THE TEAM

Staci McCool

staci mccool

"I am inspired by the people I spend time with… but time and time again, I come back to my mom.  She is the biggest inspiration I’ll ever have."

on ‘when yoga came into my life and why’

“I was dealing with a sudden onset of anxiety in my mid twenties. Like, throw a blanket over your head, can’t get out of bed anxiety and I didn’t know where to turn. Someone (I don’t recall who) suggested Yoga. So I dabbled in some vinyasa classes, but nothing worked. I became enraged when told to lift one leg in down dog. 

Fast forward a few months and it was my 25th birthday. My then fiancé, now husband and baby daddy, took me to Manhattan to celebrate and pick out my wedding band for our impending nuptials.  It was the most beautiful day, bluest skies, and the magnolias trees were in full bloom. We checked into our hotel and they upgraded us to a suite. But on the drive down I-87 it was all I could do to keep it together. Once we arrived in the city, the people and noise suffocated me. So we got into our suite and I curled into bed and threw the sheets over my head. Every fear any human experiences throughout a lifetime ran rampant through my mind. And it didn’t stop for a long time. 

I came home from that trip and sought help from our family doctor. Of course I was prescribed medicine and at first it made things worse. I was terrified. I didn’t know who I was. 

Then, one day, I took a bikram class. I’ll never forget that day either. I walked into the studio and could hardly breathe the air was so thick. I had a cheap mat and beach towel. Everyone was so serious, I was incredibly intimidated. Once class got started I wondered what the hell I was doing and thought ‘these people are insane’. I knew I’d never go back.

However, I walked out of that class a different person from who walked in.  In 90 minutes I experienced a foundational shift in my being. Someone once said, the two most important days of your life is the day you were born and the day you find out why. 

That class was the first time I meditated, although I didn’t know it or even what that was at the time. I didn’t think of my fears of death, inadequacy, or failure. I was just breathing, and moving. It cleansed me. So I went back the next day, and the next and the rest is history.”

“I teach from my practice, I don’t know how to teach what I can’t feel. When I adopted this, I truly became a teacher.  Force nothing, skip the damn Chaturanga or get on your knees!  Effort and ease, if you get in a pose and can’t breathe you took a wrong turn.

I teach McCool Method, Hot 26, and Barkan.  I plan to do a Yin training later this year. I plan to do a training every year really, I can’t get enough of this shit.”

Staci has been practicing yoga since 2012 and teaching since 2014.  She did her 200-hr training with Evolution Yoga.  Her classes are strong and focused.  She is certified in Vinyasa Barkan Method, and recently studied w Jason Crandell.

All the passion with the right work.  You most definitely want to take her class. 

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jill collet 

“I tend to draw inspiration from mother nature and being on the mat. 

I teach both $5 drop-ins that the studio offers.  Making yoga accessible is important!”

on ‘when yoga came into my life and why'

“My yoga practice is nineteen years old.  Pranayama and meditation where informally introduced to me as a child by my older siblings.   Later, asana cane to me through two of my childhood friends when we were in our 20s.  One living in NYC, one in CA and me in CO.  We had untied for a weekend in CO and they taught me my first sun salutation in my living room.  I’ve been teaching for about eight years, now.”

Jill finished her 300-hr with Balanced Yoga, and continues to attend workshops and trainings.  Certified in Yin, Vinyasa, and recently, the Barkan Method, it’s the lethal combo of Vinyasa, heat and a set series all in one studio that keeps Jill on fire. 

She currently teaches Barkan, Hot 26 and Vinyasa. 

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kati potts

"I take quite a bit of inspiration from books, and from some of my teacher mentors.  I love to explore, experiment and play with postures and sequences.  You’ll definitely see influence from my personal practice in my teaching.  It’s only natural."

on ‘when yoga came into my life and why’

“I started practicing yoga soon after my dad passed away.  Around 2011.  It allowed me to be able to feel some peace and calm during a time when my heart felt it’s heaviest.”

Kati has been teaching yoga since 2013, on the mat and paddle board!  An unstoppable force, Kati’s teachings come from the heart.  

“My sequences and themes typically reflect what’s going on in my own personal practice.  I believe Yoga is constantly changing and evolving.  I keep my mind open to changes in my teaching and I try to expand my learning as much as I can so that I can offer safe and effective classes for my students.  I believe every student is their own teacher.  I am there to support you with kindness, compassion and love.  But ultimately, it’s up to the student to decide what they want to learn about themselves on the mat and how (and if) they want to use that personal feedback off the mat.”

She completed her 200-hr with Burn Yoga and currently teaches Warm Vin-to-Yin and Hot Flo-mission at Bluespot. 

