Teachers

  • Julie Fasick-Valley, RYT 200

    Julie began practicing yoga in 2009. She fell in love with the practice of yoga, and the pure joy she discovered through yoga poses and breath awareness. Julie was very grateful to have the opportunity to start teaching yoga at the Springfield YMCA in 2013. She has found inspiration in many of her yoga teachers, including Monica Hasek, Liz Sanchez, and Rachel Summers.

    Julie completed a 200-hour teacher training program at Yoga Springs Studio in 2014. Julie’s teaching style reflects her own inner joy, on and off the mat. She strives to inspire her students to find that same joy through mindful movement and a deep connection to the breath, and feels honored to be able to share the gift of yoga practice with her students. Julie teaches weekly Hatha Yoga and Sunrise Vinyasa Flow mixed level classes.
  • Marcia Sauer, RYT 500

    Marcia began practicing yoga in 2007, and immediately felt a profound sense of wellness and connection, with herself and with others. She owns and operates the Village Cyclery in Yellow Springs, and has done much volunteer work over the years, including tirelessly advocating for the establishment of the Little Miami Scenic Trail in the 1980s.

    Marcia completed a 200-hour teacher training program at Yoga Springs Studio in 2010, as well as a 500-hour advanced teacher training program with Lynne Minton at Yoga Springs Studio in 2014.

    Marcia has created special programs that introduce children to the practice of yoga, using music and creative exercises to engage and inspire young yogis, and continues to seek out training to expand her teaching repertoire with an even greater focus on children. Marcia teaches weekly classes in Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow, as well as Children's Yoga and Family Yoga special focus classes and series.
  • Rachel Summers, RYT 500 and E-RYT 200

    Rachel began her yoga journey in 1999, and has had a regular yoga practice since 2004. She completed a 200-hour teacher training program at Yoga Springs Studio in 2011, as well as a 500-hour advanced teacher training program with Lynne Minton at Yoga Springs Studio in 2014.

    Rachel founded Into the Blue Yoga in December 2014, and feels honored to be able to teach yoga alongside the talented, intuitive Into the Blue Yoga teachers who have contributed so much to her journey as a yoga teacher over the past few years. She has studied with master teachers such as Lynne Minton, Sianna Sherman, and John Friend, as well as many other fantastic local teachers who shaped her practice and inspired her to become a yoga teacher. She is especially grateful to her teacher, Monica Hasek, whose focus on healthy alignment in yoga poses and passion for teaching yoga continues to inform Rachel’s own method of teaching yoga.

    Rachel's teaching style emphasizes a joyful and heart-centered approach to the practice of yoga asana and meditation. She strives to make yoga poses accessible to all students through the use of modifications and yoga props, and believes that a dedicated yoga and meditation practice has the power to transform an individual’s entire life perspective. Rachel teaches a variety of weekly classes, including Hatha Yoga, Yin & Yang Yoga, Meditation & Gentle Yoga, and Vinyasa Flow. She also teaches many workshops, special focus classes, and series, including YOGA 101, MEDITATION 101, Family Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and more.
  • Kathy Theodor, RYT 500

    Kathy began practicing yoga in 2010 as a way to calm her busy mind and reduce her symptoms of osteoarthritis. She found that her yoga practice improved her concentration , her physical balance, and her flexibility. She enjoys deepening her mind/body/spirit connection through breathing techniques. Kathy has had the opportunity to study with Judith Hansen Lasater, Lynne Minton, Elinore Cohen, Sianna Sherman and many other astounding teachers. She loves to introduce new students to the vast array of mental and physical benefits that can be gained through the practice of yoga. Kathy teaches a weekly Gentle Yoga class.
  • Melissa Tinker, RYT 200

    Melissa Tinker has been practicing yoga since 2000. Her yoga practice provided her with a refuge of stillness and clarity through two cross-country moves and the birth of her two sons. Through the practice of yoga, she discovered that no matter where she was or what was going on around her, she could unroll her mat and find peace.

    Melissa completed a 200-hour teacher training program at Yoga Springs Studio in 2012.

    Melissa’s approach to teaching yoga is informed by her desire to help her students discover a sense of peace and clarity, as well as laughter and joy, through their yoga practice. She teaches weekly classes including Vinyasa Flow for intermediate and advanced students.