steadiness and comfort which will allow the body to receive the most benefit from warm-ups, asanas and relaxation; thus promoting flexibility, strength and relieving the effects of stress on the body. She encourages her students to approach their practice with gratitude and honor towards one's self, only then, can one benefit truly from the practice of yoga.
Donald Nicely, RYT completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2010 and is poised to pursue a 500 level certificate. He has studied Yogic philosophy and practiced Yoga, off and on, for over 10 years. Over the past year he has found inspiration to deepen his practice and to share it with others and has been teaching at CYS since March 2010.He also holds a MA in Conflict Resolution, is certified in Thai Yoga Bodywork/Massage, and is a Reiki Level I Practitioner. In addition to teaching Yoga, he provides individual and couples coaching services and group workshops on personal growth and healing, mediation, communication, boundaries, anger management and parenting. Donald understands Yoga to be the most powerful path to healing and personal growth. Through Yogic practices we learn to be in touch with ourselves, the world and the Divine. Yoga provides the tools and space to find clarity and develop wisdom.