Our Teachers

Jenny

Jenny Gates, owner of Gates To Yoga, first discovered yoga in 2010 through her mother. After finding how this practice created new ways of positive thinking and living, along with the many benefits yoga brings mentally and physically, she decided to deepen her knowledge with yoga teacher training not long after. Gates To Yoga was established in 2013 with a goal to assist students on their yoga journey. Through Gates To Yoga, Jenny hopes to bring the same source of inspiration and self-love to her students that she received through her own teachers.

“My goal is to help students get started with the practice of yoga through simple, effective ways that I learned from all of the teachers that I trained under, the teacher that I found within myself, and the teachings that continuously come from my students.”

Jenny is also a certified level two Reiki Practitioner and is currently studying for a degree in Occupational Therapy. She has a love for the outdoors, you can always find her hiking or out on the river!

Kris

Kris began her yoga journey 15 years ago after discovering how yoga helped with a particularly challenging time in her life.  She took her first training to become a teacher in 2010 and continued with additional trainings eventually moving into the business side of yoga.  Kris is an ECYT-200 Yoga Teacher as well as a CYT-500 Yoga Therapist. Kris opened her own studio in 2015. EssentialZen Yoga Studio in Aurora Ohio is a beloved community studio where all students feel welcome.  In 2016 a 2nd EssentialZen location was born in Solon Ohio through a partnership with Signature of Solon Country Club. Now spending the majority of her time focused on managing the business and staff she only teaches a few of her favorite classes.  Yin, deep longer held stretches, is a favorite as well as from crystal bowl meditations.  Personally, she enjoys spending time outside during all seasons of the year, a newfound joy in cooking, and anything to spend time with her family. Her husband, Tom, can be found at the studio often building, creating, and fixing things. They have 2 kids, 2 horses and a doodle dog

Dana

Meet Dana,

Kelsie

Kelsie has had a passion for mindful based movement ever since she was a kid – her first love being Tarzan at age 4 inspired her to climb trees and play with shifting her body weight onto her hands. This obsession with going upside down influenced her parents’ decision to put her into gymnastics.  After incurring several injuries, doctors forced Kelsie to retire her beloved sport of gymnastics at the age of 14.  To help heal her body but still find expression in movement, Kelsie discovered yoga at 15 and avidly practiced until she decided to become a yoga teacher herself. At age 19, in 2015 she became a 200 hour RYT focusing in Vinyasa. Since then Kelsie has become a Reiki master, taken many workshops in other yoga practices such as: Yin, Restorative, Trauma Informed Yoga, Barre, Meditation, Pilates, Weight Training, Buti Yoga and most recently in Authentic Movements where she is undergoing her 500 hour certification.  She has been teaching for 5 years and within that time has been working with all walks of life: children to senior citizens, beginners to advanced yogis, those with physical and mental injuries, professional athletes and people who just want to learn more about what yoga has to offer physically, mentally, and spiritually.