Meet Our Instructors!
Laurie Gyurko, owner
RYT 200- Laurie loves sharing her passion for yoga with others and fostering a community of self-care, connection and empowerment. She meditates daily and is dedicated to finding time for herself to explore nature, creative outlets, and personal wellness activities. Laurie completed her yoga training with a focus in Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, is a certified Level 2 Reiki practitioner and is trained in iRest Yoga Nidra meditative practice.
Laurie created The Balancing Owl in 2013 to help others find life balance by offering retreats, workshops, and classes. She has hosted many of these events at Nurture Yoga, and is honored to be the new owner of the studio.
RYT 200- Always with a smile, Rachel, is passionate about bringing the calming, connecting and restoring benefits of yoga to the mat. After personally finding years of successful healing and bone regeneration through yoga, Rachel began teaching yoga off the mat, as a recovery alternative for health restoration. She encourages the individuals pace for growing with all parts of a physical, mental and spiritual practice. She is certified in level 1 Reiki and incorporates healing energy into a style that encourages slowing down to find and feel the benefits poses of yoga offer. Passionate about helping to deliver the connected experience through yoga, of simply just feeling good, in ones body.
RYT 200 - Julie’s personal practice began in 2008 and has supported her throughout difficulties and changes within her own life. She is passionate about yoga and firmly believes that it is supportive, trans-formative, joyful, and fun. She believes that yoga is a great way to teach a person that nothing is constant in life but change and the practice a person has today may not necessarily be the practice they have tomorrow. Julie wants her students to have fun during the practice. She likes to emphasize safe alignment, but also realizes that each body is different, and that each pose will be different in each body. Julie’s core belief is that yoga is a practice, not a perfection; a journey, not a destination.
RYT 200- Angie began practicing yoga in 2005 as a way to alleviate stress and anxiety from her job as a corporate lawyer. Over time, her meditation and yoga practice led Angie to connect with her most authentic self, and she was inspired to teach. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification from Laurel Hodory in 2015 with a focus on Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha styles of yoga. Angie hopes to share the power of transformation with her students. Her classes aim to create a deep connection between breath and movement, so that her students feel strong and centered as they move throughout their daily lives.
RYT 200- Caroline was introduced to yoga in 2008 while raising two teenagers. She was amazed to see what an influence yoga had on her ability to handle life with more grace and peace. After experiencing the steady reshaping of her mind, body and spirit, Caroline decided to start sharing her love of yoga with others. She completed her Teacher Training at Blue Osa in Costa Rica. Immersed in the wild, natural world, she had the privilege to sink deeply into the many facets of yoga. This exploration deepened her resolve to share the practice with the world. Caroline has been teaching yoga since May, 2014. She is honored to create a space where students can explore aspects of themselves, glimpse stillness within, and witness their wholeness.
Victoria brings 20 years of Metaphysical experience to her teachings. Victoria is a Certified "Integrative Yoga Therapy" Instructor. She also created and taught a 200 hr yoga teacher training, approved by Yoga Alliance. She was the founder of "Inner Wellness Healing Arts" studio in Youngstown, OH. Her former students are now teaching across the nation. Acheiving Reiki Master/Teacher level in 1997 is one of Victoria's most treasured endeavors.
She has had the privilege of sharing this energy to assist in healing on all levels: mental, physical, and spiritual. She loves to help others open up to this God given ability. Victoria is also trained in other healing modalities such as Foot Reflexology, Hot Stone Spa Massage, Hypnosis and Essential Oils classes and workshops are her passion.
RYT 200 (500 hour RYT nearing completion). Her passion is to encourage growth and promote vibrant health and wellness for students of all ages through the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga. Jennifer is a certified Reiki Master, offering her healing touch to all her students; and she has a Level I certification in iRest, Integrative Restoration Therapy (www.iRest.us). She is known for her gentle and restorative yoga practices and for her nurturing spirit.
RYT 240- As a physical therapist first, Stephanie blends her knowledge of human movement and disease with yoga to provide classes for healing of injury and for chronic disease management. She graduated from Ohio State as a physical therapist in 1990. In the ten years following, she earned a MS in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and a PhD in Education. Throughout her career she has been a clinician, an educator, and a researcher. Through this she has built a health and wellness practice specializing in the treatment of people with musculature conditions with a particular interest in spinal disorders. Following the birth of her second child, Stephanie started working toward a yoga instructor certification with Aura Wellness Center and became a 240-hour Hatha-certified yoga instructor in October 2010. She has since studied with Judith Hanson Lassiter and done intensive self-study of the Iyengar style of yoga that is predominant in the research on Yoga for Low Back and Neck Pain.
