TRICIA CROAKE- ULEMAN
I am married with three children; 18, 16 and 13yo. I am also a physician and own my own medical practice. I started practicing yoga in 2000 after the birth of my second child when I thought I may never leave the house again without help. I started getting up at 6am to do yoga with John Ross on the Oprah channel. I had always played sports and worked out but between work and motherhood I had little time to do the physical activity that I enjoyed. As the kids got older and my love of yoga grew, I started going to yoga studios. I found that I loved yoga's ability to destress and center me as well as balance my triathlon training and keep my aging body limber and healthy. I wanted to learn more about yoga so I completed the Baptiste 200 hour RYT training. I use it to teach family and friends and deepen my own practice. I am very thankful for finding such a wonderful community in Drishtiq. The people, the energy and the practice feel like home. Thank you Drishtiq!
I started my yoga journey in Pittsburgh about 9 years ago after the birth of my twin daughters. I was running about 5 miles a day pushing a double baby stroller and started to experience significant knee pain. I have always hated the cold weather and since it was winter I thought I would give Hot Yoga a try. I enjoyed yoga but the instructors and studio were not for me. When I moved to Cincy I tried Yoga Ohm for a while but the studio was too far from my home and with two young daughters I could not make it work. When Drishtiq opened about 4 years ago it was perfect for me, great instructors, a wonderful yoga community, close to home, and good class times. I have been at Drishtiq ever since and loving my yoga journey. I have learned to enjoy the early morning classes and feel empowered after starting my day with yoga. My daughters have recently started taking yoga classes at Drishtiq and I love sharing my passion for yoga with them. We also enjoy the virtual yoga and often do yoga classes together in our family room. I hope the empowerment and self acceptance that I have gained through my yoga journey will be something that I can give to my daughters. Thank you to the entire Drishtiq yoga community, I love you all! Namaste -Kathleen
My name is Lisa Abernathy and I started my journey to yoga 1 1/2 years ago. I took a six week introductory class at a studio and liked yoga but wasn’t able to commit. I had a very tough year after loosing my mother and becoming a caregiver for my elderly father. I was anxious, stressed and dealing with a number of unresolved family issues. I told my doctor about my difficulties which included insomnia and a number of other physical symptoms. He recommended yoga. I talked to several people about their yoga practice and the Drishtiq studio kept coming up in conversations. The people said so many good things about the teachers, studio and the welcoming atmosphere. I decided to give it a try. I immediately felt welcomed and accepted for my abilities.
I have been attending classes regularly for the last year. In November I took the 20 Namaste challenge and began to understand that while yoga certainly allows for increased strength and flexibility, it is also about a mind body connection. I recently told my husband that the one place I can always find peace is on my yoga mat. I’m proud of my increased strength, mindfulness and better sleep patterns. I am currently working toward the 100 Namaste challenge and am thankful that I found such a wonderful studio to help me continue on my journey.
Sometime ago my life’s journey started from India, in the city of Bombay (now known as Mumbai).Through my journey I have played many sports like volleyball, table tennis, cricket, badminton, billiards,squash, tennis and of course yoga. Currently I am doing weight training and tennis on a regular basis. After my tennis matches my body demanded more and more recovery time. One fine morning after my meditation I thought of yoga. I remember it was Sunday. Like everyone else I Googled yoga in Mason.To my surprise five yoga studio listings came up! Drishtiq was one of them. It caught my eye. Drishtiq in Indian language means “sights”. Drishtiq was the only studio which had morning 5.30 classes.My kind of a place.I took 30 day unlimited yoga sessions and never looked back. The biggest change I noticed was my recovery time after tennis was reduced to hours then days.My breathing improved, body was more flexible. I was calm during and in between tennis points.Yoga is game changer. I found YOGA as the missing link for wellness.” I love all the teachers. It feels that am traveling to different country there is a different pace, flavor and effort. In the end all is good. The word of year – ” SILENCE “
Hello, my name is Nicole and I’m the mother of 3 very active children, and a wife to a husband Spencer. My son is 14, and my 2 daughters are 12 and 9. Between the 3 of them, I have 2 year round swimmers, a cross country and track runner, a club soccer player and a club and middle school volleyball player. In addition to doing yoga, I enjoy cycling, weight lifting and moderate running. Surprisingly with our busy lifestyle, my yoga journey began a year and a half ago.