“I fell in love with Staci the second I met her.  Some people just have good vibes and energy that you are naturally drawn to.  She’s definitely one of them.  Once I took a class at Bluespot, I realized the whole community is the same way.  Everyone is open-minded, there is no judgement - it’s the best family.  We support each other in personal growth and practice.  I am beyond grateful for this studio and feel quite honored that I get to teach here.”

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sally walsh roberts

“I love my Bexley gals - the energy is always positive and lighthearted.  I’ve been teaching Hot Vinyasa here at Bluespot since the doors opened.”

on 'when yoga came into my life and why'

“I’ve been practicing for twenty-five years and teaching for fifteen.  I first stumbled into yoga as a kid, with some books I found at my grandma’s house.  In the 90’s I went to a class with my mom down in Florida.  Finally a few classes here in Columbus with Kathleen Lewis and then I found Ashtanga and my practice took off from there.” 

Sally’s classes tend to be uplifting and invigorating.  Her sharp humor and clever wit can be sure to make an appearance mid-flow.  Sally completed her 200-hr with ‘It’s Yoga Columbus’ and continues to train in trauma based programs; Ember and yoga gangsters; Yin; Pranayama and SUP. 

She continues to train in Ashtanga, Anusara, Anatomy and Yoga Philosophy. Her influences come from the teachings of Sianna Sherman, Seane Corn, Vicki Sorensen, John Friend, Paul Grilley, Sr. Pat Rooks and Laurel Hodory.  Sally hopes to share the energy, insight, peace & happiness with her students that yoga has brought to her.

Make sure you catch Sally’s flow - she’s got a few tricks up her sleeve.

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abra goldman

"I love how the lessons of yoga remind me of what is truly important in life.  I believe that my practice has made me a happier and healthier person on the inside and out."

on ‘when yoga came into my life and why’

“I have always been very physically active - gymnast, runner, field hockey player…etc.  After the birth of my first son I wanted to get back into shape.  A friend and I wandered into a newly opened yoga studio purely out of curiosity.  We knew very little about the practice since yoga was not yet mainstream.  For a while, the practice was purely physical for me (or so I thought:)).  Then things began to shift.  I loved the way asana made me feel but overtime I became more and more open to surrendering to the mental practice.  Ultimately, I think it was the methodology that kept me coming back to my mat.   I have also learned to cherish moments – a tree blowing in the wind, the stars in a beautiful night sky, the sound my children’s voices, the vibrancy of a flower, the amazing taste of a good meal."

Abra has been practicing for 15 years and teaching for 8 of those.  She completed her 200-hr with Marni Task in Cleveland, which was Jivamukti and Anusara focused.  Her classes are dynamic and powerful - practicing ahimsa and connection.

Originally from Bexley, Abra was excited to hear of Bluespot YOGA and knew she wanted to be a part of it.

“Staci McCool is an amazing teacher.  She is not only a business owner but works to live her yoga.  I am inspired by her.  I grew up in Bexley and want to help bring yoga to the community.  I teach Hot Vinyasa and Happy Power Hour.  I am also one of the Teacher Trainers for the 200-hr program.”

We love Abra and know you will, too.  

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julie gardner

"I go to my practice and my teachers for inspiration.  When I teach I lead with mindfulness - the needs of my students are important.  I believe in teaching from a place of authenticity and it is essential and incredibly important to listen to your body."

on ‘when yoga came into your life and why’

“I picked up yoga in 2013 during my professional internship.  It was a very stressful time.  I came to yoga to unwind and destress and stayed for its amazing benefits to my overall being.”

Julie has been teaching yoga since 2015.  She completed her teacher training here at Bluespot with Staci and was in the first 200-hr program.  Julie has a background in dietetics and works as a RD when she’s not teaching or taking class.

“I go to my practice and my teachers for inspiration.  When I teach I lead with mindfulness - the needs of my students are important.  I believe in teaching from a place of authenticity and it is essential and incredibly important to listen to your body.

I wanted to teach at Bluespot because I knew it would challenge me and make me a better teacher. I really admire everything that Staci has built here and wanted to continue to learn from her strong example.”

Julie teaches hot 26 and subs for vinyasa!  Be sure to catch her class - she brings the heat! 

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emma walsh

“I lost someone I loved to suicide and their family too me in and invited me to a Bikram yoga class.  Yoga became my therapy in the process of healing.  I’ve been practicing since 2016 and was one of the trainees in Staci’s first 200-hr.”

Emma currently teaches vin-to-yin at the studio - and she teaches classes at the cat cafe… M E O W!

“I’m still figuring out my teaching voice and my core values.  It’s so nice to have the opportunity to work with Staci and the entire Bluespot team to continue my work with teaching.”