Who is Confluence?
An inspired trip on a bicycle is truly amazing and freeing; however, it is the confluence of any two engaging and challenging activities that produces an
extraordinary experience. The intensity of an indoor cycle class, balanced with the introspection of yoga, or the rewarding effort of a fitness circuit is a
reward beyond measure.
Meet Your Instructors
Angelo started indoor cycling as a form of cardio since, as he put it, “I’m not really a good swimmer (I’m a better floater) and I don’t really like running.” Whenever he gets on an indoor bike, he rides like a man possessed, so is constantly pushing. “I like the exertion, I like the sweat, and I like the euphoria of a solid effort on the bike.” Angelo liked it so much, he became a certified indoor cycling instructor in 2013.
Julie Leddy is a lifelong Clevelander who has been teaching fitness on and off in Cleveland Heights for 25 years. As she puts it, “my most important jobs are wife and mother to my great hubby Pat and three girls, Alison, Maddy and Carrie. I am a very average tennis player and golfer who just loves to be outside. I’m a huge dog lover, devoted Cavs fan and a decent cook. My other job is in retail and I’m also a personal stylist…I can put together a great wardrobe for just about anyone! My love of spin goes all the way back to the mid-90’s when I was searching out something high energy but low impact. Confluence is the best place in the Heights to work out…it energizes my life and calms my soul!”
Kashmere Wimbish is a CYT 200, Reiki I, whose yoga journey began in the air practicing aerial. After practicing for a few months, Kashmere decided to explore a more grounding practice in a traditional yoga class setting. As Kashmere says, “yoga improved my quality of life; I wanted to help people feel that way too.” After months of intense practice, she dove deeper into the world of yoga by taking a Jivasara Yoga teacher training taught by Marni Task CYT/ERYT 500. After graduating, Kashmere began teaching at a number of different studios and fitness facilities in northeast Ohio. With a career in healthcare, Kashmere is passionate about holistic health and believes that yoga is a great tool to aid in healing oneself physically, as well as emotionally.
Sheila is a native Clevelander and communications professional who started teaching Pilates and indoor cycling while studying at the Ohio State University. She believes in creating an inclusive and uplifting environment for her students, and hopes each participant leaves class feeling empowered—and sweaty. Outside of the studio, Sheila can often be found spending time with friends and family and looking for the best brunch spots in Cleveland!
Rachel loves Cleveland and she loves yoga – what more is there to tell? She found yoga at a difficult point in her life – everything had been shaken up due to a sudden and unexpected medical issue. Yoga changed her life. Yoga helped her find inner strength, taught her patience, self-love and the beauty of enjoying the process. Years later, she still can’t get enough of it! Rachel’s classes are challenging, empowering and supportive.
Hayleigh likes to keep her classes light-hearted and non-competitive, offering many alternatives to poses to remind her students they have complete control over their own practice. Hayleigh Robertson is a Marni Task grad and is currently enrolled in massage therapy school. She also makes her own lotions and aromatherapy products, which she loves to incorporate in her classes.
Katie is an engineer with a passion for music and traveling. She fell in love with yoga at a turning point in her life and has been practicing ever since. She strongly believes that yoga can benefit everybody at any moment in our lives. Katie seeks to continue to learn – and to empower her students to find self-love, acceptance, gratitude, and courage through practicing yoga. Her favorite thing that she has learned from her yoga teachers is: “We are already perfect. All that there is left for us to do is just play!”
Justine began practicing yoga about 14 years ago in an Iyengar studio in Marseille, France. These classes, taught by an older Indian gentleman, introduced her to the yogic path that has both brought and followed her across the world and back, several times over. Justine finally landed in a 200-hour training last year, and is thrilled to be able to share this practice that is so deeply embedded in who she is. Justine’s classes are slow and powerful, with lots of room to play. She believes yoga will change your life if you let it do its work. Outside of the yoga studio, Justine is working on my Ph.D. in sociology (studying urban food systems and racial inequality in Cleveland), teaches part-time in the Political Science department at John Carroll University, and plays with her dog, Porter, who is perhaps the greatest yogi of all.
Stephanie was introduced to yoga in 2007 through her boyfriend at the time. Although her relationship with her boyfriend did not last, her love for yoga did.She originally was drawn to yoga because it helped reduce stress from her busy real estate career and allowed her to work towards achieving a work/life balance. Stephanie soon realized the physical aspects of the practice as well. Because the development of her daily practice ignited her desire to share the knowledge and benefits of yoga with others, Stephanie enrolled and completed her 200-hour teaching training with Marni Task and is Yoga Alliance Certified. Stephanie has studied many different styles of yoga and she draws on them as inspiration, but she really teaches how she feels in the moment. Stephanie also tries to keep it light-hearted, weaving in jokes throughout her practice and laughing at herself if she mixes up her left and her right. Although, light-hearted, she will challenge you to mindfully go to your edge and her classes will allow you to build strength, flexibility and balance. Stephanie is eager to share the love, energy and passion she has for yoga, with full understanding that we all practice yoga for our own unique reasons. She works to bring the study of yoga off the mat and into the practice of life. When she is not on the mat, Stephanie enjoys family, friends, spinning, her puppy, and her real estate career!
My journey to yoga was not an instant click, but once I was in the right space, it hit me like lightening and the spark/fire has been burning ever since. I drove in full force and completed my first 300-hour teacher training at Awaken Yoga, which was then located in South Euclid, to further my education and practice. I attended workshops until Awaken offered 500-hour teacher training, which I then dedicated myself to. Upon completion I was ready to blaze a trail of wellness through my yogini adventures. I have had the pleasure of instructing a wide audience. I’m a tailor-to-my-students instructor; I like to be a healing/calming force and therefore in my classes I look for focus to be on you and your well-being. Yoga doesn’t end on the mat!
It was Leanne’s passion for two wheels that exposed her to the wonderful world of indoor cycling and then, yoga. She found the combination of the two activities to be a fantastic experience. Being a certified indoor cycling instructor and 225-hour Yoga Alliance-certified yoga teacher allows her to share her passion, joy and bliss with others. “When I am not on two wheels, I am continually seeking to increase my awareness, understanding through learning all I can about yoga and the human body. I attend trainings, seminars and workshops and read a great deal, all to deepen my knowledge of the world of yoga. Next step: 500-hour yoga teacher training!” says Leanne.
Some say that Bert was born on a bicycle. As soon as he learned to stay upright on two wheels, he’s been riding. Bert has had the good fortune to do all kinds of riding including a trip to Alaska, 24-hour mountain bike races and countless century rides. Yoga was a recent discovery for Bert. “The complimentary aspect of these two activities has inspired me to share the joys of indoor cycling and yoga with others,” he says. Bert is certified as both a yoga teacher, with a 100-hour yoga certification, as well as an indoor cycling instructor.