Amy Vetter created DRISHTIQ Yoga to provide a community where everyone that participates finds their own personal fulfillment and style in their yoga practice. Amy grew up in Ohio and in 2012 moved back to Ohio after living in South Florida for 13 years. In Florida, she was certified through the 200 Hour Yogafox Vinyasa School of Yoga program in Delray Beach, FL and became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT‐ 200). She has a powerful teaching style that reflects her background practicing Vinyasa, Hot Yoga, Bikram and Ashtanga. She began practicing yoga as a form of exercise but very quickly found it to be more than fitness, but a way to balance her career and family life. Amy, her husband and 2 boys share the love of yoga and enjoy practicing together as a family. Besides yoga, she maintains a physically active lifestyle which includes running, swimming, aerobics and weight training classes. In addition to being a Yoga Instructor, Amy is a CPA and National Speaker. Amy has participated in yoga classes and workshops all over the United States when traveling for speaking engagements. These vast experiences around the US enhance her practice, in addition to always providing something new to integrate into the classes she teaches. Amy strongly believes in the benefits of yoga and is passionate about how it can help people in their daily lives which comes through her in teaching. She loves providing a challenging class with fun music and contributing to the growth of the practitioners in her classes.
Choose an Attitude of Gratitude
I took my first hot yoga class on a whim because I was bored with my regular workout routine and I had heard from a former professional athlete that yoga was both a great workout and a stress reliever. One class, and I was hooked and soon after I singed on to earn my RYT200 Teacher Training Certificate.
For me, yoga is a perfect balance of a kick butt workout and a lesson in what it is to turn off your mind, allowing time to reconnect with your body and spirit. I decided to sign up for teacher training because I felt tremendously inspired to share this gift of yoga with others- from my family, friends and community, to the teen athletes I coach. As a soccer coach, I was especially interested in continuing to share yoga with my athletes, as yoga is great with injury prevention, stamina building through breath, and core strength and conditioning. Best of all yoga allows the athlete time away from the competitiveness of organized sports and provides relief from the daily stresses on a teen athletes mind and body. Yoga should be a vital part of every persons lifestyle regimen. Yoga has changed every aspect of my health- body, mind and spirit. And the greatest part of all is that yoga fits every body!
Give a Smile, Get a Smile
Amy is a native of Mason, Ohio, having lived here her whole life. With a degree in Exercise Physiology and a Masters in Nutrition, Amy spends a great deal of time changing the lives of the others through personal training and nutrition counseling. Amy has been teaching yoga since college and has had the opportunity to teach in a variety of settings including studios, the corporate environment, gyms, personal clubs, and private instruction. Amy brings a great deal of fitness experience to her yoga classes having taught aerobics, dance, gymnastics, bootcamp, Pilates, spinning, and kickboxing. Amy has cheered professionally for 4 sports teams, including the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds. She has competed on world and national stages through fitness competitions and has competed in numerous running, biking and her newest endeavor triathlon races. Outside of Amy’s professional life, she is a very happy mother of a energetic 3 year old and spends most of her time with her husband and close family members. Amy loves to run, read nutrition books, and spends her summer days by the pool!
Compassion for self, Compassion for Others
My yoga journey began eight years ago with an ashtanga yoga class and I immediately fell in love. I asked myself, “Where has yoga been my whole life?” I have been active in fitness and working out but had never experienced the calm, centered feeling I had after a yoga practice. The physical practice appealed to me in the beginning but within a few weeks I realized there were huge mental/emotional benefits as well. I began to crave the time on my mat and came to understand my strengths, vulnerabilities, and limitations in a very intimate way. I love to experiment with the different styles of yoga and have found that there is so much to offer. By listening to my body on a daily basis I can choose what is best that day and it can be power yoga, yin yoga, a slow flow, or a restorative practice. I love incorporating and sharing all that I am learning personally into my teaching. Along with yoga I enjoy biking, cooking, playing with my dogs and reading.
15Erin’s early run-ins with yoga consisted of a 100+ degree studio of approximately 25 people crammed into a room that should only really hold 15. The vigorous power vinyasa classes were exactly what she was looking for to promote strength and flexibility. As a health and fitness junkie it seemed like yoga would fit perfectly into her life.
It wasn’t until she moved overseas that she was introduced to the different types of yoga through online home practices. In 2012 she went through the 200 RYT training course upon returning to the US and fell in love with all styles, the lifestyle that yoga preaches, and the calm that can be found when taking the right class at the right time for your body and mind. Studying yoga has given Erin a new perspective on the way life can be lived.
A wife, mother of two, admitted food snob, and healthy living advocate, Erin spends her personal time with her active family. After finding balance between the need for a professional life and want for an amazing home life, she teaches yoga and is a freelance writer and marketing strategist.
You can live your life as a positive role model or a negative one
I started doing yoga in 2004 when a back injury kept me from running. I had never loved to run but I did love the way my body and mind felt after a good run. I also loved the calorie burn! My friend turned me on to yoga and it was love from that first class. I never knew yoga could be so powerful and peaceful at the same time.
I decided I could possibly teach yoga 4 years later and started training with different types. I have primarily trained with Baron Baptiste, as well as trained with YogaFit, AcroYoga, and Seane Corne to name a few. I love fitting all different types of yoga into my flow classes.
