Meghan, co-owner and native Cincinnatian, likes to think of her profession as art, saying that "art has always been why I get up in the morning." She wholeheartedly believes in the necessity and miracle of movement. After taking her first yoga class and being amazed by the transformative power of movement, she decided to become certified to teach yoga. A sophomore in college at the time, she didn't know how it would play out, but she wanted to learn everything she could about yoga.
"Strong body, strong mind" was her mantra throughout a particularly trying period of her life and she was amazed at the healing power of thought, movement, and intention. In 2005, she stumbled onto the Pilates reformer and it didn't take long before she wanted to learn everything she could about Pilates.
As a teacher, her sincerest hope is that movement affects her students' lives in any of the multitudinous positive ways it has affected hers. When she practices, she personally likes exploring the boundaries of her stamina and focus. Her goal in teaching is to guide her classes to explore these same things. Her classes tend to follow this trend - powerful, challenging, and, if you ask her husband, devastating. When she is not teaching, she fancies herself as an amateur dog whisperer, a junior psychologist and an aspiring anatomist. She loves drinking tea and dissecting the world with her varied friends and family.
Her qualifications include PMA Comprehensive Certification, National Yoga Alliance 200 HR RYT, National Yoga Alliance 500 HR RYT, Pilates Mat and Reformer certification and Ellie Herman Reformer and Springboard Certification
Kari, The Breathing Room's general manager, is a native Cincinnatian (Terrace Park to be exact). After graduating from Miami University with a bachelor's degree in Interpersonal⁄Relational Communication and a minor in Business Management, Kari aspired to do something where she could apply both sides of her strengths: effective communication and organized leadership. Kari said, "I love people- talking, teaching, and helping if I can. As much as I would like to say I found The Breathing Room on my own, in reality, the studio found me. I feel so fortunate to surround myself with wonderful people and healthy energy every day."
As both a guide and a listener, Kari has been successful in applying her natural abilities to promote, encourage and communicate everything The Breathing Room offers. Most days, you will find Kari at the desk helping with the day-to-day activities, but throughout the day, she is also working on marketing, planning parties, teaching classes, creating class choreographies, and working with teachers to guarantee outstanding instruction.
When Kari is not at work, she loves spending time with her husband, Eric and their pup, Silas. Her favorite things to do are listening and dancing to live music, and going on any adventure outdoors. Kari loves to surround herself with other people and feels incredibly blessed to call the whole Breathing Room staff some of her favorite people on Earth.
Andrea recently joined The Breathing Room as a Pilates teacher. As far back as Andrea can remember, she has had a passion for movement. She grew up in a suburb of Chicago enjoying competitive swimming, tennis, softball and cheerleading. Her passion for the human body in motion led Andrea to complete a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois. After graduating, Andrea worked in both corporate fitness and personal training for many years.
It was not until her husband began experiencing back pain from playing football that Andrea was introduced to Pilates. Together, she and her husband signed up for their first Pilates reformer class. "His back started to feel better and I became intrigued to learn more." She earned her first Comprehensive Matwork & Reformer Certification through Stott Pilates in 2003. After teaching for a few years, Andrea decided to continue her education and completed the Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Certification in 2011.
"I enjoy teaching Pilates to all types of individuals. Whether you're young, old, athletic, rehabbing, pregnant, or just looking to explore a new practice, Pilates will change the way you move and think. The unique mind⁄body practice will improve your strength, flexibility, and overall heath. Your body will begin to move with ease and balance. My hope is to share this amazing gift with you!!"
When Andrea is not practicing Pilates or watching her kids' various games, she enjoys many types of exercise, though she usually runs and cycles due to their convenience. When traveling, she loves to ski, play golf and hike. "The great thing is with the core strength, coordination and muscular balance I gained through Pilates, the sky's the limit." She lives an active life with her husband of 18 years and her two amazing teenagers.
