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Aaron is a former Marine whose drive for fitness and discipline mixed with a focus on peace makes him a natural addition to the PAI yoga team. He is ignited and deeply driven to help people live healthy and fufilling lives through the practices of mindfulness and yoga. He currently studies psychology and exercise physiology with a goal to bring more peace to the world one breath at a time.
 
Aaron expectantly fell in love with yoga while using p90x to take his fitness routine to the next level. It was there that he discovered the benefits of a regular yoga practice. Aaron has been practicing yoga since 2009 and is committed to sharing the benefits of yoga with everyone he encounters.
Amanda Smith is a certified cycling instructor, ACE certified Group Exercise instructor, ACE certified Health Coach, barre certified instructor, certified Pilates instructor and licensed physical therapist. She is originally from Oklahoma. And while she is a true-blooded Sooner fan, she loves routing for the Buckeyes (as long as they are not playing the Sooners). Her goal is to make everyone feel "better than when they walked in".

Amanda started teaching at the age of 18 when the Reebok step aerobics workout was introduced and thong leotards were the "go-to" for all exercise instructors. She has seen the evolution of exercise over her 25 years of experience. And has grown over the years to become a fun, well-rounded instructor with many "tools" in her "tool box" to offer anyone who walks into her classes.

Amanda enjoys fun, fast paced music with energizing intervals in both her cycling and barre classes. One of her favorite parts about teaching ANY class is making all the participants feel better than when they walked in. When you walk into her class, she will "Welcome You to the Best Hour of Your Day!" and do every thing in her power to MEAN IT!

When not teaching, Amanda is kept busy running her own specialized Pilates business. She is also busy running her 3 girls around to ballet, soccer, piano and tennis. She does find the time to hike and go out with her loving husband, Kevin!

As a little girl Amy was fascinated with the twisty shapes she could make with her body. Her favorite was to bind her feet behind her head and balance on her palms; a 6 year olds interpretation of Dwi Pada Sirasana? Finding her first yoga at home in 1990, she practiced with every yoga and Pilates video she could find. Spending the next decade drawn to the physical practice of power vinyasa yoga. There was always a sense there was more than the asana practice, something was missing. She began exploring the focus and breath work involved in making those shapes, dropping in at various studios, and discovered a lifestyle. A way of thinking, living, and treating others. Her “ah ha” moment in 2010 was the realization that this lifestyle should be available to everybody and she wanted to share it. Earning her 200 hour designation from Yoga on High and becoming a Yoga Alliance certified instructor.

Her humorous teaching style is based on love, acceptance and practicing gratitude for the abundance of both. She hopes to inspire her students to consider these principles, develop their own unique practice and work to take all the offerings of yoga off the mat. She believes this begins by looking up and smiling at everyone you pass by in this journey of life.

Anne’s yoga practice began in college and has been an integral part of her life ever since. She completed her 200-hour certification at Back Bay Yoga in Boston with Ame Wren and David Regelin. Her practice has taken many different forms over the years, but has always been a platform for personal growth and well-being. When she’s not teaching yoga, Anne is working to obtain her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at OSU.
 
Through proper alignment and thoughtful sequencing, Anne’s classes provide a framework and give students the tools to personalize their yoga practice according to the individual needs of their bodies at any given moment. By connecting breath and movement, students learn to tune in and relate to their bodies in a different way. Whether she’s teaching an invigorating power flow or restorative slow flow, she strives to create space for students to look inward with a sense of curiosity, compassion, and light-heartedness.
Bethany began teaching group exercise classes and became certified with AFAA back in 1998 while living in Chicago. At the time she was pursuing a career in advertising and public relations but grew to discover that her passion for exercise could be taken to another level by motivating and encouraging others. She became a certified Spinning Instructor through Johnny G/ Mad Dogg Athletics and has been teaching for over 13 years. Also, a level 2 certified TRX instructor, Bethany teaches Spinning/TRX classes which has become one of her favorite workouts. “It’s a perfect combination of high intensity cardio, challenging core and strength training bundled into one fast placed class.”
 
