OUR TEAM

MEET OUR AMAZING TEACHERS

"There is beauty and power in unity. We must be united in heart and mind. One world, one people. " Lailah Gifty Akita

Our team of amazing teachers have a minimum of 200 hours of training before teaching to our community. 

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Donna
Mahoney

Owner & Instructor

I began my yoga practice more than 17 years ago. As a busy mother, wife, and career woman, my hour of yoga practice several times a week at my local YMCA was the respite and self-care I deeply craved. It was a magical hour to calm my mind, move my body and connect with something greater than myself. I completely fell in love with yoga and I dreamed of teaching yoga and owning a studio as part of my retirement plan. In 2017, my dreams fast tracked and soon I found myself immersed in yoga training. I trusted the signs the universe sent my way and, in my intuition, and a decade sooner than I thought possible, with great love and dedication, I opened my own studio, The Yoga Loft, in Howard, WI in January 2018. I am RYT 200 and began teaching vinyasa, restorative, and yin and have over 700 teaching hours that includes studio classes, private sessions, community practice, retreats and more.

 

I continue to grow and learn about mind, body and soul healing. Through the years I have been on a personal self-healing journey and through modalities like sound healing and reiki I was able to deeply heal myself. In turn, I feel part of my purpose is to create a safe space where the community gathers on their own personal healing journey through their yoga practice.

 

With a certificate in mindfulness and as a Master Reiki Practitioner, I channel healing energy, combined with my empathic abilities, and experience from my own journey and experience as a Yoga Instructor to help others on their journey. I am passionate about creating a sacred space combining spirituality, softness, strength, and loving acceptance, to tap into our innate healing power and allow individuals to transform into a version of themselves that embodies their highest truth. Channeling loving and healing energy, allowing you to be seen, safe and never judged. Intuitively I may incorporate Tibetan or Crystal singing bowls, and oracle card readings to my offerings.  

 

RYT 200, Mindfulness Certification, Reiki Master, Sound Healing Practitioner

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Amanda 

Yoga Instructor-RYT 200

Namaste to all of you!  I am Amanda McAllister and my passion for yoga began in 2004 when I took my first class. I have practiced many forms of yoga throughout my yoga journey including Power Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin, Restorative, and even Aerial yoga! All forms of yoga are unique and have been beneficial to my mind and body. One of the reasons I love yoga so much is I am constantly learning new things about myself and others.  As a second grade teacher and mom, I find that yoga keeps me grounded in my everyday life. I enjoy sharing yoga with others, especially with my students in my classroom and often think of yoga as my hobby!  Due to my love of yoga, I decided to take the plunge and become a certified yoga instructor in 2015 to deepen my own yoga practice and have the ability to share yoga with others. Obtaining my CYT 200 hour certification with Empower Yoga in Appleton was an amazing experience. Since then, I have been teaching Power Vinyasa, gentle, slow flow and kids’ yoga classes.  Join me for a class that will challenge your mind, body and spirit. My intention when I teach is to lead you through a thought provoking practice that will give you tools that you can take off your mat to guide your everyday life. I'm excited to share my love of yoga with you!

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Annie 

Yoga Instructor- RYT 200

Hello, I'm Annie! I have been practicing yoga for about six years and I am so honored that we can connect on both of our yoga journeys. I am a firm believer in yoga being for everybody and every body. The empowering benefits of yoga are available to everyone, regardless of weight, age, gender, or physical ability, and I like to bring that love, awareness, and acceptance to all my classes. Your yoga practice is uniquely your own, and I am so excited to be able to help guide you in creating and exploring your own unique yoga practice for your unique body and your unique mind. Namasté!

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Catherine

Yoga Instructor-RYT 200

I am currently a certified yoga instructor, CTA, RYT 200. Spreading the love of yoga to others is a heart passion of mine. Yoga has not only been a journey but a transformation for me physically, mentally and emotionally. Over the last six years I have been able to be pain-free and joyful, finding my inner and outer strength, confidence, and my true self. My hope is to have the privilege of guiding  others through yoga and witnessing the joy they find through their practice. 

