The Yoga and Fitness Factory is dedicated to your wellbeing and personal development. Yoga originated over 5,000 years ago as an ancient text that has come to be known as The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali. The essence of yoga being to yolk—or center—physical, mental, and spiritual balance. Our certified yoga teachers offer many different kinds of practice, from hatha to yin to hot vinyasa. We also offer pilates classes and have special restorative yoga and other events.
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Meet The Yogis
Liz has been practicing Yoga on and off for over twenty years. Her first experience with Yoga was back in the '80s through an awkward Raquel Welch VHS tape. Since then, feeling drawn by it’s magic, she has found herself always circling back to Yoga.
After discovering Yin Yoga at a transformational Yoga festival, she decided she wanted to teach. Liz completed her Yin Yoga certification program through You Do Yoga in Cincinnati in the fall of 2015 and Graduated from the Yoga on High 200hr YTT program in December of 2016. She has since earned a 100hr EMBER (Mindfulness Based Emotional Resilience) Certification and is an iRest® Level 1 Teacher in Training.
She is currently continuing her yoga education by working towards a 500-hour YTT certification with a Trauma-Sensitive/Therapeutic focus at Yoga on High. Liz was born and raised in Newark, Ohio. She currently lives in Westerville with her hunky firefighter husband Eric and their monster cat Grendel. She’s worked for a local retailer for over 25 years and continues to grow as an HR Professional there. Liz loves to read, is a foodie, a traveler, and loves long walks on the beach.
Betsy was introduced to yoga through The Ohio State University, and as time passed, she reached a point in life where she needed a slight correction in course. "I was over-committed, focusing outward and getting caught up in the little, the petty, the unimportant. I wanted better and wanted to feel healthier. I knew the difference had to come from me."
She longed to find a way to recapture the benefits she had gained from her first brush with yoga. At just the right time, she walked into a class at her local studio and never looked back.
Betsy loves yoga for the calm that it provides a way to soothe anxiety, feel better physically and focus on the now. For her, yoga is more than just time on the mat; it encompasses the way she interacts with the world around her. Furthermore, Betsy's family loves that she practices yoga because it makes her a nicer person! The kindness of the practice spreads to everyone around her.
In 2016, after four years as an enthusiastic student, Betsy earned her RYT200 at Yoga on High, certified with The Yoga Teacher Alliance. As a lifelong student, she continues her education both on and off the mat, and hopes to do so for the rest of her life.
Betsy understands that yoga can truly be for every body and thrives teaching Hatha yoga classes with a slower pace, yet still challenging enough to allow for focus of the mind while outwardly focusing on alignment to prevent injury and absorb the benefits of each pose. Betsy's aim is to provide an atmosphere for students to discover or recover the "space" within themselves; space that allows for balance, calm, and coping. Her mantra is "Kindness matters" and that kindness begins with how we treat ourselves.
Tammy Plaxico earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance from the University of Iowa (1994,1998). Over the next couple of years she became certified in Pilates Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, and Injury and Special Populations. For five years she owned and operated BodyMind Balance Pilates Studio in Worcester, MA.
After relocating to Westerville in 2003, Tammy joined faculty of the Theater and Dance Department at Otterbein University. She also teaches at Ballet Met.
Her mornings and evenings are dedicated to her love of teaching movement arts. Afternoons are filled with the joys and challenges of homeschooling 3 children. Her oldest child is in the 2nd year of college already!
Tammy is looking forward to becoming more deeply connected to the wonderful people at The Yoga Factory.
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 1980s, Gwen studied under Alice Christensen at The Light of Yoga Society, and became a Licensed Massage Therapist while she taught yoga parttime.
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