RYT 200- Having been a gymnast as a child, Jill Reyna enjoyed the challenges that yoga offered to her flexibility and strength. When she established a regular practice, she realized that yoga was affecting her “off the mat” through increased mindfulness and learning to breathe into a place of calm. After relocating to Columbus in 2013, Jill completed the Yoga Teacher Training Program with Laurel Hodory & Faculty and became certified to teach Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. She enjoys the creativity and play in the practice and believes in the importance of being able to laugh at herself. Her classes offer a break from the chaos of life and an opportunity to connect mind, body and spirit. Jill holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology (Xavier University) and Nursing (University of Cincinnati) and is certified as a Baby’s First Massage instructor. She enjoys trying new foods, dancing, bicycling, reading and spending time laughing with her husband and three children.
RYT 200- Yoga is healing, strengthening and centering. Yoga enables us to explore our minds, bodies and spirits in endless ways to improve our overall health and well-being. As I wrap up my 200-hour training certification, I am very excited to share my love for yoga with others. I invite my students to embrace all the subtle changes that take place as we mature on and off the mat. The practice requires a great deal of patience and acceptance of who we are and where we want to go, but the journey is more fulfilling than the end game. The practice is a transformative way of life, aiming for progress, not perfection, and I am enthusiastic to share and explore the many facets of yoga with the Nurture community.
RYT 200 - Certified by the Yoga on High Teacher Training Institute, Carol has been practicing at Nurture Yoga since 2011. It was love at first sight. Nurture is a magical place where peace and good health can be found. She is committed to her students becoming more self-aware (she is also a certified Myers Briggs instructor), learning body awareness and breathing techniques that heal and empower. Breathing helps us focus, lowers the blood pressure, calms the nervous system, helps regulate physical pain and reduces anxiety. Her certification is in Hatha yoga. Hatha yoga is a generic term that refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical postures, however, a class described as Hatha is basically a slow-paced class that includes basic yoga poses, with the emphasis on body alignment rather than flow.
RYT 200 - Tim Freidenberger became interested in yoga in 2013 when he realized that his body was not moving as freely as it used to. With retirement not far away Tim started taking classes regularly to improve his strength and flexibility. As Tim's strength and Flexibility improved he found his interest in yoga also growing. Realizing that he wanted to take his practice to the next level and having a desire to share what he had gained with others, Tim enrolled in teacher training with Laurel Hodory completing the 200 hour certification in 2015.
RYT 200, LMT- Caitlyn is trained in Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular/ trigger point and relaxation massage therapy techniques. She is a strong believer in the nourishing power that massage therapy can offer and has a strong sense of understanding what her clients need. Caitlyn started practicing yoga in 2010. She fell in love with the way yoga allowed her to actually slow down and nourish her body and mind, something she believes all of us need in life. Through her teaching she hopes to bring reconnection, love and calmness to everyone while having fun in a completely judgment free zone!
Janis’ favorite quote is “nature does not require that we be perfect, it requires that we grow”. (Liebman) A certified personal fitness trainer through the American Council on Exercise since 1995, Janis has made it her mission to guide others to find optimum health through personalized programs. Oftentimes this has required moving her clients beyond a perceived comfort zone, for that is when growth begins. When she discovered in 2012 the Nia Technique practice, a mind, body, spirit exercise that teaches us each to move our own body’s way, she knew she had found the vehicle for personal growth that she would be passionate to share with others. And so she earned her Nia White Belt and is now in her second year of leading Nia.
RYT 200 - Kim is a yoga + meditation teacher. life coach. writer. photographer + mama. She leads guided meditation sessions including Creating Space, Creating Peace, Infusing Joy, and Inspired Intentions. Her teaching is influenced by her love of music, language, spirituality, healthy whole food, and travel. She is also a self-taught photographer who enjoys the creativity, freedom, and inspiration of capturing images on film. She infuses her work with peace + fun. She is a proud mama to a lovely little girl and enjoys nature, flowers, and everything ocean!
im's writing and original photos: Sacred Space + A Message from the Divine have been featured on Elena Brower's teach.yoga website. She is currently enrolled at Kripalu to continue her education and receive her 500 hr. yoga instructor certification. Find out more about Kim's offerings @ infusedream.com
RYT 500 - Joanne is known for her gentle, yet encouraging teaching style. Her commitment to helping students, both on physical and emotional levels, is evident in her teachings. Joanne designs individualized programs to relieve stress, physical ailments or address limitations, as well as yoga for athletes, especially runners and golfers. Meditation and relaxation techniques are presented in her classes. Visit Joanne's website for additional information.
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