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Cathy

Yoga Instructor-CYT 200

I am so excited to share my passion for Yoga with you! My name is Cathy, I am a 200HR Certified Yoga Teacher and a NETA Certified Personal Trainer giving me ample knowledge of the human body and how to effectively teach a yoga class to my participants. I have been teaching in the Green Bay community for over 30 years starting at the YMCA then onto Western Racquet, bCentered Pilates Studio, the Yoga Hut, and most recently at Ironwood Yoga in Sister Bay. I am very anxious to start my new chapter teaching all of you at The Yoga Loft. I continued my Yoga Journey even during the pandemic "shutdowns" by consistently uploading videos to my YouTube Channel and teaching via Zoom. Without Yoga in my life, I am not sure how I would have survived. I am convinced the daily practice of yoga is essential to anyone's overall health and well-being, soothing the mind, activating the body, and calming the soul with each and every practice. And the beauty is that yoga is for all ages, and all body types! I teach to my class as I would want to be taught, both with demos and effective verbal cues. I have taught Yin Yoga, Chair Yoga, Booty Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, Slow Flow Yoga, and Beginner Yoga Workshops and look forward to sharing this knowledge with you. Namaste my friends. Cathy

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Crystal

Yoga Instructor- CYT 200

Crystal has been drawn to movement her whole life. She started as a gymnast at a very young age and made the transition into other independent outdoor sports such as; snowboarding, mountain biking and whitewater kayaking. Her mother first introduced her to yoga via a gorgeous video by Ali MacGraw and Erich Schiffmann, called Yoga Mind & Body. It’s visually and aurally stunning with clean white sand and a cool predawn sky, with a soundtrack including Dead Can Dance.  This early exposure had her hooked. She continued yoga during her early college years at the University of Montana as a fun way to sweat and relieve stress. Her casual hobby blossomed into a way of life after becoming a busy mom and needing that time for self-care and a stress-relieving outlet.

 

Crystal is a Registered Nurse and is passionate about helping people learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. She draws on her nursing knowledge of the body to assist students in correct alignment during postures.  Her passion lies in teaching others how to achieve vibrant mind and body health through meditation and yoga.

 

Crystal received her 200-hour yoga teacher training through the School of Yoga Institute at a remote off grid jungle location in Punta Mona, Costa Rica.  She is thrilled to be able to share her passion with you! Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.

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Emma

Yoga Instructor- CYT 200

Emma has had her yoga teacher certification for 10 years and is also a certified personal trainer. Her love for mindful movement and overall wellness has remained constant throughout the last decade as she received her master's degree in literature and pursued a career in publishing and media. Yoga, meditation and fitness is a way for her to calm her mind and remain aware of herself and the greater world around her! In her free time she loves to read books and be outdoors, whether that's running/jogging, hiking, snowshoeing, or being on or near the water.

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Emmie

Yoga Instructor- RYT 200

I have always been an individual who loved to try new experiences, highly motivated, driven by attaining a goal and eager to stay fit. After years of, for lack of a better term, beating on my body with weight training, running, etc I decided I was going to take up yoga. On that day, my life changed! Who knew mindfully breathing and moving could be so rewarding. I still remember the feeling I had after leaving my first class: pure bliss, nothing but a smile. From that day on I knew I wanted to spread the joy of yoga! It’s not always sunshine and rainbows, it’s hard work, but that is just another reason to love it. Flexible? You don’t need to be flexible, I’m not! But yoga has increased my flexibility day by day and provided the workout I always strive for.   

Wanting more, I decided to pursue my RYT 200 Yoga Alliance teacher training. This course changed my life for the better. It reminds me that it is okay to slow down, take time for myself, and if you fell off the wagon for a day get back on, tomorrow is a new beginning!

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Hailey

Yoga Instructor- CYT 200

I discovered yoga about 12 years ago while training for a marathon. I got a running injury and the only thing I could do was yoga. I kept doing it when I was able to run again and it not only improved my running, but made me feel overall amazing, both in body and mind. Wanting to share the gift of yoga with everyone, I decided to get certified and graduated in June 2018 with my 200 hr. I am currently going to go back and get my 300 hr teacher training, with the goal of being 500 hr certified. Yoga has done so much for me and I hope it can help everyone in some way or another.

