Meet Our Teachers
Our goal is to uplift your life journey with inspiration, education, and tools that create a holistic balance between mind, body and spirit and to assist you in finding the personalized inner healing you are looking for!
My wellness journey began when I first started practicing yoga after a lower back injury in 2010. From the moment I started, I noticed an amazing improvement in not only my flexibility, but also my anxiety, the quality of my breath, the way I reacted to things and how I viewed myself as well as the world around me. Since then, I have faced many physical and emotional challenges, including loss and grief, and surviving a cancerous sarcoma tumor in 2017. Yoga kept me going and it gave me reassurance to trust the process, to be in the present moment, and to be grateful for all that life has given me.
In April of 2018, I became a yoga teacher through Grace Tree's yoga teacher training progam, White Lotus hOMe with Kim Dawes, and I have been teaching and coordinating yoga events ever since. In 2018, I became the brand ambassador for the Wanderlust yoga festival, as well as the Cincinnati lead coordinator for events and social media for The Beauty Boost, a community for women to come together and seek empowerment and wellness through fitness, retreats, and events. In December of 2018, I joined the Grace Tree steward team, becoming studio manager and creative director. As a yoga teacher, I want to bring yoga into the lives of others to help them heal and find peace, find hope where they may feel hopeless, and to regain their personal power.
I teach vinyasa flow, vinyasa to yin, and lead guided meditations. I also have a strong interest in kundalini yoga and the subtle body energies. I love hosting events and traveling. I would love to travel more often, and I am welcoming any opportunities to do so!
When I'm not practicing or teaching yoga, I am also a designer and artist, a writer, and a photographer. Visually and creatively driven, I enjoy weaving creativity into just about everything that I do. I am obsessed with astrology, enjoy hiking and camping adventures, wandering the woods and exploring a quiet beach. I am fascinated by crystals and rocks, plant life and animal friends, and essential oils. You can also find me cooking up your favorite meals, making them vegan and delicious! I truly believe in the healing power of community. You can learn more about me at Yoga with Jen!
RYT500, Holistic Wellness, Mindfulness & Personal Trainer
I began practicing yoga in 2009 and quickly discovered that I had happened onto something very powerful that held the potential to be life changing. As I realized the transformative effects of yoga on a physical, mental, emotional and energetic level, my mission and purpose became to share this phenomenon with others. In July of 2016, I received my 200-hour teaching certification and completed Aerial Yoga certification in September of 2018.
Inspired by my love of life, whole living and self-care, I am dedicated to meeting people where they are along the path to wellness and offering them opportunities to discover a more peaceful, healthy and happy life. As a psychologist, yoga teacher and Certified Personal Trainer, I weave together the physical practice, philosophy, inspiration and a love of music. I create classes to explore the postures and sequences that build strength and flexibility, encourage balance and challenge the body and the mind.
I will challenge your boundaries, enliven your spirit and ignite your energy. My classes take you on a journey to bliss and peace in the stillness of Yin yoga, the strength or the energetic flow of Vinyasa to strengthen the body, enliven the soul and clear the mind. You will also experience mindful meditation, pranayama (breathwork) and the therapeutics of essential oils.
I’m also an RYT 200 teacher trainer, and I offer workshops, self care retreats and private yoga sessions. I am the founder of Jill Conyers | Yoga + Wellness for the Body and Mind at https://jillconyers.com
"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” ~Marianne Williamson
My yoga journey began in 1999, when I started taking a weekly class. A highlight in my yoga journey was taking Grace Tree’s first 200 hour teacher training. I completed the training in June 2013. I am drawn to GT to continue nourishing myself. I am currently pursuing my 500 hour teacher training at Grace Tree.
After finishing my 200 hour training, equipped with more knowledge and confidence, I began teaching two classes a week – one at my school and another at a small gym. Yoga has taken such an important place in my life. Yoga has fostered my growth intellectually, spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically. I am very grateful for my practice - it keeps me strong, grounded and purposeful. I plan to practice yoga for the rest of my life.
It is with much excitement and gratitude that I continue teaching at my true home - Gracetree.
Away from my mat, I am further blessed to be married to my witty husband Mark. Kyle, is our amazing adult son. In my spare time, I am a CASA (court appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children) volunteer. I enjoy nature especially gardening and walking our yellow lab Beatrix.
Kellie Pringle Rubenacker
I am a Certified 500 HR Yoga Teacher, Emotional Polarity Technique (EPT) Practitioner and a Learning Consultant for a local Insurance Company. I am currently studying Embodiyoga with Becky Morrissey and Lisa Clark. I am also embarking on another training in 2018 to study Taoist yoga. I will be able to bring this perspective to my classes soon as well. I have come to realize that what makes me truly happy is helping people and making a difference in their lives, it is when doing this I feel most myself.
