About The Calming Tree
The Calming Tree was founded in 2016 by Christine Sustar. The talented and amazing teachers at The Calming Tree all embrace the same fundamentals: it is our mission to provide a space for ALL to practice and enjoy by providing an array of classes to suit EVERY body. Come and join us in our mutual journeys of self-discovery and self-love - seeking healthy mind, body, and spirit!
If you are unsure about accommodations or would like to speak with an instructor prior to class, please fill out the form on the "Contact Us" page, and someone will be in touch ASAP.
Instructors and Healers
Meet The Calming Tree's yoga instructors and healing arts practitioners!
Christine "Maheshwari" is a RYT-200 yoga teacher who had initially come to the practice of yoga in the hopes of creating the most calm and peaceful environment to become and sustain pregnancy. A while after her successful pregnancy, spirituality deepened her curiosity. She enrolled in the Ananda Bhakti Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program, and through her continued practice and knowledge of yoga, she was also able to cure an undiagnosed chronic pain issue that she suffered from for nearly 15 years. These are but two personal, positive aspects she has experienced through the practice. The love, self-acceptance, peace and happiness she has found through yoga inspires and motivates her to share the love that is yoga with anyone and everyone.
Mark "Mahadeva" is 41 and originally from the Cleveland area. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps shortly after graduating high school and was honorably discharged, having served his full term doing security work in Washington, D.C. Shortly after this is when he was first introduced to yoga by a friend as a way to deal with anxiety. While he didn't make it a regular practice right away, he did notice how much better it made him feel and that there were a lot of benefits to it. Mark worked as a welder and machinist for many years from this point. Then in 2010, he ran into a list of health problems and needed to make some drastic changes to his life and lifestyle. Remembering back to how it made him feel, and the peace of mind it gave him, he decided to make yoga a regular practice. As time moved forward, things began to change one by one: quitting cigarettes, getting off prescription medication, becoming vegetarian, and starting to look at food more as medicine. Mark's yoga practice led him to meet and later become a devotee of Amma Sri Karunamayi. He believes he is teaching yoga in order to spread Her message as well as share his own personal practice. Mark is an Usui Reiki Master and is also certified in Integrated Energy Therapy (IET). He graduated in November of 2015 from The Ananda Bhakti Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program and has been teaching since then. Mark is very welcoming of anyone who comes to his class and is proof that yoga is for every body.
Jaimee "Satyavati" is an RYT-200 yoga teacher and Usui Reiki practitioner with a passion for bringing yoga and healing to EVERY body. A large-bodied woman herself, she is no stranger to exploring ways to make yoga accessible for all. She is a 2016 graduate of the Ananda Bhakti Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program in Cleveland, and she is also attuned to Usui Holy Fire Reiki I & II, and traditional Usui Reiki III (ART). She completed additional training in restorative and chair yoga, as well as some therapeutic yoga techniques. Very grateful for the teachers who have guided her, Jaimee tries to pay it forward by offering classes that are accessible, grounding, and empowering. Jaimee's passion lies in helping others to find freedom and joy in the movement of their body, helping them to relax and bring awareness and awe to their mind-body connection.
Julie "Ramani" has been teaching yoga for 7 years, practicing for 9 years, and loving every minute of it. She was born and raised in the country in Colorado and has lived in Ohio for 10 years. She has fallen in love with Cleveland, the people, the lake, and the yoga community. Julie is an ERYT-200; she is an experienced yoga teacher with more than 2,000 hours of teaching. She has trained in multiple styles, including classical forms of Hatha Yoga (Sivananda), Core Strength Vinyasa (Sadie Nardini), Yin Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. She believes in a diversified practice: there is a time to practice rigorously and a time to slow down and get grounded. Her classes are themed to help empower while building strength, flexibility, and awareness. She believes that we are all on our own journey, unique in our own ways, and yet connected to share so many experiences, including our yoga practice. Julie has a degree in Business Administration from CSU and has taken a sabbatical to teach yoga, run a yoga teacher training program, and practice Thai Yoga Massage, which she has been practicing for more than 8 years. In her spare time, Julie enjoys the local galleries, music performances, summer festivals, contemporary dance performances, and spending time with family, friends, and her two cats.
Aimee (Jinping) Ji
My name is Jinping Ji, but you can call me Aimee. I started studying yoga in Shanghai, China in 2011. For the last three years, the wonderful Pure Yoga Studio was my home base. In 2017, I traveled to Rishkesh, India to further my meditation studies under my guru Charat Singh. After the trip, I received my 200hr Yoga Alliance teacher certification with Yogayantra and studied singing bowl therapy with Grand Master Shree Shahi from the Kathmandu Center of Healing.
Yoga has completely changed my life, not only my mindset, but it has also brought awareness to my daily life. Through yoga, I get closer and closer to my inner guru, guiding me through my different life stages, including moving all the way from China to the States.
Yoga helps me feel re-born all the time and helps me to live in the moment, to live in the most full and whole way, and to start every day anew.
Often the intensity of life can overwhelm or overshadow the wonders that are quietly maturing beyond our view. We need to keep working until the fruits of our endeavors manifest in a wonderful display of color, form and light beyond what we could have ever imagined.
Be patient and simply dedicate yourself to a regular yoga practice, soon you will notice things are changing in and around you.
I'm very happy to be part of The Calming Tree to share my yoga experiences and bring peace and harmony through my singing bowls.
Positive Mind, Positive Vibes, Positive Life
Lisa is a Reiki practitioner, an IET (Integrated Energy Therapy) practitioner, and a Life Coach.
Lisa began experiencing debilitating hip pain caused by extreme pressure on the sacroiliac joint due to scoliosis. She was convinced that there must be something other than traditional pain medications that could ease the discomfort, and there must be a way to heal the body naturally. This is where her journey began!
She began studying energy therapies and discovered Reiki and IET. Where Reiki helps to heal illness, pain, stress and tension (physical issues), IET releases suppressed cellular memories (emotional issues). It is known as the therapy that "gets the issues out of the tissues."
Lisa’s 'wholistic' philosophy is to help the whole person: the body, mind, and spirit. But she also believes this includes one's personal environment: relationships, career, and life experience. In her 20+ years of management and corporate training, she has had the privilege to work with people of all ages, from all walks of life and varying cultural backgrounds. The many skills she has acquired while working with and creating individualized training programs for different people made Life Coaching a perfect fit.
Lisa has discovered when you are in balance, your body can heal, and you can begin making healthy choices that support a life filled with radiant energy!
Reiki I attunements: Lisa Powers and Jennifer Shope; Reiki II attunement: Lisa Powers
Life Coaching certification: Strategic Life Academy
Rev. Jonathan Davis, nationally known as an intuitive healer and counselor with 30+ years of experience, is the creator of a powerful transformative process called Heart Integration. Jonathan is an ordained Interfaith Minister and holds degrees in Psychology and Human Services.
Jonathan believes that true healing comes from not only the physical, but also the emotional and spiritual. Won't you now take the steps to create the life you deserve?
Jonathan can empower you to help yourself heal from deep-seated trauma by:
* Restoring exuberance for life
* Restoring balance in relationships
* Releasing negative cellular memory
* Finding emotional and spiritual clarity
* Overcoming trauma and depression
* Developing deep levels of self-love and acceptance
More information is available at www.JonathanHealYou.com
Call for individual sessions: (216) 647-1244