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Heidi

Yoga Instructor- CYT 200

When I came upon yoga in 2007, it was a true gift- integrative and liberating. In 2017, I graduated from Mark Stephens yoga school in Santa Cruz, CA. I’ve taught yoga on backpacking trips in the wilderness, on an ocean-crossing yacht, in the rainforest of Costa Rica, and the good old frozen tundra of Green Bay. I’ve worked in biodiversity conservation and love helping people connect with nature. I’m a UW-Milwaukee grad, a fresh and salt water surfer, and am currently a nursing student. Seek the sun, express the moon! Namaste, Heidi

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Jenn

Yoga Instructor- RYT 200

I live in pursuit of the perpetual challenge and I capitalize on the gifts with which I have been blessed. I have been blessed to be a good teacher, communicator, leader, mentor and friend. I live in a constant state of energy and have been classified as the “energizer bunny” as I keep going and going. My classes are filled with energy and positivity.

I want people to focus on what they like about themselves. If you focus on the attributes that you like about yourself, you will focus on your energy to create more appreciation for yourself and others. I stared doing yoga for just that reason, I wanted to like myself physically, emotionally and spiritually. I have always struggled with self-image and confidence internally. Yoga has helped me to accept, live and breathe, embracing ALL OF ME!

I will always be generous with praise and quick to smile when you come to class. I can lighten your spirit and celebrate every achievement with you, and I will bring out the positivity in all situations.

It is good to be alive, life is fun, and no matter what the setbacks, we must never lose our sense of gratitude. I am thankful for yoga in my life and I hope to share my teaching gift with each class.

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Jenny

Yoga Instructor- RYT 200

I am very excited to be starting my 4th year of teaching vinyasa flow style yoga and to be joining The Yoga Loft community. I offer classes with creative sequencing to keep body and mind working and moving together.

 

I believe strongly in total body wellness that incorporates healthy eating habits, a strong faith, and relationships that bring joy. All of these along with a strong yoga practice and confidence is needed to age gracefully and find your happiness within!

 

I was first introduced to yoga 10 years ago. The strength, flexibility, and balance it brought to my body was amazing so I started making space for yoga in my daily life. My practice grew quickly and soon my self confidence increased along with my happiness!  I was living a more balanced life, and breathing easier!!

 

I am RYT-200 certified through “Breathe for Change” which is a teaching certification that  empowers educators to enhance well-being in their lives, classrooms, and school communities. I work closely with educators, and believe that everyone has something to teach to the world. I am looking forward to bringing the benefits of yoga into your life too!

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Joy

Yoga Instructor- RYT 200

Joy has been practicing yoga since she fell in love in college. As a college athlete, yoga was a whole different world and experience for her, and it's exactly what she needed.  Joy loves that yoga is a package deal, it strengthens the mind, body, and spirit.  Joy also has a love for the arts and yoga has always felt like a "dance on the mat."  Yoga can truly be whatever you define it as.  In the daytime, Joy is a school counselor and thrives off of changing lives. Youth yoga is a passion for Joy.  Yoga is a gift and a lifestyle, and if she can teach others to love themselves and the world, mission accomplished.  Joy's specialty is in faith yoga and thrives off sharing yoga and the message of God. 

 

Joy received her RYT 200 hours through Spirit Let Yoga and is trained in Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga.  Joy loves all styles of yoga and loves to mix up her routines with weight training and dance.    

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Sarah

Yoga Instructor

Sarah has been teaching yoga since 2001, starting at the YMCA in Green Bay, then at a YMCA in the Los Angeles area as the Health and Fitness Director while also teaching at a local studio, then in the suburbs of Chicago, where she taught at many area studios, businesses, sports teams, private clients & events, and was a Lululemon Ambassador for 4 years. Sarah has several yoga certifications, including studying with Beth Shaw (2002) and Rolf Gates (2012) and is also a certified mat pilates instructor and Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga instructor as well. Sarah loves a yoga practice that is flowy, intentional, fun, and free. She believes that your yoga practice is just that-it is YOURS-and there is no right or wrong way to practice your yoga! Sarah feels that yoga should be a celebration; an opportunity to move through all the sticky grippies in our lives that hold us back or weigh us down… that ultimately our yoga mats are a place where we can and should feel strong, confident, beautiful, graceful, empowered, and enough.

Sarah is a mom of 3, wife, friend, sister, daughter, yogini, chooser of happiness, celebrator of the beautiful simple moments, and always a student! She loves mindful movement, being outdoors, cooking, laughing, spending time with family & friends, reading, and being on or near the water. What inspires Sarah most is guiding students on their mats in mindful movements that help them find peace, strength, love, and their own unique shine in the world off their mats as well. Sarah is so excited to practice with you and can’t wait to see you on your mat!