Meet Our Teachers

Nicole McLaughlin – Owner
Nicole first came to yoga in search of way to deal with anxiety. As she continued to practice, not only did she gain more of a sense of calm, but she also noticed that yoga’s physical and spiritual benefits were transforming many areas of her life — both personal and professional. That’s what inspired her to teach. In 2015, Nicole earned her 200-hour certification with Pink Lotus Yoga in Lakewood, and she’s currently completing her 300-hour training with Dianne Bondy, with a focus on accessibility, special populations, and social justice & equity. She continuously seeks ways to learn and grow, both as a teacher and practitioner. Nicole believes that yoga is for everybody and that everybody’s yoga journey is personal. She seeks to offer a safe and fun environment for others to develop their own practice and connect with their community. Away from the mat, she’s a wife, caregiver, dog & cat mom, and cool aunt. She’s a fierce pit bull advocate, sometimes theater artist, die-hard KISS fan, and dreamer. 


Katie Clair
Katie completed her 200 hour yoga teaching certification in 2015 at Pink Lotus Yoga. She teaches both Vinyasa and Hatha with heavy focus on alignment and accessibility for all bodies. She is a licensed massage therapist and her passion for full-body wellness informs her teaching and personal practice. Katie has completed several hours of continuing education past her 200 hour certification and has trained with teachers including Dianne Bondy, Amber Karnes, and Jason Crandell. Katie’s love of music seeps into her classes by way of eclectic playlists and her favorite specialty class Downward Facing Doom, which is a class set entirely to heavy metal music. When she’s not on the mat or at the massage table you can find her spoiling her two rescue Pit Bulls, watching horror movies with her husband, or tending to her garden and growing collection of houseplants. 


Jacquelyn Daukšs
Jacquelyn began practicing yoga off and on about 12 years ago. After becoming a stay at home mom to 2 young kids, she needed something just for her. She recommitted to her practice and enrolled in a 200 hour teacher training program. She completed an Ashtanga focused training program in November of 2018. She enjoys teaching students of all levels and abilities and strives to make her classes accessible, inclusive, and welcoming to all who attend. She believes yoga can benefit anyone who is open to it! When she is not teaching yoga, Jacquelyn enjoys spending time with her family, running, biking, and hiking.


Amanda R. Howland
Yoga is sacred and central to Amanda’s life. She has been practicing and studying yoga for twenty years. Yoga is both her rock and her font of inspiration. She completed her 200-hour certification with Yoga Central in Canton and appreciates having learned from her wonderful teachers how to share the practice with others, so that they may learn to feel into their breathing bodies and cultivate communication with their inner heart-wisdom. Amanda has developed Forest Moon Yoga, which is a class gentle enough for beginners, yet engrossing enough for experienced students. Amanda incorporates breath work, nature imagery, and other meditative techniques in her classes. Her experiences as a writer and experimental musician inform her teaching, as she is inspired by the interplay between yoga awareness and creative flow. 


Caitlin Reilly
I have been practicing yoga for over 10 years. To bring together the body, mind, and breath is an invaluable practice that meets different needs for all of us. For me, yogic  movement practice has been an instrumental mental health tool, and created a loving awareness of my own mind and body. My classes are vinyasa based, and focus heavily on connecting to our intuition, and self acceptance. Access to beneficial practice is a right, and I strive to create a supportive environment to honor and serve ALL bodies. 


Angela Sanders
Years ago, my yoga teacher told me I was “born” to be a yoga teacher, and I’ve never doubted since that this is what I want to do! I’m an RYT-500 who has been leading yoga classes and workshops in the Cleveland area for five years. I love to help my clients and students find themselves on their mats. It’s an honor to create beautiful spaces for people to simply be. I am also a trauma-informed yoga teacher and a gestalt professional coach. 


Carmita Smiles
Carmita grew up attending yoga and wellness classes with her mother. As an adult, Carmita kept an interest in health and wellness by hosting pet related fitness programs for clients of her pet care business while living in Columbus, OH. One of the popular programs was dog yoga also known as Doga. When Carmita returned to Cleveland in 2020, she decided to dive deeper into her practice and start teaching human focused classes. Currently, she is a 500HR instructor with a focus on Yin, Chair, and Restorative Yoga. Carmita is always open to learning all she can about the various styles of yoga. She also has knowledge and certifications in Ayurveda, Vegan Nutrition, and Sustainable Living.  


Ana Marie Velez
I am a 500hr RYT and I love to share the practice of yoga with anyone willing to receive it. My personal practice and teachings are centered around Hatha yoga and Vinyasa style, always focusing on the breath. I am dedicated to the growth and development of the practice, both on and off the mat. After discovering the practice about 10 years ago, I was instantly drawn to the ancient practice, and I continue to be fascinated by its rich history, physical rigor, and mental stimulation.

In addition to yoga and meditation instruction, Ana has also studied Ayurveda and is certified in Thai Yoga Massage.


Leo Walsh 
Leo has been practicing yoga for eight years. That practice led him to teaching, because he wanted to tell others how much yoga could help them but thought it would be a bad idea to give such advice without the proper credentials. (Would a doctor give a patient advice without years of training?) He completed 200hr Ananda Bhakti Hatha Yoga teacher training with Denys Morgan and Julie Brown and now teaches a Hatha-style Vinyasa class that he’s named “Leoga.” His great love of yoga combined with a love of music and humorous approach to teaching makes his class unique. Please join him for a union of body, spirit, and mind, as you engage on your mat for an enjoyable yoga journey!