While out for a run a little over a year ago, I had started to notice that my knee was hurting on the side. At first I just thought it was my I.T band, so I tried to roll it as much as possible. Soon the pain started below my knee and it was becoming more of a “sharp” pain. It got to the point where I knew once I hit the 2 mile point my knee was going to start hurting, but I continued on until I hit my goal of 3 or 4 miles and I continued to ignore it. It got to the point where I couldn’t run past 2 miles, running became less fun, and even eventually one day I could barely get to one mile, and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to walk back home. I realized instead of ignoring the pain, I had to see a doctor. The pain was so bad, I had myself convinced something was seriously wrong (I was fearing the worst). X-Rays didn’t show that anything was broken, so I was sent to have an MRI. When I went back to see my doctor for the results, I feared I’d hear the word “surgery”, or you need to “rest” for a certain amount of time; however, I heard that my knee was in excellent condition (great…..I made a big deal out of the pain and my doctor probably thinks I’m imagining things). My doctor also informed me I had the knee of a healthy teenager (so now I’m thinking I’ve completely lost it). My doctor went on to tell me I needed to stretch more. It never dawned on me that stretching could’ve led to the amount of sharp pain I was feeling in my knee.
I started taking a yin class at my gym, and really enjoyed the calm, quiet environment, and some of the stretching poses, like dragon and pigeon. I felt I wanted to have more of the yoga studio feel, so I joined Dristiq and quickly became addicted to yoga. I try and fit yoga into my schedule 3-5 times a week. I enjoy taking different classes, as well as different yoga teachers, as it keeps yoga fresh for me. I’ve come to really enjoy the warm classes as I feel I get a better stretch. Yoga has not only helped my aching knee, it’s also helped me relax my mind more, and has helped my breathing when I run and spin. Yoga is something I do for myself to take time out of my families very busy schedule. I’m happy I’ve found yoga and wish I found it sooner. I also hope to get my kids and husband in the studio more, but so far only my youngest seems to want to join me when she’s able to. Thank you to all the Dristiq yoga teachers the last year on my yoga journey!
Hello! My husband and I walk quite a bit, and we also love to hike in state and national parks. Over the years I’ve begun to have issues with soreness in my knees so when I retired as an elementary teacher two years ago I began looking for some new activities. I had driven by Drishtiq many many times, but it took me awhile to work up my courage to actually come inside the studio. My husband kept encouraging me to try yoga. When I saw the sign on the door “No Flexibility Required” I thought it would be safe to give yoga a try. You see, I’ve never been athletic so I wasn’t confident in my physical ability to do the poses. However, much to my surprise, I felt comfortable right from the first class I took here fifteen months go. All of the instructors have made me feel that I can do this. They’ve been so knowledgeable and unfailingly supportive. I sure have room for improvement but that’s part of the allure of yoga-to continue to grow and push myself. I now feel stronger and more self-confident both physically and emotionally. Yoga has helped me to realize that I need to accept my body the way it is at that moment.
I took part in the November 20 Namastes Challenge. That experience has really opened my eyes to what a journey yoga is. I now see that it’s about the continuing practice that matters-not the end result. I feel so calm and peaceful after a yoga class. It really helps my body and mind relax. I know it’s important to take time for myself to recharge. It has certainly helped me be able to keep up with my two little granddaughters that I watch two days a week!
I really appreciate everyone at Drishtiq helping me through their thoughtful and kind words and actions. It’s such a welcoming community. I only wish I’d opened the door to the studio sooner!
I resisted stretching and any type of yoga my whole life. I went through several phases of extreme sports. I spent years as a marathon/half-runner and never ever stretched. I tried to spend every minute running not stretching. I also went through phases of spinning and even did P90X and Tae Bo in extreme amounts. With each phase I never stretched and never felt mentally at peace. I loved the challenge and the rush from completing a strenuous workout.
Last August our daughter, Kennedy, moved to Boston for college. I was so sad! As a school counselor and care taker of many, I swallowed my feelings and continued to support others. I ate to comfort my aching heart. I quit exercising because I felt so uncomfortable and out of shape. I gained more weight than ever before. When Kennedy came home from school in the summer she encouraged me to join her and try yoga. I would do anything to spend time with my sweet girl so of course I agreed and began attending classes at Drishtiq this past June. After my first class I couldn’t believe how physically challenged I was and how mentally at peace I was! I had never felt so incredible!!! I was most awkward with the poses. However, all of the teachers would come and correct, encourage and support me. In each class I felt like I learned something new and grew stronger and more confident on my mat. I began to meet some of the amazing people that surrounded me. I was most impressed by their courage, kindness, strength and determination. Kennedy and I attended classes almost every day all summer long. When Kennedy left again this fall for school I had to decide if I was going to continue my journey without her…I chose to stay at Drishtiq and challenge myself further.
