Christy Plaugher is an experienced Yoga teacher who focuses on the use of the breath along with postures to quiet the mind. She inspires students to find the connection between the mind and body while pursuing a healthy lifestyle.
Christy earned her degree at the University of Cincinnati, focusing on Cardiovascular Fitness and Health and has since gone on to own her own Yoga studios, has developed and led teacher training programs, and has been a Dynamic workshop presenter for over 20 years.
Christy has received her ERYT 500 certification as well as her RYT 200 certification.
How did you get into your field?
I started out teaching fitness classes in college at the University of Cincinnati. I loved it so much, I changed my major from business to exercise science and health promotion. I was introduced to Yoga as a physical practice, but it was the components of yoga that are about the mind that really connected with me. Studying with Ravi Shankar really helped me to deepen my understanding of working with breath, body, and the mind.
What is your training background and how long have you practicing/teaching?
My background started with teaching fitness and health. I owned a fitness studio from 2005-2010 in Granville Ohio where I taught Spinning, boot camp, strength training, Pilates, HIIT training and Yoga. I sold the studio in 2010, and worked for 5 years traveling and leading Yoga teacher trainings around the United States and Taiwan.
I have been teaching Yoga since 2007. I was introduced to yoga in the early 90s, but it wasn’t until 2005 that I started to practice consistently and began to incorporate yoga teachings into my daily life.
In 2015 I opened up a Yoga studio in Granville Ohio. My husband’s job relocated in November of 2019, and I sold my studio to prepare for a move to Cincinnati.
What makes you love your field?
I love to work with people and help them to be healthy, happy, and present in life. It is wonderful how a simple practice of slowing down and using the breath to be aware in our bodies can change so much. We learn to breathe, to become aware, how to move, and how to relax.
Who influenced your career path (who have you enjoyed learning from, mentor, etc.)?
Stephanie Adams is an amazing yoga teacher and the founder of Flow Yoga in Hood River, OR. She also is Co Founder SAYF Sustainable Asana Yoga Foundation. I started to study with Stephanie in 2007. She is a great educator and has worked many years teaching Yoga herself while also instructing teachers how to teach Yoga in a safe way.
While completing my teacher training, I met my teacher Sri Ravi Shankar, who was in the United States for a year teaching as a-scholar-in-residence at Denison University. He is a student of the world-renowned yoga master, TKV Desikachar, and spent a number of years studying with him. It was at this time that I began to learn the benefits of making yoga practice simple. With a practice focused on stability and ease, the student is able to notice the subtle qualities of the breath. Ravi has been a wonderful teacher and I continue to study and learn from him.
What kind of clients do you love working with?
I love working with clients who have tenacity and who have a willingness to change. While I will offer all the guidance, tools and support possible, clients who recognize that change comes with hard work and who are willing to put in the necessary effort, are the ones I enjoy working with the most.
What’s your mission?
My mission is to help individuals live a more present and pain free life using the tools of yoga.
What brings you joy? What do you do with your spare time?
My hobbies usually involve anything active and outdoors! I love traveling with my husband, Kevin, and two daughters, Kate and Lily.