I received my EPT certification in 2012. As a patient of this healing I saw great strides very quickly in my outlook on life and connection to my true self. I then found yoga and was IN LOVE! It gave me a connection with my body that I had lost by sitting at a desk all day, every day. Yoga has taught me how to relax, trust and forgive. That is what I strive to pass on to others. My favorite classes to teach are Gentle Yoga with Pranayama (focused breath work) and meditation for that reason.
I am still amazed with the person that I am evolving into. Each day brings new awareness. I am here to assist you in your own journey without judgment and with my whole being. We are all just practicing to be human. I am constantly learning from not only other teachers but also my students and will forever be a student myself. Namaste’!
RYT200, Reiki II
My yoga journey began in 2013 when I started practicing while watching yoga movies in my home. Later a friend suggested that I come with her to a class at Grace Tree. I am so grateful for that invitation and for the beautiful safe space Grace Tree has become for me. Yoga has helped me to find peace within and self acceptance. It's a passion of mine that continues to grow daily. My love for yoga inspired me to want to share what I had found with others so I earned my 200hr RYT through Grace Tree Yoga & Growth Studio and White Lotus Home.
I believe in teaching yoga from the heart and I aim to help others practice self love and compassion; to focus on inviting positivity inward and loving your true self. During my classes we focus on using breath with movement as we move through gentle warm ups, twists, sun salutations, standing poses and finish with calming poses on the mat. We end in a restful shavasana, inviting peace in the stillness.
I am a wife to a supportive husband and mother of two sweet boys & two silly cats. I have lived in the Cincinnati area all of my life. I hope to meet you soon! Namaste!
My journey to become a yoga teacher began one fateful day when I decided to try a class at Grace Tree Yoga Studio. I had always been interested in yoga and decided it was time to ventured out to find a studio (although, to be fair, taking my practice to a studio had a lot more to do with finding a quiet space to practice that didn’t involve getting a “Hot Wheels Massage” from my toddler during savasana). At Grace Tree, I recognized instantly that I had found something special. Yoga became a stepping stone into a new routine that filled my life with joy and wellness. I was inspired to become a teacher by the many great teachers I’ve had the opportunity to share my practice with and I love sharing that experience with others. Come join me for a class!
I teach meditation-based classes as well as vinyasa flow. My classes are accessible to beginners and seasoned yogis alike! I am fascinated by the wisdom of yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda, and the pursuit of attaining balance. My classes are inspired by that wisdom and the lessons of so many rich yoga texts throughout history.
When I’m not practicing yoga, I enjoy running, drinking coffee, wine tasting, cooking and spending time with my family and friends. While I have a passion for traveling, the past several years I have spent more time at home with my wonderful husband Jared and our gregarious little boy Axel, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Check out my Facebook page for more info… https://www.facebook.com/aliciaadkinsyogaohio
I have been practicing yoga for almost all my adult life. I was never satisfied by the usual 9-5 jobs and always found myself missing my practice, so I pushed myself to get a teaching certificate to practice and help myself as well as others. I became certified at the Yoganjali School of Yoga as a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and have been teaching classes for over four years since then.
My practice starts with centering and breathing or pranayams and small muscle asanas that are followed by sun salutations and large muscle asanas, ending with a shavasana . I do not make fixed routines for my class—I prefer to go with the flow by watching my audience and responding to their needs. I truly believe that everyone can make a place and time for yoga in their life; it’s only a matter of discovering that connection between your mind and body.
Yoga has helped with my personal growth, in finding peace within myself and not worrying about what ifs & why nots and coming to terms with the fact that everyone has their own journeys. I like watching my students discover their own inner strength, balance, and growth as they practice with me. I love hearing from students how yoga has helped them improve their lives. I believe yoga is for all levels and that age should not be a limiting factor, which is why I teach different types of yoga for various age groups, including chair, hatha, and vinyasa yoga.
I look forward to continuing this journey and helping myself and other yogis to optimize their potential. Namaste.
By day I am an aerospace engineer who works in a government research lab. My job requires thinking about things, writing some of it down, and then maybe writing a computer program to see if it all works. The funny thing is that I also happen to be a yoga teacher. My yoga journey started with a book and a set of DVDs with yoga sequences tailored to golfers. After each practice, I noticed the physical benefits of the practice, but the calming effect of the practice came as a complete surprise. After practicing off and on to the videos for a couple of years, I decided to drop in on my first group yoga class. I instantly became, and still am, a regular to that class. Over time I began to take classes from a variety of teachers to grow my practice. This trajectory took me to enrolling in the 200 hour yoga teacher training at the Shanti Yoga School in Dayton, and I completed my teacher training in January, 2016. Most recently, I received a certification in restorative yoga from Day Yoga in Dayton.
My teaching style is an alignment-oriented flow that incorporates pranayama and typically concludes with yin and/or restorative poses. This balance of movement with stillness is intended to bring the mind-body into harmony. Focusing on alignment ensures that the pose is done safely, and is also a means to get deeper into the pose by activating the correct muscles. Because there is always something new to learn, I am constantly pulling from my personal experiences with different teachers and utilizing different resources to keep the practice from becoming stale.