I now attend at least six classes a week. My husband, Scott, and son, Carter, are most supportive of my yoga practice and love seeing the joy it brings to my life! I am learning and growing thanks to the love and support of compassionate teachers and loving classmates. I am reading books and articles to grow in knowledge as well. I am proud to say that I have lost most of the weight I gained last year. I am back to wearing my smaller clothes and have never felt better! The best part of yoga is learning to believe in myself and my ability to take risks both on the mat and in life. I am taking risks and finding new adventures daily! I feel more empowered to breathe through moments of stress as I practice what I learn at Drishtiq. I can’t wait to get on my mat every day! I feel so blessed to practice at such an amazing studio surrounded by such dedicated teachers! I hope to be able to give back the gift that has been given to me in yoga. I plan to utilize these techniques and provide some yoga instruction in the future to the students in my building. Maybe in the future I will even consider the teacher training course. I am so grateful for the gifts of yoga, my mat, Drishtiq and Kennedy-who helped me to begin my journey. I look forward to sharing many future classes with my new yoga friends at Drishtiq! Namaste!
I’m an assistant professor of English at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, and I’ve lived in the area for about two years now.
I’ve turned to yoga various times over the years when I’ve been feeling extra stressed or down. While I worked on my dissertation during graduate school at Virginia Tech, I found a studio that I loved, but then I moved away from the area after I finished my PhD.
I didn’t practice for a few years, but then I stared coming to Drishtiq in January 2016 with the usual influx of post-holiday exercisers, and I haven’t looked back since. A huge thank you to the wonderful, caring teachers at Drishtiq for this!
I’ve never really considered myself to be very fit. But through yoga, I’ve been gaining confidence in what my body can do. In fact, I recently began doing some strength training to help me get stronger for my yoga practice (watch out crow pose – I’m coming for you!).
My wonderful husband Tim has helped me prioritize taking time for myself and my yoga practice (something that I sometimes have found very difficult to do!). And I’m a dog mom to a hilarious and neurotic little Yorkie mix, Zoey, who teaches me every day to be present and enjoy life. Plus, her downward dog technique is superb!
In 2010 the yoga studio I went to for R.I.P.P.E.D classes (which I LOVED & later become a R.I.P.P.E.D instructor) finally drew me in & I got my courage up to take a class. I liked it… it did wonders for me but I didn’t feel like I loved it. Fast forward to 2013 a friend (my now sister-in-law) recommended I take a hot yoga class at another studio. I did & was absolutely hooked! Within 3 months I’d become a trade (cleaning studio 1hr/wk for monthly membership at the studio) so I even got 1 on 1 instructor time before & after classes. In mid 2015 when I moved to Liberty Township from NKY I was so, so sad. The studio was just too far to drive for classes. I tried Drishtiq once then sulked in missing my old studio for about 4 months or so but I missed yoga…. I needed yoga!!! I walked into another class at Drishtiq & it was good, then another & it was heaven. It was Amy Kreider’s class. She felt familiar. I instantly knew that I had found my new hOMe. Yoga keeps me sane because it gets me out of my own head…. The brain is the hardest part of the body for me to shut down. My way of practicing yoga off of my mat is by being kind, and being sincere. Smile & say hello. Appreciate the little things.
“Yoga was definitely an asset to our team’s preseason workouts. The softball players, who had been working out in the form of weights and cardio conditioning for months, were surprised by the amount of strength and endurance it took to get through a yoga practice. They all commented about how challenging their classes were but also how great they felt after. The technique of learning to use their breath through movements is something they use through all types of exercise. By far their favorite class was the restorative as their bodies were very sore from all the strength training we were doing as a group. We will definitely incorporate yoga into our pre-season workouts earlier next year and more often!” – Lian Muff, Varsity Softball Coach, Mason High School
“On a trip to an all-star event with 2 of my players, I asked them whether they thought the yoga experience was beneficial to them and they both said, “without a doubt!” They went on to explain how in the past, their bodies and especially their legs felt worn out at the end of the season but this season, they felt so much more relaxed and refreshed. Yoga, without a doubt, allowed the players to maximize their mind and body and helped us reach the state championship game.” Rob Matula, Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, Mason High School.
I was doing Crossift for over 4 years. I loved the community, achieving personal records and feeling strong, but I was beginning to feel sore and achy. I was worried about being injured. A friend who I used to do crossfit with, Brad, switched over to yoga. He kept telling how he wasn’t sore anymore and loved the community and felt he was getting a great workout. He encouraged me go with him to Drishtiq for a couple classes. At those classes, my neighbor and now good friend Melanie was there. She also kept asking when was I going to go to yoga again. I started doing both crossfit and yoga for a month to make sure that I would love yoga…and I did! I made the switch to Yoga. Now, I still feel strong, love the community, and my body and my mind feels so much better.
