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!
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.
MEET THE YOGIS
Liz has been practicing Yoga on and off for over twenty years. Her first experience with Yoga was back in the 80’s 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 500hr 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 fire fighter 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 years ago through a class at OSU. 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 her; 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 designation through Yoga Alliance after completing yoga teacher training at Yoga on High. 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.
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.
Christen's yoga journey began in college by accident. During a time of intense stress in school, she was seeing a therapist for anxiety and depression and was suffering from frequent panic attacks. She enrolled in a yoga class at The Ohio State University assuming it would be an "Easy A" amidst her otherwise heavy workload. After the first class, she realized that she had been able to quiet her mind and deepen her breath for the first time in a long time.
She knew there was something magical about this practice. After graduating, she left for 30 days to drive across the country by herself. She rolled out her yoga mat in 10 national parks along her journey and somewhere along the way decided she wanted to share this healing practice with others. She earned her RYT200 through the Yoga on High Teacher Training Institute in 2016 and has loved every minute of teaching since.
Gwen Surratt's yoga story begins in 1972 at a workshop on meditation and yoga. After returning home to Atlanta, GA; she practiced under the mentorship of Edie Wightwick; whom encouraged her to attend teacher training at The Sivananda Yoga Center in Val Morin, Canada. From there, she continued her studies in the Siddha Yoga path.
In the 80's, Gwen studied with Alice Christensen at The Light of Yoga Society. During that time, Gwen became a licensed massage therapist and 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 and eclectic, but suitable for all levels and ages.
She believes that the yoga practice enriches and enhances one's self, allowing the student to become who (and what) they would like to be. In addition to teaching yoga, Gwen is a fiber artist and enjoys the creative process
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.
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.
Chris began practicing yoga at a young age, without even knowing it. The forms and lifestyle were natural, as well as sensitivities which were left unattended and led to a dark path of addiction and body dysmorphia. Chris was unsure how she even existed, let alone how to properly "show up." Trust was difficult and self reliance was the only certainty.
“I started my career path as an Esthetician/Makeup Artist/Manicurist in the beauty industry and was out of touch with my values, seeing things as skin-deep, always knowing that more existed. I was very skilled at creating beauty - to know what it actually stands for was a lesson I later learned.
After discovering Yoga With Adrienne on YouTube, my body became “home” for the first time and breathing became easier. I felt genuine worthiness for the first time, not in reflection of what I have to offer, but worthiness for just being born, which led to gratitude.”
With the hard-knock-inhumane approach to life that the local county jail environment provided, Chris believed that anything was possible AND necessary. It was now more important than ever to speak up for the inhumanities witnessed and experienced first hand.
Chris moved across the country to Colorado with her cat, Isabelle, and a couple suitcases after that. Then she began to travel to gain wisdom from the human life experience with Vagabonding. This journey led Chris to Guatemala, where she was certified with the Yoga Teacher Alliance and Scott Nanamura with The Diamond Heart Yoga School.
Now Chris is owner of YOGAwChris LLC with the mission to yolk back the weight from the inner critic and sure self love for a sustainable life.