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Anna Shostrand
Anna began her yoga journey in the early 2000s with her friend and teacher, Lyndsey Stropkey. Together they would practice Iyengar videos and attend local classes. Occasional practice became consistent practice when Lyndsey introduced Anna to the Kripalu Yoga tradition. This gentle, compassionate approach resonated deeply with her and breathed new life into her body and heart. It also strengthened her determination to do what she loves, and pass on the peace and healing she has received to others. She took her first level one Usui Reiki class with Debbie Craven in 2009, and continued her studies in Reiki. Anna received her Master level Usui Reiki certification with Erin Hill in 2012. That same year, she began student teaching at Branches of Wellness. She experienced 2 years of teaching a variety of yoga styles to all ages from children to seniors, and helped to develop the Reiki restorative yoga class. In 2014, she received her 200- Hour Aura Wellness Yoga Teacher Certification with Highest Honors. Her style has been inspired by many local teachers, including but not limited to; Lyndsey Stropkey, Denise Brown, Anne Ondrey, and Erin Hill. She continues to teach yoga, practice Reiki and Tuning Forks and feels blessed to be doing so!
Erin Hill
Erin is the Branches of Wellness’ Program Director/Owner. She is a gifted, compassionate, and nurturing yoga instructor and energy worker. Through her classes and practices, Erin encourages people to embrace themselves where they are today, move at their own pace down their chosen path, and smile while they discover their wonderfulness and potential. Erin was led to yoga and Reiki in the early 2000s, as they were her path to healing from systemic and discoid lupus erythmetosis. In 2006, she received her Master level Reiki certification from Carol J. Spears, and went on to receive her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher certification from T.R.Y. 4 Life in 2008. She is also registered with Yoga Alliance. Her teaching style has been influenced by Shiva Rea, Jennifer Kries, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Spirit, to name a few. Presently, she is a yoga instructor, Usui Reiki Master and practitioner, energy worker, and dance educator. She believes that moving energy will initiate and promote healing, balance and joy whether it is through yoga, dance, Reiki, meditation, shamanistic healing, and/ or prayer. "As we practice listening to our body's voice and where it tells us to go or stay, we reestablish trust between the mind and body, laying the foundation for our own unique path to healing." Since receiving her certifications, Erin has taught many different styles yoga and dance in the Lake County area at the Fairport Dance Academy, Branches of Wellness, the Fairport Senior Center, and local school districts. She also shares the amazing healing art of Reiki through in-depth yearly Reiki trainings. To meet the curiosity of the ever-growing wellness community, Erin presents educational discussions on yoga and Reiki at Lake Erie College and local health and wellness events. "We are all in the same boat...Me, You and Everyone Else. We are not sinking if we all believe we are afloat. Let's float. "
Lyndsey Stropkey
Lyndsey unknowingly stumbled into her life’s work in the year 2000, when she took her first yoga class at the Shree Muktananda Ashram. She came into the practice seeking knowledge and physical health and found a world of emotional and spiritual healing as well. From there, she continued her practice at home, studying independently, and eventually began taking vinyasa flow classes at a local gym. Though she loved the physical movement, she always found herself wanting to know more about ALL the aspects of yoga aside from the postures. What about philosophy, breathing, chanting, meditation and MORE relaxation?! She found it all in the Kripalu tradition, and in 2008, Lyndsey attended a month long immersion at the Kripalu Center, where she received her 200- hour Kripalu Yoga teacher certification. She returned to Kripalu later that year to get certified to teach Yoga Dance- a practice that combines her love of music, yoga, and dance. In 2009, she obtained her basic certification as a practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage of the Tao Mountain lineage. That same year, she took her first degree Reiki class and became a certified Pilates instructor through the National Exercise Teacher's Association. In 2010, Lyndsey completed her Master level of Usui Reiki training with Erin Hill and became her apprentice. She began co-teaching Reiki trainings and passing attunements with Erin in 2014. She returned to The Studio Cleveland and completed intermediate Thai massage training in 2013. Lyndsey recently completed her 500- hour Kripalu Yoga teacher training, obtaining her 500- hour certificate in 2017.  She teaches to all ages all around Lake County and the Cleveland area, including teaching patients and employees of the Cleveland Clinic. She particularly enjoys teaching a variety of yoga styles to people who think they cannot do yoga. It is so gratifying watching people blossom and unfold as they come home to themselves and release imagined limitations. Lyndsey is a graduate of Hiram College with a BA in music. She helps to manage Branches of Wellness as well as offering classes, private sessions, and treatments there.
Tracy Butler
Tracy is a 200 hour-level yoga instructor certified through the TRY4Life Teacher’s Training program in July of 2009, recognized by Yoga Alliance. Tracy enjoys teaching yoga to students of all levels. She is a Reiki Level 3 practitioner, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Kent State University. Tracy enrolled in a yoga class with Erin Hill four years ago during her daughter’s dance class at the Fairport Dance Academy. She continued to take classes with Erin, and began to witness the positive effects of a regular yoga practice. Low back pain and persistent neck pain from a car accident over ten years prior began to lessen, and gradually diminished. Because the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits strongly impacted her health and well-being, Tracy decided to become a certified yoga teacher to help others experience the joys and benefits of yoga.
Bethany Soeder
Bethany discovered holistic healing arts back in August of 2011 when she was seriously injured in a car accident. During her five week stay at Metro Health Hospital, she received Reiki treatments and found that it greatly aided her recovery. In 2014, Bethany became a certified Level One Reiki practitioner with Erin Hill and Lyndsey Kohn, and looks forward to continuing her Reiki training in the future. Bethany also recently discovered the amazing healing properties of essential oils and aromatherapy, and became an Aromatouch Specialist with doTerra oils. Essential oils have quickly become an important part of her family’s everyday life as they use them for everything from muscle rub to cleaning products. Bethany loves to practice yoga and hopes to add teaching yoga to her repertoire down the road. Currently, she offers combination treatments of Reiki with Aromatouch for a wonderful full body healing experience.  She is also currently enrolled at Harmony Path Massage School.   She is studying to become a Licensed Massage Therapist with Frank Schwartz, founder of the school and massage therapist for 29 years.
Char Wyatt
Char is a Yoga Instructor, certified at the 300 hour level through Awaken Yoga in Mentor.  
Mark Mondville