Andrea's certifications include Stott Pilates Comprehensive Matwork & Reformer Certification and Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Certification.
Andrea is a native Canuck, which is why you can expect a big smile, warm welcome, and the occasional exotic pronunciation in her class. Her husband's work as a voice professor has taken them to musical theater departments all over the world.
She first trained with The Pilates Method Alliance of Toronto in 2005, focusing on post surgery rehab as well as pre/post natal applications. She became a 200 HR Registered Yoga Teacher in Ohio in 2006. Andrea arrived back in the USA in 2011 from New Zealand where she was resident Pilates and Bio Mechanics instructor for the National Dance School. Additionally, she was Teacher Trainer and curriculum advisor with the Hot Yoga of New Zealand. As of 2015, she is in her second year of a Feldenkrais certification.
When she's not getting people in touch with their inner groin spirals and deep abdominal lines, she spends time with her two children and enjoys running, biking, and wholesome love-filled cooking.
Brittany is Cincinnati born and raised—the city she adores! A dear friend introduced Brittany to The Breathing Room in 2014. "I immediately fell in love with the space and with Pilates! I felt called to spread the good word!"
Brittany immersed herself in The Breathing Room Apprentice program as well as an in-depth training with Jonathan Hoffman, the creator of the CoreAlign. Her continued passion for learning keeps her classes fresh and oh-so-funky! She loves to work her core and her favorite move hands down, is teaser, be warned of it’s appearance in your class.
When Brittany is out of the studio, she enjoys spending time with her sweet K9 companion, Callie, and also traveling the world! Just this year she has been to Spain, Italy, and Greece. Pulling from her experiences, she brings a sense of adventure into every class!
This lovingly dubbed "Jackie of all trades" does everything from maintain and repair equipment to teaching a myriad of Breathing Room classes. 2013 Iza completed her 200-hour RYT Yoga Certification and May 2014 marks the completion of her 450-hour Pilates certification! With these two certifications under her belt, she has pleased and challenged fellow instructors and clients alike with her difficult, yet creatively flowing classes. Her enthusiasm for all things movement leaves clients feeling inspired and empowered!
This pint-sized lives and breaths music with her multi-talented musician husband, Kyle. Iza spent all of 2014 developing her yoga skills, teaching every type of body all over Cincinnati, indoors and outdoors.
Iza attending the University of Cincinnati in the DAAP program for Fine Art and is truly an artistic soul with a keen eye for unique problem-solving. She loves to paint, sew, draw, do yoga, do Pilates, ride her bike, cook healthy cuisine and jam out with friends to her husband’s band, The Turkeys!
Pilates is her source of strength and will continue to be an evolution of classical moves with creative spins! Yoga is her source of centeredness and balance. Take Yoga or Pilates with Iza and gain a new perspective on your physical and mental strength!
Jen's love for fitness started when she was in high school. Running and taking fitness classes were her gateway into her future profession. Exercise quickly became a passion in her life.
During her early twenties, she decided to start teaching because she loved helping others reach their fitness goals. After deciding to take this new passion even further, Jen got her bachelors degree in Health Promotion and Education with a emphasis in Exercise and Fitness from the University of Cincinnati. She then did her internship at the world renowned Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research.
After college, Jen began personal training and teaching a variety of fitness classes. Over the years, she has taught just about everything! Her love for Pilates blossomed about 9 years ago. "I fell in love with the way it made my body feel. Not only does it make you feel strong, but long as well."
Jen loves educating people on how to make their bodies feel good because she just want everyone to feel their best! This not only comes in the form of exercise but what you put in your body as well. She is a huge advocate for eating "real foods" and loves to do juice cleanses and promote wellness all around
Johanna's Pilates journey began back in 2003 when she wanted a different type of workout that she could stay committed to. She says, "Let's be clear that I was by no means an athlete by nature. The first time I was introduced to the 'magic circle' in leg straps, my legs shook so hard I dropped it." And for her, she says that occurred for a very long time. But, she stuck with Pilates, and continued to go three days a week. It took a long time for her to truly make that mind body connection in her practice. To this day, Johanna says he still has those "ah ha" moments when she realizes how a certain exercise is meant to be performed. Today, she confidently says, "Pilates has changed my life." It gave her strength and more importantly, confidence.
