Founder & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga  photo by  Megan Fisher Photography

Founder & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

photo by Megan Fisher Photography

Evan Scharfeld RYT200

Teacher, Student, Thinker, Hugger, Explorer

When did you begin Cultivating your practice?

I found yoga in 2015 and fell in love with the practice during my very first class.

When did you begin helping others Cultivate their practice?

I received my RYT200 certification from Omnipresent Yoga in 2017 and currently teach for Rivers Edge, 3 Sisters Yoga, Cultivate Yoga and other private businesses around Greater Cleveland.

What is one thing you would love to see Cultivate Yoga nurture in our community?

I would love to see Cultivate Yoga help people in the underserved community find, accept and empower themselves through the practice of yoga.

What has yoga helped to Cultivate within you?

Yoga has taught me to love and accept myself and my unique path through this life. My yoga extends beyond the mat and has brought me balance, ease and truth. It is a practice I believe in and one that I absolutely love to share with others.

 
Advisory Board Member & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

Advisory Board Member & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

Giavonna Evans RYT200

Fearless, Teacher, Healer, Free-Spirit, Life-Lover

When did you begin Cultivating your practice?

I began cultivating my yoga practice in 2015

When did you begin helping others Cultivate their practice?

I began to help others cultivate their practice in 2018.

What is one thing you would love to see Cultivate Yoga nurture in our community?

I believe the late Heavy D said it best, "Now that we've found love, what are we going to do with it?" We at Cultivate Yoga have tapped into the love that permeates deep inside all of us and now we must share that love. The practice of Yoga can be a guide for everyone to tap into that love. Love is healing and much of our community needs to be healed. I would love to see Cultivate expose yoga to those that struggle finding love in a world that, at times, appears to be devoid of it. Healing is not exclusively for the elite or the monetarily wealthy. Healing is not only for those that can afford it. Healing is for the human collective and Cultivate Yoga is here to provide that tool for all that are ready to receive it. 

What has yoga helped to Cultivate within you?

Yoga has helped me cultivate so many things. Self love, compassion, commitment, dedication, and most of all peace. 

 
Advisory Board Member & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

Advisory Board Member & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

Rob Hawkins RYT200

Guide, Warrior, Plant-based, Empowering, Supportive

When did you begin Cultivating your practice?

2014 after going whole food plant based.

When did you begin helping others Cultivate their practice?

Graduated from Marni Task's 200hr Jivasara teacher training program in 2016, certified as a Y12SR (Yoga 12 Step Recovery) Leader in 2017.

What is one thing you would love to see Cultivate Yoga nurture in our community?

In general I'd like to see a mindfulness emerge in everyone - a mindfulness that helps us understand that we are all connected and that the practice of yoga can help with that connection by focusing on an individual’s journey first.  More specifically, with Cultivate Yoga I'd like to witness this mindfulness practice extend beyond any preconceived confines of the existing yoga community and extend out infinitely to anyone who wants to explore and expand themselves and their community.

What has yoga helped to Cultivate within you?

Yoga has taught me that slowing down and going inward is not only calming and peaceful but ultimately satisfying and fulfilling.

 
Advisory Board Member & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

Advisory Board Member & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

Deirdre Wenzel RYT500

Curious, Creative, Stubborn, Optimistic, Thoughtful 

When did you begin Cultivating your practice?

I took a yoga class in college, a long time ago, but I didn't think about yoga again until my life underwent a big shift with motherhood, a cross country move, and leaving a career.  And then one thing led to another....

When did you begin helping others Cultivate their practice?

I started teaching yoga in 2010, following a 200hr training with Mitchel Bleier.  I completed a 300hr training at Yoga on High in 2017.

What is one thing you would love to see Cultivate Yoga nurture in our community?

I would love to witness Cultivate Yoga give people tools to make positive changes in their lives. 

What has yoga helped to Cultivate within you?

Yoga has helped me meet people I never would have known otherwise and through these relationships, my life has changed.  I have an abundance of love in my life.

 
Advisory Board Member & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

Advisory Board Member & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

Colleen Alber RYT200

Energetic, Enthusiastic, Passionate, Inspiring, Loud 

When did you begin Cultivating your practice?

I took my first yoga class in late 2007 right after having my first baby. I have been in love with the practice ever since! Yoga supported me as new mom and has kept me calm through the storm of various life events that followed.

When did you begin helping others Cultivate their practice?

I graduated from 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 and Yoga Tune Up Level 1 in 2015. I love teaching yoga (almost as much as I love being a student)! One of my goals is to encourage yoga enthusiasts to become a yoga teachers!

What is one thing you would love to see Cultivate Yoga nurture in our community?

I’d like to see Cultivate Yoga provide yoga (including meditation and mindfulness) to the under-served communities and under-represented demographics. I’d also like to see us bring yoga to unique and beautiful spaces — demonstrating that yoga can be practiced by anyone, anywhere.

What has yoga helped to Cultivate within you?

For me, yoga has helped cultivate a sense of inner peace, a feeling of comfort in my own skin. Yoga has healed and continues to heal me. It has made me better, physically and mentally. It has made me present. After a yoga class, I reset and I’m ready to go!

 
Teacher & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

Teacher & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

Rachel Rogers RYT200

Kind, Welcoming, Loving, Selfless, Listener 

When did you begin Cultivating your practice?

I began cultivating my practice in 2015, when I enrolled in a 1-credit yoga class in college. 

When did you begin helping others Cultivate their practice?