Aside from teaching at PAI, Bethany is the proud mom of four children. “I try to lead by example for my kids. I want them to grow to understand how much exercise improves your quality of life physically and mentally."
 
Bethany is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.
Carrie is a teacher focused on total wellness of the body, mind and spirit. Her classes use accessible skeletal alignment and thoughtful sequencing to make flexibility and muscle tone inevitable side effects of a satisfying practice.

Carrie’s athletic background in gymnastics and OSU cheerleading taught her that strong, flexible muscles prevent injury, balancing the body balances and quiets the mind and whole nutrition maintains all systems and builds complete health.

She was certified in Vinyasa and Thai yoga massage after completing an immersion training in Costa Rica and hopes to lead a retreat there someday. With an inexhaustible passion for travel, world cultures and adventure, Carrie has explored and served in many countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

She loves partner yoga, personal exploration, enjoying the beauty of nature and connecting with family and friends. Her enthusiastic and caring spirit will help you look forward to the time you spend caring for yourself to make it an easy and pleasant part of your life.

Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, Chan Hemintranont moved to the U.S. in 2001 to study for her MBA at Case Western Reserve University. In 2010, Chan called on her background in finance and accounting to found the PAI Yoga and Fitness studio. Her goal in opening the studio was to share her enthusiasm for active pursuits and to be part of people’s life journey.
 
Her approach to Vinyasa flow is creative and rejuvenating. The intention of each class, through breathing technique, is to help students find calmness in their minds, to strengthen the body-mind-soul connection, and to experience a new sense of being, of completeness. Above all, Chan loves having fun during class--and even making people giggle! "If you can laugh in a yoga class," she says, "you are an advanced student."
 
For Chan, the most fulfilling aspect of opening the studio has been witnessing and nurturing positive changes in PAI’s members. Seeing the physical and mental growth of so many aspiring yoga lovers and athletes has further deepened her commitment to sharing her passion with others. Chan feels both grateful and honored to be able to serve in this way.
Cicek Jarrett has been a passionate student and practitioner of yoga for more than two decades. Over the years, her practice has evolved through her studies of many different styles of yoga and meditation. She has always found joy in the wisdom of yoga and meditation, and believes in their power to provide calm in the face of challenges that the universe may deliver.
 
Çiçek is a Kripalu Yoga Instructor and is a 200-RYT through Yoga Alliance. She is certified to teach pranayama and meditation and has had training in several different styles of meditation. Her approach to teaching is to offer what she practices and to use yoga and meditation to help others find balance in their lives. She believes that, through compassionate self-acceptance, one can deepen their awareness of their mind and body – both on and off the yoga mat.
Courtney Simmons is a certified Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor and Pilates Teacher. When she was introduced to TRX, she became instantly addicted. TRX is a powerful tool that engages every muscle group, all while building a strong core. Courtney continues to see improvement in strength and body toning through various high and low intense TRX workouts.
 
She has always had a passion for health and fitness. Her more recent interest has been in nutrition and organic gardening. Courtney’s goals are to keep her students challenged and encouraged at all times. Her classes are high energy and goal driven. Outburst of singing is always encouraged! If you are ready to take your workout to the next level, meet Courtney in the gym!
“The Journey is the Thing” - Homer
 
When Elizabeth first stepped into a yoga studio, her goal was to get physically fit, improve her posture and interact within her community. Within the first week she discovered that yoga was so much more! Elizabeth discovered a love and kindness for herself that had long been hidden.
 
With a focus on alignment and flow, her passion is to help others discover this love and kindness for themselves, to carry it with them on and off the mat, and share it with others.
 
