Meet the Team
owner/e-ryt 200 yoga instructor and yaecp/
comprehensively certified pilates instructor
Opening a Yoga studio has been a dream of Brandy's ever since she received her 200 hour Yoga certification in 2014 from Sangha Center for Yoga and Wellness. Since then, she has taken several scary, yet, exhilarating, life changing leaps, in order to make her dream a reality-opening Shakti Yoga & Pilates! Shakti represents the creative energy that is within us, our intuitive, motivating force, our personal power, and our ability to move and change. To help her students tap into this, Brandy's classes are based on the energy and needs of the students who show up. Her Yoga classes incorporate astrological influences, Yoga philosophy, and the wisdom of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (two sciences that teach us that what is going on in nature is also going on inside of us) to help her students feel more balanced as they move through their own changes. Brandy also completed her Comprehensive Pilates certification through Lates Pilates. in 2020 and believes this practice is a beautiful way to offer movement that is supportive and sustainable for life. Her Pilates classes are ever changing, fun, and a good challenge for the mind and body. Brandy has experienced positive mental, emotional, and physical changes through both of these practices and she's thrilled to offer both disciplines to you. Brandy hopes that the energy she's put into Shakti will help to set a spark off within you too!
200 hr certified yoga instructor
Slow and steady. Useful advice for races and your practice. Although he received his 200 hr. training in a Power Yoga program, Matthew takes a more deliberate approach to his practice. Find the pose, settle in, hold it. Nothing too flashy, just tried and tested asanas to help you discover a whole new level of your practice.
ryt 500 yoga instructor, cvmt
Naomi is a 500 hour registered Yoga teacher and certified Vishoka Meditation® teacher trained and certified in the Himalayan Tradition. Naomi lived at the Himalayan Institute for five years, where she served full-time as a Karma yogi and was immersed in the teachings of Yoga, meditation, Tantra, and Ayurveda. Her classes are inspired by her personal daily practice and the timeless teachings that have been shared through her teachers. She teaches classes, workshops, and immersions in Hatha Yoga and yogic meditation.
ryt 500 yoga instructor, usui reiki level 1, prenatal yoga 85 hr
Yoga found me at a YMCA in 2009 and it was love at first breath. My yoga practice has evolved from a solely physical practice to a daily opportunity to hit the pause button, breathe, and return to my soul. It serves as my antidote to the chaos of modern life.
My class offerings are rooted in gentle yoga, yin, restorative, and Nidra and influenced by related modalities such as Reiki and Chakra energy work.
ryt 200 instructor
If life is measured by the amount of breaths we take, why not give meaningful awareness to it? Zaria structures her practices through moving meditation— connecting the body and mind. When she attended her first class at Shakti Yoga & Pilates in November 2021, she instantly felt aligned and connected. Zaria is from Ohio, and lives there currently. However, she found love and her second home in Butler County, where she travels to every week. In May 2022, she received her RYT-200 at One Love Yoga in Kent, Ohio. In July 2022, she received her certification in Reiki II, and incorporates this healing practice in her classes across Northeast Ohio, (and now Butler!). She’s grateful to express this energy and connect with all beings everywhere. The body talks and meditation helps! :)
pma certified pilates instructor
Cheryl is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher as well as a TRX® Qualified Coach and Barre Above® Certified Instructor. Cheryl first experienced Pilates while recovering from an injuryto her lower back. She gained a deep appreciation for what Pilates can do for your mind, body and life and looks forward to helping others discover what Pilates can do for them. When not in the studio you can find Cheryl, substitute teaching in the officiating swim meets for the local YMCA and spending time with her husband (David), 2 children (Natalie & Eli) and Boxer, Zoe.
ryt 200 instructor, lcsw
Sherry Marentay is a licensed clinical social worker. She has provided mental health counseling toindividuals and couples for over 20 years. Sherry found yoga for herself and has been practicing for over10 years. It was through her own practice that she found the benefits of yoga on a mental, physical andemotional level. She decided that this was something that she would like to offer the people that sheworks with in counseling as well and further her own practice. In 2021 she attended and completed her200 hour certification training at One Point One in Pittsburgh. Her classes involve mindful movementand breath work activating the effects of the practice on our emotional and mental well-being. Shecreates a safe space for individuals to find themselves and be present in the here and now.