Open-Level Flow

This class is taught by:

Becky Verner

I found yoga in the rolling hills of Athens, while attending Ohio University many years ago. First a retreat from the busy (mostly social) life of a college student, this practice has since brought me strength, acceptance, discipline, many friendships and loving kindness. Yoga helps me like myself a little bit more, and it's helping me find my purpose in the world -- what a blessing! In 2015 I earned my 200-hour certification from Cleveland's Ananda Bhakti Hatha Yoga Teacher Training.

What to expect in Becky's class: As a teacher, I want my students to have fun during my class. I encourage creativity and ownership in the practice of each student. You'll often hear me say that "yoga is a practice with ourselves together." We begin with awareness and appreciation of where we are at the moment -- mentally and physically. Throughout our practice we'll detox our bodies by breathing, twisting and filling the space created with loving kindness and gratitude. I encourage my students to let go of any sense of judgment or competition in order to truly look inward, finding beauty and acceptance in their practice and themselves.

What People Say About Class With Becky:

"Becky led an excellent class! I did poses that I haven't held in a long time, so it was nice to have some fresh changes. I enjoyed the music and she also helped with some assistance that helped me improve my practice. Becky also consistently has fun and inspiring commentary. Would recommend her class to all!"

"Awesome playlist, great practice, and lovely teacher! I really enjoyed how Becky's theme of following your breath led from start to end. It kept me focused & aware. I also love how she motivates me to push my practice where I can! Thanks Becky :)"

"Was grateful for Becky's assists! Helped me stretch deeper. Also her lead in to savasana was soothing!"

Geoff Knox

Geoff Knox grew up learning the practices of meditation combined with bodily movement through martial arts. After taking classes in Tang Soo Do and achieving his black belt in Tae Kwon Do, he began to see the power of these ancient practices go much deeper than mere physical fitness. Studying for his BFA in Acting at Kent State University, he found yoga in a movement class and became instantly fascinated with that ancient practice as well. In 2008 he attained his first certification from Cameron Shayne, whose Budokon system combines elements of martial arts and yoga. Geoff quickly found himself hungry for more in depth study and devoted himself to reading and practicing different styles of yoga such as Iyengar and Ashtanga while working towards his MFA in acting at the Asolo Conservatory in Florida. He finally came across a Dharma Yoga class while studying abroad in London, and upon learning Geoff was from the states, the teacher said he simply must find Dharma Mittra. Heeding this advice, Geoff found Dharma in New York City and knew he'd found the teacher he'd always looked for, one whose profound spiritual life and philosophical insight matches his inspiring physical practice. Geoff became certified in 2012, right before his move to the windy city. A dedicated practitioner himself, Geoff believes in guiding his students towards their own personal practice. Whether performed in a class with a dozen people, or alone in one's home, yoga is a personal journey. In the words of Dharma Mittra, "the best guru lies within yourself."
What to expect in Geoff's classes:  My classes are Dharma yoga based, but I draw upon every bit of learning I have received from my many teachers. They're simple yet challenging. I stick to the classical postures so that beginners are welcome, but I always introduce the advanced students to more difficult versions of those postures. I weave in certain meditation and pranayama techniques into the practice. My shavasanas are guided, which will take you to a much deeper level of relaxation.
What to Expect in Geoff's Classes:
"Awesome challenging class this morning. Great way to start the day. Thanks Geoff!"

"Great class with mind body awareness. Improved my flexibility and strength in awareness of my true self. Thank you! Namaste"

Theresa Gorski

Theresa Gorski, Owner, B.A. in Art Education, Licensed Massage Therapist,
200 hour Yoga Instructor
Thai Massage Practitioner, Access Bars Practitioner.

Theresa has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002, and was certified in Yoga in 2010. Theresa specializes in combining Therapeutic Massage Therapy and CranioSacral Therapy for migraines, neck and shoulder injury, TMJ, Hip and low back pain, vertigo, whiplash and falls and enjoys Thai Yoga Massage for clients looking for deeper tissue work for repetitive strain such as desk work or yard work, sports fatigue, energy balancing, and for the business traveller. Theresa also teaches yoga privately and to groups on or off-site in Cleveland and near west locations. Theresa is also available for Corporate wellness talks.

