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!”
Katie is a local Cleveland actress and a choreographer who uses yoga as a way to find balance and to uncover the most authentic, brave, and sincere version of herself. Part goof ball, part badass she mixes power, grace, and humor into her classes. She loves coffee, the sunshine, and hearty belly laughs. Katie is thrilled to be a part of the Confluence family and is ready for the ride!
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.
Suzanne has been a part of the Confluence team since September 2015 as a certified indoor cycling instructor. Suzanne exudes positivity and loves to motivate people to move their body so they feel strong inside and out to live a long, fulfilling life!
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.
For Markeeta, yoga is a way of life both on and off the mat. She believes that yoga doesn’t show us how to be perfect. It shows us how to be authentic. Then love our authentic selves, fiercely and unapologetically. She enjoys being able escape to her mat to stay balanced and focused, and strives to provide that same opportunity to her students. Markeeta studied under Darcy Providente at Chagrin Yoga, becoming certified in 2016.
Kelly lives in Cleveland Heights with her boyfriend, three dogs, one cat, and, almost always, a foster pup. During the day she works at Progressive as a social media specialist and during her free time she is a birth doula for CLE Baby, as well as actively practicing and teaching yoga. Kelly is passionate about creating classes that fosters the self: acceptance, discovery, and growth. She actively encourages students to confront challenges with fearlessness, to exercise compassion with their bodies, and to feel empowered by individuality, with the belief that the key to happiness is finding gratitude in the face of adversity.
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.