Once she made the decision to take the leap into teaching, there was no question she wanted to learn from Meghan at The Breathing Room. She challenged Johanna like no other. In the Spring of 2014, Johanna completed the Breathing Room. Now her hope is to be able to pass along some hints she learned through many years of practice going from good to great.
Before Johanna's story began in the Pilates world, she graduated with an accounting degree from Hillsdale College and later, an MBA from Xavier. She spent fifteen years in the business world, which she thoroughly enjoyed. One constant in her life was, and still is, her part time work at Saks Fifth Avenue for the past sixteen years. Her "second home" as she calls it, has allowed her to indulge in her love of fashion. You can still catch Johanna there two Sundays a month in jewelry, although you might not recognize her sans workout attire!
Last but certainly not least, my greatest accomplishment has been meeting my husband Kevin, and of course, having my two children, John (8) and Leigh (6). My aspiring little ones hope to hold a plank one day as well as their Mom.
Logan began teaching yoga at The Breathing Room in 2011 and quickly became intrigued by the Pilates Reformer and Spring Board equipment. She studied for the next two years with Meghan Arata and Balanced Body. Now a certified Reformer II teacher, she enjoys making up new routines that focus on building stamina in a relaxed, centered environment. Expect her classes to be physically challenging, yet mentally relaxing, with a major emphasis on breath, creativity, and flow.
When Logan is not teaching she enjoys being an Ayurvedic Practitioner- she studied for two years under Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute in NM. She learned the most applicable ways to integrate the ancient science of Ayurveda into the modern day world. She draws from her five years as a yoga teacher and Pilates instructor to address physical blockages as well as mental stagnation. Her passion for food, cooking, and nutrition are woven through her recommendations; specializing in balancing emotional and physical life challenges through movement, breath, diet, herbs, lifestyle, and acceptance.
For more information on Logan’s Ayurveda Practice, please visit www.FlourishAyurveda.com
Lu found her path towards Pilates with a very altruistic goal: helping other people feel good and become stronger. She believes in the power the movement practice holds because she has witnessed Pilates create amazing results in her body, as well as her clients. Lu is a balanced Body certified instructor, and continues to take trainings through that program to learn the various equipment in depth and expand her repertoire as a Breathing Room teacher.
Although Lu spends a majority of her time in the studio teaching, she is also a trained Birth Doula, working with parents-to-be as they embark on the greatest journey in their lives.
When Lu is not teaching or helping to bring new babies into the world, she stays in Northside with her dog Jericho. They love to run the trails together, play, and explore the woods. She loves camping and taking trips to Red River Gorge. One other thing Lu is passionate about: health and organic, nutritious eating. "Food is medicine!!" she says, and Lu practices what she preaches because she does her best to live as organic and sustainable as possible. Perhaps you will run into her sometime at one of Cincinnati's Local Farmer's Markets! Lu's open spirit and optimistic nature are some of the many reasons she makes and excellent teacher and friend.
Duke, honorary CEO of The Breathing Room, helped build this studio from the ground up. Sometimes referred to as "The Gargoyle," Duke is a regular fixture and makes his voice heard if you forget to say hello. He is also an assistant in many classes as he moseys around the equipment to make sure you are working to your fullest potential. And what is Duke's favorite Pilates class? "Roof Roof," which translates into "Jumpboard!" He says it helps him develop his calf muscles and tighten his core. So the next time you come in, be sure you don't forget to say hi to Duke the Dog because he doesn't forget faces.
Though Duke does not hold any formal certifications, his brain is like a sponge so he absorbs everything Meghan teaches in her classes.