Yoga has made me a better mom, a better wife, a better daughter. I love this practice because you find your power, you find your breath, you find your heart.
Peace Be With You
Lennice tried yoga to find an alternative to surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome in 2009. She fell in love with the breath and non-competitiveness of yoga. Slowly she started to open her body and found the aches and pains from running, walking and cycling fading away. For Lennice, yoga serves to balance the hectic schedule of being a quilt artist, a secretary at her church, a wife, a mother to six kids and grandmother of 3. Her love of yoga moved her to pursue becoming a Yoga Instructor. She wants to share with others her passion and how it is never too late to learn. Just do it!
Breathe, Focus, Release
With a degree in Exercise Science and years of teaching traditional exercise classes, I was given the opportunity to teach yoga. Feeling nervous and a little uncertain, I went through YogaFit Teacher Training. Initially, I was interested in just the physical benefits of yoga. In time, I learned it was so much more!
I found that I felt physically stronger after each and every practice, but I was so calm, patient and relaxed, I was drawn to my mat. Yoga goes way beyond physical exercise. It is a time to let the mind be still and tune into the breath. It seems so simple, but yet it will transform you in ways you have never imagined. It has taught me to be less judgmental of myself and others. We are all on our own journey and the practice of yoga will give us what we need to find our way.
We recently moved to Ohio from Wisconsin. I am a mom to four busy children and work hard to teach my family the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. I love to run and enjoy cooking, reading and interior design. I am thrilled that I have found yoga and I know you will be too!
Enjoy what the practice has to Teach Us
I discovered Yoga in 2005 after overuse injuries forced me to take a break from my usual workouts. I was looking for a way to maintain the fitness level I had worked so hard to attain while I healed. So I bought a book and taught myself the Asthanga primary series. From there I was hooked and wanted to deepen my practice. In 2012 I graduated from YogahOMe’s teacher training program and have taught in the fitness environment as well as the studio. Yoga for me started out as another type of workout but has morphed into much more over time. These days I enjoy the more subtle aspects of the practice and what it can teach us about ourselves. That is what I hope to share with others.
Personal Training and Nutrition Made Easy
I grew up in Colerain and attended Mt. Healthy High School where I graduated in 2005. After Graduating I attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana on a full athletic scholarship for football. I graduated from Ball State in 2009 with my Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. I worked from 2009-2011 with the Ball State Athletic department in Strength and conditioning with various sports. In 2011 I decided I could help more people if I worked in a more health and vitality related field as opposed to performance enhancement which is when I decided to start personal training. I’ve been a personal trainer in the area since 2011. I am also a high school football coach and have spent time at 3 different area high schools since 2011 including, Oak Hills, Summit Country Day, and Carlisle High Schools.
When training with Madaris you can expect various exercises incorporating body weight, bands, and free weights to target the area or areas where you would like to see improvement but doing so with the ultimate focus in mind which is overall health and vitality
Weave this beautiful practice into your daily life
We all encounter obstacles in life. As a mother to a child that uses a wheelchair, life has presented its share of unforeseen challenges for me and my family. By the time my daughter was 8 years old, the repetitive task of lifting and carrying her and her equipment was taking a toll on my body. At the age of 40, I was experiencing chronic pain in my hip and feared I would not be able to keep up with the physical requirements of being her mom as she, and I, got older. Thankfully, I turned to yoga 7 years ago and discovered a whole new sense of balance and wellness. As I dove deeper into my practice, I began to notice greater flexibility and strength in my entire body. Best of all, I no longer had the aching pain in my hip! I now enjoy all the physical aspects of a regular yoga practice, as well as, yoga’s ability to calm the mind, rejuvenate the spirit and help balance life. As a teacher, I look forward to weaving similar benefits of this beautiful practice into the daily lives of others, whatever obstacles they may face.
Calm focus, build strength~ Balance
Lindsey grew up outside of Oxford, and graduated from Miami University in 2009. There, she obtained a Bachelors degree in Education, and has been teaching 6th grade and coaching middle school cheer in Mason ever since. Lindsey began her yoga journey in the spring of 2014 and immediately fell in love with the practice. It has helped her find a sense of calmness and focus, all while improving her breathing and building strength. She looks forward to expanding her teaching beyond children to now include adults, and is eager to help others discover the balance yoga brings to your everyday life. Lindsey lives in Mt. Lookout with her fiancé, their beagle, Norman, and calico kitten, Charlie. When not teaching, or practicing yoga, Lindsey is counting down the days until summer when her free time is spent in the sun on the water, anchored out in the Ohio river.
Mind-Body Connection = Growth
Yoga for EVERY body!
Monica is from Mason and spent most of her childhood living in Europe with her family. She is a recent graduate from Miami University with a degree in psychology, which is also where she earned her RYT-200 in Vinyasa-style yoga. After graduating, she worked at Green Mountain at Fox Run, a women’s weight loss retreat center in Vermont that specializes in treating women with binge and emotional eating issues. She taught yoga and a variety of other fitness classes at Green Mountain, where she learned a wide array of modifications to make exercise accessible to anybody. She loves teaching a range of students and classes from beginner level to advanced and makes mindfulness and intention primary focuses in her classes. Apart from yoga, her other loves are running, reading, dessert, puppies, and spontaneous adventures!