Elaine Hullihen

Elaine is an Ohioan at heart. Born and raised here, she got her first taste of yoga in high school, but discovered how deep and rewarding the practice could be while studying at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. From here she was introduced to the vibrant and lively yoga community in NE Ohio. The growth that yoga sparked and supported in Elaine has ignited a passion in her to share the practice. She earned her 200 hour certification in 2011 through Brahmrishi Yoga, led by Margot and Bill Milcetich. This is a therapeutic tradition that aligns breath and movement to discover clarity, peace and wholeness. Asana and meditation are tools to develop awareness of the body that blossoms into personal discovery, growth and strength. Elaine teaches yoga to hold a space for students to grow from within- aware of and trusting in their own experience.

What to expect in Elaine's classes: A class that is nurturing and contemplative. All classes include breath awareness and alignment instruction to encourage the breath and body to work together. We will both flow with the breath and hold static postures. Classes are a calm to medium level pace and intensity- beginning from a place of ease and working into challenge with support. Pauses are included to give us time to observe and reflect on our experience. At the end of class there will be time to quiet and soak it all in.

Jennifer Lenhart

About Jennifer: I began practicing yoga in 1994 after curiosity about it had me pick up a woman's guide to yoga at a small bookshop when I was a college student. I practiced on my own at home for years before I worked up the courage to go to a yoga studio - having never been good at sports or at belonging to a gym, I was self-conscious and thought I had to be able to do things like the challenging Lotus posture or a headstand to be welcome in a yoga class. I was so glad to learn I was wrong about that! When I began practicing with my teacher Marni Task, my life changed. In her classes, I learned that yoga is so much more than just the postures, that I wanted to be a yogi, and that I wanted to learn to teach others this transformative practice. I graduated from Marni's yoga teacher training program in 2009, and I've been teaching ever since.

In my classes, I encourage students to start where they are and to see how the gifts of a yoga practice can be carried off their mats and into their day-to-day lives. I offer detailed alignment instruction, suggestions for modifications and use of props, and hands-on assists. In class, expect to hear inspirational music (and silence too), do some devotional chanting, consider how the teachings of yoga can be applied to modern life, be asked to bring awareness and focus to the breath, be encouraged to find optimal alignment in the postures, and be invited to bring mindfulness to all aspects of the practice - body, mind, and soul. And probably enjoy some laughter too. Satsang is the Sanskrit word that means "community," and yoga class is one way we build satsang - gathering with other travelers on the path to share breath and inspiration to support one another in our practices.

Open Level Flow classes focus on alignment, attention to the breath, and mindfulness, inviting the body to move with increased awareness and ease. Often, we'll hold poses a bit longer and take more time to explain the subtleties of the pose, incorporating plenty of modifications to address physical limitations or to make the poses more challenging. This class will be accessible to any level of practitioner, whether it's your 5th or 500th class.
Please note: Because this type of class caters to all levels of experience, it's likely that one teacher's class may be very different from the next. We recommend trying all of our Open Level teachers to discover the class that is best for you!

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Oct 19 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Becky Verner
  • Thu Oct 19 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm with Geoff Knox
  • Fri Oct 20 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Theresa Gorski
  • Fri Oct 20 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Becky Verner
  • Sat Oct 21 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Becky Verner
  • Sun Oct 22 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elaine Hullihen
  • Sun Oct 22 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Jennifer Lenhart
  • Mon Oct 23 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Theresa Gorski
  • Tue Oct 24 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Theresa Gorski
  • Wed Oct 25 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Geoff Knox
  • Wed Oct 25 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Becky Verner
  • Thu Oct 26 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Becky Verner
  • Thu Oct 26 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm with Geoff Knox
  • Fri Oct 27 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Theresa Gorski
  • Fri Oct 27 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Becky Verner
  • Sat Oct 28 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Becky Verner
  • Sun Oct 29 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with Elaine Hullihen
  • Sun Oct 29 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Jennifer Lenhart