Donna began her journey into yoga and meditation back in the early ‘90’s. After being an avid student of Vinyasa for many years, she decided to step into the world of teaching. She was soon introduced to Anusara Yoga which captured her heart. On her path to teach, Donna studied with John Friend, Todd Norian and Ann Greene, Erich Schiffman, and Sianna Sherman. She has continued and deepened her study of yoga and she now follows the path of Ashaya Yoga and studies with Todd Norian.
Donna is registered with the Yoga Alliance and was previously certified as an Anusara Inspired yoga teacher. She is currently pursuing her advanced certification in Ashaya Yoga.
Donna is also certified in Yin Yoga and credits this practice to not only opening her physically but also with deepening her meditative experience and inward journey.
In her spare time, Donna is a social worker and practices Thai Yoga Massage.
Jerri began practicing yoga in her home following various instructors on VHS and then later DVDs. In 1998 she attended her first live class and then knew that she wanted to continue to study and explore yoga more deeply. Jerri continued to practice but it wasn’t until she enrolled in an advanced yoga studies and teacher training program that she knew yoga would be a life long learning journey. Jerri is a 200 RYT hatha yoga teacher with additional training in Yin yoga. Jerri is also a natural whole-food foodie with a passion for creating simple real food for family and friends.
Jerri’s goal is to build confidence, support and encourage students to be the best they can be. She wants her students to understand the depth of yoga and nutrition and know that it is an individual practice. What is right for one person is not necessarily right for all. But when you practice consistently they will both give you health and wellness benefits now and well into your later years.
Janis Sankowski studied horticulture and landscaping extensively and is an Ohio State Master Gardener. Along with Gardening, she has training as a Raw Food Chef and is currently enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Janis is a Licensed Massage Therapist and is certified in Bamboo-Fusion Massage and Bellanina Facelift Massage. Janis has trained and has many hours of experience in providing massage therapy for adults with severe developmental disabilities. Janis is also a Usui Reiki II Practitioner and a Level II Practitioner of Crystalline Consciousness Technique. On her off hours … she is the Director of Information Technology at a law firm, a spouse and a mother!
David was born and raised in Southern California. He came to Defiance, Ohio four years ago after owning an operating the largest hangliding and paragliding flight school in America. Prior to that he retired from the San Diego Police Department as a Sergeant. He was awarded law enforcement’s highest award for heroism, the medal of valor. He has a bachelor of science degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University and a master’s in Business Administration from National University. David has been married to his Swiss wife, Maya for the past 36 years. They have two adult children.
He has published one dozen technical magazine articles and as well as his first novel “The Thirteenth Time Zone.” The novel is an action-adventure novel based upon his five-year global journey. David and his Swiss wife, Maya own The Village Square in downtown Defiance. The store hosts a board array of gifts, religious supplies and organic honey and bulk food. David is a hobbyist beekeeper for the past forty years and keeps their store well stocked in the purest, best tasting honey in all of Northwest Ohio.
ANN MALLET EXHALE BODY & SOUL
Exhale Body and Soul was born out of a dream to help people. What started as a search to find a purpose in life turned into the discovery of a passion to heal through the power of touch. At Exhale Body and Soul our mission is to help each client experience a relaxing and healing environment with each visit. With three separate treatment rooms, we are dedicated to helping our clients reach a level of peace and tranquility. Ann is a graduate of the Healing Arts Institute and specializes in swedish massage, deep tissue massage, fertility massage, prenatal massage, infant massage and LaStone therapy.