Tracy Rhinehart, E-RYT 500, YACEP, CCYT appreciates yoga for its path to self-discovery. Her practice has taken her into the dark shadows within her body. And, her practice has revealed to her the light of her own sweet soul. Having experienced the healing, growth and transformation that a yoga practice provides, she became interested in and committed to connecting with others by teaching yoga. Her own inner work allows her to offer compassion, strength, patience, grace and love to those she teaches, guides and supports.
Tracy is registered and recognized by the Yoga Alliance with over 8000 teaching hours logged. She received her 200 level teacher certification at Cleveland Yoga with Tami Schneider in May of 2010. Dedicating herself to jnana yoga (the path of wisdom and study), she earned a 500 level certificate from Awaken Yoga with Jennifer Langsdale in 2013. She is also certified to teach Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan having trained with Guru Jagat, Harijiwan, Tej and Gurujas at RAMA Institute in Venice CA. Tracy is attuned as a Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki Master. She trained in Trauma Sensitive Yoga and is certified by Rainbow Kids Yoga. Tracy has gained knowledge and inspiration from Shiva Rae, Danny Arguetty, Mike Cohen, Tymi Howard, Jonny Kest, Doug Keller and many other local and international yoga teachers accumulating over 1000 hours of training.
Tracy holds a Master of Education degree from Kent State University. She taught early childhood special education in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools for 23 years. Her love of children inspired her to create The Friendship Club, a summer program for children with special needs which she operated for ten years. Her experiences for young children bring out her innate playfulness and everyone learns while being silly!
Considered a teacher's teacher, Tracy is the Director of Teacher Training at YOGA 108: School of Yoga. Offerings at Yoga 108 include a 200 level teacher training program, a variety of quality continuing education workshops (YA CEU’s available) and an advanced 300 hour training program for yoga teachers seeking mastery of their craft. Having contributed to the teacher training programs at Yoga Bliss, Awaken Yoga, Studio Oxygen and other yoga studios in the region, Tracy is passionate about helping teachers find their voice and lead from a place of clarity and presence.
Tracy is also a certified Thai Massage practitioner having trained with Sarah Cheeky of the Shivagakomarpaj Lineage.
She is a three star Johnny G Spinning instructor and a cycling enthusiast!
Tracy was the creative force behind Akron’s premier free outdoor community yoga festival Elevate Akron - as well as the yoga teacher on stage leading the love and laughter! Her enthusiasm and commitment to community were appreciated by the sponsors, vendors, partnering non-profits, local studios and yoga teachers as the event grew from 600 participates at Hardesty Park in 2015 to blanketing Lock 3 with nearly 3000 mats in 2019. After five years of serving as Director of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Tracy turned the event over to a powerful group of community members who will continue to inspire followers to elevate the City of Akron.
Tracy is a legacy ambassador for lululemon athletica Akron.
Tracy teaches Kundalini Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga classes that offer a tangible sense of bhava/feeling essence. Her gift for infusing a class with heartfelt themes, stories and musings that are expressed in asana, breath and mantra creates an embodied experience guiding one towards heightened awareness. She offers moments of physical challenge and times for tender compassion. Practicing with Tracy allows one to shed outer layers and travel a personal path towards inner truth.