Kerianne Sidoti, RYT
Big Heart Yoga LLC
I believe that everyone can benefit from yoga, but having the open mind to try something new often takes more time, and guts, than we think. After thinking about trying yoga for many years, a stressful job brought me to a mat for the first time. Since then I have learned that the physical aspect of yoga is just the tip of the iceberg. I've been able to skip my doctor recommended orthotics. I no longer "throw my back out". I no longer "ache". I've learned to actually use my core and I've improved my posture. My entire life is better, I'm healthier, I'm happier, I'm leaner and I feel amazing.
Yoga shouldn’t be scary. I often struggle with asanas (poses), there are many that I love, there are many that I don't, there are many that have changed drastically for me over the years of my practice. The most common things I hear for reasons that people don't try yoga are "I'll try that when I lose weight" or "I'm not flexible enough". The only obstacle in your path is you! I've learned a few things about which asanas are beneficial to me as a larger woman...and which ones are just plain frustrating and don't serve me well. I like to share what I've learned about individual asanas, modifications and the power of breath.
- To honor my body
- To embrace mindfulness
- How to relax
- How to move
- How to breathe
- How to observe
- How to listen
- That crazy looking poses are just that
- That a minor adjustment or breath adaptation can completely change the difficulty of a pose
- Some things can be extremely hard, and more than worth their efforts
My classes are open and informal and focus on breath centered movement, safe and healthy alignment, mindfulness and letting go. I enjoy teaching classes in several different styles, including Yin, Restorative and a Viniyoga inspired class I like to call "Yoga Foundations".
I began studying with Certified Viniyoga Therapist, Dawn Miller, C-IAYT in 2013. In the summer of 2017, I completed my 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at Sewall House Yoga Retreat in Island Falls, Maine with Donna (Amrita) Davidge (500 Hr E-RYT). Donna shared her very diverse knowledge from teaching yoga in New York City and northern Maine for over 30 years, learning from many teachers, including Yogi Bhajan, Dharma Mittra, Eddie Stern, Genny Kapuler and Judith Lasater.
Aimee (Jinping) Ji, RYT
My name is Jinping Ji, but you can call me Aimee. I started studying yoga in Shanghai, China in 2011. For the last three years, the wonderful Pure Yoga Studio was my home base. In 2017, I traveled to Rishkesh, India to further my meditation studies under my guru Charat Singh. After the trip, I received my 200h Yoga Alliance teacher certification with Yogayantra and studied singing bowl therapy with Grand Master Shree Shahi from the Kathmandu Center of Healing.
Yoga has completely changed my life, not only my mindset, but it has also brought awareness to my daily life. Through yoga, I get closer and closer to my inner guru, guiding me through my different life stages, including moving all the way from China to the States.
Yoga helps me feel re-born all the time and helps me to live in the moment, to live in the most full and whole way, and to start every day anew.
Often the intensity of life can overwhelm or overshadow the wonders that are quietly maturing beyond our view. We need to keep working until the fruits of our endeavors manifest in a wonderful display of color, form and light beyond what we could have ever imagined.
Be patient and simply dedicate yourself to a regular yoga practice, soon you will notice things are changing in and around you.
I'm very happy to be part of the Big Heart Yoga team to share my yoga experiences and bring peace and harmony through my singing bowls.
Positive Mind, Positive Vibes, Positive Life
I am a 200 hour certified Therapeutic Hatha yoga instructor. I completed my training in June of 2016 and since then have been teaching various places around Cleveland’s Eastside. I was even fortunate enough to land a beach club yoga class in the summer time. The class was designed so students could practice yoga while taking in the beautiful view of Lake Erie. I have also taught at the Willowick community center. I am excited to be a part of the Big Heart Yoga Staff, teaching on Saturdays as well as substituting for teachers who may be out. While working full time for PNC Bank I make yoga and the practice of yoga a priority. I hope students who share their practice with me find peace of mind, clarity of their thoughts, and the will to continue to be the best person they can be. Namaste!
Christine McIntosh, RYT
I am a Euclid resident, a City of Euclid Councilwoman and a 200 hour registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. I am inspired by yoga philosophy, energy work, our collective consciousness and how humankind connects to nature and self. Uniting breath and movement, I lead an integrative, all levels yoga practice that combines meditation, breathwork and asana to open energy pathways leaving one steady and eased.
I found my twin loves of dance and yoga while growing up in Michigan. My first time practicing yoga was from reading a hatha yoga book from the library, and I was hooked. Following those two passions, I received my Bachelors in Dance from Western Michigan University and 200 hour yoga certification with Yoga to the People NYC. My time in New York afforded me the opportunity to study a plethora of yoga styles and sample diverse teaching techniques. Coming back to the Midwest, I’ve decided to refocus on teaching. My style of yoga is informed by my dance background, every pose and breath flowing in and out of each other. I’ve found that the more people I am allowed to teach, the more I learn about my own practice. I am happy and grateful to be a part of the Big Heart Yoga family.
Kit Ontko, RYT
After practicing yoga for 15 years, I realized I wanted to teach and graduated from the Cleveland Clinic School of Yoga in 2017. Many people are intimidated by yoga because they aren’t “flexible”. To me, the beauty of yoga is not that it makes you more bendy, but it helps you be present with where you are while challenging your notions of what your body and mind can do. In my day job as an Occupational Therapist for the Cleveland Clinic, I am daily teaching my patients that “pain is no gain” and the same applies to yoga. Especially with yoga that is focused on wellness, students learn how to move in ways that benefit without harm, and in the process learn skills they can use off the mat, such as how you speak to yourself. I believe your body hears everything you say, so be kind in your words and your body will respond.
Jaimee Bruening, RYT
I tried yoga accidentally when I started dating my now-spouse. We went to a class that was WAY too hard for a first class, and I let that stop me from trying again for a while. My job at the time was super stressful, so eventually, I found a beginner's yoga workshop and tried again. This significantly helped me overcome my fears! I started taking yoga classes at the Y and looked for a mentor for large-bodied yoga. I finally found Julie Brown and Denys Morgan, and I graduated from their YTT program, Ananda Bhakti, in 2016. Since then, I've done additional training in restorative yoga with Anne Ondrey and some therapeutic yoga techniques with Freia Ramsey. I've also studied reiki with Jennifer Shope and follow Amber Karnes, Jessamyn Stanley, Dianne Bondy, and any other body positive yoga I can find online.
If you attend my classes, you can expect a space that is intentionally safe and open to every body type and philosophy. Together, we will meditate and ground ourselves, work on good alignment at a slow pace, and find empowering strength that already resides within each of us. I look forward to being a yogin like you on our mats together!