Elizabeth creates classes that combine anatomy and alignment, flow as well as yin postures. She encourages laughter and light heartedness in her classes and wishes to guide each student in their own practice, helping to make their mat a safe place with which to challenge themselves without judgment.
Emily Olsen has been a certified Group fitness instructor and personal trainer for over 13 years. She teaches every class under the sun, from Boot Camp to yoga. She is full of energy and enthusiasm and tries to make each class she teaches fun yet challenging for all levels of fitness participants.
 
When you attend one of Emily's classes, you will find you are always given modifications to progress the exercises up or down to fit your needs. In her spare time Emily fosters homeless dogs. She sews and sells pet collars and donates the proceeds to local animal rescues.
Erin went to her first yoga class more than eight years ago. She had heard lots of good things about yoga and was curious. Though it was more than a little bit intimidating to try yoga with other people in clothes that seem like pajamas and completely bare feet, she went anyway. Never in her life had the muscles in her arms been more sore than after that first yoga class. But she liked it enough to go back -- again and again -- and yoga quietly became an essential part of her life.
 
In 2007, Erin took a nine month-long training program with Laurel Hodory and is now (to her surprise) a certified yoga teacher. In 2010, she completed more than 300 hours of specialized training in Anusara yoga with Sianna Sherman. She is now happiest when barefoot (no matter who's looking) and is grateful for the time she can spend with her dear yoga friends and studying with her teachers.
 
She wants to share with students the gifts that yoga has given her. Her wish is for us all to take deeper breaths, have brighter hearts, and live bigger lives.
Jenny Rodrick is a certified Spinning and TRX instructor (Levels 1 and 2) as well as an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist. She has been teaching group fitness classes since 2006, including Spinning, TRX, core, and boot-camp style classes. She received her Bachelors degree in Education and Allied Professions with a major in Exercise Science from the University of Dayton and was an NCAA Division I athlete in cross country during her four years there.
 
Jenny also has her Master's degree in Sports and Exercise Science from The Ohio State University. Full-time, she is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with a local health care system, where she does fitness testing and training with various central Ohio fire and police departments.
 
When not helping others, Jenny loves traveling, running, sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Jenny has run several marathons, including the Boston Marathon, and is always training for her next race. Her ultimate goal is to run every major marathon in the world, including Boston, Chicago, New York, London, and Berlin.
Jessica Craig is our Yoga and Fitness Advisor. She is the ray of sunshine that all new members encounter during their first few weeks at PAI as well as assisting any existing members with anything that they may need.

Jessica graduated from Ohio University with a BA in Retail Management and soon joined Target Corporations as an Executive Team Leader in Human Resources and Logistics. After 6 years of leading teams with Target she was recruited to open the Victorias Secret Flagship Store at Easton Town Center.

Her passion on the professional side is anything Human Resource related and making our members, and staff smile. On the personal side, it's her two adorable boys and trying to keep up with them in this busy world.

"Be a Rainbow in someone else's cloud"

Kara Lough is a certified yoga teacher 200E-RYT - Vinyasa Yoga “Take hold of your own life. See that the whole existence is celebrating. These trees are not serious, these birds are not serious. The rivers and the oceans are wild, and everywhere there is fun, everywhere there is joy and delight. Watch existence, listen to the existence and become part of it.” ~ Osho
 
Kara believes that yoga is for everybody, regardless of age or ability level. She teaches as an extension of her own practice, and is fascinated with the power of the body and mind to heal itself through breath, meditation, and movement.
 
Kara became a student of yoga in 2000 and has been blessed to study under knowledgeable, encouraging teachers. She completed her teacher-training ‘Ashtanga/Hatha’ with Laurel Hodory at It’s Yoga in Columbus in 2008. Kara provides easy-to-follow instructions in a fun and safe atmosphere, encouraging students to strive toward their potential while honoring their current boundaries.
 
She teaches to all levels, from beginner/basic to level 2. ~For Kara, Yoga is a joyful and SWEET practice. Having been a Pastry Chef for 16 years, she knows that yoga is 'the icing on the cake'.
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