Mark’s first forays with power animals began at age 10. Shortly thereafter he began work with self-hypnosis and research into philosophical and metaphysical principles and schools of thought. He was initiated into a personal shamanic path following seven illnesses within one year and a three month isolation period. During his developmental years he continued researching world religions, arcane philosophy, the occult, Jungian dream work, and plant-based medicines. He now takes a reconciliation approach, attempting to network numerous and various learnings from diverse perspectives. Having recently reawakened the dormant forces of spirit journeying within his life, he is now ready to share these teachings and understanding with others. He feels compelled to accelerate all students along their differing paths up the one mountain of enlightenment in an increasingly complicated and fearful world. With unbridled non-judgmental love as a foundation, we can raise the collective consciousness of our species to create a brighter world for future generations. Certified Reiki III Master and in Plant-Based Nutrition.  Other services offered by Mark are Dream Consultation, Shamanic Work, Soul Retrieval, Ancestor Communication, House Cleansings, Past Life Regression, Object Charging.

Betty Ashman

Hi, Friends,

My life has been a series of events that led me to an emotional crisis.

I have found many benefits in various techniques for emotional release, including Reiki and the use of Essential Oils.

Reiki has filled my life with light and love that I never knew existed. In 2015, I began my training with Reiki Masters Erin Hill, Lyndsey Kohn and Henry Reed. I completed my Reiki Master Level training in 2016, though I continue to learn from all of my teachers and the source of pure, radiant love.

In 2015 I received my Raindrop Training Certificate from my teacher and mentor with Young Living Essential Oils, Nancy Rattray. The Raindrop Technique is a physical application of specific Essential Oils to support physical, mental and emotional well-being. The oils are placed along the spine and spread lightly on the surrounding muscles, followed by a warm towel. Oils are also applied to the bottoms of the feet using the Vita-Flex technique.

I look forward to meeting and talking with you to share my love and light.

Much love - Namaste.

Angela DeMichele
Angela DeMichele is a certified Kidding Around Yoga (KAY) teacher. She focuses on instructing yoga to children and their families. Her goal is to teach the skill of mindfulness that children can readily use to create a positive outlook. Angela graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. For the past 5 years she has been working as a Licensed Social Worker and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant in the Tri-County area. Angela is finishing up her Master of Science degree at Capella University for Early Childhood Education. She is also the Owner and Operator of Snap Fitness Madison. Angela has been provided the opportunity to combine her passion for children, community service and fitness. 

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