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!”
Jackie Acho loves the power of yoga to cure what ails us, individually and collectively. She practiced regularly for a dozen years before graduating from Marni Task’s Jivasara 200-hour teacher training in Cleveland, Ohio. She also loves that yoga is so much more than the physical poses, but they are a gateway to a lifetime of learning. Jackie’s yoga is balanced and empowering, with a focus on proper alignment and self-care. Spirituality is casually woven throughout, as is fun music. Her goal is to help students hear the teacher within, on and off the mat. Outside of the studio, Jackie helps people understand and develop a currency of empathy (www.currencyofempathy.com) via writing, speaking, and client work (www.jackieacho.com).
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!
Suzanne has been a part of the Confluence group since September 2015. She is a certified indoor cycling and a 200-hour certified yoga instructor. Suzanne promotes positivity and loves to motivate people to move their body to feel strong inside and out – to live a long fulfilling life. “For me, cycling is the perfect cardio to get one’s heart racing! In addition, pumping music makes indoor cycling even more magical. Yoga makes me feel strong, both spiritually and physically. It also makes me mentally challenge myself by staying focused on my breath and being okay with where I am today. One of my favorite sayings is from Bhagavad Gita: ‘Yoga is the journey of the self, to the self, and through the self.'”
Hayleigh Robertson is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor, a licensed massage therapist, reiki attuned, and maker plant-based aromatherapy and skin-care products. She incorporates all three of these passions into her Yogassage class, also including intention-setting, meditation and energy work. Her class is accessible, soul-centered and healing.
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!”
Samantha “Sam” Christy has been a personal trainer for the past six years after studying kinesiology at
Penn State University. Sam has worked for a variety of gyms and clients that include in-home gyms, country clubs, as well as Equinox in Washington DC. Sam specializes in functional training to include mobility and flexibility while building strength and confidence in the gym. Her certifications include indoor cycling, TRX, ViPR, kettlebell, sports conditioning, CPR and first aid. Sam has also undergone Equinox’s Personal Training Institute, going through tiers I, II and III. A certified nutrition specialist, she is also qualified to provide nutritional advice, guidance and meal to clients. Additionally, Sam received her master’s degree in Nutrition from Colorado State University. Currently, she completing a dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian. When Sam isn’t studying, she enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with her long-haired German Shepherd, Rico. Sam is looking forward to working with all of you and continuing to influence others in their health and fitness pursuits!
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.