To help others cultivate their practice, I received my 200 RYT certification from Omnipresent Yoga in 2016 and currently teach at various locations in the Cleveland area.  I truly enjoy holding the space for others and inviting people to come as they are.  I am interested in further training regarding sensory-based yoga (for people with autism or mental health diagnoses) and yoga for people who have experienced trauma. 

What is one thing you would love to see Cultivate Yoga nurture in our community?

I would love to see yoga reach more people in the community - in various capacities.  I want to provide people with the opportunity to learn about and practice yoga in a safe and welcoming environment, while exploring ways in which yoga can be incorporated into daily life.  Yoga can have different meanings for everyone who practices, but ultimately can form a union on a personal and community level, which is powerful.  

What has yoga helped to Cultivate within you?

My yoga practice consistently brings balance and serves as a constant pool of positive energy and support.  My practice encourages me to listen to my body and to feel without judgment. 

 
Teacher & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

Teacher & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

Kasey Crawford Kellem RYT200

Energetic, Resilient, Driven, Inspiring, Independent, Empathetic 

When did you begin Cultivating your practice?

I first discovered yoga in 2000 via some DVD’s I used in my home. At that time, I was still an active runner and bike rider and didn’t embrace the many benefits yoga was offering me. In 2013, when my husband was battling terminal cancer, a friend suggested I practice yoga. I decided to try yoga at a studio and realized then that it was just what I needed physically, emotionally and mentally. 

When did you begin helping others Cultivate their practice?

In 2017 I chose to take my practice to a new level and become an RYT200 certified instructor which I earned from Omnipresent Yoga. As a school counselor, children’s author and motivational speaker, I knew this is what I needed to add to my repetoire to better help children cope with their adversity and their lives in general.  That year I opened my own yoga studio, Mind Over Matter Studio, primarily for children, though it has branched out to serve adults, as well. I also offer yoga at Hillside Middle School where I counsel adolescents. 

What is one thing you would love to see Cultivate Yoga nurture in our community?

 I would like to see Cultivate Yoga in all schools for children of all ages. This is one of the environments where they are most stressed and could benefit from the mindfulness strategies, breathing techniques and balance & stretching poses offered in yoga. Personally, I think yoga should be part of  every school’s culture. 

What has yoga helped to Cultivate within you?

Yoga has taught me to slow down, breathe and be mindful of my thoughts and actions. It has quieted my hyper self, allowing me to be a better listener, more patient and more compassionate.

 
Advisory Board Member & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga  photo by  Simplicity Photography

Advisory Board Member & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

photo by Simplicity Photography

Bridget Murtha RYT200

Open-hearted, Space-holder, Passionate, Curious, Traveler

When did you begin Cultivating your practice?

I’ve practiced yoga on-and-off for 10 years, but regularly started practicing in 2014. My life was in a great state of change and yoga quickly became my place of refugee amidst the chaos- it didn’t matter how I showed up to class, I was always welcomed.

When did you begin helping others Cultivate their practice?

I started teaching yoga in 2018. I completed my 200 hr training in 2017 at Namaha Yoga School in Greece with Jonni-Lyn Friel. I’ve taught locally in the corporate setting as well as abroad with the NGO Lighthouse Relief working with refugees and volunteers.

What is one thing you would love to see Cultivate Yoga nurture in our community?

I would love to see yoga become more diverse and representative of our community. What I’ve learned through my travels is that we are all more alike than we are different. Where our cultures do differ are wonderful opportunities for connection, learning, and beauty to be found in bridging the gaps.

What has yoga helped to Cultivate within you?

The tools I’ve learned through yoga empower me to be the best version of myself. Yoga cultivated within me a place of healing and acceptance in a world where love didn’t always feel safe. I’m able to live life with an open heart despite old wounds and the emotional challenges I’ve overcome. Light and love exists within us all and yoga helps us uncover that and share it with the world.

 
Teacher & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

Teacher & Cultivator, Cultivate Yoga

Julie Wise RYT200

Creating, Listening, Growing, Learning, Healing

When did you begin Cultivating your practice?

I started practicing yoga 10 years ago. My mom and dad attended a Bikram Yoga class every week, and I started going with them. From there, I practiced with some friends at college and really started diving into the community during graduate school. I've been fortunate in trying a wide variety of styles over the past 10 years, and I love finding new ways to move my body and grow my practice off the mat.

When did you begin helping others Cultivate their practice?

While completing my RYT-200 teacher training with Awake to My Soul by Ylonda Rosenthal-Greene, I taught weekly classes in the community over the 8-month program. I'm starting to teach more students each week and I'm amazed at how rewarding this practice can be for students and teachers alike. As a dietitian, practicing nutrition therapy, the many principles of yoga have been woven into the care I provide clients for years.

What is one thing you would love to see Cultivate Yoga nurture in our community?

Cultivating a deeper love for ourselves is a powerful way for living a fulfilling life. Through movement, mindfulness, meditation and even nutrition therapy, I believe that we can all love ourselves exactly where we are. We can love our mind for where it is, our body for how it moves, and our choices for living with gratitude. Believing that we are worthy can help us elevate the way we live each day.

What has yoga helped to Cultivate within you?

When I'm practicing yoga, I'm able to get out of my head and into my body. I'm not thinking about what I need to do, what ways I should or could be doing something differently. I'm moving my body, listening to my breath, and getting intentional with my thoughts. Yoga has helped me live a more awakened life.