The essence of yoga being to yolk, or center physical, mental and spiritual balance.
The Yoga Factory is dedicated to your well-being and personal development.
Yoga originated over 5,000 years ago as ancient text that has come to be known as The Yoga Sutras by Sage Patanjali.
A set of ethical guidelines towards enlightenment. Later Raja yoga came along so the common house-holder could practice these moral teachings.
Now Yoga comes in many forms!
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Meet The Yogis
Liz teaches Yin, Hatha, and Restorative yoga. In the '80s, she began practicing yoga using a really bad VHS tape, but it as always something that she had with her and could pull out of her back pocket.
Liz earned her Yin Yoga certification in 2015, her RYT-200 in 2016, and my RYT-500 in 2018. She is also certified in iRest Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, Restorative, Trauma Sensitive and Therapeutic yoga styles.
Liz's favorite yoga pose is pigeon thanks to the release it gives her chronically tight hips. Savasana challenges her to shut down her mind and movement. Her goal is to always support her students by offering what they need, not just her idea of what yoga should be. As she often says, "I'm just driving the bus on the yoga tour!" Off the mat, Liz enjoys reading and relaxing.
When you join one of Liz's classes, she wants you to know she teaches yoga for you. You always have a choice in her classes and she is there to hold space for you.
Betsy teaches Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. In 2013, Betsy's kids were in elementary school and she felt like she was focusing on all of the wrong aspects of her life. She remembered how good she felt during a college yoga course and started practicing again.
She earned her RYT-200 in 2016 and is also certified in Meditation, Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga.
Betsy's favorite pose is legs up the wall because it has so many benefits. Feeling sluggish? Legs up the wall can help you feel a bit brighter. Alternatively, it can help quiet the mind and the body before bed. Crow can be an elusive pose for her, but she loves the feeling of strength, balance, and energy when she does find it. Betsy's goal as a teacher is to provide space for her students to discover, uncover, recover. She believe yoga is for "every body" and that there is never wasted effort when one comes to the mat. Off the mat, her favorite pastime is connecting with others—time spent with friends and family nurtures her soul. A good book and a cup of coffee doesn't hurt, either.
When you join one of Betsy's classes, she wants you to know the you are valued. In her classes, or in any class at the Yoga Factory, you are welcome and have permission to just be.
Tammy teaches Vinyasa yoga and Pilates. She has been teaching dance for 30 years, Pilates for over 20 years, and yoga for over 10 years.
She has both undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance from the University of Iowa. She is also certified in Pilates Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, and Injury and Special Populations.
Tammy loves teaching all of the different techniques. She enjoys helping students better understand their bodies, discover their potential, and assist them in creating a path to follow whichever discipline they choose. When she is teaching, it is always a time when she finds herself completely immersed in every moment, fully attentive and absolutely unwavering to the task at hand. Tammy can't pick just one favorite pose, so some of her favorites include Lateral Angle, Child's Pose, and Baby Grasshopper.
When you join one of Tammy's classes, her best advice for every student is to take a moment to lengthen your spine before each and every twist in your practice.
Tonya is a 200 hour RYT with multiple years of teaching experience. She has been practicing since her teenage years but developed a regular practice in her late 20’s. Her formal education in health and wellness inspired her to become a certified yoga instructor. Tonya’s goal is to offer her classes in layers so that each student has an opportunity to customize their own practice.
Gwen's yoga journey began after returning home to Atlanta, from a meditation and yoga workshop in 1972. She was inspired to embark on a mentorship, studying under Edie Wightwick - who encouraged her to attend The Sivananda Yoga Center in Val Morin, Canada for teacher training. From there, she continued her studies in the Siddha Yoga path.
In the 1980's, Gwen studied under Alice Christensen at The Light of Yoga Society, and became a Licensed Massage Therapist while she taught yoga part-time!
Most recently, she continued her teacher training with Cathy Morse at The Yoga Factory, and Donna Winter at Balanced Yoga. Gwen's classes are vigorous, eclectic and suitable for all levels and ages.
Gwen believes that the habit of yoga practice enriches and enhances one's self, allowing the student to become who, and what, they would prefer to be. In addition to teaching yoga, Gwen is a Fiber Artist and enjoys the creative process.
Hannah graduated from The Ohio State University with an English Degree in 2017. It was during her time at school when she began to fall in love with yoga. In 2014, she helped start and run a student organization that held yoga fundraisers to raise money and awareness for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
This is when she learned she could combine her passions of service and yoga. She became a Yoga Factory student in Fall of 2017, and through her journey here, she truly found her practice. Hannah earned her RYT-200 at UbU Yoga & Fitness LLC in early 2019.
As a long-time Westerville resident, she enjoys connecting with the community at the Yoga Factory. She loves the fluidity of vinyasa and empowering others to find themselves through their practice. Hannah’s mantra is to be kind to your mind, body and soul.
Addie-Grace had the privilege of beginning her yoga journey at a very young age. With over 10 years of teaching experience, 600 hours of training and a degree in Holistic Health & Wellness, she fluidly weaves together her passion for yoga and wellness in a way that allows the body to thrive from the inside out.
Her love for this practice shines through her facilitation of sensory experiences in movement as medicine for the body, heart, mind, and soul. Her classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training cater to each unique individual and allow every student to feel comfortable in their own skin. She wholeheartedly creates