Shannon Sturdevant RYT200

"Yoga is for all. Nobody should be denied the opportunity to experience its benevolence. It is this thought that impelled me to think of these props." - BKS Iyengar

Shannon has been a student of yoga for several years. She completed her 200 hour certification through the Yoga Alliance. Specializing in yoga for special populations, Shannon continues to attend classes with Arabelle Mondello, Adaptive yoga Instructor and founder of Acenda Yoga in Lakewood, Ohio. She has completed training in Adapting Yoga for Disabilities with Matthew Sanford, founder of Mind Body Solutions in Minnetonka, Minnesota. 

With adaptions and modifications through the use of props, Shannon is committed to helping those with special needs find balance, strength, and stability in a yoga practice that does not focus on the postures themselves, but the student’s individual and very personal journey within their body and mind.

Her personal experience with disability and the amazing support of her family, friends, and teachers have instilled in Shannon gratitude for the practice of yoga and an intention rooted in accessibility.

Megan Bartholomew

Like many people I first came to yoga, particularly “power vinyasa,” for the physical benefits of toned arms and firm abs. Each week I did see those outward physical benefits from showing up on my mat. I loved gaining strength, flexibility and being able to learn how to float into some of those fun arm balances. However, that is not what hooked me, it was the discovery that yoga was every bit a mental practice as it was a physical practice. Yoga taught me the true meaning of living in the present. It is training yourself to literally be in the moment, not letting the mind wonder to thoughts of what happened earlier in your day, the emails you still need to send or the other obligations that you have after class. Learning to “quite the mind” as we say in yoga, is still a challenge for me at times, but when I can achieve that quietness it has given me true inner peace. See you on your mat. Namaste. 

Nicole Peterson

Hello, my name is Nicole!  I work as a Clinical Counselor at a local mental health agency and as an Adjunct Faculty member at Youngstown State University and Eastern Gateway Community College.  I am a Dancing Mindfulness facilitator, certified Zumba instructor, 200RYT, a Community Walker and I am certified in Reiki I and II.

My passion is helping others realize their full potential! I am lucky enough to have amazing mentors in my life and I hope to pass on my knowledge to others!  In my spare time I love learning about other cultures, listening to music, and spending time with my family and friends. 

Sarah Braun

Sarah Braun is certified in the Science of Hatha Yoga, RYT200.  She is specialized in Prenatal yoga and Aerial Yoga.  Sarah also is a certified Bokwa Punch and Strike Instructor. She believes this fun, high-energy workout is the perfect complement to her yoga practice. Sarah is also a Certified Yoga Unchained facilitator as well as teaching the fun and fantastic practice of Aerial Yoga.

Sarah is a licensed social worker and works as a clinical supervisor and trauma therapist at a community mental health agency. She loves spending time with friends, family, and her dog, Pete.


Leah Hartman

Leah is trained as a Hatha yoga teacher and is completing her 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Awaken Yoga & Healing Arts in Mentor, Ohio. Her 300 hour program includes restorative yoga and a yoga therapy module developed by Jennifer Langsdale, Inner Wisdom. Leah is largely focused on the healing and therapeutic benefits of yoga and chakra energy healing. She has extensive training in Hatha and Restorative and experience with Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga practices. She is a Yoga Unchained Facilitator, trained to help those who have been affected by trauma heal and become empowered through yoga practice, a Reiki Level I practitioner, and a doTerra Aromatouch therapy practitioner. Leah lives near Ashtabula, Ohio with her husband, with whom she enjoys enjoys scuba diving and travelling as much as possible.

Linda Crandall RYT200

"If you have a body, if you have breath, you have all that you need to practice yoga."


As a lifetime student of all types of yoga, Linda Crandall started her yoga journey practicing as a teen in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Since moving to Ohio to raise her daughter, she became an avid golfer, skier and snowboarder, but yoga was always her primary passion.  Yoga helped her become more flexible and fearless both on and off her mat.  She decided to share her more than 20 years of experience as a student by completing her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Erin Kouvas.  She is also a member of the Yoga Alliance.  

She believes yoga is the relationship that is built between the body, the mind and the breath and that it creates space allowing the freedom to release so that we can comfortably andcompetently move our bodies through life.  Her goal is to encourage each student throughout their personal yoga journey with the growth of their physical and spiritual self by combining creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration. 

Dr. Jamie Marich

Jamie Marich's friends and colleagues describe her as a renaissance woman. A dancer, musician, performer, writer, recovery ambassador, and clinical counselor, Marich unites these elements of her experience to achieve an ultimate mission: bringing the art and joy of healing to others. Marich travels internationally speaking on topics related to EMDR, trauma, addiction, and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice (Mindful Ohio) in her home base of Warren, OH. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice ( and regularly trains facilitators to take this unique practice into both clinical and community settings. Jamie Marich is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Recovery Enhancement (2012), and Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors. Her new book, Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation is scheduled for release in 2015 with Skylight Paths Press. Marich is also a certified rational living hypnotherapist and completed the Street Yoga trauma-informed yoga teacher training program. She is also a Certified Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) leader. In 2015, she had the privilege of delivering a TEDx talk on trauma (available on YouTube), and she made her first appearance on the popular Recovery 2.0 Conference with Tommy Rosen.

Stephanie Perrine
Kelsey Evans

Kelsey graduated from BodyBLISS Connection RYT 200 hour training program in December.  She is also a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor.  Kelsey is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.  She believes in a holistic approach to treating mental health and substance use disorders by utilizing mindfulness and meditation in addition to other treatment modalities. 

Kelsey is a Dancing Mindfulness Facilitator, Zumba Instructor and Advanced Reiki Practitioner, all of which have assisted her in developing her own mindfulness practice and teaching a creative and energetic mind-body connection in her classes.

Wendy Miller

Wendy graduated from her RYT200 in December.  She also obtained her certification in Kidding Around Yoga.  She specializes in all fun things...YOGA!  Teaching Aerial Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Kids Yoga and so much more.

Wendy is an advocate in her community, always striving to improve her community and reaching out to help others.

Join Wendy at BodyBLISS Connection!

Stephanie graduated from her RYT200 in December.  Stephanie developed a love for yoga many years ago, she has had a consistent practice and her love of yoga brought her to become an instructor.  Stephanie teaches Vinyasa, Power, Hatha and even Aerial Yoga.

Stephanie is a Registered Nurse and has a love of Nature, spending as much time outdoors as she possibly can!  You can enjoy some of her spectacular photos of nature on her facebook page!​

Join Stephanie for a class at BodyBLISS Connection!