TEACHER BIOS


LAYLA GILMAN REED

Layla is a yogini who loves to connect with people over yoga, food, books, music and fun times. She is an eRYT500 yoga teacher who has participated in several teacher trainings. She also holds a certification as an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist from the Himalayan Institute. Layla found yoga as a stress reduction practice over fifteen years ago (although she has practiced with Lilias Folan on public television since she was in first grade!) and has been teaching studio classes for eight years. Layla and her business partner, Karen Johns, opened their own studio, The Yoga Nest, in September of 2016. Layla’s style is laid back and gentle. She prides herself on offering lots of alignment cues with modifications for all bodies, ages, abilities, and daily/seasonal needs. Layla is passionate about sharing how simple tools and techniques from Yoga and Ayurveda can make a profound difference in one’s ability to heal, balance, grow and thrive.  Layla will be teaching Ayurveda 101.


JONATHAN WHITE

From the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows, music has the power to alter any experience. This is what drives Jonathan Cody White as a songwriter. Blending elements of Blue-Eyed Soul, Pop and Folk, Jonathan’s goal “is to create a soundtrack for the human experience. To write honestly with melodic truth and raw emotion. To make people connect through shared moments and hopefully move them.” Growing up in Augusta, GA, Jonathan remembers being introduced to music at the age of 3. “As a child of the ’80’s, raised by parents of the ’60’s, I had a very eclectic musical heritage. I’d run around the house singing along to “Bad” by Michael Jackson one day and the next I’d be having epic G.I. Joe battles accompanied by James Taylor or CCR.” Because of Jonathan’s easily accessible style, his music has been sought out by numerous projects including the travel web series, “Sus and Chlo On The Go” and the play, “Fit,” a backstage.com’s Critics Pick at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2011. On December 18th, 2013, Jonathan released his long awaited debut EP entitled, “Words Left In My Mind.” “The title comes from those could’ve, should’ve, would’ve moments in life. Those moments that drive you crazy wishing you had done something differently or something more.” The EP has been received well and has led to great opportunities from playing at the Florida Music Festival in Orlando this past year to being invited by the producer’s of the hit TV show, “The Voice” for a private audition. Jonathan is currently working on his next album.  Check Jonathan out in The Om Room where he will serenade us during lunch ;)


ERIN TRENTEL

Erin Trentel teaches at Shine Yoga Center, where she has also been a student for 10 years.  Erin’s love of movement, and foundation in Anusara yoga, inspire her alignment-focused vinyasa flow classes.  With Erin you will connect to your breath, flow with mindfulness, and be encouraged to turn-in to your own unique experience on the mat.  Erin is registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT200.  Erin will be teaching a class called "Align & Flow."  


Master yoga teacher, LILIAS FOLAN, is an American treasure known by only one name, LILIAS. Her excellent reputation prompted Time magazine to dub her “The Julia Child of Yoga.”  In 1963 Lilias began her Yoga journey in Stanford CT. In 1967 She and husband Bob moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where she began her teaching career at the local YWCA.  Lilias studied with Swami Vishnu Devananda of the Sivananda lineage. In 1973, she traveled to India to study Vedanta philosophy and meditation under the tutelage of Swami Chidananda of the Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, India. She continued her meditation practice with Swami Muktananda.  In 1972 Lilias hosted and co-produced the nationally syndicated PBS series Lilias! Yoga and You on WCET, Cincinnati. Today the series is still running on many stations across the US and Canada. Lilias has been known as “the first lady of yoga” since her ground breaking 1972 yoga series. Folan’s audience includes housewives, athletes, executives, seniors, Olympians, artists, members of Congress and a former president of the United States.  Lilias has been teaching yoga for over 50 years. She taught internationally in Australia, Russia, Italy, Ireland, Germany and for the British Wheel of Yoga. She is often a major presenter at yoga conferences and workshops. She loves being part of Yoga teachers training courses.  Lilias will be teaching "The Joy Is In The Journey."


GINA FENNELL

Gina Fennell, 200RYT, is the Executive Director of Project Yoga, a local non profit organization dedicated dedicated to bringing the health and wellness benefits of yoga to underserved and at-risk populations.  She has been teaching yoga for over a decade, and is best known for her power classes and mindfulness trainings.  Whether you come to your mat for improved physical fitness, to learn to sit still and meditate, or to simply play around, her classes are honest, challenging and fun.  Inspired by the journey through motherhood, Buddhist psychology and thousands of classes taught and taken, Gina creates a compassionate and safe space to practice falling down and getting back up.  Gina will be teaching "Hike & Seek."


KATY KNOWLES

Katy is Project Yoga’s Board President, a 200 RYT and 500 ERYT Para Yoga Level I Certified Teacher and former owner of yogahOMe in Cincinnati. She has dedicated 25+ years to teaching yoga, meditation and dance. Yogiraj Rod Stryker, Laura Jane Mellencamp Murphy, Lilias Folan, Karina Ayn Mirsky and many others continue to be her teachers. Katy has also completed the Himalayan Institute’s Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Training, studying with Kathryn Templeton. Katy co-founded yogahOMe in Cincinnati in 2004, and after selling the studios in 2012, is dedicating her boundless energy to Project Yoga. “It is my dharma to create communities around the practice of yoga.” Katy is forever grateful to her husband David and three sons for their support in her journey.  Katy will be teaching "Yoga Nidra."  


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