I absolutely love the gratitude and peace I feel when I am doing yoga. Yoga has helped me mentally too. At my age (57 years young), I have found a great workout and community that deeply impacts all three parts of myself: physically, mentally and spiritually!
I started taking yoga at Drishtiq only about 6 months ago. For several years I have been experiencing back and leg pain. Prior to joining Drishtiq, I lost a lot of weight and did so by lifting weights, running, and watching my diet. The weight loss changed my life, but unfortunately, my legs and back continued to hurt. My legs seemed always tight and sore. I couldn’t touch my toes in a forward fold.
After starting yoga, I started to notice changes in my body. I wasn’t as sore and I was sleeping better at night. I noticed that I was getting more flexible and could finally touch my toes! I can’t believe the difference and I wish I had started yoga years ago! Now, I attend class 4-5 days a week and practice at home as well. I start every day with a few sun salutations, and end every day with a few hip stretches.
Attending class helps me focus on myself and listen to my body. The instructors at Drishtiq are wonderful and have taught me so much. I am still a beginner, but the difference in the way I feel is incredible. Yoga has become a very important part of my life!
I began doing yoga about five years ago. I was searching for a group fitness aerobics class. At my exercise facility none were available, so I tried yoga. I liked it immediately. At first I enjoyed the physical benefits of strength and flexibility that yoga provided, but the more I practiced I began to appreciate the spiritual and emotional aspects of yoga. When I leave a yoga class I feel energized and renewed. Very surprising to me was the benefits of the breathing techniques. I often use them to calm and relax myself during stressful situations. Because of the fitness benefits, I am able to participate in many recreational activities. Yoga has also helped me appreciate the many blessings I have in my life.
Once I joined Drishtiq I began practicing more often because of the welcoming atmosphere of the studio, the instructors, and the participants. I enjoy the variety and availability of the classes and really appreciate the warm room temperatures. All of the instructors are very knowledgeable, helpful, supportive, encouraging, and inspiring. With their help I have improved and expanded my practice.
I just celebrated my 60th birthday, but feel much younger. Yoga is an important part of my life which I plan on continuing for a very long time!
Like many, I’ve tried several forms of exercise over the years and even practiced yoga for a while about 20 years ago. Fast forward to 2012 when a friend mentioned that there were fitness classes taking place at the Children’s Theater of Mason. This is where I met Kim Dawes—I was actually one of her guinea pigs while she was going through yoga teacher training 🙂 Needless to say, I was hooked and have been practicing ever since.
It’s amazing how often I find myself using the things that I’ve learned from the wonderful teachers here. Simple things like breathing techniques, restorative poses or using essential oils have become daily routines. I love that everyone is encouraged to honor themselves and feel comfortable with wherever they’re at on their yoga journey. There’s no judging, no competition, no body image to compare to. I’m sure that’s why there’s such a diverse group of people that attend classes—individualism is stressed☺ There is a true feeling of community here and I’ve met some great people I now consider friends.
En garde, advance, parry… In 2006, my 12 year old son and I donned fencing gear and began our adventure of exploring new experiences. Through fencing, we realized we were doing yoga moves for warm up and decided to explore Yoga as our next adventure. Quickly, we both became fans of the physical and mental benefits of yoga and the positive impact it had on our relationship as well as other areas of our lives…Over the last few months at Drishtiq, I have experienced yoga as a practice of release, acceptance, discovery, and vulnerability. Rediscovering trust in myself as well as continuing to explore new experiences …. warm, hot, meditation, moving from doing yoga to practicing me through yoga. Oh so the cycle of life….en garde, advance, parry….yoga through fencing… Fencing through yoga. Drishtiq is a warm and welcoming community inviting each of us wherever we are in our practice. A beautiful studio and team of yogis create the atmosphere to explore. Thank you to each of you for the gift you give with what you are and do. Namaste!
I started doing yoga about a year ago. I wanted to do something physical but knew a “jumping around” class wasn’t going to be for me. I called Drishtiq one day (after driving by the studio about 50 times!) to obtain some information on the classes, what to expect, etc. and decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed my first class and have continued to take different classes with different instructors ever since. Everyone has a unique teaching style so it keeps it interesting as well as challenging.
Since I began yoga, my energy level and strength have increased. There are various poses that I am still unable to do but I’m motivated to master these poses someday soon to feel an even greater sense of accomplishment. If I’m having a stressful day, I log onto the website to see if there’s a class I can take to help calm my nerves. I know when I leave yoga, I always feel so much more relaxed and centered.
