OCY Teachers

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Hillary Swift, RYT 200

Hillary was born and raised in Oxford, Ohio and is grateful to be a part of our wonderful and thriving local community. She first started practicing yoga during her college years at Miami University and quickly fell in love with the supportive group of people in her classes, the increased body and mind awareness as well as that wonderful sense of calm that comes with breathing deeply and moving mindfully. 

 

Hillary graduated from Miami University in 2015 with a B.S. in Public Health and completed her RYT-200 in 2016. She has taught yoga at the MU REC Center, Uptown Yoga in the Park, and at Root Yoga in Oxford, OH. 

 

In 2017, Hillary accepted a job in Hamilton, OH working as a Health Specialist at a senior living community where she taught a variety of fitness classes including yoga and chair yoga for the past five years. Hillary has a background in teaching Pilates, Tai Chi for Arthritis as well as Silver Sneakers Yoga, Classic and Circuit classes. In 2020 Hillary became an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. 

 

She is excited to return to her home town and offer yoga classes that allow people to connect with others in a safe and supportive space, to move in a way that honors the body exactly as it is, and to rediscover the immense power that we each have within ourselves. 

Jill Levenderis, RYT 500, YACEP

Jill Levenderis is a Hamilton, Ohio native and Miami graduate, but discovered her love of yoga while living in Seattle in 1998. She returned to Ohio and settled in Oxford in 2004. Jill is a mom to two boys, ages 12 & 9. 

 

Jill is an RYT 500 (registered yoga teacher at the 500 level) and YACEP (continuing education provider for yoga teachers.) She studied yoga with Holly Wilson at Miami University in Oxford and Nathalie Croix through Shanti Yoga School based in New Orleans. Jill is also a certified children's yoga instructor through Childlight Yoga, a certified Barre instructor through Barre Above and is certified through Silver Sneakers to teach a variety of programs.

 

Jill has taught yoga at the Miami Rec Center, Oxford Community Arts Center, Yoga in the Park, programs through Oxford Parks and Recreation, Talawanda Schools, Root Yoga, and the Fitton Center (Hamilton). She loves being a part of the yoga community in Oxford and is excited to be a part of the growing team at Oxford Community Yoga.

Scott Williams, E-RYT 500, YACEP

Scott Williams has been teaching yoga since 2004 when he completed Miami University's yoga teacher training course.  He is registered nationally with the Yoga Alliance through the 200-hour course offered by the Cincinnati Yoga School and 500-hour course offered by Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane.  

 

Scott teaches vinyasa (movement linked to breath) style yoga and has experience teaching classes from basic for beginners to challenging for advanced practitioners, and for all ages.

Gail Hautau, RYT 200, Certified Longevity Coach

Gail was born in Virginia, but moved to Ohio as a young child. She has been an Oxford resident ever since. Gail attended local schools and graduated from Miami University with a Masters Degree in Education. Gail taught in the public school system for 25 years before retiring. Prior to that she worked as a Visual Display Manager, and Assistant Store Manager for the Macy’s in Oxford, OH.

Gail practiced yoga in her 20's and 30's and has maintained a regular meditation practice over the years. Taking care of a family and working full time brought a halt to her yoga practice for a number of years but she decided to begin again, and became certified to teach yoga.

Gail has been teaching locally since 2018 and currently teaches Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Qi Gong. She loves the benefits for the mind, body, spirit, and the energetic body gained by these practices.

Gail’s interests are (in no particular order) yoga, Qi Gong, gardening, pets, (indoor) plants, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Georgia Slagel, RYT 200

Georgia Slagel is a student at Miami University studying Accounting and Entrepreneurship. Her regular yoga practice started at a young age, when she discovered she had scoliosis. To maintain a strong back, she implemented yoga into her fitness routine during high school. She instantly fell in love with the awareness of the mind-body connection that yoga brought her. Georgia found herself less stressed and a more mindful person from her yoga practice. Her senior year in high school she became a RYT-200 from Eternal Yoga School in Ashland, KY. 

 

Georgia enjoys helping others reset and unwind from their everyday lives. She loves sharing her love, light, and energy with fellow yogis. She has been teaching yoga for the past two years and looks forward to being a lifelong yogi. 

Chi Nespor, RYT 200, Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation Teacher

Chi has been drawn to holistic and energetic healing since she was a young child living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation. She began practicing yoga and meditation at 7 years old, when she became a regular follower of the PBS series “Lilias, Yoga, and You.” Since then, she has studied a variety of asana styles, including therapeutic, flow, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Kundalini, yin, integral/Body Awake®, and Yoga Medicine®.

 

In 2001, she found her first guru, Elizabeth Silas, who led Miami University's yoga program at the Recreational Sports Center. In 2006, Chi completed yoga teacher training with Elizabeth. In 2019, Chi completed an additional 200-hour training at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA, where she also received her first formal training in Ayurveda, the ancient wellness tradition of India. That introduction to Ayurveda led her to complete a 120-hour program offered by Kathryn Templeton and Yoga International, through which she became a Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist.

 

Since that time, Chi has continually studied and trained, adding a variety of specialized techniques to her teaching repertoire. She is currently working toward a 300-hour yoga teacher certification with Yoga Medicine® via Yoga International.

Kerri Cissna, RYT 200

Kerri is originally from Illinois, but spent most of her adult life on the West Coast learning about cultures from around the world. In 2009, she was introduced to yoga, and she built a consistent practice at Core Power Yoga in Southern California. The mind-body connection led her to heal childhood trauma and put an end to both personal and professional dysfunctional relationships.

 

Upon returning to the Midwest in 2021, Kerri became certified to teach Vinyasa Yoga through Yoga Alliance and the Miami University Rec Center. She loves sharing the practice and journey of yoga with others.

 

When she is not teaching yoga, Kerri is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Farmer School of Business at Miami University, researching faith and entrepreneurship. She is also Executive Director at the Interfaith Center in Oxford, OH.

Jessica Lohrey, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP

Jessica has been a dedicated student of yoga since 2000, studying teachings from the Vedas and Upanishads, the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and writings from several Saiva Tantra traditions.

 

Jessica holds teaching certificates from Yoga of India (under the instruction of Gurmukh Mike Noury), The Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts (with Yoganand Michael Carroll) and The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies (with Marlysa Sullivan.)

 

She is both an Oxford native and a Miami graduate. Jessica returned home in 2020 after living in cities across the US for 28 years. She is excited to share the powerful teachings of yoga with her hometown community!

Jessica is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is certified at the highest level as an E-RYT 500 and Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) with Yoga Alliance. She specializes in private yoga, teacher training and mentorship, and showing others how to use yoga as a therapeutic tool for maintaining physical and emotional balance in our busy modern society. 

 

In addition to her role as owner and teacher at OCY, Jessica is also the owner and Certified Aromatherapist at Tree of India

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