Jeff Emerson - Executive Director - Teacher
Jeff is a Reiki Master with an E-RYT500 and is the author of Unfolding the Lotus, Working the Fourth Step through the Chakra System. Jeff is the founder of True Freedom Recovery Yoga, one of the world's first 200-hour teaching programs for people in 12-Step Recovery. Jeff is a member of long-term recovery with over 28 years clean. Jeff has taught meditation in halfway houses, prisons, homeless shelters, 12 step conventions, and juvenile detention centers.
Jeff is the co-founder of , A Policy for Caring Inc., the parent organization of True Freedom Recovery yoga - dedicated to yoga, meditation, and the recovery process. Jeff has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 30 years and has been imparting his wisdom and sharing his gift with people from all walks of life for the last decade.
Kate Paytes - Yoga Teacher - Hatha
I am a mother, daughter, sister, friend, partner, worker, yogi, plant and animal lover, hiker, culinary genius (at home), and the list goes on. I am an enthusiastic lover of life! I love excuses to use the word 'super', and I always laugh at my own jokes.
I completed my 200-hour training at Cincinnati Yoga School. My yoga journey started with DVDs in my living room when I was expected my first child over 13 years ago. My yoga certification and dedication to my practice has taken me awhile - being the eternal student excites me! I am constantly growing and changing in life and in my practice.
My class is playful and fun - never too serious! The message is Light and Love. My class is perfect for any degree of yogi, never to be intimidating, but will still get you to push to your limits. I have love/hate relationship with core work, too! Come join me, let's breathe, bend, balance, and ground ourselves.
I was introduced to True Freedom in the summer of 2017, really my first introduction to any type of yoga experience. By January 2018, I was signed up for the 200 -hour training. 3 years later I am now E-RYT500 and Reiki level two certified. True Freedom is my second home and yoga has help me connect to myself and others in a way that I never thought was possible. I love that this is a journey in which I will never stop being able to learn something new and that there will always be opportunities for me to share this gift with others. Yin is hands down my favorite practice. It teaches self-compassion, the ability to tend to all parts of ourselves (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) it is fundamental to our wellbeing. The yin practice provides an opportunity to observe, nurture, soothe, and calm ourselves. I am excited to be teaching back in my home studio again and look forward to those I will get to meet. Namaste.
My name is Ralph Eagle and i graduated from 200 RYT training in February of 2017. I absolutely love being part of teaching yoga at True Freedom as well as bringing yoga to men at CCAT for over 2 years. I also enjoy playing guitar as well as a few construction projects every now and then. At my classes we will show ourselves compassion, We do a lot of shoulder asana to release stress. If you come you will get in a lot of hip openers, eye yoga, foot massage, wall yoga. I like to focus on the energy center of the mind eye as well as the heart, connecting as we breathe. Even though i teach a Yin Yoga class you will probably get a light core workout as well. You might also get a special treat of new students coming to class to teach. I hope to see you soon. Namaste
I fell in love with all that yoga encompasses and entails a little over two years ago when I first came to True Freedom Yoga. Not only is yoga such a beautiful compliment to my recovery program, it has added so much to my life. Yoga helped me remember to see my own bright light shining brightly within that I had kept covered so long thru my addiction. It is my passion and dharma to help others see their own radiant light, beauty and innate worth in the same way yoga and my teachers helped me to. Yoga helps me to create space and to let things go. Yoga has also taught me to be still with myself and my mind and to simply breathe. It also has allowed me to appreciate the beauty of my own body and of every body and help others do the same.
Tara Toensmeyer RYT-500
Tara finished her 500 hour training at True Freedom and is teaching a great yin/yang fusion class. Tara has a heart of gold and a very giving spirit. She raised her nephew for many years because it was the right thing to do. she works a strong program and has gone deep into her yoga studies. Her classes are calming and open.