We have a fitness center at work so some of the mat work I do over lunch parallels some of the exercises at yoga such as the planks and core work.
Drishtiq has so many great instructors – I think I’ve taken classes from the majority of the team and they are all very inspiring, supportive and approachable. I never have a feeling of intimidation when I visit the studio and there’s never any pressure to match the level of the person on the mat next to you. Keep up the great work, Drishtiq!
I am a runner, averaging 12 to 20 miles per week. Prior to yoga, running was my only form of fitness, and I had terribly tight hamstrings and hips. In addition to being inflexible, my balance was not great. Yoga has eased my tightness caused by running, and has dramatically increased my flexibility and balance. I believe I am a better runner now that I have incorporated yoga into my fitness routine. Two aspects of yoga I never gave thought to prior to my first class are breath and focus. I now use breathing techniques and drishti on a daily basis – at home, at work, and when I am running. I have Drishtiq to thank for my love of yoga. I feel stronger and at peace after each practice. Every instructor is so welcoming and helpful, and I enjoy the variety of classes offered (my favorites are Warm Vinyasa and Hatha Flow). At the end of every class at Drishtiq, I am grateful for the time spent on my mat, and look forward to the next time I get to spend in the studio. Namaste.
Yoga has definitely changed my life. Not being able to do any sort of exercise was very difficult for me emotionally and yoga has filled that void. I still struggle physically with back & hip issues, but yoga is the one thing that I can do and still be able to walk the next day.
The yoga community at Drishtiq is so wonderful and has been a blessing to me. Everyone I come in contact with is so lovely and supportive! I consider Drishtiq to be part of my family! I am thankful to each and every person there…who knows where I would be without them!
When asked if there was anything I wanted to say about Drishtiq I wasn’t even sure where to begin. I’m a big believer in fate and things that are meant to be. Drishtiq has become my yoga family. The one place I can go that I know will bring me peace of mind and acceptance of myself. I have such an admiration for the instructors. I’ve tried and accomplished things I’ve never even imagined doing. I didn’t know it was possible to end a practice with tears in your eyes. That’s what the instructors do for me and that is truly a gift. Drishtiq is where I am meant to be.
I have never been a sound sleeper and I usually wake up around 3-4 times per night. I wear a fitness band that tracks my steps and measures my light and sound sleep and the number of times I wake up each night. On average, the amount of light sleep I get each night significantly outweighs the amount of sound sleep I get. However, on the nights I attend the Intro to Restorative Yoga class, my sound sleep is twice the amount of my light sleep and I do not wake up throughout the night. I find that I wake up the morning after attending a Restorative Yoga class refreshed and energized. This class is perfect for someone who needs to take a step back from the daily stress in their life and just relax and re-energize!
Yoga has really helped me become a better runner by strengthening my core and stretching my muscles. Prior to yoga, I was more prone to injury and did a poor job stretching properly. Amy Vetter is a fantastic teacher and very in touch with her class. She offers options for poses to accommodate those of all skill levels in her class. With the help of yoga and Amy, I just ran my fastest marathon time!
One year after starting yoga at Drishtiq Yoga and feeling a stronger, more flexible, more stamina, and younger! Lennice has been a wonderful instructor and a constant source of encouragement. I hope to feel even younger in the year ahead. Thank you Lennice and Drishtiq Yoga.
Yoga has noticeably helped me with a genetic neurological disease that causes acute muscle spasms and imbalance. My balance has improved and my spasms have subsided. My neurologist has recommended I take up the practice for years but I was reluctant due to my limitations. That is until I called and spoke with Lennice! She encouraged me to come in and has been supportive ever since. She taught me my practice is just that, mine! Yoga has allowed me to enjoy a better quality of life both physically and mentally. I’ve also lost weight and gained strength as an added benefit! I am so glad Lennice answered the phone the day I called!
I started practicing at Drishtiq yoga when it opened. My practice has grown in many ways thanks to the encouragement of all the instructors as well as other clients. It is a warm welcoming community that adds extra fun to your practice. The variety of classes helps you to grow and challenge yourself, always taking you to your edge, no matter what that is on any given day. I love Drishtiq and highly recommend it for everyone, no matter what your level of practice. You will grow in strength and flexibility plus make some new friends!
Practicing yoga has helped me to realize many of my self imposed limitations and gain a new perspective for what I am capable of. It also has allowed me to grow physically and spiritually in ways that I had not anticipated as well as providing me a place to get centered when life gets chaotic.