Meet Our Teachers
Michelle is the owner of Four Directions Studio. Michelle was introduced to yoga in the late 90s. In time, her meditation practice led her back to the physical practices of yoga. Michelle finds yoga to be strengthening, meditative and healing. Her belief is that all interested people can incorporate yoga into their daily lives, igniting their own internal spark of well being. Michelle is trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Taoist Yoga, Yin Yoga and Rocket Yoga. She is an E-RYT 500 through the Yoga Alliance. Michelle is an SSR Master Teacher and a Reiki Master Teacher. *Photo by Michael Wilson
Feeling stressed? Cynthia will always be the first one to tell you "breathe!". Through her own years of kickboxing and running, Cynthia recognizes that a full picture of health means not only pushing your limits, but being empowered to slow yourself down as well. She found the presence of both through the practice of yoga in 2005. Cynthia believes that connecting with our conscious ability to breathe and listen to the self, the building of an empowered calm, is inherent to happiness. Focusing on function of yogic postures and breathing practices as it relates to physical anatomy, she began teaching in 2012, with both her RYT 200 and RYT 500 training completed through You Do Yoga. Cynthia teaches Vinyasa styles, Yin Yoga, Taoist Yoga and yoga formulated to accent specific athletics. She is additionally certified in Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans and is a Reiki Level II practitioner.
Sally has been an educator for 30 years. She holds a MAT (Masters in the Art of Teaching) and an undergraduate degree in both education and religious studies. For the last 20 years, Sally has explored a variety of practices in the area of holistic health, well being and healing. She feels it is all about growth and learning, shedding the veils that block our true vision, and ending the trance that keeps us from discovering our true nature. Sally is certified in Reconnective Healing, Levels I, II and III. She is a Reiki Master and Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki VI Master. She has an extensive understanding and personal practice with superfoods, vegetarian foods and the healing aspects of nutrition. Sally is also a long time student and practitioner of essential oils therapy.
With a focus on mindfulness and remaining present through the breath, Randy's classes bring a peaceful sense of balance to your life. His teaching is geared towards students looking to move beyond the physical asanas and explore all eight limbs of yoga, and ultimately those interested in gaining a deeper sense of how to integrate the practice fully into their life. “Coming to my mat and sharing my practice with others helps me to express my devotion for the inner divine sense that dwells within each of us. I feel so deeply in love with the practice, and want to share it with others in the hopes of them cultivating their own love for it.” Randy has been actively practicing yoga for over 3 years and completed his RYT 200-hour training through The Yoga Bar's Bija Yoga School, with a focus on Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow yoga.
Growing up in beautiful Taiwan, Michelle is influenced by Asian and Western culture in her yoga practice. She finds both strength (Yang) and surrendering (Yin) in every asana. After the completion of Ashtanga 200 RYT and 500 RYT at It's Yoga, she has been focusing her teaching on guiding people to heal from inside out. Michelle loves nature and dedicates herself to studying holistic health, particularly essential oils. To create a "Healer yogi" in every home is her dream!
Becky completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 at You Do Yoga with a focus on Yin and Taoist Yoga. As a teacher, her aim is to help students connect with themselves to cultivate peace and happiness from within . She also encourages students to honor their unique body. Becky enjoys teaching both Vinyasa style yoga and Yin yoga and sees the importance of both for a balanced practice. Outside of yoga, Becky works as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and believes good nutrition is vital to help nourish both body and mind.
Nicole Capobianco Nicole believes her hips were made for Soul Train. She finds romance in grinding her own spices for curries and other things. At sunrise you can most likely find her on the back deck with a book or on her mat. Nicole has been teaching yoga since 2001 and loving every minute of it. Her classes are the perfect combination of centering and challenging, calling you back to your heart's wisdom. Coming to her class is not only an honor for her but a way for her to honor her teachers. Nicole completed her yoga teacher training at Sonic Yoga in New York. She went through Thai Yoga massage training with Saul David Raye.
Gail has been practicing and studying several styles of yoga since 1999, including Anusara, Iyengar and Yin Yoga. She appreciates the uniqueness of yoga asana as being accessible and adaptable to any and every body. She has also trained in various forms of energy work including Quantum Touch, Reiki and Integrative Energy Therapy. Having experienced the immeasurable benefits of yoga in her own life, she is inspired to share it with others. Besides yoga she is also passionate about her art, her animals and being in nature. She is grateful for the sense of community and support found at Four Directions Studio. Gail is graduating soon from Four Directions Yoga Teacher Training.
Dori has practiced yoga regularly for about 10 years and is currently working in the teacher training program here at Four Directions. She believe that centering oneself through physical asanas and meditation is important to overall health and wellbeing. When she is not at the studio, Dori enjoys gardening and making soap. She also is actively involved in spiritual practices and community outreach and believes that true happiness is found through giving.
Lisa link began practicing yoga in 2001, and recently completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification with Four Directions Studios. What Lisa loves most about yoga is feeling like every practice cultivates a sense of peace and calm within her mind and body, “Every time I practice yoga, I build another layer of strength, another layer of flexibility, and so on. Even if I don’t have my best day on the mat, I learn something from being there. It’s all part of the process.” Lisa is a Cincinnati (west side!) native with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program, and a minor in biology. In her “day job”, Lisa is a medical illustrator. This unique combination of skills means that Lisa understands both the art and science of yoga.
Katie was first introduced to yoga while playing collegiate soccer. It wasn’t until 2010 that she really began to see the aspects of a regular practice both on and off the mat as well the physical and nonphysical aspects. As an endurance athlete Katie has competed in numerous half and full marathons as well as Ironman races but it is the benefits from her yoga practice that assist her with her training the most. Katie is excited to share her love of yoga and teaching to Four Directions! When she isn’t in the studio or out training for her next race, Katie can be found spending time with her husband Tim and her two dogs Murphy and Sweet Lou.
Megan has practiced yoga regularly since 1999 and teaching yoga since receiving her 200-hour RYT certification in 2012 from World Peace Yoga. She leads yoga classes ranging from hatha to vinyasa to yin, with a focus on breathwork and meditation. Her goal in teaching yoga is to help students maintain healthy, flexible bodies throughout their lifespan, become more relaxed and centered, and develop their own home practice. In addition to teaching yoga, Megan teaches college writing.
Candace began Vipassana (mindfulness) meditation in 2004 and continues to be amazed at the awareness, insight, and acceptance of self and others that unfold through this practice. She loves to share meditation with others and to see the concentration, clarity and equanimity that the practice brings to people. Her classes include both formal sitting meditation, as well as mindfulness practices that students can take into their daily lives. Candace is a past president of Tri-State Dharma. She has done numerous intensive silent meditation retreats, ranging in length from long weekends to 30 days. She completed three years of formal training in Vipassana meditation and non-dual practices with Matt Flickstein and has also studied with Shinzen Young and Kenneth Folk. Off the cushion, Candace works as an IT consultant and plays the bassoon with the Seven Hills Sinfonietta community orchestra.
Meet Our Karma Yogis
Jamie's primary passions lie in community based arts initiatives, education, and she is a practicing artist. She is an Art Teacher and serves as Art Department Coordinator at Oak Hills High School. Jamie recently embarked on the path to yoga and meditation practices as way to bring increased balance, mindfulness, calm and reflection into all aspects of her daily life.
Pamela is a fellow Westwood enthusiast and resident. We think her dog might be her favorite being and we can relate. She enjoys singing and is very humble about her natural artistic talents. Pamela began taking yoga classes with a friend and was instantly hooked on the benefits she found through the practices of yoga.